Bobby McCall is a singer, songwriter and musician from Las Vegas. He bought a guitar when he was 17 and has been focused on honing his skills and writing music ever since. After parting ways with the band The Ill Figures, he started the gritty rock trio The Dirty Hooks with bandmates Anthony Ratto III and Jenine Cali. They made the decision to write and record the music that they wanted to hear, and in 2012 they released their debut album Electric Grit to critical acclaim.
“Be as weird as you can.”
In this conversation we dig into Bobby’s beginnings growing up in Las Vegas, his path to rock and roll, and his desire to leave a legacy with his work. We get into the formation of The Dirty Hooks, how to avoid the charlatans of the music industry, producing and releasing your own album, and some of Bobby’s philosophies on creating great music and balancing work, life and art.
“We made the music we wanted to hear.”
Remember to check out The Dirty Hooks on Soundcloud and Spotify, and if you really dig them, support your artists by purchasing their album.
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The Dirty Hooks
The Dirty Hooks are three petty criminals who crossed paths in a naked city crime circle, & began writing music after sharing a cell in Las Vegas’s very own metro county jail.
(Bobby McCall, Anthony Ratto III, Jenine Cali)
Music Video by Ryen McPherson.
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Show Notes (Ep 16)
Growing up in Las Vegas [01:50]
How The Dirty Hooks came to be [17:00]
The Sound of The Dirty Hooks [23:35]
Playing the baritone guitar and favorite effects [27:55]
- Bass 6 Guitar
- Akai Deep Impact pedal
- Big Muff pedal
- Pog Electro Harmonix pedal
- Roland Midi Foot Controller
- Voted “Best Local Album 2012” by Vegas Seven Magazine
- Voted one of Las Vegas Weekly’s 10 Vegas Bands to hear in 2013
- The Killers
- Panic at the Disco
The Dirty Hooks social media strategy [41:31]
Music festivals and the Vegas scene [43:09]
- Vans Warped Tour
- Life is Beautiful
- Neon Reverb
- The Bunkhouse Saloon
- T-Mobile Arena
- The Griffen
- Beauty Bar
The making of a music video [47:33]
Current musical influences and other likes [01:00:09]
Final advice for musicians [01:03:49]