There are few artists who inspire and thrill me like Christopher Willits. His oceanic, shimmering music is a perfect representation of the kind and open human he proves himself to be each time I talk with him. We chat here about his soundtrack work on the new film The Art of Listening, in which he is also a subject. Christopher’s work has a decidedly meditative quality, and it was fun to scratch the surface of the music and talk about his spiritual relationship to his work. Christopher’s approach toward composition seems to be a practice in both creating intention and in letting go. Continue reading →
Emmett Jack Lundberg is the creator of the fantastic Brothers, the first narrative series about a group of transgender masculine friends. Emmett and I talked about the history of the show, and then dug deeper into a discussion about gender roles and how we are each affected by them. I really enjoyed discussing our shared experiences as transgender and cisgender men, and I always dig talking creativity with artists who make work I love. I am so thrilled to bring you this ridiculously spectacular interview and I can’t wait for you to hear it. Continue reading →
Ben Rimalower‘s solo show, Bad With Money, made such a big impact on me when I saw it at The Duplex that I tracked him down on Facebook the moment I got home to send him the greatest fan letter of all time. Ben’s work hits the perfect combination of poignant, hilarious, and courageous in way that makes for perfect theater. I loved chatting with Ben about his path from director to solo performer. We talk inspiration, fear, addiction and everything in between. Continue reading →
Daaimah Mubashshir and I first met in Houston in the mid-nineties. An always-present friend, we ran in the same circles, worked together as servers at a popular restaurant, and even explored spirituality together as angsty yet passionate twenty-year-olds. More than that, though, Daaimah was (and remains) a tremendous influence on my creative life. She was the first to introduce me to Julia Cameron’s The Aritst Way, a book and practice which inspired me to honor my creativity and musicianhood after many years of being afraid. I am really excited to have her on the podcast this week! Continue reading →
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 →