This Is Hardcore Podcast

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This Is Hardcore Podcast is inspired by the people and culture that make things possible. Interviews, stories and plenty of insight and inspiration in the do-ers, the makers and the people pushing the culture over the last 4 decades. There is an unbelievable amount of great DIY information being discussed and will be disseminated through these conversations, in hopes of instilling a hard work ethic in the new generations and a rekindling a connection to the old ways for the old school listeners.

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Episode 3 An Unsung Hero of PAHC ... Chris Spear of Dysphoria
On this episode, we go deep into one of the unsung heroes of PAHC, Chris Spear, Drummer of Dysphoria & How it Ends. Chris and Joe go through a huge portion of Chris's life from early moments finding Black Sabbath, to teaching himself to play drums. From the beginning of Dysphoria and all the little things from promoting pre internet, finding sources to produce tapes and later cds, you'll hear one of the people in the mid 90s to early 00s who always had his band's best interest in mind. Be it promoting the band at other shows and in record stores on the east coast, to calling promoters to get on shows, through his own booking of shows, Chris delivers an old school how to on just about every aspect of DIY band management, including booking US tours as an unknown independent band in '99. This tour would be a pivotal moment, not only for Chris and Dysphoria, but a life changing experience for Joe Hc, who credits this tour with being one of foundations of his being able to also tour and later book This Is Hardcore fest. Having been friends with Chris for 25 years, Joe and Chris have a more casual yet still informative conversation about all the ins and outs, the ups and downs of what it was like to make things happen in a pre internet music world. I won't ruin how it ends, but I'll say that if you're in a band now, this is the episode that will inspire you to push forward and start working harder.
Sep 18, 2020
Addendum No.1
Addendum ad·den·dum /əˈdendəm/ noun 1. an item of additional material, typically omissions, added at the end of a book or other publication. After 2 episodes, I felt the need to catch people up to speed and chat for a few about the direction of the podcast, the influence of other podcasts and podcasters have had on getting this podcast off the ground. With a great 2 episodes down and another amazing one coming out Friday, I felt like I'd touch on stuff that just wouldn't be worth adding to episodes #1 or #2 just out of sake of length and also didn't want to screw the rhythm of the show up with me talking too much. There is alot to be said for the power of support of community and friendship and also getting a few questions as to why start the podcast, so it felt right between episodes to address some of it and give you some insight to the direction of the next few episodes and also discussing some of the reasons to do it in the first place.
Sep 16, 2020
Episode 2 The Unstoppable Sunny Singh of
On this episode, Sunny takes us down the rabbithole, from the beginning of his archive collecting, to bmx and early show footage. There is alot in here that hasn't been heard before and 99% is a great blueprint or inspiration to those who are looking to do something and need the drive or extra push to start. From his high school days through college, we follow him to his first year shooting This Is Hardcore. What started off as a novel concept grew Sunny and from a local videographer to a name that is known throughout the world. Sunny's work would bring hardcore bands live sets to all the corners of the globe, and would later take Sunny out to Europe, Asia and Australia filming bands. Sunny uses platform to inspire new generations of Hardcore Punk fans, shed new light on old tapes from the past and also shed light on the plight of marginalized peoples struggling against fascists. The interview runs well over 2 hours, but again when you sit down and give it a go, it will breeze by. Sunny has a great story, and incredibly inspiring drive to learn new skills, which would give him the opportunity to further his drive to shoot more bands, deliver more live sets and ultimately change his destiny from a computer programmer to a full documentarian/videographer. There is just too much in this episode to jot down here, but its worth the full time and you will come out having new found understanding and respect for this man's drive or just be inspired by his ingenuity.
Sep 13, 2020
Episode 1 : Nobody is Born Cool with Chris Wrenn of Bridge Nine Records.
This Is Hardcore Podcast Episode #1 Nobody is born cool and into hardcore and punk, you gotta find your way there... An amazing quote from one of hardcore punk's hardest working record label owners. Over the last 25 years, Chris Wrenn has dedicated his life into releasing hundreds of records from both the best up and coming bands, as well as reissuing and archiving some of the great releases of yesterday. Chris speaks on the early days of the label, the trials and tribulations of a preinternet hc scene. He goes over many of the DIY aspects to his promotion and marketing in the early days and how it comes back into play decades later. This is not a short listen, but its full of honesty, inspiration and a wealth of information for those thinking of starting a record label or looking to grow their label or for those who are just fans of the label's catalog and a great story behind the whole thing. At two and half hours long, it goes deep and gets into many aspects that are usually not talked about from distribution, marketing, A&R and the overall curating and control of one of the most successful independent record labels in the world. you can find bridge 9 and chris on social media.. @BridgeNine on IG, @Bridge9 on Twitter/FB
Sep 03, 2020