Episodes

  • Welcome back to the Queers to the Front Podcast, and welcome to Season 2. Our podcast is now Patreon-exclusive, please head over to our Patreon for the full version: https://www.patreon.com/queerstothefront

    For this episode, I had the pleasure to sit down with Missy from Mannequin Pussy right before their EP release for "Perfect". Tune in to learn about Missy’s journey into music and video direction, the story behind the new EP, and most importantly what she really thinks of TikTok.

  • Welcome back to the Queers to the Front Podcast, and welcome to Season 2. Our podcast is now Patreon-exclusive, so we’d love for you to come join us over there: https://www.patreon.com/queerstothefront

    For this episode, I had the pleasure to sit down with Missy from Mannequin Pussy right before their EP release for "Perfect". Tune in to learn about Missy’s journey into music and video direction, the story behind the new EP, and most importantly what she really thinks of TikTok.

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  • Welcome back to the Queers to the Front Podcast, and welcome to Season 2. From here on, our podcast will be Patreon-exclusive, so we’d love for you to come join us over there: https://www.patreon.com/queerstothefront

    For this first episode, I had the pleasure to chat to Shawna Potter – both known for her book “Making Spaces Safer” and her band War on Women. Tune in to learn about Shawna’s journey into music, War on Women’s new album “Wonderful Hell”, and how she ended up starting her own podcast mid-pandemic to her own surprise.

  • Welcome back to the Queers to the Front Podcast! For this episode, I had the pleasure to chat to Brian Walker. Brian is a musician under the name “A Day Without Love”, an author, podcaster, activist, and filmmaker. Tune in to learn about Brian’s journey into music and writing, how he stays inspired, and most importantly his favorite between Wawa and Sheetz!

    Brian co-produced a documentary with Brianna Spause called "Safe and Sound" exploring the value of safer spaces in the US music scene. The trailer is out TODAY!

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    Production: Maja Liv Groves

    Promo Photo Credits: tbc

    Logo Graphic Design: Luke Phillips 

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    A Day Without Love: https://adaywithoutlove.bandcamp.com/

    Safe and Sound trailer: https://www.bsproductions.co/safe-sound-film/

    Dreams Not Memes Podcast: https://www.adaywithoutlove.com/dreams-not-memes-podcast

    Brian Socials: @adaywithoutlove

    QTTF Socials: @queerstothefront

    QTTF Website: https://www.queerstothefront.com/

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    Song Used in Intro, Interlude, & Outro:

    "Going" (feat. Samryebread), Brian Walker feat. Samryebread, 2019

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    QTTF Podcast:

    https://podtail.com/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/id1530882308

    https://open.spotify.com/show/6nzsFmULG3kCB2giTovQRd

  • Welcome back to a one-off behind-the scenes special of “Meet the Artist behind the new QTTF Visual Branding”. Lucinda Livingstone is dual-career industry professional, both working as a graphic designer and musician. Tune in for an in-depth conversation on Lucinda’s journey into music and graphic design, the evolution of Cultdreams, and staying inspired.

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    Editing/Mixing: Maja Liv Groves

    Promo Photo Credits: @gingerdope

    Logo Graphic Design: Luke Phillips (http://linktr.ee/lizard.phillips)

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    Cultdreams: https://cultdreams.bandcamp.com/

    Nervus: https://nervus.bandcamp.com/

    Bloodflower Design: https://www.bloodflowerdesign.com/

    Lucinda Socials: @lucindalivingstone

    QTTF Socials: @queerstothefront

    QTTF Website: https://queerstothefront.com

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    Song Used in Intro & Interludes:

    "Brain Daze" (Instrumental), Cultdreams, Things That Hurt, 2019

    Song Used in Outro:

    "Born An Underdog, Still Living One", Cultdreams, Things That Hurt, 2019

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    QTTF Podcast:

    https://podtail.com/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/id1530882308

    https://open.spotify.com/show/6nzsFmULG3kCB2giTovQRd

  • For episode #10, QTTF founder Maja sits down with Achan Malonda, musician and performer based in Berlin, Germany. Achan is a performer of many talents – from playing in a punk band as a teenager, to singing at weddings, to performing in “The Lion King”, to finally writing her own songs, she has a lot of stories to tell – tune in to learn about Achan’s journey into music, as well as her ways of finding balance and perspective in an unprecented time.

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    Editing/Mixing: Maja Liv Groves

    Promo Photo Credits: Achan Malonda

    Logo Graphic Design: Luke Phillips (http://linktr.ee/lizard.phillips)

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    MALONDA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmwGIhp-uZQ&ab_channel=FrauMalonda

    Achan Socials: @fraumalonda

    QTTF Socials: https://linktr.ee/queerstothefrontbooking

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    QTTF Podcast:

    https://podtail.com/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/id1530882308

    https://open.spotify.com/show/6nzsFmULG3kCB2giTovQRd

  • Welcome back for episode #9! This time, QTTF founder Maja sits down with Zahra Haji Fath Ali Tehrani, Young Women's Music Project leader and musician under the name Despicable Zee. Grab a hot beverage and get comfy for an intimate conversation on single motherhood, 2020's global movements for social justice, tour drumming, and re-connecting with heritage.

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    Editing/Mixing: Maja Liv Groves

    Promo Photo Credits: Zahra Haji Fath Ali Tehrani

    Logo Graphic Design: Luke Phillips (http://linktr.ee/lizard.phillips)

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    Young Women's Music Project: https://www.ywmp.org.uk/

    Despicable Zee: https://despicablezee.bandcamp.com/

    Zahra Socials: @DespicableZee

    QTTF Socials: https://linktr.ee/queerstothefrontbooking

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    QTTF Podcast:

    https://podtail.com/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/id1530882308

    https://open.spotify.com/show/6nzsFmULG3kCB2giTovQRd

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    Song Used in Intro: 'Togetherness', Despicable Zee, tbc

    Song Used in Outro: 'Counting Cars', 2019, Despicable Zee, Atigheh - عتیقه

    Written and Produced by zhfatehrani.com
    Mixed by francineperry.com
    Mastered by katietavini.co.uk

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    Please note: Zahra is not the founder of Young Women's Music Project, but the current project leader; this was falsely stated in the intro sequence.

     

  • “The Beach Boys invented rock, the Beatles invented rock..” - How often have you heard that phrase? This week, QTTF founder Maja sits down with Lindsey Miller, New York-based artist manager and founder of Otherways Music and co-founder of Heathers Artist Management to discuss representation in music and the myth that white men invented rock and blues music. Also, Maja and Lindsey talk about artist management, how to get started and how to find the right connections.  If you are an aspiring artist manager, or looking to get into this field, this episode is for you.

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    Editing/Mixing: Maja Liv Groves

    Promo Photo Credits: Lindsey Miller

    Logo Graphic Design: Luke Phillips (http://linktr.ee/lizard.phillips)

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    Heathers Artist MGMT: https://www.heathersartistmgmt.com/

    Otherways Music: https://otherwaysmusic.com/

    Lindsey Socials: @caulitacoqueen

    QTTF Socials: https://linktr.ee/queerstothefrontbooking

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    QTTF Podcast:

    https://podtail.com/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/id1530882308

    https://open.spotify.com/show/6nzsFmULG3kCB2giTovQRd

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  • This week, QTTF founder Maja sits down with Mimi Jasson and Janey Starling from Dream Nails, one of the most exciting bands in the UK right now that’s just starting to gain fans on the other side of the Atlantic too. Sit in on a lively conversation on how to stay connected with fans in 2020, disrupting white supremacist urgency culture, and what a music industry that’s actually run by musicians could look like.

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    Editing/Mixing: Maja Liv Groves

    Promo Photo Credits: Chloe Newman

    Logo Graphic Design: Luke Phillips (http://linktr.ee/lizard.phillips)

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    Dream Nails s/t: https://dreamnails.bandcamp.com/album/dream-nails

    Dream Nails Socials: https://linktr.ee/dreamnailsband

    QTTF Socials: https://linktr.ee/queerstothefrontbooking

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    QTTF Podcast:

    https://podtail.com/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/id1530882308

    https://open.spotify.com/show/6nzsFmULG3kCB2giTovQRd

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    Song Used in Outro: ‘Kiss My Fist’, Dream Nails s/t, Dream Nails 2020

    All songs produced, mixed and recorded in Liverpool, UK by Tarek Musa at Bungalow Beach Studios. Additional backing vocals recorded in London, UK by Alex Mackenzie at Rainy Studios. Mastered by Mike Cave at Loft Mastering.

    All songs written and recorded by Dream Nails. Dream Nails are: Janey Starling (lead vocals), Anya Pearson (guitar, vocals), Mimi Jasson (bass, vocals) and Lucy Katz (drums, vocals).
    Artwork by Genie Espinosa

    This album has been supported by the PPL Momentum Music Fund. PPL Momentum is managed by PRS Foundation, with support from PPL, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Invest NI, with additional funding and support from Spotify. prsfoundation.com #PPLmomentum
    prsfoundation.com/funding-support/funding-music-creators/next-steps/ppl-momentum-music-fund/

  • For this episode, Queers to the Front Booking founder Maja sits down with Martin, mostly known as @gingerdope, UK-based touring photographer and videographer, widely known for her work with artists such as Cultdreams, Perkie and Petrol Girls. Maja and Martin talk about capturing movement in motion and still picture, finding work in the music industry, and also time travellers from the future and how in Maja’s mind it’s definitely their fault 2020 is so messed up because every time they try to fix the current version the resulting causality chain makes it even worse.

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    Editing/Mixing: Maja Liv Groves

    Promo Photo Credits: Martin (@gingerdope)

    Logo Graphic Design: Luke Phillips (http://linktr.ee/lizard.phillips)

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    Martin: @gingerdope

    Recent Motion Picture for Perkie’s “The Storm”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ez6ZVz8fY9Q&ab_channel=PerKie

    QTTF Socials: https://linktr.ee/queerstothefrontbooking

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    QTTF Podcast:

    https://podtail.com/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/id1530882308

    https://open.spotify.com/show/6nzsFmULG3kCB2giTovQRd

  • “I’m just excited to see a bunch more gay, queer girls in cheerleader uniforms” – a chat with Mia Berrin from Pom Pom Squad.

    In this week’s episode, Queers to the Front Booking founder Maja sits down with Mia Berrin for an intimate and personal conversation ranging from the evolution of Pom Pom Squad and the powerful re-appropriation of the cheerleader as the archetype of American White Femininity, to developing artistic vision and growing as an artist, and staying connected throughout, in Mia’s words, “this garbage dump of a year”.

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    Editing/Mixing: Maja Liv Groves

    Promo Photo Credits: Mia Berrin

    Logo Graphic Design: Luke Phillips (http://linktr.ee/lizard.phillips)

    Song Used in Outro: ‘Heavy Heavy’ by Pom Pom Squad, Ow, 2019

    Written by Mia Berrin
    Guitar/Vocals: Mia Berrin
    Lead Guitar: Alex Mercuri
    Bass: Mari Alé Figeman
    Drums: Shelby Keller

    Produced by Tommy Ordway and Pom Pom Squad
    Engineered by Tommy Ordway
    Mixed by Petey Mix
    Mastered by Rachel Lightner
    Special thanks to Raechel Rosen for her vocal booth

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    Pom Pom Squad: https://pompomsquad.bandcamp.com/

    QTTF Socials: https://linktr.ee/queerstothefrontbooking

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    QTTF Podcast:

    https://podtail.com/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/id1530882308

    https://open.spotify.com/show/6nzsFmULG3kCB2giTovQRd

  • For this week’s episode, Queers to the Front Booking founder Maja Liv Groves sits down with Rachel Dispenza, one half of Philadelphia’s Coping Skills and tour manager for artists such as Mannequin Pussy, Worriers, and more. Tune in to hear about Maja and Rachel discussing best practices for tour and merch management, crop tops, selling merch, and adapting to the pandemic.

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    Editing/Mixing: Iris Chang

    Promo Photo Credits: Chris Sikich (@countfeed)

    Logo Graphic Design: Luke Phillips (http://linktr.ee/lizard.phillips)

    Song Used in Outro: ‘I Don’t Feel Good About This’ by Coping Skills, 2020

    [For the detailed history of the last 6 years of this song, check out the More Talk, Less Rock podcast episode about it: tinyurl.com/moretalklessrock-2-9]

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    Coping Skills: https://copingskills.bandcamp.com/

    Rachel Dispenza: @agita_online

    QTTF Socials: https://linktr.ee/queerstothefrontbooking

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    QTTF Podcast:

    https://podtail.com/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/id1530882308

    https://open.spotify.com/show/6nzsFmULG3kCB2giTovQRd

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    Notes & Further Reading:

    The author mentioned throughout the episode was wrongly named “Rachel Solnit”. The correct name is Rebecca Solnit. The quote that was referred to (“The future is dark, which is the best thing the future can be, I think") is a quote by Virginia Woolf that Rebecca Solnit uses as a starting point for her essay ‘Woolf’s Darkness,’ in ‘Men Explain Things To Me.’

    The article that was referred to is: “American democracy dies in 60 days”, Umair Haque, Sep 5th, 2020, Eudaimonia & Co. - Link: https://eand.co/american-democracy-will-die-in-60-days-54ce25626c1c

  • This week, Queers to the Front Booking founder Maja Liv Groves joins with solo artist Efa Supertramp, fellow QTTF booking agent, and half of the infamous UK rave punk duo Killdren. Efa is known for being a political songwriter and activist that doesn’t hold back, who one time even accidentally made international news for getting uninvited from Glastonbury Festival after pissing off conservatives. From hitchhiking for shows to impossible tour routings to losing your voice, Efa and Maja have a lively conversation on the Do’s and Don’ts of being a touring musician.

    Efa Supertramp’s long-awaited new album “Apocalipstick Blues” is coming out in just a week on October 2nd.

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    Editing/Mixing: Iris Chang

    Promo Photo Credits: Hold My Pint Photography

    Logo Graphic Design: Luke Phillips (http://linktr.ee/lizard.phillips)

    Song Used in Outro: ‘The Scars’ by Efa Supertramp, Apocalipstick Blues, Afiach Records 2020

    Written and performed by Efa Supertramp
    Recorded, Produced + Mixed by Nick Ronin
    Mastering by Matt at MOA Mastering
    Artwork by Joe Baines Jackson @potatws
    Backing vocals on ‘The Scars’ by Nick Ronin

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    Killdren: https://killdren.bandcamp.com/

    Efa Supertramp: https://afiach.bandcamp.com/album/apocalipstick-blues

    QTTF Socials: https://linktr.ee/queerstothefrontbooking

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    QTTF Podcast:

    https://podtail.com/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/id1530882308

    https://open.spotify.com/show/6nzsFmULG3kCB2giTovQRd

  • This week, Queers to the Front Booking founder Maja sits down with fellow QTTF booking agent and Long Neck vocalist/guitarist Lily Mastrodimos to talk about booking tours, playing in shitty high school bands, staying connected with their audience and self-releasing “World’s Strongest Dog” during the pandemic.

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    Editing/Mixing: Iris Chang

    Graphic Design: Luke Phillips (http://linktr.ee/lizard.phillips)

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    Long Neck: https://longnecklass.bandcamp.com/album/worlds-strongest-dog

    Lily Mastrodimos: @Lily_Mastr0

    QTTF Socials: https://linktr.ee/queerstothefrontbooking

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    QTTF Podcast:

    https://podtail.com/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/

    https://podcasters.spotify.com/podcast/6nzsFmULG3kCB2giTovQRd/overview

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-queers-to-the-front-podcast/id1530882308

  • Our first ever podcast! Featuring our Queers to the Front team members, Maja Liv Groves (founder / booking agent / tour manager) and Iris Chang (booking agent / music festival freelancer). Tune in to chat with them about getting started in the music industry, going from DIY to professional work, and how to make DIY shows safer and more inclusive!

    Editing/Mixing: Iris Chang

    Graphic design: https://linktr.ee/lizard.phillips