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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Episode 19 w. Andrew & Hanna Cohen (CoCo Hospitality)

August 13, 2017

Ever wondered what it's like to be responsible for the comfort of Paul McCartney or Beyonce? Of course you have...but Andrew & Hanna Cohen actually do this for a living. Joining us in the CCCompound, the business operators/married couple share with us their inspiring story of building a thriving music-centric business and personal relationship. There were false starts and roadblocks with each, but the learned mindset they share is perhaps the most valuable thing we can all take away from EP19. These two are so impressive that Matt actually verbalized the term #relationshipgoals. This is real life, and the Cohen's are the real fucking deal! cocohospitality.com

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Episode 18 w. Mark Holcomb (Periphery)

August 6, 2017

If you're hardcore about Periphery like Justin, you know this will be quality. If you're still learning like Jordan, you'll discover the greatness that is Mark Holcomb. In EP18, we dig into his relationship with his brother (and former CC guest) Jeff, including the time Mark accidently locked him in a suitcase. He shares about the time he wrote an email to Matt in an attempt to squash some issues. Mark and Matt discuss what this was like and how it helped deepen their friendship. Mark also shares how he respects different aspects of himself both on and off tour. Mark is equally deep as he is lighthearted. A truly well rounded gent that we are all fortunate to have as our guest this week.

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Episode 17 w. Jimi Haha (Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, Mend The Hollow)

July 30, 2017

Jimi Haha is someone we've looked up to as a musician and entrepreneur. Joining us in the CCCompound, Jimi talks about his early hustle of starting his own record label and creating distribution. His mix of creativity, sales skills, community building, and fearlessness led to two major label record releases (which we still love). We dig into that journey and then his transition to the many creative projects he contributes to now. In addition to his bands (including a new record as Mend The Hollow), Jimi is a magazine publisher and gallery artist. He's also a devoted father and husband with a lifetime of wisdom and charisma that he kindly shares with us on this episode. www.jimihaha.com

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