If there is one person that may be holding the Ska community together, it may be Brent Friedman, who is our guest this week. Brent is known within the greater Ska scene for being the drummer for We Are The Union, Skatune Network, and Omnigone, but he also works very hard behind the scenes for Bad Time Records, Suicide Machines, and Skatune Network among others.
Growing up in Huntington Beach, CA, Brent fell in love with the Ska scene, and soon became well known as “that Ska guy” (much to his chagrin), eventually opting to wear it as a badge of pride and taking it as far as creating his social media handle @pleasetagmeinyourskaposts to solidify the truth that YES, he is in fact THAT SKA GUY!
As a true defender of the genre, he has spent a good portion of his adult life affiliated with some of the biggest names in the Ska world, and as is laid out in our discussion, he is beyond proud of where Ska has gotten during the last few years, and his role in that.
We spend some time learning about how he got involved in the various projects that he works with. We dig into the role that “Ska Twitter” plays in keeping things within the scene buzzing, and we reflect a bit on whether or not there is potential ‘danger’ of Ska potentially falling out of favor again (psst… it never went away in the first place, so the answer is NO!). He also provides some artists that you should have on your radar, as well as his 5 desert island albums.
To hear music from some of the bands mentioned on this episode, as well as our other episodes, checkout our official Spotify Playlist (and be sure to click that ‘Follow’ button).
Question The Answers Podcast is hosted by Andy Pohl, who is the founder of Sell The Heart Records and the guitar player for Tsunami Bomb. Every week we will be presenting a brand new episode featuring an individual that has made a contribution to the independent music scene in some way. Check back here on Wednesdays for a premiere of each episode, and you’ll also be able to find us on Spotify, Apple Music, Stitcher and other audio podcast streaming services in the days following the initial premiere.