Voices from the Dark: Artists

E35: Artists #23, Featuring Robert Grant

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!

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E34: Artists #22, Featuring Mwenda Mayer

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!

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E33: Artists #21, Featuring Marko Ivic

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 websiteĀ markoivic.info. Enjoy!

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E32: Artists #20, Featuring Tau Tau Menghan

Tau Tau Menghan on set of film “No Zuo No Die”

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 websiteĀ itautau.com, and check out one of her latest projects “No Zuo No Die” onĀ imdb.com. Enjoy!

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Tau Tau Menghan with Steve on Voices from the Dark and RBL Berlin at GlogauAIR


E31: Artists #19, Featuring Clare Saponia

Photo credit: Elena Capra

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.ukĀ andĀ clearstarblog.wordpress.com. Enjoy!

Special thanks to the folks at RBL Berlin and GlogauAIR for providing a cozy space to talk.

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E30: Artists #18, Featuring Naco Fichetti

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!

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E29: Artists #17, Featuring Blake Worrell

In this episode I interview musician and award-winning mobile filmmaker Blake Worrell. Blake is an old acquaintance of mine from Berlin who is in the process of relocating elsewhere. I caught up with him during his visit to the city, where he was giving mobile filmmaking classes over the weekend. He was hungry, so we went to grab some food, after whichĀ we discussed his views on how artists should mentally prepare themselves for the artist’s lifestyle. Blake’s straight-forward philosophy on how to persevere as an artist is deceptively simple and is a mixture of self-actualization and a can-do attitude that focuses on the journey rather than the destination. Hear it for yourselves here! Keep up with Blake on his websiteĀ blakeworrell.com. Enjoy!

Special thanks to ShilohĀ for their time, space and tasty food!

This is the last episode of 2018… More to come in January 2019! Happy Holidays, people!

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E25: Artists #16, Featuring Dimitar Gospodinov of DeanIsHome

In this episode, I interview Bulgarian Berlin-based singer and songwriterĀ Dimitar Gospodinov. (Special thanks to Emanuelo of LaBettolab for introducing the episode in his special way.)

Also known as Dean, Dimitar shares his stories from the road as a street performer and in his various international musical adventures. Dean also shares a track that he wrote, performed and produced called Still Sixteen.Ā He shares examples of the challenges he has faced as an artist and emphasizes optimism, hard work and passion. This episode also features a lot of clapping, which seems to be a Bulgarian thing (looking at you Evegni!). Check out Dean’s homepage at deanishome.net.

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Originally recorded and aired live on RBL Berlin, Sunday, November 4th at LaBettolab in Neukoelln, Berlin.


E24: Artists #15, Featuring Giulia and Giacomo (Voices from the Dark Six-Month Anniversary Special)

Happy Six-Month Anniversary!

In this episode, I go a bit off format and do the show without a previously arranged guest. Luckily, the gracious and nimble Giacomo and Giulia were there to revel in this milestone 24th episode of Voices from the Dark with me. It’s been six months and 24 episodes of Voices from the Dark, and I couldn’t be happier. I have learned a lot, feel like I am getting better at it and have met amazing people on the way. Thanks for being on this journey with me!

Giacomo and Giulia, both RBL Berlin members and artists, were having a fine Sunday afternoon at LaBettolab when I showed up. I had just seen Dave Chappelle on the Friday prior and was still charged and feeling surreal. I had also just realized that the podcast is now six months old. On top of that, I had no guest prepared and nothing to share in particular, the result of which was an impromptu three-way interview for the Voices from the Dark Artists series. This episode of Artists is the first time that I had two guests on simultaneously, and now I know that I really love that format. For me, it was an amazing experience.

We talk about the quality of greatness in art, in other words, what is required to make great art or do great work? We also asked, should we even care about being great? Or should we simply do what we love as best we can? We talked about the adrenaline rush of being under pressure to create something or performing in front of an audience. Both Giulia and Giacomo have a lot a amazing things going on. Check out Giacomo on his radio show 87.90Ā and Giulia at Juice Head.Ā Enjoy!

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Originally aired live on RBL Berlin, Sunday, October 28th at LaBettolab in Neukoelln, Berlin.


E22: Artists #14, Featuring Federica Flux

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In this episode of the Voices from the DarkĀ ArtistsĀ series, we sit down with the amazing Federica Flux, a Berlin-based sound artist and friend of the podcast. Federica previously joined us on Voices from the Dark Episode 7, where you can hear more about her and her path as an artist. Here she tells us about the unique goals and intriguing technical details of her current project calledĀ Die singenden Knochen,Ā orĀ as it is known in English,Ā The Singing Bones, which she performs with fellow artist Roberta Busechian of Spazio Traum. She also tells us how she was inspired by the brothers Grimm and how some of their stories relate to the project. As a bonus we get to hear a few tracks from the project, which you will have the chance to witness live at the Willow’s NestĀ in Berlin on Saturday, October 27th. Click hereĀ to check out the Facebook page for the event.

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Originally aired live on RBL Berlin, Sunday, October 21st at LaBettolab in Neukoelln, Berlin.