Here we go! Back in the game.. No guests, just one on one convo’s with the voice in my head reflecting on daily challenges as a creative, content creator and music lover. Previous episodes of my podcast can still be found on my soundcloud page. (Thanks Chance!). Life is moving fast and Im learning so much as I proceed. Wether it’s on the tech side of things, traveling or heading out to dj gigs, I see things that I want to share with you. I present to you, Say, No More Fam, The Podcast for the Stuck Creative.
Episode 1 – DIY FOR THE CREATIVE
Episode 2 – THE IDEA
Episode 3 – BREAKING OUT OF THE SHELL
Episode 4 – Patience
Episode 5 – Charlottesville
Episode 6 – Dont Post, Chill!
Thanks to Christine Mai Nguyen for chance to talk about music discovery among other things. Peep her youtube channel tho! Muy fuego!
Looking forward to joining the KCRW crew this year for SXSW and seeing new and emerging talent. My goal is to check out some of these folks listed below. Also make sure to check out the Tune In jump off on 6th Street! (Flyer below).
Chris is easily one of my favorite young producers of the past few years who drops great material. Wether it’s covers, collaborations, reworks, they are are always on point. It was great to have Chris in the studio to talk about the creative process and what inspires him. Hope you dig this week’s episode!
This man is brilliant. Having a footing in various musical genres, RocNation’s Sam Dew is a songwriter/songwriter who also executes well when it comes to his own material. I first heard his collaboration with UK dance king Julio Bashmore for a track entitled “Holding On” which is just about on Beats 1 just about 10 times a day. Sam kills it! I got to dig deep and learn more about Sam and his work with TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek as well as his comfort zones for writing. Hope you dig!
For the past 20 years, Jeff Staple has followed his gut despite the lack of finances, direction and family support. His name has popped up in so many magazines, blogs, articles and album art pieces that I had to hunt this man down. He’s been on the edge of what’s new and innovative with his creative agency while still maintaining one of my favorite boutiques in the Lower East Side. We talk about his journey as well as this thoughts on the changing landscape of music, life in NYC during the 90’s, why we can never have another Thriller album, the influence of Bobbito + Stretch and so much more. Hope you dig!
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A second podcast in week but with multiple brilliant minds covering ground on such topics as TIDAL, police brutality, Waco, Tech apps and silent meditation. I could not think of a better panel to discuss all these great topics with a sprinkle of humor that maybe 2% of you might get! But join in! Listen!
Shout outs to Novena Carmel, Zack Sekoff and Def Sound for joining me!
Kawai is not just a person with a camera in hand, but a hustler who understands the importance of connecting the dots. I have known her for some time and her portfolio speaks for itself. But what most draws me to her work ethos is the drive, the passion and the ability to just enjoy the now. As we hit record and began the podcast I knew this was going to be a great episode as she broke down her journey with a plan a in mind and somewhere along the line she developed an understanding of plan b and blended the two worlds. I hope you dig this week’s chat!
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World traveler, dj, record collector and nerd/techie LeFTO swings by the basement for a chat about his insight on music, sharing sounds and his personal journey as a record collector. His perspective on life and music is always interesting and I have always wanted to sit LeFTO down and pick his brain about a few topics. Hope you dig!
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As one the most important tastemakers Europe has to offer, and affiliated with labels Brownswood, Blue Note, !K7 Records, Stones Throw and Jazzy Sport, this bearded early riser is consistently a couple steps ahead of your average early adopter. He doesn’t wait for the next thing to land on his lap, actively seeking it out – just take a peek at his playlists on Belgium’s foremost national radio station Studio Brussel which received compliments from Rough Trade Shops and Gilles Peterson.
However, don’t assume that he’s only working futuristic angles – no sir. Firmly rooted in jazz and hip hop, he sharpened his digging sensibility working at the now legendary Music Mania record store in hometown Brussels. His passion for jazz resulted in a remix album for Blue Note which was well received by the community. Lefto is forever moving forward but always has an ear in the past. Famed for his gloriously eclectic DJ sets, he switches effortlessly between hip hop, funk, breaks, neck-snapping beats, future bass, South-American influences, bruk riddims and some wild African rhythms. He’s not only a deejay and producer but also curates his own stage at the Dour Festival and his own nights in Gent in collaboration with Democrazy.
World renowned, LeFtO regularly blesses sound systems from Tokyo to Seoul and Singapore to New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has been a resident deejay for Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festivals since 2008 around the world. Camera under the arm, he is also one of the few deejays on this planet who can deejay somewhere and have a nice movie on the internet a couple hours later, with over 250 videos on YouTube and Vimeo, it’s very impressive. The travels resulted in the Worldwide Family Vol. 1 compilation on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings with partner in crime DJ Simbad in 2011. In 2012, he has put out two compilations, one for American brand 101Apparel and the other one for Universal Music.
If you have been listening to my radio show for the past 5 years then odds are you might have heard a Maylee Todd record. I became intrigued after watching her amazing youtube videos that consist of sheer talent and humor. She is this week’s guest on the ANTVALA podcast and after our little chat it all began to make sense where all these elements came from. She shares some pretty interesting knowledge about what it’s like to be the daughter of an Elvis impersonator and much more!
I first got hipped to Melodee via her work on Recordbreakin and formerly of La Melodia. She became my window into the musical scene in Amsterdam. I got to visit her and friends and it really opened my musical senses being far away from home. Years have passed and she has since teamed up with the production duo Cookin Soul. Cooking Soul has worked with the likes of C.L Smooth, The Game, Nispey Hustle, Currensy, Mac Miller, Dom Kennedy and many many others. What intrigued me is how these two entities team up and utilize the internet to complete some great bodies of work. This was a great chat! Hope you dig!
You can hear previous podcasts here that include Flying Lotus, Mark de Clive Lowe, Hiatus Kaiyote, Tiny Hearts w/ Waajeed, Thurz, Miles Bonny and many others.
I have been a fan of Mark’s work since his Tide’s Arising release. I remember being on tour with RES, making a stop in the Bay Area and someone from the the label passing it my way and loving this dance record. Mark has developed his sound into different musical communities and continues to push musical boundaries. I’ve always had questions for him and wanted to know what’s in his head when he creates both live and in the studio. I got to sit with him and discuss his journey as well as get some of those answers. We also talk about his Kickstarter campaign to fund and finance his new 11th studio record. I love what he is doing with this campaign and his amazing videos to ask for support. Also, who knew little Mark was a big Guy/Teddy Riley fan?! Enjoy!
Last night before hitting the stage with Miles Bonny I found myself at a White Castle having an interesting conversation with the brother in regards to being an artist and how to develop his brand. The convo was so interesting I had to pull out my soundcloud app and hit record. His story is very interesting and had to be shared. He is one of the most talented performers I know and who is open with his frustration and struggles. Take a listen and let me know what you think. Follow him on twitter at @MilesBonny!