Tuna on Toast with Stryker
Tuna on Toast with Paris Jackson

Tuna on Toast with Paris Jackson

June 20, 2022

In this episode, Ted Stryker welcomes Paris Jackson to the Tuna on Toast Studio.

Paris just released a new song called "Lighthouse".

Paris recorded the song in December of 2021 with Butch Walker producing and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam on guitar.
Paris and Butch had been talking about working with eachother for years, it finally came to fruition on "lighthouse" as well has future songs yet to be released.
Paris released a solo album in 2020 titled Wilted which was produced by Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra. Paris talks about how great that experience was and what a good human Andy is.
When discussing her music, she says at the end of the day, all her songs are folk.
Paris tells Stryker she started playing guitar at 13 but doesn't consider herself to be a guitar player.
 
Paris Jackson talks about how singing "Surrender" with the band Cheap Trick and playing a set with her own band at Boston Calling was one of the best days of her life.  
Paris also tells Stryker about playing with The Struts and botching their lyrics but still having a blast.  
 
Stryker and Paris chat about being so under the microscope and not having a chance to stumble without it being super magnified. 
Stryker asks Paris about music execs that try to get her to perform more under the pop umbrella than a rock or folk style. 
Paris tells Stryker about the music she grew up listening to from Motley Crue to Simon and Garfunkle and Snoop and Dre.
Stryker asks Paris what is success to her when it comes to her music career.
Paris tells Stryker how the band Radiohead and their music helped her through some very dark times. 
Paris mentions that she'd love to work with Conor Oberst, Cage the Elephant, Dave Grohl and Margot & the Nuclear So and So's.
Paris tells Stryker she doesn't watch too much TV and really loves gore and to be scared!
Paris said the only person that can really scare her is her brother Prince Jackson.
She also talks about how lucky she is to have such great brothers. 
Paris tells Stryker how she's had a few songs written about her that were not good songs. 
It was such a wonderful afternoon chatting with Paris Jackson, she is smart, talented and very nice! 
Thanks for watching another episode of Tuna on Toast with Stryker. 
Tuna on Toast with Josh Klinghoffer

Tuna on Toast with Josh Klinghoffer

May 31, 2022

Welcome back to the channel!

Ted Stryker welcomes guitarist, songwriter, and overall good dude, Josh Klinghoffer to the Tuna on Toast Studio. Pluralone, Josh's band, just released another album titled This is the Show. 

Josh talks to Stryker about growing up in the Valley (Los Angeles) and listening to Morrissey, Depeche Mode, Guns N' Roses, AC/DC and Motley Crue. Josh tells Stryker how his Mom first signed him up for drums, not guitar. He started having friends (a full band) come over at an early age. At 15 Josh decided to pick up the guitar and learned to play without taking lessons.

Josh and Stryker talk about how he is normally the youngest in the groups he plays with. Josh mentions the great Bob Forrest, the band Bicycle Thief and first meeting Bob. Josh tells Stryker about the "bloody battle" he had with his parents about dropping out of school. 

Josh's new album is called "This is the Show"! His band is Pluralone. The album was born during the pandemic. Clint Walsh (Dot Hacker) and Josh worked together and found great harmony (both life and musically).

Josh also tells Stryker about first meeting Eddie Vedder and working on the album Earthling. Josh talks to Stryker about joining the Red Hot Chili Peppers at 30 years old and spending all of his 30's with them.

The guys also discuss Pluralone opening for Pearl Jam and also playing guitar with Pearl Jam during their set. Josh tells Stryker about his growth as a person and a musician.

Stryker has an idea for Josh to get coffee with Ilan Rubin from Nine Inch Nails and make some songs😊 Stryker asks Josh how he feels TODAY about not being a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers anymore. 

Josh and Stryker also talk about the work Josh and Chad Smith did with Morrissey! Josh says that Morrissey said it's his favorite album while it has not seen the light of day. The album is complete. Josh hopes the Morrissy album is released sooner than later!

Josh Klinghoffer is such a talented person, I also had a great time chatting with him, thanks for watching, sit back and enjoy another episode of Tuna on Toast with Stryker

Tuna on Toast with Taylor Hawkns

Tuna on Toast with Taylor Hawkns

April 5, 2022

First off, I'm sending condolences and all the love to Taylor's family, friends, and bandmates.

This interview/hangout with Taylor Hawkins and Stryker took place in 2017 at Studio 606 in Northridge, CA.

Taylor and Stryker talk about moving from Laguna Beach to the Valley, Taylor tells Stryker about moving to Venice Beach at 18 to be close to Janes Addiction and the music scene. 

The guys chat about Taylor's love of Mountain Biking.

Taylor tells Stryker about his first paid gig!  From Sass Jordan to in 1994 to Alanis! Taylor and Stryker discuss luck and Taylor telling Stryker about being at the right place at the right time. 

Taylor tells Stryker about wanting to start bands in high school that sounded like Janes Addiction.  He and Stryker talk about the band Sylvia.

Taylor also believes that there is another Kurt Cobain or Jimi Hendrix out there! He also believes Kendrick Lamar is a superstar!!

Stryker mentions that it's Taylors 25th anniversary in the Foo Fighters (2017)

Taylor Hawkins discusses the pressures...or lack there of early on in the band and how Dave Grohl believes in the notion of a band.

Taylor says the Foo Fighters were picked more based on personality than musical chops and how Taylor has learned from Dave while in the band.

When it comes to the song "The Sky is a Neighborhood", Taylor says that it's their "Black Hole Sun".  The guys talk about the making of Concrete and Gold and working with Greg Kurstin. 

Stryker mentions his love of the song "Range Rover Bitch" and Taylor tells a story about Liam Gallagher coming up to him at Glastonbury Festival and telling Taylor how much he loves the song!

I'm beyond grateful to have met Taylor professionally.  Taylor Hawkins created memories for millions of people that we will never forget. 

Tuna on Toast with Mark McGrath

Tuna on Toast with Mark McGrath

March 22, 2022

In this episode, Ted Stryker welcomes Mark McGrath to the Tuna on Toast Studio for an in-depth interview.

The guys chat about Oingo Boingo, Mark Wahlberg before the official show begins as well as William Zabka and Vanilla Ice.
The guys have a laugh at the fact that in the early Sugar Ray bio, it said Rodney was chaka from Land of the Lost! 
Mark and Stryker talk about how Sugar Ray, Everclear, and Smash Mouth may not be legacy bands, but they all created legacy songs.
The guys chat about the history of Sugar Ray.
It starts with the guys chatting about the Shrinky Dinx and getting signed to Atlantic.  
Shrinky Dinx became Sugar Ray with Rodney Sheppard and Stan Frazier as well as DJ Homicide. 
Mark talks a lot about how famed director McG was an important piece to the puzzle. 
They made a 3 minute sizzle reel, put it in a pizza box and sent it to everyone they could think of!
The guys ended up getting a record deal worth one million dollars! 
Mark and Stryker chat about how DJ Lethal from House of Pain got involved in the album Lemonade and Brownies. 
Mark tells Stryker the story of how the King of All Media Howard Stern is responsible for the success of Sugar Ray! 
Stryker asks Mark about making the album FLOORED with producer David Kahne as well as the song "Fly".
Mark tells Stryker about how the musical artist Super Cat came to be on the song "Fly".
After the crazy success Mark and Stryker the pressures that come along with making the album 14:59.
This album is filled with hits! 
The guys talk Don Gilmore and more Sugar Ray history.
Mark talks about his time with Extra TV Show.
Towards the end of the interview, Mark McGrath gives us his take on Guns N' Roses, Janes Addiction, Weezer, The Cure, Blink 182 and  The Rolling Stones.
It's very easy to root for Mark McGrath!  Thank you for watching and listening to another episode of Tuna on Toast.
Tuna on Toast with Incubus Michael Einziger

Tuna on Toast with Incubus Michael Einziger

March 14, 2022

In this episode, Ted Stryker welcomes the talented songwriter, performer and entrepreneur Mike Einziger from Incubus to the Tuna on Toast podcast studio (aka my second bedroom)

Michael Einziger and Stryker talk about his new love for Curb Your Enthusiasm and Larry David. The guys discuss albums like Fungus Amongus and Science and relearning those early songs for the upcoming Incubus tour. Mike talks about selling out musical venues like The Roxy and The Troubadour even before the band received radio play.

Mike tells Stryker all about the early Incubus shows and house parties, hustling passing out fliers, opening for Sublime and signing his first ever autograph. Mike and Stryker discuss MIXhalo, Mike is the Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of this wireless technology platform. They also talk about his latest venture which is called Versicolor Technologies..Mike is the Co-Founder & CEO of this biotechnology startup.

Mike tells Stryker about hearing "Pardon Me" on the radio for the first time and the success that followed. especially after getting added to the MTV rotation. The guys talk about recording the Morning View album. Mike tells Stryker that after Light Grenades he started to question if this is what he really wants to do the rest of his life....Record, promote, tour repeat. Mike is not sure if Incubus will be recording many more new songs.

Mike and Stryker talk about the connection Incubus has made with so many people!

The guys then talk about the disappearance of Elaine Park, Elaine went missing back in 2017, her car was found in Malibu. Mike and Stryker discuss the case as well as the podcast To Live and Die in LA (hosted by Neil Strauss) If you have any info, please contact 1800 551 3080 (the tip line).

What a fun episode this was with Mike. Incubus is such a great band with so many songs we all love. Thank you for watching and listening to another epiode of Tuna on Toast with Stryker

Tuna on Toast with Mod Sun

Tuna on Toast with Mod Sun

March 7, 2022

In this episode, Ted Stryker welcomes the creative force that is known as Mod Sun to the Tuna on Toast Podcast Studio (aka Stryker's second bedroom)

As Stryker says at the top, Mod Sun is a talented and prolific writer, performer, producer, musician, director and singer. The episode begins with Mod telling Stryker that they actually met 10 years ago when Mod was working with Cisco Adler out in Malibu! Mod Sun talks to Stryker about why he left his previous band many years ago which he was the drummer in...The band was called Four Letter Lie. They were a really good band! That was the time he became who we know as Mod Sun.

Stryker asks Mod Sun about his childhood growing up on a farm in Minnesota, raised by his Mom and sister. Mod mentions his Dad as being totally wild but someone who was also full of charisma.

The guys talk about Mod's documentary titled "Remember Me Just Like This" as well as the fact that Mod has been invested in the type of music he is making today and the scene, since he was 13 years old! Mod tells Stryker that it wasn't until working with John Feldman that he felt a feeling of "redemption". John was the first to tell Mod that he was good , that he was special, that he was full of talent!

Stryker and Mod Sun talk about his brand new song called "Rich Kids Ruin Everything", Mod worked with John Feldman once again and the artist Lil Aaron contributed as well. T

he guys discuss bands like Something Corporate and the song "If You See Jordan" and New Found Glory which leads to Mod telling Stryker about his first time meeting Travis Barker.

Mod Sun talks about going to a very early Fall Out Boy concert, Mod Sun was the only person in the front row area that knew the words to "Where is Your Boy Tonight". Mod tells Stryker about the time he snuck backstage and gave Pete Wentz an Ipod mini with Mod Sun's musical project called I'll Buy Myself, it was 10 songs!

The guys talked about Mod producing the new Avril Lavigne album titled Love Sux. Stryker also asks if Machine Gun Kelly bought Mod a new car after he kicked in his windshield!

Mod Sun is an awesome dude that is filled with talent and charisma, it was such a pleasure to have him on, thank you again for watching and listening to Tuna on Toast with Stryker.

Tuna on Toast with Chris Carrabba Dashboard Confessional

Tuna on Toast with Chris Carrabba Dashboard Confessional

February 28, 2022

The great Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional joins Ted Stryker for another episode of Tuna on Toast with Stryker. 

Dashboard just released their new album titled All The Truth That I Can Tell.
 
The guys talk about the new album, the excitement and anxiety that comes with it, Chris is also super happy to see the vinyl in person which Stryker has out on the center table.
 
Chris discusses playing live and his goal for every live show!  Chris talks about writing the album before the pandemic, he also talks about working with James Paul Wisner again!
James produced early Dashboard albums like The Swiss Army Romance and The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most.  
Chris tells Stryker the new album was written pre-pandemic. 
 
Stryker asks Chris about his mindset in 1998-1999 when it came to actually being a professional musician!  Chris talks about what his musical goals were and also about being in the band Further Seems Forever. 
Chris tells Stryker how important Napster and LimeWire were for his career! It was bad for the music business but good for Chris! 
 
Chris talks about watching surf and skate videos and loving the music and waiting for the end credits to see who the bands were.  A few bands in particular that Chris liked were Minor Threat, Fugazi, and Operation Ivy and many bands from the label Epitaph (shoutout Brett Gurewitz) and Fat Wreck Chords (shoutout Fat Mike) 
 
Chris talks about the Florida music scene and how inclusive it was.  
Chris discusses going on the road for his first tour with New Found Glory, followed by a tour with Face to Face, H2O and Snapcase and how unbelievably cool all those bands were! 
Chris tells Stryker about the pep talk that Toby Morse from H2O gave him! 
The guys talk about the When We Were Young Festival taking place in Vegas with bands like Thursday and My Chemical Romance. 
The guys chat about navigating the music business.
Chris tells Stryker about the emotions that came along with the success.....from Screaming Infidelities to Hands Down to Vindicated on the Spider Man 2 soundtrack and everything in between. 
Stryker asks Chris about his terrible motorcycle accident that happened in June of 2020. Chris had to learn how to play guitar again AND how to brush his teeth and lift his arms above his head.
Stryker shifts gears and asks about first learning how to play guitar, Chris talks about being self taught but also taking 10 lessons at a guitar shop a few years ago and going undercover to do it. 
Speaking of the new album, Chris Carrabba's favorite song off the new album is the track called "Me and Mine" which is about his family. 
Chris gives details on the new album artwork! 
Make sure to catch Dashboard and Jimmy Eat World on tour! 
Thank you again for watching and listening to another episode of Tuna on Toast! 
Tuna on Toast with Lydia Night - The Regrettes

Tuna on Toast with Lydia Night - The Regrettes

February 21, 2022

Ted Stryker welcomes the smart and talented frontwoman Lydia Night from The Regrettes to the Tuna on Toast Studio. Please keep in mind, this podcast was recorded/filmed way back early November! 

The episode starts with Stryker telling Lydia how much he still appreciates the birthday call from Lydia back in 2019.  

They discuss writing the new songs and how emotional it was because of how honest and authentic the lyrics are.
Lydia talks about writing over zoom and going with the band to Joshua Tree to write and record!  The band ended up writing ten songs in ten days! 
Lydia tells Stryker about writing and recording the song "Monday" as well as chatting about Olivia Rodrigo making an appearance in the video. 
Lydia talks about how the current lineup of The Regrettes met and came to be. 
The Regrettes are a four piece consisting of Lydia, Genessa Gariano, Brooke Dickson and Drew Thomsen. 
Lydia tells Stryker about a band she was in at a very young age called Pretty Little Demons, they played the South by Southwest Music Festival.  This was a really good band that wrote songs and toured, Lydia was only 12 years old! 
Lydia talks about opening for Peaches as well! 
Stryker and Lydia discuss another band she was in called Dead Man's Bones that Ryan Gosling was a part of as well as Zach Shields. 
Lydia talks about the new album Further Joy (which is not released as of today!) and what those two words mean to her.
Lydia is open and honest about anxiety, depression and mental health.
Lydia talks Coachella 2022 as well as touring!
Make sure to catch The Regrettes on tour and support this amazing group.
Thank you as always for watching and listening to another episode of Tuna on Toast with Stryker.
Tuna on Toast with Fat Mike NOFX

Tuna on Toast with Fat Mike NOFX

February 14, 2022

Fat Mike joins Ted Stryker for another episode of Tuna on Toast! The interview starts with Stryker asking Mike some hard hitting questions that were actually written by Fat Mike. This leads into some talk about Mike's Cokie the clown shoes which he wore in his uber ride. The guys chatter about Travis Barker here as well. Mike tells Stryker about the first time dressed in woman's clothes publicly, walking through the Heathrow Airport. The guys talk about the early NOFX days and the loan Mike got from his Dad to start Fat Wreck Chords. Mike tells Stryker about the first time hearing Smells Like Teen Spirit and the time he passed on going to Amoeba Records with Krist Novacellic. Mike talks about the difference between Oz Fest and the Warped Tour and how much he loved Warped! The guys ping pong all over the place as this leads to chatter about Brett Gurewitz, Epitaph Records, and Bad Religion. Mike talks about attempting to get his real estate license in 1989! Mike tells Stryker what he looks for in bands that he's signed over the years...and Mike says he's starting a new label, focusing on individual songs. Mike also reveals that he and the great rapper, the DOC are working together on a project called Co Defendants. Mike talks about meeting El Hefe, Eric Melvin and Erik Sandin aka Smelly, Stryker and Mike discuss what success actually means. Mike talks about why he never thought the band was a "radio band". Mike and Stryker chat about his new podcast called Fat Mikes Fat Mic. The guys take a shot of Tito's and talk about "Home Street Home", the musical. Fat Mikes gives a huge shout out to the awesome MJ Rodriguez, the first trans actor to ever win a Golden Globe! MJ will appear in Fat Mike's musical! Tuna on Toast then world premiers the song called "Catching Out", written Fat Mike and performed by MJ Rodriguez. The guys talk about Mike's time at San Francisco State and how he actually got the nickname "Fat". Mike tells Stryker all about the Punk Rock Museum in Vegas and the artists/musicians that are part owners..Bad Religion, Mark Hoppus, Fletcher, Pat Smear and more! Mike hopes Green Day will jump on board! Mike reveals to Stryker that there will be new NOFX music in 2022, 2023, and 2024 and Mike world premiers a new NOFX song called "Fuck Day 6". This is a song about Mike going to rehab. Mike shows love to Sum 41 and My Chemical Romance as being really good guys! What a fun hang with the legend himself, Fat Mike from NOFX, thanks for watching or listening to another episode of Tuna on Toast.

Tuna on Toast with K. Flay

Tuna on Toast with K. Flay

February 7, 2022

In this episode, Ted Stryker welcomes the incredibly talented and smart creative wiz K. Flay to the Tuna on Toast Studio (aka the spare bedroom at Stryker's house).  Make sure to check out all of K. Flays music including her laters EP's...Inside Voices and Outside Voices.

The episode starts hot (before camera are turned on, mics are rolling) with an off topic chat about water anxiety, safe words, jumping out of airplanes and K. Flay not using a coaster on the table.

Stryker and K. Flay talk about her tour which is about to kick off, she's been preparing in a new and unique way for her.....Meeting with an acting coach! 

K. Flay and Stryker discuss song writing and co-writing with other artists like grandson, Bishop Briggs and Walk the Moon. 

K. Flay tells Stryker all about her first major record deal with RCA back in 2012 and what that experience was like.

This leads into lots of chatter about signing to Night Street Records (Dan Reynolds label).

K. Flay reveals her love for Soap Operas and sitcoms (Parks and Rec and Friends) as well as her love for DeMar DeRozen and the Chicago Bulls. 

K. Flay and Stryker ping pong all over the place, this truly is a fun filled, laid back chat!  On that note, sit back and relax with another episode of Tuna on Toast.

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