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.
Rae Stanton, co-founder and co-producer of Radio Venice, is an Australia-based lover of music. Her business, Accurate Expressions, has morphed from bookkeeping and systems design, to web and graphic design. She has a talent for turning big ideas into full blown realities, whether it is online or in real life. It’s these skills and more that she brought to Radio Venice: designing the logo, building the website, setting up all the social media channels and creating our YouTube channel. At the production level, she is involved in the weekly programming, handles all aspects of artist bookings, and promotion of the weekly events. All of which is done remotely from Australia, for the love of music.
With the advent of COVID and the implementation of strict isolation laws in the early months of 2020, she took the show to the next level by shifting it to a multi-venue format, allowing us to bring in musicians from all over the world, ensuring continued success during a period heaving with other live streams.
With this new format Rae tunes in every week from Byron Bay, Australia adding co-host to her many hats.
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.
Tonan Ruiz is a local Venice legend. Raised in Mar Vista, his mom would take him to the beach at the Venice Pier. When he was 11 Jesse Martinez introduced him to skateboarding. He started surfing at the south side of the Venice Pier and, after a big sand fight he was eventually accepted at the Venice Breakwater. He started Lost Surfboards, got the Venice Skate Park built and start making art. For the full story, check out the July 2018 edition of Venice Stories “Skateboard Salvation” by Jason Hill.
In November 2015 Tonan joined Radio Venice as co-host, bringing his unique energy to the show. He is a local celebrity and in 2018 was crowned King Neptune alongside his Queen, Beth Allyn.