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53 minutes | a month ago
Brent Bushnell on the Future of Gaming, Immersive & VR Experiences
“You might have a light bulb moment on the couch. But everybody’s had an idea. It’s about action and doing something with it.” – Brent Bushnell – Brent Bushnell Bushnell may be a name that sounds familiar, and it should be. Nolan Bushnell was the founder of ATARI and Chuck E. Cheese and essentially paved the road for his son Brent to follow in his footsteps. Games like: Cyberpunk 2077, Grand Theft Auto, Pokémon, Fortnight, Minecraft, Call of Duty, Super Mario Brothers would not be possible if it wasn’t for the innovations and “gamifications” his father invented and created. Brent Bushnell sat down to speak with Setorii Pond in this episode of OWC’s Leaders & GameChangers. He has made an impact everywhere he goes and finds ways to make the impossible possible. Brent’s resume is as impressive as the projects he has been part of, and his hunger to innovate, develop, and invent has only just begun. Brent began creating interactive art with Eric Gradman. And inspired by their synergy and the possibilities, they created Two Bit Circus. Their goal was to create an environment where everyone can connect while having fun and celebrating creativity. It is an experiential entertainment company that strives to create an immersive, socially fun micro amusement park with an interactive supper club, free-roaming VR, robot bartenders, and more. The company strives to be a micro-amusement park for adults and help rebrand what it means to be an engineer while also getting more kids into the fun side of science. Two Bit Circus also created and produced the STEAM Carnival. This isn’t your average carnival. It is a high-tech and traveling circus created to inspire kids by incorporating science, technology, engineering, art, and math – STEAM. Students learn how to make their own games and then throw their own carnival. Think of it as a reimagining of the science fair, but just more fun and with much more innovative creations. As if this wasn’t commendable enough in itself, they have prevented over 570 tons of usable materials from going into landfills through their program! As for Two Bit Circus possibly being affected by the pandemic, they pivoted to make everything virtual, so we can all enjoy virtual games and more remotely with the ones we care for most. Some of the many projects Brent has been involved with through the years include being an on-camera inventor on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, a founding member of Syyn Labs that created stunts for Google, Disney, and the band OK Go, whose video “This Too Must Pass” generated over 67 million views! For the music video created 10 years ago, they created a Rube Goldberg machine. He licensed a tradable playing card game he created with his brother to TOPPS baseball cards when they were in school. He was the CEO of Doppelgames, a mobile game platform company that sold to Handmade Mobile in 2012, and founder of Anti-Aging Games, a company creating casual games that reduce the risk of early memory loss. Brent believes that the world presents you with endless opportunities, and you cannot let yourself get bogged down by what you “should” be doing. He wants to inspire a movement of mentorship. Brent is currently the Two Bit Circus Foundation board president, a 501(c)(3), that deploys STEAM-based programs to inspire students about invention and operates annual STEAM Carnivals bringing the excitement of STEM & STEAM to communities around the world. He is teamed up with Annenberg to share content and projects they are creating, and a supporter of Clowns Without Borders, an advisor to the Incubator School and USC’s Entrepreneurship School, and they are on Twitch and YouTube. In his spare time, he mentors teens in entrepreneurship via programs such as SPARK and NFTE. If you would like to follow Brent’s journey, you can follow him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/brentbushnell.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
Ilan Rubin on Making Music, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and The Importance of Time
“There are a lot of things that I had to learn the hard way but if there is one thing that you cannot do is sing well while being shy. You just can’t.” Ilan Rubin Ilan Rubin (@ilanrubin) is a musical maverick. The depth of his interests and knowledge of music is truly astounding. He was the youngest drummer to play the Woodstock stage at 11 years old, is now the youngest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a revered drummer and multi-instrumentalist, and a member of Nine Inch Nails, Angels and Airwaves, and The New Regime. He also once drummed for Lostprophets and Paramore. Ilan’s inner drive to create music and perform on stage is awe-inspiring. He can play a full set opening for a headliner and then immediately perform a vigorous full set with the headlining band right after. In late 2008, Trent Reznor invited Ilan to join Nine Inch Nails and said that Ilan had “blown him away.” Ilan has explained that he finds playing with Nine Inch Nails very satisfying because there are many instruments to play. Setorii Pond co-hosts this wide-ranging conversation. Ilan Rubin joins Setorii to talk about NIN, Elton John, David Bowe, sharing tips from his setups and performances, CyberPunk2077, being an investor, and more. Ilan has been featured on and in NBC, ABC, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Reverb, Vice, American Songwriter, SPIN, Architectural Digest, Fast Company, Loudwire, PC Gamer, Hypebeast, New York Times, Alternative Press, and too many more to list. Accomplishing all this by 31 years old and Ilan being in the industry working for over 20 years makes us thrilled to see what he will achieve in the years to come. We cover a lot, including: What is the art of drumming? Why Ilan love’s the piano? What are some of Ilan’s favorite sounds? Why did Ilan become an investor for Q Drum company with a longtime friend? What are the intricacies of the construction of their drums and the whys of how they created the best drums they could design? He has been using Q Drums since 2013 on stage and with NIN. Ilan’s setups, technology, and gear for different stage performances. Giving technical details about songs from NIN and what equipment he uses for them and why. Writer’s block and how to get past it. What inspires him when he is writing something new? Why he loves Piano. Elton John’s music, how Ilan breaks Elton’s music down and why. What inspires him to create songs that have stemmed from something? What could be better? What turns Ilan on creatively or emotionally? How did Ilan teach himself to sing? Shares advice for others on how they can learn to sing and be a great performer. What person or people are considered successful to Ilan? What is happiness, satisfaction, and dissatisfaction? Why does it always take too long for the roll-out of music and why this can be stressful? The importance of time. “There is nothing more precious than time for me.” – Ilan Rubin David Bowe and Trent Reznor. “Bowie was Trent’s favorite. David Bowie to Trent is like Led Zeppelin to me.” – Ilan Rubin Does Ilan prefer the original version of NIN’s Hurt than the Johnny Cash remake? His love of guitars, Les Pauls, Fender, and Jimmy Page Number One replica and what makes the neck profile so one of a kind. Technical issues on stage with Nine Inch Nails. Details about the new video game CyberPunk 2077. What song do you enjoy playing on the piano when looking to unwind at the end of the day? Improvisations, Jazz, or Blues? The meaning of 432 and the intrigue and difficulty of musical frequencies. Ilan shares the products he uses and brands he works with: DW hardware, Roland, Gibson, Fender, and his “geekiest alliance is with OWC”. What it’s like being a multi-instrumentalist. Shares insight into Ilan’s artwork design for his new album Heart, Mind, Body and Soul created by Rob Sheridan, the Art Director for Nine Inch Nails. Where Ilan Rubin sees himself in 10 years. Why he has a fascination for classical music as well as orchestral, electronic, and experimentation. About getting engaged and just married to his wife, Samantha Hissong who is a writer at Rolling Stone Magazine. What plans he has for his future children one day. You can buy Ilan’s new album with his band The New Regime, Heart Mind Body and Soul at the New Regime Website or at any store online or in person. Please Enjoy! Listen to the episode and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Google Podcasts or on your favorite platform. Quotes from Ilan Rubin in this episode: “When it comes to drumming it really does stem from beats. There are so many people that can do incredible things, fast things and intricate things but personally I don’t care for it and they don’t do anything for me. I respect the talent and the time it took to perfect something like that but it doesn’t do anything for me.” “When I first started writing my songs I was very conscious about not forcing it. If that temporary wall or barrier presents itself, I don’t sit there and try to force myself” “If I have to sit there and really think about what I want to do next and it’s not coming to me I have no problem putting it down and coming back to it.” “The lines initially just come from nowhere. There is no preconceptions to what the song is going to be about.” “I’ve often been told I’m that guy who is never going to be happy because I’m going to find the one thing that I want to be better.” “Happiness to me, the feeling of it, the synonym is satisfaction.” “Covers for me are a weird thing, where when people just replicate the songs that were written… you think why didn’t you do something else? And when people do something else I find myself wishing it was more like the original.” “I had just joined Nine Inch Nails and we were somewhere in Australia and the power went out at the venue which is terrifying.” “Fender did a phenomenal job on those and I record with them all the time.” “My geekiest of alliances is with OWC and all that stuff has really been able to help me streamline in the studio. Initially, it started with the Thunderbolt 3 dock which was an awesome way to just hook everything up to this laptop.” “There is nothing more precious than time for me.” “Drummers have it made. They get to just be in one spot, they get to do whatever they do, and if they’re a shy personality… you are covered and protected in a way.” “The angle that the wood is cut at.. that the drum head is sitting on is a very important factor in sound.” Gallery
46 minutes | 2 months ago
NIN & Heart Mind Body and Soul with Ilan Rubin – Part 1
“Whatever you’re going to do, do it well” Ilan Rubin In This Episode (4:00) — The best lessons Ilan’s father taught him. (6:30) — Ilan describes his personal history with music. (12:20) — Led Zeppelin as Ilan’s first and most significant influence. (16:50) — Dealing with negativity online and otherwise. (19:45) — Dealing with the anxieties of being a stage performer. (23:00) — Breaking down his single, “Heart Mind Body & Soul.” (25:20) — Ilan’s songwriting process. (28:00) — Lessons from working with Trent Reznor and Tom DeLonge. (33:30) — Tips from working with the best. (40:50) — Why is Nine Inch Nails so impactful? (43:10) — Ilan shares the practices and rehearsal strategy of Nine Inch Nails. (43:48) — Ilan speaks about playing drums for the video game Cyberpunk 2077 (45:00) — Wisdom shared from his mentors. About This Episode Ilan Rubin and Setorii have a conversation about his experience as a musician, drummer, his love for music, and the lessons he’s learned working with the best in the business, including Trent Reznor, Tom Delonge, and many others. Setorii begins by asking about some of his greatest influences as a drummer, and Ilan speaks to the impact of the Beatles, Queen, and Led Zeppelin. The Beatles were particularly meaningful to Ilan’s family, so when he got to play with Paul McCartney, it was a big moment for both Ilan and his father. They discuss what makes Led Zeppelin such a legendary band. Ilan talks about them with star-struck confidence, and their synergy was unmatchable. A self-declared “Bonham fanatic,” Ilan talks about how Bonham’s playing style inspired his own, from the early days to now. Ilan dives deeper, speaking about being an on-stage musician, negative pressures, expectations, and the need to write new material. Ilan seems to advocate for the idea of “just do it,” as overthinking can often hinder your ability to act when you need to. Ilan also discusses his songwriting process, lyrics, and musical content. Ilan and Setorii talk at length about his time working with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and Tom DeLonge of blink-182, and Angels and Airwaves. Ilan has learned many positive lessons thus far, but he treasures his time with Reznor the most. He elaborated on how lucky he was to join NIN as a drummer when he was only 20 years old. Joining Nine Inch Nails immediately made him feel like he found the collaborative professionalism he had been yearning to experience his whole life. It’s been 11 years since he first joined NIN, and Ilan was just awarded the youngest inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame. With so many life experiences to share, Setorii interviewed Ilan for a second interview, available in two weeks. Gallery Important Links www.thenewregime.com www.nin.com www.angelsandairwaves.com
50 minutes | 3 months ago
What It’s Like to Photograph a President With David Valdez
“You always want to exceed the guest’s experience, client’s expectations and take it a step further.” ~David Valdez Presidential photographer, the man responsible for helping Disney move from film photography to Digital, Vice President for business development for Blue Pixel working with Nikon and Microsoft with many more titles and achievements amassed. Through the years, David Valdez (@davidvaldezusa) has become a respected talent who captured some of the most important moments in history and helped preserve the stories that will last lifetimes. What was it like to photograph Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Princess Diana, Presidents and prime ministers from around the world, the Queen of England, and a President as he hang-glided? What was it like to have a US Postage Stamp with one of your photos? What was it like to be thrown out of Buckingham Palace? David Valdez has undoubtedly lived an adventurous life thus far. When it comes to success, David explains that real success is giving back and sharing with people to help make somebody else successful. “It’s not so much about me, but what I can do for others”. Valdez dives deep into the stories behind his journeys.
58 minutes | 3 months ago
Healing your Gut & the Space Revolution with Naveen Jain
“When you cross the bridge, you need to burn the bridge because there is no going back. As long at the bridge is intact you will always have the tendency to go back. There is nothing to go back to, keep going forward.” Naveen Jain Billionaire and renowned entrepreneur, Naveen Jain (@naveenjainceo) is driven to solving the world’s biggest challenges through innovations, dreaming big, and disruptions. He is the founder of Moon Express, World Innovation Institute, Viome, Intelius, InfoSpace, TalentWise, and iNome to name a few. Can we make chronic illness an option? Is living on the moon a near possibility? Moon Express might be the most exciting and well-known project Naveen created where he believes we are heading towards becoming a multi-planetary society. Before we venture into space, we need to strengthen and heal ourselves. Naveen’s obsession for helping people heal from inside out is his true driving force called, Viome. He founded his wellness company in hopes that chronic disease and illness would become optional and merely a choice. His drive to pave new roads in health, space, and mindsets is truly inspiring. Naveen shares in this episode how he believes that we all have the power to fundamentally change our lives, make our lives successful and to do so he always asks himself personally a three-step process: why this, why now and why me? Naveen dives into the depths of limitations of the human mind. If you think of problems in the same way as others, then you will solve it the same way and you become the commodity. What is the question you are asking that is different than everyone else? Asking the right questions without having the right answer. Naveen explains that entrepreneurs do not start companies, they solve problems.
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