Episode #022: Brian Wentzloff | Musistic

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The many varied soul Brian Wentzloff came onto the podcast and we traverse several passions. Chiefly, Brian is a partner in Musistic, a simple to use plug-in that works across nearly all digital audio platforms allowing limitless creative audio collaboration. We also discuss crypto-currency, the alluring digital economy, Brian+friends ‘entrepreneur’s outlook’ on their own podcast, LSSR, and what it was like going through the seed hatchery experience in Memphis.


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Episode #021: Phillip Ashley Rix | Chocolatier

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Phillip Ashley Rix came by to talk about his approachable luxuries at Phillip Ashley chocolates as well as his experiences away from and then back to Memphis. You’ll hear about his process on chocolate-smithing, the clues behind some of the shop’s creations, and, crafting the experience for customers. It’s the branded chocolates that capture our imagination and show how Phillip Ashley is at the forefront of a sweet revolution.



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Episode #020: Jason Prater | Farmhouse

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Farmhouse, the rising design powerhouse, sports the creative minds Ben Fant and Jason Prater. Jason came onto the podcast to chat Farmhouse, amazing clients, how to not get to close to your work, the no longer existent Commercial Appeal niche pubs department, and shares his amazing bourbon with the boys. Settle in for a fun time, but don’t forget to head over to their website and check out their fantastic portfolio.


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Episode #019: Heather Pike | Tart

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Heather explains her part in Memphis’ only combo gallery restaurant pastry coffee shop. Heather and Abby of Tart have created a collective space where Memphis lovers can enjoy amazing food and edgy artists. Tart features art that is arresting, contemplative, even at times mildly troubling – but definitely attention getting. We also examine the ideas of working with a partner, changing expectations, and just how Tart maintains it’s adaptability.


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Episode #018: Andrew & Billy | Outtakes 2014

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This week’s episode is laid back. Relaxed. Chill, like your ever freezing extremities. We southerners may not do well in the cold, so let Andrew and Billy serve you up some warm cheer. A retrospective on Creative Memphis in 2014, some 2015 tease, goofy laughs, IndieMemphis retrospective, a spot on David Lynch impression, yelling, singing, whistling, and some truly average beat boxing.

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CMP Book List

Creative Memphis Book list

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Tribes by Seth Godin

Creative Class by Richard Florida

The Rainforest by Victor W. Hwang

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Road to Seeing by Dan Winters

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy

Bit literacy by Mark Hurst

The Wave by Todd Strasser

Killers of the dream by Lillian Smith

Race and rumors of race by Howard Odum

No Logo by Naomi Klein

Making Ideas Happen – by Scott Belsky

The Americanization of Dixie by John Egerton

Hero of a thousand faces by Joseph Campbell

Episode #017: Dana James Mwangi | Cheers Creative

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Dana made the jump from in-house designer to rogue freelance designer for hire and Cheers Creative has been soaring ever since. Dana’s unique approach includes educating the client about design, the process being a team effort between designer and client, and finding the right fit for both client and designer. In this episode we talk shop, praise and shame Adobe, and doing the right work with the right people.

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Episode #016: Ben Smith, chef/owner Tsunami

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A one week introductory class in Asian cuisine was enough to spark an intense interest that would later drive Ben Smith to open his own restaurant in the heart of Cooper-Young. The conversation with Ben ranged from his experience teaching at L’ecole Culinaire, his own learning experience, what it’s like to live and work in Hawaii, and how he came to open a restaurant in Memphis. The people who make your food are not who you think they are.

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Tsunami farmer’s market

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Episode #015: Josh Horton | Creative Works

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With a setup 10 years in the making Josh Horton, home grown designer from Memphis, brought massive talent from across the country to Memphis and dubbed the event Creative Works. Josh came to design through stages of exploration including medical practice, business development, and sound engineering. It was through sound engineering he fueled the possibility for design, left Memphis, learned he could make a living at it, and later came back to champion the celebration of Memphis and the catalyst that is creativity.

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Episode #014: Todd Richardson | Crosstown Arts

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Ground breaking for Crosstown Arts is coming up and Todd Richardson came onto the podcast to discuss. We learn about the past five years of development, future plans, some floor plans, and how it all came together. Surprising to hear just how well things went during planning phases from great reception, to partners with similar plans, and how having art history background worked in Todd’s favor. Crosstown wants you to know that you too can be a part of this historic building, they will be looking for residents to help occupy what looks to be a premier culture center in Memphis.
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