Season 2 - Ep. 6 - California's Great Rock Historian with Marko DeSantis of Sugarcult & Bad Astronaut Part 1

I am going to be speaking with a veritable legend of rock music over the last 30 or so years, Marko DeSantis. Marko has played in such bands as Sugarcult, Popsicko, a short stint in The Ataris, and was a member of one of my personal favorite bands of all time, Bad Astronaut. Now Marko teaches the business side of music and DJ’s as well as helps promote bands. His life is intertwined with the California rock scene of the 90’s in so many ways, and we are going to hear some incredible stories.

I am pretty stoked to talk to Marko, because having people like him on the show is exactly why I started this podcast in the first place. Marko has been ingrained in the punk scene in California for the last 30 or so years, and I figured it would be great to have a first hand account of some of the coolest stories straight from one of the sources. Marko has been a member of some very well known bands, but he is also really good friends with bands that are household names as well.

This is Part 1 of our 2 part conversation.

Sugarcult 20th Anniversary Start Static Links:

Santa Barbara Independent Article by Marko DeSantis "Marko DeSantis Takes on Foo Fighters’ Chris Shiflett":
▬ Contents of this video ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

0:00 - Intro
2:30 - Marko DeSantis talks about the sound of Sugarcult
9:28 - Start Static's 20th Anniversary Reissue
12:17 - How did Sugarcult meet at a Superdrag concert?
19:07 - Marko DeSantis talks about his time in Popsicko
20:26 - What did Marko DeSantis do inbetween Popsicko and Sugarcult?
31:52 - How did Bad Astronaut come together?
34:01 - Marko DeSantis talks about the rock scene in Santa Barbara in the 90's creating closeness with other musicians
35:21 - Joey Cape, Derek Plourde and Marko DeSantis create Bad Astronaut
40:21 - Marko DeSantis talks about the identity crisis of playing punk or not
47:22 - Outro

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