DJ Marty McFly Talks Des Moines Music Scene w/ Des Moines Music Coalition

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Speaker 1(10s):

Welcome to the conscious crew and podcast. I'm DJ Marty and today we have a very special guest with us. I would like to welcome Jordan here from the DesMoines music coalition thanks for having me, man. Yeah, thanks glad to see you again. Yeah, you too. There's been a lot of opportunities coming since I met this guy.

Speaker 2(27s):

Yeah. I stay busy. Yeah, we do. D.M.M.C. Z is kind of a constantly, constantly moving into different parts kind of happening in popping up everyday. But yeah.

Speaker 1(37s):

So could you tell me a little bit about the different divisions you have going on with Des Moines music coalition?

Speaker 2(43s):

Uh, with the Des Moines music coalition? I'm the program coordinator. So, um, my, one of many roles is music education. Uh, we do a lot with, um, after school classes. We have a hip hop class at Meredith. We've had for years. That's been super fun to jump into. Um, I'm starting our first rock band afterschool class, at Merrill. That's going to be starting March 30th. Uh, then we, of course have our summer camps that yah, that's including hip hop and rock.

We do showcases, we just started a breaking the band series with our partners. We partnered with XBK live, a great venue in the Drake neighborhood and yeah, and station one records and they're kind of, a combined organization a little bit, I mean close buildings, some of the same owners. Uh, so they open their doors and invited the Des Moines music coalition to come in. And again, we're kind of gearing the one month, uh, or, uh, one show per month concert series towards a younger acts, middle school, high school, college age, probably the, the, the oldest age requirement.

Uh, but yeah, we're kind of gearing, uh, a lot of stuff that I do is kind of gaged towards a younger audience and introducing music to them in a different way.

Speaker 1(1m 57s):

Yeah. And I think that's really awesome because you know, you're really given the opportunity for the young folks to get out there and develop their skills. Yeah. That is really important, you know, they need something productive.

Speaker 2(2m 8s):

community I grew up in, it was a very small farm town, so it was a loving community, supportive community. But there was really no buddy. I mean, Demian give guitar lessons. Luckily my mom and dad, um, you know, the, obviously I was into music growing up and they thought it was important. Of course I was taking piano lessons, you know, from, uh, uh, the church organist, uh, and that whole world. And it was, you know, helpful in, I was involved in church music and school music but they bought me a guitar and they drove me an hour every other week to clear Lake Mason city and I took guitar lessons from somebody at a music store.

And I really appreciate the fact that they, you know, that's, that's a long, that's two hours, you know, back and forth. Right. Yeah. Thanks mom and dad. I remember the day, uh, you know, I found my mom's old acoustic guitar, uh, in a closet and dug it out. You know, I was always probably trying to go through boxes and stuff, but, uh, uh, I found the old guitar and it was, you know, the action was like that (small). So it's really hard to play. I think, you know, one string was missing.

Uh, and, you know, we got to fixed up and I really took to it as much as they could with not much direction. And, you know, they just saw that. And, uh, I remember being in the Mason city mall, I don't remember exactly what year it was, but I think I was in seventh grade. Uh, it was, uh, January 1st, no intention of buying a guitar that day. We're just going to go, go to the mall, go to a movie. And, uh, I was just kind of, you know, staring at this guitar in a, in a music store, a PV predator, uh, and eh, parents must've talked.

And what would you, you know, they were waiting for the movie and Hey Jordan, what would you think if, uh, we got you that guitar today. Really? Yeah, yeah, that'd be great. Well, it, you know, it's kind of an expensive endeavor. Would you practice it? And I've never put the instrument down. I've gotten different guitars since then, but you know, it changed my life. The original, I wish I did. My dad has it, but it just full of stickers. Um, it's painted. It was for a while hanging in the rafters in the garage.

I would love to get it back down. Just hang it up by the memories. Awesome. So I did see that you do, uh, and your personal life here. Yeah. Involved in some bands and Oh yeah. I still play constantly kind of experience you've had. And I've been playing music since seventh grades. That's my gift. My parents gave me a guitar, but no, in like seventh, eighth grade, uh, after probably just a year of playing guitar, I grabbed some, some like-minded friends who were into Nirvana. Weezer green day.

Pumpkin's yeah, just anything that we could kind of get our hands on. Um, and uh, just started making music in the, in the band room a while. Other students went out for like a 20 minute, I wouldn't call that a recess, but like a lunch break. Um, we were in eighth grade, can't call it recess. Um, but, uh, we, they, the school allowed us to just go into the music room, turn up the guitars and use the drums and get weird. Uh, and I started my first band keepers of the carpet in, uh, in high school.

Then what kind of turned into the keepers of the carpet. And it was like the first thing we did and, uh, writing songs. And when I was about 18, we recorded an album with by Phi records and it did pretty well on the college charts. And I listen to that music and you know, I w you know, I'm glad it brought a lot of people joy make again that the community really embraced. We were the only band ever to come out of Buffalo center at that time. Buffalo center rake, Iowa. Uh, so that the community really embraced it. And, uh, it, it did well in college radio at that time.

And uh, yeah, it was kind of off to the races a little bit with more opportunities and I thought I would, but I was very young and, uh, not I guess naive. I didn't know anything about a music scene or how to put yourself out there. But, uh, luckily there were people at BioFire records and AM's who, uh, took us under their wing and saw something. Maybe they just saw the naive potential and that was kind of enduring. Uh, but then I, you know, continue to study music. I went to central college for music, uh, continued to study music there, uh, kind of gotten to the jazz program.

Um, and uh, started more projects and afterschool. I started playing in a band called nuclear rodeo. I played bass in that band. Uh, I moved to Ames at that time and it was just kind of a really creative environment. So nuclear rodeo turned into a, a band called tires and I'm still playing in tires.

Speaker 3(6m 52s):

So you guys are going to be at the bottom of news coming up? Is that yeah. Uh, we are May 1st, I think it's for like a wedding reception or a wedding party, but I think it's still open to the public. I think it just, I think it's just a party like officially crashed a wedding. That's the way to do it. I haven't had, I didn't really know how to put press out there for like, can we publicize this or is this just for, for Mia and Andy, uh, thanks for having us.

Speaker 2(7m 15s):

Uh, me and Andy. Uh, but yeah, tires will be, uh, playing the VOD in uh, May 1st and we've been working on some new tunes and uh, it kind of a, we've always been like a really heavy electro thing, no vocals, unless it's been kind of live on the spot. We've had a guest or so, but it's always been quite instrumental. And I brought some new songs and we're going to, I'm going to be singing

Speaker 3(7m 38s):

a little bit, but talk to, well that's what we use. Auto tune. Oh no, no, I,

Speaker 2(7m 45s):

but yeah, I do tires. I'm in a band called volcano boys. I do a lot of solo music and recording at home and yeah, I'm always, always busy. Uh, go to and I have all the links there. Go to It's all out there, run Spotify, Apple and all that stuff.

Speaker 3(8m 2s):

And it all started with a young man getting a good star and he didn't even expect it one day at the store. So parents go buy an instrument, uh, you know, it could be your child. Yes,

Speaker 2(8m 14s):

it brought me a lot of joy. And with the Moines music coalitions, new rock band, afterschool class, the idea has been floating around for a while that the DMC, uh, we have a lot of instruments from for our summer camps. So we'd like to do something with the middle schools and have like a sign-out, you know, a student can maybe bring electric guitar home and an amplifier. And because, you know, the way I see it, as, you know, it's a, it's an afterschool class, that's probably not the place we'll do our best of course to teach someone in instrument. But we can't sit down with each individual student to go, here's how to tune it.

Here's the D chord, here's the A cord. But if you're a passionate about it and you're just interested, take it home, it will give you a YouTube links on to tune it, uh, will give you great ideas on, you know, how to play chords and, and, and song ideas. But the idea is to get the instrument and T into students' hands, bring it back in a couple of weeks and, um, experiment the full band, uh, experiment, experience, the full band experience. There you go.

Speaker 1(9m 13s):

That's a, that's a tongue twister. But uh, yeah. Conscious crew we're also passionate about that mentorship possum portion, uh, when it comes to youth, and, even as we're working into adulthood, you know, still ways to grow. So that's something we're passionate about as well. So that's why I thought it had a great fit too.

Speaker 2(9m 30s):

I had a really, really good friend Nate Robinson, and he was one of the, one of the guys in eighth grade who grabbed the base. It was a, a right-handed base. He was left-handed. We didn't know what we're doing, but he was passionate about playing music with us. And his dad, who I saw was like a really cool dad. He was a professor at Waldorf, a college in enforce city. Um, and I remember us practicing and his dad coming downstairs and go on, I am so jealous of you guys. And I'm going, why are you jealous of us?

You're the, you're the cool dad. Um, is, well, no, you get to, whenever you're frustrated or you feel something, you can just put it into your music. And that's just something I just don't have. And I'm just, I'm so happy for you guys to people to do that. You can put it out, you can, you know, put it into the drums. You can play a song on piano. So that hit me hard too. And I was young to be like, Oh, adults, you know, a lot of people say, I wish I had to play piano still. I wish I went to quit piano. Yeah. And you know, I S I saw that when I was 13.

I've, luckily it stayed with the piano and musics, uh, brought me to some really cool places.

Speaker 1(10m 36s):

Awesome. So I know that, uh, you guys also have a few other festivals and events that you guys host. And they were part of, um, what are those?

Speaker 2(10m 46s):

Is the GDP. Yeah, man. Right.

Speaker 1(10m 49s):

I saw that one. Uh, and tell me how that's progressed over the years. Is it gaining traction cause it seems like more people are becoming aware about that?

Speaker 2(10m 59s):

Well, GDP was happening many, many years ago when I was not part of the coalition and I was just a musician working at a pawn shop, you know, or delivering pizzas and stuff like that. Uh, live in the dream all right after college. But I remember a DMC, uh, announced GDP and I'd gone to at night. It was huge, now a success successful. And it was all local music. Uh, and I think they, they continued doing it year after year. A little big Fest continued after that. Little big fast was more of a Americana country.

Bluegrass, a little bit different than the indie rock, rock and roll hip hop thing of GDP. And then 80, 35 comes along. And that becomes, I think, the flagship, uh, part of, uh, uh, the DMC. And then I've noticed that as a musician, uh, not as much emphasis on GDP. I believe it went away for a couple of years and along with little big fast. So when I was brought on as a new program, it was like a big deal for me to say, I would love to bring back a local music festival again. Of course we're doing 80, 35, and a lot of bands, local bands get to play some of the free stages or in the main stage every once in awhile.

But let's do something big for the, for the music community again, and kind of combined a little bit fast. Uh, I bring some younger bands and then bring a bunch of fresh faces that have never played the festival before. And so I went about it. Um, I had of course booked a lot of shows, played a lot of shows, but, uh, I not put together a festival before and that was really fun. The bands all played nice. Uh, the venues were great. Vaudeville, muse, Java, Joe's. Um, we had, uh, yeah, uh, it actually is the fourth street theater at Java Joe's.

Right. Um, so, you know, I don't wanna make any promises, but I'd love to do it there again and have two different stages, actually two different buildings. And we had a third stage, um, at the vaudeville muse, which is more of a, a solo artist situation. You call it an acoustic stage, but we still had w doing hip hop. We had DJ, DJ Tanner doing, uh, doing his music, kind of experimental, uh, hip hop stuff as well. Uh, then, you know, downstairs there was punk metal hip hop. We had Americana, you know, we had great indie rock at fourth street theater and it was just a, uh, there was no barriers for John Rose.

It was everyone mingling, everyone supported each other. That's the rock. The rock. People were hanging out with a hip hop show. And it was, it was, you know, just, uh, a nice, uh, a nice experience at all the different musicians and the bands that, you know, I reached out to Kim and all supported each other and that was just, in my opinion, just a tip of the iceberg as far as the talent within Iowa. So I can't wait to do it again next year.

Speaker 1(13m 33s):

Awesome. I'm glad to hear that. Uh, is still alive and then you guys are going to stick with it. It's always great when you can provide a platform for artists and we know that a ton of work goes into that. And putting that, you know, those types of events together. And, uh,

Speaker 3(13m 48s):

it wasn't a lot of work. I lost some sleep.

Speaker 2(13m 53s):

No, it was, it was so worth it. It was, it was so fun. I can't wait. Like I said, I can't wait to do it again, but 80, 35 first,

Speaker 3(14m 1s):

and then maybe, I mean GDP and they didn't get into that 80, 35. Let's talk about our headliners. No, I can't, I can't quite yet.

Speaker 1(14m 8s):

No. Uh, but just on a, on a more surface, so you've got, um, you know, eight 35. How long has that festival been going on?

Speaker 3(14m 18s):

13th year. I should know.

Speaker 2(14m 21s):

I should know this. I think it's the 13th year. Um, yeah. But, uh, it's been an amazing festival for, for the Moines and as just someone who's been a part of the festival as a ticket buyer or a musician playing it, it's been quite the experience, uh, going behind the scenes and putting the festival together with amazing crew. I mean with the DMC truth to be told, there's really only a two to three staff while there is a, a full board.

Um, and then many volunteers, people who jump in and lead different teams as far as, you know, um, putting together the gen Z stage, the production, uh, the green team as far as like all the waste in the garbage and, uh, it's endless amount of people who come in and put the festival on with us while we have the task of organizing, um, it for basically the entire year and then everyone kind of steps in and super helps out. Right? It tastes awesome. It could be, I mean, in a way, a grassroots process, you really need the community jump in and there's perks.

Do you volunteer? You get tickets, uh, you volunteer, uh, you know, you get to, you get the inside details, but, uh, it's, it's a cool experience working with all those people. And for the last year I've been much more involved than I was last year, let's say that much. It's been really cool to be, like I said, be behind the scenes more.

Speaker 3(15m 44s):

Right. Awesome. And usually that's down in the gateway, um, area of downtown Des Moines right by the sculpture park there by the right, by the library. Um, grand, um, locus their area. Yeah, we're excited to create space to have that festival. I know that they'd have like the art festival there as well, man area, but, but yeah, that's uh, I really enjoy going down there and checking that. I've always enjoyed it. I've always said it's my favorite time of the year. Um, and it still is, but just differently now. Yeah, it's, it's, it's not, let's just say it's not two days off anymore for me where I just go down and have no cares.

No, you don't. Gotta you don't turn it off when you're behind the scenes. It's pretty busy. What kind of attendance do you guys see there at the 80, 35? I know it's a huge, I've heard the number 33,000 before 33,000. Is that a biggest, I mean, I, you got the state fair of course, but I don't know if it's the biggest hinterland is doing some great stuff. Um, there, of course the state fair, the top five. Oh, I, I, I, I would say it's a top five probably, if not the top one, but I'm not a numbers guy.

I'm just a musician to musician. Um, so, uh, w what else we know about, so in the past we've had, uh, so at Cassia was on there, she was wearing big headliners who also have headlined, we've had troubles,

Speaker 2(17m 3s):

Cassia, a Weezer Wilco, the flaming lips. So I think we're the first year the roots, Wu Tang. I remember seeing David Byrne and st Vincent do like a, a shared set. And it just blew me away. I mean, I was talking heads fan. I enjoyed st Vincent, but, but what they did together with like this marching band or like this really odd, uh, arrangement of musicianship with horns, tubas and drums, it just blew me away of how hip hop and cool and uh, current it sounded right but that blew me away.

Um, of Montreal girl talk, M G and T. so yeah, we've had all sorts of genres and uh, I'd like to keep it that way. If it's a, you know, a huge rock night or if it's a big pop star, um, I'm excited to always bring something different. Last year we had Elle King and that was a different experience I think that we ever had. Um, so yeah, it's cool to keep it diverse and uh, you never know what you're going to get with 80, 35 fingers crossed, you know, too,

Speaker 1(18m 3s):

right? Yeah, definitely be looking for the line of when can they expect to hear more about 80, 35 the event this year is going to be on

Speaker 2(18m 11s):

for July 10th and 11th, and tickets will be going on sale at some, some point very soon. Um, I think the plan has always been to announce in spring and I know there's been some other, uh, I know hinterland announced, uh, there's other festivals announcing it, you know, and it makes you think, well, gosh, should we, should we get on and announce it? I think we'll just stick with the plan. Um, uh, we're good. Um, and we'll probably announce in spring, probably early spring, maybe early April or something. We'll certainly let people know and we'll ramp it up and uh, we'll let people know that it's coming.

Speaker 1(18m 44s):

Yeah. And if you want to be the first to know, I know that I've liked the 80 35 festival and on Facebook.

Speaker 2(18m 49s):

Yeah, fine. Yeah, you can definitely 80 35, you can also go to 80 dash 30 And, uh, if you want to volunteer, if you want to get involved, there's options there for your want to consider being a vendor. If it's going to be a food vendor or you know, clothing or jewelry. Uh, there's applications for that. And, um, yeah, 80 dash 30 and I'm sure the announcement and all that information as soon as it's announced that it will all be published and uh, yeah, we'll let, we'll let that, we'll let the people know. I know people have been asking about it, but, uh, we, I think we'll stick to our stick to stick to our guns and stick with the plan as far as when we announced, but it's coming.

It's coming

Speaker 1(19m 27s):

coming soon. Awesome. You got your podcast that you do as well. I had an opportunity to check out a couple episodes last night and I'm really, uh, impressed with what you've brought so far. And which ones did you listen to? Well, I listened to, uh, there was a sec. Uh, uh, the three, there was three that were in a series.

Speaker 2(19m 48s):

Oh, okay. But the GDP concert series stuff, uh, usually, yeah, that was a little different one because it was, uh, it was me talking about gross domestic product, kind of, uh, uh, doing some promotion for that, letting people know about the musical acts coming. So I was playing tracks and stuff from bands of course, and just chatting. But usually, um, in the bird room, that's the name of the podcast and the bird room with Jordan Malin, the bird room is my home studio. So invite musicians and bands in. We of course chat, we get to know each other. Um, and then my favorite part is because they're in my recording studio and I love recording is we record music and uh, you know, of course you don't, I have everything from pianos, drums and guitars, basses, and of course people bring their own gear.

But that's the fun thing for me is to engineer. We do it two to three songs on a lot of it. Many of the guests will allow me to collaborate. And, uh, after they leave, I, uh, put down my parts, you know, and they'll, they'll, they hear and go, Oh, you know, I never heard a guitar on this song before. So this is a really special version of, of each song, or sometimes bands has come in and rip through three songs and I mix it and I put it out with each episode. Yeah. Or someone might do an acoustic version of a song. They never done that way. And you know, it's, it's always a, it certainly helps me as scratch that artistic and creative itch.

I love recording. I love working with musicians and I love getting creative with people and, um, it's certainly allowed me to just to continue doing that with, uh, amazing, talented guests. And there I've had some bands come in and some artists go, Hey, what's with this auto tune pedal or this, this, this different gear. Yeah, let's do that. Let's get weird, you know, let's do something completely different than what you've done before. And everyone's trusted me. And they'll send their thoughts every once in a while via email and say, I don't know.

But everyone's, so for the most parts are totally cool with the collaboration and it's also to podcast and, uh, it's, it's not a major label release, uh, as far as production. But, uh, it's, it's, it's cool. It's fun. It's great to do.

Speaker 1(21m 52s):

Nice. Well, if you ever need a DJ producers slash artists on there, let's do it. I'll come check you out and make something new. I mean, one for sure. Awesome. Well, we'll definitely get that schedule out. Cool. All right. You're invited officially yes. And to the bird room. All right. Awesome. Ah, let's see, what else do we have today?

Speaker 2(22m 14s):

What else are we doing these days? Um, we do an afterschool. We're doing, uh, our, our summer camps. We'll have, uh, our summer camp sign up. Uh, we'll go live pretty soon. We'll put that on our website. Demoine a lot of websites to, to memorize Demoine We'll try to run these on the bottom. So nice right there. Do Moines where, uh, our summer camps are basically, uh, for middle school, high school students. Uh, again, it's like the afterschool programs are a little bit more, I think, educational.

We learn a little bit more history of recording techniques. It's a little bit more personal because it is right after school. It's in a classroom, uh, while the summer camps are definitely more performance based. Kids show up. We have a concert at the end of the two weeks, and then we also perform at 80, 35. Um, so summer campus, uh, with the hip hop and rock band sign up, we'll be coming out shortly. Uh, it's very, it's very affordable, I think $40 at the most, and it's two weeks. Um, so it's, it's a great experience to be able to work with a professional musicians, music educators, people in the scene.

Um, you know, he'd give up their time, uh, to, uh, mentor young students and put them into bands and we rock and it's fun. Uh, then we're also doing a, uh, with our partners, uh, parks and recreation. We also do the summer camps with, uh, we're doing our youth music showcase again at captain Roy is on May 9th, and again, I think we'll put out the a signup link probably in the next couple of days. Uh, last time we had 12, and it was just super busy from noon to five and noon to six kids were rocking out. We had everything from like a, a young sister trio, uh, with cellos and bells and piano.

And we had a band called Gore God and it played heavy metal music is their first show had, have band the Hornets and they just play at our backstage ball, uh, last week. Uh, so it's all over the place. So it's, it's a place, again, another place for, for young acts to play a van DEO and just to have a good time to show off. Um, bring their friends, all our family can support theirs. You know, of course food drinks for, for family. It's a, it's a great afternoon and uh, yeah, uh, we're looking forward to the showcase May 9th, uh, with breaking the band, we're doing that the first Wednesday of every month at X, B K.

um, it's affordable. I think we're going to be doing $5 admission or free with a student ID. So if you're a college student, if you got your high school ID middle school, just bring it, get in for free. Papa Aquino's is doing free pizza, so it's enticing. It gets me to a show. That's why bucks and pizza and a rock and roll show. So again, each, uh, it's the first Wednesday of each month at X K.

Speaker 1(24m 57s):

so I can imagine with the 80, 35, uh, high demand, you know, a ton of, of great opportunities there. Um, a lot of artists might be wondering how they could get involved. Do you have any insight onto what's the best way to go?

Speaker 2(25m 12s):

I think, yeah, we have tons of people always asking and it's great to reach out. I, I super appreciate it, but the best way to go about it is to, um, email, um, 80, 35 bands at de Moines, Um, and we're still taking, uh, artists, uh, submissions until this Friday, whatever the end of this Friday, March something. March 13th, I think. Yup. So, uh, yeah, we're still taking submissions. Uh, we have many, many submissions that were going through and uh, uh, team listens and uh, we take a lot of things into consideration.

Of course. Uh, my prerogative, like what I did with gross domestic product, I is, I, um, if I have the opportunity to, I like to bring a fresh faces to two 80, 35. Again, locally, I'm talking about and of course regionally, and you know, we're not going to have the same headliners of course, but I'm a big fan of, uh, uh, of, uh, uh, new bands getting a chance to play those stages. Um, and then there's also very much something to say about, uh, bands who have played 80, 35 before, who continue to put albums out, who continue to do the footwork.

And it's certainly not slamming the door in anyone's face. So the submission processes, um, like I said, going through, uh, all the bands, uh, there are music what they've been working on. Um, and I'm certainly not going to say, well, if you played any 35 before, you're not going to get to play. No, certainly not. But I would like to bring a lot of fresh faces to 80, 35 again, but if you're interested and if you haven't submitted or if you've reached out on Facebook or Instagram, uh, please just email 80, 35 bands at de Moines,

And of course we'll get, we'll get you on that Google spreadsheet and give you a fair shot just like everybody else. Awesome. Cool. That's good. A good new people in and I can't submit my bands. So, uh, you'll be busy probably. Yeah. You know, it was funny last year, um, we had a young blood cancel, uh, there had his bus broke down, they were like in Chicago and was like, what? 10 30 and main stages opens at noon and we got to put something up there.

And I had always joked, you know, at the meetings like, Oh, why can't Volk Kunal boys play? Ha ha ha. You know, of course we're not going to put in. I would, I would feel terrible. And, uh, it is, I will not do that, but any of my own music on stage, unless the people demand it, then I will. But everyone looked at me and they're like, no, seriously can volcano boys play the main stage on at noon? And I'm like, well, I'm working. Our drummer's running tickets, our bass player's driving and picking up artists. So no.

Uh, and no, I feel really uncomfortable doing, it was kind of like a spur of the moment, like, what are we going to do? And then I was like, let's, I'm not sure if it was me, but someone we got the Maytag's to come in and say they're so good. And I believe that was the second time they have done that. When a major, a cancellation happens, they came and saved the day. So you never know if a, if a, if having a great local band within an hour and a half, probably two. And of course I would have loved to play the main stage at 80, 35.

Not my progress if people, um, but, uh, you know, I would love to play other, uh, you know, festivals. Uh, and I have played other festivals, but, uh, you know, if anyone's out there listening because my bands can't play 80, 35 or I choose not to even kind of have that discussion hinterland looking at you, I'm looking at your mission Creek for next year. Uh, no. Uh, we'd love to play out and I love playing concerts and 80, 35 has always been such a special thing for local music. And of course I looked forward to that each year, either as a musician, having the opportunity to play, uh, or watching, uh, peers play those stages.

So it is a special thing for, for local music as well. I'm very excited to, uh, invite some new bands and, uh, we'll, uh, you know, we'll see a July 10th and 11th for all of that. Okay. Yeah. And we'll, we'll announce soon

Speaker 3(29m 9s):

do. But I also wanted to let folks know about our conscious kickback. This Friday, March 13th at Volvo muse. Uh, again, uh, we have, uh, a great, um, a group of artists that are going to be on that show. Uh, from DK. We've got OBS coming from quad cities, uh, uh, Apple tree, a ton of great artists. Uh, Equinox and a list goes on of course a non, it'll be there as well, and she'll be doing some poetry.

So guys, be sure to get your tickets, uh, an advance, save a few bucks, uh, by doing so. And hope to see everyone there this Friday.

Speaker 2(29m 53s):

I love going to the vaudeville. So my favorite clubs, if, if not my favorite club, just cause, I mean it's, it's just the fourth street area. It's like a second family. And you know, I know the sound people who've worked there, you know, the bartenders and you know, it's changed throughout the years of course too. But again, uh, Amadeo Rossi, one of the founding members of, you know, the D.M.M.C., it's one of his clubs. Um, so you know, the support's there. And, uh, if I'm plugging myself at all March 24th, I'll be at the lift and I'm going to be doing a kind of an improv synthesizer set.

Um, and I've never done it before. Um, I'm usually, uh, you know, acoustic and piano or playing with a band and it's usually quite practiced up. Uh, this is going to be something a little bit more abstract and, uh, I'm excited to, uh, step out of my comfort zone a little bit and, uh, get weird with some synthesizers and loopers and, uh, the Helo goats will be playing, uh, and they're one of my favorite bands. I think they're out of Chicago and there'll be doing like kind of acoustic set there. So I'm jumping on this show, I think, I think it'll be free if anything, I'll be five bucks or something, but, uh, yeah, come out. Uh, I'm going to get weird and bring some sense and uh, we'll see what happens that night.

Like I said, stepping out of the comfort zone a little bit, but I'm all about, uh, taking artistic risks and, uh, yeah, I've played with gums, right? Yeah. You know, real creativity comes in and you never know what's gonna happen. Cause I said to me somewhat abstract, somewhat ad libbed, uh, with some refs I've already been working on, but, uh, just something completely different that I've never done before. Okay. I'm excited.

Speaker 3(31m 19s):

That's fun. I liked the lift. It's a, it's a great space too.

Speaker 2(31m 22s):

Yeah, they do jazz. They're, they, they do like smaller shows there. Like I said, fourth Street's always got something artistic. Java Joe is just right there. Um, Java Joe's was the place when I was at, um, at central college. That was the place for me. If I can play Java Joe's, I just saw great shows there, you know, and as a really a, a beautiful space and that, you know, now, now they've opened up the fourth street theater back there. So there's always something happening. And that's, again, that's just one central point in Demoine downtown that Drake is doing good stuff. We have lefties, we've got XB K, um, all over the place.

We'll Lees in the East village. So it's all over the place. There's always a place to find music Ingersoll with the Greenwood star bar, yacht club, um, all sorts of genres, all sorts of stuff going around to do Moines. And the more that I can get involved, um, where the DMC can, can get involved and give other artists a platform as well, it's all good. It's not a competition. It's all about supporting each other and um, supporting the de Moines music scene and the Iowa music community.

Speaker 3(32m 24s):

That's huge. You know, there is enough around, you know, if you're willing to work for it, work for your fans and released the content, you know, like you said, it's not a competition.

Speaker 2(32m 33s):

No. You know enough to go around. Yeah, there is. And you know, in this day and age I think it's kind of tough to get people to come out to shows and uh, we're trying to, um, I dunno, invoke that a little bit into a younger crowd, bring back the joy of, uh, the live music experience. I know, I know everything is on the phone these days. Myself. I am, I, I should get off the phone a lot more. It's so easy to, you know, to, you know, I'm going to watch you know, this show or, you know, watch this performance, watch this video or listened to it this way guys, get out there, go to some shows.

It is a real, it's a, it's a real life experience. Uh, and that goes to everyone to, you know, please start coming out to shows. Uh, there's great talent happening. There's a local music happening, there's regional bands coming through and there's always something to do. So, uh, and it's, you know, weather's getting nicer. Uh, the parties are happening. Uh, Ingersoll live will happen. 80 35 will happen. It's going to be beautiful weather soon. So just hope to continue seeing people to come out to shows.

This is true. This is true. Yeah. Guys, definitely get out and, and, uh, support your local and music venues. Yeah. Tip your bartenders to and buy some merge. Spotify is cool. Uh, but you know, if you can support the artists, you know, putting a record out, specifically a record, you know, just to put 200 records out, dead productions, $2,000, and that doesn't cover, you know, recording practice, uh, paying engineer's mastering it costs a lot to do that. And it's a somewhat of a passion project of course.

Um, but, um, you put it out there and of course you put it on Spotify and Apple where people can basic basically stream for free, which is cool. I love it. I do it as well. Uh, but if you can buy the record by the CD, uh, by the digital album, um, support those artists, uh, it, it goes a lot just to have 10 bucks go into that, that a band camp, uh, fund or something like that. And, uh, the passion alive, it makes it worth it. Um, it's with, with me as a musician, it's never about making the money, but it is about, uh, supporting, uh, the art.

It's about being able to make it feasible. You know, if you spend all that money doing a nice album and then you're just in the whole $2,000, it's hard to justify, justify doing it again. Um, but, uh, we love doing it and, uh, you know, it's funny you see the eye. Would it like, I've seen that. What is it, uh, the gift for the meme? What's, what's the difference again? The gift moves, right? The meme is just a picture, but, uh, yeah, I'm, I'm old. I'm older, but I've seen that the picture of a, of a car with a, like a crappy car with a bunch of musical gear in it and the musicians are the ones driving the $500 car with the $5,000 amount of gear in the back seat.

So that's us. So, uh, support the artists get us gas money, them gas money. All right. That's my schpeel. All right. I agree with that. Definitely. You know, I agree with you here that, you know, we're not in it. You know, these are all passing product, uh, projects

Speaker 3(35m 39s):

say even the conscious crew is a, is a passion project. Um, doesn't, hasn't made us money, but you know, when we do the kickback, it is an opportunity for us to get some of the money back that you can do bigger things with the Blackfoot and then, and, and, you know, even this podcast, you know, we're thankful for the sponsors that we do have. I should mention it. Uh, the Moines brothers and entrepreneur, a great sponsor of ours is a local social group. Uh, we've also got, um, court Avenue, restaurant brewing folks, pizza, inner square, having Bruni.

That's where I spent my 21st birthday. Uh, C great place for your 21st birthday. Yeah, I liked it. I played a show there. Really, that's played a show in my 13th on my 21st birthday there. That's a nice night. And then we went out and I won't tell you what happened after that. That's off the books. Yeah. Yeah. We're just thankful for all of our sponsors. Be sure to, uh, come to the conscious kickback again this Friday, uh, doors open at nine o'clock. Show starts at 10, or after partying.

We'll be at the copper cup just across the street. And I'll look forward to everyone being there. Again, want to thank you for watching first and uh, thank you so much for Jordan May from the Moines music coalition coming by and chat with us. Thanks for inviting me is, uh, we just met last week and, uh, within like our, the community conversations meeting through a Des Moines public schools partnership. And I give a quick little like, Hey, we're doing afterschool stuff.

If any got any students who want to get involved, it's free, blah, blah, blah. You're like, let's talk really soon. Like you have a podcast I'm a podcast, right? Let's do something. So thanks again for having me, man. Yeah, no, appreciate it though. What's the band say? The world works in mysterious ways. Thank you again for watching. Have a great day.


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