Art Fight Podcast

S3E10 - Irvin Jones

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By Art Fight Podcast
We bring artists, musicians, creatives, and combatants of all stripes together to have real conversations about the fight in art, and the art in fighting.

AFP is based in Nashville, created and hosted by Brian Siskind and Joe Nolan.
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S6E11 - James Cammack
Jim Cammack, for more than 30 years, has been the bassist for the most seminal and important living jazz artist - Ahmad Jamal. Jim sat down with Brian Siskind to have a conversation on 1950's creativity and nostalgia, stop motion animation, horror films, and of course - what it is like to be a part of one of the most prolific and important jazz groups of all time. Explore Jim's extensive discography here: Buy Jim's music and learn more here:
October 18, 2019
S6E10 - Mike Calway-Fagen
Mike Calway-Fagen, Curator and Director of Exhibitions for Stove Works, is an artist, writer, and curator based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mike joins us and talks about his practice, the southern identity in art, navigating ghosts and the paranormal in art spaces, and breaks down the upcoming Stove Works benefit BODY SLAM! - an evening of art and revelry... with live wrestling!? Follow Stove Works on Instagram: Learn more about Stove Works and get tickets for BODY SLAM! at:
October 13, 2019
S6E9 - Chuck Mindenhall
The GOAT of MMA writing Chuck Mindenhall of The Athletic joins us to talk about the importance of world-building in MMA storytelling, the levity of writing about fighting, the future of MMA media, and wrestling with the responsibility required for realizing his herculean dream of writing a book to the standard of Liebling's 'The Sweet Science' for Mixed Martial Arts. Follow Chuck on Twitter: Read Chuck's work on The Athletic:
September 29, 2019
S6E8 - Kool Keith
Kool Keith aka Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, Black Elvis, and many more names joins Brian Siskind for a conversation on navigating the past, present, and future in music, beats and production, and basketball. Keith walks through working with Bill Laswell, Automator, how the cover art for Sex Style came to be legend, why money makes people lose all perspective, and talks about his new record "KEITH". Follow Kool Keith on Twitter:
September 26, 2019
S6E7 - Amber Lelli
This week we hang with artist Amber Lelli and talk about the bronze postmodern future, and the values of creative freedom.  Follow Amber on Instagram:
September 14, 2019
S6E6 - Brian Wooden
We have a fun and irreverent hang with artist Brian Wooden this week for all you glorious freaks.  We rap about flow state, the necessity of comedy in culture, process in illustration and street art, and how skateboarding aligns the body and soul. Follow Brian on Instagram:
September 7, 2019
S6E5 - Jocephus
This week we get in the ring with NWA professional wrestler and spiritual prophet, Jocephus. He teaches us the ropes about powerbombing cosmic consciousness into faithful fans while also working as a music educator and filmmaker. Follow Jocephus on Twitter at and on Instagram at
August 30, 2019
S6E4 - Nancy Kidder
This week we connect with professor Nancy Ann Kidder to talk about her course at American University - Writing and Fighting. We touch on combat sports literature, the power of fight narratives, how fighting is a vehicle for understanding issues from gender equality to geopolitics, and why Nick Newell always finds a way to make us cry. Follow Nancy on Twitter: Learn more about the Writing and Fighting course at:
August 23, 2019
S6E3 - Jodi Hays
After a week off, we are back in the clinch with Nashville painter Jodi Hays.  We talk about Jodi's exhibition at Red Arrow Gallery in Nashville, the joys of giant paintings, and the pros and cons of a growing art scene.
August 19, 2019
S6E2 - Brian and Joe
How do you attend the Nashville Art Crawl like a pro? How did Tarantino botch Bruce Lee's legacy in his new film? Is contemporary sculpture absurd? Can you have an art gallery in your house? We answer these questions and talk about our latest projects and exhibits on this week's episode. Follow Joe Nolan: Follow Brian Siskind:
August 2, 2019
S6E1 - Sophia Gordon-Stevens
Video artist, performance artist, painter, and circuit bender Sophia Gordon-Stevens talks about bending video, the magic of VHS, video art as an object, and how she balances her mental health through creating her Miller's Grove Public Access project - that you can be a part of. Learn more about Sophia and her Miller's Grove Public Access exhibition channel at 
July 26, 2019
S5E12 - Jon Sewell
Jon Sewell is Nashville's most Progressive mayoral candidate. Jon joins us to talk  politics, theater, political theater, smears, jeers, smoke and mirrors in the very last episode of Season 5. Follow Jon on Twitter: 
July 19, 2019
S5E11 - Chris Zidek
Breaking in the new studio! T-Rex fossils, street art, graffiti, Nashville art scene, alligators, art shows, and mucking about reality with Chris Zidek.
July 13, 2019
S5E10 - David King
David King hangs with us while it is storming outside loudly and talks with us about Extended Play Press. Extended Play is an independent publisher based in Nashville making books in collaboration with local and regional artists. The books are unique and specific pieces - the result of a research process into individual artist practices and the book form. They are produced using a mix of contemporary and traditional printing techniques. 
June 28, 2019
S5E9 - Rocky Horton
This week we rap with artist and educator Rocky Horton about his self-declared artist residency, Nashville's worst sculpture off I-65, innovation avoidance, and making art at home. 
June 9, 2019
S5E8 - Erin Murphy
This week we sit down with Nashville artist Erin Murphy. Erin talks about drawing art out of the natural environment, curiosity in creativity, and how to learn Norwegian in two months or at least look sporty trying. 
June 1, 2019
S5E7 - Andres Bustamante
This week we hang with artist, curator, provacateur Andres Bustamente. He tells us about growing up as a young refugee, how street art saved his life, and why he fights to make art for himself and his community.
May 27, 2019
S5E6 - Mr. Regular, The Roman, Tony Airlines - Regular Car Reviews
Mr. Regular, The Roman, and Tony Airlines drop into Nashville, sit down in an electric blue carpeted hotel meeting room, and ponder: nostalgia and the words of Samuel Hines, how "a car deposits you in the era of your best self", the perils of Charles Bukowski, the power of having heroes like Bruce Henn, and how sitting on your words for a month makes for a better car review. Watch RCR on YouTube Follow RCR on Twitter Follow Tony Airlines on IG
May 15, 2019
S5E5 - Brian Jobe
Have you heard about the Tennessee Triennial? Artist, educator and curator Brian Jobe talks Locate Arts, the new Tennessee Triennial, and the big picture for regional art scenes.
May 10, 2019
S5E4 - Thomas Sturgill
Join us as we sit down with artist and educator Thomas Sturgill. Swim after this deep dive into:  art/life balance; achievement, awards; and value; and why Sturgill is the number one artist, but not really. 
May 3, 2019
S5E3 - Taylor Alexander
This week we host Taylor Alexander of NBC's The Voice.  Taylor talks us through the making of his new album, wonders aloud at the definition of "Country," and puts his extra large coffee in a guillotine choke while ranting about his love of jiu-jitsu and his new blue belt. OSS! Follow Taylor on Instagram @tayloralexandermusic Website
April 22, 2019
S5E2 - Natasha Senjanovic
WPLN Nashville Public Radio afternoon host Natasha Senjanovic stops by the studio this week. We chat about film culture, hard news vs. soft news, radio as performance - and the otherworldly phenomena of listeners saying her name aloud along with her.
April 17, 2019
S5E1 - Nuveen Barwari
This week we hang with Nashville native, Kurdish-American artist, Nuveen Barwari. We talk about the protective power of the Evil Eye, the challenges and joys of growing up in two worlds, and why she's not waiting for diversity to catch up with her dreams. 
April 12, 2019
S4E12 - Chris Zidek
This week we celebrate the end of our 4th season with regular guest and friend of the show, artist Chris Zidek. We talk NYC, female MMA fighter greatness, translating street art into gallery spaces, and we answer our weirdest batch of voicemail messages yet. 
April 4, 2019
S4E11 - Logan "The Bat" Nash
MMA fighter and Legion Jiu Jitsu coach Logan Nash joins us to talk about his upcoming Jonathan Ivey Featherweight title fight, the UFC Nashville event, the creative mindset required for training in the martial arts, and how he became internet famous for hanging like a bat on the cage after his last victory.
March 22, 2019
S4E10 - Janet O'Shea
Janet O'Shea is a Professor of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA , and author of the new book Risk, Failure, Play. She joins us to talk the importance of play, improvisation, and why winning is overrated. Through movement, martial arts, and expression, combat is her vehicle for knowledge and creativity.
March 17, 2019
S4E9 - Marlos E'van
This week we sit down with Nashville artist and filmmaker Marlos E'van. E'van fills us in on his new cookbook project, the Night Shift Network variety show web series, how to say I'm sorry with sculpture, and his thoughts on Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman and Canelo Alvarez vs.Daniel Jacobs.
March 9, 2019
S4E8 - Lindsy Davis
This week we're joined by Nashville artist, Lindsy Davis. Davis breaks down her psychedelic art exhibition at Fort Houston., talks about hitting her heavy bag, and champions mystery in social media self-promotion. 
March 1, 2019
S4E7 - Ernest Chapman and Mark Montgomery
Warriors in the music business, tech, branding, and fighting the good fight for creatives - Ernest and Mark are storied figures in Nashville who are making waves across multiple sectors. We hang and answer your questions on how artists are getting screwed, the imminent nature of tech and change, licensing, marketing, and cannabis coming to Tennessee.
February 26, 2019
S4E6 - Paul Horton
Paul Horton is the man behind the keys for the Alabama Shakes and a founding member of the experimental music ensemble Concurrence. Horton brings his No Stress philosophy to Art Fight to talk about balancing work and family, maintaining a creative practice on the road, and the North Nashville music Mecca that might have been. 
February 22, 2019
S4E5 - Andrea "Fancy" Leese
This week we hang with Nashville MMA kickboxer Andrea Leese. Andrea talks about preparing for her upcoming bout, her traditional martial arts roots, and why she loves to fight like a girl.
February 17, 2019
S4E4 - Zach Duensing
This week we step into the cage with Nashville-based artist and podcaster, Zach Duensing. Zach schools us on the weird world of fan fiction, gives us the lowdown on his visionary comic book project, and gets us up to speed before the next season of his Fan/Fiction podcast.
February 7, 2019
S4E3 - Adam Ross
This week we meet up with Nashville-based novelist, short story author and Brazilian jiu-jitsu grappler Adam Ross. Ross is the new editor of the Sewanee Review -- the University of the South’s journal is the oldest literary quarterly in continuous publication in the United States. Ross speaks to the push and pull between writerly tradition and innovation. He also recalls the grind of high school wrestling, and illuminates the creativity we express when we approach grappling with an artist’s mind.
February 1, 2019
S4E2 - Chris Rini
Artist and creator of MMA² comics Chris Rini joins us to talk the art of comic illustrations, MMA culture commentary, and the evolving MMA archetypes as they develop in a young and growing sport. We also all agreed that Nate Diaz is an oracle.
January 22, 2019
S4E1 - Amanda Sanchez
Get to know a new and strong female voice in MMA media - meet Amanda Sanchez of Unknown MMA.
January 18, 2019
S3E12 - Steph Mantis
Artist, designer, and Jiu Jitsu practitioner Steph Mantis joins us to talk about creating her Forever Pizza empire, Dog Butt Magnets, and creative whimsy for all to enjoy. 
January 8, 2019
S3E11 - Sean Patton
Sean Patton is the co-founder of Legion Jiu Jitsu, a coach, and a competitive submission grappler. Patton stopped by the Art Fight studio to talk about "stress inoculation" and the martial arts, the importance of leading by example, and the opening of the brand new Legion Jiu Jitsu location in East Nashville.
December 15, 2018
S3E10 - Irvin Jones
Undefeated Pro MMA fighter Irvin Jones joins us to talk the creativity and challenges in MMA, boxing, and how he gets into a flow state during combat.
December 7, 2018
S3E9 - Terry Price aka Photo Ops
Songwriter and Photo Ops music creator Terry Price talks making music in LA, Nashville, and the challenge of producing records. Nashville harmonica/lap steel man Jason Goforth guests and shares some found cassettes from an amusement park singalong booth.
November 30, 2018
S3E8 - Chris Zidek
Good hang with friend of the podcast, artist and muralist Chris Zidek - who knows a lot more about crop circles than most people. Our conversation takes you from pre-Egyptian history to the gluten-free era, with lots of random stops along the way.
November 21, 2018
S3E7 - Carrie Cameron
Carrie Cameron hangs with us and talks the creativity in the tattoo arts, what it's like to be on reality TV, and ponders all the reasons people want to get a tattoo.
November 8, 2018
S3E6 - Robin Black
This week we're joined by the one and only Robin Black! Robin is a lifelong martial artist, a musician and singer, a former competitive fighter, and one of the most unique voices in contemporary mixed martial arts commentary and analysis. Robin joins us on the phone from the streets of Toronto, Canada to talk about how we talk about contemporary mixed martial arts, what we see at the evolving edge of the sport, and how his creative, insightful approach to talking about combat helped to inspire the Art Fight Podcast.
November 1, 2018
S3E5 - Mack Starks
Songwriter, artist, and Nashville Public Radio digital man Mack Starks walks us down his path from early music industry success, artistic and human self discovery, and bringing it all together today with a new studio, and new outlook on creating.
October 28, 2018
S3E4 - James "Roto" Rotondi
Enjoy our long form with musician, writer, and creative engine and friend James "Roto" Rotondi - a New York/Nashville musician, actor, journalist and critic; he's the former Editor-in-Chief of Future Music magazine, and his interviews and essays have appeared in Spin, Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Mojo, and The Boston Phoenix, among others. As a musician, aka Roto; he is guitarist for Hundred Hounds; also plays w/The Cringe; ex-Air, Mr Bungle, and works with The Grassy Knoll and Spy Empire.
October 20, 2018
S3E3 - Brandon Donahue
Is academic fine art something to learn, and then unlearn? Brandon Donahue creates by collecting and transforming with airbrush and sculpture mass-produced, publicly displayed, and abandoned urban forms like fallen street signs, basketballs, file cabinets, and hubcaps. Brandon works in the traditions of folk art, hip hop, graffiti art and occupies a space between low and high art culture.
October 12, 2018
S3E2 - Jay Dasgupta
Writer, Director, and Producer Jay Dasgupta joins us to talk the perils and rewards in filmmaking, and gives insight into producing the new documentary about aerialist High Flying Jade, directed by his girlfriend Katherine Sweetman on location in Viet Nam with the Ho Chi Minh City Circus.
October 2, 2018
S3E1 - David Hellams - Crappy Magic
Crappy Magic is an enterprise by artist David Hellams. It encompasses both Crappy Magic magazine, and the interactive exhibition series The Crappy Magic Experience. These projects work to imbue found objects with creative energy using various media: photography, self-publishing, video, installation, performance, and more.
September 29, 2018
S2E12 - Brian Siskind and Joe Nolan - Season 2 Finale
We answer your questions, talk strategies for creative progress through looking at or into other pursuits, and break down our biggest artistic obstacles going into Season 3.
September 21, 2018
S2E11 - Ariel Bui
Nashville music artist, educator, and boundary pusher talks the struggle of being an authentic artist while time jumping, genre shifting, finding her voice, and using it to having conversations with herself from 10 years ago.
September 11, 2018
S2E10 - Matthew Polly
Forty-five years after his sudden death at age thirty-two, bestselling author Matthew Polly has written the first authoritative biography of Bruce Lee’s life. A Princeton graduate and Rhodes Scholar, his writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Esquire, Slate, Playboy, and The Nation. He is a fellow at Yale University.
August 19, 2018
S2E9 - Michelle Brown
Performance artist Michelle Brown aka @thefakehizofo uses her native Nashville as a canvas for activations, installations, happenings, and placemaking in the seemingly ordinary or forgotten places.
August 13, 2018
S2E8 - Sena Agbeko
Rising prospect Sena “African Assassin” Agbeko speaks on his journey in boxing from Ghana to the US, the joy and struggle on the way to making to the mainstream, and his creative side as a novelist.
August 6, 2018
S2E7 - Chris Zidek
Muralist and fine artist Chris Zidek takes us through his process, the challenges that come with his style, and breaks the big news of his upcoming solo show in Brooklyn. We also talked a lot about cars.
July 24, 2018
S2E6 - Joe Nolan and Brian Siskind
Joe and Brian talk artist residencies, creating music in the studio, and realize mid-podcast both Joe and Brian are speaking at the same Pecha Kucha event at the Frist Art Museum.
July 23, 2018
S2E5 - Steven Knapp
Producer and Creative Director Steven Knapp talks the thrills and perils of filmmaking, content, film festivals, and how boxing and running are vehicles for understanding what's happening in your life.
July 12, 2018
S2E4 - Jayson Wall
Zen and the freelance lifestyle, 3D printing, AR, VR, wrestling competition stories... JWall has it all for us on this episode!
July 3, 2018
S2E3 - James Perrin
Like a storm front, James Perrin’s chaotic, densely textured canvases crackle with energy. The acclaimed Nashville artist deftly blends several modes of painting, including abstraction, realism and expressionism, and incorporates a vast array of imagery into his work, from CT scans and segments of classic paintings to photographs of retail spaces and his own personal life. (from The Tennessean)
June 29, 2018
S2E2 - Michael Weintrob
Photographer Michael Weintrob joins us to talk about his traveling exhibition 'Instrumenthead' and shares stories he has lived photographing hundreds of the most iconic, legendary musicians and artists in the world.
June 23, 2018
S2E1 - Michael Shrieve
One of the most influential and creative drummers in music history, Michael Shrieve talks with us about training and retraining how to play drums with age, the challenges of the music business, and the opportunities in music and technology that keep him inspired and learning.
June 18, 2018
S1E12 - Ben Powers
We hang with Ben Powers, a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, and talk cerebral approaches to problem solving in combat, art, and life - and how to "gracefully bail" to work smarter, not harder.
March 11, 2018
S1E11 - Travis Vance
We hang with old friend, master bass player/artist, Travis Vance to talk life on the road with Thomas Rhett, the strange quiet of playing stadium shows, and talk about what made Nashville special 15 years ago.
March 2, 2018
S1E10 - Donovan Salvato
Johnathan Ivey's Cage Fighting Championships Welterweight champ Donovan Salvato comes by and talks with us about his upcoming bout, what fighting life is like, and how we became the champ.
February 23, 2018
S1E9 - Logan Nash
Logan Nash talks about the creativity in Jiu Jitsu, his upcoming bout, and the latest in combat sports.
February 5, 2018
S1E8 - Mike Kluge
Feat. Mike Kluge, a multimedia artist based out of Queen Ave Art Collective in East Nashville, TN and Joe Nolan returns!
January 28, 2018
S1E7 - Nathan Brown and Eva Boros
Nathan Brown is a muralist, known for his large scale geometric gradients, word collages and plantlike organic line work. Eva Boros is a curator, writer, and champion of street art and co-founder of the Nashville Walls Project.
January 22, 2018
S1E6 - Joe Nolan - remote from Arizona
Brian and Joe talk fights - everything from Max Holloway, Luke Sanders, and other fighters as well as new song releases, one of a kind art print books, creativity and the need to press forward.
December 10, 2017
S1E5 - Jeff Coffin
Catching up with saxophonist, photographer, and teacher Jeff Coffin about playing with Dave Matthews Band, his experience playing with icons like Stevie Wonder, the creative process, making records, music, and life.
December 4, 2017
S1E4 - Brian Greif, Chris Zidek, Jon Buko
Meet Brian Greif of Netflix's "Saving Banksy", Chris Zidek, and Jon Buko - all street artists and mural makers currently working on a 400 foot mural in Nashville’s booming west side - The Nations.
November 26, 2017
S1E3 - Ashley Burns
This week we sit down with Nashville musician and competitive Muay Thai kickboxer, Ashley Burns.
November 14, 2017
S1E2 - Nieves Uhl
Nieves Uhl talks about Nashville's printmaking culture, her love of hands-on art making, the role that art can play in fighting for social justice, and her love of martial arts which she discovered as a teen at a Muay Thai gym in Albuquerque, NM.
November 9, 2017
S1E1 - Introducing the Art Fight Podcast
Joe Nolan and Brian Siskind introduce the podcast and break down the fight in art and the art in fighting, and explore the parallels in creativity, struggle, and expression.
November 2, 2017
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