15 episodes

Current Mood is an interview series exploring self-care in a digital world. Pulling in experiences from creative thinkers across music, technology, and culture, Current Mood conversations dig into the core patterns and frameworks propelling our experiences to offer up new mental models, perspective-taking tools, and maybe a joke or two.

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    • Society & Culture

Current Mood is an interview series exploring self-care in a digital world. Pulling in experiences from creative thinkers across music, technology, and culture, Current Mood conversations dig into the core patterns and frameworks propelling our experiences to offer up new mental models, perspective-taking tools, and maybe a joke or two.

    Turning Fear Into Fuel With Jasmine Solano

    Turning Fear Into Fuel With Jasmine Solano

    In this episode, I chat with entrepreneur, DJ, and activist Jasmine Solano about pivoting fear into fuel. 

    We talk about momentum and redirecting energy towards positive outcomes, the challenges and hidden benefits of transitioning a DJ career online in 2020, and how to recruit the team you want and need around you. 

    Through the lens of hip hop, we look at the intersections of music, technology, and reclaiming social equity.



    Producer, Editor: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco)

    Art Direction: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc.

    Music: Abjo (@abjonian) – "The Fifth Movement"


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    • 56 min
    Working Your Competitive Advantage With Allyson Toy

    Working Your Competitive Advantage With Allyson Toy

    DJ and Artist Relations Manager at Twitch, Allyson Toy (@tigermom.toy), and I dive deep into the intricacies and implications of being a woman in the music business. We talk about reframing gender as a competitive advantage, how to navigate an antiquated music industry, identifying burnout and how to pivot, and the importance of smashing preconceived notions. Throughout this layered conversation, we get the chance to dig into how women internalize traits of toxic masculinity embedded in our hustle porn culture, why identifying as a bruh girl is a plus and we even get a special piano solo from Allyson – who used to be a competitive pianist. She is basically Chopin.

    Producer, Editor: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco)

    Art Direction: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc.

    Music: Abjo (@abjonian) – "The Fifth Movement"


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    • 57 min
    Finding Your Voice With Sidney Madden

    Finding Your Voice With Sidney Madden

    Music journalist Sidney Madden (@sid_madden) from NPR Music and I dive deep into her background in the storytelling industry in this episode. We talk about navigating new spaces and personal boundaries, establishing self-confidence through mantras, managing your mental health in a corporate environment, and moving the ball to the next generation – particularly to women of color. Throughout this layered conversation, I really get the chance to understand Sidney's unique perspective and cultural mark as we speak super transparently about the foundational pieces of journalism, what goes into the production of news, and some of the do's and don'ts of working with journalists.

    Producer, Editor: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco)

    Art Direction: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc.

    Music: Abjo (@abjonian) – "The Fifth Movement"


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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Understanding Health Anxiety With First Responder Rachelle Chua

    Understanding Health Anxiety With First Responder Rachelle Chua

    In the first episode of Season 2, I catch up with Rachelle Chua – a Physician's Assistant who has been on the frontlines of COVID in NYC. With a calm demeanor, excellent taste in music, and medical training with some of the best in New York, Rachelle and I talk about the structural side of healthcare during a pandemic and how to deal with anxiety around your health. Rachelle shares her first-hand experiences in the ER in recent months, opens up about some personal tricks for relaxation, and gives important insights on how to relate to your body.  

    Music: Abjo (@abjonian) – "The Fifth Movement"

    Producer, Editor: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco)

    Art Direction: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc.

    Recording Location: NYC

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Tending To Your Loving Relationships With Steven "Sweatpants" Irby

    Tending To Your Loving Relationships With Steven "Sweatpants" Irby

    In this last episode of Season 1 of Current Mood, I had the honor of speaking with New York-based photographer and Co-Creator of Street Dreams Magazine (@streetdreamsmag), Steve "Sweatpants" Irby (@stevesweatpants). As a pioneer of the Instagram street photography movement, complete with his own TED talk, Steve and has traveled the world documenting culture working with brands like Sony, Nike, Bleacher Report, The New York Knicks, and New Balance, and was recently honored by The City Of New York for his contributions in Arts and Culture. We talk about what it takes to turn your passion into your job, why keeping it simple is the best way to operate, and how to have tough conversations in business. We dug deep into family and how to deal with illness, grief, and loss, and what it takes to embrace hard times with loved ones.



    Music: Abjo (@abjonian) – "The Fifth Movement"

    Producer, Editor: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco)

    Art Direction: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc.

    Recording Location: NYC


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    • 57 min
    Finding Your Identity Outside Of Work With Sara Auster

    Finding Your Identity Outside Of Work With Sara Auster

    In this episode, sound therapist Sara Auster (@saraauster) and I talk about the harm in catering to categories other people want to put you in. In a landscape of increasingly shifting professions for remote and creative workers, we often associate our identities with our work which negates our immense power as whole human beings. We cover self-inquiry, building connections and stronger bonds through community, and how deep listening can transform our relationships across the board.

    Music: Abjo (@abjonian) – "The Fifth Movement"

    Producer, Editor: Jarell Perry (@stillmindco)

    Art Direction: Julian Alexander (@slanginc), Slang Inc.

    Recording Location: NYC


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    • 1 hr 2 min

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