Phillip-Michael sits down with Carl Clemons-Hopkins who plays George Washington, Aaron Burr, and Hercules Muligan/James Madison in Chicago's production of Hamilton. They discuss the details of getting inside of characters, 8 auditions for the show, vocal health, and maintaining talent.
Major Taylor is an international DJ based out of Chicago and LA. He set himself apart with a musicianship he’s cultivated through playing in punk bands to coming up in the Philly scene alongside the likes of Jazzy Jeff. We discuss not fitting in, people pleasing without pandering, and ask “What would music look like without the influence of alcohol?”
I got a chance to talk to Matt Hires about the weird things he ate in China, songwriting, how he got his start, our favorite podcasts and some tour predictions!
Matt Hires is a singer-songwriter formally on Atlantic Records who has had songs on Grey's Anatomy and Toured the world. Phillip-Michael and Matt discuss cowriting, eating in china, being an independent musician, and their favorite podcasts!
Phred has always been ridiculously talented but now the rest of the world knows it. He played a different instrument every year from middle to high school band. He plays guitar/keys and is the musical director for Bruno Mars as well as Selena Gomez.
Josh Moshier is a dear friend of mine and is extremely thoughtful. His opinions on music are pretty great and it's always a pleasure to sit down with him. We got a chance to talk a bit about LA, Filmscoring, a musicians mark, Jazz and producing records.
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Check out his reel!
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I went on one of the first Briar Rabbit Solo tours with Yellowbirddd and we would always have long conversations in the car. He's a super thoughtful, talented, songwriter and it was a pleasure to talk songwriting with him!
On losing privacy with super stardom....
"Tolliver: The fact that people would actually care what you do on a day to day basis, that would be hell for me
Briar Rabbit: Right.
Tolliver: ....Cause I do a lot of weird shit"
Tolliver is a great Soul/RnB singer I met in Chicago. He plays in a band called "Black Diet." One of my best friends, he and I spend an hour talking about all the things you're not supposed to talk about. Race? Yup. Politics? Yes. Money? Sure did. All that glitters ain't gold, kids!
So this dude and I became bast buds when I moved in underneath his apartment in Boston. Easily one of the nicest most talented dudes I've had the honor of calling my friend. He and I played in a band together and toured. Then he produced my record this Spring and convinced me to move to LA. His band, Decorations, is putting out an EP on October 16th on French Kiss Records. I couldn't be prouder of my little brother from another mother! Did I mention he can PLAY?
Couple bonus photos! Us in 2008 and us in 2015! Somethings never change....
I got the chance to hang out with another rad musician from college! Kailynn West of Tiny Stills. The conversation got nerdy and deep about songwriting and community in music. We joked around a whole bunch and she is just all around a terrific person to hang out with.
Here's her video with PUPPETS!
I had a blast talking to Carsie Blanton. Not only is she an incredible songwriter, but she's smart as a whip and a hell of a business woman. We ran a little bit long but it got into some really interesting territory later on in the episode. Couldn't be happier to have her as my first official guest.
You guys, I started a podcast and I'm really excited about it. I get to talk to friends about music. Here's the gist of it!