RB Vic stitches together a seamless performance on 414 Live

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Last week on 414 Live we had RB Vic hit the stage after his re-brand and release of his premiere EP “Rally Boi” and his recent wins as the champion of the Milwaukee Library Rap Battle and Rising Star award at the Radio Milwaukee Music Awards.

We discussed his young start doing ABC raps from the age of seven, his supportive journey with the Running Rebels as well as learning and working alongside Milwaukee legends such as Cincere, Dae Flywalker, Yung Legend, Ray Nitti, Pizzle and Job Jetson.

RB Vic offers some sage advice to artists “to not give up, always keep pushing because there’s going to be challenges, there’s going to be struggles, there will be people along the way who don’t want you to succeed but you can’t let that get to you. You got to keep pushing — just be you.”

RB Vic laid down a performance that was so tight knit, he didn’t miss a beat or a breath. There’s more new music on the way from his recent visit working at Patchwerk Studios in Atlanta and two new videos being released this Winter for “Black Royalty “and “Right or Wrong.” Definitely keep on the look out for a lot more from this rising star.

You can stream the interview and performance below.

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Wire and Nail bring it home on 414 Live

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Wire and Nail brings it home with their performance on 414 Live. We were able to discuss their fresh release of their sophomore EP, “Northwoods Rambler.” The EP is based on a character inspired by a drink special at the Tin Widow called the Kentucky low life and “follows the idea of a person who’s kind of a dirt bag but also does whatever he wants.”

We talk about the band’s origin story meeting at university, creating a band from a 3 a.m. hang and eventually becoming roommates. The group have put in a lot of work together recently as they start to take off and offer the advice to starting musicians in Milwaukee to network in a non-traditional sense and “go out to shows and just talk to people, just be friends, be a good hang.”

Wire and Nail on 414 Live

Wire and Nail also reveal their secret fishing spot and how they got their name but you have to listen to get in the know.

You can stream the interview and performance below.

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Caley Conway puts us in a dream at 414 Live

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This week’s 414 Live was a very special one as we had Caley Conway in Studio A, the studio in which we make radio happen, and squeezed in fans for a very intimate show.

Caley Conway came in for 414 Live post her EP release of “Surrounded Middle” and discussed her latest single ” Your Wedding Song” as well as new projects coming down the pipeline. The latest single is inspired by her realization and thoughts on marriage while planning to play at her cousin’s wedding and “those thoughts escaped over those chords and it became a song.” Conway also has a few new projects in tow as she recently went to Nashville to record an EP with Jamie Mitchell, co-producing a more folk-based project. She also is working on a solo project in her home studio dissecting the Joni Mitchell song “The Last Time I Saw Richard” and created three versions of this track in different settings for a concept EP. Each project is treated as a learning experience and for her it is a way to “keep teaching myself how to record, produce, and arrange music.”

We also discussed why she stays in Milwaukee and her many projects on the scene.

Not only did we get to watch Conway’s daydream performance in a unique setting, we also were graced with a few holiday tunes.

You can stream the interview and performance below.

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Direct Hit! Turns up the volume on 414 Live

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Direct Hit! turned up the volume from start to finish at our Walker’s Point Studios for 414 Live. After a long year of touring, the opening of their venue X-ray Arcade and the release of “Crown of Nothing,” we were able to get the group in the studio after a successful, jam-packed year.

The band discussed their humble beginnings, how they got a record deal with Fat Wreck Chords and their many road stories per their extensive touring history doing runs like “the entire country in one trip.” They’ve had many fruitful experiences on tour including parting the seas of screaming 13-year-old girls for another band to load their gear, getting booked by a homeless man who just happened to be near the phone when they called, and getting locked in a squat in Italy for accommodation and fed food from the dumpster. “I love touring, it’s the coolest thing ever.”

The group also opened a new venue here in Milwaukee, X-Ray Arcade as a way to give back to the community. “We wanted to bring the experience of our favorite places to play while on tour home.”

This was Direct Hit!’s first ever performance with Radio Milwaukee and we are fortunate enough to get them before they release new music. “We have about a half an album of new stuff” and they discussed keeping it in the state.”Wizard Quest, that’s where we are going to record it in…definitely somewhere in Wisconsin.”

You can stream the interview and performance below.

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Twan Mack educates and entertains us on 414 Live

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Twan Mack seeks to educate and entertain simultaneously through his work and that’s what he did with his performance on 414 Live. We got him in the studio just after his release of “Main Concern” and on the day of his premiere and collaboration with Solana called “Rewind.”

We discussed these new releases as well as Mack’s prolific background in beatboxing, collaborating, and creating a scene around himself. You’ll hear many different notable names of artists he’s worked with including Chuck Chillout, IshDARR, Speech from Arrested Development and the list goes on because he has a very open door policy on working with other people in that “if you’re dope and you think I’m dope we can work together.”

Twan Mack has an incredible background and real knowledge about the scene here in Milwaukee and lends some smart lines of advice warning “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything” but most importantly he suggests to “educate yourself” and encourage the scene to support each other, here in the city.

We had a packed house with Twan Mack for one of his last performances of the year as he prepares to head to Europe next year to open for Arrested Development.

You can stream the interview and performance below.

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Funk Summit Bass Team make different look good on 414 Live

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This week on 414 Live, we were graced with an eclectic, 11-piece glam funk outfit — Funk Summit Bass Team, who asked us to climb to the top of their “funk peak” and we did.

We chatted about their upcoming debut album, what it means to be the antithesis of normal, and the essence of glam. The band stress “we believe in challenging our ‘normativity’,” which comes off in their live performance. Almost all in a line on stage, it’s clear this is a family and describe themselves as a “big ole group of misfits who really enjoy making music.” They pride themselves in all things weird and all things fun.

The group offer some wholesome advice to local artists coming up in the scene to “just listen to your heart” and “say yes to everything and be kind.”

We were lucky to get an exclusive performance with the band in their unique, amazing style. Robbie in particular was loaned a royal outfit from a local Milwaukee area theater production and the band honored us with an extremely fun anthem about pizza called “Pizza Party on the Dance Floor.”

You can stream their interview and their performance below.

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Klassik actively seeks change through his new music on 414 Live

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Klassik is a prolific artist who combines his skills in jazz, hip hop, soul and storytelling through his music.

We covered a plethora of topics including his time studying with Milwaukee jazz legend, Berkeley Fudge, that shaped his sound, the Backline program and we also discuss the new upcoming record, “QUIET” out on November 22.

The new, anticipated record was created carefully and consciously over the course of the last few years. Klassik admits he went through a lot of personal growth in this process.

The album “QUIET” is about “discovering peace both inner and outer and it’s about recognizing, acknowledging, and learning how to maneuver in a world full of noise to keep your own peace,” Klassik explains.

Klassik performs at Radio Milwaukee studios for 414 Live. Photo credit: PWR FWD Media.

Through this recording process and through his performance it is clear Klassik knows who he is and delivers everything he does with purpose and confidence.

“People have short attention spans but I refuse to give you short attention span music.”

We were fortunate to get to hear exclusive new music off “QUIET” in Klassik’s 414 Live performance.

You can stream the interview and performance below.

You can find Klassik on your social fancies below: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

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The Golden Grenades give an explosive performance at 414 Live

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For a rare Halloween performance last week on 414 Live, we welcome the young rock group The Golden Grenades. These Grace Weber Music Lab alums recently dropped their debut LP, “Far Too Gone,” and we got to discuss the group’s beginnings and the making of this new record.

The group formed when Josh and Owen, met playing in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra steel drum band and then after scouring the city, they found Maya and Terronn, thus forming the official lineup for The Golden Grenades. The group have been together for about a year, already performing large stages like Summerfest and Chill on the Hill. On top of this, the group even released a full-length album and there is more ahead. “Basically, all of our future EPs and albums are pretty much telling a story,” they said, including the current release which covers “climate change, political stuff” and more. The LP was recorded at Hifi Studios in Riverwest.

Although new to the scene, the group has had a surge of success and shares their advice to “just play everywhere, you never know who’s going to be at one place.”

This performance was extra special because the group not only dressed up for the occasion; they also made a spooky new song just for this performance.

You can stream their interview and performance below.

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Fox and Branch tackle monsters and music on 414 Live

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We had something a little different this week, bringing in the long-time musicians Dave Fox and Will Branch to showcase their musical and theatrical talents on 414 Live for a very special kids show. Fox and Branch have been making music since the ’90s, drawing their material from American roots and world traditions and sharing their music with kids and grownups alike.

We chatted about the pair’s journey from finding each other through musicians in the scene such as Lil Rev and evolving their act into doing kids performances. They also spoke of their travels around Canada, the UK and Ireland whilst dabbling in other styles of music. They have played music everywhere “on a boat, in the street, at a supermarket…” and they say their key to their longstanding success as community musicians is to “be flexible, try new things…and show up on time.”

We had a performance where the pair pulled out all of the instruments from guitar to washboard. This is a performance you can interact with your kids, from hunting monsters to learning the waltz.

You can stream the interview and performance below.

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Joe Quinto spreads his positive message on 414 Live

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Joe Quinto’s goal is to spread love, acceptance and positivity through your speakers and he did this in his performance on 414 Live. We were able to get him in the studio after his Milwaukee summer premiere of “Let it Go” and his new music video release of “Run Away,” off his latest two-song EP “Solturo. “

We talk about Quinto’s debut EP “Cinemasonic,” his start and collaborations in the Milwaukee music scene with artists like Genesis Renji, Shle Berry and Jayne Joyce as well as some well founded advice. “We all kind of got to band together because Milwaukee’s got a lot of talent and it’s not necessarily looked at as a hub for music like some other cities but I really think it should be,” he said.

Joe Quinto on 414 Live

We were fortunate enough to get to hear two exclusive tracks that aren’t recorded yet, from one of their first ever written tracks “Girl I Never Met” to a fresh track with the working title of “Souls” that gave us some critical verses. With songs such as these, we know this is just the jumping point for Joe Quinto.

You can stream the interview and performance below.

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