Summary: The most prolific self-made artists and communicators on the planet sharing their most candid experiences of artistry from conception to creation to dissemination. Hosted by Andrew Schwab of Project 86.
Is the world ending? Why is this all happening? Should I stop reading books about pandemics? Are we living in The Stand?
Darren King is a super talented dude. He’s an amazing guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. Oh yeah, and he’s been in the P86 fold for seven years now. He’s also a super nerd when it comes to all sorts of gear. In this episode we talk everything from headphones to turntables to software-from both a recording artist perspective and from a consumer stand point. Nerds unite!
Abandoned songs! Tattoos! Mayhem!
I talk about the 100 records I am collecting on vinyl. These are the records that changed my life. This is probably the most important episode I will ever record.
Many times you think you are a genius and the piece of work you just created is going to change the world. Sometimes, though, you are totally wrong. This is a discussion about cutting and killing your precious work when it just isn’t right, good enough, or worthy of release.
What is Lead Singer Disease? How does one know when he has it? What causes it? And how can this fatal condition be remedied? I look at these questions and more on this episode of the lessons learned series!
Josh Hagquist has played guitar for P86 since 2011. He also founded and fronts his band, The Beautiful Mistake. Josh is a really good friend, and it took me way too long to have him on. He is articulate, hilarious, super kind, and very knowledgable about music. We begin with a story about the time our band almost got into a brawl backstage with another band. We discuss principles and mantras we have learned over the years and share lots of stories from our history in music on this one.
How does perception influence the success of your favorite artists? I look at the strategy of creating an impression in people’s minds, and how closely this is tied to reaching career goals, specifically in music. I look at a few artists I love and why their perception has enhanced their journeys.
Beau Burchell is the founder and guitarist of the band Saosin. He is also a prolific record producer who has worked with Senses Fail, The Bronx, and many others. It is a true, personal treat to speak with him regarding his career as both a guitarist and band founder, as well as a record producer. As usual, we share some great stories, laughs, and he offer some great insights about his creative process and prolific career.
Tobin Bawinkel fronts the Celtic punk band Flatfoot 56, has a side project called 6’10,” runs Ollie Mob (A community fan club for his 56 supporters), and has various other endeavors in addition to being a husband and father. He is a close personal friend, and we talk regularly about how to “crack the code” and continue making a living doing creative things. We titled this “Talks from the ledge” because that’s what we do on a a regular basis…talk each other off the proverbial ledge. This time we just hit the record button!
A look at the inspiration and motivation behind “Ghosts of Easter Rising,” “Sad Machines,” “In Trenches,” “Above the Desert Sea,” and “Sincerely, Ichabod.”
As requested by Patreon subscribers, I give insights into multiple P86 jams spanning the band’s catalogue. This is the first part of a two-part episode which will cover a good dose of my band’s songs. The juicier ones are in the subscriber-only segments, so please consider contributing to the podcast on the Patreon for Pioneers! You will receive episodes 72 hours before the general public, a phone call to say thanks and so much more.
This is something I have wanted to do for a long time, namely delve into the film industry with someone who actually works in it! Sure, I have worked on music videos with some “names” but never in this capacity. Josh and I connected when he hired me to illustrate/design his film poster, and this seemed like a no-brainer after working on that project. Great guy, great insights…and we talk about his story, as well as some lessons learned along the way, especially in regards to his new crime film WHERE SLEEPING DOGS LIE. Subscribe via our Patreon Page and receive over an hour of bonus content, depending on your tier!
Where do we draw the line between inspiration and intellectual infringement in creative work? We all have heroes and artists who inspire us, but how do we develop our own voices without creating derivative work? I look at 3 contemporary examples when the line was crossed in famous intellectual property court cases from the music industry to glean some insight which can be applied to any creative work. As always, subscribe to Pioneers Podcast on Patreon and I will give you a call to say thanks and chat. You will also receive access to episodes 72 hours before the rest of the world. Ples, up to 30 hours of bonus content spread out across all the episodes (the bonus content is a deeper exploration of the subject matter of each episode). Check out Pioneers on Patreon here.
Neph Trejo came across my path five years ago when he shot photos for Project 86 just after we finished our album Knives to the Future. I reconnected with him recently and discovered he was a Senior Art Director for Disney. The guy is a baller, and an all-around good guy. Neph has worked for Volkswagon, Lexus, and accomplished a ton along the way as a graphic designer and photographer. He defines the term “Renaissance Man.” Not a moment is wasted in this episode, and Neph shares some great lessons learned from to his prolific career. To get access to up to one hour of bonus content for this episode (Neph gives specific tips for emerging photographers and visual artists, plus shares in great detail the process from conception to production of a recent commercial he worked on for Disney Theme Parks) AND up to THIRTY HOURS OF BONUS CONTENT across all 27 episodes, visit Pioneers Podcast on Patreon and subscribe! You will receive episodes 72 hours before the public, a phone call to say thanks, and much more!