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Episode #233: Fenrier – Drummer of Varg, Pagan Metal Band from Coburg, New Album Zeichen Out Now Via Napalm Records

The guest for this episode is Fenrier, drummer the Pagan Metal band Varg from Coburg, Germany, who just released a new album Zeichen via Napalm Records. With this seventh full length release, Varg go back to their Pagan Metal roots, and in my discussion with Fenrier, we talk about the band’s vision for this album and their origins. We also go into Pagan history and how that is perceived in Germany, along with how his home place has been dealing with the pandemic along with social issues like the Black Lives Matter movement. It was great to almost exchange notes on the similarities and differences between our respective societal and political climates. It’s always fun to learn about different cultures through music and this episode with Fenrier is a good piece of education.


Episode #232: Skeme Richards – Rock Steady Crew, Global DJ, Cultural Ambassador, Foodie and Pop Culture Preserver, Purveyor of Rare Gems, and Runs the Website Nostalgia King

The guest for this episode is global DJ, cultural ambassador, foodie and pop culture preserver, Skeme Richards, and you can read and listen to all his experiences online at his Nostalgia King website. He recently dropped a new vinyl only (NO DIGITAL) 7″ for “Rock Latin Steady” b/w “Bimbo To The Beat” via RBMBoots that sold out quickly.


Episode #231: LP Giobbi – Oregon-born, Los Angeles-based DJ, Producer, Creator of Femme House, Co-Owner of Animal Talk, New EP Playing My Role Out Now

The guest for this episode is the Oregon-born, Los Angeles-based DJ and producer LP Giobbi. She just released her new EP Playing My Role (featuring Hermixalot) via Thrive Music, the follow up to her summer club smash “Meet Again” (featuring Little Boots). LP is co-owner of Animal Talk, a hybrid publishing company (a joint venture with Third Side Music), event brand, traveling party and artist collective she co-founded with GRAMMY-nominated electronic duo SOFI TUKKER. LP also founded FEMME HOUSE, an educational platform created to address the lack of representation and equity in electronic music by empowering women to learn the language of the studio. During our chat, we talked about her upbringing in music, becoming a DJ and producer, and linking up with SOFI TUKKER. We also get into her motivation in starting FEMME HOUSE and the reasons it important to continuously fight for representation and equity in electronic music.


Episode #230: Sly5thAve – Brooklyn-Based Grammy Award Winning Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer, Arranger, New Album “What It Is” Out Now Via Tru Thoughts

The guest for this episode is Grammy Award winning Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer Sly5thAve, who just released his new album What It Is via Tru Thoughts. We do on a track-by-track breakdown of the new album and how his musical upbringing influences his work. We also talk about his move to New York over a decade ago where he found a home at The Clubhouse (AKA The Clubcasa or BKLN1834), home to a host of New York talent, along with the making of his critically acclaimed project The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre.


Episode #229: Kiarely Castillo and Kristen Sturgis (of the metalcore band Conquer Divide) – New Single “Chemicals” Available Now, First Single in Five Years

The guests for this episode are Kiarely Castillo and Kristen Sturgis, members of the metalcore band Conquer Divide. Recently, they released their first single in five years with the song “Chemicals” along with a cover of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy”. We talk about coming back together to make music again and where everyone in the band is in life, along with my obsession with their song “What’s Left Inside” from their debut album. We also talk about how they have been dealing with the pandemic, both personally and as a band.


Episode #228: Cammie Gilbert – Vocalist of Houston Prog Metal Band ‘Oceans of Slumber’, New Self-Titled Album Out Now

The guest for this episode is Cammie Gilbert vocalist of the Houston prog metal band Oceans of Slumber. They just released their newest self-titled album this past Friday via Century Media Records. We talk about the new album, the importance of being a Black woman fronting metal band, her musical influences, the cathartic nature of heavy metal, releasing this album during the Black Lives Matter movement.


Episode #227: Meryem Saci – Algerian Refugee, Now Montreal-Based Singer, Songwriter, and Emcee, New EP All In Available Now

The guest for this episode is Meryem Saci, who is a soulful singer, songwriter, and emcee raised in Algeria and escaped as a refugee to Canada back in 2000. Based in Montreal, she has a new EP titled All in that she released via her Bandcamp back in May. During our chat, we talked about growing up in Alergia and what finally caused her to flee from her wartorn home with her family to Canada. We also talk about her music upbringing, her influences, and about her new EP.


Episode #226: Drew Dixon – Former A&R Executive at Def Jam and Arista, Subject of the HBO Max Docuseries On the Record about her Decision to Publicly Accuse Russell Simmons of Sexual Abuse

The guest for this episode is Drew Dixon, the accomplished former Vice President of A&R at Arista Records, a former Director of A&R at Def Jam Recordings, the former General Manager of John Legend’s independent label Homeschool Records, and the former manager of recording artist Estelle. Dixon is the center subject of the HBO Max Docuseries On The Record, which presents her powerful haunting story as she grapples with her decision to become one of the first women of color, in the wake of #MeToo, to come forward and publicly accuse hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual assault.


Episode #225: Todd Black – Writer and Creator of the Comic Book Tokyo Blade Detectives, Kickstarter for Issue #3 Now Launched

The guest for this episode is comic book creator and writer Todd Black, who just launched a Kickstarter campaign for issue #3 of his anime-style comic Tokyo Blade Detectives. We talk about the origins of this story and where the idea came from, along with so much more about the making of this comic. We also get into his love of All Elite Wrestling and the short comic book he created about AEW.


Episode #224: Angela Muñoz – Los Angeles Singer/Songwriter, Debut Album Introspection Produced by Adrian Younge Out Now Via Linear Labs

The guest for this episode is the 18-year-old Los Angeles native, singer and songwriter Angela Muñoz, who just released her debut album Introspection produced entirely by Adrian Younge via Linear Labs. During our chat, we talked about working with Adrian Younge on this album, her upbringing, writing songs that ended up on this album since she was 14 years old, her life as she transitions into adulthood, and a track-by-track breakdown of Introspection.