Lit&Local with Samantha Haas (HAAS)

Local singer-songwriter Samantha Haas (HAAS) joined WGMU’s Jackie Reed in the on-air studio on Friday, December 8. From Manassas, Virginia, she’s done covers from WALK THE MOON, Harry Styles, and Lukas Graham, all while creating her own music too. Her rock and pop-alternative covers are inspired by artists like Fleetwood Mac, PVRIS, and Paramore. Haas stopped by to talk about her upbringing in music, the stories behind her songwriting, and her upcoming EP.

Interview with DJ Jackie Reed
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 Follow Samantha Haas on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

WGMU: Turtle of the GMU Role-Playing Club

Role Playing Club LogoDJ Ariana Havens interviews Turtle from Mason’s Role-Playing Club to talk about his passion for tabletop role-playing games, the club itself, his best role-playing stories, and when and where they meet!

Interested? The GMU Role-Playing Club meets Saturday nights from 9PM-12AM in the Hampton Roads 6th floor common room. Find them on their page on getconnected.gmu.edu, or email Turtle at J-C-R-O-M-A-R-2-[AT]-MASONLIVE[DOT]GMU[DOT]EDU

Lit&Local With Death From Above

 

 

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Death From Above’s Jesse F. Keeler joined WGMU’s George Minning for an upbeat conversation revolving around their newest album, Outrage! Is Now (2017) and recent fall tour.

 

 

 

Full interview:

 

Death From Above with The Beaches will be stopping by The Filmore Silver Spring on Saturday, October 28th.

Follow Death From Above on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, and their official website.

 

Lit&Local With Venn

dcShoegaze spinsters Venn joined WGMU’s Jackie Reed in the studio for an epic interview. Hailing from Woodbridge, Virginia, Venn takes their VA roots to shows and brings a blend of undeniable energy and smooth rhythm to the D.C. music scene.

Venn is Jon Fetahaj, Holden Cihelka, and brothers Julian and Gabe Earle. In February 2017, they launched their self-titled EP after a year of playing shows, writing music, and curating their own, unique sound. Their dreamy set is layered and multi-faceted. Their tracks take listeners on a trip, typically to an intangible dimension that goes above and beyond music expectations today.

Interview:

Follow Venn on YouTubeFacebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Dotson & 2K: Ryan Cam

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In a short two months since his last interview, featured artist Ryan Cam has wowed us with new music, videos, and even a college tour. Matt Dotson caught up with Ryan to talk about his local show at Jammin Java, the new single “When The Sun Come Up”, and how he’s managed to do so much in so little time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Basic Printer Interview

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Basic Printer is an experimental indie pop explosion that is no stranger to whimsy, color, and untethered energy. DJ Rebecca Brown had the opportunity to speak with Jesse Gillenwalters, the creative mind behind Basic Printer. Hear the full interview and music by Basic Printer below:

 

 

 

Ryan Cam Interview (June 2017)

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Ryan Cam is an upcoming Hip Hop/Pop artist from northern VA who just released his first project titled “No Pressure.” With his smooth beat selection, combined with his diverse flows and melodic hooks/choruses, Ryan is bringing a unique sound to the table right out of the gate. With a debut project like this, the young artist has set the bar high and is looking to grow. Ryan sat down with WGMU host Matt Dotson to talk about the EP, his NOVA roots, inspirations, and their old connection. Follow Ryan on Twitter at @ryan_cam_.

 

 

Listen to the interview HERE:

Opening track: “Visions”. Closing track: “College Casa”. Hear full songs and EP here.

 

 

Matt Dotson is a 3-year radio host and general manager at WGMU, as well as its resident narcissist. Hear more of Matt’s work here and here. Follow him on Twitter at @ImmortanDotson.

 

 

Frank Iero Interview (April 2017)

Frank-IeroMusician Frank Iero (Frank Iero and the Patience, My Chemical Romance) called in to WGMU Radio to catch up with DJ Matt Dotson, since their last interview in March 2015 (found here). Frank and Matt talked about Record Store Day, humor on social media, Rob Trujillo’s son in Korn, and a very special story about Matt’s grandma (it involves the picture on the left). WGMU thanks Frank for coming on the station, he’s our absolute favorite interview!

Listen to the interview HERE:

 

You can catch Frank Iero and the Patience on their US tour now. Buy tickets here.

You can buy Stomachaches and Parachutes here.

 

P.S. – Frank can say all the bad words he wants. We love him.

Lit&Local: Electric Heart

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Based in Sterling, VA, Electric Heart pulls at the strings of music lovers everywhere. The duo consists of Padi Goudarzi and Sean Ghosh, two childhood friends who mix soul, folk, alternative, and indie into their own distinct genre. They reach out to the D.C. and Virginia area by playing at open mic nights and local gigs. Almost a capella, Ghosh adds to the soulful vocals by switching it up with some raspy guitar, wispy and acoustic at its finest. Much of their music is rooted in optimism, very much alike the works of local artists Cinema Hearts and Nemes. Sometimes a guitar and a voice or two is all you need, and they show listeners the endless possibilities of music, simplified and amplified. Electric Heart duets with passionate melodies, wagging instrumentals, and a la-dee-da energy that goes beyond the typical Kumbaya vibes.

Interview with DJ Jackie Reed

Surrender – unreleased track

“Wanderer” – from their Be Alive EP (2017)

 

For a full setlist of their Be Alive EP (2017), check it out on Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0REQkGerEKHhaDQl30ObBo

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/electric-heart/id1122232737

Bandcamp: https://electricheart.bandcamp.com/releases

Check out Electric Heart’s Facebook for news and updates.

Electric Heart will also be playing at Epicure Café, Friday, April 28. Free copies of their Be Alive EP (2017) and merch will be handed out. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/235404703595716/.

Lit&Local: A Live Set With L.A. Trip

IMG_7984On February 12th, WGMU’s Jackie Reed (Jammin’ with Jackie) interviewed L.A. Trip in WGMU’s live on-air studio, to talk about their upcoming album, Intervals I (2017). From Fredericksburg, Virginia, the rock band came together to put on a live performance showcasing the best of their music. Bobby Barber, guitarist and vocalist, and Sean O’Neill, drummer and percussionist, came by the studio to talk about their band’s background, to reflect on their first album L.A. Trip (2016), and to expand on their future productions as a rock duo. You can listen to their new album, complete with a fresh tracklist and innovative cover songs, next week.

 

Interview:

Studio Tracks “Crime” & “Hey Now”:

Live Set:

 

Intervals I

L.A. Trip’s Intervals I is available for listen February 21st.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/latripband/

Bandcamp: https://latrip.bandcamp.com/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/latrip/

Instagram: @latripband

 

All photos courtesy of Jennifer Shaskan of Office of Student Media. Special thanks to Jennifer Shaskan and Lottye Lockhart for their involvement and for representing OSM during the interview and performance.