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  • van jones Archives - KCR College Radio
    Apply van jones Prince Not Only A Musician April 22 2016 Audrey Atwater As I am sure you have all heard by now the legendary musician Prince passed away Thursday morning in his home in Minnesota Many around the world are mourning the musical genius and remembering his music But what many people did not know was that Prince was not just a musician This week I am taking a break from writing about music videos in order to tell you all about Prince the philanthropist Prince was known as a wonderful musician who broke down boundaries separating pop and alternative music He won and was nominated for dozens of awards including an Academy Award And while he was most well known for the music that he created he also helped to create and gave to many different charities and organizations In an interview on CNN s Dr Drew Show Van Jones a close friend of Prince spoke out about the charitable work that Prince did especially in reference to the YesWeCode initiative The initiative works to help 100 000 low opportunity women and men find success in the tech sector Van Jones mentioned that Prince did not like to talk about his charitable work and often held concerts as cover ups for his philanthropist works YesWeCode paid tribute to the late musician on their website thanking him for his help in creating the initiative So as we mourn the lose of yet another legend in the music world we must also remember that he was more than a musician He was a giver a friend an a philanthropist As Van Jones stated When you think about how great he was as a musician just please understand that s a part of the greatness KCR Blog KCR News yeswecode charity

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  • yes we code Archives - KCR College Radio
    Apply yes we code Prince Not Only A Musician April 22 2016 Audrey Atwater As I am sure you have all heard by now the legendary musician Prince passed away Thursday morning in his home in Minnesota Many around the world are mourning the musical genius and remembering his music But what many people did not know was that Prince was not just a musician This week I am taking a break from writing about music videos in order to tell you all about Prince the philanthropist Prince was known as a wonderful musician who broke down boundaries separating pop and alternative music He won and was nominated for dozens of awards including an Academy Award And while he was most well known for the music that he created he also helped to create and gave to many different charities and organizations In an interview on CNN s Dr Drew Show Van Jones a close friend of Prince spoke out about the charitable work that Prince did especially in reference to the YesWeCode initiative The initiative works to help 100 000 low opportunity women and men find success in the tech sector Van Jones mentioned that Prince did not like to talk about his charitable work and often held concerts as cover ups for his philanthropist works YesWeCode paid tribute to the late musician on their website thanking him for his help in creating the initiative So as we mourn the lose of yet another legend in the music world we must also remember that he was more than a musician He was a giver a friend an a philanthropist As Van Jones stated When you think about how great he was as a musician just please understand that s a part of the greatness KCR Blog KCR News yeswecode

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  • Artist Interview - Gavin James - KCR College Radio
    much to write about then though And then I really started writing when I was doing pub gigs and open mic nights meeting loads of people when I was like sixteen or seventeen CS Living or dead who would you want to collaborate with most GJ Sam Cooke Smokey Robinson cause he s just awesome Hozier I love Hozier And he s Irish and he lives pretty much down the road CS Have you met Hozier GJ Yeah I actually did a radio gig about three years ago in Dublin and I hadn t heard about him and we just did this radio show and he started paying and that was the first time I ve ever cursed on the radio in more whole life after he played He did Take Me to Church and nobody had ever heard it before and I just looked at him and I was just like ahhh what the f he just blew my mind CS Who are your biggest influences in your music GJ Probably Bob Dylan Cat Stevens Joni Mitchell All the old school singer songwriters and a lot of Damien Rice CS You just started the tour with Ben Rector but how is it so far GJ It s great It s the third show that I ve done Been in California for awhile He s a lovely guy It s so hot here I really didn t think it would be so hot it s only March But it s really hot I got majorly sunburned as well I sat in the sun for like an hour and I knew it was happening just cause I m ginger and I burn very easily CS What is your favorite place that you ve played so far GJ I did this really cool thing in Germany it was by the sea Crowds in Europe are really nice It was very cold though it was so much fun though CS Are you from a musical background Do your parents play music or anything GJ Yeah my mom and dad sing My sister is a gospel singer My great grandparents were opera singers My granddad was a comedian My family brought us all up with music for sure though CS Do you have any pre show rituals GJ Not really I get really nervous though liken 20 minutes before the show Doesn t matter where just like 20 minutes before I get really nervous I get so nervous but once I step foot on stage it all goes away I just pace do jumping jacks to get myself to not think about being nervous and then it s fine It s a little harder here in America though because I talk really fast and no one understands me I m like a leprechaun on speed CS What made you realize that you wanted to pursue a career in music GJ I worked lots of other jobs and I kind of realized I didn t

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  • Carson Stoltz, Author at KCR College Radio
    I was greeted by Gavin James and his manager with big hugs and banter about the horrible traffic from Los Angeles to San Diego Cause lately I was thinking I never told you that every time I see you my heart sings Nervous Carson Stoltz How old were you when you started to write and sing your own songs Gavin James I was about fourteen more or less I didn t have much to write about then though And then I really started writing when I was doing pub gigs and open mic nights meeting loads of people when I was like sixteen or seventeen CS Living or dead who would you want to collaborate with most GJ Sam Cooke Smokey Robinson cause he s just awesome Hozier I love Hozier And he s Irish and he lives pretty much down the road CS Have you met Hozier GJ Yeah I actually did a radio gig about three years ago in Dublin and I hadn t heard about him and we just did this radio show and he started paying and that was the first time I ve ever cursed on the radio in more whole life after he played He did Take Me to Church and nobody had ever heard it before and I just looked at him and I was just like ahhh what the f he just blew my mind CS Who are your biggest influences in your music GJ Probably Bob Dylan Cat Stevens Joni Mitchell All the old school singer songwriters and a lot of Damien Rice CS You just started the tour with Ben Rector but how is it so far GJ It s great It s the third show that I ve done Been in California for awhile He s a lovely guy It s so hot here I really didn t think it would be so hot it s only March But it s really hot I got majorly sunburned as well I sat in the sun for like an hour and I knew it was happening just cause I m ginger and I burn very easily CS What is your favorite place that you ve played so far GJ I did this really cool thing in Germany it was by the sea Crowds in Europe are really nice It was very cold though it was so much fun though CS Are you from a musical background Do your parents play music or anything GJ Yeah my mom and dad sing My sister is a gospel singer My great grandparents were opera singers My granddad was a comedian My family brought us all up with music for sure though CS Do you have any pre show rituals GJ Not really I get really nervous though liken 20 minutes before the show Doesn t matter where just like 20 minutes before I get really nervous I get so nervous but once I step foot on stage it all goes away I just pace

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  • Artist Interview Archives - KCR College Radio
    I was greeted by Gavin James and his manager with big hugs and banter about the horrible traffic from Los Angeles to San Diego Cause lately I was thinking I never told you that every time I see you my heart sings Nervous Carson Stoltz How old were you when you started to write and sing your own songs Gavin James I was about fourteen more or less I didn t have much to write about then though And then I really started writing when I was doing pub gigs and open mic nights meeting loads of people when I was like sixteen or seventeen CS Living or dead who would you want to collaborate with most GJ Sam Cooke Smokey Robinson cause he s just awesome Hozier I love Hozier And he s Irish and he lives pretty much down the road CS Have you met Hozier GJ Yeah I actually did a radio gig about three years ago in Dublin and I hadn t heard about him and we just did this radio show and he started paying and that was the first time I ve ever cursed on the radio in more whole life after he played He did Take Me to Church and nobody had ever heard it before and I just looked at him and I was just like ahhh what the f he just blew my mind CS Who are your biggest influences in your music GJ Probably Bob Dylan Cat Stevens Joni Mitchell All the old school singer songwriters and a lot of Damien Rice CS You just started the tour with Ben Rector but how is it so far GJ It s great It s the third show that I ve done Been in California for awhile He s a lovely guy It s so hot here I really didn t think it would be so hot it s only March But it s really hot I got majorly sunburned as well I sat in the sun for like an hour and I knew it was happening just cause I m ginger and I burn very easily CS What is your favorite place that you ve played so far GJ I did this really cool thing in Germany it was by the sea Crowds in Europe are really nice It was very cold though it was so much fun though CS Are you from a musical background Do your parents play music or anything GJ Yeah my mom and dad sing My sister is a gospel singer My great grandparents were opera singers My granddad was a comedian My family brought us all up with music for sure though CS Do you have any pre show rituals GJ Not really I get really nervous though liken 20 minutes before the show Doesn t matter where just like 20 minutes before I get really nervous I get so nervous but once I step foot on stage it all goes away I just pace

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  • interview Archives - KCR College Radio
    thing and that got me started and I kind of got really into it and at about 13 I started taking it a little more seriously I was getting into Nirvana and stuff like that Those are very accessible songs as a guitar player so yeah that s the very beginning J How did music influence your childhood A It s funny because even though I did take it seriously early on I never really saw it as a career path until maybe I was going to college It was always just this fun thing to do and I grew up with this mentality that for musicians it s very difficult to make a living So I never really saw it as a practical thing And part of that was just growing up in Portugal where it s even more difficult to make a living as a musician and so I never really took it that seriously When I was picking a school to go to I think that was sort of a deciding factor I was actually interested in design industrial design and graphic design So I was thinking of going that route which my life would have turned out very differently or to go to a music school and I ended up going to music school Not that the music school informs that but that was sort of a deciding moment I guess where I said Okay I m gonna pursue this for real much to my parents worry J What was it like moving from Portugal to the United States A Well my mom s American I grew up in bible school so it was a very natural thing for me I had actually lived in the U S before when I was a kid I went to 3rdand 4th grade in the U S So I was pretty aware of American culture and the language obviously which helps a lot You know Portugal is not that vastly different than America in that way but there s still a little bit of culture shock Mostly with the difference between the size of things everything s a little bigger in the U S I think anyone that goes to Europe can probably attest to that So it was little things like that nothing too drastic It was a pretty easy transition And with music I sort of adopted a certain DIY quality about doing everything myself trying to take my career into my own hands I guess and so I think that helped me out a lot when I first moved to the U S J Can you explain the meaning of the name RAC A Yeah Well basically when I started it it stands for Remix Artist Collectives and that was the original idea that I had when I was in college I wanted to create a collective of remixers that would essentially work for hire We d work with labels or artists anybody that wanted a remix that we felt like it could be creatively interesting it was sort of like a creative agency almost like working behind the scenes I never really intended for it to be like a front facing artist thing And that was the beginning That was what I envisioned at first The reality was very different from that I was doing pretty much all the remixes myself and it just never really took off in that way I was doing a lot of remix work but I was sort of making a name for myself as an artist in that way It was becoming like a recognizable name Especially when I later moved into original work the name just kind of lost its meaning So at this point I see it as almost like a brand or a name that you attach to things Hopefully if they enjoy my remix work they d enjoy my original work and whatever else I decide to do So it s sort of like an umbrella for me to make music under J It s nice how that worked out A Yeah it never worked out how I wanted it I m just kind of going with it now J How would you describe your music to those who haven t listened to you yet A Well let me put it this way When people ask me I just say it s electronic music But when I really think about what it is to me it s pop music And that s what I m kind of trying to do I use a lot of electronic sounds and I use a lot of more traditional sounds too So to me it feels like I m trying to write catchy music and poppy music that is enjoyable but also has substance I m trying to make functional art I guess or practical art Somewhere in the middle where I can reach a vast amount of people but also fulfill that creative need that I have J Is there something you have to do or say to prepare yourself before a show A Not really I ve kind of been doing this for a while and a lot of people do have routines For me I just chill out for an hour About 10 minutes before we go on I just go and hang out by the stage just kinda hang out by myself kinda regain my thoughts stuff like that There s not really any kind of special process or anything like that It s kinda sit there and relax for a second and get ready to jump around for an hour I guess J What are you looking forward to in the future of your career A I guess just to try new things It s been kind of a theme from the very beginning As I mentioned I had a grand idea of what it would become and it never became that So the things that have worked out in my life are things where I go with the flow and try new challenges and try to stretch myself as a musician Whether that s remixes or lately it s been trying film or TV or I just did a video game soundtrack too So it s stuff like that projects that are interesting to me that are out of the norm anything to keep it interesting whether that s like a genre of music or just something I basically want to keep doing this as long as I possibly can and I think a big part of doing it long term is not get burnt out So that s sort of my way of not getting burnt out it s just by trying new things and keeping it interesting J That sounds like a good strategy A Yeah I mean it s worked so far We ll see J And last but not least if you were stranded alone on a deserted island what are three things you d want to have with you A Oooh hahaha J It s tough so take your time A Probably a guitar for sure It s one of those things that I ve had to sort of force myself to just sit down with a guitar and just play music for fun You know what an idea to play music for fun But for me because it s my job sometimes I feel this immense pressure that any time I m working on music it has to be for work And sometimes I have to remind myself to just enjoy myself and to play music without any project in mind and just do it for fun So definitely if I was stranded on an island I would want that escape Hmm although I d probably break some strings and then I d be kind of screwed but hypothetical anyway Let s see other two things I think the core of that question is what you value in life So the other things are friends obviously I m kind of answering your question in a broader way but friends are something that I definitely value more and more Especially helps with staying alive and it s basically just hanging out with your friends for a month in a semi stressful situation Oh I also just got kittens so I want them to hang out with too Connect with RAC Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Soundcloud KCR Blog KCR Music interview music rac A Moment with the Artist Eskimeaux March 22 2015 Joey Bautista Since 2007 Gabrielle Smith has been making music as Eskimeaux often collaborating with fellow members of The Epoch a Brooklyn based collective of artists and songwriters With a discography ranging in style from experimental ambient to colorful and upbeat pop each listen of an Eskimeaux album is a new and refreshing experience on its own After having spent most of 2014 touring with her various bands including Frankie Cosmos and Told Slant Smith is gearing up for the release of her newest album O K this May the first single Broken Necks can be heard below I caught up with Smith shortly before the start of her tour with Crying to discuss home recording her roots in songwriting and a look back on the past few years Joey Bautista How long have you been going by Eskimeaux and what is the inspiration behind the name Gabrielle Smith I ve been using the moniker Eskimeaux since 2007 I created the band name for three reasons Firstly it was important to me that it was easily google able Secondly I wanted the name to represent me I was adopted and the only part of my heritage that we know is that I am part Tlingit indigenous peoples from the Pacific Northwest Thirdly I wanted the name to represent my sound I think of the music I make as layers upon layers of sounds that all come together to make a simple thing a song That s where eaux comes from it s a jumble of letters that all come together to create the simple o sound JB What were your first experiences with recording music GS I had a handful of experiences recording music in a really entry level way but there were a couple of pivotal moments in the beginning of Eskimeaux that were important One was hearing and learning about the recording process of Brandon Can t Dance His songs were these really interesting super short layered recordings that he made on the Windows Voice Recorder I don t know if you have ever seen that program but it s extremely primitive and is basically just for quick voice memos It actually has to be tricked into making multi tracked recordings And yet he would make really complex songs with multiple instruments I was really inspired not only by his music but by how possible it was to make really personal short songs I felt really connected to the music he was making even though usually the songs were only one minute long and had maybe two sentences for the lyrics I remember a while later when I showed him GarageBand for the first time he was astounded by the ability to see edit and effect multiple tracks it was really funny The other was watching Ben Schurr from Br er record I went to visit him in Philadelphia when he was working on an EP called Filled With Guilt and Diamonds His songs were incredibly complicated combining orchestral arrangements noise elements and passionate dark songwriting He would record in Cubase a program that is still over my head even after working with it on one of the later Eskimeaux albums with him The whole time I was visiting him which was about two weeks he worked on the recordings including having Nat Baldwin come over and record some upright bass for him It was so crazy to me that someone could have such dense compositions all worked out in their head And then to just make it happen It was very inspiring and after that experience I set out to try to make work like that JB Your upcoming album O K is being released in May on Double Double Whammy How did you get involved with the label GS Dave Benton reached out to me over the summer of 2014 just to see what I was working on I was on tour with Told Slant at the time but I told him that when I got home I would send him my latest recordings I had met them through their work with Frankie Cosmos JB O K features reworkings of several songs that were originally home demos on Igluenza Could you describe what your home recording setup is like GS My home recording set up for Igluenza and all of my demos was mostly GarageBand and a Yeti microphone For O K we set up Jack Greenleaf s fancy desktop with Logic on it in this funny tiny window less room in our house which basically just became Jack s bedroom at a certain point He also has a really cool eight channel interface that we used a bunch but most of the vocals were still recorded on the Yeti in GarageBand JB Where do you draw inspiration for lyrics They re often among the most captivating elements of your music GS I would say that my most important lyrical influences are Phil Elverum Joanna Newsom Frankie Cosmos Bellows and Adrian Orange Whenever I m writing poems which later turn into songs for the most part I think to myself how would see this Obviously I could never know that so their influence gets pushed through my filter and becomes a song JB How has playing in several different bands influenced your songwriting process as a solo artist GS It has influenced it a lot First and foremost being in all of the bands I m in and have been in in the past and playing different instruments for each has made me a much better musician I started out writing music with a basic knowledge of violin and proper choral singing Now I can confidently say that I am proficient at guitar singing bass synthesizer keyboard and violin I wouldn t say I m good at it but I even got to learn how to play cello for one band I used to be in Being in a bunch of projects has also given me the opportunity to see music through a lot of different eyes Told Slant Frankie Cosmos Bellows Real Life Buildings and Eskimeaux songs are all written from completely different perspectives and therefore have to be arranged in completely different ways I get to be behind the scenes for all of it so I can take my new knowledge home and apply it experimentally to my own work It makes songwriting really exciting JB What have you been listening to lately GS Lately I ve been listening to a lot of Girlpool Krill Taylor Swift Mitski and Frankie Cosmos Also in the car since we only have a CD player we listen to Hall Oates Celestial Shore the Empire Records soundtrack and also Girlpool A lot of Girlpool JB You ve done an extensive amount of touring over the past several months and you have another one coming up at the end of the month with Crying What s the most important thing you ve learned after so many hours on the road GS I ve learned that sometimes you just need to have a hot meal JB You released your first album as Eskimeaux way back in 2008 Having been at this for seven years now what s going through your head at this point in your life GS Every time I release an album that is important to me I take a break from songwriting to enjoy what I ve accomplished and let ideas accrue Now I feel like that break is over More info on Eskimeaux s upcoming tour with Crying can be found here O K will be released on May 12 by Double Double Whammy now available for pre order Photos courtesy of Andrew Piccone KCR Music bellows broken necks crying dbldblwhmmy double double whammy epoch eskimeaux Frankie Cosmos gabby smith gabrielle smith igluenza interview kcr kcr college radio o k real life buildings the epoch told slant A Moment with the Artist Elvis Depressedly November 28 2014 Joey Bautista Mathew Lee Cothran has been writing and releasing music for almost a decade as Coma Cinema but he s about to embark on a brief tour with his band Elvis Depressedly to preface the release of their upcoming album New Alhambra Shortly before the start of this tour I caught up with Cothran to talk about moving across states touring and his mindset looking forward Joey Bautista You re about to spend a good part of December touring the Northeast and Midwest including a few shows in Canada with Told Slant The last couple of months have been pretty hectic with your move from Columbia to Asheville Now that you seem to have settled in how would you compare your pre tour sentiments to those of your cross country tour with Alex G this past summer Mat Cothran Hectic is a good way to put it for sure Delaney and I hated Columbia and South Carolina in general It s where we grew up but the state s anti art mentality challenged us forever and we just got sick of it It was wearing us down and we had enough so we moved to North Carolina which isn t that far away but it s a different world out here We love it so much and we re excited to be a part of the art scene here because there are so many talented

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  • INTERVIEW WITH HIRIE, SAN DIEGO: 5/20, 6/18 - KCR College Radio
    it makes you more patient more resilient and I waste less time on things that don t matter Bringing life into the world is a whole other thing it is such a life changing experience and you learn how to adapt Bringing a human being has been the most powerful discovery I ve had G How do you balance your schedule know what you don t really need to do and know how to say no to yourself H I chose to not get distracted by things that don t matter The way that I gage what doesn t matter is just whether it positively benefits me my family my career my spirituality my health If its none of the above then I definitely put that down on my to do list Getting my nails done doesn t really affect my family or my career So I would pick songwriting for an hour versus going out and doing something that is a temporary materialistic need Given one could argue that it puts them in a better mood but there re other things I could prioritize like maybe a date with a friend and going to the beach Going out would have the same effect on my body as doing my nails would Not saying my nails aren t done right now because they are For me it is important that I m doing things that benefit not just myself but benefit other people G If you could have a business not related to music what would it be H I would want to teach have a space for learning whatever that would be o r have a restaurant with a music venue inside it I am a social person I like to be around people I like to learn from people and socialize Just a job where I could help someone or understand something a little better or provide a space for people to learn and grow would be really cool for me G What are your top personal and career goals H To be a good person and be happy and spend less time doing things that are not important and be less materialistic On the business side just continue playing music and going on tours and traveling G What would blow your mind if it were to happen H A tour with Slightly Stoopid G What type of un ordinary power would you have H Power to make people move out of the road so I can drive without being blocked all the time G What places have you toured that you really enjoyed going to H I really like the East Coast because I have never been exposed to a culture like that I have always been by the beach by the mountains but all the way over there it is so cold Yeah I guess I have always been more on the Pacific side of things and it would be really cool to explore the East

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  • Glidiany Vallejo, Author at KCR College Radio
    is nice to write music that might be able to help somebody else with whatever they are going through to do something about the situation they are in G What is the biggest discovery that you ve gained in life that made you who you are today H That s very crucial The biggest discovery is learning how to be a mother That definitely changed me for good It makes you think differently it makes you more patient more resilient and I waste less time on things that don t matter Bringing life into the world is a whole other thing it is such a life changing experience and you learn how to adapt Bringing a human being has been the most powerful discovery I ve had G How do you balance your schedule know what you don t really need to do and know how to say no to yourself H I chose to not get distracted by things that don t matter The way that I gage what doesn t matter is just whether it positively benefits me my family my career my spirituality my health If its none of the above then I definitely put that down on my to do list Getting my nails done doesn t really affect my family or my career So I would pick songwriting for an hour versus going out and doing something that is a temporary materialistic need Given one could argue that it puts them in a better mood but there re other things I could prioritize like maybe a date with a friend and going to the beach Going out would have the same effect on my body as doing my nails would Not saying my nails aren t done right now because they are For me it is important that I m doing things that benefit not just myself but benefit other people G If you could have a business not related to music what would it be H I would want to teach have a space for learning whatever that would be o r have a restaurant with a music venue inside it I am a social person I like to be around people I like to learn from people and socialize Just a job where I could help someone or understand something a little better or provide a space for people to learn and grow would be really cool for me G What are your top personal and career goals H To be a good person and be happy and spend less time doing things that are not important and be less materialistic On the business side just continue playing music and going on tours and traveling G What would blow your mind if it were to happen H A tour with Slightly Stoopid G What type of un ordinary power would you have H Power to make people move out of the road so I can drive without being blocked all the time G

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