Bridge City Hustle- Brooklyn, NY

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Photo Credit: Derek Sexton Horani 


This was sort of the crossroads for all of our musical influences. We come from a variety of backgrounds, jazz, funk, pop, rock…but soul music was the one language that we all knew and respected. Especially in a time with so much homogenized music in the pop and radio world, we have something to say that is a bit more raw, something the average person can understand.

Johnny Burgos, Lead Vocals/ Percussion
Dave Zerio, Drums/ Keys
Pete O’neill, Bass/ BG Vocs
John Bendy, Guitar
Dan Cherouny, Alto Sax/ BG Vocs

How did Bridge City Hustle come to be?

Bridge City Hustle actually started out as a group of session musicians backing up local talent in the NYC area. We ended up ​playing so many shows together as sidemen, we developed a natural  r​ap​port, and decided to persue our common language which was soul music.

When did Music become a purpose over a passion?

Well many people feel passion for music, but there is so much more that goes into turning a love into a movement, or into a career. It was very easy for us to communicate musically, but when it comes to getting a bunch of musicians on the same schedule to work, rehearse, and write, it can be difficult.

​Although​ seeing the response from our fans both during our kickstarter campaign, as well as at shows has really inspired our work ethic and sense of commercial awareness. We’re excited to see how it effects the sound of our new material.

The Debut EP! What was the inspiration behind the Album? Where was it recorded? Self produced? 

* All such talented musicians, behind the scenes as well. Does it ever feel like there are too many cooks in the kitchen?

I think we were inspired first of all by each other – it takes a while to find musicians in a city so big that you feel you can create with. New York City is a big inspiration as well….living in a place where you have to Hustle all the time just to make ends meet pushes you to see how far you can take a passion. Otherwise, we’re trying to emulate our heroes and contribute something that we feel is filling a hole in the current musical landscape.

Our writing and production process is very collaborative. With the majority of us also being producers and engineers based out of NYC’s FLUX Studios, the recording process is usually a bit of a geek fest, nonetheless, super fun. We recorded most of the EP in a day of tracking at Flux with head engineer, Daniel Sanint and spent a few weeks doing some overdubs. We then tracked “​Mama​” and “​Can’t Let Go​”​again with John Bendy on guitar.

The EP highlights the expertise that each of us bring to our craft, and our recordings bring out attention to detail that we consider to be our standard. Similar to the music, we utilize vintage techniques in production and recording in order to maintain a clean, contemporary sound. We all bring an equal amount of creativity to the writing process, whether it be a riff, a progression or a groove as well as the personal touches we put on our parts.

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Riley Etheridge Jr. – New York City

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“I really cherish my relationship with the fans. I remember a gig in North Carolina. During the third or fourth song people came down from their seats and danced. It just lifted all of us up, it was fun, and I realized a new way I could connect with people.”

Name:  Riley Etheridge Jr.

Where are you writing this:  Battery Park City, New York

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 1. Home is where your story begins, please tell us a little about yours.

Home is now NYC- but my heart still thinks of South Carolina, Louisiana and California as home because of the meaningful periods of my life I spent in each location.


2. How would you best define your musical style?


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Matthew Mole- Cape Town, South Africa

I try to live my life a little differently to the way most people think it should be done. For me, music is very closely linked to that. I like to try and bring my hopes and beliefs through that. What I aim to achieve is for people be affected by my music – in a great way, a way that will make them think about where they’re at. Something that everyone can relate to.

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A Fresh Independence favorite of 2014. Only good things to come from this one… 

 Home is where your story begins, tell us a bit about yours?

My Dad taught me how to play guitar. For years I would learn how to play any song I heard. Years later I started writing my own songs. When I finished school I studied music production where I realised that I wanted to write and perform my songs quite a lot.

How did Just Music find you?

Renee Frouws, this amazing photographer, sent some of my stuff to the great people of Just Music. They got in contact with me and we met up. I really loved everything about Just Music, so we signed the deal.

Which Band/ Artist was your first concert & what do you remember most about that moment?

A Hog Hoggidy Hog headline show. Punk Ska at it’s best. I found myself in the middle of a wild mosh-pit and by the time it was over I had lost one of my really nice vans shoes.

Shout-out to your current favorite Band or Artist?

High Highs. I love that band!

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Side Saddle – Astoria, NY

“Like there isn’t anything to keep me from you…eternally barged in on my routine reverie and I have wasted a legion of seemingly good opportunities but waste I will no more you’ll find my steady hand reaching for you”

1.  Name: Ian Patrick McGuinness

     Age: 28

     Where are you writing this?  In my living room.


2.  Home is where your story begins, please tell us a little about yours. 

 Right now home is Astoria, NY and I love it. I live in a 3-bedroom apartment with two of my old band-mates. It’s close to the rehearsal space, the studio and the bakery. What more could you need? I grew up in the suburbs of New York (About an hour upstate from the City). My father was and still is an equine teacher and caretaker of 20 horses and my mother is a nurse. I have an older sister and of course there is Kizzy, a golden retriever. Growing up, band practice was always in the basement of my house so it was consistently loud and full of kids. When we weren’t practicing, we were outside. We had a nice backyard and patio so we could play out there and grill in the summer. It was a pretty ideal situation.

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3.  How did Side Saddle come to be? 

I started writing some songs that were a little too folky for the band that I was in and I was looking for a bit of a change. I decided to start a side project.


4.  When did you know that music was going to be such a big part of your life? 

I’m not sure when that moment happened. It always seemed to be the one thing I could do for a long period of time and not get bored or distracted by something else. But if I had to pick a moment it was probably when my neighbor/family friend Vivian gave me her late husbands Tascam 4 track. I sat down and wrote my first complete song and you know what… it wasn’t that bad.


5. You must be filled with excitement with the release of your debut EP titled The Postcard. 

I am suuuuuuuper excited! It has been a long time coming. I started recording some of these songs last May so it will feel like a huge weight off my shoulders for sure.

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