The first time I saw James Linck perform live I was unsure what to make of his personae. It was clearly unlike anything I had seen in such a small venue and I needed some time to process the night’s events. It wasn’t until this past winter that I can honestly say I had come to grips with just how large of a personality was embodied in his performance. I was at Trinosophes, a small art gallery in Eastern Market, when he made a brief guest appearance on Lights On Rider Anthem for CF Hustle’s Portrait of a Gentleman release party, along with Doc Waffles and Eddie Logix. This past spring, I had the pleasure of sitting down with James and discussing life and music. Besides his larger than life persona on stage, James has fantastic stories which are exemplified in his surreal lyrical styling. Take a listen and don’t forget to catch his live performance towards the end of the interview.
When Oakland University started their school year, in 2013, I decided to have some of my favorite former and current Oakland students on the show to share some advice for incoming freshman. This show included, Jose from Come Out Fighting, Drew 32, and L.A.Z. from Clear Soul Forces. All of these people have unique insights and wisdom for new students on campus and I was honored to have them share their thoughts.
In May 2013, I sat down with Lainey, Cameron, Kayla, and April of Full Impact Theater Company. This was the second time I had the pleasure of speaking to some of the youth involved with this theater collective, and I continue to be impressed. This time around, the youth were involved with putting on The Good Person of Szechwan–a heavy story even for adults. If you ever needed your faith in the next generation restored look no further.
One evening, in the fall of 2013, I was heading into my show, without any interviews lined up, intent on playing music and nothing more. At the door, were a group of young men who called themselves Team Michigan Boys. In a conversation they had the night before with the station’s music director, they were told they could get on the air with me, entirely unbeknownst to me. I live for these types of interviews and was very pleased with the conversation that ensued.
At the end of 2013, I spoke with the legendary Count Bass D. Most people are probably familiar with him from his appearance on MF Doom’s 2004 release, Mm..Food, but Count Bass D has been releasing albums over the past two decades. In our conversation, we discussed topics like parenting, his life, and career as an independent musician. Take a listen and enjoy!
I met Dane, over a decade ago, when I was still an underclassman in high school. We were both in the same pottery class where we learned to throw down on the wheels of clay. I distinctly remember seeing him practicing day and night, rain or snow, in the parking lot of the local middle school. Fast forward 14 years, I was getting ready for work, one day, and his name popped into my head. After a quick Google search I found that he was, indeed, still biking and had relocated across the country. I immediately dropped him a line and found out that he would be in Columbus for a competition. We arranged to catch up and record this interview for inquiring minds. Take a listen to a recent conversation with an old friend.
If you are familiar with Blat Pack you might have noticed that their visual presentation has a very fluid and unified character. This is not an accident or the product of a devious Walt Disney-esque figure with a drawing room full of menially compensated artists under his dominion. This is the genius of Sean Mack. When Sean released his picture book, I was lucky enough to get him to drop by the station to chat with me about the project. It is not every day that I get to speak with visual artists, so this was a treat.
I met Sara and Marco at Kafe Kerouac, in Columbus, during one of my first nights in Ohio. Marco was by far one of Ohio’s best ambassadors, during my stay in the Buckeye State. For an example of just how proactive Marco Castros is, he was familiar with, and had performed along side Massive Scar Era’s (Egyptian based metal group I interviewed in 2013), violinist, Nancy Mounir. Take a listen and enjoy!
Another artist I met during my time in Columbus was Ron Freeman, front man of Lost Orchards. Ron has a very interesting story and it was a pleasure to sit and chat with him.
In the summer of 2013, I began exploring Columbus, Ohio. One of the places I discovered was Kafe Kerouc which quickly became my favorite place to work. One of the evenings I was there, I met a group of people (who included the Castros) who persuaded me to stick around for a concert at the Kafe to witness an artist named Timbre. I am glad I did because Timbre was a sight to behold. This was the first time I have ever seen someone play harp in an intimate setting and probably the first time I have ever seen anyone play harp. Take a listen and enjoy!