Episode 006 - George Hrab

George is a very busy man.  He is a musician, podcaster, author, public speaker, and world traveler.  We sat down recently and talked through his earliest musical memories, his influences, and his views on many different topics.  We each shared the moment where we began to question established thoughts and beliefs, and how that shaped us. George means many things to many people.  I shared some examples of his songs that have impacted my life. The most notable of which is "Speak to You". It gave me much needed clarity at a time when I was looking for ways to deal with the loss of my grandmother. It was an honor that he took the time to meet with me so I can get to know more about him.  Our interview lasted over an hour, and I enjoyed every minute of it. He is the kind of person that really makes you think.  I learned a lot that day, and I hope you do, too.

 

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep006_George_Hrab.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 10:31pm EDT

Episode 005 - Danielle Lubene

Danielle is a singer/songwriter who writes very emotional songs and has a powerful performance style. We had a great conversation that covered her influences, her musical background, and the state of today's music scene. We talked about our early love of The Monkees, Joe Jackson, and the Ramones. Danielle talked through some of the struggles that female musicians still face to this day, and how she deals with reaction to her work. She is in charge of all aspects of her career, and we talk about how she balances all of the things going on in her busy life. Her songs can be deeply personal, and I ask her if the subjects ever know that she is singing about them. Whether you are vain or not...that song could be about YOU!!!!!  Listen to the interview and find out.

 

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep005_Danielle_Lubene.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:32am EDT

Episode 004 - Mike Dugan

Mike Dugan lives and breathes the blues.  He is an amazing guitar player. I was very lucky to have the opportunity to interview him in his studio. The walls are covered with posters from his many shows through the years. I shared my earliest memories of seeing him perform, and he shared some of the things he learned in his many years as a working musician. He also has some advice for the next generation of musicians. He talks about growing up in South Jersey, and how that influenced his music in those early days. We talk about his success in New York City, and his eventual move to Pennsylvania. He also shares stories of some amazing concerts that he attended. Mike is very interested in sharing his knowledge, and gives private guitar lessons to the next generation of blues players.  I studied with Mike for a couple of years, and he taught me a lot about the language of music.  There is so much more to talk about with this legendary musician.  I am looking forward to meeting with him again.  As I was leaving, we talked about the possibility of an "all golf" episode.  I look forward to that.  I hope that you do, too.  Enjoy! 

 

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep004_Mike_Dugan.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 11:45pm EDT

Episode 003 - Ray Gurz

This interview was recorded on location at Double Decker Records in Allentown, Pa.  Having so much music around us really added to the vibe. Ray talked about his early experiences skateboarding, and eventually turning pro. He also went into business for himself with Lost Soul Skateboards. We hear about his constant quest for skate spots. This is a search that endures to this day. Ray talks about the bodily harm he's suffered through the years while riding, and assures us that it has never slowed him down. Hurt or not, he gets right back on the board. That dedication and commitment carries over to his music.  Ray is responsible for bass and vocals in tile, and vocals for the band Bad American. We talk about the local punk scene, past and present. Ray self published a book of Polaroid pictures called "Influence Victim". We get the details on how this came about. I have a copy, and I encourage you to get one while he still has some available. We wrap up talking about our mutual love of vinyl albums, and the importance of a store like Double Decker Records. Ray is a very intense individual, and is dedicated to everything he pursues. He has a DIY approach to living that has inspired me on many levels. The worst thing you can do is tell Ray he can't do something...He will prove you wrong.

 

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep003_Ray_Gurz.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:43am EDT

Episode 002 - Frank Pacheco

A few years ago, Frank made the move from a small town in Pennsylvania to sunny California to pursue a career in acting. The interview starts with Frank telling us about what is new and exciting out West. He describes how he decided to make his big move, and what the first few months were like. Frank has appeared on many hit shows, including Heroes, Bones, Glee, Justified, and Shameless. He also has a recurring role on the Disney Channel show "Wizards of Waverly Place". Frank has a very positive attitude, and that has served him well in a very competitive industry. He has nothing but good things to say about his fellow actors, and is very involved in helping new actors get their start. He talks about the people that have helped and inspired him throuh the years, and how happy he is to have his brother out there with him. Frank also shares his thoughts on the risk of being typecast, and how to stand out from the crowd. Every conversation that I have with Frank is a lot of fun. We have shared many laughs together, and I am eager to share some of that magic with you.  Enjoy!

 

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Direct download: ArtCon_Ep002_Frank_Pacheco.mp3
Category:Actor -- posted at: 12:56am EDT



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