Interview with José Alfredo, Chicago, Illinois

José Alfredo Guerrero is an educator and musician who grew up in Chicago’s La Villita.  A graduate of DePaul University’s School of Music, he is a member of Madera Once, a band that pays tribute to Mexican-regional and traditional music with a contemporary spin. Madera Once’s mission is to keep Mexican and Latin American music alive as it forges a new identity through the musicians’ and audience’s lived experiences within the U.S. Their debut EP, Amado, enjoyed regional success. José Alfredo has a natural teaching talent, whether it be as a schoolteacher (his day job) or as a representative and champion of traditional Mexican songs. He performs original content but also has an impressive knowledge of traditional Mexican songs and repertoire, understanding the importance of carrying these songs not only to new generations but to older generations in the United States who are missing their home country of Mexico.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 09/23/2020.

Interview with Andrae Ambrose, Chicago, Illinois

As the President and Lead Producer of Jambrose Music Group, gospel musician Andrae Ambrose is known for his professional overseeing of live recording sessions. Andrae has worked with a number of major recording artists, including Grammy Award-winning producers Kevin Randolph, Donald Lawrence, Kirk Franklin, and Aaron Lindsey, as well as work with artists such as Leslie Ruiz, Brandon Roberson, Atmosphere of Heaven, San Franklin, One 4 Christ, and Reggie Royal & Judah. Andrae has served on the Chicago Board of Governors of the National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) and was the co-chair for the Gospel Task Force of the Chicago Chapter. He is the composer of the SoundMind Collection, a series of therapeutic instrumental music. As a member of a pastoral family, his perspective on music ministry includes training of worship leaders and choirs around the world.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 10/01/2020.

Interview with Steve Reidell, Chicago, Illinois

Chicago-based music composer and producer Steve Reidell is one half of The Hood Internet, a DJ/production duo known for years of mixtapes blending hip-hop and indie rock samples together, creating a sensation that has racked up millions of streams worldwide and allowed for a busy touring schedule including regular stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnarroo, SWSX and more. They have also formed Air Credits, a collaboration between the Hood Internet and Chicago rap artist Showyousuck. Reidell has also worked on original music compositions for a variety of productions, including The Onion’s A.V. Club, Penguin/Random House’s TASTE podcast, the theme song for the FOX comedy show Party Over Here, and more.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 09/14/2020.