Dave Stone grew up in North Reston, incrementally inching towards punk from a pretty early age thanks to the Clash and the movie D.O.A. He started his first band K.I.D. (Kids In Dispute) before any of them really knew how to play, and he went on to form or join at least nine more bands, including: FSA, Enough, Infusion, All Fall Down, Porch Mob, VPR, Nervous Impulse, BSR, and finally his current band, Rise Defy. He’s comfortable on both bass and guitar, writes great songs, headlined Jam for Man, recorded at Inner Ear Studios, and has played with some of the greats like HR and Angelo Moore. Even better, Lake Anne Dave is an excellent storyteller, and he weaves it all together on this week’s episode. For more information about his band and music, check out: https://www.facebook.com/risedefy/ and https://risedefy.bandcamp.com/releases
Ananda Burke just got back from Punk Rock Holiday in Slovenia, part of his first-ever European tour with his band Head Honcho. However, thirty years before that, he played guitar in the band Doubt at Jam for Man, DC Space, and parties around Reston. Ananda learned important lessons from the music scene in Northern Virginia that he shares with us here and takes with him as he works on the next album with his band. For more recordings and information on Head Honcho, go to: https://headhonchomusic.bandcamp.com/
Carter Blitch got a subscription to Thrasher magazine for his twelfth birthday, and the first issue he received had a feature on the band JFA. Little did he know that years later, he would become the drummer for this very band, skating and playing punk rock with them across Europe and the U.S. Carter had come a long way from his first band, the Golden Beat, named for his children's drum set, and Knothead, his Reston hardcore band that played at Jam for Man. In addition, Carter recorded out West with bands such as One Shot Kill, Mob 40's, Love Canal, and Childhood, Inc. You can find more information about his band JFA and their tour schedule at http://www.jfamusic.com/
Steve Bidwell has lived in West Virginia, Ghana, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, New York, and Austin, and adding to his drum repertoire, which includes playing with The Calm Blue Sea, Hard Proof, Brownout, and Black Pumas. Steve can play anything and everything on drums, from afrobeat and go-go, to dixieland jazz and western swing, making him in demand as a session musician and touring drummer. However, he got his start in Reston, VA, and credits the multitude of record stores, high school music instructor Jeff Fraker, and Jam for Man as some of the inspirations for his life in music, and will fight to the death anybody that doesn't recognize Fugazi as one of the most important bands of all time.
Mike Walker, born and raised in Alexandria, VA, and the son of two amateur-musician parents, trained to play classical piano and church organ but instead went on to acclaim as the US DMC champion in 2006. This episode features some of his epic DJ battles as well as his jam session with legendary turntablist, DJ Qbert. Not to be pigeonholed, Mike also talks about his time in church choir, neighborhood musicals, battle of the bands, creating computer-programmed tracker music, gamelan ensemble, live college radio drum n bass mixes, Atlanta strip club hip-hop deejaying, all-night fusion sessions, being a founding member of the Kobra Kai, and more!
Kimani Baldwin’s parents bought him a Kiss guitar when he was six years old and he’s been destined to rock ever since. He heard the song "Bonita Applebum” through a friend in school and decided that he wanted to rap too. Under the moniker K9, he formed the Four Horsemen crew with a group of like-minded rappers and DJ Chris Stiles and played all over NoVA and DC. Meanwhile, Ian White was a self-described “nerdy horn player” that wanted to get out of high school band and play with a group like Rare Essence or EU. He got recruited into Reston’s best Go-Go band at that time, Split Decision, and looks back fondly on his memories of playing Jam for Man. After Kimani spent some time producing tracks in San Diego, the two are jamming out with Ian on percussion now in Arizona, and even playing some live music for us on the podcast.
Jason Filippini started out playing bass in Reston bands like Pot Pie and One Fine Day, but really came into his own when he discovered the drum n’ bass scene in New York at Liquid Sky in the mid 90s and became a DJ known as Thee Joker. Electronic music took him around the world, where he got people dancing in cities like Cologne and Vienna, and producing music with a crew of DJs called the Rei$$dorf Force. He continues to rattle the dance floor with A Night of Drum N’ Bass in Tampa, the "loudest house party in the world,” along with the Hoodie Monks, spreading the teachings of Buddhism one groove at a time. You can find more information about his music and shows at: https://soundcloud.com/theejoker or https://www.facebook.com/anodnbTAMPA/
Jerry Barrett moved to Reston from Seattle and found a toehold in the Northern Virginia music scene in Guitar Lab at South Lakes. He formed a high school band and played some shows, but became a professional musician when he dropped out to tour, opening for Wrathchild America. This launched a career in music that led him to play with the likes of HR from Bad Brains, Dave Byers, and Corrosion of Conformity Blind. His Reston hardcore credentials are unmatched, having played bass in L.D.Kids, BSR, Pitbull 1999, recorded with Evenout, and reunited with Mike Munoz and Craig Harmison to form Wrong House. He comes from a very musical family, his mother a classically-trained pianist and his brother a sound technician extraordinaire. He even got married on a Motörhead cruise. This guy lives and breathes music and has lived in Reston for more than thirty years! His music is widely available at: http://www.pitbull1999.com/ and https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/wrongfuckinghouse
Rashaad Jones started a metal band at age seven and continued playing in bands throughout his time at Chantilly High school. His dreams of being the next Eddie Van Halen or Nuno Bettencourt led to the reality of rocking a guitar in Olive Juice and later being recruited to play with his funk heroes in the Sun Monkeys. He also got to record a split album at Stillness Sound with his band Kidskin Conduction, and it continues to make new fans around the world. Rashaad continues to play and learn new methods of Eastern guitar and Rhodes piano, but credits his time in Northern Virginia with introducing him to a life in music and the amazing people who shared those same dreams. You can find the full Kidskin Conduction/Bubble Jug album at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qj9K0EvnVVg
Serge grew up in Vienna, one of three brown kids in his classes, learning to distrust the hypocrisy of the system and preparing to destroy it from behind enemy lines. He found his true calling at shows in the old 9:30 Club and the Reston hardcore scene. After a brief stint in art school in Richmond, he returned to form the Goons, and performed with that band for over a decade, playing shows with all the bands he loved from the punk compilations he grew up listening to. For more information on Serge or his various bands go to: