Episode 99 – Heddie Leonne

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Height Zone World 99. My guest this week is Heddie Leonne. She’s an MC from Olympia, WA. She’s been in the bands Nextdoor Neighbors, Night Fox and Everybody Weekend. She’s currently working on her solo hip-hop debut. We first met when I played in Olympia with her band in 2007.

She talks about starting Nextdoor Neighbors with her friend Kathy Cote, and the forward momentum they felt during their early years as a band. We talk about the confusion she felt when that project came to halt, and her struggle to regain her composure in the music world. We discuss the newfound freedom she’s established with her solo projects, and the moves she’s made in the Olympia hip-hop scene.

Mike Riley’s art this week is an homage to The Fugee’s The Score. This episode is hosted by Splice Today.

http://www.splicetoday.com/music/splice-presents-height-zone-world-ep-99-heddie-leonne

Episode 98 – Don’t Cry Paula

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My guests this week are Don’t Cry Paula. They’re a hip-hop duo from Little Rock, Arkansas. We first met when we played a show together in Arkansas in the fall of 2013.

They talk about their early solo ventures, and the shared influences that inspired them to join forces. I ask them what it’s like to do what they do in a place like Little Rock. They tell me about the making of their recently-released triple album, Rogue Dreamscapes.

Mike Riley’s art this week is an homage to UTFO’s Skeezer Pleezer. This episode is hosted by Splice Today.

http://www.splicetoday.com/music/splice-presents-height-zone-world-ep-98-don-t-cry-paula

Episode 96 – Weird Paul

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My guest this week is Weird Paul. He’s a Pittsburgh-based musician that’s been putting out amazing albums since the mid-80s. We first met when we played a show together in Pittsburgh in 2005.

He talks about releasing about his first homemade tapes in high school, and making his live debut at a Beat Happening show in 1988. He tells me about Homestead Records putting out his Lo Fidelity, Hi Anxiety album in 1991, and the confusion he felt after severing ties with that label. He explains the feeling of being on a windy/rocky path toward success, and says he feels more confident than ever that music is his calling.

Mike Riley’s art this week is an homage to Too Short’s Cocktails. This episode is hosted by Splice Today.

http://www.splicetoday.com/music/splice-presents-height-zone-world-ep-97-weird-paul-petroskey

Episode 95 – Mikal kHill

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My guest this week is Mikal kHill. He’s a North Carolina-based MC and producer, and a member of Thought Criminals and Malibu Shark Attack. We first met when we played a show together in Charlotte, NC in 2011.

He talks about his early solo efforts, and about how being embraced by nerdcore hip-hop fans helped push his career forward. I asked him about his outlook on balancing music, fatherhood and a day job. He talks his new years-in-the-making solo album, and explains why that will probably be his final solo album.

Mike Riley’s art this week is an homage to Y’all So Stupid’s Van Full of Pakistans. This episode is hosted by Splice Today.

http://www.splicetoday.com/music/splice-presents-height-zone-world-ep-95-mikal-khill