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Conversations with artists of all kinds, intimate musical performances, in-depth discussions on performing, touring, recording, and just generally being. Based in Philadelphia, new episode every two weeks, with your host Dan Drago.

25 O'Clock Dan Drago

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    • 4.9, 13 Ratings

Conversations with artists of all kinds, intimate musical performances, in-depth discussions on performing, touring, recording, and just generally being. Based in Philadelphia, new episode every two weeks, with your host Dan Drago.

    Micheal Cumming

    Micheal Cumming

    Dan has been meaning to talk to producer/engineer Michael Cumming (Rittenhouse Soundworks/Treacle Mine Recording) for quite some time now, and it's finally happening. Dan and Michael talk about his journey from London for Philadelphia in his early 20s, their shared experiences working in kitchens and the music world simultaneously, Trap Rabbit and Sophie Coran (obviously), and the importance of "the hang" in the studio. 

    • 57 min
    Lia Menaker

    Lia Menaker

    Lia comes from a background of musical theater and acting, but found that songwriting gave her the chance to be whatever she wanted to be. Dan and Lia talk about her life on stage from a young age, her transition into a singer-songwriter, her new EP 'I Am Kyros', and how she learned to stop letting the "journey of success' define her. The two discuss not taking every gig that pops up, acknowledging what about being a musician you don't like, and a love of gigs that end before 11pm.

    • 58 min
    Kirby Sybert

    Kirby Sybert

    Dan and Kirby get right down to it: their isolation, the crushing blow all their 2020 plans took, and Kirby's first solo album, 'Happy People Make Happy Things'. Kirby talks about making a record by hitting up against his own limitations, and how years of collaborating on other people's music gave him a big crowd to choose from when it came to finishing his own.

    • 57 min
    Joe Castro

    Joe Castro

    Rockabilly dynamo/graphic artist/avid reader Joe Castro talks to Dan about working with Brian McTear on his newest LP, 'Come On Angels' (with most of legendary Philly punk band Thorazine) and the many epiphanies that transpired. They also talk Love, Ted Hawkins, making music videos at home, Philly auteur Bob Sweeney, and how to play old-time rock n' roll without making it a museum piece.
    Photo by Fear The Skull

    • 56 min
    Jefferson Berry

    Jefferson Berry

    Add Jefferson Berry to the list of people Dan has "met" but not really met, y'know? Great conversation about his new record, 'Double Deadbolt Logic', his California upbringing, working in radio in the 80s and 90s, and teaching government and economics to the students that the Philly school system has cast aside.

    • 51 min
    Avé

    Avé

    Dan talks to Avé, a Philly native and currently residing in London, about growing up in Mount Airy, their involvement and touring with the Philadelphia Boy's Choir, their upcoming novel and album (they go together), and navigating the world and family as both gay and non-binary. Avé's new singles are out on The Giving Groove, a Philly-centered non-profit record label. 

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

mojopin12 ,

Great Podcast

The opening theme, the interviews, and the host Dan Drago, make this podcast Great! Even not being from Philadelphia, Dan does a fantastic job creating an interest in the music scene, and art world, around the Philadelphia area. It has helped me find some great local music acts to listen to. In the sad continental desert that the commercial music scene has become, Dan marks the small pockets of oasis that is being born in the Philli area. Check it out, and find some new things you might otherwise not find without the Drago compass that is, 25 O’clock.

cam85 ,

Great Show

Excellent peak into the Philly music scene. Great interviewer, great guests, great pod.

Roy Burton ,

25 O'Clock is right on time...

25 O'Clock is a great primer/window into the world of local (Philly) indie music. Great sounds, great conversation (Dan is an excellent interviewer) - highly recommended!

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