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Expats from around the globe talk about the music and arts scene in their adopted home.

Can't Find My Way Home..‪.‬ Craig

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Expats from around the globe talk about the music and arts scene in their adopted home.

    "Any time you see me on stage, I’m having the best time of my life…" |S3 EP06| with Matt Castellvi

    "Any time you see me on stage, I’m having the best time of my life…" |S3 EP06| with Matt Castellvi

    In this episode of Can’t Find My Way Home, I was joined by Matt Castellvi.

    Matt is a Chicago native comedian who has been performing worldwide for the past 15 years.

    Matt tells us about moving to Amsterdam in January 2020 to start working at Boom Chiacgo, then in February 2020 he had to stop work because of the pandemic. Not quite the start he was anticipating…

    Since then, Matt’s committed to a packed schedule, performing at least 5 nights per week, as well as touring as much as he can.

    We get into Matt’s path into improv and stand up, turn ons and offs, the never ending battle with the audience, and why there’s no better feeling than performing on stage,...and just what makes Boom Chicago special.

    There’s talk of future tours, where Matt WOULD really like to perform…as well as a fun-filled Top 5 featuring opening for Alan Carr, not getting The Office, Smash Mouth’s All Star, and gigging with Romanian stand-up, Victor Patrascan.

    All this, and why there’s not enough bandwidth for people’s attention…

    Follow Matt 

    https://www.castellvicomedy.com/

    @lolztellvi

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    • 56 min
    "I have an unending curiosity for music…" S3 EP05 with Robert Castelli

    "I have an unending curiosity for music…" S3 EP05 with Robert Castelli

    In this episode of Can’t Find My Way Home, I was joined by Robert Castelli.

    Robert is a native of Ossining, New York…Born into a family of drummers (a grandfather, two uncles & his father), Robert learned the basics from his father, who, along with his Uncle, were lifetime members of the NYC Musicians Union.

    We get into the finer aspects of Robert’s expat journey and how it’s taken him first to Austria and now on to Barcelona where he’s called home for six years.

    Robert and I discuss his family roots in the music business. What’s it like being a drummer who writes music for the band? How he got into jazz in the first place, his musical influences, the modern economic model for musicians today, how the perception of music has changed,as well as apocryphal tales of Frank Zappa.

    We get a bit grammatical - pre and post covid plans,  and Robert tells us how working as an investment broker in New York enabled him to pursue his career in music.

    In the Top 5, we have Iggy Pop, singing drummers…and the complexities there of, Medeski Martin & Wood, not being fans of Ginger Baker or Keith Moon (in a manner of speaking), and late night Karaoke in NYC, and why all roads lead to Miles Davis…

    All this and we ponder - just what are the three things people don’t have any more?

    Follow Robert

    https://www.robertcastelli.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/robert.castelli.54

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    "I’m so excited to be moving forward with new music and I want to share that inspiration"...S3 EP04 with SJ The Artisan

    "I’m so excited to be moving forward with new music and I want to share that inspiration"...S3 EP04 with SJ The Artisan

    In this episode of Can’t Find My Way Home, I was joined by SJ - aka SJ The Artisan

    SJ grew up in Youngstown, Ohio and has been living in Shenzhen, China for a few years now.

    SJ details how he got into music in the first place, those early influences, and how he merged his musical and beat making skills to take him to the next level.

    We also get some insight into the songwriting, production, and beat making process…

    And why it’s essential to get the lyrics, production, and the mix right…

    What’s it like to play to audiences in Asia? What kind of reaction does he get to his music? And just what kind of effect the pandemic has had on his career.? Just some of the topics we get into.

    There’s his film-making projects, releasing a single a month, the clothing line that’s in the works, as well as the online music course that he’s putting together.

    Let’s get right to it…SJ The Artisan

    http://www.sjtheartisan.com/

    https://www.instagram.com/sjtheartisan/

    https://www.facebook.com/sjtheartisan/

    http://www.1093entertainment.com/




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    • 27 min
    "Attention, textual deviants!"...S3 EP03 with Mark Will

    "Attention, textual deviants!"...S3 EP03 with Mark Will

    In this week’s episode of Can’t Find My Way Home, I was joined by one half of the duo responsible for the podcast ‘Texting’ -  Mark Will.

    Mark tells us about how he and his co-host, Tomek, came up with the idea, why using Substack as a platform made sense as a way to grow an audience, and the wide variety of texts they discuss and debate on each episode.

    We get into the pros and cons of audio and video podcasts, some tech details on how it’s done, and forgetting to plug in your mic (it happens to the best of us)...and adding a ‘paid model’ to your podcast. Of course, we also discuss the themes of the podcast, how they’re chosen, and how you can also get involved.

    Mark also gives us an update on some of the other projects he’s working on. Novels,music, and a whole bunch more. Links in the description…I think we have to say that in every episode…

    In a Top 5 with a twist, we blether on about books about music - fiction or non-fiction, biography and autobiography. Miles Davis, Zappa, The Beatles (Mark) and Nick Hornby, Peter Guralnick, Slash, Booking Vince Neil on Cameo, the genius of Jimmy Webb, with notable mentions to Peter Hook and Dave Grohl for good measure…All this and recording in your underwear…

    Follow Mark Will and Texting

    https://markwillwrite.substack.com/

    https://bit.ly/3U7yDUa

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    • 55 min
    “I travelled an ocean away to start the damn thing…the rest is history.” S3 EP02 with Robbie Aaron

    “I travelled an ocean away to start the damn thing…the rest is history.” S3 EP02 with Robbie Aaron

    I was joined by Robbie Aaron in this latest episode of Can’t Find My Way Home.

    Robbie talks us through his musical and expat journey from growing up in LA to now residing in Munich.

    We get into how Robbie’s early days as a teen were spent playing in punk bands, finding structure in the music and some ups and downs along the way.

    Fast forward to January 2021 and Robbie found himself in Munich, to start a new chapter with his girlfriend whom he’d met while in LA.

    We get into the significant changes  and pace of lifestyle between the two locations, where Robbie found inspiration for new music, and the writing process.

    Robbie lifts the lid on the future of the band, forthcoming new material, the single ‘break the cycle’, the spotify algorhythm, and the artisitic joys of making music videos.

    In the Top 5 we talk Nu Metal, why we should be listening to Authority Zero, Breaking In A Sequence, Social Distortion… The House of Blues in Anaheim, and we get a bit philosophical about just what is good music…and the inclusive nature of the punk music scene.

    All this and what difference being an Aries makes…

    Let’s get right to it…Robbie Aaron

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    "Being a musician these days is like an extreme sport..." S3 EP01 with Nancy Ruth

    "Being a musician these days is like an extreme sport..." S3 EP01 with Nancy Ruth

    In this episode of Can’t Find My Way Home, I was joined by Nancy Ruth.

    Nancy is a singer, songwriter, composer, and recording artist. Her Spanish roots eventually led her to Málaga, Spain, where she has been based for the past 20 years or so. An early love of jazz was ignited by family jam sessions while growing up in British Columbia, Canada and she went on to study music at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Douglas College, and Berklee College of Music.

    Nancy talks us through her musical influences, the changes in the music business, and why there’s so much more you need to know to survive in today’s marketplace. We talk about the power of the riff, the pros and cons of monetizing content, her own music (of course) and the concept behind it, and why we should all be adopting the Alexander Technique.

    There’s musical adventures in Morocco, a who’s who in Flamenco, performing on cruise ships (it’s not all plain sailing…), and getting the gig to play for the Royal Family in Brunei.

    In the Top 5, there’s Taylor Swift, 80’s Rock, jam tunes, playing an international jazz festival in Senegal, as well as a hot list of who we should be listening to….All this and why being a musician these days is like an extreme sport.

    Let’s get right to it…Nancy Ruth.

    Follow Nancy

    https://nancyruth.com/

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    • 53 min

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