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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Episode 26 w. John Minadakis (Jimmy’s Famous Seafood)

October 2, 2017

(If you're into pro wrestling, this will be the defining episode for you.) John and his brothers took over their dad's restaurant business as kids. It took about a decade to figure it out for themselves, but John has now helped grow Jimmy's Famous Seafood into a truly international brand. What struck us most was his character. He has a warrior spirit when it comes to business, but a big heart when it comes to people. He does right by his team and his community. Listen to find out how pro wrestling has been a blueprint of his success. And to top it off...he's an actual pro wrestler too! Download or tap! (jimmysfamousmeals.com, use our code CHOCOLATE at checkout for 10% off!)

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Episode 25

September 24, 2017

Life is messy. We've experienced some of the best and worst of life this week. We dig into this and our experience of "control." Matt shares about the new drum clinics he began this week, Jordan announces the new dream job he began, and Justin inspires a social experiment for our Facebook group. We also discuss music education and communication philosophies, and how the expression of ourselves in these ways offers a reflection of who we truly are. Much love for your attention this week.

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Episode 24 w. Finn McKenty (URM Academy & The Punk Rock MBA)

September 17, 2017

When we think of marketing in a 2017 world, Finn is one of the first that comes to mind. He's been instrumental in some of Matt's most successful projects and shares his wisdom for over 2 hours with us. He shares his experiences contributing to many well known companies and reveals how the hardcore kids make shit happen at Abercrombie & Fitch. We go deep into mental health which not enough of us do in this culture. We ask if higher education still matters and question our own personal responsibility in our lives. This just scratches the surface of Episode 24. (There's also a dog...we think it's Tyson, but we're waiting for confirmation). Finn is the man...find out why. (finnmckenty.com)

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Episode 23 w. Chef Neill Howell (The Corner Pantry)

September 10, 2017

Chef Neill moved from London to NYC when the opportunity presented itself to advance his career. (Talk about jumping off the deep end.) There he met his wife and they moved to Baltimore to open up their own food business. (Talk about hitting the jackpot.) Neill spent a couple hours with us at the CCCompound to share his story and wisdom. He took us through the process of starting a business including, hiring the team, creating the menu, and networking with farmers. Neill also shared how giving up drinking changed his life and his strategies for dealing with anxiety. Dude has also competed as a martial artist and explains how this has helped him become a better chef and entrepreneur. Plus...he's another guest with a cool accent. Enjoy! (corner-pantry.com)

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Episode 22

September 3, 2017

It's been awhile, man, and we were itching to go back to our original format for a week. This is the deepest dive we've gone into music so far as we discuss our approaches to composition and share what we've been listening to most this year. Other highlights include, Jordan sharing the most valuable lesson he learned from Benny Greb in 2015, Matt sharing his story of moving back home from LA and figuring out how to raise capital to launch Bandhappy, and how Justin built a thriving vintage bass guitar business that allowed him to travel the world. We also mentioned Counting Crows no less than three times and talk about Dog Court. Slides off the tongue like no butter, man.

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Episode 21 w. Benny Greb (Drummer. Educator. Legend)

August 27, 2017

Truth be told...this made us very happy. Benny joined us from his home in Germany for a two hour chat spanning his formative years as a musician all the way to his new record, "Grebfruit 2." He is best descibed as "world class." A true professional, an all-time musician, and a really kind dude. Benny's depth of knowledge, experience, and wisdom runs deep...and he literally goes in depth throughout this episode. He shares his approach to effective teaching, the ways he copes with anxiety and sadness, his creative process, and so much more. He also answers a bunch of questions from you guys in the CC Facebook group. Seriously guys...this shit is really good! (bennygreb.de)

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Episode 20 w. Daniel Barreda (Army Veteran)

August 20, 2017

This was one emotional episode by one amazing gentleman. Daniel joined us in the CCCompound to share his incredible story. He had a unique childhood, served over a year in Iraq, lost use of his left arm in a motorcycle accident, developed an opiate addiction in his physical therapy which led to heroin use, and gained significant weight in drug rehab...but now is healthy and in school to become a Registered Dietician. Dude is inspirational as fuck and articulate to boot. He could be "all time" as a motivational figure if he wants, and it's our honor to offer our platform to Daniel to share his story for the first time!

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