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A Song Called Life

A Song Called Life

By Osi Atikpoh
A Song Called Life is a long form podcast hosted by musician Osi Atikpoh with guests that include artists, comedians, experts, and entrepreneurs. For those that enjoy real conversation and learning new things.
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Episode #42: Steve Fister

A Song Called Life

Episode #91: Kasey Ma
Kasey Ma is a fashion/lifestyle blogger, an influencer, Twitch streamer, and business owner. Kasey joins Osi to discuss her entrepreneurial journey, the challenges she had to overcome, and crucial lessons learned along the way. They also discuss some of Kasey's new business ventures, tips for new Twitch streamers,  and more.
September 22, 2022
Episode #90: Ahmed Al-Kadri
Ahmed joins Osi to discuss how he got his start in stand up comedy, our thoughts on how comedy has changed over the years, his decision to quit his job and bet on himself, and more. Ahmed Al-Kadri is a stand up comedian and actor based in Los Angeles, CA. He's known for Warriors of Stone, Cat Caller, and Back to the 80s.
September 15, 2022
Episode #89: Butts - To Lift or Not To Lift?
Dr. Joubin Gabbay joins Osi to discuss how the “perfect body” has changed throughout history, the mental/emotional journey that patients experience throughout their plastic surgery journey and of course, the Brazilian Butt Lift. Practicing in the heart of Beverly Hills, California, Dr. Joubin Gabbay, MD is a board-certified plastic surgeon who uses innovative techniques and a wealth of knowledge to ensure all his patients feel confident and beautiful. He received his medical degree from The Medical College of Virginia after completing his undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Gabbay then pursued a residency in general surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and finished fellowship training in plastic surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles.
September 08, 2022
Episode #88: Malik Bazille
Malik joins Osi to discuss his journey as a stand-up comedian, working with Michael B. Jordan on the set of Creed, his experience as co-host of The Fighter and The Kid, and more. Malik Bazille is an actor, comedian, and writer, known for Creed, Burning Sands, and The Fighter and The Kid.
September 01, 2022
Episode #87: Reality Winner
Reality and Osi discuss her decision to leak a classified government document to the media, her time spent in prison, and more.  Reality Leigh Winner is a former American intelligence specialist, charged with removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet. On June 3, 2017, Winner was arrested on suspicion of leaking an intelligence report about Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections to the news website The Intercept. Prosecutors said her sentence was the longest ever imposed in federal court for an unauthorized release of government information to the media.
August 25, 2022
Episode #86: "Yes, And..."
Miles joins Osi to discuss his experience both as an improv comedy performer and co-host of the 'May I Elaborate' podcast with JB Smoove. They also talk about how Miles was introduced to comedy as a kid, the similarities between music and improv, and Miles' new book, "The Tyrell Show: Season One." Question: Would you rather be the world's best tuba player or an okay guitar player? (you probably know our answer) Miles Grose is an experienced sketch and improv comedy performer. He is a NYC native and during his time there he studied with comedy guru Steve Kaplan at The Manhattan Punchline Theater and heralded Second City alumnus Martin Friedberg at The Original Improv. As a sketch performer, Miles was a regular on the sketch scene counting The Comic Strip, Stand Up NY and The New York Comedy club as some of his regular haunts. Miles is now based in Los Angeles and over the years he has continued his development in the improv world. He studied at The Groundlings and perform.
August 18, 2022
Episode #85: "You Think Pauly D and Mozart Would Get Along?"
Lukasz joins Osi to discuss his experience as a cast member in HBO's FBoy Island, what he learned from that experience, the effort and sacrifice required to be a concert pianist, and more. Lukasz Yoder is a concert pianist and reality tv star well known for being on season 2 of HBO's FBoy Island. To learn more about Lukasz, visit
August 11, 2022
Episode #84: Mato Wayuhi
Mato joins Osi to discuss his experiences both as an artist and composer, writing the music for FX/Hulu series Reservation Dogs, why it’s special for him to contribute music to indigenous film/tv projects, his creative process, and more.  Mato Wayuhi is a multidisciplinary artist originally from South Dakota. He works in film/TV both as a producer and musical composer, as well as writing his own music, garnering critical acclaim from NPR, Amazon Music, and Apple Music. Most notably, Mato is the composer for the award-winning FX/Hulu series Reservation Dogs. "Mato’s music is everything that good Indigenous art is right now. We are in a Renaissance and his music speaks directly to that movement. It’s unapologetic, it doesn’t need permission to exist and it’s made with an urgency — An urgency to move us into a new era" says Sterlin Harjo, creator and showrunner of Reservation Dogs. A recent graduate of the University of Southern California, Mato continues to work and play in Los Angeles, spending parts of his summers attending ceremonies and bumming around with family back home.
August 03, 2022
Episode #83: Roe v. Wade Overturned - What's Next?
Sapna and I discuss the history behind Roe v. Wade, the impact we've seen on abortion clinics and reproductive rights organizations in just one month since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, who this will negatively impact the most, and more. Timestamps provided at the bottom -- Sapna Khatri is the Sears Clinical Law Teaching Fellow for 2021-2024 at UCLA School of Law and the Williams Institute. Her research takes an intersectional approach exploring the discriminatory impact of new technology and barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive healthcare. She previously worked as Advocacy and Policy Counsel and Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Illinois. Khatri worked on a range of reproductive health and justice issues, including religious refusals to reproductive healthcare and the connection of crisis pregnancy centers to faith-based medical providers. As Advocacy & Policy Counsel, Khatri focused on privacy, technology, and surveillance matters. She built an expertise in protecting biometric information privacy and successfully drafted and lobbied for the passage of the Protecting Household Privacy Act—a first of its kind law regulating government access to smart home devices. 2:12 - Understanding the history behind Roe v. Wade 8:52 - The Pro-Life argument 16:52 - How have abortion clinics and reproductive rights organizations been impacted since the overturning of Roe v. Wade? 24:17 - What is a “good” abortion vs a “bad” abortion? 30:07 - Who will this negatively impact the most? 35:59 - Voting and why it still matters 3:32 - How have corporations and politicians responded so far? 49:34 - Next steps and what to keep an eye on 55:49 - Where to learn more and how you can help
July 28, 2022
Episode #82: Making Social Media Simple & Effective for Artists
Mark and I discuss the unique role that audio engineers play in music, his experience working with Jack Harlow, and EchoPunch - a social media tool designed to help artists spend less time marketing, and more time creating.  Mark Abrams is a Producer and Mixer who has been involved with hundreds of records and has worked with artists such as Kanye West, Jack Harlow, Coldplay, Sam Smith, and more. He is also the creator of social media tool, 'EchoPunch.' EchoPunch helps musicians figure out what to post, when to post it, and even post it for you. Mark's goal is to help musicians spend less time on marketing, and more time on making music. Visit for a free trial.
July 26, 2022
Episode #81: Florida Man
Comedian Corey Kang and I discuss why people from Florida are so... unique, how his first time ever doing stand up comedy was a 30 minute set, comedians taking jokes "too far," and our opinions on Dave Chapelle's controversial Netflix special, "The Closer." 
July 07, 2022
Episode #80: The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
Dr. Farzindar and I discuss the history of artificial intelligence, its impact on everyday life, how AI will impact the future of work, the ethics of AI, and more.  Dr. Anna Farzindar is a faculty member of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. Her expertise is in Artificial Intelligence, Predictive machine learning and Natural Language Processing. Also, she studied fine arts, painting, and sculpture at the School of Fine Arts of Versailles in France and the Ateliers Beaux-Arts de Paris.  She was the CEO and co-founder of NLP Technologies Inc., a company specializing in Natural Language Processing (NLP), established in Montreal, Canada and was the Adjunct Professor at University of Montreal (2009-2015). Dr. Farzindar had built a strong track record of leadership, management and has an entrepreneurial background. She has served as Industry Chair of Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association, Chair of the technology sector of the Language Industry Association Canada (AILIA) and vice president of The Language Technologies Research Centre (LTRC) of Canada, a member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Computer Science Liaison Committee and Member of the Canadian Advisory Committee of International Organization for Standardization (ISO). 
June 30, 2022
Episode #79: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Cheyenne and I discuss her experiences as an artist manager, the importance of an artist and manager working as a team, examples of successful teams in today's music industry, using one's personal brand to pursue other endeavors, and more. Cheyenne Chaves is the founder/owner of the music management company, Chey Management. Her passion for music and business inevitably led to managing talented artists such as Justin Sky and Mavryck. Cheyenne received a BA in communication with a focus in PR and advertising from California State University, Los Angeles. In addition to running her music management company, she currently works for Atlantic Records as a studio manager and A&R assistant.
June 08, 2022
Episode #78: Tell Me a Joke
Davo Harris is an American comedian, actor, director and producer from Houston Texas. Davo has headlined at some of the top comedy clubs in LA such as The Belly Room,‪ Flappers‬, Ha Ha Comedy Club and was also the opening act for Carlos Mencia. He has also produced and hosted comedy shows all across the LA region.   Davo and I discuss the moment he decided he wanted to be a comedian, the creative process, the role of a comedian in today's society, and more.
May 31, 2022
Episode #77: 'Is That ...a Tuba?!'
 One of my favorite moments of 2022 (so far) was seeing social media's reaction to watching a tuba player play side by side with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and more. Devon Taylor joins the show to share what that experience was like for him, how he got into music at a young age, and more. I’m also joined by special guest and co-host Iona Pay, an interdisciplinary young professional based in Los Angeles, working as both a freelance musician and microbiologist.   Devon Taylor is a muiti-instrumentalist and educator based in Los Angeles, CA. He made a name for himself playing with Preservation Hall and other top bands in New Orleans and was given the name “TubaRed” by local musicians. Devon was recently featured playing alongside Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J Blige, Anderson .Paak and 50 Cent under the direction of Musical Director Adam Blackstone at Super Bowl 56. He has performed and/or recorded with Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre, Eminem, John Legend, Muse, Raphael Saadiq, ODESZA, Morrissey, Postmodern Jukebox, Ciara, Preservation Hall, Fitz and the Tantrums, Solange Knowles, The Midnight Hour, Fermin Muguruza, Youngblood Brass Band, and more.   Iona Pay is an interdisciplinary young professional based in Los Angeles, working as both a freelance musician and microbiologist. She received her bachelor’s in French Horn Performance from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and simultaneously earned her bachelor’s in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. She enjoys the diversity of experiences in the life sciences, media, audio technology and the performing arts that her multidisciplinary career affords her.
May 26, 2022
Episode #76: A Composer’s Journey
Alexander joins me to discuss his journey to becoming an award winning film composer and the obstacles he faced along the way. We also dive into his experiences performing with artists such as Bob Dylan, Anderson Paak, Dave Grohl, and more.  Alexander Burke is an award winning film composer, musician and actor. He was seen most recently accompanying Bob Dylan in his concert film Shadow Kingdom. He has produced records for Garfunke and Oates, Ben Lee and Jill Sobuel, recorded with Margaret Cho, Chrysta Bell, David Lynch, Dionne Warwick, Fiona Apple, Avril Lavigne, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dane Cook and Mr. Little Jeans, shared the stage playing with Anderson Paak, Dave Grohl, Emma Stone and Alain Johannes, musical directed the MTV Movie Awards, Second City, Michael Bublè’s Xmas special, written songs for, Iron Man 3, The Gift, New Girl, 90210 and composed the soundtrack for the films “Haunters” “The Sound of Violence” “Love and Love Not” and is currently working on the score for the upcoming feature film “The Blue Rose."
May 24, 2022
Episode #75: Trusting the Process
Pedro joins the show to discuss his career, the obstacles he's faced throughout his journey, lessons he's learned along the way, and more. AkinG Kalld Pedro, born in Washington DC is best known for his breakout single Traffic.jam, Which was featured on NBA 2K 2020. A song Co-signed by Steve Stoute’s UnitedMasters & Kevin Durant. In 2020, his single "INTERNACIONAL!” Which earned him a placement on NBA 2K21 gave Pedro back-to-back placements with 2k sports and In the following year, Pedro released his debut album “Children of Immigrants!” and became a brand ambassador with clothing company, Pendleton Woolen Mills in 2022.
May 19, 2022
Episode #74: Carving Your Own Path in the Music Industry
Sophie joins the show to discuss her experience both as a tour manager and an artist manager. We also dive into how she got into the music industry, the demanding lifestyle of a tour manager, and working with artists such as Frank Ocean, Skrillex, Kanye West, and more.  Sophie Reeves has touched on many different aspects of the music industry in over a decade of experience including tour management, artist management, and executive producing large-scale events and shows. She’s worked with some of the biggest artists in the world including Foster the People, Kanye, Nas, Jack Johnson, Frank Ocean, Skrillex, and many others. Sophie currently resides in Los Angeles where she is an Executive Producer at Production Club and teaches a DIY Touring class at USC Thornton School of Music.
May 17, 2022
Episode #73: Dr. Jared McBride Understanding the History Behind Russia's Invasion of Ukraine
Jared McBride (Ph.D., UCLA, 2014) is a historian who specializes in the regions of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe in the 20th century and whose research interests include nationalist movements, mass violence, the Holocaust, interethnic conflict, and war crimes prosecution. His research has been published in scholarly journals such as Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Journal of Genocide Research, The Carl Beck Papers, Kritika, and Slavic Review, and public scholarship in The Nation, Forward, Haaretz, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. McBride held post-doc positions at the USC Shoah Foundation; Columbia University; Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute; and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. McBride is currently completing a book manuscript on local perpetrators and interethnic violence in Nazi-occupied western Ukraine. At present, he is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the History Department at UCLA.
May 12, 2022
Episode #72: Kristen Klehr - Balancing Multiple Careers as an Artist
GRAMMY® Nominated percussionist+singer Kristen Klehr is an active musician in the Los Angeles and San Francisco scenes. She has toured internationally with Scrap Arts Music, performed live with Gryffin at Coachella 2019, and actively recorded in the Hollywood studio scene, most recently with The String Theory: The Los Angeles Suite. She has previously lectured in Music Business and Arts Entrepreneurship, building out the Music Industry track at Mount St. Mary’s University and the Arts and Markets major at Hawai’i Pacific University, and is the new Professional Development and Engagement Center Director at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. A serial entrepreneur within the music industry, she owns Produced by BEAR, is the founder of The Den Collective, and co-founder of Pawprint. Kristen Klehr is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music in Percussion Performance, holds a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Florida State University, and a continuing education certificate in The Business of Art from the Los Angeles Center for Cultural Innovation. Passionate about creative entrepreneurship and innovation, she carries with her over ten years of consulting and mentorship experience within The Arts sector. She has studied percussion primarily with Joel Smales, Josh Ryan, and Valerie Naranjo as well as Randy Messing and Joanne Uniatowski in voice. Kristen is proudly endorsed by Marimba One, Vater Drumsticks and Mallets, Dream Cymbals, and Earasers. Learn more at and connect with her @kristenklehr.
May 03, 2022
Episode #71: LaTerra McDaniels & Sabrina Elizondo - Sex, Sex, and More Sex
LaTerra McDaniels, the former board secretary and event coordinator for the Center of Sexual Positivity, and Sabrina Elizondo join the podcast today to discuss all things sex. We discuss body image, sex positivity, porn, sex education, along with our own personal experiences. LaTerra McDaniels - "My name “LaTerra” means the Earth and it always made me feel like my purpose on the planet must be more than just working my corporate job. I have a mission to save the earth and its occupants by any means necessary. My idea of saving the world is different than most and quite unconventional. I believe I can save the earth through sex positivity. Ever since I can remember, people have felt comfortable telling me about their sex lives. Let’s face it, sex is a subject which never gets boring and there’s always more to learn and explore. I never thought it was something I could do professionally until 2013 when I started volunteering with the Center for Positive Sexuality in Los Angeles.  Initially I was a behind the scenes volunteer helping with events and social media but after a few years I became a volunteer sex educator for the Center speaking on panels about body image, consent, polyamory, and BDSM.  One of the most valuable nuggets of knowledge I learned from working with the Center and their 8 Dimensions of Positive Sexuality  is there are multiple ways of learning. I am a sex educator through life experience, studying tons of research on sex, going to conferences, taking classes anywhere I could afford. The knowledge I possess and express comes from years of being open to absorb and explore whatever excites me. When it comes to sex education my passions are self-love, body positivity, eco-sexuality, and advocating for performers in the adult film industry. I am proud of the work I’ve created like my application of the 8 Dimensions of Positive Sexuality to environmentalism called  How Being Sex Positive Can Save the World which I gave a talk about at the UC Santa Cruz Ecosex Symposium in 2017. I also presented RT This: How Cyberbullying is Impacting Women of Color in Porn with two colleagues from the adult industry who experienced cyberbullying first hand.  I was also invited to speak at the AVN Adult Expo  in 2018 about Sex and Cannabis and People of Color in the adult novelty industry. As you can see I like to dabble in a lot of areas, it keeps life fun and fresh. Ultimately I am a lover, writer, sex educator, public speaker and high priestess as I also officiate weddings. My mission is to encourage every human to love themselves, express their truth and continue to learn and grow." Sabrina Elizondo is from Mexico, living in Los Angles as an Executive Producer at 1stAveMachine.  She’s a mountaineer, has traveled the 7 continents, and frequents delicious eateries and loves music.  Her most notable encounter was Nelson Mandela, and dances flamenco when she’s not active outdoors.
April 25, 2022
Episode #70: Steve Swerdlow - Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis
USC professor and human rights lawyer Steve Swerdlow joins the show to discuss the Russia/Ukraine war, the complex history between the two nations, the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, and more.  Steve Swerdlow is Associate Professor of the Practice of Human Rights in the Department of Political and International Relations at the University of Southern California. A human rights lawyer and expert on the former Soviet region, Swerdlow was Senior Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch, heading the organization’s work on Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, and founding its Kyrgyzstan field office. Swerdlow has worked as a consultant with the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Labour Organization (ILO). Earlier Swerdlow was a fellow in the U.S. State Department’s Young Leaders for Public Service program in Russia and worked as a human rights monitor for the Union of Council for Soviet Jews (UCSJ) as their Caucasus monitor in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia as well as with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Russia.
April 21, 2022
Episode #69: Dr. Magdy Guirguis - Mind Body & Soul
Dr. Guirguis and Osi discuss the importance of spiritual well-being, empathy, self-forgiveness, perspective, and more. Raised in a family of doctors, Magdy S. Guirguis was always destined to be in the medical field. After years as a high school and college athlete and a 35-year career in volleyball as a player and a coach, Dr. Guirguis sustained many injuries, inspiring him to delve into the healing arts. His interest stemmed from his desire not only to relieve the pain but also to practice healthiness in his daily life. Shortly after graduating from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles in 1988, Dr. Guirguis founded Advanced Chiropractic Center in 1991. In eight short years he founded Arbor Vitae Wellness Center as a way for his patients to receive their holistic healthcare all in one place. Through his 30 years of providing care for families, collegiate and professional athletes, and local sports teams, Dr. Guirguis has specialized in Chiropractic Manipulation, Applied Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, and Holistic Medicine to maintain the most efficient and effective healing for his patients. His number one goal is to be of service to his patients in any way possible. Outside of having a passion for the healing arts, Dr. Guirguis is a father who enjoys weight lifting, running, and volleyball. He believes in cultivating a healthy and balanced active lifestyle, as well as a spiritual approach to health, with meditation and a daily yoga practice.
April 20, 2022
Episode #68: Nicholas Ciddio - Inside the Booming Sports Card Industry
When most of us think of sports cards, we think of collecting them as a hobby. But many of us are unaware of the fact that sports card trading is a billion dollar industry. We all know someone that's obsessed with sports cards and even some of our favorite celebs/influencers such as Gary Vee and Drake have taken a major interest in sports cards. So where does one begin? What's behind the trading card resurgence? How do you make sure the cards you're buying are valuable? Today, we have Nicholas Ciddio, a sports cards investor to help answer these questions and more. At the young age of 23, Nicholas Ciddio is a major investor in sports cards. With the world going digital, he believes sports collectibles will inevitably surge in value. Nicholas is also the owner of All Cities Clothing, a brand worn by stars such as YBN Nahmir, Matt Ox, Fatboy, and more.
April 19, 2022
Episode #67: Justin Sky - ‘High Water’ Album Release
Justin Sky is a recording artist, producer, and songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. In his return to the podcast, we discuss his new album 'High Water,' the problem with boxing artists into one genre, an artist's role in society, and of course... Will Smith and Chris Rock. Enjoy! 'High Water' by Justin Sky is available on all streaming platforms. To learn more, visit
April 13, 2022
Episode #66: Tru .P - What to Do When Plan A Doesn’t Work
Tru .P and I discuss his career, how he found music later in his life after suffering from an injury that ended a promising path to a career in basketball, working with artists such as Chris Brown, Shorty Mack, and more. Tru .P has paved his way as a highly skilled and respected engineering producer, songwriter and performer. His sound is best described as a dynamic and expansive combination of musical elements never heard before, blended with global influences. He thrives off emotional pillars that drive true passion that creates award-winning results and he continues to rise above the cusp by being musically self-sufficient. His production is sophisticated with raw lyrical wisdom as a songwriter. The industry quickly caught on, leading him to collaborations with artists such as Chris Brown, The Rejectz, Sticky Fingaz (Onyx), Kurupt, Shorty Mack, and many more.
April 07, 2022
Episode #65: Jay Guernon - Learning the Hard Way
Jay Guernon is a recording artist based here in Los Angeles, CA. We discuss his career, the challenges he's faced in his life, hip hop culture, and more. Recording artist Jay Guernon (formerly known as Lil Drift) was born on May, 31, 2000 in Colton, California. At the tender age of 20, he is joining the new aged rap scene that is currently taking the music business by storm. As an adolescent, he fell in love with music and decided that he would one day have a career as an entertainer. While in high school, he did a freestyle video that went viral jump starting his career as a rapper. As a result of his undeniable talent and determination, Jay was able to ink a deal with independent label, Birmingham Entertainment and has not looked back. Having been featured on The Tammi Mac Show via Fox Soul at the end of 2019, he is taking a more mature and steadfast direction with his music to spread more influence on the industry. With musical influences ranging from Justin Bieber, to 21 Savage, and mainstream placements with O3 Greedo, Skinny From 9, and TeeJay 3k this California rapper is preparing to have the best year yet musically. Jay Guernon is an artist destined to win, thrive, and create music that will survive for years to come.
April 06, 2022
Episode #64: Ava Asly - The Price of Fame
Have you ever wondered what's going through the mind of someone that's on the brink of fame? Meet Ava Asly - An attorney based in California, and the founder/editor of DISCHARGE magazine. Ava recently went viral and trended on Twitter for literally just being her. Lots of people want to know more about her, so I reached out to Ava, and here we are. So what's it like to wake up one day and see complete strangers discuss your life? To receive threats? To have Kanye West randomly follow you? Or have Bjork's face photoshopped onto your body? Let's find out! Ava Iranpour Asly is the founder and editor of DISCHARGE magazine, an underground punk publication featuring the hottest upcoming artists worldwide. Ava is also a California attorney and has built a platform off of her involvement in the fashion industry as well as her social/political commentary. Her work has gained global traction with renowned celebrities and academics alike.
March 31, 2022
Episode #63: Amy Sanchez - The Plane Flying, Rhino Saving French Horn Player
She's played the french horn on a Kendrick Lamar album, saves rhinos..... and flies planes! It's safe to say I've never met anyone quite like Amy. We unpack all of this and more in today's episode. Enjoy!  Amy Sanchez is a professional musician and educator who simultaneously cultivates seemingly unrelated passions as a pilot, wildlife conservationist, photographer, and avid traveler. Finding ways to combine these endeavors with her career as a horn player has provided constant inspiration, growth, humility, valuable perspective, and of course, some entertaining stories along the way.  As a freelance horn player based in LA for almost 20 years, Amy has recorded on a diverse range of albums with Kendrick Lamar, Dave Matthews Band, Jennifer Lopez, Florence and the Machine, Kamasi Washington, Carrie Underwood, Idina Menzel, Michael Buble, and others, and recorded for prominent films such as Spiderman No Way Home, Lightyear, Star Wars Rogue One, Moana, Coco, Incredibles 2, Frozen 2, Star Trek Beyond, Jurassic World, etc.. She performs frequently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Pacific Symphony,  and numerous regional groups as well as the Juneau Symphony and the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico. Amy has been the horn professor at UCLA since 2014, allowing her the opportunity to help shape the trajectory of young musicians toward both personal and professional success.  A performance in 2018 celebrating the life of hip-hop producer J Dilla with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s Suite for Ma Dukes at the Cape Town Jazz Festival in South Africa provided Amy with an opportunity to venture into the wild and gain insight on difficult issues in the protection of endangered species. This lead to her organizing conservation safaris with South African wildlife non-profit Nkombe Rhino. In turn, Amy created the brass ensemble Horns for Rhinos, and founded Nkombe Wild (a US 501c3 organization) to combine music and conservation in an effort to raise funding and awareness. On the heels of her work with wildlife in Africa, Amy found an opportunity a bit closer to home during the pandemic, photographing brown bears in Alaska. Travel and performances in Alaska seemed to follow naturally, and as one passion often ignites another, these travels inspired her to earn her private pilot certificate in 2021. Fully invested in the idea that our unique experiences shape who we are as artists, Amy continues to discover ways to tie exploration, photography, and the protection of wildlife and wild-land into her career as a musician.
March 24, 2022
Episode #62: El-Jay - The Music Business
Multi-talented artist El-Jay and I discuss his career, the nature of the music industry, the importance of having a trustworthy team as an artist, and more. El-Jay's high-energy Neo-Soul, R&B and Pop flow music captures the heart and transport audiences back in time as era of classic soul. Entertainment and music have always been present in El-Jay’s life as he began to demonstrate creativity while showing interest in acting, music, and modeling at an early age. Apart from teaching himself how to dance at the tender age of five, El-Jay drew inspiration from Michael Jackson.He began to mimic Michael’s every move and entertained others with his adaptation of this well-known artist. El-Jay was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and being the oldest of three children of multi-platinum artist, Rome, whose big hit was “I Belong to You”, he has a lifetime of musical influence from his father.
March 15, 2022
Episode #61: Osi & Myko - LA Artists
Hello everyone! I'm once again joined by the lovely Myko Lyric and in this episode,  we decided to review and praise some local musicians here in Los Angeles: Flyana Boss, Justin Sky, Criddle, Ha1ey, Irene Diaz, and Pat Knox. You can find all of these artists' music on streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music. We start off discussing what songs from the early 2000s we think would've lit the Tik Tok world on fire and we also give our thoughts on this year's Super Bowl halftime performance. 
March 14, 2022
Episode #60: Lovely Marie - The Demands of the Modern Artist
Lovely Marie and I discuss what it takes to be a successful Hip-Hop artist in the modern era, being a woman in a male-dominated field, her experiences dancing in strip clubs, and personal challenges she's faced on the road to the top. Lovely Marie is an up and coming American Hip-hop artist, dancer, actor an business owner. Since her debut in 2020 the rapper has connected with thousands of fans worldwide. Her songs count their streaming numbers in the tens of thousands. However, she took a hard road to get here. As a child she lived in an abusive home, away from her parents. Encouraged by her teachers, the bright student turned to writing as an escape. Eventually she finished school, went to college and became a nurse. Unfortunately the hardships did not end there. Even with an education she found it impossible to make ends meet. She ran into one streak of bad luck after another, including losing her home to a collapsed roof. She lost her father and nearly her own life as well. Eventually she knew she needed to make a change and dancing saved her life. Lovely Marie is an up and coming American Hip-hop artist, dancer, actor an business owner. Since her debut in 2020 the rapper has connected with thousands of fans worldwide. Her songs count their streaming numbers in the tens of thousands. However, she took a hard road to get here. As a child she lived in an abusive home, away from her parents. Encouraged by her teachers, the bright student turned to writing as an escape. Eventually she finished school, went to college and became a nurse. Unfortunately the hardships did not end there. Even with an education she found it impossible to make ends meet. She ran into one streak of bad luck after another, including losing her home to a collapsed roof. She lost her father and nearly her own life as well. Eventually she knew she needed to make a change and dancing saved her life.
March 02, 2022
Episode #59: Corbin Jones - “Should I Pay My Rent or Buy a Sousaphone?”
Corbin and I discuss his experiences as a touring musician with artists such as Beyonce and Jay Z, and the unexpected twists and turns (the good and not so good) that often pop up in artist's career.  California-born, Colorado-raised arranger and multi-instrumentalist Corbin Jones has credits with such artists as Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Lizzo, Lucky Daye, Lupe Fiasco, Gwen Stefani, and Kendrick Lamar. He’s performed at Coachella, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, the Appel Room at Jazz @ Lincoln Center, and on NPR’s Tiny Desk. A graduate of USC Thornton Jazz Studies program, Jones’ love of groove has led him to a career on not only double bass, but bass guitar, synth bass, sousaphone, baritone saxophone, and leading his own group, The Corbin Jones Big Band.
February 24, 2022
Episode #58: Fitzgerald St Louis - From the Island to the Opera House
Fitz and I discuss some of our experiences as classically trained musicians, the challenges faced throughout our careers, and the importance of finding a musical lifestyle that works for you. Dwight Fitzgerald St Louis was born on the Caribbean Island of Dominica. Fitz grew up singing in the church and was in a Reggae band called Genesis. At the age of 20 he moved to Nashville, TN and attended Middle Tennessee State University. It was there he began training classically. He moved on to further his studies at The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University for graduate studies and has been privileged enough to sing in Austria, Italy and in Switzerland under the Baton of Sir Simon Rattle. Now, Fitz is combining his classical training, Caribbean upbringing and American training to find a sound that’s true to his lived experiences.
February 15, 2022
Episode #57: WronG NamE - When Talent Meets Chaos
'WronG NamE' is a band based in Los Angeles, CA with Moose covering the vocals and drums, and Ham covering guitar, production and vocals. Founded in Encino, CA, 'WronG NamE’s' music is a cross between Jazz & Metal with tons of Israeli slang comedy. In this episode, we discuss their latest project, 'Postmate Driver,' how the band came together, and some of the challenges faced by many young musicians. Here's a little bit about Moose and Ham: "Shalom, I’m Moose. I’m the drummer, singer, co-writer & lyricist of WronG NamE. Creator of the controversial V6 Camel and the alter ego Itzik Modagov. Our upcoming album LUBE is a very special and weird musical mix between Jazz, Metal & Mizrahi Music, while talking mostly in Hebrew Israeli Slang about Israeli foods and Bill Clinton’s white stains. This album consists of all the reasons why I can’t get a girlfriend enjoy KAPARA." "Heyo, I’m HAM, the guitarist and mixing engineer for Wrong Name. We’re finishing up an awesome album called Lube. I apologize for Moose’s lyrics. The music is pretty good. Yuh."
February 02, 2022
Episode #56: Gunna, The Weeknd, Cordae, Euphoria, and Ozark
In this episode, Myko and I discuss our thoughts on recent albums by Gunna, The Weeknd, Cordae, Earl Sweatshirt and more! We also dive into several of our favorite TV shows that have recently returned such as Euphoria and Ozark.
January 26, 2022
Episode #55: Errol Rhoden - Tuba Lipa
What do you think two professional tuba players would talk about for an hour? You guessed it - Steph Curry, Dua Lipa, and a little bit about life as a tuba player. This episode is brought to you by the Black Tuba Player Association, also known as the Fantastic Four. Just kidding! There’s probably 5 of us. Here’s a little bit about my guest, Errol Rhoden:  Errol is currently based in Los Angeles where he holds the Helgard Field Tuba Chair of the American Youth Symphony. He is pursuing a B.M in Tuba Performance with a minor in Pop Music History Studies from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where he studies with Norm Pearson, Jim Self, and Doug Tornquist. He also currently serves as a project assistant with the Los Angeles Philharmonic YOLA program. He has never been limited to classical music as he enjoys playing pop, jazz, hip-hop, and r&b music all the time! He is the co-founder of the Youtube Channel “The Free Range Musician” which is a resource that provides a look into the life of college music students and professional musicians in Los Angeles and beyond. He has recently started his acting career starring in a Nike commercial for their “Nike By You” campaign and in a Taco Bell commercial for their chulupas! Errol was also featured in Voyage LA Magazine as a part of their Downtown Los Angeles “Hidden Gems” series!  He grew up in Fayetteville, GA where he was a fellow of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program where he studied with Atlanta Symphony Principal Tubist, Michael Moore. Throughout his career, he has performed in numerous places around the country including the Hollywood Bowl, Ozawa Hall, the Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, and even Main Street U.S.A at the Disneyland Resort where he was a member of the Disneyland All-American College Band. He has worked and performed with artists such as Wayne Bergeron, Phillip Bailey, and the Boston Brass just to name a few! Errol has played under the baton of H. Robert Reynolds, Keith Lockhart, Myra Rhoden, and Robert Spano and enjoyed every moment. He has received many accolades during his career including being awarded the Silver Medalist at the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival Tuba Student Division. Errol loves bringing the joy and excitement of music to his family and friends everyday. This keeps him curious and wanting to learn and always open to new opportunities in his field. When Errol is not playing his tuba, he will often be seen playing NBA2k on his PS5 or arguing with friends as to why Lebron James is the greatest basketball player of all time.
January 12, 2022
Episode #54: Bobby Woody - The State of Hip Hop
Hello everyone and Happy New Year! Meet Bobby Woody: an all-around great guy and someone I've had the pleasure of knowing since the wee age of 8. In this episode, we discuss hip hop production and the unique styles that come from different cities, our favorite albums from 2021, and a whole lot more!  Bobby Woody is an artist, music producer, and audio engineer from Baltimore, MD. He has curated large festivals and performed at events throughout the NY/Baltimore/Philly region. Bobby also teaches recording techniques and music production to students in Baltimore. He is currently working on his next project entitled “Happiest Camper.”
January 06, 2022
Episode #53: 2021 Recap with Myko Lyric (Co-Host)
COVID-19, January 6th Insurrection, crypto, NFTs, climate change, Afghanistan, the metaverse, artificial intelligence, the federal reserve, the housing market... Myko and I came to a healthy conclusion: Anyone who claims they know what they're talking about is simply lying. 2021 was another crazy ass year with extremely complex issues. In this episode, Myko and I start all the way from the top of 2021 and discuss the biggest stories of the year. Also - I'm very happy to say that Myko will be co-hosting many of the upcoming episodes. So if you're tired of me and need a fresh voice to listen to: You're welcome. Lastly - Thank you to everyone that's been listening to the podcast since this started back in March. We're stepping it up a notch in 2022, so stay tuned. 
December 31, 2021
Break It Down - Episode #1: Christopher Leon
This is the first episode of the ‘Break It Down’ series where I invite musical artists to join the show and discuss their latest work. We’ll go track to track and learn about all the small details that make the big picture! Christopher Leon is a musical artist living in LA. His album, We’re All Healing, is now streaming everywhere.
December 29, 2021
Episode #52: Katie Wilkerson
In this episode, Katie and I focus on film and the unsung heroes that contribute to making a great film. We also discuss the unfortunate shooting on the set of 'Rust' involving Alec Baldwin and the jobs that are responsible for people's safety on a set. Lastly, we dive into Katie's soon to be released poetry book, "We, Who Do Not Need Saving." Katie Wilkerson is a artist from rural Georgia who channels trauma and compassion through their work as an author, poet, filmmaker, and artist.
December 22, 2021
Episode #51: Christina Morales-Grace
In this episode, Christina and I talk about what it's like to discover your passion later in life, being a dancer in the COVID era, choosing the "right" career, and of course - life!  Christina Morales-Grace is a California native who decided to pursue her passion for dance when she entered her twenties. She finds it important for every human to pursue their passion and with that mentality she strives daily to motivate and support others to do so.
December 21, 2021
Episode #50: Myko Lyric - Finding Balance and Peace as an Artist
Myko Lyric is a dancer, singer, and songwriter born and raised in Mid City, Los Angeles. Throughout her dance and music career, she has been able to perform at the 86th Annual Academy Awards alongside Pharrell Williams and work with Grammy and Tony winners while training at NYU Tisch. After graduation, she released two EPs and 2 singles (on all music platforms) and is currently working on her debut album.
December 17, 2021
Episode #49: Troi Irons - The Reality of Living the LA Dream
In this episode, I get to hang out with one of the most talented artists I've ever met - Troi Irons. We discuss her music, the challenges that an artist may face when signed to a record label, the pros and cons of being an independent artist, and so much more.  "I’m a thinker who happens to play a few instruments. My goals surpass just creating albums. I aim to inspire change using multimedia formats. If we ever have the pleasure of working together, please keep this in mind. I will not be restricted by any label or presupposition of what is expected for demographics I may fit - be it black, female, artist, or autistic. Everything I do is in the interest of the bigger picture." - Troi Irons Check out for more info and to buy tickets to Troi's 'If No One Hears Me Fall' tour.
December 02, 2021
Episode #48: Lukas Smith
 Lukas Smith is a cardiac rehabilitation nurse at UCLA Health here in Los Angeles, CA. Cardiac rehabilitation is important for anyone recovering from a heart attack, heart failure, or other heart problems that required surgery or medical care. In this episode, we hit on several topics such as: the psychological challenges patients may face on their road to recovery, the emotional and mental energy required to do the job, and the experience of working in hospitals during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
November 22, 2021
Episode #47: Bob Malone
Called a “keyboard wizard” by The New Yorker, Bob Malone has amassed a loyal international fan-base through twenty-five years of touring and nine critically acclaimed album releases. He’s played keyboards for John Fogerty since 2011, and has been a session player for Ringo Starr and Avril Lavigne. His recording of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” was the theme in the 2018 Illumination/Universal movie trailers for TheGrinch. MusicRiot UK says “His solo work pulls in elements from classical, soul, blues, rock, funk and jazz into a glorious fusion that’s pure Bob Malone. ”Since its release this spring, Bob’s latest album, Good People, has gone to #11 Rock,#1 Soft Rock, and #1 New Jersey on the Roots Music Report radio charts and debuted at #15 on the IBBA UK charts. Elmore Magazine says "Bob Malone is a soulful songwriter, passionate singer, exuberant piano player and ecstatic performer whose astounding, abounding talents are immediately evident throughout 11 inspired and inspiring songs on his glorious ninth album, Good People” and American Songwriter says: “From complex turbo-charged polyrhythmic soul-jazz excursions to the most fundamental folk-rock anthems, Malone knows how to light it on fire.”His songs and his playing have been heard on NCSI New Orleans, EntertainmentTonight, Lucifer, and The Hallmark Channel.
November 10, 2021
Episode #46: A Halloween Special ft. Sad Sexy Nun, Velma, Squid Game contestant #456, and Santa Claus
Halloween 2021 was a fun one - In this episode, we discussed all things Halloween such as our favorite Halloween memories, horror movies, and much much more. Almost forgot... THIS IS THE FIRST EPISODE FEATURING VIDEO!! Many thanks to Katie, Seth, and Desiree for joining the episode. Click on the link below to watch us in our costumes :) Video:
November 05, 2021
Episode #45: Justin Sky
In this episode, I got to sit down with a super cool and talented artist - Justin Sky. Justin, who is based in Los Angeles, CA is also a published author and poet. We talked about our favorite rappers from back in the day, how hip hop has changed over the years, our favorite film scores, and broke down some of the songs on Justin's latest album, "Experiment 451." Check out Justin's new single and music video, "Manifesto" - available on YouTube and all music streaming platforms.    For more info about Justin, visit
October 27, 2021
Episode #44: ChrystalChyna
In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking to the very talented duo, ChrystalChyna. Chrystal and Chyna are identical twins and an R&B duo based in Los Angeles, CA. We discussed a wide range of topics including colorism in the entertainment industry, their musical influences, the current state of R&B, and their recent cover of SWV's, "Rain." As always, thanks for listening!
October 07, 2021
Episode #43: Jonathan Rush
Episode #43: I got to catch up with an old friend from back in the college days, Jonathan Rush. We talked at length about our lives, introducing new ideas to the orchestral music experience, and our personal experiences as young black musicians in the classical music community. As always, thanks for listening! Guest bio:  Hailed as "a continually rising talent in the conducting world" by the Baltimore Sun, Jonathan Taylor Rush brings passion, unique interpretation, and a refreshing energy to the orchestral experience. Jonathan was appointed as the Assistant Conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2020. Previously, Jonathan served as Music Director of the Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra, an orchestra on the campus of The Ohio State University. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting, from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
September 29, 2021
Episode #42: Steve Fister
In this episode, I had such an awesome conversation with Rock N Roll legend, Steve Fister. Steve moved from Buffalo, NY to Los Angeles at the age of 17 with one goal in mind: becoming a rockstar. We discuss his journey, life an artist during the pandemic, and many legendary stories from his career. As always, thanks for listening!   Steve Fister, versatile rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, has performed and recorded with many artists such as John Kay & Steppenwolf, Bon Jovi, King Kobra, Quiet Riot, The Pat Travers Band, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Michael Des Barres, Stu Hamm, Jack Casady, Tommy Tutone, Walter Trout and Yngwie Malmstein. Steve also served as musical director and guitarist for Lita Ford on her worldwide tours. He is currently featured in the guitar documentary "Blood Frets and Tears". Steve has produced 10 solo records including his “Live Bullets” which reached #2 on the European blues charts. His 2017 release, “The Steve Fister Electro Acoustic Band”, was well received and resulted in the trio touring Europe once again to packed houses. The band performed at the Livehouse in Hollywood for Steve Vai's Jamathon in front of 500,000 online viewers. The trio has played over 300 shows including support tours with Joe Satriani, Walter Trout and Y&T. His compositions have been featured in the Mel Brooks feature film "Spaceballs", and the hit TV show "Supernatural". Steve has song placements on HBO, Starz, ABC, NBC, VH1, MTV, Showtime, The Howard Stern Show and The History Channel. He is also featured in the video game “Rock Band “. Steve's current release, “Let It Slide", is now available along with his 2021 European tour dates at STEVEFISTER.COM
September 23, 2021
Episode #41: Syrus Pajooh - Self Made
Syrus Pajooh is a licensed optician at Dr. Dayyani Eye Care Optometry located in Santa Monica, CA. This is one of several episodes on the podcast featuring local businesses here in the Los Angeles area.  Story time: Okay so it's not really much of a story, but long story short I needed to get new eye contacts, so I decide to schedule an appointment at Dr. Dayyani Eye Care. The second I walked in I instantly clicked with the opticians, Syrus and Tanaz. I liked their vibe so much and thought it'd be great to feature them on the podcast. And here we are! In this episode, I sit down with Syrus to talk about the challenges one faces when starting a business, Dr. Shahrokh Dayyani's journey from Iran to America and how he got started in the optometry business, and you guessed it - motorcycles. Syrus is one cool dude, and I know you guys are gonna love this episode. As always, thanks for listening! Dr. Dayyani Eye Care Optometry:
September 16, 2021
Episode #40: Seth Cunningham - Let’s Make a Movie
​ Seth Cunningham is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. "I love and have experience in every aspect of Filmmaking from pre-production to post. I take pride in my knowledge of each department giving me a unique perspective to know exactly what a production needs to take its best form." Seth is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design. In this episode, Seth and I talk about all aspects of film, the similarities between the music and film world, and like every other episode, a bunch of random **** that comes to mind! 
September 14, 2021
Episode #39: Dr. Adam Gussow - A Man and His Harmonica
As a pioneering blues harmonica player and teacher and award-winning scholar of the blues, Adam Gussow has carved out a singular career.   A professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi who specializes in blues literature and culture, Gussow was one of the first amplified blues harp players to make overblows a key element of his stylistic approach, adapting Howard Levy's innovations in the late 1980s in a way that helped usher in a new generation of overblow masters such as Jason Ricci and Chris Michalek. Since 2012, Gussow has been performing, recording, and touring with veteran blues guitarist Alan Gross as the Blues Doctors.  Their first album, Roosters Happy Hour (2014), hit #14 on the Living Blues radio chart.  Their second album, Same Old Blues Again (2018), garnered terrific reviews.  "Gussow’s amplified--and seemingly effortless--harmonica drives much of this collection," wrote Blues Blast, "and it swings hard. Real hard… [A]n up-tempo album of blues standards… and then some, all generously seasoned with Gussow’s masterful, very fluid harmonica playing." Early in 2020, Gussow and Gross joined forced with Roderick Patterson, aka "Sir Rod," an Atlanta-area singer, dancer, and motivational speaker who happens also to be Sterling Magee's nephew, to form an exciting new trio, Sir Rod & The Blues Doctors.  Their debut album, Come Together, an homage to the music of Satan & Adam, has just been released. An award-winning scholar and memoirist, Gussow is the author of five blues-themed books:  Mister Satan's Apprentice:  A Blues Memoir (1998; reissued in 2009); Seems Like Murder Here:  Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition (2002); Journeyman's Road:  Modern Blues Lives From Faulkner's Mississippi to Post-9/11 New York (2007); Busker's Holiday (2015), a novel; and Beyond the Crossroads:  The Devil and the Blues Tradition (2017), which was voted "Best Blues Book of 2017" by the readers of Living Blues.  His new book, Whose Blues? Facing Up to Race and the Future of the Music, was published by University of North Carolina Press in the fall of 2020.
September 02, 2021
Episode #38: Braylen Brooks - Travel the World in Style
If anyone knows about opulent travel destinations and how to market them to the masses, it's travel influencer and esteemed curator, Braylen Brooks. His stunningly curated images, videos and editorial content has enthralled over 69k followers on Instagram, visibility with over 2.5 million in the top travel communities and platforms on Facebook and a TripAdvisor readership at 50k+. His content has also attracted the attention of Architectural Digest, Refinery 29, CBS News and GQ, to name a few. Over the course of his travels, Brooks has built a devoted upscale following that looks to him for the best in hotels, airlines, fine dining and bespoke experiences all around the globe. Brooks' goal is to "Bring experiences to life that won't go unnoticed." Website: Instagram: @rlmtravellux/@braylenbrooks/@therlmagency Linkedin: Twitter: @BraylenBrooks Facebook:
August 31, 2021
Episode #37: Aaron Smith
Aaron Smith is a freelance trumpet player based in Los Angeles, CA. He also writes, arranges, and publishes music through his small business,TrumpetSmith Publishing (ASCAP).  As a freelance artist, Smith performs for live orchestral events, musical theatre, motion pictures, television, big band, and video games which have included ABC, BroadwayHD, Disney+, E3, Fathom Events, the Game Awards, Microsoft, PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center, Riot Games, Spike, Touchstone Pictures, Universal, and Warner Brothers. He has appeared on Dancing with the Stars, Encore!, Ellen, the LATE LATE Show, and the Voice. Ensemble appearances include the Hollywood Studio Symphony, MUSE/IQUE, New West Symphony, the Industry, the OSCARS Governor’s Ball Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Southeast Symphony, Southwest Chamber Music, Tucson Symphony, wasteLAnd, and the John Daversa Progressive Big Band. In the LA theater world, Smith performs regularly at the Hollywood Pantages, Dolby, and La Mirada Theaters. He was invited as a guest solo artist to the International Trumpet Guild in 2006 and again as a member of the Hollywood Epic Brass in 2016.  Smith enjoys outreach work, private teaching, composing and arranging. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with James Thompson. He is also a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy. Smith is a part of the Stomvi Artist Family. 
August 30, 2021
Episode #36: KeNosha Whitehead
"God has extraordinarily gifted me to write extraordinarily. Put another way, writing is my superpower—so much that, sometimes, my fingers actually tingle when I type. I like to think the tingles are little surges of creativity. Or, they could merely indicate that my hand is going numb due to an extended writing session. Either way, I am passionately connected to and invested in my craft. I work as a corporate counsel for a religious non-profit corporation, and I hustle as a content writer, professional editor, and writing coach for the brave, imaginative souls who inspire and revolutionize through their pen and keys. And I have a feeling that, if you are here, one of those souls might be you." - KeNosha Whitehead
August 25, 2021
Episode #35: Chef Johnene Joy
Chef Johnene Joy is a talented and highly skilled personal chef with over six years in the culinary industry. Johnene graduated in May 2016 from Nicholls State University with a Bachelors of Science in Culinary Arts. Shortly after graduating, she began her personal chef journey working for A-list celebrity clients. Her first celebrity client she worked along side her colleague, Chef D’Antoine Hills for about a year. In 2017 Chef Johnene was given another personal chef opportunity and decided to move to Los Angeles, CA. Working as a personal chef enabled Johnene to travel the world and cook for other celebrities such as Nicki Minaj, Lauren London, Offset, and Justin Beiber to name a few.
August 18, 2021
Episode #34: Anthony O'Toole
Anthony O’Toole, a self-taught composer, holds a BA in Music Theory and Composition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a MM of Composition from George Mason University where he was recognized by the university as a distinguished graduate for his achievements as a composer and musician. His music has been commissioned and performed by musicians and ensembles all around the world. Mr. O’Toole’s music for wind band has been performed and recorded by some of the finest bands including the United States Coast Guard Band, The Kansas State University Wind Ensemble, and ‘The President’s Own’ United States Marine Band.
August 13, 2021
Episode #33: Flyana Boss
Flyana Boss is a fierce duo repping the vagina dynasty. Hailing from Detroit and Dallas these two young women are classically trained musicians who have turned their raw musical genius into a flossy irresistible package that will have you thirsty for more. Their messaging, witty rhymes, gritty production, impeccable timing, confident expression, ownership of their sexuality and keen pulse on the inner consciousness of the millennial, gen-y and gen-z put them in the perfect position to take over your entire timeline and playlist.
August 10, 2021
Episode #32: Karoline Menezes
Karoline Menezes is a violist, educator, entrepreneur, and arts advocate based in Los Angeles, CA. She has performed alongside artists such as Eminem, Mary J. Blige, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, Kanye West, Bebe Rexha and Andrea Bocelli. Karoline is also known for her work as a studio musician, having performed in numerous TV and Film scores such as The Lego Movie 2, Prodigal Son, Bumblebee, Crazy Rich Asians, Creed II, Empire, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and more. She is also an avid advocate for the arts and works on interdisciplinary initiatives to support career development of youth across the US and Latin America.
August 05, 2021
Episode #31: Isreal McKinney Scott
Isreal McKinney Scott is a New York based actor and producer known for The Hail Mary (2021), Talisman (2020) and My Sister's Wedding. Isreal received his MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama and a BA in Religious Studies from Millsaps College. He has acted on screen and stages across the country with a love and skill for Shakespeare, Devised Theater and Improv. He is all for anything that promotes unity through understanding. His original one man show, Road to America, was received with with rave reviews at Salon Klassick. Some favorite roles include Dave Robinson in the New York Area premiere of LOMBARDI at Harbor Lights Theater and Oliver in As You Like It (South Dakota Shakespeare Festival). When not acting, Isreal holds a  black belt in Taekwondo, is a licensed minister, mentors youth, and loves to travel and learn about cultures around the world with his wife Colleen and daughter Isabel Mariah.
August 03, 2021
Episode #30: Dr. Lauri Scheyer
Dr. Lauri Scheyer is Professor of English and founding Director of the Presidentially Chartered Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics at California State University, Los Angeles and Xiaoxiang Scholars Program Distinguished Professor at Hunan Normal University.She was founding Curator of the nation’s only African American Poetry Archive, and founding Director of the UK’s first BA program in Creative Writing. She teaches all genres of creative writing, and is especially interested in global and culturally inclusive approaches to creative writing pedagogy. A widely published author who has received numerous literary awards, her most recent book is A History of African American Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 2019).
July 30, 2021
Episode #29: Daniel Trahey
Daniel Trahey is a musician, educator, innovator, and social entrepreneur. He co-created Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “OrchKids” program, and also founded the El Sistema -inspired program “Tuned-In” at the Peabody Institute where he taught  Collective Composition and Community Engagement for ten years. Dan plays Tuba for the Archipelago Project and the Austria based RET Brass Band and has performed world wide for hundreds of thousands of children, specifically targeting impoverished areas with little access to live performance. He has held orchestral positions in Mexico and the U.S.  Dan’s work is documented by media outlets such as 60 Minutes, PBS, NPR, The N.Y. Times, and The Washington Post. Dan has given TED talks in multiple locations and was named the Most Valuable Player in the Arts by Baltimore Magazine. Dan has taught at Baltimore School for the Arts, Idyllwild Arts, Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and The University of Maryland.
July 27, 2021
Episode #28: Myka Miller
Myka Miller is the former Executive Director of the Harmony Project, a non-profit organization established in April of 2001 with a vision of serving the cultural and artistic needs of underprivileged children in the Los Angeles area. Myka is an accomplished musician and plays oboe, flute, English horn and sings. She resides in Los Angeles, where she regularly plays with local orchestras, rock and salsa bands, experimental groups, and jazz. 
July 20, 2021
Episode #27: Nelson Jackson III
Nelson Jackson is a musician, entrepreneur, and pastor based in Los Angeles, CA. As a keyboardist he has performed with several artists including Ariana Grande, Kenny Lattimore, and Aaron Spears. He also composed the music for several films such as A Question of Faith and The Sin Seer.  
July 15, 2021
Episode #26: Capt. Leonardo Cuadrado
Leonardo Cuadrado, Captain (ret) USMC, serves as New Directions for Veterans’ Interim President & Chief Operating officer. He is a remarkable leader who began his Marine career as an enlisted man. Cuadrado was selected for the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP), where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant before earning his commission as a Second Lieutenant and retired as the School Adjutant, USMC School of Infantry (West). Since leaving the Marines, he has served as Chief Operating Officer for A Place Called Home and most recently as Director of Veteran Programs at Goodwill (Southern California). Los Angeles has the largest population of homeless military veterans in the nation. The LA Homeless Services Authority estimates that more than 4,000 homeless veterans live on our streets. Many of these men and women suffer from Co-Occurring Disorders, including substance use, mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as chronic medical problems. Since 1992, New Directions for Veterans (NDVets) has provided comprehensive services to thousands of veterans in Los Angeles County. Founded by two formerly homeless Vietnam veterans and a local advocate for homeless persons, NDVets initially operated out of a five-bedroom home serving eight homeless Vietnam War veterans. We now operate 2 Transitional Housing Programs for veterans on the street in need of housing and 6 Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) facilities in Los Angeles County, along with 6 additional sites that will finish construction by 2020. NDVets offers a wide array of services including substance abuse treatment, counseling, remedial education, job training and placement, as well as parenting and money management classes. Legal and tax assistance are available, as is an active aftercare program and resources for alumni. Veterans leave NDVets with a savings account, housing, a job or other income, computer skills, renewed self-confidence and the support of mentors and peers. Such a transformation takes hard work, motivation and accountability, but the results are life altering—and for many veterans, life-saving.
July 13, 2021
Episode #25: Dr. Claire Delcambre
"I am a doctor of physical therapy,  pelvic health advocate, movement expert, educator, and ally. I help you understand your body and your symptoms and provide you ways to effectively address your symptoms to further provide you with you-centered strategies to move through life with less pain along with better knowledge to empower a life filled with strength, resiliency, mobility, and function. It is so important to love ourselves and our bodies for all the amazing things it does for us. A great way to accomplish this is to understand it. When we know what our body is trying to do for us, we can find ways to work with it rather than against it as an adversary we have to overcome. When we find harmony with our body, we can love and appreciate it for the incredible and perfect vessel it is. It is my joy to share my knowledge with you and to have those important conversations about the things that can be difficult to accept or talk about like our changing bodies, sex, pee, poop, and more at all stages of life. I cannot wait to provide you with ways to feel better so you can confidently move forward - liberated from pain, dysfunction, and fear of injury." - Dr. Claire Delcambre Website: Instagram: @heybabewellness
July 08, 2021
Episode #24: Dr. Jim Self
Jim Self is a Los Angeles-based freelance musician. Since 1974 he has worked for all the major Hollywood studios performing for over 1500 motion pictures and hundreds of television shows and records. His solos in major films include John William’s scores to Jurassic Park, Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Hook, and was the “Voice of the Mothership” from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Recent films include Wall-E, Avatar, and Toy Story 3. As a solo artist, Self performs regularly worldwide. His concerts and clinics present an interesting blend of classical and jazz music, and represent a wide spectrum of his many experiences as a performer, composer, and teacher. Self is also a published composer and arranger. He has about 60 titles for brass, string and woodwind chamber music, works for band, orchestra, solo tuba and trombone.
July 06, 2021
Episode #23: Rachel Blaustein, Emma Rocheleau, Jordan Thomas
Poised as a bright and promising young artist, opera singer, Soprano Rachel Blaustein has worked with New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera (Summer 2021), Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Des Moines Metro Opera, The Glimmerglass Opera, Kentucky Opera, among others. On the competition front, she has one awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Partners for the Arts Inc, Tri-Cities Opera and Annapolis Opera. She holds degrees from The Peabody Conservatory and Hofstra University. Emma Rocheleau, soprano, is originally from Lexington, SC. She is a recent graduate of the Peabody Conservatory with Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Jordan Thomas is an international award winning harpist who has performed all around the world and has been playing music since the age of 3.  Performing genres from classical music to popular, he has performed with artists such as Yo Yo Ma, Jennifer Hudson, Kirk Franklin just to name a few. Jordan currently resides in Chicago where he performs locally.
July 01, 2021
Episode #22: Sean Patrick Hughes
Sean Patrick Hughes is an author, veteran, non-profit founder ( and a special needs father. He’s contributed to multiple media outlets including the Washington Post, Playboy and other online media outlets. A veteran of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom and a Bronze Star recipient, Sean graduated of the United States Naval Academy and the University of San Diego Graduate School of Business and separated from the Navy at the rank of Commander. He lives in Southern California with his wife Annette and three boys .
June 29, 2021
Episode #21: Natalie Frakes, Dan Trahey, Pete Tashjian
Natalie Frakes graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She studied violin under Dr. Laura Roelofs and music education with Dr. Wendy Matthews. Natalie has served as a string instructor and conductor for many positions including Wayne State’s String Project@Wayne, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles, Detroit’s Urban Stringz, and the Dearborn Youth Symphony. She was also a teaching artist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s El Sistema-inspired OrchKids program. In addition to teaching, Natalie performs frequently with multiple bands in the Metro Detroit area including NUCLASSICA, Nouveauté, and the Pistons House Band. She continues working the gigging circuit with friends in their group Midtown Strings. Daniel Trahey is a musician, educator, innovator, and social entrepreneur. He co-created Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “OrchKids” program, and founded the El Sistema-inspired program “Tuned-In” at the Peabody Institute where he teaches creative composition and community engagement. Dan plays Tuba for the Archipelago Project and the Austria based RET Brass Band and has performed worldwide for hundreds of thousands of children, specifically targeting impoverished areas with little access to live performance. Dan is a consultant for programs desiring to use music as a vehicle for social change. He has helped start El Sistema-inspired programs in places such as Charlotte, Chicago, Ft.Worth, Innsbruck, Allentown, Waterbury, Alexandria, Kalamazoo, and Miami. Over the past decade, he has developed a vehicle for nurturing youth voice called Collective Composition, facilitating large-scale compositions with organizations around the world. Dan holds a M.M. from Yale and a B.M.E from Peabody. Earning a Downbeat Award for his High School jazz combo as well as the Louis Armstrong Award, Pete attended the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where he studied with 7 time Grammy Award winner Paul Wertico, Ed Harrison (Lyric Opera), as well as Reuben Alvarez (LP). Since graduating in 2010, Pete has been actively involved in El Sistema US and music education for social change.  Working with the Tuned-In Program (Peabody Institute) and ORCHkids (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) in Baltimore and El Sistema Ravinia and the YOURS Project in Chicago.  He currently leads a bucket band program at SHIFT: Englewood on the southside of Chicago.
June 24, 2021
Episode #20: Dr. La Shawn Denise Witt
As one of the foremost experts in the wedding and special event industry, Dr. La Shawn Denise Witt is one of the top wedding and event planners. La Shawn’s experience includes planning hundreds of weddings and special events around the nation and which she and TEAMDiva executed every detail with style. She focuses on all weddings and events, sophisticated to intimate, from traditional to destination, and cultural to conservative. La Shawn is an event scholar that makes sure all of her events shine and the guests go home wanting more. Dr. Witt is also an award winning educational consultant & trainer, educator, keynote speaker, lecturer, motivational speaker, author and president of Dr. La Shawn Denise Witt. A native of Los Angeles, California, Dr. Witt worked in the field of education for over 18 years as an Principal, Assistant Principal, Middle School Teacher and various Teacher on Special Assignment positions.
June 22, 2021
Episode #19: Desiree Ellen
"I was born and raised in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs and went on to receive a degree in fashion design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. I always push myself to achieve my goals no matter what, which has helped me grow into a reliable and diligent designer. It is my belief that the ultimate fashion designers influence not only the way people dress but also the way people think; this is the kind of designer I aspire to be. My passions and inspirations come from punk rock, feminism, the environment, architecture, and pop culture, and through these inspirations I aspire to be a part of the generation that will challenge and improve this industry from the inside out, because I have faith that fashion can be so much more than what it seems to be at face value." - Desiree Ellen
June 17, 2021
Episode #18: Amit Peled
From the United States to Europe to the Middle East and Asia, Israeli cellist Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today. At 6'5" tall, Peled started life as a basketball player and was called "larger than life" when he enveloped his cello and "Jacqueline du Pré in a farmer's body." Mr. Peled has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and in the world’s major concert halls such as: Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, New York; Salle Gaveau, Paris; Wigmore Hall, London; Konzerthaus, Berlin; and Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium. Follow Amit on Facebook and Instagram:
June 16, 2021
Episode #17: Tom Williams
Tom Williams is the owner of Burn Fitness - a community fitness center located in Santa Monica, CA. He is also the founder of Prior to becoming a personal trainer and gym owner, Tom was a world class swimmer, winning gold medals and setting records in the Pan American Games, World University Games and U.S. Open in the 50M freestyle. He swam with the U.S team for 6 years. While competing at a world class level, Tom earned a BA in Business & Communications from The University of Iowa. He also coached the Men's Swim Team at The Ohio State University for two years while pursuing his PhD in Counseling Psychology.  Burn Fitness - Santa Monica
June 08, 2021
Episode #16: Rebecca Zuñiga, Devin Harrington, Winston Harris
Rebecca Zúñiga, a graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, is a Baltimore-based Opera Singer, Pianist and Activist that believes in the liberation of all marginalized communities. As a queer immigrant of color, Rebecca envisions a future that is free of all oppressive systems that continue to harm us, and dreams of a world that is free of colonialist ideologies, imperialism and capitalism, and invites other to reject the perpetuation of white supremacy in the music field. Winnie is possibly (though not likely) from people and is based slightly outside of the monadic plane. Winnie is currently discussing the pros and cons of letting the LOC method go with Kyle and the others. Winnie - get into it, live your best. Devin Harrington is a passionate singer, artist and music educator residing in Baltimore, MD. Devin, a graduate of Virginia State, is known for his thrilling vocals and sultry stylings, and he dedicates his days to shaping the future minds of tomorrow. Devin is currently working on a solo project that he hopes to release in the winter season.
May 27, 2021
Episode #15: Dr. Jay Lund
Dr. Jay Lund is Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences and and Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California – Davis. He has long enjoyed teaching, research, and engagement on many aspects of theory and practice for water management and policy, usually trying to integrating economics and operations research with traditional engineering. He has become particularly engaged in working on the wide range of water problems in California with many collaborators, and remains enthusiastic about the potential of system analysis and optimization to provide understanding and insights for management and policy.
May 25, 2021
Episode #14: Aubrey Foard
Aubrey Foard is the principal tubist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2018. He also serves as lecturer of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and as Artist Faculty at the Brevard Music Center. He has performed as a guest musician with several other orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Louisville Orchestra.
May 22, 2021
Episode #13: Lisa Kellogg Lisa Kellogg is famed as a choreographer, dancer, and dance teacher. She is also the owner of 'Santa Monica Hip Hop Dance' studio. Her charismatic style, consisting of hip hop, pop, jazz and street dance has fascinated audiences in America, Europe and Japan for years.  She has worked with recording artists such as: Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown and Janet Jackson. Lisa has also worked with companies such as McDonald’s, Pepsi, and Adidas.
May 18, 2021
Episode #12: Xavier Banister
Xavier Banister is the owner of 'Cuttin Up' barbershop in Santa Monica, CA. Mr. Banister was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. The first time he visited California and felt that warm sunshine, he decided to stay and never looked back. Years later, Xavier has now made himself and the barbershop an essential part of the community. He joined the show to share the journey that led to his success. 'Cuttin Up' - 1802 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404
May 12, 2021
Episode #11: Erin Baker, Teng Chen, Kayin Scanterbury
Erin Baker is a professional harpist and music educator. Erin earned her BM and Performer’s Certificate from SUNY Fredonia Degree in Harp Performance from the Peabody Institute and since has continued working as a freelance harpist in the Baltimore/DC area.  Teng Chen is a New York City based audio engineer and music editor with a decade of experience in music production in a variety of musical genres. Now a pre-record music editor and mixer at NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Teng began her studies at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and graduated with a duo BM degree in Piano Performance / Recording Arts and Sciences, as well as a MA degree in Acoustical Studies within 5 years. Kayin Scanterbury is a professional drummer and day trader. He earned his BM in Jazz Percussion from the Peabody Institute and since has continued working as a freelance drummer in the East Coast region.
May 12, 2021
Episode #10: Teach the Student, Not the Curriculum
In this episode, I catch up with one of my favorite professors from back in the day, Dr. Hollis Robbins. We discuss why it's important for teachers to connect with their students, challenges she faced throughout her career, politics, and her book, 'Forms of Contention: Influence and the African American Sonnet Tradition.' Dr. Hollis Robbins currently serves as Dean of Humanities at the University of Utah. Dean Robbins is a noted scholar of nineteenth-century American and African American literature, film, and poetry. Her newest book, Forms of Contention: Influence and the African American Sonnet Tradition (University of Georgia Press, 2020), explores the interrelationship of influence, double consciousness, canon-formation, and poetic form. Dean Robbins has previously edited or co-edited five books, including the Penguin Portable Nineteenth Century African American Women Writers, co-edited with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., which was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017. Dean Robbins holds a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University (2003); an M.A. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder (1998); an M.P.P. from Harvard University (1990); and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University (1983). 
May 05, 2021
Episode #9: Parthenon Huxley
Parthenon Huxley is an American musician, singer, songwriter and producer who is known for his solo albums and for his involvement in ELO Part II and The Orchestra, both of which are latter-day offshoots of the 1970s-80s symphonic rock band Electric Light Orchestra. He has also made cameo appearances in several films including Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story and The Flintstones. Hux made his mark as a producer and collaborator in 1993 with Mark Everett of eels, when Everett was a solo artist known as E. The first collaboration ("Hello Cruel World") became a Top Ten Alternative hit.  Hux scored again when he produced and wrote with Kyle Vincent. Their song "Wake Me Up (When The World's Worth Waking Up For)" hit number one in several markets and set a record for "bubbling under" the Billboard Hot 100 longer than any song in history (not that that was the plan…). Hux has also collaborated with Foreigner hit maker Mick Jones, McCartney guitarist Rusty Anderson, Mick Jagger guitarist Stevie Salas, Canadian chanteuse Sass Jordan, Canadian Idol winner Kalan Porter, Go-Go's drummer Gina Schock, Chicago Transit Authority's Robert Lamm and many more.
May 05, 2021
Episode #8: Shurmi Dhar, Jacob Han, Ethan Lucas
Shurmi, Jacob, and Ethan are all young musicians living in New Yawk, New Yawk. I checked in with my old friends to see what they're up to, what living in the Big Apple this past year has been like, and what they're looking forward to as the city begins to open back up. 
May 04, 2021
Episode #7: Slauson Malone
Jasper Marsalis, better known by his stage name Slauson Malone, is an American jazz, hip hop, and ambient producer hailing from New York City and based in Los Angeles, CA. He is also a former member of Standing on the Corner, an underground experimental jazz and hip hop group based in Brooklyn.
April 30, 2021
Episode #6: Napoleon Gladney
Napoleon W. Gladney has a diverse performance and arts management background which spans seasons and international tours with dance companies including Odyssey Dance Theatre, The Dance Cartel and Backhausdance. National Broadway Tour credits include Wicked The Musical, most recently as Dance Captain/Swing/Chistery Understudy. As an arts administrator, Napoleon has stage managed the mobile opera Hopscotch by Los Angeles’ The Industry and created positions for non-profits at the Theater at the 14th Street Y and LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture in New York City, MUSE/IQUE in Los Angeles, and Greenway Court Theater in Los Angeles. He is currently the Audience Development Coordinator for the Musco Center for the Arts.
April 25, 2021
Episode #5: Michael Mollo, Nick Bentz
Michael Mollo and Nick Bentz joined the show to talk about music, film composing, and life as a composer.  Michael Mollo is a musical native of the Pennsylvania mountains. As composer and songwriter in Santa Monica, California, his music can be heard in a number of film, television and game scores. Michael also oversees global operations for Velvet Green Music. ​ Nick Bentz (b. 1994, Charleston, SC) is a composer and violinist whose art is drawn to the remote fringes and recesses of human experience. In his work he seeks to render intimately personal spaces imbued with an individual sense of storytelling and narrative. Finding inspiration in historical materials, Nick's work explores the destructive relationship between sound artifacts and time.
April 24, 2021
Episode #4: Roderick Demmings, Alan Rosenthal
0:00-0:54 - Intro 0:55-7:57 - Introducing George Floyd and the Derek Chauvin Trial 7:58-18:29 - Introducing Roderick Demmings. Jessica, Alan, Kayin tell their reaction to death of George Floyd in 2020 18:30-32:14 - Where the trial is at the moment, what we’ve learned so far, Day 1 and 2 of the trial 32:15-48:34 - George Floyd’s drug use and its relevance to the case, discussing the defense’s argument, EMT Genevieve Hansen 48:35-1:33:41 - Roderick’s thoughts on Day 2 of the trial, his experience in Minneapolis, media’s impact on court cases, media creating an environment that discourages conversation, autonomous zones in the US 1:33:42-1:59:51 - Roderick’s response to Alan, race relations in the US, lack of wealth in black communities and wealth inequality 1:59:52-2:10:10 - What we all hope to see as the case continues to unfold 2:10:11-2:10:37 - Outro, part II coming soon
April 20, 2021
Episode #3: Jerry Iweh
0:00-0:39 - Intro 0:40-4:33 - How Osi and Jerry know each other  4:34-9:27 - Jerry shares how football came into his life and what it means to him, Osi talks about his journey with music and the similarities to Jerry’s come up   9:28-12:32 - Athleticism and the importance of working on your Mental IQ for the game   12:33-32:44 - Jerry gaining size and switching to LB, how to know what position is best for you to play, cutting out the noise from people that “know what’s best for you”, and the mental changes that come with changing positions in music and football, teamwork beating talent   32:45-56:30 - Chiefs’ getting unlucky right before Super Bowl LV, Jerry discussing how he handles stress or issues that happen off the field and stays sharp on the field, the mentality required for the Patriots to come back from a 28-3 score at half time, analyzing tape after the game   56:3-1:15:00 - Leadership qualities required for a linebacker, staying in shape as a free agent, keeping a regimen during the pandemic   1:15:00-1:36:59 - Jerry discusses his fashion and media company ‘Gtybrand’ and his community based program ‘His Boldness’, focusing on making positive changes in the community   1:37:00-1:37:28 - Outro
April 17, 2021
Episode #2: Azul, Brandon Woody, Randi Withani
0:00-0:54 - The 'We Still Don't Have a Theme Song' theme song, introducing Episode #2 0:55-34:30 - Introduce everyone, talk about our backgrounds and family 34:31-1:25:00 - Randi, Azul, and Brandon discuss the experiences that made them the artists they are today and their experiences as artists in higher education Breaking down the music 1:25:40-1:35:48 - Breaking down Randi's 'Gasoline Dreamz' 1:35:49-1:52:44 - Breaking down Azul's 'Magic' and 'Sleeps' 1:52:45-2:10:38 - Breaking down Brandon's 'Take Care' 2:10:39-2:17:59 - Azul inspires Osi to embrace the process, closing remarks
April 13, 2021
Episode #1: Osi Atikpoh, Ben Hoyt, Kayin Scanterbury, Winston Harris, Jessica Korotkin, Nick Bentz, Marie Herrington
0:00-0:45 - Intro music (#1 song in the country) 0:46-37:09 - Introduce everyone, what went down in 2020, 2020 albums and movies 37:10-1:28:21 - Mental health during the pandemic, figuring things out as a young artists, lessons we learned 1:28:22-1:36:23 - Hamilton, Drake and Josh, Parasite 1:36:24-2:04:22 - Riots, protests, Capital insurrection on Jan. 6th 2:04:23-2:21:44 - RIP Kobe, other celebrity deaths, Inauguration 2:21:45-2:42:18 - Listening to Brandon, Randi, and Azul's music  2:42:19 - Outro music (longest charting single in billboard history)
April 03, 2021