Exclusive Rave Interviews

Below is a collection of interviews with special guests from previous radio shows or at the gigs themselves. Click on the link on top of each paragraph to hear to the interview, and feel free to listen to a selection of their songs with the playlist on the left.

Drowners - April 2014

Fresh off of an amazing time at Coachella, Drowners talk about their music and their lives while hanging at The Rainbow in LA, prior to their jumping on The Roxy stage next door.

The Crookes - March 2014

The Crookes during their first LA visit, chatting about their new music, how they pick people to work with, the challenge of coming from the same town as Arctic Monkeys, much more.

The Orwells - March 2014

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

Islands - January 2014

Band leader Nick Thorburn on their "Ski Mask" album, the rockumentary featuring actors Michael Cerra and Bill Hader, and an inspiring band trip to Africa.

Toy - January 2014

Ten months following their US debut at SXSW, Toy made it to LA for their steller show at The Echo. Lead singer Tom and guitar player Dom bring us up to date.

Tribes - May 2013

We met up at The Grest Escape where they played Saturday night. This 20 minute indepth chat covered their music, recording at the legendary Sound City in LA, the fickle British press as they follow-up their Top 10 debut, and much more.

The Strypes - May 2013

These Irish guys are in their mid-teens and have been taking the UK by storm with their intense r&b blend of early Stones and The Yardbirds. We chatted at The Great Escape festival in Brighton, UK.

Fidlar - January 2012

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

The Blue Van - March 2013

Steffen and Soren in the alley behind their SXSW venue, about their fine new album and also thieir iPad commercial tune.

Gold Fields - February 2013

Chilled with Mark and Ryan before their sold-out Troubadour gig.

San Cisco - October 2012

Lead singer Jordi tells the story behind their "Awkward" hit and other topics prior to their first heading gig in LA at The Echo.

Tilly and the Wall - November, 2012

Hung out with Kianna and Jamie after soundcheck prior to the band's festive Troubadour show.

Citizens! - October, 2012

Chatted with lead singer Tom Burke before their first-ever US show, which took place at the El Rey in LA.

Icona Pop - October, 2012

Fun hang with these cool Swedish girls at Culture Collide in LA. Their "I Love It" song is ace.

Howler - March, 2012

One of my fave 2012 albums was by Howler. We hung out with leader Jordan Gatesmith before they nailed their set at The Echo in LA.

Girl In A Coma - October, 2011

These San Antonio girls made a great album and are quite the live band as well. We hang out behind The Echoplex prior to their show.

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..

The Postelles - June, 2011

A band to keep an eye on moving forward, these guys were discovered and partially produced by Albert Hammond, Jr. of the Strokes .We had a quick chat at The Echo just before their soundcheck.

The Wombats - June, 2011

Great pre-show chat with lead singer "Murph". Their New York show the prior night turned out to be their best US gig to date, and their Troubadour show turned out to be just about on the same level.

The Vaccines at SXSW 2011

Their album has just debuted top 5 in the UK. . Mike from B3Sci and I hung with them following one of their many SXSW gigs. Lots of times we must break the ice with bands but this conversation turned to penis donation just as I was about to hit the record button. You guessed it: there was no ice to break with these guys.

Bombay Bicycle Club at SXSW 2011

These guys are mostly finished with their third album, due this fall.. They've won major awards in the UK and have a bright future. . Mike from B3Sci and I chatted with them just prior to their final gig in Austin.

Chapel Club at SXSW 2011

Chapel Club had just arrived in Austin. Mike from B3Sci and I chilled with them just prior to their opening gig soundcheck.

Drawn From Bees - SXSW 2011 Update

The Drawn From Bees dudes delievred some of the most beautiful harmonies in recent memory, and then we got to hang.

Drawn From Bees - May, 2010 (video highlight version of interview 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.

Drawn From Bees - May, 2010 (full-length audio version)

Here's the full Drawn From Bees LA interview.

Philadelphia Grand Jury in LA at Musexpo 2010

Philadelphia Grand Jury ("PhillyJays") won the Australian equivalent of of a 2009 Grammy for Independent Single of the Year. They recently moved to London and stopped in LA on the way.

The Drums at SXSW 2010

The Drums from Brooklyn appeared at SXSW in March and we sat down to chat in their hotel lobby. Very energetic live, they're actually quite low-key. Their album hit the UK charts at #16 and they're now out to conquer the rest of the world.

The Constellations at SXSW 2010

The Constellations from Atlanta were about to play outside on a 41-degree SXSW afternoon. There were no quiet inside spots within blocks so four of us huddled in a doorway.

Shiny Toy Guns on New Years Eve 2010

Shiny Toy Guns were about to play a New Year’s Eve gig before 3,000+, and we caught up late that afternoon following their soundcheck.

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.

Late of the Pier at SXSW 2009

Late Of the Pier hit SXSW at the beginning of their first US tour. Singer Sam had just attacked a security guy twice his size, in mid-set. He wasn't quite up to talking afterwards, but keyboard player Potter was very cool to hang with.

Ezra Furman & the Harpoons - Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman called into one of Bruce's radio "Rave-A-Thons" as his last album was becoming a critical success.

The Rumble Strips - Charlie Waller

The Rumble Strips played a show in Madison, Wisconsin and this hang with leader Charlie took place in the famed Rathskeller following the show.

The Redwalls - Justin Baren

The Redwalls' Justin Baren called into a "Rave-A-Thon". A very promising band that hasn't been heard from in awhile.

Switches - Matt Bishop

Switches' "Lay Down the Law" was a fave album of last decade that deserved far more success. Leader Matt Bishop called into a Rave-A-Thon.

Skybombers - Hugh Gurney

Skybombers' High Gurney called into a Rave-A-Thon from Melbourne as their fine debut album was being released in the US.

The Knack - Doug Fieger

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

Breakfast With The Beatles' Chris Carter + Bruce Rave

Chris Carter, host of the "Breakfast With the Beatles" show on KLOS and Little Steven's Underground Garage channel on SiriusXM, hung out well into the night and we did a new music show together back in 2006. Chris hosted one of the best weekly new music programs I've ever heard, a decade ago on the old Y-107 in LA.

Indie 103.1's Paul V's interview with Bruce Rave

Industry Exec. Steve Meyer

Steve Meyer (http://stevemeyer.webs.com) writes his widely-read weekly music industry column, Disc & Digital Audio Technology(Disc & DAT).