SMI Radio Ep. 71 On Demand: Torches and Jason Friendt of RockStar Motel

Torches was just in town a couple weeks ago to play the RockStar Motel showcase at Chop Suey. A few days later, they jumped on a plane headed to ‘The Big Apple” to play a series of showcase events for RockStar Motel and CMJ. The trio, who hail from Pasadena, California, produce brilliant ear candy composed of tasty tones and a solid rhythmic foundation. They know how to make great records, but the group is even more powerful live.


This week’s episode  of SMI Radio features an interesting backstage conversation with Azad Cheikosman, (guitars, vocals, and loops) Bridgette Eliza Moody, (bass, vocals, loops and percussion) and Eric Fabbro (drums, percussion). The members of Torches talk about their music their influences and how they made their Seattle connection.

RockStar Motel’s Director of A&R, Jason Friendt, is also a guest.  Jason talks about his trip to New York and CMJ, RockStar Motel, and how he and this week’s featured artist, Torches, hooked up.

Jason is also a music journalist, and the founder of – and has an exciting new series you’ll want to hear about.

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Not only is he a multi-media journalist, he is also an accomplished musician. He is the founder of SMI and drives the creative look, feel and branding for the publication. His years of writing, arranging, and performing live music in a variety of genres inform his ability to communicate the message and the mechanics of music. Roth’s work on SMI reflects his philosophy that music is the universal language, and builds community. He believes it has the power to unite people of every race, religion, gender, and persuasion.