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.
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!
Broad strokes on using social media effectively in the scope of artistry, content creation, and communication. I discuss three vital concepts anyone can apply to their social media endeavors to better engage audiences. A very important topic if you are trying to tell your story to the world! Subscribe via the Pioneers Patreon page and receive access to up to over one hour of bonus content which includes a much deeper exploration of the topic, 26 hours of bonus content across all the episodes…how-tos, deeply personal stories, and so much more, PLUS access to episodes 72 hours before the public and a phone call to chat and say thanks.
Ryan has had many different types of songwriting experiences, as you will come to understand from this episode…he has functioned as the sole writer of every instrument in his own band, and he has also worked extensively in more of a collaborative environment. He has experienced success in multiple incarnations of his own band as he has learned new lessons which has has applied to his craft along the way. These are fundamental principles which can be applied to any genre…and I hope you found this episode as engaging as I did! Subscribe on Patreon at any level and receive episodes 72 hours before iTunes and the general public. Also receive a phone call from me to say thanks, up to 25 hours of additional content, and so much more. Visit Pioneers on Patreon here.
Salem Barker is a full-time sculptor who is self-taught and who has an an amazing story. Over the course of his thirteen-year career he has battled his way through every obstacle to perfect his craft and reach a point where he is a full-time creator who provides for his family and embodies a unique place in his genre. This episode perfectly illustrates everything we have covered to this point in the podcast, from showing how art as therapy can transform our lives to demonstrating the importance of perseverance. In the Private segment ($10 Subscribers and above on Patreon), Salem goes into greater detail on how he built a full-time career with his art. And in the breakdown segment ($20 subscribers and above), Salem gets detailed on teaching how to start scultpting. Subscribe on Patreon and receive up to twenty-five hours of bonus content, a phone call to say thanks, plus access to episodes three days before the general public.
We have some great questions this time around. How do you know when a piece of work is finished? How do you order tracks on an album and name it? What are my favorite and least favorite parts of heavy music? I also discuss “The Spy Hunter” and “My Will Be a Dead Man” videos, and much more. Subscribe here and I will give you a call to say thanks, plus receive access to up to 22 hours of bonus content!
Caleb “Bones” Owens has had an interesting journey in the music industry. We were labelmates in the late 2000’s when his band, The Becoming, opened for P86. He has since written songs with Bon Jovi, played guitar with Yellawolf, launched a successful clothing brand, and is now buzzing as a solo artist. We talk determination and much more in this episode. Bonus content gets personal on his Yellawolf years and specific on his songwriting experiences. Subscribe and get episodes before the general public, plus a phone call to say thanks, and more than twenty hours of bonus content here.
Is it a long-held belief of mine that times of trial and tribulation produce great creative works. In this episode, I take a look at the connection of pain and art, and how darker leaning art can actually serve to heal us (both as a consumer and creative) when we are in a difficult place. In our subscriber-only segments I go deeper. For $10 subscribers and up (Private Segment), I look at the connection between addiction and artists, giving some of my personal experiences as examples. And in the third segment (Breakdown), for $20 subscribers and up, I look at the songs “Sad Machines” and “Necktie Remedy” from the Project 86 catalogue as examples of the principles of the episode. To subscribe, visit the Pioneers Patreon page!