Interviews with accomplished people on their strategies and experiences, by veteran political consultant (and occasional musician) Brian Franklin.
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.
EP 12: Ambassador Kirk Wagar - former US Ambassador to Singapore
Ambassador Kirk Wagar ran the American Embassy in Singapore between 2013-2017. In this episode, we talk about his time years as a fundraiser for Senator John Kerry and later then Senator Barack Obama, the process of becoming an Ambassador, what it was like to work with the diplomats of the embassy, his childhood in Perth, Ontario, the challenges of working on his wife, Crystal’s campaign, and his love of fashion.
EP 11: Joe Slade White - Political Consultant to Joe Biden, George McGovern and many others
There are few modern day political consultants as successful and as well regarded as Joe Slade White. From decades of working with the Bidens (including Beau Biden’s campaigns), to his start working in the inner circle of George McGovern’s presidential campaign—Joe has more stories and lessons than most of us put together. He has helped start and/or mentored the careers of dozens of highly successful campaign consultants, and generously provided counsel and friendship to many more. In this episode, we talk about the growth of the political consulting industry, how tech has changed creative approaches, the “ad agency” vs. traditional political consulting model, the superiority of cocktail hours over panels, how he spends his spare time, and why simple creative matters.