Dear Gear Episode 3 – Vanessa Wheeler

VAVA is Vanessa Wheeler, Vanessa is an American musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist with a mystic artistry that is unrivaled. Often compared to St. Vincent, Vanessa’s style is distinctly her own. Vanessa is a Berkley Music School graduate with strong ability to bend her vocals over complicated time signatures and exotic riffs.

Vanessa joins Rhonda of Dear Gear from her home in Los Angeles, CA to talk about her favorite piece of gear. Let’s sit back and listen to this amazing musician share her story of the beautiful “Baluga/Porpoise” which saved her from a broken heart at a young age.

VAVA’s new EP “The Other Side” is a spectacular journey that will leave you “Heavy” and wanting more.

This episode features the track “the Other Side” and “Heavy” both were used with permission from the artist. Please subscribe!

Dear Gear Episode 2 – Corin Tucker

Features: Corin Tucker of Portland, Oregon bands Sleater-Kinney, Filthy Friends and Heavens to Betsy. Corin talks to Dear Gear from her Portland, Oregon home about her first guitar. She walks us back to her childhood and relationship with her father who is also a guitarist, the building of her first guitar, and her relationship to that guitar. The conversation leads us to the March 1994 release of her teeth clenching record “Calculated” by Heavens to Betsy, Corin’s first band. Corin takes us even further into that discussion by discussing her relationship to her voice and her sound in her current bands (Sleater-Kinney and Filthy Friends, featuring members of REM). The episode wraps up on an existential note regarding the ethos of the past vs. the new world computer age and Corin’s ideas about those two worlds colliding. The episode features the songs “Calculated” and “White Girl” by Heavens to Betsy, used for this episode with the writers blessing.

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