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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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