JWN

Joseph W Nienstedt

Explore how to get the most out of life through creativity, skill, and self-improvement. I'll be talking with people who have found meaning in their lives by mastering their crafts, overcoming great challenges, or by just being all-around awesome at living life to the fullest. It's about finding passion in the things that you never knew you could be passionate about. From writing a song to running a marathon, or from cooking an amazing meal to painting a masterpiece, discover how seemingly ordinary people are actually quite extraordinary.

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Nora Roy grew up in the Charleston area but relocated to Brooklyn to further pursue her music career. The pandemic brought her back to her hometown for a brief period and it was during that time I got to see her perform as well as work in the music business in other ways which we’ll touch upon in this episode. She lists Dolly Parton alongside Sharon van Etten & PJ Harvey as her influences and it shows in all of the best ways. Her songs are heartbreaking with a splash of pop & shoegaze. You can follow her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/norewaaa/ And check out her latest music on Bandcamp at https://noraroy.bandcamp.com/ Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Jul 12

1 hr 41 min

Travis Maynard is the General Manager of Food & Beverage & Hospitality at the Volvo Car Stadium on Daniel Island in South Carolina. Before he took that gig he used to book shows & events in the Columbia, SC area, so when the opportunity came up to create the Club Court Concert series he jumped at the opportunity. This is an interesting discussion about building music scenes and organizing creative events that I know you’ll enjoy. The first concert of the series is happening on Thursday, July 8th 2021 featuring Atlanta singer/songwriter Angie Aparo as well as previous JWN Podcast guest Jordan Igoe. You can visit volvo.JWNpod.com to see all of their upcoming events - Just be sure to use offer code “JWN” when you purchase a ticket to let them know where you heard about these excellent performances! Direct link to the eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/live-to-play-tennis-center-daniel-island-33496172303 Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Jul 5

1 hr 42 min

Alexandria Searles is an artist that goes by her chosen name Morowa Mosai. She describes her artistic style as Afrocentric and Empowered Femininity. It’s hard to pin down just one artistic medium as she paints traditional paintings as well as murals, creates resin based sculptures and jewelry, and is a graphic designer. During our conversation, rapper R Dotta stopped in to join the discussion. Born Rashad Taylor, the Charleston City Paper named him the Up-and-Comer of 2020. Morowa Mosai’s website: https://morowamosai.com/ Follow Morowa Mosai on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/morowamosai Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@morowamosai R Dotta’s website: https://callmedott.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rdotta843/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1fZPznNOdvoqVtKiB0jRaL?si=zgC2rSmPSWephLGQOTVbTA Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rdotta843 Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Jun 7

1 hr 33 min

Natasha Nast is a professional dancer with the Palmetto City Ballet as well as the Unbound Ballet Project. When she’s not performing she also teaches advanced ballet & jazz classes in the Charleston Area. She’s an exceptionally gifted artist with an unforgiving work ethic which has led to a successful career even though she was a late starter by ballet standards. Follow Natasha on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/natasha.nast/ Find her at Palmetto City Ballet - https://palmettocityballet.org/ Get tickets to the Unbound Ballet performance of “It Never Changes To Stop” Friday, May 28, 2021 & Saturday, May 29, 2021 at https://www.crystalwellman.com/ Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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May 24

1 hr 41 min

Aaron Utterback is a musician who grew up in Charlotte, NC along with his lifelong friends & bandmates in the indie electro-pop band Human Resources. When they decided to relocate to Charleston, SC they quickly fit right into the music scene. Aaron’s also played bass with bands like Brave Baby & has collaborated with many other artists as a session & gig player. We had a great in-depth conversation about music, the current state of the scene, and what it’s like living as a working musician & creative. He also performed the Human Resources song Sylvia & revealed just who Syvia really is and why she won’t choose a side! Human Resources Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hrtheband/ Human Resources Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/1283809642 Expectations Video: https://youtu.be/PWRpqgze-2I Human Resources Website: https://hrtheband.com/ Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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May 10

2 hr 12 min

Jordan Igoe is a singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist who grew up in Charleston, SC. She’s collaborated with some of the best musicians in the south & she’s a staple in the music scene simply because music is a part of her talented soul. She has a stockpile of original songs she’s written over the years and was gracious enough to perform one of her unreleased songs here. You can follow Jordan on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jordanigoemusic/ And on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jordan.igoe.77 You can check out her music on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/61HUJGehv5IYu6Nbl8iPKi?si=ExC6MwFRSymfhDgN0P6M3A Watch the video for “Sober and Sorry”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL2bh_Rot74 Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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May 3

1 hr 31 min

Michelle Tompkins is a licensed professional counselor who practices expressive arts therapy where she uses multiple creative techniques to help people find the solutions to their problems from within. She believes that most people already possess the answers they’re looking for, but the traditional clinical ways alone aren’t always the most complete way to help people see them. She treats therapy as an art form as well as a science by using tools such as visual journaling which we discuss at length, as well as other ways to communicate alternatively. You can find out more about Michelle’s practice at her website: https://www.charlestoncreativecounseling.com/ Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Apr 19

1 hr 47 min

Aggie Flores is an artist, singer & songwriter who came to Charleston, SC after living & working all throughout the USA. Born & raised in Argentina, this energetic & creative soul traveled on a mission to find herself & in the process found the love of her life as well as her amazing band, the Wildflowers. You can check out her art and merchandise at her website: https://aggiefloresmusic.square.site Also check out her music on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2PQqHL8 Follow Aggie on instagram at https://instagram.com/aggie.flores Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Apr 12

2 hr 35 min

William Kiser & Candace Patterson met a crossroads of their respective lives & found each other to be the yin to the other’s yang with a love of art as the glue that brought them together. After an epic adventure in Mexico they bonded together in love as well as professionally & formed the creative team known as Dos Bandidos. You can check out their website and store at http://www.dosbandidosart.com/ Follow them on Instagram at https://instagram.com/dosbandidos Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

Apr 5

1 hr 52 min

Susannah Elliott is a photographer who loves to take environmental portraits with heart, light and music. I met Susannah through our mutual love for concert photography. A French teacher by day, at night she loves to photograph music as a way to fully engage with the performance and capture the magic that exists when a performer is connecting with their audience. We had such a fun time talking about photography, art, music & life through a creative lens. You can check out her work on her website at https://www.lyricphotographycharleston.com Or check her out on Instagram at https://instagram.com/whysure/ or her personal project of writing and images of leaves at https://instagram.com/storyofmy.leaf/ Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

Mar 29

1 hr 54 min

Landon Carter is an artist of many different mediums and styles. Recently he’s delved into the multimedia realm combining acrylic paint and resin to create small 3D ecosystems carefully put together over several weeks. Landon’s story of how he found purpose though his art is one of nonstop growth and discovery. Check out Landon’s Website: https://landoncarterart.com/ Follow him on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/landoncarterart/ You can listen to one of the bands he’s in, Cubéo, on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3lv11PY Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/joel8x/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

Mar 22

1 hr 35 min

Marissa Sumwalt is an artist & musician currently based in Charleston, SC. Her musical identity with her band is known as “Maya Gold”, and they capture a psychedelic indie rock sound. Her artistic identity is “Marvels By Marissa” featuring acrylic sculpture, abstract paintings & more. Marissa’s degree in philosophy combined with her life’s experiences have strengthened her ability to overcome the challenges of life through a creative voice. You can follow Maya Gold on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mayagoldmusic/ And on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mayagoldband/ And Marvels by Marissa at https://www.instagram.com/marvelsbymarissa/ Her personal account is https://www.instagram.com/marissashreds/ Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Mar 15

1 hr 41 min

Kate Ritchie is a mixed media artist who is constantly exploring new ways to create. She’s become known lately for her collage based artwork that explores the ideas of nature & sacred geometry. She has such a positive and outgoing personality that I couldn’t wait to get a chance to sit down and talk to her about her art! You can check out her work on her website: https://www.kateritchiestudio.com/ Give her a follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kateritchiestudio/ Support Kate on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/kateritchiestudio Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

Mar 8

1 hr 13 min

Vik Hart is a visual artist who’s current work is primarily based on a fantastical world he created called “Firn”. Vik has found a way to connect with fans by sparking their imaginations through his very unique paintings and drawings using watercolor & ink. You can find out more about Vik’s work here: https://www.vikhart.com/ and follow him on Instagram at instagram.com/vik.art Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

Mar 1

1 hr 38 min

This special episode is all about NFTs, or “Niftys” as they’re often referred to. NFT stands for Non Fungible Token and it’s a technology that’s revolutionizing the digital art world. Vik Hart (who’s also my guest on episode #70) joins me as co-host because he had no idea what an NFT was prior to this recording and I though he’d be the perfect person to bounce my understanding of what an NFT is and more importantly what it means to the future of digital art. You can find out more about Vik’s work here: https://www.vikhart.com/ and follow him on Instagram at instagram.com/vik.art Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

Feb 27

43 min 8 sec

Madison White’s life story is one that is fueled by creative endeavors including opening a music school & studio with her husband right here in Charleston, SC. From fashion, acting, writing, and even stand-up comedy she has built upon all of her life experiences with a creative focus. Now she’s the GM at Tempest, which is a restaurant who opened its doors in Aug. 2020 & was just named as the “Best New Restaurant” in the country by USA Today’s readers! Check out Tempest Charleston here: https://tempestcharleston.com/ The music studio and school White Key Studios can be found here: https://whitekeystudios.com/ Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Feb 15

1 hr 25 min

This week’s solo episode covers a recent trip to the land that forgot COVID, AKA Florida. I then discuss Phoebe Bridgers on SNL and her resultant Twitter war with David Crosby. Also, I take a dive into the recent news of the Mandalorian’s Gina Carano getting fired by Lucasfilm. Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Feb 12

33 min 24 sec

Brett Nash is a multi instrumentalist who is an invaluable part of the independent music scene in South Carolina. He’s performed with well over 50 musical acts over the last 10 years including bands & projects he’s fronted such as Secret Guest & Tempt Controler (yes, Controler with one L). We sat down to talk about music & life as the scene’s Swiss Army Knife of talent, and he even wrote a song on the spot to help raise awareness to the fact that he doesn’t own a functioning computer & kinda needs one. You can follow Brett on Instagram at https://instagram.com/west_ash To hear his music, open a window while driving around Charleston wherever there’s live music being performed & chances are pretty good that he’s a part of it. Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Feb 8

1 hr 57 min

This solo episode reflects a bit more where last week’s solo show touched regarding anxiety and digs a little deeper into depression as the gravity of our situation lingers on. I take a quiz on the old Interwebs to figure out just how messed up I might be from it all! Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Feb 5

28 min 52 sec

Abby Duran is the creative director and founder of VeraNation.com, where music and storytelling collide. Abby also provides clients with technical writing services while spending a lot of her time and many talents advocating for North Koreans' rights. You can check out her website at https://veranation.com You can follow Abby on Instagram at https://instagram.com/veranationgirl & https://www.instagram.com/vera.nation/ Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Feb 1

1 hr 29 min

On this solo episode I talk about the stressful time leading up to this week and the ways it’s manifested in my life, from crazy nightmares to physical pain, I try to find some light despite all of the darkness I’ve been feeling. I also bring back the news! Today’s news topic revolves around transgender comedian Eddie Izzard and her fundraising/awareness feat of running a marathon every single day in January of 2021.  You can find out more about that here: https://eddieizzard.com/ I also discuss how Eddie has come out in J.K. Rowling’s defense after the author posted more controversial opinions about transgender folks. You can read that story here: https://news.avclub.com/eddie-izzard-has-come-to-j-k-rowlings-defense-1845984248 Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Jan 29

35 min 50 sec

Amanda Lane Evans is a professional dancer and choreographer currently based in Charleston, South Carolina. Besides dancing professionally, she’s a dance instructor as well as a certified Barre and Yoga teacher. She’s such an upbeat and positive self-proclaimed “bun head” and she provides an honest account of what it takes to become a professional dancer. You follow her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mandalane/ http://amandalaneevans.com/ Palmetto City Ballet: https://palmettocityballet.org/ Unbound Ballet Project: https://www.crystalwellman.com/ Also check out episode #32 of the JWN Podcast w/ Crystal Wellman for more dance goodness! Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Jan 25

1 hr 31 min

On this solo episode, I have a very special guest! That means it's not actually a solo show, doesn't it? My lovely wife Amy comes on to discuss our nutty week. I start out the show talking about how Amanda Gorman, the National Youth Poet Laureate stole the show at President Biden's inauguration before Amy comes into my studio to chat and eat her dinner. Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Jan 22

30 min 45 sec

Amber Vasquez is an artist who at the time of this recording is at the tail end of her apprenticeship as a tattooist. I wanted to talk to her about how she got to this point in her career to get a snapshot of what it’s like to embark into a career in tattooing from the perspective of someone who’s at the beginning of theirs. She’s a strong and intelligent person who’s drive coupled with her discipline are key ingredients beyond her talents that paint the picture of someone destined to succeed. You can check out Amber’s work on her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/miss.amber.elise/ You can send your tattoo ideas to her via email: amber.elise.tattoos@gmail.com Also, be sure to check out JWN Podcast episode #2 w/ Marcus Cripps and episode #24 w/ Jason Eisenberg as they’re both people who come up in this conversation. Get more info about the show at https://jwnpod.com & you can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Jan 18

1 hr 32 min

On this solo episode I talk a lot about mental health. My personal struggles of not being able to do the healthy things I love to do because of the pandemic & how that’s weighing me down. I spend most of the episode talking about the fallout of the band Beach Slang after the band’s manager Charlie Lowe made allegations of mental abuse & the circumstances that led to front man James Alex checking into an inpatient facility after attempting to take his life. Punk News articles referenced in this episode: https://www.punknews.org/article/73860/james-alex-of-beach-slang-accused-of-emotional-abuse-by-former-manager https://www.punknews.org/article/73885/beach-slang-responds-to-former-managers-claims-of-emotional-abuse-breaks-up You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Jan 15

35 min 53 sec

Taylor Lee Czerwinski is a portrait & lifestyle photographer, artist, & musician based in Charleston, SC. She’s also the founder of 9 To 5 Magazine, which is a print magazine that focuses on music and art submitted by readers. Here’s how to connect with Taylor: 9 to 5 Magazine: https://www.9to5magazine.com/ 9 to 5 IG: https://www.instagram.com/9to5mag/ Photography: https://www.taylorlczerwinski.com/ Taylor’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/taylorczerwinski/ And the demo version of her song "Pocket Change" heard at the end of the episode can be streamed here: https://soundcloud.com/taylorleecz/pocket-change-demo You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Jan 11

1 hr 20 min

On this solo episode I get back to my regular routine of talking about fun stuff I did or experienced, and tell fun stories of days gone by while dreaming of sunsets and ocean breezes while reporting the latest creative news. Who am I kidding… I vent. I ramble and get stuff off my chest about one of the most historic days in the history of the USA. If you don’t want to hear about my views on politics and current events, please skip this episode. You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Jan 8

39 min 53 sec

Shaquille Fontenot is a private chef, recipe developer, educator, and serial entrepreneur specializing in 100% plant-based cuisine and strategic brand growth. One of her companies, FairyFresh Foods, offers private dining, meal-prep, and consultation services in Charleston, South Carolina and the surrounding areas. Her mission to bring healthy foods to the community expands into all facets of her life, including a sense of activism and community development based on equity, not just equality. You can check out more about her plant based food initiative here: https://www.fairyfreshfoods.com/ You can follow her on Instagram at @heyshaquille You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Jan 4

1 hr 27 min

Welcome to the 1st show of 2021! It’s a solo show and on this episode I talk about the holidays, the new wave of infections in my area, and a few of my favorite records that came out in 2020. There’s also a bit about the two major Christmas movies, Wonder Woman ’84 & Soul. I briefly dance into the political world but I maneuver my way out of it pretty quickly. All in all, the message is clear - Take good care of yourself this year and you can change the world! Some songs in the podcast: “Automatic Love” by Babe Club https://joinbabeclub.bandcamp.com/track/automatic-love-2 “Going To Hell” Baby Yaga https://babyyaga.bandcamp.com/track/going-to-hell This awesome news: https://nyti.ms/3o4cuXp This crazy story: https://bit.ly/2MnzUZM You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

Jan 1

37 min 34 sec

About a year after she first picked up a guitar, Presley Randall formed her band Baby Yaga and started writing, recording, & performing original music. Her natural ability to put her mind to something and generate results is uncanny. The Post & Courier just named Baby Yaga’s fist EP, which is entitled “F*ck” as one of the year’s best records from South Carolina. That’s not an easy feat to pull off considering the name of the record along couldn’t even be printed in the southern newspaper’s feature! She’s also taken to the visual arts to explore her spirituality and how that connects to her understanding of sexuality. On top of all that she’s also been organizing women’s support groups to help empower women in the community. Baby Yaga on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2WRt5l0 Baby Yaga on Band Camp: https://babyyaga.bandcamp.com/ Baby Yaga on Instagram: https://instagram.com/baby.yaga.band Presley Randall on Instagram (for art & women's group info): https://instagram.com/from.the.priests.meadow You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Dec 2020

1 hr 31 min

Happy holidays to those who celebrate! This episode is mostly a discussion about dealing with holiday depression. I skipped the news on this one just ‘cause I wasn’t feeling newsy. Here’s a good article about Holiday Depression: https://www.psycom.net/beat-holiday-depression/ “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” performed by Bill Wilson: https://spoti.fi/3aIxnU2 You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Dec 2020

23 min 39 sec

Chad Dyar is a photographer, musician, and artist who found his way into a career in professional photography by working at a photography studio before he even owned a camera. After he did get his own gear, he decided to a take an adventure and capture landscapes across America, Thailand, & Bali. His love of capturing spaces landed him a career in architectural and real estate photography. He recently tapped into his love of art and artists to help organize the “For the love of art” Art festival in Charleston, SC, and that’s where our conversation today begins. Check out Chad’s portfolio on his website: https://chadmdyar.com/ Follow his Instagram accounts @itschaddyar and @chaddyarphoto You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Dec 2020

1 hr 34 min

As the year winds down, I discuss how we’ve adapted to a being safe while living our lives. I also feel like I’m narrowing down where I want to see my creative projects going, and I talk about dealing with what happens when one of your favorite artists gets canceled. Link to the Purple Buffalo’s Holiday Market: https://www.facebook.com/events/861326128008356/ You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Dec 2020

37 min 3 sec

Erel Pilot grew up in Brooklyn and recently relocated to Charleston, SC to pursue her musical project entitled P!lot. She also hosts a show on Charleston’s Ohm radio called Song Story in which she interviews musicians about the stories behind their songs. We had a fun and introspective discussion about her creative background and the influences of her environment which informed her decision to move to the south. She’s a unique artist with an honest approach that is quite endearing. She also performs one of her songs live in the studio using her trusty Casiotone MT-45 keyboard! You can follow Erel on Instagram at @pilot_lets_go and check out her website at https://thisispilot.com/ Stream the latest P!lot single “Weed Killer” on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/37dRXte Check out Erel’s previous work on Bandcamp here: https://erelpilo.bandcamp.com/ You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

Dec 2020

1 hr 21 min

Margaret Keenan is the first person in the world to receive Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine outside of a trial & I’m using her as my beacon of light for what’s most likely going to be a long cold winter. You can watch her epic jab here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3wYPAF61uk I recap an eventful weekend including another trail run, a photo shoot that got sexy af, and Femme Fest 2020! You can check out 29 Red Brick’s Youtube channel here if you dare: https://www.youtube.com/user/29Redbrick Check out the episode of the JWN Podcast featuring Babe Club at https://jwnpod.com In the news we discuss Bob Dylan selling out at age 79, John Oliver learning the truth about Julius Pringle, and Facebook possibly getting broken up. You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

Dec 2020

32 min

Soul musician Bill Wilson was born in 1941 on Christmas Day in Charleston, SC. Music was as much a part of his life growing up as going to Church on Sunday. Throughout his career he’s worked all over the world, and even at times where life took him on a path away from the stage, he somehow always found his way back. In 2018 he recorded his first record of original music called “Stand Up!” with the help of some of the area’s top musicians and released it on Coast Records (http://www.coast-records.com). This year he got the amazing studio band back together to record “Soul of Christmas”. Co-Producer of both of records, Brian Compton (https://www.instagram.com/briancompton) also joins the show to discuss how the music community came together to capture Bill’s talents. You can stream both of his albums on Spotify https://spoti.fi/2La3VLT & Apple Music https://apple.co/3lPA87Y (or most streaming services). You can follow Bill’s Instagram at @billwilsonhits --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Dec 2020

1 hr 36 min

After a special guest introduction, I talk about end-of-year best-of lists, putting your emotional eggs in one basket, creating photos with intention, Instagram’s poor handling on time sensitive information, nature’s fleeting beauty, and more! Here’s a video I talk about by photographer Adam Gibbs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vehpOL_tlU Here’s the new Phoebe Waller-Bridge directed Phoebe Bridgers video: https://fb.watch/29ktGuFoGF/ You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

Dec 2020

33 min 52 sec

Patrick Pricket’s signature style of bold color portraits that are broken down into shapes with thick lines may have been born out of his love of 80’s cartoons, or maybe it was his time spent as a tattooist, but his representation of how he sees the world around him is uniquely his. He’s captured the attention of the Charleston art scene which has led to a career in television and film art production. His story is brutally honest and fun, and I know you’ll enjoy this conversation. You can find out more about Patrick on his website: http://www.theartofpatrickprickett.com/ and you can follow him on Instagram at @patrick_prickett_art Check out the podcast he co-hosts with Kara Hartz, Tic.Podcast: https://spoti.fi/3qawb15 You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Nov 2020

1 hr 30 min

On this solo episode I reflect on a celebratory yet somber weekend. I look for the small things to be thankful for in this crazy year.  As for news, I talk about the fact that for the first time ever, the “Best Rock Performance” Grammy nominees are all women! I also talk about Phoebe Bridgers. I sure hope you like Phoebe Bridgers. Here's some links to check out:  Full List of G2021 Grammy Nominations: https://bit.ly/3m6Gm4o Top Selling Song of the Week: https://bit.ly/3nX6lLX Cover of Merle Haggard's "If We Make It Through December": https://bit.ly/2V5wcFf You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Nov 2020

27 min 37 sec

Blake Ratliffe is a singer/songwriter and South Carolina native who’s music truly captures that southern coastal indie rock sound. He’s also the frontman of the band Youngster, and his latest solo work features the Charleston dream team of Dries Venderberg from Susto & Human Resources and drummer Creighton Barrett from Band of Horses. You can find him on Instagram at @blakeratliffe and stream his latest single, “Whatever It Takes” here: https://tinyurl.com/blakeratliffe You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

Nov 2020

1 hr 1 min

I’m feeling good about life due to an upcoming road running race and training for a Marathon in March of 2021 because these are things that feel “normal” for me. I also talk about morning routines as well as Goo Goo & Ga Ga. I discuss the Dolly Parton’s America Podcast, which you can check out here: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/dolly-partons-america I also talk about the Apple Music Awards, which you can learn more about here: https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/11/apple-announces-second-annual-apple-music-awards/ Please buy a Christmas card from previous show guest Proton Factories from here: http://www.protonfactories.com/ You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

Nov 2020

30 min 7 sec

Chris Smith has been a professional photographer for over 25 years. Along with his wife & business partner Cami, his specialty is pretty much everything - From weddings to professional sports & everything in between, Chris & Cami Photography have an impressive award-winning portfolio. He also has a wanderlust and a passion for motorcycle riding, and recently collaborated with colleagues to produce a series on YouTube documenting the Trans-America Trail, which is a ross-country adventure ride of a lifetime featuring mostly off-pavement travel. No matter what your creative interests are, I think you’ll get a lot out of this conversation. You can check out his work at chrisandcami.com and follow him on instagram at @chisandcami. His YouTube channel, featuring his latest motorcycling adventures is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmFwleuZpTORGW6ZeX_GVkg You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

Nov 2020

1 hr 9 min

I thought I could get back to just talking about art stuff this week, but nope, the political news pulled me back in. I made my own tinfoil hat, and invite you into the T.H.T. - Tinfoil Hat Territory. I also talk about an old article from Juxtapoz Magazine called “How the Federal Arts Project Changed American Art, And Why it Might be Time for a Revival” and why it might be time to bring that back in these dark economic times. Please buy a Christmas card from previous show guest Proton Factories here: http://www.protonfactories.com/ You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

Nov 2020

26 min 46 sec

Kalyn Oyer is a Charleston native who covers arts and entertainment for The Post and Courier, the oldest newspaper in the south. She starts off this interview flipping the roles & interviewing me because that’s just what she does, but we segue into how she started photographing music festivals professionally & we go on to dissect her career as a journalist from there. You can follow her writing at charlestonscene.com & you can follow Kalyn on Instagram at @betweenthesoundmachine & check out her concert photography at @sound_wavves She also has a new zine out that you can check out at https://www.flipsnack.com/betweenthesoundmachine/ You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Nov 2020

1 hr 29 min

On this solo episode I talk about the unavoidable subject of the 2020 United States elections & the anxiety surrounding it for me. When people downplay the affects of something like this on a person who’s deeply invested in it, it’s just painful & cruel. I come to the realization that I do this to others sometimes & dissect the horror of that realization. Also, I discuss the new streaming idea for artists from Spotify as well as how Kanye West performed in his first foray into the world of politics. You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Nov 2020

41 min 7 sec

When Matt Zutell created Coast Records, it was intended as a way to bring his various creative pursuits together under one moniker. As a multi-instrumentalist, record producer, sound engineer, & songwriter he’s since attracted the talents of various other creatives to find Coast Records become not only a vehicle for his own work, but as a platform to expose other artists as well. When he isn’t playing drums for the band Human Resources or mixing a recording project, he’s also running sound for the iconic Royal American in Charleston, SC. You can follow Matt on Instagram at @coastrecords and learn more about Coast Records at coast-records.com. Human Resources the band can be found on all of the major streaming services, and their new single “Cameron Ave” is out now! Please don't forget to share & subscribe to the podcast. You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

Nov 2020

1 hr 24 min

On this solo episode I talk about shopping for holiday gifts before Halloween as well as going to Disney World during a pandemic. I discuss the members of AC/DC hunting the Loch Ness Monster, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark coming clean on that old Tom Waits album cover, the game show Jeopardy throwing gas on the old White Stripes vs. Black Keys fire, and David Bowie’s new biopic featuring podcast pioneer Marc Maron. All that and much more! What do you think of my Halloween costume? Is it Phoebe Bridgers or Donnie Darko? You decide! You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Oct 2020

34 min 15 sec

Emily Heller is a running enthusiast who created her own YouTube channel in 2019 that filled the void of women’s voices in the world of running shoe review videos. Emily’s channel “Run Like Hell(er)” provides an inclusive look at the competitive world of running shoes. As her channel grows, subscribers have become fascinated with her honest & professional approach and have become intrigued with her distinct personality. I also wanted to uncover more about her creative background and career. Even if you’re not a runner, I know you’ll get something out of this conversation about doing what you love and creating something that’s bigger than you ever imagined it could be. Also, yes, Ruby the dog gets some much deserved love during this discussion as well. Youtube: Run Like Hell(er) https://www.youtube.com/runlikeheller @runlikeheller on Instagram & @emilyaheller on Twitter You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

Oct 2020

1 hr 6 min

I start off with a story about an angry customer and how doing the right thing makes everyone happy. I do get a little political during this episode because, well, we’re deep into this nutty election season. I quote Carl Sagan in response to the Trump jab at Joe Biden’s support of science. I also cover Shepard Fairey’s Time Magazine cover, The TikTok challenge that’s bringing awareness to dementia, Sasha Baron Cohen’s new film making waves, the Velvet Underground’s new documentary, & why I think Run The Jewels is making the world a better place. Here’s some links to stories and media referenced in this episode: Carl Sagan on Humility, Science as a Tool of Democracy and the Value of Uncertainty Shepard Fairey’s new ‘Time’ cover tells us to vote How An Obscure Six-Hour Ambient Record Is Terrifying A New Generation On TikTok Rudy Giuliani faces questions after compromising scene in new Borat film The Velvet Underground Documentary, Directed by Todd Haynes, Is Coming to Apple TV+ Run The Jewels Yankee and the Brave Run The Jewels Holy Calamavote You can follow me on Instagram at @joel8x or connect with the show at https://jwnpod.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

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Oct 2020

26 min 24 sec

Music wasn’t always Pip The Pansy's passion, but the need to create and share her art has carried her though some of the worst obstacles the music industry could conjure up. After a rough start in the business, she emerged with her current identity as a more realized version of herself that continues to evolve without compromise. This was such a fun conversation and I had a blast getting to know more about her and her art. You can connect with Pip The Pansy though her website at www.pipthepansy.com and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook at @pipthepansy. Check out her music videos on www.youtube.com/pipthepansy, her music on Spotify, and you can support her on her Patreon page as well https://www.patreon.com/pipthepansy You can connect with the JWN Podcast though the show’s website at https://jwnpod.com & follow me on Instagram at @JoeL8X --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jwn/message

Oct 2020

1 hr 44 min