Nathaniel Hawkins aka DeeJay Panic - Always learning

Monica digs into the world of DJing and break dancing with DJ and b-boy Nathaniel Hawkins, aka DeeJay Panic. They talk about how he got into playing music, how he gave it up when he found breaking and how that led him to wanting to be a DJ. They talk about diggin’ in the crates for samples, hip hop culture and community, analog vs digital, and he shares his advice for anyone interested in DJing. They also discuss making good musical decisions, the importance of being able to read a room, creative outlets when you find yourself limited, and how important it is to keep learning.

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Mario Yniguez - Energy and opportunity

In this episode, Monica has a fantastic and energetic conversation with musician and creator Mario Yniguez, where they talk about everything from questions that surface during an existential crisis to creativity, being original, and the power of teaching music. Mario is a vocalist, guitarist, conductor, director, voice teacher, arranger, songwriter and a member of the band Harrison Fjord. He shares his story of how he got started in music, his most influential teacher, and what keeps him going. They deep dive into the history of barbershop music, singing, taking risks, energy and opportunity, what happens when you lose a battle with a belt sander and a behind-the-scenes reflection on his recent trip to Bulgaria.

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It's never too late

In this episode Monica digs into some of the struggles and rewards of learning to play music as an adult and reiterate that it’s truly, never too late. She offers insights and solutions to help adults navigate struggles in the areas of Time and Energy, Motivation, Ability to Learn, and Physical struggles.

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The joy of playing music as a hobby

In this episode Monica sits down with three Brave musicians from Phoenix, AZ who all have followed their own path when it comes to keeping music in their life as they pursue other goals. Guests include baritone saxophonist, Brian Lapham who works in costume design, Mandy Snowden who is an attorney and plays classical bassoon and flute, and Adam Snowden is elementary and middle school music teacher who enjoys playing many different instruments and types of music as his profession and as a hobbyist.

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Colin O'Donohoe - Satisfying musical curiosity and the Pangean Orchestra

In this episode, Monica sits down with Colin O’Donohoe to discuss his Brave beginnings with music, his dad’s influence on his early music development, how curiosity and wonder keeps him going, and some of the challenges he’s faced along the way. He also shares the process of finding musicians from around the world to form the Pangean Orchestra and Colin’s current fundraising campaign.

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Brave Beginnings: Falling in love with music

One of the most special things that musicians of all skill levels (pros and hobbyists alike) have in common is that we all a story of how we fell in love with music - whether it’s the first time picking up an instrument, or returning to it after years. In the first episode of season 2, Marina and Monica talk about their Brave Beginnings.

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Patreon Announcement

Thank you for listening to the Brave Musician podcast and making the first season a big success! We are working hard to bring you season two with stories from incredible people around the world. 

In the meantime we want to invite you to join our community of Brave Musicians and supporters over at Patreon (Patreon.com/bravemusician).

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Being Brave: Reflections on the first season

In this episode, Monica reflects on the process of this season’s podcast. She shares what she learned, what she is grateful for, some of the struggles she encountered, and the people who helped along the way.

Huge thanks to everyone who helped make the first season a success!!

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Being Brave: Discovering your story - part 2

In this two-part episode, Monica and Marina explore the idea of story, including the purpose of stories, what we can use them to express or share, and why we often struggle with telling our stories, especially as musicians? They explore their own individual stories - Monica as a professional musician and Marina as a hobbyist, the writing process and experience they created when working on bios for Brave Musician and provide a framework and process for listeners to discover and share their own stories.

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Being Brave: Discovering your story - part 1

In this two-part episode, Monica and Marina explore the idea of story, including the purpose of stories, what we can use them to express or share, and why we often struggle with telling our stories, especially as musicians? They explore their own individual stories - Monica as a professional musician and Marina as a hobbyist, the writing process and experience they created when working on bios for Brave Musician and provide a framework and process for listeners to discover and share their own stories.

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Jeff Antoniuk - growth, process, and sharing

In this episode, Monica sits down with saxophonist and entrepreneur Jeff Antoniuk to discuss growth, process, and sharing. He shares how his 17-year old self made the fateful decision to take a year to get “jazz out of his system” instead of heading straight to school to be a physicist, how he uses that feeling you get when around really great players as inspiration and overcomes shutting down, the importance of playing other instruments like drums and bass, Brave business moves and how he grew his business from a couple of students to the booming business focusing on adult students, the story behind his Jazz Process series and how he started making videos using simply his iPhone and duct tape, and his current Diggin’ Deeper series.

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Chuck Curry - Go discover new stuff

In this episode, Monica sits down with trumpet and vocal entertainer, Chuck Curry to discuss his journey from music educator to guest entertainer on cruise ships, how he learned to sing, getting out of his comfort zone and highlighting some brave moments from throughout his career. He shares what it’s like living in Thailand, his latest album project and his traveling all around the globe. As a bonus he shared how he met and played with jazz guitarist, George Benson.

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On being ready

In this episode, Monica discusses being ready and what do we really mean when we say “I’ll do it when I’m ready.” She explores the concepts of being enough, dealing with other people’s reactions, and perfectionism. She offers some concrete ways to do Brave things, even when you don’t feel ready to do them and discusses preparation, managing expectations, possible creativity scars, and finding your “process people”.

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Stan Smith - Honesty, respect, and trust

In this episode, Monica sits down with her dear friend, mentor and band mate, Stan Smith (guitarist, composer, and educator from Columbus, OH) and discusses nurturing the soul, different kinds of fears, the composition process and the vulnerability of composing and sharing those compositions, and how he teaches his students to be Brave. He shares “H.U.R.T”: an acronym for his requirements for any relationship (self, music, in life, etc) and explains how hurt is inevitable, but with honesty, respect and trust it’s worth the hurt. The conversation is candid, heartwarming and will leave you completely inspired!

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Rahsaan Barber - Music is an emotional thing

In this episode, Monica sits down with saxophonist and composer Rahsaan Barber to discuss musical identity, accepting that music is an emotional thing, and how he racked up brave moments in a special behind-the-scenes look at his headline performance at the 2019 Jazz Education Network Conference in January.

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Being Brave vs being fearless

In this episode, Monica digs into what it means to Be Brave vs Fearless and shares where the Brave Musician name came from. She also gives some thoughts on ways to explore your fears, and work on Being Brave in your life.

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Holly Pyle - Consistent compassion and navigating life as a musician

In this episode, Monica and Marina sit down with vocalist Holly Pyle (House of Stairs) about her journey to making music full time and what it means to be a musician, including the “sneaky” learning process, the spectrum of creativity, accepting emotions like anxiety, curiosity, resistance, and sensitivity, different categories of pursuing music, and how music can be a lot like dating.

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What does in mean to be Brave?

Welcome to the Brave Musician podcast!

In our intro episode, we kick off Season 1 by sharing the story of how Brave Musician was created. We discuss what being Brave has meant to us, and how we continue to take small but powerful steps as individuals, as musicians, and as community leaders.

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