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Clint Schaff is the homie, and also one of the creative forces behind the Dirty John podcast, NEWSTORY at Festival of Books (which happens to include a LIVE Rebel Radio interview with Ali Shaheed Muhammad, coming soon) and a bunch of other innovation at the LA Times. He stopped by the studio to tell us about how he’s stirring it up at a 100+ year old media company, innovating their business with content and experiences. For Clint, it’s part of a lifelong journey to explore stories that inspire him. That drive has taken him from embracing hip hop in a tiny midwestern town into the White House and on to Israel, with lots of twists and turns in between. Check out Clint’s story here. If you liked this episode, check out our interview with Dave Nadelberg: Track of the Week:
We hope you enjoyed last week’s interview with Vikter Duplaix. There was so much good stuff that we had to re-up for a second week. If you missed the first part, you can check it out below. In part two, Vikter tells us about his first big break and how he learned (the hard way) to take credit for the work he’s done. He also explains how he managed to stay focused on his creative vision when people were expecting him to be something different. Then we get to hear about being mentored by r&b great Kenny Gamble, linking up with James Poyser from the Roots, launching a company with Jazzy Jeff, and collaborating with King Britt and Louie Vega. How does a man keep his head on straight in the midst of money, respect, fame? Vikter says: "You just have to know do you love making music or do you love being famous? And whichever one it is be honest about it and shape your career that way." Oh, and when the stakes is high and the cameras are on you: Rely on the confidence you built through all those years and hours of practice. You do practice, don’t you? Thought so. Enjoy the lessons. Heed the word. And of course, leave a review: show less
Chris Denson has had a fascinating career so far — from standup comedy to TV production to helping the world’s largest brands with innovation and hosting the Innovation Crush podcast. His new book, Crushing the Box: 10 Essential Rules for Breaking Essential Rules, takes his storytelling to the next level. Chris came by the studio to tell everyone to buy his book. While we had him, we asked a bunch of questions about how he went from full-time hustler to salary man, and also schooled him about 90s conscious hip hop. Get yourself schooled here... If you liked this episode, check out our interview with Darlene Ortiz: Track of the Week:
Morse Code has been named the best DJ in America. He’s one half of Pools with (thee) Mike B, making chill house music for a pool party vibe. He teaches aspiring DJs at Point Blank Music School. I take the opportunity to find out what makes a great DJ in 2018. Listen up to what he has to say, then leave us a review on iTunes and a comment on Facebook. If you liked this episode, check out our interview with Thee Mike B: Track of the Week:
It's another episode of my ongoing debate with Dennis White about everything related to music, business, and culture. This time we're talking abou the issue of selling out, what it means and if it still matters and anyone cares. For once, it seems like we're on the same page. You can learn more about Dennis, aka Latroit, aka Static Revenger, in our very first episode ever, and also earlier this year when we caught up about his Grammy award and the lastest in his career. If you liked this one, check out our other interviews with Dennis White aka Latroit: Track of the Week:
I caught up with Mark in London at the legendary Dean St. Studios. They were kind enough to let us use a room for our interview. Mark is the founder of Wall of Sound records, which has been an influential dance music label for almost 25 years, bringing us music from Basement Jaxx, Propellerheads, Royksopp, among many others. Mark also hosts the Back to the Phuture radio show on Soho Radio and the Question Mark live interview series. I lost control of the interview almost instantly, and Mark took us down a number of rabbit holes — SGI Buddhism (he even does some chanting for us) to his beef with Simon Cowell. At the end of the show, he puts on a clown mask and shows me a card trick he uses at parties. We also get some amazing lessons about creativity and how always to be yourself. It’s nuts.  If you liked this episode, check out our past interview with Mr C: Make sure you check out our sponsor Track of the Week:
Epilepsy affects one in 26 people. Hapa is one of them. True to his nature, he doesn’t hide from his condition. Instead he uses it as a vehicle to inspire and enlighten. Kind of the same way he approaches his DJ career.  In part two of our interview, Hapa gives us some insight into how he handles obstacles, like being told he can’t go to college because of his epilepsy. And his secret for appreciating his life. He also tells us what’s up with his new label, Phil N Good, his Dash Radio show, Music Mornings, and how he continues to grow the Scratch DJ Academy. If you liked this episode, check out our interview with Kevin Kerslake and DJ Kevin Scott - Track of the Week:
ANIIML is back! This time with more exclamation points! The artist formerly known as ANML, formerly known as Lila Rose, is back in our studio to tell us what she learned over the last year: Mainly to delegate some of the business and legal aspects of her career and focus on what she does best —her live show. We also experiment with a new lightning round format. Send us a comment on Twitter, Facebook, or wherever you like and let us know how we did. If you liked this episode, check out our first interview with ANIIML: Track of the Week:
Jean-Michel Jarre is a living legend: selling over 80 million records, most of which were probably never played on radio — performing groundbreaking shows all over the world, from Coachella to China and Saudi Arabia — and inspiring many of your favorite electronic artists. He generously shares some perspectives on art and creativity and gives some insight into how he's built such an enduring and impactful career. If you liked this episode, check out our interview with TAZ: Track of the Week:
Patti Astor is punk as f… She was the star of hip hop first great b-movie, Wild Style. As the owner of the FUN Gallery, she helped to promote the careers of important graffiti artists like Jean Michel Basquiat, Dondi, Rammellzee, Lee, Futura. She never really made a dime. And that’s kind of how she wanted it. In a world filled with opportunists and con artists, we have Patti Astor: "I made a commitment to those guys when they came into FUN Gallery that this is going to be the artist's gallery and I'm going to make it my promise to you that you are always going to be represented the way that you need to be seen. Just because they're all gone doesn't mean that commitment is over.” At age 66, still as idealistic and opinionated as ever, Patti graciously came by our studios to drop knowledge as only the Queen of the Downtown Screen can. All you young badasses can learn a thing or two from her incredible stories. A couple of her lessons: - Never sell out. She’s going to tell you exactly how she does it, and it’s painful. - Live for the danger. - How to hustle like Madonna If you liked this episode, check out our interview with Paul Stewart: * Track of the Week:
Bua blends hip hop, graffiti, and fine art in a way that’s completely unique. His painting, The DJ, is among the highest-selling posters of all time. I’m sure a lot of you have had it hanging in your bedrooms. But Bua started out with everyone telling him he was no good. His teachers and friends urged him to give up painting. Good thing for us he didn’t listen. He inched his way out of mediocrity, ignoring the critics at every step, working harder and harder to master his art. That’s what it takes to be successful in any creative endeavor. Check out our interview for tips on developing a think skin, and knowing your lane. So much good stuff here. Check it out now. * Track of the Week:
Old Man Saxon stopped by the studio to teach us how living in his car for a year made him a better rapper, why the history of hip hop isn’t important for young rappers, and why race (still) matters in hip hop. He helps us understand why #BowWowChallenge, #FyreFestival, and Donald Trump are all about the same thing. And how you can both discount and revere Eminem at the same time. If you liked this episode, check out our past interview with Oliver Wang: EDM Track of the Week:
James Andrews is the definition of a hustler. He moves with ease through music, technology, investment circles — collecting and connecting. He came through the studio to shed light on the launch of his new venture: The Authenticated, which is part members-only social network, part brand advisor and startup factory. He shares some great stories from his journey and helps us understand how hip hop has impacted business as much as it has culture, and how you can launch a startup the way you would break a record. Learn more about The Authenticated, and possibly even apply for membership, here: If you liked this one, check out our interview with AJ Bertenshaw: Track of the Week:
Tayy Brown didn't set out to make music with a message, but sometimes the message finds you. "I got a DM from somebody, said that they was close to committing suicide, and they said that I helped them. That's when I knew I should be doing this." Tayy is a singer and rapper from Maryland, making music that bangs from his hood to Rolling Loud, to on tour with Ski Mask The Slump God. He came by the studio to give us the real about how to come up without losing yourself. How to stay focused on what's important. How to engage with fans without letting that take over your life. Make sure you check out some Tayy Brown music: "Run Down" is the one we're banging around here. "Safety" and "Lie to Me" are pretty dope too. And follow @RealTayyBrown Support our sponsors: Fiverr & Honeybook Use Fiverr to connect your business with freelancers who offer hundreds of digital services including graphic design, copywriting, web programming, film editing, and more! - Check out and receive 10% off your first order by using our code: REBELRADIO Use Honeybook to automate your busywork and get your business done in less time with less work. Organize your client communications, bookings, contracts, and invoices — all in one place. - Sign up NOW at to save 50% off your first year If you liked this episode, check out our interview with Old Man Saxon: Track of the Week:
Yumi stops by our studio to brainstorm new business ideas. The singer / model / YouTuber gives us some insights into how she's building a career based on honesty and vulnerability, and how she's overcome — and sometimes still struggles with — confidence and anxiety challenges. She also tells us what it's like being Steve Aoki's niece, as well as being signed to his label Dim Mak. If you liked this one, check out our interview with R3LL: Track of the Week:
We're back once again with Dennis White aka Latroit aka Static Revenger. He was our very first guest ever, and came back a couple years ago and interviewed me. Links below. Since then he won a GRAMMY for best remix of Depeche Mode's "You Move," and today we're learning a bit about what that does for someone's career and how to leverage wins to keep the momentum going. This is a short episode, and it's part one of three with Latroit. Coming up, we'll be tackling a couple topics relevant to his business and seeing what we can learn from each other. Love to hear what you think of that format if you want to leave us a comment. Links to some of the things we discuss in the show: Sean Penn, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff: David Byrne, How Music Works: Simon Napier Bell, Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay: Rebel Radio Episode 1 featuring Dennis White: Rebel Radio Two Year Anniversary Episode featuring Dennis White: Depeche Mode, You Move (Latroit Remix): Latroit, Nice:
Photographer Michael Tullberg has witnessed the growth of dance music through the lens of his camera for over two decades. He came by the studio to tell us about his new book, the Raver Stories Project, featuring stories from fans and creators of the rave scene. He tells us some of his own rave stories and how he went from being a photographer on the front lines of dance music to creating his own publishing company. If you liked this episode, check out our interview with Geoff Moore: Track of the Week:
Franki Chan is a punk. No, not like that. He got his start by responding to a flyer that said "if you’re antiracist, antigovernment, vegan, we’re trying to find a drummer.” From that day on, the DIY punk scene in Indiana became his life. Years later, he would move to LA, realize the seriousness of punk rock was missing one thing: fun, and launch a club called Fucking Awesome with his new friend and fellow unheard-of DJ, Steve Aoki. Though they didn’t know it at the time, the two were at the forefront of a movement that would not only change music, but even impact the way culture spreads around the world by bringing fun back into nightlife and creating an environment that’s more inclusive than exclusive. Nowadays, Franki runs his label / agency, IHEARTCOMIX —where he also illustrates all of the releases — and until recently, the event series Check Yo Ponytail. All of this places Franki at the intersection of music and geek culture, maybe like a cool version of The Nerdist. Franki drops by the studio to tell us about what it took to be able to let go of Check Yo, and how he constantly reinvents his future. Lot of good lessons here for entrepreneurs, not to mention aspiring comic book artists. Get it! And you better not forget to subscribe and leave us reviews and comments.
Scott Nathan made his bones as a photographer, but after you listen to our interview, you'll agree he should have been a storyteller. From the crazy capers he got himself into over the years, to the lessons he learned along the way, he has some great things to share. He describes himself as "not an asker," but seems to have a gang of rich and powerful people who want to give him stuff. Find out how he does it here. If you liked this episode, check out our interview with Patrick Hoelck: Track of the Week:
Ant LaRock stops by our studio to put us up on what the next generation is up to. A musician since childhood, he meandered through multiple genres before landing on a classic deep house sound that pre-dates him by about a decade, somehow avoiding the more obvious choices like trap, techno, or whatever EDM means these days. He got his first break with a remix of “Right Here, Right Now,” for Giorgio Moroder and Kylie Minogue, and recently remixed “Flip It” by Charlotte Devaney featuring Snoop. Big wins for a cat that’s new in the game. He just put out a solo EP on the legendary house label Nervous Records. Ant tells us what it’s like being a protege of one of New York’s house dons, Todd Terry. And how he keeps his mind on his hustle now that he got his foot in the door. He also explains how, in order to stay true to his classic sound, he avoids listening to a lot of new music while he’s writing so it doesn’t influence him in ways that he doesn’t want. That’s curation, folks. All this and more, including one thing he does regularly to keep himself focused on making music, when you click to listen. If you like the music tracks in the episode, find them here: Pink Floyd, Breathe Parliament, Give Up The Funk Goldie, Timeless Giorgio Moroder f. Kylie Minogue, Right Here, Right Now (Ant La Rock remix) Everything but the Girl, Missing (Todd Terry Club Mix) Ant LaRock, All I Need Daft Punk, Face to Face Tori Amos, Professional Widow (Armand Van Helden remix) Ant LaRock, Universal
Bob Moczydlowsky (aka Bob Moz) runs Techstars Music, a startup accelerator designed to help entrepreneurs solve problems for music. He sits at the very interesting intersection of music, capital, and technology, finding the talent who will redefine the mechanics — or economics, or social dynamics, or something — of music. "I'm a talent scout. I'm looking for people who are in love with a problem that if they figure out an ingenious way to solve it, their investors make tons of money." In our studio, Bob talks about how the world is changing, why faster is better, except when it isn't, and he shows us why you always take the mic, whether you think you deserve it or not. If you liked this one, check out our interview with Josh Luber: Track of the Week:
Laura Cathcart Robbins writes and tells stories that cut through the bullshit. She's vulnerable and real, revealing things about herself, her insecurities and imperfections, and holding up a mirror for the rest of us. She came by the studio to tell us about her new podcast, The Only One in the Room, which explores what it's like being the "other." If you liked this one, check out our interview with Catherine Burns: Track of the Week:
If you love J. Dilla, Madlib, MF Doom, Mayer Hawthorne, Aloe Blacc, and Dam Funk then you have Peanut Butter Wolf to thank. We're in studio with the king of the West Coast underground. Through his label, Stones Throw Records, Peanut Butter Wolf has given the world important, and sometimes commercially successful music from J. Dilla, Madlib, MF Doom, Mayer Hawthorne, Aloe Blacc, and Dam Funk, among others. He also crosses genres as if they didn’t exist, taking experimental, or just plain weird explorations into punk, psychedelic and other fringe sounds from folks like James Pants, Vex Ruffin, and Mild High Club. On top of all that, he maintains an active DJ career, a series of Stones Throw events, and was the subject of a 2014 documentary: Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton. And although he has built a successful business — now celebrating its 20th anniversary and revered by music fans for consistently breaking credible and interesting acts — Wolf could hardly be called a businessman (although he is definitely a business, man). He’s much more of a cult leader, gaining (and possibly losing a few) devotees with each new release. How: He simply puts out music that he loves and wants people to hear, flying in the face of the reborn, data-driven music industry. Listen in as we explore how he keeps his creativity sharp and what drives him to keep it moving into his third decade.
Daniel Miller is a journalist at the LA Times. He's also the creator and host of the Larger Than Life podcast which chronicles the fascinating life of Big Willie Robinson, a leader in LA's street racing culture in the 70s and 80s. A Vietnam veteran Green Beret who stood 6’6” and weighed over 300 pounds, Big Willie was larger than life for real. The podcast takes us from his beginnings to becoming a character who would bring together crips and bloods, celebrities and politicians, and play a key role in the volatile race relations of the time. It's an amazing listen that we hope you'll enjoy here: Daniel shares stories from the podcast, in addition to his own stories of getting comfortable on the mic and learning to embrace the way that media is changing today.​ If you liked this one, check out our interview with Clint Schaff: Track of the Week:
Sak Pase is a dope producer. Just ask his clients — Kanye, Jay-Z, Rhianna, Busta Rhymes, TI, the list goes on. He comes by our studio to share some secrets he's learned in his journey from being discovered in a Yahoo! chat room to earning six Grammy nominations. He tells us how he fights the tendency overthink things and just stay in the flow. If you liked this episode, check out our interview with Watch The Duck: Track of the Week:
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