Category Archives: Musical Guests

Nick Howe

Nick Howe’s debut Indie Pop release The Struggle Is Real charted at number 2 in the singer/ songwriter charts and has just come off a UK tour with Timeout.

To date, Nick Howe has toured over 15 countries, received mainstream syncs and has appeared on national television. His new EP The Struggle is Real showcases that Nick’s music is reminiscent of both 1975 and Jason Mraz.

One of the tracks, ‘It’s Only Love’ has been used for the new Angry Bird game. Not only that, his first single off the EP, Riches In Heaven, is featured in a recent Comi-con documentary.

This refreshing artist shows the same determination in all walks of life. Having performed at international festivals (such as Glastonbury), acted in the ITV series Lewis and even improvised a song for a Cadbury’s Campaign.

The Londoner has also been active in campaigning to support creativity and freedom of expression, by appearing on ITV news supporting the Keep Streets Live Campaign. In addition to this he also supported The Long Live Southbank campaign to help save the Southbank, proving to Nick The Struggle Is Not Real.

He has a world tour lined up this year – travelling to Australia, US and many other countries along the way.

‘His infectious exuberance can’t help but draw you in’
– Jamie West-Oram

‘His songs are completely original’
– Les Reed

Nick Howe on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S05.E05 – April 9, 2017

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Air Structure

Air Structure are a tight 6 piece outfit from Northern NSW (Australia) that will take you on a lush harmonic journey from soulful blues & jazz, to powerful brass-driven reggae. This unique band showcases the smooth vocal and trombone tones of Stuart Currie with his original songs brought to light by the region’s finest jazz and reggae artists: Tom Kelly (bass), Hugh Jones (drums), Bodhi Seed (guitar), Ben Ganly (keys) and Mish Love (trumpet & vocals). These artists have collectively performed with some of the region’s most renowned bands such as Fyah Walk, Mystic Beats, 4’20 Sound and Darky Roots.

Air Structure on Radio Venice

Radio Venice on Tour – Australia – March 24, 2017

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Seymonster

Seymonster is a guitar player, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has been known to play swampy blues, psychedelic rock & roll, alt country, electro funk, and he loves more styles of music than you could poke a stick at.

Lately he has been making Lo-fi beats and writing lyrics as an ironic and slightly bemused response to the world around us.

He uses an old cassette 4-track to write and record a unique blend of styles, and he has been working on his debut album for about 5 years now. Hopefully one day soon he will finish it so we can have a glimpse inside the mind of this unusual monster from the deep…

Seymonster on Radio Venice

Radio Venice on Tour – Australia – March 24, 2017

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Makana

Described as “dazzling” by the New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, composer and activist who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. He has been a TEDx talk presenter, and his guitar playing has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film “The Descendants”. In 2011, at the apex of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, Makana’s song “We Are The Many” went viral on YouTube garnering more than half a million collective views and was coined the “Occupy Anthem” by Rolling Stone Magazine. His performance of the song at an APEC World Leaders’ Dinner hosted by the Obamas also went viral and became the #1 news story on Yahoo worldwide for two days, garnering appearances on CNN, BBC, ABC, Democracy Now!, Sean Hannity and other major news outlets. Makana’s captivating and wide-ranging performance style has led him to share the stage with Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, open for music legends Sting, Carlos Santana and Elvis Costello, and perform in venues ranging from Asian and European opera houses to The White House. He has released 8 records to date and most recently a music video anthem, “Fire is Ours”, for Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Makana’s career is incredibly diverse: he recently opened for Common at the Global Green Pre-Oscar party in Hollywood, co-headlined a music festival with Nahko and Medicine for the People, scored the Hawai’i Visitors & Convention Bureau’s entire 2016 TV campaign for Hawai’i (airing on networks and in movie theaters nationwide) and was awarded a PELE advertising award for his score, composed a song honoring the historic pier of the coastal town of Cayucos (after helping raise funding for its restoration), and produced 3 tribute concerts honoring his late mentor, slack key legend Sonny Chillingworth. In the summer of 2016 he was invited to open a US national arena tour for rock legends Bad Company & Joe Walsh, and debuted his newest album “Introducing SLACK ROCK”.

Born and raised in Hawai’i, Makana grew up on the shores of Waikiki amid the likes of legend Don Ho and young Elvis-impersonator Bruno Mars. Makana- whose name means “a gift given freely”- began singing when he was seven years-old, took up ‘ukulele at nine and began learning the ancient art of slack key at eleven. By fourteen, he was performing professionally, and before long playing five nights a week. His reputation as the youngest virtuoso of slack key spread like molten volcanic lava throughout the islands.

A protégé of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar legends, including Bobby Moderow Jr. and the late master Uncle Sonny Chillingworth, Makana has dedicated his life to perpetuating as well as evolving the traditional Hawaiian art form. Slack key or Ki Ho’alu, nearly 200 years old and indigenous to Hawai’i, was created by ‘ohana (families) on the different islands as a very personal folk music expression of their beautiful surroundings and way of life. The style is characterized by “slacking” the strings to open chords, thus freeing the hands to alter the sound whilst self-accompanying with a triad of alternating bass patterns, faux rhythms and sweet melodies evocative of island atmospheres. Think “three guitars in one!” From this tradition Makana has evolved his own dynamic, high-octane style, coined “Slack Rock”: slack key infused with elements of bluegrass, rock, blues and raga. Makana’s playing has garnered praise from such guitar luminaries as Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and Pepe Romero (Spanish Flamenco Master). A contributor to the 2007 Grammy-nominated “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Vol. I” and 2009 Grammy-nominated “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Vol II”, Makana is considered one of the “greatest living players” (Esquire Magazine) whose “instrumental brilliance bears comparison with the work of such groundbreaking acoustic guitarists as John Fahey and Michael Hedges” (Maui News).

The focus of Makana’s art is to celebrate the beauty of tradition while exploring new, relevant perceptions, sounds and themes. In his music he often honors his forebears, the vintage Hawaiian music legends as well as the rock poet idols of the 60s, paying homage to the kupuna (elders) who carry within their Beings the cultural wisdom passed down through generations.

Makana on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S05.E03 – February 26, 2017

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Markus Illko

Markus Illko has the exceptional ability of having worked successfully within several facets of the music industry. At the age of 16, one of the youngest guitar students ever accepted at the University for Music and Arts Graz (Austria), he soon played in venues throughout the world, including Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Czechia, Italy, Zyprus and the USA. Performances include TV appearances like Barcelona-TV (Spain) or live radio broadcasts such as “Let’s Spend A Night Together”.

Playing different styles from Classic, Jazz, Tango and Flamenco, he was frequently invited to Europe’s most prestigious stages including Joe Zawinuls Birdland, Porgy and Bess Vienna Orpheum Graz, Palau de Musica Barcelona and many more. Not only did he win several 1. prizes, but received also the prize of honor for his achievements from the University of Music and Arts Graz (Austria). He is currently touring with the all guitar group The String Revolution.

Next to his frequent concert performances he works as a composer and music producer in Los Angeles.

Markus Illko on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S05.E09 with The String Revolution – May 7, 2017
Radio Venice S05.E02 – February 19, 2017

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Mark Rechler

Mark Rechler is a Singer/Songwriter who has spent the last 10 years in the band Circus Mind, a New Orleans-influenced funk/rock band, and OUTHOUSE, an electronica lounge project. He has played with members of the Neville Brothers, The Meters, Soulive, Rebirth Brass Band, Deep Banana Blackout and Bob Marley’s band. Mark’s music has been featured on The Discovery Network, Comedy Hall of Fame and Animal Planet. Mark, AKA “Dark Heckler” has studied piano since he was a puppy and is a fan of classic keyboards as well as high-tech synths with lots of knobs. more Mark Rechler »

Kurt McMahan – King Corduroy

Kurt McMahan made his way to Los Angeles from Austin, TX by-way-of Montgomery, AL. Stirring up all the Southern flavors of Soul Music with the troubadour tradition of storytelling and a cosmic message. Take the Swamp Sound of Muscle Shoals, the Soul of Stax and electric blues of Texas; then mix in a dab of that Country twang and you get: Cosmic Southern Soul.

King Corduroy on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S05.E01 – February 12, 2017

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