MAKE MOVES is an interview based show, hosted by John Hammond, that peeks into the minds of creative risk takers, and those who support them, by thinking – and doing things – differently. Guests include musicians and music industry visionaries, architects, journalists, farmers, dancers, artists, authors, designers, craftsmen, photographers, etc., etc., etc. Some guests are already famous, some are on the way, and some will never survive, but they all have fascinating human stories to tell. The overarching goal of the show is to help understand and humanize creative doers and their support networks, while exploring their work as an extension of who creatives are as people.
Shows average 60 minutes and are in no particular order, so you can dive in wherever you want. You can get supplemental materials and interesting resources for each episode at www.makemoveswithjohn.com.
Jay Ruttenberg– Editor of the Lowbrow Reader + Connoisseur of Tasteless Humor
Jay Ruttenberg – Jay's love of the movie Billy Madison prompted him to start a zine dedicated to lowbrow humor, and in the process he invented a new cultural space for the finest journalists in America to write about comedy.
Jay discuss: how the movie Billy Madison changed his life; transitioning from writing about indie rock to starting a comedy zine, smart culture, interviewing one of the Beatles, getting connected to Drag City, why the Lowbrow Reader has to be great or it isn't worth doing at all
Guerrilla Girls – Feminist Arts Activists. Creative Complainers. Hashtag Heroes.
Guerrilla Girls – Anonymous, but hilarious, female artists tackle discrimination and equity issues in the art world. Their super power – creative complaining – has moved the needle and may be a model of effective protest and activism for many of the troubling issues of our time.
The Guerrilla Girls discuss: the art of creative complaining, delicious and deleterious aspects of being anonymous, political art, not waiting for approval, fresh ways of presenting facts, making change by making peopl
Ben Monder – Enigmatic Guitar Hero & Black-box for Beautiful Music
Ben Discusses: Acceptance of being a really slow worker; working on David Bowie’s final album; musicians he admires; feeling like he needs to catch-up; privileges and responsibilities of being an artist; thriving on comfort; perfectionism; how creative risks aren’t really risks if taking them isn’t optional.
Bob Oswaks – Sr. Entertainment Exec. turned Master Artisan Baker
Bob discusses: his transition from VP of Sony Pictures Television to Proprietor of Bob’s Well Bread Bakery & Café; leaving at the top of one industry and rising to the top of another industry; a conversation he had with Norman Lear about change; research and 104 weekly homework assignments to write a business plan; grieving losses and moving on to a more satisfying life; when his friends in the bakery world told him he was crazy for starting his own bakery… but he did it anyway; feeding people’s soul
Michael Brubeck - The King of Cannabis, CEO of Centuria, & Author of Tipping the Scale
Michael discusses: The conditions of the $200B worldwide cannabis market; how his company, Centuria, scaled up to be the largest cannabis manufacturer in North America; his approach to enrolling the smartest minds in the world to develop state-of-the-art growing techniques; what it felt like when the US Attorney General was threatening him with life in jail; the advantages and disadvantages of creativity in business; tow the worst day of his life was the best day of his life
Daniel Zhu – Founding Member of Stance Social Media & Broadcasting, Digital-Creative & BBoy
Daniel discusses: Running a social media company dedicated to hiphop dance, breaking, tricking, & parkour; being an outsider who fell in love with breaking; the idea of BBoy culture being underground + maintstream simultaneously; how music shapes dance; ways Bboy culture brings people together; the parallel between breaking and skateboarding; the role respect plays in accessing the best dancers; which dancers are pushing boundaries; balancing Stance and working a real job; the power of social media.
Insightful conversations with creatives. Well done, John. Keep on moving!
I admirethe Steve Jobs' assertion that only "real artists ship." This delightful podcast brings a personal view with real artists and celebrates their ability to let go and launch their work.
Because the host is so humble, the guests open up and give us access to a great range of their emotions and artistic process. This has immediately become one of my favorite podcasts.
Dial in and enjoy!
Vibrant and tasty. Great content and interviews - eclectic and so worth your time. Download it and enjoy!