Throwdown

Podcast Your Scene is both a podcast and a podcast network. The podcast is hosted by Bill Domiano, Brian Shaffer, and John “The American Hilljack” Lane. They discuss topics that are important to the local unsigned rock music scenes.

State of the Local Entertainment Scene PYS004

On this episode of Podcast Your Scene: Throwdown we announce the addition of our newest host Doug Carnahan from After the Fall. Brian Shaffer was unable to participate, but we had Jana (Lady Jaye) from First Angel Media and Fred Young, from the band After, join us to discuss the state of the local entertainment scene. This episode is dedicated to our dear friend Tony Marinacci.

Bill hosted this one and asked the following questions (we may have gone off on a “few” tangents, too):

  • How would you grade the local music scene?
  • What businesses and venues are succeeding with helping to build our scene, and why?
  • How valid are digital downloads, and do you feel they will surpass cds this year?
  • How do you think the local radio stations have done in supporting local musicians this past year?
  • Do you think compilation discs would be helpful today?
  • What can the venues do to make life easier for bands?
  • What is the last local band you listened to?

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The Art of Being a Front Man PYS003

Doug Carnahan of After the Fall comes on episode #3 of Podcast your Scene: Throwdown to join Bill, Brian, and John and discuss what it is like to be a front man. Bill asked the boys the following questions:

  • Are the monitors really always as bad as you guys think they are on stage?
  • How would you have handled the situation that Mariah Carey was in on New Year’s Eve?
  • When did you know you wanted to sing in a rock band, and why?
  • In each of your eyes, what do you believe it takes to be the front man of a rock band?
  • Have you ever made a decision to do a stunt on stage that you realize that maybe you shouldn’t have done that and lost your place in the song?
  • Do you have any embarrassing stories from you time in bands?
  • What is your favorite part about being in the spotlight and being the front man of your band?
  • If there was one thing that you wanted your fans to know, what would it be?

The guys told some very interesting road stories, as well as, information from each of their respective backgrounds. At one point, they talk about finding the correct woman that understands what you have to be as a front man to be able to keep your personal and band relationships in check.

The guys also talked little bit about their respective scenes.

We also did a little bit of a biography of Tony Marinacci which will lead us into next month’s episode of Podcast Your Scene: Throwdown, where we will be talking about the state of local entertainment. This was an annual thing that Tony wrote for his website.

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Pay to Play, Record Labels, Promoters and more PYS001

Bill, Brian, & John start to bring out their opinions on pay to play. John and Brian both fall into the group of musicians that are against them. The conversation covers topics of pay to play, benefit shows, promoting a show and who is responsible, record labels and hidden issues, music reality tv and the reality of it, music competitions, and more. Is there a right way to do pay to play? Is it killing music scenes and venues? How does it affect younger bands vs veteran bands? Brian talks about the Zippo Hot Tour and how much he loved how that was ran. Bill told road stories and Brian and John want to take him on a tour to manage it for them.

Eric Anthony, formerly of (kaj), and currently soundman came up in during the show. Everyone is in agreement that he does an amazing job on the board … and eventually we get around to Rock for Life, that series is just amazing in all of our eyes.

 

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Prequel PYS000

John LaneThis is the prequel to a new podcast that will be known as Podcast Your Scene. In this episode, you’ll hear John “The American Hilljack” Lane and Brian Shaffer talk about their histories in unsigned music. Every once in a while, you’ll hear Bill Domiano interject a few comments. This was supposed to be an episode of the Pennsylvania Rock Show, but much like the beginning of that show… this had a mind of its own.