Exclusive Rave Interviews

Bruce Rave has been interviewing artists for over fifteen years, on his radio shows and out at gigs. He has spoken with acts like The Drums, Icona Pop, Teleman, The Crookes, Howler, Hippo Campus, Blossoms, Frank Turner, The Strypes, Sunflower Bean, Bombay Bicycle Club, Champs, San Cisco, Islands, Drowners, Toy, The Church, Ezra Furman, Temples, and The Vaccines among many others — though some recordings have been lost to time. Click the links at the top of each paragraph to hear the interviews.

Nation of Language - October 2021

Chat with buzzy Brooklyn band following their strong show in Madison at the High Noon Saloon.

The Record Company - November 2018

Band leader Chris Vos has sage advice for up and coming musicians, talks about their music of course, and about what opening for Bob Seger means to him.

Boy Azooga - October 2018

Dave Newington is Boy Azooga and his band has garnered a ton of critical acclaim in their UK home territory. We chatted at The Echo prior to the band's LA debut. They return to the US in March for SXSW and for other tour stops.

White Room - May 2018

Interview with lead singer Jake Smallwood after their smashing set in front of a packed room at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton.

Albert Hammond, Jr. - March 2018

Upbeat chat with this down to earth Stroke prior to his smokin' set at SXSW.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - February 2018

Before their hometown set in Melbourne as part of the Laneway Festival and now known as one of the hottest new bands of 2018.

Her's - May 2017

This rising Liverpool due played to a smiling capacity crowd at The Great Escape and we hung out afterwards.

Ten Fe - May 2017

London band's "retro electro" just hit US shores with successful sets at Bonnaroo and in major cites including LA, San Francisco and New York. Their live show can rock pretty hard.

The Regrettes - February 2017

This quickly-rising LA band blends 50's and 60's girl groups with a more modern punk sound and some heavy social activism.

Cloud Nothings - February 2017

Chat with leader Dylan Baldi about their slightly different sound this time around, his passion for his native Cleveland, and more prior to their blistering Teragram Ballroom show.

The Wombats - January 2015

Follow-up chat with lead singer Murph before their two intimate LA shows. We covered the surprise of 'Jump Into the Fog's" success, their new music, staying healthy on the road, more.

Catfish and the Bottlemen - October 2014

An energetic hang with band leader Van McCann before their LA debut at The Echo. This band is extremely well-positioned for 2015.

Kasabian - October 2014

A hang with Tom and Serge in their hotel the day before the band's killer Jimmy Kimmel performance.

The Orwells - March 2014

Hanging with The Orwells prior to their Troubadour show, covering their Letterman appearance, upcoming album, touring with Arctic Monkeys and FIDLAR, etc.

Fidlar - January 2012

This was a 31-minute video of our recording studio interview and live music session with the band.

Ida Maria - July, 2011

The uber cool Ida and her guitar player Stefan came in to chat and play during my Friday afternoon show after she killed it at The Roxy the night before. You can view the interview in two parts by clicking on the link above.

Drawn From Bees - May, 2010 (video highlight version in HD)

These Australian art rockers Drawn From Bees get lots of radio play back home and dropped into LA to play the legendary Whiskey. The guys stopped by the Rave-Pad on their way to the airport. We hung out and also recorded a chat. Here's the video version.

Matt and Kim at SXSW 2009

Matt & Kim detoured on an open date between Chicago and Toronto to hit SXSW in Austin two months after "Grand" came out. That night's gig attracted one of the most enthusiastic SXSW crowds I've ever seen.

The Knack - Doug Fieger

The late lead singer Doug Fieger of The Knack called in to a Rave-A-Thon in 2007.