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The Creationists is a podcast about people who create. Each episode will feature an interview with a different creator talking about their process and the road they travelled to achieve their goals.

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The Creationists is a podcast about people who create. Each episode will feature an interview with a different creator talking about their process and the road they travelled to achieve their goals.

    The Science of Sneakers with Gordon Valiant

    The Science of Sneakers with Gordon Valiant

    Gordon Valiant is a bio-mechanics engineer and 30+ year veteran at Nike where he helped develop ground breaking athletic footwear.  In this episode of The Creationists, Gordon talks about what goes into the research and development of new products and shares some of his experience as a part of the team that helped build the Nike Shox, a unique shock absorber first introduced in 2000.

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    The Creationists is mastered in post-production by Paul Farrant.

    Hosted and produced by Steve Waxman

    • 26 min
    Rock Journalism with Tim Sommer

    Rock Journalism with Tim Sommer

    Tim Sommer has had a remarkable life in the music industry. He became a rock journalist at the age of 16 writing for Trouser Press and then as the New York correspondent for Sounds Magazine in the UK. He was the first American to interview U2 and Henry Rollins called him out in print for a negative review Tim once wrote. He hosted an influential hard core punk radio show on WNYU and then learned how to play bass and became a recording artist in the art rock band Hugo Largo, working with Michael Stipe and Brian Eno. He’s worked at MTV and in the mid-90s he became, because of his background, perhaps the most unlikely of A&R people to sign Hootie & the Blowfish. 
    With the release of Only Wanna Be With You, The Inside Story of Hootie & the Blowfish, Tim can now add author to his resume. His background and relationship with the band made him uniquely qualified to write this book. Here is some of what I learned after reading the book: before they ever had a record deal, Hootie & the Blowfish were making close to one million dollars a year as a cover band; if they could be any other band in the world, they would be REM; once signed to Atlantic they were victimized by label politics; their 25th Anniversary tour in 2019 was more lucrative than when the band was in their heyday; and Darius Rucker finally speaks out about his experience as a black man in America. This music biography is unlike any other I’ve ever read before as Tim is able to write from the perspective of an outsider as well as an insider and a music historian. After reading his book, I told Tim that it could have been subtitled, How To Make It In The Music Business and Not Die Trying.
    The first time I heard the name Hootie & the Blowfish was over a dinner I shared with Tim in Toronto a few months before the release of the band's major label debut.  He had recently signed them to Atlantic Records and he explained that almost no one at the label believed in Hootie and then he laid out how the plan for how the record was going to break - and it did, big time, just like he said. If you’re interested in insider stories, you’ll really dig this one and stick around for Tim's thoughts on the responsibility of music journalism - lessons he learned from his own experiences.

    If you enjoyed this episode and want to read Only Wanna Be With You, The Inside Story of Hootie & the Blowfish, you can buy it HERE from Amazon.com. You can also read some of Tim's more recent entertaining and sometimes controversial musings in Rock and Roll Globe HERE.

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    The Creationists is mastered in post-production by Paul Farrant.

    The Creationists is created and hosted by Steve Waxman.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Do What You Love, Love What You Do with Tim Pierce

    Do What You Love, Love What You Do with Tim Pierce

    There’s that old saying “Do what you love, love what you.” When Tim Pierce moved to LA from Arizona, he hoped to make a living as a professional musician not knowing the path that lay ahead.  It took a decade of hard work but he eventually became one of the town’s most in demand session guitarists playing on records by a wide range of superstars including Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Joe Cocker and Bob Dylan among countless others. Tim is now enjoying a much simpler life as a YouTube creator, sharing his knowledge with anyone interested in learning how to play guitar at every level.
    There’s another old cliche, “It’s a small world” and that’s what I found when I signed up for Tim’s online guitar course.  It turned out that Tim played on many of the records I promoted in my time at Warner Music so I reached out to him to say that and we ended up connecting on the phone.  Over the course of our conversation we realized that, back in the early 80s, when I started my career working for manager Bill Aucoin in New York, Tim came to our Christmas party at the invitation of John Waite who happened to be an Aucoin client at the time.  See, small world. In this episode Tim and I talk about how he turned his passion for guitar into a lifelong career.
    You can find hundreds of Tim’s entertaining and informative videos by searching him out on YouTube. You can also sign up at timpierce.com for a free trial of his online Master Class series that includes close to 1000 videos for guitarists of every level including beginners.
    I hope that enjoy this episode of the creationists. If you’re a first timer, please check out our library of previous episodes. I’m sure that you’ll find something you like.  You also might want to subscribe to receive future episodes as soon as they’re released. If you’re so inclined please rate and review the episode, it helps us find new listeners this way and don’t forget to share the pod with your friends. 
    The Creationists is mastered in post production by Paul Farrant
    The Creationists was created by Steve Waxman.

    • 34 min
    Living a True North Life with Bernie Finkelstein

    Living a True North Life with Bernie Finkelstein

    I think that it's probably fair to say that Bernie Finkelstein is one of the architects of the Canadian music industry. He's well known as the founder of True North Records and for managing people like Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan, and Dan Hill, among many others, but what's the lesser known story is how he started his career managing the Paupers with a $74 loan for his father.

    In this interview, Bernie and I only scratched the surface on some of his incredible experiences. I highly recommend that you go more in depth and read his book True North, it's incredibly entertaining and well written, and it really fleshes out the stories we just barely touched on today. He's been a manager, a producer, a record company owner, and, in this episode, he gives us the scoop on his "second act" as a documentary film producer. It's been quite an incredible life.

    If you have suggestions for future episodes, please email thecreationistspodcast@gmail.com and follow us on facebook and Instagram.

    The Creationists is mastered in post production by Paul Farrant.

    The Creationists was created and is produced by Steve Waxman.

    • 1 hr
    Imperfectly Kind with Julie Adam

    Imperfectly Kind with Julie Adam

    One of the reasons that I started The Creationists podcast was in hopes of inspiring listeners to explore their own creativity. Over the past two years, I think that we've all come across friends and acquaintances who have finally taken the plunge, to do things that they always wanted to do but always made the excuse to not pursue. One of the biggest obstacles to get over is time. If Julie Adam had used the excuse of lack of time, it would have been understandable after all Julie is the president of News & Entertainment for Rogers Sports & media, one of the two largest broadcasters in Canada. But Julie didn't let time stand in the way of writing her book Imperfectly Kind.
    I've known Julie Adam a very long time. She's come a long way from her days as an radio station intern, working her way to the very top of her profession.  She is held in the highest regard in the broadcast industry and as long as I've known her, Julie has always conducted business with a smile on her face. When I heard that she had written a book, I quickly downloaded the preview and after reading the introduction I knew, right away, that she would be an inspiring guest on the pod.
    Imperfectly Kind is definitely a must read for anyone who manages people. Frankly, if you report to someone you think isn't kind, you might want to think about gifting them Julie's book. Imperfectly Kind is available digitally on Kobo and Kindle.  Physical copies are available through Indigo in Canada and Barnes and Noble in the US or you can link through julieadam.ca

    • 41 min
    Sub Pop Records with Jonathan Poneman

    Sub Pop Records with Jonathan Poneman

    I've worked in the music business for over half my life. One of the great privileges is to hear an amazing unknown artist and then have the opportunity to introduce them to the world. So I can only imagine what Jonathan Poneman was feeling the first time he heard Nirvana.
    Before Nirvana literally changed the fortune of Sub Pop Records, Jonathan and his partner, Bruce Pavitt, were rolling right along putting out records by Soundgarden, Mudhoney and Green River who featured future members of Pearl Jam. Eventually, the label and its artists created a musical and cultural revolution. 

    If I gave my episodes a name, I suppose that this one would be called Sleepless In Seattle. So sit back and listen to how a kid from Toledo parlayed his bar mitzvah money into one of the world's coolest record labels.
    In 2013 Jonathan started talking to the press about how he discovered that he had contracted Parkinson's Disease. It's obvious that Parkinson's never slowed him down or curbed his enthusiasm for music as Sub Pop continues to find and release the music of great indie artists.  You can check out the current roster and their latest releases at subpop.com.  While you're there, sign up for their newsletter and get the latest Sub Pop news delivered right to your inbox.

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    The Creationists is mastered in post-production by Paul Farrant.

    • 50 min

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