Voices from the Dark Podcast

E31: Artists #19, Featuring Clare Saponia

In this episode I sit down with Clare Saponia, a writer, painter, and illustrator originally from London. We discuss a variety of topics, including her mixed family origins and European identity, her lifelong desire to travel, her interest in language and culture, 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.uk and 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 which 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 website blakeworrell.com. Enjoy!

Special thanks to Shiloh 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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E28: Voices from the Dark Specials #2, Featuring Sgambetto


In this episode I have the extreme pleasure to converse with the enigmatic host of the Sgambetto radio show, Emanuele (Emanuello, Manuelo etc.), who also happens to be the proprietor of the local Neukoelln bar, LaBettolab.

Special thanks as usual to RBL Berlin. This is the last episode of the Voices from the Dark–RBL Berlin 2018 collaboration. It’s been a great ride! The adventure will continue…

In addition to providing some news on upcoming shows and projects for Voices from the Dark, I speak with Signore Sgambetto about his plans for the new year, what his bar and his radio show are all about, and our planned collaboration. He shares details on how his show is a combination of his personal imagination, his inner life and his outlook on the world. We also discuss the importance of dialects in poetry, the power of spontaneity and the living experimental art space that is LaBettolab.

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Originally recorded and aired live on RBL Berlin, Sunday, November 18th at LaBettolab in Neukoelln, Berlin.


E27: The Spectrum #3, Featuring the Left-Right Spectrum 2

In this episode Neo and I continue our conversation about the mysterious left–right spectrum, coming at you semi-live from the beautiful Horse bar in lovely Neukoelln, Berlin. We go off on several glorious tangents but focus on the topic at hand, going into further detail about the definitions of the terms left and right. We also try to get into the minds of people who might label themselves with these terms. We create profiles of this imaginary group, getting into demographics such as race, sex, and gender, emphasizing the idea that these terms are insufficient. And of course, we enjoy some tasty beverages. After the live recording we had a great time with Kai the bartender and some of Horse’s regular patrons.

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E26: Voices from the Dark Specials #1, A Retrospective

In this episode we present clips from the first five episodes of Voices from the Dark, all of which happen to be part of the Artists series, featuring interviews with Domink Watin, Grace Nicholas, Lalo Gomes, Alma, and Leanne Rivers. It’s a sort of retrospective episode intended to give listeners an idea of how things have progressed since the beginning. Voices from the Dark is a podcast that is as much about the medium of podcasting itself as it is about anything else. In these clips, you can see the difference between the various audio environments featured in each episode as well as a development of the recording techniques and equipment used.

Thanks as usual to the folks at RBL Berlin and LaBettolab. This is the penultimate episode of the 2018 collaboration between RBL and Voices from the Dark. The last episode will air on November 18th. Future projects with both RBL and LaBettolab will be coming out soon in addition to regular Voices from the Dark programming. Stay tuned!

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Originally aired live on RBL Berlin, Sunday, November 11th at LaBettolab in Neukoelln, Berlin.


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.


E23: Mistaken Ideas #5, Featuring the Appeal to Authority (Theatrical Cut)

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In this episode of the Voices from the Dark series Mistaken Ideas, the inimitable Evgeni and I sit down for some beers at the Soul Cat bar in Neukoelln, Berlin. For the most part, we discuss the Appeal to Authority fallacy, which we both found to be quite simple, so we also discussed some of the several other Appeals fallacies such as the Appeal to Faith, the Appeal to Fear, and the Appeal to Celebrity, which all basically have the same form. Since it was a full moon, the Hunter’s Moon to be exact, things get a bit strange and we go off on tangents that include Back to the Future, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, Evgeni’s obsession with looking at the moon every night and of course, black magic..Needless to say, the Bulgarian Philosopher and I are in rare form. It was a good night and the atmosphere was great. Soul Cat was a comfortable place to record. The beer was good and the music was soulful, as you might expect. Below are some pictures from the night (sorry, no selfies!).

Pictured above: One instance where the Appeal to Authority is not a fallacy

The bar at Soul Cat

Wall decorations at Soul Cat

Lighting at Soul Cat

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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.