Today, Matt welcomes Kara Eliza, a singer/songwriter hailing from New York, NY. Known for making a splash on YouTube with her cover videos of “Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys and “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake, Kara chats with Matt about her upcoming 2018 release and the process of writing for it. She talks about her early days singing and playing instruments, which artists have had the biggest effect on her style and songwriting, and why she chose to do covers for YouTube. And so, from the process of shooting her cover videos to some details on her live album at The Bitter End in NYC, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Kara Eliza.
Today, Matt welcomes Heart Crimson, Anja Keister, and Lefty Lucy for a special episode that focuses on the much anticipated Nerdlesque Festival — the original festival dedicated to nerd and pop culture-related burlesque. Created in 2014, this festival showcases the best in nerdlesque from across the globe, all brought together for one jam-packed weekend in New York City full of shows, classes, parties, panels, and more! Meeting our panel, Lefty Lucy is a burlesque producer/performer based out of New Orleans and is the executive producer of The Nerdlesque Festival; Heart Crimson is a NY-based burlesque performer/producer, alternative model, stage manager, and Associate Producer for The Nerdlesque Festival; and Anja Keister a burlesque producer/performer based out of NY, is also the Sponsorship Manager & Chief Graphic Designer for the Nerdlesque Festival. Your host for this episode, Matt, a.k.a. Stormageddon, is the Official Festival DJ. The event will take place April 27th through 29th at Coney Island USA in Brooklyn. Tickets on sale now!
In this event spotlight, Matt is joined by Anja and Heart Crimson in the studio, with Lefty Lucy Skyping from New Orleans. Together, they chat about the origins of the festival, how each of them (and Matt) got involved, and they discuss the review process for selecting the hosts, featured performers, and headliners. They also chat about Lefty’s practice of offering feedback sessions for those who don’t make it into the festival. And so, from the importance of building supportive communities, to some verbal highlights, here’s presenting Matt Storm and the curators of The Nerdlesque Festival: Heart Crimson, Anja Keister, and Lefty Lucy.
Today, Matt welcomes Faux Pas le Fae & Aurora North, together known as The Brides of Burlesque. Hailing from NYC, the duo’s productions, dance routines, and burlesque performances have taken the cabaret tradition to a new place; queer/trans-inspired burlesque, cirque, and world class modern dance are brought together in provocative art! With the duo, Matt chats about their new monthly variety show at BIZARRE Bushwick (DJ’d by Matt himself). They also chat about how they got their start in performance and burlesque, their background in theater and dance, how they create new performances, and what goes into producing a variety show vs. a burlesque show. And so from their production company (Kinetic Cabaret Productions) to how the duo met, fell in love, and got married, here’s presenting Matt Storm and the Brides of Burlesque.
Beck returns (or did he really ever leave) with his newest album Colors, although the guys had to stop themselves from putting a ‘u’ in there. Unlike previous releases, Beck goes for dance with new pop producer Greg Kurstin, which may have wound up being a strange tribute to the 80’s. But Beck never really cares for labels, does he? …Should he?
Today, Matt welcomes the members of the hard rock band Saint Tragedy via Skype. Hailing from Kenosha, WI, Saint Tragedy formed their unique hard rock sound in 2008. Their line-up features Wayne Wiginton (vocals), Matt Brudniewicz (guitar), Eric Serbedzija (bass), and Jason Scuffham (drums). Their new EP is called Prolonging The Agony and their first single off the record is “No More Religion”. With Matt, the group chats about how and when the band got started, they chat about the songwriting process and their musical roots, what inspires them, and how long they’ve been at their craft. They also discuss Wayne’s passion for writing and how some of his songs were written before the band even formed. And so, from their ‘live show’ experiences to their excitement at hitting the road, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Saint Tragedy.
Today, Matt welcomes Broody Valentino, a Boylesque performer, puppeteer and theatre educator based in the NY/NJ area. Known as the “Teddy Bear With Claws”, Broody chats with Matt about how he got started in burlesque and how he’s always loved theater from a young age. They talk about how going to school for theater has informed his performances and how he tends to lean towards a ‘classic Hollywood’ style. He talks about the first show he saw, how he’s come so far so fast, and about the power he draws from being a confident stage performer. And so, from his unabashed love of birds to the costumes they’ve inspired, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Broody Valentino.
Today, Matt welcomes Collibrina, a model, yoga instructor and singer hailing from Boston, MA. Having first met Matt when she was primarily a singer, Collibrina discusses her shift to nude (and nearly nude) modeling and how she’s continued to grow her presence online. She chats about the ups and downs that go with being a professional naked person on the internet, her vetting process before agreeing to work with photographers, and how the model community comes together to recommend professionals. And so, from her Naked Yoga series, to her ability to make strange things sexy and sexy things bizarre, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Collibrina.
Today Matt welcomes Kate Nyx: songwriter, showgirl, seamstress, and wrestling enthusiast from Philadelphia, PA. Her latest singles “Bet It On the Bootstraps” and “Changeling” can be found on her bandcamp along with her last full-length record Sage & Silver Bullets. With Matt, Kate discusses her love of wrestling, her clothing line Closet Champion and what it’s like to design costumes for wrestlers. They chat about her podcast Bump and Grind, which she co-hosts with her husband, the wrestler Ophidian the Cobra, and they chat about the wrestling-themed burlesque show Tasselmania as well as “GLOB: Gorgeous Ladies of Burlesque.” And so, from her online store to her neighbor’s annoying dog and the struggles of back pain, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Kate Nyx.
Today, Matt welcomes Kita St. Cyr, a burlesque performer, producer, fire spinner, fire eater, renaissance faire performer, and actor hailing from New York City. A two-time guest on the Crash Chords Podcast (Eps. #45 & #129), Kita chats with Matt about some developments in her life including her recent hiatus from and triumphant return to burlesque. They explore her background and training with fire — and how exactly one becomes a fire eater/spinner/dancer. They talk about her new monthly show at The Way Station called The Kita St. Cyr Show; her first summer performing at the Renaissance Fair in Tuxedo, NY; and why she has retired her tiki act. And so, from the importance of self-awareness and growth as a performer to Kita’s love of comic books, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Kita St. Cyr.
Today Matt welcomes Kat Green, a producer and renaissance woman hailing from Brooklyn, NY. The Managing Director and Executive in Charge of Production for Lady Parts Justice League, Kat is also the founder and producer of Spygirl Pictures. With Matt, she talks about LPJL and how she got involved with them, and what it was like to work on “The Justice League we Deserve”, a short film about protecting reproductive rights. She talks about going on tour with them, the importance of getting accurate information about abortion out to the masses, and how the group uses comedy to spread awareness and outreach about abortion. And so, from the subject of art to mass media, to the importance of escapism, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Kat Green.