A Conversation With Founding Members Victor Krummenacher & Jonathan Segel
At the East Atlanta Restaurant and Lounge, known as The EARL, two of Camper Van Beethoven’s founding members, bassist Victor Krummenacher and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Segel (violin, guitar, mandolin) took a few minutes out of their busy tour schedule for an interview before sound check at that evening’s show.
Krummenacher and Segel formed the record label Magnetic together from 1993-2011. Some of those individual projects’ albums, as well as with Greg Lisher’s (CVB’s lead guitarist), are available at pitchatent.com, David Lowery’s record company/sales outlet, while others are available at CD Baby. Continue reading
Embracing Collaboration to Accelerate the Creative Process
In today’s music industry, money is tight and musicians are feeling the pressure to do more with less. For songwriters with talent on many instruments, it’s tempting to do it all themselves as a solo act. Shawn Fogel started out this way, playing all the instruments and writing all the songs on Golden Bloom’s first two albums, Fan the Flames (2009) and March to the Drums (2011). Although these were well-received by critics and fans, Fogel felt it was time to take a new approach to the creative process. All four members of Golden Bloom, Jeff Patlingrao, Josh Cohen, Justin Hofmann, and Fogel, collaborated to write and record the band’s latest effort, No Day Like Today, released this January. This five-song EP stays true to the upbeat, indie pop style that Golden Bloom is known for, but also explores some new territories that reflects the benefits of collaboration. From his home in Montclair, New Jersey, Fogel describes how collaborating with his bandmates generated new musical ideas and accelerated the creative process.
On Graduating From Laptop-Recorded House Parties to Overseas Touring
Jarrod Dickenson did not plan on becoming a musician. Growing up in Waco, Texas, he spent his youth playing baseball and later took up golf. He played all through high school and even intended on playing in college.
And then he learned how to play guitar.
Dickenson had been a great fan of music his entire life, listening to his father’s record collection, which included Cat Stevens, Paul Simon and the Beatles. But at 18, he decided that he could “kick around and have fun with it,” he says with a laugh. Continue reading
City Hopping to Fuel Career Momentum
Brendan Kelly is young – so what? Get over it. The Massachusetts native has recorded more soulful music than peers twice his age, and he’s done it with the maturity of a seasoned pro – primarily because he’s already become one. Taking his career from Boston to Austin to Nashville has given the artist a unique perspective on America’s varied music scenes, and has afforded him the opportunity to record his music in a number of different settings and configurations. We recently caught up with Kelley in Boston to discuss the benefits of moving his career to new cities, home recording and his favorite guitars. Continue reading