New year, new focus! Starting with this week’s episode of the podcast, I’m narrowing the focus of my guests to artists and creators who make work about their activism, and I couldn’t think of a better guest to start with than Jason Oliver. Jason is a singer-songwriter who is also extremely active in open rescue of animals with Direct Action Everywhere. Though his activist work takes him to some of the most hellish places on earth, his music and spirit seem imbued with a lightness and hope that is irresistible. I hope you love this interview as much as I did, and please be sure to support Jason’s work by buying his album here. Continue reading →
I met Jonathan David Smyth through our mutual friend and collaborator luke kurtis of bd-studios.com. I was really excited to talk with him about his debut monograph, Just One More: Self-Portraits 2012-2017. I continue to be intrigued by Jonathan’s photos, and even more so by his video and text work, which you should absolutely check out on his website. Continue reading →
I met Chris Hines and his crew last month when they interviewed me for Taking Note – The Vegan Music Documentary. Chris started the project as a means to find out how veganism has influenced musicians themselves. I was really excited they chose to include me in the film, and I have been really excited to discover more about Chris’ work in veganism and video on his youTube channel. He just did a 24 hour live stream to raise money for Sale Ranch Animal Sanctuary! Continue reading →
I stayed for several days this summer with JP Novic at the Center for Animal Protection and Education and really just had a glorious time. She put me up in a tiny cabin on the property and so kindly brought me coffee and breakfast every morning before we went to work with the animals.
This week I talk with Karl Larson and Matt Evans, two of the members of the piano trio, Bearthoven, about their most recent album, Trios. Though their third member Pat Swoboda was unable to join us, we dug deep in their process of creating the album, the commissioning of pieces for the album, and the current new music landscape. We talked a great deal about Bang on a Can, who you should absolutely investigate as well. Continue reading →
I’m back in Brooklyn, and back in the New York groove! This week I talk to two of the most passionate animal activists I know, Dietz (Unparalleled Suffering) and Lia (The Evidence Box). Both are fantastic photographers who are especially adept at documenting the experience of non-human animals and the horrifying abuses they are subjected to by humans. I got to spend some time staying with them during my tour, so of course I busted out my trusty recorder for an interview. Continue reading →
I have been looking forward to my stay with Ren Hurst for months, and the experience absolutely did not disappoint. Ren is a former horse trainer turned activist, author of Riding on the Power of Others, and founder of The New World Sanctuary Foundation. Our conversation came at the end of the six days I spent with her and her horses, camping out in gorgeous Northern California without electricity or plumbing. In spite of my general distaste for the outdoors, my experience was simply glorious, and I know this interview will inspire and open you, just like my time with Ren did me. Enjoy! Continue reading →
Recorded in DxE‘s house in Berkeley, CA, here’s my interview with powerhouse activist Priya Sawhney. It was incredibly inspiring and energizing to stay in the DxE house for a few days. Lots and lots of work happening at all times, yet it was still a joyful and beautiful place. I love their message about non-violence and in approaching with love. Priya and I had a great conversation about those ideas, and she gives a solid explanation about DxE’s work with open rescue. Continue reading →