I met Ariel Hyatt soon after I started this podcast in 2006. She was one of the first publicists to realize the potential that podcasting had for independent artists, so she was quick to start promoting her artists to music podcasters like me. Ariel has been a fierce entrepreneur for 20 years and runs Cyber PR, a boutique PR company based right here in Brooklyn, NY. Her agency places clients on blogs & podcasts, establishes their online brands, and coaches them to create authentic relationships. She has spoken in 12 countries and is the author of four books on social media for artists, two of which have hit number one on Amazon. Cyber PR handled the release of my album and book, Tentative Armor, and what I learned during that process continues to shape how I create and share my work. Continue reading →
Steven Fales and I have been talking forever about chatting on the podcast, and we finally got around to it this week. A well established playwright and solo performer, I met Steven when I was just on the verge of summoning the courage to start creating my own solo work. Discovering his successful Mormon Boy Trilogy and passion for creating and performing was a real point of inspiration for me. I was so pleased to talk with him here about his work, his process of creating it, and the joys and challenges of being a solo artist. I hope you enjoy our conversation!
Eliot Glazer first hit my radar with his Shit New Yorkers Say video which went viral back in 2012. He’s an LA-based writer and performer who currently serves as an Executive Story Editor on New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel. He has served as creative consultant and recurring character on Comedy Central’s Broad City, and has contributed to Billy on The Street, Difficult People and Odd Mom Out. Eliot starred in and produced several digital shorts in support of the HBO series Looking and hosted the show’s official podcast.
I’ve been a fan of his Haunting Renditions for some time now, so I was excited to catch up with him before his most recent show here in Brooklyn at The Bell House. Thanks for listening! Continue reading →
This is Joi Ito‘s third visit to the podcast and each time I interview him, I am perfectly charmed and inspired. Joi’s bio is pretty awe-inspiring, most recently as the Director of the MIT Media Lab and co-author of the book Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future.
Joi suggested we live stream our interview on Facebook, so this interview has an interesting spin not yet heard on this podcast. I was really cool to have a more collaborative interview style and to respond to comments and questions from the people who were viewing the stream. Let me know what you think of this style. Should I do it again? Continue reading →
I’ve got two great guests for you on the podcast this week! First I talk with longtime vegan and social justice advocate Christopher Sebastian. Christopher and I talk about intersectionality and two of his articles: A Seven-point Plan to Disrupt White Supremacy and U.S. American Exceptionalism, and A Guide for Confronting White Fragility When Having Discussions About Race. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Christopher and what he has to say, so I was really thrilled to have him on the podcast. Next, I spoke with author Robin Raven about her beautiful new children’s book from Vegan Publishers, Santa’s First Vegan Christmas. Robin is a freelance writer who has been published by The Huffington Post, The Malibu Times, Friends of Animals, to name a few.
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I am so excited about this new connection I have with South African musician Nate Maingard. I came across him sort of peripherally via this video from Patreon, and then we had a mini-conversation in the comments of a Patreon post which then led me to his Patreon page where I fell in love with his work and his great spirit. Nate has been playing guitar, writing songs and appearing on stage since 1998 and has been playing as a professional musician since the beginning of 2011. Nate was awarded a South African National Arts Festival Ovation Award and has played many of South Africa’s festivals.
Nate and I got into a great conversation about creating art and exchanging with our audiences that was incredibly timely for me. I think this is a great conversation for creators and audience members alike. Definitely check this one out, and share! This is a perfect time to become a patron of Nate’s, he is working on a new EP and planting TREES! Support his work here.
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Michael Harren has been podcasting about art, music and activism for over ten years. Since the launch of the podcast, Michael has lived in Houston, then rural Georgia at the intentional community Koinonia to his current home in Brooklyn, NY. Each Monday(ish) Michael presents interviews with fellow creatives and presents his perspective as a professional musician and performance artist in New York City. Notable guests include musician Jane Siberry and Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller.
Brooklyn-based composer and performer Michael Harren combines elements of classical composition with experimental electronics and storytelling to create hypnotic and boldly intimate work that walks the line between Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Dead Can Dance. He is artist-in-residence at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary where he is creating The Animal Show, a solo multi-media theater piece which will be performed at Dixon Place in NYC on October 27, 28, and 29.
In his first solo show, Tentative Armor, he combined piano, synthesizers, various electronics, and live musicians with his unique storytelling, resulting in a deeply moving, highly entertaining performance. Through his resonant, powerful, very personal stories, Harren envelops the audience in a funny, poignant, highly intimate tour of his own self-discovery through spirituality, sexuality, and grief. Music, text and photos from the show were released in an album and book of the same name.
Michael Harren has toured as pianist with Sandra Bernhard, is the musical director for Cabaret for a Cause, and has performed at Dixon Place, (le) poisson rouge, Joe’s Pub, Judson Memorial Church, Manhattan Theater Source, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, The Laurie Beechman Theater as well as numerous venues around the country.
Learn more about Michael Harren at his main website.