This week’s episode features Jason DeMarco, SVP and Creative Director at Adult Swim. We talk about his very unique career in television, and how shaping the aesthetics of Adult Swim involved exposing artists from labels like Stones Throw, Warp, Brainfeeder, and Ninja Tune to a large basic cable audience, and directly collaborating with hundreds of artists including Flying Lotus, Danger Mouse, MF Doom, and Killer Mike. We also discuss what goes into building a career focused on enabling creativity and giving a platform to artists that can actually get them paid.
This week’s Patreon episode of Fluxpod features the second half of my conversation with Godmode producer Nick Sylvester. Whereas the previous episode focused more on Nick’s career, this episode is more about getting into the details of how music is made and how sounds go in and out of style. This clip goes into detail on snare sounds on rap records and the ubiquity of the Yahama DX7 synthesizer in ‘80s pop.
This episode features Maria Sherman, the author of Larger Than Life: A History Of Boy Bands From NKOTB To BTS. We talk about boy bands and K-pop in the broad sense, and go in a bit deeper on the Backstreet Boys/NSYNC rivalry, BTS, One Direction, and Blackpink, who Maria profiled for Elle last year. We also chat about country music and Iceage, as she just recently wrote about the 10th anniversary of their debut album for Jezebel.
This week’s premium episode features Caitlin White, the pop critic for Uproxx and the founder of CNMN. We talked enough that I decided to split the conversation into two parts, and in this episode we discuss Ariana Grande, Adele, Taylor Swift, Bob Dylan, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Dua Lipa, Phoebe Bridgers, Guided by Voices, Fiona Apple, Rihanna, SZA, Ingrid Andress, Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Lee Brice. This preview chunk features that last bit with all the country stars.
Nick Sylvester of Godmode on becoming a producer, learning from James Murphy, and developing artists like Shamir, Yaeji, and LoveLeo
This episode features Nick Sylvester, a producer, musician, and songwriter who co-founded the artist development company Godmode. In this conversation we discuss Nick’s transition from critic for Pitchfork and Village Voice to musician in the band Mr. Dream to the evolution of Godmode. We also get into his apprenticeship with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, how working with Shamir was a turning point in his career, an anecdote about a somewhat disastrous experience being called in to potentially contribute to Beyoncé’s Lemonade album, developing LoveLeo from TikTok fame to viral pop star, how his work process has changed through the pandemic, and how we’re both amazed and confounded by Playboi Carti’s music. We actually recorded a lot for this, so a second episode with Nick that goes deeper into technical music stuff will come out next week as a Patreon exclusive.
This is a snippet from a premium Patreon episode of Fluxpod. This episode is a Q&A in which I answer a series of questions largely dealing with music trends and "irony" in relationship with making and appreciating music. The question presented here is basically "Why didn't Electronica stay big in the US?" If you want to hear the full episode and every other premium episode, you should hit up the Fluxpod Patreon page.
This is a segment from a Patreon premium episode featuring Sean T. Collins. Unlike our previous episode together, which was focused on industrial music, this is more of a free-flowing conversation that gets into Tears for Fears, Human League, Roxy Music, Aerosmith, Nirvana, Lenny Kravitz, and in this part of the conversation, Guns N' Roses. If you'd like to hear the full episode and get 4-5 premium episodes every month, you should hit up the Fluxpod Patreon.
This week's premium episode is an interview with Ronen Givony, the promoter behind the Wordless Music series, about his new book Not For You: Pearl Jam in the Present Tense. If you're not particularly into Pearl Jam this is still worth checking out as we talk a lot about his background in instrumental and modern classical music and creating the Wordless Music series, and the discussion of Pearl Jam is - like the book – really more about the culture of the '90s in general. If you want to hear the full episode, you can subscribe to the premium feed on the Fluxpod Patreon.