In Conversation
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dublab Radio presents In Conversation, a weekly podcast featuring interviews from its nearly 20 years of broadcasting. Highlighting some of the most compelling interviews from dublab’s archives, In Conversation offers an in-depth view into the lives and creative processes of its guests.

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    The East Side Story Story

    Mike Noriega, invited the elusive Mr. B, the East Side Story creator, onto dublab to discuss the formation of the influential series. The show was co-hosted by Lowrider Oldies radio hosts, Melissa “Lil Smiley” Dueñas and Monica “Moniloca” Robles. “Lowrider oldies” are not the rock n’ roll classics of yesteryear America; they are the underground soul classics of the Chicano community. These sentimental ballads continue to be widely popular amongst numerous Chicano generations, from baby boomers to millennials alike.

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    Juana Molina

    Argentine sound visionary, Juana Molina, joined dublab co-founder Mark "Frosty" McNeill for a reflective radio session. Together, they dove into the creation of her most recent album Halo and the expansive field of resonance surrounding her ever-evolving being.

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    Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll

    John Pirozzi dropped by dublab to talk about his film, Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll. He spoke with Mark “Frosty” McNeill about the Cambodian rock scene that was blossoming prior to the Khmer Rouge takeover of the country in 1975 and played some of the great music that is featured in the film. The gem-laden soundtrack to the film is available now through Dust to Digital. Visit dtifcambodia.com to get the full scoop on the film.

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    The Art Laboe Connection

    Broadcasting icon, Art Laboe, is our guest this week on In Conversation. Dublab board member, Josh Kun, sits down with Laboe at his Original Sound Studio on Sunset Boulevard to revisit the history of his illustrious 70 year career and explore his intimate nightly connection with listeners cruising the California streets or listening close for the voice of a loved one. We are proud to bring you an in-depth interview with this legendary radio personality!

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    The Ashram Albums of Alice Coltrane

    Created later in life, The Ashram Albums of Alice “Swamini Turiyasangitananda” Coltrane featured synth and vocal laden compositions inextricably linked to in her spiritual practice. Coltrane had always claimed music as an “expression” from within, but with these albums she left the commercial world in her wake, developing a new synthesis between her musical roots and Vedic sonic traditions. Through the voices of those who were closest to her, we are treated to an intimate view into this utterly transfixing and original body of work and the powerful heart and mind behind it. This episode was produced by Mark "Frosty" McNeill.

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    Kuni Murai on Haruomi Hosono

    Light in the Attic Records is reissuing many of Haruomi Hosono’s essential and groundbreaking albums for the first time outside of Japan. To mark the occasion, Kuni Murai, producer, composer and founder of Alfa Records, joins dublab’s Mark McNeill for a chat about his decades-long working relationship with Hosono. Their conversation offers a unique view into Hosono’s career, from his days as a session bass player to his stratospheric success with Yellow Magic Orchestra, and beyond. We hope you enjoy this delightful episode with a true music champion!

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    Morton Subotnick

    On the heels of the 50th anniversary of his album, Silver Apples of the Moon, Morton Subotnick came to LA to perform two celebratory shows at CalArts. He sat down with Katie Gately at the dublab Studio to talk about this legendary electronic album, his current performance practice, and the history behind his groundbreaking compositional approach. Subotnick also touched upon his storied collaborations with the electronic music innovators, Don Buchla, Ramon Sender, and the members of the San Francisco Tape Music Center.

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    Kumi James aka BAE BAE

    Kumi James aka BAE BAE joins us this week on In Conversation. shesaid.so Radio hosts a captivating interview with this dynamic Los Angles based DJ, filmmaker and artist. James likes to focus on music that feels empowering to her, honing in on women of color and femme artists who are claiming their influence in this world, and who also exist within the black diaspora: R&B, Hip Hop, Dancehall, Jersey Club, Bounce, Afrobeat & more. She does a monthly show on NTS with Fuck U Pay Us, a black, mostly queer, female punk group. Kumi is a PhD student at USC in Media Arts and Practice. She’s a multidisciplinary artist and has produced music for dance performances and works on creating safer party spaces for queer, black, indigenous and POC in Los Angeles.

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    Kelan Phil Cohran

    In 2012, multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator, and historian, Kelan Phil Cohran sat down with Carlos Niño at The Last Bookstore in downtown LA. Over the course of the interview, Cohran shares stories and insights from his vast experience not only as a musician but also as a dedicated historian and thinker. We hope you can join us for this unique journey through the life and work of a truly remarkable musician.

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    Mute Records with Daniel Miller

    Mute Records turns 40 this fall and to help celebrate we are bringing you an interview with label founder, Daniel Miller. Along with host, DJ Lady C, Miller discusses the origins of the label, DJing in Mongolia, what lies ahead for Mute and much, much more. We hope you can tune in for this special episode!

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    Gavin Bryars

    Composer and musician, Gavin Bryars joins host, Mark McNeill, this week on In Conversation. Together, they delve into his unique and expansive career in music. From studying with John Cage, to founding the Portsmouth Sinfonia, to being the first artist singed to Brian Eno’s Obscure Records, Bryars can be sighted as one of the most influential composers of the post-minimalist era. Enjoy absorbing some illumination from one of the brightest minds creating today.

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    Suzanne Ciani

    In celebration of Suzanne Ciani‘s historic release, LIVE Quadraphonic, dublab’s Alejandro Cohen hosted a special broadcast of the album followed by an interview with the artist. Joined by producer, KamranV, they explore Buchla's long forgotten Quadraphonic format, the earliest true 360° listening experience of its kind, and how it was finally translated to vinyl. The record features Ciani’s first solo Buchla performance in nearly 40 years!

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    Lydia Lunch

    Legendary no wave artist Lydia Lunch joins Jenny NONO this week on In Conversation. A beacon of non-commercialism and a fiery advocate of individualism within the music world for almost 40 years, Lunch takes us on a raw and raucous trip through her life and work. It’s a ride you won’t want to miss!

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    Brandon Coleman with Kamasi Washington, Techdizzle, Allakoi Pete, Samir Moulay, and Dale Black

    Brandon Coleman sat down with Mark de Clive-Lowe and Los Guapos at the Freehand Hotel to discuss his new record, Resistance, out September 14 on Brainfeeder. They were joined by Kamasi Washington, Techdizzle, Allakoi Pete, Samir Moulay, and Dale Black for a conversation about collaborating, their influences, and much more. Tune in for a glimpse behind the scenes and into the world of an incredible group of musicians!

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    Jace Clayton aka DJ /rupture

    In his book Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture, Jace Clayton aka DJ /rupture takes us with him as he traverses the globe. He shares some of these stories and his observations about the nature of music making and sharing in the our times with dublab co-founder, Mark McNeill. We hope you can tune in for this wide ranging and inspiring conversation.

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    Jess Sah Bi & Peter One

    This week Mark McNeill welcomes Jess Sah Bi & Peter One onto the dublab airwaves to share some insights into their album, Our Garden Needs Its Flowers, reissued by Awesome Tapes from Africa. The duo’s 1985 debut album is a soulful country-folk treasure. Created in Côte d’Ivoire, it caused huge ripples throughout Africa upon its release.

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    Linda Perhacs

    Linda Perhacs sat down with DJ Nobody to discuss the reissue of her 1970 album Parallelograms. Over the course of their conversation, we get a feeling for the unique creative process that made this album such a timeless classic. Perhacs explains how Parallelograms was created not from a desire to be a professional artist or musician, but rather as an expression of her experiences with the natural world. She also shares some thoughts on using a combination of synthesizers and acoustic instruments now and where she sees her work going from here.

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    Van Dyke Parks

    Our guest this week is composer, arranger, and musician, Van Dyke Parks. His contributions to popular music help to define the sound of an era. Over his 50 year plus career, he has worked with Harry Nilsson, Bonnie Raitt, Randy Newman, Frank Sinatra, Judy Collins, Haruomi Hosono, just to name a few. He is perhaps best known for his work on the Beach Boys' album, Smile, and his 1967 solo album, Song Cycle. In this interview with Carlos Niño, Parks speaks about creating the first "concept" record, learning clarinet the hard way, his love for arranging, and much, much more.

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    Smith & Mighty

    This week on In Conversation we travel back to 1999 to hear an interview with trip-hop pioneers, Smith & Mighty. During their interview with Mark McNeill, they share stories from Bristol (not the one in Texas), and the 90s music scene that saw the rise of bands like Portishead and Massive Attack. We hope you can tune in for this raw, funny, and energizing episode.

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    NO MAG with Ewa Wojciak

    Our guest this week is Ewa Wojciak, co-creator, publisher and art director of the legendary publication, NO MAG. Melding the music, fashion, art, and politics that were coalescing around the burgeoning LA punk scene of the early 80s, NO MAG offers a unique view into that era. In her conversation with Jenny NONO, Wojciak takes us back to a time charged with rebellion, humor, and innovation, and encourages us to carry that spirit forward as we face the challenges of today.

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    Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor: 1980-1983 with Tim Lawrence

    Love Injections hosts, Paule Raffaele and Barbie Bertisch, welcome author, Tim Lawrence, to Red Bull Studios to talk about his latest book Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor: 1980-1983. The book charts the renewal of the post-disco party scene in the early 1980s and in the process reveals one of the most creative and dynamic periods in the history of the New York City. During the interview, Lawrence shares some of his own experiences from that time and how finding a home within that community profoundly changed the course of his own life.

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    Tom Tom Club

    This week on In Conversation we are joined by Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Tom Tom Club. They sat down with Daiana Feuer to discuss their sonic roots, their other band, Talking Heads, and the creative currents flowing around all of us. This wide ranging interview kicked off with a vivid description of their initial recording sessions in the Bahamas and the dynamic group of artists and producers they met there. We were left with a tangible feeling for that time and for the creative paths blazed by our guests.

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    Juan Atkins

    This week on In Conversation we take a trip back through dublab’s archives to the year 2000 and an interview with techno originator, Juan Atkins. During his talk with Dan “Dex” Caballero, Atkins paints us a compellingly down to earth portrait of his life on the cutting edge of music, at one point likening it to turning the lights of a car off on a country road and traveling in darkness. We hope you can tune in for this notion bending and insightful conversation with a pioneer of electronic music.

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    Harold Budd

    Composer and musician, Harold Budd, stopped by dublab’s studio to share stories from his musical journeys of the past, present, and future. Over the course of his career, he has written stunning solo compositions, such as his 1978 harp and choir infused album, The Pavilion of Dreams. He also crafted the groundbreaking ambient records, The Pearl and Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror, with Brian Eno. Other collaborations include projects with the Cocteau Twins, David Sylvian and Daniel Lanois. In our conversation with Budd, he touches upon his days in the army with Albert Ayler, his love for the immediacy of the California Space and Light Movement, the moment he knew he wanted a life in music, and much, much more.

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    Music in the Asian American Movement: Nobuko Miyamoto, “Atomic” Nancy Sekizawa, and Mia Yamamoto

    This week we bring you Music in the Asian American Movement: Interviews with Nobuko Miyamoto, “Atomic” Nancy Sekizawa, and Mia Yamamoto. Hosted by Zen Sekizawa, the episode takes a deep dive into the intersectionality of music, activism, identity, and culture in the United States. From a family’s return to Los Angeles after being removed to WWII Japanese Internment Camps, to working in the courts as a transgendered civil rights attorney, to fronting punk bands, their collective stories take us on a powerful journey that crisscrosses the country and spans generations.

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    Martin Gore

    This week we are joined by Martin Gore of Depeche Mode. He shares the story behind he first instrumental record, MG, with VSSL Radio host, Mikey Nightchilde. We also get a glimpse into the first heady days of Depeche Mode and his long relationship with Mute Records.

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    Terry Callier

    The legendary Terry Callier was one of the first artists to ever grace dublab’s studio for a live performance. He joined Carlos Niño in 1999 for a chat about the music he loved, the nature of touring, and much more. We hope you can join us for a very special episode of In Conversation.

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    Slowdive

    Channel of Light host, Mark Van Hoen, caught up with Neil Halstead of Slowdive for a mid-tour conversation about the evolution of the band from their start in the late 80s to the present day.

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    Elisabeth Waldo

    Groundbreaking composer and conductor, classical violinist, and ethnomusicologist, Elisabeth Waldo, graciously welcomed dublab’s GB to the historic Rancho Cordillera del Norte to share insights from her 70 years in music. As you’ll discover, Waldo’s trademark multicultural music is a unique expression of her devotion to the world’s diverse cultures.

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    Gil Scott-Heron

    In 2001, our friends at Canongate Books presented a concert with Gil Scott-Heron in Scotland. Jamie Byng from Canongate was a longtime friend and supporter of Scott-Heron. In this recording, Scott-Heron exudes a sense of comfort from performing in the company of friends, including the percussionist Larry McDonald. Canongate passed this recording to dublab for an exclusive broadcast in 2001. We’re happy to be able to share exerts from the performance again for this episode of In Conversation.

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    MJ Lallo

    Mark McNeill welcomed MJ Lallo onto his show Celsius Drop for some conversation and cosmic cruising. Working as a voice over artist for NASA and the Vatican Observatory, Lallo created soundtracks for the swirling stars of the Milky Way. These space fueled explorations were only part of her pioneering experiments into creating compositions with her voice and early effects processors. Diving into the dance music scene of San Francisco in the early 80's, she soon found a home for her multi-layered vocal approach to pop. Lallo went on to pursue work in film, television, and advertising. We hope you can join us for this refreshing conversation with an animated creative spirit.

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    Girma Yifrashewa

    While on a North American tour, pianist and composer Girma Yifrashewa visited dublab's studio to speak with Mark McNeill. Over the course of their conversation, he shared some thoughts about his stunning album, Love and Peace, escaping to the mountains in his native Ethiopia, his deep and abiding passion for the piano, and much more. We hope you can join us for this very special episode of In Conversation.

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    Jean-Michel Jarre

    Before the 2017 Grammy Awards, electronic music legend Jean-Michel Jarre stopped by dublab’s Analogue Players Club Program. The 30-minute chat that ensued spanned the rebellion of his early punk years, his staging of the world’s largest concert, and his ever deepening connection to Los Angeles, a city that has come to represent the life of his father, the composer Maurice Jarre. Join Slayron and Mitchell Brown as they take a revealing and enjoyable look into the life and work of a real trailblazer.

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    Bryan Ferry

    Liz Warner sat down with Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music just after a performance with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Los Angeles. This feature takes a deep dive into early Roxy Music and the influences that helped shape Ferry’s unique and singular voice. It marks the release of a new 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of Roxy Music.

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