Coach Chris hosts a podcast called ‘The KookCast’—-I listen to it religiously: funny, informative, quick hits of stoke. In conjunction, he owns/runs/operates ‘The Surf Continuum,’ an online and in-person surf educational resource, primarily based out of Montauk, NY. I was fortunate enough to hang with the lord of shred on a sunny September day at Ditch and get the drop on what it’s like to really live a surfing life.
Shredding instrumental guitarist + singer/songer David O’Neal has two albums out now and a new one forthcoming. His music has been featured on HBO’s ‘The Night Of’ and Amazon’s “Crisis in Six Scenes.” He’s cool. He’s chill. He's very smart--he hipped me to ‘The Aquatic Ape’ theory and we didn’t even talk about it, but we talk about other cool stuff like guitars, his music and European dog behavior.
Ryan Vaughn—drummer and percussionist slash music biz wizard—shares stories of how he originally wanted to start in LA, but the winds of fate brought him to NYC. There, he discovered his voice as a sideman working the grind, literally never sleeping—that work ethic has carried over into his full time gig now as a music manger for Killphonic. Ryan shares so much music business insight that I myself am going to listen to this again and take notes. It's refreshing to hear a guy who has switched to the business side be such an ardent defender of the independent voice. If you have an interest in releasing your own music more effectively, this is for you.
Patrick Firth is such a talent his last name is an adjective describing a perfectly played solo in my group of friends. i.e. 'you FIRTHED that!' Legend of piano + keyboards, an accomplished singer and songwriter in his own right. We hang at his beach front abode as he talks about all his new projects, and remembers all the artists he's toured and recorded with.
Singer, Songwriter and Pianist, Steve Waitt is actually famous in Germany. His new record ‘Another Day Blown Bright’—is a look back as his Southwestern roots. He shares tales of traveling the country in a Van before it was a hash tag, living in New Orleans and why NYC keeps sucking him back into the fold. “NYC is a nice city to live out of.’ Enjoy! His music is beautiful.
In a day and age when everyone is a photographer, Manish Gosalia is a real photographer: a true lover of the still image. His personal style captures the beauty and mayhem of live music and professional football with equal grace. I've had the privilege of even being his assistant on shoots--watching the hunt, the stillness, composure and experience it takes to know the exact moment when the smile, hit or lead singer's hair is going to look fucking radical. Life in the freelance gig economy never ends: you are defined by the last thing you produced, and his energy is tireless, taking more pictures, seeing more shows, than everyone (e.g. every Pearl Jam show. ever). Listen in. I prolly have too many beers towards the end because I was feeling so open. Everyone feels open around Manish, because that's what a good photographer does. nahwhatimean.