Rebel Radio is brought to you in partnership with EDM.com The Art of Selling Without Selling Out. Rebel Radio shines a light on cultural pioneers and their influences, reflecting on the roots and future of underground culture. We engage the influencers who define what we wear, watch, listen to, and play with — and how we spend our spare time and loose change — and explore what it means to be a creative entrepreneur today. Our weekly interview show explores the journeys of those who do it best in all areas of youth culture. We learn how they stay creative in the face of relentless distract and setbacks. How they make something where previously nothing existed, how they find inspiration and influence, as well as how they inspire and influence others, and what it takes to create movements.
Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation: I'm very, very, very confident
Eric Hilton is one half of Thievery Corporation, the DC-based duo who made a big impact on the way the genre incorporates electic elements from other genres and parts of the world. They might be considered pioneers of the album format in electronic music, and were among the few artists who could make you dance, chill, and think all on the same record.
Eric is now releasing solo projects, including the beautiful new project, Ceremony, in addition to his longstanding second career designing hospitality venues, plus other creative ventures.
We get into all of that along with some tips on how he's maintained a successful partnership for more than 25 years.
Artist Republik founder Nick Cianfaglione: The Power of All-In
Artist Republik is out to democratize music distribution and marketing, part of the wave of companies supporting the idea of a "middle class" artist through a combination of technology tools and a mindset of transparency and empowerment.
Founder and CEO Nick Cianfaglione gives us a bit of insight into his vision, as well as the tireless work ethic and optimism it takes to fight it out in the digital music business. He's still in his early 20s, so the tireless part should be easy, but he also brings the experience of an entrepreneur who has already founded multiple companies — from clothing to concert promotion and music marketing.
Check it out to hear what he learned from those early efforts and how he keep his team motivated and engaged.
Arrested Youth: Songwriting is a Daily Workout
Arrested Youth will outwork you. He writes music every day and says he approaches music the way he approached training when he played soccer growing up.
We dig into the relationship between work ethic and creativity and talk about what it was like collaborating with his fans on last year's Arrested Youth & The Quarantiners, as well as being embraced by pop-punk legends Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 and John Feldmann of Goldfinger on his new project, Nonfiction.
Check it out now.
Christie Zee: How to be a Renegade
Christie Zee is a force.
She's a direct link to the underground and the origins of hip hop.
Producing the world's most important turntable battles as CEO of DMC USA.
Creating park jams that celebrate the essence of the culture.
And more. And more.
Dig the stories she shares. A masterclass in vision, passion, and will.
Might just make you dust off your turntables, or at least watch a DJ get down on-screen.
Rob Swift: What else?
Rob Swift is a turntable legend. He's been a DMC champion, a member of the X-Men (later X-Ecutioners) DJ crew, a solo artist and producer, with a new project out now called Halls of Karma featuring The Real DMT, available everywhere you stream your music.
Rob has taught the art of DJing for many years and has recently opened his own school: The Brolic Army DJ School (https://brolicarmydjschool.com).
He's also a philosopher, reading self-development books and constantly challenging himself, his collaborators, and his students, to stretch beyond their comfort zones and find new depths.
Our interview gets into why anyone should work so hard at DJing when you can just let the machines do it all for you, and why it's so important for DJs to know the history of their craft.
Join us as we explore Rob's extraordinary career.
Mia Martina: Dream big
Mia Martina is a real-life overnight success story.
Her first time in a recording studio was to record vocals for "Stereo Love" for Edward Maya. The song was an instant hit and now has over 50 million YouTube views and has been streamed hundreds of millions of times all over the world. It was the opposite of grinding your way to success.
But for Mia, that was only the beginning. She quickly had to figure out the rest of her career, and made some mistakes along the way that are completely understandable. "Read your contracts," was one of the big lessons she learned the hard way.
We talk about Mia's journey, which has led her to co-author "Boss Up Your Life" with Ky-Lee Hanson to help women turn their talents into money making machines.
Pick up a copy at https://bossuptips.com.
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Josh (host of the podcast) is a friend, but I wouldn't be saying this if I didn't truly believe it :: With Rebel Radio, you are getting something that you won't get anywhere else. I've been involved with Verge Culture for many years, and with that backing me up, I can say that there are really no other podcasts that cross into as many different spheres of lifestyle and marketing than this one. In order to do this, you have to have lived through a life of subculture and urban arts, and Josh Levine has done so. Experience counts for so much, and the guests of this podcast have singularly unique experiences that we can all benefit from hearing about. Then go out there and have your own!