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Music

One songwriter, one song. Podcast about stories & songs of Champaign-Urbana music. In each episode Sven sits down with a person from the C-U music scene to hear the story & the background of a favorite song they’ve written.

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**Inauguration Day Special!!!*

In this episode Sven zooms with Oliver Groff: vocalist, lyricist, and artist behind the band Cactuss.  We talk about his song "The Reason Donald Trump Should Be in the Trash," we talk about the inspiration behind the song, their creative process, working with producer Ryan Groff (EP35), and running a world class CU local recording studio.

SONG: The Reason Donald Trump Should Be in the Trash

ALBUM: Single

BANDS: CACTUSS

Favorite Treat: Bubly and chocolate

Photo Credit: Ryan Groff (EP35)

 

*Please note: a Ghee-Tar is like a Key-Tar, but with clarified butter.  ;-) 

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In this episode Sven zooms with Mike Skibski, Vice President of Music for the Masses UIUC. We talk about his song "I'll Stay With You," Music for the Masses, and planning for the future.

SONG: I’ll Stay With You [Spotify Link]

ALBUM: I’ll Stay With You

BANDS: Solo

Favorite Treat: Blueberry Acai Green Tea and Dark Chocolate Hershey's Kisses

Photo Credit: Jackson Skibski

Refs

Music For the Masses UIUC

Ukelele

Tremolo

Metaphor

Shotgun Microphones [Video]

Vance Joy

RSO [Registered Student Organization]

UIUC Union

The Canopy Club

Introversion

Singer-songwriter

Midwest Emo [Genre]

Math Rock [Genre]

String Harmonics

Tapping

Bottom Bracket [Band]

Rat King Records [Label]

Information Systems

Entrepreneurship

 

 

 

 

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Every great episode needs a sequel, EP51 is no exception. Consider this bonus material from part 1.

We talk about Sven finding joy in hip hop, recording an upcoming album, supporting artists, AMS' family history in CU, all the CU hip hop connections he's made, and finally what makes a good scene!

BONUS SONG: "Half (a Life)" from the upcoming album: Strange Days, Stranger Tomorrows

Photo by: Yevgeniya Mazur

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Even in the middle of a pandemic, music is still happening and being released.  Sven zooms with former guest Kelsey Sharp (EP6) to talk about releasing an EP in the middle of a pandemic and what goes into each of the four songs on her EP.

You can find "W.W.L.D." available now! 

EP cover art and episode cover by: Big E

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Sven zooms with Jemma and Alaina from Familiar Ghosts to talk about their song "Bury Me Alive." Tune in to find out what Starbucks, Google Docs, and Edgar Allan Poe have in common, where the name Familiar Ghosts comes from, and what paint is better: acrylic or oil.

 

SONG: Bury Me Alive

ALBUM: Daydreams & Nightmares (releases 12/21/20

BANDS: Familiar Ghosts (Formally the Killer Coven)

Favorite Treats:

Jemma: Chai latte & bear claws

Alaina: Moscow Mule & banana bread

Photo Credit: Tim Allen

 

Refs:

Starbucks

Emoting

Rebranding

Indie folk

Indie rock

Queen(esque) [band]

Chord Structure

Key

Killer Coven [band]

Hands of Fate

Elton John

The Star [Song]

Google Docs

Pop Music

Ballad

Sipyard

NOLA's Rock Bar (Formally Blackbird Urbana)

90's Daughter [Band]

Overworry [Band]

Ingrid Michaelson [Musician]

AJR [Band]

Acrylic Paint

Oil Paint

Watercolors

Tarot

Astrology

Midnight Sun [book]

Midnight Sun [Definition]

Stephanie Myer [author]

Edgar Allan Poe

Pompous

The High Priestess [Tarot Card]

The Star [Tarot Card] 

 

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CW: Mentions misogyny, r*pe, abuse, assault, and people being shitty humans.

Sven zooms with Dexter Anodyne, a musician in Springfield, IL.  Hear the question that Sven is glad he asked, Dexter's favorite venue in Springfield, and her favorite non-musical things.

SONG: Brink of Summer

ALBUM: Weeping Venus

BANDS: Greenhouse Opera

FAVORITE TREAT: Sushi

Photo Credit: Dexter Anodyne

REFS:

Synthesizer

Psychedelic Music

Tool [Band]

Radiohead [Band]

Aesthetic(s)

Nirvana

Heaven

Björk Guðmundsdóttir [Musician]

Beatles [Band]

Looping

Buzz Bomb Brewing Company [Venue]

Vincent Sebastian [Musician]

Interference [Album]

Ricki Marvel [Musician]

Intersectionality

Intersectional Feminism

Blacksheep Cafe [Venue]

Dumb Records [Venue]

Bermuda Triangle [Band]

Twitch

YouTube

Facebook

Influencer 

Bandcamp

Springfield, IL

Peoria, IL

Elitism

Australian Shepard

Lady Gaga

 

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