Monday, October 18

Hip Hop & Pop

Interviews in the pop rock and hip hop genre

(Behind The Yearbook Podcast Season 2 Ep. 35):  Sarah McTaggart of TRANSVIOLET
Hip Hop & Pop, Mental Health Conversations

(Behind The Yearbook Podcast Season 2 Ep. 35): Sarah McTaggart of TRANSVIOLET

Editor's Note:  Welcome to the rebranding of what is now Scholastic Perspectives!  The reason for the rebranding, to combine education, mental health and my love for the music business all under one umbrella.  I felt Madness To Creation was getting stagnant and I wasn't feeling it, now I'm feeling this and welcoming this change.  As educators and podcasters, or whatever it is we are doing in our craft, we need to adapt to change and sail with the winds of change instead of spitting against the winds of change.  I have on a friend of mine and quite honestly one of my favorite people in the biz in vocalist Sarah McTaggart of the amazing band Transviolet for Beyond The Yearbook, a Scholastic Perspectives Podcast.  We talked about EVERYTHING in this podcast.  We talked about religion, talk...
(Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 34):  Mike Score of A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS
Hip Hop & Pop, Mental Health Conversations

(Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 34): Mike Score of A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5zqRlA1zjSVECO1wQXVUbI?si=6f74f36852774ebc Editor's Note:  Mike Score of legendary 80's New Wave band A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS joined the Madness To Creation Podcast for the second season and 34th episode to talk about their latest offering entitled "String Theory."  This record is a reimagination of their classics and fan favorites including "Say You Love Me", "Space Age Love Song", "The More You Live, The More You Love", and their iconic classic "I Ran(So Far Away)", which fans have heard all over from The Wedding Singer to Pulp Fiction to the Grand Theft Auto Vice City video game.  With "String Theory", fans will get to hear orchestral opuses and reimaginations, which makes it a beautiful offering by A Flock Of Seagulls.  A Flock Of Seagulls will be tourin...
(Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 33):  Viral TikTok Hip-Hop Artist COWBOY MUGSHOT
Hip Hop & Pop, Mental Health Conversations

(Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 33): Viral TikTok Hip-Hop Artist COWBOY MUGSHOT

Editor's Note:  We brought on an artist that has gone viral on TikTok, mostly for his Taco Bell prank, but he's well on his way to becoming a viral sensation on TikTok and Instagram.  This artist is Cowboy Mugshot.  Cowboy Mugshot really opened up as we got going on the Madness To Creation Podcast, talking about his anxiety, to creating content and how image and his music worked hand-in-hand in his content creation on TikTok and Instagram, along with crazy stories growing up with a father, who happened to be a very famous record producer, and his singles and music videos for "Blow" and "Magazine."  Cowboy Mugshot also shared some cool stories about Post Malone and Billie Eilish.  I found Cowboy Mugshot to be such a gentle presence who is creating a larger than life persona.  Fans can f...
(Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 32):  Rob Morrison of THE BOOKLIGHTS
Hip Hop & Pop, Mental Health Conversations

(Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 32): Rob Morrison of THE BOOKLIGHTS

https://open.spotify.com/episode/18EbxFOG9Oa0jnAkWRyBVE?si=de77e9ec59094ce3 Editor's Note:  Rob Morrison of New York based folk/Americana band The Booklights recently appeared on the Madness To Creation Podcast.  We get into how I compared them to The Band and Fleetwood Mac, along with their songs and the stories behind the songs on their latest record "Into A Ball."  It was a meaningful and deep discussion about mental health, music, the creative process and how The Booklights reunited after all these years.  Fans can check out the music video for "My Woman, The Almanac" via YouTube and also check out The Booklights on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their official website. Check out this episode featuring Rob Morrison of The Booklights via SoundCloud below: https://soundcloud.c...
(Mental Health Breakthroughs):  MARTINA ARMOUR + “What It Feels Like” EP Review
Hip Hop & Pop, Mental Health Conversations

(Mental Health Breakthroughs): MARTINA ARMOUR + “What It Feels Like” EP Review

Editor's Note:  When legendary drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac gives you his seal of approval on your rendition of their song "Storms", you're a special artist.  This is exactly Martina Armour. This Los Angeles folk/pop singer-songwriter with Swedish roots reached out to us for a premiere.  Sadly, the editor wasn't able to deliver as he was going through some mental health struggles, but thankfully he's back in the saddle, and ready to deliver some content once again!  While our slogan is #YouFreakingMatter, I need to take that to heart as well.  Sometimes, we feel sad and inadequate, and not worthy of anything.  I regrouped, feel completely refreshed and here I have an exclusive interview with this incredible artist named Martina Armour and "What It Feels Like" EP Review for you f...
(Mental Health Conversations):  Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 28:  WILL VAN DYKE
Hip Hop & Pop, Mental Health Conversations

(Mental Health Conversations): Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 28: WILL VAN DYKE

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5tYBsS4upYVFmV0WYrwX2W?si=3b94eb97678b4251 Editor's Note:  Broadway actor/director and singer/songwriter WILL VAN DYKE(no relation to Dick Van Dyke) joins the Madness To Creation Podcast where #YouFreakingMatter.  In this episode, we discuss a ton about mental health and I also got to pick his brain about being a Broadway director and as someone who directs plays, also picking his brain on how he goes about casting for a play or Broadway production.  Will talks about how his husband keeps him sane and also talks about his EP entitled "The Mayor", which features story telling with major influence from Elton John.  The single "Wasting Time" also features Tamika Lawrence.  Will Van Dyke and Tamika Lawrence share a kindred spirit and a close friendship as th...
(Mental Health Conversations):  Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 27:  GONE GONE BEYOND + “2030” Album Review
Hip Hop & Pop, Mental Health Conversations

(Mental Health Conversations): Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 27: GONE GONE BEYOND + “2030” Album Review

Editor's Note:  Gone Gone Beyond recently released their latest album entitled "2030."  The album is spiritual, whimsical, experimental and beautiful all in the same breath.  Madness To Creation Podcast recently sat down with Gone Gone Beyond to discuss mindfulness, nature, spirituality, and the album "2030."  Gone Gone Beyond is composed of David Block, Danny Musengo, Kat Factor and Mel Seme.  If you're into electronica, world and jazz music, then Gone Gone Beyond.  They also talk about special moments in their singles.  Atwood Magazine has described Gone Gone Beyond as "An expression completely of its own, Genre-less, spiritual music with four lead singers.  We feel it's the most honest and heartfelt capture of what these spirits sound like together.  It's a perfect representation of...
(Mental Health Conversations)  Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 22:  JUSTIN SULLIVAN of NEW MODEL ARMY
Hip Hop & Pop, Mental Health Conversations

(Mental Health Conversations) Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 22: JUSTIN SULLIVAN of NEW MODEL ARMY

Editor's Note:  Welcome to the Madness To Creation Podcast: Where You Freaking Matter! In this merging together of self-care and music, Justin Sullivan of the legendary band New Model Army joins us to talk about "Surrounded." This is Justin's first solo album in 18 years and it was written in a time where we were all locked down due to quarantine from the Covid pandemic. In this album, there are moments of history, moments of clarity and moments of self-reflection and self-realization. There are moments where he sounds completely somber, moments where he sounds completely introspective and moments where it sounds like a new day is upon us. That's the artistry and the poetic way of thinking, playing and writing that Justin Sullivan possesses in his lyrics and arrangements. Fans can che...
(Mental Health Conversations):  Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 21:  STEVE KILBEY
Hip Hop & Pop, Mental Health Conversations

(Mental Health Conversations): Madness To Creation Podcast Season 2 Ep. 21: STEVE KILBEY

Editor's Note:  Out of Australia by way of the United Kingdom, Steve Kilbey & The Winged Heels have released their double album "The Hall of Counterfeits."  The album explores many concepts including past lives, religion, Indian and Middle Eastern music, ancient history and The Beatles and their work. Here is what Steve Kilbey has said about "The Hall of Counterfeits" and his band "The Winged Heels:" "In 1990 I released an album called Remindlessness in which I attempted to take in everything I had ever been fascinated by and reconcile the whole damn lot with a weird and wild bunch of songs. Thirty years on, armed with three brilliant musicians (The Winged Heels), time has enabled me to give voice to those same preoccupations: past lives, Indian and Middle Eastern music, reli...