Internationally touring bassist and music director Rob Morgan sits down over drinks with intriguing people to try and learn what it means to live a curious life.

May 30, 2017

Question 7 // Did a Backstreet Boy really get you that tattoo at 2am… in a hotel… in Japan? (feat. Tyler Burkum)

Tyler Burkum (@tylerburkum) is an internationally touring and studio guitarist (Mat Kearney, Leagues, The Cactus Blossoms, Ingrid Michaelson... just to name a few) He’s a brilliant composer/songwriter too… but I didn’t interview him because of all that nonsense. I played with Tyler a few months back and as soon as we got to talking, I knew that I needed to sit down one-on-one over beers and chat. The way this guy approaches life and thinks about things will inspire you to want to be more open to what life has to offer even if you’re not a musician. 

 

In this episode we talk about: -Being cool with not being the right person for every gig -Realizing that being present in the moment is more important than anything else -Tyler’s experience being picked up at 17 to go on a rock tour   -Overseas tattoo stories -The enjoyment of traveling with music and the education of traveling the world. How it changes the way you view life and culture    -Deciding to be someone who says yes -Letting your mind remind your heart to ease it’s insecurities. -the pointlessness of being competitive in music -Producing yourself: The need to accept who you are and who you’re not. The importance of knowing what you’re NOT good at. -What ’success’ means to Tyler -Using social media as a musician -Advice Tyler would give to his past self that may just change your life. (don’t compete with other people)  

Recording Location: Indeed Brewery Tap Room, Minneapolis

Beer: Day Tripper IPA

 

I’m so thankful that I don’t have to deal with sponsors. 

Otherwise, I would have to tell you to visit Guinness’ website HERE  Otherwise, I’d be inclined to tell you that Guinness Draft (with it’s distinctive dark amber body and rich creamy head) is possibly God’s greatest gift to mankind and is the sole reason I’m thankful for being alive after it’s birth in 1759.

I’d also have to recommend that you to hire Narrate Films for your next video/film/music-video/photo booth/wedding photography/any photography needs and to visit their website HERE. 

Whew… so thankful I don’t need to deal with that crap. I’d feel so dirty having to tell you that this episode was sponsored by Bittercube Bitters NO WAY IN HELL am I going to tell you that Bittercube has been featured in Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food, Playboy, Imbibe Magazine, Timeout, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, GO – AirTran Inflight Magazine, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, NPR, and Daily Candy, among other publications.

 

For Links, Guest’s Info And Show Notes Visit: www.thecuriouspod.com

May 23, 2017

Question 6 // What makes someone an “influencer”? (feat. Ian Allison)

Ian Allison (@ianmartinallison) is known to most as a studio and touring bassist for the likes of Eric Hutchinson, Jeremy Messersmith and many many more but to me, he’s a mentor. I first met Ian in 2004, studying my undergrad in music performance in Minneapolis under his bass tutelage. For a few years following, I learned far more than music from Ian and he became one of the most influential people of my adult life thus far. Sit down with Ian in any scenario and the convo is going to end up going deeper than you expected and this was no exception.. Years ago, He actually introduced me to the Minneapolis staple of a breakfast spot known as The Bad Waitress so it felt only fitting that I met up with him on a Tuesday morning for some coffee and conversation.   In this episode we talk about: -What makes someone an Influencer? -Shortchanging your creative voice -the lowdown and proper mindset of approaching music gear and art: “Kurt Cobain and the Fender jaguar guitar” -Why asking someone what gear they used on a session is the wrong question. (and what you should be asking) -Ian’s story about taking a lesson as a teen with Brian Bromberg -The need to embrace your past. (Everyone you think is ’cool’ now, was once a Weird Al fan) -The need to not feel embarrassed about your enthusiasm and being true to yourself -Why, if he could eat sushi professionally, Ian would never touch a bass again (maybe) -Playing what what gets you pumped, in music, but making sure it isn’t coming from a place of boredom and is serving the song -Embracing the right music for the right context // looking past yourself and your own esthetic likes and dislikes. -Ian’s last min ‘dan wilson’ story. “NEVER SAY NO AGAIN!!!” For Links, Guest’s Info And Show Notes Visit: www.thecuriouspod.com

May 16, 2017

Question 5 // What is a ‘Cocktail Consultant’? (feat. Nick Kosevich)

Nick Kosevich (@nickkosevich) is an international 'Cocktail Consultant', a world class bartender and the co-founder of Bittercube Bitters. Even though Bittercube can be found at every bar I’ve been to in the Twin Cities, I took notice when I met a bartender in Louisiana raving about them years ago while on the road with music. I decided to sit down with Nick to find out how his journey took him from wanting to be an actor/stand-up comedian to being a successful entrepreneur and international cocktail judge and to figure out what I can learn from his career in cocktails and apply it to mine in the world of music. 

 

In this episode: -Our good friends Jorge and Janelle Figueroa join Sarah and I at the dining room table for cocktails, wine, beer and end up talking about the importance of 'Staying Curious' as we get older. -I give a call to this week's Guinness Giveaway winner (Clark Strasburg) at the end of the episode -I end up making the best 'Sour' Cocktail of my life thanks to Bittercube's help. 

In my interview with Nick we talk about: - Why Nick prefers not to be called a mixologist - What is a Cocktail Consultant? - Balancing being a good parent and being on the road for work - How is bartending alot like being a musician? - How to stay humble while still having confidence (“bartender bravado”) - The misconceptions of ‘pre-mixed’ cocktails - The awesomeness of the hit tv show 'Cheers' - Not trying to be a ‘Trend Setter’ but focusing on constantly being 'Forward Thinking' - The importance of confidence - How Bittercube Bitters got started - Even though it looks like people are successful overnight... that’s not how it works - Not worring about the competition, follow your own goals, run your own race

May 9, 2017

Question 4 // What Can You Learn From An International Lego Building Champion? (feat. Alex Grahmann)

Alex Grahmann (@agrahmann) is a master story teller, an international Lego® building champion and one of the best public speakers I’ve ever heard. In this episode, we talk about:

-Green Legos® (you never had them) -National/International Lego® competitions (and him crushing the competition)  -Cyber bullying, Jealousy, and battling a scarcity mindset -Finding your self worth -Social media forcing us to try to look like life is effortless for you -How to be a “Dreamer Who Does Things” -Figuring out if you’re a dreamer and realizing that it's ok if you aren't -A test to find out if you are creative even if you think you aren't -How to use lists to maximize creativity to come up with/keep track of new ideas, and just be a better human -Building Star Wars cereal dioramas -Realizing what matters most in life. 

Recording Location: Anelace Coffee, Northeast Minneapolis Drinks: GoldenEye Coffee

For More Info And Show Notes Visit: www.thecuriouspod.com

May 3, 2017

Question 3 // What Aren’t We Talking About? (feat. Steve Goold)

Steve Goold is known to the public as an internationally touring, session drummer for the likes of: Sara Bareilles, Ben Rector, Paul Baloche, Sara Groves, Owl City (before my time with them) Mat Kearney, Joel Hanson, The Honeydogs, Go Fish, The Blenders and the list goes on…. 

To me, Steve is known as a friend of wisdom and depth. I feel like we could start talking about fart densities and somehow he could tie it in to your purpose in life. 

In our conversation we talk about the things that you don’t get to see on social media. The real reason he was in town last month, the death of his father this year, the eventual death of YOUR father someday, why musicians that play together form a bond like no other vocation, and how his project Masss came to be. 

Stick around to the end of the episode and hear Masss’ newest single IN FULL. 

Recording Location: Town Hall Brewery, Minneapolis, MN

Drinks: A flight of Barrel Aged Belgian Beers (one of them, I spilt on my pants during our convo)  

I’m so thankful that I don’t have to deal with sponsors. 

Otherwise, I would have to tell you to visit Guinness’ website HERE and ask you to hire Narrate Films for your next video/film/music-video/wedding photography/any photography needs and to visit their website HERE. Whew… so thankful I don’t need to deal with that crap.  

For More Info Visit: www.thecuriouspod.com

May 3, 2017

Question 2 // Can You Retrain Your Brain? (feat. Joel Bowers)

Joel Bowers is only a couple of years older than me but I view him as a mentor. As a multi instrumentalist, he’s been around the block a few times when it comes to gigging. As a man with dual citizenship and someone who needed to replace his passport twice before college, he’s been around the world a few times. Joel’s seen more out of life than some people could see in two lifetimes and is one of the first people I go to when I need advice. 

In our conversation, we talk about practical tools he’s found to retrain his brain to lean into gratitude and he opens up about the death of his mother just months ago. 

I don’t take conversations and openness like this lightly. This conversation is a gift from Joel to me, to share with you. 

Recording Location: The Freehouse, THE NORTH FREAKIN LOOP, MPLS, MN

Food: Breakfast bowls, 'brew bread’ and coffee 

 

I’m so thankful that I don’t have to deal with sponsors. 

Otherwise, I would have to tell you to visit Guinness’ website HERE and ask you to hire Narrate Films for your next video/film/music-video/wedding photography/any photography needs and to visit their website HERE. Whew… so thankful I don’t need to deal with that crap.  

For More Info Visit: www.thecuriouspod.com

May 3, 2017

Question 1 // How The Hell Did We End Up Here? (feat. DawnL Ojeda)

DawnL Ojeda is more than an amazing vocalist. I knew from the moment I heard a portion of her life's story, while in a green room at a gig no less, that I had to hear ALL of it one on one for myself. It’s a story of a talented young girl surrounded by people who want her to live her life by THEIR ideas of success and how she grows up learning how to use what she’s been given to make other people’s lives better. 

It’s a story of finding yourself, a story of strength, and defining what success means for YOU!

I’m so inspired by DawnL and have a feeling you will be too. 

 

Recording Location: Mancini’s, St. Paul, MN

Drinks: Dirty Martinis

 

I’m so thankful that I don’t have to deal with sponsors. 

Otherwise, I would have to tell you to visit Guinness’ website HERE and ask you to hire Narrate Films for your next video/film/music-video/wedding photography/any photography needs and to visit their website HERE. Whew… so thankful I don’t need to deal with that crap. 

 

For More Info Visit: www.thecuriouspod.com

May 1, 2017

Coming May 2017!

Coming May 2017!