Gritty Birds

An @xrayfm music interview podcast sharing the stories of today's music industry from the voices of working musicians and creatives from Jeni Wren Stottrup. West Coast and beyond.
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An XRAY.FM radio show and podcast all about the grit behind successful artists and creatives, from artist and producer Jeni Wren.

Jun 28, 2015

Talent buyer, artistic director, curator bassist and radio DJ are just a few of the titles that Portland tastemaker and self described "gate keeper" Theo Craig claims to his name. After a particularly spicy breakup, Craig set his bass down for years, until one fateful night at Pickathon, a washboard, Pendleton blanket and late night jam reconnected him to the passion he thought he's lost as an artist. Hardly keeping to himself while he wasn't playing, Craig made a name for himself as the man behind Rontoms Sunday Sessions, XRay FM's Take it the Bridge and as artistic director for PDX Pop Now!, after moving here from Seattle, where he was the sponsorship director for KEXP. Today, he continues to be a vital piece of the Portland community, breaking out not only new bands, but breaking out in his own bands, psych trio Mascaras and backing psych pop chantreuse Cat Hoch. We sat down to talk about his projects, finding lost things, our favorite festivals and his advice for artists. Recorded and mixed at Open Roads Studios by Jeni Wren Stottrup produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup sponsored by Vortex Music Magazine Underscore "Desert Masks" by Mascaras For all inquiries:

Jun 28, 2015

With more than 30 years in the Portland music scene as a seminal artist, activist and, most recently, head of the healthcare nonprofit The Jeremy Wilson Foundation, Wilson’s experiences move from the mythic—like the first time he met Kurt Cobain after the release ofBleach—to the humbling, with the diagnosis of his congenital heart condition. His story and experiences are a testament to the artist’s journey, from past to present and moving onward. After the mic was turned off, Wilson told the story of his band, Dharma Bums, in East Berlin. One of the first Western bands to ever play after the fall of the Berlin Wall, they performed to a packed, silent theater. Wilson said that he could hear a pin drop as the audience stood transfixed. As the night ended, the last sound was the buzzing of an amp, lethargically echoing through the room. A slow clap began, which swelled into a thunderous applause. The fervor of a world expanded, in a time of huge change. Today, Wilson continues to move forward and create change in the music world with his foundation, one that provides support for musicians in times of medical emergencies. Recorded at Mountain Air Studios by Mike Woodman Johnson Mixed by Mike Woodman Johnson Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Featured Music: "Rushing Out" by Jeremy Wilson Special thanks to our sponsors at Vortex Music Magazine Follow the podcast at: Support at Follow us on facebook, twitter and Instagram at @grittybirds

Jun 21, 2015

A life time lover of music, Peter Vaughan Shaver found his release through the challenges of youth listening to records. Today, he is the top arts and entertainment lawyer in Portland, offering advice to the artistic world. "Let them do the music and I'll do the business". Through preventive dentistry, Peter helps artists do what they do best, be artists. We sat down with Peter to discuss the ins and outs of law and music, talk about some of his favorite artists and find out what exactly a "glass harmonica" is. Recorded by Mike Woodman Johnson at Mountain Air Studios and Jeni Wren Stottrup at Open Road Studios Mixed and produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Featured Music: "White Flight" by Catherine Feeny and Chris Johnedis Special thanks to our sponsor Vortex Music Magazine Follow the podcast at: Support at Follow us on facebook, twitter and Instagram at @grittybirds

Jun 16, 2015

Shortly after having her now 11 year old daughter, Ingrid Renan was itching to get back into the music scene, coming on as the production manager for Kill Rock Stars and eventually a day manager for the label. Nearly a decade later, after leaving KRS, she has forged a lasting legacy in the Portland scene as a manager for some of the most recognizable artists out of Portland including Starfucker, Typhoon, Blitzen Trapper, And And And and Y La Bamba, After taking a nearly year long break from managing, Ingrid has come back into the forefront as the manager for the newly revived Y La Bamba and Kill Rock Stars Red Bull Sound Select Curator. Ingrid came in and chatted with us about management, photography, music and why she thinks there should be equal objectification between the sexes. Recorded and Mixed by Jeni Wren Stottrup at Open Roads Studios at the Independent Print Resource Center Featured music: "Crystallize" by Coco Columbia Special thanks to our sponsor Vortex Music Magazine: Follow the podcast at: Support at Follow us on facebook, twitter and Instagram at @grittybirds

Jun 9, 2015

Myles has toured the US and Europe with his band Alameda while working as a social media manager for the boutique music licensing agency Marmoset and writing for publications such as Seattle Weekly and 1859. Most recently, he started the series Bus Talk, where he collaborates with artists to make drawings of things he overhears on his daily commute. And, he's been mistaken for Dan Auerbach on more than one occasion. I sat down with him last fall in our first-ever podcast to ask him about everything from his secret hidden talent to advice on social media and touring in the US and Europe. Listen below as we work our way through a myriad of questions and topics. Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Featured music: "Summer Dharma" by Alameda Special thanks to our sponsors at Vortex Music Magazine Follow the podcast at: Support at Follow us on facebook, twitter and Instagram at @grittybirds