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Dave Mallen of Innovation Station Music: ‘I Didn’t Get Into This Line of Work to Just Set Up Mics and Hit Record’

Dave Mallen in the Control Room of Innovation Station Music - Courtesy of the Artist

Three-time WAMMIE Award winning producer Dave Mallen has contributed to some of the best music of the DMV, as evidenced by the 200 plus artists whose careers Innovation Station Music, his one-stop-shop studio, has advanced. Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross as she connects with Mallen to discuss his early starts, the circumstances that led him to transition from a full-time career in IT consulting to music production, how being a Highly Sensitive Person allows him to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for clients, and what Mallen considers his “why” beyond the music. Take us back to the beginning. Where did you get your starts in music?

DAVE: From age 2, I’m told I was always running to the piano at my grandmother’s house. My grandmother was a trained opera singer and pianist and was probably my first inspiration for becoming a musician. She would always tell me to “play with feeling”, and to this day, I try to inject as much emotion into the music I play and produce.

John McCutcheon Returns to the Barns at Wolf Trap Again: Though Touring Behind His 43rd Album, the Prolific Songwriter Has More Tunes in the Works

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Singer-songwriter John McCutcheon returns to the Barns at the Wolf Trap on April 20. “I have played at the Barns more than any other venue in the world,” said McCutcheon. “The first time I played there was 1981, which I believe was when they just opened up.” And excluding the pandemic, he has played the venue annually. Fans can expect tracks from McCutcheon’s latest album, “Leap!”, his 43rd record—equating to about one per year – as well as long-time favorites. Learn more with contributing writer Eric Althoff.

Celebrating Autism Acceptance Month with Sibling Punk Band Loki’s Folly’s Annie Kuchenmeister, Talking Debut Album ‘Sisu’

Annie Kuchenmeister of Loki's Folly onstage at a First Avenue show, playing guitar and screaming lyrics with Nissa on the drums by her side

Loki’s Folly is an indie-punk trio that deserves to be on your radar. Based in Minneapolis, this band is quite unique because it is made up of a family of rocking young musicians ready for their voices to be heard. Read to learn more about the band’s impressive debut album Sisu and how it came to be, and to uplift Annie during this Autism Appreciation Month. – Annie Kuchenmeister (22, guitar/vocals), her sister Nissa (17, drums), and their brother Oskar (12, bass). Learn more with contributing writer Emma Page.

Jeania Stewart: ‘We All Love, Wonder, and Ponder Life As We Wish Upon the Same Moon and Stars’

Jeania Stewart performing with The American Rogues - Photo by Ken Clark

Pianist, percussionist, seamstress, world traveler, antique collector, art framer, wife, mother, Elvis enthusiast – just a few of the many roles balanced with grace by Jeania Stewart of The American Rogues – for whom the journey is the destination. Since joining The American Rogues officially in 2006, Stewart has become a secret ingredient to the award-winning Celtic rock collective’s successes. Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross as she connects with Jeania Stewart in recognition of Irish American Heritage Month to discuss her starts, proud DMV roots, and exciting plans for the future.

From the D.C. Live Music Scene to Lollapalooza: How Marc Capponi Makes the Most Out of Music’s Endless Possibilities  

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Within the realm of D.C.-based music, few artists have such an evolutionary history and diverse range of both studio-based and live performance projects as Marc Capponi. “I’ve been playing around town for a long time,” he says, “and I’m still doing it, decades later!” Marc Capponi delves into his personal journey as a composer, performer, and music educator in conversation with contributing writer Emma Downes. Read on to learn more about his early presence in the city’s most widely-loved live venues, his work in the studio and on the road with Rocknoceros, and exciting upcoming projects.

ISHAN: ‘Something Beyond What We Understand Guides the Artist through this Mess that Is Life’

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Melbourne-based singer-songwriter ISHAN discovered a love for music at the age of 15 during rehabilitation for spinal fusion surgery. The emerging talent and compelling lyricist has been honing his skills ever since, marking his official entrance to the music scene in late 2022 with his debut single, “Go,” which appeals to fans of Ed Sheeran. Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross, as she sits down with ISHAN to discuss his musical influences; how his diverse Indian, Swiss, and Catalan roots inform his worldview; why Baltimore is on his bucket list of places to visit; and the reason he has learned to co-exist with fear.

Astra Via Visits Ghost of Christmas Past with ‘A Christmas Spirit’

Astra Via - A Christmas Spirit

More to Watch On Dec. 15, D.C.-based duo Astra Via released a music video for their latest holiday single, “A Christmas Spirit.” The festive, lighthearted piano-driven track pays homage to Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” taking audiences on a journey to Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Describing “A Christmas Spirit” as “a perfect […]

Marley Pitch Journeys from Darkness to Light with New Album, ‘Nocturne’

Marley Pitch - Press Photo by Dana Verdecchio

North Carolina-based alternative R&B artist Marley Pitch is a storyteller. Drawing from the realities of the human condition, Pitch creates candid, introspective compositions that allow audiences to bring their full selves to bear within a safe space, where darkness and light are not treated as opposing forces, but rather, a part of the continuum of life. Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross, as she connects with Marley Pitch to discuss the most important takeaway from his latest album, Nocturne, which released on Dec. 9; why honesty and transparency are vital to the healing process; and what’s on the horizon for the rising artist in the new year.

Husam Says He’s ‘Gotchu’ No Matter What

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Recent Articles On November 6, D.C.-based Syrian American alternative rock artist, Husam, released his latest single, “Gotchu.” The upbeat anthem is powerful in its simplicity, marking a departure from the rising talent’s recent singles in terms of tone. In a world that can feel cold and solitary, “Gotchu” carries a timely reminder: you are not […]

Reflecting on the 5th Annual DC Music Summit

Photo Courtesy of Duke Ellington School of the Arts

The 5th Annual DC Music Summit wrapped up on October 16, with a flurry of fantastic panels, a keynote speech by Anwan “Big G” Glover, performances, art installations, and more. Held at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts, the Summit’s core values of diversity, community, mastery, and service were all on full display, as music workers gathered to share their experiences and insight from the ever-growing music industry. Join contributing writer Charlie Maybee, as he reflects on the Summit with two key participants, major label mix engineer Chris Carter and hip-hop artist and educator, Marc 2 Ray.