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Hanging On Sunset

Hanging On Sunset

By Team Nowhere
It all started on the Sunset Strip, the place of the Los Angeles music dream for Fernanda and Vincent. They both came from far away (respectively Brazil and France) with the same dream of passing through the streets of the rock n' roll glorious days. But soon, the legendary days of the Whisky a Go-go, the Troubadour, and the Viper room were not enough. Fernanda and Vincent realized they wanted more than a quiet path down the memory lane, they wanted a taste of an actual vibrant and new alternative community. That's why they created the HOS podcast, as a vessel and voice for the new community.
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Season 2 Episode 8 // IRON POINT - Rock n' roll is not dead (It's just hangover)

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Season 2 Episode 17 // SLAVES TO HUMANITY - "The birth of a new scene?"
Aidan Amini, the 17 yo leader of Slaves To Humanity came to our HQ and we spent a couple of hours together, talking about the band’s journey, how it is to be in a High School rock band in 2022, and mainly, his strategy to make a living out of his passion; because Aidan thinks a lot about how the industry works and he’s the type of person who likes to plan. He told us how he’s trying to use social platforms, especially TikTok and Youtube to reach out to a maximum of people. STH are not afraid to do more than just play music and they are ready to use every bit of talent their crew has to offer. Some are good at writing and filming in the band, why not use it to their advantage? In lots of ways, STH are not much different from the other young people of their generation, they have enthusiasm, they are connected and they are eager to push boundaries. They are not afraid, for example, to mix two genres that used to be framed as enemies. By inventing the concept of Sunset Grunge they are trying to combine the catchiness and fun of the classic Sunset Strip Music and the heaviness and darker aspects of Grunge. I have to say, The Start is a very promising showcase of what they can do in that realm. In some other ways, they are a rock n’ roll band from the XXth century. The very fact that they got their first break on an actual FM radio is worth noting. Local Classic Rock radio KLOS introduced their music to their listeners in their program « Stay Or Go » and the listeners decided they should stay. The response was so overwhelming that the radio got them on rotation. I thought only algorithms could make or break a new band now but I was wrong, and I’m glad! https://www.slavestohumanity.com/
01:24:53
March 31, 2022
Season 2 Episode 16 // HOUSE PARTY PRESENTS - "Music For The Homeless"
Sam Pereira believes in the power of music. He also believes in a better world, especially for those impacted by homelessness. That's why, on October 24th, 2020, he launched House Party Presents, a charitable organization that organizes concerts and uses all the benefits toward the homeless. For every dollar raised, 60% goes to other homeless assistance organizations and the rest (minus House Party expenses) goes towards independent outreach supplies, (nutritious food, toiletries, weather protection, heartwarming efforts). Sam started his charity back in In Muscle Shoals, Alabama but he's currently residing in Washington DC, very close to where he was born and raised. In the suburbs of the capital,  Sam was first confronted with the issue of homelessness, at a very young age, especially on his travels to the city to see shows that illuminated him with the power of live music. Although he's not a musician himself, he knew that someday his life would revolve around it. After considering opening a concert venue, he decided to combine his love for music and his need to help the homeless. Sam organized the first show in Washington DC but, soon after, the pandemic hit and he was forced to sit on his project for a while. He's back now and he's ready for more events later this year in DC and Colorado this summer. Meanwhile, Sam is working on making House Party a nonprofit organization. What really stroke us during this conversation is that Sam is driven by the need to tell the unique story of every person he meets on the streets. Because, too often, we're guilty of indifference and too embarrassed to face it,  it's really convenient for us to ignore the people behind the issue they are facing. While we conveniently refer to the people on the streets as the "homeless people", Sam stops, talks to them, acknowledges them, calls them by their name, and tells their stories. Terrance, Shawn, Bobby, Knox, are their names and House Party is here to say those names out loud so we don't look away anymore. Sam collects the sign they make. To him, they mean more than what it seems, they're not just a piece of cardboard, they are the tools with which Terrance, Shawn, Bobby, and Knox try to signal their very own humanity to us. Imagine the courage it takes to write down those few words that will indicate your situation and expose your vulnerability to the world. If you want to know more about Sam and help him organize events in any part of the US, don't hesitate to message him on his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/housepartypresents/ Or you can reach him at housepartypresents@gmail.com If you want to know more about his project, you can also visit his website: https://www.housepartypresents.org/ Upcoming Events involving House Party Presents: _ May 14th: Washington DC ( location TBD) _ May 26 & 27th: Summercamp Music Festival (Homeless Benefit Raffle) _ May 29th: Arise Festival in Colorado (Homeless Benefit Raffle) _ Sam is hoping to organize a few shows this summer in Denver, Colorado so if you want to help, message him.
56:57
March 29, 2022
Season 2 Episode 15 // BILLY GRAZIADEI (Biohazard) - "One life to live"
On March 25th, Billy Graziadei, the legendary founder of Biohazard, will release his second solo album Leaders and Liars. I have to say, this interview is not like the other ones. First, Billy was already on the show in Season 1 when we were still doing this on Zoom (https://anchor.fm/hangingonsunset/episodes/Season-1---Episode-5--Billy-Graziadei-Biohazard--Powerflo--Billy-Bio---Keep-it-real-en10te), but also because Billy produced the debut album of my band Yard Of Blondes. During the process of the recording of Feed The Moon, Billy and I became best friends. He helped me fulfill my vision and brought many ideas of arrangements to the table. We nurtured each other’s creativity and most of all, we had great fun. And it wasn’t always easy. Financial struggle, personal challenges came along the way during that process and Billy showed up, always positive, always managing to find a way to push our best selves. Naturally, I wanted to tap into his wisdom for this new episode and Billy doesn’t disappoint because as he tells us, in a way, for him, it was always about finding a way to make art win over the industry. He recalls the early days of Biohazard, telling us how the industry wouldn’t even hear about them before they were able to put up sold-out shows, on their own. Since day one, the two most important things were to stay true to themselves and care about the fans and not about fame or any other kind of validation. He vividly remembers how Rick Rubin first labeled Biohazard as a « 3-chord trash band that will never go anywhere » before changing his mind as success knocked on their door. But Billy didn’t bend the knee to the industry. He said, « Fuck the industry » yet he was smart enough to learn how to work with it, using it as a tool to reach out to more fans, or « friends », as Billy likes to call them. When we paired on the writing of Feed The Moon, I appreciated the fact that we were like scientists in a lab, always experimenting, always trying to think outside of the box. We had no other motive than to have fun and surprise ourselves. That’s another thing I love about him, he’s open to any new idea and he usually comes up with the most unexpected ones. I remember when we first worked on « 1994 » and we were frustrated with the last chorus. I told Billy I wasn’t happy with the drums, but I couldn't express what was bugging me.  At some point, I said I wished the pattern would sound more « Motown ». I couldn’t express it any better than with this image and of course, in the context of our alternative album, it didn't make much sense. But for Billy,  this vague analogy sparked something. He went to another session and grabbed a drum part of another song. He slowed it down and then looped it before adding it to the mix. Then he muted all parts but vocals and "Bam!", I had my "Motown" chorus with the snare hitting every beat. « What d’you think, Bro? » Billy asked with a witty smile. Damn... I was ecstatic and I didn't have to say anything, It showed on my face! It was exactly what I had in mind. That’s the kind of cool shit Billy’s capable of coming up with. My experience at Firewater Studios taught me to never give up, to always look in the corners of our imagination... This and more on our episode this week... www.billybio.com
01:18:34
March 22, 2022
Season 2 Episode 14 // GRACE MCKAGAN - "Baby, That's Rock N' Roll"
Grace McKagan is an up-and-coming rock artist that throws it back while throwing it forward. She’s been a musician since she was a small child at three, writing songs and performing for her parents. She was in the ex-band Pink Slips but decided to re-band and go solo. Grace has a variety of experiences with playing live shows, performing in small, dive venues like Harvard and Stone, and big festivals like Reading in the UK. Fernanda: What do you do to save rock n’ roll? Grace: I think it would be ridiculous if I saved rock n’ roll because I don’t feel that way. But, in my efforts of making rock n’ roll for the entirety of my career, I am trying to save the spirit of rock ‘n roll. I’ve always loved the passion and authenticity that rock n’ roll derived from. I just love rock ‘n roll. Maybe that saves rock n’ roll, being a fan and always learning new stuff. In today’s current musical landscape, streams and appealing to the masses have become more relevant than before. The industry judges one based off the amount of Spotify listens, Tik Tok trends, and followers instead of the music. In a way, this has always been the case. But with social media the importance of popularity has grown into a bigger monster. Artists like Grace notes these trends while stressing the importance of staying true to yourself and the music. Grace: I think of Instagram like a business card. It’s fun, almost like a game. I think Instagram should be fun. I’ve had people try to tell me in the past what to post and I don’t do it because I feel like it’s cheesy. And those posts might get less traction because people can tell that it’s manufactured. You can tell that Grace marches to her own beat. Her music is fresh, unique, and contains a piece of rock music that reaches back to the roots. In a world of overproduced and similar sounds, Grace has found a sound that honors past decades while looking ahead to the future. Grace’s music features elements of 60s garage rock and a feeling of “live recordings” that bands like Aerosmith perfected. Grace: When we do play shows, specifically the Harvard and Stone ones, we try to keep it as minimal and as rock n’ roll as possibly. The band I felt that for Harvard and Stone, using tracks would be ridiculous. They (tracks) are warranted for certain things like festivals or if you’re going to be on the road for months. It just depends on the show. Grace touches upon the band’s dynamics, her influences, and the direction she wants to go towards for the future. Check out the whole interview below! Grace McKagan has five singles out, including the new “Baby That’s Rock N Roll”. You can stream her music on all major platforms and keep up with her music on Instagram @gracemckagan. Alex Shelley
01:02:17
February 22, 2022
Season 2 Episode 13 // KEVIN MARTIN (CANDLEBOX) - "No Compromises"
What an honor to receive Kevin Martin from Candlebox on our podcast! I mean, I can’t even start to tell you how big of a deal it is for someone who considers himself a spiritual kid from the Seattle scene. Along with Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Green River, Mudhoney, Sweetwater, and Tad, just to name a few, Candlebox and Kevin Martin helped The Seattle Music Scene make itself a good place in the Rock history books.  I’m not sure Grunge is an actual cohesive genre but was is certain is that something happened around Seattle and it all started in the ’80s. Many factors contributed to help this scene arise but two things are worth noting. First, Kevin helped us understand it was very much like a high school scene, with all the bands of the area playing with each other. Also, the legendary label Subpop helped by throwing shows all around town and inviting lots of bands, even if they were not on the roster of the label. It meant that all the bands were performing all the time basically. Soon enough, a few bands became huge and they helped the other bands get some of the limelight.  Kevin was a first-hand witness of this wonderful revolution and he was working at a shoe store when the Seattle sound exploded to the face of the world. That’s where he met Susan Silver who was managing Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and the Screaming Trees. Behind part of the second waves of Seattle bands that exploded almost became a burden, but nevertheless, Candlebox managed to conquer the charts after being the first band to sign with Mavericks records.  A couple of albums later, Kevin was upset with the mainstream world and reclaimed his independence. He’s been writing new songs and touring ever since. Last year, Candlebox released the brilliant album « Wolves » and a beautiful acoustic version of « Riptide », recorded at Blackbox studios in Nashville. Kevin Martin takes us on a trip and helps us answer a crucial question we’ve been asking ourselves since the beginning of this podcast. Applying everything we know about the birth of the Seattle scene, how can we apply some of it to help emerge a new scene today, right here in LA and right now. Part of the answer seems to be to organize shows and make every event special and exciting. That’s how we’ll get the people back in the sweaty clubs. www.hangingonsunset.com https://www.hangingonsunset.com/podcast https://www.candleboxrocks.com/
01:02:47
February 08, 2022
Season 2 Episode 12 // ROBIN DIAZ (COURTNEY LOVE, CHRIS CORNELL, CANDLEBOX, ...) - "Serve the music, lower the ego"
We got lucky to cross paths with Robin Diaz, a seasoned drummer who’s been around the LA scene since the early ’90s. Ever since his first tour when he was 16, Robin hasn’t stopped performing and recording with some of the most iconic rock artists of our time and, as a result, you probably heard him beat the shit out of his drums more times than you can imagine. You think I exaggerate? Well, just look at the list of people he’s been collaborating with: Courtney Love, Billy Corgan, Líve, Simple Plan, Candlebox, Bauhaus/Peter Murphy, Chris Cornell, 3Doors Down, Danzig, Avril Lavigne, and countless more (check for yourself: https://www.robindiaz.com/). Talking to Robin was not only fantastic because he’s a fucking great drummer but also because he’s been a key witness of the evolution of the LA scene. For him, it all started at a rehearsal spot in Santa Monica. At night, he was sleeping in his van on the parking lot and during the day he spent his time mastering his craft, drumming until he couldn’t drum anymore. Around him, bands like Kiss or Rage Against The Machine were rehearsing. Robin, patiently kept drumming and drumming until he caught the attention of someone who would recognize his talent and need him. That’s what happen, for example, when his idols Kiss called him to help record the demos of what would become Psycho Circus. And that’s only one of the many stories that he told us on the podcast. I guess for Robin, it all came down to dedication and embracing a « Yes mentality ». He said "yes" to every opportunity that could give him a new experience but most of all, any experience where he would have fun. Also, he was staying close to the scene. The question is, is there still a scene? To Robin, there’s no doubt about this, there’s a scene. He praises new bands like S8nt Elektric and as much as the LA club scene can suck, bands need to stick together and impose their vision and determination so they can grow together. That’s exactly what we’ve been advocating for with our podcast and that’s why our little community will grow and get somewhere. Because we share Robin’s dedication and because we believe in that simple thing: together, we’re stronger. Vincent Jacob
01:00:08
January 10, 2022
Season 2 Episode 11 // HOLIDAY SPECIAL EPISODE - Charles (Analog Party) & Vincent (Yard Of Blondes)
Since Fernanda and I have started this podcast we have made new friends. Our little dream of building a community around the local rock scene has become true. Every day, we’re joined by new people of goodwill sharing the same passion for amplified music. It happens that those people are most of the time also very cool and funny and it’s not only our musical community who is growing but also our circle of friends. Just like Brinley Amicon, Charles Horin, the bass player for Analog Party is one of them. Fernanda brought Analog Party on the podcast at the very beginning of our adventure (EPISODE 6: https://anchor.fm/hangingonsunset/episodes/Season-1---Episode-6--Analog-Party---Stop-saying-Rock-is-dead-enl7rq). I didn’t know them before but I’ve come to love their music and also greatly enjoy the company of both Animaan, the singer, and our co-host today, Charles. So when Fernanda and I decided we’d do something different for the holiday season, I didn’t think twice before involving Charles. He’s a skilled musician, a good music critic and connoisseur, a fine analyst of the local scene but also, he’s very funny and silly, which are two qualities that I needed for this Holiday Special episode. I tested positive to COVID-19 on December 10th so we decided to do this episode over zoom while Charles was in Florida. We tackled very critical questions like: « Is this a Christmas or a Hanukkah episode? », « Are you a truck-type of guy? ». See, very important questions… More seriously, once we awakened we talked about the podcast and tried to reflect on how beneficial it has been for our community during the last year. We also talked about songwriting methods and shared our insecurities about creating new music. Ultimately we tried to uncover what makes a new band relevant and we tried to identify what makes a sonic revolution. Along the way, we’ve been a little geeky too, just like when we talked about the Fender VI (debating if it’s more of a guitar or a bass). We also shared some personal anecdotes (for example the one about the time I pretended to be a famous French poet to make my way to a VIP Ringo Star show at the Hard Rock Cafe). But mostly we tried to remain silly and at the end of the episode, we did two games, the « Christmas gift Either / Or » and the « 1996 Hit machine blind test » where Charles had to compete against Fanny Hill (another great bass player of course, because she plays in Yard Of Blondes). Listen until the end and you’ll hear a special song inspired by Charles's childhood memories…  I won’t say more… Have fun listening to this while cooking for your guests on New Year’s eve or during your commute after your last rehearsal of the year. We wish you a very happy new year. See you all soon at a Hanging On Sunset party. Vincent www.hangingonsunset.com https://analogparty.bandcamp.com/ www.yardofblondes.com https://www.instagram.com/charlesplaysbass/?hl=en
01:13:01
December 28, 2021
Season 2 Episode 10 // HOLIDAY SPECIAL EPISODE - Brinley Amicon interviews Fernanda Linhares
You might know Brinley Amicon as an incredibly talented guitar player. You might also know her as the guest of the first episode of our second season (https://www.hangingonsunset.com/post/brinley-amicon-guitar-heroin-2-0). But even if you follow her and know her, you're about to discover another side of her personality because Brinley is also an amazing interviewer. When she came to our show, we immediately bonded and we laughed a lot. One of the jokes we made was about doing kind of a "Freaky Friday" episode where she would interview us back! It started as a joke but we kept coming back to this idea and when Fernanda and I were brainstorming about some Holiday Specials ideas, this appeared to be the most logical yet also most fun one. We had to do the "opposite episode" with Brinley!  Also, we thought it would be great to give an insight into the backstory of our host Fernanda Linhares. People have come to know her better through our episodes but we want to know more about her, right?!. Where does her passion for rock come from? How was her musical upbringing? Is it true that, against all odds, it all started with the Spice Girls? (Spoiler alert: Yes). All of this and more are in this very special episode! Discover the inspiring story that brought Fernanda from Brazil to California. It's actually a perfect coming-of-age rock n' roll tale for the holidays. It's mostly a motivational testimony that big dreams can get you where you need if you are determined. This episode is also proof that what matters most about our project is the community we're building and the friends we make along the way. Fernanda and Brinley didn't know each other before we first interviewed Brinley and they're now great friends. They also work together sometimes when Fernanda helps style Brinley on her iconic photoshoots. We crave that kind of interaction and friendship around our shared love for rock n' roll. And honestly, there's nothing much that can beat that.  Vincent
01:16:29
December 21, 2021
Season 2 Episode 9 // SPARE PARTS FOR BROKEN HEARTS - "Everything heavy, Everyone here"
Two people that we love mentioned Spare Parts For Broken Hearts to us in the last month. First, it was Animaan from Analog Party who brought them to the conversation. He said to me they were a very solid live band and we should consider having them perform at one of our Hanging On Sunset / Team Nowhere events (By the way, don’t miss our next event on Friday, December 17th - more info here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CXHpaz9vQmv/). Then, Anthony from Teenage Wrist / Iron Point came to the studio to record our latest episode and he said we should have them on the podcast. When two of the most talented musicians in town agree on such a thing, you don’t have much choice, and that’s why we reached out to Sarah Green to schedule an interview. The frontwoman was joined by bass player Jonny and both came to our very secret location last Friday and we had a very great time. First, the music they create resonates with us. Like I said during the interview, it sounds familiar because the musical and cultural bath of influence we hear in their craft is probably very similar to ours. The names that we brought in the conversation were those of the artists we grew up with like The Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, or Nirvana but also lesser know acts like K’s Choice and the Spanish band Heroes Del Silencio. That’s where Jonny’s Guatemalan roots and my Spanish roots cross paths. Spare Parts Of Broken Hearts can’t be reduced to their musical influences though and you need only to listen to them once to be touched and impressed by the quality of Sarah’s vocal melodies and the powerful authenticity Jessica helps them deploy with her drumming. They’re not here to compromise on anything and their music is very well reflecting their motto: « Everything heavy, everyone here ». Yes, the music is heavy but so are their heart. Sarah’s lyrics are very transparent about her feelings and struggles in her daily life. The emotion she carries through the many aspects of her voice is very often overwhelming and distressing because you can tell it comes from a very honest place. The vocal tremolo she uses in the lower parts is haunting and it puts you in a sort of trance, the raspiness coming from her throat grabs your heart and you can feel she has the ability to rip it out in a second, and when she finally does, Sarah lets it all out in one of those epic choruses filled with long notes and unexpected changes. The pain finally equals the pleasure and we are experiencing the adrenaline rush of a rollercoaster. The most beautiful part of this rollercoaster is that everybody is invited to the party because the things she deals with are universal sufferings. Spare Parts For Broken Hearts make a point that they want their band to be a refuge for the outcast, the lonely, the left out and all the freaks out there. It seems they have created a real bond with their fans that’s breaking the old stereotype of rockstars versus groupies. Thank god, it’s 2021 and we don’t need that anymore. We need more bands like SP4BH, carrying values of empathy, equality, and tolerance. We need more bands that are actually bringing more to the table than posture and dreams of glory. We need authenticity, community, and great music. Vincent Jacob www.hangingonsunset.com https://www.sparepartsforbrokenhearts.com
01:15:05
December 14, 2021
Season 2 Episode 8 // IRON POINT - Rock n' roll is not dead (It's just hangover)
Anthony « Nino » Salazar is a man of many talents. We first discovered him behind the drum kit of Teenage Wrist. We had the pleasure to interview him and Marshall Gallagher earlier in June (HOS Season 1 episode 21) when Teenage Wrist released their brilliant last album « Earth is a black hole » (Epitaph). What we didn’t know is that Anthony aka Nino is also a great frontman (Guitar, Vocals) in the band Iron Point. In August, Animaan from Analog Party shoot me a text, they couldn’t perform a gig at Harvard and Stone so they asked me if Yard Of Blondes could cover for them. I was excited because Iron Point was on the same bill. See that’s what we talk about all the time on this podcast, building a rock community in LA that knows each other, supports each other, and can cover for each other when needed. The show we played at Harvard and Stone reinforced that feeling because not only they are great people, but they also are amazing performers. Can you believe that people actually dance to their music? It might seem weird, but that doesn’t happen very often in Los Angeles, where people are, very often, too self-conscious to let go, unless they’re totally drunk or cocained. During our interview, Anthony said multiple times he was trying to make « unashamed » music with this project. I don’t see why they would be ashamed of having fun and sharing that fun with the audience. Iron Point is « rock n’ roll » in the pure sense of the word. It’s pretty straightforward, it embodies Anthony and Adam Gimenez’s (the other half of Iron Point) passion and drives. They’re not a band of poseurs and are not afraid of smacking guitar solos right in your face. Anthony’s influences reflect that spirit as he mentions two of his idols Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave), who don’t hold back when it comes to delivering a sincere and powerful performance. As their latest single « Golden » shows, Iron Point’s backbone is Classic Rock. Anthony was fed on ZZ Top, Cream, Deep Purple, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and so on. When he was still a kid, his uncle dropped him a stash of CDs every Friday. This was a big part of Anthony’s rock n’ roll education along with the NOW compilation CDs that his father (who was a DJ in the ’80s) gave him. Oh, and Weird Al too. Whenever he released a new parody, Anthony traced the original song and discovered new bands to love. See, all roads lead to Rome. Unashamed, Anthony told us his backstory, with lots of tenderness for all the people that shaped his music tastes, even when he revealed to us his first concert ever was N’Sync. And it wasn’t a mistake. He actually saw them twice and loved it. Unashamed, there’s a lot of candor in the way he is and that’s refreshing. Everything seems simpler around Anthony. He’s solar, positive, and ready to rock. Citing his friend Rebecca, Anthony tells us that « Rock N’ Roll is not dead, it’s just hangover ». It doesn’t need to be saved, it’s here, it might be snoring in a corner but with bands like Iron Point, but it’s ready to wake up and dance again any minute, unashamed. Vincent Jacob https://www.instagram.com/ironpoint www.hangingonsunset.com
01:04:31
November 30, 2021
Season 2 Episode 7 // ALEXA DARK - A film noir soundtrack
Alexa Dark has only two songs out but it was enough to make a lasting impression on us as she is somehow creating a bridge between Adele’s sophisticated pop music and Chris Isaac’s moody and anachronistic bluesy ambiances. But with « Blind Faith » and « Fate To Black And Blue », Alexa is also making a statement that goes beyond music. Both songs are accompanied by perfectly curated music videos that propose a powerful and haunting universe. Imagery, style, and music go hand in hand for Alexa and we’re happy she takes the time to carefully craft this 360 experience for us. Delicacy and intention don’t prevent raw emotions from surfacing through her prism. As a result, the fascinating and obscure world she paints for us seems to be only redeemed by beauty. This resonates with me a lot as I recently came to the conclusion that pain is somehow only tolerable if we find a way to transform it into art. Ultimately, I think that culture is that movement of putting something unbearable to a safe distance just to be able to look at it in the eyes. « I'm drowning in a sea of static I'm sleepless in a bed for two » - Blind Faith « We sit at that bar Jukebox doesn’t start So I play a sad song in my head I know you’re leaving soon No curtain call for you But I watch the credits roll again » - Fade to black and blue Every word Alexa sings seems to be taken from the script of a French film noir but her narration style has more to do with a Lynchian dream. It’s seductive because it is elusive and the power of Alexa Dark lies in her ability to hide as much as she reveals. In a way, her music is an antidote to the frenzy of transparency that has taken onto the world. It’s also the perfect refuge from the contemporary summons of assigning people to frozen and closed identities. On the contrary, Alexa Dark diffuses herself in the shadows and navigates between the many unexplored regions of the soul. That might be because of her multicultural background. She’s of Spanish descent, was born in New York, and grew up in London. That’s where she discovered record stores, Françoise Hardy, and punk rock. That’s also where she first performed at age 13. The experience she gained performing at a young age and her exposure to a diverse world of many cultures has informed her art and vision.  As she said on the podcast, Alexa doesn’t want to be "stuck in one place, with one idea, one culture". That’s why she keeps moving and adding more layers to her perspective. Right now, she spends her time between New York and Los Angeles and we’re glad she stopped by our studio to share her vision, philosophy, and journey with us. Alexa Dark might be writing the soundtrack of a film noir, but it’s a kaleidoscopic and unpredictable score. www.hangingonsunset.com www.instagram.com/hangingonsunset.com www.teamnowhere.org
58:11
November 16, 2021
Season 2 Episode 6 // TALKER - Celestial Indie Pop
What stroke us most about the vibrant young girl we met is how dedicated and passionate she is. Her last single might be called « Sad chick », but when it comes to talking about her journey and music, she opens up and glows. Celeste is the brain and voice behind Talker and she’s been around for a while now. She got her first big break as a touring musician for the electro-pop band Frenship and she gained a lot of experience with them as they were playing legendary stages like Red Rocks, The Bowery Ballroom, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands. When she came back from the tour, she felt ready to develop her project and that’s when Talker was born. As she navigated her way through the Los Angeles indie scene, she played most of our exciting clubs, among them the Hi-Hat (RIP), the Bootleg Theater (RIP), the Moroccan Lounge, the Roxy, and the Echo, to name a few. Talker is a hard worker, you just have to check the campaign she launched for her last single to realize how much heart and dedication she puts into her music. She released her single along with an illustrated fanzine, a live version, a beautiful music video, and a very creative Halloween campaign showcasing different iconic « Sad chick » looks (check her Insta). She might be the mind behind all of that but she knows how to be surrounded by people of great talent. Talking about talented people, the first time we heard about her was when we interviewed Anthony and Marshall from Teenage Wrist. When we asked them who they liked in the scene they mentioned Celeste. She might not be as Rock as other acts we have covered but there is something raw and definitely authentic about her that we love. Maybe it’s the fact she allows herself to expose her vulnerability and uses it to create, plus she does it with humor. « Sad chick » is a good example so naturally we wanted to talk to her about mental health and how she dealt with it during the pandemic. Celeste found relief in her art, she worked with friend and producer Dan Sadin on her next record and together they gave birth to a beautiful pop opus tainted with alternative colors that you’ll soon get to hear. Meanwhile, stop by our podcast and discover this smart, fascinating and determined young woman.
01:12:51
November 09, 2021
Season 2 Episode 5 // LONE KODIAK - A survival tale
The story of the band Lone Kodiak is intimately and painfully linked to the concept of survival. It all started in Portland, Oregon, where Daineal Parker and Daniel Alden (respectively Guitar/vocals and bass for Lone Kodiak) launched their first project together. The band was called Emberghost and was fronted by the talented Sarah Jennings. They made a name for themselves in the local scene, selling out landmarks like the Roseland and they even caught the attention of Sony executives who invited them to perform a showcase in New York. The fairy tales soon transformed into a nightmare when Sarah was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. She passed away and the gang disbanded. Parker and Alden when separate ways for a while and everything could have stopped here. But Parker found a work opportunity in L.A. and decided to start a new musical chapter, here in the city of Angels. That’s when I met him in 2011. I just landed in the US and I was also starting my new life and my own musical journey. Yard Of Blondes was very new and Fanny and I were testing our first songs at local cafes and open mics. We met Parker at the Unurban Cafe in Santa Monica. This was a memorable night for many reasons. The Unurban Cafe is really tiny and the performance room is about the size of my living room. I’m exaggerating a little bit but it’s just because I want you to understand how intimate it was. Because it was actually intimidating. Yet, a quirky ukulele singer/songwriter named Javelin did her best to loosen the palpable tension amongst the performers in the small room. She was hosting the night, telling jokes and she was performing really bad songs, which is important in our story because that’s how Parker, Fanny, and I bonded later that night. Yes, at her expense, because we’re mean people sometimes, sorry. I have a fond memory of that night because we met a friend, creating a beautiful memory that will endure a lifetime and because we also met a wonderful songwriter and singer.  A few months after, Alden came to L.A. too and the pair decided to move forward together. They released a wonderful tribute to Sarah as Emberghost and then, then decided to write a new chapter as Hurry Death, which ultimately would become Lone Kodiak. Things looked great again until one day in 2018 when Alden got severely injured in a motorcycle accident. He didn’t know if he could ever play bass again but fortunately, he recovered, and here we are, 10 years later after we met Parker. Their newest songs Make It A Weapon, Tiny Muscles and Bones carry the same grace Parker had when I met him. Yet, I’d say his songwriting is expanding as their sound becomes bigger and heavier. Sadness and depression are now joined by anger as the world keeps shattering. The uncertainty of our times burdens Parker and the survival aspect of their music is palpable. Social injustice, political uncertainty, and climate catastrophe have joined the party. Art remains the best survival tool for Parker and he’s one of the few who will ease your own struggles when you’re listening to their music. We hope Lone Kodiak will keep gratifying us with their medicinal music for a long time. When we had the opportunity to celebrate the one-year anniversary of this podcast / growing community, we didn’t hesitate. We had to have Lone Kodiak on board. Join us on November 9th at the Resident in DTLA for a night of music with Analog party and my band Yard Of Blondes. That’s a reunion I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. www.hangingonsunset.com
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November 02, 2021
Season 2 Episode 4 // FANNY HULARD - Why the hell do you need a PR agent?
This episode is for our community of indie musicians out there. Very often we give the spotlight to musicians and artists but we vowed to create an inclusive community of EVERYONE involved in the daunting task of saving rock n' roll. Many of the actors of our growing community are on the other side of the stage and they have very useful insight regarding a musician's career. And it's also our goal to reach out to them and give them the mic so you can benefit from their knowledge.  In the case of Fanny, she's on every side of the stage as she is also the bass player from the band Yard Of Blondes. Actually, it's the journey with her band that gradually directed her to the path of becoming a PR agent. After meeting many opportunities of frustration regarding the promo of her band (a few overpriced campaigns with no results to be clear...), she started to take the fate of her band into her own hands and decided to handle all promo tasks for the band herself. Years of learning and successes (plugging her band to more than 200 radio worldwide, countless blogs, playlists, getting press in Rolling Stone Magazine or Bass Magazine are some of her achievements) have attracted other bands and brands to her and that's how she naturally decided to launch her own PR agency.  What is great about Fanny's journey is that she is still, to this day, an artist and that she knows all the struggles the indie community of musicians has to face on an everyday basis. She knows the industry and follows her evolution day by day with her band and she has to face the same questions indie musicians do. How do I get plugged into a great Spotify/Apple/Amazon/Deezer playlist? Should we release only singles now to maximize promotion? Fanny addresses these questions in this episode and many more.  She's a firm believer that indie bands can achieve so much by themselves. That's why she created the Undercover band PR blog. On this blog, she gives her tips for free and her goal is to help the community to get self-sufficient when it comes to promo. Of course, many musicians don't have the time to do everything themselves and that's when you need a PR agent. If anything, Fanny shows there are people out there that can be part of the industry and still believe in the future of rock. That's reassuring. Also, she's very open and friendly so don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions regarding your project. https://theundercoverband.blogspot.com/ https://www.instagram.com/theundercoverpr/ fanny@fanny-hulard.com www.yardofblondes.com
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October 26, 2021
Season 2 Episode 3 // S8NT ELEKTRIC - The Sunset Legacy
S8NT ELEKTRIC is a pretty young band yet, they're already playing festivals! It's crazy to think that they formed about 8 months ago and they already achieved so much on their own. Because, that's one of the keys to their early success, they like to do everything by themselves. They book their own warehouse shows, they record and mix their songs themselves, they do their artwork, manage their social networks, and so on. Quite impressive, yet quite necessary in this day and age. You need to be your own powerhouse if you're going to want to go somewhere in that business in 2021. And that's why we think, rock n' roll can still be a thing because when you're in your in a band, you're not alone... You have each other, you can rely on everybody else. Most of the time, people have various skills and you should take advantage of that, just like Brianna, Niko, Eric, London, and Jack do. Yes, the last decade was all about bedroom pop, rappers, and solitary productions because suddenly all you needed to record, mix and distribute yourself was available on your computer. But it was also a decade of everybody staging themselves for a permanent broadcast and it served individuals in comparison to bands. The mystery on which rock n' roll was relying was suddenly obsolete. Everything was about the Self, in a constant flow of auto-promotion. A sanitary and economic crisis later, people crave more authenticity and something organic. And that's why a band like S8NT ELEKTRIC has a chance to conquer the masses; they understand the history of rock n' roll but they are not nostalgic, they want to bring something new to the table and they can because they know how to navigate the digital world, ready to bend the rules: less "self", more "us", less superficiality, more authenticity. We're here witnessing the birth of a new generation of rockers that will be back on the top of the charts, that's my bet. Meanwhile, come with us to the Whisky a Gogo on October 24th to encourage them. 5 years from now, you'll thank us cause you'll be able to say: "I was at that show!". Fernanda and Vincent have been around the LA alternative music scene for almost a decade yet they never felt it was a real community. They came to the US with the same dream of joining a vibrant community of artists but they soon realized the Laurel Canyon, Sunset Strip, and Fairfax High School days were long gone. Because talent is still brewing and because L.A. deserves another chapter in the music history books, we decided to help by giving a voice to a new generation of rock bands and connect them to the many fans & professionals that are hoping to see a new scene arise. Join the movement!
51:27
October 19, 2021
Season 2 Episode 2 // Max Noce - The Art Of Style
If you go out on the Sunset Strip, I'm sure you've crossed paths with Max Noce. Always dressed in black, he's likely to show up at the Sunset Marquis right before midnight. He might also be in the company of one of his friends, a rockstar likely. Yes, Max is friends with rockstars, but only because he's a rockstar himself, a styling rockstar. He was born in Milan, that's where he fell in love with rock n' roll, that's when he experienced his first tours at age 13 (!);  but he really started his career in Fashion in London, where Red Hot Chili Peppers convinced him to relocate to Los Angeles at the end of the 1990s.  A flight and a PCH drive later, and there he was, finally home in the city of angels. He started working at Lord's, crafting custom pieces for musicians, quickly forging a reputation for himself as one of the greatest clothing sculptors of the town. But what he really did was none other than helping those musicians craft their image and identity, something very important for an artist. After opening his first store with a friend he branched on solo and had his own shop/gallery/after-hours party club on the Sunset Strip for a while before closing it because, well, ... he needed to stay alive! Drained by his lifestyle, Max stepped aside a little bit and came back stronger. Nowadays, he keeps working in Hollywood and he has managed to create his own legend, being responsible for some of the most iconic looks of rockstars like Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Duff McKagan (Guns n' Roses), but also actors like Mickey Rourke, just to name a few. It was a great opportunity for us to talk to a witness of the last glorious days of LA at the end of the '90s and see what he thinks of today's scene. He wasn't shy and he told us many amazing stories about legends such as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Julian Lennon, and even French legend Johnny Hallyday. For us, it was also the opportunity to talk about image, a very important component of today's digitalized communication. Do rockers know what to do in today's digital world? How can they maintain mystery and style in the day of constant broadcasting of our private lives? Max might not have all the answers but he sure knows about style and the essence of the Strip: Sex, Drugs, and Rock N' Roll, we're definitely hanging on Sunset in his company.  Vincent Fernanda and Vincent have been around the LA alternative music scene for almost a decade yet they never felt it was a real community. They came to the US with the same dream of joining a vibrant community of artists but they soon realized the Laurel Canyon, Sunset Strip, and Fairfax High School days were long gone. Because talent is still brewing and because L.A. deserves another chapter in the music history books, we decided to help by giving a voice to a new generation of rock bands and connect them to the many fans & professionals that are hoping to see a new scene arise. Join the movement!
01:09:17
October 12, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 1 // Brinley Amicon - Guitar Heroine 2.0
Before we met Brinley, I came across her Instagram account thanks to the almighty algorithm gods and I was intrigued by this young woman shredding old-time classic rock riffs on her Gibson. She was sharing reels of herself performing her favorite riffs from Led Zepplin or Aerosmith and I thought to myself "what the hell is happening? Is there a niche for everything now?" Well, I suppose, and the good news is that a 20 something-year-old girl can build a solid fan base with her axe, throwing leads to the faces of youngsters who were born in the Justin Bieber era. But then I wondered: "Maybe I'm the target audience for that, maybe her reels are reaching out to old dudes missing the golden era of rock n' roll, maybe it's pure nostalgia for the boomers who have made their way to the world of the internet". I needed to find out!  So when Fernanda brought Brinley into the conversation, it was obvious she should be a guest on our show. Fernanda knew her, she met her at one of those Sunset Marquis nights on a Saturday night. Next thing you know, Brinley is with us in the studio. She's a vibrant girl, she has a loud laugh and she's very confident when it comes to her style of music and clothes. There's no way somebody could make her derive from her path to glory in the realm of classic rock. To her, there's no hesitation; Rock n' roll might not be the mainstream trend right now, but that's what she loves, so bear with it. She's going to keep rocking whatever happens. And you know what? Other young people find inspiration in her, that's the real beauty of it. She receives tons of messages from girls around the world who want to be playing the guitar just like her, girls her age or even younger. Gen Z didn't have a guitar hero yet. They might have found their guitar heroine.  Of course, one question remains. Can you only be an Instagram Guitar player? Yes, it is enough to attract prestigious brands (Brinley is endorsed by Gibson), but is it enough to build a sustaining carrier as a rock star? Well, Brinley is too smart to avoid the question. And she will admit that Instagram is a very great tool to build awareness around her art, but this is not her main goal. Because ultimately she dreams of touring with her band around the world and be on stage every night. She dreams of shredding her Gibson in front of her fans just like Joe Perry or Jimmy Page. Maybe one day she'll have her own Roller Coaster, like Aerosmith. There's one thing for sure, we're already on board. Vincent Fernanda and Vincent have been around the LA alternative music scene for almost a decade yet they never felt it was a real community. They came to the US with the same dream of joining a vibrant community of artists but they soon realized the Laurel Canyon, Sunset Strip, and Fairfax High School days were long gone. Because talent is still brewing and because L.A. deserves another chapter in the music history books, we decided to help by giving a voice to a new generation of rock bands and connect them to the many fans & professionals that are hoping to see a new scene arise. Join the movement!
01:14:54
October 05, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 18 // Fox Violet - At the Heart Of It
At the heart of Fox Violet's art, there's truth, honesty, and sincerity. Thea aka Fox Violet won't compromise and that's why her music is so important. It's a living testimony that an artist does not need to bow to the market or trends to be relevant. Fox Violet shows us the only way to be relevant is not to be streamed a million times but to propose something that is unique, singular, something that comes directly from someone's guts. And Thea's music resembles her character by being unapologetic yet soothing. Her music is gritty yet it wraps you in layers of dreamy guitars. And Thea might sound very nice yet you know when you talk to her that she won't oblige to anyone but her own artistic vision. And that is refreshing! Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset @nowhere_team_us
45:37
October 05, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 14 // Mike Cambra (Death By Stereo, Adolescents, Fear No Empire) - Learn to forget
Mike was a busy drummer before the pandemic. Touring the world with Death By Stereo or the legendary Adolescents, he was barely home so when the all virus thing happened he had to learn to stay home for a while. But Mike is not gonna let a pandemic shutting his creativity down and that's why he started another venture with his friends from Zebrahead and together they made a new supergroup: Fear No Empire, produced by none other than Paul Miner, which we had the pleasure to have on the show in December. Also, when he's not busy drumming, Mike is running a really cool clothing brand promoting his punk values. Learn to forget, that's the name of his brand, has some of the coolest shirts so if you need a new outfit for the summer, look no further. What we liked about Mike is that he's straightforward and speaks his mind. It's all being true to yourself and doing the right thing for yourself and your community. It doesn't mean you can't be open to new directions and new experiences, on the contrary. He comes from the punk scene of the OC and that's where he became who he is now but that's also why he's allowing himself to conduct new challenges with the same passion every time.  Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset
42:16
October 05, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 19 // Giant Killer Bats - "That crowd sucked"
Oh, the algorithms' mysterious ways... Well, sometimes there's a Hallelujah when you find new music that seemed was tailored for you. That's happened to me when I crossed paths with Giant Killer Bats on Spotify. I used to feel I was stuck in my musical bubble, Spotify feeding me with the same music I've been listening to since 2003. But ever since we started this podcast and were forced away from our comfort zone to look for new acts, Spotify seemly understood I was in for discovering new musical territories and it has sent my way a couple of treasures. One of my favorites this year is McCoy's solo project and particularly his eponymous EP. It reminds me of a time (around 2003... don't laugh) when pop melodies, grunge and, DIY gave birth to a new wave of fragile yet shinny songwriters. Giant Killer Bats is out on Terrible Records, and we can't wait for you to discover it.  Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset @nowhere_team_us
57:47
October 05, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 16 // Cody Smyth - Photographing 10 years of The Strokes
Cody went to high school with The Strokes. You can say he was at the right place at the right time. Well, that's probably true but if you don't have the talent, you won't get much of it. And The Strokes were fortunate enough to get that one friend who could document their teenage years and their rise to stardom. Cody learned his craft from his parents. His mom was a photographer and she got her share of rock royalty snapping too. She used to work with iconic New York legends like Lou Reed or Johnny Thunders. Young Cody was already well versed in the art of taking pictures when he got to befriend the boys who were gonna form the band that took the new millennium by storm. He was there when they played their first shows and he witnessed how quickly they became rockstars. Their career skyrocketed and so Cody's one. One day, he's at School talking to Nick Valensi, and the next thing you know he's working with THE legendary music photographer Mick Rock, shooting Iggy Pop. Cody has been working now for 20 + years and he tells us how he's approaching his art, with a lot of passion and tons of humility. If your friends are forming a band and you just found your parents' old camera, well you know what to do... Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset @nowhere_team_us
48:42
September 18, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 21 // Teenage Wrist - "A sign of the times"
A few months ago we fell in love with Giant Killer Bats' music. Under this moniker, we discover a talented young man called McCoy. We invited him on the podcast and we had a blast. During our conversation, he mentioned he got his stage name from a tour with Teenage Wrist, for which he was hired to play guitar. Fernanda and I just discovered Teenage Wrist with their new record "Earth is a black hole" (Epitaph) so we asked McCoy if he could put us in touch with the band. A few weeks after, we were on Zoom with Marshall and Anthony, and we had a great time uncovering the making of their new record. We went beyond the usual interview and talked a lot about the local LA scene and the emerging bands around them: Milly, Talker, Starcrwaler, Rollerbladers, Iron point (Anthony's other band where he sings) and, of course, Giant Killer Bats; they're all proving that rock is living his best life in the city of angels. Marshall thinks it just comes out of fashion sometimes but rock music will always eventually reemerge in the mainstream. Maybe it's that time again, maybe not but what is certain is that Teenage Wrist is leading a new scene of talented musicians. Last but not least, they're about to go on tour with Dead Poet Society, another band we had the pleasure to interview on our podcast. Those bands are the future of rock. Mark our words. Vincent Fernanda and Vincent have been around the LA alternative music scene for almost a decade yet they never felt it was a real community. They came to the US with the same dream of joining a vibrant community of artists but they soon realized the Laurel Canyon, Sunset Strip, and Fairfax High School days were long gone. Because talent is still brewing and because L.A. deserves another chapter in the music history books, we decided to help by giving a voice to a new generation of rock bands and connect them to the many fans & professionals that are hoping to see a new scene arise. Join the movement!
47:36
July 13, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 20 // Jeremy Gilien & Robert Matsuda - Minds Over Music
I landed in the US in august 2010 and one of the first friends I have made were Jeremy and Robert. I first met Jeremy at Pappy and Harriet's, a wonderful restaurant and concert venue lost in the desert, 2 hours away from Los Angeles. With Yard Of Blondes, my band, we looked around and see where we could crash some Open Mics and booked our first DIY tour around some desert towns. Teddy Quinn, the open mic host, and legend on his own let us perform that night and he actually let us perform more than the usual 2 or 3 songs! I think we ended playing our whole set, which was not very long anyway at this point! We met so many friends that night and created souvenirs for life. Soon after we came back from that memorable trip, Jeremy invited us to a BBQ at his place in Picfair Village. That's where we met Robert. He's an amazing violin player and, for a little while, he played with Yard Of Blondes. We also had the pleasure to work with Jeremy as he arranged strings for some alternate acoustic versions of our debut album Feed The Moon. They're still to be released and I hope you're going to listen to them soon! Well, enough of me, what matters is we got to talk for about an hour and a half to some of the most educated men we know when it comes to music. I love the way they analyze music and put it in perspective. Whether they talk about classical music or rock n roll, it's always with passion but also through their experience as all-time Angelinos and classically-trained professionals. Check their new podcast Mind Over Music. Vincent Fernanda and Vincent have been around the LA alternative music scene for almost a decade yet they never felt it was a real community. They came to the US with the same dream of joining a vibrant community of artists but they soon realized the Laurel Canyon, Sunset Strip, and Fairfax High School days were long gone. Because talent is still brewing and because L.A. deserves another chapter in the music history books, we decided to help by giving a voice to a new generation of rock bands and connect them to the many fans & professionals that are hoping to see a new scene arise. Join the movement!
01:26:32
June 24, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 17 // Jes Fama - The Voice Of The Strip
If anyone knows something about hanging on the Sunset strip it's her! Jes Fama is an indie journalist and she's been hosting and covering many musical events around LA for many years now, which makes her a key witness of a scene with many talents, yet still struggling to join forces and overcome the fierce competition that is happening between bands. She advocates for building something together, more authenticity, and more professionalism and she promises she will be there for anyone playing with their heart and demonstrating talent and goodwill. Say no more, we're on board! Check her world and her interviews here:  https://www.youtube.com/c/JesFama/about https://www.instagram.com/jesfama/ https://www.almostfama.com/ Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset @nowhere_team_us 
01:00:33
May 15, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 15 // Camm from Never Loved - "On & on it goes"
I heard about Never Loved through Kenton Remmey, the singer from the OC band Silence of you. They got a tour coming up together supporting Armor for Sleep (as of today, it's still happening!). Well, I'm glad he did because Camm's journey is pretty inspiring for new bands. After a few years of playing just for fun in the Florida scene, he craved for more. He wanted to show up with a professional project and start a real career. His talent convinced Matt Squire (Underoath, Panic! at the Disco, Sum 41, Simple Plan, All Time Low, Good Charlotte, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, and many more) to help him materialize his vision. A few tracks later, Camm formed the band around his project and they soon signed with the great label Equal Vision. Sounds like a fairy tale? I bet it's more the result of being smart, hardworking, and talented! We talk about all that, the Florida scene, and the LA mythical venues in this episode.  Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset
51:56
April 19, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 13 // Pete Molinari & Mila Spigolon - It must be so cool to be you
I read somewhere that Bruce Springsteen and Jack White are fans of Pete Molinari. I’m not surprised he would seduce such seasoned songwriters because Pete is accomplishing kind of a magic trick with his music. With his songs and words, he transports his listeners to another era where songwriters were also poets and where a good song would stick in your head for days. That’s what « I don’t like the man I am » did to me. I’m still humming it at the moment. One of our common friends, the very talented photographer Victoria Smith first heard him on Spotify. I guess her algorithm found it appropriate to play Pete Molinari between the Beatles and Bob Dylan. As a result, she thought he was a dead legend until one day, she stumbled upon his Instagram and discovered that he was alive but also living in the same city, Los Angeles. She messaged him and they became friends and then I became friends with Victoria through Burak, my guitar player, and, long story short, we all met and got along. As soon as I met Pete, I wanted to have him on the show. He explained to me his new adventure involving Mila Spigolon, his girlfriend but, most of all, an amazing burlesque Brazilian dancer. If he looks straight out of the ’60s, she must have taken a time machine a little further because she’s channeling some Parisian roaring twenties vibes. They have teamed up during the pandemic and prepared a Livestreamed Variety show which will be released on March 24th. I encouraged you all to check it, it's called the Limelight Show. But I’m sure that when you will have listened to this hour and a half of music history, fun and when you will have heard the two beautiful live songs that they offered us, you will be buying your tickets. I have mine already! Vincent Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset
01:22:05
March 22, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 12 // Dead Poet Society - A new scene is emerging
Today Jack and Dylan from Dead Poet Society are joining us. It's very special for me because Dylan used to play in my band Yard Of Blondes for about a year. I'm very proud of his journey and I'm glad he's now playing with a great band with friends he met back in 2013 when they were all studying at Berklee Music School in Boston. I remember seeing them a few years ago at the Viper Room and they were already a very energetic band. I saw their music evolve over the years and they gradually became masters of catchiness while delivering powerful music in the same vein as Highly Suspect, Nothing But Thieves, Royal Blood, or Cleopatrick. That's the scene they want to belong to and with the help of their mentors "Badflower", they are now equipped to play in the same category. They signed recently with Spinefarm records and they now have all the tools to become the next alternative sensation. Treat yourself, listen to their new record, and check their live-streamed concert on March 13th. Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset
53:52
March 10, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 11 // Brian O'Connor (Satellite TV + Bands in a Barbershop + The 6*6*60s) - The Satellite is dead, long live the Satellite
Brian O'Connor is at the center of our local LA community. He's the initiator of Bands in a Barbershop, a really cool alternative space that got the attention of Echo Park Rising last year as he ended up curating a live-streamed edition of the festival.  It was featuring a band we love and know well at Hanging On Sunset, I'm talking about Speed Of Light, which Brian manages too. But ss one of our favorite local clubs, The Satellite, is being turned into a weed shop and a restaurant, he's not giving up on rock n' roll and joining up forces with Mackey, the ex-booker of the now-defunct club and they are launching Satellite TV in March. They want to create a virtual hub for the community on Instagram. The goal is to keep the music community connected with content created directly by the artists and musicians.  Every month, they will establish a schedule and different actors of the music scene will take control of the Insta page for their own live programs. When we heard about that, we knew we needed to talk to Brian because that's exactly the kind of action we want for our music community. It's all about teaming up and helping each other and giving a spotlight to those who create around us. The Satellite is dead, long live Satellite TV! Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset
44:04
February 28, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 10 // Machinekit - The DIY community is here to stay
When we asked Machinekit what they did to save rock n' roll, they couldn't care less because, at the end of the day, they're really trying to save Techno. Joke aside, it says a lot about them. I had the feeling that "Rock" is a label that scares them. What really matters for them is the DIY community, people who make music for the sake of it, not to become famous. They're not afraid the rock scene might be dying because the underground always finds a way to resurrect. They have witnessed the rise and fall of local scenes many times and a new scene will eventually emerge when people find the passion and motivation. Machinekit doesn't lack any of these. They use every resource they have to make their music unique. Now they are even producing their music themselves. The pandemic forced them home and they took the time they had to learn more about production and control their sound even more. What we loved about them is that they have a big sense of community. John Montoya, the singer is also contributing to the San Diego Webzine "Tour Worthy" (check it!) and he's trying to give a voice to the indie bands he thinks deserve attention, just like us! I'm guessing Tour Worthy, Machinekit, and Hanging on Sunset will meet again when the concerts start again. Can't wait! Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset
48:56
February 22, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 9 // Paul Miner (Music Producer and founding member of Death By Stereo) - "Work with your friends"
We started the podcast to build a community. And it works! We're making new friends along the way and these friends introduce us to more friends. At the end of the day, it's all that matters. Being surrounded by friends who care for the same things, share the same passion, and try to create something bigger than themselves, that's what motivates us ultimately. Well, folks, we have a new friend, and this friend has many friends! As a matter of fact, the producer (and founding member of Death By Stereo) Paul Miner only works with friends. That's simple as that!  He's been producing records in Southern California for the past two decades and if you wonder why his website hasn't been updated since Myspace, well, it's because he doesn't need to! Projects come his way and his biggest struggle is to find time to work with everyone reaching out to him! We connected with him because two previous guests on our podcast worked with him. Crash Overcast and Silence Of You have recorded with Paul and told us how much they loved working with him. And we understand why! Paul is as talented as he is passionate about his work as a producer. Plus, he's the nicest guy! No wonder why bands like Agnostic Front, Atreyu, Touché Amoré, Thrice, and countless other bands trust him with their sound. Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset
40:56
February 03, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 8 // Speed Of Light, "Les enfants terribles"
When we started this podcast our goal was to try to get rock n’ rollers to unite. We thought that something was wrong with our scene, that the culture of live bands was disappearing in our town and somehow, we’re discovering we were wrong. We meet a lot of new bands that are proving every day that rock n’ roll is not dead…. A young band like Speed Of Light will give you hope for more and more decades of rock n’ roll. They might be newcomers but frankly, they are teaching a lesson to many posers. They only released live music so far because they think their music transcribes better this way. That’s bold and that says a lot in the era of autotune. Riley might be 14 but she sings with such confidence that you wouldn’t guess her age if you didn’t know. She screams and yells and she’s not afraid to address the crowd. Her two brothers, Tyler and Cameron are equally talented in their own craft and they sound like they’ve been studying all the greatest from the 70's hard rock to the Californian Stoner rock. We suspect they might have done some training with Sonic Youth and early Nirvana too... Today, they’re telling all about themselves, their DIY shows in Barbershops, their friends, and the scene they are building in the heart of Los Angeles. Make sure to catch them now so you can brag about discovering them early in their career... Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset
34:22
January 12, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 7 // Kenton from Silence Of You - R&R saved my life
I got a phone call from Kenton sometime in 2019. My producer Billy  Grazaidei (Biohazard) gave him my contact because he'd knew I had some connections with the Viper Room in West Hollywood... You know, that club on the famous Sunset Strip... I was performing there with Yard Of Blondes almost on a monthly basis at the time. I'm glad I got Silence Of You their first gig over there and I couldn't wait for them to return the favor so we can all play in Orange County at the Wayfarer. Unfortunately, you know what happened... The pandemic hit and all of our plans got smashed. Kenton was curious when he saw we launched the podcast and he knew Crash Overcast (One of our guests) so when he saw we interviewed them he reach out! And I'm glad he did because he's such a nice guy. Rock N' Roll saved his life and he still uses it as therapy hoping to help other people in return. Well, I'm telling you, my friend, Pieces is a very strong song and It's helping me a lot those days. It's on repeat as I write. So thanks for that. And thanks for volunteering to help us with the podcast and our movement @team_Nowhere. Kenton is now active in our movement and helping a lot finding artists to bring on the podcast. He's the perfect example that what we're building makes sense. You will be hearing from him soon! Stay in touch! Vincent. Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset
47:53
January 05, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 6 // Analog Party - Stop saying "Rock is dead"
Analog party is an LA-based rock/grunge band that knows how to make great music but they also know how to talk about it. Animaan insists on making a clear difference between rock culture and rock music. Yes, there might be a comeback of rock in the mainstream scene, but it's only a cultural comeback... so far. It doesn't mean that rock is dead, don't say that to Analog Party, they think guitar-driven music is well alive, it's just not the chosen genre of the media. Right on, we're here to change things and put great music in your ears. Start with Analog Party, they're as good as they are smart and fun.  Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset
01:20:06
December 11, 2020
Season 1 - Episode 5 // Billy Graziadei (Biohazard, Powerflo, Billy Bio) - Keep it real!
Today, Fernanda and her co-host Vincent (of the band Yard Of Blondes) are chatting with Billy Graziadei, the hardcore legend. Billy is a founding member of the band Biohazard and has launched two new ventures in recent years. He has teamed with Sendog from Cypress Hill and together they have formed Powerflo. Billy has also started a solo career under the moniker Billy Bio and when he's not on tour, he's busy producing in his LA studio, Firewater Studios. He has produced the upcoming album of Yard Of Blondes, Vincent's band. « I don’t care if people are gonna like it. I care because we like it ». Billy Billy has been consistent with his values and attitude throughout his career and this is what he wants to pass on to the younger generation. Saving rock n' roll doesn't mean to save a style of music but rather an attitude. Together, we ask ourselves what it means to make it for an artist. Billy wants to join the movement we're launching and we are proud to count him as our godfather for Nowhere Team! Join us too! Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset
01:14:08
November 27, 2020
Season 1 - Episode 4 // Of Limbo - Community is the only way
Today, Fernanda and her co-host Vincent (of the band Yard Of Blondes) are chatting with the band Of Limbo from Long Beach. No doubt that the guys in Of Limbo are rock n' roll! They don't hold back, they stand by the sacred principles of rock n' roll and they know how to party! They told us about the importance, for a band, to get along with other bands to succeed. For them, it was Joyous Wolf that opened the doors to shows and then their booking agent TKO. Because live performances are the core of it all for Of Limbo. Play live, interact with people, making every night a party, that's what it's going to take to save rock n' roll.  « I don’t know why you’d come to LA for rock n’ roll if it wasn’t for the Sunset ». Jake Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset
50:52
November 16, 2020
Season 1 - Episode 3 // Crash Overcast - Saving Rock 'N Roll with ... Tik Tok?
Today, Fernanda and her co-host Vincent (of the band Yard Of Blondes) are chatting with the band Crash Overcast Very interesting conversation with an Emo band from the LA area that played the last edition of the Warped Tour. Alex, the singer has started his Tik Tok account during the pandemic and already has gained 20K+ followers in the last few months with his emo fueled comedy bits. We were skeptics but trust us, he's hilarious! The good thing is that it might help us understand that the new revolution of rock might need the help of the communities that are now developing on those platforms. Will Tik Tok save rock n' roll? Maybe... Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset
58:48
October 31, 2020
Season 1 - Episode 2 // Bloodboy
Today, Fernanda and her co-host Vincent (of the band Yard Of Blondes) are chatting with Lexie aka Bloodboy. Lexie got attitude, I'm telling you! And she got plenty of things to say... So beware because today we're bringing you someone very special. Influenced by David Bowie, Blondie, and The Cars, she sits somewhere between the Kills and St Vincent in our hearts...  Together, we're starting a conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip, we are launching a movement with our collective called Team Nowhere and we are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other words, if you really want to help to put Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset
49:44
October 22, 2020
Season 1 - Pilot // Yard Of Blondes and the launch of Team Nowhere
This is the pilot of our podcast and today, Fernanda is chatting we the co-founders of the podcast, the LA band Yard Of Blondes. Together, they're starting the conversation about saving Rock N' Roll in the City of Angels. Casually talking from the Sunset Strip they are launching a movement with their collective called Team Nowhere and they are calling artists & fans to unite. If you are in a band, or if you're a photographer, a developer, a hairstylist, whatever your craft... In other work, if you want Rock music back on the map for the ten upcoming years... well let's build a community together, and let's plan concrete actions to make a positive shift in our industry. Rock isn't dead, the Sunset strip isn't dead. But only if we want it! #Teamnowhere #Hangingonsunset @team_nowhere @hangingonsunset
01:07:40
October 15, 2020