So this another throwback interview. Our close friend and partner with NQuit Music, Aaron Trumm, is our guest host for an interview with D’Santi Nava. He did this interview back in November of 2017. Once again, life got in the way.
D’Santi is a guitarist. He is proficient in many styles including rock, flamenco, classical and others. Aaron and D’Santi cover some common ground as they are both prolific performers.
It has been a very long time since I put a podcast out. This one was recorded in November. Sometimes life gets in the way of my creative endeavors. Sometimes I get in the way of everything. In this case, it’s clear that I have been in the way.
My maudlin self-reflection is for another post. This post is about Duke Hunter. And Duke Hunter is a bad ass. Percussionist, musician, teacher, music teacher, athlete, in line skater… His energy is infectious. I have been to Botanga and he is a solid musician. We had a good time interviewing him. He seemed to have a good time talking to us. As the podcast progresses, I hope to get Duke involved in some more discussions.
So I’m a couple weeks behind in editing, so you get the Thanksgiving episode now. Not really. I mean we don’t really talk about Thanksgiving at all. I just happen to mention it in the beginning of the episode. Continue reading “TPP 25 – Artifacts and Fear”
This is an episode of I Hate Art with Ashley O’Shenanigans. We talk about Zine Fest Houston 2017 and how much there was to see. Then we get into the I Hate Art segment where I tried to get into a discussion about mentors but nobody was into it. They wanted to talk about the late Kenny Cordray and the Houston Urban Legends around his involvement with ZZ Top and David Bowie.
In episode 23, we talk about the eccentrics. Initially inspired by the Netflix documentary about Joan Didion, we explore what’s missing from today’s social media landscape. How we, as artists, are encouraged to not be eccentric by continually being marketed the idea that we need to find our market. Maybe we don’t need to find our market. Continue reading “TPP 23 – IHA Eccentrics”
Aaron Trumm (NQuit Music), interviews Joyce Kettering – Musician, Composer, Instrumentalist, Entrepenur. Joyce was working as a contracts compliance auditor at a Fortune 500 company in 2016 when she decided to become a lot more serious about her music. So she started recording. A lot of recording. Now she’s doing music full time. Continue reading “TPP 22 – AT Joyce Kettering”
Episode 21 is an I Hate Art segment. It figures that our best episode is followed by our worst episode. There’s some stuff to laugh at. Kids screaming in the background. An old light that we tried to add to our production kit just about catches on fire. We never really caught a rhythm on this one, but it’s funny sometimes and it’s short.
One thing that I referred to in the end that is a good takeaway. The Wheelworkers at the Satellite Bar in Houston, TX, October 27, 2017. Last time I saw them at Fitz, they were great. A visual show with public domain movies playing on a screen behind them. Modular synths. Good songs. I bought a CD. Continue reading “TPP 21 – IHA Meanderings”
In Episode 20 of the Twisted Pop Podcast, we interview actor, writer, filmmaker, producer and director Sarita Callender, aka Jade Lesyeux. Jade was Sarita’s alias while she was in the Witness Protection Program. We have yet to interview anyone that hasn’t surprised us in some way. Even people that we’ve known for a long time have told us things that we didn’t know about them. No one caught us more off guard than Sarita Callender.
As the interview opened, I asked Sarita why she had an alias. She responded that she had been in the Witness Protection Program. We had no idea whether she wanted to pursue the details of that story in a podcast with two guys that she had met only minutes previous to the interview, but we left the door open. Continue reading “TPP 20 – Sarita (Jade) Callender”
In this episode, we talk about following someone else’s vision versus following your own versus working with a team. It’s a dense subject. We could probably spend a whole lot of time defining each of these ideas first. Continue reading “TPP 19 – IHA Whose Vision”
In this episode of the Twisted Pop Podcast, we interview Bryan King. Bryan is a writer – graphic novels, comic books, novels. I actually don’t think I have a good sense of all that Bryan does, but it’s a lot. Continue reading “TPP 18 – Bryan King”
This week’s I Hate Art segment of the Twisted Pop Podcast, we talk about the lies we tell ourselves. Maybe everyone does this, but we’re talking specifically about what we do as artists. In the 9 to 5, talking my way through my day. I am satisfied because I am doing a good job, but this isn’t a profession I chose. It’s the profession that made the most money. And frankly, most people end up in a 9 to 5 that chose them, so cry me a river. Continue reading “TPP 17 – Lies Lies Lies”
This week we have Dielle, as in Dielle Music. Dielle is a singer/songwriter based in the UK. She lives near the Isle Of Wight. Dielle is a determined and dedicated professional. She’s got content everywhere. Continue reading “TPP 16 – Dielle”
In this I Hate Art episode, we talk about – Oh I can’t be sure. We talk about Mother. About how artists can misinterpret their own art. About how you can lose control of a project. Especially when other people are involved. It’s just us shooting the shit really… Maybe this episode will make more sense later. We kind of lost control of this one.
This week we interviewed Mark Thogersen. Maybe that’s a pretty strong description of what happened. The word interview suggests that we asked him questions or at least directed the conversation. I don’t think we actually asked Mark any more than three or four questions. We just sat down and started rolling and he told us about his journey. Continue reading “TPP 14 – Mark Thogersen”
TPP 13 is an I Hate Art segment where we talk about what makes something art. I wish the topic were as focused as that. Or maybe I don’t. It’s kind of mayhem in here. I like the passion. I like the age disparity. Our guests Iggy Lines and Ashley O’Shenanigans join us to hash out this age old topic. I believe we could do this question over and over with different guests and have a different conversation every time. I hope it’s as fun to listen to as it was to record. Continue reading “TPP 13 – What Is Art”
Episode 12 is an interview Rick Hale. Rick is a musician, recording artist, producer, pianist, music teacher, family man. Rick has also been nominated for a grammy. Rick Seems to have found a way to do it all. He seems to have had many iterations as well. It’s a really great story and he’s really positive. Continue reading “TPP 12 – Rick Hale”
I like to talk about art and its meaning in life. Is it consequential? I even like to argue about what is good and why. It’s just fun and it touches something in me. I could say that I find ways to create because I like talking about stuff like this.
I have also found over the years that there are many people that dislike conversations like this. Artists and non-artists alike. Lending meaning where it may or may not exist or trying to articulate abstract ideas to other people with words can be absurd to some. I agree. It is absurd, but I still like to talk about it. Continue reading “TPP 11 – Why I Hate Art”
This week we (Larry Lines, Troy Winscott, Ashley O’Shenanigans) have a conversation with the poet, Rebecca Oxley. We’ve known Rebecca an awfully long time. We talk about how she got into poetry, her time in the Air Force, the Houston poetry scene, early slam poetry, University of Houston and the transition into a more complete poet. Continue reading “TPP 10 – Rebecca Oxley”
This I Hate Segment of the Twisted Pop Podcast is dominated by Hurricane Harvey. We really can’t think of anything else with a disaster like Harvey coming down on our hometown. It’s amazing. The most amazing storm we’ve ever seen. The spirit of Houston has emerged to clean up the mess. It really is beautiful how quickly everyone has stepped up to help each other out. Even before the storm was over. Continue reading “TPP 9 – Harvey”
In episode 8, we interviewed J Michael Stovall. Mike has worked everywhere and done a lot of things. It’s kind of hard to describe the meandering path of his career but it’s a good story. Definitely worth listening to. We had a really good time talking to him.
We are splitting the format of the podcast. When we first started the podcast, an hour seemed like an incredibly long time. So we created two segments that we planned on being in each episode. A short introduction, a segment where we discussed random news and issues called I Hate Art, and an interview segment where we talked with a guest. It turns out that we have a lot to say and the guests had a lot to say. The podcasts are too long. So we are splitting the segments. We enjoyed the I Hate Art segments too much to just cut them, and the whole purpose of the show was to interview people.
So this is the first I Hate Art episode. We discuss the Yellowism movement. Then we get into what a new movement would look like today. Then we talk about some public domain movies that we have been watching. Larry watched Reefer Madness and Troy watched Gulliver’s Travels.
Usually I do a lot more linking and searching for supporting information. I still plan on doing that in the future, but I also have an additional preparation feature to get used to. We have video for this episode for the first time. So I had to get an editing workflow down. It is done. That is all.
I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for listening. And now thank you for watching.
This week we talk about collections. What collections do we aspire to have or would we have if we had the time and resources to devote to collecting. Vinyl, tube amps, occult art.
Then we talk to Kevin Troy – owner of record store Rockpile Records, which was open in Houston’s Montrose from 1986 to 1991. Kevin builds detailed scale models, works with medical lasers, and tells stories. Lots of stories. We talked to him about opening and closing his record store, packing 12 people in a car to see a punk show, and growing up in Houston. Kevin’s got a story for everything.
This week we have Aaron Trumm for the whole episode. In the I Hate Art segment, we talk about the most memorable critiques we’ve ever received. Good, bad, indifferent. Criticism is difficult to do well and difficult to receive even when it’s done well. But it’s part of putting yourself out there.
Then we launch into the interview with Aaron Trumm, Founder of nquit Music. Aaron is a Music Producer, Rapper, Instumentalist, Songwriter, Slam Poet, Actor, Voice Actor, etc. As a musician, he has produced many solo albums, collaborations, produced other artists and performed across the country. As a slam poet, he has performed all over the world. All of this while battling Cystic Fibrosis. In 2013, Aaron had to have a lung transplant which led to a long hiatus from all things creative, but now he’s back with new music and videos.
We had some problems with the sound on this episode. We were recording Aaron Trumm remote. We apologize for the sporadic echoing. Growing pains.
Here are some links to things we were talking about in the episode. Also, videos of Aaron’s latest song Don’t Stop and a slam performance from 2004.
Episode 0004 of the Twisted Pop Podcast. Troy and I have a discussion about things that they don’t like. Troy posed a question based on the subject of my music blog. I often talk about how music criticism, or maybe any criticism, focuses on stuff that critics hate. I made a point of only writing about music that I liked. Why waste your time writing about stuff you hate. There is no risk in talking about stuff you hate. There is risk in talking about what you love. Troy turns the tables in this discussion to ask me about something I actually hate.
Then we interview Johnny Bodman. I knew this discussion could go on forever. Johnny has lived a very interesting life, and he is an incredibly talented and prolific artist. We cover some very specific points in his life and career including the time he spent in Norway doing Death Metal album covers and show flyers. His stories are entertaining. He is a great conversationalist. It’s always a lot of fun talking to him. Continue reading “Twisted Pop Podcast Episode 4 – Like it or Don’t – Johnny Bodman”
Today we talk about madness and genius in the arts. I apparently make up a few stories about Einstein because I can’t find ANYTHING on the internet to support my stories. Funny how a thing can stick in your head like that. I swear I read these stories somewhere, and they had an impact on my world view. Perhaps I made them up.
Today we explore Black Market Magazine – one of Steven Winscott’s inspirations from Episode 1. What has changed with the advent of the internet where artist inspiration and artist development are concerned? Is it a bad thing? Black Market Magazine on Wikipedia.
It’s the first episode of The Twisted Podcast. We are super excited to bring you interviews with working artists living in the real world as well as experimental segments and anything of interest we can pack into an episode. The podcast is hosted by Larry Lines and Troy Winscott with other artists sitting in when available. Continue reading “Twisted Podcast Episode 1 – Sandia – Steven Winscott”