I couldn’t be more excited to share the wonderful news that Gritty Birds has been honored with a 2016 Fall Professional Development Grant from Portland, Oregon’s Regional Arts and Culture Council to attend the premier US National podcast conference of the year Podcast Movement in Chicago, Illinois: July 5th-8th.
It’s the beginning of a big summer as I have also been accepted as media to this year’s Pickathon Festival in August.
Thursday June 2nd marks the close of the “Treefort Series” with Sarah Bethe Nelson of Burger Records, before launching the summer series which will focus on NW artists and industry makers including Deep Sea Diver, Megan Diana McGeorge of Piano Push Play, The Posies and more.
To celebrate, I will be celebrating in partnership with Next Northwest Thursday, June 9th, featuring Lost Lander, Astro Tan and special guests.
Christopher Willits on actively pioneering music technology
In the penultimate episode of the Treefort series with DIY label Self Group, I settled in for an intimate conversation with electronic artist and creator Christopher Willits.
Taking a holistic approach to art, Christopher 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.
Tune in Thursday at 1 pm PST to KXRY 107.1 and 91.1 in Portland, Oregon and streaming at xray.fm.
The episode will air online at Vortex Music Magazine on Friday.
Find out more about Christopher Willits and ENVELOP at:
christopherwillits.com, overlap.org, and envelop.us
Photo credit: Alingo Loh
Sitting down with DIY Producer and Songwriter Tamar Aphek
Today, tune in to XRay FM 91.1 and 107.1 for an interview with Israeli artists Tamar Aphek. Read the preview below and check back tomorrow for a link to the podcast and our exclusive Vortex Magazine feature.
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.
Diarrhea Planet Brings High Energy to Treefort Music Fest
In the fourth episode of my Treefort series with DIY label Self Group and photographer Ingrid Renan, Gritty Birds sits 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 is releasing their third full length , Turn to Gold recorded with Grammy award winning engineer Vance Powell on Infinity Cat recordings June 10th.
Gritty Birds debuts new song from Fog Father
Later in the episode, listen to the first single of Fog Father’s upcoming release(TBA), Trapped in a Web, including a short interview from The Gritty Birds Treefort Showcase.
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
Gritty Birds heads to Treefort Music Fest in Boise, where I talked to Seattle-based punk band Wimps about gentrification, their favorite Seattle haunts and their advice for artists coming up.
Wimps New Record
Wimps 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.
Gritty Birds Interview at Treefort Music Fest With Kyle Craft
Later in the episode, take a listen to tracks from Kyle Craft including a short interview from The Gritty Birds Treefort showcase.
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