The Key Studio Sessions: Great Time

They’re rigorously schooled musicians, but as their name suggests, Great Time likes to have fun. Back in the early teens, vocalist Jill Ryan, guitarist / bassist Zack Hartmann, and drummer Donnie Spackman connected in New York City, where all of them were jazz students. They loved the music they were absorbing in class, but they also wanted to do their own thing. So after graduation, they moved to the Philadelphia burbs, built a home studio, and began writing electronic pop songs in the vein of Twin Sister, Sylvan Esso, and Little Dragon. Continue reading →


Watch Great Time strut their stuff across West Philadelphia in the “Rushin” video

Great Time | still from video

Philly electro-pop outfit Great Time makes music for breezy climes and sunny days, which makes their new music video for “Rushin'” quite apt on this glorious, bright Friday.

The song has a disco funk bounce in the vein of Natalie Prass’ sultry slow-jammer “Short Court Style,” and the music video features bandmates (multi-instrumentalists and producers, all) Jill Ryan, Zack Hartmann, and Donnie Spackman strutting the streets in tight trio formation all across West Philadelphia. We see them gliding by the Desi Chaat House on Baltimore Avenue, following the path of the 10 Trolley on Lancaster Avenue, skipping over tree roots around Spruce Hill, and striking superhero poses in front of The Rotunda.  Continue reading →


Ali Awan, Strand of Oaks, Rachel Andie and more rocked #AmplifyPhilly at SXSW

Ali Awan at #AmplifyPhilly | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN |

Last month at SXSW in Austin, Texas, Amplify Philly convened during SXSW Interactive for three days of networking, cheerleading, panels, and partying from members of Philly’s tech, startup, business, music, and cultural communities. The Amplify Philly “house” took over the Pour Choices Bar and Restaurant in Downtown Austin for three days and nights. During the day, the programming featured panels and discussions, and the evenings were filled with some incredible Philly grown talent. Continue reading →