Jason Webley is a man of many talents. I met him during the preparations for his 11-11-11 concert in Seattle last year, which I was honored to cover. This particular show was the culmination of a massive tour spanning 35 countries. Jason had invited numerous friends to come along and add their own touch to this special event, including fellow indie rocker Amanda Palmer and writer Neil Gaiman. And the show was pure magic. It blew yours truly – and as far as I could see everyone else present – completely away.

Webley’s music wants to be listened to, just as he claims it insists on being written. He manages everything himself, from writing songs and music, to planning tours, booking gigs and promoting them. I was thrilled when he agreed to share a few insights into the workings of a true indie rock star, running his own show and doing it well. Continue reading…


Tomo: Songwriting, Doubts and Inspiration

Tomo Nakayama of Grand Hallway

I almost never met Tomo Nakayama. When I was supposed to, his quiet demeanor fooled me into not recognizing the Japanese born singer and songwriter. He is the front man in Seattle based indie band, Grand Hallway, whose recent album “Promenade” has been getting some well-deserved attention and airplay. Luckily, he recognized my ugly mug, [...]

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