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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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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