Episode 285 - Brian Mackey

NYC based singer/songwriter Brian Mackey joined me on the show for a fantastic conversation about his life and music. His various influences come through in his songs, and his writing style is very autobiographical. You can tell that he has lived every note. He is a classically trained pianist and was inspired by Bob Dylan & Jim Croce as much as Mozart & Beethoven. Brian brings it all together and has an amazing story to tell. His latest record is called "Broken Heartstrings." Two songs from that album are featured here, as well as one from his "Honest Love" EP. Be sure to check out the other songs that he has available. Learn more at www.brianmackeymusic.com. If you reach out to Brian, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep285_Brian_Mackey.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:42pm EST

Episode 284 - Michael Wechsler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Today's guest is Michael Wechsler! He is the Writer/Director/Producer of "Altered Minds" which is out now on VOD. It is a psychological thriller about a tormented son who makes a desperate bid to save his sanity by unearthing family secrets before his father dies. It stars Judd Hirsch, Ryan O'Nan, Jaime Ray Newman, C.S. Lee, Joseph Lyle Taylor, and Caroline Lagerfelt. We talked about how this amazing cast came together and the locations that were used during filming. I love movies like this. Each actor brought so much to their character, and it keeps you guessing right up the final scene. This episode also features the song "Happy" from the soundtrack. The song was written by Patrick Kelly and Erin Sax. Learn more at www.altered-minds.com and watch it today! If you reach out to Michael, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep284_Michael_Wechsler.mp3
Category:Cinema -- posted at: 7:23pm EST

Episode 283 - Dani Rey

My guest today is singer Dani Rey! We talked about her debut album "Yo!" as well as her life and inspirations. She is a proud Cuban that was raised between Washington DC and Miami. Dani recently moved to Los Angeles to focus on her music and acting career. At 17 years old, she is already a high school graduate and currently attends Penn State University World Campus. Three songs from "Yo!" are featured with this episode, including the title track. For that one, Dani teamed up with Grammy Award winning Latin artist Miguelito. After you listen, please pick up your own copy at Amazon or iTunes. Learn more at www.danireyofficial.com. If you reach out to Dani, please let her know that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

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We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep283_Dani_Rey.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:26pm EST

Episode 282 - Holiday Thanks 2015

Welcome to my annual Christmas episode! 2015 was an amazing year for me both personally and professionally. I want to thank all of my guests that joined me, and thank you for listening! Special thanks to my family along with Hiyori, Matt Syverson, Tim Binder, Tommy Kenny, and Cindy & Jen at LadyLake for their endless support. I had some old friends stop by for this episode and it was great to catch up with them. I also have a few instant holiday classics to share with you. They are listed below in order of appearance. If you like what you hear, please reach out to the artists through the included links. I am working on making 2016 even better, so stay tuned! Sit back and enjoy!

Eryn Shewell - "Santa Baby" (http://www.erynshewell.com/)
Lez Zeppelin - "Stairway to Frosty" (http://www.lezzeppelin.com/)
Cliff Hillis - "Christmas Songs Tonight" (http://www.cliffhillis.com/)
Shattervox - "Home for Christmas" (http://www.shattervox.com/)
 

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep282_Holiday_Thanks_2015.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:14pm EST

Episode 281 - LAW

Today's guest needs no introduction. LAW has been on this show so many times, and each appearance is as unique as he is! No scripts, no edits, and no agendas. We just talk about whatever is on our minds and happening right now. This episode covers topics like LAW's inspiration for his dance moves and style, James Brown, and the Amy Winehouse doc. Learn more about him at https://www.facebook.com/The-Official-Fan-Page-Of-LAW-Planet-12-Productions--189013589954/ and https://twitter.com/planet12law. Please reach out to LAW and let him know how much you enjoy his appearances on my show. He will be back in 2016 with some brand new music to share!

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep281_LAW.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 3:03pm EST

Episode 280 - Russell Sinclair

Today's guest is UK musician Russell Sinclair! I recently called over to Plymouth to speak with him about his brand new debut album "Bought & Sold." It is a fantastic collection of songs, two of which are featured with this episode. Russell draws his inspiration from many styles of music. I first saw him online and checked out his website. I bought all of his music within minutes! He is the kind of artist that can instantly inspire you. I am also featuring songs from his Plymouth Tapes EPs so that you can discover his work at the same pace that I did. After you listen, I highly encourage you to buy the rest and support this talented singer/songwriter. He is also known for his energetic live performances. Search for him on YouTube and see what you're missing! Learn more at http://russellsinclair.co.uk/ and http://russellsinclair.bandcamp.com/. If you reach out to Russell, please let him know that you heard him here first. Enjoy!

We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep280_Russell_Sinclair.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:08pm EST

Episode 279 - Judy Chaikin

My guest today is Judy Chaikin! She is the Writer/Producer/Director of "The Girls in the Band." It is out now on DVD and VOD. I LOVED this movie. It was so exciting to have been given the opportunity to speak with Judy about it and feature her story of how the project came together. It is a documentary that details the journey of female jazz musicians from the 1930's through today. I am a huge fan of music, and thought I knew most of the highlights of 20th century musical history. I was wrong. This was an entire branch of the musical family tree that I was not aware of. The ladies featured here had to endure a career full of racism, sexism, and segregation...all while being world class musicians and entertainers. Their story may have been completely forgotten if not for the efforts of Judy and other likeminded film makers. We learn more about the past through interviews with the musicians, and a something about ourselves when we see the effect that prejudices and certain laws can have on people. To call it "compelling" isn't enough. It held me from start to finish and left me with the desire to learn more. One of the bands that Judy featured was "The International Sweethearts of Rhythm." I tracked down a few of their recordings and have included them with this episode. Learn more and buy your own copy of the movie at www.thegirlsintheband.com, and learn more about Judy at www.onestepproductions.com. When you reach out to Judy, please let her know that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

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We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. The music featured with this episode is part of the public domain.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep279_Judy_Chaikin.mp3
Category:Cinema -- posted at: 1:06am EST

Episode 278 - Luke Wade

My guest today is musician Luke Wade! Many of you know him from Season 7 of "The Voice." One of his performances caused Adam Levine to stand on his chair! We talked about his time on that hit show, as well as his life before and after the time that he spent there. Luke also told me about his recent tour and his plans to record a new album in 2016. He currently has a PledgeMusic Campaign which allows you to contribute towards the creation of the album. Learn more at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/lukewade and visit him at his website www.lukewademusic.com. Three of Luke's songs are featured with this episode, including his cover of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" where he duets with Mia Z. If you reach out, please let Luke know how much you enjoyed his appearance on this show. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep278_Luke_Wade.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 10:27am EST

Episode 277 - Lauren Carter

Today's guest is award winning singer/international model/actress Lauren Carter! She just released a brand new single called "American Dream." We talked about a number of topics including her songwriting process, traffic in LA, and navigating the waters of social media. Lauren has a Master's Degree in music and also gives voice lessons. Three of her songs are featured with this episode which will give you an idea of her many styles and vocal talents. The show starts off with her cover of "Graceless" by The National. We also get to hear "American Dream," then close out the show with a live opera classic called "Standchen." Prepare to be amazed! Learn more at www.laurencarteronline.com. If you reach out to Lauren, please let her know that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep277_Lauren_Carter.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 1:58pm EST

Episode 276 - Olivia Millerschin

Singer/songwriter Olivia Millerschin returns to the show for her second appearance! She was originally featured on Episode 195 back in April of 2014. A lot has been going on since then so this was the perfect opportunity to catch up with her. We talked about her appearances on America's Got Talent, her 40 city tour that followed, and her visit to the UK. Olivia also has a PledgeMusic campaign happening now to support the creation of her new album. You can learn more about this exciting project at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/mynewrecord. Three of my favorite Olivia Millerschin songs are featured with this episode. I am looking forward to the new tracks as well. Find out more at www.oliviamillerschin.com. Please reach out to Olivia and let her know that you heard her here first. Enjoy!

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We do not own any copyrights to the songs played on this episode. We have special permission by the artists themselves to play their music on the show for promotional purposes for the artists.

Direct download: ArtCon_Ep276_Olivia_Millerschin.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 8:46pm EST



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