I am super excited that Voices from the Dark is now 40! 40 episodes old. It has taken more time than it should to get here, but who wants to get old anyway? Yes, the wizards at Voices from the Dark are back on the dragon, so to speak, and it’s just gonna get weirder from here on out. And if you’re already here, you’ll probably be looking forward to exactly that. Look for a beer podcast coming out soon, possibly one about wine, Brazilian jiu-jitsu or writing. Stay alert. You never know what might be up next.
In this episode, you get to hear a great conversation between me and a musician named Jem Bosatta. We talk about his life, his path, and birds. Yes, birds. Trust me, it makes sense. Not only that, you also get to hear a newly recorded song called All My Cases–recorded for the first time, here on the podcast. I hope you enjoy the spontaneous, unedited conversation, which is always the goal of the show. If you stick around till (or skip to) the end of the episode, you’ll get another special treat (A hint is hidden in the featured image of these very show notes). What else can I tell you without spoiling it? Jem is a great musician. I was honored to have him on the show, and I look forward to hearing more from him in the future (as opposed to the past, obviously). I think that you might like his tunes, and suggest you check them out. If you want to keep up with him, check out his website, Spotify and everything else. Links to his main sites are below.
Thank you to Jem, to the great Berlin weather, and to the sponsors of this show, whom I can’t mention here (because they don’t exist).
Nik Ecco, transmedia artist, is my guest for this episode of the Artists series. Nik shares insights and advice, culled from a young career of experimental music, sound and sculpture. He suggests listeners to challenge the notion of finished work and not to fear complexity. We had a great conversation on RBL Berlin’s Sunday broadcast at GlogauAIR. Thank you to Nik for being on the show and to everyone involved! Enjoy!
Anya Vero—painter, sculptor and jewelry maker—is my guest for this installment of the Voices from the Dark Artists series. In this episode, I speak with the vibrant and motivated artist about her philosophy; how she approaches her art; and how she simultaneously manages creative endeavors and other pursuits. We also discuss some of the themes of her work, which include people, the human body, human relationships and human trafficking.
It was a great pleasure to speak with Anya about her many projects, how they intertwine and the methods she uses to realize them. Her suggestions and advice on how to stay organized were both inspiring and practical. Keep up with Anya’s projects and view some of her work on her website anyavero.com and her Instagram page.
Thank you as usual to our collaborators GlogauAIR and RBL Berlin. Enjoy!
Ned Mortimer, musician and writer, is my guest in this installment of the Voices from the Dark Artists series. We have a great talk about his trajectory as a musician and how it has taken him from the south of England to London and now to Berlin. As a lifelong musician, artist and writer, Ned shares stories, advice and strategies from his career, as well as a lot of useful wisdom, including the importance of getting out of your comfort zone, the value of people trashing your work and the precious ability to simply not do anything.
Ned also plays us a beautiful track, “Vancouver Waves,” from his band August and After, who you can hear more from on YouTube. It was a great joy to hear him speak optimistically about the trials and tribulations that many of us experience as we try to balance the competing forces in our lives.
Thanks to the guys at RBL Berlin for broadcasting this episode live and to the folks at bei Craft bar and GlogauAIR for providing the comfy space to talk. Enjoy!
Robert Grant, poet, is my guest for this episode, during which we have a great conversation about his work, his life, his art and the influence that each one has upon the others. He shares insights from his artistic journey, which include finding your own voice, the value of making mistakes and the importance of finishing things.
We discuss some of the challenges he has faced as well as some of the strange and wonderful moments he has experienced throughout his career, all of which have fed into his work. We also talk about the pleasure he gets from making people’s lives better through poetry and how helping people started his career as a producer. Listen to this great conversation full of tangents, tidbits and… and more! Be sure to check out Robert’s book Beat the Grass, and follow his film work at Twisted Reel Media. Enjoy!
Mwenda Mayer, Afrofusion solo dance artist, is my guest for this episode of the Voices from the Dark Artists series. She shares with us her experiences in the dance world from Southern Africa to Berlin, how she overcame the challenges of creating a style that fits her personal preferences and how she deals with being her own worst critic.
She also discusses the importance of continuous learning and finding a balance between creating art and working for a living. Listen to our great conversation for all this and more! Keep up with Mwenda via her Facebook page and her YouTube channel. Enjoy!
Marko Ivic, musician and interdisciplinary artist, is my guest in this episode of the Voices from the Dark Artists series. He shares with us how his career took him from Venezuela to Croatia and Germany, the way he balances his classical training with his experimental projects, and how his sense of “being in a place is hijacked” by freelancing as an artist.
We discuss his view that there usually needs to be a special reason behind making art, since doing so is not always easy and not always profitable. We also discuss his relationship to his audience as a performer and his goal of deconstructing traditional performances. Listen to our great conversation for more about Marko and his work. You can keep up with him via his website markoivic.info. Enjoy!
In this episode I had the opportunity to speak with Tau Tau Menghan, a Berlin-based filmmaker, novelist and storyteller originally from China. She shares her experiences in the Berlin filmmaking community, the differences between the Chinese and German art scenes, and the many boundaries that she has broken through on her artistic journey. She also shares the challenges she has faced balancing filmmaking and novel writing, how being weird is almost a prerequisite to being an artist and some of the amazing stories that have inspired and resulted from her work.
Listen to our conversation to find out about her relationship to German trees, what gets her up in the morning, and how she puts it all together to make what she calls a “stew.” Keep up with her work via her website itautau.com, and check out one of her latest projects “No Zuo No Die” on imdb.com. Enjoy!
In this episode I sit down with Clare Saponia, a London-born writer and artist. We discuss a variety of topics, including her mixed family origins and European identity, her passion for language and culture, her holistic approach to life, and how these things have inspired and influenced her on her artistic journey.
She shares with us how she accomplishes what she calls the eternal juggling act of being an artist and making a living. She also shares some of the wisdom she has collected on her journey, including how she views writing as a way of connecting with herself and thus with other people. Perhaps most importantly, she reminds us to listen to our bodies and just breathe. Keep up with Clare via her websites claresaponia.co.uk and clearstarblog.wordpress.com. Enjoy!
Special thanks to the folks at RBL Berlin and GlogauAIR for providing a cozy space to talk.
In this episode I have a conversation with amazing Argentine painter and illustrator Naco Fichetti, a good friend of my family from down south in Argentina. We speak about his journey as an artist, which has taken him from his native city of Viedma, Rio Negro, to Buenos Aires and back. We trace his unique artist’s story from his first steps drawing cars as a youth to finally having his own workshop in Viedma and traveling internationally to develop his craft. We also discuss his love of British Rock and Argentine football, both of which he features often in his work. Hear it for yourselves here. Keep up with Naco via his page Naco Fichetti Caricaturas – Dibujos – Pinturas. Enjoy!
Special thanks to the people, places and spirits of Viedma!
This is the first international episode of Voices from the Dark and hopefully just one of many more to come. It is also the first official episode of 2019, so once again, Happy New Year!