Grammy nominated musician/producer Roman Rojas
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Roman & Co Episodes

Roman And Co. Episode 4 / Robert Rose Interview

We sat down and talked to Robert Rose the producer, on camera talent and creator of the TV show Raw Travel TV. 

Raw Travel is a grass roots, independently produced syndicated television series that is currently in its 4th Season and can be viewed in the United States on 160 broadcast affiliates. 

The show currently ranks as the #1 rated authentic travel show on commercial TV in the United States. 

Raw Travel is unique in that it is independently produced and financed and focuses on socially conscious travel. It showcases the growing wave of socially and environmentally conscious travel, while celebrating the self-discovery that authentic travel and experience among other cultures can bring. The show incorporates eco-tourism, voluntourism (traveling volunteers), adventure sports, underground music, authentic culture, food, tradition and much more.

Executive Producer and Host, Robert Rose, navigates through an unpredictable world of travel to locations off the beaten path. In the process Rob & crew connect with a variety of colorful locals. Raw Travel invites viewers to get rid of their fears, break out their passports and take a journey to “meet the neighbors.” Real, ordinary people having trans-formative, life changing experiences through thoughtful, authentic and raw travel.

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Roman & Co. Podcast Episode 3 / Writer David Swinson Interview

We sat down with writer David Swinson to talk about his new book "Crime Song",  the follow up to one of The New York Times top 10 best crime novels of 2016 "The Second Girl". We also talked about his involvement in music, film, as a D.C. detective and his experiences with luminaries such as  Dr. Timothy Leary, John Waters and Jim Carroll among others. 

 

David Swinson began his career at the height of the punk rock movement in the early 1980s. After attending California State University as a film major, he booked and promoted punk rock and alternative music at Fender’s Ballroom, Melody Dance Center and Bogart’s Nightclub in Long Beach, California.

Swinson also started a Wednesday night evening of conversation and spoken word at Bogart’s with luminaries such as Hunter S. Thompson, Dr. Timothy Leary, John Waters and Jim Carroll. After several years of booking, promoting, as well as developing lasting relationships with such people as Timothy Leary and Hunter S. Thompson, it was a natural segue to develop and co-produce Sound Bites from the Counter Culture for Atlantic Records in 1990. This spoken-word compilation featured writers, orators and politicians, including Thompson, Leary, Carroll, Abbie Hoffman, and Eugene McCarthy. Billboard called the album “essential listening.”

In 1990, while having drinks with Timothy Leary and friend Bill Stankey, an idea for an offbeat buddy film entitled “Roadside Prophets” was conceived. The film eventually found a home with FineLine Features and was distributed theatrically by New Line Cinema. The film starred John Doe (of the band X) and Adam Horovitz (of the Beastie Boys) and featured Timothy Leary, John Cusack, David Carradine and Arlo Guthrie. Over the past few years, “Roadside Prophets” has become a cult classic among young viewers.

In 1994, Swinson pursued another passion – law enforcement. He returned to his home base of Washington DC, where he joined the Metropolitan Police Department. Swinson began his career as a police officer in uniform. He was then assigned to the Gun Recovery Unit as a tactical officer. Shortly after that, Swinson was assigned as a plainclothes/undercover officer, targeting narcotics and crimes in progress. In 1998, Swinson was assigned to the Third District Detectives Office as an investigator, where he covered offenses ranging from burglary and armed robbery to homicide. In 2000, he was promoted to detective and was eventually assigned to the department’s Special Investigations Bureau/Major Crimes, and was the lead investigator in the District of Columbia for investigating serial burglaries, high profile cases and organized criminal operations related to narco-fencing.

Swinson is a highly decorated member of the Metropolitan Police Department, having received numerous awards including the department’s prestigious Detective of the Year Award for 2003; Meritorious Service Medals for significant, outstanding and sustained achievements; Achievement Medals of Honor for a significant case investigation and several Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Annual Law Enforcement Awards for significant case investigations. He has also received two major awards from Target Corporation for outstanding community service.

Roman And Co Podcast Episode 2 / Interview with musician Mariko Morimoto
Even before Mariko Morimoto was handed her first acoustic guitar at 15, she knew she wanted to pursue music. Although she spent the first five years of her life in Japan, Mariko grew up in the suburbs of Boston, where she was lured and encouraged by the local music scene. She began actively songwriting during her high school years, and her took her aspirations to New York soon thereafter.  Throughout her college years, Mariko gained a tight following in the local music scene. She competed at various band battles and was voted by the student body for top slots at countless popular campus events. During her four years she shared the stage with notable artists Lifehouse, Pitbull, and the Gin Blossoms. She has also performed at prominent venues throughout Boston and NYC, most notably at The Middle East, Harpers Ferry, Spike Hill, and The Bowery Poetry Club.   Mariko’s upcoming 6-track EP entitled On With the Show is expected to be released this Spring and will be available on iTunes. Co-produced and audio engineered by Alex Sterling (David Carradine, John P. Hammond, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas) On With the Show also features the work of lead guitarist Armand Hirsh (John Mayer).    With edgy and aggressive tracks like “Trick or Treat,” to the candid ballads of “Hold on,” On With The Show provides listeners with a well-rounded display of her talent. With the combination of her honest, soulful singing and her upbeat, catchy rock riffs, Mariko proves that her music is just as original as it is entertaining. 

Even before Mariko Morimoto was handed her first acoustic guitar at 15, she knew she wanted to pursue music. Although she spent the first five years of her life in Japan, Mariko grew up in the suburbs of Boston, where she was lured and encouraged by the local music scene. She began actively songwriting during her high school years, and her took her aspirations to New York soon thereafter. 

Throughout her college years, Mariko gained a tight following in the local music scene. She competed at various band battles and was voted by the student body for top slots at countless popular campus events. During her four years she shared the stage with notable artists Lifehouse, Pitbull, and the Gin Blossoms. She has also performed at prominent venues throughout Boston and NYC, most notably at The Middle East, Harpers Ferry, Spike Hill, and The Bowery Poetry Club.

 

Mariko’s upcoming 6-track EP entitled On With the Show is expected to be released this Spring and will be available on iTunes. Co-produced and audio engineered by Alex Sterling (David Carradine, John P. Hammond, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas) On With the Show also features the work of lead guitarist Armand Hirsh (John Mayer). 

 

With edgy and aggressive tracks like “Trick or Treat,” to the candid ballads of “Hold on,” On With The Show provides listeners with a well-rounded display of her talent. With the combination of her honest, soulful singing and her upbeat, catchy rock riffs, Mariko proves that her music is just as original as it is entertaining. 

Roman & Co Episode 1 / Interview with Musician Adam Stoler

We sat down with musician Adam Stoler and we talked about his life on the road and life experiences that have shaped his music. 

Not just another sideman, Adam continues to break barriers through his own work as a performer, guitarist, producer, and his continued cross-genre artistry and collaborations with top artists around the world.

Recruited by Grammy Award winner Richard Bona at age 23, Adam Stoler has since established himself as a highly sought after guitarist, composer/arranger, producer, and music collaborator whose stylistic flexibility and enthusiasm speaks for itself.

In addition to traveling to far reaches of the globe as the guitarist in the Richard Bona Group, Adam has toured and/or recorded with Pop/Singer-songwriter Matt WhiteKeiko Matsui, one of the best selling female jazz artists in the world, and the Grammy nominated R&B group Les Nubians. His playing has been featured on countless radio and television broadcasts around the world including NBC's America's Got TalentVoice of AmericaNPRRadio France, the CBS Early Morning Show, and on commercials for companies including Macy's, Avon, Toyota, and Wachovia.  In the spring of 2013, Adam made his off-Broadway debut performing on stage in the NYTimes Critic’s Pick F#%king Up Everything, and subbed in the pit orchestra and on-stage in the 2014 4x Tony Award nominated Broadway musical "The Bridges of Madison County".  He is also featured in Italian cabaret songstress Giada Valenti's television special "From Venice With Love" which on dozens of PBS stations in 2015 and will continue along side a US tour in 2016. In addition to all his collaborations, Adam continues to pursue his own song writing and performing as a solo artist.

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