24 episodes

Writing music and touring with my band RX Bandits for 20 years has allowed me to meet tons of amazing and fascinating people all involved with music in various ways. I'm the person who asks all of my friends those weird and esoteric questions because I have a genuine interest in psychology and what makes people do what they do. Join me for my wide ranging conversations with my musical friends and peers as every episode hopes to be an expedition into the experiences, feelings, processes and perspectives of humans involved with music.

The Musicians Guild with Steve Choi Steve Choi & Sound Talent Media

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Writing music and touring with my band RX Bandits for 20 years has allowed me to meet tons of amazing and fascinating people all involved with music in various ways. I'm the person who asks all of my friends those weird and esoteric questions because I have a genuine interest in psychology and what makes people do what they do. Join me for my wide ranging conversations with my musical friends and peers as every episode hopes to be an expedition into the experiences, feelings, processes and perspectives of humans involved with music.

    The Musicians Guild welcomes Brian Diaz

    The Musicians Guild welcomes Brian Diaz

    Greetings earthlings. This week we are very happy to welcome someone with an enormous wealth of experiences and knowledge who is called Brian Diaz. Brian is a musician who has played in bands such as Edna's Goldfish and The Reunion Show but his main gig is as a guitar/bass tech for bands such as Fall Out Boy, Guns n' Roses, Garbage, Primus, Bush and many many more. In addition to being a top notch conversationalist, Brian is a great hang and provides tons of laughs, so getting to talk with him for an extended period of time was a real pleasure. In this conversation, we get into our first tour together in 1999, Brian's amazing singing voice, skipping out on a Brazilian festival with Anthrax, his bass setup for his band, slowing down to refocus our work, working for Primus, Fall Out Boy's stage talk-back setup, and lots lots more.
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    • 2 hr 10 min
    The Musicians Guild welcomes Aaron Nagel

    The Musicians Guild welcomes Aaron Nagel

    Welcome back. This week I get to sit down and talk with one of my oldest and closest friends, Aaron Nagel. In his previous life, Aaron was a musician and played trumpet in Link 80 and then guitar in DESA. Now, he is an acclaimed and revered painter/artist, devoted creative and all around fascinating human being. I really enjoy getting to find the connection between Aaron's musical self and his visual artist self. Aaron also has recently published a hardbound art book which you can find at Aaronnagel.com. Before going to eat some Amy's Drive Thru we get into discussing details of Aaron's creative process, his painting idiosyncrasies, how he can do hundreds of burpees within a matter of minutes, the inevitable chaos of hometown reunion shows, touring without gps or mobile phones, all the Jawbreaker shows he attended, how Jazz doesn't allow fakers, and much much more.
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    • 1 hr 53 min
    The Musicians Guild welcomes Matt Bettinelli-Olpin

    The Musicians Guild welcomes Matt Bettinelli-Olpin

    This week we welcome movie Director and old friend Matt Bettinelli-Olpin to the hall of discussion. Matt is the director of the latest Scream which is the huge horror movie franchise created by legend Wes Craven that is set to be released in January of 2022. Matt was also the original guitarist and one of the founding members of Link 80 who was on AsianManRecords. Matt and his 2 other partners make up the film making group Radio Silence, and their last film, Ready Or Not is available on most streaming services if you would like to get a feel for their work. Growing up in the Berkeley, CA Matt shares my affinity or 90's Bay Area punk and many other things from that era. I get a chance to catch up with an old friend while getting ask all the questions I want to a real Hollywood movie director and Matt graciously obliges me. I also get to see how he transfers his musical ethos into his filmmaking. In this conversation we get into what it's like to take over a film from a legend like Wes Craven, his early days playing East Bay punk shows, our time hanging out in Santa Cruz together, how catering on set suffered during pandemic, his normal morning oatmeal, the politics of making a movie and so much more. Thank you for your time and mind.
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    • 1 hr 55 min
    The Musicians Guild welcomes Steve Evetts

    The Musicians Guild welcomes Steve Evetts

    The Musicians Guild is honored to have producer engineer Steve Evetts in our hall of discussion. If you're a fan of anything within the galaxy of punk/metal/hardcore then you already know Steve's work. He has made/worked on albums for bands such as Dillinger Escape Plan, Saves The Day, The Wonder Years, Kid Dynamite, Sepultura, Every Time I Die, Torch, The Cure and so many more. His sincere and earnest approach to making great sounding records with sonic integrity comes through in his work and we were very lucky to get inside his mind for his methods as well as some really cool stories. We talk about life in Long Beach, his favorite working lunches, working with The Cure, mixing the Dillinger/Mike Patton ep, trying to manage his candy addiction, and lots more about the numerous albums he has worked on. Thank you so much for enjoying the pod and sticking with us as you are an integral part of The Musicians Guild. Thank you for all your ratings and reviews, please keep them coming in! Much love and gratitude.
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    The Musicians Guild welcomes Elliot Babin (Touché Amoré)

    The Musicians Guild welcomes Elliot Babin (Touché Amoré)

    Greetings Earthlings, and welcome back for another episode of this pod. This week we welcome Elliot Babin, drummer of Touché Amoré to the hall of discussion. I love Elliot's drumming style and his attitude towards life and it was great to discuss life on the road as well as life at home with such a fine musician and human. Among those things I just mentioned, we also discuss European punk squats, through hiking the John Muir trail, pre-show routines, playing songs too fast live, practicing habits, preferred drum attire, the importance of fresh produce, and lots more. Thank you again for joining us! You are great, keep on living the best you can.
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    • 2 hr 1 min
    The Musicians Guild welcomes Ken Vasoli (Vacationer, The Starting Line)

    The Musicians Guild welcomes Ken Vasoli (Vacationer, The Starting Line)

    Welcome back! Good to be back. Good to have you here, thank you. I had to drop some heavy claims in my intro but you know how it goes. This week we are honored to have a very old friend step inside The Musicians Guild, a true musical craftsman and all around great human Ken Vasoli. You may know Ken(ny) as Vacationer or as fronting The Starting line. As always it was great to catch up with an old friend. We start the conversation with a decent bit of gear talk but we also get to discussing Ken's home studio, morning routines with the new dog, Vacationer song in a Superbowl commercial, his first tour, the recent Starting Line live stream concert and tons more. Thanks for supporting the show, for spreading the word, and all of your nice reviews and comments!
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    • 2 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Bionic Davey ,

Guitar Shred Bob Ross?

Steve is an amazing person and his podcast is a must listen for musicians and foodies. His voice is very soothing and chill to me. It like listening to Bob Ross talk touring. I love it.

Zack Nelson ,

Choi rules

<3

guywasi ,

Huge Choi fan

From his days in Asian Man Record bands to RX. Great choice in guests so far.

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