Artist Spotlight: B. Squid
Name (Real name/Stage name): Alyson Bruno aka B. Squid
Years Performing: Circa 2012
Musical Moment in your career that made you smile: This year at San Diego comic con (2019) I was playing a big party at flux nightclub opening for Darryl McDaniels (DMC of Run DMC). I had prepared a suitcase full of individually labeled snack packs (aka Squiddy Puddin’) to toss out to the crowd but forgot to bring it on stage with me. When I turned around to look for it I saw Darryl standing there watching me play with his jaw wide open & I couldn’t have felt more accomplished in hip hop. Then I found that puddin and started chucking it at the fans, but realized I could really nail someone if they weren’t paying attention. So I invited the audience to chuck it back at me if they got hit and I wouldn’t be mad. Only one person threw the pudding cup back to me and it was hilarious. A real come together crowd moment.
How do you cope with creative stress and/or writer's block? I remind myself as often as I can remember that I need to let things happen when they are ready and that my talent is not contingent upon my telling it to come out. Forcing it is never the way. With my new album,
I thought it was just going to be a project of beats for six or eight months before I actually started writing lyrics. Now it is a carefully constructed storybook of lyrics and I couldn’t be happier.
Being a female performer in hip hop do you face the same obstacles you did 10 years ago? My obstacles now are that I’m unwilling to starve and keep moving recklessly around the country creating art for people and trying to “pay dues”. I’m growing up a lot right now so that’s a big challenge. I want to be comfortable at home, see my dog and my friends, build my life, be in love, you know, live the life that everyone else has that I never had a chance to build because I dove into touring unapologetically at a young age. There’s a lot of legwork involved in marketing an album that I need to do now before I can drop this new project. Ask me next year about this one because once it’s released, I am sure I will be working with a whole new set of problems.
Do you see music videos as a separate short movie to showcase your work or as an extension of the song itself? I see them as both. As a video creator I consider it an honor to be asked to create a music video for someone’s music, as if I am adding a visual verse to the song. As a musician, I see it as an obstacle to putting my music out because I need something that will be completely perfect and I bang my head against the wall while steeping in my videos and music all at once. It’s a very collaborative process I don’t like to cut corners on!
How important is the business end of the industry compared to the creative aspect of making music? It’s equally important. If you’re young and beautiful and stupid they will take you for all your worth.
If your old and smart and talented you will have to know how to take yourself for all your worth. One way or another you must be dialed in on the business side.
Famous last words: “The second you can look into the sky and see your own reflection, you know your head is in the right direction”
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Welcome to Musical Osmosis
Over the past 6 and a half years I have been involved in several different podcasting projects. We've done a political show that lasted from 2013 until just before the 2016 election and then ended very badly (can you say hate-filled chaos parade?). We had a trivia podcast that fizzled out after 77 episodes with a whimper, and our Kettle Of Fish podcast that lasted 104 episodes and then sadly came to an end when my best friend and cohost lost both of her parents within a couple of months of each other and had to move back home to Maine. But throughout it all (my short-lived Tin Can Media Podcast Network, My children's book "Edward" that never got off the ground, my time spent as a political writer for such sites as "If You Only News" and "Daily Discourse" that went down in flames) the one constant has been the music.
I started the Musical Osmosis podcast back in 2013 when I realized I could actually talk to some of my musical heroes from the comfort of my bathrobe. The podcast ran for about 6 months as I chatted with everyone from Steve Moriarty from the riveting Seattle punk band the Gits to the great Chicago working-class punk pioneer Joey Vindictive. But something was missing. I had no zig to my zag no McMahon to my Carson no cohost to keep me in check and keep the show interesting with more than one viewpoint at the helm, so I abandoned ship.
Then in the summer of 2015 something serendipitous happened. I became Facebook friends with both Al Pist from The Pist and Larry Damore from Pegboy. Both of these gentlemen were personal heroes of mine, Al Pist because he is my all-time favorite lyricist and Larry Damore because Pegboy's "Strong Reaction" was the first punk album I had ever heard and it dragged me out of the stale depths of the metal world and into the vibrant and politically conscious punk world where I so belonged. Oddly enough I had tried to reach out to both Al and Larry in 2013 to no avail but it seemed the starts had realigned and now was the time to bring back Musical Osmosis.
But did I want to bring it back alone....?
The answer was a quantitative-NO! So the search began for a cohost. I say search but in reality, it was a shortlist of longtime friends I had talked with, listened to, and played music with over the years and at the top of my "mad respect for your musical knowledge" list was a man named Odell Norman. And as they say, the rest is musical history.
Over the past 4 years, Musical Osmosis has allowed us to chat with some of the greats from the punk world and beyond. But it has also given me the motivation to start searching out new music again after a 10-year funk of listening to the same NOFX and Screeching Weasel albums over and over again. And just like the name suggest we have gone through our own Osmosis as we have grown as podcast hosts and evolved our format to bring the fans what we consider some damn good conversations with old school punk legends like Dave Dictor and Jughead to artists who are redefining rock music like Bonnie Bloomgarden and Crow Jane.
This new website which will not only showcase our long-running Musical Osmosis podcast but will also expand into the world of video interviews and music reviews is just the next step in our journey. A journey we are happy you have chosen to come along on, but it will also serve as a fulcrum for my mission statement that I call "Weaponized Creativity"- the process of combating fascism and hate with music and creative expression. In my opinion, art is the last bastion against fascism and has never been as sorely need as today.
In closing, I want to thank you for reading the long stream of conscious ramblings of an almost 50-year-old punk dude and to remind myself that our podcast is only as good as our guests and only as successful as YOU the fans allow us to be. -Saucey