Podcast 347: Mike Squires (Couch Riffs) Returns

November 2021

The always-entertaining Mike Squires (Couch Riffs) joins us to talk about his unique and hilarious project spawned from the Instagram era, #2 Record. The “record” – which clocks in at under three minutes – is a collection of brilliantly executed original songs… that are all 15 seconds or less.

It’s a recording that is equal parts writing exercise and social media commentary, but – most of all – it’s filled with great (albeit quick) songs. “You get about 15 seconds of a [follower’s] attention if you’re lucky,” he explains of the concept. “Why spend all that energy creating a product that will never be enjoyed? I’m going to cram it all into this 15 seconds of attention.”

Squires is a prolific creator and a talented musician who has played in the Long Winters, Nevada Bachelors, Harvey Danger, and Duff McKagan’s Loaded. He is one the most tireless people we’ve ever met: A touring guitarist who holds down a day job; hosts, produces and edits Couch Riffs (a must-watch video series on YouTube and a podcast); and hosts the Golden Shower of Hits podcast.

Mike’s story is both funny and inspiring… we think you’ll love it.


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