Rebel Radio

Rebel Industries & EDM.com

Rebel Radio is brought to you in partnership with EDM.com The Art of Selling Without Selling Out. Rebel Radio shines a light on cultural pioneers and their influences, reflecting on the roots and future of underground culture. We engage the influencers who define what we wear, watch, listen to, and play with — and how we spend our spare time and loose change — and explore what it means to be a creative entrepreneur today. Our weekly interview show explores the journeys of those who do it best in all areas of youth culture. We learn how they stay creative in the face of relentless distract and setbacks. How they make something where previously nothing existed, how they find inspiration and influence, as well as how they inspire and influence others, and what it takes to create movements.

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Eric Hilton is one half of Thievery Corporation, the DC-based duo who made a big impact on the way the genre incorporates electic elements from other genres and parts of the world. They might be considered pioneers of the album format in electronic music, and were among the few artists who could make you dance, chill, and think all on the same record. Eric is now releasing solo projects, including the beautiful new project, Ceremony, in addition to his longstanding second career designing hospitality venues, plus other creative ventures. We get into all of that along with some tips on how he's maintained a successful partnership for more than 25 years.

Nov 24

49 min 5 sec

Artist Republik is out to democratize music distribution and marketing, part of the wave of companies supporting the idea of a "middle class" artist through a combination of technology tools and a mindset of transparency and empowerment. Founder and CEO Nick Cianfaglione gives us a bit of insight into his vision, as well as the tireless work ethic and optimism it takes to fight it out in the digital music business. He's still in his early 20s, so the tireless part should be easy, but he also brings the experience of an entrepreneur who has already founded multiple companies — from clothing to concert promotion and music marketing. Check it out to hear what he learned from those early efforts and how he keep his team motivated and engaged.

Oct 27

50 min 55 sec

Arrested Youth will outwork you. He writes music every day and says he approaches music the way he approached training when he played soccer growing up. We dig into the relationship between work ethic and creativity and talk about what it was like collaborating with his fans on last year's Arrested Youth & The Quarantiners, as well as being embraced by pop-punk legends Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 and John Feldmann of Goldfinger on his new project, Nonfiction. Check it out now.

Sep 29

51 min

Christie Zee is a force. She's a direct link to the underground and the origins of hip hop. Producing the world's most important turntable battles as CEO of DMC USA. Creating park jams that celebrate the essence of the culture. And more. And more. Dig the stories she shares. A masterclass in vision, passion, and will. Might just make you dust off your turntables, or at least watch a DJ get down on-screen.

Sep 1

1 hr 21 min

Rob Swift is a turntable legend. He's been a DMC champion, a member of the X-Men (later X-Ecutioners) DJ crew, a solo artist and producer, with a new project out now called Halls of Karma featuring The Real DMT, available everywhere you stream your music. Rob has taught the art of DJing for many years and has recently opened his own school: The Brolic Army DJ School (https://brolicarmydjschool.com). He's also a philosopher, reading self-development books and constantly challenging himself, his collaborators, and his students, to stretch beyond their comfort zones and find new depths. Our interview gets into why anyone should work so hard at DJing when you can just let the machines do it all for you, and why it's so important for DJs to know the history of their craft. Join us as we explore Rob's extraordinary career. https://brolicarmydjschool.com http://www.djrobswift.com/

Aug 11

1 hr 2 min

Mia Martina is a real-life overnight success story. Her first time in a recording studio was to record vocals for "Stereo Love" for Edward Maya. The song was an instant hit and now has over 50 million YouTube views and has been streamed hundreds of millions of times all over the world. It was the opposite of grinding your way to success. But for Mia, that was only the beginning. She quickly had to figure out the rest of her career, and made some mistakes along the way that are completely understandable. "Read your contracts," was one of the big lessons she learned the hard way. We talk about Mia's journey, which has led her to co-author "Boss Up Your Life" with Ky-Lee Hanson to help women turn their talents into money making machines. Pick up a copy at https://bossuptips.com.

Jul 28

37 min 50 sec

Find out why Audiomack was named one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies. Founder Dave Macli gives us some insight into how he goes about competing with the world's largest companies. "If you came up with a list of companies you don't want to compete against, it would be like Apple, Google, Spotify, Amazon. And that's pretty much what we're going up against every day." Hint: It's all about finding a niche. As we say, play the game you can win. We also get into some great lessons about hiring and building a team. Come on now... Some favorite tracks found on Audiomack https://audiomack.com/peruzzivibes/song/matrimony https://audiomack.com/superboycheque/song/history https://audiomack.com/richassani/song/thunder-fire-you https://audiomack.com/dave/song/titanium https://audiomack.com/zo3hree5ive/song/the-ride

Jul 7

48 min 30 sec

Tritonal's Chad Cisneros gives us some insight into how he and his partner have stayed at the top of the electronic music game for over a decade. First, it's about productivity: "You produce when you're sad and you produce and you're mad. You produce when you're lonely and you produce when you're inspired and you produce and you're uninspired and you produce every day because that's what you need to do." It's also about purpose. Their new album, Resonance, is an hour-long meditation record. They stepped away from dance-floor bangers and trance epics to dig share a bit of the personal transformation they've been going through. Chad explains the value in taking a break from the success formula they've been following: It allowed us to slow down, go back home to roots. And now it's so fun again to really approach songwriting because we really have become better songwriters and we work with amazing songwriters. The difference now is now we have a really focused message." Check out Tritonal's Resonance here: https://tritonal.ffm.to/reverence

Jun 23

52 min 30 sec

Marcus Welch co-founded Quadio as a streaming music platform for college students, and quickly found that his audience wanted much more than that. He's currently re-launching as a community around music and musicians, helping them network, learn, collaborate, and build their careers. He also created Quadio Records and Quadio Music Distribution as further outlets for helping young artists. We get into some of the details of Marcus's journey as a DJ, working at tech companies, to becoming an entrepreneur and the lessons he's taken from each of those into his business. This episode features music from: R.A.P. Ferreira (https://www.instagram.com/hipcatscience/) Nicolas Jaar (http://nicolasjaar.net) Check out the Quadio Records roster here: (https://www.quadiorecords.com) and learn about Quadio Music Distribution (https://www.quadio.com/distro)

Jun 9

1 hr

LaRoyce Hawkins is our guest this week. For eight seasons, he's been in your house as Officer Kevin Atwater on NBC's Chicago PD. Turns out he's also a talented rapper, comedian, poet, and has a strong sense of his "assignment" in life and business. I loved his story about how he chose acting as a career path, and how he relies on mentors like his grandfather and Eriq La Salle to help him stay focused and out of his comfort zone. Some good stories and big lessons in this one. Chicago P.D. airs Wednesday nights at 10/9 central on NBC. The full series is also available on Peacock. @nbconechicago https://www.nbc.com/chicago-pd

May 26

52 min 30 sec

Part 2 of 2. If you missed it, go back to last week's episode where we dig into the journeys of hip hop journalists-DJs-political activists-college professors Jeff Chang and Davey D Cook, authors of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Hip-Hop History. In part 2, we dive deeper into the political and social context that has driven the worldwide explosion of hip hop culture and how it continues to impact politics. Click now for great hip hop stories. Make sure you pick up a copy at https://cantstopwontstop.com

May 12

1 hr 18 min

Part 1 of 2. There's so much good stuff in this interview we had to split it into two parts. Jeff Chang and Davey D have written the definitive hip hop history. They should know. They're both hip hop journalists, and DJs, and political activists, and college professors. Dave has been tearing the Bay Area airwaves and the internets since like forever. As we discuss, his charts and playlists played a big role in spreading the knowledge of underground hip hop around the world. Jeff was a founder of the SoleSides Crew responsible for bringing us artists like DJ Shadow and Lyrics Born and helped Josh get his first job out of college. So there's that. Our interview tracks the development of their careers along parallel paths before converging on the re-imagining of Jeff's book — originally published in 2005 — for young adults. They may have cleaned up some of the language, and also added some pivotal stories from hip hop's evolution from then until the present day. In particular, the new version expands on women's role in hip hop as well as how the culture has spread to literally every corner on earth. We also uncover some things they learned through the writing process, and how they leaned on each other to produce a product that's truly inspiring. Make sure you pick up a copy at https://cantstopwontstop.com Check out some other links mentioned in the show and learn about the authors here: https://www.instagram.com/rockyrivera/ http://jeffchang.net http://daveyd.com

May 5

58 min 10 sec

Joe Conzo was there — with his camera — at the very beginnings of hip hop. He was homies with The Cold Crush Brothers and became the documentarian for the group, and the scene, at a time when they were setting the pace. In our interview, we dig into the twists and turns life has thrown at Joe. They are many and severe. Might have crushed a lesser man. But Joe comes out wiser and appreciative of the lessons and opportunities this culture has shown him. You're gonna like this one. MAKE SURE you also pick-up a copy of Joe's book, Born In The Bronx while it's still available: https://www.1xrun.com/run/joe-conzo-jr-cold-crush-photoshoot-signed-book-combo/

Apr 21

1 hr 18 min

J Boogie has been an important part of the Bay Area underground music scene for over 25 years. His DJ sets, remixes, and his artist project J Boogie's Dubtronic Science bring together hip hop, jazz, funk, soul, reggae, Latin, Afrobeats, house... and ya don't stop. Our interview touches on both the upside and downside of exploring such diverse interests. We also talk about what it means to a creative career to also work outside of his artistry. In addition to his production, DJing, club nights, and radio shows, he was previously Head of Hip-Hop and R&B Programming at Pandora and is currently music curator at fitness-tech startup www.hydrow.com. Their rowers look dope. Hit us up if you buy one and let us know how you like it. After the interview, you can learn more about J Boogie http://jboogie.com Also check out https://www.om-records.com for the 25th Anniversary compilation featuring Body Language "Start It Up" (J Boogie's Dubtronic Science Remix): https://ingroov.es/start-it-up-k

Apr 14

1 hr 5 min

Panos Panay and Michael Hendrix are the authors of Two Beats Ahead: What Musical Minds Teach Us About Innovation. Through conversations with artists including Pharrell, Hank Shocklee, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, and more, they explore lessons in leadership and decision making that we can all use. They should know: Panos is SVP of strategy and innovation at Berklee College of Music and Michael is global design director at IDEO. He also teaches at Berklee and makes music in his spare time (imagine having spare time). They're also founders of the Open Music Initiative which is set to change the way creators are compensated by bringing concepts from open-source software to the problem. These guys are busy and have an eye toward how creativity and technology can make things better for us all. Some of the lessons are obvious but things we never stop learning: take inspiration from everywhere, never give up. But we also talk about how to keep up with the changes. Some things get easier while others get harder. Even writing the book together gave them the opportunity to practice some of the concepts. Dig into this one and then go get yourself a copy at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1541730585?tag=hacboogrosit-20 or wherever you get your books.

Apr 7

1 hr 8 min

Zuli Jr. is dropping his second album — Stop It God — next month. So it gave us a great opportunity to dig into the details of how to build a career as an independent artist. In a time when there are seemingly infinite tools and channels for building your business, deciding where to focus your energies is more important than ever. We explore what that looks like in an up-and-coming artist career. Check him out at https://www.zuli-jr.com.

Mar 31

53 min 54 sec

Eddie and I chop it up about what it's like raising kids and how their attachment to music is different from ours, how perceptions of gay artists have changed, and what Virgil Abloh stole from him. It's a fun, short talk. Check it out and then go buy a print from his show at www.sugarpressart.com.

Mar 24

22 min 50 sec

This week we're bringing you a snippet of another great podcast: The Artist And The Athlete. In each episode, Lindsay Czarniak brings together a musician and an athlete who share a real connection — whether that's an existing relationship or just mutual respect. Like Ray Lewis and Kirk Franklin. Or Alanis Morisette and Danica Patrick. The conversations get very intimate — nothing is off the table. Listen in every Tuesday wherever you get your podcasts, or click here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-artist-and-the-athlete-with-lindsay-czarniak/id1551251928

Mar 22

8 min 25 sec

Jason is an inventor and innovator. His latest creation is the Vision headphone, from his company Muzik, which puts a camera into a pair of headphones. He's full of good ideas, holding over 130 patents. But he also seems to be good at raising money. Muzik has over $80 mil of cash from investors including Drake, Kevin Hart, Cardi B, Michael Jordan, and François Pinault of luxury powerhouse Kering. Jason seemed like the right person to ask about selling a vision, and he shares some important lessons about how he got the support of all those famous people. We also talk about going from designing everything himself to (slowly) letting go and building a team. Listen now if you want to get super smart.

Mar 17

53 min 15 sec

David started as a club and rave promoter in DC, where he learned "how to spend a dollar to make $10" and how to create experience for his guests. He then took those talents to Silicon Valley where he became a VC, investing in tech companies including Airbnb. He's now the founder of EI.Ventures which is launching a line of "farmaceutical" products — using naturally grown psychedelics to treat mental health concerns. We explore the similarities and differences betweent he rave scene and the tech scene as well as how you can build a successful career on wisdom and empathy.

Mar 10

58 min 55 sec

This week we talk to Alphonso Rawls — former pro skater and a leader in skate shoe design. While he was riding for brands like Airwalk, Etnies, Droors, Duff's, among others, he began designing shoes for many of those companies, and others, before becoming head of footwear design for DC. There he designed the Court model, which has been DC's biggest-selling shoe to this day. More recently, Alf launched his own lines: Everybody Skates: A skate / streetwear brand that borrows heavily from pop culture (https://everybodyskates.com) Savale: A luxury sneaker brand making limited-edition skate shoes that you can actually skate in if you have money like that (https://www.savalefootwear.com) We get a little deep on the details of sneaker design. Geek out on that if you're interested, and there are a couple of BIG lessons for everyone building a brand or a career: 1. Make sure you know why people are buying your product. It can be the best in the world but if it doesn't meet the emotional and functional needs of your customer, it isn't going to work. 2. Hear how Alf is involving his audience in the creative process. That kind of transparency and engagement is exactly what consumers are coming to expect from their brands. Go buy some fits and kicks while you listen to this episode.

Mar 3

1 hr 7 min

Monalisa is one of those "it's the journey, not the destination" kind of people. She's played a big role in the LA club scene and music scene for many years — as a DJ at Motown on Mondays, Dublab, and so many of our city's great clubs; as the used record buyer at Amoeba and an important link to vinyl for many DJs, producers, collectors; as a promoter / marketer, connector of dots. But to hear her tell it, her accomplishments have been the result of being willing to try new things, to take advice and encouragement from the people around her, and to just throw herself into something without having it all planned out. Check out the stories of the big-name DJs who stepped up and helped or gave her a push when she was starting out. And the great story about the mini-movement she started on Facebook a few years back. Think about the people who have helped you, or could help you, AND the people you can help. That's your homework for today. Make sure you follow Monalisa on Mixcloud at https://www.mixcloud.com/Monalisa7872/ And on Dublab at https://www.dublab.com/djs/monalisa And coming soon to Twitch

Feb 24

1 hr 19 min

Catching up with the homie Eddie Donaldson — sometime co-host of Rebel Radio and founder of street art consultancy Guerilla One. Eddie works with artists and brands to bring graffiti to the masses. He's curating the Love Los Angeles Style online art show, featuring prints from Tristan Eaton, Estevan Oriol, RISK, Taz, Saber, Dave Navarro aka Life After Death, CES, and many others. Coming soon: Find out more at www.sugarpressart.com and you can follow Eddie at https://www.instagram.com/guerillaone/ We talk about what's happening with graffiti and street art during the pandemic and how some artists are using the time to step up their game. This episode also features a replay of my favorite story from our 2018 interview with Estevan Oriol. If you haven't heard that episode, you're going to want to hear this story. It's about not giving up and seizing the opportunity of a lifetime.

Feb 10

39 min 5 sec

Cameron is founder of Intertia Artist Management which handles the careers of some artists on the bubble (meaning you prolly never heard of them but your kids might have, or they will) including 10k.Caash, 7ru7h, and Spaceman Zack and producer of the Family Business Festival, a partnership with Young Thug. We talk about the pivots he's made in his career so far — from metal to EDM and now hip hop, from promotion to management — and what he sees for the future. He also shares what it's like being an independent promoter in a business dominate by a couple giants, and how he turns that size difference into a competitive advantage: "We're boutique of two dudes, and we're just really good at our jobs and we push and go the extra mile to make sure every show sells out. And we're looking for artists that we can push to the next level of artistry and to build a brand that consumers trust."

Feb 3

51 min 50 sec

Mario is co-founder of No Free Coffee, a new coffee brand dipped in urban culture sensibilities ("fire merch"), and launching with Clubhouse chats, an Apple Music playlist, hella content. Very different from the hipster Seattle vibes we're used to with our coffee. Makes sense tho: he's also a creative producer at Instagram and an accomplished preditor (not our word) with credits from the Fader, Complex, Atlantic Records, and Tyler Perry. If Mario's going to make something, he's going to make it look good. Our interview gets into what it's like to kick-off a side hustle without knowing the ins and outs of the business and bringing his strengths to a new venture.

Jan 27

52 min

Nimesh Patel is getting us through quarantine. With two comedy specials — Jokes for Quarantine and PATEL2020 — plus an album — Head Nimesh In Charge — plus snippets popping up reguarly on YouTube and TikTok, he's giving us a steady stream of laughs to keep us going. Check out our interview where he gives us an hour of insight into how he went from messing around with music to working in private equity to writing for Chris Rock and Hassan Minaj and Awkwafina to being the first Indian writer on SNL to doing his own thing. Learn why the failures along the way are maybe as important as the successes (our words, not his), and what he's learned about making money on YouTube. You can find him at instagram.com/findingnimesh + everywhere else.

Jan 13

1 hr 20 min

We catch Mark de Clive-Lowe at home, but only because it's 2020. Otherwise, he pretty much lives on the road, jumping all over the world to play and make music that spans jazz, hip hop, house. Although the first album in his collection was Madonna's "Like A Virgin," Mark has built his career on sounds that are a lot more esoteric and a lot less mainstream. He's generous enough to share some of the secrets that have made him an underground king, and he may surprise you a little with his openness to sounds that are outside of his realm. Learn how Mark switches up his approach for different rooms (or different countries), and what he thinks has made jazz such an important part of our musical heritage for over a century (hint: starts with an I).

Dec 2020

1 hr 17 min

Soren Baker is a good listener. We get him talking about what he's learned in thousands of interviews for outlets including The Source, Hip Hop DX, the LA Times, in addition to his own Unique Access Entertainment channel. Not to mention the books he's written with and about Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Tech N9ne, The Game, and his latest — The Gucci Mane Guide to Greatness. As you'd expect, Soren learned a lot — A LOT — about hip hop and the people who make it. But he's also learned a bit about himself, especially how to go after what he really wants in life, without changing up his style. "I'm very soft spoken 95% of the time... But rap is the thing that I love the most, so I want to be the best. I want to be embraced and wanted to be recognized as being good at my job." Make sure and get you a copy of The Gucci Mane Guide to Greatness: https://www.amazon.com/Gucci-Mane-Guide-Greatness/dp/1982146788/

Dec 2020

1 hr 13 min

Kash Johns is a powerhouse of positive energy. It's no wonder his Atlanta-based company — Winners Circle Publishing & Management — is turning into a real hit factory, with 3 Grammy awards and over 30 #1 hits so far. Kash is guiding the careers of 24 producers including cats like Smash David, Go Grizz, Turn Me Up Josh, London Jae, Poohbeats, DJ Shawdy P. They're turning out hits for artists like Kevin Gates, NBA Youngboy, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Future, Cardi B, Da Baby, to name a few. In our interview, Kash shares some amazing stories of how he's built his career, including stepping away from music to build a trucking company. He also shares his philosophy on educating his clients and the broader music community. He even built the SCMC Music Conference to help other people learn what he's learned. Kash has a tireless hustle (we dare you to try to match his daily schedule) and an incredible positive mindset. It's a must-listen if you're looking for motivation or tips on turning small successes into bigger ones.

Dec 2020

56 min 45 sec

TheDrop.com is a streetwear and sneaker marketplace featuring hundreds of brands. You can imagine how quickly the business must be growing this year. Matt Falcinelli is the founder and CEO after learning the ins and outs of ecommerce at Backcountry and Skullcandy. He's putting what he learned towards bulding a company that changes the game for brands and shoppers. We dig into why storytelling is so important for driving sales and what brands are doing right — and wrong. Dig in and then go buy you some new gear.

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Dec 2020

1 hr 4 min

Stormi Maya knows how to get shit done. Almost a dozen music releases this year + a movie in the works + keeping up a YouTube, OnlyFans, Instagram. She may be best known for her appearances in the 2019 movie Hustlers, starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu or the Spike Lee series She's Gotta Have It, but Stormi is on a daily grind of creating content and building her fan base. In our interview teaches us how to not care what the haters think, and how to sidestep the scumbags in the entertainment business. "I find it flattering that people care about what I do. I'd be more insulted if people didn't have an opinion." Meanwhile, she keeps putting out. If you liked this one, check out our interviews with Rude Jude: - https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/rude-jude-1 - https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/rude-jude

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Nov 2020

1 hr

Jazerai Allen-Lord says that sneakers are at the center of modern culture. We believe her. She's been writing about sneakers for over a decade, designed her own sneaker for Reebok, and is helping many of the major sneaker brands incorporate diverse voices into the conversation. She knows her shit. In today's episode, Jazerai puts us up on how sneaker brands are continuing to adapt to reflect a changing society, what personal integrity means to her, and what we can all learn from hip hop (and sneaker) icon DMC. If you liked this one, check out these interviews with other sneaker heads: - Josh Luber (StockX) : https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/love-and-sneakers-and-hip-hop-how-to-turn-your-passion-into-profit - Eddie Cruz (Undefeated) : https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/eddie-cruz-of-undefeated-you-have-to-stand-for-something - Ryan Babenzien (Greats) : https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/ryan-babenzien - Sneakertopia : https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/sneakertopia-founders-steve-justin-get-out-and-experience-culture

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Nov 2020

1 hr 11 min

Shawn Prez was building an incredible career at Bad Boy Entertainment, playing a key role in turning Puffy's company into a powerhouse of hitmaking and brand building. Then, one day, he quit. "I had to answer a greater call," he tell us. Because of the good work he had been doing, Puffy backed Shawn on his new venture Power Moves Inc., which now does urban marketing and promotions and is also the home of Shawn's other entrepreneurial ventures: NY DJ Con, the Global Spin Awards, and the Power Move Makers Podcast. Dang, that's a lot! Listen to our interview where Prez shares how he makes it all happen, how he handles criticism, and what we can do to learn from everyone, whether we like them or not. Also check out : NY DJ Con: https://nydjcon.com Power Move Makers Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/powermove-makers-new-interviews-every-tuesday-2-pm-est/id1506204075 Global Spin Awards: https://globalspinawards.com If you liked this one, check out our interview with Dave Weiner: https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/how-to-get-on-forbes-cash-kings-list-according-to-dave-weiner

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Oct 2020

1 hr 40 min

This week we connect with producer / composer Adrian Young for a masterclass in focus and discipline. Adrian is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Ali Shaheed Muhammad on the music for Marvel's Luke Cage as well as the Jazz Is Dead series featuring Jazz greats including Roy Ayres. But his list of credits is long and diverse, including film scores (Black Dynamite) and collaborators including Kendrick Lamar, Fat Joe, Lloyd Banks, DJ Shadow, Schoolboy Q, Gallant, Wu-Tang Clan, and more and more. He teaches us a bit about how he's developed that disciplined approach to getting shit done, and why having a law degree makes sense for a creative. If you liked this one, check out our interview with Ali Shaheed Muhammad: https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/final-ali-shaheed-muhammad

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Oct 2020

42 min 50 sec

Check out Arabian Prince's latest venture at https://covitech.us. He's doing important work to help small businesses respond to COVID-19. He was one of the founders of NWA. As he tells it, he left the group early on over business differences, but you'll also hear that the group's move into gangsta rap didn't really fit what he was about creatively. Since then, Arabian has been on a journey to blend creative and business moves in music, entertainment, and tech and has brought us some valuable lessons on how to get that right. We also get into a little politics and racism, because it's 2020, and you know that's all that's on anyone's mind. If you liked this one, check out our interview with AMG: https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/ep-5-rapper-amg-on-how-the-rap-game-is-all-a-show-but-he-had-fun-doing-it

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Oct 2020

1 hr 12 min

Today's episode opens with a story David was telling as we were setting up to record. It's so good that we kept it in the show. The beginning is cut off, but the setup is that he went to Ultra Music Festival one year with no ticket and no expectations whether he would get in or what kind of experience he would have if he did. His only rule: Don't ask for anything, just give. I won't spoil the end of the story — you'll hear it in the episode — but I will say it was a great window into David's approach as an entrepreneur and human being and a great lesson about the rewards of always looking to be of service. Lots of other great stories in this episode as we track David's journey in building the Icon Collective, an amazing music production school in LA and online (https://iconcollective.edu). Lots to learn from this one. If you liked this one, check out our interview with Morse Code: https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/dj-morse-code-how-to-struggle

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Oct 2020

1 hr 13 min

This week we are dropping a taste of another great podcast into our feed. Check out a snippet of The Passion Economy, hosted by journalist Adam Davidson. Each week Adam talks to entrepreneurs who are thriving by building businesses around their passions. Sound familiar? The episode we're featuring is with Coss Marte, a former New York drug dealer who got fit in prison and then launched a fitness company when he got out. It's an amazing story and Coss is someone we'd want to have on this show, so it seemed like a great fit to share it with you all here. You can check all the episodes of The Passion Economy at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1459910839

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Sep 2020

10 min 20 sec

Once in a while I like to practice giving up control. This week I hand over the mic (Not literally, we both had mics otherwise you'd only hear one person which wouldn't be great unless we were doing a one-person podcast, which we aren't. So glad we cleared that up.) to my collaborator Ethan Baer. Ethan is an entrepreneur whose hustle I respect a lot, and he had some questions for me about leadership and business smarts. Of course I start out by telling him some of the ways I've screwed up over the years. Braggadocio! Hopefully by the end we got to some valuable lessons and maybe I'll challenge your perspective on some things. Love to hear from you if I said anything you liked or hated. In the intro I also also ramble on a bit about what it means to be a rebel, which you'd think I would have down to a clean one-liner by now. I don't. I basically make the argument that rebellion is about bringing new ideas into the world, which are likely to meet a lot of resistance on their way to becoming mainstream. I hope our show challenges you to think about what ideas are burning in your brain, and maybe take some action to create your own rebellion. If you want to learn more about Ethan (which you should), you can check out my previous interview with him here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rebel-radio/id1009565465?i=1000408629511 He has also co-hosted a couple episodes with me: - Blake Coppelson, founder of the Proximity dance music label and YouTube channel: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rebel-radio/id1009565465?i=1000488734160 - Gareth Emery, global superstar trance DJ and producer: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rebel-radio/id1009565465?i=1000484746391 If you liked this one, check out the other flipped first interviews with Dennis White (https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/special-edition-the-reverse-interview-with-dennis-white) and Milana Vayntrub {https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/milana-vayntrub-enough-about-me-lets-talk-about-you) Music featured in this episode: KOH - 4Da Soul THRWDWN ft. B4NG B4NG - Fresh Courtesy of White House Music (https://whitehousemusic.net)

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Sep 2020

57 min 55 sec

Legendary rave promoter Disco Donnie is our guest this week. He was perhaps the only promoter to be prosecuted under the draconian "crack house statutes" that were invoked to try to bring down dance music in the late 90s. Even that couldn't stop him. Today, his operation is stronger than ever. Donnie recently bought back the company that bears his name and is producing some of the most popular raves in the country. Even in the middle of a pandemic, Donnie is making bold moves. He's got big lessons to share about having a vision and going after it. You can check out his shows at https://www.discodonniepresents.com You can also hear him as a panelist at our AMP Music Summit back in May: https://ampmusicsummit.com/videos/#anatomy-of-a-festival-cancellation Music featured in this episode: THRWDWN ft David Ware: You With Me THRWDWN: Hot Trees Courtesy of White House Music (https://whitehousemusic.net)

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Sep 2020

1 hr 12 min

Jerry Wonda's discography reads like the Billboard chart: Since co-producing the Fugee's mega-hit album The Score, he's worked with artists including Carlos Santana, Mary J. Blige, Busta Rhymes, Miguel, Lupe Fiasco, Migos, Melissa Etheridge, DJ Khaled, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson, and many more. Oh, he also prooduced Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie," which is the biggest-selling record of the century. Music runs through this man. But as much as Jerry makes hits, it sounds like he cares more about the good he can do in the world, whether his philanthropic work with MusiCares, or his new message-driven spoken word project with Ras Baraka, the mayor of Newark, NJ. We join Jerry in his studio in Minnesota to talk about (and listen to) music, legacy, and leadership. We get a little glimpse into what it takes to stay at the top of the game for more than two decades. Dig it.

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Aug 2020

51 min

Blake Coppelson turned his Proximity YouTube channel into a record label and is now building the company into a lifestyle brand. Want to learn how? First, he built the channel up to 8 million subscribers by posting the hottest EDM tracks each week. Listen to the interview to hear the rest, and where he's planning to take it next, and what he's learning along the way. Then check out some new music at www.youtube.com/proximity. Welcome back to our co-host Ethan Baer who joins us again for this episode. Ethan was a co-host on the interview with Gareth Emory and is the head of electronic music at Create Music Group. Ethan was also featured in his own episode back in 2018, when he was a co-founder of EDM.com. If you liked this one, check out our interview with Peanut Butter Wolf: https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/peanut-butter-wolf-how-to-be-a-real-influencer

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Aug 2020

58 min 40 sec

I love this one because we're highlighting two entrepreneurs building something in the middle of a pandemic. They aren't waiting for things to get back to normal. They know they don't have it all figured out. They're just executing. They're passionate about the cause, and they're using what they have to create value, to be a beacon for other people, and to build a community of people who care about the same things. Sounds like a formula for success. Shira Lazar was a previous guest on the show. She's the founder and host of What's Trending and is a social influencer and entrepreneur. We're excited to welcome her back to the show. She's partnered with Jordana Reim — former advertising executive and yoga teacher and host of Mount Everest Base Camp wellness experiences — to create Peace Inside Live (https://www.peaceinside.live), a community of instructors hosting classes in yoga, mindfulness, and other resources to impact our mental and physical well-being. Much needed in 2020 and pretty much always as the challenges of modern living continue to pile up. In our interview, they share a bit about how they got a new business off the ground in the midst of all this craziness as well as how they're continuing to learn on the job and to allow collaborators the room to bring their unique contributions. After you listen to this episode, you're going to want to take a class with them. Classes are free so don't forget to make a donation. If you liked this one, check out our first interview with Shira: https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/shira-lazar

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Aug 2020

1 hr 13 min

I caught up with Felix over FaceTime at his home in Berlin. At only 25, he's already had a #1 hit in over 55 countries (2014 remix of Omi's Cheerleader), and been through the ups and downs of mental health challenges that often ride alonog with success. Just before quarantine, Felix visited the Plum Village Buddhist Monastery in France (is that like a new age Slum Village?) to get his head right. In our interview, he shares some generous insights into what he's gone through to balance personal and professional success and how he's come to find gratitude and joy. Something we can all use a bit more of. Check it, and then check Felix's latest DJ Mix, Pride: https://music.apple.com/us/album/felix-jaehn-pride-2020-dj-mix/1515841759 If you liked this one, check out our interview with Caspa & Rusko: https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/caspa-x-rusko

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Jul 2020

41 min

This is a special episode. Raymond Roker has been more of a mentor to me than probably anyone else. He gave me my first job out of college and he helped me start a career in marketing when we launched an agency together over 20 years ago. Even though it's been more than a decade since we've worked together, I still hear his voice in my head sometimes when I'm considering big decisions. He's also the founder of URB Magazine, which more than any other media, defined underground culture in the US. After URB, he went on to launch The Red Bulletin, Red Bull's lifestyle magazine, and most recently produced the Coachella documentary as head of content at AEG. If you haven't see that yet, you should watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjwilAja7Lc There's so much we didn't get to from our 30 year friendship and business relationship, and in putting this show together I noticed we didn't talk too much about music. Hopefully we'll have Raymond back soon and dig into some of that. But we did get some valuable nuggets of wisdom about how to weather the seasons of business and culture and why we all must always be working on our reinvention. Music featured in this episode: THRWDWN ft. B4NG B4NG: Fresh THRWDWN: Hot Trees Courtesy of White House Music (https://whitehousemusic.net) If you liked this one, check out our interview with Bosko: https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/bosko

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Jul 2020

1 hr 17 min

Could Bunny Kitty become the next Snoopy? Persue is gonna find out. Today, graf artist Persue gives us a masterclass in branding. After getting his start as a designer for DC Shoes, he went on to build a career painting walls and doing brand work, and then developed Bunny Kitty, an anime-inspired character that has turned into its own brand including clothing and accessories, plush toys, and a children's book, with more to come. He also created the Wetpaint movement (@wearewetpaint) which features hand-painted "wet paint" subway signs in collaboration with artists from all over the world. Great lessons in the evolution of a career and creating a legacy. Want to work on your coloring or lettering styles? You can download free Bunny Kitty worksheets at https://www.bunnykitty.com https://www.instagram.com/alynnpaint/ https://www.instagram.com/gloriamuriel/ https://www.instagram.com/carlyealey/ Music featured in this episode: THRWDWN: Old Skool Beat KOH: 4Da Soul Courtesy of White House Music (https://whitehousemusic.net) If you liked this one, check out our interview with Risk: https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/how-to-be-like-risk-live-breathe-eat-sleep-art

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Jul 2020

52 min 34 sec

On this episode we introduce a new co-host: Ethan Baer. Ethan is SVP and head of electronic music at Create Music Group and was previously co-founder of EDM.com. Ethan is a talented entrepreneur and was a guest on a the show in 2018. This time he helps me interview British trance god Gareth Emery. Gareth has won the prestigious A State of Trance Tune of the Year award three times and has ranked as high as #7 on the DJ Mag Top 100. He makes funny videos, including the "We Are CVNT5" series, hosts radio shows and pocasts and makes us tired with his incredible work ethic. You can listen to that episode here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rebel-radio/id1009565465?i=1000408629511 In our interview, he explains it wasn't always this way. He almost lost it all after some early success, and his dad had to step in with some fatherly wisdom. Today, you get the benefit of his scars, as he drops some gems on us about hard work, perseverance, all that boring shit.

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Jul 2020

1 hr 6 min

"We're all human and we're all going to have some days where it feels like the walls are crashing in around us. But most of the time, I think if you can focus on the tasks at hand rather than the big picture, that's going to keep you kind of occupied." Wise words on staying focused during these trying times from Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, guitar player for Lettuce, one of the funkiest live bands out there. For those who don't know, Lettuce is one of the bands keeping funk alive with performances around the world, now more than 20 years in the game. They got a Grammy nomination this year for Elevate, their fifth album, and have a new album out this summer: Resonate. Shmeeans is gonna teach us some valuable lessons: how to keep a partnership healthy for over 2 decades, how to give feedback to people who might not want it (start with sorry), and more. If you liked this one, check out our interview with Tuxedo: https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/ep-3-mayer-hawthorne-says-get-your-shit-together-and-dont-fly-coach

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Jun 2020

1 hr 1 min

Bear Grillz is in a category with Marshmello, Deadmau5, Daft Punk — he DJs in costume, in his case a giant bear head. Despite that light-hearted approach to stage presence, he takes his business seriously. He started out promoting clubs and then booking tours before getting behind the decks himself. What a great way to learn the business! Now, he's begun exploring his identity without the costume, and at the same time tackling important issues of mental health that affect him and fans alike. Really intersting journey. Check it out now. If you liked this one, check out our interview with Caspa & Rusko: https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/caspa-x-rusko

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Jun 2020

59 min 55 sec

One of the amazing things about music is how people come to it as a career. Some start out as kids and never stop down that path. Others pick it up late and just jump right in. Ryden shows us that maybe the path matters. She studied classical music as a kid, then became an athlete and martial artist, a pre-med student in college, a TV host doing interviews on red carpets, and then finally started DJing, rapping, and producing. She also overcame physical and mental health challenges and, as she says, became her own superhero. One of her guiding principles comes from Tony Robbins and could not be more relevant in 2020: "Instead of asking, 'how is this the worst thing that ever happened to me?' Ask yourself, 'how is this the best thing that's ever happened to me?' That's when it becomes fun. Because, yes, this is hard, but there's awesome things that are coming out of it, too." Click now to hear her incredible story. If you liked this one, check out our interview with Ookay: https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/ep-16-ookay Listen to more of Ryden's work here: https://ffm.to/ryden

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Jun 2020

1 hr 14 min

** This episode is part of our long-running Art x Rebels series in partnership with Guerilla One and co-hosted by Eddie Donaldson. To stay up on graffiti and street art, follow Eddie at https://www.instagram.com/guerillaone/ ** David Flores has painted murals all around the world. His art hangs in museums and galleries and covers skate decks. He does private commissions and brand collaborations. In our first-ever episode from quarantine, David gives us some insight into his approach and how he's influenced by his environment, having recently moved from LA to the mountains of Ojai. Get into it. If you liked this one, check out past interviews in the Art x Rebels series in partnership with Guerilla One: https://soundcloud.com/rebel_radio/sets/artxwork-rebels-series EDM.com Track of the Week: https://soundcloud.com/kevmomusic/demons-prod-harrisonmcquade

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May 2020

39 min 10 sec