63 minutes | Apr 4, 2023
TMKS #25 – My Songwriting Evolution
SUBSCRIBE TO MY WEEKLY NEWSLETTER FOR CRUCIAL NEWS AND SHENANIGANS It's episode 25 of The Matt Kollock Show! A milestone episode, for sure. It took three years to get here. So, like, eight eps a year. Not bad! Not great, but also not bad! I launched the show back in April of 2020. Took a break and brought it back in January of 2021. Took all of 2022 off! It was unclear whether the show would return or not. But here we are. Feels like a groove. I'm going to keep it going. Five Years of Singer-Songwriting Today I brought my guitar to the show for a very special edition of the podcast. I realized it's been about five years since I started taking my music career seriously again. Five years since I started writing songs with such a serious career in mind. I wanted to use this episode of the podcast to explore the evolution of my songwriting since 2018, and I think I did a pretty good job. A lot has changed. Much has remained the same. I've grown. My songs are better. But my old songs are really good, too! I am confident. I have goals. There are challenges I want to face. Ideas and concepts to explore. I spend today's introduction catching you up on all the stuff, including news regarding cannabis consumption, psychedelics, skiing, exercise, The Artist's Way and more. And then I get into the songwriting talk. I think I got somewhere. I think I discovered some things. And revealed them. Relevant Linkages My website A performance of “The Painter” from 2022 (I discussed this song in the podcast, but failed to provide musical illumination of it) Blog post – "25 Ways to Become a Better Songwriter" The Matt Kollock Show episode 10 – "How To Be a Better Songwriter" The Matt Kollock Show episode 24 – “Did I Just Blow My Big Break? (feat. Annie Sanchez)” Recent blog post – “9 Pics That Prove Mantequilla Is the Cutest Kitty” Annie's website Subscribe to my weekly email newsletter Buy my music on Bandcamp Stream my music on Spotify Subscribe to my channel on YouTube and watch my videos Follow me on Instagram Follow me on Mastodon Thanks for listening! I'll be back with episode 26 in two weeks. Until then, shine on!
82 minutes | Mar 20, 2023
TMKS #24 – Did I Just Blow My Big Break? (feat. Annie Sanchez)
Sign up for the Matt Kollock Email Blast and receive exclusive goodies in your inbox every Monday morning! It's been two episodes – and nearly two years – since there's been a guest on The Matt Kollock Show. That makes today's episode a real game changer. I wanted to have Annie Sanchez, the love of my life, on the show to talk about a recent whirlwind experience from the world of her life and business. In case you aren't aware, Annie is the CEO of Mariposa Strategies. She is the “Queen of the In Between.” She is a podcaster. She is pretty amazing. Recently, Annie was interviewed as a guest on another pretty-big-deal podcast. So much pressure and so much preparation went into this appearance. The interview has happened. It's done. But the episode has not yet been released. It's such an interesting and specific place to be as a creative entrepreneur! And I'm glad to have captured Annie's mind state at this particular time. Links Annie and I mentioned a lot of stuff in today's episode. Here are the relevant links! The Hello 7 Podcast on YouTube The Courage Culture & Clarity Podcast by Annie Sanchez on Spotify Sign up for the Matt Kollock email newsletter to receive weekly updates Annie's website My recent blog post, “Contests” radio free fedi (the internet radio station I keep checking) Matt Kollock on Bandcamp (listen to and-or buy my music!) Follow me and listen to my music on Spotify Subscribe to me on YouTube and watch my videos Follow me on Instagram Follow me on Mastodon Every Other Tuesday A New Damn Thing I am going to really do it. Keep the podcast going. Regularly. Once a week seems a little too daunting, to be honest. So I'm going to put The Matt Kollock Show on a bi-weekly schedule. Wait, does that mean twice a week or every other week? Shit, I don't remember. The point is that I'm going to release a new episode of the podcast every other week. So there will be a new 'sode on Tuesday, April 4th, 2023. Nice! On the Tuesdays the podcast is off, I will publish a blog post. So you can depend on new content from me each and every Tuesday, one way or another. We'll see how long we can keep this shit up! I hope you hang with me. Thanks so much for listening to the podcast, friends! It means a lot to have you on this journey with me. Annie appreciates it, too. I'll see you next time. Shine on!
111 minutes | Feb 10, 2023
TMKS #23 – Do You Feel ’DO YOU FEEL IT TOO?’?
The Matt Kollock Show is back! It's been nearly two years. Two years that felt like 20 years in so many ways. So much has happened! But I'm still Matt Kollock. I'm still making music and then podcasting about that music. It's just what I do. And it looks like 2023 is going to be the kind of year where that happens a lot more than it has. So here we are. New Matt Kollock Music! I've got a new EP out. It's called DO YOU FEEL IT TOO? and it's available on all the platforms. You can even purchase it from this website. Sweet! I wrote and recorded it over the course of three inspired weeks in January and into February of this year. Today I talked at length about the making of this little record. Into my podcasting microphone. Having hit “record” in my recording software. Documentation! Episode 23 of the podcast goes deep into the making of DO YOU FEEL IT TOO? I offer some pretty sweet nuggets about how it all came together. The ideas and art that inspired it. The nature of its coming into being. The blow by blow. Whatever questions you may have about the EP are surely answered in this very special resurrection episode of the p'cast. You'll learn: How Julia Cameron's book The Artist's Way has inspired the new music/art I'm making About why I decided to change the keys of a couple of songs before recording them How artists like Mac DeMarco, Jeff Tweedy, John Frusciante and Erykah Badu influenced my creative decision making What budget microphone I used to record vocals, acoustic guitar and percussion – and why (and how Lou Reed factors into the whole thing) How the cover art for the EP came to be What I have been up to since May of 2021, when the next most recent episode of the podcast was released How Annie and Mantequilla contributed to the project What song Spotify chose to place on followers' Release Radar playlists Much more! So there you go. The show is back. It felt good to make. Just like DO YOU FEEL IT TOO? Let's Connect, Okay? What do you think? How has your 2023 been going? Making anything? Ever engaged with The Artist's Way? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll figure shit out. I know it!
134 minutes | May 21, 2021
TMKS #22 – Jump On Top Of microorganism
Welcome to episode 22 of The Matt Kollock Show! In this final installment of the album's oral history, I get into what it took to finish the album in the final months of its creation. Big stuff! All of a sudden, the one-year anniversary of quarantine was approaching – and passing. Would I get the fucker done? Yeah, of course I did! And now the album has been out for a whole week. What? What's going on with time? This episode of the podcast also dives really, really deep into the final two tracks on microorganism: "Jump On Top Of The World (With Me)" and "Everybody Ascends." Nice! The wonderful and lovely Annie Sanchez returns in this one to talk about writing and performing "Everybody Ascends." Lots of insights! I'm assuming you've listened to the previous two episodes of the podcast. Have you? If not, check out these guys: TMKS # 20 – Everybody Needs To Ascend (feat. Annie Sanchez) TMKS #21 – Everybody Gives Bees Along Also, have a look at this blog post, which lists all the places from which the album can be streamed and-or purchased. Groovy! One of the plot points in today's installment of the story revolves around my friend Jasmine's Archives for Aliens podcast. Listen to episode 14 (the one I'm a guest on) wherever you get your podcasts. Here's the Spotify link. Check it out! So, So Many, Many Thanks, Thanks Wow! We have reached the conclusion of microorganism Release Week. I'm really happy to be here. I'm glad you're with me. I am ready to take a break now. This has been a lot. But it's also been a top-ten highlight of my life. Making the album. Putting it out. Telling you all about it. Having you tell me all about it. This is the shit. Oh yeah, I mentioned my distributor, Distrokid, in this episode. If you have some music you want to release, I encourage you to use their service! It's reasonably priced and highly reliable. It just works! Here's a link you can use to get 7% off! I am really grateful, friends. For those of you who have been with me. For those who are no longer with me. For those who have yet to be with me. I love you all. Thank you. If you'd like to continue your support as we move forward, please continue to listen to the album. Purchase a copy if you can and if you haven't already. We're trying to sell 700 of these and we have more than 600 sales to go to get there! Tell your friends! All that! You can buy the album here on this website (it's right on the home page!). Or you can choose your price (as long as it's $7.00 or more) on Bandcamp. It's all good. I appreciate your support and your kind attention! I've got plans for upcoming recordings! I can't do it without some resources, though. This is where Patreon comes in. Please consider supporting me there, won't you? Become a Patron! All right. That's all I've got. Thank you for listening to the show! Stay tuned for more adventures on the podcast. Some really, really good shit is about to happen. Watch this space!
139 minutes | May 19, 2021
TMKS #21 – Everybody Gives Bees Along
You made it back! Welcome to Episode 21 of The Matt Kollock Show! It's the second installment of microorganism's oral history. And historically the middle ones of these things are the best, right? We'll see about that. This episode of the show takes a tour through the main meat of the album. Tracks two through five are discussed here. I also get into the story of the album's making from August, 2020 to the end of that wild and wooly year. Damn. Hashtag Gratitude Thank you so much, sweet friend, for following along on this absurdly detailed journey through the making of microorganism. Like I say in this episode, I love that this not-even-half-hour-long album is receiving so many hours of documentation. Nice. I'm really glad you're here. If you haven't already streamed the album, I have a nice list of all the places where it's available right here! Of course, microorganism is also available for purchase on Bandcamp. Groovy! No matter where you go to purchase the album, it should be just seven bucks. I feel like that's a pretty good value, don't you? Oh yeah, there's also Patreon! Not a lot is going on over there right now; I have to be honest. But Annie and I have some big plans, and they involve Patreon in a big, big way. Huge. Join now and get in on the ground floor! Become a Patron! All right. This is just the middle part. It's a good one. But it's not the final part of this particular journey. Stay tuned for that, friend. Soon. Really soon. I love you.
133 minutes | May 13, 2021
TMKS #20 – Everybody Needs To Ascend (feat. Annie Sanchez)
It's episode 20 of The Matt Kollock Show podcast! Holy shit! We did it! It's also microorganism Release Week here on mattkollock.com. Nice! So on today's big-time, super-sized, extra-large, power-packed podcast, we discuss the album and its creation. Lots of fun stories and wild memories. Damn. I also present my sweetie, Annie Sanchez, who contributed to the album in a major way. This is the first interview on The Matt Kollock Show since way back in episode four. Groovy! The Oral History of microorganism This episode and the next two will present the oral history of microorganism's making. Today is all about Annie, of course, but I also get into the first phase of making the album in a solo chat. I cover that exciting, unforgettable time period extending from the middle of March, 2020 to the end of July, 2020. Lots of stuff happened. Not necessarily with the album, but the album could not have been made without that stuff happening. I talk about it all. In the following segment, Annie and I have a great conversation about her, us and what it was like to live in this house during the past 14 months. It has not always been easy. And yet, here we are! The Trilogy Continues This trio of episodes continues, then concludes with episodes 21 and 22, which will arrive just as soon as I can put them out. In the next installment, I will cover the time period from the beginning of August 2020 to the end of the year. Spoiler alert: We got a kitty!!! The final installment, episode 22, will cover the final, magical push to get the album completed and into your ears. These are very special episodes of the podcast. I'm so glad you're here to take them in. Get That Album, Won't You? Friends, I am so happy to be able to share this podcast with you. Thank you for being with me for 20 damn episodes. I am even more happy to be able to share microorganism with you. Soon! In the meantime, you can pre order the album from Bandcamp for just $7. Nice! Or, you can pre save the album on Spotify so it's ready to go into your ears right away when it comes out on Friday. I will love you either way. Remember, microorganism Release Week continues with two more sweet, sweet podcast episodes. Don't go anywhere! Become a Patron!
36 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
TMKS #19 – I Am A Spirit
Hey 19! Welcome to the show. I'm so glad you're here! This is a very, very special episode of The Matt Kollock Show podcast, and I'm happy to know you're a part of it. Nice! Today's episode is all about the spiritual shit. Bring it on, rational-atheist types! Since Last Time Lots of shit happening. Lots of shit happening. I talk about the depression I've been experiencing since I last talked at you. Which, of course, ties directly into the theme of today's very special episode. There is talk of vaccine. Talk of therapy. Talk of family. Talk of new technology and its promises. Talk of microorganism, my debut solo album. I take a moment to remember the great DMX, who left his body today. Get Spirited In the main meat of today's episode, I get into spirituality. But, naturally, I do it in a very Matt Kollock way. Nice! Gruff and irritated. You see, this is why I do the spiritual shit. I reference a blog post I wrote back in February of 2020. It's called "I Do This Spiritual Shit for a Reason," and it remains pretty relevant today. Interesting! Do you practice any kind of spirituality? Have you been through any kind of "awakening" experience? Do you consider yourself a rational person? I get into all kinds of stuff like this. It's good. A Very Special and Important Announcement Guys, if you have never listened to an episode of The Matt Kollock Show until the very end, today is a great day to start! I have a mind-blowing announcement to make on today's episode, but it doesn't happen until the final few minutes of the show. Listen all the way through or skip ahead – I don't care! But I don't want you to miss this very, very, very special and critical announcement from my world. Bye Bye Now It's great to be back! I am so glad you're here, my friend. It means a lot that you listen. Truly. Become a Patron! If you would like to give a little more support, please check out my Patreon! Bonus episodes of the podcast live over there alongside lots of groovy, exclusive content. Fun! Join for just $5/month to get the bonus episodes. Cool! As always, my website is the best place to stay up to date on all the Matt Kollock stuff. Check it out and sign up for the email list, won't you! Sweet! I'll be back with another episode soon. In the meantime, SHINE ON!!!
56 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
TMKS #18 – Collaboration Agitation
It's a new episode of the podcast! I think this is a good one. It's all about working together. Collaborating. Making magic by gathering in art. With people just like you, dear listener! Happenings and Such How are you? Can you believe we've been in the pandemic for about a year already? Can you believe the podcast is nearly one year old already? I know; it seems impossible. There's a lot to talk about in today's opening segment. I catch you up on all the things. I give you an update on my upcoming album, microorganism, which will be available soon on all your favorite digital platforms. I talk about cannabis and my current relationship with the plant. There's even a little bit of #GearTalk in today's episode – hear all about how I've locked in my electric guitar effects pedalboard. It's been an adventure. Following the Fear of Collaboration (To Riches and More) I did a lot of stalling in today's episode. Entertaining stalling, but stalling, still. You see, I hold a lot of fear around the subject of collaboration, the main topic of today's The Matt Kollock Show. Lately, my personal life has been uplifted and improved via collaboration with others in relationship. Annie, my partner, has made life better, easier and more rich and fulfilling. I bet she would say similar things about being in partnership with me. Our collaboration in love has been amazingly fruitful. It has inspired further collaboration with others in friendship. Life is great! However, successful and truly fulfilling artistic collaboration eludes me. Or, I should say, I elude it. I have had some good collaborations in the past, musically, but I can't help but dwell on the shitty ones. At the same time, I can't stop thinking about the magical possibilities of collaboration with other artists and musicians. I need to conquer some fears to get to where I want to be, though. It was a fun, challenging talk with myself, and I hope you dig it! Interesting that my episode about collaboration features just me, Matt Kollock. Ha! We'll have some guests on the show soon. I promise! Also, who cares! So yeah. Collaboration. How do you feel about it? Am I just weird? Do you have any advice for me? I'd love to hear from you. Until Next Time Look at us! We made it to episode 18. Fun! I feel like I'm on a roll with this thing. I hope you return for future episodes. I really appreciate your listenership! Please stay tuned for microorganism, which is about to land any moment now! Check out the Patreon. Visit the website. Do all the stuff. I appreciate it! You're the best. Become a Patron! Have a good one, friend. I love you.
42 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
TMKS #17 – Leaning Into Losing Touch
Here we are again. Reintroducing The Matt Kollock Show. Reframing and recontextualizing. And this is exactly the way I want it! Kind of a Course Correction I said a lot of stuff in the previous episode of the podcast. I stand behind it all! However, I realized I was building a house I didn't want to live in. What? I said I wanted the podcast to be about certain things last week, and I do want the show to include the topics, ideas and themes I talked about in that episode. I just really don't want to devote the show to anything ever, at all. I only want it to be about what I am inspired to talk about in the moment. Otherwise, it's going to be tough getting episodes done. Guests will be on the show soon, and a feedback show is in the works. I'm going to do those things. But I'm not going to be a fundamentalist about making the podcast about one thing or another. And I felt myself kind of going there a little bit last week. Basically, I was spending a lot of time and wasting a lot of energy giving too much of a shit about what certain people think. I wanted to prove certain things to certain people about certain things, which is why I said the things I said last week in the way I said them. It's been suggested recently that I'm, "losing touch with reality." Instead of proving that I'm not, I'm going to lean into it. It's a different perspective. It's more fun. It's what's working. To be clear, all that shit I said last week is still happening. It's all just going to happen on my terms now. I want to have fun with this show and be inspired to create more episodes more regularly. I'm only going to make that happen if I make it fun for myself. So I guess that's what I mean. You'll hear all about it in this episode's cover story! Fucking Bullet Points Here's most of the stuff I remember talking about on today's episode of the podcast: COVID and the vaccine New guitar pedals and gear Check out my friend Byron's amazing amps and pedals, won't you? Oral surgery Aches, pains and anxieties Returning to meditation A break from cannabis combustion A deep exploration of edibles and tinctures I was on a friend's podcast recently! It's called Archives for Aliens My episode will be out soon, but you should subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts Therapy! Mixing my album, microorganism All the stuff I wrote about above Thank You for Helping to Grow The Matt Kollock Show Friends, the show is growing! And it's all because of you. I appreciate your listenership and your downloads. Thank you so much! If you want to show additional support, I encourage you to subscribe to my Patreon. It's cheap and easy! As I mention on today's 'sode, new content is going up over there soon. Really soon. Watch for episode 17.5 in a day or two, okay? Become a Patron! I have a website, too. You should check that out if you want to see the blog and be as up to date as possible on all things Matt Kollock. Sign up for the email list while you're over there! What else? I guess that's about it for now. Oh yeah, I've been doing some guitar videos over on Instagram that people are digging. Check me out over there if you're into that sort of thing. I have fun doing it. All right. Thank you. I love you. Shine on!
39 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
TMKS #16 – The Return of The Matt Kollock Show!
I'm back! Guys! It's been, like, six months since I've posted a new episode of The Matt Kollock Show, and I'm happy to say that I've found my podcasting groove again. Or is it that I'm just avoiding the mixing and mastering of microorganism, my upcoming album? Probably a little bit of both. All The Main Stuff And The New Stuff Speaking of microorganism, I spend some time in this episode talking about the progress I've made on the album and when you can expect to listen to it. I also talk about a lot of other stuff. New stuff that's happened in my life and in the world. But I set the scene with the Main Stuff, which, in my mind, is COVID, shitty (but also sometimes somewhat hopeful) U.S. politics/culture stuff and the fact that BLACK LIVES MATTER. This episode is being released a day before the inauguration of Joe Biden to the United States Presidency and a day after Martin Luther King Day. I have some things to say about all that. Uh, what else? Yeah, there's a lot of new and fun stuff to mention. I catch you up and I shake off the rust, which might sound better than you think! Why? I have a new microphone and a slightly different podcasting setup. You may notice an upgrade in sound quality since episode 15. Nice! I talk about all that kind of stuff in today's episode. What's It All About Going Forward? Friends, have you read my recent blog post, entitled "Dear Little Matt"? You really should. It's a landmark. It's probably the best thing I've ever written. I've already heard from a lot of you about it. I'm grateful for the feedback, which has been mostly extremely positive. There have been some negative reactions, too. I want to hear all of them. The next episode of The Matt Kollock Show is going to be a feedback-focused episode, in which I discuss the comments I have received with regard to "Dear Little Matt." I want to share what people have taken the time to reach out and say. I'd also like to talk more about the personal journey I have been on since publishing the blog post. Moving beyond the next episode, the podcast will feature, mercifully, the voices of others. I am going to interview people not only about the subject of childhood trauma, but about music, psychedelics and groovy shit. I talk about that in today's episode, too. Wanna reach out? Email me at email@example.com. It's Happening Now Right now, in fact. Big things are happening. People are coming together. Timelines are being jumped. Rad guitar solos are being played. Also, I am going through a process of healing. And I am here to write, talk and play music about it. FOR THE WHOLE WORLD. So that's what's going to be happening in this space going forward. I hope you will join me. If you cannot join me, I wish you the best. I love you. This ride never stops, so reach out when you're ready to take it somewhere different. Stuff like that. Support! I could use some! You can help me by following me wherever you get your music. That way you'll be notified when new music is released. Have you signed up for my email list? You can do so by visiting my website, which is a really cool place on the internet for Matt Kollock shit. You can also subscribe to me on Patreon! It's a real trip over there, but it's a small one. Won't you help me turn my little Patreon trip into an epic journey? Sweet! Become a Patron! Yeah, I guess that's it for now. Thank you for reading. Thank you for listening to the podcast. I love you. See you next time!
47 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
TMKS #15 – The Anxiety Episode
Friends! If you're like me, you feel pretty anxious much of the time. If you're like me, you feel anxious in a way that convinces you you're suffering from something other than anxiety; something terrible and life-threatening. If you're like me, you've been through this cycle a few times now, and your life has never actually been in danger. Fun shit, right? I Thought I Had a Handle Every time I check my website stats, I notice that there is one blog post in particular that seems to get consistent, regular views and engagement. It's a blog post that I wrote back in November of 2019 (a much different time, right?), entitled I Am Trying to Reduce My Baseline Anxiety Level. Lately, I've been feeling off. Pretty down. Pretty low. Kind of all over the place. Kind of lacking in confidence. Stuff like that. Investigation into my feelings revealed what these types of investigations always seem to reveal: My troubles have been caused by anxiety, and I haven't realized it. Haven't even really considered it until recently when I was anxiously checking my website stats. So I decided to make today's episode all about anxiety, using that blog post as a barometer for where I'm located today and an inspirational jumping-off point for my future. I thought I had a handle on things. Reading that blog post from nine(!) months ago, I recognized a more confident person. A more stable and assured person. That kind of guy. Since that time, anxiety has wormed its way back into my life. In different ways. Causing different problems. But it's the same old lame old anxiety. Fun! And You? What's your deal? Are you an anxious person? Does anything I'm writing make sense? I would love to hear from you and learn your perspective! So write me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your thoughts, won't you? Also, if you're interested in supporting me and the podcast on an even deeper level, please check out my Patreon, where I have some juicy, juicy bonus episodes available for those who subscribe at the $5/month level. Cool! Become a Patron! Of course, another way to express your feelings about me and my show is to leave a review and rating on Apple Podcasts. Be the first person to do so, and I'll give you a special shout out on the podcast. You want that, right? Great! Until next time, keep it cool, relaxed and characterized by deep, restorative breathing.
40 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
TMKS #14 – I Wanna Be YOUR Guitar Hero
Hey. How's it going? Are you doing all right? BIG POWER CHORD!!! Episode 14 of The Matt Kollock Show covers my current thoughts about the state of my main instrument. I have been a guitar player for more than 30 years now. I have always identified, musically, with the guitar as my primary tool of expression. In recent years, though, I have distanced myself from the culture surrounding the instrument. It is, as you may know, very white, very male, very regressive and very boring. I don't want my music to be about those things. Lately as I've been enduring emotional ups and downs, I have come to regard the instrument and its culture a little differently. I recognize that I am a part of the guitar tapestry. I have a voice in the community. My words carry weight. I know what I'm talking about. I can occupy the lane of "GUITARIST" and make an impact. So that's what I've decided to do. I want to do it differently, though. I want to be YOUR guitar hero. A new kind of guitar hero. Check Out Today's Other Episodes, Won't You? It's a big day for the podcast! Episode 14 is just one of three I have released today. Episode 13.5 is a bonus episode just for my Patrons on Patreon who are subscribed at the $5/month level. In that one, I talk about my recent music-gear acquisitions. I have GAS! If you want to listen to that one (and all the other bonus episodes), just visit my Patreon page and sign up at the $5 tier or above. It'll be so cool! Episode 13, in which I discuss where I believe music comes from, is available right here or wherever you get your podcasts. It's a good one, so make sure you check it out. Thanks, my friends! I sure do appreciate you and your listenership. I would love to hear from you, too, so send me an email at email@example.com and let me know what you think. Have a terrific week!
57 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
TMKS #13 – Where Does the Music Come From?
I have some weird ideas about where music comes from. Well, maybe they aren't so weird. But they feel weird in the context of authorship and ownership and stuff like that. Episode 13 of The Matt Kollock Show podcast covers a lot of ground as I explore my thoughts, feelings and instincts with regard to the source of the music. I talk about different musical traditions and how they have intertwined over millennia to create the landscape we all travel today. Really Just Read the Wesley Morris Piece I mean seriously. So much of what I talk about in this episode is so much better said by Wesley Morris in the piece he wrote last year for The New York Times Magazine and The 1619 Project. I encourage you to read Mr. Morris's piece, entitled For centuries, black music, forged in bondage, has been the sound of complete artistic freedom. o wonder everybody is always stealing it. The way music exists now is a mess. But here we are. There is also the tricky issue of making a living from music, which, in our culture, requires there to be authorship and ownership. Credit. Shit like that, which is not conducive to making good music and expressing oneself authentically. So yeah. I also talk about an interview David Bowie did with MTV in 1983, in which he challenged the institutionalized racism of the upstart cable channel. You can read the article I talked about on Consequence of Sound here. Check Out Episodes 13.5 and 14! This is just one of three episodes I am releasing today! Episode 13.5 is a bonus episode just for my Patrons on Patreon who are subscribed at the $5/month level. In that one, I talk about my recent music-gear acquisitions. I have GAS! If you want to listen to that one (and all the other bonus episodes), just visit my Patreon page and sign up at the $5 tier or above. It'll be so cool! Episode 14, in which I discuss how I want to be a new kind of guitar hero, is available right here or wherever you get your podcasts. It's a good one, so make sure you check it out. Thanks, my friends! I sure do appreciate you and your listenership. I would love to hear from you, too, so send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you think. Have a terrific week!
50 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
TMKS #12 – There's Got to Be a Better Way!
Friends! How have you been? It's been a while, hasn't it? Unless you are from the future, which is probably the case, and it hasn't been long at all. Regardless of all considerations for the fabric of space-time, I hope you are doing all right. I am doing all right, too. I made this episode of the podcast and I think it's a good one. I hope you like it, too. Become a Patron! I've Been Thinking... Episode 12 of The Matt Kollock Show picks up more or less right where the last one left off. It's sort of like when the next season of a TV show resumes action immediately following the action that concluded the previous season. Except in real life people have been enjoying meals and losing hair and starting families and evolving their priorities and shit like that. Remember in LOST season five's premiere episode when Sawyer and Juliet are on the beach and it's, like, minutes after the action of the season four finale took place and Sawyer is visibly 20 pounds or so heavier? This episode will is kind of like that in some ways. This episode is mostly not like that, though. It is about how I plan to go forward as a musician and podcaster seeking fame and fortune. I wonder if fame and fortune are really what it's all about. This episode explores my thoughts with regard to becoming powerful as a creator of things in a world and a system that usually exploits and harms Black people attempting to do the same thing. How can I do what I'm doing in way that overrides the dominant model and creates the possibility of standing in power with Black artists? So that's what I talk about in this one. I feel like I did all right. I think you may become stimulated by what I have to say. So yeah. There's More! I had a lot of notes for this episode and I only covered about half of them. So I'm going to do another episode later this week. Nice! That'll be episode 13. I'm going to put out a bonus episode later this week, too. That one will be available on my Patreon page for subscribers at the $5 level and above. It joins two other Patreon-only bonus episodes over there. So if you need to pump more of The Matt Kollock Show into your system for some reason, five bucks gets you what you need. I'll be putting out new music soon, too, so keep your ear to wherever you hear about new music. Following me on Spotify is one cool way to stay informed about such things. Cool! Thanks, guys! I'll see you next time. And next time is gonna be soon.
17 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
TMKS #11 – Black Lives Matter
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50 minutes | May 25, 2020
TMKS #10 – How to Be a Better Songwriter
It's episode ten of The Matt Kollock Show!!! We did it! They said we couldn't do it, but goddammit, we got it done. Good for us! Become a Patron! Sore in So Many Ways The last week has been a bit trying. The bipolar has been frisky lately. It's taken me to some places I seldom visit. But I'm good. Except for the part where the emotional stuff manifests physically. I've been experiencing some weird pains and discomfort in my arm. So I had my guy Greg over at Elite Ortho-Therapy and Sports Medicine do some work on me. Which is worse than the pain I had been experiencing, but it's the good kind of hurt. Now I feel much more relaxed and pain-free. I have been carrying tons of tension in my neck, shoulder and back. Today I learned that I've been carrying a lot of it in my pectoral muscle, too. But we're working the shit out. Me and Greg will work on the physical aspect, and then I'll work on the mental and emotional aspects. Problem solving! In my soreness, I've been seeking comfort in nostalgia. Watching more Rig Rundown videos. Getting back into guitar players that I admired as a teen. People like Danny Gatton and Albert Lee. Pining for an old instrument. Stuff like that. You'll hear me talk all about my current situation of soreness in the intro to today's podcast! Songwriters Writing Songs The bulk of today's episode is devoted to songwriting. But even if you're not a songwriter, I feel like you'll get something out of today's installment. I wrote a blog post at the beginning of 2019 entitled "25 Ways to Become a Better Songwriter." It's a good one! In fact, it's the most-read piece of content in my blog. By a longshot. Anyway, I took some time today to go over my 25 tips and comment on them. They remain relevant! I added some new hints and tricks, too. So if you're a creative person, I think you'll dig what I have to say. Or maybe you won't. Either way, you should let me know what you think, all right? Great! And Now This Now here's the part where I ask you to support me. Do it on my website. Do it on my Patreon. Send an email to email@example.com. Follow my artist profile on Spotify. Rate and review. All that. I really, really, really appreciate it! I'll see you next week with episode 11. I'm going to put out a bonus episode for Patrons, too, in the meantime. Stay safe and shine on!
36 minutes | May 19, 2020
TMKS #9 – Gear Medication
Hi! I did another podcast! What Now? I almost forgot to do this one. But it's Monday. So I'm podcasting. Look at me go! Here's what I cover in today's solo episode of The Matt Kollock Show: The weekend (but not The Weeknd) Not feeling the music Feeling a little low and depressed and anxious RIP Fred Willard RIP Lynn Shelton Procrastinating Fantasizing about music gear This is a short and sweet one, friends, but it's good! I found the great podcasting spirit and channeled it. For you. So I hope you dig it. Become a Patron! You're So Supportive Yes. Yes you are. You wouldn't be here otherwise. Thank you! Wanna be even more supportive? Yeah, it's possible. Just go over to my Patreon page and subscribe! I'll be putting out a bonus episode soon, which will only be available for subscribers at the $5 level. So yeah. Do that. I appreciate it. See you next time!
41 minutes | May 12, 2020
TMKS #8 – Digging, Day Jobs, Deadlines and Defeating Modesty
They said it couldn't be done. They said it was impossible. They said it was insane to even consider. But here we are. We did it. We got to where we were going. Now what are they saying? Not a whole lot. It's episode eight of The Matt Kollock Show! How Was Your Full Moon? Last Thursday's full moon was one characterized by unearthing. Digging. Bringing stuff to the surface. Friends, that happened in a big way for me. I reckoned with some stuff. I made some decisions. I moved closer to being the person I'm supposed to be. So that was pretty cool. I talk about that a little bit in today's episode. I also get into the struggles I have with my day job. And right now, I've got one more big job to do before I can get out of the game for good. Will I make it? I have no doubt, but getting there is going to be shitty. Finally, I've come up with some ideas with regard to how I will present my persona. Basically, I need to stop acting like I'm fucking ordinary. I'm not. We all die, so there's no use in acting modest about shit. So I get into all that and the thoughts I've been having about modesty vs humility. Stuff like that. I talk about Chelsea Peretti, who is one of my favorite comedians, and how her classic 2014 comedy special, One of the Greats, serves as a kind of blueprint for the vibe I'm going for. So yeah. Oh yeah, I called my mom yesterday on Mother's Day, but I didn't talk about that in the episode. Just know that I called her, okay? Supportage Become a Patron! Geez, I sure appreciate you listening to the podcast, friends! I hope you continue to do so. It's really good, right? If you want to support my efforts in an even bigger way, why not become a Patron? It's fun! And at the $5 level, Patrons get bonus podcast episodes and content. Neat! So yeah, go ahead and become a Patron. That would be amazing! Also, be sure to head over to my website so you can sign up for my email list. Thanks!
53 minutes | May 4, 2020
TMKS #7 – Mindfulness, Meditation, 'Magination and Matt Kollock
Hey! It's another solo episode of The Matt Kollock Show. Remember when I used to do interviews? Me neither! It's All In Your Head So yeah. Today's episode has me rambling a little about all the stuff that happened around here since last time. Then I get into a talk about my journey with mindfulness, meditation and using my imagination to create "reality." It's all very woo-woo, mystical and entirely not rooted in anything resembling facts. So it's a lot of fun! Become a Patron! Here are some of the areas I hammer in today's 'sode: How no one around here seems to give a shit that a global pandemic is currently happening Star Wars Day and how The Rise of Skywalker is a shitty movie Yellow cake with chocolate frosting Batman (1989) An article I wrote about meditation on Medium Karma Why we meditate and practice mindfulness How imagination creates reality Podcaster Jessa Reed Podcaster Noah Lampert Much more! So yeah. There you have it. It's Episode Seven of The Matt Kollock Show. Dig it! Help? If you want to support me in ways that go beyond listening, please consider becoming a Patron on Patreon. Episode 6.5 of the podcast lives over there, but you've got to join at the $5 level to hear it. So yeah. Oh, here's another thing: Please remember to rate and review this podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever. That helps a lot. I have a website! Visit it and bookmark it and link to it from your website. That would be rad. Thanks, friends! I'll see you next time. Shine on!
58 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
TMKS #6 – Complimenting the Frame and Explaining "They Died Alive"
It's another episode of The Matt Kollock Show podcast! This is a lean, mean episode, clocking in at fewer than 58 minutes, but it is packed with goodies, as always. It's Tiny Desk Week I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to pull it off with everything that's going on these days, but I was able to capture a pretty good performance of my song, "They Died Alive," for my entry into this year's NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest. I recorded my entry this past Saturday, April 25th, and uploaded it yesterday. Today, April 27th, is the due date. So I got mine in well under the wire. But still under the wire. In today's episode of the podcast, I talk about the experience of creating my entry and the surprising benefits I experienced from entering last year's contest. No, I didn't win. I don't expect to win this year, either. But I would be surprised if something nice didn't come from this. I wouldn't have met and become friends with Jason and Melissa of Meri Dean if I hadn't entered last year. And that's just one example of the kinds of things that can come from involving oneself in something like this. By the way, if you haven't heard the Meri Dean episode of the podcast, you should check it out! Wanna see my entry video? Here it is. Let me know what you think, won't you? Song Explainer: "They Died Alive" The main feature of today's episode is my explanation of "They Died Alive." If you want to know how I came up with this tune and what the lyrics are all about, you don't want to miss it! 'Rona Visions I looked backward and forward through the lens of Coronavirus this past week. In today's episode, I discuss how it may be possible Annie and I have already experienced Covid-19. It was a little crazy looking back at my journal from January and reexamining the three-week sickness I had. Looking into the future on a psychedelic walk last week, I had a pretty strong vision of what the political/cultural landscape will look like as a result of the corona consequences. This is all some very woo-woo, mystical shit, friends, so be careful! Other Things Today's edition of the podcast is a solo episode, but I had a lot to talk about. Here are some other topics I blab about here in Episode Six: People who are guilty of "complimenting the frame" Episode Four's guest, Kira Holt, and her new EP, Gold Flakes, which is dropping everywhere this week A psychedelic experience in the midst of sickness All kinds of updates on all kinds of things! Many, Many Thanks! Six episodes! Unbelievable! It wasn't that long ago when I was wondering if I would ever get the podcast out into the world. Now I've got a half-dozen eps. Good times! Of course, none of this would be possible without you. I mean, yeah, I could put out a podcast, but it would be very unrewarding without listeners and supporters like you. So thank you. If you are interested in helping the podcast (and all things Matt Kollock-related) grow, there are a number of things you can to help: Rate/review the podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts Hang out on my website and sign up for the email list Follow my artist profile on Spotify Consider supporting me (and receiving exclusive stuff from me) by becoming a Patreon Patron for as little as $1 a month Subscribe to the official Matt Kollock YouTube Channel Easy! If you would like to support me, great! If not, I really am just glad you're here. You are the best. I'll see you next week with another 'sode. Until then, Shine on!