“Thank you so much for your support. Honestly- I wish there were more like you.” – Garrison Starr, via Facebook, 6/29/2013
Debussy: “There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law. I love music passionately. And because l love it, I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it. It is a free art gushing forth, an open-air art boundless as the elements, the wind, the sky, the sea. It must never be shut in and become an academic art.”
Satie: “Postulez en vous-même. (wonder about yourself)”
I strive to play original music, as new as possible, from artists that currently promote their gigs and news. I stray from playing ‘singles’, ‘covers’, ‘standards’ and the like unless absolutely unavoidable. I believe in playing cuts that don’t always get aired.
My future aspirations for the show includes a real studio to work from…so that I can host interviews, drop-ins and calls and interactivity with you all.
I also have a portable recorder with which I record live events and also do audio based interviews. I’ve since purchased a great Fuji camera and now I do some photos of events. Lots of these are on Facebook.
You want to know my favorite artists ever? Here we go:
There are satellite acts I will also put in this list, both directly related acts to the above and sound-alikes. I’ve mentioned Suede, Oasis, the Breeders, but there are more. Iggy Pop (punk began here; no question) the Sex Pistols (from whom all modern punk dost borrow and steal from), the Ramones (the 70′s glamorization of the fun 60′s, all dressed dark and ‘d-u-m-b’), Primal Scream (dance rock personified) and you know my love of The Orb.
I’m a fan of everything Kristin Hersh, from the Throwing Muses and related sounds to the Top 4 I listed above. I saw the band with a gal I had just met, one summer at Summerstage, in Central Park, NYC.
I’m 43, born and raised in Brooklyn NY. Currently in Philadelphia, PA. My earliest memories include hearing contemporary rock, oldies (what passed for oldies in the 70′s, country and the classic ‘beautiful music’ format from several FM radio stations in NYC. Without many luxuries in life as a youth I longed for some amount of self-expression and meaning to life, and my life in particular. Along the way, WPLJ was a constant soundtrack to my 80′s days.
Soon I would move along to a station I would faintly pick up from Eatontown NJ, the former WHTG, 106.3 FM and learn from the voice of Matt Pinfield about great indie artists at home along with breaking artists from around the world.
I was among those to first see a band rise and fall by the name of DGeneration. The first cassettes I bought were ones of Hendrix (“Smash Hits”), Neil Young (“Freedom”), Pixies (‘Trompe le Monde”), and some European techno compilations. Scouring trade magazines (Spin, Alternative Press), I quickly linchpinned my interests to other bands that drew from the sounds I enjoyed most (My Bloody Valentine, Catherine Wheel, the Orb, to name a scant few).
In 2000, while redefining my career goals for the umpteenth time, I stumbled upon the medium of Internet radio. I had already gravitated to the world of Web in 1998, and truly it opened my eyes and ears to new appreciation of the world about me, as I am sure any of you can understand. Voice chat in particular became one of my hobbies (remember Mplayer?), building friendships and acquaintances worldwide. In August 2000, I discovered that with my connection, as well as a slew of CDs, mp3s and the like, I could finally produce something more tangible and virtually ‘broadcast’ my thoughts, interests and love for music and related areas. After a minute’s thought, I realized that this just might be my calling. I would be on Live 365 from 2000 to 2009.
I was very briefly on the Folk-DJ mailing list and collective, where by pure association I would get folk-oriented CD from very credible artists and promoters. One CD, Kris Delmhorst’s Five Stories, was truly special. Signature Sounds, which represented Kris, was the first indie-label to take a chance on me. After heeding the call of the independents, inspired by particular radio muses (Vin Scelsa for one, the late Pete Fornatale, another), I have turned my focus much more outward. In May 2002, through the chance meeting of a few notable musicians (and one I followed from LA and back),I became immersed in the NYC downtown scene once again, this time to align with the C-Note music venue in the East Village. This association lasted until 2005, and I continued to promote artists with booking until 2009. I may get back into the game here in Philly.
Some of the influences I credit for my radio presence, apart from those I’ve mentioned are: Hearts of Space , and just about any old-time rock radio, such as what I’d hear on WNEW-FM. One of the secrets I learned was being personable, interactive with the music itself.
Public appearances include: 2004: *Debut appearance in a music video for songwriter Theresa Dante
Public-access cable TV interview on “Dave’s Space” in NYC with songwriter Dave Space
Performance of an Allen Ginsberg poem accompanied by the bowed guitar of Denise Barbarita. Denise and I reprised our role, me reciting “The Lion For Real” on 8/22/05.
2010: I recited a portion of Kerouac’s “The Railroad Earth” with a band behind me, a lovely band named Fellaheen
2005: Began formally podcasting.
In 2007 I have expanded my efforts in booking, bought a Behringer sound mixer and am happy to have more people check out the podcasts per day.
1/31/08 I met one of my radio heroes, the aforementioned Joe Franklin…at a celebration of Loretta Lynn’s music, with Jorma Kaukonen as the top star of the show. Joe says to me there really is no songwriter comparable to the writers of yesteryear “there was one Irving Berlin”. He liked my voice right off, and suggested I keep doing what I’m doing,….and …in a couple of years…I’d be famous.
I appear extremely briefly in the beginning and end portions as an extra in a Bollywood film “Anjanna Anjanni”
As of 2012 I’m looking at entrepreneural activities involving elements of music promotion/marketing along with New Age work. One area I’ve begun to explore is public-access TV.
In late 2012 I became certified as a producer at PhillyCAM. I have 2 project ideas and want to work on these with a crew, and also get my hands dirty being involved in other productions.
Sabermetric study on baseball players and their true power and their ability to influence a game by themselves. OK, so I’m a stathead. I loved reading Bill James’s material since 1982. As of this typing, spring training 2013 is underway. I plan to do an extensive look at MLB players through one original stat creation for my other website I also want to get the study published somewhow.
I’ve completed a Class A subway run of riding every single subway line on the MTA in NYC, accomplished on 1/2/08. I’m up to doing such fun runs, and next time I’d like to get a small group going to share the adventures here in Philly. I’ve done 2 of these runs, both just under 7 hours 30 minutes.
Astrologically speaking: I’m an Aquarian with a Capricornian dry wit, Scorpio moon, Leo rising. I am a serious student of this, and I love figuring people out through this means. I have similar interest in biorhythms, and also tarot to a lesser degree. I am certified in a healing modality called Magnified Healing, tho I practice on myself more these days. In my move to Philly, I began to meet with this group that does energy balancing and meditations of different types.
I am a carnivore and very respectful of those who differ.
I’m an INFP.
I’ve cultivated a love of horse racing since my early years, and it was only last year I began semi-regular treks to one of the local tracks to actually wager real $. In late March 2012 I scored a $300 payoff in the Dubai World Cup. I seem to do my best work with the graded races. Breeders Cup 2012 wasn’t too kind to me, though. I have done well with the Kentucky Derby preps, the future wagers, and the big race itself over the years, so I am ever hopeful.
MJ Hibbett: According to the Old Media Outlets and miserable old so-and-so’s in general, the internet is keeping us all apart from each other, isoltating people in their houses in front of glowing screens, connected only to machines and mediocrity. This is pretty much the opposite to what actually happens, thanks in part at least to people like Dan Herman and Radio Crystal Blue who have, for over a decade now, been connecting music makers and music lovers all over the globe with an ecletic and exciting range of music which you’d never hear anywhere else, suddenly accessible to anyone who’s up for hearing it. As someone on the making music side of things it’s always lovely to know someone like Dan is there ready to