76 episodes

Each Friday, My First Band features a long-form interview with a different notable musician about all of the projects that preceded what you know them for. We discuss their musical origins, and we trace a few of their embarrassing high school bands and other associated bands that happened before they broke out. This show digs deeper than any Wikipedia page or band bio would ever dare to go. And, sometimes, the guests will even share some of their old songs. You can expect to hear a lot of interesting, informative and hopefully entertaining anecdotes about all of the bands along the way.

My First Band is sponsored by Boulevard Brewing. It is hosted by Tyler Maas, of Milwaukee Record, and edited by Jared Blohm.

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Each Friday, My First Band features a long-form interview with a different notable musician about all of the projects that preceded what you know them for. We discuss their musical origins, and we trace a few of their embarrassing high school bands and other associated bands that happened before they broke out. This show digs deeper than any Wikipedia page or band bio would ever dare to go. And, sometimes, the guests will even share some of their old songs. You can expect to hear a lot of interesting, informative and hopefully entertaining anecdotes about all of the bands along the way.

My First Band is sponsored by Boulevard Brewing. It is hosted by Tyler Maas, of Milwaukee Record, and edited by Jared Blohm.

    William Elliott Whitmore

    William Elliott Whitmore

    What needs to be said about William Elliott Whitmore? Over the course of an impressive career that's spanned more than two decades, the folk legend has performed all around the world, shared the stage with an abundance of renowned musicians and released seven outstanding albums. Before he was captivating crowds far and wide with his quality catalog and his incomparable voice, Whitmore was lugging gear for Ten Grand and he and his trusty banjo were winning over audiences at punk shows as the opening act.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    73 – Britney Freeman-Farr (B~Free)

    73 – Britney Freeman-Farr (B~Free)

    Under her musical moniker of B~Free, Britney Freeman-Farr has released some outstanding albums, opened for Janelle Monáe and curated once-in-a-lifetime concerts. Long before the R&B singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist was making a name for herself in Milwaukee and far beyond, she was starting a lifelong journey of musical discovery, education and experience. Recently, Freeman-Farr spoke to My First Band host Tyler Maas about her life in music.

    • 1 hr 49 min
    72 – Ty Vaughn (Broadway Calls, Countdown to Life)

    72 – Ty Vaughn (Broadway Calls, Countdown to Life)

    As the singer and guitarist of Broadway Calls, Ty Vaughn has toured throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S. During the band's 15-year run, he's shared the stage with The Descendents, Bad Religion, Rancid, Alkaline Trio, Bouncing Souls and countless other world-renowned acts. Long before he was helping put Rainier, Oregon, on the map as part of the long-tenured punk project, Vaughn was learning blues riffs on a rented acoustic guitar and developing musical bonds with kids who would go on to be his bandmates.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Samer Ghani (Photographer)

    Samer Ghani (Photographer)

    If you follow Milwaukee music, chances are you've come across Samer Ghani's work in some capacity. The photographer and videographer is responsible for a number of band photos, album covers, music videos and live shots at a wide range of local events. However, with COVID-19 halting concerts for the foreseeable future, Ghani has recently taken it upon himself to use his photography talents to help bring visibility to the Black Lives Matter protests in and around Milwaukee.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Luke Bentham (The Dirty Nil)

    Luke Bentham (The Dirty Nil)

    As the singer and guitarist of The Dirty Nil, Luke Bentham has toured all around the world, performed in stadiums and renowned clubs, shared the stage with legendary bands like The Who, won a Juno Award, and released some great albums that have helped to carry rock 'n' roll boldly — and loudly — into the roaring '20s. Before he was fronting the accomplished Canadian outfit, Bentham was living in the small Ontario town of Dundas and shredding on Nirvana and Green Day covers as a member of Twisted Minds.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Adam Greuel (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, The High Hawks, Rucksack Revolution)

    Adam Greuel (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, The High Hawks, Rucksack Revolution)

    Prior to Horseshoe & Hand Grenades' Driftless Music Gardens Drive-In Tailgate show on July 3, My First Band host Tyler Maas got in touch with Adam Greuel to see how he's holding up under quarantine. Over the course of the hour-long discussion, Greuel gave a glimpse back at his musical start in Stevens Point, playing with the Taberna Twins in Wyoming, his stint with The Strange Machine, the origin of HHG, his solo efforts and his modern day work with projects like Rucksack Revolution and The High Hawks.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

mkesurf ,

MKEFuzzSurfer

Great host + interesting guests + really engaging podcast. Any music lover would love these and any musician could relate. Especially love the focus on Milwaukee artists and music.

Brother A. ,

Please just ask the questions

After listening to three episodes, I’m feeling super frustrated by the interviewer’s continuous inability to simply ask questions. He often spends way more time stumbling through forming and articulating his questions than the guest spends answering them. It’s incredibly frustrating for a listener who is ostensibly listening for their interest in the guest, not the interviewers obscure knowledge of Wisconsin bands. TLDR: the interviewer spends most of the interviews struggling to formulate his questions.

Sean Williamson, Blight writer ,

Great stuff!

Such a pleasure to hear about old bands and process. Highlights the very deserving Wisconsin (mke) music scene. Tyler is a funny and thoughtful host.

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