Performance Anxiety

Marc Shea

Have you ever wanted to sit down with your favorite artists and talk about what happens behind the scenes? Have you wanted to hear the crazy stories about recording, touring, and creating art that we all know exist? Performance Anxiety gets those stories for you.

Side Projects: Michael Goldberg On James Calvin Wilsey
1w ago
Side Projects: Michael Goldberg On James Calvin Wilsey
With two notes, James Calvin Wilsey announced his presence to the music world at large. But by the time Wicked Game launched Chris Isaak, Rowland Sally, Kenney Dale Johnson, & James Calvin Wilsey onto MTV and in front of millions, Jimmy was already living a very rock & roll lifestyle; one that would lead him to crash and burn half an album later. Journalist and author Michael Goldberg joins the podcast to discuss James Wilsey and the new book he’s written about his life, death, & the music he left behind. It may be the most heartbreaking episode I’ve recorded. Michael discusses Jimmy’s early days in school and how he started playing with The Avengers in San Francisco, meeting Chris Isaak and deciding he didn’t want to play with him, initially. We also talk about his time as a consultant for Apple and in IT for a Hollywood marketing company. But even through his addiction to heroin, Jimmy was always working on music. In addition to the solo album he released, El Dorado, there was so much more, including music with Billy Idol and Lana Del Rey. It’s a heartbreaking and fascinating story. Pick up Michael’s book Wicked Game - The True Story of Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey from HoZac Books. A percentage of the sales will go to help Jimmy’s son, Waylon. There’s a link in the notes. Follow Michael on social media to see what he’s up to. Follow us @PerformanceAnx on social media. Buy stuff at performanceanx.threadless.com. Or buy us a cup of coffee at ko-fi.com/performanceanxiety. Now get some tissues and check out the story of James Calvin Wilsey with Michael Goldberg on Performance Anxiety, part of Pantheon Podcasts.
Fabulous
28-07-2022
Fabulous
I don’t even want to do an introduction because I just want to get into these stories. I’m joined by Simon “Spence” Dudfield and Martyn Goodacre of Fabulous. They exploded and flamed out in a span of 18 months. But they accumulated a lifetime of stories in that blink of an eye! They weren’t even musicians when they started the band. They’re STILL not musicians! They had somewhere between 8-10 bassists in that year and a half. They even wrote a song about one. Well, it was Craig Pike and he didn’t technically join the band because he died.But they DID have Keanu Reeves in the band for a minute, after stuffing him in the trunk of their car. Another member just wandered off stage, mid-gig, never to be seen again…almost. And speaking of shows, theirs were so volatile that they only lasted 10-15 minutes and were banned from the majority of venues they played. They were kidnapped and beaten after one particularly intense show.They blew off chances to work with Andy Weatherall, Rick Rubin, & The Beastie Boys. It is a short lived musical career filled with destruction, fights, and regret. And it’s possibly the most insane collection of stories I have ever heard in one place. Check out Fabulous wherever you get music. Follow them on socials @fckdXfabulous. Follow us @PerformanceAnx. Support us with merch at performanceanx.threadless.com or with coffee at ko-fi.com/performanceanxiety. You can also help with a 5 star rating or review. Now prepare to lose your mind with Fabulous on Performance Anxiety on the Pantheon Podcast Network.
Ivan Nahem (Ritual Tension, Swans)
05-07-2022
Ivan Nahem (Ritual Tension, Swans)
Ivan Nahem had no choice but to be creative. Born in the 50’s, his mother was a graphic designer and his father played professional baseball. In fact, his dad, Sam, played a big part in the integration of minority players into Major League Baseball. But Ivan was drawn to music. He wanted to play drums, but he was told he had to learn the accordion first. After some less than constructive criticism about his prowess with that instrument, he decided he wasn’t musical and turned to poetry. After moving cross country twice, playing with a few bands, he formed the band Ritual Tension. Ivan talks alot about that and how that led to him playing dums on two Swans albums. Ivan is open and honest about all of this, his writing, yoga, and even losing his son in 2013. Ivan has been busy during the past few COVID tainted years. In addition to releasing a new Ritual Tension album at the beginning of the pandemic, he has recorded and just released a solo album called Crawling Through Grass. It’s one of the most unique (in a good way) albums I’ve heard in a while. Think ambient punk. Give Ivan a follow @ivan.nahem or @ritualtension on Instagram and Facebook. Pick up Crawling Through Grass through Arguably Music. Follow us @PerformanceAnx on social media. You can help us out with a review, a coffee (ko-fi.com/performanceanxiety) or buying yourself something nice at performanceanx.threadless.com. Now listen in on the conversation with me & Ivan Nahem on Performance Anxiety,, part of Pantheon Podcasts.
Queen Kwong & Skeleton Joe
23-06-2022
Queen Kwong & Skeleton Joe
I’m thrilled to welcome Carré Callaway and Joe Cardamone, AKA Queen Kwong and Skeleton Joe. Carré talks about growing up in a hotel and her dad’s industrial/punk nightclub in Denver. Once she started focusing on music (this would be AFTER her 6th grade band, Population 3) one of her first gigs was opening for Nine Inch Nails and, as she describes it, messing up on a large scale. She’s also written music with him that’s never come out! But she really started finding her voice after meeting Joe Cardamone from The Icarus Line. With Joe’s help Carré has developed a unique, improvisational style of recording albums. In fact, their maxim is the first take may not be the best sounding but it’s the most honest. So they try to stick to that whenever possible. It has worked for her albums as well as the Quarentina film project she and Joe collaborated on.Carré also discusses her late diagnosis of cystic fibrosis and how that has affected her. She’s got a new album out soon called Couples Only. She tells me why she used that name and how much of the record is about reclaiming her voice after a pretty rough divorce. Follow her @QueenKwong on social media. Follow joe_cardamone. Follow us @PerformanceAnx. Support the show with a review or money. Merch is available through performanceanx.threadless.com. You can buy a cup of coffee & give it to the show via ko-fi.com/performanceanxiety. Now check out Queen Kwong and Skeleton Joe on Performance Anxiety on Pantheon Podcasts.
Felix Bechtolsheimer (Curse Of Lono, Hey Negrita)
16-06-2022
Felix Bechtolsheimer (Curse Of Lono, Hey Negrita)
Today’s guest is Felix Bechtolsheimer; and I’m only going to say that once. His band, Curse Of Lono has a new album out called People In Cars. But before we get into that, we talk about a lot of stuff. Felix has my unfailing respect and admiration for being completely open and honest about the path that led him to go to rehab, including a harrowing experience in an experimental opioid addiction program in a German mental hospital! But music is one thing that helped pull him through. He wrote over 100 songs during that period.Soon after that, he started his band Hey Negrita and Felix reveals why they gave themselves that unusual name. After that band ceased, Felix spent some time studying at the London Film Academy before starting his current band, Curse Of Lono. Another unusual name, another interesting story behind it. They’ve just released their latest album, which was no easy feat. It was difficult for anyone to create an album during Covid, but Felix also lost his father, and uncle, his former partner, and eventually, his entire band. But the album is beautiful. There’s even a song inspired by a French punk rocker who robbed a bank, disappeared for 30 years, then turned himself in. Pick up the new album, People In Cars, wherever you get music. Follow Curse Of Lono on the socials. Follow us @PerformanceAnx. Support us, won't you, with a review, buying merch at performanceanx.threadless.com, or with coffee at ko-fi.com/performanceanxiety. Now buckle up for one hell of a conversation with Felix from Curse Of Lono on Performance Anxiety on the Pantheon Podcast Network.
Pierce Turner
07-06-2022
Pierce Turner
Pierce Turner and I begin this episode talking about castles and end it discussing Patsy Cline & Roy Orbison. But in between we do manage to touch on his career. He’s been playing music since he was a kid in Ireland in the 60’s. He couldn’t help it; it was all around him. His mom had her own band and the family had their own music store. And as a 14 year old kid, he was in charge of inventory! He was even in a 60’s Irish version of a boy band. But he wanted to start writing his own music, so he struck out on his own, which led him and a bandmate to fly to NYC with no plan; not even a place to stay when they landed! His first recordings in America almost ruined his career by attracting a bunch of weird Aleister Crowley fanatics!But he started writing music for modern dance and working with Philip Glass before starting a true solo career. His sound has shifted over the decades, including ditching the traditional band format and working only with string quartets. His new album features David Bowie guitarist Gerry Leonard and a rhythm section of Tony Shanahan from Patti Smith & Beck and Yuvel Lion from David Byrne. It’s called Terrible Good, because that’s exactly what it is. And Philip Glass returns! Check it out in the usual places. Check out Pierce’s website, pierceturner.com for more info. Follow us @PerformanceAnx on social media, rate & review, if you please. You can show support with a cup of coffee at ko-fi.com/performanceanxiety, picking up a shower curtain or two at performanceanx.threadless.com. So grab a pint and enjoy Pierce Turner on Performance Anxiety on Pantheon Podcasts.
Jeff Young (Megadeth, Tenifer Jinn)
02-06-2022
Jeff Young (Megadeth, Tenifer Jinn)
This episode has been a long time in the making. I initially reached out to guitarist Jeff Young Well over a year ago, but the timing was never right. Well once the timing was right, we made up for lost time. Jeff and I had an epic discussion about his first exposure to listening and playing music (he took viola lessons in 1st grade!). He recounts the BB gun trade that literally changed his life. He moved from Dayton, OH to Hollywood to seriously pursue music. After many false starts, he was about ready to give up and move back to Ohio when he had his first encounter with Megadeth. But it wasn’t his gig, yet. Jeff is honest about his time in Megadeth and why he left the band, his want ad on Headbanger’s Ball, signing with Diamond Dave Management but passing on being Steve Vai’s replacement for David Lee Roth’s band; which led to Jason Becker getting the gig; which Jeff is extremely happy about. But after a while, Jeff DID leave music and went to The WHarton School for Business to help save the family business. But a wild series of events got him back into music, playing Farm Aid & hanging with Willie Nelson on his tour bus, and eventually moving to Brazil to play with members of the legendary Assad family. Now Jeff has a lot of irons in the fire, including the band with his better half called Tenifer Jinn, his YouTube channel Music Lives Live, the streaming show he’s done for over 11 years, Music Without Boundaries, and a MEGA new project that is in the works. Follow Jeff @jeffscottyoung on twitter, @jeffyoungguitar on Instagram. Follow us @PerformanceAnx on both. You can support us with reviews or with money on ko-fi.com/performanceanxiety or performanceanx.threadless.com. Now buckle up for an epic mega episode with Jeff Young on Performance Anxiety on Patheon Podcasts.
OV Stars
24-05-2022
OV Stars
This episode I talk with Alice Genese & Shaune Pony Heath; two friends who would meet on Tuesdays to talk and informally play some music in their living rooms. Those meetings eventually became the band OV Stars. Alice talks to me about how she grew up a block from the legendary venue, Maxwell’s, in Hoboken, NJ. She began her music career playing bass with Gut Bank and Sexpod. She eventually met up with Genesis P-Orridge and played bass for Psychic TV for the last 20 years.Shaune discusses growing up in Pretoria, South Africa and how the music scene was the ultimate in DIY, sometimes meaning you had to build your own stage from tires and soil,Alice and Shaune had written so much music together that recording was the obvious next step. Shaune tells me about being terrified but how being immediately thrown in the deep end didn’t give him time to overthink the process. So go check out the OV Stars EP, Tuesdays, on Bandcamp. Follow them on all the socials. And if you happen to be in Asbury Park, NJ, stop by The Stone Pony and get one of Alice’s Jell-O shots! Give us a follow @PerformanceAnx on the socials, if you aren’t doing so already. Rate & review. Check out our YouTube Channel. Email theperformanceanxietypod@gmail.com with your thoughts. You can send support our way via ko-fi.com/performanceanxiety or get merch at performanceanx.threadless.com. Now let’s be like Pony and jump right into this episode’s deep end on Performance Anxiety on the Pantheon Podcast Network.
Trinelise Væring (Tone Of Voice Orchestra)
19-05-2022
Trinelise Væring (Tone Of Voice Orchestra)
We go international this episode with Tone Of Voice Orchestra’s Trinelise Væring. Her family enjoyed music when she was growing up, but it wasn’t a career choice. She didn’t even think about it after recording two jazz albums while in school, studying architecture! But somehow she wound up marrying a musician. Once she finally made the decision to focus on music, she decided she needed to find her own voice; and it wasn’t going to be in jazz. So she completely changed her musical style, but lost a portion of her audience when she did it. It was also at this point that she decided to write exclusively in her native Danish. Speaking of Danish, I do a pretty good job butchering the language in this episode, including getting several definitions wrong. That leads us to Trinelise’s latest project Tone Of Voice Orchestra. She tells us the difference between her husband’s fantasy of what the band would be and the reality of what it is. Somehow, they managed to get all ten members together to record this album during the pandemic. And they’ll be releasing even more, later on this year. Follow Trinelise and the group @tone_of_voice_orchestra on Instagram and Facebook. You can also check out vaering.com for links to buy the album. Rate & review the podcast! Follow us @PerformanceAnx on socials. Support is accepted via ko-fi.com/performanceanxiety or performanceanx.threadless.com. Now let’s get started with Trinelise Væring of Tone Of Voice Orchestra on Performance Anxiety on the Pantheon Podcast Network.