Dystopia Tonight was born out of the Covid-19 Pandemic to give people a light-hearted break from the absurdity of the world around them by showcasing artists, comedians, musicians, and actors from all across the entertainment field and getting them to open up about what exactly they’ve been doing during this bizarre time. John asks about the state of their lives, careers, and well-being, while we all navigate through the current dystopia we’ve come to find ourselves living in.
Day 243 - Richie Furay - Pouring Music Into Life
Richie Furay, founder of Buffalo Springfield, a band that shaped an era, stands as a pillar in rock history. His legacy as a singer, songwriter, and all-around music legend, from the iconic “For What It’s Worth” to his solo work, continues to inspire new generations to this day. Enjoy this one guys it's filled with some incredible stories from Richie and everything he's been working on currently with his new documentary.
Day 242 - Getting Things Started with Ted Michaels
With Ted Michaels, the stage isn't just a platform – it's a portal to infinite creative dimensions. As luminary of the Jim Henson Company’s "PUPPET UP!" and a trailblazer of improv, he's a founder of the uproarious "The Crazy Uncle Joe Show" at the Groundlings Theater in LA, where his comedic brilliance shines as a main company member. Ted's improvisational genius reached new heights alongside Eddie Izzard in the "One Word Improv" spectacle at LA’s Coronet Theater. Beyond the limelight, his pen has contributed to hits like "MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES" on Adult Swim and "BUCKET AND SKINNER’S EPIC ADVENTURES" on Nickelodeon. Ted Michaels is a name synonymous with innovation, laughter, and an unparalleled artistic kaleidoscope.
Day 241 - An Odyssey with Scott Sharrard
Scott Sharrard is a highly talented musician and songwriter best known for his role as the musical director for the legendary Gregg Allman. With a deep passion for blues, rock, and soul, Scott’s guitar skills and dynamic stage presence have earned him widespread acclaim. He played a vital role in Gregg Allman’s band, contributing to their iconic sound and helping to keep the legacy of Southern rock alive. Scott’s impressive career as a musician, composer, and bandleader continues to make an impact in the music industry.
Day 240 - 3 Line Notes with Roddy Bogawa
Roddy Bogawa is a filmmaker and artist known for his unparalleled storytelling approach and his ability to delve into themes that deeply resonate with audiences. His films, blending documentary and narrative elements, offer an enthralling and thought-provoking journey. I've been captivated by his exploration of complex subjects like identity and memory, enriched by his experimental techniques, which truly set him apart as a distinctive voice in independent cinema. Throughout his career, Bogawa's vision and creativity have earned him critical acclaim, making him a notable figure in the film industry.
I recently had the incredible opportunity to interview Bogawa about his latest masterpiece, "Have you got it yet?" The Story of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd. This documentary has been highly anticipated, holding a special significance as its co-director, Storm Thorgerson, a close friend of Barrett's and a renowned album designer, sadly passed away in 2013. But what’s a good documentary without a few challenges? Bogawa delivers a moving account of Barrett's life in a way that makes you feel like you lived it alongside him. Through his skillful storytelling, Bogawa also manages to leave some mystery behind. Allowing Barrett to keep his enigma status. Overall the film left me deeply moved by the experience.
Day 239 - Barry Hay and JB Meijers
Barry Andrew Hay is a renowned Dutch musician and the charismatic lead singer of the iconic rock band Golden Earring. Born in India and later moving to the Netherlands, Hay's distinctive and powerful vocals have been a driving force behind Golden Earring's success for several decades. With a career spanning numerous hit albums and singles, Golden Earring achieved international fame and became one of the most influential rock bands in the world.
Barry Andrew Hay's stage presence and dynamic vocal range have captivated audiences, and his passionate performances have solidified his place as a rock legend. Besides his work with Golden Earring, Barry has also explored solo projects, showcasing his versatility as an artist.
JB Meijers is a highly talented Dutch musician, producer, and songwriter, acclaimed for his exceptional guitar skills and diverse musical abilities. With a passion for various genres, including rock, folk, and Americana, JB has been involved in numerous successful music projects throughout his career. He has collaborated with a wide array of artists, both nationally and internationally, earning him a reputation as a sought-after musician in the industry.
JB's mastery of multiple instruments, soulful vocals, and songwriting prowess have contributed to his success both as a solo artist and as a collaborator with various renowned musicians.
Having them on Dystopia Tonight was an absolute blast as both Barry Andrew Hay and JB Meijers' collaboration brought together two influential figures in the Dutch music scene, each contributing their unique strengths to create something extraordinary. Combining Hay's iconic rock sensibility and powerful vocals with Meijers' multi-instrumental talents and diverse musical influences, the duo embarked on a joint musical journey that delighted fans and critics alike.
They’re new album is testament to the enduring power of their musical artistry, proving that even after years of successful careers, they could still create captivating and relevant music together leaving a lasting impact that serves as an inspiration for musicians seeking to collaborate across genres and generations.
Day 238 - The Right Route with Marshall Crenshaw
Marshall Crenshaw is an iconic singer-songwriter who has left a lasting mark on the ever-changing world of music. His unmistakable pop-rock sound has etched into the hearts of music enthusiasts for decades, shaping the industry's landscape.
His debut album in the early 1980s, featuring hits like "Someday, Someway" and "Cynical Girl," instantly captivated audiences with infectious melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Drawing inspiration from classic rock 'n' roll, Crenshaw skillfully incorporated elements of power pop, setting himself apart.
Collaborating with the Gin Blossoms on "Til I Hear It From You," Crenshaw showcased his ability to adapt and create musical magic with other talents.
Despite his impressive legacy, he continues to craft new music that resonates deeply with listeners, reflecting the essence of the human experience.
In a world seeking novelty, Marshall Crenshaw's timeless melodies and poetic narratives provide solace. His music's enduring relevance and significance inspire generations of musicians and listeners, solidifying his legendary status.
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