Interviews with accomplished people on their strategies and experiences, by veteran political consultant (and occasional musician) Brian Franklin.
EP 17: Andrew Hughes - Explorer who summited Mount Everest, Seven Summits, South Pole and more
In the wake of a failed congressional race and divorce, Andrew began climbing mountains, and started a journey that would literally take him to the top of the world, Mount Everest. Andrew has completed the seven summits, six of the seven volcanic summits, and the South Pole. He and his climbing partner look to be the 11th and 12th explorers in history to climb the seven summits, the seven volcanic summits, and be on the North and South poles (the "Explorer’s Grand Slam"). In this provocative and moving interview, Andrew talks about the emotion not only of reaching these great heights, but the lessons learned from both failed attempts at summits and returning to daily life in Seattle after Everest. This is an interview you don’t want to skip.
EP 17: Fernando Perdomo & Dave Kerzner talk about their accomplishments in music, influences, and producing.
LA Weekly dubbed Fernando Perdomo as “The millennial answer to Todd Rundgren.” A scene veteran at 37, he has made a name for himself as an in-demand producer, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is a featured guitarist in the Netflix documentary "Echo In The Canyon" where his is seen backing up Jakob Dylan, Fiona Apple, Brian Wilson, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, Cat Power, and Jade Castrinos. Dave Kerzner is a popular solo artist in the progressive rock scene, a co-founder of the former band Sound of Contact, and as one of the founders of Sonic Reality - which has provided samples and programs to artists worldwide, including Genesis, Beyonce, Madonna, and The Rolling Stones. Perdomo and Kerzner have toured together with Perdomo playing guitar in Kerzner's bands - and both share a long term connection to Brian through the South Florida music scene. In this episode, Brian talks about their origins in South Florida, their influences, their notable collaborations - the process of recording, and generally, how awesome Fernando is.
Daxx Nielsen - Cheap Trick Drummer, and formerly Brandi Carlile, Dick Dale, Smashing Pumpkins, and more.
Long before Daxx Nielsen joined his dad's band, Cheap Trick, Daxx was paying his dues playing drums with Brandie Carlile, Dick Dale, Smashing Pumpkins, working as a session player in Los Angeles, and touring with his brother Miles in Harmony Riley. Now, 10 years since joining Cheap Trick, he’s recorded multiple albums, and performed all over the world. Brian Franklin talks with Daxx about his life growing up with Rick as his dad, touring with Carlile and Dale, and what it’s like to be in a band with guys in their 70s!
EP 15: Brendan Buckley — Drummer for Perry Farrell, Shakira, Miley Cyrus, and many more.
Brendan Buckley’s career as a drummer has taken him around the world, performing and/or recording with greats such as Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, founder of Lollapalooza), Shakira, Miley Cyrus, Mellisa Ethridge, Julio Iglesias, DMX, Gloria Estefan, and many more. From his beginnings in NJ, to his route through the rock and latin scenes of Miami, we discuss the evolution of his drumming, his dream gigs, large stages and small stages, preparing for big gigs, the differences between sequenced shows and unsequenced shows, what makes a good drummer, Jiu Jitsu, balancing music and family, life in LA, and how he picks instruments
EP 14: Shelby Young - Voice and on-camera actress and TikTok star
Shelby Young is a Los Angeles-based actor with an extensive background in voice over, motion capture and on-camera and has over 1.8 million followers on TikTok, with over 48 million likes. She’s best known for her work on Disney Channel's Star Wars Forces of Destiny, where she voices both Princess Leia Organa and Princess Kneesaa the Ewok; as well her work as Soph Blazkowicz, whom she brought to life through both voice and movement via MoCap, in Wolfenstein: Youngblood as one of the first-ever playable female characters in the long-standing franchise. In this interview we talk about how she learned how to do impressions, the difference between having a good voice and being a voice actor, and learn the perils of discussing Siri around other devices.
EP 13: Oz Fritz - Producer and grammy award winning engineer for Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Bill Laswell, Primus, Praxis, Elvis Costello and more.
Oz Fritz’s long list of credits include engineering albums for Tom Waits’s Grammy Award winning Mule Variations (as well as Blood Money, Orphans: Bawlers, Brawlers, & Bastards), Oysterhead (where he was the subject of the song “Oz is Ever Floating”), Primus, Meat Loaf, Elvis Costello, Bill Laswell, John Hammond, Jr., Iggy Pop, White Zombie, Raul Malo, Praxis, Buckethead, and so much more. Even, back in the day, Brian Franklin. In this episode we talk about the long road of his career in music, Mule Variations, setting up mics for Stuart Copland, analog vs. digital, and the future of recording.