Art and entertainment inspire each of us in different ways. But have you ever wondered what inspires the people who create our cultural touchstones? On The Spark Parade podcast, your host Adam Unze geeks out with artists and entertainers about their cultural spark of inspiration. Everything from Shakespeare to South Park. You’ll hear from artists like Conor Oberst on Northern Exposure, Roisin Murphy on Terrence Conran’s The House Book and Adrian Young on Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. The Spark Parade. Where artists reveal their cultural inspirations - to spark the inspiration in you.
Cola Boyy's Spark Is Vagabond: Bleak French Winters, Revolutionary Cinema
Multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer and disabled disco innovator Cola Boyy joins me to talk about Agnes Varda's devastating 1985 film Vagabond. It's a stark portrait of a houseless young woman travelling the French countryside on her own. Cola Boyy is in awe of Sandrine Bonnaire's central performance and the film had a profound effect on him as a teenager. So much so that he flirted with the idea of travelling the country by boxcar.
The White Lotus
Brian Volk-Weiss' Spark Is There Will Be Blood: Grand, Visionary Movie Magic
Producer, director and creator Brian Volk-Weiss who is chatting with me about one of our mutual faves: Paul Thomas-Anderson’s Daniel Day-Lewis starring masterpiece There Will Be Blood. In fact, it's Brian's favorite film of all time!
We spoke about the film's genius casting, epic scope and lasting impact on filmmaking as a whole. We also get into the perils of judging a book (or film) by its cover and the rewarding experience of watching your favorite films over and over.
There Will Be Blood
Behind The Attraction
A Toy Store Near You Season
This Way Up
Rozzi Is Sparked By Fleetwood Mac's Rumors: Iconic Songs Built On Broken Hearts
Neo soul singer, songwriter and podcaster Rozzi joins me to talk about her spark of inspiration, Fleetwood Mac's world dominating album Rumors.
Rozzi talks about using the songs from Rumors to help her through tough times as an adolescent and the power that the album holds over the public consciousness.
And of course we talk about all of the behind the scenes drama and infighting involved in the album's creation.
Shakka Is Sparked By Frank Ocean's Nostalgia Ultra: The Dawning Of A New Era For R'n'B
I spoke with singer, songwriter and producer Shakka about his spark of inspiration, Frank Ocean’s groundbreaking mixtape Nostalgia Ultra.
Shakka really loves his chosen subject matter and is very knowledgeable about the context from which it arose. We spoke about the impact Frank Ocean’s music has had on him, but also about the roots and trajectory of Black British music.
And we also touched on the greatness of Michaela Coel, with whom Shakka has a personal relationship and they also worked together on Coel’s series Chewing Gum.
This Is Pop
mxmtoon Is Sparked By Life Is Strange: Let's Make The Tough Decisions As A Group
This week, I'm chatting with singer, songwriter, producer, gamer and podcaster mxmtoon (aka Maia) about her spark of inspiration, the Life Is Strange video game series. We talk about the world building and freedom of expression created in these games, streaming game play on Twitch, using your audience as scapegoats for tough decisions and Maia's very personal connection to the next game in the Life Is Strange saga.
Life Is Strange
Chris Gethard Is Sparked By Grosse Pointe Blank: Finding The Humanity In Comedy
This week, I had an incredible conversation with comedian Chris Gethard about his spark of inspiration, the John Cusack starring comedy Grosse Pointe Blank.
But it’s also so much more than that. We talked about Chris’ relationship with Judd Apatow as well as Judd Apatow’s movies. We talked about Andy Kaufman. We talked about Cameron Crowe. We talked about comedy in general.
It’s a wide ranging and very exciting and super fun conversation. Seriously. I really, really loved this one and I can’t wait for you to hear it.
Grosse Pointe Blank
Fun & informative
Not only is this show highly entertaining, but in listening to creatives give new perspectives to works I already appreciate, I’ve discovered new artists to explore. Thanks for putting this out there!
The Best Show
Great guests, great hosts, great recommendations of art to check out! This show provides deep analysis of art's influences on our society and its impact on the guests' art, while bringing relief and happy distraction from the problems of the day. Listen to it! So good.
This is a such a great concept for a podcast. It’s so wonderful to hear a wide variety of creative individuals across different mediums talk about the art and artists that inspire them.