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William Garrett's ROOM TONE podcast interviews are with creatives and thinkers talking about the path, the trip, how they got where they are and where they are going. Always an interesting story.

What is ROOM TONE? One definition states that room tone is the silence of the location and another says room tone is audible noises that make up a background sense of silence.

Every space has its own unique room tone and every conversation in that space creates a unique ROOM TONE all its own.

Dec 23, 2015

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with The Bangles co-founder, singer/songwriter and all around creative force, Susanna Hoffs. From an intellectual and enlightened family from LA, she grew up surrounded by Hollywood's creative elite.  Hoffs discovered punk rock in college, then co-founded The Bangles and made music history with worldwide hits. Solo records followed and a host of side projects including the band Ming Tea, the origin of Mike Myers's character Austin Powers. We cover lots of ground in a great conversation with a self described "go-getter"!

Dec 8, 2015

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with artist, musician and digital media entrepreneur Bob Holmes. Holmes shakes his family's judicial past, studied art at Rhode Island School of Design and was a founding member of the Grammy nominated 80's country punk band Rubber Rodeo. From there to producing tracks with the likes of David Bowie and KD Lang, Holmes is now the CEO of digital media agency Sudden Industries. From drawing naked ladies to creating digital environments for major companies, Holmes has been "failing upwards" all the way to the top.

Nov 16, 2015

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with musician, music educator and author Warren Zanes. Zanes joined the Del Fuegos at 17, then jumped back into school earning two masters and a PhD. A VP at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Zanes now is Director of Steven Van Zandt's Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. Zanes's latest project is his new book, Petty:The Biography, an unvarnished version of rocker Tom Petty's life so far.

Oct 27, 2015

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with Candace Stewart, legendary recording studio manager and den mother to the LA recording scene. Candace followed her trio of recording engineer brothers from Charleston SC to LA and joined the vibrant LA music scene. For over 30 years she has facilitated and been a witness to music history. Candace tells some great Rock N' Roll stories, talks about saving one of Hollywood's most legendary studios and her devotion to the craft of recording and those who make the records we love.

Oct 9, 2015

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with art and music critic, curator and poet Peter Frank. As art critic for the Soho Weekly News, The Village Voice, The LA Weekly and The Huffington Post, he has covered the art world on both coasts and beyond and as a curator, mounted shows at the Guggenheim Museum, PS/1 and many other museums and galleries. In this conversation we discuss his unique path of learning that included his parents, schools, and even summer camp, a move to Los Angeles in the midst of disillusionment with the New York art scene, the value of cultural criticism and connecting the dots in the increasingly crowded digital universe.

Sep 29, 2015

William Garrett’s ROOM TONE interview with JC Chandor, Oscar nominated Film Director and Screenwriter. In five short years JC has written and directed the films Margin Call, All is Lost and A Most Violent Year, with Hollywood’s top actors bringing his scripts to life. Garrett and Chandor discuss his earliest films made with the family video camera, how dyslexia hones other skills like memory and observation that serve a writer/director well, how a brief stint in Hollywood sent him quickly back east and trying hard not to screw up a pitch meeting with the legendary Robert Redford.

Sep 14, 2015

Check in with ROOM TONE's William Garrett for audio clips of this falls upcoming ROOM TONE interviews including Director/Screenwriter JC Chandor, Art Critic Peter Frank, Hollywood Super Agent Louise Ward, Record Producer/Engineer Ed Stasiun and the band Session Americana.

Aug 10, 2015

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with Vince Donovan, photographer, writer and computer systems/big data specialist. We talk about Vince's legendary store San Francisco photo studio, store and gallery Photobooth, discovering creativity through a childhood friend, the birth of the internet and how the puzzle pieces of our lives don't necessarily have to fit together.

Aug 6, 2015

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with Composer and Filter Theater co artistic director Tim Phillips. Tim talks about his musical journey from Terrace, British Columbia to London, NYC and Hollywood. Listen in and hear about flying 1000 miles for guitar lessons, scoring one of England's biggest TV shows, scoring star studded films and the next great plays and musicals destined for the London stage.

Jul 9, 2015

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with singer/songwriter Jesse Harris. The 2003 Song of the Year Grammy winner talks about penning hits for Norah Jones and others, post Grammy expectations, collaboration and co writing, and the realities of the modern music business.

Jul 9, 2015

William Garrett's ROOM TONE Interview with singer/songwriter Sasha Dobson. She touches on her musical upbringing, shifting from Jazz to Rock/Pop/Folk, her creative process, hanging out with Wilie Nelson and current projects including the band Puss n' Boots with Norah Jones and Catherine Popper.

Jul 8, 2015

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with Ilan Averbuch. A sculptor of international acclaim, Averbuch talks about his path to art, isolation and impatience as a creative force, how the landscape around you creates your artistic pallet, and how a Persian King from 600 BC connects to a modern day Los Angeles public art competition.

Jul 8, 2015

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with world renowned chefs, restaurateurs and owners of Al Forno in Providence, RI, Johanne Killeen and George Germon. The conversations touches on how art school makes you think, a cross dressing coffee roaster, what music and great food have in common, and that sometimes, it's just all about lust.

Jul 8, 2015

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with Tony Maserati, Grammy winning producer/engineer/mixer. Tony talks about early influences, working up from the bottom, Hip Hop's dawn in NYC and bringing music back to mixing.
Smart, humble and funny, Tony tells a great story...and he remembers EVERYONE"S name!!!

Jul 3, 2015

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with Rob Fusari, Producer, Songwriter and Performer. From Destiny’s Child to Lady Gaga to Cary Nokey, Rob has had a most interesting life in the music world.  In this interview they trace Rob's path and talk about the influence of his prizefighter father’s up and down career, hearing his first #1 hit on the radio for the first time, the good, the bad and the ugly of mega success and how drag queens suddenly make your wardrobe totally obsolete.

Jun 24, 2015

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with composer/musician Pat Irwin. Pat discusses being exposed to great musicians through journalism on a post college trip to Paris, forming Eight Eyed Spy and The Raybeats, composing for cartoons, documentaries, film and TV including Rocko's Modern Life, HBO's Bored to Death and Showtimes's Nurse Jackie, a three week gig with the B-52's that lasted 18 years, and playing a pine cone with iconic composer John Cage.

Jun 24, 2015

William Garrett's ROOM TONE with Video DJ, Remixer, Music Producer, film and Video Director MIKE RELM. They talk about getting started as a DJ, a technology breakthrough on a trip to Japan, Mike's youtube channel Relmvision with over 200,000 followers, how each new creative outlet feeds the others, and making it big; being served a steak by a naked woman.

Jun 18, 2015

William Garrett's ROOM TONE interview with singer/songwriter Aimee Mann. From Til Tuesday to Magnolia to The Both, Grammy and Oscar nominations, Aimee talks about High School Drama Club, heading to Boston from small town Virginia, breaking up with the giant corporate music business before it was hip, and how we need to google "crust punk".