Featuring long-form interviews with some of the Midwest's most creative and influential musical artists and curators, Here For Now: Origin Stories Of Real-Life Creative Superheroes is a podcast hosted by long-time Michigan concert promoter Nate Dorough. We dive deep into early life and influences, and the unconventional path by which these folks have made an impact on those around them with their commitment to making and showcasing great music. Find us online at herefornowpodcast.com and on social media at @herefornowpod. All episodes produced by Tyler Floyd at Eureka Records, with music by The Fever Haze, and art by Alex Maniak.
Season 2 is sponsored by Two Foot Parade, a Midwest independent record label focused on cultivating a community for artists to release their music digitally and physically! We'd like to thank Gabriel and the team at Two Foot Parade for their generosity and support. Find out more at twofootparade.com!
Season 2: Ryan Carignan
Season 2 closes out with Assemble Sound artist and product manager and Magic Stick program director Ryan Carignan. Ryan's a longtime friend and ally in this industry, with a story a lot like many of ours, self-built and multi-faceted. Ryan tells his story of making his way through the biz, including a can't-miss, wild hitchhiking tour story with a depressed, hammered dude (also named Ryan) driving 120 mph. He also has a great tour hack about Mormon churches that you need to know. Ryan's one of the best dudes, and that shines through in this episode!
Season 2: Michaela Stock
After a failed attempt to record a podcast w/ Michaela via ZOOM early in the pandemic, we tried again and successfully completed a podcast recording with one of the most diversely talented people I know, Michaela Stock. She performs as Canceled Plans, is a vital cog in Michigan House, writes at Revue Magazine, and is just a remarkably productive and supportive person so early in her career. She's also never had a hamburger (true story), and shares a very intense story about international travel in the very beginning of a pandemic, transitioning within 24 hours from a magical night in Paris to racing home without her belongings as the U.S. borders closed.
Season 2: Alex Maniak
I finally got the chance to sit down with my very good friend, Detroit musician and visual artist Alex Maniak, who you might know as Shortly. She spent time sharing wisdom learned about performing on stage from her youth theater days. We dug into what drives her songwriting (and what's changed since she started Shortly in that regard), her forthcoming full-length debut record, future plans, and her positive and honest outlook on life and music.
Season 2: Olivia Dear
The effortless charm of Olivia Dear was on full display in this 4th episode of Season 2. This Detroit-area songwriter is just getting started with a new moniker after 10+ years performing under her given name, but she has experienced more as a touring musician in her first quarter-century on this planet than most do in their entire careers. That fresh start was central to our conversation about what gives Olivia hope for the future, and what drives her creative process.
Season 2: Bryan Hugo Iglesias
Season 2 rolls on with a joyous interview with multi-faceted Detroit creative Bryan Hugo Iglesias. 2020 was a big year for Bryan, in the face of the pandemic, seeing the release of his infection debut EP Trust The Process. It was a step out of the shadows for Bryan, who's been known for years as one of the more supportive behind-the-scenes folks around. Come for the inspirational work ethic, where Bryan has learned photography, videography, music production, design, and more skills because it helped him reach his music goals, and stick around for a powerful piece of advice from blues legend BB King.
Season 2: Jason Singer (Michigander)
In an episode that feels like it was a long time coming, I got to catch up with my buddy Jason Singer, who you might know as Michigander. We dug real deep into the entirety of Jason's career to this point, from early demos on Bandcamp to his current Top 10 radio single, and everything in between. Jason's one of the best people I know, and in the past couple of years, he's really settled into his own as a powerful, supportive member of the Michigan music community.