Archive for the ‘interview’ Category

Jesse Bartmess Interview at RecordBar

May 14, 2017

I recently sat down with Kansas City-based keyboardist/synth player Jesse Bartmess for a live interview. Jesse is the keyboardist for Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type and records solo, ambient music as Sinple. His latest release is the album Music For Machines. I caught up with Jesse after his set with Rachel Mallin and The Wild Type, playing a sold out show at RecordBar with the Greeting Committee. We discussed his approach to solo recording, inspiration behind the album and passion for ambient music.

A Chat With Aaron Braun at Middle of the Map Fest 2017

May 11, 2017

I chatted it up live with Aaron Braun outside of the Tank Room during Middle of the Map Fest 2017. We talked about the upcoming addition to his family, Middle of the Map memories and more.

Interview: Mess

May 8, 2017
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Kevin Briody and Allison Gliesman of Mess, 5/6/17

I recently did a live interview with Kevin Briody, Allison Gliesman and Tanner Pinkerton of Kansas City-based band Mess. We chatted it up after their set at the Do816 day party at Josey Records during Middle of the Map Fest 2017. They always put on a captivating live show and are my favorite local band.

X105.1 #StreetBeast Ep. 5 // National Wrasslin’ League @ Planet Comicon

May 3, 2017

I recently covered Planet Comicon 2017 for X1051. I am a big wrestling fan, so you know the #StreetBeast had to mix it up with NWL KC.

Interview: Dylan Guthrie of Dylan Guthrie and the Good Time Guys

March 9, 2017
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Dylan Guthrie and McClain, 3/7/17

I recently sat down with Dylan Guthrie, of the excellent Lawrence-based band Dylan Guthrie and the Good Time Guys, for a live interview at Thou Mayest. We talked about his approach to songwriting and love of the local music scene.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Breh

February 3, 2017
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Lynyrd Skynyrd Breh, 1/31/17,

I recently hit the Westside neighborhood in Kansas City, MO. Ended up having a discussion about street art and the importance of urban culture.

X105.1 #StreetBeast Ep. 1 // Thou Mayest

January 24, 2017

My first segment for X1051 recently debuted. I hit up hip local coffee shop Thou Mayest to give away some Mastodon/Eagles of Death Metal tickets. Check out the mayhem of #StreetBeast!

A Live Chat With Molly Balloons

December 26, 2016
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McClain and Molly Balloons at the Midland, 12/23/16

I recently ran into past interview subject and balloon beast Molly Balloons during a set break at the recent Floozies show at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City. You know we had to go live and chat it up!

People That Made Their Facebook Live Debuts With Me in 2016

December 14, 2016

I had the honor of going live with many great musicians and friends in their debut Facebook Live interviews this year.

Here’s a chat with Australian producer Roland Tings.

Two members of the Milwaukee-based electronic pop/dream pop band GGOOLLDD stopped by for an interview.

Hank Weidel, drummer for Kansas City-based band Captiva, stopped by for an interview after their set at X1051‘s Bye Week Brew Fest. This interview also features a guest appearance by the legendary Alfred Whitaker.

I interviewed Austin-based musician Walker Lukens for X1051 after his set at the Riot Room.

Rachel Mallin (of Rachel Mallin and the Wild Type and Jaenki) was the most frequent guest of the year. She has appeared four times this year on my Facebook Live.

We talked about Degenerate Matters at her EP release show

We had a chat about my favorite song of the year, “White Girls.”

I chatted it up with Rachel and famed blogger Sam Kali after her Midland debut.

I met up with Rachel, Stephen and Joanna Snow and the enigmatic Westport Panda during a set break at the Riot Room.

Fashion designer Nicole Leth (owner of Sex and Ice Cream) gave an interview and a tour of her shop.

Aaron Braun chatted with me during the Umphrey’s McGee show at CrossroadsKC.

It was over 100 degrees out at the Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Kansas City this year. Paul Bragg and cocktail maven Margot Anna Thompson. We had to give the rundown on the indie rock vibes and learn about quality margarita crafting.

A chat with funk fiends Macy and Gabe Engelbert about the origins of their funk and their love of Lettuce.

I hit up Art Alley with the former rave queen/indie rock beast Jami Halverson.

A chat with Matthew Arnold and Krystal Nies at the Liberty Memorial.

I met up with David Cecil Blattner of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to discuss a few of the modern art pieces in the collection.

I sat down with Joe Hammers and Gabrielle Favreau for an impromptu interview at YJ’s Snack Bar about Burning Man.

I had a chat with comedian Chloe Pelletier to discuss her favorite joke and the impact of Huntington’s disease.

Emmaline Twist singer and guitarist Meredith McGrade stopped by for an interview after their set at RecordBar.

Kansas City-based indie rockers Golden Groves sat down for an interview before their set at the Riot Room.

I met up with Tom Camden while he was selling merch at the sold out marshmello show at the Midland.

A big thank you to everyone that sat down for chats with me this year! So much beasting!

Interview: Walker Lukens

December 2, 2016
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Walker Lukens at the Riot Room, 11/30/16

Walker Lukens recently hit KC for a show presented by X1051 at the Riot Room. I sat down with Walker to discuss how he became interested in music, his approach to songwriting and the creation of “Lifted.”

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McClain and Walker Lukens


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