Episode 59 – The Art of Cool 2016 (w/ @faruhdey)

“Cool?” “Cool.”

This has been the busiest weekend I’ve had in a very long time.

A few months ago, I heard about this festival called The Art of Cool out in Durham, NC. It had a lot of amazing acts attached to it, and since it was only about a six hour drive from here in Atlanta, I decided that I’d try and make time to attend. Then, some amazing women (shout out to Asiah and Sierra, even though neither of you could make it) had an even better idea: why not try and apply for press credentials?

In my mind, that’s a crazy idea. No way will that work. Why would a guy like me, someone with a small-time music podcast with a barebones website, ever get to have access to talk to artists like Anderson .Paak face to face? And yet, despite my pessimism, I was definitely accepted in the group for passes! So I took off a day from work, linked up with my high school friend Chris Russ (aka @faruhdey), and got into one of the greatest weekend experiences of my life. Listen to all of our stories, including casually running into Maségo and finding out he’s from the 757, re-encountering All Cows Eat Grass from the Hiatus Kaiyote concert, hearing Terrace Martin and Rapsody speak on To Pimp a Butterfly, and SO much more. (It’s a long episode, we barely had time to actually talk about new music!)

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