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Now displaying: April, 2016

An XRAY.FM radio show and podcast all about the grit behind successful artists and creatives, from artist and producer Jeni Wren.

Apr 27, 2016

In the second part of the Treefort Series, I interviewed Lizzie Ellison of Radiation City. Ellison was the first artist I tested out the interview series on over a year and a half ago, one dark fall night at a Bananastand KPSU all ages showcase. At the time, the band had just finished much of the work on their third full length, Synesthetica. Portland staples, the band and the album went through many changes as the group tried out new approaches to recording and shifted their lineup, using home studio live takes with recordings at John Vanderslice’s studio in San Francisco that were then fused with the help of Modest Mouse producer Jeremy Shearer. The album, released last spring on Polyvinyl records is an evolution of their signature sound, creating sensual textures and drama with a stronger focus on pop. I sat down with Lizzie to talk about the origins of the band, made up of Cameron Spies, Randy Bermose and Patty King, and the recording of Synesthetica between their US and European Tours in what will be the first of many interviews with the artist. Photo credit: Ingrid Renan Sound: Jeni Wren Stottrup and Rob Bartleson Licensing: Special thanks to Radiation City for use of their tracks "Juicy" an d" Special thanks: Treefort Music Festival, Self Group First aired on: XRay FM www.grittybirds.com @grittybirds iTunes, soundcloud, facebook, twitter, instagram

Apr 13, 2016

Recently I went to Treefort Music Festival in beautiful Boise, Idaho; partnering with DIY label Self Group and photographer Ingrid Renan, to interview national and international artists about finding success without losing your ethic in today’s changing landscape and their advice for young artists just starting out in the industry. We’re launching the Treefort Series with an interview with native Oregonians, LA transplants and self described “pop-punks” YACHT. Jokingly calling themselves “Too old to be new and too young to be old”, Claire Evans, Jona Bechtolt and Rob Kieswetter released their latest record ”I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler” last fall on Downtown Records, an infectious dance album steeped in sci-fi lore. They are currently on tour with M83, including two sold out nights, April 25th and 26th at Portland’s Roseland Theatre before heading to festivals on the East Coast including Walking Windows in Vermont and Moogfest in North Carolina. The day after I caught their stunning main stage set at Treefort, I hung out with the trio, one of the most inspiring conversations I’ve had on the podcast so far. Fusing tech and music, the artists of YACHT give off a collective vibe, equally as present as their collaboration as a band, including projects like their app “5 every day” and Claire’s upcoming Vice network TV series as editor for Vice’s tech blog, Motherboard. Truly fearless and ardent Vegans with a favorite restaurant in virtually every city around the globe, they are a band of makers that stand apart from the rest of the crowd. Welcome to Gritty Birds, YACHT! Photo credit: Ingrid Renan Sound: Jeni Wren Stottrup and Rob Bartleson Licensing: Special thanks to YACHT Special thanks: Treefort Music Festival, Self Group First aired on: XRay FM http://www.grittybirds.com @grittybirds iTunes, soundcloud, facebook, twitter, instagram

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