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Now displaying: May, 2016

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

May 26, 2016

In the penultimate episode of the Treefort series with DIY label Self Group and photographer Ingrid Renan, I settled in for an intimate conversation with electronic artist and creator Christopher Willits. Taking a holistic approach to art, Willits first began exploring the tech side of music as student after getting introduced to real time processing in the nineties. ““If I can do that with a computer I will take the time to figure out all this stuff” Willits realized, and has been actively pioneering music technology since. His current tech project, ENVELOP seeks to break the mold of how we have traditionally listened to music, with a mobile studio he is helping build in Salt Lake City and a permanent space in San Francisco. Welcome to Gritty Birds Christopher Willits Find out more about Christopher Willits and ENVELOP at: christopherwillits.com, overlap.org, and envelop.us Photo credit: Alingo Loh Sound: Jeni Wren Stottrup and Rob Bartleson Licensing: Special thanks to Christopher Willits for use of the tracks “Now” and “Wide” Special thanks: Treefort Music Festival, Self Group and Vortex Music Mag First aired on: XRay FM www.grittybirds.com @grittybirds iTunes, soundcloud, facebook, twitter, instagram, youtube

May 18, 2016

In the latest episode of my Treefort series with DIY label Self Group and photographer Ingrid Renan, I met Israeli DIY producer and songwriter Tamar Aphek. Making a name for herself as half of the duos Carusella and Shoshana, as well as the founder of Besides That Festival, Aphek stepped out as a solo artist two years ago. Low-fi and high affecting, she is a virtuoso on guitar, a fact that stands out in her live performances. Currently she is at Cannes Film Festival, supporting the Israeli dram-comedy she scored, One Week and a Day, which The Hollywood reporter called “a combination of modern percussion and more classical rhythms, (it)musically evokes the imbalance and longing for a return to normal that the characters are feeling and working on." We sat down together, with her drummer Yuval Garin, while they toured the US, including stops at SXSW and Treefort and Portland, Oregon. Photo credit: Ingrid Renan Sound: Jeni Wren Stottrup and Rob Bartleson Licensing: Special thanks to Tamar Aphek for the tracks “Dream Inside a Dream” and “No Time for Love” Special thanks: Treefort Music Festival, Self Group and Vortex Musi Mag First aired on: XRay FM www.grittybirds.com @grittybirds iTunes, soundcloud, facebook, twitter, instagram

May 16, 2016

In the fourth episode of my Treefort series with DIY label Self Group and photographer Ingrid Renan, I sat down with Diarrhea Planet for a raucous interview that shows off the personality a band who is known for it’s off the wall high energy sets. Arriving with tight time, it was a short but sweet interview with the band who are releasing their third full length , Turn to Gold, recorded with Grammy award winning engineer Vance Powell on Infinity Cat Recordings June 10th. Stay tuned for later in the episode for a bonus interview from the Gritty Birds Treefort day party with Fog Father as well as a listen to their new single, Trapped in a Web. Photo credit: Ingrid Renan Sound: Jeni Wren Stottrup and Rob Bartleson Licensing: Special thanks to Diarrhea Planet for the tracks "Life Pass" and "Let it Out" Fog Father for "Trapped in a Web" and And And And for "Whiskey Shakes" Special thanks: Treefort Music Festival, Self Group First aired on: XRay FM www.grittybirds.com @grittybirds iTunes, soundcloud, facebook, twitter, instagram

May 9, 2016

In the third episode of my Treefort series with DIY label Self Group and photographer Ingrid Renan, I talked to Seattle-based punk band Wimps about gentrification, their favorite Seattle haunts and their advice for artists coming up. Their latest full length, Suitcase came out late last year with Kill Rock Stars. Keeping a light and self deprecating vibe to infectious punk, the band has been busy on tour and will be playing Sasquatch Music Festival this coming May. Photo credit: Ingrid Renan Sound: Jeni Wren Stottrup and Rob Bartleson Licensing: Special thanks to Kill Rocks Stars for use of the tracks Old Guy and Take it As it Comes from Wimps and to Sup Pop for use of Eye of a Hurricane and Lady of the Arc from Kyle Craft. Special thanks: Treefort Music Festival, Self Group First aired on: XRay FM www.grittybirds.com @grittybirds iTunes, soundcloud, facebook, twitter, instagram

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