Bringin' it Backwards

40 Episodes

By: Adam & Tera Lisicky

“Bringin' it Backwards" podcast -- a platform for both legendary and rising musicians to tell their personal stories on how they achieved stardom, providing invaluable information for all artists and music enthusiasts to have access to meaningful, and memorable advice to inspire their own creative journeys.This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at

Interview with Sam Haft
Last Saturday at 2:05 PM

We had the pleasure of interviewing Sam Haft over Zoom video!

Platinum-certified artist and songwriter Sam Haft woke up and chose violence on his new single “Grow Up” featuring CG5. This is the first track from Sam’s forthcoming electronic-pop EP Bad Times, due July 14. The bass-heavy track is accompanied by a grungey video from Emmy-nominated horror director Roxy Shih that follows a frustrated Haft looking for some sort of escape from his personal tensions – and finding that release in bullying some hapless high-schoolers in an over-the-top game of laser tag.

As the song progresses, the synth co...

Interview with grentperez
Last Saturday at 2:51 AM

We had the pleasure of interviewing grentperez over Zoom video!

Multi-genre pop crooner grentperez releases his highly anticipated EP, When We Were Younger, via Fast Friends & AWAL. Driven by grentperez’s nostalgia for his childhood, When We Were Younger blends the 21-year-old singer-songwriter’s signature bossa nova with sonic staples of the 90s, transporting listeners back in time. With sparkles of the swelling strings of golden-era Hollywood, as well as clear influence from the scores of rom-coms, his production mirrors his lyrical longing for the past, but told through the lens of the seasoned storyteller and musician he is t...

Interview with Donna Missal
Last Friday at 3:33 AM

We had the pleasure of interviewing Donna Missal over Zoom video!

In the summer of 2022, Donna Missal was disoriented to find herself living out of her car and on friends’ couches in Los Angeles, questioning whether she could continue – financially and emotionally – to make music. In the past five years, she had collected tens of millions of streams across platforms, cultivated a passionate fan base for her heartfelt songwriting, played festivals from Bonnaroo to Bottle Rock, and toured with high-profile artists including Lewis Capaldi, CHVRCHES, and King Princess. Rolling Stone calls her music “stunning”, and Billboard has hailed her “drop...

Interview with Story of the Year
Last Thursday at 2:29 AM

We had the pleasure of interviewing Story Of The Year over Zoom video!

Story Of The Year has recently released their long-awaited sixth studio album Tear Me To Pieces, via SharpTone Records. Featuring eleven new tracks – including previous singles “Real Life,” “Tear Me To Pieces,” “Take The Ride,” “War,” and “2005” – the new album is distinctly, invitingly, loudly Story Of The Year. Heartache, desperation, motivation, toxic relationships, pain, loss, anger - all of the essential ingredients of the classic Story Of The Year sound propel Tear Me to Pieces in dazzling new ways.

"I think this album will be a defining momen...

Interview with Shaun Farrugia
Last Tuesday at 1:05 PM

We had the pleasure of interviewing Shaun Farrugia over Zoom video!

Rising artist and songwriter Shaun Farrugia recently released his long awaited debut EP ‘Heaven Like Mine’ via Polydor.

‘Heaven Like Mine’ is tinged with emotion that’s both elevating yet deeply poignant, and continues to showcase the rising star’s effortlessly rich and raspy vocals against a backdrop of alt-pop goodness. Lined five tracks deep, the EP is delicately furnished with themes surrounding love, acceptance and modern day anxieties. Featuring previous singles ‘Dear God’ and ‘Count On You’, title track ‘Heaven Like Mine’ is abundant with uplifting folk insp...

interbiew with The Ongoing Concept
Last Tuesday at 2:09 AM

We had the pleasure of interviewing The Ongoing Concept over Zoom video!

We The band — brothers Dawson Scholz [vocals, guitar], Kyle Scholz [vocals, keys, percussion], and Parker Scholz [drums] along with TJ Nichols [vocals, bass], and Andy Crateau [vocals, guitar] — have released their fourth album Again, out via Solid State Records.

Not only is this the first taste of new music from the band since 2017 but it also marks the return of the original lineup.

"'Unwanted Again' was one of our favorites to write and record," states Dawson. "Being fans of bands like Cory Wong...

Interview with Pete Francis

We had the pleasure of interviewing Pete Francis over Zoom video!

That juxtaposition of darkness and light lies at the heart of, PTRN SKY!, Francis’ captivating new album and first full-length release since his 2019 departure from Dispatch. Recorded at home in Connecticut, the collection finds the acclaimed songwriter and multi-instrumentalist reckoning with the depression and anxiety that have dogged him for most of his adult life, transforming doubt and pain into growth and transcendence with remarkable grace and empathy. The writing is intensely raw and vulnerable here, even as the lyrics explore a world of improvised abstraction, and th...

Interview with Keith Thomas

We had the pleasure of interviewing Keith Thomas over Zoom video!

Keith Thomas is a Grammy Award-winning music producer and songwriter, known for his exceptional talents in the music industry. He has contributed to the creation of more than 100 million albums worldwide, and his work has resulted in over 40 #1 singles. Keith has an impressive resume that includes collaborations with some of the most notable names in the music industry, such as Whitney Houston, Selena, James Ingram, Mandy Moore, Jessica Simpson, 98 Degrees, Heather Headley, and many others.

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Interview with ROSIE

We had the pleasure of interviewing ROSIE over Zoom video!

Singer-songwriter, ROSIE, recently released her new single “Someone You Once Had”. This will be off her upcoming sophomore EP “5 Songs for Healing”.

ROSIE shares on “Someone You Once Had” that “Someone you once had is about finding self love in the face of heartbreak and loss. It’s easy to search for self worth in someone else, but this song is about finding it within oneself." In addition, she notes on the writing process “The process of creating “Someone You Once Had” was both painful and cathartic at the same...

Interview with Destiny Malibu

We had the pleasure of interviewing Destiny Malibu over Zoom video!

Destiny Malibu is an all American, multi-cultural, bilingual singer, songwriter, musician and podcaster. Destiny is Instagram verified and is best known as a Pop Singer specializing in high-energy genre-blending music who is an American Idol Alum, performs at schools across the US and is currently performing multiple dates in Las Vegas. Destiny’s sound is similar to artists like: Arianna Grande, Ellie Golding and Iggy Azalea.

With over 200,000 followers and subscribers on Instagram, Youtube, Tiktok and others, her content has over 7 million total views.

Interview with Cookie Kawaii

We had the pleasure of interviewing Cookiee Kawaii over Zoom video!

Viral Queer artist and genre-fluid enigma Cookiee Kawaii is back at it! The New Jersey-based artist teams up with Rocky Snyda for her release, "Let Me Rock". It’s a sultry slow it down and then ever-so-slightly speed it up sort of hip-rockin’ groove. Left right, left right. Let’s get it… No rush, though.

"Let Me Rock" is an invitation to feel every twist, turn, and tease of your wildest girl-on-girl fantasy. The track is part of Cookiee Kawaii's upcoming album Club Soda. Vol. 3 and imme...

Interview with Olay Noel

We had the pleasure of interviewing Olay Noel over Zoom video!

The Atlanta, Georgia native knew from a young age that she was destined to walk the catwalk, drawing heavy inspiration from Naomi Campbell. While earning her degree from Kennesaw State University, Olay took a trip to New York City and returned with a modeling contract from Wilhelmina Models, the world-renowned agency that has had such clients as Naomi Sims, Anjelica Huston, Beverly Johnson, Patti Hansen, and Whitney Houston among others. Despite facing adversity as a woman of color in the modeling industry, Olay has continued to book...

Interview with DJ Topgun

We had the pleasure of interviewing DJ Topgun over Zoom video!

We’re pleased to introduce you to LA-via-Cleveland artist DJ Topgun - his fantastic new EP ‘City of The Freaks’ is available now and it’s a true stormer of techno, house music, and old-school electro.

The first single, “Fire,” is a sizzling four-alarm stew of classic ass-shaking house music. Dark and sweaty vibes abound, this one brings the heat while providing the perfect intro to the DJ Topgun sound. Elsewhere, the self-titled opening track features vocals from singer, songwriter & musician KennyHoopla who documents the experience o...

Interview with She Is Jules

We had the pleasure of interviewing She Is Jules over Zoom video!

Through thoughtful reflection, rising songstress She Is Jules has created an infectious pop anthem for anyone struggling with mental health or any other chronic illness. Her captivating single, “Do Therapists?,” is streaming now on all major platforms, a witty, pop-forward track raising the question, “do therapists need therapy because of their patients?” Therapists carry a lot of trauma on their shoulders, and this captivating perspective focuses on that internalized fear as She Is Jules asks “...does my therapist need therapy because of me?” The incredibly powerful attributes o...

Interview with Deep Al Brindle

We had the pleasure of interviewing Deep Al Brindle over Zoom video!

Countless hours playing music as friends progressed to songs built by bandmates; Alastair Wilson and Diego Castellanos became Deep Al Brindle and released their first single, "Ctrl V," in late 2019. They released two more singles before signing to Tooth & Nail Records, where their debut EP released in Summer 2021. The EP, No Rush, No Curfew, is a soft and bright tribute to art itself. Deep Al Brindle expose the relationship between sound and color, hearing and feeling, and movement and memory with visuals that accompany each song...

Interview with Onicks

We had the pleasure of interviewing Onicks over Zoom video!

LA-based singer, songwriter, and sinister-pop performance artist, ONICKS (they/them), is paying homage to Britney Spears with their first release of 2023, “Toxic.” An iconic song that’s already very dark and sexy, ONICKS was determined to recreate it with their own vision. ONICKS elaborates; “I studied many iconic hits from the 80’s in order to get my accent as authentic as possible. My producer Jakaval (Jordie Arrieta) created the PERFECT ONICKS meets the 80’s track. We made sure to use some of Britney's signature musical accents throughout, while also recreat...

Interview with Mereki

We had the pleasure of interviewing Mereki over Zoom video!

Australian/English savant of purposeful pop Mereki releases her debut solo album Death of a Cloud. Created over seven years and three continents, in collaboration with a roster of the artists Mereki trusted most to bring this deeply personal and intuitively conceived material to life, the album is a look into the joy and difficulty of self-realization and finding the universe within, expressing this journey through music – Stream.

The album release comes along with the news of Mereki signing with BMG. Proving her success as an in...

Interview with Ryan Oakes

We had the pleasure of interviewing Ryan Oakes over Zoom video!

Rising alt/hip hop artist Ryan Oakes recently released his debut album WAKE UP via Position Music, and he shared the last single prior to release. Teaming with AViVA, Oakes drops “GROUND ZERO” where he tears through bars with tenacity, only for the chorus to ponder, “Am I losing my mind?”

“You can be your own worst enemy,” Ryan says. “You can be super self-destructive, slow your own soul down, and get in your own way if you think too much. It’s a moral battle with your...

Interview with ROSIE

We had the pleasure of interviewing ROSIE over Zoom video!

Singer-songwriter, ROSIE, recently released her new single “Someone You Once Had”. This will be off her upcoming sophomore EP “5 Songs for Healing”.

ROSIE shares on “Someone You Once Had” that “Someone you once had is about finding self love in the face of heartbreak and loss. It’s easy to search for self worth in someone else, but this song is about finding it within oneself." In addition, she notes on the writing process “The process of creating “Someone You Once Had” was both painful and cathartic at the same...

Interview with Minelli

We had the pleasure of interviewing Minelli over Zoom video!

“And I’ll be right back to brighten up your days“, is not just some lyric from one of the songs on Minelli’s newest album. It is a promise guaranteed to be kept as soon as you press play on Silver & Gold - Chapter II. The album contains the perfect synergy of pop dance and EDM, sprinkled across 14 fresh and effervescent songs. So, get ready to jump and get high on music with Minelli’s newest release.

Silver & Gold | Chapter II represents Minelli’s vision and inspirat...

Interview with Max Bennett Kelly

We had the pleasure of interviewing Max Bennett Kelly over Zoom video!

Seattle-born/LA-based artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Max Bennett Kelly has shared his new single & horror film-inspired music video “2AM,” available to stream now on all DSPs worldwide via AWAL. The song will be included on Max’s debut forthcoming EP Junk Male, out June 23rd. The track was co-written and produced by Lil Aaron and Twenty One Pilots guitarist Dan Geraghty, and also features backing vocals from Lil Aaron.

“2AM” is a love song from a guy who’s addicted to endless arguments and melodrama. I...

Interview with Anna Shoemaker (Anna Returns!)

We had the pleasure of interviewing Anna Shoemaker over Zoom video!

Following her spellbinding release of “Holly,” indie-pop starlet Anna Shoemaker returns with an enchanting new single “I Think I” via +1 Records. This is the second single from her forthcoming EP Hey Anna due this June. On par with the cottage-core-themed “Holly” video, the video for “I Think I” finds Shoemaker ditching the goats and high-tailing it into the woods, hellbent on (literally) burying her past.

“This is the first song I wrote after I released my first body of work. Like a lot of my songs, this song i...

Interview with Abbey Cone

We had the pleasure of interviewing Abbey Cone over Zoom video!

Independent country vocal powerhouse Abbey Cone shares the official video for her latest single, “If You Were A Song.” CMT shared the worldwide premiere of the video yesterday (5.9.23) on CMT, CMT Music, CMT Equal Play on PlutoTV, and, as well as debuted on the Paramount billboard in Times Square. Co-directed and co-produced by Cone and Midtown Motion and shot in Nashville’s Music Row during golden hour, the video transports viewers into a love scene straight from an indie film. The video captures the song's cinema...

Interview with Begonia

We had the pleasure of interviewing Begonia over Zoom video!

Powder Blue, the highly anticipated new album from Begonia—the solo project of alt-pop Canadian artist Alexa Dirks—is out now on Birthday Cake Records.

The album was written and produced by Begonia, Matt Peters and Matthew Schellenberg (Royal Canoe) with contributions from Jason Agel (Björk, Kelly Clarkson, Prince) and Joe LaPorta (FKA twigs, beabadoobee, Solange). The new collection of songs wrestles with life's thornier moments in more evocative ways.

When describing the namesake behind the new album, Powder Blue, Begonia turns to vivid...

Interview with Real Friends

We had the pleasure of interviewing Real Friends over Zoom video!

Illinois-based band REAL FRIENDS have released their brand new EP 'There's Nothing Worse Than Too Late' out now via Pure Noise Records. The EP, features previously released singles 'Tell Me You're Sorry' and 'Always Lose', was produced by Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, Neck Deep) and mixed by Kris Crummett (The Callous Daoboys, Knuckle Puck.)

Speaking about the new EP the band said "‘There’s Nothing Worse Than Too Late’ was written and recorded over the last year and half. We went back to some o...

Interview with Atmosphere

We had the pleasure of interviewing Atmosphere over Zoom video!

Minneapolis hip-hop pioneers Atmosphere have shared a new single off their forthcoming album So Many Other Realities Exist Simultaneously, out today via Rhymesayers Entertainment.

The duo recently announced Summertime 2023, a North American tour with Slightly Stoopid, Sublime with Rome, and The Movement, which comes on the heels of their European tour, The ConTour.

Prior to the run of North American dates, Atmosphere will appear at California Roots Festival, Summer Greens, and two shows at Williwaw Social in Anchorage, Alaska. The run of tour dates...

Interview with Emily Whitehurst of Survival Guide and Tsunami Bomb

We had the pleasure of interviewing Emily Whitehurst of Survival Guide and Tsunami Bomb over Zoom video!

“Music is crucial to my survival!” said Emily Whitehurst. “Survival Guide is one woman trying to shape her own place in this world as a musician.”

An electronic indie-pop artist with a background in punk, Emily is the solo force behind Survival Guide. Her danceable tunes evoke a sonic birthday cake: alternating layers of Depeche Mode, Metric, Peter Gabriel, and Grimes, with vibrant melodies and vocals the icing on top.

A California native now residing in Texas, Emily’s...

Interview with Mckinley Dixon

We had the pleasure of interviewing McKinley Dixon over Zoom video!

Chicago-based rapper McKinley Dixon announced his new album, Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!?, out on June 2nd. It marks his official full-length debut for City Slang Records.

The 10-track Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!? unspools as a powerful pastiche of sound and emotion. The title pays homage to Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison’s immortal trilogy of novels who McKinley has previously referred to as “the greatest rapper ever.” Rounding out the vision, the LP boasts guest appearances from poet and writer Hanif Abdurraqib, Teller Bank$, Alfred., Ghais Guevara, Anjimile, and Se...

Interview with Simon Doty

We had the pleasure of interviewing Simon Doty over Zoom video!

Canadian DJ and producer Simon Doty recently released his debut album ‘Universal Language’ on Anjunadeep.

‘Soulflow’ sees Simon collaborate with American spoken word artist Ursula Rucker, whose thought-provoking vocals can be heard on tracks with artists including Dusky, Marquis Hawkes, and Josh Wink. Combining Ursula’s vocals with stabbing chords and a driving bassline, Simon perfectly epitomizes the timeless house sound that has previously earned him support from Adam Beyer, Adriatique, Gorgon City, and Hot Since 82, among others.

A firm favorite among fans of the lab...

Interview with Ian Brennan

We had the pleasure of interviewing Ian Brennan Zoom video!

GRAMMY Award-winning music producer and lauded field-recording trailblazer Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Zomba Prison Project, Ustad Saami) continues his acclaimed recording career of over 50 releases with the first album ever made featuring the wisdom and voices of those over 100 years old. The Oldest Voice in the World (Azerbaijan) "Thank you for bringing me back to the sky" takes Brennan and his wife, Italian-Rwandan filmmaker and photographer Marilena Umuhoza Delli to the remote villages of the "long-livers" just miles from the Iran border. 22 pieces comprise the album with five bonus...

Interview with Tanner Usrey

We had the pleasure of interviewing Tanner Usrey over Zoom video!

Rising country troubadour Tanner Usrey is celebrating his signing to Atlantic Records with today’s release of his label debut single, “Give It Some Time,” available now at all DSPs and streaming services. The track arrives alongside the exclusive Billboard signing announcement, plus a companion music video for the debut single premieres today at YouTube HERE

Co-written by Usrey and producer Beau Bedford (Jonathan Tyler, The Texas Gentlemen), “Give It Some Time” threads dusty acoustic guitar and...

Interview with Sophie Powers

We had the pleasure of interviewing Sophie Powers over Zoom video!

Genre-blending singer-songwriter Sophie Powers has shared her eagerly awaited label debut single, “Nosebleed,” available now via Atlantic Records in partnership with TAG Music, the innovative new record label founded by trailblazing musician/entrepreneur Gabe Saporta (Cobra Starship, Midtown). Marked by its provocative lyricism and grungy twist on an inherently cookie-cutter genre, the track explores this generation's tendency to experience emotional extremes, as noted by the powerful chorus, “and we feel nothing even though we feel it all.”

Toronto born, Los Angeles based artist Sophie Powers has been...

Interview with We Three

We had the pleasure of interviewing We Three over Zoom video!

The group made up of siblings Manny, Joshua and Bethany appeared on America’s Got Talent. Since then, they have released three full-length albums and EPs and toured extensively. They also amassed over 200 M streams on Spotify and have exceeded 2.2 M followers on their social media.

About We Three:

Since releasing their debut album in 2018, Portland’s We Three has managed to rack up over 240+ M total song streams,1.3 M followers on TikTok that gathered 30 M likes, and a large dedicated following on soci...

Interview with Against The Current

We had the pleasure of interviewing Against The Current over Zoom video!

New York pop-rock band Against The Current have shared an acoustic version of their recent single “blindfolded.” The new version of the song takes the energetic, fiery original track – the first independent release from the band in seven years– and trades it in for a more mellowed-out feel that allows frontwoman Chrissy Costanza’s captivating vocals to shine.

On the new track, Chrissy shares, “Reimagining our music in different skins has always been central to our identity. The same way we’ve refused to follow the rul...

Interview with World Gone Cold

We had the pleasure of interviewing World Gone Cold over Zoom video!

World Gone Cold, featuring members of P.O.D, Demon Hunter, Disciple, The Letter Black, and Attack Attack!, release their debut, self-titled EP via Rockfest Records. With all of their forces combined, the members of World Gone Cold unleash a gritty, high-octane collection of songs with fiery themes. In true supergroup fashion, the EP pulls from each member’s influences and boldly bends the expectations of the metal genre.

“This is a very diverse collection of songs. The writing seemed to come very natural for...

Interview with Malavika

We had the pleasure of interviewing Malavika over Zoom video!

International R&B singer-songwriter, Malavika, has released her empowering single, “Overdrive”. A full-package entertainer, Malavika draws on her globe-spanning influences to craft a mélange of r&b, hip-hop and pop from a unique perspective. "Overdrive" is truly a global collaboration, created across three continents - Berlin, Dubai, and LA; including an Indian vocal sample sung by Malavika herself. She says “"Overdrive” is a song that showcases a different side of my personality. It’s confident, sexual and empowering. It’s about taking control, reversing gender stereotypes and expressing yo...

Interview with Fencer

We had the pleasure of interviewing Fencer over Zoom video!

The Los Angeles based rock trio, Fencer, has released their long awaited self-titled debut album, via Blood Blast Distribution. This marks the band's first self-produced release, composed of 10-tracks and what is considered to be their most authentic work yet.

Speaking on the album release, vocalist Field Cate shares:

"Very excited to finally have our first album out in the world. We’ve worked really hard on this and feel it’s the most accurate representation of what we’re all about, proud to have i...

Interview with Annabel Lee

We had the pleasure of interviewing Annabel Lee over Zoom video!

Los Angeles-based alt-rocker Annabel Lee shares her debut album Mother's Hammer!

Written mostly while in quarantine in 2020, Mother's Hammer gave Annabel Lee time to reflect on preceding years which were some of the hardest of her life. After a cross-country move to pursue music, Lee found herself in challenging situations, from struggling with addiction and running out of money to ending an eight year relationship that left her without a place to live. It was from this profound hardship that an incredibly intimate, expansive body...

Interview with Vandelux

We had the pleasure of interviewing Vandelux over Zoom video!

Vandelux (Evan White) is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and vocalist from Vancouver, BC, now residing in San Francisco, CA. Evan brings a global perspective to his music, drawing his artist name from a peculiar composition of past city dwellings (Vancouver, Deland, Luxembourg) that helped shape his sound into what it is today. Balancing retro nostalgia with contemporary electronic production, Vandelux has a knack for crafting songs that work their way into the collective conscience.

Finding early success from the social media platform Tik Tok on his massive...

Interview with Project 86

We had the pleasure of interviewing Project 86 over Zoom video!

PROJECT 86 are back and in a big way. The band will release the double album OMNI in two parts. OMNI Part 1 is out now! OMNI Part 2 will arrive in the fall of this year.

OMNI is an immersive Sci-fi/horror media experience, one part double album, one part film, one part novel. Though it is a work of fiction, it is rooted in current events, circa 2023. Sonically, it is a wholly unique merger of genres…death metal, gore, rock, electronic, and doom metal.

Part on...