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Dispatch

Co-created in 2013 by Joshua Wentz and Nicholas Young, Dispatch touches almost every aspect of the modern artist’s career. Wentz, a label-owner and musician, brings a unique perspective from Chicago’s underground.

Episodes

#119: Coast to Coast

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This week on Dispatch, Joshua and Nicholas are joined by Shane and Katrina, members of west-coast folk band, The July , and their producer, Dustin Jensen. Shane, Katrina, and Dustin stop by to discuss the band’s new record (due out on November 1…

#118: Unnecessary Rules

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This week on Dispatch, Joshua and Nicholas highlight how unnecessary boundaries, often erected by well-meaning-but generally-misinformed individuals can deter new, passionate artists from pursuing a specific, chosen path. That’s a mouth full, we know…

#117: The Company Line

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For the one-hundred-and-seventeenth time, Joshua and Nicholas are behind the mic. After a short one-week break, they’re ready to ignite your imagination with possibilities and new information. If you’re new, welcome. For the seasoned listener, though…

#116: Behind the Scenes

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This week, your hosts offer a look behind the scenes of our first event, Chick Habit Live! Recorded before a live audience at Quenchers Saloon here in Chicago, and organized by our own Ashly Dalene , Chick Habit Live was designed to showcase some…

#115: Chief Executive Geek

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This week, Joshua and Nicholas are hanging in the studio with Redeye Columnist and Chicago’s Chief Geek, Elliott Serrano . Elliott is the driving force behind the Geek To Me blog, a writer for the Grumpy Cat and Army of Darkness comic series. He’s…

#114: First vs. Different

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It’s the age old battle waged by every artist and business on the planet: is it better to be first to market, or can you succeed by simply improving on what came before? Does innovation for it’s own sake benefit our customers, the planet, and our…

#113: Pedaling Across America

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Have you dreamt of taking a cross-country bicycle trip? If so, listen up. In this episode of Dispatch, our new friend Kellie Wyatt recaps her journey; one that began in Chicago, Illinois and ended in Astoria, Oregon. Obviously, a trip like this can…

#112: Six Tracks / Six Stories

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It’s Labor Day. In our home country of the United States, most everyone is relaxing, and telling stories around the bar-b-que grill. Meanwhile, Joshua and Nicholas convened in the studio to share six of our favorite tracks, accompanied by stories of…

#111: Never Stop Learning

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Meet our new friend Subi Shah . A mechanical engineer by day, she’s into 3D printing, and building items with her hands. Recently, she took on the challenge of teaching herself how to code, a respectable pursuit, and one that caught our attention…

#110: Willful Ignorance

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With the sum of human knowledge at our fingertips, why does ignorance continue to perpetuate itself? We ask not as academics, but as pragmatists: when answers are merely a click away, why do some individuals choose to be unlearned? I’m sure we’ve all…

#109: Brogramming: Decompiled

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Some say that the world of software development, where you create for a living, should be the ultimate meritocracy. If you’re skilled, you will excel and rise to the top. Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. White, male, “brogrammer” culture reigns…

#108: Play the Game

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Why are some projects, artforms, or mediums supposedly born to die? In this hour-long conversation, Joshua and Nicholas go over the various considerations that you should account for when releasing work as a physical artifact. The concerns, as you…

#107: Inside Vagabond School

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This week on Dispatch, we venture outside the comfortable world of our studio to visit with Michael and Becca McCracken, founders of Vagabond School of the Arts . Chicago is a city full of beautiful art, not the least of which is our thriving…

#106: What Bias?

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A majority of the world’s citizenry views media bias as a specter to be feared. We all know the game: talking heads on television spin, distort, and omit items from true accounts until there is little of the original story left. But what if we could…

#105: Love Your Ears

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If you want to hear for a lifetime, take care of your ears. Unfortunately, many among us (musicians and audio engineers included) don’t quite understand what this takes. After this program, though, it will all become clear. The key is this: our ears…

#104: Life Behind the Microphone

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For the past two years, Joshua and Nicholas have lived, with few exceptions, behind the microphone. One-hundred-and-four episodes later, they bring you this retrospective episode, examining 52-hours of interviews, conversations, and more. This is the…

#103: Wasted Pages

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It’s time to talk writing. This hour on Dispatch, Joshua and Nicholas are joined by Collin and Ben, founders and instigators of the Wasted Pages Writers’ Workshop . Each week at the Chicago Publishers’ Resource Center , they help fellow authors…

#102: The Old is New Again

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Eventually, old technologies will be altered and presented as new work. It’s inevitable. But sometimes, these reintroduced platforms breathe new life into the mediums that birthed them. Today on Dispatch, a roundup of ideas that are arguably outdated…

#101: Rules of Engagement

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Before signing your rights away, it’s best to understand the rules. Before penning a controversial article, you should check your cultural sensibilities. Today on Dispatch, we round up the most important news, beginning with Apple Music and end on…

#100: One Zero Zero

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A landmark. When you move from double to triple digits — for creative project — it’s a reason for celebration. This, friends, is episode one hundred of Dispatch, featuring an all-new theme and audio branding, but us, Joshua and Nicholas, remain…

#99: The Hazards of Gambling

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What risks are acceptable? Opening a business and pursuing your own destiny is certainly fraught with danger, but how do you divide risks that are worth taking from the ones you should avoid? For one, it’s difficult to skirt the law where matters of…

#98: Responsible Self-Promotion

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If you’ve emailed a journalist asking for a favor, thought of promoting your own work instead of hiring outside help, or are making anything (of any sort) that will eventually require promotion, listen up. This episode is for you. It’s difficult to…

#97: Exceeding Expectations

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Whether you’re hosting an event, releasing an album, or publishing content on your website, you are the host. And any time you welcome someone into your world, the guests’ experiences matter. Today on Dispatch, lessons learned from years of event…

#96: Overtime

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If every night is a late one, and you dread the morning — you are overcommitted. When you’ve given every piece of yourself out to friends, family, and co-workers, there is only tiny scraps of time left over. But you stay the course, aiming to…

#95: For Your Ears Only

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Some people believe ideas are currency, and if that’s true, should your ideas be protected? Today, we discuss the common action of having interested partners sign an NDA, or non-disclosure agreement, and how these binding legal documents can help…

#94: Brick and Mortar

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Electronic commerce revolutionized what it means to make and sell handcrafted wares. However, we can’t overlook the wonderful, physical stores that help artisans as well. In this episode of Dispatch, we discuss the role that brick and mortar stores…

#93: Digital Footprints

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Now, more than ever, every one of us leaves footprints. Not just in the sand, grass, or dirt — but on platforms everywhere. Twitter, Facebook, Wordpress.com, and a plethora of other social platforms contain messages outlining our excesses…

#92: Art is for Everyone

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It doesn’t matter what your race is, what religion you belong to, or whether you’re male or female — art is for everyone. We strongly believe that anyone can create stunning works of art, and that nobody should be criticized for wanting to do so…

#91: On the Air

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As seasoned radio makers, it isn’t often we get into deep conversations about how (and why) we create the programming you experience each week. But today, we had a unique opportunity to do just that. In this hour, we’re joined by our new friend…

#90: Aiwa Is Alive

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Do you remember the iconic consumer audio brand, Aiwa? Most 90’s kids recall lusting over the next great boombox with big speakers and modern industrial styling. Often, these big beat blasters were manufactured by Aiwa . In 2002, after Aiwa was…

#89: The Outsiders

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Whether you know it or not, there is a name for artists to were untrained, and had only a few ways to satisfy their urge to create. Outsider Art is a movement born in European mental hospitals, but the shockwaves from this creative institution…

#88: Preparing for Battle

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How do you grow as an artist? Can you adopt a regimen of tasks that help you stretch outside of your comfort zone? In this hour, we examine how we have grown, and suggest ideas that will help expand your range of talents well outside their current…

#87: Know Who You Are

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Any creative, regardless of the medium they’re in, should understand the value of their talent and how to effectively market themselves. In a world where artists must juggle multiple disciplines, it’s important that they have a grasp of rudimentary…

#86: Join The Club

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Returning guest Molly Marshall is an insatiably curious artist, digital marketer, and event organizer. The last time she joined us was Episode 1 , where we debated the merits of limiting your work to a single creative discipline. Today she is back…

#85: The Pitch

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Life as a design professional can be difficult. Balancing your free time with work, setting expectations for clients, and delivering consistent results are all part of the game. A game that our guest Margot Harrington has mastered. She joins us today…

#84: Shout It Out

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Bryan Bull is a publicist focusing on independent music, and the many projects that revolve around it. Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, he’s well-connected in the Nashville scene and has sent many artists to The Machine, including Jars of Clay…

#83: It Takes Two

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Sometimes it pays to have a partner. They become your best friend, sounding board, and critical voice of reason when the work just isn’t right. But you must choose carefully: this person will see you, and the work created together, at it’s worst…

#82: Talk Like a Human

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We get it. Everybody needs exposure: whether you’re the smallest independent printmaker vying for attention in your city or a headlining band on an international tour, influencers are often your friends. But there is only a handful of correct ways to…

#81: Driven to Create

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Few artists that we know are prolific when compared to our friend Kriss Stress . They first came onto our radar as the instigator behind Notes and Bolts , but if we tell Kriss’ whole story, it’s much more than that. Today, you’ll often find them…

#80: Choose Wisely

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Whether you work for yourself, small businesses, or corporations, you will eventually be invited to collaborate on a project with other creators. For most, it’s a joy — the exhilirating process of seeing your own work, combined in myriad ways with…

#79: On Stage

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The world of theatre is a complex one, and as a working actor, you’re faced with challenges on many fronts. Outside of stepping onstage to portray a complex persona in a believable manner, there are business, career, and financial concerns — much…

#78: Design: Uncensored

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As artists, why do we create? For some, it’s to educate: to present an alternative version of the world where all is right. Others create satire that illustrates the problems present in modern society, while being humorous. Yet another group is…

#77: A Fresh Start

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From now, you have 364 more days to create something awesome, so pay careful attention to the passing of each one. And if you must resolve to do anything, make it to live out a better version of your current self. Your hosts are back from the holiday…

#76: Breakfast of Champions

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As a kid, you probably heard the old saying “you are what you eat.” With little modification, this phrase rings true especially for artists: “you create like you eat.” Fast food, freezer dinners, and takeout can be staples of the creative life, but…

#75: Work/Life

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All too often, we’re driven by our work. And when unexpected life events creep in and disrupt our otherwise organized workflow, it can rattle the best of us. In this episode, we explore what happens when those worlds collide, and how to reassemble…

#74: On The Road

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You may not know it, but neither our founder, Nicholas, nor the hosts make any money from their shows on The Machine. We have run “sponsorships” for our friends to help publicize their work, but in the end, it’s all pro-bono. In fact, it costs us a…

#73: A Very Artful Thanksgiving

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If you celebrate, this week is a time for friends, family, and thankfulness. Here at Dispatch, your hosts are grateful for many things, including your continued listenership and support. In this hour, we come to you from Show of Hands Chicago 201…

#72: It's Pronounced "Jetsah"

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In a world of artistic miscreants, one man stands above them all. Where punk supplanted rock ‘n’ roll for the true rebels, he rose beyond the noise, riding on the tide of Chicago’s growing independent music scene. Many years later, we find him…

#71: Create, Explore, Curate

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Every fall, your hosts look forward to attending (and broadcasting from) the midwest’s premier shopping event for fans of handmade merchandise, Show of Hands . It’s a wonderful two-day sprint of purchasing gifts for family and yourself, from some of…

#70: Cosmetically Sound

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You may not know it, but many mass-market cosmetics have chemicals that aren’t always safe for your skin or the environment. There isn’t a governing body controlling how these products are made, and according to our guest, almost anyone can bottle…

#69: Winter Hibernation

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Like the weather, creative work and inspiration often comes in seasons. Winter is especially brutal to your hosts (in chilly Chicago), so we adjusted our schedules to take advantage of this cold and quiet time of year. Have you? In this episode…

#68: Vacation Days

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Before Nicholas goes on vacation, your hosts are meeting in the studio so you don’t go without a program. And since it’s on our minds, we discuss how to avoid burning out before you need to rest. Don’t overexercise your creative muscles. Learn to…

#67: It's All Your Fault

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Ah, the internet. It’s both the single most powerful tool of our generation, and the most loathsome. It spawned a new generation of entrepreneurs, hungry for cash and fame; and has accelerated human progress all at the same time. On today’s broadcast…

#66: When to Quit

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When do you quit? That’s the topic of today’s discussion. As children, we were taught to never quit, especially when pursuing a course of action laid out by our parents. But is quitting always bad? What if you quit that job with the abusive boss, or…

#65: Get in the Game

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In today’s world, most people only subsist. They live daily without control over their life, career, or finances. And yet, they’re afraid of the tool that could revolutionize their existence. I’m talking, once again, about business. If you’re living…

#64: Voodoo Boogaloo

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Life on the road is difficult: Sam McAllister of the indie-rock act Project Film once offered the advice that touring would either make or break your band. While it’s not something to be taken lightly, it’s also an important step for any band…

#63: So Sweet, It's Spicy

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If 2013 was the year for founding podcast networks, Patrick O’Rourke was ahead of the curve. Two years ago, he founded the (now) popular network, Peaches and Hot Sauce . Together with his team of producers, he’s responsible for some of Chicago’s…

#62: The Real World

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It’s rare to chat with an artist who has just embarked on their career. This week on Dispatch, we get a glimpse into the life of Emily Ember. Nicholas encountered Emily while working at the Chicago Fringe Festival this past weekend. She was…

#61: Beyond the Atmosphere

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Brad Eshbach loves space. Yes, I’m referring to the dark, airless, void that seems to swallow all. But more specifically, he admires the proud few explorers who routinely visit and run experiments for the good of all mankind. In fact, Brad is so in…

#60: Tribes

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Every artist has their fans, even if they don’t know about them. In this disconnected world, artists must recognize their audience and tend it, just like marketing professionals have done for years. If you doubt, consider this: the patron model…

#59: Dolce Casa Cafe

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Like ours, most communities will embrace a new eatery. And yet, so many new ventures, but especially restaurants, fail. Not a day passes where your hosts walk down the street and notice bare storefronts that once housed thriving businesses. In a…

#58: Don't Get Comfortable

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Neither of your hosts are comfortable, and nor should they be. Comfort, as we know, is the enemy of progress. Only those who are willing to sacrifice it will achieve greatness in the creative arts. This week on Dispatch, we present a round-up of…

#57: Welcome to Dave's Lounge

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Most podcasts fade after several years. It’s no wonder: behind the scenes of every broadcast, be it on terrestrial radio, satellite, or online, artists work long hours to deliver your favorite media fix. Some burn out, and discontinue their shows…

#56: Getting Paid

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“Hey, you owe me money. Pay me the money,” quips Joshua Wentz. It’s a common phrase known to anyone in business. Whether you run a firm of your own, or work in the accounts receivable department somewhere else, it’s important that you reclaim any…

#55: By Measure

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What is your sacred space? Where do you create? Our guest, Billie Howard, has spent the last few years interviewing artists and photographing their studios or apartments. It’s not about their influences, which many shows dive into, but rather the…

#54: Transit App

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In a world where we all tap incessantly at our smartphones, what makes a truly useful application? Sam Vermette , CEO and co-founder of Transit App knows. In this episode of Dispatch, he shares how Transit became one of the dominant players in a…

#53: Life Without Potato Salad

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It started with Potato Salad. This now-infamous project grew from humble beginnings, only seeking to raise $10. But online jokesters soon began contributing, and as of this writing, the project has raised more than $40,000. Spurred on by it’s success…

#52: One Year Later...

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For the past year, Dispatch has been a place where creatives can unwind, share, and learn. Our listeners (that’s you!), hear fellow artists share the deepest frustrations, but also tips for success. Guests experience a breed of unfiltered honesty…

#51: Know Your Rights

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Copyright is confusing, I think we can all agree on that. Whether you’re an artist seeking to protect your work, or a business who needs to license protected work, your rights may be clearly defined by the law, but they certainly aren’t well…

#50: Rich Myers

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In the past, protecting your work meant limiting it’s exposure. Licenses stood in the way, between what users could, or could not do. But in the internet age, if a creator wants to retain strict control, do these principals still hold true? Today on…

#49: Your Community, Your Environment

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What can you and your neighbors do to decrease your ecological footprint? Conserve water? Check. Use your local recycling center? Check, again. But outside of these well known techniques, exists a world of possibilities that few but the most eco…

#48: Mixdown

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Nicholas is sitting in the hot seat; a space normally occupied by our guest, while your hosts fire questions at them. In this episode, though, the tables turn and Joshua ends up interviewing his co-host about an upcoming product, Mixdown . As…

#47: Mind What You Say

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This week on Dispatch, a news-roundup loaded with off-base comments from popular artists and tech entrepreneurs. This begged us to ask, when your opinion matters, what should (or shouldn’t) you be allowed to say? How can creatives speak…

#46: Exhibitions and You

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There’s a time to show off your work, and a time to stay quiet. But once you decide to exhibit your wares, that’s far from the last decision you’ll need to make. Joshua has returned to Chicago, after a weeklong sojourn to NYC for the National…

#45: Big Moves

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Big Moves. When you’re planning your next live show. When you’re recording your next, revolutionary album. When you’re ready for something other than the ordinary, bust out the big guns and step into the spotlight. It’s your time to evolve, to push…

#44: The Artist's Gift

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Why do we create? For some, art is an act of personal fulfillment. To others, it’s a catalyst for social change. But as creators, do we owe anything to our society? Does society owe us for our contributions to culture? Today on Dispatch, Joshua and…

#43: Let's Be Positive

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In this episode, Nicholas and Joshua explore a few items that you should check out. Often, we become so caught up in producing media (be it on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or broadcasts such as this one) that we forget about the myriad of wonderful…

#42: Juggling Bands

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Join one band, and your might fill artistically fulfilled. Start a second, and your free time begins to wane. Add in other exciting musical projects, and you become like our guest, Dale Price. Dale is well-known fixture in the Chicago music scene, as…

#41: Hops, Barley, and Business

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Chicago’s craft brewing scene has a rich and deep heritage. Over the last few years, we’ve seen many new breweries pop up: Two Brothers, Arcade, Begyle, and Dry Hop brewing have all grown up in the midwest’s fertile soil. And yet, all of the…

#40: How We Work

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Looking at well-known artists, the scope and amount of their work is often staggering. How do they manage it all? What is the secret to staying creative and doing work you love? While there isn’t a skeleton key to unlock your hidden potential, we can…

#39: Athletic Tapes

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Cassettes are back, baby! Following on the tails of vinyl, this once beleagured format has returned and spawned a new generation of audio fanatics. As popularity surges again, many labels are opting to produce tapes over more-expensive compact discs…

#38: Real. Soaps

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Modern life is dirty, and no matter what you do, humans make messes. The grit and grime of a major household remodel, sweeping the streets, or simply cleaning up your apartment prior to moving out, are all unique cleaning chores. Unfortunately, we…

#37: The Neutral Sound

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Cincinnati natives The Neutral Sound recently embarked on their first tour, spreading acoustic indie-soul across the midwest. During their Chicago stop, they visited with Joshua and Nicholas in The Machine studio. This episode provides a rare…

#36: Craftbelly

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Four years ago is a long time, especially for creatives. With each year, we evolve: picking up new tricks that help us move forward. Four years ago, Lizzie Greco’s now-thriving business was merely a dream. Fast forward to today, where her beautiful…

#35: Joel Corelitz

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Have you ever considered creating sounds for videogames, ad campaigns, or theatre? Today’s guest, Joel Corelitz , has scored all of these and more. He’s the founder of Waveplant Studios , a bespoke audio curation outfit on the outskirts of Chicago…

#34: Literature Goes Live

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Is literature only what you read in a book? Think again. Today, Joshua and Nicholas are joined by Carly Oishi , co-creator of Solo in the Second City , a live lit sensation covering the dating adventures of two Chicago writers. In this hour, we…

#33: Krista Seidl

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Today on Dispatch, a clear example of how to achieve that elusive work/life balance. Our guest is Krista Seidl , founder of Krista Seidl Design Company, and the creator behind many wonderful pieces of branding (including the Original Machine logo…

#32: Finding Equilibrium

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It’s not often that our guests bring physical product into the studio. Most of our friends create intellectual property, but few are as ambitious with physical product. Today, we break the mold with Phalkun Phoeng and Morris Jamlang, founders of…

#31: Find Your Place

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Look around. The world is brimming with talented, creative artists. It can be daunting to enter the workforce with little more than talent — and even the most resilient artists can become discouraged, searching for their place in the madness…

#30: Notes and Bolts

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Every band has a story. It deserves to be told and documented, as any piece of important history should be. Kriss Stress is Chicago’s foremost documentarian, focusing on the growing independent music scene. Their blog, record label, and podcast all…

#29: Scaling Out

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Most of our programs focus on a single artist or entrepreneur, working for a company of one. Our guest today manages a much larger endeavor. John Rood, founder of Next Step Test Preparation , while based in Chicago, manages an internationally…

#28: Fro Knows Photo

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This week, it’s a high octane discussion with Jared Polin, known widely online at “The Fro.” He’s the enterprising photographer behind Fro Knows Photo , a website, podcast, and YouTube channel full of informative, approachable curricula that helps…

#27: On The Fringe

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Outside the world of traditional stage performances exists a world of experimental theater, where raw emotion reigns supreme. Venture outside of established genres, and you’ll find funny, offbeat, and sometimes mildly offensive presentations from…

#26: Our Future Selves

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What resolutions have you adopted for 2014? Most creatives seek to streamline their workflow, build a more profitable business, or take a vacation. All of those examples are nice goals, but yours may be slightly different. Everyone yearns to be…

#25: Legacy Frameworks

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Being city dwellers, both of your hosts routinely use bicycles, as an alternate mode of transportation. Cars are bulky, expensive to maintain, and outright frustrating at times. Cities, like Chicago, are adding bicycle-only lanes, to make traveling…

#24: 40 Years Strong

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Bobby Horton is the world’s authority on period music from the American Civil War. In 1970, he co-founded the musical comedy group, Three On a String, and to this day, their popularity remains. You’ll hear his work on film scores for The National…

#23: Live from Show of Hands: Part 2

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Once again, the Dispatch team comes to you from Show of Hands, Chicago’s premier independent design fair, with a host of interviews. We talk to the shoppers, vendors, and organizers of the event, without all of whom, the show wouldn’t have been…

#22: Live from Show of Hands: Part 1

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A few weeks ago, we teased the Chicago design event, Show of Hands during our interview with curator Emily Martin . Today, Joshua, Susan, and Nicholas broadcast live from the show floor. Together, they interview vendors and shoppers alike…

#21: Folk That

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“About six or seven years ago I quit smoking, and needed to pick up a hobby,” explains Craig Knutson. “I began taking guitar classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music. I had great instructors, and met some great people. I couldn’t put the…

#20: Show of Hands

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Design is an artform: a perfect marriage of beauty, readability, and for Emily Martin, proprietor of Orange Beautiful , happiness. Walk into her store, and you’ll see a sign: “good design makes people happy.” And it does: a well-crafted logo…

#19: The Chicago Neighborhoods

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Steve Shanabruch is a designer. He lives in the imperfect world, constantly wishing that it was more beautiful. That fonts on every sign were expertly kerned, and each color scheme was carefully considered. Alas, the world as we know it isn’t…

#18: Winterbureau

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Today, we step squarely into the intersection of business and art. How you profit from countless hours spent on your creations is an important topic for all creators, though few have mastered the balance of art and income so well as our guest. In…

#17: Kickstarting Max Temkin

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“At this point, Kickstarter is probably the most important thing that’s happened in my life,” says Max Temkin . You may not know his name, but you certainly know his work. Max is a major creative force behind Cards Against Humanity , and Humans…

#16: City States

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It’s 2013, and musicians carry more weight today than ever before. Musicianship, production, and distribution are often the concern of an individual (or a small cadre of bandmates), rather than a corporation. For some, this represents power to choose…

#15: Bees and Bicycles

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Insects, two-wheeled transportation methods, and business savvy are our core topics on this episode of Dispatch. Joshua and Nicholas are joined in-studio by Jana Kinsman , a prominent Chicago graphic artist, and founder of the revolutionary…

#14: Bait and Switch

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We’ve all attended live performances, bought albums, then returned home to pop them in the CD player. Sometimes, we’re disappointed by what we hear. In today’s episode, Joshua and Nicholas grapple with this experience, ultimately posing the question…

#13: From Tumblr to Paper

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The world moves fast, and even the most culturally savvy individual can find themselves wondering if something is cool or not. Coolness Graphed , a new book from Knock Knock , helps you navigate the world of what’s cool, through a series of helpful…

#12: Arts and Agriculture

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Failure. To creatives, it’s probably the single scariest thing of their career, but it doesn’t define your work, unless you let it. This week, we take on the big F-word, in art, life, and agribusiness. Our guest is Karen Warner, CEO, CFO, and Chief…

#11: Networking Now

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Last week, we discussed the creative drive of an artist, and the burning desire to create something from nothing. That inclination is powerful, and continues to fuel the work of innovators worldwide, but what is the next step? Once your product…

#10: Grab the Iron Glory

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This week, we offer a blueprint for success. Here’s a preview: it isn’t easy, but anyone can make a living with work they love. It requires hard work, drive, and diligent tending to your personal time management regimen. Our guest, Ovetta Sampson, is…

#9: Cultural Crossroads

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Art is a known cultural intersection. One genre influences another, performers share techniques, stories, and tips for success. We know this, and as music critics, typically champion genre-spanning collaborations. That said, what happens when you…

#8: From The Ground Up

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Let’s be honest: the internet, and e-commerce specifically, is a boom for most creators. However, without careful planning and clear execution, the online shopping experience can quickly become impersonal. Virtual storefronts will never line our…

#7: Lessons From Our Past

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All creators will fail sometime during their career. If you haven’t yet, wait. The test of a successful artist is how they continue after a shortcoming. Did their inner turmoil and frustration destroy their work, or were they able to bounce back to…

#6: Tandem Shop Records

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Our guest this week is Megan Frestedt, co-founder of Tandem Shop Records , a independent label from Chicago. While other labels place comfortable bets on mildly successful acts, Tandem Shop focuses almost exclusively on unheard talent, and works…

#5: Great Expectations

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Your second work, as an artist, is arguably the most important. If your first is successful, the public’s expectations are already set for a spectacular performance again. How do you, as an artist, deal with the public pressure of expectation? In…

#4: Life and Design

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In this episode, we speak with Elisha-Rio Apilado , a Chicago based designer who recently accepted a full time job, and how Her previous career as a freelancer, factored into the decision. Much of her work focuses on blending design and philanthropy…

#3: Multi-Disciplinism

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Today we explore multi-disciplinism with Randi Russo , who paints, sketches, and also performs music. She has shared the stage with Crosby, Stills and Nash , Regina Spektor , and other notable performers. Her art was also recently spotlighted by…

#2: Thoughts on Promotion

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Your album is a musical portfolio, and some artists prefer to release it into the world carefully. Others simply drop it, and depend on a tightly-knit fan-base to discover and spread the word. In this episode of Dispatch, Joshua outlines three major…

#1: Sounds on Specialization

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As professional creatives, is it better to focus on a single area of work, or to generalize and serve a broader clientele? That’s the topic of our conversation on this episode of Dispatch. Welcome to Dispatch, an innovative talk show about issues…