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Nickel Five Resuscitation Music (Artist Spotlight Episode 54)

4/20/2018
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The Working Artist Project's Artist Spotlight is a new series where I talk to creatives about new and exciting creations! Today I have Nickel Five on the show and we listened to and discussed a number of tracks from his new CD entitled Resuscitation Music. Nickel is a New York-based M.C. that merges hip-hop and jazz in a unique way. He describes it as truth that you can dance to, I don't know about you but that sounds like something I want to be a part of. I have a feeling you guys are...

Duration:00:17:44

Corey Fonville - The Triumph (Episode 53)

4/13/2018
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Corey and I explored the complexity of navigating the life of a creative in 2018. He shed light on the process of developing a business model that has helped him build a following for his band "Butcher Brown". This business model has also set him and his bandmates up to continue traveling and recording around the world for. Fonville also spoke about the challenges of maintaining focus and recognizing that you can only fail if you give up. Per usual, he and I also dove deep into the topic...

Duration:00:48:06

Activate Your Focus with E. J. Strickland (Episode 52)

4/5/2018
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E.J. and I spoke about his love for music and how this love has to evolve as you grow and change. He also touched on the challenges he faced throughout his career and how those things were integral for him to bring his dreams to life. E.J. is an amazing musician who understands that giving is the key to a success. We also touched on the violence that has plagued the Afro-American from the hands of the "Authorities". Overall this interview gives you a birds-eye view into the mind of E.J....

Duration:00:41:17

The Resilient Jasen Weaver (Episode 51)

3/16/2018
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Jasen Weaver is a composer, educator, and world renown musician. He has performed with Donald Harrison, Jason Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis and many others. Jasen and I discussed the process of creating his debut album Voscoville as well as the importance of constant creation as an artist. We also explored the inner workings of the day to day life of a musician when taking on different roles. Enjoy the show. Contact Jasen Weaver Here: https://www.JasenWeaver.com Bio Jasen...

Duration:00:39:03

Corcoran Holt Spirituality (Episode 50)

3/9/2018
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Corcoran is one of the most influential musicians on the music scene today. His connection to the art form and the people is unparalleled. We had a great time dissecting the relationships between life, love, music and fatherhood. When you listen to this podcast do your absolute best to hold on to the words and emotions that he expresses so eloquently. Enjoy the show. Connect with Corcoran Here: https://www.corcoranholt.com/ Connect with Darrian Here: https://www.SecondLineArts.org Bio:...

Duration:00:58:00

Bria Skonberg's Success Formula

2/16/2018
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After witnessing Bria's tenacity first hand it became increasingly important for me to shine a light on her innate ability to breath life into her dreams through hard work, focused leadership and vision. On this episode of The Working Artist Project, we explore Bria's past with the purpose of decoding her formula for success. Enjoy the show. Connect with Bria here: http://www.briaskonberg.com Connect with Darrian here: http://www.secondlinearts.org Bio New York based Canadian singer,...

Duration:00:37:20

Kristina Koller Perception (Episode 48)

1/26/2018
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It's Podcast Friday people! Kristina Koller and I talk about her new album, Perception. We also explore the challenges new artist face and how she has overcome some of them so far. She gives us unlimited access to her thoughts, feelings and experiences as an artist and human being. I know you guys are going to dig this episode! Connect with Kristina Here: https://www.KristinaKoller.net Connect with Darrian Here: https://www.secondlinearts.org On her album, Perception, Kristina Koller gives...

Duration:00:37:32

Kelli Watson Power To The Teacher (Episode 47)

1/5/2018
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Today I explored the complex yet satisfying life of writer and educator Kelli Watson. Kelli's unique outlook on the process of creating is simply exhilarating. We spoke about The Chill Out Teacher, which is a blog created by Kelli to explore the inner workings of an educators day to day world. Kelli sheds light on the many ways her life has changed since becoming a mother and wife. According to her, it took these radical developments to reign in her insatiable will to work around the...

Duration:01:01:26

Melanie Charles The Girl With The Green Shoes (Episode 46)

12/22/2017
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Brooklyn, Music, Independence and Haiti are all words embodied by today's guest. Melanie's warm spirit and wisdom seeped into my soul and I hope it does the same for you. We spoke about her most recent appearance on SNL and the recognition it afforded her from peers and strangers alike. We listened to her recent mixtape, "The Girl With The Green Shoes". Each song encourages us all to look deep into our being with a longing and understanding. I hope you guys enjoy this episode of The...

Duration:00:51:46

Godwin Louis Success Principles (Episode 45)

12/15/2017
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Godwin is the CEO and Founder of Experience Ayiti. (https://www.ExperienceAyiei.org) He and I explored the meaning of success, spirituality and mastery, we do this by diving deep into his life experiences thus far. We also spoke about his time in Africa and the impact that it has had on him. I hope you enjoy this episode of The Working Artist Project. Please don't forget too like, comment, and subscribe to this podcast. Connect with Godwin Here: https://www.experienceayiti.org/ Connect...

Duration:01:19:25

The importance of Mastery with Jason Marsalis (Episode #44)

12/8/2017
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Jason and I dive deep into the life and habits of the modern musician. We discuss a wide range of topics including, the cultural importance of music in New Orleans vs New York, family, business and most noteably the drums! Whether you're a young musician looking for inspiration or a curious supporter of the arts, this episode is for you. I have a feeling you are going to enjoy listening to this one. Don't forget to hit the like button! Connect with Jason Here: http://jasonmarsalis.com/...

Duration:01:21:38

How to leverage Intensity with Jon Beshay

12/1/2017
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This podcast is brought to you by Second Line Arts Collective. Find out how you can join the second line at SecondLineArts.org. Jon Beshay and I had a very interesting conversation about his origin, leveraging intensity, and the direction of the music he creates! This one is definitely a good one. Connect with Jon here: https://www.facebook.com/jbeshay Connect with Darrian Here: SecondLineArts.Org Bio: Jonathan Beshay-jazz saxophonist, bandleader, and composer-says that there's no other...

Duration:00:52:45

Perseverance With Charles Goold

11/16/2017
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Charles and I dive into the complexities of his life. We explored and dissected his journey to Julliard and how failer almost always ends in victory. If you believe in optimism, perseverance, and the power of swing then this episode is for you!

Duration:00:51:06

Worth It! with Judi Jackson

11/3/2017
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Judi Jackson is talented, unique, soulful, loving, and tumultuous. She has a wild energy about her, that lends itself to excitement and intrigue. We sat down to talk about her soon to be released recording (Blame It On My Youth) and how her life experiences have influenced her music thus far. I hope you guys enjoy this interview.

Duration:00:55:32

The Power and Danger of Money with Ian Duerr

10/26/2017
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Ian and I discuss the power and danger of money! If handled correctly money can be a source of freedom and power but if misused or neglected it can easily become a prison filled with misery and frustration. We discuss techniques and tools he's used to paying off student loan debts and how he began his road to financial freedom. This story is amazing because he managed to do this on an artist salary. It is my hope that you find something to help you along on your journey to financial...

Duration:01:00:51

The Spirit with Tom Larsen

10/20/2017
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Tom Larsen is one of the most connected people I've ever had the privilege of knowing. Not connected in the social sense, but rather spiritually. He exudes passion, love, and wisdom through his musical prowess and has the unique ability to make you feel like an equal participant in his creative process. This is his strength his gift. It was great for me to experience his views of the world and art through this lense of truth and love. I hope that you enjoy this episode of The Working...

Duration:00:25:47

Becoming with Caroline Davis

10/9/2017
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Connect with Caroline here: http://www.carolinedavis.org/ Caroline and I had a great time talking about the complexities and beauty of life. Our conversation seemed to wind down many roads but the part that resonated with me is her ability to adapt to change. Singapore, Texas, Chicago, Atlanta and New York, have very little in common except for the fact that Caroline conquered them all. Mobile since her birth in Singapore, composer, saxophonist, and educator Caroline Davis now lives in...

Duration:00:41:00

Woke in 2017 with Dr. Ashley Jackson

9/1/2017
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Connect with Dr. Ashley Jackson here. www.ashleyjacksonharp.com Bio Praised for her rhythmic precision and dynamic performances, harpist Dr. Ashley Jackson enjoys a multifaceted career in New York and beyond. She holds degrees from Juilliard (DMA) and Yale University (BA, MM). As an orchestral harpist, she performs with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolis Ensemble, and NOVUS NY, and has appeared on stages in New York and around the world including Carnegie Hall, Park Avenue Armory, Royal...

Duration:00:25:31

Embracing Your Power with Mimi Jones

8/25/2017
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For more than two decades she’s been on the scene, bassist/vocalist/producer/label owner and now filmmaker Mimi Jones has reigned supreme, as a side woman to an impressive coterie of musicians and as a leader with three CDs on her own Hot Tone Music label, A New Day (2009) and Balance (2014) ----her third CD for the label, Feet in the Mud, being her most powerful, propulsive, and personal recording to date. I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Mimi to discuss music, politics and...

Duration:00:48:11

The POWER of ATTRACTION with Evan Arntzen

4/28/2017
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Evan and I dove into the topic of divorce, inner peace, and transcending musical barriers. Connect with Darrian here: https://www.DarrianDouglas.com or https://www.patreon.com/DarrianDouglas Connect with Evan Here: https://www.EvanArntzen.com Bio Evan Arntzen is a saxophonist, clarinetist, and vocalist born and raised in Vancouver BC, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Coming from a musical family, he was instructed by his grandfather, Lloyd Arntzen (also a clarinetist), who taught him...

Duration:00:44:27

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