Category Archives: Musical Guests

Tom Freund

Over the course of his career, singer/songwriter and Americana artist Tom Freund has released more than a dozen records, collaborated with legends such as Elvis Costello and Jackson Browne, pulled a half-decade stint on bass for alt-country pioneers The Silos, and has shared bills with everyone from Matthew Sweet to Guided by Voices. Freund’s intimate, heartfelt new solo album, East of Lincoln, chronicles a personal journey along the path from self doubt to enlightenment. “Time to take the wheel and turn this thing around / Time to make a deal and see what’s going down,” he affirms on “Runaround.” Freund takes his time and lets these new songs simmer, and that—along with memorable guest spots from longtime friend and collaborator Ben Harper and an all-star cast of session players—is a big part of record’s charm.

Quietly reveling in its unhurried pace, East of Lincoln sticks in the mind long after listening. Within the record’s framework, Freund tackles progress, hope, and the corporatization of his beloved Venice Beach, which he captures as a bittersweet vortex of vanishing beauty and possibility. “I know I’m no saint, but I know when something is good and when it ain’t,” he sings on the title track, mourning Venice’s fading allure while basking in its once-electric atmosphere. The album dances on the edge of a stark duality: the sun-drenched SoCal beach town’s demise and Freund’s own eventual growth arc. “Better start swimming toward the shore,” he urges on “Abandoning the Ship.”

Tom Freund on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E06 – February 17, 2019
Radio Venice S04.E08 – October 30, 2016

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Indi and The Vegas

Indi and The Vegas are a British pop/rock band formed in 2009 by Indi Forde, Joe Cripps and Matt Singleton. The 3 met in high school as avid musicians with similar music tastes, citing Queen, Michael Jackson and the Chilli Peppers as major influences in their choice in pursuing music as a career.

Their first EP, titled ‘Fair Fight’ was self released in 2011, and a follow up, self titled album in 2014. Tracks from the album were picked up by BBC Introducing and played on air, securing the band sets at many shows and festivals throughout the UK, and gaining House Band status at The Hermitage, Hitchin.

In October 2015 the band embarked on a trip to the US, playing such prestigious LA venues as The Whisky A Go-Go, The Federal and The Viper Lounge to great reception.

On a later trip to LA, 2016, they met Zaro Vega, an up and coming producer/artist and an ideal partner to develop their sound and tracks to international level quality.

Their first official single ‘Didn’t Catch Your Name’ was released in January 2019. Produced by Zaro Vega.

Indi and The Vegas on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E06 – February 17, 2019
Radio Venice S08.E14 – June 24, 2018

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XAN

Music has always been my passion. I’ve been playing since I was four or five years old. I started by playing the recorder then the harmonica and found myself drawn to church organs but rarely was given the opportunity to play one, and none ever materialized under the Christmas tree. Thanks a lot Santa!

One day I found a guitar that my mom had left behind and by the time I was thirteen I bought my first electric guitar. Soon after I formed my first band with three other kids from school, we called it Black Light Blues. It was fun while it lasted but when I turned fifteen I dropped everything I was doing, including the band and just played when I felt like it.

Without knowing why or how, my inspiration slowly drifted and started sounding more and more like classical music. I started playing on the Venice boardwalk and the first day I made, well … five bucks. That didn’t sound like much but it certainly was enough for a meal. I kept doing it each weekend and gradually made more and more each time. Eventually I took my act to Santa Monica’s 3rd street promenade. Although it wasn’t half as fun as Venice, there I found a very appreciative crowd. I eventually got to work and recorded my first CD. It took me three years but I did it!

Ever since I’ve been doing more professional work such as studio sessions, short movie soundtracks, private events and small concerts as a solo act and with other artists.

XAN on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E06 – February 17, 2019
Radio Venice S09.E10 – November 11, 2018

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Barry Conley

Barry Conley is a professional recording engineer, producer and musician. In his formative years, Barry studied electronic and experimental music composition with Earle Brown (cohort of John Cage) and Morton Subotnick.

Barry’s professional career started with an engineering position at Baby’O Recorders in Hollywood where he worked with George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Barry went on to work at Sunset Sound and Paramount Recording Studios with such artists as Miles Davis, B.B. King, Ike Turner, and The Stray Cats.

Barry Conley on Radio Venice

Barry and his Outofcontrol-atron have become a regular feature on the couch of Radio Venice … click here to see all the archived shows

Radio Venice #21 – February 28, 2016
Radio Venice #19 – February 14, 2016
Radio Venice #17 – January 31, 2016
Radio Venice #15 – January 17, 2016
Radio Venice #14 – January 10, 2016
Radio Venice #13 – December 12, 2015
Radio Venice #12 – December 6, 2015
Radio Venice #11 – November 29, 2015
Radio Venice #10 – November 22, 2015
Radio Venice #9 – November 15, 2015
Radio Venice #8 – November 8, 2015

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Michael Jost

Born in Dreieich, just outside of Frankfurt Germany, guitarist Michael Jost (pronounced ‘yoast’), found his way to the bohemian Venice Beach boardwalk, in Los Angeles California, where he now lives and makes music.

Owing to Michael’s unique European heritage, his rigorous classical training, and his 21st Century American experience, you can hear something very different in his passionate, Spanish-style guitar. Michael’s travel companion is Miss Lucy, a Flamenca guitar built by Tomas Delgado of Candelas Guitars. She has a strong character, with a warm and beautiful sound.

Michael has a unique sound. His music is a journey in time and space fueled by his passion for music and his instrument. His influences are very multicoloured and involve different styles, continents and time periods from Paco De Lucia and Stravinsky to Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd.

No two of Michael’s live performances are ever the same, drawing from his recent albums, Zeitlos and California Burning, as well as unreleased songs from his upcoming album, Concierto.

Zeitlos is a timeless and unique blend of acoustic, classical and flamenco styles, entwined with the sounds and soul of Venice, California. His earlier album, California Burning, is a psychedelic fusion of electric and acoustic guitar. more Michael Jost »

Mercury Sound Club

Mercury Sound Club is a confederation of some of Los Angeles’ most talented songwriters and performers. The artists have performed far and wide and are continually releasing new material. They are committed to pushing their own and each other’s music.

Mercury Sound Club on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E05 – February 10, 2019

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Diego Garcia

Actor, Singer Songwriter, Musician

Diego Garcia is the lead singer of local indie band Stage 11. He’s the recent winner for Best Male Vocals at the Hollywood Music and Media Awards.

At the end of 2016 Stage 11 was named in the Hot 100 Live Unsigned Bands in the US and has just released their third record “Moments Like These” available everywhere. You can keep up with the band and purchase music at Stage11Music.com.

Diego can also be seen solo around the LA area performing original music or singing as the bearded duo High Noon Whiskey, supporting the Indie Artist scene. He is also a member of the Mercury Sound Club.

#IndieMusicAwareness

PS. you might have seen him on TV over the years 😉

Diego Garcia on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E05 with Mercury Sound Club – February 10, 2019
Radio Venice S09.E08 – October 28, 2018
Radio Venice S07.E07 – January 21, 2018
Radio Venice S06.E06 – July 30, 2017
Radio Venice S04.E10 – November 20, 2016
Radio Venice 1 Year Anniversary Show – September 25, 2016
Radio Venice #20 – February 21, 2016
Radio Venice #11 – November 29, 2015 with Stage 11
Radio Venice #7 – November 1, 2015 with High Noon Whiskey
Radio Venice #2 – September 27, 2015

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David Sparrow

David Sparrow spent his formative years playing bars and clubs in and around Baltimore, MD but the music bug brought him to Los Angeles in the summer of 2003. After a 12-year run with Los Angeles based band Burning Jet Black, Sparrow has struck out on his own, with original music reminiscent of Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, and Elliott Smith.

“Beggars and Choosers”, his first official solo album will be released on March 2, 2019.

David Sparrow - Beggars and ChoosersMelodic is the simplest way to describe it.

Produced in no small part by Stephen Coler (Lost Beat 6 Records) and Rob Conrad (Fiskit Studios) this album is bringing to life a full realization of Sparrow’s songs old and new.

David is also a member of the Mercury Sound Club.

David Sparrow on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E05 with Mercury Sound Club – February 10, 2019
Radio Venice S09.E08 – October 28, 2018
Radio Venice S07.E03 – November 26, 2017
Radio Venice S05.E08 – April 30, 2017
Radio Venice #22 – March 6, 2016

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Mercy Sakes

Mercy Sakes makes music inspired by fierce old folk tunes. He was born in Oklahoma but raised on the corners of the earth. An army kid, he lived in eight different houses by his tenth birthday. Being from nowhere was about the same as being from everywhere, which he translated into a deep and wide taste in music.

Ever since he first felt sound tug on his heart he has wanted to make noise that could do just that. He’s lived in the south, the north, the midwest, and the west, not to mention the years spent abroad as a kid. He currently lives in Southern California and plans on sticking around for a little while this time. He is also a member of the Mercury Sound Club.

Mercy Sakes on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E05 with Mercury Sound Club – February 10, 2019
Radio Venice S07.E07 – January 21, 2018

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Britton Sparkman

Britton Sparkman hails from Birmingham, AL. Raised in the church, he was always singing and playing music when he was young. At the same time he learned piano and how to read music from his mom. In grade school he picked up the clarinet and played until high school, when theater/stage crew really grabbed him. Britton went on to study Acting at Elon University in North Carolina and he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

In 2004 he moved to LA to follow the Hollywood dream. But when his aspirations to be a movie star didn’t pan out he formed the band Red Circle Underground in 2006, which took him through to 2013. In 2014 he formed Righteous Heirs which was to keep him busy for the next four years.

Outside of these two bands, Britton always finds time to write his own music. Lately you can find him hosting a monthly Tuesday night at Sonny McLeans in Santa Monica and you can catch him around town playing brunches here and there. He is also working on a Premier Radiohead Tribute band, Lotus Flower and is a member of the Mercury Sound Club.

Britton Sparkman on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S10.E05 with Mercury Sound Club – February 10, 2019
Radio Venice S09.E08 – October 28, 2018
Radio Venice S06.E04 as Britton + Ming – July 16, 2017

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