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Interviews with local Wisconsin musicians and music based organizations and businesses.

The goal of the podcast is to amplify the great talent in Wisconsin and bring on guests that will be do just that. 


You'll hear from Wisconsin artist and hear about their journey from their beginning.

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Wisconsin Music Podcast

Season 4

Episode 135

Josh Escher of the Rising Phoenix band

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Welcome to another inspiring episode of the Wisconsin Music Podcast. We dive deep into a heartfelt conversation with Josh Escher, a renowned bass player recognized for his incredible talent and versatility. As a member of the 80s party rock cover band Rising Phoenix, Josh captivates our listeners with his fascinating journey, from his humble beginnings to his triumphs as a seasoned musician.

Josh not only recounts his experiences of playing with various bands over the years but also shares critical life lessons and his captivating perspective as a rhythm guy. He highlights the thrill of playing in a band, the importance of synchronization with the drummer, and reflects on the evolution of the local music scene. He emphasizes the significance of camaraderie and collaboration within the music community and the importance of resilience in the fast-paced world of music.

Join us as Josh details the path of Rising Phoenix, from its inception to its current substantial 10-year run, playing music from legendary bands such as Poison, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, among others. Their unique blend of '80s hair metal and '70s and '90s pyro pop rock has made waves across Wisconsin, captivating audiences in different parts of the state.

Josh also delves into the challenges faced by bands in finding gigs, appeasing audiences, and finding the right band members. He shares the importance of appealing to the audience and band's ethos and discusses the role of recordings and social media promotions in spreading a band's name and music.

Lastly, he fondly recollects his early recording experience with Justin Perkins and encourages listeners to be a part of a Rising Phoenix show. Join us in celebrating the magnificent sounds from Wisconsin as Josh Escher unravels his musical journey.



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   The Show

Wisconsin Music Podcast interviews local Wisconsin musicians on their journey from their first group, solo endeavor, hired studio work, local community groups, and more, to their present day activities in the local music scene. We will also talk with music businesses and music organizations.

Wisconsin Music Podcast will talk about their origin story, what their influences are, what they do to hone their talents and their skills to be where they are today. What they feel is not only suffocating the local music scene, but, better yet, what they feel is helping push the local scene into the limelight. Also hear about gigs they’ve played that made an impression on them and why. . . and much more.

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Owner/Engineer at ZTF Studio

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Nate Wycoff

Podcast Theme Song Composer

Owner/Engineer of Frequency Farm

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