Epitonic saki Sessions: Chicago’s Center for Sound

Epitonic and saki Records (a record store in Humboldt Park) teamed up for a live recording experience like no other!
From Epitonic’s website:
Welcome to the new Epitonic.com First launched on March 8, 1999, the site was one of the first ever music discovery and editorial sites. Epitonic posted free and legal MP3s available for streaming and download, working directly with thousands of artists and labels. All of the music was selected, written about, and posted by a staff of young DJs, touring artists, record collectors, and music lovers based in San Francisco and Chicago.

Due to financial difficulties the site went dormant in 2004. A couple of companies tried to revive it but it remained inactive until one of the original founders Justin Sinkovich reacquired rights to the site in 2010. Epitonic then brought together dozens to help revive the site including many of the original staff and dozens of new contributors.

After almost a year of planning and building, Epitonic is officially back, once again helping fans to discover the best in cutting edge music. Epitonic today recaptures the spirit of the original site by curating and filtering underground music, but now utilizes new technology and features that were unfathomable when the site was originally built. The relaunch was timed to March 8th, 2011, the day the site originally launched twelve years ago. Many additional features continue to be deployed as time and budgets allow.

Epitonic saki Sessions

A Recent Session
Megan Reilly: Epitonic Saki Session
By Rachel Angres

Megan Reilly is a mother, wife, musician, writer and a crafts-woman. When she is not on tour she can be found spending time in the garden with her husband and 4-year-old daughter Sylvia. After a long break from recording, she released her third album, The Well on Carrot Top Records. Back in May, Reilly stopped in saki for Session, during which we had the chance to sit down with Megan and catch up on where she has been, where she is now and where she is going.

For her EsS, Megan was joined by Steve Goulding on drums, James Mastro on guitar, and Tony Maimone on bass. For more videos featuring Megan performing at saki, visit this Session’s Vimeo channel.

How did you begin taking an interest in music?
I started singing when I was young and I taught myself how to play guitar, I figured maybe I could be good at it so I started writing songs when I was sixteen, a song called “Girl” off my first record. I lived in Memphis until I was 22 years. At 23 years old I was well into recording my first album.

What is life like outside of performing?
I live in a quaint neighborhood in Montclaire, NJ with my husband and daughter, Sylvia, who is 4 years old. It’s good, you know, it’s simple and quiet. We have our little daily routine. I have wanted it for a long time. I wanted to move from New York City for a while. I had lived there for ten years, and it was a bit of a struggle- trying to write to songs and raise a daughter in such a small space. So three years ago we moved. I joke that we are kind of like gypsies where we live now, with all the Wall Street folks riding to work, and here I am playing music in my garden.

What is your favorite part of the day?
Definitely the morning. I wake up, drink tea and hit the ground running. I take my daughter to school, come home to work on music, gardening, sewing and writing. I recently made my daughter a dress. I make all of her clothes. It is intimidating at first, but I enjoy the act of making something by hand. Like gardening, you plant a seed in the winter and six months later a beautiful flower blooms. It is kind of magnificent.

Tell me about your latest album, The Well?
It’s out now on Carrot Top Records. I have three amazing band-mates who tour with me, as well as guests who were involved in the recording. It was recorded live in about 2 ½ days, and it is the best recording I’ve written to date. It is different than earlier releases because I feel like I have a new approach to writing; I have more of a well-rounded way of processing life and loss into song. It is a way of looking at my life from all different angles, from pain to loss… but mostly joy. I think overall it’s distinct in its progression and maturity since incorporating family and a much more grounded outlook on life.

Live Sound: Adam Hirzel
Recording Engineer: Justin Sinkovich
Recording Mix: Justin Sinkovich
Recording Mastering: Hawon Jung
Video: Patrick Monaghan

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A song that slowly builds and expands can make the agonizing pace of the first few verses seem worth hearing in the end. View all posts by lucy betina

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