Interview: Eddie Money

September 14, 2019
Eddie Money Portrait

Eddie Money (Image via RollingStone.com)

Eddie Money was a rock legend. I wanted to share an unreleased phone interview I did with Eddie on August 14th, 2014 as a tribute. He discussed how he got started in music, his lyrical inspiration and approach to songwriting. Eddie Money’s energy and passion for music are inspiring. He was a person that was proud of what he had accomplished, but wasn’t stuck in the past. Eddie brought so much soul and realness to his music. For more info on
Eddie Money, visit http://www.eddiemoney.com/

How’d you become involved in music?
I was in a rock band in high school. I get out of high school and I joined the police department. Being a cop, it’s not an easy job. I did pretty good in the academy. I looked at my old man, who was a cop for 29 years. I just didn’t want to be in uniform for 20 years of my life.
I should have joined the Marine Corps, like my brother. My heart goes out to emergency service workers and the firemen and police department. Civil service people, they do a lot for the community. My band moves out to California and I stayed at a police department for a
couple years. I said to myself, “Maybe I want to be a rock star, because I was in a rock band in high school.” I moved out to California and then we wound up getting a record deal back in about the late ’70s. We had “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,”
Think I’m in Love,” a string of hits. I have to say that the big man upstairs was very good to me and very kind to me.

Do you follow a certain song writing process?
I always try to write the chorus first. “I got two tickets to Paradise.” “Baby hold on to me. Whatever will be, will be.” “Well, I take all my love, my life is looking up.” I usually write the chorus first, then I write the verse after that. Then, I probably, usually write the bridge last. There is a formula to writing music. It’s a mathematical formula. You start off with an intro, then you do your first verse. Then you want your first chorus, your second verse, second chorus, then you go to a nice bridge and come back with two choruses and out. You fade on the last chorus.

Yeah, absolutely. You’re so skilled at writing quality songs. It’s interesting the way you build songs around choruses first.
We sold 29 million records and we must be doing something right. I’ve played with the Police, and I’ve played with Bob Seeger. Who haven’t I played with? We’ve had a really good run, you know? It’s been a lot of fun and I gotta find some wood to knock on ’cause I
just got a nice write up in Rolling Stone.

Yeah, I saw that.
People really like band and things are going great. You know I’ve got my kid, he’s Dez Money. He’s got a very promising career ahead of him. I tell you, Kansas City’s a great little rock and roll town. I’ve always been a big Royals fan, only two behind Detroit right now.Detroit’s slowing down. I think Kansas City’s gonna be there this year.

We’ll see how it goes. What Inspires you lyrically?
Take Me Home Tonight,” they play it in all the bars before people go home. “Take me home tonight I don’t want to let you go till you see the light.” “I got two tickets to paradise, pack your bags, you leave tonight.” You gotta write songs that make people feel good. If you’re entertaining, you don’t wanna bring people down. You wanna bring people up. I try to keep a real positive attitude. So when people listen to an Eddie Money song, they walk away feeling good about it. People really love the show live, and we got so many great fans out
there. Fans in their 50s, in their 40s. Now, due to the power of the Internet and that Geico commercial they did, they got little kids six, seven years old that actually know the lyrics. It’s great to get out there and it’s a real joy to see kids and so many people enjoying what I do for a living. I’ve got the gold records on the wall, and the platinum records on the wall, but the real fun I have is playing live. I’m going to have a really big guest list in Kansas City. We’ve got so many friends in Kansas City, that the phone’s have been ringing off the hook.

Silent Nights: A Mini Documentary About My Boulevardia Debut

June 26, 2019

Documentary filmmaker Bobby Pitts, of Worth It Films, recently shot a mini doc about my debut festival set at Boulevardia 2019:

My Festival Debut at Boulevardia 2019

June 17, 2019
DJDiehardBoulevardia

DJ Diehard at Boulevardia 2019 (Photo via Nicole Bissey Photography)

I recently made my festival debut with a two-hour set in the silent disco at Boulevardia 2019.

You can listen to the mix here.

Guest Mix for So French, So Good

May 23, 2019

I recently made my Belgian radio debut with a guest mix for So French, So Good on RUN.

So French, So Good is a radio show specializing in the French touch style of house music. RUN is a college radio station based in Namur, Belgium. The episode also features an interview with DEMON and a mix from Stephane of Superfunk. You can listen to the show below. My mix starts around the 23 minute mark. French touch forever!

https://m.mixcloud.com/benjamin-prevoo/run-demon-interview-st%C3%A9phane-b-dj-set/

Guest Mix for Influx Radio.

May 2, 2019

I recently made my UK Internet radio debut with a guest mix for Influx Radio. The mix was recorded live, with no re-edits. Check out the mix below:

DJ Diehard’s French House Mini Mix.

April 18, 2019

I first went to France in 2001, the summer after Daft Punk’s Discovery was released. It seems like that album was blaring out of every shop and open window in Paris that year. I call it beach music, what you listen to when you’re eating shrimp on the beach in the South of France. The French approach to dance music is unique, grooving and inspiring. This mix was recorded live and features 21 tracks in 13 minutes.

Photek “Mine to Give”

Superfunk “Discoball” (Dealers De Funk Remix)

Cedric Gervais “Do It Tonight”

Daft Punk “Revolution 909”

Cassius “Feeling For You”

SebastiAn “Embody”

Justice “D.A.N.C.E.”

Daft Punk “Face To Face” (Demon Remix)

Martin Solveig “The Night Out” (Madeon Remix)

Bob Sinclar “Gym Tonic”

Modjo “Lady”

Bob Sinclair “Love Generation”

Etienne de Crécy “Am I Wrong?”

Superfunk Feat. Ron Carroll “Lucky Star”

The Supermen Lovers “Starlight”

BeatauCue “Falcon Punch”

Michael Calfan “Got You”

Lifelike “The Chase”

Mr. Oizo “Flat Beat”

Breakbot “Baby I’m Yours”

Stardust “Music Sounds Better With You”

The DJ Diehard Mix Show on XLTrax.com

February 7, 2019

I’m pleased to announce the launch of the DJ Diehard Mix Show, every Tuesday at 8 PM EST/7 PM CST, on XLTrax.com. XLTrax.com is Canada’s Number 1 Music Network. The show features some of the best in house and dance music, all in the mix. Past episodes can be streamed on my Mixcloud.

DJ Diehard is a Kansas City, Missouri-based DJ. He is passionate about bringing the energy and quality vibes. DJ Diehard began DJing in 2008, while attending college in New Orleans. His sets often blend Afrobeats, bounce, footwork, house and reggae-dancehall. DJ Diehard has played many venues, including the Riot Room, Niche, The Chesterfield, Handsome Willy’s, RecordBar and CrossroadsKC at Grinders. The DJ has a monthly residency, every last Thursday of the month, at The Chesterfield. He hosts DJ Diehard’s Selections, every Friday at 4 PM GMT/10 AM CST, on Ugandan Internet radio station Afrobeatsfm.com. DJ Diehard also hosts the DJ Diehard Mix Show, every Tuesday at 8 PM EST/7 PM CST, on XLTrax.com. He has opened for a wide range of artists, including Big Freedia, Mickey Avalon and Simon Rex (Dirt Nasty) and DJ Taye. When you see DJ Diehard’s sets, the beasting is unparalleled.

Beast It With DJ Diehard Every Last Thursday of the Month at The Chesterfield.

February 6, 2019

I have launched a monthly DJ residency, Beast It, every final Thursday of the month at The Chesterfield. I’m spinning tunes from 7-9 PM. Hang out with DJ Diehard the last Thursday of every month for fusion of Afrobeats, footwork, bounce, house, reggae-dancehall and incomparable beasting, 

Craft cocktails, beats, and fun!

NO COVER!

The Chesterfield is located inside Alamo Drafthouse Kansas City.

About DJ Diehard:

DJ Diehard is a Kansas City, Missouri-based DJ. He is passionate about bringing the energy and quality vibes. DJ Diehard began DJing in 2008, while attending college in New Orleans. His sets often blend Afrobeats, bounce, footwork, house and reggae-dancehall. DJ Diehard has played many venues, including the Riot Room, Niche, The Chesterfield, Handsome Willy’s, RecordBar and CrossroadsKC at Grinders. The DJ has a monthly residency, every last Thursday of the month, at The Chesterfield. He hosts DJ Diehard’s Selections, every Friday at 4 PM GMT/10 AM CST, on Ugandan Internet radio station Afrobeatsfm.com. DJ Diehard also hosts the DJ Diehard Mix Show, every Tuesday at 8 PM EST/7 PM CST, on XLTrax.com. He has opened for a wide range of artists, including Big Freedia, Mickey Avalon and Simon Rex (Dirt Nasty) and DJ Taye. When you see DJ Diehard’s sets, the beasting is unparalleled.

The Debut Episode of DJ Diehard’s Selections on Afrobeatsfm.com

February 6, 2019

I recently began my weekly radio show, DJ Diehard’s Selections, for Afrobeatsfm.com. Afrobeats FM is an Internet radio station based in Kampala, Uganda. You can stream the first episode here. The show features an hour of me in the mix with the freshest, most blazing Afrobeats. DJ Diehard’s Selections airs every Friday at 4 PM GMT/10 AM CST on Afrobeatsfm.com. Archived episodes can be found at my Mixcloud.

DJ Diehard is a Kansas City, Missouri-based DJ. He is passionate about bringing the energy and quality vibes. DJ Diehard began DJing in 2008, while attending college in New Orleans. His sets often blend Afrobeats, bounce, footwork, house and reggae-dancehall. DJ Diehard has played many venues, including the Riot Room, Niche, The Chesterfield, Handsome Willy’s, RecordBar and CrossroadsKC at Grinders. The DJ has a monthly residency, every last Thursday of the month, at The Chesterfield. He hosts DJ Diehard’s Selections, every Friday at 4 PM GMT/10 AM CST, on Ugandan Internet radio station Afrobeatsfm.com. DJ Diehard also hosts the DJ Diehard Mix Show, every Tuesday at 8 PM EST/7 PM CST, on XLTrax.com. He has opened for a wide range of artists, including Big Freedia, Mickey Avalon and Simon Rex (Dirt Nasty) and DJ Taye. When you see DJ Diehard’s sets, the beasting is unparalleled.

Indie Only Ep. 5

December 16, 2018

Here’s the latest episode of Indie Only:

Washed Out “Chimes”
Blood Orange “Best to You”
Let’s Eat Grandma “Falling Into Me”

Kississippi “Cut Yr Teeth”
Twist “Going Home”
Broods “Peach”

IDER “You’ve Got Your Whole Life Ahead of You”
Kelly Lee Owens “More Than a Woman”
Okaywill “Emotional”

Diet Cig “Scene Sick”
Tame Impala “Past Life”
Neon Indian “Polish Girl”

Big Thief “Mythological Beauty”
Soccer Mommy “Skin”
Sunflower Bean “Come For Me”

 


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