Whiskey Tango Foxtrot with @mattyconrad

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot with @mattyconrad

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International men’s grooming icon Matty Conrad has travelled the world inspiring countless stylists to be better barbers and better humans. Over the years he has collected a lot of great stories, a lot of friends, and a lot of friends with great stories. He’ll be interviewing these friends (who happen to be other top industry professionals) tackling today’s most interesting and divisive topics, sharing valuable advice on how to achieve success in a highly competitive field, and inspirational stories from the hair and beauty industry today.
International men’s grooming icon Matty Conrad has travelled the world inspiring countless stylists to be better barbers and better humans. Over the years he has collected a lot of great stories, a lot of friends, and a lot of friends with great stories. He’ll be interviewing these friends (who happen to be other top industry professionals) tackling today’s most interesting and divisive topics, sharing valuable advice on how to achieve success in a highly competitive field, and inspirational stories from the hair and beauty industry today.

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HONOUR THY BARBER with Frank Rimer
Frank Rimer ( @frank_glorified ) is one of my favourite barbers. I’ve been following him on social media since the early days before the “barber boom”. He is one of the people I consider to be an original pillar of new market barbering so I was excited to sit down in his Shoreditch shop Thy Barber and talk to him about how far the industry has come and some of the growing pains it is going through. Listen to this incredibly candid conversation between two barbers / educators /shop owners that are trying to survive the trend of barbering, dealing with a new generation of barbers, and struggling to find balance in the midst of it all.
1:03:08
November 10, 2019
A PHOENIX RISES with Hayden Cassidy
At the age of 21 it seemed that Leah Hayden Cassidy’s life was destined for a promising career in professional football until an unfortunate slide tackle left her with a broken leg, months of rehab, the loss of her scholarship, and a childhood dream ripped away. Thanks to a childhood friend she discovered an affinity for barbering that has helped her rise from the perverbial ashes. In just 4 short years she has become a global superstar travelling the world and wowing crowds from Berlin to Brazil... but sometimes that kind of meteoric rise comes a whole wealth of it’s own struggles and challenges.... listen to her inspiring story and her refreshingly level headed approach to fame.
48:28
November 3, 2019
SMALL TOWN SKEPTIC TURNED SOCIAL MEDIA SUPERSTAR with Chris Jones
My guest this week is my buddy @chrisjones_hair . Two years ago he was a self proclaimed technophobe and social media skeptic... 2 years later this small town Texan has built a following that boast over 200k and travels the world sharing his tips with y’all. (See what I did there?) . Listen to his inspiring story and his unique perspective and insights on how to take the Insta-Bull by the horns! #applepodcasts #hairstylist #haircut #barber
1:07:27
October 27, 2019
RIDING THE WAVE with Ryan Cullen
Undoubtedly the pride of Irish barbering , Ryan Cullen is one of the most fun and light hearted people I know... but that doesn’t mean he isn’t deadly serious about his craft. Listen in as he shares some of the wisdom that he’s gained behind the chair and on stages around the globe.
1:02:38
October 20, 2019
THE BIG GIVE BACK with Mark Bustos
After only a few years in the hair industry Mark Bustos has it all... a big league New York City clientele, a sterling reputation, and a premium ticket price for his services... but still... he didn’t feel successful. But, on a trip home to the Philippines Mark has an experience that changed his life and gave him An entirely new sense of purpose... listen to his remarkable story on this weeks episode.
53:43
October 13, 2019
THE IDLE HANDS OF THE BACKSTAGE BARBER with Alex Levine
My friend @alexdlevine has led a pretty extraordinary life. Early on his plans of getting into the hair industry took a bit of a backseat while he became the bass player of critically celebrated band The Gaslight Anthem. Now he has travelled the world and rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest rockstars in the world while secretly keeping his hair cutting chops strong by practicing his craft backstage on some of his high profile colleagues.... now he’s trying to help other barbers get an opportunity to have the same incredible backstage experiences that he’s had...
1:14:33
October 11, 2019
“THE MENSPIRE EMPIRE” with Charlie Gray
If you haven’t heard of Menspire they are a men’s grooming education program that started out of a shop in the UK with their sights set on world domination. Some people think it is the evolution of men’s grooming and some feel like it is hurting the industry and detracting from what traditional barbering is all about. I’ll admit as a barber I’ve had my reservations about it. But, I’ll also admit that most of my experiences that I judged it by have stemmed from the relative arrogance of people I run into who have taken the course... not from the people who have created it. Kind of like judging a religion by its followers instead of its doctrine.... So I decided to sit down with Charlie Gray one of the co-creators of Menspire and asked him what all of the fuss is about...
48:58
October 8, 2019
THE STEADFAST STYLE OF @STAYGOLD31
Sophie Pok and I have been friends for a while now. Despite her tiny stature I have come to realize that she is a MASSIVE force in barbering. Over the years we have shared some incredible conversations on many different continents and on this occasion. We got into the nuts and bolts of photography, photoshop, and how to stand out from the pack in a sea of talented individuals by carving your own path.
50:52
September 29, 2019
THE SUBTLE ART OF FAILURE with Harry Josh
We have all dreamed about making it big. Being celebrated in our field, and working at the highest level... travelling the world... surrounded by famous atheletes, fashionistas, and supermodels. Sounds great right? But the toad to that kind of success is seldom an easy one as my friend Harry Josh can tell you. He is one of the most celebrated hairstylists in fashion and is responsible for some of the most iconic looks and supermodels in recent history but the road to get here was marked with so many failures and he took so many blows to his ego that at one point he had just given up completely... every stylist or barber that dreams of “making it big”. Needs to hear this story.
1:26:19
September 22, 2019
A PRIDE OF LIONS with Tom Chapman
Almost a year ater the suicide of a close friend left him reeling, KEUNE’s Global Men’s Creative Director Tom Chapman helped create THE LIONS COLLECTIVE. An international group of barbers committed to making a difference in men’s mental health and suicide prevention. Hear his story and the conversation that we recorded LIVE on stage at the Community Barber Showcase in Vancouver BC.
50:03
September 15, 2019
MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FADE PT.2 with @Andrewdoeshair
Part 2 of our epic conversation with @ANDREWDOESHAIR. Couldn’t wait until the weekend for this one!
40:56
September 12, 2019
MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FADE with Andrewdoeshair
@andrewdoeshair is a force in our industry. From the very early days on Instagram he has built a solid following by sharing his tips, tricks, and opinions with everyone that would listen. By sharing a lot of things other people won’t, focussing on the things he feels helped him actually succeed and steering clear of corporate sponsorships, he has created a niche for himself in the Indie hair education community. Join us for part one of a two-part conversation that covers everything from the state of the industry to why he doesn’t consider himself an influencer but still preaches the importance of social media and content creation in today’s market.
46:57
September 8, 2019
CONSISTENCY IS KING with Kevin Luchmun
Panasonic’s global creative director @kevinluchmun is a creative powerhouse with an avalanche of awards and titles under his belt. He has created some iconic looks for top male models like @rickyhall and @whoiselijah , worked on stages around the world, and has recently built one of the best online education platforms available. Long story short... Kevin is impressive... but I know him as something else... a completely loveable goofball that I have shared more than a few laughs and crazy experiences with. Listen to his story and learn about how he has built his brand and why he keeps pushing himself to be better than he was yesterday.
53:31
September 1, 2019
SO YOU WANT TO BE AN INFLUENCER with Larisa Love
Larissa love is undeniably a huge influence in the beauty world. She is an artist who started building her Instagram following early on and re-defined what it means to be an influencer. But sometimes things are not always what they’re cracked up to be. Listen in as we talk to Larissa about what it means to be an influencer and the toll it can take on your personal life.
43:55
August 25, 2019
KILLING THE LADY BARBER with Mari De Monte
Mari De Monte is a rising star in the education side of the hair industry. After slugging it out in the competitive world of NYC hair salons and training under some of the worlds best... her approach to customer service, personalized style, and building relationships has allowed her to keep her single chair studio in Brooklyn packed with clients who will pay a premium for her talents. She is changing the conversation about women in the “male dominated” industry of men’s grooming.
58:53
August 11, 2019
THE POWER OF SAYING NO with Buddy Porter
Buddy Porter is a well known celebrity hairstylist whose client roster boasts names like Halle Berry, Justin Theroux, Olivia Holt and many more (but he’d never let you know that). His passion for music and his impressive collection of tattoos makes him seem more at home at a hardcore concert than behind the chair of a fancy Beverly Hills salon but his work ethic and his tireless commitment to his craft has made him one of tinsel towns most sought after stylists. Listen to his career journey and his advice on how to survive in one of the most competitive hair styling markets in the world where the “wash-out” rate does not leave the odds in your favour.
50:07
August 5, 2019
THE SECRETS OF THE HAPPY BARBER with Farzad Salehi
Former refugee Farzad Salehi and his wife Shelley run a 2 chair barbershop in Vancouver B.C. It’s modest business with a sterling reputation that regularly opens before 6 in the morning. He is humble and charming and funny and just from meeting him in person you would probably never suspect that he has videos on YouTube with over 20 million views, and is regarded around the world as one of the best cutthroat shavers on the planet. Listen to his amazing journey of fleeing his homeland, his down to earth wisdom about customer care, and his level headed approach to “fame” while we tilt back a glass of bourbon together.
1:28:21
July 29, 2019
WTF : An Introduction
International men’s grooming Icon Matty Conrad has collected some seriously interesting friends along his 25+ year career in The hair industry. He wants to introduce you to some of the incredible people he has met and let you listen in on some of the amazing conversations they have. Some are inspiring, some are controversial, and some are just plain funny. If you are a hair industry professional You won’t want to miss out on the weekly instalments of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
07:13
July 26, 2019
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