How Athens’ Dan Nettles turned intense grief into Kenosha Kid’s sharpest album


“I was writing to stay alive, more or less.”

Free Times | January 22, 2020

Chicago improvisers Tim Daisy and Dave Rempis reflect on two decades of performing in Columbia


“I’ve been doing this music for so many years that I sometimes feel like, ‘Why am I still trying to do this?’ And then you go to a city like Columbia and there’s a huge audience and they really respond and it reinforces like your decision to try to do this, to make creative music. It’s like, wow, this actually does matter.”

Free Times | October 16, 2019

Percussionist Booker Stardrum Relies on Intuition to Manipulate Time and Perception


“I don’t find myself thinking about how I’m going to manipulate the rhythm to coax out some sort of emotional endpoint. It’s all pretty intuitive. I’m just sort of improvising, in my way. It’s kind of hard to intellectualize because it’s not really about that. It all feels very natural.” 

Free Times | August 28, 2019

Despite Distance and Other Commitments, Free Music Trio Boneshaker Thrives on Rapport


“We could laugh while we’re playing. Somebody does something or whatever, and we could laugh. We could look at each other and be smiling, instead of being so serious.”

Free Times | March 27, 2019

Interview: Rafiq Bhatia

“I think it gets said a lot — perhaps to an annoying degree to those of us who are into gadgets — that, like, “It’s in your hands, man!” and “No amount of gadgets is going to fix it!” But the reality is that both of things are true, and having a deeper understanding of how to manipulate the tone of your instrument without anything is going to maximize what you can do with those things. But they feed into each other.”

Pedal Fuzz | March 18, 2019

Fucked Up Dives Headfirst Into a New Chapter of Its Labyrinthine Mythology on Dose Your Dreams

“The work I did when I was a kid was to change the world in a real way, and now it’s just sort of like, ‘Ugh.'”

Indy Week | November 7, 2018

To kickstart Squirrel Nut Zippers’ second act, Jimbo Mathus went back to the place that defined its first one


“I started the band in the first place, so I’m the one who can call any band Squirrel Nut Zippers. I’m the only one.”

Charleston City Paper | September 26, 2018

Signal to Noise: Amplify Columbia Wants to Create a Cultural Plan for the City. What Does That Mean?



“They were focused on that little box where if you get in the box you can become part of the arts scene. This is about all the people who aren’t in the box. Equity, diversity, inclusion, all those buzzwords that people pay lip service to but never really seem to figure out — we’re going to figure it out.”

Free Times | July 4, 2018

With a Familiar Rhythm Section at Its Core, The Messthetics Reinvent the Power Trio


“Brendan is Brendan, and I know him really well as a musician, so that aspect is the same. But of course, it’s completely different, because it is so not Fugazi. And it’s not going to be.”

Style Weekly | May 9, 2018

In Digging Deep Within Himself and His City, Questing Guitarist Ryley Walker Finally Found His Voice


“I’m an artist, for God’s sakes. I’ve always been super sensitive and insecure about everything, so that causes a lot of self-examination.”

Free Times | May 2, 2018