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Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast (ESP)

87 EpisodesProduced by Skunk Manhattan & Victor RamosWebsite

Join us as we converse with a diverse array of recording artists who tell their story. Hosted by Skunk Manhattan and Vic.

87 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #83 w/ Robert Dean

September 10th, 2023


Robert Dean is a journalist, raconteur, and self-proclaimed "enlightened dumbass". His work has been featured in places like MIC, Eater, Fatherly, Yahoo, Austin American-Statesman, Consequence of Sound, Ozy, USA Today, …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #82 w/ 5 Iron Woodworks

March 12th, 2023


Dave Tucker, 5 Iron Woodworks founder and head honcho, is our guest on this episode. The first person to appear multiple times on our podcast, Dave …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #81 w/ Demi the Daredevil

January 21st, 2023


We kick off season 3 with Jeff Azar, aka Demi the Daredevil

Initially a drummer, Jeff morphed into a one-man show following the untimely passing of …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #80 w/ Sicard Hollow

December 5th, 2022


On this episode we chat with Sicard Hollow, a four-piece progressive bluegrass band with a passion for pushing the boundaries of the genre. 

Formed …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #79 w/ Chris Duarte

November 9th, 2022


On this episode we chat with Texas guitar legend Chris Duarte. Born in San Antonio, the young Duarte became interested in music after seeing "Fiddler …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #78 w/ Danceland

October 22nd, 2022


On this episode we chat with Danceland, an Americana Jam band based out of Toronto, Canada. The group recently released their debut albumPink Lem’. Rooted in the timeless psychedelic Americana tradition, complete with …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #77 w/ All Stories End

September 30th, 2022


It's been a minute but on our latest podcast we chat with members of the San Antonio-based rock band, All Stories End

AES music is a culmination of …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #76 w/ Anastasia Elliot

August 25th, 2022


Our guest on this episode is the passionately "purple" pop artist Anastasia Elliot. Drawing inspiration from early exposure to opera and ballet, this Houston native relocated to Nashville at age sixteen to further …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #75 w/ Atlas Maior

August 12th, 2022


After a "false start" due to technical problems, we gain insight into various world music, musicians, and instrumentation via Joshua Thomson (alto Saxophone, Flute) and Josh Peters (Oud, Lavta), the core members of …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #74 w/ A.L.X. of Love Crushed Velvet

July 22nd, 2022


On this episode we chat with lead singer and songwriter A.L.X. from the NYC-based rock band, Love Crushed Velvet. LVC's music, like New York City, is …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #73 w/ Chris Mardini

July 14th, 2022


On this episode we chat with New York City native, Chris Mardini. At only 20 years old, he has released an impressive string of singles along with …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #72 w/ Katerine Duska

June 13th, 2022


Greek-Canadian singer and songwriter, Katerine Duska, joins us from her home in Montreal and sheds some light on her impressive music career.  

A "late bloomer", and initially a self-trained singer, Katerine began her …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - # 71 w/ Static Limit

May 27th, 2022


On this episode we chat with Rom and Diana of the instrumental progressive metal band, Static Limit. The south Texas-based group was formed in 2003 by Rom Garza (guitars & synth) along with Jay Juarez (bass) and …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #70 w/ Zarate Zaalo

May 4th, 2022


On this episode we chat with Zarate Zaalo (aka Squiggly Finesse), keyboardist, vocalist and mastermind of the Bourgeois Mystics. This fantastically eclectic group of intergalactic eccentrics currently reside at their 38 …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #69 w/ Nathan Ruyle

April 19th, 2022


On this episode we're joined by Nathan Ruyle from his new post sound facility in Burbank, CA. Nathan is a sound designer, supervising sound editor, re-recording mixer and founder of the independent post-production sound …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #68 w/ Luke Reyvn

April 7th, 2022


On this episode we chat with up-and-coming pop/rock artist, Luke Revyn. Luke began his musical endeavors at a young age by playing in punk rock bands and recording demos with friends at his home in Hawaii. He …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #67 w/ Tarantula Mountain

March 15th, 2022


On this episode we're joined by John Mendez (JB) and Jasmine Jew of the Austin-based heavy alternative rock band, Tarantula Mountain. The band …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #66 w/ Emily Shirley

February 23rd, 2022


On this episode we chat with Austin-based singer and songwriter, Emily Shirley, and gain some insight into her musical career and creative process, along with discussing our usual topics of influences, cuisine and …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #65 w/ Space Kamp

January 26th, 2022


On this episode of the podcast we talk with Adoo and Oskee of the psychedelic, reggae, and hip-hop genre bending duo, Space Kamp. These Pennsylvania-based musicians (one now in Florida), cannabis advocates, and …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #64 w/ Skunk Funk

December 29th, 2021


Bobby "Bobo the Sequel" Roses, lead singer and bassist from the Vallejo, CA based band, Skunk Funk joins us on this episode of the podcast.

Funky, Punky and Intergalactic, Skunk Funk has an eclectic "west coast" type of …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #63 w/ Teague Bass

December 22nd, 2021


Our guest for this episode is David Teague (aka Teague Bass). Touted as one of the most talented bassists in Asia, this “bassist” for hire,  is a versatile musician whose vast repertoire spans across blues, rock, …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #62 w/ Mike Norris

December 7th, 2021


On this podcast, we're joined by Mike Norris, host of 'My Classic Album with Mike Norris', a podcast about the most acclaimed and loved albums of all time where Mike dedicates each episode to one classic album and looks …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #61 w/ James Desautels

November 24th, 2021


On this episode we chat with virtuoso violinist, composer, producer, songwriter, arranger, and conductor, James Desautels. From concert halls and …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #60 w/ The Dodies

November 2nd, 2021


On this episode we chat with The Dodies, a two piece garage rock duo from the southern desert of Israel. Yoni Avittan fronts the band as lead vocalist and guitarist, while Ran Aronson sings backing vocals while …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #59 w/ Rob Hammersmith of Skid Row

October 12th, 2021


We're back with a new episode, and we're excited to announce our new partnership with Top Shelf Music!

On today's podcast we are joined by Rob …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #58 w/ Budro Partida & Adam Salinas of Pennyrock Productions - "Bloody & Bruised: The Untold Story of the Back Room"

August 21st, 2021


On this podcast, we talk with the crew from Pennyrock Productions to talk about their new documentary "Bloody & Bruised: The untold story of the …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #57 w/ Tim Smolens

August 18th, 2021


Tim Smolens is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, recording engineer and producer that is/was a pivotal member of bands such as Estradasphere, I.S.S. …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #56 w/ Transit Method

August 15th, 2021


Transit Method is a dynamic rock trio from Austin, TX that brings together the complexities of progressive rock with the unrefined grit of grunge and heavy metal. Consisting of brothers Matt and Mike LoCoco …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #55 w/ Cold Shoulder

August 12th, 2021


A multi-faceted Rock Band based in San Francisco Cold Shoulder is making music that is high energy, hard hitting and most importantly fun!

Meeting …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #54 w/ Adrian Conner

August 10th, 2021


Adrian rides out 2020 pandemic life with a new EP (and new full length vinyl ) HISS KISS HISS:  Calling out power structures with sarcasm, humor but …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #53 w/ Aaron Wall

August 8th, 2021


Aaron Wall from Red Beard Wall joins us on the podcast.

Red Beard Wall was born in 2016 on the dry, wind swept plains of West Texas, out of a desire to channel his angst and frustration with the insane reality that …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #52 w/ Wellborn Road

August 5th, 2021


Wellborn Road, established in 2005, has been playing the Texas circuit regularly building their fanbase, called the Brew Crew, with a fevered passion …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #51 w/ Steven Vague

August 3rd, 2021


After being awarded a position in the Texas All State Jazz Band in high school, Steven Vague moved to Austin and performed in the University of Texas …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #50 w/ Brien Foster Allen

July 26th, 2021


On today's podcast, we chat with Brien Foster Allen.  

Brien used to work for a software company, did EOR research/engineering, and got a degree in …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #49 w/ Xero Silver

July 1st, 2021


On this episode we chat with vocalist and front "ghoul" of None More Negative, Xero Silver. This self-proclaimed "Wold's Worst Tribute to Type O …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #48 w/ Gina Skwoz

June 19th, 2021


On this episode we chat with artist Gina Skwoz aka Mow Skwoz. Originally from Perth, Australia, Gina relocated to Los Angeles after meeting her …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #47 w/ Crow Jane

June 8th, 2021


On this episode we chat with the multi-talented Crow Jane. Known for her work with LA-based bands Egrets on Ergot, Prissy Whip, and her part in the …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #46 w/ Natalie Price

May 26th, 2021


We had a fun and almost PG conversation with singer, songwriter, and host of 20@10 with Nat, Natalie Price.

Natalie attended the University of Texas Dallas to study graphic design and soon after landed a job in Austin, …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - EP Release Show w/ Snake Skin Prison

May 16th, 2021


On this one-shot episode, we take our podcast on the road to Come and Take It Live in East Austin where we sit down and chat with the members of Snake Skin Prison before their 'King Snake' release show.  To our dismay, …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #45 w/ Esteban Alvarez

May 16th, 2021


On this brief episode we chat with Steinway & Songs artist, Esteban Alvarez. A native of Costa Rica, Esteban joins us from a massive fruit market in San Jose, and we have an “organic” conversation about music, its …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #44 w/ Cara Van Thorn

April 23rd, 2021


We had a blast chatting with Adam Donovan and CARRIE Stephens of Cara Van Thorn on this episode of ESP. We discuss the band's origins and current lineup, what's coming post pandemic, Voodoo Doughnuts, musical …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #43 w/ Travis Larson and Jennifer Young

April 11th, 2021


On this episode we chat with guitarist Travis Larson and bassist Jennifer Young of the Travis Larson Band. This show was a beautiful disaster of …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #42 w/ Brian Wolff

March 30th, 2021


On this titanic episode we chat with Austin-based musician and songwriter, Brian Wolff. Brian began his musical career in his hometown of Binghamton, …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #41 w/ Menno Verbaten

March 19th, 2021


We chat with bassist Menno Verbaten. Originally hailing from the quaint town of Utrecht, Netherlands, Menno was inspired by bass icons like Cliff Burton, Steve Harris and Lemmy but was initially forced to play classical …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #40 w/ Jelly Ellington

March 13th, 2021


For our 40th episode we chat with Austin-based guitarist, singer and songwriter, Jelly Ellington. Originally from Asheville, NC, Jelly took an early interest in music after being exposed to the Los Angeles guitar …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #39 w/ Luke Bellet

March 8th, 2021


On this episode we chat with Luke Bellet from Austin-based Indie Pop band, Luke And The Lonely. Originally form Singapore (we think), Luke's family moved to Nashville and he discovered a passion for music, soon taking …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #38 w/ Marc Urselli

March 2nd, 2021


We chat with 7-time Grammy nominated and 3-time Grammy Award winning engineer, producer, mixer, sound designer, and front of house engineer, Marc Urselli. Born in Switzerland and raised in Italy, Marc began his musical …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #37 w/ Mark Thomas

February 22nd, 2021


On this episode we chat with Nashville based guitarist, engineer, producer and owner of Hit Garage Records, Mark Thomas. Originally from Beaumont, TX, Mark was influenced by such Texas guitar greats as Dimebag Darrell …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #36 w/ Guy Laverick

February 18th, 2021


On this episode we chat with virtuoso guitarist and long time friend of Skunk, Guy Laverick. Guy was an accomplished painter at a young age and initially studied art in his hometown of Sunderland , a city in …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #35 w/ Lenny J.

February 11th, 2021


On this episode we chat with Lenny J. Widegren (aka Lenny "WideSmile" if you're Skunk). We find out Lenny has amazing Swedish genes and does not actually age like normal humans. He also happens to be an accomplished …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #34 w/ Brent Moore & Robert Hanz of PURE

February 5th, 2021


We chat with Brent Moore and Robert Hanz of the Austin-based rock band, PURE. Longtime musician and recording engineer, Brent moved from Arizona to Austin in the early 2000s and has played with about as many bands as …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #33 w/ Marc Laspina

January 31st, 2021


On this episode we chat with Marc Laspina about guitars, musical influences and a variety of other related topics. We also discuss politics, the …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #32 w/ Omar Mousa

January 24th, 2021


On this episode we talk with Omar Mousa.  A local Austin film maker, we talk to him about an upcoming documentary he recently finished about local Austin icon, Izzy Cox.  You can find Omar on his Facebook page (

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #31 w/ Rob Dew (Part 2)

January 18th, 2021


Our second guest of 2021 is Rob Dew, and the timing couldn't have worked out better. Rob has been working with the infamous and increasingly popular

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #31 w/ Rob Dew (Part 1)

January 13th, 2021


Our second guest of 2021 is Rob Dew, and the timing couldn't have worked out better. Rob has been working with the infamous and increasingly popular

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #30 w/ Carter Arrington

January 9th, 2021


We kicked off 2021 with world renowned guitarist, Carter Arrington. Currently residing in England, Carter's extensive resume is mostly U.S. based thus far. Originally from Roanoke Virginia, Carter became interested and …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #29 w/ Dave Scher

December 27th, 2020


On our final episode of 2020 we chat with native Austinite and seasoned musician, Dave Scher. Dave is well known in the Austin music community as …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #28 w/ Michelle "Foxy Rebel Yell" Adams

December 24th, 2020


On this episode we interviewed the eclectic and hilarious Michelle Adams aka "Foxy Rebel Yell". This Las Vegas based attorney discovered a love for …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #27 w/ Will Knaak

December 19th, 2020


On episode 27 we spoke with veteran guitarist and touring musician, Will Knaak. Will has an impressive resume to say the least; he has played extensively with a wide variety of acts for over 20 years and is currently …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - Recap #2 w/ Skunk & Vic

December 16th, 2020


In this podcast, we go though our episode list (9-26) and highlight our conversations with our guests.  

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #26 w/ Jeff Lewis

December 12th, 2020


We had a fascinating conversation with trumpet Maestro and Moonlight Studios co-owner, Jeff Lewis. This one time biology major, who played with bands …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #25 w/ Ray Prim

December 9th, 2020


Ray Prim is our guest on the podcast today.  This Texas-based Singer "Soul-writer" tells us what really brought him from New York to Austin and talks …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #24 w/ Eric Livingston

December 2nd, 2020


Welcome to our marathon podcast with the fascinating and multi-talented Eric Alan Livingston. Eric resides in the Bay Area and has worked with a …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #23 w/ Chris Farrell

November 28th, 2020


Today on the podcast, we have a Luxurious Hair Battle between Skunk and our guest Chris Farrell.  Chris is a maker of sharp shabby things (blade smith) and was featured on the TV show “Forged in Fire” where he won his …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #22 w/ Bull Diego

November 25th, 2020


Bull Diego Avello joins us on the podcast to talk about the latest single from Bull y Los Bufalos, his journey from Spain to Austin, TX and his love …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #21 w/ Pearl Z

November 22nd, 2020


Today on the podcast, we hang out with Pearl Z.  Pearl is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer, artist, & native Austinite.  We catch up …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #20 w/ Rudy Cervantez

November 18th, 2020


We had a blast chatting with musician turned filmmaker, Rudy Cervantez. Originally from Del Rio, TX, Rudy moved to College Station after high school …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #19 w/ Mark Sean

November 14th, 2020


Mark Sean joins the Eclectic Soundtrax crew today.  Hailing from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, this guitarist found his way to Austin and adapted the rock n' …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #18 w/ Bobby Bookout

November 11th, 2020


Bobby Bookout joins us on the podcast tonight.  He’s a singer/songwriter based out of Austin, Texas. After a stint in the U.S. Navy, Bobby used his …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #17 w/ Donald Chapa - Comal County Rebels Art Gallery

November 7th, 2020


You might have come across a few discussions where we talked about buying music simply because the album artwork stood out at you.  Imagine then taking that curiosity to another level.  That's exactly what our next …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #16 w/ Tibetan Sky Burial

October 31st, 2020


Prepare to be #Wallin'd

Today on the podcast we chat with the members of Tibetan Sky Burial.  Formed in Austin during 2019, Texan natives Rick Fernandes and Bryan Stevens wrote a concept album about loss and the five …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #15 w/ The Invincible Czars

October 28th, 2020


The Invincible Czars are a multi-faceted collective of musicians that entertains audiences with artsy, cinematic music that sometimes-but-not-always …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #14 w/ Ulrich Ellison

October 24th, 2020


Ulrich Ellison is an accomplished and prolific musician who has performed, toured and recorded with a wide variety of artists including his own band, …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #13 w/ Jon Simpson

October 21st, 2020


Today on the podcast, we have our good friend Jon Simpson.  Jon is a veteran of the Austin music scene playing with bands like Meyvn and the Witch Diaries.  On this session we talk about what Jon’s been up to, his …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #12 w/ Scott Blanco

October 17th, 2020


We had a blast chatting with the charismatic renaissance man known as Scott Banco. Scott is a singer and multi-instrumentals who fronts the …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #11 w/ Dan Welby

October 14th, 2020


It was great catching up with professional drummer, music school owner and soon to be dad, Dan Welby. In 1999 this Massachusetts native set out to …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #10 w/ PJ Evans (Number 3)

October 10th, 2020


Today we reminisce with our good friend PJ Evans.  PJ is an accomplished actor, writer, director, and creative of all things geeky.  Folks may know …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #09 w/ Chris DeVore (Karate Cowboy Guitar Wizard)

October 7th, 2020


Today on the podcast, we hang with Chris DeVore, former Pitchfork member and a bonafide Karate Cowboy Guitar Wizard.  Chris talks about his love & passion for music and delivering the best possible performance for …

Eclectic Sountrax Podcast - Recap w/ Skunk & Vic #01

October 3rd, 2020


In this short recap...we recap...and give a synopsis of our first 8 guests that we've had on the show.  We also chat about lessons learned when hosting a remote podcast and the next upcoming sessions.  Short and …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #08 w/ Mike Watson

September 30th, 2020


On this episode we chat with bassist Mike Watson and get the story on his musical journey with Texas rock legends Dangerous Toys, from their party rock beginnings at the Backroom in Austin, TX to recording with titan …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #07 w/ Justin James Bridges

September 27th, 2020


Today on the podcast we chat with musician and activist Justin James Bridges. This one time wrestling coach and interpreter for the def began his musical journey in Texas, but soon found himself residing in Portland, OR …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #06 w/ Jerry Conerly

September 19th, 2020


On today's podcast, we talk to Vic's friend Jerry.  Jerry talks about growing up in the South listening to country music, the great exodus to the North and the Delta Blues.  We also talk about his time in the Omega Psi …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #05 w/ Italo Samano

September 12th, 2020


Today on the podcast we talk to Italo Samano.  Italo is a Mexican native, history professor, world traveler, and long-time friend of Skunk's.  We discuss the most gangster places to travel, how having a true worldview …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #04 w/ Zoë Espinosa

September 5th, 2020


Today we talk with Zoë Espinoza, a multi-talented friend and former guitar student of Skunk's.  

Zoë talks about Rush and being a renaissance metal …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #03 w/ Dave "Corndog" Tucker

August 29th, 2020


Superhero Origin Story, but with more Geddy Lee.  

Today we talk to Skunk’s longtime friend, Dave - aka: Fruit Loop, aka: Corndog, aka: Dave-the-nickname-guy.  They discuss how Metallica was a knock off version of the …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #02 w/ Yuri Diogenes

August 23rd, 2020


Yuri Diogenes is a technologist with a focus in cyber security.  We talk about fitness, mindset, setting goals and of course...Iron Maiden.  Up the …

Eclectic Soundtrax Podcast - #01

August 15th, 2020


Skunk and Vic introduce themselves and ramble on about being old, current events, South Park, Ted 2 & music.

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