Episode 10: "Process" Oliver Pauk, Fine Art Photographer / Mixed Media Artist, Akin Collective

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Episode 10: "Process" Oliver Pauk, Fine Art Photographer / Mixed Media Artist, Akin Collective

Episode 10: "Process". Oliver Pauk, Fine Art Photographer / Mixed Media Artist.  Recorded in The Junction, Toronto.

My guest, Oliver Pauk, is a fine arts photographer and mixed media artist whose work has been  exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Europe.  Oliver has followed a unique path to becoming a visual artist.  He studied economics at the University of Toronto with the idea of heading into investment banking.  While in school he changed gears and decided to play music for a living, his instrument – the alto sax.  While playing in bands, he re-discovered his passion for photography and over time that became his central focus.  Oliver’s got a unique perspective in that he’s completely self-taught and arrived to his life’s work following an unconventional path.

Three years after leaving school, Oliver launched Akin Collective, an artist-sharing space with his friend Mike Dellios.   The original goal was to rent out studio space for 8-10 of their friends who had a similar difficulty in finding affordable studios to work in the city.  Today, 160 artists share 19,000 sq feet of work space in completely artist-run Akin studios.  

Oliver and I talk about his inanimate collaborators – the various software he uses and how he finds unexpected results by pushing them past their programming.  We talk about following your intuition and trusting your gut, and the various stages of discovery and transformation his work goes through; we talk about finding your tribe; people that you can share with and get feedback from.

For this episode that focuses on process, transformation and discovery, we finish it with a piece by New York composer Michael Hix from his release Aeon.  In in its elegant 7 minutes, the song has has a snake-like quality in the way it repeatedly sheds its skin and becomes something new and recognizable at the same time.   It mirrors in many ways the process of discovery that Oliver works with he’s trying to uncover what he’s making. 

Oliver Recommends: 
Book: "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig
Websites:
www.oliverpauk.com 
akin.art
Instagram: Oliver Pauk
Facebook: Akin Collective
Some Links to Oliver's Work in Galleries:
Angell Gallery
Patrick Mikhail
Episode Song Playlist: Michael Hix , "II"
 from the Album "Aeon"
, New York, USA. 

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Episode 9: "Anxiety", Carmen Elle (Diana), Musician

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Episode 9: "Anxiety", Carmen Elle (Diana), Musician

Episode 9: "Altitude Sickness". Interview with Carmen Elle (Diana), Musician.
Today’s guest, Toronto musician Carmen Elle, has been performing and recording for the past 11 years.   It hasn’t been easy.  Since childhood, Carmen has had to deal with crippling anxiety and phobias.  Included among them: Frequent panic attacks that can strike at any time and a terrible fear of travelling.  

Carmen and I talked about panic attacks on stage, the healing powers of altitude sickness, and how she gets really calm when things go really wrong. 

Carmen Recommends:  US Girls (band), Da Vinci Code for light reading (book), Wet Hot American Summer because it is the best movie ever. (movie)
Youtube: "Perpetual Surrender" music video
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/dianasound
Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/dianasound
Episode Song Playlist: "Born Again" by Diana from the album "Perpetual Surrender
Stuff We Mention: Austra, Army Girls, Haim.
Photo Credit: Kristie Muller

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Episode 8: "Mix Tape Pen Pals", Neil McDonald, Music Producer/Engineer

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Episode 8: "Mix Tape Pen Pals", Neil McDonald, Music Producer/Engineer

Episode 8: Interview with Neil McDonald, Music Producer/Engineer
Neil is a Toronto-based music producer, engineer, and soundtrack composer. Above all, Neil is a class-A music obsessive.   If we somehow lost all records of music history, Neil would be an ideal man to hire to help us patch together what happened and how. 

I caught up with Neil at an interesting time. He had just been laid off from his job at a studio he worked at which helped financed his other projects.  He called it a “ jolt to the system” but that was a good thing he said.  It was forcing him to open up and look around for what else the world had to offer.    He's been willing and wanting to discover what else was out there since he began listening and deconstructing to his brother's 70s hard rock record collection at the age of 5.  At the age of 11 he embarked on a lifelong pursuit of new music through the the help of a very unique pen pal relationship. We cover that and more on this episode of Alice: The Creativity Podcast.     
Neil Recommends:  Please Kill Me: An Uncensored Oral History of Punk Rock (book), What Happened, Miss Nina Simone (documentary), Oranssi Pazuzu (album)
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/neilmcdonaldaudio/
Soundcloud:
https://neilmcdonaldaudio.com/nmaonsoundcloud/
Episode Song Playlist: "Spagetti North" by Echo Sound (Toronto) - bug Neil for the track if you like it.
Stuff We Mention: The list of bands, artists and references that Neil and I (mostly Neil) mention on this one is long.  I tried my best to capture the ones I remember - Fugazi, Pulp, Tyler the Creator, Aesop Rock, Elliott Smith, Nirvana, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Clinic, Danava, Replacements, Mountain, Spiritualized, Sweet, KISS, Led Zeppelin.

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Episode 7: "Ice Cream & A Couple of Chords" Laura and Greg, Musicians

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Episode 7: "Ice Cream & A Couple of Chords" Laura and Greg, Musicians

Who: Interview with Laura and Greg, Musicians
One of my favourite indie pop duos in NY, Laura and Greg. I caught up with them on the eve of their new album release “Grey Shark Canyon” and their trip down to SXSW.  Laura is also one of the co-owners of the amazing Van Leeuwen ice cream trucks and shops in NY and L.A. Greg also works as a visual artist so we chat about his newest project, how working in other arts and business ventures help both of them in supporting creativity in their lives, the importance of saying yes when you’re in a band, and navigating gratitude and frustration while  pursuing a career in the arts.  
Where: Recorded Greenpoint, NY
Stuff We Mention:  Ira Glass on Creativity (video), Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, In Search of Lost Time - Proust
Follow: @lauragregmusic (twitter)
Facebook: Laura and Greg
Web: 
www.lauraandgregmusic.com
and www.artbygreg.squarespace.com 
Episode Song Playlist: "Masha " from the album Grey Shark Canyon by Laura and Greg (New York) 

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Episode 6: Jonelle Gunderson, Theatre Actor

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Episode 6: Jonelle Gunderson, Theatre Actor

WhoJonelle Gunderson, Theatre Actor & Kevin Black, Musician for The Fast Romantics, Basements
Where: Recorded in Roncesvalles, Toronto. 
What We Talk About:  How to invite an audience into a performance, finding honesty and working with energies in a performance, performing shakespeare, interpreting characters and work, the value of being in a relationship with another artist that supports you, listening, learning and working with your body.
Stuff We Mention: Stealing Like An Artist (Book), Choreographer Crytal Pite - "Tempest Replica" (Youtube Clip)
Website: Jonelle Gunderson Official Website
Episode Song Playlist: "Run For It" by Basements

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Episode 5: Feurd, The Elwins

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Episode 5: Feurd, The Elwins

Who:  Interview with Feurd, Multi-Instrumentalist & Songwriter, The Elwins
Where: Recorded in Little Italy, Toronto. 
What We Talk About: Growing up in small-town Keswick, ON, going to art school, the impact of life-changing teachers, The Elwins band book club, the spirit and compromise of fruitful collaboration, good habits to invite the creative spirit in our lives, and of course, moustaches.  
Stuff We Mention: The Magic of Thinking Big (Book)
Follow:  The Elwins on Facebook, Instagram
Support: Buy Elwins' music and stuff at bandcamp
Website: The Elwins Official Website
Video: "Show Me How to Move", single off "Play for Keeps" the second album by The Elwins
Episode Song Playlist: "Show Me How to Move" by The Elwins

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Episode 4: Glenda MacInnis, Actor/Film Producer

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Episode 4: Glenda MacInnis, Actor/Film Producer

Episode 4: Interview with Glenda MacInnis, Actor/Film Producer
Where: Recorded in Cabbagetown, Toronto. 
We drank: Spanish Wine, Sake.
Stuff We Mention: Siddhartha (Book, Hermann Hesse), The Alchemist (Book, Paulo Coelho), First Aid Kit - Stay Gold (Music, Swedish Folk Duo), Inside Amy Schummer (TV), Broad City (TV). 
Follow:   Glendamacinnis (instagram), glendamacinnis (twitter)
Episode Song Playlist: "Ooh" by The Pinecones (Toronto) 

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Episode 3: Julia Hladkowicz, Comedian

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Episode 3: Julia Hladkowicz, Comedian

Episode 3: Interview with Julia Hladkowicz, Comedian, Writer, Blogger.
Where: Recorded in Liberty VIllage, Toronto. 
Read: Julia's food blog "Eating With Julia"
Listen:   "We're Doing It" podcast by Julia Hladkowicz and Amanda Brooke Perrin
Watch: Viral Kitchen (Julia's youtube show)
Follow:  whatjuliaeats (instagram)
Website: Juliacomedy.com
Episode Song Playlist: "Hurricane Lovers" by Bond Girls (Toronto) 

 

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Episode 2: Marc Cantone, The City and Horses

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Episode 2: Marc Cantone, The City and Horses

Alice Episode 2

Who: Marc Cantone, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the New York based indie pop band The City and Horses.
Where: Recorded in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Drink: We ate watermelon and drank iced tea. It was the middle of August in Brooklyn. 
Stuff We Mention: If You're Feeling Sinister by Belle & Sebastian, Indonesian band - White Shoes and the Couples Company  
ListenThe City and Horses on Bandcamp
WatchThe City & Horses "17"  on Youtube
Buy & Support: Paper Garden Label Shop
Follow:  Facebook  
Episode Song Playlist: "Stuff the Bus" on Youtube for the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Episode 1: Jacquie Neville, The Balconies

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Episode 1: Jacquie Neville, The Balconies

Episode 1: Interview with Jacquie Neville, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the Toronto-based rock band The Balconies.
Where: Recorded in Roncesvalles, Toronto.
Stuff We Mention: The Artist Way by Julie Cameron , TED Talk "Your Elusive Creative Genius" by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Listen: The Balconies
Watch: Balconies on Youtube
Buy & Support: iTunes // Bandcamp
Follow:  Facebook  //  Twitter
Episode Song Playlist: "Slo" by the Balconies, Fast Motions LP.

Photo Credit:  Bobby Singh

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