Interview: Sam Means

For those of us that were around before “We Are Young” got a bazillion streams and was heard on every radio station, there was The Format. Sam Means was one half of the brilliant duo with now fun. frontman Nate Ruess. Since The Format called it quits in 2008, Sam has gone on to release a couple EPs and even a soundtrack which spawned the cult hit ‘Yeah Yeah.’ For the last few years though, Sam has been quietly penning his debut full length 10 Songs which was released in late January of 2016. I penned a couple questions of my own and Sam was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer them. You can read the conversation below.

You can also stream/purchase his album 10 Songs on Bandcamp and pick up the album on vinyl with a variety of other goodies through his own merch company Hello Merch.

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Interview: Dustin Lovelis

Long Beach native Dustin Lovelis has been playing music for the better part of the decade starting off his public career with The Fling. After releasing their stellar debut in 2010, an EP the year following, and a follow-up full length in 2013, the band slowly faded out of view. After stepping out of the spotlight Dustin emerged last year with the track “Off The Rails” and a succeeding solo debut. I spoke with Dustin via e-mail earlier this month to talk about his past, the current album and most importantly, his favorite nightcap.

Stream/purchase the album on Bandcamp where you can also pick up the vinyl version.
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“Can We Break Down All These Walls?” – Getting to Know Big Monsta

Big Monsta is:

Jimmy Hua, Adrian Sanchez, and Mike Willson

These Monstas have been a band as they stand currently for about 2 years, though they’ve known eachother for 8+ years.  Jimmy, Mike, and Adrian all did APA (Academy of Performing Arts) together in their younger years.  I say that like they’re old now, ha!

The lineup solidified when recording started.  Mike was recording/producing at MAPS at the time, where Big Monsta went to record.  Jimmy showed Mike the recordings that had already been completed, and after plenty of back-n-forth, Mike re-recorded.  Issues with old writing partner resulted in Mike falling into the drummer role and ta-da!

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Interview: Jessica Dobson (Deep Sea Diver)

I spoke with Jessica Dobson, the singer, songwriter, and guitarist of Deep Sea Diver on August 8, 2014. After years of an unfruitful relationship with major label Atlantic Records, she forged out on her own and began a full-on band: Deep Sea Diver. Prior to 2014, the band released an EP (New Caves [2009]) and a full length (History Speaks [2012]). The band, Jessica & Peter Mansen (drums), are back with a 4-song EP entitled Always Waiting and a few new faces: Garrett Gue (bass) & Elliot Jackson (guitar). This is my conversation with Jessica about the release, their upcoming sophomore full length, and her run-in with latenight host Conan O’Brian.
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“Where You Wanna Be When the World Stops Spinning?” – Getting to Know Randsburg

Last week I sat down with Wyatt and Austin Fullmer (yes, they’re brothers) and began what was a laughter-filled Q & A running the gambit from straight answers to things that’d make your mom blush.  Bryce filled in the blanks shortly thereafter, his answers were a tad more PG rated, but just a tad.   Upon deciding to interview Randsburg, I knew exactly where I’d be interviewing them; Iron Press is this killer little waffle sandwich place at the SoCo Collective with quite the impressive beer selection.  Let’s get down to the nitty gritty, shall we? Continue reading “Where You Wanna Be When the World Stops Spinning?” – Getting to Know Randsburg