A not-so-serious look at the talented people in and around St. Louis and the midwest at large. Host Jordan Phoenix talks with entrepreneurs, creators, hustlers, and entertainers for his own personal enjoyment, and maybe yours too.
In this special episode, I talk with my longtime friend Greg Haupt about his recent colorectal cancer diagnosis. Cancer treatment during a pandemic has been especially tough. We talk face-to-face in the garage (20' away both wearing masks) in this very special episode. Also, I don't swear (almost) the entire time.
Blake Armstrong is a Hollywood movie poster artist - also creating icon artwork for bands like In Flames & Slayer. He was most importantly the artist we worked with for the "Miracle" music video poster for Story of the Year. You've seen his work. Movie posters like: Stranger Things, Sonic the Hedgehog, Ready Player One, BumbleBee, Spiderman, For V. Ferrari, & SO many more! Enjoy the show.
Check Blake's work out on IG @spaceboycomics
Patrick Lawrence is a 6x Sundance Film Editor. He stops by the garage for a socially distanced discussion where we dig into his career, what keeps him going, and keeping on during COVID. He drove all the way from LA to be on the show, so give him a listen! Here are a few cool things he's currently working on:
Editor - @BondingNetflix
Director - @tattoos.and.turnpikes
Drummer - @nothing.still
Adam Russell (bassist of Story of The Year) joins me yet again - but now IN REAL LIFE! We talk about some heavy stuff, including a smidge of COVID, some Black Lives Matter, Me Too, and motivations for success (or a lack thereof). We're all over the place, but it was so good to see and talk with Adam again in real life. FUCK COVID!
Katie Collier is a super successful mom, chef, entrepreneur, and leader in the St. Louis Culinary World. NBD.
For real though, I've known Katie a while and I've always been impressed with her execution of an idea, and it's ability to tie back to family/cause in a way that's real and heartfelt. We talked about that, and what's up with Katie's, frozen foods, long walks, and being able to adapt. Quick.
Follow @katiespizzaandpasta on IG and as of today (6/8) go to Katie's and eat pizza on the patio!!!
This episode is in collaboration with @supergiantworld as part of our Coronacast series.
Ricky stays in music, plays a bunch of instruments, including guitar in Foxing, and nearly everything in his solo projects. We checked in with him, a touring musician, during an uncertain time to see how he's holding up and what's keeping him inspired/creative/optimistic and all of that.
Ricky and I have been friends a minute, and I've always admired his kind and calm demeanor. It was so nice to check in on FaceTime and say what's up. Hope you enjoy this talk, and follow Ricky @enriquesampsonthethird on IG!
This episode is in collaboration with @supergiantworld as part of our Coronacast series.
Adam Russell (bassist of Story of The Year) joins me again for another hang - this time remotely - to talk about his new podcast Thank The Maker. Plus, we talk about SOTY things past, present, and future. And inevitably, we get into life locked down during the pandemic. I'm back baby! High energy all around.
CoronaCast is a special recurring BONUS show featuring Jordan Phoenix & Corey Smale. Two friends sharing their thoughts on the quickly changing circumstances and landscape of the Covid-19 pandemic. Quarantined and socially-distanced conversations for your listening pleasure.
Sean Baltzell is a pillar of the "The Grove" entertainment district in St. Louis, MO. He is an owner/partner of Tower Classic Tattooing, Knife and Flag, Scorpion Front Publishing, Union Barbershop, HomeGrown Hair Co., Parlor, Takashima Records, & Cúrador.
We recorded this episode just before I went out of town and shit hit the Covid-19 fan. So enjoy this Coronoa-free episode with a really inspiring entrepreneur.
Also, check out goodforthegrove.org to help feed many of the people that keep The Grove alive. It's a really creative way to take care of the chefs, line cooks, bartenders, security, staff & more who make The Grove what it is. They need our help!
Dan Drake (aka Dr. Dan, aka Dancakes) is a world-renowned pancake artist based out of St. Louis. We talk about his start in the pancake game, corona virus conspiracies, his new board/tarot game, and who he’s voting for. Carb load with me on this one bro!
Bob Brazell is the owner of Byrd & Barrel, The Tenderloin Room, & Tamm Ave Bar. Bob talks about a health scare, the balancing act of running so many very different restaurants, and lots more. Recorded live at Nomad inside of Tamm Ave Bar. Get it!
Kevin K Neumann is the events manager at the Moonrise Hotel in STL. He shares some stories about his often odd occupation, dealing with some really heavy family stuff, and tips for wedding speeches. Plus more.
Lux is a radio personality on 105.7 The Point in St. Louis. She is also a social media guru, animal activist, & influencer. Lux is very open about some of the big struggles she's been through in the last few years. We get into some of that, but also talk about pooping our pants. Enjoy.
Matty Merch run all of the merch from huge international artists like Taylor Swift, plus literally every other huge tour in the US and abroad. Tim Trad is an entrepreneur in the clothing world and is currently filming a documentary of Matt as they travel to all 31 NHL arenas (seeing a hockey game at each in 31 consecutive days. They're flying to about half and driving a sweet "tiny-house" van to the other half.
Follow them on their journey on IG @31in31_
Matty - @mattymerch
Tim - @timtrad
William Ryan Key is a singer/songwriter/author and former frontman of Yellowcard. He joins me and returning guest Adam "the Skull" Russell (bassist of Story of the Year) to promote their new podcast "Thank the Maker". We talk about lots of stuff too, but you'll have to listen to find out exactly what. That's how it works, bro.
Joey Goldsmith is a video editor, vfx artist and DP. Ben is a director & editor. They both work at Hubbard Radio which is home to your favorite STL stations including The Point, KSHE & the Arch.
Let's get silly on this one.
It's my birthday! And because this last year was especially awesome, I thought I'd take the time to thank some of the incredible people & brands I worked with as a 32-year-old.
(sorry if I forgot you in advance)
Here's the reel of music videos I shot the last year of my life:
See you Wednesday.
Nick Lambrou is a director & editor who has worked with huge bands like 30 Seconds to Mars, Deftones, Goldfinger, Story of the Year, Bullets & Octane, & many many more.
He is an old friend and someone I looked up to for a long time. He has dealt with some heavy mental health stuff, so I'm super grateful that he found the time to join me on the podcast. He was a pleasure to talk with, & I REALLY hope you enjoy our candid conversation.
Justin Harris owns Saint Louis Hop Shop with his brother on Cherokee Street. He is a pillar of the community there, but more importantly, I went to high school with him. We talk about how he got his business up and running against huge obstacles, the disappearance of the "deseg program" in St. Louis county schools, the art of the grind, and more. This show guys. Seriously, every episode is better than the last.
Follow him on IG @saintlouishopshop
Ryan Phillips plays guitar in Story of the Year. He is also a photographer, American Ninja Warrior, mountain climber, family man, and friend.
Ryan likes to "get deep", so I do my best to oblige for about 2 hours.
Follow him on IG @ryan_t_phillips (for now)
Follow Story of the Year on IG @storyoftheyearband
Mvstermind is a hip-hop artist, producer, and entrepreneur from St. Louis, Missouri. He has a shoe deal w/ Dr. Scholls, has been covered by just about every local and regional publication, was featured on the NPR 20 Artists To Watch In 2019 List, & has songs featured on FUSE, BET, & TIDAL.
He stops by the basement to catch me up on what he's been up to, we talk future music videos, & more.
Follow him on IG @mvstermind
Christian Ethridge is the owner and head chef at Taco Circus - a trendy/hip tex-mex restaurant on "the Hill" in St. Louis, MO. Christian goes deep w/ Jordan about the long journey to his success in the restaurant biz including underground hip-hop shows, struggles w/ drug use, working for bad bosses, and moving between his native Austin, Texas & St. Louis.
Porter McKnight plays bass for the band Atreyu. He is joined in studio with fellow bass player Adam Russell of Story of the Year. Porter talks about recording their most recent album with mega-producer John Feldmann, work-life balance, The Photo Odessy, and much much more.
Follow him on IG @portermcknight
Laura Windisch is the owner & executive chef of Stacked STL. We talk about her start in the culinary world, rumors of how Stacked came to be, and her dislike of ranch dressing.
Follow her on IG @StackedSTL
Corey Smale is a marketing guru, past owner of Good Fortune restaurant & Strange Donuts, current marketing manager for Stag Beer, and the brain behind SuperGiantWorld. He and Jordan have worked on many projects together, including the first Stag Beer commercial in more than 50 years. Corey doesn't eat the donut on this episode, but we still love him.
Follow him on IG @SuperGiantWorld
Chris Bauer is a photographer, dancer, and possible part-time co-host of the Jordan Phoenix Show. He has been on lots of shoots & projects with Jordan over the last few years and has become a good friend. This is the first of many episodes featuring this wacky and intensely creative guest.
Follow him on IG @cbauerphoto
Jon Michael Ryan is a DP and director. He is the mind behind TangentMind™ (TM™). He's lensed series for Netflix and Go90 and has operated ShotOver™ systems out of helicopters. He does not own a Tesla. And we talk about why not in this episode. We also play "Fart or Squeak" and drink LaCroix.
Moon Valjean is the frontman of Greek Fire, guitarist in Goldfinger, and former guitarist in Story of the Year. Plus, he's a host on morning radio's Rizzuto Show and a million other things. We talk about music videos we've made together, hustle & grit, and his recent "European" tour with Goldfinger.
Follow Moon here: @hereliesmoon @GREEKFIRE & @GoldfingerMusic
True Colors Music Video: https://youtu.be/mzgQh-EtjxU
Greek Fire Remembers Matt Amelung videos: https://youtu.be/D-by7Oz9tuI
Ben Vogelsang is a producer/director/DP for Hubbard Communications (The Point, KSHE, New Country) and also the co-director of almost every music video I've shot over the last 2 years. He's also an accomplished concert photographer and lover.
See his work and give him a follow @ideamachinestl