DEEKAST is a conversational podcast hosted by Niagara music producer, DJ, designer & gaming enthusiast Derek Veenhof (@deekatello). A millennial counterculture movement discussing anything & everything: gaming, music, pop culture, history, politics, science, religion & philosophy and the nexuses where these worlds collide. Produced by Shapestate Studios.
My occasional barber, and recording artist Awol joined me to talk haircuts, the Halifax rap scene, nuclear power and more! We also review music from Austyn Davys, Sedd Miley, Supakaine, Lb Spiffy, and Joey Mayhem.
Today Nick and I spoke about a bad customer service experience I had at McDonalds, and what McDonalds has really done to their burgers to make them 'BETTER'. Also we speak on Kevin O'Leary's boat crash, the local Homestead Donuts break-in, Trump pardoning aides who break the law to build the wall, whether Trump is a useful idiot or Russian agent, will Trump drop Fox News for OANN as his propaganda mouthpiece? White Supremacy and KKK membership in 2019, and do you need to be broke just to live in Ontario, Canada in 2019? Also we look up a local St. Catharines Neo-Nazi on Facebook who was just dropped from the People's Party of Canada, you won't be surprised by his musical interests.
Sean & Karl joined me in studio to discuss their podcast turned broadcast 'One Dish One Mic', indigenous issues in Canada, racism and anti-racism, the upcoming elections, and some current events. You can find these two thoughtful gentleman on their website/twitter below, or tune in to 610 CKTB Niagara every Sunday at noon to hear them broadcast live!
In this episode I interviewed my friend Kyle Whittaker who is an audio engineer and owner of Strange Pumpkin Mixes. We spoke about all things recording, mixing, and mastering. Kyle focusses mainly on mixing Hip-Hop these days so for any music heads, this one is for you. Warning: A lot of plugins are mentioned.
https://www.strangepumpkin.com -- Official Website
Lalo Dagach is the Palestinian Chilean. He hosts the Lalo Podcast and has appeared on The Rubin Report. His tweets are commentary on international politics, culture and religion.
He was born in LA, lives in Chile and has Palestinian heritage. He's lived in Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong and has studied Film and International Politics.
We covered Palestinian migration abroad, abortion laws in Chile, Hugo Chavez and Venezuela, Trump stepping into North Korea, the generalization of Muslims from various countries, issues with the modern political spectrum, selective empathy, social media addiction, reading books vs the news, and much more.
David W. Mathisen is an author and researcher of ancient myths, and their connection to the movements of celestial bodies often depicted through art and story. In particular we focus on myths of Zeus, Krishna, Thor, Maui, Apollo, Heracles, Michael the Archangel, among others. This one is very visual so you may want to check out the YouTube version. For more of David's work check out the links below.
Pete Voynovich, Greg Smith, and Colin Nun are all professors of Graphic Design at Niagara College in Welland, Ontario. All previous guests of the show, they came back to the Deekast studio to chat about design, teaching, bike trails, germans, and Colin's apparent put-offishness. Please like the video, leave a comment or Subscribe to the YouTube, or subscribe to the audio podcast on your favourite podcast app.
Terry McDermott is a journalist who served as a national correspondent with the Los Angeles Times and is author of Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers, Who They Were, Why They Did It, an investigative non-fiction book profiling the hijackers of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as well as the Al-Qaeda leaders who planned and orchestrated the attacks. In addition he has authored another book entitled The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Terry's Website: https://tmcdermott.com/
Terry's Twitter: https://twitter.com/terrymcdermott
I am joined this week by Andres from the Omnic Lab podcast. An overwatch strategy podcast available everywhere. We discussed Overwatch as a game, why it is such a phenomenon world wide, e-sports and the Overwatch League, and speculated about South Korea and why so many great pro Overwatch players are South Korean. We also discussed the 'meta' and how to improve your game hardware and software settings to be a better Overwatch player. Be sure to subscribe to the Omnic Lab podcast.
Dr. Shawn Baker is host of the Human Performance Outliers podcast. Shawn is an orthopedic surgeon and served in the US Air Force as Chief Of Orthopedic Trauma performing over 600 surgeries at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. He is a weight lifting world record holder, and carnivore diet advocate.
My highschool english teacher and friend Mr. Bill Huizer and I spoke on Nipsey Hussle, austrian vs keynesian economics and more! Unfortunately the audio got beat up around the 35 min mark so we did lose about half of our convo and I had to edit it out! Enjoy.
Friends of the show Puffer & Moofeek aka Marcity sat down to chat Hip-Hop, Safe-Injection Sites, Mortal Kombat, Chris Farley, the Youth and their concept of what's OK or normal, as well as Marcel's new animated show called Pizza Town.
Ed the Sock is a Canadian television personality who first appeared in the 1990s. He is best known for his appearances hosting programming on MuchMusic and his own talk show, Ed's Night Party.
Liana K is a Canadian YouTuber, television host, writer and producer. She co-hosted the final season of the variety show Ed & Red's Night Party with Ed the Sock. Her YouTube content is all about asking tough questions about women in gaming in a fun, open-ended way.
They are currently traversing Ontario for their War on Stupid comedy tour and stopping in Niagara Falls Thursday night.
Ed the Sock has been working on the FU Network, an online media outlet featuring a variety of in-house produced shows and podcasts in an effort to bring some of the spirit back that was lost during the downfall of MuchMusic and Canadian TV in the 90s/2000s.
We spoke about the news of the day such as the SNC Lavalin scandal, current political discourse on the right and the left, sensitivity in politics and culture, and more!
Ed's website: www.edthesock.com
Ed's twitter: @edthesock
Liana K's twitter: @redlianak
Liana K's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxeNJdOLFPqIHjuZRpEgfTQ
FUNetwork Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLhz56vNMS-JzFlyrHcfT6Q
Brian Dunning is an American writer and producer who focuses on science and skepticism. He has hosted a weekly podcast, Skeptoid, since 2006, and he is an author of a series of books on the subject of scientific skepticism, some of which are based on the podcast. Skeptoid has been the recipient of several podcast awards such as the Parsec Award. Dunning has also created the Skeptoid.org spin-off video series, inFact, and The Feeding Tube both available on YouTube.
Brian's upcoming documentary Science Friction:
Brian on Twitter:
This week I'm joined by recording artists Sayzee (@sayzee_newage) & Awol The Barber (@waengang.weez) to discuss their latest projects and creative process. Also we dive into a new experiment on the podcast of reacting / reviewing underground artists music videos.
Link to Sayzee's latest video:
Link to Awol's latest video:
Artists we reviewed:
Perrier Rosewood - Courtside
Chavis Chandler - FBHM
Flynt Flossy - Did I Mention I Like to Dance
Leakavelli - Let The White Kids Say N*****
WhyG x Houdini - Auntie
Deuce Deuce - Pain into Champagne ft. Outlawz
Lukas Mihas ft. thefriend - 2shots / Waistline
drippin so pretty - how it go
Matt Christiansen is a YouTuber and podcaster talking politics and culture from the refuge of a wilderness fortress in Bozeman, Montana. His YouTube videos are fairly popular, his account having close to 185,000 subscribers. He creates regular videos dissecting current events and politics in the US as well as hosting a weekly stream call-in-show with co-host 'Blonde'.
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxeY-wRrb65Jt37QHa5xMog
Ezza (@Ezza905) is a local Niagara recording artist and creative director of @choomganghome. In this episode we get into some economic theories, the concept of Safe Injection Sites in Niagara and abroad, modern day political views of the Canadian millennial, recent pop culture news stories such as Jussie Smollett, the Gucci boycott, YNW Melly's Murder on My Mind, and Tekashi69's snitchiness.
💔 HRTBRKRS out now
Thoby G & E -- Do It
Thoby G & E -- Introduction
Kevin M. Folta is a professor and chairman of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida. From 2007 to 2010 he helped lead the project to sequence the strawberry genome, and continues to research photomorphogenesis in plants and compounds responsible for flavor in strawberries. He is a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and hosts his own podcast called Talking Biotech.
@kevinfolta on Twitter
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Mick West is a science writer, skeptical investigator, and retired video game programmer who co-founded Neversoft (Tony Hawk's Pro Skater). He is the creator of the websites Contrail Science and Metabunk, for which he investigates and debunks pseudoscientific claims such as chemtrails, UFOs, and conspiracy theories, and has appeared in various media as an expert analyst and science communicator.
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We've been low key for awhile but getting back on the mics to talk 9/11 17th Anniversary, Doug Ford and the Notwithstanding Clause, Chinese indoctrination camps, PokemonGo not being dead, Celebrity stalkers, GunZ: The Duel, and some other stuff.
Colin Nun is an award-winning designer located in the Niagara Region. He studied at NSCAD University in Halifax NS, before graduating from Toronto’s OCAD University – earning his BDes in 2009. Colin specializes in graphic design and signage and has been helping small businesses build successful brands in the Niagara area for over 14 years.
Marko Dieckmann is a game developer in Berlin, founder of Ion Lands which has newly released 'Phoning Home' on Steam. He was previously the founder of Duplex Systems which created the epic sandbox MMORPG 'Face of Mankind' circa 2005. Christian 'NoFL' Oesch based in Switzerland was the lead artist on the game developing many of the maps and environments. I spoke to them to talk about Face of Mankind because it was an immensely enjoyable and unique gaming experience. The game was an indie development initially and went through various phases and changes through it's lifetime. The game is now history but it will forever be with me and the others who played it. Please google or YouTube face of mankind to learn more. Follow @ionlands on twitter.
My old pal Bob Hendle joined me on the podcast this week, collegiate alumni most famously known for stealing the entire cookie display from the cafeteria on his last day of school, chef and beer enjoyer, and all around cool guy.
Alex Kazam is a professional performance artist. He performs magic and comedy in and around the Niagara-GTA area. He has also been an actor, stuntman, and is known to occasionally breathe fire. Alex hosts a podcast called 'Get Out of Your Head' that can be found on SoundCloud, YouTube and other podcast apps.
Visit him online at www.thealexkazam.com, on twitter he is @wittymagic
Kevin M. Folta is a professor and chairman of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida. From 2007 to 2010 he helped lead the project to sequence the strawberry genome, and continues to research photomorphogenesis in plants and compounds responsible for flavor in strawberries.
Dr. Folta hosts the Talking Biotech podcast: A weekly podcast about genetic improvements in plants, animals, microbes and medicine. Available on your favourite podcast app.
His blog can be found at kfolta.blogspot.com.
On twitter he is @kevinfolta
David Robert Grimes is a physicist and cancer researcher at the University of Oxford. He also writes for The Irish Times and The Guardian. In 2014, he was a joint winner of the John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science. In 2016 he wrote a paper showing how unlikely conspiracy theories are to be true based on the amount of people involved and how long it would take before a secret would get out. His twitter account is @drg1985
Rob Burke is Co-founder of Something Something Productions, a theatre company based in Niagara-on-the-Lake. He is Youth Program Director at Playhouse Theatre Group. Rob, myself and my co-host Mike Soltys sat down to talk theatre, niagara, highschool memories and more. Visit www.somethingsomethingproductions.ca.
Marty Allen is a Niagara born recording artist. Marty writes original honky-tonk and rockabilly music and also performs Johnny Cash cover tunes in and around the Niagara Region. His music and show dates can be found at www.martyallenband.com
James Townsend is a rap artist who goes by the name of Jack $%#&&. He has many rap battles under his belt in KOTD and has been working on an album for some time. His latest video 'The Screening' by PaperCutsRock (one of his groups) can be found on YouTube.
DDS is a hip-hop producer who is best known for his billboard charting song with artist Dej Loaf entitled 'Try Me'. He offers information and feedback to producers and artists through his YouTube channel and often makes use of livestreams when making beats. DDS can be found on twitter and instagram at @DDS825.
In this special mid-week episode, I share some DEEKAST stats, review a recent Hip-Hop show in St. Catharines, and Nick Carr and I discuss Sean Spicer's comments today about Hitler, as well as the general Syria picture. Nick Carr says the Trump administration is George Bush term 5. Is he right? Has the deep serpentine state gotten to Trump? Also we talk about Kendrick Lamar meeting with the Honourable Minister Farrakhan, and other stuff.
Pete Voynavich is a professor of graphic design at Niagara College. He was slightly abusive to me during my time under his rule but it was my fault for using red and black colour schemes too often. Pete likes 90s hip-hop, baseball, and illustration.
St. Catharines Collegiate and Sir Winston Churchill high school students will tell you Bill Huizer is a legend of a teacher. He is also referred to as Mr. Huizer Jr. out of respect for and so not to be confused with Mr. Huizer Sr.
Mr. Huizer Jr taught me english in gr 11 and 12. He also teaches math. I asked him about the goods and bads of the Ontario education system. Doesn't all that memorization and testing numb our brains or something? Mr. Huizer Jr lets us know, and cautions us about using Ted Talks as a magic pill for education.
James M. is a rap artist from Welland, Ontario. James is featured on my last album DER!US. James is the lead of the band Donny Yonder, check their album 'Over There' on Spotify or YouTube. Visit www.donnyyonder.com.
Esteemed colleague Nicholas Carr joins us again for the 5 time, 5 time, 5 time. We talk Trump (bing bong), Sweden, North Korea, China, PewdiePie and Pokemon Go generation 2! Also we debunk a Nick Carr generated conspiracy theory about a Knife sharpening service that drives around St. Catharines in a Ice Cream truck playing music.
Chavis Chandler is a Hip-Hop/Soul artist from east side 7mile Detroit. He is a tough artist to describe without listening to his music. Versatility is one word that comes to mind. A soulful voice with gritty overtones, and a rap skill beyond what we're used to within the last 5 years of Hip-Hop. I was lucky to collaborate on a couple of tracks with him "CB4 ft. Lo Sport and Earlly Mac" and "Let You Go ft. Supakaine". I called up Chav to ask him about Detroit life, his influences, the music 'industry' in Detroit and what's next for his tunes. CHOPPP!!!
DJ Frank Vinatra is a DJ from Toronto who DJs from the 416 to the 905. He can be heard every long weekend on 93.5 WBLK. He's worked with artists such as French Montana, Akon, Beenie Man, PartyNextDoor and Tory Lanez. He has been a staple of St. Catharines party life for some years and is my favourite DJ to turn UP to. Check out his website at www.thisisfrankvinatra.com
E.U.Afool AKA Ev8r is a rap artist from St. Catharines and part of the Choom Gang. Visit homeofmusicexpression.com or search The Choom Room on YouTube. E.U.Afool just released an album entitled The Cacophony of Christ Conciousness. We break down over 2.5 hours what the album means, if 911 was an inside job, why Trump sucks, how the Choom Gang started and what the concept of TimeSpace is.
Thoby G is a talented rap artist from St. Catharines, Ontario born in Brooklyn NYC. Thoby and I collaborated on the 2014 song "Dance" available on YouTube. Thoby is my spirit animal. We talk about the rap game, growing up in Brooklyn and the possibility that The Annunaki are just rappers from another planet who need bling.
St. Catharines resident, graphic designer, artist, costume design hobbyist and "Squirrel Mom" Lisa Mancini (@lisa.mancinerh) discusses the gifts and curses bestowed upon her by squirrel mother nature. Lisa recently had a video of her and her adopted squirrel go viral on the internet receiving 16 million hits. It all started in Montabello Park. Lisa also designs and sells clothing and other artwork on Etsy (SaltyMermaidDesign).
It's the 2016 Deekast holiday special. Featuring: A new interview with Nick Carr wrapping up 2016 and projecting the O'Leary / Trump duo. An encore presentation of part of my interview with David W. Mathisen of the Mathisen Corollary blog discussing the hidden truths behind christmas traditions, as well as a group podcast from the christmas party with the Taylor Ave. gang (Taylor, Jake, Deek) and our friends A-Dru, Carly, Cassy and Emily.
Jacob Bergsma (@Mr_Bergsma) is a comedian, rapper, actor, and former backyard wrestler. He is the front man of the Canadian brass-hop band My Son The Hurricane who just finished a nation wide tour. We chit chat about everything from side-chain compression to ice wine. Be sure to let him know on Facebook or Twitter what your pick is for best niagara music release of 2016 as he will be broadcasting the 2nd annual Niagara Music Year in Review on local 610CKTB AM over the holiday season.
Mike Soltys (@Darminian) returns to the Deekast to talk some PC gaming, Hideo Kojima, white privilege, feminism, racism, when anti-racism becomes racism, weed legalization, Trudeau, and other stuff we barely know about. Why is it a coincidence that people who want less guns are seemingly pro-choice. Why are people who deny climate change's impacts called racist often, because of their views on immigration. Why do we lump all climate change denial into one camp of 'idiocy'. Are there arguments to be made on the severity of climate change, or how much is man-made, or how imminent the problem is? Why does Al Gore own an ocean-side mansion and fly a private jet?
"@Hydrolis" is a Niagara born PHD student at McGill as well as a reporter/blogger on e-Sport events. A really pro dude and one of my BEST BUDS. We chat about college/university tuitions, degrees, the job market for millennials, and how we've been navigating all that jazz.
Sayzee is a hip-hop recording artist from St. Catharines. Sayzee has been making waves in the Niagara/GTA music scene for some years. Sayzee just finished a Dragonball Z inspired rap trilogy that has caught traction on YouTube and SoundCloud. His latest track 'I'm Not Cool' can be found on his SoundCloud page. The rest of his extensive discography can be found on BandCamp, iTunes & Soundcloud.
Follow @SayzeeSoyaSauce on all social media platforms.
My friend Calvin McCormick tells me all about the wonderful world of analog sound. Calvin runs McCormick Analog in Ottawa –– a vintage pedal and amp repair shop specializing in building custom amplifiers and effects pedals.
The Niagara String Band, lead by Alex Andrews and Shawn Fehlow, a St. Catharines based acoustic band that focuses on traditional and pre war era music; primarily from the early recording and sheet music era of the 20th Century.
Marcel is a very talented rap artist and is 1/2 of the group Moofeek & Deek (me) which release Couch Fame in 2012. I was a fan of his music before I knew him. Eventually we met and ended up doing a song called Hell Yeah.
In the summer of 2012 I lived by myself in a big house by the Pen Centre where the rent was dirt cheap due to some ongoing renovations. We built a studio out of cardboard boxes and recorded a whole album. In between takes and beat sessions we would smoke joints on a couch Donny gave me on the porch. See deer and talk about life at 3am. Then we finished the album, threw a show at the Pepper and brought the couch on stage and rapped on it. Some of you were there––it was a fun time. Eventually this lead to many collaborations in the city for us, forming a label and also a band called Grizzly Planet.
We still make music, but back then there was a great learning and growing experience going on and those times will never be repeated in the same way. That was t
@2oolman (Tim Hill) is an amazing hip-hop producer and one of my biggest influences. I caught up with him in Toronto after a set with his group A Tribe Called Red at George Strombo's house to chat about the group, his journey making beats and the current political climate.
A Tribe Called Red is a Canadian electronic music group, who blend instrumental hip hop, reggae, moombahton and dubstep-influenced dance music with elements of First Nations music, particularly vocal chanting and drumming. Based in Ottawa, Ontario, the group consists of three DJs: Ian "DJ NDN" Campeau (of the Nipissing First Nation), Tim "2oolman" Hill (Mohawk, of the Six Nations of the Grand River), and Bear Witness (of the Cayuga First Nation).
I spoke with Peter Jensen about geopolitics. We discuss the geo-strategic importance of Eastern Europe, the proxy war of Syria, deception by governments, and the importance of seeking multiple sources of information and fact checking in today's society.
David Warner Mathisen is an author of several books including The Mathisen Corollary, The Undying Stars, and Star Myths of The World and How To Interpret Them.
David is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the United States Army’s Ranger School, and Texas A&M University, where he earned a Masters degree in Literature prior to returning to teach at the Academy.
His work and extensive blog can be found at www.starmythworld.com or follow him on twitter @davidwmathisen
My friend Mike (@Darminian) is a cool guy who likes video games. I like them too. More within, please enter show now. Also look up the Zelda Marathon by Big Brothers Big Sisters Niagara, and go to that.
Phil Pollard (@Anarchistician) is a data scientist and co-hosts the podcast Center Mass, a gun news podcast (@CenterMassCast). Phil is a supporter of the anarchist movement. We discussed how all of these things relate.
Zain Velji is a Senior Engagement Strategists specializing in campaign strategy, grassroots advocacy and behavioural economics. Zain is the co-creator and host of the highly-rated political podcast, The Strategists which dissects the strategies of political campaigns, parties and governments and is the inspiration of the CBC Television and Radio panel of the same name that Zain appears on weekly.
Zain brings more than a decade of public policy, political strategy and technology experience, while holding senior positions on several political campaigns in Canada and in the United States, while also working on the campaigns of Naheed Nenshi, the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns and the 2012 campaign of US Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Plaid Klaus (@PlaidKlaus) is a comic book artist living and working in New York City. His work encompasses graphic design, digital marketing, comic book illustration, game design and more. His latest comic project is called Turncoat and can be found at www.turncoatcomic.com
Joseph "Joe" Frederick Motiki is a Canadian television host and performer. A Toronto native, In March 1995, Motiki became co-host of The TVOkids Crawlspace, TVOntario's after school block of children's programs, Patty and Joe appeared in live interstitial breaks between shows such as Art Attack, The Magic School Bus, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. He retired from the Crawlspace on May 30, 1999. You may also remember Joe as the voice of Metabee from the show Medabots (1999-2004). Joe and I talk 90s, TVOkids, life, relationships, and the meaning of the word genius.
Greg Smith is a professor of Graphic Design at Niagara College in Welland, Ontario. Follow @blindpigpress on Instagram or visit www.blindpigpress.com. Greg uses handset metal and wood types to print 'stuff'. He also enjoys The Pitbull.
Leonard Turton has been working in democratic education for over 40 years. He founded his own democratic day school, Odyssey House Community School, in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada in 1971. He has worked in state schools where he developed Club House Democracy, which used democratic methods in traditional classroom settings. Leonard came to A.S. Neill’s Summerhill School in 2002 and has been the Class 2 teacher as well as a Curriculum Advisor and the school’s Education Manager. He was a founding member of the European Democratic Education Community and served two terms on its Executive Council. Leonard now works in Spain through Summerhill Democratics to assist individuals, groups, teachers, parents, NGO's create their own democratic schools based on the Summerhill Model.
"@Hydrolis" is a Niagara born PHD student at McGill as well as a reporter/blogger on e-Sport events. What the heck is Epidemiology? And why do they pay people to play video games? What the HECK?
Episode 2 features my conversation with my long time friend Musaab live from Tripoli, Lybia. What is it like to move to Canada to start grade 3, return to Lybia shortly after 911, and live through the Arab Spring and subsequent removal of the "mad dog" Muammar Gaddafi?