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.
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Life In The In Between: Lissie's Spark Is Katherine May's Wintering
Singer/songwriter Lissie spoke to me about her Spark, Katherine May's autobiographical book Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times.
How can we cope with times of transition? What can we do to live in the moment when our lives are in flux?
Lissie and I talked through the concept of liminal space and how relevant it feels to events of the last few years. Heartbreak and despair, hope and joy... all of life's biggest emotions are on the table in this deeply personal conversation.
Forging A Path On Her Own Terms: Zyah Belle's Spark Is Jill Scott's Who Is Jill Scott?: Words And Sound Vol. 1
Singer/songwriter Zyah Belle spoke to me about her Spark, Jill Scott’s legendary first album Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds Volume 1.
We spoke about Jill Scott’s place in the world of neo-soul and how her music transcends any genre classifications. We also got into the way women in the music industry are perceived, how their careers get compared to one another and how the image they present can affect the public’s perception of them.
Who Is Jill Scott?
The Pinacle Of A Legendary Career: Patrick Holland's Spark is Altman's Nashville
Artist, producer, engineer and remixer Patrick Holland speaks to me about his Spark, Robert Altman’s magnum opus (or at least, one of his greatest films) Nashville.
Nashville revolutionized ensemble films and paved the way for generations of filmmakers. Altman's use of improvisation, a large cast and a loose narrative structures helped to create one of the most unique and revered works in the history of film.
Patrick and I talked about Nashville's centering of music in film, the unparalleled work by it's amazing cast and it's languid tone and pacing.
Launch Your Career With Your Greatest Hits: MARO's spark is Simone's Face A Face
Portuguese singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist MARO spoke to me about her spark, Brazilian singer Simone’s breakout album Face A Face.
Simone's voice is era defining and Face A Face is a genre melding collection of beautiful and romantic songs. She is a legendary song interpreter, as famous for covering songs by other artists as she is for recording original music.
MARO and I talked about Simone's extraordinary ability to bring new life into old songs and the genderless quality of her voice, as well as marveling over her incredible, near 50 year career.
Intimate Moments, Seismic Change: Rexx Life Raj's Spark Is Kid Cudi's Man On The Moon
Oakland rapper and vocalist Rexx Life Raj was inspired by Kid Cudi's major label debut Man On The Moon: The End Of Day from the moment he heard its lead single Day And Night.
He joins me to talk about the personal connection Cudi creates with his listeners and the process of creating deeply personal music. We also dig into the different approaches hip hop artists take, from Cudi's confessional singing/rapping/humming hybrid to Kendrick Lamar's dense and highly exalted poetry.
I also touch on my surprising Spark of the week: the reboot of Chip And Dale: Rescue Rangers on Disney+.
Rexx Life Raj
Man On The Moon: The End Of Day
Chip And Dale: Rescue Rangers
My new favorite podcast
This is my new favorite podcast! I could listen to this man speak for hours and I have been LOVING the guests he has on 💕
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!
Good concept, lot of room to grow
I really like the idea behind this podcast, but the execution needs some polishing. The host begins the interviews with energy but it decreases quickly, with a lot of hesitation and slow delivery of connectors for the next topic. This contributes to the listener lost of interest and disengagement.
Good news, there’s room to grow and I believe with some interview engagement techniques and preparation, this podcast can attain an exponential positive gain.
Good luck and don’t give up.