Episode 36 w. Ryan Hunter (Envy On The Coast, 1st VOWS)

December 10, 2017

Ryan Hunter toured the world as singer of Envy On The Coast while maturing into adulthood. Now residing in LA, he has developed multiple creative outlets to support himself as a musician. Joining Jordan and Justin, Ryan chats about losing his home during Hurricane Sandy and how he grew from it, the ego trap of identifying fully with a role you play, how the Chicago Bulls led to a new career in film scoring, the importance of eating well and how its impacted his health, and more. Ryan's definition of "success" offers a healthy perspective on deciding what's most important in one's life. We can all follow his lead.

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Episode 35 w. Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders)

December 3, 2017

Javier Reyes is the guitarist and co-founding member of the band Animals as Leaders. In this episode, recorded in the back of Matt’s tour bus, the guys discuss the early days of the band, Javier’s childhood and growing up in his parent’s restaurant, his early aptitude for guitar, his view of bands and self-management, and the future of Animals As Leaders. This episode is light and fun, with quick cameos from previous Chocolate Croissants guests!

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Episode 34 w. Lauren Kashan (Sharptooth Vocalist, Herpetoculturist)

November 26, 2017

Lauren Kashan is the vocalist of the melodic-hardcore band, Sharptooth (Pure Noise Records). She joins Jordan and Justin in the CCompound to share her story of joining the band and eventually realizing her dream of signing a record deal and touring nationally with bands she looks up to. But as we do on Chocolate Croissants, we dig much more into the human being than simply what they're otherwise known for. Lauren chats about her childhood and how it shaped her careers as a musician and a herpetoculturist (i.e. she brings crocodiles to schools!) She digs into how meditation influences her life, her screaming techniques, finding identity through hardcore music, and how a Sharptooth show brought her and her mom closer together. Lauren also chats about being a woman in the hardcore scene and introducing social issues and politics into her art. Many more will know about her years from now...but we're happy to share this gem of a human with you now!

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Episode 33 with Brandon Bateman (Marine Veteran, Military Consultant)

November 19, 2017

 

Recorded in Periphery's tour bus, Matt and Jake Bowen (Periphery, EP32) sit down with Brandon Bateman to chat his history in the military, most specifically his time in the field and how it's shaped his views on how men and authoritative jobs are viewed in society today. They discuss the measure and expectations of a "man" in the context of the military and in the civilian world and dig heavily into Brandon's work educating law enforcement officers, EMT's, veterans, and other victims of trauma on how to cope with stress. Evangelizing the term "Post Traumatic Growth", Brandon hopes to lead a movement from the ground level all the way up to the federal level in order to create support programs for local enforcement officers who currently have limited options after experiencing trauma. Brandon also discusses the "worst day of his life" and how its shaped his worldview today, and digs deep into the differences between anxiety vs. true fear.

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Episode 32 w. Jake Bowen (Periphery)

November 13, 2017

This week on the podcast we have Jake Bowen of Periphery being interviewed by Matt while they’re both on the road performing shows with the band. Recorded in the back of their tour bus, the two discuss life on the road, the change and growth of the band’s dynamic over the many years of touring, and how Jake has matured through the process. One specific topic the guys dive into is bullying. As a kid Jake moved around a bit and was often the “new kid” in school. This opened him up to bullying and forced him to develop thick skin while learning how to get good at being on his own much of the time. Despite the sad nature of the topic, Jake explains his experience from a positive and optimistic standpoint with an inspiring view for others.

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Episode 31 w. Matt Ellin (Musician, Articulate Teen)

November 5, 2017

Matt Ellin is 18. He just released his debut, full length, solo album which has gained considerable attention in Baltimore resulting in radio airplay and headlining shows. He is also a former music student of Jordan, in what was his most unique set of lessons. Matt is really smart, really interesting, and really funny. In Episode 31 we dig into his relatively short journey as a musician and what it's like putting together a full record as a solo artist. He shares about the unconventional high school he attended and how it helped him develop as an artist. We go deep into social anxiety, self-confidence, ego-driven motivations, and pizza chain restaraunts. Matt Halpern sat this one out as he's on tour with Periphery, but having this Matt join us was our obvious first choice. If you can't find inspiration in this dude's story, we're not sure where you will.

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Episode 30

October 29, 2017

Episode 30 is all about you. Well...the "you" as represented in our CC Facebook group. In addition to Matt chatting about the US tour he leaves for this week (and why he missed Knotfest in Mexico), we answer and discuss many of your questions. Topics include: the stories of our tattoos and how they represent who we are, balancing multiple projects at once, how we deal with assholes and negative people, refocusing after a setback, intermittent fasting, and more. (We also invite you to collaborate with us.) We did 30! GOOD!

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Episode 29 w. Wes Hauch

October 22, 2017

Wes has been described as "the guitar player's guitar player" by many in the metal scene. In this episode we dig into our philosophies of learning an instrument and developing one’s voice as a musician. Wes discusses his future goals as a musician, both personally and professionally, and his strategies to achieve them. He talks about his experiences serving in the U.S. Navy, why he joined, and how it influenced him. We answer a handful of questions from the CC Facebook group including the importance of routine in one's life. Recorded live from our individual homes and in Wes’ car...we bring to you Episode 29!

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Episode 28 w. JP Bouvet (Childish Japes)

October 15, 2017

You may have first heard of JP when he won the 2011 Guitar Center Drum Off, as part of the Common Thread Clinic tour with Matt, or through his band Childish Japes. Or maybe this is your official introduction. Either way, it’s our mission to share a lesser known side of our guests. In EP28 we dig deep into JP’s morning routine and the differences between life on the road and at home in NYC. We also chat meditation, nutrition, and having the guts to travel the world alone. (Spoiler alert: this was just the first half of our conversation until a barstool went out and a mic knocked over, cutting our feed to ensure that the last half of this chat becomes a part of CC mythology.) Part 2 will happen in the coming months.

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Episode 27 w. Misha Mansoor (Periphery)

October 9, 2017

Misha is the founder and guitarist of Matt's band, Periphery. Together they've toured the world, realized personal dreams, and were even nominated for a Grammy this year. In EP27 they discuss in detail the future of Periphery, including how they'd like to operate as a band in a 2018 world. They also share their most difficult moments as bandmates. This was Jordan and Justin's first time connecting with Misha which added a unique dynamic from the average interview you'd find elsewhere. Misha doesn't "really do podcasts," but he did ours! Find out why!

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