Category Archives: This Week

Runson Willis

He never misses a note. With over 10 years of experience with the guitar combined with his extensive performing and touring record, Runson Willis is finally ready to embark on his solo career. The Los Angeles based artist, calls on his idols, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, Willie Guthrie and Willie Nelson as constant reminder of the level of greatness he is working toward. With roots in the deep south, you can hear the soul in every lyric he sings and note he plays.

Runson is geared up and ready to bring his music to the world! From his own words:

“this guitar is noisy, beat up and it may have a lot of scratches on it. But it’s true, it’s lasted a long time and it hasn’t gone anywhere. And I think it’s like me.”

Highlights

Runson Willis on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S11.E04 – May 26, 2019
Radio Venice S09.E12 with George Karpasitis – November 25, 2018
Radio Venice 100th Episode with George Karpasitis and Tim Hui – May 6, 2018
Radio Venice S08.E05 with Juliana Riccardi – April 22, 2018
Radio Venice S08.E02 with George Karpasitis – April 1, 2018
Radio Venice 2 Year Anniversary S06.E08 – September 24, 2017
Radio Venice S06.E05 – July 23, 2017
Radio Venice S05.E03 – February 26, 2017
Radio Venice S04.E05 – October 9, 2016
Radio Venice S03.E11 – July 24, 2016

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Christina Apostolopoulos

Blending honey-sweet vocals with fiery guitar chops, Christina Apostolopoulos’ music provides an emotional and honest journey through the folk, rock and jazz genres.

Born in Toronto and raised in Santa Barbara, Christina began studying guitar at age seven. She attended the Berklee College of Music on scholarship, where she was recognized for her songwriting talents and was featured in songwriting showcases every year of her attendance. In 2013 she released her self-titled EP, a solo acoustic outfit that showcased her repertoire of covers and originals.



In 2015, Christina relocated to Los Angeles and quickly fell into a supportive community of artists. In 2016 she exceeded her monetary goal in a Kickstarter campaign to fund her first full-length album, produced by local legend Nick Stoubis and featuring contributions from composers Drum & Lace and former Passion Pit member Ian Hultquist. In 2018 she was a headliner at the WFSU Fest in downtown Los Angeles, sharing the bill with Kimya Dawson and other female-fronted groups, and released her debut full length album, The Only Thing I’m Good At.



In addition to her solo career, Christina is a sought after session musician, and has contributed to various bands and recordings for artists including Georgia Nott of Broods and Kimi Recor of Lone Priestess, as well as music for film and television. Look for Christina Apostolopous as she continues to tour behind her album and performs new material regularly for her fanbase through social media.

Christina Apostolopoulos on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S11.E04 – May 26, 2019
Radio Venice S08.E14 – June 24, 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 »