Missing Chapters (Podcast)

Hank Wiedel (Mammoth Productions)

Hank is a talent buyer for the event production company Mammoth, drums in the local indie band Captiva, started up a Kansas City chapter of Sofar Sounds AND if that wasn't enough, runs a boutique Public Relations firm.

Podcast Audio ---- 
Interview, theme and production - Alexander Ellis | Intro Music - Captiva

Gabe Fry (Kimura Recordings)

To wrap up the first season of Missing Chapters, I was excited to get today’s guest back on the show. Gabe Fry owns and operates Kimura Recordings based out of Lee Summit, MO. We dive deep into conversation about audio engineering, band promotion and Gabe uncovers the #MissingChapters on how he gets a larger than life sound on this audio recordings, while tracking and mixing out of a room in a small business building.

Podcast Audio - Interview, theme and production - Alexander Ellis | Music - AEBeats

Shadow Rabbits

When a creative project starts off down one path, and then effortlessly leads into another. It's as though there is some outwardly based force at work gently guiding us through the journey called life. This was the main topic of discussion when I sat down with Jon and Ashley, how did the creative project titled Shadow Rabbits come to be? And as you'll hear, we dive deep into a multitude of very interesting topics that have shaped them as individuals and that make up their story.

Podcast Audio ---- 
Interview, theme and production - Alexander Ellis | Music - Shadow Rabbits

Tee Dubya

If you’re into streetwear and entrepreneurship, then this episode is for you. My guest (and good friend) on this episode is a self-made entrepreneur in the streetwear scene, Tee Dubya. He’s the owner of GUM clothing, co-owner of The Loop KC, books a lot of hip-hop shows and battles, and is getting into the fresh juice business. He started off with a simple idea and a printing press in his kitchen. #kchustler

Podcast Audio - Interview, theme and production - Alexander Ellis | Music - AEBeats

Jamie Searle

"Does music theory help or hinder the songwriting process?" This is a frequent conversation I get into with musicians. So who better to talk to than an expert in this field like Mr. Jamie Searle. Jamie is a composer in residence at Fountain City Frequency, a songwriter, a producer, a vocalist and native guitarist who fronts the group My Brothers & Sisters.

Podcast Audio - Interview, theme and production - Alexander Ellis | Music - AEBeats & Music by Jamie Searle (My Brothers & Sisters | It's Over!)

Max Frankel

Max Frankel is an improvisational coach and performer for The KC Improv Company. I took an "Improv 101" course from Max, and my journey throughout the course was not at all what I expected. That being said, I strongly encourage you all to give it a try because whether you realize it or not, we're all performing some type of improv EVERYDAY. So if you've been toying with the idea, or if the thought of engaging in this art form hasn't yet crossed your mind, hopefully my discussion with Max will help you take a leap into the crazy, yet extremely fun world of improvisation.~AEBeats

Podcast Audio - Interview, theme and production - Alexander Ellis | Music - AEBeats

Via Luna

Via Luna are an instrumental rock quartet from Kansas City. Securing a spot on the Reddit Official Listen To This Best of 2015 list in the Progressive/Math-rock category, they are quite the force to be reckoned with. However, I’m willing to bet that either you, or a majority of your friends tend to gravitate more towards music with lyrics, so I had a really fun discussion with the guys on the highs and lows of being an instrumental band.~AEBeats

Podcast Audio - Interview, theme and production - Alexander Ellis | Music - Via Luna | Opening clips from The Ventures, Explosions in the Sky, Surfaris, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar & Adele


Conflicts are a metalcore band from Kansas City. Forming in late 2010, they recently self-released their new album "The North Slope" and are a leading power in the local scene. I sat down with the group to talk about the rise and fall (and currently on the rise) of the Kansas City metal and hardcore scene, as well what draw them to this style of music. ~AEBeats

Podcast Audio - Interview, theme and production - Alexander Ellis | Music - Conflicts

Podcast Image - Julie Edgley | Image Link | CC License | (Modifications were made to the original image)


Indie MOODment (College Radio)

--Episode #44--
Among all of the great independent music and the events calendar for the weekend, I shine some light one three new web services that I recently came across, which I thought you would all find interesting: Landr, Gigtown & Ditto's "Record Label in a Box".
--Episode #43--
My guest on this episode is Colin Halliburton, who is the singer and songwriter for the Lawrence rock/folk/country act The Roseline. We discuss the record, his songwriting approach, publishing and also chat about an interesting topic I recently read regarding blogs and a new approach they may be taking when it comes to premiering new songs to their readers.
--Episode #42--
During the show, we discuss the weekend's events going on around KC and Lawrence, and I talk about the up side and down side of releasing and EP over an LP, and then flip the script and jump on the other side of the discussion. #indecisive
--Episode #41--
My special guests on this show come from the local record label The Record Machine. Steven Ervay (Social Media Director) and Anna Selle (Marketing Manager) join me to discuss how they got started at the label, what a typical day at the office looks like for them, their recent trip to SXSW and what 2016 has in store for TRM. They're both fantastic individuals and we had a lot of fun chatting!
--Episode #40-- 
On this show, I pack it full of amazing music (some of it being instrumental) and I go on a short, but interesting rant about if creative personalities tend to have addictive personalities. Oh right, and we also talk about what is going down around town over the weekend.
--Episode #39--
On this episode of Indie MOODment, I sit down with Mrs. Sarah Bradshaw, who is the Music Director at The Bridge which has the FM dial 90.9. They are a community funded radio station which allows them to really focus in on all things music and contribute to the amazing arts and entertainment scene in Kansas City. Sarah is a lovely individual and I had a lot of fun talking with her about how she got into radio, what her role as the music director entails and how the programming works at the Bridge, her thoughts on the future of radio, and we get to hear songs from artists that ushered in her love for Indie Rock.
--Episode #38--
I jam pack this episode full of amazing independent music, I let you know what is going on over the weekend and on top of all that...we talk about a little event on April 19th called Record Store Day. I try to shed some light on the event from both a historical, industry and personal point of view. #RSD2016
--Episode #37--
During this episode, I am joined in the studio by Aaron Rhodes who runs Shuttlecock Magazine. Aaron is a 19 year-old community college student and amateur journalist/photographer/rock-n-roll frontman from Overland Park, Kansas. We talk about a lot of fun things like how he creates content for his blog, how to frame up a good live photo, and how he has developed his musical tastes throughout the years.
--Episode #36--
In this episode, I let the music do the talking...for the most part. There is an article I recently was sent by a friend called "Touring Can't Save Musicians in the Age of Spotify" and although the title of the article isn't representative of the content addressed in the article, I chime in with my two cents about the importance of touring...especially in the age of Spotify. #touringrant
--Episode #35--
On this episode of Indie MOODment, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Brenton Cook who owns the local record label Haymaker Records. During the show, we chat about what went into putting on Be/Non's record release party at a Masonic Temple, the history of the label, streaming music, KC Psychfest and independent record labels. #misfitisland