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Monty "Moe Train" Wiradilaga - Creator/Host of Moe Train's Tracks

When podcasting was introduced in 2005, I took an interest, purely an experimental capacity. Podcasting seemed to be a very innovative avenue to promote my own music... I have an English/Writing (oddly enough... Shakespeare concentration) and Journalism background, which is worked into Moe Train's Tracks in one way or another. At the time, I had been working on a solo album. I had only put out a few podcasts, and kept evolving the format, but before I knew it, there was a dedicated following.

As time went along, I realized that I needed to fuse the performing side of me with the journalism side, and pack it all into the podcast. It took a few years for me to establish a solid listening base (in about a year and a half, I amassed approximately 20,000 listeners). Industry people and music labels started to take notice of my format (I was the only host on the podcast until fairly recently), and I began getting tons of e-mails and packages from labels all over the world. For some reason, I decided to take a hiatus from podcasting when the audience was just starting to snowball. I had an itch to finish my album, so I took a an extended break from podcasting and anything that had to do with journalism. However, about a year and almost a full album later, I decided to resume the podcasting, but on a much higher level.

Doing interviews and on the scene coverage was a very natural transition. I have no social phobias about talking to anyone, no matter if they are a very well known personality, or an everyday person. Also, I had been a lead vocalist for a punk/ska/reggae band and have performed on stage in front of a ton of people. I've always thought that performing was one of the most exhilarating things in the world. In addition, I've been told that I put people to ease very quickly in a conversational or interview situation, and which results in people to opening up so quickly to me on the mic.

When I resumed the podcasting gig, I started talking to a ton of industry people, to get a feel of how "Moe Train's Tracks Podcast" would be received on a much higher scale, and I got an overwhelmingly positive response. They had heard my older work, but when I pitched my newer ideas for coverage/interviews/etc, they loved it. A reoccurring comment was that "they don't know anyone who's trying to do what you're doing at the same level while still remaining independent."

With this amount of positive support, I decided to go balls to the wall and test out the waters. As part of the format change, I added my good friend, Brian aka "King B" as co-host. We have an insane chemistry, resulting in fun, comedic timing... which has become a huge part of our show. (Constant laughter is key.) I contacted the same people who I had spoken with before, and they loved the changes to the format. In taking some chances, I discovered that there was a format out there that you don't see in mainstream media... Uncensored and "in the trenches" coverage, which gets much deeper than the superficial media coverage that is too commonplace in today's media.

Bonnaroo 07 was actually the first huge scale operation that we covered... Ultimately the only independent podcast to cover the world's largest grossing music festival. We interviewed Bobby Weir, Ziggy Marley, Neil Fallon (Clutch), and semi-interviewed Gregg Gillis (decided to party at the Tool show, and danced onstage with him the next night. Later interviewed him in Philly). The interviews went extremely well, and carried it on to Lollapalooza. We interviewed The Wailers, Ghostland Observatory, Slightly Stoopid, and G. Love at Lolla. At Lolla, I ended up doing another change in the podcast festival coverage formula which is still something that we still utilize today. At a Lollapalooza afterparty, I found out that there are some Tracks fans in the form of several Sirius DJ's. One of the DJs came up to me and asked, "Hey man... Who are you with? I saw you interviewing some pretty high profile acts!" When I told him, his face lit up. He said, "No shit! I know exactly who you are! Great show! Hey man, don't take our jobs!!!" We had a few drinks, and the irony was... I DO want his job. After Lollapalooza, we finally did a proper interview with Gregg Gillis/Girl Talk in Philadelphia. A few months later, we ended up at Vegoose, and interviewed Infected Mushroom (Erez and Duvdev), the number one rated psy-trance act in the world.

B and I never work from a script, and and are extremely improv based both in the studio and "on-scene." We are currently in talks with several large media outlets about picking up our show, and in the long run... We want to take our show to Satellite Radio. Although we went from about 20,000 to approximately 60,000 listeners (and easily tens of thousands more miscellaneous listens per month from being featured on the interviewees' sites) in 8 months, we'd like to make that number MUCH bigger in 2008. I think we will accomplish our goals by hooking up with a major industry player, but I want to keep all the creative integrity of the show under our control. We believe in a very honest approach to what we say in our podcasts and interviews, and no matter what direction the show goes... The honestly will never change.

For too long, the public has been subjected to the filter of the mainstream media. However, with the advent of podcasting, blogging, and other independent forms of media, the truth will be told. Moe Train's Tracks will continue to bring our loyal listeners an uncensored and entertaining podcast, as well as constantly evolving web content. With the addition of album reviews and news to TheMoeTrain.com/MoeTrainsTracks.com, we strive to become an all-encompassing media outlet.

If there's one statement that encapsulates the ethos of Moe Train's Tracks, it's the fact that... WE ARE THE NEW MEDIA.


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Role Played on Moe Train's Tracks - Creator/Host/Head of Interviews and Productions

Philosophy - "We Are The NEW Media."

Media Influences - The King of All Media... Howard Stern.

Personal Quotes - "Always go after your dreams, no matter how unattainable they may seem. You may end up surprising yourself." "Shots?" "Be very passionate in what you do. If you aren't, then people can see right through it." "I live and breathe domination." "Believe in those crazy ideas that you have. Who knows where you could end up?!" "Believe in Yourself. If you don't believe in yourself, who else is going to believe in you?" "If you truly listen with your heart, mind, body and soul, you will hear." "Never be afraid to follow your aspirations. You'll never know their answer until your ask. What's the worst answer that they could give? No. They say no? Pick yourself up and try again." "Laugh and smile as much as you possibly can. It's therapy for the soul."

Bands Seen - Rancid, Muse, Rage Against the Machine, The Beastie Boys, Tool, The Police, The Flaming Lips, Green Day, Daft Punk, Iggy and the Stooges, Manu Chao, Run D.M.C., M.I.A., Pearl Jam, My Morning Jacket, Less Than Jake, Gogol Bordello, Reel Big Fish, The Suicide Machines, The Wailers, Blink-182, Ziggy Marley, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Justice, Pennywise, NOFX, Hot Water Music, Thrice, Girl Talk, LCD Soundsystem, The Roots, Kanye West, Clutch, Ratdog, Ghostland Observatory, Buck-O-Nine, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Goldfinger, Bon Jovi, Sarah McLachlan, Rob Thomas, Destiny's Child, P. Diddy, Keith Urban, Def Leppard, Maroon 5, Mustard Plug, The New Victims, 5point0, Left Behind, Lupe Fiasco, Satellite Party, Electric Six, Millencolin, Jurassic 5, Cafe Tacuba, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, Little River Band, Jay-Z, Linkin Park, Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, Dave Matthews Band, Long Beach Dub All-Stars, G. Love & Special Sauce, Slightly Stoopid, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Stevie Wonder, Kaiser Chiefs, Black Eyed Peas, Stephen Marley, Rita Marley, Dropkick Murphys, Dan Deacon, White Williams, Coheed and Cambria, Brand New, Cold War Kids, The Spin Doctors, No Doubt, Filter, The Strokes, Dancehall Crashers, Rocket From the Crypt, Modest Mouse, Interpol, Regina Spektor, TV On The Radio, Silverchair, STS9, The Rapture, Elvis Perkins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, Ben Harper, Kings of Leon, Wolfmother, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Aesop Rock, El-P, RX Bandits, The Little Ones, Art Garfunkel, John Paul Jones/?uestlove/Ben Harper, Apollo Sunshine, Thievery Corporation, Mastodon, Battles, Infected Mushroom, UNKLE, Ghostface Killah, Jesus and Mary Chain, The Smooths, Sick of It All, Lagwagon, Voodoo Glowskulls, MxPx, The Aquabats, H20, Royal Crown Revue, Flogging Molly, Lunachicks, Unwritten Law, The Bouncing Souls, New Found Glory, AFI, Midtown, The Ataris, Taking Back Sunday, From Autumn to Ashes, Talib Kweli, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox, DJ Tiesto, Beck, Dieselboy, Danny Tenaglia, Foo Fighters, Plain White T's, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Howard Stern, Kemuri, The Killers, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Freeway, The New Deal, Disco Biscuits, Social Distortion, The Toasters, DJ Mehdi, Bush, The Toadies, The Used, Against Me!

Coverage Related Casualties - Heat stroke in the middle of the Media Area (Bonnaroo)


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Favorite Bands - Bob Marley and the Wailers, Muse, The Beastie Boys, Rancid, Rage Against the Machine, The Suicide Machines, Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A., Girl Talk

Favorite Concerts to Date - Daft Punk (Lollapalooza), The Wailers (Lollapalooza), Girl Talk (Bonnaroo), M.I.A. (Lollapalooza), Rage Against the Machine (Vegoose), The Beastie Boys
Favorite Genres - Rock, Indie, Reggae, Punk, Ska, Electronica
Favorite Coverage Moment - Interview with Ziggy Marley/The Wailers (tie)... Having The Wailers take a request during an interview and then playing "One Love" in front of a capacity crowd at Lollapalooza... Dancing onstage during Girl Talk's set at Bonnaroo

Favorite Drinks (Beer, Wine, Shots, Mixed Drinks) - Jagermeister, Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka on the Rocks, Grey Goose Gimlets, Moe-garitas made with Patron and Grand Marnier, Bombay Sapphire and Tonic, Lindeman's Lambic Framboise, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, Three Olives Cherry Vodka on the Rocks

Favorite Movies - Dolemite, Enter The Dragon, Black Belt Jones, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (original), Condemned, The Bourne Trilogy

Favorite Interview - Aston "Family Man" Barrett and Elan of The Wailers

Favorite Personal Quality - Confidence

Favorite (Least) Personal Quality - Procrastination