The hosts of Wake Up Hollywood Nikhil Korula and Eddie Pence have toured across the country, played to some of the biggest crowds around and know all the right questions to ask these new artists that they hand pick for each week’s show. The best part is none of this radio show is scripted and these guys know what it takes to succeed in the industry and have been good friends for years so you can count on leaving the show with a laugh, a good song or a conversation that will make you think.
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The Thrills Band
The Thrills Band is a Southern California-based top 40 cover band providing fun, high-energy, dance-heavy music. A dynamic 4-piece group led by powerhouse vocalist Ginny Smith and the solid power-trio rhythm section of Angel Leal, Dennis Nilsson, and Phil Fitzwater (all experienced musicians from the Cali cover band scene), The Thrills brings new life to your favorite songs, both new and old.
While paying homage to select top hits from the 80’s and 90’s, a sample setlist always includes heavy representation of post-2000 chart toppers. This infusion of current hits, pulled straight from today's charts, not only sets the band apart from others on the scene, but has also become one of its key strengths and most beloved trademarks. Whatever the venue, whatever the crowd, The Thrills Band always serves up a refreshing, authentic, and entertaining musical experience.
Alexei Dmitriew is an Emmy Award-winning 706 Journeyman makeup artist, tattoo designer and the founder of HookUp Tattoos, Inc. HookUp Tattoos is a professional temporary tattoo designer and manufacturer whose designs can be seen on shows such as, Barry, Hawaii 5.0, L.A’s Finest and Good Girls.
His current makeup and special effects work can be seen on Star Trek Picard as the Co-Key special effects makeup artist and The Mandalorian as Co-Department Head.
Alexei started his work in 1999 as a runner at Captive Audience studios. There he had the privilege of working on such movies as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Hannibal, Van Helsing, Passion of the Christ, and many other blockbuster movies. There he started to hone his skills as a professional artist. In 2006 while working on the nonunion show Black. White. it became union and he became a 706 member.
In 2008 he won a prime time Emmy for his work on MadTv. He went onto department head many Comedy Central shows including seven seasons of the show Workaholics.
Wanting to get back to movies and special effects makeup he joined the amazing team at Legacy Effects and had the pleasure of working on 2 X-Men movies, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Avengers Infinity War and Endgame.
In 2019 he was nominated for a Makeup Artist Guild award for his work as Key Special effects Makeup artist on Captain Marvel.
Follow him on instagram @hookuptattoos.
Josh Feinberg began his musical training at 4 years old with western classical and jazz on piano and bass in New York City, studying with some of the most accomplished musicians on the scene including Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Ben Monder, Paul Bley, Drew Gress, Bob Bowen, Dan Weiss, and Jacob Sacks among others. He was hailed as a prodigy performing in jazz venues and concert halls across the New York area including Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, and many others. In his teens, Josh fell in love with the music of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, and shifted his focus to sitar and Hindustani music while pursuing his Bachelors degree from New England Conservatory.
Josh is a student of the Maihar Gharana (school of playing) and has earned the love and respect of connoisseurs of Hindustani music, as well art-music communities around the world. One of the first non-Indian musicians to be accepted as a leading performer, he has learned with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan as well as Ust. Aashish Khan, Sri Alam Khan, Pt. Tejendra Majumdar, Dr. Peter Row, Dr. George Ruckert, Sri James Pomerantz, Sri Warren Senders and Smt. Vijaya Sundaram. Josh has also learned tabla and attended workshops with Pt. Anindo Chatterjee.
Josh maintains a private teaching schedule both in person and online to students around the world. He also serves as the executive director for Jalsaghar, a 501c3 non-profit he established in 2017 to promote South Asian classical music. When not touring, Josh is home in Portland, Oregon with his poet-wife Jessica Pierce and their two kids Sophia and Noah.
Buck Snow is a 7x Grammy award winning mixer. He got his start in one of the world’s top recording and mixing facilities where he worked on all types of audio production and mixing music for every genre including Pop, Rock, Metal, Hip Hop, Rap, Jazz, Swing, Folk, Orchestral and Film Music. He’s also done post production mixing for movies, TV and advertising, as well as live-to-air broadcast mixing.
Some notable artists that he has had the pleasure to work with are Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Beck, The Fray, Metallica, Juliette Lewis, and Mark Isham.
McNally Waters is Larry John McNally and Harry Waters.
Larry John McNally's songs have been recorded by some of the greatest artists of all time, including The Eagles, Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Rod Stewart and more. His lyrics are literary yet conversational and his guitar playing has been described as "folk-Hendrix."
Growing up in London, Harry Waters played the songs of Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band and has performed with Marianne Faithful, Ozric Tentacles, Tom Jones, Nick Cave and Dean Ween, as well as fronting and recording an album of jazz as The Harry Waters Band. His piano style is influenced by the New Orleans greats Dr John and Professor Longhair.
He has toured in his father's band, Roger Waters, for the last 15 years, for The Wall and The Dark Side of the Moon tours, and most recently Desert Trip alongside The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
Both McNally and Waters currently reside in Los Angeles.
Mauricio Ignacio Ibáñez Guzmán is a musician, songwriter, guitar player, music producer and solo artist currently based in Santiago, Chile. A rock guitarist at heart, he explores different genres of rock, metal and much more. His favorite genres are progressive rock/metal, art rock, alternative/space rock, melancholic pop rock, ambient, new-age and certain sub-genres of electronic music. A Bachelor of Music and Sound at UNIACC (Universidad de Artes, Ciencias y Comunicación) and alumni of LACM (Los Angeles College of Music), he first picked up the electric guitar at age 16 in 2000 and started writing and producing his own material in 2005. Heavily influenced by progressive metal in his early twenties by bands like Dream Theater and Opeth, he would later incorporate the essence of Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Anathema and others into his songwriting a few years later. In 2016 he started his main career as a musical artist with his first solo album. In 2019 he started a parallel career as Vocaloid producer Sir Vocalord. He works mostly with Rin and Len Kagamine. Mauricio owns a fully equipped recording studio with a control room and an instruments room called "The Music Lair Studios" where he has recorded and produced the entirety of his catalog.
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