Bringin' it Backwards

Adam & Tera Lisicky


“Bringin' it Backwards" podcast -- a platform for both legendary and rising musicians to tell their personal stories on how they achieved stardom, providing invaluable information for all artists and music enthusiasts to have access to meaningful, and memorable advice to inspire their own creative journeys.

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Interview with Saint Agnes

We had the pleasure of interviewing Saint Agnes over Zoom video! If there’s a single word to define Saint Agnes, it’s committed. Two words? Fully committed. Hailing from the UK, this ferocious four-strong outfit are all about honest lyrics, intense vocal performances (from Kitty A. Austen), plus rage-fuelled music intended to give a voice to those closer to the fringe than the centre. As much gang as band, Saint Agnes seek to empower those who’ve been battered and bruised yet refuse to lie down, and it’s a thread that runs deep within ‘Bloodsuckers’ – SA’s first album for Spinefarm, the follow-up to 2019’s ‘Welcome To Silvertown’, issued on the band’s own label. In addition to ‘… Silvertown’, Saint Agnes have released a number of singles, videos and EPs, embarked on headline tours in both the UK and Europe, and appeared at a host of festivals, including Download, 2000 Trees, Isle of Wight and Kendal Calling; but it’s now, in 2023, that they’ve fully hit their stride, confirming a spring / summer European run with Monster Magnet, welcoming new bassist Ryan Brown into the fold (replacing Ben Chernett) and defining precisely what it means to be a fully paid-up member of the Death or Glory Gang. One thing’s for sure, it’s got nothing to do with rule-books or playing it safe… From the title track (also lead single / video) onwards, ‘Bloodsuckers’ is a genre-jumping body of work, taking in elements of metal, punk, industrial and grunge, without being bound by any specific style; the 11 tracks here come straight from the source, largely self-produced and mixed (NIN collaborator Sean Beavan lends his production and mixing skills to future single / video, ‘Follow You’), and this self-contained approach provides an extra emotional weight throughout, with doom trap provocateur andKerrang! cover artist Mimi Barks further fuelling the chaos on the short, sharp shock that is ‘Body Bag’. Created in the months following the unexpected and untimely death of Kitty’s mother, ‘Bloodsuckers’ explores a number of themes, including mental illness, pent-up rage, undying love and, of course, grief; from the trash-metal howl into the night that is ‘Bloodsuckers’ right through to broken ballad, ‘This Is Not The End’, a poignant reflection of Kitty’s still-raw emotions, this is a call to outsiders everywhere. Concludes Kitty: “Creating this album gave me a reason to get to my feet at a time when I really wasn’t sure if I could. I’ve tried to put everything I’ve been feeling into it, all the pain, the rage, the grief, even the unexpected moments of beauty and belief. I hope it makes you feel less alone. I hope it makes you feel bigger, badder and stronger. We might be damaged but that doesn’t mean we’re worthless. This is a record for the defeated, the crushed. We might be broken but that doesn’t mean we’re not whole. Bloodsuckers forever, Saint Agnes forever.” We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #SaintAgnes #Bloodsuckers #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

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Oct 02
Interview with Kid Prexy

We had the pleasure of interviewing Kid Prexy over Zoom video! Kid Prexy is a talented powerhouse who is making a name for himself in contemporary Pop, Hip-Hop, and Alternative music. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, the 15-year-old prodigy grew up and lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. Kid Prexy has been playing guitar, drums and singing in the School of Rock band since he was 8 years old and has performed many live concerts in different music genres such as alternative, pop, rock, punk, grunge & blues. In the summer of 2021, the promising artist recorded his first EP, Broken Promises, at 13 years old exuding an emo Rap and smooth melancholic style, inspired by the likes of Juice Wrld, Post Malone, Kid Laroi, Lil Peep & Xxxtentacion. Then in early 2022, he wrote and recorded five Lo-Fi Chill Acoustic songs for his second EP Lights in the Forest, which was inspired by BoyWithUke and Powfu. Now in 2023, Kid Prexy is gearing up to release his third EP, inspired by Machine Gun Kelly, Jxdn & Blink182 to explore the Pop Punk and Alternative Rock genres that he loves to showcase his guitar and singing skills. The highly anticipated EP was produced by Grammy Nominated Multi-Platinum Producer Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft (Travis Barker, Machine Gun Kelly). Leading single "In My Head" is a riveting emotional rollercoaster, with moody vocals atop gritty guitar riffs and intense pop punk sonics. We want to hear from you! Please email https://BringinitBackwards.comwww. #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #KidPrexy #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 30
Interview with TOBi

We had the pleasure of interviewing TOBi over Zoom video! Nigerian born, Los Angeles-based artist TOBi announces new album PANIC set to be released on October 12th via RCA Records. Alongside the announcement, TOBi shares new bold and fiery track “Flatline” featuring label mate Kenny Mason. Backed by a recurring staccato piano, the track is a smooth blend of both TOBi and Kenny’s vocality and highlights TOBi’s quick-witted lyricism. In addition to the new release, TOBi and his team have also created an interactive digital universe and social fan club. You can now join at PANIC.FM. TOBi on his single “Flatline”: "This is unapologetic soul music. Power is a theme I explore a lot in my music and this one is about personal power. I wanted anyone hearing this song to feel that energy going into any situation. A game, a job interview, a performance. Transform that pain into power." Earlier this year, TOBi took home another Juno Award for Rap Album/EP of the Year for Shall I Continue? making this his second win following his 2020 album ELEMENTS Vol. 1 that won the 2021 Rap Recording of the Year. Last year, his elevated COLORS performance of “Flowers” was released and his song “Move” was featured on Netflix’s Do Revenge starring Camila Mendes (Riverdale) and Maya Hawke (Stranger Things). He also performed at Afrochella at the end of last year. Prior to this, “All Night Long,” “She Loves Me” and “Flowers,” he released his Alex Goose-produced single and video “Before We Panic” featuring Mikky Ekko (written for Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Drake), which was a prelude to his forthcoming album. The artistic visual was shot and directed by Dom McLennon (BROCKHAMPTON) and Jeremy Grier. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #TOBi #PANIC #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 29
Interview with Jill Andrews (Jill Returns!)

We had the pleasure of interviewing Jill Andrews over Zoom video! A few years ago, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, Jill Andrews, went back home to sing at the memorial service of a childhood friend. In mourning, surrounded by relics of her past, the things and people she used to know, she was struck by how much life had changed. Perfectly preserved brick homes, sidewalks on both sides of the street, untouched jungle gyms and corner stores had her calling out for childhood, an age she realized all at once, had passed by. Fridays were a trip to Blockbuster and a couple of Fruit Roll Ups. Freedom was a bicycle and daylight. Andrews reminisces, “I had so much independence….and played so much kick the can with my friends.” Standing at the intersection of memory lane and tomorrow, Modern Age is a stunning reflection on how far we’ve all come, but one that leaves the listener wondering about the price of “progress.” Produced by Lucas Morton at 4115 Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, Andrews latest effort features ten tracks that range from anthemic, Kate Bush-esque pop dreams with ethereal synths and lush vocals, to intimate acoustic confessions that hit closer to Madison Cunningham’s Where Are You Now. On opening slow burn, “80s Baby,” Andrews remarks with some wistfulness on just how different the world has come to be since the days of making mixtapes and cruising the cul-de-sacs. In the chorus is a bittersweet declaration: “I’m an 80’s baby/I’m an 80’s baby/I’ve been thinking lately/How much has changed.” Indie-pop masterpiece “Connection” follows, continuing to explore the schism between then and now, contrasting today’s tech savvy love with meeting someone the old-fashioned way in an irresistible, roll-the-windows-down throwback, ready and waiting for Tiktok covers and a perfect placement. “Better Life,” the song that inspired the record, has Andrews grieving the loss of a “golden-haired beauty queen” to addiction, wishing there had been another path, before turning on the back half of the record, to the path she has gone down, her relationships, failures, hopes, and fears. Leaning into the contemplative writing that launched her career, Andrews explores complexities of looking back and moving forward simultaneously, giving grace to a partner as he processes his past on “Dark Days” before asking for grace herself in “Patience.” “Boundless Love,” a track Andrews reveals “might be her favorite” closes out the album, assuring us that even though much in life looks different than it used to, love remains. Modern Age remembers an era where the rhythm of life played slower, when we rewound cassette tapes with our fingertips, and talked on the phone for hours. With thoughtful and brilliant performances by multi-instrumentalist Tyler Chester (Madison Cunningham, Sara Bareilles), vocalists Becca Mancari and Anthony De Costa, and producer Lucas Morton, Modern Age is an ode to simpler times, an album that goes beyond nostalgia to veneration of what were to so many, the golden years. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #JillAndrews #HushKids #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 29
Interview with AZRA

We had the pleasure of interviewing AZRA over Zoom video! Keeping in line with the status quo has never been something of priority to pop-rock goddess AZRA. Invigorated by an unshakeable boldness, empowering angst, and life-long affinity for performance, AZRA has learned the importance of never backing down regardless of what society deems acceptable. Breaking through the barriers of complacency and uniformity has allowed this powerhouse to embrace her crown, unapologetically. She immigrated to San Jose, CA with her family at 9 years old, and did whatever it took to overcome the hardships that came with having to rediscover oneself after a life-altering change. AZRA now seeks to empower others to fearlessly follow their dreams in spite of their hardships. The South Korean-born, Bay area-raised, now multidisciplinary Los Angeles based independent artist is making waves with more than just her music. As an accomplished author (The Cupcake Theory), motivational speaker, dancer, model, and musician, AZRA has effectively established herself as a formidable force in the entertainment industry with a promise that any artistic expression she shares with the world will have substance, depth, and purpose behind them to uplift others along their life's journey. She shares her story through her signature Substance Pop sound - an entirely new genre of music that channels cathartic power pop, rock, dance, and metal influences with heavy 808 beats to electrify your entire body. AZRA was diagnosed with glaucoma and temporarily lost sight in her right eye at age 19; she found herself face to face with a life-changing illness that led her to begin a journey of self-acceptance and finding the deeper meanings of life, thus inspiring the Substance Pop genre. Expect to be bewitched by epic, soulful vocals, contagiously empowering lyrics, and insane hooks that will move you to strut through life with unapologetic confidence. This whirlwind of a feeling is AZRA telling you to follow your passion and create your own show. She believes that “the world is your stage for anything you can imagine is possible.” Suddenly, you have been transported to the 6th Dimension, an uninhibited paradise for misfits where anything is possible, where you can be whoever you want to be, and go after whatever dreams you have; a world of AZRA’s own creation. During all of AZRA’s live performances, fans are brought along to the 6th Dimension where they can live up to their innermost desires, become the hero or goddess of their dreams, and channel invaluable feelings of freedom and positivity unscathed by the world’s projections of self-doubt. Dive head first into the confidence boost and hold onto it, you will become the best and most real version of yourself because of it. Through her music and work with AAPI and women-focused cause organizations such as AAPI Youth Rising and Project Glimmer, AZRA’s mission is clear: empower and uplift others, grasp the premonition given, and live your life to the fullest to fulfill the prophecy set forward by AZRA and the 6th dimension. Listeners got a taste of the 6th Dimension on AZRA’s first release of 2023, “ALL OUT,” that has since found itself on the renowned LA based alternative radio station, The World Famous KROQ, or her most recent singles “i wish you would cry” and “Bring Me The Crown.” "ALL OUT" was also featured in the prominent Korean American Newspaper - Korea Daily. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #AZRA #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 28
Interview with Akintoye

We had the pleasure of interviewing Akintoye over Zoom video! Fast-rising hip hop artist Akintoye has released his new single “Fuck Em Up Moses,” out now on all DSPs. Produced by Dan Vucko, “Fuck Em Up Moses” is a display of clever lyricism, spotlighting his unfiltered bravado and steadfast confidence. Over an aggressive beat of floor-shaking kicks and skittering 808s, the spirited anthem sees Akintoye throwing caution to the wind as he delivers slick bars about the complex musical landscape he occupies. “‘Fuck Em Up Moses’ is fighting music,” explains Akintoye. “This is the song you quit your job and push tables over on your way out to. This is the theme song for black Air Force 1s. This is strongly worded email music. This is ‘bet you won't see me outside though’ music.” Akintoye, who is featured in Rockstar Energy’s latest ‘Grit Behind The Glory’ campaign, has been making a name for himself as a bombastic performer with his charismatic energy, authentic music, and comedic flair. “Fuck Em Up Moses” follows a string of independent releases from the young rapper including witty single “Respectfully,” collaborative track “Aces” with Idris Elba, Connor Price, and 4Korners, and viral mental-health hit “Pizzazz” which was named a top song of 2022 by Complex, CBC, and Spotify Canada among others. Akintoye is riding thee momentum of an incredible 2022 that kicked off with the release of “Pizzazz” which has been streamed more than 10 million times adding to his more than 30 million global streams. Since then, the Nigeria-born and Toronto-based artist has been named a Black TikTok Trailblazer, a favorite TikTok creator by BET, shared the stage with GRAMMY-nominee Earthgang, performed at Calgary’s Sled Island Festival, and named a Canadian artist to watch by ELLE Canada and NOW Toronto. Throughout his career, Akintoye has released 3 full-length albums, landed on various Spotify playlists — including New Music Friday Canada, RADAR Canada, Alternative Hip-Hop, All New Hip-Hop, and Nu-Funk — and built a supportive community of nearly 3 million followers across platforms as he aims to not only tell his own story with his unapologetic openness, but connect directly with his fans over their shared experience. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #Akintoye #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 26
Interview with Dominique Fils-Aimé

We had the pleasure of interviewing Dominique Fils-Aimé over Zoom video! JUNO Award winning artist Dominique Fils-Aimé [FEES-em-AY] recently released her new album, Our Roots Run Deep and shares the cinematic video to her new single “My Mind At Ease”. Our Roots Run Deep is the first statement of a new trilogy from Dominique and follows her award-winning trilogy of Nameless, Stay Tuned! and Three Little Words. This new trilogy will see Dominique look inwards, reflecting on her own emotional and spiritual landscape - her roots. Our Roots Run Deep is out now via Ensoul Records. “My Mind At Ease” is a song that confronts psychological fear. The track works through mental disturbance. Dominique’s sensitive voice applies persistent pressure. “Leave me alone bad thoughts” she repeats, “begone”. The ominous quality of the music initially creates a feeling of trepidation. As the song progresses, the moody atmosphere builds up a certain nerve that helps to fuel a breakthrough. Dominique’s words and emotion fight back and fear dissipates into “restful dreams” as Dominique’s voice rings out “victorious - glorious.” The visually stunning video that accompanies today's release was shot on location at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal and directed by Adrian Villagomez, with Mel Charlot, renowned for her work with Grammy Award Winner, Lizzo, choreographing the piece. While Dominique's last trilogy conceptualized the history of African American music, the approach is more personal for this forthcoming album and trilogy. Speaking on the creation of Our Roots Run Deep, Dominique says, “While the goal remains a quest for universal connection through musical frequencies, this internal journey quickly brought me to the importance of my roots. It sparked a desire to shed light on our intergenerational treasures rather than intergenerational trauma, using these treasures to address and heal trauma. By being more open and vulnerable, I hope to lead by example and contribute to the dismantling of taboos surrounding mental health, taboos that are all still very present today, especially in BIPOC communities.” The album artwork explores Dominique’s quest for growth and freedom. In keeping with her first trilogy’s use of primary colors for each album artwork, the second trilogy will explore a new color palette resulting from the blend of those primary colors. “Being the fourth color of the rainbow, green is known to be calming, a symbol for new beginnings, nature and growth,” details Dominique.” Green is for the vegetation that inspires me in my songwriting and teaches me to grow everyday. It’s like giving myself the green light to let my artistic and emotional freedom bloom, with jazz being my musical vessel.” Dominique’s 2018 debut Nameless is now the audiophile’s reference recording across the globe. Stay Tuned! won the 2020 JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year as well as the Félix prize for Best Jazz Album at the 2019 ADISQ Gala, was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize and featured among the 19 best Canadian albums of 2019 by CBC. Dominique was also nominated that same year as Radio-Canada's 2019-2020 “Revelation in Jazz”. The final chapter of the trilogy. Three Little Words, made the Polaris Short List, and claimed the #1 spot for best-selling album in Quebec and #2 in Canada. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #DominiqueFils-Aimé #OurRootsRunDeep #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 25
Interview with Yoke Lore

We had the pleasure of interviewing Yoke Lore over Zoom video! Los Angeles based indie pop project Yoke Lore, the solo musical venture of Adrian Galvin, released his debut full-length album, Toward A Never Ending New Beginning, out everywhere now via Yell House Records. Yoke Lore’s first full length album, Toward A Never Ending New Beginning, solidifies Galvin as an indie pioneer, transcending beyond the genre with his unparalleled talent for captivating listeners with his distinct artistic vision and introspective lyricism. The album chronicles his journey of turning strengths into weaknesses, personal growth, and discovering who Yoke Lore truly is. It’s an album full of reflection and raw, unfiltered honesty that will most definitely connect with listeners on a deeper level. Combining electronic beats with subtle instrumentation, each song on Toward A Never Ending New Beginning is sonically diverse and thoughtfully crafted debut body of work. The album’s opener, “Cruciform I,” instantly establishes the reflective tone of the album with the first line, “I don’t wanna set myself on fire to keep you warm.” Over the course of the next 13 tracks, Galvin explores themes of love, loss, reckoning with overwhelming emotions, and the journey we take to become the best versions of ourselves. The album invites listeners to embark on the journey of self-discovery along with Yoke Lore, from the fears of ruining something good in focus track “Enough,” to disrupting the norm in single “Shake” to being comfortable with loneliness in “Alone.” The final track, “Protégé,” concludes the album on an optimistic future-facing note, leaving listeners reflecting on their own future and the positivity it holds. Galvin describes the album as an act of resistance and revolution. “I don’t want to be attached to my doubts,” he says. “To be rich is to be saved, to be poor is to be doomed. You could achieve wealth and thus salvation by accumulating enough wealth and if you weren’t making that your express purpose in life then what the hell were you doing? I see art and love as a rebellion to this idea, I also see the exploration of self doubt as a rebellion to this idea. I see the acceptance of failure as a rebellion against this idea. And thus I see Yoke Lore as a way through it. Toward a never ending new beginning.” Prior to the release of Toward A Never Ending New Beginning, Yoke Lore released standout singles such as “Goodpain,” “Chin Up,” and “Beige,” which earned him an RIAA Gold certification. With over 450M+ streams to his name and tours across the globe under his belt, including a recent run with Goth Babe, Yoke Lore has garnered a loyal fanbase and widespread acclaim from both critics and fellow musicians alike and established himself as a notable force in the indie scene. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #YokeLore #TowardANeverEndingNewBeginning #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 22
Interview with Ava Della Pietra

We had the pleasure of interviewing Ava Della Pietra over Zoom video! Ava Della Pietra is an 18-year-old pop artist and former Broadway actress who appeared in the original cast of School of Rock. She then made a name for herself with her innocent pop songs based on her own high school experience, leading to coverage from outlets like Just Jared Jr., Parade, and American Songwriter. Now, Ava is getting ready to enter a new chapter with her single and music video "Ego," which sheds her 'girl-next-door' image in what will be a major departure for fans who remember her as the little girl on the Broadway stage. While many of her earlier songs spoke to the experiences of young listeners, having just turned 18, the new single is inspired by her own tumultuous journey with a man more interested in playing games and fueling his self-importance than her own feelings. Ava's journey over the last decade has been pretty remarkable. Having initially taught herself five different instruments for her role in School of Rock, she went on to write more than 130 songs, leading American Songwriter to call her “a prolific, motivated, and multi-faceted creative" and to early TV bookings on shows like "Today in Nashville." She went on to win ten different national and international songwriting awards for her initial singles, all while juggling the demands of high school, where she finished as valedictorian this year. Now, Ava is getting ready to start an ambitious dual degree program at Harvard-Berklee in a few weeks, where she will pursue an advanced degree in music. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #AvaDellaPietra #Ego #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 21
Interview with Stephanie Poetri

We had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie Poetri over Zoom video! The Indonesian-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Stephanie Poetri has released her bold and delightfully cheeky new single “Astrologically Illogical,” out today via Infinite Thrills/88Rising. While her music has been known for its soft, ethereal qualities that come through in her stunning alto voice, this song marks an exciting new chapter of powerful vocals, edgy lyrical prowess, and a healthy dose of indie-pop/indie-rock inspiration that is part of Poetri’s musical DNA. With this single, Poetri is inserting daring feminine energy into the pop-rock world. Born on May 20th, Poetri taps into her Taurus qualities for inspiration, writing about a relationship that she finds to be successful, despite the two parties’ astrological signs being incompatible. Poetri says about the song, “I was inspired by this culture of checking our compatibility with one another through astrology. Based on my own experiences, even with signs I’m supposed to be compatible with, it doesn’t always feel accurate. So this song is a fun critique on how astrology doesn’t seem to work for me.” Poetri has always possessed an uncanny ability to exhibit authenticity in her music, stemming from her strong songwriting sensibilities and desire to share relatable experiences with her fans. This authenticity connected right away, with her 2019 viral hit, "I Love You 3000,” reaching over 365 million streams to date, including 156 million views on the DIY video she and her sister made to accompany it, and a remix version, “I Love You 3000 II,” featuring Jackson Wang. “Astrologically Illogical” follows the release of Poetri's latest tracks, “No Explanations” (with Elephante and ZHANG YANQI)” and “Breakfast in Bed” (with gnash).” We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #StephaniePoetri #ILoveYou3000 #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 20
Amplify Color - The Rise Of Black Radio

Amplify Color: The Rise of Black Radio Charlamagne Tha God. Wendy Williams. Robin Quivers. The names are familiar, but the stories of their trials and triumphs in the radio industry may not be. Amplify Color: The Rise of Black Radio reveals the empowering and inspirational stories of individuals who left an undeniable impact on the radio industry despite the challenges and battles they faced. Each week, we chronicle the history of Black radio through the story of a trailblazer who made a long-lasting impact on the medium that we know and love today. This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 18
Interview with Gozu

We had the pleasure of interviewing Gozu over Zoom video! It only takes a few seconds exposure to the rolling riffs of opening track “Tom Cruise Control” to be reminded that this is Gozu’s world, we’re just living in it. Given that it has been five years since the Boston quartet dropped the monstrous Equilibrium, returning with Remedy is one hell of a way to make sure that everyone - whether previously familiar with them or otherwise - realizes that they are perhaps the most badass of American rock bands, for they have taken everything to the next level. The result is nine tracks of their signature combination of fuzzy 70s inspired riffs, rich, catchy, grunge-esque vocal melodies and a touch of old school trippy psychedelia written and played with the utmost passion and enthusiasm, eclipsing everything else in their catalog. One element that gave the band a kick in the pants going into Remedy was drummer Seth Botos joining Gaffney, guitarist Doug Sherman, and bassist Joe Grotto. Auditioning drummers ate up some of the time elapsed between records but like for so many bands the biggest obstacle was Covid, which slowed down the whole process. With Gaffney and Sherman writing, recording and emailing each other tunes they slowly worked on Remedy, and this certainly was not to the record’s detriment, given how the finished product turned out. As well as having nothing but praise for Botos, Gaffney is thrilled with the work of his other bandmates. With a title that has many meanings but is “strong, hits a spot emotionally and is true”, lyrically Gaffney wrote very honest songs that deal with things everyone has most likely dealt with. However, those that made it onto the record could have been very different, having all of them written and then prior to tracking feeling the compulsive urge to rewrite them. Those that made the cut are stories of humanity, things the vocalist has witnessed or heard from the mouths of others. Recording with the honorary fifth member of Gozu, producer/engineer Dean Baltulonis (Death Ray Vision, The Hope Conspiracy) at Wild Arctic studios in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, sessions were unlike any that the band had previously experienced. Botos laid his drums down in just a day and a half, taking all suggestions his bandmates had and putting his signature spin on them, echoing the fact that they were all invested in the process more than ever before. The band obviously hopes to tour the record after so long off the road, and they would love the opportunity to share the stage with bands they admire. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #Gozu #Remedy #NewMusic #ZoomListen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

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Sep 17
Interview with Levi Hummon

We had the pleasure of interviewing Levi Hummon over Zoom video! Singer-songwriter Levi Hummon spent his early 20s practicing his art, but his immersion into country music started much, much earlier. From the day he was born, his father Marcus Hummon, (one of Nashville’s most prolific GRAMMY-winning songwriters [The Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts]) immersed Levi in the music scene, and It didn't take long to realize the apple didn't fall far from the tree. At 24, Levi began releasing music of his own. Cleancut and compelling, he told stories of love and loss while building a loyal fanbase that has grown with him through every bend and break. As a Nashville native who was inspired by the legacies around him and had an undeniable gift of songwriting, it was no surprise that 5 years, 30 released songs, and 100 million streams later as an independent artist, Levi had created a name for himself. In 2021, his viral Walker Hayes collaboration sensation “Paying for It” cemented Levi’s status as a rising country star. This sparked a new sense of confidence both on stage and in writing rooms that allowed him to discover the magnitude of his potential as an artist, and a new authentic version of Levi emerged. His follow-up tunes, “Bottled Up,” “For Me,” “Good Riddance,” and “Drink On” are the product of just that. Hummon says, “taking risks, finding my own voice, and showing the scars and roughness around the edges allowed me to portray the most honest version of myself”. Coming off of his first headlining tour in the Fall of ‘21, Levi found himself to be in high demand in the spring and summer of 2022. Warming up the stage for acts like Hardy, Jordan Davis, Brett Eldridge, Brett Young, and Dylan Scott, he was able to experience in person the effects of this momentum and the reward for being unapologetically himself. While listeners across genres are creating the demand now more than ever for both a 90’s country comeback and an early 2000’s alternative rock revival, Levi’s new music has established a unique lane paved by both the influence of bands like Maroon 5, Weezer, and The Clash, and the Nashville community of songwriters he grew up with in his own backyard. As a country artist with now over 160 million streams, pulling from his skateboarding past, counter culture nostalgia and surfer aesthetic, Levi Hummon is paving the way for something big that hasn't quite been seen before. While hellbent on carrying on the family legacy, Levi Hummon is very much here to write his own story. Named one of Entertainment Weekly’s “5 Artists Breaking Now” and Rolling Stone Country’s “One to Watch”, it looks like his biggest chapter yet is right around the corner. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #LeviHummon #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 15
Interview with The Main Squeeze

We had the pleasure of interviewing The Main Squeeze over Zoom video! There seems to be an aura in the air when the five members of The Main Squeeze enter a room. A multicultural five-piece from Los Angeles, CA, The Main Squeeze have built a cult following in the States on the road – putting rubber to pavement and playing over 1,000 shows together over the past nine years. For a group of men with completely different backgrounds, tastes, religions, and opinions, there’s already a spirit shared amongst them when they sit down to play together. The Main Squeeze, who have toured with the likes of George Clinton & The Parliament Funkadelic, String Cheese Incident, Umphrey's McGee, and many more and are lauded across North America's live music circuit. They've graced hundreds of stages and played festivals including Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Firefly and many more. Their breakout moment came during the pandemic, the band quickly developed a huge following on TikTok. They’ve since gained praise from NPR, Rolling Stone, Relix, and Wonderland as well as collaborated with artists such as 6LACK and Gallant and regularly hosted celebrity attended gigs at their fast becoming infamous “Squeeze House.” The band is coming off their sixth album “To Be Determined” a body of work showcasing the unique chemistry the Los Angeles, CA based band have developed together over the years. The album is a stunning showcase into why they have become a touring phenomenon in the US and around the world, which has led to a passionate fan base – with some fans traveling the US and having seen up to 30 shows. You can catch The Main Squeeze at this year’s Cascade Equinox Festival. Cascade Equinox Festival: Seasoned event organizers Gem & Jam and 4 Peaks have joined forces to produce the first-ever Cascade Equinox Festival, a new cross-genre camping festival set to take place at Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, OR from Friday, September 22 - Sunday, September 24, 2023. Following a five-year hiatus, electro-soul pioneer Pretty Lights will headline Cascade Equinox Festival as his only Pacific Northwest performance on his Soundship Spacesystem Tour. Gem & Jam and 4 Peaks Presents have teamed up to bring you the first annual Cascade Equinox Festival, a three-day event held in Central Oregon. Our musical lineup paired with our unique immersive experiences of visual and performance art, workshops, kids activities, camping & carnival rides, make Cascade Equinox more than just a music festival. Alongside a curated selection of local wineries, breweries and restaurants and a market featuring unique nomadic and artisanal crafts set against the majestic landscapes of the Pacific Northwest High Desert, Cascade Equinox is an event not to be missed. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #TheMainSqueeze #CascadeEquinoxFestival #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 14
Interview with Warren Zeiders (Warren Returns!)

We had the pleasure of interviewing Warren Zeiders over Zoom video! Rising country star Warren Zeiders recently received the RIAA platinum certification for his standout single, “Ride The Lightning”. As his debut single with Warner Records in 2021, “Ride The Lightning” catapulted Warren into one of the genre’s fastest-rising success stories in recent history. Released as part of his critically acclaimed 717 Tapes, the song was only the second Zeiders had ever written, leading PEOPLE Magazine to proclaim him as a “‘Wild Horse’ who sings about the truth.” Zeiders – who has since garnered 894 million audio streams globally and 1.4 billion views on TikTok – recently released his Warner Records debut LP, Pretty Little Poison. The collection includes the powerful title track and the poignant Lee Miller and Chris Stapleton-penned breakup ballad “Inside Your Head”. He also extended his Pretty Little Poison headlining tour following his sold-out Spring run, which will kick off in September and include Warren’s first headlining show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on October 4th, 2023. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #WarrenZeiders #PrettyLittlePoison #RideTheLightning #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 13
Interview with Caskets

We had the pleasure of interviewing Caskets over Zoom video! There’s an art to looking back. For Caskets, it could have been easy to plough forwards regardless, riding the wave of success from their breakthrough debut ‘Lost Souls’ that opened tours up across the United States and mainland Europe, and secured appearances at landmark festivals Download and Slam Dunk. But having swapped the bedrooms that fostered album number one for countless hours on the road, reflecting on that journey and the decisions that led them down certain paths quickly became unavoidable. Now tackling the realities of a busy band schedule, spending the best part of two years in shared tour buses and hotel rooms, those reflections have become collective. If ‘Lost Souls’ was primarily driven by vocalist Matt Flood’s personal experiences, sophomore album ‘Reflections’ delivers a wider picture of Caskets as a whole, borne out of the usual interpersonal differences that all bands face at least once in their career. For some it marks the end, but for others it fosters a collaborative environment that pushes the music well beyond what has come before. The result reflects each individual member of Caskets, with Matt joined by guitarists Benji Wilson and Craig Robinson, bassist Chris Mcintosh, and drummer James Lazenby. A series of individual lessons, each track on the Dan Weller (Holding Absence, Bury Tomorrow) produced ‘Reflections’ looks back at a specific moment in one of the band member’s lives; a thought, feeling or events, and how that moment shaped the present. It’s a step away from the singular retellings of ‘Lost Soul’, and a concept that emerged as Matt reassessed his position in and commitment to the band. The subsequent reflections take very different shapes. The thunderous ‘Guiding Light’ tells of the struggle in finding personal strength in the face of a broken relationship; the haunting ‘Silhouettes’ lands on the immeasurable power of self-worth and how we should never change ourselves for others, while album closer ‘Better Way Out’ spawns from the process of saving a loved one from suicide. “You can be who you want to be,” the song rings out with a soaring orchestral catharsis that surpasses all of Casket’s contemporaries. The breadth and density of the subject matter is pulled together by the record’s concept, ultimately forming the beating heart of the record. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #Caskets #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 11
Interview with Jaime Wyatt

We had the pleasure of interviewing Jaime Wyatt over Zoom video! If love is a place, then Jaime Wyatt’s found it with her ambitious and hopeful new album, Feel Good, brimming with joy and pushing her sound to new sonic and emotional heights, while blurring the lines between classic roots, southern soul, and vintage R&B. Today, Wyatt fully embraces that notion of musical effervescence with the grooving end of summer love song “Love Is A Place” where she expresses her experience learning to love another woman. It’s the first time Wyatt has explicitly written with her intended queer-friendly pronouns since coming out publicly on her 2020 breakthrough Neon Cross. Wyatt originally wrote the ecstatic work of healing and self-acceptance “Love Is A Place” on the piano and considers it to be one of her favorite songs off of her upcoming Adrian Quesada-produced (Black Pumas) album Feel Good out November 3rd on New West Records. Wyatt has a love-hate relationship with her new home Nashville, Tennessee but with “Love Is A Place” she’s taking a defiant stand for herself and her queer community and their innate right to Feel Good. “Love Is A Place” revels in the freedom of being seen for who you truly are, and trusting in it, as she sings: “She could free me from a lifetime of pain. And I’ve been down and out but never fallen. Love is a place I’ve never known. I’d like to go and would you take me there?” Praise for Jaime Wyatt’s come from Pitchfork, NME, Fader, and NPR who love her “remarkable voice” as well as Rolling Stone who’ve applauded her “lush, layered, and complex” performances. Feel Good is undoubtedly her most ambitious album yet where Wyatt pushes her sound to new sonic and emotional heights. Already, she’s unveiled the fierce, soulful meditation “World Worth Keeping” off the record about the kind of beauty that’s worth fighting for, no matter how hopeless things may seem. Accompanied by a mind-bending journey of a music video, directed by Dylan Reyes, “World Worth Keeping” is rooted in its omniscient optimism and succinctly lays the groundwork for Wyatt’s refusal to surrender to cynicism and negativity despite its ever-looming presence. Read her interview with Billboard about the song and album. Recorded with Black Pumas’ Adrian Quesada, Feel Good is bold and ecstatic, built on tight, intoxicating grooves that belie the songs’ substantial emotional stakes, showcasing Wyatt's unparalleled artistry and musical prowess. Wyatt’s writing is unguarded and intuitive here, tapping into the deep recesses of her subconscious as she reckons with grief and growth, and her delivery is visceral to match, cutting straight to the bone with equal parts sensitivity and swagger. Taken as a whole, the collection stands as a radical act of creative liberation from an artist already known for pushing limits, a genre-defying work of healing, queer joy and self-love that tips its cap to everything from Al Green and Otis Redding to Waylon Jennings and Bobbie Gentry in its relentless pursuit of peace and pleasure. A West Coast native, Wyatt first began turning heads with her breakout 2017 debut, Felony Blues, which chronicled her now much-publicized battle with addiction and transformative journey through the criminal justice system. Her 2020 follow-up and New West debut, Neon Cross, tackled even more profoundly personal revelations and arrived to tremendous acclaim everywhere from Pitchfork, NME, NPR and Rolling Stone. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #JaimeWyatt #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 08
Interview with Jet Jurgensmeyer

We had the pleasure of interviewing Jet Jurgensmeyer over Zoom video! Rising actor and talented musician Jet Jurgensmeyer recently released his latest single, "Falling Too". "Falling Too" showcases Jurgensmeyer's growth as an artist and his ability to captivate audiences with his heartfelt vocals. The song was written collaboratively by Jet Jurgensmeyer, Brian Sauerwald, Kyle Winski, and Pierson Swanson. The production team behind the single includes Jurgensmeyer himself, Dan Frizsell, and Butch Baker and it was recorded at Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. The song's narrative revolves around a young person's poignant experience with first love. Jurgensmeyer acknowledges the remarkable power of music and songwriting to create stories that can be interpreted in diverse ways by different listeners. While he personally connects with the story, he believes that it will evoke unique emotions and perspectives for each listener. Jurgensmeyer reflects on the song's creative process, revealing that it took shape unexpectedly. As the four collaborators sat down to write, they didn't have a specific idea in mind. Initial concepts didn't quite resonate, but the atmosphere changed when Kyle introduced some progressions he had developed, filling the silence. Brian then began mumbling the start of a verse. Interestingly, Jurgensmeyer had saved a chorus idea on his phone for several months, and when it came time to develop the chorus, he suggested that idea, which resonated with everyone involved. Jet Jurgensmeyer expresses his hope that "Falling Too" will ignite anticipation for his upcoming album and EP, saying “I hope that this gets people excited for the next album and EP. The next list of songs is going to really show where I’m at with my life through my songwriting. Hopefully, people will listen and hear me growing as a person, in my faith, and as I go through life just like the rest of the world.” Beyond the music industry, Jurgensmeyer has made a name for himself as an award-nominated actor, delivering remarkable performances in both comedic and dramatic roles. Notable appearances include the series regular role of "Boyd" on FOX's hit comedy, "Last Man Standing," as well as lending his voice to the lead character, Pip the penguin, in the Disney animated series, "TOTS." In addition to his thriving acting career, Jurgensmeyer has accumulated an impressive list of film credits, including roles in "Cupid's Proxy," "Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie," "Ferdinand," and "American Sniper." He has also made appearances in popular television shows such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Grey's Anatomy," and "Black-ish." Jurgensmeyer's talent extends to voice acting, with significant roles in Nickelodeon's "Shimmer and Shine," "Bubble Guppies," Amazon's "Stinky & Dirt," and Disney's "Special Agent Oso" and "Pickle and Peanut." We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #JetJurgensmeyer #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 07
Interview with Leah Kate

We had the pleasure of interviewing Leah Kate over Zoom video! Alt-pop singer Leah Kate recently announced her debut album ‘Super Over’ and is ushering in a new era filled with empowerment, knowing your worth, and living your best life. This new chapter cements Leah as one of break-up pop’s heavy weights and one of the leaders in the genre. Leah Kate will be bringing her pop-rock anthems and undeniable charisma to several cities in North America this Fall for her headlining tour. SUPER OVER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES Monday, Sep 11th - Indianapolis, IN - Hi Fi Wednesday, Sep 13th - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House Thursday, Sep 14th - Nashville, TN - The Basement - East Friday, Sep 15th - Atlanta, GA - Music Midtown Monday, Sep 18th - Washington DC- Songbyrd DC Tuesday, Sep 19th - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’ All Right Thursday, Sep 21st - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Friday, Sep 22nd - Toronto, CA - Adelaide Hall Sunday, Sep 24th - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts Tuesday, Sep 26th - Ann Arbor, MI - The Blind Pig Thursday, Sep 28th - Chicago, Il - Bottom Lounge Friday, Sep 29th - Minneapolis, MN - University of Minnesota Sunday, Oct 1st - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater Wednesday, Oct 4th - Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Art Co. Thursday, Oct 5th - Houston TX - HOB Bronze Peacock Friday, Oct 6th - Oklahoma City, OK - Beer City Music Hall Sunday, Oct 8th - Phoenix, AZ - The Rebel Lounge Monday, Oct 9th - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Tuesday, Oct 10th - San Diego, CA - SOMA Side Stage Thursday, Oct 12th - Oakland, CA - The New Parish Sunday, Oct 15th - Boise, ID - Neurolux Monday, Oct 16th - Salt Lake City - Soundwell Wednesday, Oct 18th - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey Thursday, Oct 19th - Portland, OR - Mission Theater Leah Kate is proving to be a star on the rise with 300M+ global streams, 200M+ TikTok views to date, and millions of followers across all socials. She is best known for her Y2K inspired pop-rock tracks “F*ck Up the Friendship,” “F U Anthem,” and her certified platinum hit “10 Things I Hate About You, which charted on Billboard Global 200 and Pop Radio Top 15, has millions of streams to date, and went viral on TikTok with over one million videos using the sound. She spent the last year touring alongside Madison Beer, Hayley Kiyoko, and Chase Atlantic and headlined her tours in the U.K and Europe. She recently performed at Summerfest and Wonderstruck Festival. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #LeahKate #10ThingsIHateAboutYou #SuperOver #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 06
Interview with Viisi

We had the pleasure of interviewing Viisi over Zoom video! Viisi, formerly known as Matthew Borley, takes us on a journey through his music evolution. Born in Calgary, Canada, and raised in Winnipeg's chilling cold, Viisi's hip-hop passion ignited through his father's influence. Crafting rhymes from age 10, a Facebook track at 14 garnered praise, boosting his music confidence. YouTube beats fueled his creativity, progressing to licensed tracks, with parental support enhancing his setup. Viisi's music voyage unfolds, shaped by YouTube beats, and culminating in licensed originals. His alliance with manager Tim sprang from serendipity, paving industry pathways. The moniker "viisi" stems from Finnish "five," symbolizing life's five-year cycles. Viisi dives into the Liminal Collection. Personal, raw songs echo the liminal theory, each episode titled after a theory-linked word. Future artists are advised to maintain authenticity. Eleven pre-planned episodes are primed for release, bearing Viisi's distinct mark. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #viisi #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 03
Interview with Oliver Hazard

We had the pleasure of interviewing Oliver Hazard over Zoom video! Waterville, Ohio indie-folk outfit Oliver Hazard captivates listeners with their unique blend of delicate arrangements and sturdy melodies on their new self-titled album released today with Nettwerk. Listen to the album that’s sure to win hearts with its introspective lyrics. The album is the work of 3 individual singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, who share an organic connection in the craft -- sensibilities that yield music that's harmonic, haunting and also ambitious and surprising. "This album feels different than anything we've done in the past. We’re very simple people, all three of us. I think the album reflects that, and I hope it captures something you probably can't describe yourself, but that speaks to you,” the band shares. “And as far as the message, it’s just shared experiences.” About Oliver Hazard: The story of Waterville, OH indie-folk trio Oliver Hazard - Michael Belazis (vocals, guitar) and Devin East (vocals, guitar), joined by Nate Miner (keys, vocals) - is the digital age’s version of classic band mythmaking. One member of the band came home to Ohio after leading camping trips in California and decided to make an album with two childhood friends. They won a Facebook raffle to record one song at a studio. Instead, they played their whole album straight through once, resulting in their debut LP 34 N River (2018). The Fader called the album a “folk-pop masterpiece” and the band was booked at Bonnaroo and Mountain Jam shortly thereafter. In 2019, the band released their 6 track EP, The Flood, which Billboard called a “souvenir.” This brings the band to their sophomore, self-titled album (July 2023), featuring music from the band’s recent Northern Lights EP, plus five additional songs. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #OliverHazard #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 02
Interview with Sarah Reeves

We had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah Reeves over Zoom video! Nashville-based pop singer Sarah Reeves recently released the official music video for "Get Back Your Fight" In March 2023, upon receiving an incredibly engaging reaction on social media after posting an early clip of her newly-written (at the time) song, "Get Back Your Fight," Sarah Reeves finished writing, recording, and producing the fiery, theatrical track in her Music Row studio in Nashville. "THIS is a survival song! Amazing," wrote one TikTok user. Reeves' uplifting anthem certifies that Music City is more than a hub for country artists. With more than 174 million global streams and 100,000 new followers across social media, Reeves feels reborn from the outpour of love she's received regarding "Get Back Your Fight." “I’ve done a lot of digging deep and healing this year," says Reeves. "I never want to be afraid to confront issues deeply rooted in my heart. Since Mental health awareness became a national conversation, Sarah Reeves and many other artists continue to exemplify the healing power of music. "I’m so glad this song is helping and connecting with so many people,” she adds. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #SarahReeves #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Sep 01
Interview with Gareth Donkin

We had the pleasure of interviewing Gareth Donkin over Zoom video! Described as a “soul savant” in a Billboard feature out this week, London-based singer-songwriter and producer Gareth Donkin has released his debut album Welcome Home via drink sum wtr, a new label formed by A&R Nigil Mack in partnership with Secretly Group, as a part of the newly minted All Flowers Group. Across 10 shimmering tracks that mine classic influences ranging from R&B and yacht rock to funk, pop and more, Donkin has crafted an insightful coming-of-age self-portrait. In that Billboard feature, the 23-year-old recently spoke about the making of Welcome Home and his musical journey to date. Fans can listen to the new album digitally and on vinyl via Bandcamp. To date, Welcome Home has already garnered praise from Wonderland, FLOOD Magazine, Our Culture Magazine, The Luna Collective, Lucid Monday, KCRW and BBC Radio 6, along with support from Spotify’s New Music Friday, Fresh Finds R&B and POLLEN playlists, plus more. Written and recorded in a series of bedroom studios in England and France, Donkin’s self-produced debut LP showcases his stunning mix of instrumental virtuosity and emotional intuition, blending highly sophisticated melodic and harmonic craftsmanship with deeply moving lyrical explorations of longing, desire, and determination. The songs here draw on R&B/soul (“Whenever,” “Tell Me Something,” “Nothing We Can’t Get Through”), funk (“Something Different”), yacht rock (“Falling For You”), hip-hop, jazz, and even bossa nova, hinting at times to everything from Michael Jackson and Bill Evans to George Benson and Jamiroquai. For more insight into Donkin’s inspirational palette, fans can check out his hand-curated “lifted” Spotify playlist, which features eclectic musical references such as The Isley Brothers, Bill Withers, Genesis, Erykah Badu, Pharoah Sanders, TOTO, and more. Donkin’s performances on Welcome Home find him layering up instrument after instrument in the best one-man-band tradition of Prince or Stevie Wonder. The end result is a moving work that’s equal parts brain and brawn, a masterful debut from a young artist discovering himself — and his sound — one song at a time. Born with perfect pitch, Gareth Donkin was already fanatically obsessed with both jazz piano and drums before he turned 12. By the time he headed to the Leeds Conservatoire to pursue a degree in music production, he was already writing and recording his own material at home. Donkin’s first single, “Catharsis,” has racked up more than 1,000,000 streams to date on Spotify, and a series of subsequent releases found similarly organic success including this spring’s groovy, synth-filled “GEEK OUT!" (ft. quickly, quickly and The Breathing Experiment). We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #GarethDonkin #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Aug 31
Interview with Boy Named Banjo

We had the pleasure of interviewing Boy Named Banjo over Zoom video! Boy Named Banjo has announced their major label debut album Dusk, due out September 29 via Mercury Records Nashville. On Dusk, the Nashville-native group explores the full emotional spectrum of the rich, eclectic sound they’ve honed over the last decade. Along with the announcement, the band also shares their wistful new single “Lonely In This Town." Produced by longtime collaborator Oscar Charles (Caroline Spence, Charlie Worsham), Dusk is an electrifying dose of lightning in a bottle over its nine tracks, running a gamut of late-night, fall-in-love party anthems and stripped-down meditations. Boy Named Banjo’s songwriting is as incisive as ever, artfully grappling with lust and longing, hope and heartbreak. Sonically, the band’s performances on the record are nothing short of exhilarating, blurring the lines between Music Row and Laurel Canyon with lush harmonies and bold cinematic arrangements. The end result is a masterfully crafted, larger-than-life major label debut from a group that continues to grow by leaps and bounds with every release. Widely beloved by loyal fans nationwide for their high-octane live shows, Boy Named Banjo will kick off their coast-to-coast Dusk Til Dawn Tour next month on September 14 in Atlanta – tickets can be found here and a full list of dates can be found below. Audiences will be treated to performances from their extensive catalog and new music from Dusk, in addition to their recent uplifting anthem “What Keeps Me Going” which earned praise from CMT, Holler, Taste of Country, Whiskey Riff and more. 2023 has already shaped up to be another banner year for the band following their Grand Ole Opry debut, a momentous milestone that was documented at People. Expertly melding an array of musical influences, the five-piece band is a fusion of contemporary country, Americana and folk-rock stacked on a foundation of bluegrass. Their self-released 2012 debut The Tanglewood Sessions helped earn the band a spot at Bonnaroo, while their 2014 follow-up, Long Story Short, led to festival slots everywhere from Hangout Fest to Dierks Bentley’s Seven Peaks. After signing with Mercury Records Nashville in 2020, the following year saw the release of their genre-defying EP Circles, which landed them a performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium alongside dates supporting the likes of Kip Moore, Hank Williams, Jr., Old Crow Medicine Show, and The Cadillac Three. In 2022, Boy Named Banjo made their CMA Fest debut playing at the Ascend Amphitheatre Nighttime Concert as well as a sold-out hometown show at Nashville’s Brooklyn Bowl. Formed in their teens, Boy Named Banjo includes Barton Davies (banjo), Ford Garrard (bass/standing bass), Sam McCullough (drums) Willard Logan (mandolin, acoustic/electric guitar) and William Reames (acoustic guitar/harmonica). We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #BoyNamedBanjo #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Aug 30
Interview with Madilyn Bailey

We had the pleasure of interviewing Madilyn Bailey over Zoom video! Pop singer-songwriter Madilyn Bailey recently released her Hollywood Dead LP! Prior to its release Madilyn dropped a scintillating trilogy of earnest pop bangers, “Doomsday in LA”, “Tattoos & Therapy”, and the most recent single, "Serious". "Serious" is a summer anthem that melds head-bopping percussion with infectious synth sparkles, and finds Madilyn with one foot out of the door, struck by the possibility of a momentous new beginning. Set against the sweltering backdrop of Los Angeles, Madilyn comes to terms with an impending and unexpected love, considering what it would feel like to tear her own walls down. A sunny whirlwind of rich guitar and danceable rhythms, "Serious" is a candid exploration of what it feels like to let loose and invite a new love into your story despite all odds. Along with the track, Madilyn also shared an accompanying music video featuring her husband that weaves through Madilyn's path towards unexpected love. Against a dreamy backdrop of floating pastel pink and set in reverse, Madilyn quite literally takes a stroll down memory lane, recounting the series of events that led her to see that she wouldn't have to give up any part of herself for the right person - her world would just get bigger. Madilyn says the song is about: “A person who is nervous that a relationship will get in the way of their future plans but meets someone they just can't stop thinking about. It’s always been easy to stay unattached, at arms length in a relationship but not with this guy… and this is a serious problem.” Madilyn is a bonafide social media sensation with 9.5 million subscribers on YouTube, 3.2 million followers on TikTok, 1.8 million followers on Facebook and 1.6 million monthly listeners on Spotify. She made a name for herself covering popular songs on YouTube before gaining further notoriety in 2021 when she auditioned for America’s Got Talent using her own original song with lyrics made up entirely of hate comments she had received on her channel. Madilyn’s resilience and talent caught the attention of Simon Cowell and she swept through all the way to the competition’s semi-finals. More Info: Hailing from a tiny town in rural Wisconsin, Madilyn began posting acoustic covers to her YouTube channel in 2009. Her viewership quickly exploded and her covers of Titanium (120 million views), Rockabye (71 million views) and Shape of You (52 million views) have all gone super viral on the platform. She found a passion for writing her own music shortly after and has defined her voice as an artist through a number of successful original singles like True Crime, Red Ribbon, and Tetris, all of which merge Madilyn’s clever, relevant lyricism with powerful pop production. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #MadilynBailey #HollywoodDead #NewMusic #ZoomListen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

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Aug 28
Interview with Wowashwow

We had the pleasure of interviewing Wowashwow over Zoom video! Rising hip-hop artist and female powerhouse, Wowashwow, has released her sophomore album, The Algorithm. This body of work is a testament to Wowashwow's ability to blend her punk rock heritage, eccentric indie hip-hop vibes, freestyle rap finesse, and a fearless approach to "obliterating the pop formula." The result is a genre-fluid experience that defies categorization. Produced by Sam J Garfield, The Algorithm challenges the premeditated and quantified nature of algorithms that govern online society and social media-crazed humankind, and it seeks to shatter the rules and bring back the magic and essence of art, music, and creativity. With the visual surrealism of Missy Elliot, the untamable energy of Tina Turner meets Mick Jagger, and the genre-fluidity reminiscent of Radiohead; our South Jersey/Philly raised visionary is presenting a body of work so profoundly groundbreaking, that it is fragmenting the current set of rules and obliterating the mundane nature of it all. The Algorithm loosely tells the story of a character from another dimension visiting planet Earth, providing a unique perspective on their experience navigating between worlds. It’s a manifesto of authenticity and empathy, reminding us that we are all aliens in a world controlled by the algorithm. The question arises: Who will be the first to crack the code? MORE INFO: At age six, Wowashwow was writing her first original songs which quickly led to an early career as the lead guitarist and singer of punk rock band, “Rise from Ashes.” This newfound fame evolved into a tour where she opened for The Ramones’ drummer, Marky Ramone, and recorded her first album under the direction of the iconic rock legend, Steve Albini. At age 18, Wowashwow moved to NYC and discovered the underground hip hop and ballroom scene, heavily influencing her approach to songwriting, stage performance and overall lifestyle. Now hailing from Los Angeles, she’s played over 15 shows in two years, opened for Snoop Dog and Travis Barker, appeared at the Soul Train Awards 2022, charted #115 on the Hot300 List and has been featured in Earmilk, iHeart Radio’s Arena Podcast, and has been on regular radio rotation on 101.5 FM (Los Angeles). On top of releasing her own music, Wowashwow hopped onto Love Bailey’s track “Hornatia” late last year, with PAPER Magazine referring to her vocals as “commanding” and “hypnotic.” Following its release, “Hornatia” was an official selection short for the Cannes Film Festival. So far 2023 has been a whirlwind for Wowashwow, with a Tiny Desk Contest nomination, performances at San Francisco Pride, Venice Pride and Miami Pride, and a debut her previous body of work at The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #Wowashwow #TheAlgorithm #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Aug 27
Interview with Holding Absence (Lucas Returns!)

We had the pleasure of interviewing Holding Absence over Zoom video! From the moment of our first breath to the very last gasp we take before we die, we never stop growing as people. Every trial and tribulation, every heartbreak, success and failure, every scar, blemish and wrinkle is another brushstroke illuminating our life’s unique canvas. As Holding Absence frontman Lucas Woodland sings on “The Angel in the Marble,” the closing track on his band’s outstanding third album The Noble Art of Self-Destruction (out now via SharpTone Records), we are, each and every one of us, “a puzzle, a painting, a work of art in the making.” Holding Absence’s new album is a testament to how our life’s story is never fully told, with opportunities for change and growth found in every moment, from the depths of despair to the euphoria of our greatest loves. Whether adding flourishes of colour to an already picturesque painting, or chiselling away at the marble to reveal the beauty within, The Noble Art of Self-Destruction – the final act in a trilogy of records encompassing the first chapter of Holding Absence’s career – speaks to how we are each an unfinished work of art with new meanings and qualities waiting to be discovered. A record Lucas describes as a form of self-therapy that sees him more candid and comfortable with his emotions than ever before, The Noble Art of Self-Destruction brims with a level of energy, excitement and sheer weight of feeling that is unparalleled in contemporary alternative music. Whether Lucas and his bandmates – guitarist Scott Carey, bassist Ben Elliott and drummer Ash Green – are performing relatable anthems about imposter syndrome and self-loathing like massive singles “Crooked Melody” and “False Dawn,” gushing love ballads (“Honey Moon”) or existential reflections on suicide (“Death Nonetheless”), the four-piece’s approach on their new album is packed with the kind of vigour that saw Kerrang! label them as British rock’s “new leading light” and Loudwire proclaim the Cardiff natives to be “the UK’s most exciting new rock band.” Recorded at Canada’s Jukasa Studios with producer Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Bury Tomorrow), The Noble Art of Self-Destruction builds further into the lore of Holding Absence that sets them apart from many of their contemporaries. Taking influence from a varied array of sources including Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo, sci-fi blockbuster Star Wars and the Japanese pottery art of Kintsugi, Holding Absence’s new LP speaks to the desire of Lucas and his bandmates to create a project that exists as so much more than just a band. Having broken one million monthly listeners on Spotify and with top song “Afterlife” racking up in excess of 30,000,000 streams, The Noble Art of Self-Destruction looks a sure bet to bring even more success the way of Holding Absence, who’ve toured with the likes of Funeral For a Friend, Electric Callboy and You Me At Six. Previous LP The Greatest Mistake of My Life saw the band grace the covers of Kerrang! and Rock Sound, with glowing coverage from outlets including Loudwire, Alternative Press and Upset. The Guardian, meanwhile, praised Holding Absence as a band “making pop-rock anthems with rib-rattling drumming and mainstream appeal.” With that love only set to grow once The Noble Art of Self-Destruction is released, it’s important for Lucas to emphasize how this album represents that what’s come so far is just the beginning of Holding Absence’s journey. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #HoldingAbsence #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Aug 26
Interview with Joris Delacroix

We had the pleasure of interviewing Joris Delacroix over Zoom video! Joris Delacroix is a producer, dj and live performer based in south of France. His musical style combines House and Techno influences with melodies. Pianist since his childhood in south of France and fed by the French Touch in his adolescence, Joris Delacroix refines his musical culture at the Montpellier’s Barlive, before signing on the label Way Of House. The success comes very fast with his first album Room With View (2011), which elegantly combines electronic music and melodic sounds. For his latest album, Night Visions (2018), Joris pushed it even further, resulting in an unprecedented universe, between electronic trance and melodic poetry. Joris recently released his new track Stuck In Melodies. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #JorisDelacroix #StuckInMelodies #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Aug 25
Interview with Curtis Waters

We had the pleasure of interviewing Curtis Waters over Zoom video! Nepali-Canadian alternative artist Curtis Waters returns with his sophomore LP BAD SON. Packed with an eclectic mix of audacious pop bops, punchy rap cuts, and courageously vulnerable alternative tracks, BAD SON is visceral and compelling, an intimate glimpse into Curtis’ journey as a young man of color navigating the highs and lows of fame. Through dual single release “HIMBO” and “GOD’S LONELY MAN” Curtis finds the ethos at the heart of BAD SON, creating the personas of The Himbo and The Jester to showcase the opposite ends of the spectrum of success. On the fourteen track LP, Curtis explores the duality of stardom and his duality of self: an immigrant and the son of Nepali immigrants maneuvering through the entertainment industry and its ideas of who gets to be on the top. More Info: After bursting onto the scene with viral hit “Stunnin’” in 2020, Curtis Waters has made a name for himself as an up and coming pop icon through his witty, topical lyricism and unflinching creative honesty. On his debut album Pity Party (which has amassed over a billion streams) Curtis explored themes of mental health, notions of grandiosity, and reconciling his complicated multicultural identity through a journey of self-exploration. His transparency and veracity have resonated with many, securing him a loyal fanbase. His 2022 single "MANIC MAN" has racked up over 5 million streams and ushered Curtis into a new era of creative expression as he collaborated with artists like TiaCorine, Shrimp, and greek to define his new sound. The 23-year old singer, songwriter, & producer has earned over 150K YouTube subscribers, 55K IG followers, and 5.6 million likes on Tik-Tok - earning him over 100M views across platforms. He has been covered by the likes of Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Pigeons & Planes, partnered as an ambassador with MCM, Mercedes, and Haagen Dazs, and has collaborated with iconic artists like Kim Petras, renforshort, and Brevin Kim. His BAD SON LP is a true immigrant story, a reflection on a young, brown creative being thrown into the mainstream overnight, while navigating deep issues of self-doubt and cultural identity along the way. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #CurtisWaters #BadSon #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Aug 24
Interview with PJ Harding

We had the pleasure of interviewing PJ Harding over Zoom video! Sought-after Australian songwriter and producer PJ Harding [Chromeo, Ruel, Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian] has garnered a reputation internationally working with the likes of Lennon Stella, Lil Nas X, and Bebe Rexha, as well as helping to develop breakthrough artist Australian artist Ruel. In 2017, he stood out as the most nominated writer at the Australian APRA Songwriting Award. PJ forged an unbreakable creative union with Best New Artist 2020 Grammy nominee Noah Cyrus initially when they met at a writing camp in Bali 2018, unlocking the kind of chemistry that comes along once-in-a-lifetime. They penned 4 songs what would become her 2020 EP The End of Everything, including the title track, “I Got So High That I Saw Jesus,” the double-platinum “July,” and “Young & Sad.” This partnership carried over to countless sessions in late 2019, not only writing together, but organically singing together as well. At the onset of the global pandemic, they continued to write and record over the internet, finishing the EP by the end of the year. They introduced their forthcoming collaborative EP PEOPLE DON’T CHANGE (RECORDS /RCA Records) with lead single “Dear August.” Underscored by flashes of folk eloquence, Americana elegance, bluegrass energy, and country heart, the EP emanates light in a moment when it’s needed the most. PJ Harding recently released his debut EP To Fall Asleep The EP is a powerful and intimate collection of PJ’s work that touches on dislocation, love, and existential dread during lockdown in mid 2020. This is his first release since his collaborative EP People Don’t Change in 2021 with Noah Cyrus. From there, he went on to be an executive producer on Noah’s debut album The Hardest Part in 2022, which received widespread critical acclaim. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #PJHarding #NoahCyrus #NewMusic #Zoom Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

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