Ryan Keeley and Brentt Brown have made music together since Bucknell University where they were randomly chosen to be roommates. Pirate Radio formed in San Francisco after both left college with Brian Stein at the drum kit. Losing Stein to a Masters degree in financial mathematics, an opening was made for Oren Williams just as Baby Carrot was ending its 13 year San Francisco run. After recording guitars for ‘Welcome Home’, Ian Shaul was asked to be a full time member with hope he’d take some time away from his incredible solo recordings and efforts. Check out Ian’s spectacular solo material at IanShaulsGotASlackJaw.
2009 saw a brief hiatus due to Brentt Brown’s nearly tearing off an arm in a bike accident. During the hiatus, Ian Shaul continued his solo career, Ryan Keeley joined Cola Wars on bass, and Oren Williams joined Rocking Heads to play some Talking Heads songs with Michael Franti at The Fillmore.
2010 has Pirate Radio back with the release of ‘Fires in the Woods.’ Using the talents of no less than three songwriters and singers, Pirate Radio joins other bands breaking from the lead singer tradition. ‘Welcome Home’ was a giant step from Pirate Radio’s previous stripped-down country garage-rock to a more diverse atmosphere filled with superb songwriting. ‘Fires in the Woods’, finds the San Francisco staple in a story telling mood. Tales of unrelenting hangovers, mundane commutes, war torn hands, disappearing small towns, and the like all find their right place on the band’s third LP.
The 4 piece hit the studio again but this time with producer Starita here at Faultline. The crew is exploring different styles and sounds to take things to a new level so, be sure to look out for Faultline updates!
For 32 years, Harmony has been a leading-edge lifestyle festival that celebrates the latest trends in health, music, arts, ecology, and spirituality. Created and seasoned in the trend-setting North Bay Area, Harmony is the original festival to appeal to the green lifestyle market.
Over the past 5 years Harmony expanded into a major music festival and in 2009-10, Harmony added the Eco Rally Action Sports Skate Zone to attract a younger demographic.
In 2008, Harmony Festival celebrated its landmark 30th Anniversary with Damian Marley as the headliner.
In 2009, Harmony Festival again invested capital in the expansion of brand recognition and in pursuit of new demographics. Through the introduction of the 1st Annual Eco Rally Skateboard Competition, Harmony Festival received national and international attention and achieved new record numbers for ticket sales and revenues.
In 2010, Harmony Festival, Inc. moved its corporate headquarters to Sonoma Mountain Village, North America’s first and only the fourth in the world to receive the prestigious One Planet Communities honor.
The 2010 Festival reached record-breaking attendance estimated at 35,000 people over the weekend. Press outreach, both print and online, hit the mark with featured stories appearing in LA Times, Boston Globe and thousands of impressions on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Slightly Stoopid and Ms. Lauryn Hill rocked the main field. Eco Rally Skateboard Competition attracted the 7-16 year old demographic. This pro/am contest featured MTV, Village Voice and Rolling Stone youth oriented music. The second year of Harmony Festival’s financially successful Harmony Tea House featured freshly made baked goods, teas, live jazz and sacred music in an intimate setting.
The 2011 Harmony Festival is a very exciting year for Faultline Studios as it features many members of the Faultline Family one of which is headlining Friday!
Michael Franti and Spearhead have long been a San Francisco staple but, over the past 2 years Michael has reached international stardom with his single “Say Hey”. They hit the road with John Mayer on his “Battle Studies” tour which exposed the band to a whole new audience that accepted them with open arms. Michael followed up this monumental tour with the release of another chart topping record “Sound of Sunshine”. Franti has been through Faultline tracking drums for his upcoming album as well as voiceover for a documentary. We’ve also had the pleasure of having his band, The Rockin’ Heads rehearse here for their annual Fillmore show for Power To The Peaceful.
Michael Franti and Spearhead will be headlining the festival Friday, June 10th so, be sure to catch his energy packed live show!
Jaden Carlson is another member of the Faultline Family that has spent plenty of time inside the walls of Faultline Studios.
Jaden realized her passion for guitar at an early age. Starting her venture with classical Suzuki training, she quickly moved to acoustic and electric rock, teaching herself many of her favorite covers and writing her own original material. Her musicianship on the guitar and songwriting is beautiful and impressive.
Possessing an amazing ear and an insatiable love for playing and performing, Jaden’s repertoire includes her beautiful and touching originals, as well as many covers by Michael Franti & Spearhead, Trevor Hall, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Ziggy Marley, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Peter Tosh, U2, Brett Dennen, and many more.
She has had some great opportunities to play with Michael Franti and Spearhead, Trevor Hall, Chris Steele, Keaton Simons, Scott Messersmith, Garrett Sayers, Rob Drabkin, Curtis Salgado, Roy Wooten, Steve Kimock, Dave Watts, Radioactive, Matt Butler and The Everyone Orchestra, and many other amazing artists.
Jaden has performed at national venues such as the House Of Blues in San Diego, The Gothic Theater in Denver, The Fox Theater in Boulder, and at numerous festivals across the country as well as at many benefits. She is also involved with some wonderful organizations such as Love, Hope, Strength and Feed Them With Music, and is an Arbor Collective Musician.
Jaden recorded her full-length CD “Tell Me What You See” here at Faultline along side Michael Ver Steegt and Starita featuring Keaton Simons, Rob Drabkin, Chris Steele (Trevor Hall), Dave Shul (Spearheard) Oren Williams(Rockin’ Heads, Pirate Radio) and Eric Grant.
Her band at Harmony Festival will consist of Oren Williams on drums and Michael Ver Steegt on bass. Oren has recorded at Faultline many times and is coming, yet again, with his own band Pirate Radio to work with our in-house producer/engineer, Starita.
Jaden will be playing Friday, June 10th from 3:30-4:30 so, be sure to check her out!
SOJA also came through Faultline to mix a tune with our own Yosh!. This band has definitely made waves across the world!
In 2005 the band hit the road… and they hit the road hard. Often dubbed “road warriors”, SOJA has brought their unique sound and stage show to nearly every city in North America, as well as many cities throughout Europe, South America, the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean. While touring in Puerto Rico the band linked up with sax player Hellman Escorcia & trumpet player Rafael Rodriguez. These two exceptional musicians earned their position as SOJA’s mainstay horn section by helping further develop the band’s eclectic sound.
With no signs of slowing down – SOJA is planning a world tour for 2011/2012 in support of their upcoming album release. It’s all about the message in the music for this band. “People think we write music about the earth for the earth’s sake, but its not really like that. If we harm the earth, it will reject us. For all we know, its happened one hundred times before. This place gets too hot, that’s it. Reset button. That’s why I sing what I sing – to pull us all in the same direction, the same future. Without that, were finished (Jacob Hemphill).”
SOJA hits the stage Sunday, June 12th from 3-4:30 so, be there!
We are proud to call these artists members of The Faultline Family and look forward to watching them rock The Harmony Festival!!!!!
Last Faultline Friday was stellar! We had spontaneous jam sessions between many artists… Radioactive (Michael Franti and Spearhead, Sly and Robbie) and Oren Williams (Pirate radio, Rockin’ Heads, Jaden Carlson) just to name a couple.
Haven’t seen the inside the walls of San Francisco’s premier recording studio? Well, Faultline Fridays is your chance!
Faultline Fridays is a casual monthly gathering of the musical minds of San Francisco. The goal is to create a sense of community in our, otherwise lacking, San Francisco music scene. Whether you are a musician, engineer, producer or just a music fan….all are welcome! Just ring the 1137 buzzer for entry. Be sure to put the LAST FRIDAY OF JUNE, 6/24, on your calendar because you never know who may come through.
We hope to see you there!