BONUS: Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with Mike Squires, Musician and Host, Couch Riffs Podcast. Highlights include their discussion of Mike’s approach of looking through the cracked door to see opportunity, the different definitions of success, and making a living off your passion. They also ponder musicians’ early inspiration in the post album digital age, and the addictive nature of being in a “flow” state with the inevitable experience of coming down after performing
Mike Squires, Musician and Host, Couch Riffs Podcast
If you care a lot about something, do you prove it? In this episode, Kevin and Lauren chat with Mike Squires, veteran rock guitarist, about his path from humble beginnings to touring the world with music legends. He shares what it was like feeling like a fish out of water after arriving in Seattle, the importance of practicing with musicians better than you, and getting a call from Duff McKagan about auditioning. He also discusses his drive to make music, the pitfall of having goals but not putting in the work, and his habit of inviting himself into bands.
BONUS: Hosts Drs. Kevin Harris and Lauren S. Tashman discuss their conversation with Brandon Barnett, Songwriter and Founder of the Left of Nashville Podcast Network. Highlights include their discussion of how burnout can happen even when you love what you do, and that being extremely passionate about something possibly can lead to an even greater chance of it. Kevin and Lauren also discuss how draining the true-crime genre can be, how an idea without an investment goes nowhere, and the alliteration of Kevin’s self-designated nickname – bald Brad Pitt.
Brandon Barnett, Songwriter and Founder of the Left of Nashville Podcast Network
Would you walk away from a good living to take a shot at your dreams? In this episode, Kevin and Lauren speak with Brandon Barnett, whose path includes collaborating with one of Nashville’s best known songwriters to his true crime podcast that led to an arrest in a decades old missing person cold-case. Brandon shares his experience of not giving up, the joy and stress of podcasting about cold cases, and the importance of having fun no matter what you pursue. He also talks about the realization that he had hundreds of thousands of listeners, and his mantra of not putting out garbage just to release something.
Brian Bates, Stand-up Comedian, and Cohost of Nateland Podcast
Would you have what it takes if your dream opportunity came true? In this episode we speak with Brian Bates about his career in comedy, and more recently, podcasting. Brian shares his path from taking a comedy class as a distraction from life events to touring the country and performing in theaters with world-class comedians. We also discuss Brian’s adjustments going from the corporate world to the life of a comic, the work ethic required to make it in comedy, and the attributes he thinks allowed him to succeed. You will also want to listen to hear what autofills when you begin searching for Brian’s name.
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