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.
Stanley “The Baron” Behrens was born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. started playing harmonica at the age of five. Stanley went to high school on Long Island. He played music with a blue eyed soul band back in the mid 60’s. Stanley was drafted into the US Army in May of 1967 and spent 2 years on active duty playing his harmonica during Vietnam era. Stationed at Fort Bragg NC Stanley played in a blues rock band 6 nights a week. Continue reading Stanley Behrens→
Hailey Demian, Bass Guitarist, is a regular at Radio Venice, collaborating with a number of Radio Venice Alumni (mentioned below). He also writes his own solo music. He is a founding band member of Vorpium, with Milo Gonzalez and Richard Sherwood, and a founding member of Full Melt Reggae, with Alex Emami and Amit Gilad. He has collaborated with Michael Jost and the Venice Philharmonic Orchestra as well as with Peter Demian (Street Smart Music). Continue reading Hailey Demian→
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.
Producer Rob Mullins is a Westside local in Los Angeles. Hailing from Ontario, California, he became a professional drummer at age 12 performing at Chaffey High School in Ontario with his first band “The Changing Times” in 1971. He joined “The Barons” a touring big band as the drummer the same year doing 70 shows a year while doing his 6th grade homework on a tour bus.
Childhood tragedies included a car accident where Rob was put on crutches for two years. Mullins was forced to switch to piano where he learned the instrument from his mother Ellen Mullins-a professional church pianist.
Forced to relocate to Denver, CO during middle school, Mullins met Joe Anderies and Jack Fredericksen who shaped his future leading to his music theory studies with John Coltrane’s and Miles Davis’ music theory teacher George Russell.
After spending a summer in New York City with George Russell, Mullins took George’s advice and dropped out of college and began making his albums. His fifth album “Soulscape” earned a Grammy nomination while simultaneously putting Denver on the map as a bona fide jazz town via PBS Radio.
Mullins quickly found his way back to Los Angeles in 1986 when he relocated to Marina Del Rey, CA.
The “Only in Venice” album is the 32nd album of this multi-decade and multi-genre producer and he will be recording more music into the future beginning in August 2017 with virtuoso cellist and composer Jeness Johnson.
Mullins currently works out of Big Surprise Studios in Encino, CA where has been on staff as a top Grammy associated producer since 2007.
Rachel Sorsa is originally from Detroit and has lived in Austin and Atlanta before moving to Venice 11 years ago. She is an award-winning actress, singer and songwriter, and animal owner/lover/activist.
She earned a dual Bachelors degree from The University of Michigan in theatre and drama and music, from the schools of Literature, Science and the Arts and The School of Music. Sorsa then went on to earn her Masters degree in theatre (theory) from Michigan State University and a three-year Doctoral program in theatre history and criticism at The University of Texas-Austin. After her graduate studies and teaching appointments, she moved to Atlanta (her grandfather and mother’s original birthplace) and began performing in the regional theatre. She performed in over 20 productions in her 4½ years there.
In 2006, she moved to Venice continuing her success as a stage actress, most notably as the title role in the world premiere musical adaptation of Euripides’ HELEN at The Getty Villa, and as EMPRESS in Beijing, China in the world premiere musical CINNAMON GIRL with Chinese composer superstar, Nathan Wang. She has earned LA Weekly Theatre Awards, Stage Scene Awards and the LA Drama Critics Circle Award, and has made her foray into film and television with roles in BLUES FOR WILLADEAN with Octavia Spencer, Dale Dickey and Beth Grant; and HALLOWEEN PARTY among others.
In 2008, she formed Rachel Sorsa Band, including prominent members of the LA and world jazz community; Gus Duffy, drums; Serge Kasimoff, piano; Andy Allen, bass; and Preston Gould, trumpet. They have performed steadily on the jazz circuit throughout the years holding residencies at Danny’s Venice (7 years), world famous The Baked Potato and the prominent, yet short-lived RG Club in Venice. RSB released their debut album, SISU, last year. Comprised of five of Rachel’s originals and five arrangements, SISU has garnered rave reviews and radio play. She has worked as a session singer at Big Surprise Music and Pico Studios.
Rachel will be returning to Altanta this winter for 6 weeks to perform as Rosemary Clooney in the two-person musical TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY STORY at the renowned Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory. She is managed by Robin McWilliams at MadCatch Entertainment.
Both hailing from the South, Britton Sparkman (Birmingham, AL) and Ming Loo (Silver Spring, Maryland) grew up with music all around. In the summer of 2013, while working at a Tech company, they met and began making music together. Constantly looking for a fuller sound they continued to look for the perfect band.
In 2015 they, along with fellow musicians Jason Lamagna & Richard Maya, formed the Rock outfit, Righteous Heirs. Blending the styles of Southern Rock, Hard Rock, 90’s Alternative, and Americana, or Hard Rock Americana for short, they began recording and released their first EP, 1.
As of the beginning of 2017, Righteous Heirs have been continually recording out of their Studio in Simi Valley and releasing tunes via Bandcamp, and almost every digital outlet you can think of. Keep your eyes and ears open, as their is much more Rock to come!
Ouiwey Collins, son of the Legendary Bootsy Collins, has unmistaken creative ability to bring “edge” and “flare” to anything he touches. His exemplary skill set has been expounded upon through collaborative projects with his father, Bootsy Collins. A roster of icons Ouiwey Collins has joined forces with range from George Clinton, Parliament, Billy Ray Cyrus, D.O.C., DPB, Snoop Dogg, Club Nouveau, The Machine Pro., D-Cat Music, Howard Hewitt, The Jimmy Hendrix Family Album, Zapp, Midnight Star, Shirley Murdock, Kocaine, The Dogg Pound, The Jacksons, Lady Miss Kier, and many others.
In addition to Ouiwey’s eclectic collaborative roster he has also channeled his creativity into the following projects: lead vocals for the game Donkey Conga, theme song for New Jack’s Backyard Wrestling, music for Digimon: The Movie, vocals for various Japanese Anime, Too Cold Scorpio WWE ECW wrestler: The Album, Cincinnati Bengals theme song, The Record Producer Reality Show: Bradley Spalter. In 2006 Ouiwey partnered up with David Brooks (DPB) to work with a youth event known as the Basement. Over a 3 year time frame Ouiwey mentored, trained and supported staff in the aspects of media and music with a concentration in video production, music production, web design, and graphic design. He also produced a reality show which aired on CW locally. In 3 years the demand for the Basement program grew from 400 to 8000 due to the efforts of Ouiwey & DPB. These Basement sessions were conducted weekly on Tuesday’s in an effort to consistently server the population. Following the Basement project Ouiwey went to Japan for 3 years and performed 6 nights a week with his band in live houses. After completing his North American tour he returned to the United States at which point in time he started travelling with his father on tour from 2011-2015. In 2016 Ouiwey Collins shifted his focus to work on his album and resume working with his band.
Ouiwey is currently in the process of working on his album and has connected with Marilyn Gill Executive producer at BET. Patricia Collins, Bootsy Collins, and Ouiwey have been approached to be featured in a Reality show which is currently in the final stages of the contract phase. The designated film crew will follow Ouiwey Collins and the Funksquad on their journey.