a hand writingWhat the press says

Months of hard work and trial and error on Ursin’s part pay off in a big way, and the show has become more than just a memoir. Dear Young Rocker creates a space for young weirdos, loners, and people struggling with social anxiety see to their experiences reflected, and take solace in the fact that they’re not alone.

About the show

"This is a story for the weirdos, the loners, the ugly ducklings." Dear Young Rocker is a raw, music-oriented, audio memoir. In this scripted, narrative podcast, listeners both laugh and empathize as our protagonist Chelsea struggles to feel cool enough to exist and finds a home in music. It's also a series of letters from older Chelsea to her younger self, reminding us all that as alone as we may have felt at that age, there's so many others out there who've felt just like us. In Season 1 we made it through high school and now the story continues in Season 2 as we navigate another time of self-discovery and trying over and over to figure out how to be ourselves. Created, written, narrated, and produced by Chelsea Ursin. Executive produced by Jake Brennan (Disgraceland). Brought to you by SPLAT Rebellious Hair Color

a heart with an arrow through itWhat fans say about the podcast

Dear Younger Me

This podcast is amazing. As someone who deals with anxiety issues and never really fit in, it’s cathartic to hear Chelsea’s story about how music transformed her. It reminds me a lot of my younger self (I’m 23 now.)

Jestoon

Thank You Thank You

I love this podcast - I don’t care if I'm almost 30 too, this story is just what I needed to hear. Incredibly relatable and well written.

bubblebubblefriend

Hey former teen rockers!

Really sweet and honest. Rekindles that feeling of discovering music as a teen and all the powerful emotions it can draw out of you.

Gohepcat

About the Hosts

Chelsea Ursin

Chelsea Ursin

Creator & Host

Chelsea started the cello and bass guitar at age 12. She joined her first rock band at 15. In college she studied sound recording technology. Later she wrote a memoir titled Bass Player as the thesis for her MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College, which became the basis for Dear Young Rocker. She lives in Boston where she regularly performs with her band Banana and volunteers as a mentor and bass teacher for the Girls Rock Camp Boston.

Jake Brennan

Jake Brennan

Executive Producer

Jake Brennan is the co-founder of Double Elvis Productions and the writer, host and producer of Disgraceland. He is also the creator of the podcast’s score and theme song. Jake saw his Dad’s band open for The Ramones when he was 10 years old. Before the show he asked his Dad what The Ramones sounded like. He was told, “they sound like The Beach Boys but louder and faster.” Later that night, Jake learned that his Dad was right. He also learned the importance of history in understanding music. Since then, Jake has been obsessed with music. And history. And for whatever reason, the darker sides of both. Disgraceland combines these obsessions. Jake lives in the Boston area with his wife and son and is surrounded by history and lucky enough to make a living surrounding himself with music. Sometimes it’s louder and sometimes it’s faster but it’s never as cool as The Ramones.

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