Episode 69

Walk, Don't Run: The Story of The Ventures


May 20th, 2019

1 hr 7 mins 51 secs

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About this Episode

This week we talk to Isaac Olsen and Justin Peterson about thier new project: Walk, Don't Run: The Story of The Ventures. A documentary about the surf-rock band and rock and roll hall of famers, The Ventures. Justin started fliming the project almost 10 years ago and recently reconnected with Isaac to pull the film into a cohesive project.

Who are The Ventures?

Here's the answer right from their Kickstarter page:

The Ventures were founded in Tacoma, Washington by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle in 1958 when they met at a used car lot. Nokie Edwards on guitar, Mel Taylor on drums, and later Gerry McGee on guitar rounded out the classic Ventures lineup.
They were wildly successful during the 60's and constantly re-invented themselves, surviving the tumultuous, ever-changing rock landscape through the 70's, 80's, and 90's.
They maintain an almost parallel-universe type career in Japan, where they are bigger than Elvis. The term, 'big in Japan' may have originated with the mania surrounding them, which really got going in 1965.

The Ventures are the biggest instrumental band in the world and this aims to be their first feature length, comprehensive documentary. They are funding through Kickstarter through the end of May. Stop by and check it out at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/walkdontrunfilm/walk-dont-run-the-story-of-the-ventures

1:25 – The guys discuss Justin’s food recovery, Justin lets listeners how know they can support GCP through Patreon, and the Isaac shares that Semi Iconic will be playing in Venus Beach at The Fine Arts Festival. Justin gives props to Justin P on his love for The Valley, Justin P talks about what it’s like to run multiple restaurants in Tacoma, and Isaac explains who the instrumental group ‘The Ventures’ are. Justin talks about the kick starter that’s out for the Justin P and Isaac’s documentary ‘Walk, Don't Run: The Story of The Ventures’ and they share how they ended up putting the documentary together.

16:52 – Justin P talks about teaming with the Haggerty Brothers to start interviewing people with the band, how Teddy Haggerty was the stand in for Alec Baldwin in Beetlejuice, and Teddy being the person that did the art design of Jazzbones remodel. He talks about what got him started with the record label, traveling all over the US and Japan with The Ventures, and what it was like visiting Japan.

34:53 – Isaac talks about the art they offer to Kickstarter people that do a $50 backing, the benefits of Kickstarter, and the different levels they offer. Justin P talks about the guitars offered in certain tiers, Justin talks about Alice In Chains new video, and they chat about Hologram Zeplin. Justin P talks about the people that run their social media, their want to keep the project slightly secret, and the licensing issues they’ve run into during production. He shares the local collaborators he works with, and the different clubs showing up in Tacoma.

53:48 – Isaac shares his love to make movies that inspire people to visit the PNW, how people can help them on Kickstarter, and encourages people to share it on social media. Justin P talks about being star struck when interviewing Billy Bob Thornton, GCP guys talk about their upcoming Boot to Boot happening in Tacoma in June on the Live Scooters, and Justin shares where listeners can find Walk Don’t Run online.

Thanks Justin P and Isaac for joining the guys for a great conversation and sharing how people can help support Walk Don’t Run!

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