MikeyPod 232 | Musician Walker Lukens

Walker Lukens

Walker Lukens is an Austin-based musician who Free Press Houston called “one of the best songwriters in Texas.” Walker has long inspired me with his commitment and perseverance as an indie musician. He just released a new EP and it, like all of his music, is simply fantastic. I’ve been wanting to bring him onto the podcast again, and this new release gave me just the excuse I needed to both talk with him about his new music and get a little pep talk about my upcoming tour. Enjoy! Continue reading →

MikeyPod 231 | Electronic Musician Jeff McIlwain of Lusine

Jeff McIlwain of Lusine

Jeff McIlwain’s music has been providing a buoyant soundtrack for my life (and long runs!) for a number of years now. In my excitement about his latest release as Lusine, I reached out to his label, Ghostly International, to set up an interview and they kindly obliged. Jeff and I chat here about the path that led him to success as an electronic musician, his fondness for manipulating vocal tracks, and his latest album, Sensorimotor. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 230 | Filmmaker Lisa Ebersole

Lisa Ebersole

Lisa Ebersole is the writer, director and star of 37 Problems, a raunchy new comedy series about fertility and growing up. Ebersole plays a struggling 37 year-old screenwriter who finds out she has one egg left. Suddenly she has to get a guy to fertilize the egg, freeze the egg, or do nothing and live a different life than she imagined. The series is smart, raunchy, and moving — three of my favorite things! You can watch the whole thing in one evening and I highly recommend you check it out! Continue reading →

MikeyPod 229 | Composer Ben Brody

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing MADArt Creative‘s Inner Reaches: Year II, the second installment of a performance series that sought to serve as a chronicle of the quantum universe through dance, music, and design. Ben Brody composed music for this dance piece to be played by drummer Ian Chang using Sensory Percussion by Sunhouse. The performance was phenomenal, and I was thrilled to get to talk to Ben about his extraordinarily diverse work.

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MikeyPod 228 | Musician Christopher Willits

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 →

MikeyPod 227 | Writer, Filmmaker, and Actor Emmett Jack Lundberg

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 →

MikeyPod 226 | Writer and Performer Ben Rimalower

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 →

MikeyPod 225 | Playwright Daaimah Mubashshir

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 →