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Sonic City Council

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Interviews, conversations, and roundtable discussions on a variety of relevant, interesting, and entertaining topics. As the old saying goes, "if these walls could talk", surely the dive bars, all night diners and warehouses across the country would be lined with the ideas of creative people. Along with crafting something from nothing, the best part of being a creative person is the conversation with your colleagues. The freedom to share ideas and our processes. To drive home in the wee hours of the morning feeling totally enlightened or having your sides split from laughter. The show has been happening for years except now, we’ve hooked up the cameras and microphones. The spirit of this podcast is to bring these conversations to you, the listener. To gain an insight into the unique psyche of each guest. The primary focus will be on music but anyone working in a creative medium is eligible. We want to create an environment where an unfiltered, uncensored and unrestrained dialogue can blossom. Topics could range widely between in-depth questions on how/why someone creates their work, what ideas sound and feel like per individual, tour stories, current topics or anything that may come up in the moment.

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Episode 042 - NappyHIGH
Jul 28 2021
Episode 042 - NappyHIGH
Citizens! It was a pleasure to chat with musician and producer NappyHigh on this week’s episode. He is bringing an old school vibes approach to modern songwriting in hip-hop. Artists he has worked with include Curren$y, Iman Omari and Devin Morrison. Join us as we dive into his writing process, approach in the studio and his life experiences. His new video GET DOWN with Iman Omari and IhateyouALX is out now   Get Down video:   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson Rouge!   Davey Sipes Disaster Cabinet     Engineered by: Max Taylor   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue
Episode 042 - NappyHIGH
Jul 28 2021
Episode 042 - NappyHIGH
Citizens! It was a pleasure to chat with musician and producer NappyHigh on this week’s episode. He is bringing an old school vibes approach to modern songwriting in hip-hop. Artists he has worked with include Curren$y, Iman Omari and Devin Morrison. Join us as we dive into his writing process, approach in the studio and his life experiences. His new video GET DOWN with Iman Omari and IhateyouALX is out now   Get Down video:   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson Rouge!   Davey Sipes Disaster Cabinet     Engineered by: Max Taylor   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue
Episode 041 - Round Table Six - 5 Guys Talk About Touring The In-N-Out
Jul 19 2021
Episode 041 - Round Table Six - 5 Guys Talk About Touring The In-N-Out
Citizens! The round table has reconvened to discuss the finer things in life. Topics such as life as a gigging musician, our pet peeves, pros and cons of touring, and an inordinately long time discussing our favorite road food choices. This one end t a bit off the rails but was still a blast nonetheless.   Matt Lindsey IG: David Hodrick IG:   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson Rouge!   Davey Sipes Disaster Cabinet     Engineered by: Max Taylor   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue www.theshowcasevenue.com
Episode 040 - Adam Kury
Jul 12 2021
Episode 040 - Adam Kury
Citizens! We’re honored to have the great Adam Kury of Candlebox on Sonic City Council ! Not only has been touring and recording with Candlebox since 2008, he is also a mixing engineer. Adam shared some incredible insight on touring, recording , songwriting and performing.   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson Rouge!   Davey Sipes Disaster Cabinet     Engineered by: Max Taylor   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue www.theshowcasevenue.com
Episode 039 - Cleen
Jul 5 2021
Episode 039 - Cleen
Citizens! We’re honored to have our first hip-hop artist in studio. Cleen is a rapper from the underground hip hop scene based in Lancaster, CA. He’s been a solo artist and apart of crews like Rhyme Village and Life For The Better. We get into his writing process, tracking in the studio and his love of movies. You can check out his new record “Lancaster Drive In” below     Hosted by: Jesse Davidson IG: @thebassabides Sipes Cabinet     Engineered by: Max Taylor   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue
Episode 038 - Sam Ferrara
Jun 28 2021
Episode 038 - Sam Ferrara
Citizens! Today, we have an episode of firsts! We have Sam Ferrara, a Nashville singer/songwriter making her podcast debut! And she’s got her first single “Whiskey Memory”, being released on Friday July 2nd. We discuss her Long Island roots, the insane amount of instruments she can play and how one crucial life decision almost prevented her from moving to Nashville.   Click here to pre-save Whiskey Memory Ferrara IG:   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson IG: @thebassabides Sipes Cabinet     Engineered by: Max Taylor   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue
Episode 037 - Cody Stewart
Jun 21 2021
Episode 037 - Cody Stewart
Hello Citizens! Today we are joined by Cody Stewart of the LA based band Scarzdale. He is the main songwriter, vocalist and mastermind behind this project. Today, we get into Cody’s history of guitar teching, growing up in Texas and he performs his song “Mexico” live in the studio! YouTube   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson IG: @thebassabides Davey Sipes Disaster Cabinet   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Engineered by: Max Taylor   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue
Episode 036 - Chase The Comet
Jun 14 2021
Episode 036 - Chase The Comet
Citizens! It was an absolute pleasure to have Chase The Comet on Sonic City Council. They are band whose sound couldn’t be more diverse. They combine elements of rock, pop, metal, and electronic music just to name a few. All with just two members! Singer Nika Comet and Guitarist Alex Mishustov are the folks creating such a massive sound. We discuss their move from Moscow to Los Angeles, their experience through the music business, and the process behind their writing.   Chase The Comet links:     Hosted by: Jesse Davidson IG: @thebassabides Sipes Cabinet:     Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Engineered by: Max Taylor   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue
Episode 035 - John "Beedo" Dzubak Sr.
Jun 7 2021
Episode 035 - John "Beedo" Dzubak Sr.
Hello Citizens! Today, we are joined by drummer John Dzubak also known as “Beedo”. He has played with such legendary acts as The Soul Survivors and Etta James. He was apart of a pivotal moment in music history; the birth and rise of funk music in American culture. Beedo goes in depth to his life story and drumming process formed through decades of experience.   Beedo’s book- “Life Is A Journey” LA Southbound   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson IG @thebassabides Sipes Disaster Cabinet   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Engineered by: Max Taylor   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue
Episode 034 - Omar Ruiz
May 31 2021
Episode 034 - Omar Ruiz
Hello Citizens! Today is a other historic day for the Sonic City Council. We have our first live in studio performance! We are joined by a good friend of the podcast, singer-songwriter Omar Ruiz.He has played in the high desert music scene for many years. His journey reflects the personal struggles many up and coming musicians face. We dived into overcoming self doubt, self-acceptance, sacrificing things to achieve your goals and much more.   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson IG: @thebassabides Davey Sipes Disaster Cabinet:   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Engineered by: Max Taylor   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue
Episode 033 - Round Table Five - The Pelican Briefs
May 24 2021
Episode 033 - Round Table Five - The Pelican Briefs
Citizens! We welcome you to our fifth roundtable edition of the Sonic City Council. This week, the usual cast of characters has assembled to discuss musical listening. Active listening in music (and life) is its own discipline. It is equivalent to any practice that occurs while playing an instrument. We share our personal experiences on what listening truly is. About the moments that totally changed our perspective. Also, how human traits like empathy and understanding are key to this process.   Disaster Cabinet New Album:   Matt Lindsey IG:   David Hodrick IG:   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson Davey Sipes   Engineered by: Max Taylor   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue www.theshowcasevenue.com
Episode 032 - Ariel Bellvalaire
May 17 2021
Episode 032 - Ariel Bellvalaire
Hello Citizens! Thank you once again for attending our weekly council meeting on creativity. Today, we are joined the incredible Ariel Bellvalaire. She is a solo artist, both in songwriting and shredding the guitar. She has played with both “I Am King” a Michael Jackson tribute and “Paradise Kitty”, a Guns and Roses tribute. Before she picked up the guitar, she was a talented gymnast and aerial artist. She has combined these two disciplines in something called “Shrednastics”, which debuted on The Gong Show on ABC. We discussed her Connecticut roots, navigating social media, her songwriting approach and her new song, “Elastic”.   “Elastic” :   Ariel’s links:   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson IG: @thebassabides   Davey Sipes   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Engineered by: Max Taylor   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue
Episode 031 - Meredith Lamarche
May 11 2021
Episode 031 - Meredith Lamarche
Hello Citizens! Thank you for tuning in. Meredith Lamarche has been apart of the LA Music Scene for over ten years. She is a tremendous singer/songwriter with an incredibly soulful vibe. We talk her journey moving from St. Louis to Los Angeles, overcoming personal blocks, and her new song “Back To You”, which you can hear below.   Back To You:   Lamarche:   Meredith’s IG:   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson IG: @thebassabides   Davey Sipes   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Engineered by: Max Taylor   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue
Episode 030 - Peter McGuire
May 3 2021
Episode 030 - Peter McGuire
Hello Citizens! Thank you for tuning in! This week, Peter McGuire of the Thrift Store Troubadours stopped into chat about his creative process. Peter is a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. He is also a chef and exploring his love of food with through a cookbook. We discuss touring, pre-show rituals and how the art of cooking and music are intertwined. Thrift Store Troubadours: Peter IG:   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson IG: @thebassabides   Davey Sipes   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Engineered by: Max Taylor   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue
Episode 029 - Bob Oedy
Apr 26 2021
Episode 029 - Bob Oedy
Hello Citizens! Thank you once again for tuning in. This week, the mighty Bob Oedy has stopped by our council meeting! For those who don’t know, Bob Oedy is the guitarist in The Grim and vocalist in Glue Gun. Two bands that have been mainstays in the LA Punk Scene. He is also an author and has written 4 books. We discuss his history with the two bands and his creative process. Both with writing books and music. Grim: Glue Gun   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson IG: @thebassabides Davey Sipes   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Engineered by: Max Taylor   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue
Episode 028 - Tess Schoonhoven
Apr 19 2021
Episode 028 - Tess Schoonhoven
Fellow Citizens of the Sonic City Council! Thank you once again for joining us on our weekly exploration of the creative psyche. This week, we have not only a talented songwriter but also, a talented writer joining us. Tess Schoonhoven is a journalist for American Songwriter, Streaming Department, and other independent music blogs. As a songwriter, she’s recently released two singles “Good For Nobody” and “Fade Away (To Gray)”, as a solo artist. We explore the duality of both roles in her life. Alternating between telling her own story and the stories of others.   Spotify:   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson IG: @thebassabides   Davey Sipes   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Engineered by: Max Taylor   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue
Episode 027 - Round Table Four - We Prove That Robots Are Better Musicians Than Us!
Apr 12 2021
Episode 027 - Round Table Four - We Prove That Robots Are Better Musicians Than Us!
Citizens! We’re back with another seance, mind melding, round table edition of the Sonic City Council. In today’s episode, we discuss music generated by Artificial Intelligence. Within the last several years, various AI programs have become advanced enough to write chord changes, melodies, and lyrics. As the AI improves, what does this mean for the future of music and the humans that create it? Will this simply become another tool in the songwriter’s arsenal? Or is this just one ste closer to Skynet becoming self-aware?   Matt Lindsey IG: David Hodrick IG: Hosted by: Jesse Davidson Davey Sipes Engineered by: Max Taylor and Animations by Jones Intercable Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue www.theshowcasevenue.com
Episode 026 - Gary Hoey
Apr 5 2021
Episode 026 - Gary Hoey
Fellow Citizens of the Sonic City Council ! Thank you for joining us once again. We continue on our exploration of life from the creators perspective. Today, we have the distinct honor of hosting a true guitar hero on our show today. Gary Hoey is not just a well renowned solo artist but an incredible songwriter and producer in his own right. We discuss his songwriting approach, what inspires him, how he approaches the studio and his positive mindset.   After moving to Los Angeles to audition for Ozzy Osbourne in the late 80s, Gary’s quickly launched a solo career that is still going strong today. His debut solo album, Animal Instinct was released in 1993 and in total, Gary has recorded over 20 albums throughout his career in various styles. Highlights include his hit version of the song “Hocus Pocus”, scoring the Endless Summer II soundtrack, touring with artists like Brian May and Jeff Beck, and writing music for companies like Disney, ESPN, and No Fear. His latest album, Neon Highway Blues, debuted at #2 on the Current Blues album chart and #10 on the Heatseekers chart.   Gary links:   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson IG: @thebassabides   Davey Sipes   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Engineered by: Max Taylor   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue
Episode 025 - Nikhil Korula
Mar 29 2021
Episode 025 - Nikhil Korula
Welcome back, fellow citizens of the Sonic City Council! We thank you for the continued support each week. Today is a historic day! Not only are we back at Desert Sounds Studio but we have our first in-person guest on the couch! We have the insanely talented multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and band leader Nikhil Korula joining us for an epic conversation. Nikhil has an incredible history and career within the music business. He began to sing at 5 years old and was a founding member of the Los Angeles Children’s Choir. He has led the Nikhil Korula Band since the early 2000s and has opened up for acts like Dave Matthews, Ray Lamontange, Robert Randolph and more. Nikhil has also written music for various artists, film and television projects including Ziggy Marley’s “Start It Up”.   His last album with the Nikhil Korula Band, REVOLUTIONS, is out right now! Check it out here:   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson IG: @thebassabides   Davey Sipes   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Engineered by: Max Taylor   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue
Episode 024 - Andrew Gonzales
Mar 22 2021
Episode 024 - Andrew Gonzales
Fellow citizens! Thank you once again for tuning into our on going creative, conversational hang out. We appreciate the heck out of you. Today, we have Andrew Gonzales hanging out with us. Andrew is a luthier, machinist and is apart of the anime death metal scene. Formerly an employee of the ESP USA Custom Shop, Andrew has created an new Death Metal project called “Yandere Chainsaw Regurgitation” which combines the vocal and musical style of Death metal with anime artwork and lyrics. Citizens, this is a weird one and we are all about it. We got into so many topics including where the tone from a guitar or bass comes from, the inner workings of the anime death metal scene and how becoming a father changed his life.   You check out Andrew’s new EP “Absence of Normalcy” below. Released on Impaled Ximena Records.     Andrew’s IG:   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson IG: @thebassabides   Davey Sipes   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Engineered by: Max Taylor   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue
Episode 023 - Tyler Davis
Mar 15 2021
Episode 023 - Tyler Davis
Hola fellow citizens of the Sonic City Council! Thank you for joining us in our weekly exploration of the creative psyche. Today, we’re chatting with sound engineer and production manager Tyler Davis! He is truly a Swiss Army Knife of the live production world. We chat about the recently livestream festival, Rock N Relief, in which Tyler was in charge of sound, tour life, how sound is perceived and much more!     Tyler on Twitch   Hosted by: Jesse Davidson IG: @thebassabides   Davey Sipes   Logo and Animations by Jones Intercable   Engineered by: Max Taylor   Special thanks to AMPED Music and The Showcase Venue