- Dirty Heads Frontman Jared Watson Talks Weed, Colors, Addiction, And More In New Podcast Episode
After last week’s moving special tribute to Col. Bruce Hampton featuring interviews with Phish’s Jon Fishman, Widespread Panic’s John Bell, and Hampton’s past Aquarium Rescue Unit bandmates Jeff Sipe and the Rev. Jeff Mosier [from the Hills of Tennessee], Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth returns with a full episode focusing on Jared Watson, one of the founding members of genre-defying California reggae-fusion outfit Dirty Heads. You can listen to the new podcast episode below:The Watson episode is Inside Out‘s first offering from the long list of interviews Seth Weiner and Rob Turner conducted during this year’s Sweetwater 420 Festival. Weiner and Turner first relate some of their experiences at the Atlanta event before jumping into a chat with Watson by discussing everyone’s favorite herb. The singer reveals the various ways he uses “the green,” including how it factors into his creative production.Watson gives listeners a window into the Dirty Heads’ creating and recording process, including how they moved away from the “speed dating” approach to collaboration on their new self-titled LP. As Watson explains, the band took a laid-back approach this time around, and the result was the truest representation of the band’s overall sound to date. “This album is just more loose and fun and almost sloppy, in a good way. It’s very reminiscent of how the Beastie Boys probably felt when they were in their heyday, just like, ‘fuck it, let’s just fuck around and have fun.’” Watson declares, “We’re just having fun again!” Watson also speaks about his color-oriented approach to recording, and how he works closely with the band’s lighting designer to fine-tune how the songs are presented in the live setting (particularly with regard to the Dirty Heads’ “Under The Water”).The conversation also turns toward the topic of addiction, as Watson relates his struggles with drug and alcohol dependency. Watson bears his soul on the topic, explaining the rock-bottom experiences that made him decide to clean up his act: “It got to the point where I couldn’t get out of bed without drinking. I would get up and grab a drink, and get in the shower.” We learn about how became hooked on vicodin, and how the love and support of unfailingly loyal wife helped him overcome the demons this drug would unleash upon him. He even talks about what he learned when he appeared on Loveline with Dr. Drew Pinsky.We also learn the stories behind many of their songs, including how “That’s All I Need” and it’s accompanying music video are about growing up with hippie parents in Sunset Beach, California. “I was born in….my apartment. My parents were so hippie, they didn’t even go to the hospital. They just had me and my brother IN THEIR BED.” This leads to a conversation about how meeting J. Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell would change his life and become the genesis of Dirty Heads, as Jared speaks about their earliest live performances.The show closes with the hosts discussing their upcoming interviews with fan-favorite vocalist/trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band, Christian McBride) and seasoned manager Jon Philips (Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, Fishbone), as well as the recently departed Godfather Inside Out–and the jam band scene as a whole–Colonel Bruce Hampton. At Weiner’s request, Turner reads a haiku written for the Hampton 70 program by Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro.For more on what made Bruce Hampton such a singular man and musician, and his stranger-than-fiction final performance, check out Inside Out‘s emotional tribute podcast. Part two of Inside Out‘s tribute to the Colonel will be released next month.[Cover photo via KatinUSA]Live For Live Music Presents: The Inside Out With Turner And Seth podcast is slowly but surely earning a reputation for delivering some of the most unique and in-depth music interviews in cyber-land. The program serves up behind-the-scenes “industry” perspectives mixed with journalistic points of view and fan input to thoroughly tackle the vast world of organic music–with a pile of laughs mixed in for good measure.**For more Inside Out With Turner And Seth episodes, head to their SoundCloud, iTunes, or Stitcher page. You can also email the podcast producers here to submit feedback which may be incorporated into future episodes!**
- GHPL TV Broadcast rights: GBC’s fury, GFA’s comeback and the story so far
AnalysisThe GBC were hoping to back the GFA into a corner with their statement, and earn public sympathy, which they did, initially. The GFA’s very swift statement, however, was perfectly-timed and put the GFA back into the driver’s seat. The StarTimes deal, while perhaps lengthier than it should have been, does seem like the best deal. StartTmes’ equally timely press conference to announce their (pretty exciting) plans for the league has certainly ramped up support for them being awarded the rights deal. GBC might have reach in Ghana, but StarTimes offers a continental platform. Given Ghana’s constant claim to being the best footballing nation in Africa, it might perhaps be time to finally show it. When the return of the Ghana Premier League was announced, most Ghanaians were hoping for a fresh start. The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has also undergone its own bout of rebranding. New President Kurt Okraku and his ‘fresh’ executives have already started on a positive note. Regardless of the actual results on the field, their #BringBackTheLove campaign has been a relative success, become the reference phrase for all things football in Ghana.However, all that goodwill threatens to be blown apart as the FA, GBC and StarTimes tussle over the TV rights to the fledgeling Ghana Premier League season.Here’s a breakdown of the story so far:GFA Broadcast rights up for grabsThe GFA asked companies interested in broadcasting the Ghana Premier League on TV to bid for the rights. These rights had become available after the FA cancelled an original deal signed between the previous administration and Chinese paid-broadcaster, Startimes.That deal basically handled the entire broadcasting rights for the league to StarTimes, giving them unrestricted control of the league’s public broadcasts. In a bid to prevent this, the new GFA administration are offering the radio broadcast rights to the league for free while asking interested companies to bid for the TV rights.Bidding war begins, StarTimes stands tall Early bids were submitted by interested companies including the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and, of course, StarTimes. A number of other unnamed companies are also rumoured to have submitted bids. SuperSport expressed tentative interest but ultimately did not bid for the rights. GBC, as we now know, submitted an initial bid for the exclusive Media Rights, Digital Rights and Radio Rights for the for 4 years at a proposed fee of GHc8,800,000 (GHc 2,200.000 per season). This bid and their second bid of GH 10,200,000 (GH 2,550.000 per season) and a fee of GH 200,000 for radio (GH 50,000 per season) were both deemed inadequate by the GFA. The GFA eventually awarded the exclusive TV rights for the league to StarTimes who offered to pay $5,250,000.00 for five years.GBC cries foul The GBC believed that their bid was superior, describing the decision as “unjust and unfair”. The StarTimes deal works out to an amount of $1,050,000 a year for the five years. GBC say their deal was bigger and amounted to US$ 1,100,000 yearly. The GBC also took a jab at the GFA’s #BringBackTheLove campaign suggesting that the local competitions should have been treated like national treasures and hence, given to the state broadcaster.“Apart from GBC’s superior financial offer, we thought that the Premier League and FA Cup content would have been treated like a national treasure and given to the national broadcaster and a consortium of local broadcasters.“GBC wishes to put it on public record that the national broadcaster and the local TV Consortium have been treated unfairly and unjustly.”The GBC also pointed to its Free-To-Air capabilities as a major reason it should have been given the deal as StarTimes’ paid-for broadcasts might not greatly aid the GFA’s mass appeal plans for the local League.‘Stop lying’The GFA issued a swift response to the GBC accusing them of spreading “deliberate misinformation” about the deal. Apart from the GFA’s view that the first two bids from GBC were not adequate enough, the next two bids (which came after the deadline had passed), including a demand for a (30%) share of Title Sponsorship if the GFA secured one were also deemed unacceptable by the GFA.“It must be stated clearly that even if only financials alone were considered, the 4th bid of GBC (which was out of time) was not the bid with the highest financial consideration. Two other proposals were higher than the GBC bids but other conditions (due diligence) affected those bids.”The GFA also said it was making the highlights show for the league “non-exclusive for the benefit of all television stations” in order to ensure greater consumption of local football on a wide-scale.‘We’re ready to thrill’StarTimes appear unfazed by the discussions that are going on around them. At a press conference on Friday, the Chinese pay-TV company promised the biggest-ever coverage of the local league, with 38 games to be shown on TV in the first round of the league alone, with one match available for Free To Air broadcast each match week.“StarTimes expects an audience of over 30 million viewers across our platforms consisting of 13million Tv subscribers and 18+ million app users.“StarTimes will invest an additional $1,000,000 on production and $500,000 on promotion of the properties.