On this episode of Autographs, Matt chats with the incomparable drag and burlesque badass, Hazel Tart. Hazel talks with Matt about how she got her start in the drag scene, her discovery of burlesque, her love of a variety of nerdy pursuits, as well as what goes into building a performance. They also discuss the great lengths to which Hazel goes in order to craft unique narratives in those performances. Finally, Matt and Hazel dive into Hazel’s hiatus from performing — and why she felt she need to take a step back.
This week Matt welcome burlesque performer and producer, Miss Frankie Eleanor, to the podcast. Miss Frankie shares the story of her start in burlesque and tells Matt what lead to her creating her own show, Butter Pecan Burlesque. They talk about Rabbit Hole Production’s upcoming show, Tasselmania 3, and how Miss Frankie got involved. She also talks about her process for creating acts, how she draws inspiration for creating, and how she’s working to constantly evolve her performances.
Today, Matt welcomes Kris Keyser, a chip tune musician hailing from Brooklyn, NY. With Matt, he discusses his latest album, Reviver, along with his instrument of choice — the classic Gameboy —- and how he makes music on it. They go over his writing process, specifically with regards to his newest records, and chat about his love of games, how that’s influenced his style, and the other genres of music he’s dabbled in. And so, from his upcoming performance in Japan to his love of live performance in general, here’s presenting Kris Keyser.
Today, Matt welcomes Maggie McMuffin, a burlesque performer, producer, clown, kink educator, and sex worker from Seattle, Washington, living in New York City. With Matt, Maggie chats about her start in burlesque and her foray into sex work, which predates her burlesque career. She also chats about her clowning career and what inspired it, not to mention her one-woman show, “Three Raccoons in a Trench Coat.” And so, from her future projects in the Big Apple to her love of nerdy things, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Maggie McMuffin…
Welcome to episode 100 of Crash Chords: Autographs! Thank you for sticking with us these past 4 years. To celebrate how far the show has come, check out our brand new theme music, written, produced and performed — expressly for the show — by two-time previous guest, Mikal kHill, who we thank for his contribution to Autographs, and its next 100 episodes!
Now for the prime event… This episode has been a long time coming, for today we are excited to welcome actor, writer, producer, storyteller, singer, guitarist, and of course the companion and constant supporter of Matt Storm, his wife Sarah Storm. As an actress, Sarah has appeared in familiar household dramas like Law and Order SVU and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. With Matt, she chats about her experience as a recurring character on SVU and what it’s like to be a day player. She also describes how she first discovered her love of acting and how her family has influenced her love of the craft. A member of the 24 Hour Company, Sarah has also facilitated bringing together some of the best young actors, directors, playwrights and producers for an intensive professional experience that culminates in their own production, The 24 Hour Plays — that is, the deeply imaginative, if hastily produced events that premiere within 24 hours of their conception. An accomplished musician, Sarah has performed both as a solo artist, and as part of the irish/rock band The Waysties, a mainstay at Brooklyn watering hole, The Way Station. Hear all about how her early love of singing and how it came about growing up in the Jewish faith and also how her love of performance in general has blossomed throughout the years.
Today, Matt welcomes Lee VaLone, a drag king, producer, and burlesque performer based in NYC. The producer of BEEF SHOW at Bizarre Bushwick and also ‘Jump Shark!’ (a monthly open mic Drag, Burlesque, & Vocals event that fundraises for Planned Parenthood), Lee VaLone is also the current reigning Mr. Coney Island. With Matt, Lee chats about his start in drag and burlesque, and discusses some of his most iconic performances. He also chats about the Beef Squad Drag Collective, which he also runs, and his production on The Yell Club, a drag & karaoke event at Rock Bar NYC. And so from learning and growing in the burlesque & drag scene, to how he met Sasha Velour, here’s presenting Matt Storm and LeeVaLone.
Today, Matt welcomes Matt Karpe, an author, journalist, and podcaster hailing from March, Cambridgeshire in the UK. In light of his newest book, called ‘Nu Metal Resurgence’, a detailed history of the return of the Nu Metal movement, Matt chats about his history as a journalist and what inspired him to write his new book. With Matt he chats about growing up during the heyday of Nu Metal and how the bands of today, who have survived from the time, continue to evolve. They also chat about about his website and podcast, both called “Head for the Barricade”, its section called “The Lowdown”, and they explore the ever-evolving music landscape and how the defined lines between genres are more blurry than ever. And so, from some band bonding to other musical discourse, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Matt Karpe.
Today, Matt welcomes Lex The Lexicon Artist, a Taipei-raised, Oakland-based nerd core rapper. With a debut full-length album out called Raging Ego, and two music videos (for the singles “Glasses” and “Artist Anthem”), Lex discusses her early exposure to rap in Taiwan and who her early influences were. With Matt, they discuss her visit to NYC, what it was like to perform at SXSW 2018, and chat about the connectivity of social media and how it’s helped her reach more people more quickly and directly. And so, from her love of anime to the progress she’s already made on her second album, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Lex The Lexicon Artist.
Today, Matt welcomes magician, DJ, and host Nelson Lugo, a.k.a. DJ LugoTron, a.k.a. DJ Jalopy. A three-time Crash Chords Podcast podcast veteran, Lugo stops in to Autographs to chat with Matt about his continued work, and some updates to his latest one-man show, ‘Cheating Death: Magic, Memoirs & Mortality’. They talk about his relatively recent dive into DJing, how he got started, his partnership with Schaffer the Darklord, and what it’s like to be a performance DJ in a live show environment. They also discuss Lugo’s monthly gig at the Red Room (above KGB Bar in NYC) called Green Fairy, a live Jazz Age party, show, and Absinthe tasting event. And so from Lugo’s monthly open mic & variety show to his love of 90s hip-hop, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Nelson Lugo.
Today, Matt welcomes Kayla Smith, vocalist for the band The Scars Heal in Time, a band consisting of Kayla, her sister Tayler Smith on drums, and Tyler Niccum on guitar. The band’s latest EP Unidentified is recently released, featuring the singles “Grip”, “In Your Flame” and “I’m About to Break.” With Matt, Kayla chats about how long she’s been playing and writing music with her sister and about the band’s origins. They dip into tour life, their influences, and the idea behind making a live performance video for the single “Grip”. And so, from some notes on the album’s cover art to more facts about Kayla and the band, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Kayla Smith.