Champaign Is Also A Band

Champaign Is Also A Band

One songwriter, one song. Podcast about stories & songs of Champaign-Urbana music. In each episode Sven sits down with a person from the C-U music scene to hear the story & the background of a favorite song they've written.


November 26, 2021 64 min

Find the November 27 Rap Battle and other battles here: http://bit.lyiBattleTV-BlackMage Sven chats with Black Mage about rap battles, strategies, inspiration, roots of the name Black Mage, and his favorite non-musical things.

SONG: Lexx Luthor vs. Black Mage (November 27, 2021)

BANDS/Groups: Rogue Tendency

Favorite Treats: Squirt, Cranberry Juice, Butterscotch, and Hamburgers


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Sven talks with Jake Fava of Booth Blues about his song "Father's Day," his favorite CU venue, making open mics happen over zoom, and his favorite non-"Musical" thing.  OPEN JAM happening every other Tuesday at the Canopy Club:

SONG: Father’s Day

ALBUM: Something New (LP)

BANDS: Booth Blues, Anika Emily (EP39), The E Wing Brass Band

Favorite Treat: Snickerdood...

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Sven meets up with The Letter L Beats to chat about his beat "Joey," creating the "Illini Anthem," teaching folks how to make beats, and his favorite non-musical thing.  

SONG: Joey beat

BANDS: Jarrel Young (EP57), Yuneer Gainz, Greg Whiskey, Lil Doug

Favorite Treat: Hummus and Chips

Photo Credit:  Boots Howard



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October 22, 2021 54 min

Sven meets up with Sunny Ture in his Temple Studio to talk about his song "Vacation" off of the album "Hotline," the therapy that comes from creating, how the Push(soul) Collective began, and his favorite non-musical thing(s). 

SONG: Vacation

ALBUM: Hotline (Sunny Ture & Solomon Grunge) Released 4/15/21

BANDS: Push(soul) Hip Hop Collective, Colabs with Kelvah, Kivon Redd

Favorite Treat: Grippos, Bannana, Str...

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October 14, 2021 20 min

Sven sits down on the steps of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts to chat with Jennelle Orcherton, Artistic Director of the CU Jazz Festival.  (October 14th-17th, 2021) They talk about how the CU Jazz Fest, looking towards the future, and ideas about what makes a good musical community.  

Schedule: (

Thur Oct 14- Opening Night Party @ 111 N. Broadway Ave, Urbana - 7:00 pm


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October 8, 2021 62 min

Sven chats with Vincent Aguilar over some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Diet Coke about his song "Emma Lee," running a DIY venue, why you need a corgi, and of course tattoos!

SONG: Emma Lee

ALBUM: Emma Lee b/w Later

BANDS: Urban Sprawl, The RISK, The Night Brigade, Vincent Aguilar (acoustic singer-songwriter/“folk-punk” project), Sweater Weather [IL], Horrible Things, Pressure Eyes, In Prose, Forced Isolation, Need,...

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October 1, 2021 44 min

Sven chats with Charlie Harris, Co-Owner of the Rose Bowl Tavern on his porch on a warm August afternoon in Urbana.  

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Sven sits down in the studio with Dada Veda to talk about his song "We Don't Need No Corporations, Do We?" We talk about learning the guitar, his passion for Yoga, writing, and cooperative economics.  

Check out his podcasts mentioned in the episode: for spiritual/yoga podcasts for social podcasts  

SONG: We Don't Need No Corporations, Do We?

ALBUM: Single


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On this anniversary of the release of "Let It Ride" we are releasing the unedited version of the interview with Angie Heaton with a short interview with Kurt Bielema (EP68) about recording "Let It Ride" how Kurt met Angie, and a story or two. 

Angie left for Heaven's state line in October of 2020 and I know I have not been the same.

Thank you Angie for being in my life,


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September 10, 2021 60 min

Sven chats with Humbly G about his song "Wake Up," creating creative spaces, teaching at ISYM, and his favorite non-musical thing.

SONG: Wake Up

ALBUM: Released as a Single

BANDS: Brokeshade, Suspicious Activity,

Ladderfight, Jam Band (Equador) Catellus & CO., Rogue Tendency, Smoke in Space, Humbly G

Favorite Treat: Chocolate

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Sven sits down on a cicada filled evening to chat with Kurt Bielema to talk about his song "Loving Revival," all of the references (maybe not all) to other songs and bands, and deciding whether there should be an instrumental part HERE... (Answer: ALWAYS)

SONG: Loving Revival


BANDS: Solo, Angie Heaton & the Gentle Tamers June & the Exit Wounds, Martymitego

Favorite Treat: Ginger Ale, Rice Krispy Tre...

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Sven chats with Emily Antonacci over some apple juice and tiramisu to talk about her song "Melt."

If you'd like some lessons or consultation in person or virtual with Emily you can contact them here:

SONG:  Melt

ALBUM: Living Room EP


Favorite Treat: Apple Juice and Tiramisu

Photo Credit: Caspian Voss

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Sven sits down with Cameron of Extremely Mundane to talk about her song "I Can't Take More of It," great things that make a good scene, and her favorite non-musical thing.

SONG: i can’t take more of it

ALBUM: Single

BANDS: Extremely Mundane

Favorite Treat: Fresh fruit (berries, pineapple, etc...)

Photo Credit:  Patrick Feltes

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In this weeks episode sven sits down with Haki and a Woodford's Reserve on the rocks to talk about his song Caffeine & Green, what makes a good community, and Haki's favorite non-musical things.

SONG: Caffeine & Green

ALBUM: Single / Far From Home (Unreleased)

BANDS: Haki N ‘M

Favorite Treat: Woodford Reserve on the rocks

Photo Credit: Peace


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Just a few extra convos with Luke that didn't make it into the full episode.  Enjoy!

Travis Wayne Hurt Christmas Special:

Luke's Short Spot: 

Photo credit: Veronica Mullen : V Mullen Media

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Sven sits down with Luke Bergkoetter of Overachiever to talk about his song "Heads UP!." We talk about being kind to others and ourselves, 4 things that Luke would like to do every morning if he could, and his love of the Rose Bowl Tavern, Isaac Arms (EP8), and Karthik (EP27)

SONG: Heads UP!

ALBUM: Volume 1: Man-Bat

BANDS: Yarn, The Fratticks, Violet Skies, fireflies, “Exhale, Look Down...” Mit'n, Take Care, Anna Kar...

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Even in the middle of a pandemic, music is still happening and being recorded.  Sven zooms with former guest Melvin Knight from EP7 about his new EP: "Summer Child" - Released 6/10/2021

EP Cover Art Photo by: Jules A. Graham

EP Cover Art Design by: Melvin Knight


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It's a return to the Blue Box Studio! Sven and DJ Belly are both vaccinated so the first interview in the studio in over a year is here!  Sven chats with about his unreleased song "Don't Lie" over some croissants and iced coffee from Flying Machine Avionics.  Hear about writing music in a snow storm, surviving during a pandemic, and which video game has the best soundtrack....

SONG: Don’t Lie

ALBUM: Unreleased


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Even in the middle of a pandemic, music is still happening and being recorded.  Sven zooms with former guests Sarah and Taylor from EP32 about their new Maps of the Midwest single: "Streetlights."  Released today 6/4/2021!

Streetlights [Video]

Girl in the War  [Video]

Proceeds from sales will go to the National Runaway Safeline 

Photo by: Maddie Skelley


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