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The Enclosed Instruction Book is a podcast hosted by Martin Bonica which spotlights independent artists and musicians, primarily in the DC metro area. Each week, a different artist joins us in the studio to discuss their work and experiences.

The show was also broadcast on Fairfax Public Access from 2015 to 2016; edited versions of the show, in podcast form, can be found here as well.

May 10, 2017

This week we spoke to Melanie Shark, a DC-area singer-songwriter who also records, produces, and distributes her own material both as a solo artist and a member of the duo Paradeux. We discussed her approach to songwriting, arranging, and DIY recording, as well as music distribution and ways to monetize music. 

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Apr 19, 2017

This week we spoke to Kevin Knight, a prolific singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer based out of northern Virginia. We discussed his approach to songwriting and production, experiments with tape and studio technology, musical influences (both traditional and avant garde), and dogs. 

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Apr 12, 2017

For this week's episode, we travel to Richmond, VA to meet returning guest Devon Jones and longtime collaborator first-time guest Brett Berman. We discuss playing and recording in Richmond, ways to focus on creative work, shifting between different genres, personal motivations behind songs, and Brett's amazing...


Mar 29, 2017

This week's episode features Loudoun County artist Alison Kurtz, the featured artist this March at King Street Coffee in Leesburg. She discusses the evolving arts community in western Northern Virginia, the challenges faced by professional painters, the divide between the visual and musical arts communities, and the...


Mar 15, 2017

This week's episode features Jared Hall of the self-styled "Paxil Pop" music project Woodgrove, ouwoodgrove.bandcamp.comt of Western Loudoun. Jared discusses the transition from his previous group, Atoka Chase, as well as his creative process as a solo artist, challenges he faces working in Loudoun, and the tools...