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.
Quadio founder Marcus Welch: Talk to your people
Marcus Welch co-founded Quadio as a streaming music platform for college students, and quickly found that his audience wanted much more than that. He's currently re-launching as a community around music and musicians, helping them network, learn, collaborate, and build their careers. He also created Quadio Records and Quadio Music Distribution as further outlets for helping young artists.
We get into some of the details of Marcus's journey as a DJ, working at tech companies, to becoming an entrepreneur and the lessons he's taken from each of those into his business.
This episode features music from:
R.A.P. Ferreira (https://www.instagram.com/hipcatscience/)
Nicolas Jaar (http://nicolasjaar.net)
Check out the Quadio Records roster here: (https://www.quadiorecords.com) and learn about Quadio Music Distribution (https://www.quadio.com/distro)
LaRoyce Hawkins: There's a War Going On
LaRoyce Hawkins is our guest this week.
For eight seasons, he's been in your house as Officer Kevin Atwater on NBC's Chicago PD. Turns out he's also a talented rapper, comedian, poet, and has a strong sense of his "assignment" in life and business.
I loved his story about how he chose acting as a career path, and how he relies on mentors like his grandfather and Eriq La Salle to help him stay focused and out of his comfort zone. Some good stories and big lessons in this one.
Chicago P.D. airs Wednesday nights at 10/9 central on NBC. The full series is also available on Peacock. @nbconechicago
Can't Stop Won't Stop pt. 2: Culture Precedes Politics
Part 2 of 2. If you missed it, go back to last week's episode where we dig into the journeys of hip hop journalists-DJs-political activists-college professors Jeff Chang and Davey D Cook, authors of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Hip-Hop History.
In part 2, we dive deeper into the political and social context that has driven the worldwide explosion of hip hop culture and how it continues to impact politics.
Click now for great hip hop stories.
Make sure you pick up a copy at https://cantstopwontstop.com
Can't Stop Won't Stop pt. 1: Jeff Chang + Davey D Cook
Part 1 of 2. There's so much good stuff in this interview we had to split it into two parts.
Jeff Chang and Davey D have written the definitive hip hop history. They should know.
They're both hip hop journalists, and DJs, and political activists, and college professors.
Dave has been tearing the Bay Area airwaves and the internets since like forever. As we discuss, his charts and playlists played a big role in spreading the knowledge of underground hip hop around the world.
Jeff was a founder of the SoleSides Crew responsible for bringing us artists like DJ Shadow and Lyrics Born and helped Josh get his first job out of college. So there's that.
Our interview tracks the development of their careers along parallel paths before converging on the re-imagining of Jeff's book — originally published in 2005 — for young adults. They may have cleaned up some of the language, and also added some pivotal stories from hip hop's evolution from then until the present day. In particular, the new version expands on women's role in hip hop as well as how the culture has spread to literally every corner on earth.
We also uncover some things they learned through the writing process, and how they leaned on each other to produce a product that's truly inspiring.
Make sure you pick up a copy at https://cantstopwontstop.com
Check out some other links mentioned in the show and learn about the authors here:
Joe Conzo Jr.: Down from Day 1
Joe Conzo was there — with his camera — at the very beginnings of hip hop. He was homies with The Cold Crush Brothers and became the documentarian for the group, and the scene, at a time when they were setting the pace.
In our interview, we dig into the twists and turns life has thrown at Joe. They are many and severe. Might have crushed a lesser man. But Joe comes out wiser and appreciative of the lessons and opportunities this culture has shown him.
You're gonna like this one.
MAKE SURE you also pick-up a copy of Joe's book, Born In The Bronx while it's still available: https://www.1xrun.com/run/joe-conzo-jr-cold-crush-photoshoot-signed-book-combo/
J Boogie: The Curator
J Boogie has been an important part of the Bay Area underground music scene for over 25 years.
His DJ sets, remixes, and his artist project J Boogie's Dubtronic Science bring together hip hop, jazz, funk, soul, reggae, Latin, Afrobeats, house... and ya don't stop. Our interview touches on both the upside and downside of exploring such diverse interests.
We also talk about what it means to a creative career to also work outside of his artistry. In addition to his production, DJing, club nights, and radio shows, he was previously Head of Hip-Hop and R&B Programming at Pandora and is currently music curator at fitness-tech startup www.hydrow.com. Their rowers look dope. Hit us up if you buy one and let us know how you like it.
After the interview, you can learn more about J Boogie http://jboogie.com
Also check out https://www.om-records.com for the 25th Anniversary compilation featuring Body Language "Start It Up" (J Boogie's Dubtronic Science Remix): https://ingroov.es/start-it-up-k
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My fave culture interview show
It’s kind of like a mashup between how I built this, and freakonomics. Very smart and interesting interview style tickets behind the scenes and under the hood and brings fresh perspective any topic
Be A Rebel
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!