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The DIY Creative with Eban Crawford

The DIY Creative with Eban Crawford

By Senator Jaiz (Eban Crawford)
Following independent musician and composer Senator Jaiz as he lives the DIY artist life.
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To Be Happy, Don't Make Everything About You: Sniper Episode One
Intro by Mark Yoshimoto Nimcoff. I had an interaction with a person once that could have spiraled out of control. Luckily, it did not. Still, it highlighted the dangers of making every situation be about yourself. I'll explain in the episode. This is the first Sniper episode, these are in-the-moment recordings I try to get out quickly when something comes to mind. Senator Jaiz Links
September 03, 2022
This is Really Happening
I finally thought of new things to say. Damn, that took a long time! Senator Jaiz dot Rocks Senator Jaiz Linktree
September 01, 2022
Ep. 43: So I Got Sick, Real Sick, Here Is The Story
Life can throw curve balls at us. I am in the middle of one right now. I got sick. Here is the story.
May 29, 2021
DIY Creative EP. 42: A Conversation With Phenylalanine
Electronic producer Phenylalanine visits us for this episode!   My Instagram   Phenylalanine Links:  Instagram    Soundcloud    Bandcamp 
March 22, 2021
Ep. 41: A Conversation With Artist Tie Dye Beats
Another week and another episode. Today we talk to a producer out of the UK that makes experimental and chill Hip Hop flavored music. It is a great conversation with Tie Dye Beats!  Tie Dye Beats  Instagram:  Spotify: 
March 02, 2021
Ep. 40: A Conversation With Instrumental Hip Hop Artist SkidmatiK
Today we talk with instrumental Hip Hop artist SkidmatiK, Jeff Williams. We talk life, being indie, and music. Enjoy!   My Links  Jeff's Links SKidmatiK on YouTube  On Spotify  On Facebook  SkidmatiK on the web
February 26, 2021
Ep. 39: Releases, No Shows, and Plan B's
I had several interviews scheduled, and none of them showed up for the recording. I did not have a plan B, so we had no shows. In these situations a plan b is important, but in your career, plan b's are deadly. So let's talk about it. Also, new releases from my side project Souls Leak Liquid Silver and my label mate, Skidmatik! Souls Leak Liquid Silver album Meditative Noise Fissure on Spotify Skidmatik When is When, What Is What on Spotify
February 19, 2021
Ep 38: A Talk With New York Based Rapper Nino Bederan, The Submariner
In this episode, we have a great discussion with a young rapper based in New York named Nino Bederan, also known as the Submariner.  We hit on so many topics and I have to say Nino impressed me a lot. If you are an independent artist there is a lot to unpack in this episode. Nino also has a new single coming out on January 22. So here we go! Nino's Website Nino's Instagram Preorder the new single Sully My Name Senatorjaiz dot Rocks
January 18, 2021
Ep. 37: Make 2021 The Year of YOUR Passion
For this year, do yourself a favor and make your creations. Te things that fire YOu up. Quit trying to fit into someone else's ideas or passions. Do You!
January 12, 2021
Ep.36:Season 4 Is NOW! A Talk With Super Fan Nate Etheridge
To Start Season Four we are going in a bit of a different direction. Today we are talking to the person you NEED consuming your creations. Nate Etheridge!   Well, not Nate specifically, but super fans. Those folks will help propel your career and will always be loyal. Nate is that type of fan.  Enjoy the show! voice- 650.248.2774
December 24, 2020
DIY Creative Season Four Coming Soon
Let's get this train rolling again.
November 18, 2020
Ep: 35 Do Your Thing and Don’t Rent Space in Your Head
People will try to bring you down. Most often the problem is on their side, in their head, they just want you to fell as bad as they do. Don’t fall for it!
August 27, 2020
Ep 34: Hold Your Creativity Sacred and Don't Act Your Age
Recently I was told someone thinks I should act my age. What they mean is conform to the way they think I should live my life. No way! We creatives are a quirky, odd bunch, and we are important in society. We should always hold our creativity sacred, especially when confronted by the “normal” world. A world without quirky creatives is a world without music, art, comics, movies, novels, and on and on. Don’t ever cave in to other's views on how you should live. Always be creative.
July 18, 2020
Ep 33: Netflix Shady Business Shows No Loyalty To Subscribers
Corporate media strikes again. Netflix started out as the answer to network silliness. Now it may be an even bigger part of the problem. They take our money but show no loyalty to subscribers.  Links to everything Senator Jaiz below:
July 15, 2020
EP 30: A Chat With Multidiscipline Artist Eric Knisley
We have a treat today as we get to talk with the multidiscipline artist Eric Knisley. We are talking about drawing, 3D, animation, dome multimedia, music, and more!    Check out some of Eric's stuff:  And here are the Exquisite Corpses!    Check Out my Stuff Too!
June 18, 2020
EP. 32: A Chat With Nate Beaudry aka: Chef Elf
Do you have what it takes to release new music to the internet every day for 500 days? Well, our guest today does. Let's chat with Nate Beaudry, aka: Chef Elf as he talks about music and his show, "The Deep Purple Podcast" The Deep Purple Podcast Chef Elf on Instagram Pre-order my next album coming June 4! and get a FREE song download!
June 03, 2020
EP 31: A Conversation With British Rockers Verity White
This is a gem. We talk with Alex and Verity from Verity White. We touch in some amazing topics. This is a must see for indie artists around the world! Https://
May 29, 2020
EP 29: A Chat With Joey Fazzone from the Band Seven On Sunday
This episode we welcome Joey Fazzone, The guitarist, singer, and songwriter from the band Seven On Sunday. We have a great chat, but we also have an enemy in this episode. The ZOOM meeting we had was full of technical glitches, so there is some odd editing in this one. Also, due to the tech problems I had to compress the audio quite a lot. Still, it is the content that counts, and I think you will get a lot out of this one. Check out Joey and Seven on Sunday at Check out what I have going on, and my album pre-save at
May 21, 2020
EP 28: A Conversation With Embers aka Musician Larry Miller
We hit a lot of topics in episode 28 of The DIY Creative Podcast. Our guest for this episode is Embers, the musical moniker of musician and composer Larry Miller. We talk about being an indie artist, his influences, tips and advice, and Yngwie Malmsteen.  We also get to listen to his latest song, Where Were You. Enjoy! Find Embers online HERE Pre-order my new album which drops June 4th HERE
May 17, 2020
Ep 27: A Conversation With Indian Producer Ishan Mukherjee
This is a new day and a new format. The show will now be focused on chats with independent artists. First up we have Ishan Mukherjee, a music producer from India who has just released the album Olden Daze. We have a very interesting chat for you! You can find Ishan's album HERE And his Instagram HERE Follow me at My new album is out June 4th. Pre-order HERE
May 13, 2020
Ep. 26: On Talent And Authority, Don’t Feed the Haters, Be YOU!
As a creative we want to be good and to be liked. This however can lead to bad consequences. You should always be your authentic self and play to your tribe. People will try to bring you down. Learn to ignore them and be the best YOU! Don’t feed the haters. Put in your work and grow your tribe.
July 10, 2019
Ep. 25: Update on 20 Days Of Focus and My Fight With Sony Music
In this episode I talk about how the 20 Days of Focus Challenge from Adam Ivy is going. I also close the chapter of my fight against Sony Music Group over rights to my own intellectual property. Enjoy!
July 09, 2019
Ep 24: Check Out This 20 Day Challenge from Adam Ivy, I'm IN!
I have a brief update on my battle with Sony Music Group. Hint: I WON! Full Details on that in the next Episode. In this episode I want to tell you about a great 20 day challenge that starts on July 2, 2019. This is the brainchild of Adam Ivy, a guy that as a creative you should be following.  This challenge is 20 days, five rules, and could make a huge difference in your life. I describe the challenge in this episode and I hope you join me in taking it on. Here is a video Adam did explaining the 20 Days of Focus Challenge Let's do this!   Opening by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff  Mark's Podcast and Website
July 01, 2019
Ep. 22 Sony Media Group Is Trying To Steal Rights To My Music
So things are getting weird here. SMG also know as Sony Media Group has filed a claim against 49 seconds of my 2017 single Star Stuff. This is the song I released just before Moogfest 2017. This is a song that I own all rights to, both publishing and writing. I was able to make an appeal, if you can call it that, and Sony has until July 1 to respond. Check out the whole tale up to this point in today’s episode. I will update as this goes on. Opening by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff  Mark's Podcast and Website
June 27, 2019
Episode 22 And Now For Something Almost Completely Different
Here we go. As I said yesterday, things are changing. New Horizons! Things mentioned on the show... ep.22 diy New Electronic Music Podcast MIB Podcast Video for Beginners Spotify Updates
June 15, 2019
New Horizons...Episode 21 How to Build and Maintain an Audience
The title should add, and how not to build and maintain an audience. I talk about how I shot myself in the foot here with this podcast and my audience. I also talk about how things will be better moving forward.
June 14, 2019
The Darkness...And An iPhone Hack
A couple of friends recently had trouble charging their iPhones, one even brought it to Apple and charged a lot. I have a hack that may help you if you have the same problem. Then, the Darkness! Not actual Darkness, but the band. I use them as an example of genre and how to produce music that is different from your current style.
June 13, 2019
Episode 19: Three Ideas That I Live By To Make Life Better
I have three ideas, or ideals that I live my life by. I have developed the ideas over my 50 years. They are: 1. The Rule of Percentages 2. The Taco Bell Theory of The World 3. Little Blue Marble Check out the show for more! Let me know what you think at Pre-Save This Crawl on Spotify before it drops! Paul Kyriazi Paul Bond Life by Paul Kyriazi Opening by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff Mark's Podcast and Website
March 27, 2019
Episode 18 The LAUNCH!
One of the coolest, and yet scariest, times for an artist is the launch. Setting your creations out to the world. I am facing that now with a new single coming out. Let's have a discussion of the launch. Also, I have my new song at the end. It is an industrial ambient song titles This Crawl. Pre-Save This Crawl on Spotify before it drops! Paul Kyriazi Paul Bond Life by Paul Kyriazi Opening by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff Mark's Podcast and Website
March 25, 2019
Episode 17 Removing Resistance In Your Artistic Life To Thrive
One of the worse things we as artists face is resistance, or obstacles, to creating our work. The crazy thing is as creatives we often manufacture our own resistance. Let's challenge each other to remove the resistance holding us back. Let me know how resistance has worked against you and any strategies you use to overcome these obstacles! Paul Kyriazi Paul Bond Life by Paul Kyriazi Steven Pressfield The War of Art Opening by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff Mark's Podcast and Website
March 22, 2019
Episode 16 Just One More Thing!
In this episode I talk about something that often gets in the way of creating. I know it is common in musicians and such, but I don't know about other creative types. I am talking about the need for more gear. That one piece of gear that will complete you, or even getting so much gear you start to suffer from choice fatigue. I also talk about not letting the influence of others force you to go into gear acquisition mode to the detriment of your work.  Leave me a message for future shows and we can revisit this topic. Paul Kyriazi Paul Bond Life by Paul Kyriazi Opening by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff Mark's Podcast and Website
March 20, 2019
Ep 15 On Loss
In this episode I talk about loss as it pertains to creative types. Senator Jaiz on Patreon Opening by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff Mark's Podcast and Website
December 06, 2018
Ep 14: I'm Back
It is time to get going again. Yes! I have a couple of announcements in this episode. I am playing a huge gig for the Raleigh New Year celebrations and I have launched my Patreon! Senator Jaiz on Patreon Opening by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff Mark's Podcast and Website
November 11, 2018
Ep 13: Don't Make This Mistake
When trying to build your fanbase, always avoid this mistake! Opening by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff Mark's Podcast and Website
August 20, 2018
Ep 12 The Rut
Some say writer's block is not real. I say it is just a rut. Here is a way of tackling that rut! Opening by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff Mark's Podcast and Website
August 11, 2018
Ep 11 Don’t Strive for Perfect
Don’t strive for perfect if that keeps you from creating. Opening by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff Mark's Podcast and Website
August 02, 2018
EP 10 Artists Don’t Eat Your Own
In the Modern era of the DIY and Indie arts scene, other artists are not taking your spot in success. It is not a zero sum game. Find YOUR tribe and build your success, and don’t begrudge others. The is room for all. Opening by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff Mark's Podcast and Website Martin Brossman
July 29, 2018
Ep 9 Find Your Mentors and Execute Your Plans
On the internet it is always possible to find people that have been successful at the things you want to achieve. It is also possible to learn the steps they took and replicate them. This episode is about finding your mentors. New Opening by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff Mark's Podcast and Website Martin Brossman
July 22, 2018
Ep 8 The Challenge
I recently had a challenge laid on me by success coach Martin Brossman. Part of that challenge is that I be transparent about what happens during the challenge. So here is my first bit of transparency. New Opening by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff Mark's Podcast and Website Martin Brossman
July 19, 2018
Ep 7 Cultivate Your Inner Circle
Be very selfish in who you let into your inner creative circle. In this episode I talk about having multiple personal circles for your creative life.
July 02, 2018
Ep 6 Inertia is Your Friend So Don't Let It Slip Away
It has been a while between episodes here. I went on a grand adventure, then life stepped in and i lost my inertia. It is hard to get back in motion once you have stopped moving. I talk about this in Episode 7. New Opening by Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff Mark's Podcast and Website
June 28, 2018
Ep 5 Get Started While You Still Have a Pulse
I talk about how it is never too late to start with your art. Truth is, there is a point where it is too late, when you no longer have a pulse. I talk in this episode about a health scare that has put things into perspective.
June 01, 2018
Ep 4 Surround Yourself With People That Enrich Your Creativity
As Creatives, we sometimes close ourselves off to the world under the guise of being busy and needing to focus to create. Then blocks form. In this episode I talk about the best way to fuel your creativity and get rid of blocks. Surround yourself with people that do what you do, hopefully even better than you at what you do.
May 24, 2018