Voices from the Dark: Artists

E25: Artists #16, Featuring Dimitar Gospodinov of DeanIsHome

In this episode, I interview Bulgarian Berlin-based singer and songwriter 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. 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 87.90 and Giulia at Juice Head. 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 Dark Artists 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 called Die singenden Knochen, or as it is known in English, 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 Nest in Berlin on Saturday, October 27th. Click here 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.


E21: Artists #13, Featuring Lou DeCicco of Caboose

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In this episode of the Voices from the Dark Artists series, I sit down with the amazing Lou DeCicco from the blues band Caboose. We come at you live on radiobandalarga.it via RBL Berlin in Neukoelln bar and art space LaBettolab. I met Lou on the Berlin U-Bahn, where I heard him beautifully singing, and playing slide guitar. The music compelled me to invite him on the show. Luckily he agreed! We talk about his origins as a musician; why his music is not just blues, but something more specific; and what motivates him as an artist. We also talk about his upcoming international tour that will take him across the Atlantic to Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana, and back here in Europe. On the breaks we listen to some of his tracks, which are not to be missed! Check out what he and his bandmates are up to on louisdecicco.com and caboosemusic.com.

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Originally aired live on RBL Berlin, Sunday, October 14th at LaBettolab in Neukoelln, Berlin.


E19: Artists #12, Featuring Deniz Arslan

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In this episode of the Voices from the Dark Artists series, I speak with writer Deniz Arslan about his path as an artist, the truth about why he writes and the financial difficulty of being a writer. We also discuss the pressure he felt to go to school to start a career as an economist and the realization that doing what you love is often better than doing what is easiest. We also discuss the importance of location in the life of an artist and how being a writer in one’s home country has its positives and negatives. Deniz writes in Turkish and English. Check out some of his English writing here: Hakim Yaka; and here: Still Moving.

Full disclosure: As I mention on the show Deniz is a friend of mine, and he is co-owner of the bar Horse in Berlin. It’s a great bar and hopefully the future site of many episodes of Voices from the Dark. The upcoming episode of the Voices from the Dark series The Spectrum will be recorded there!

Stay involved with the show. You know how to find us. Be a guest, a co-producer or a creator for the show. If you have an idea for a podcast and just need some help in making it happen, I want to hear from you. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!

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Originally aired live on RBL Berlin, Sunday, October 7th at LaBettolab in Neukoelln, Berlin.


E18: Artists #11, Featuring Dina Schneider

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In this episode of the Voices from the Dark Artists series I interview techno painter Dina Schneider. We come at you direct from Clash bar in Berlin. Dina shares her story about how she went from office zombie to Berlin club sensation and one of Airbnb Berlin’s most popular hosts. We also discuss the many difficulties of realizing an artistic life and the importance of community, friends, and other types of support for artists. Check out what she is up to on her Facebook page: Techno Painting; and on her Airbnb page: Paint Together with a Berlin Artist.

Stay involved with the show. You know how to find us. Be a guest, a co-producer or a creator for the show. If you have an idea for a podcast and just need some help in making it happen, I want to hear from you. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!

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E17: Artists #10, Featuring Patokai and Music by Crazy Eddie

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In this episode of the Voices from the Dark Artists series, I interview musician Patricio Vallarino, aka Patokai. We discuss his love of music, its therapeutic value and the difficulty of balancing maintaining a full-time professional job with being an artist. We also discuss his diverse musical projects both past and present, from being the lead singer in a Guns ‘n’ Roses cover band to his current work, which you can find via his Facebook page here: Patokai.

Also featured on the show is music by Crazy Eddie, a punk band from New York, including the tracks “Outta Control,” “Best I Can” and “Offended.” Find their music on Bandcamp here: Crazy Eddie.

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Originally aired live on RBL Berlin, Sunday, September 30th at LaBettolab in Neukoelln, Berlin.

 


E13: Artists #9, Featuring Anton Egorov

This episode features the ninth installment of the Voices from the Dark Artists series, where I speak with Anton Egorov, a Berlin-based artist and writer with many projects underway. We talk about what it means for him to be an artist, the importance of having supportive family and friends and parties… (FYI: not cocaine parties!)

Some announcements:

  • I invite all listeners to tweet examples of the fallacies discussed in previous episodes (see Episode 12) which include the Fallacy of the Horns, the Red Herring, and Fake Precision
  • All listeners and previous guests are invited to the Voices from the Dark Dirty Dozen party, which will occur on the ides of September at a location to be determined
  • As usual, I need all the help I can get, so get in touch if you want to produce.

Enjoy!

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E10: Artists #8, Featuring Michael McLaughlin

This episode features the eighth installment of the Voices from the Dark Artists series. My guest is poet and former accountant Michael McLaughlin. We discuss his misadventures in accounting, his former job in a mental hospital, his upbringing in Dublin and how these things led him to Berlin, where he is able to focus more on developing his craft. We also get a special treat in this episode with a reading of his poem “Football’s Adventure.” Enjoy!

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E8: Artists #7, Featuring J. Hermit

This episode features the seventh installment of the Voices from the Dark Artists series. My guest is guitarist J. Hermit, aka Jia, aka Yunjia Liu. We discuss how she fell in love with the guitar while on the path to becoming a doctor. Jia shares her story, her current projects and her belief in the magic of music. She also shares insight into how she deals with the obstacles and challenges of being an artist and how intuition plays an integral part in overcoming those obstacles. Enjoy!

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Learn more about J. Hermit and her music on her website yunjialiuguitarist.com. She is coming out with an EP called “Five Elements” in September and will be performing solo, live in Berlin on July 7th in a meditative guitar concert at the Kali Psychedelic Bookshop in Berlin, Friedrichshain (Krossener Str. 18, 10245 Berlin). Go check it out!

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