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147 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Season 2: Ryan Carignan
Season 2 closes out with Assemble Sound artist & product manager and Magic Stick program director Ryan Carignan. Ryan's a longtime friend and ally in this industry, with a story a lot like many of ours, self-built and multi-faceted. Ryan tells his story of making his way through the biz, including a can't-miss, wild hitchhiking tour story with a depressed, hammered dude (also named Ryan) driving 120 mph. He also has a great tour hack about Mormon churches that you need to know. Ryan's one of the best dudes, and that shines through in this episode!
145 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Season 2: Michaela Stock
After a failed attempt to record a podcast w/ Michaela via ZOOM early in the pandemic, we tried again and successfully completed a podcast recording with one of the most diversely talented people I know, Michaela Stock. She performs as Canceled Plans, is a vital cog in Michigan House, writes at Revue Magazine, and is just a remarkably productive and supportive person so early in her career. She's also never had a hamburger (true story), and shares a very intense story about international travel in the very beginning of a pandemic, transitioning within 24 hours from a magical night in Paris to racing home without her belongings as the U.S. borders closed.
136 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Season 2: Alex Maniak
I finally got the chance to sit down with my very good friend, Detroit musician and visual artist Alex Maniak, who you might know as Shortly. She spent time sharing wisdom learned about performing on stage from her youth theater days. We dug into what drives her songwriting (and what's changed since she started Shortly in that regard), her forthcoming full-length debut record, future plans, and her positive and honest outlook on life and music.
135 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Season 2: Olivia Dear
The effortless charm of Olivia Dear was on full display in this 4th episode of Season 2. This Detroit-area songwriter is just getting started with a new moniker after 10+ years performing under her given name, but she has experienced more as a touring musician in her first quarter-century on this planet than most do in their entire careers. That fresh start was central to our conversation about what gives Olivia hope for the future, and what drives her creative process.
136 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
Season 2: Bryan Hugo Iglesias
Season 2 rolls on with a joyous interview with multi-faceted Detroit creative Bryan Hugo Iglesias. 2020 was a big year for Bryan, in the face of the pandemic, seeing the release of his infection debut EP Trust The Process. It was a step out of the shadows for Bryan, who's been known for years as one of the more supportive behind-the-scenes folks around. Come for the inspirational work ethic, where Bryan has learned photography, videography, music production, design, and more skills because it helped him reach his music goals, and stick around for a powerful piece of advice from blues legend BB King.
115 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Season 2: Jason Singer (Michigander)
In an episode that feels like it was a long time coming, I got to catch up with my buddy Jason Singer, who you might know as Michigander. We dug real deep into the entirety of Jason's career to this point, from early demos on Bandcamp to his current Top 10 radio single, and everything in between. Jason's one of the best people I know, and in the past couple of years, he's really settled into his own as a powerful, supportive member of the Michigan music community.
124 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Season 2: Kris Herrmann
We start Season 2 with Detroit-area musician and visual artist Kris Herrmann. It was obvious that neither of us had been talking a lot, as we took over 2 hours to talk about Kris’s drumming, photo and video work, the various tours he’s been on in past years with bands like Shortly, Tigers Jaw, Oso Oso, and more, and how it feels after so many years to finally have his drumming on a record. Kris is one of Detroit’s most versatile, talented, and loved creators, and that shines through in our interview.
92 minutes | Mar 28, 2020
Season 1: Ozay Moore
In our debut episode, I sit down in my old REO Town office in Lansing with the founder and executive director of All of the Above Hip Hop Academy, co-director of the Below The Stacks Mural Festival, and independent rapper, Ozay Moore. We spent some time talking about growing up in Seattle and what brought him to Lansing, his time on Warped Tour, and we reveal Ozay's real name. And through all of that, we talk about using hip hop and street art as a positive force in a community.
102 minutes | Mar 28, 2020
Season 1: Lauren Roberts
On a weeknight in the Loving Touch green room, I got a chance to reconnect with an old friend, Lauren Roberts, who mixes middle school education by day and playing piccolo in the Detroit Party Marching Band by night. Lauren is an incredible storyteller, and spills about the time she ruined a tour group through Graceland, how she stole a costume from Demitri Martin to dance on stage with the Flaming Lips, and snuck into the Lager House by way of the stage.
120 minutes | Mar 28, 2020
Season 1: Nicholas Pidek & Jon Moore
From Nick's beautiful dining room in the heart of small town America (Owosso, Michigan), we recorded the longest podcast we'll ever record with Foster Coffee Company co-creators and former Sosaveme bandmates Nicholas Pidek & Jon Moore. We talked about music's most iconic duos, how the heart of a local band morphed into mid-Michigan's coolest independent coffee brand, and the importance of getting involved in local politics.
89 minutes | Mar 28, 2020
Season 1: Monique Doron
In the first of 2 interviews from the Audiotree studios in Chicago, I met (for the first time besides BLED FEST for like a second, which doesn't count) Riot Fest graphic designer and Support Your Fellow Rockers founder Monique Doron. From their beginnings in the music scene sitting on a washing machine at metal basement shows to being a part of one of the biggest punk rock festivals in America, Mo's a relentlessly positive force in DIY music. Also, we discuss how no one should ever, ever eat untoasted bagels.
95 minutes | Mar 28, 2020
Season 1: John Ugolini
From the Audiotree studios in Chicago, I caught up with long-time friend John Ugolini, owner of Kickstand Productions and a fellow independent talent buyer. John's got so many great stories about what it takes to make it in this business (and when a venue steals all the money), partying with Snoop Dogg, and how his sister told him "What's My Age Again?" was a terrible song to be his "anthem".
90 minutes | Mar 28, 2020
Season 1: Nicole LaRae
In the green room of the Pyramid Scheme, I looked at 9 years of band graffiti on the wall with Nicole LaRae, venue manager and talent buyer for the Heartside neighborhood concert venue and bar, my favorite in the Midwest. We chat about the spirit of Charles Bradley, the magic of public radio, and how Nicole's balance between being the coolest music supporter in Michigan mixed with super mom gave me the confidence I needed to bring my daughter into the world. I also start the episode off talking about the Michigan House at SXSW, which was since the recording of this podcast canceled by the coronavirus.
95 minutes | Mar 28, 2020
Season 1: Ty Dykema
To close out Season 1 of the podcast, I was lucky enough to spend some time in the childhood home of Grand Rapids artist and activist Ty Dykema. Ty's a writer for Bad Copy, a Chicago-based punk rock zine, a freelance illustrator, an outspoken advocate for accessibility and creator of the Skitchin' zine. Ty's been one of the most influential people in my life in the past couple of years, culminating in his spoken word set as Skitchin' Speaks at BLED FEST 2019.
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