Patrick O’Heffernan

Music Friday Live! / Music Fusion LA – Artists of the Year

It has been another fantastic year of musical discovery here at Artistic Echoes, covering Artists from all over the globe. With so many interviews, podcasts, reviews and mixtapes it is a struggle to narrow it down to just a few favourite artists of the year. So we have decided to do things a little differently each of our regular writers will be giving out there own special awards and to kick thin...

La/La Land : Producer Eugene Toale tours us through BedrockLA studios and the magic art of making music.

No one really knows how many recording studios or record producers operate in Los Angeles. The Southern California studio list of The Music Connection Directory of Music runs for 6 pages of small type.  Many are very famous with walls full of gold and platinum records; others are rented spaces with foam sound proofing and a computer and microphone.  But one studio that is unique for its history, v...

An interview with “Serial Songwriter” Shelly Peiken on her second Grammy Nomination

(Los Angeles) Shelly Meg Peiken had just received her second Grammy nomination when we talked last week. This nomination was not for a song, but for the audio version of her book, Confessions of a Serial Songwriter, which she voiced.  Most people know her for co-writing the number one hits, “What A Girl Wants” and “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)” by Christina Aguiler...

La La Land: Flying (literally) with a Gothic Rocker

Recently I had Christopher Sluka on my radio show, the  founder and lead guitarist of the Gothic influenced hard rock dance music band SLUKA, his song “Number One”  from the most recent album Colorful Radiations just hit #13 on the rock charts.  I had a great time talking with him about his past performing in the New York Club scene with artists like Tears For Fears, INXS, and Simple M...

ARI’s creative duality promises a game changing talent with Tunnel Vision.

(Los Angeles) The past doesn’t define you, nor does it make you who you are. These are the words and the definitive core of the musician/artist/provocateur ARI, whose past is complex and painful but also exultant. Regardless of bygone fears and refuges, she will not let her past tunnel vision either her life or her music. Instead, she uses it to inform it. The result is not just music, but a music...

The Simpkin Project’s new Beam of Light album: pure joyful brilliance.

(San Diego, CA) If you love reggae – and who doesn’t – there needs to be a beam of  light in your near future, specifically The Simpkin Project’s new album, Beam of Light.  Formed in the early 2000’s by Phil Simpkin and Shawn Taylor to indulge their love of reggae, this Southern California band plays a blend of reggae, blues, rock, and Americana that , well…it has soul.  That is only way to descri...

Mental healing in a Hollywood speakeasy with ARI.

The Dirty Laundry is a speakeasy in East Hollywood where you can occasionally bump into a celebrity and often see people you kinda’ remember from a movie or TV show. You find it – with some difficulty – in the basement of an unassuming apartment complex just off Hollywood Blvd.  In order to get in you have to push the correct buzzer on the wall (the answer is on @DirtyLaundryBar) and descend the p...

The unstoppable Maggie Szabo reprises Hotel Café

(Hollywood, CA) When I first saw Maggie Szabo at the Hotel Café in Hollywood three years ago I knew right away that she was much more than another talented, pretty girl with a guitar.  She was determined.  No matter how sweetly she flashed  her 1000-watt smile  and how soft and emotionally she sang, always just below the surface was steel that always broke through in lyrics to songs like “Tidal Wa...

La/La Land: Only in LA: Jewish pedal steel guitarist from New Jersey stars in Mexican bands

Usually in this space I talk about behind the scenes music events in LA.  But this week I ran into one of the most interesting and least expected LA musical stories I have heard. It all started with a blues guitarist in New Jersey. Two weeks ago I interviewed blues guitarist Andy B.AND on my radio show.  After the interview he mentioned that his LA-based brother was the go-to pedal steel guitar pl...

LA/LA Land : Honoring the dead LA Style – with music.

One of LA’s most popular music festivals was held last weekend in a cemetery.  Not just any cemetery, but the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, final resting place of Johnny  and De De Ramone, Neslon Eddy, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and many other stars of stage, screen and music.   There among the gravestones, crypts and monuments, 40,000 people gathered to hear music from four stages, sample tequila ...

La/La Land: New York Mariachi feminina in LA’s most sought after (and hardest to find) venue.

One of LA’s most sought after music venues is not open to the public, is not actually a music venue, and is not in the City of Los Angeles.  But I was there Wednesday afternoon chatting and drinking mimosas with some of LA’s and New York’s best known fusion artists, including La Marisol of the Grammy-winning band La Santa Cecelia, Ceci Bastida of Mexrrissey and Flor de Toloache, a kick-ass all fem...

Lysa Flores: musician, actress, artist, producer, warrior against abuse.

(Los Angeles) Lysa Flores was a pioneer in LA’s East Los alternative scene. Raised in East LA with an older brother with a guitar, she played a box as a child, then filled journals in grammar school with lyrics and by the time she was in high school she was in a band.  A first generation Mexican-American who was  named by Newsweek as one of “20 young Latinos to watch in the new millennium”, Flores...

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