“I felt like her story was something that needed to be said, so I gave it a voice of whatever I could. I felt like I was giving a voice to someone that didn’t have one” — Brian Fallon, 2016
In the Information Era, we have access to more music of more variety than ever before. It can be overwhelming. Websites have to narrow their scope to cover genres in depth, and many subgenre sites can be found for more expansive ones like rock or blues. This wealth of music has resulted in a golden age of creativity and reinvention, but the narrowed methods of distribution and promotion have made it difficult to appreciate this fully.
Radio, which was once a great way to find new music, is now controlled by a handful of people pushing a handful of genres. The forces that have replaced radio do not necessarily promote or make it easy to branch out. Spotify and Pandora offer great ways to find bands like the ones you already know, but few sites offer great ways to find music you don’t know to look for. Not many people are willing to actively seek out something bold and strange when it is so easy to stay in the realm of what you already know for so long. Which is fine, but then what is there for those who want what’s bold and strange? Those curious for what they don’t already know.
For those, there is Junkman Radio. I seek to find more artists who are pushing the envelope in a wider variety of ways. It is almost a survey course in what is happening in music today. Junkman Radio seeks to introduce its audience to things it never thought about before, to scenes they never heard of before.
ABOUT GREG VON TEIG
Greg von Teig is a Bostonian musician and podcaster. His penchant for performing and informing was clear as early as fourteen when he began giving lectures at conventions like ConnectiCon and Anime Boston. A drummer in elementary school, Greg refrained from music in middle school and much of high school. Shortly after picking up guitar (and for unrelated reasons), Greg left school, freeing up his time to practice intensely and hone his craft as quickly as possible. His progress became as intense as his passion.
Educated as a member of the Franklin Fellowship from the esteemed Boston Latin School, Greg von Teig’s education never had an emphasis on music. Though he attended a Berklee summer program, his education came more through his mentors, Pete Cassani of The Peasants teaching him the essential techniques and conventions of rock n roll while Martin Grosswendt taught Greg the traditions of delta blues and folk music. Greg draws on each of these to create music that unites the two genres into a single style.
Greg has released one self-written EP called Fear and Loathing in Judea: A Savage Pilgrimage to the Heart of the Semitic Dream, a Bruce Springsteen cover album called The Prisoner of His Dreams, and several covers released as singles. His latest release was a fusion of blues standards and punk elements called Blues in the Key of Anarchy.