The guests for this episode are Sara Sheperd and James D. Gish, who play the roles of Carole King and Gerry Goffin respectively in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Carole King has long been one of the most prolific songwriters for decades. Beautiful is the story of her rise to a legendary status in the history music, detailing her songwriting partnership with her husband Gerry Goffin along with their relationship with fellow songwriting team Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. It’s the story of true determination, where the good and bad times of her life helped shape the person she would become.
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The guest for this episode is Kyle Taylor Parker, who plays the role of Happy Man in the national tour of Pretty Woman: The Musical. During our chat, we talked about how he got his role on Pretty Woman, being on the Broadway company of Kinky Boots, how the Pretty Woman musical is the same and differs from the movie, and his latest album Broadway Soul Vol. 2, plus much more.
The guest for this episode is Aiyana Smash, making her national debut as Mimi Marquez on the RENT 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour. During our chat, we talked about how she got the role of Mimi, how growing up in Mount Vernon molded her as person and how that translated into the musical theatre world, her experiences as a part of RENT and how she was able to relate to the Mimi Marquez, and how RENT is still relatable 25 years later. Aiyana also just released a new single titled “Queen”.
The guest for this episode is Fernanda Lira, vocalist and bassist of the newly formed Brazilian/Dutch death metal unit Crypta. Formed in June 2019, Lira along with Luana Dametto on drums (both former members of the thrash band Nervosa), with guitarists Sonia Anubis (Cobra Spell, Ex-Burning Witches) and Tainá Bergamaschi (Ex-Hagbard), started their journey together that would result in their debut album Echoes of the Soul, release in June 2021 via Napalm Records. During my chat with Fernanda, we talked about her transition from Nervosa to Crypta, along with the creation of the new band into their debut offering Echoes of the Soul. We also touch on the culture and society of the part of Brazil she comes from, along with being a role model for women who want to become a metal artist.
The guest for this episode is Adam De Micco, guitarist of the 4-piece deathcore band Lorna Shore, who recently released their new EP …And I Return to Nothingness on August 13th via Century Media. This is the first project with their new frontman Will Ramos, and during our chat, Adam De Micco shares the making of the EP and the new energy within the band. Lorna Shore is currently on their own headlining US tour (dates below). De Micco is a return guest to the podcast (episode #52), so we got the catch up about what’s been going on with him and the band during the past four years.
The guests for this episode are Esther Quansah and Becky Foinchas of The Narcotix, a West African art-folk band based in Brooklyn. The two, both daughters of African immigrants, met in an elementary school chorus class in Woodbridge, Virginia, where their creative, musical, and personal sisterhood would start and lead all up to the release of their debut EP Mommy Issues. Soaking up their ancestral and environment influences throughout their lives, The Narcotix have such a fresh spiritual sound that is both fun and soulful. During my chat with Esther and Becky, we talk about how they met and how they are such a close duo, both personally and musically. It was a fun conversation and they are definitely a band to watch out for in the future.
The guest for this episode is Los Angeles-based model and actress JoAnna de Castro, star of the comedic horror-thriller Blood Pageant, now available on DVD and on demand on all streaming platforms. This is de Castro’s first leading role in a film as she plays “Crystal”, a contestant on the American Dream Pageant where her religious beliefs are tested during what happens to become a battle for her life and everyone else involved in the show.
The guest for this episode is Frankie Mish, drummer of the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based metalcore band Sleep Waker, who just released their new album Alias on July 23, 2021 via UNFD. We go through a track-by-track breakdown of the album and Frankie explains all the weird and interesting themes and influences that went into the creation of Alias.
The guest for this episode is Detroit-based composer, pianist, and vocalist Vanessa Cuccia to talk about her debut album This is a Spell. I came across Vanessa’s music earlier this year when a mutual friend shared her single “Ode to Body” on Instagram. I really liked the song, but when I heard the full album and learned more about her, I definitely wanted to meet her and have her on the podcast. This is actually Vanessa’s first podcast interview about her music has she has already made successful waves in the world with her company Chakrubs, her natural crystal sex toy company (which has been featured on Conan, Playboy TV, Nylon, Teen Vogue, among other publications). Cuccia also runs Freque Magazine, described as “combining FREQUEncies of art, music, and culture through a lens of spirituality”.
For this episode, we are joined by a hip-hop legend, New York emcee O.C. of the crew Diggin’ in the Crates (DITC), but he’s humble enough to not accept that title just yet. O.C. originally jumped on the scene as a guest on Organized Konfusion’s “Fudge Pudge”, the soon after on the remix of MC Serch’s “Back to the Grill”. O.C. would go on to meet the likes of Lord Finesse and Buckwild from DITC, and Buckwild would produce most of his debut album Word…Life released in late 1994 on Wild Pitch Records that would spawn classic tracks like “Times Up” and “Born 2 Live”.