117 – Heather West of Western Publicity & Riot Fest talks about the art & life of a music publicist!

HEATHER WEST, owner of Western Publicity and publicist for RIOT FEST is on this week’s Mostly Harmless Podcast.

Heather West has the best stories. She’s done a little bit of everything in the world of entertainment, but first and foremost she is a storyteller. Meet her backstage at Riot Fest or at a concert and she’ll regale you with the best stories of her time in the entertainment world. I decided I wanted to meet and I wanted  her to tell her own story in this week’s podcast!

We talk about how she became a publicist,  her time at Victory Records, breaking bands such as Taking Back Sunday and starting her own publicity company! We also talk to her about what a publicist does, what to do to take your band there and what a publicist is looking for! All of this and more from Roscoe Village Pub in Chicago!

This episode is brought to you by Ratio Beerworks & DINK: Denver’s Independent Comics and Art’s Expo!

This episode includes the music from Brett Newski with “Black Taxi Car,” from HI-FI D.I.Y. EP & Vamos with “Spiderbait,” from Spiderbait!

You can download the episode from Itunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mostly-harmless-with-dammit/id439812373



29- SPRINGA from SSDecontrol (SSD) & TONY BRUMMEL (Victory Records) asked me to jump in a cab… Adventures & Interviews Followed.

In the crazy adventures of the night, I forgot to take a photo with Springa. Please except this substitute from Verbicide.com!

In the crazy adventures of the night, I forgot to take a photo with Springa. Please except this substitute from Verbicide.com!

Once upon a time… It was September 2012. I was in Chicago for Riot Fest. I had aquired a three day pass from my good friend Jenn Valdez. I found myself alone for the first night of Riot Fest, wandering the city with only my Google Maps GPS and my handy dandy CTA 7 Day Transit pass.

With the recommendation of my good friend and AMP Magazine Editor, Lisa Root, I decided to go check out the Naked Raygun / Dan Vapid And The Cheats after party. It was there I was fortunate enough to meet my new Best friends forever: Pat Stahl, Mike Whiteman & Kristin Seese. It was there we ended up meeting Bill Stevenson (Descedents, Black Flag, Only Crime) and Zach Blair (Rise Against, Hagfish, Only Crime).

After Naked Raygun’s set we rushed off to find a Pegboy after party at The Liar’s Club, only to find it OVER! I ended up meeting and hanging out with Jeff Tackas from The Rocket Fuel podcast. We slowly ventured off in our own directions, in our own cabs.

I walked up the block to find two strange men waiting on the corner.. Little did I know that was only the beginning of my night… I jumped into a cab with Springa from SSD/SSDecontrol and Tony Brummel, the Owner of Victory Records.

This podcast is of the interview done with Springa. We talked a bit about his past,  Springa Sonic Droogs, his straight edge days, American Hardcore the movie, the ALL AGES Documentary,  and MORE!

Then Tony Brummel turned the microphone on me and started quizzing me on 80’s Wrestling!

This episode is dedicated to Lisa Root, Pat Stahl, Mike Whiteman & Kristin Seese!


15 – THE AUDITION’S Danny Stevens talks new beginings, the Chapter II Ep and why so much downtime.

This one’s for YOU!

Hello Friends! We bring you a short and sweet “Fun Sized” edition of The Mostly Harmless Podcast today! We settle into the basement of The Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, Colorado with Mr. Danny Stevens, the lead singer of The Audition. We breifly talk about the band’s year and a half hiatus and what they did with that time. We also talk their new beginings after a messy divorce from Victory Records and where Danny wants to take the band in the future.

Songs featured in today’s episode come off the self released, kickstarter funded, CHAPTER II Ep. Those songs include: “You Gotta Believe” & “Evil.” You can buy the EP from Itunes or Amazon. The Amazon link is: http://www.amazon.com/Chapter-II/dp/B0077ZRII8/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1334878071&sr=1-1

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