For The Love of All Music: Old-Time Pianist Andrew J. Fletcher Considers Asheville's Future

By Emma Stamm Andrew J. Fletcher plays stride piano, a style that emphasizes percussive keying in the left hand and syncopated melodies in the right. While the name and technique may be unfamiliar, the sound of stride piano is instantly recognizable: clearly of the '20s and '30's, it has roots in ragtime and exists as … Continue reading For The Love of All Music: Old-Time Pianist Andrew J. Fletcher Considers Asheville's Future

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An Interview With David Wax Museum on "Guesthouse"

I love Mexican music -- the rhythms, instruments, song structures, and melodies. But for this record, I tried to focus primarily on the quality of the songwriting and then brought all of our influences to bear on shaping the sound of the record. The Mexican sound was a piece of that but not necessarily the … Continue reading An Interview With David Wax Museum on "Guesthouse"

An Interview With David Wax Museum on "Guesthouse"

I love Mexican music -- the rhythms, instruments, song structures, and melodies. But for this record, I tried to focus primarily on the quality of the songwriting and then brought all of our influences to bear on shaping the sound of the record. The Mexican sound was a piece of that but not necessarily the … Continue reading An Interview With David Wax Museum on "Guesthouse"

Small Town Booking Agent: An Interview With Black Bear's Raphael Morales

Fashion Bath, pictured, are booking agent Raphael Morales favorite band By Alex Brown In examining the industry side of the Asheville music scene I sat down with booking agent Raphael Morales. Veteran of several bands himself, Raph books bands and does the sound engineering for bar and coffee shop Black Bear. Situated in Hendersonville, a small … Continue reading Small Town Booking Agent: An Interview With Black Bear's Raphael Morales

Outdoor Inspiration: The Adventure Photography of Steven McBride

Steven McBride is a visionary photographer whose work is widely seen, and shows Western North Carolina in all of its splendid beauty. Here's his story. It’s easy to be jealous of photographer Steven McBride. After all, who wouldn't want to make a living traipsing through the wilderness, or jetting off to exotic locales to take pictures of … Continue reading Outdoor Inspiration: The Adventure Photography of Steven McBride

Asheville-based Electronic Musician Marley Carroll Discusses Songs From the Woods

Marley Carroll produces electronic music that has a soul. Far from the coolness attributed to the genre, it is warm, vulnerable and melodic. Metro Asheville met up with Carroll to discuss his full length LP, "Sings". By J.C. Tripp This interview was conducted in the Spring of 2014 at High Five Coffee. Hailing from Asheville, … Continue reading Asheville-based Electronic Musician Marley Carroll Discusses Songs From the Woods

Michael Franti — Sowing Seeds of Change

Interview by John C. Tripp JC Tripp: Your music has always inspired me, so it’s nothing new. But I think it’s a new direction for you, as a person who is expressing yourself to humanity. I don’t want to use a catch-word, but it seems more accessible. MF: Yeah, definitely. I’ve tried to continue to … Continue reading Michael Franti — Sowing Seeds of Change

Beats Over Tweets: Teleseen Talks With Audio Texture on "Passages"

Courtesy of Audio Texture's James Barrie. Here at Audio Texture, one of our albums of the year, already, is "Passages" from Teleseen on 100% Silk, one of the most inventive, "dance music" albums of 2013, a unique mix of great beats and global sounds submerged in a world of reggae flavours. We were so taken … Continue reading Beats Over Tweets: Teleseen Talks With Audio Texture on "Passages"

Beats Over Tweets: Teleseen Talks With Audio Texture on "Passages"

Courtesy of Audio Texture's James Barrie. Here at Audio Texture, one of our albums of the year, already, is "Passages" from Teleseen on 100% Silk, one of the most inventive, "dance music" albums of 2013, a unique mix of great beats and global sounds submerged in a world of reggae flavours. We were so taken … Continue reading Beats Over Tweets: Teleseen Talks With Audio Texture on "Passages"

"Zeb" aka The Spy From Cairo Creates Music For Belly Dancing and Hookah Heads

An Interview with Zeb "The Spy From Cairo" on his Infectious Arabic groove One of the amazing things about the deeply Jamaican music called Dub is its ability to act as a conduit. From its early days as stripped down versioning of popular Reggae tunes to its indoctrination into late 80 / early 90s UK … Continue reading "Zeb" aka The Spy From Cairo Creates Music For Belly Dancing and Hookah Heads

"Zeb" aka The Spy From Cairo Creates Music For Belly Dancing and Hookah Heads

An Interview with Zeb "The Spy From Cairo" on his Infectious Arabic groove One of the amazing things about the deeply Jamaican music called Dub is its ability to act as a conduit. From its early days as stripped down versioning of popular Reggae tunes to its indoctrination into late 80 / early 90s UK … Continue reading "Zeb" aka The Spy From Cairo Creates Music For Belly Dancing and Hookah Heads

Beats of the World: An Interview with DJ Nickodemus

A Classic Interview with Global Beatmaster DJ Nickodemus on the Roots of New York City's Underground Dance Scene This interview originally appeared on Junkmedia.org.  John C. Tripp is the Editor of Mundovibe.com By John C. Tripp Within the rarefied group of DJs that cut their teeth at New York City’s weekly Giant Step parties of … Continue reading Beats of the World: An Interview with DJ Nickodemus

Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez

BY JON FREER Beatsmith par excellence, Kenny “Dope” has been making records since the late 80s. His distinctive style, both on the decks and in the studio, comes from the way he applies a Hip Hop-centric approach to both making and spinning music. He became a house hold name through his partnership with the diminutive … Continue reading Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez

Philadelpia Underground Dance Culture: DJ Argo of Broken Beat Radio

Argo's passion for djing began back in the early 90's in NYC while checking out the weekly Giant Step parties, Soul Kitchen, and assorted funky bizniz at S.O.B.'s. Around 1995 in Philly, the hands down favorite party and source of inspiration was King Britt's Back to Basics. It was at these clubs that Argo was … Continue reading Philadelpia Underground Dance Culture: DJ Argo of Broken Beat Radio

Dub Gabriel: Raggabass Radical

“Music is always a healer, It doesn’t matter if it is mine or someone else’s. I have a real emotional connection with music and think the first step of making great music is being a fan of others music” — Dub Gabriel An Interview With Dub Gabriel Pushing the boundaries of rock, dub, world and electronic … Continue reading Dub Gabriel: Raggabass Radical

Sarah Linhares' Messages From the Future

An interview with Sarah Linhares Sarah Linhares is a passionate and eclectic singer, songwriter and performer. She began her love affair with music at an early age through singing in her church choir. Since then, her unique musical style has been shaped by an obsession with electronic music, singing in a multitude of gospel choirs, … Continue reading Sarah Linhares' Messages From the Future