Musician/engineer/bartender Allen Epley talks with artists of all walks and at all levels of success about their own unique journeys and jobs they've worked in order to follow their passions. Many successful musicians, actors, filmmakers, composers, and comedians still have side gigs that afford them the ability to create their art for us. Some get to work in their chosen field and some work jobs that are convenient and make that buck. It is this unique hustle that's at the heart of this podcast. How exactly does the sausage get made when there are bills to be paid? And what drives these maniacs to make our desperate lives better with their art when the pay-off often fulfills their hearts but not their bank accounts?
When Mike Sullivan created Russian Circles with his hockey homie and drummer Dave Turnkrantz, it's evolution from larvae to butterfly was almost immediate; the writing was streamlined instantly and there was an innate and unconscious understanding of what the goal was here: to make themselves happy. We talk life, writing, searching, making, fighting, cooking, car accidents, family and all while they're in Chicago making a new record at Electrical Audio with Kurt Ballou.
Heidi Phillips found the inspirado the reform her influential band Frogpond after almost 20 years ironically at the celebration of life of her drummer Billy Johnson in 2017, and in the ensuing years has secured a lineup that make her new music even more powerful than she imagined, with a new LP Time Thief (Black Site) recorded by Paul Malinowski that showcases the heft and dynamic of the band. Heidi and Frogpond broke ground for all-female bands and broke the mold for what they should sound like.
Chicago musician/wizard Mike Lust has released his long awaited solo debut Demented Wings (Forge Again) and it's amazing. This episode is an encore of our talk on Sept 21st plus an updated chat about his new record and even more revelations from his storied past as the brain and namesake of Luster King, Tight Phantomz and as engineer/producer. Get reacquainted with this firebrand performer known for high kicks and shredding licks with a new record that reveals a lot more of him than ever before.
Guitarist Max Bernstein and I met in 2007 on tour somewhere in Iowa in a mostly empty room with his band The Actual, and he had no idea he would be working with the biggest names in the biz soon after. He parlayed that into a bona fide career with these pop giants. His life growing up was an atypical existence as the son of Nora Ephron and Carl Bernstein, but it gave him the confidence that his aspirations weren't just pipe dreams, it was a thing that can really happen. It's his talent that's kept ther
Before bassist Jeremy Sidener became the owner of the Eighth St Taproom in Lawrence KS, he was the bottom end of legendary Lawrence band Zoom that was a bellwether of musical style after their 2nd record was released. Love from press weren't enough to keep the band together, so Jeremy took his talents to guitar in Panel Donor and then more recently in the excellent Major Games while quietly taking a larger stake in the culture of Lawrence by curating music he wants to bring in to 8th St Taproom.
Quin Kirchner has spent his life growing into a world-class jazz drummer, composer and now bandleader with The Quin Kirchner Trio, but has been playing with top-flight players and leading groups like Head With Wings, K/V/L and later NOMO, a giant ensemble which later begat Wild Belle. He's spent his life as side man to great players like Rob Mazurek and Nick Mazzarella but hadn't come into his own until the The Other Side of Time in 2018 and now The Shadows and The Light gaining rave reviews..
The episode I needed
I’ve loved most episodes of this podcast, the Ken Andrews episode was everything I had always hoped this would be. Relating to jamming for hours and recording everything and then going fishing for gems and inspiration. “If I can’t turn my system on in 30 seconds I record on my phone.” So great. So familiar. I love it big A. Please keep it up. Keep it safe. See you in Birdhands in MPLS
Shop Talk for Musicians
I love listening to this show. Being a music lover and musician most show are compelling. Being able to listen to industry people speaking of their struggles and successes has been very inspiring. These aren’t people most know. They exist in certain circles that they are notable in. So that can also help turn the listener on to something new. A new music or for a musician a new approach. Alan is fun to listen to and seems an all around good and respected guy. I like being able to be privy to what would normally be a personal conversation back stage. I wish this podcast much success and look forward to hearing many more episodes. Long live the creative process.
Good long form talker.
Guest choice seems almost random sometime, but the voice of the show is strong and the conversations compelling. A great NEWER show.