35 episodes

There are the stories we tell to the world. And there are the stories that led us there, that remain in our hearts, quietly guarded. Behind the most imaginative and evocative stories are the creative humans leading lives of inspiration, empowerment, and authenticity, often the foundation for bringing such creative storytelling to life. Chasing Artists with XENJA brings to you the stories of these creative beings, whose work can invoke palpable connective emotions to uniting fans around the world to cult followings.

Join your host XENJA, writer, independent music artist, and creative soul, weekly as she dives behind the scenes of the incredible real-world creatives of today, tomorrow, and yesterday. What journeys led them to where they are now? How have their experiences influenced their creative works? What messages delve beyond the stories they’ve brought to life?

YOU are invited to connect with XENJA and her guests through their courageous and vulnerable storytelling, to encourage the inner light already inside of you to be your guide, and to discover the journey that is right there waiting for you to bring it to life.

Chasing Artists with Xenja Chasing Artists with XENJA

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There are the stories we tell to the world. And there are the stories that led us there, that remain in our hearts, quietly guarded. Behind the most imaginative and evocative stories are the creative humans leading lives of inspiration, empowerment, and authenticity, often the foundation for bringing such creative storytelling to life. Chasing Artists with XENJA brings to you the stories of these creative beings, whose work can invoke palpable connective emotions to uniting fans around the world to cult followings.

Join your host XENJA, writer, independent music artist, and creative soul, weekly as she dives behind the scenes of the incredible real-world creatives of today, tomorrow, and yesterday. What journeys led them to where they are now? How have their experiences influenced their creative works? What messages delve beyond the stories they’ve brought to life?

YOU are invited to connect with XENJA and her guests through their courageous and vulnerable storytelling, to encourage the inner light already inside of you to be your guide, and to discover the journey that is right there waiting for you to bring it to life.

    Sarie Gessner

    Sarie Gessner

    This week on Chasing Artists with XENJA we chat with designer Sarie Gessner about journey in western style clothing design and starting her design business Jukebox Mama.

    Guest Bio
    Jukebox Mama is run by designer and maker Sarie Gessner. She primarily specializes in the design and making of vintage style western wear, drawing inspiration from the 1940s-1970s. Sarie lives and works in Nashville, where she makes western wear for all genders on sewing and embroidery machines from the 1930s. Everything from the patternmaking, construction, and chainstitch embroidery on Jukebox Mama designs is done in house. Sarie revels in the unique details of custom garments, and the sky's the limit for details like hand cut genuine leather fringe, appliqué, rhinestones, and signature chainstitch embroidery.

    Links to Guest
    www.jukeboxmama.com
    @jukebox.mama - instagram

    Links to XENJA
    @iamxenja
    www.xenja.org
    www.xenja.bandcamp.com

    Produced by XENJA
    Music by XENJA
    Audio Editing by High Noon Audio

    • 31 min
    Ian Ruskin

    Ian Ruskin

    This week on Chasing Artists with XENJA we chat with actor Ian Ruskin about his three solo shows on the lives of Harry Bridges, Thomas Paine, and Nicola Tesla.

    Guest Bio
    Ian is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He founded The Harry Bridges Project in 2000 and has written, performed and produced many plays and radio and film documentaries, including From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks about labor leader Harry Bridges. He has performed the play over 250 times to approximately 50,000 people, including the English and Scottish Houses of Parliament. The film version, directed and shot by multi-Academy Award winner Haskell Wexler, aired nationwide on PBS for 4 years, making the film available to 150 million Americans. He has completed a new radio documentary A Wild Woman Sings the Blues about the life and work of Barbara Dane and is working on a treatment for a feature film based on the 1934 San Francisco General Strike. His play To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine continues his mission to present the stories of forgotten and misunderstood heroes from American and European history. Performances have included The American Philosophical Society, Harvard Law School, Conway Hall in London, the Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians and in Boston’s Faneuil Hall. NETA distributed the film of a live performance, also shot by Haskell Wexler, and 180+ stations aired it in 2017 and 2018. He has also completed and began performing his new one-man play about “the man who invented the 20th century” Nikola Tesla. Magic and Lightning: into the Mind of Nikola Tesla. Venues have included The American Philosophical Society and Theatre West in Los Angeles. 

    Links to Guest
    http://www.ianruskin.org/ 
    http://theharrybridgesproject.org/index.html
    http://www.thelifeofthomaspaine.org/
    http://www.theteslaproject.org/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysfz71XihXQ&t=
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uKn37_WPoY

    Links to XENJA
    @iamxenja
    www.xenja.org
    www.xenja.bandcamp.com

    Produced by XENJA
    Music by XENJA
    Audio Editing by High Noon Audio

    • 44 min
    Shaun Chasin

    Shaun Chasin

    This week on Chasing Artists with XENJA we chat with composer Shaun Chasin about the composing process for Film/TV & Video Games.

    Guest Bio
    Shaun Chasin is a Canadian composer for film, TV, and video games. Most recently, he scored the comedy feature Domino: Battle Of The Bones, starring Snoop Dogg and David Arquette. He has also written the music for dozens of games including the online battle royal shooter Ring Of Elysium, the virtual reality hit Quell 4D, and the family adventure Apple Arcade launch title Way Of The Turtle.

    In addition to video games, his music has been featured on dozens of networks including FOX, Disney XD, and CNN, as well as streaming services such as Netflix. He contributed music to the crime investigation series Killing Fields on the Discovery Channel and the survival reality show Alone on The History Channel. Shaun also wrote the theme song “Our Time” for the anime Beyblade Burst, airing now on Disney XD. The song has gone on to garner millions of views on YouTube, as well as inspire dozens of fan covers!

    Shaun studied at Berklee College of Music, where he majored in Film Scoring with a minor in Video Game Music. Upon graduating Berklee, he attended the University of Southern California’s Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television graduate program. There, he studied with composers such as Bruce Broughton, Garry Schyman, and Christopher Young.

    Shaun currently resides in Los Angeles with his cat and studio assistant, Bogie.

    Links to Guest
    www.chasin.ca
    www.instagram.com/shaunchasin
    https://www.youtube.com/user/shaunchasin
    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3917725/
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/1JnTuwS0XfOqNhN8XFY4hs

    Links to XENJA
    @iamxenja
    www.xenja.org
    www.xenja.bandcamp.com

    Produced by XENJA
    Music by XENJA
    Audio Editing by High Noon Audio

    • 34 min
    Sarah Mac

    Sarah Mac

    This week on Chasing Artists with XENJA we chat with creative business coach Sarah Mac about entrepreneurship, burn out, and money mindset for creatives.

    Guest Bio
    Sarah Mac is a Creative Business Coach who supports creative entrepreneurs to hit 5-figure months in fun ways in their dream business. She helps her clients to share their unique gifts through powerful storytelling that magnetises dream clients to their offers with ease. Originally from the UK, Sarah is now based in New York. She's also a songwriter and performer.

    Links to Guest
    Free Meditation: Creative Money 
    Free Template: Social Media Post That Sells
    Withsarahmac.com 
    Sarah Mac on Youtube
    Sarah Mac on Instagram
    Sarah Mac on Facebook 

    Links to XENJA
    @iamxenja
    www.xenja.org
    www.xenja.bandcamp.com

    Produced by XENJA
    Music by XENJA
    Audio Editing by High Noon Audio

    • 47 min
    Will Coeur

    Will Coeur

    This week on Chasing Artists with XENJA we chat with Will Coeur about lighting design and the virtual lighting rig he designed during the pandemic!

    Links to Guest
    www.coeurdesigns.net

    Links to XENJA
    @iamxenja
    www.xenja.org
    www.xenja.bandcamp.com

    Produced by XENJA
    Music by XENJA
    Audio Editing by High Noon Audio

    • 49 min
    Mike Green

    Mike Green

    This week on Chasing Artists with XENJA we chat with singer/songwriter and music producer Mike Green about starting guitar lessons at four years old to touring in over 36 countries to performing for Mick Jagger and John C. Reilly.

    Guest Bio
    Mike Green is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, Green has garnered attention in the music industry, having performed in front of artists such as Mick Jagger, John C. Reilly, Wyclef Jean, Maroon 5, Jamie Cullum, and more. Green has had music placed in film and television shows, performed in 30+ countries with international events band The Phly Boyz, as well as provided session guitar and vocal work for many LA-based musicians with world-class credits. His style has been compared to artists like Coldplay, Dave Matthews, and John Mayer, although Green has found a way to plate his sound differently. His music is a dish of versatility, garnished with powerful choruses and head-nodding grooves. Mike’s debut album “Restart" is a promising first installment from an artist who clearly has the writing, playing, and singing chops to get the material out of his heart and into a song.

    Links to Guest
    www.MikeGreenMusic.com
    www.instagram.com/ilikemikegreen
    www.facebook.com/ilikemikegreen
    www.twitter.com/ilikemikegreen

    Links to XENJA
    @iamxenja
    www.xenja.org
    www.xenja.bandcamp.com

    Produced by XENJA
    Music by XENJA
    Audio Editing by High Noon Audio

    • 48 min

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