This week Matt welcomes actor, writer, singer and internet nerd, Lisa Foiles, to the show. Lisa has a brand new fantasy/fiction book called “Ash Ridley and the Phoenix” out right now. Lisa chats with Matt about the origins of her new book, the process of writing it, getting it published, and the difficulties along the way. They also talk about her cat nemesis Kevin, creating on YouTube, returning to song writing, growing up a child actor and finding your focus to grow what you love.
This week, Matt welcomes Mike Rugnetta back to the show. The two talk about Mike’s latest adventure – the Shadowrun podcast “Fun City.” They look back on his days on YouTube and PBS Idea Channel, chat about his love of tabletop gaming, writing music, his other podcast “Reasonably Sound” and the possibility of getting back to making new videos on the internet.
On this week’s pod, Matt welcomes podcasters, creators, and movie nerds Patrick Willems, Jake Torpey, and Matt Torpey to the show. The three hosted the now-retired “We Heart Hartnett” podcast and can currently be heard on “Can’t Get Enough Of Keanu.” They are also the collaborative force behind Patrick’s Youtube channel “Patrick (H) Willems.”
Matt and the gents discuss the origins of “We Heart Hartnett” and, once it was completed, how and why they chose Keanu Reeves as their new subject. They get into the work that keeps Patrick’s channel running, and share some of their collaborative process. Matt also gets the deets on upcoming merch, videos on the horizon, and favorite Keanu movies.
This week, Matt welcomes Dan Colonna: gamer, podcaster, writer, and YouTuber from Brooklyn, NY. The creator of (and writer for) the website/blog NerdPundit, Dan is also behind the YouTube channel Hit Buttons! (a source for Let’s Plays and gaming vlogs). He can also be found on the Dinosaur Machines Game Club Podcast along with his co-hosts Mark Magro and Dave Grima — a podcast described as the equivalent of a book club, but mostly focused on independent video games. With Matt, Dan chats about the origins of his website, YouTube channel, and podcast, and how they each compare as avocations in terms of content production and workflow. They also get into gaming and talk about Nintendo’s 2017 domination and the return of Mega Man with his 11th game. And so, from more on the games they’ve been playing to what they look forward to, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Dan Colonna.
Today, Matt welcomes Kati Delaney and Robare James Pruyn-Bush. Both previous guests on the Crash Chords Podcast, Kati Delaney is an animator and voice-over artist while Robare is a music producer and musician who is a member of many different bands including Rare Spirits, The Waysties, and The Rose West just to name a few. Kati and Robare both hail from Philadelphia, where this interview was recorded on location in their studio. With Matt, Kati chats about her ever-expanding voice-over career working with the YouTube channels TheRichest, TheTrendy, and TheThings. She has also now branched out into recording audio books. Robare talks about producing and recording the Rare Spirits 3-song EP Dram and also about his production style and what it’s like to work with stubborn or difficult musicians. And so, from all things production to voice-over work, to the mutual past shared between them and your host, here’s presenting Matt Storm, Kati, and Robare.
Today, Matt welcomes Karama, a.k.a. Theblerdgurl, a blogger, YouTuber, and internet powerhouse hailing from Brooklyn, New York. With Matt, Karama chats about the origins of Theblerdgurl and how it grew from its humble beginnings as a Tumblr blog to the full-fledged nerd-devoted website it is today. They discuss her childhood and how her upbringing taught her to think differently. They discuss her many experiences at conventions and what it’s like to meet your idols, the culture of social media, and what it’s like to be an outspoken personality. And so from all things comic books, music, and television to her expanding brand, here’s presenting Matt Storm and Theblerdgurl.
Today, Matt welcomes fellow Brooklyn resident, content creator, and internet personality, Mike Rugnetta. You might know Mike as host of the Idea Channel for PBS Digital Studios, or as host of the podcast Reasonably Sound. He’s also a composer (among other things). With Matt, Mike discusses the origins of the Idea Channel, a YouTube series self-described as examining “the connections between pop culture, technology, and art.” He talks about the show’s development, the origin and impact of his uniquely thorough Comment Response videos, and the active community surrounding the series. He also talks about his work with Reasonably Sound, along with his background in theater, music composition, computer science, and critical theory, all of which inform his many projects. Finally, with some inevitable asides on comics, movies, and video games (not to mention a brief hosts’-hat switcheroo), here’s presenting Matt Storm and Mike Rugnetta.