Musician/engineer/bartender Allen Epley talks with artists of all walks and at all levels of success about their own unique journeys and jobs they've worked in order to follow their passions. Many successful musicians, actors, filmmakers, composers, and comedians still have side gigs that afford them the ability to create their art for us. Some get to work in their chosen field and some work jobs that are convenient and make that buck. It is this unique hustle that's at the heart of this podcast. How exactly does the sausage get made when there are bills to be paid? And what drives these maniacs to make our desperate lives better with their art when the pay-off often fulfills their hearts but not their bank accounts?
Amy Dietz is the GM and EVP at InGrooves Music Group and got her start at Red Decibal Records in Minneapolis in the early 90's, before moving to ADA for the next 15 years and learning on-the-job to navigate the choppy waters of the transition years from hard-copy CD/LP/Cassette world to the file sharing of today, and how her love of music has made it easy for her to focus on what her mission has been through it all; to help bring artists music and their lives work to the most people possible.
Bandleader/Songwriter/Singer Ryan Heise walks us patiently through his days crafting songs with his musical offspring, Portlands own System and Station and now Last Giant on the eve of their new release Let The End Begin produced by Paul Malinowski, with a lifetime schedule that balances work and rock effortlessly, all while living on the edge of uncertainty with the pandemic, the protests in Portland, and now seemingly endless wildfires plaguing Oregon and California.
Writer/Director/Actor Chris Papierniak visits the TGS studios to set the record straight about how exactly he ended up as the director for the NBA 2k franchise creating the "My Career" narrative and working with the biggest names in the NBA and Hollywood, not to mention his feature length film Izzy Gets The %$#@ Across Town featuring McKenzie Davis and Carrie Coon and also he explains how to make a theatrical release for $150k, all while raising a family in southern CA.
Producer/Engineer/Shredder Mike Lust is a Chicago institution and his bands Luster King and Tight Phantomz have given this true rock showman the perfect forum to shine. We get to hear him reflect on his prolific career as owner of Phantom Manor Studio and the many artists he's produced, Van Halen's impact on him, why his bands play such short sets, how he twice started a pod very much like this one, and how he has created his giant outsized on-stage personality as a way of dealing with loss.
Before guitarist Zach Blair joined Rise Against in 2007, he and his brother Doni started the melodic punk rock giants Hagfish, and later went on to write songs for and tour with GWAR, among others. Zach talks about growing up in Texas, his dads influence on his career path, his brothers protectiveness, how his life changed by joining one of the biggest bands in the U.S., and how music has been his only drug his entire life and credits that with his success.
Frontman/singer Joe Carsello of Lazers and Fast And Shit is also the Sr Talent Buyer at the Metro in Chicago and is uniquely qualified to understand the dire situation that all live music venues are facing in the CV era, in addition to how to deal with depression--talk therapy and noise-making and label-starting. We talk about the last night Metro was open and how we can all help to keep these fabled venues alive, and what brings him joy in these difficult days. Creativity and his new band Surgery Boys!