Keep the Smooth: An Interview with Yacht Rock Creator JD Ryznar
by RJ White
In 2003, Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab founded the monthly film festival Channel101 with a simple premise: Make a five-minute pilot and if enough of the audience at the live screening in LA votes for it, you have one month to make another episode. If they vote for it again, you make another. Repeat. In 2005, JD Ryznar submitted Yacht Rock, which would go on to become one of the most successful shows in 101s history and, over 12 episodes, create a new notch in the Internets heart for smooth, smooth music. We caught up with Ryznar for this interview:
NAMag: Why this genre of music? Had you been wanting to do something about this specific time in pop?
Ryznar: Since I first moved to Los... [via WFMU]