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.

Jul 28, 2015

One of the questions faced by every artist is how to sustain yourself financially. Marmoset Music, based in Portland Oregon, has sought to answer this question, connecting artists and advertising through sync licensing. In this week’s episode, I interviewed Brandon Day, the company’s artist wrangler and talent scout. Brandon shared his insights on the ins and outs of licensing, some of his favorite artists today and where to find the best bike rides in the Portland area. Recorded and mixed at Open Roads Studios by Jeni Wren Stottrup Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Sponsored by Vortex Music Magazine Underscore "Disbelief" by The Papers For all inquiries:

Jul 20, 2015

At 25, Alicia J Rose owned San Francisco. Moving there on a film scholarship and finding her legs as a DJ at KUSP, talent buyer at The Chameleon bringing in iconic bands such as The Jesus Lizard, Neil Hamburger and Courtney Love and touring as an artist under the name Miss Murgatroid, she was living the rockstar life. But, the question remained: “Did I do this or fall into a funny zeitgeist?” Thus at 25, Rose left her California roots and moved to Oregon for a fresh start. Now in her 20th year as a “Bornegonian”, Rose has proven herself to be the ultimate renaissance woman. From working as a founding partner for Nail Distribution, Doug Fir Lounge and Mississippi Studios to becoming an acclaimed music video director, she is just now finding her true voice as a film director with her upcoming web series “The Benefits of Gusbandry”, which is currently raising funds on Seed and Spark. The Gritty Birds Podcast sat down with Rose, to hear the ultimate story of new beginnings, talk about her upcoming show and listen to a preview from her new band “Moon Tiger”. Recorded and mixed at Open Roads Studios by Jeni Wren Stottrup Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Sponsored by Vortex Music Magazine Underscore "Killer Hips" by Shadowland from the PDX Pop Now! 2015 compilation Photo by Lake James Perriguey For all inquiries:

Jul 14, 2015

In 2006, Jared Mees launched a record label with his wife Brianne to put out his first record, If You Wanna Swim With The Sharks..., by his band Jared Mees & The Grown Children. The two fine arts majors originally met at Oxford, fell in love and dreamed of creating a space where they could help their artistic friends. After launching the label, shortly thereafter came a store under the same name, which today features goods and crafts made by local artists. Working in restaurants during the night and at the shop and label during the day, the couple learned as they went along, becoming one of the most recognizable labels and brands in the Northwest: Tender Loving Empire—now with two boutique storefronts and a third one announced last week. Continuously innovative, Mees recently launched a new merchandising company, Generous, which connects a pay-what-you-want system to the sale of items like artisan goods and music, while giving a portion back to charity. (Vortex even uses the technology to collect subscriptions and gives 5 percent back to The Jeremy Wilson Foundation.) The Gritty Birds sat down with Mees to talk about the ins and outs of running a label, his experiences as a musician, how the evolving industry has opened up new opportunities, and the joys of doing music for the art of it because "music enhances life." Recorded at Mountain Air Studios by Mike Woodman Johnson Mixed at Open Roads Studios by Jeni Wren Stottrup Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Sponsored by Vortex Music Magazine Underscore "It Came to Me" by The Domestics For all inquiries:

Jul 7, 2015

2 1/2 years ago, Brandon Nikola, an underground house show promoter and musician, heard of an opportunity to run the bar and events at Habesha. "I needed a spot for a show because we were having too many and our neighbors were gonna kill us", Nikola said. Nikola became Habesha itself, the sole employee, producing hundreds of shows while acting as the bartender, booker, sound tech and janitor. A year and a half ago Anthony Lusk came on board as well, a role Brandon describes as "door guy/sound tech/savior". As other smaller underground venues in the SE and around the city started closing: Langano Lounge, Blue Monk, Slabtown and recently Alhambra, to name a few, Habesha's small space took up the slack with a fury. On any given Friday night, you could catch some of the hippest bands in Portland playing to a very packed and sweaty room. Mascaras, Grammies Old Light, Minden, Talkative, Ah God, Souvenier Driver, Grandparents, Johanna Warren, Consumer, Hollow Sidewalk, Havania Whaal, Sister Mamie Foreskin amongst hundreds of others. The emotion of the room, which was named as one of the top bars in Portland by WW this spring, was always one of safety. You could see Holland Andrew's Like a Villain to a packed room and hear a pin drop or dance with abandon to frantic light displays with Talkative and Ah God. Through it all, Brandon was always there, with a hug and a PBR, the dollar brushed aside. I sat down with Brandon the Sunday after Habesha closed for an emotional interview to talk about his years at the venue, it's highs and lows, favorite shows, what can be done to keep our small venues open and the incident the final night of Karaoke that closed the venue early. Featuring music by some of Brandon's favorite bands and voicemails from listeners telling their favorite Habesha memory. Recorded and mixed at Open Roads Studios by Jeni Wren Stottrup produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup sponsored by Vortex Music Magazine Photo by Todd Walberg Underscore, in order: "Work Better" by Consumer "Follow" by Joanna Warren "What's More Than Appropriate" by Minden "Whiskey Shakes" by And And And "Pink and Black" by Old Light "RBK" by Grammies Photo by Todd Walberg For all inquiries: