Bowks Talking Bouts #57: Tanner Boser

7Mar

On this BTB episode, I spoke with Unified MMA Heavyweight champion and top ranked ACB competitor, Tanner "Bulldozer" Boser. 

 

His early days learning Karate in Bonnyville and his initial efforts in MMA,  his win over DJ Linderman and how he's finding traction within ACB (3:34), Traveling to Dubai and finding a Tim Horton's during his travels (6:12), coming out to a stadium full of people with tigers hanging out and flames shooting in various places (13:16), the ending of the combat sports moratorium in Edmonton and who he regularly trains with on the YEG fight scene(14:44), his efforts with the online comedy group Danger Cats (18:57), MMA fans putting out ignorant stuff online disparaging fighters (23:00), our stories dealing with inept landlords (26:45), the dislike we have for "pet parents" and people who use terms like "fur baby" (27:43), the kind of music Tanner likes to listen to/ train to (29:58), why Tanner likes Dragon Ball Z strippers but not DragonBall Z rash guards (31:17), and more!

 

 

Bowks Talking Bouts #56: Rahney

1Mar

I spoke with rising battle rapper and President of Talkback, Rahney aka Rahn "Bones" Jones. The Red Hat OG also took me along on his route to get more hats made. We got into quite a few topics including:

 

Rahney's first exposure to battle rap, his debut against Emotionz where his opponent fell off the rails (2:51), Rahney's writing process (3:49), unique, smaller room battle settings when he took on Human and Reverse Live (4:49), Avocado saying that Rahney's battle with Human is among his favourite battles to have ever shot (6:28), how Lush One got Rahney fired from his job working at a hotel (7:32), appearing on Freestyle Friday for Power 106.7 (10:25), his work in the TV industry (11:41), branching outside of battle rap and how the medium equipts one to transition into multiple creative endeavours (13:30), wanting to battle his arch nemesis Lexx Luthor and wanting to take the BOTZ title from Sam Kolt (16:43), the buzz around his battle with Everybody Knows and his ties to combat sports being so close in proximity to Jackson Wink MMA (19:33), chilling with Jon "Bones" Jones over the years on the Albuquerque club scene (20:57), working towards getting a Canadian visa to compete on KOTD main stages (24:59), marketing yourself in battle rap and optimizing the worth of one's brand (27:04), how fans are often the most overlooked part of the battle rap scene (31:14), and more!

Bowks Talking Bouts #55: Jesse Arnett

21Feb

On this BTB episode, I had on TKO/ Fight Night/ Hard Knocks bantamweight champion (and Hard Knocks 145lb titlist) Jesse Arnett. Myself and Big Cat discussed quite a few things including:

 

Fallout from his in ring promo at the January Dekada card and wanting another pro Boxing bout in September, getting locked up in a major contract soon (1:31), his next fight with TKO and how crucial of a point this is in his career (4:29), goals to comepte in more submission grappling going ahead (6:16), how Jesse is the DDP of MMA and his heavy Pro Wrestling influence (7:18), a recap of his TKO title winning effort (9:44), the team at Dunamis and the key people who help with Jesse's improvements (10:57), being able to perform at his best on big stages in high pressure situations (12:52), his amazing effort against Bedford where Arnett won the Fight Night 135lb title (14:19), wrestling training being more difficult than MMA training (17:31), having moments of greatness as a kid but finding the necessary consistency as an adult competitor (19:54), his appreciation for Gucci Mane (21:33), and more!

Liberty Music: Jay Aston of Gene Loves Jezebel

13Feb

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I had a great talk with Jay Aston of Gene Loves Jezebel. Here are some rough notes for the topics we covered:
 
 
 
 
 
 
-Loves folk tunes.....Lots of older brothers.......60's tunes........Brian Wilson, Neil Young,.....Joni Mitchell......Drawn to a lot of Canadian artists.....Leonard Cohen.....
 
-The journey is to be original and to be authentic
 
-Key record stores and venues.........Spillers Records was a renowned store that was a must to go to......
 
-More articulate with music as the years have gone on. More of an openness to learn things now as compared to when he was younger. Bigger wheelhouse of sonic references to go to.
 
-Wants to make people happy.....It's much more fun
 
-Don't need to know many chords to write songs
 
-A song is quite an easy things to write.......Mechanics of using fingers and certain details like that are focused on at his point in his musical journey 
 
-No rules to music. Don't worry about who's judging you. Tastes change and popping sounds change with time. Be the authentic you........
 
-Solo work quite different from the more fluid chemistry with band mates....
 
-Yamahas kicking around......(prior notes for specific model)....That Yamaha was the first guitar he knowingly purchased thinking "I want this particular instrument".....More of a tool mindset; utility.....Means to an end
 
-12 quid for a guitar...When a guitar just feels right in your hands.......Always learning......Certain ways of changing fretting pressure can make a world of difference.....
 
-99 dollar Epiphone Les Paul......My discounted SG that feels right....
 
-Solo work makes him feel raw and exposed but there's a playful, total lack of pressure feel since it's separate from Gene Loves Jezebel.....
 
-Really affected by atmosphere of the room at a gig......Has broken down in tears at certain performances....
 
-The new album brought the boys back........For a while though, it was jamming a couple times for big shows a year
 
-Songs to benefit the homeless gig Jay played.......Hikes a lot and sees homeless people......New York, Atlanta, LA........
 
-Full homeless families........Ties in to my life with the TWIN I put together on Niagara Region Homelessness.......
 
-Spent winter in London.......worked on record and things went smoothly......It was a gas......
 
-Legal drama with his brother almost resulted in the latest album not being an official Gene Loves Jezebel record.....
 
-Cathartic to do the record after all the negativity and drama with his brother/ former bandmate........
 
-Barry Barlow; Jethro Tull drummer produced last album.......(studio name in prior prep notes).....Remembering the Uncle Haanz studio.....Maybe a Jethro Tull presence in the studio is key to capturing a mint recording.....
 
-Brilliant guy.....Barry gave extra time; was very intense though.....Sometimes would spend month on records but this latest was very bang, bang, bang.........
 
-"Unpopular Songs".........early solo record......Writing process.........
 
-Notebooks in the past but never end up using the stuff....
 
-Guitar in hand or mic in front........Things just come to him......
 
-Big fan of the loop pedal......No perfect.....right or wrong way to put together music.....
 
-Gets others to listen to tracks......Doesn't feel like he's a good judge of his own tracks.....
 
-Pledge Music allowed the new record o happen.....Huge appreciation for fans.....Always sharing pics fans send to them w/ band merch, records, etc......Finds he direct interaction amazing......
 
-Didn't know what Led Zeppelin looked like as a kid.....
 
-Too much focus on a carefully crafted aesthetic based on attire can take away from music.......Aspect of the game to have a particular look that correlates with the sound.....
 
-Got into music for music.......Not for sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll..........

 

Bowks Talking Bouts #54: Antoni Hardonk

13Feb

On this BTB installment, I welcomed on K1 World Grand Prix finalist and UFC veteran Antoni Hardonk. We discussed quite a few topics including:

 

Transitioning from being a black belt martial artists to a white belt coach at Dynamix MMA, opening an MMA gym as a basically bankrupt fighter (7:08), Luke Sanders and other promising professionals training at Dynamix (8:51), the evolution of the sport of mixed martial arts (10:49), fighting three times in one night en route to becoming a finalist in a K1 Grand Prix and an undocumented Vale Tudo tournament he competed in while in Italy (14:56), thoughts on the modern kickboxing scene (19:50), having one of the quickest stoppage wins in UFC Heavyweight history (21:08), fighting Frank Mir in UFC and thoughts on Mir's upcoming bout with Fedor in Bellator's Heavyweight Grand Prix (23:04), using his ever improving grappling skills against Mike Wessel to secure a win in UFC (25:47), digging down deep to get a knockout win over Eddie Sanchez in UFC (28:31), being featured as a playable character in multiple UFC video games (30:56), taking part in a photo shoot with Justin Bieber and training Biebs after the shoot (33:31), going to the BET Awards and chilling with comedian Joey Diaz (35:08), being a fan of Pink Floyd and Buddy Guy as well as training to Dutch House music at Dynamix (36:22), and more!

 

Liberty Music: Lisa Said

23Jan

I spoke with the immensely talented Lisa Said and here are some rough notes of what we discussed......

 

 

-Formative records= early Beatles, Cat Stevens, Paul Simon........more folk in high school.......Elvis Costello and the Attractions from there...........CBGB' punk phase after that.........Velvet Underground, The Who, Neil Young,  
 
-Started wanting to play bass in a band......A buddy eventually helped her with playing chords on guitar
 
-Felt it was late for her to learn but she wanted to learn bass with her free time in Nashville
 
-12 or 13 years ago, the learning process began.....Kept writing songs on the side for years........Recording it and committing it to memory.......didn't sonically fit with her other bands but the songs stuck with her. 
 
-Long hiatus from playing........Didn't see it as a hiatus. Just wasn't thinking she would play live anymore. 
 
-2008 in DC......Last band until the break happened. Six years off......
 
-Then a big life change happened........With a focus on recording now being in sight. Not so keen on the live performance aspect. 
 
-Home recordings were done before but the recent effort was a more professional environment.....Learned the finer aspects of mastering and many other sonic considerations.....
 
-The hectic nature of different schedules can make it difficult to be in a band......Focused on relationships and others during hiatus.........Was super focused on music prior to that
 
-Art rock, garage rock, and a metal group.......Sister Ex was the metal band......Rocking the curlier hair back in the day.......
 
-Key relationship with Don as producer......Taken care of, relaxed.......
 
-Didn't know the process as much..........Working with Don allowed Lisa to learn about the recording process as things go along.......DIY-esque
 
-Collabing with others.........Sometimes others can steamroll you with their ideas and heir agenda. In certain groups, persistent peers can control the narrative fiercely 
 
-Estranged......Two years recording "No Turn Left Behind"........Estranged had songs from early last year and were cut in November.......Two month recording process 
 
-Hesitance of Egyptian elements in her music......Tested it with relatives who liked it. Rhythms distinctly used Egyptian folk.......
 
-Keeping in touch with records she loved but also seeking out new artists for inspiration.......
 
-Small venues, house parties, and open mics have been so inspirational......The honesty of intimate shows is powerful.......
 
-Recently met her live guitarist Darien at a recent house party......
 
-Getting back to bass and cut some lines on her last EP.....Left handed bass player......Wasn't as a confident going in to this recording based on respect for the instrument....Hadn't been playing or going through as many bass scales as much......Lot of respect or bass but was worried about a potential lack of dexterity.......
 
-Wants to create music that makes people roller skate dance..........Sometimes though there's that juxtaposition with the lyrics and the bounciness of the instrumentals underneath........
 
-Not a big rig person........Dates back to lugging around gear in her bass days......Has guitar rigs she likes though......People will give her info on what sounds good......Aspires to have less equipment......
 
-In boxing exercise class......One reason she went to boxing classes is because they play better music there......Other workout classes play remixes of super repetitive tracks.............
 
-Lisa's observations that I'm a combat sports lover based on my bio.......
 

Bowks Talking Bouts #52: Frak

21Jan

I spoke with battle rapper and hip hop artist, Frak on this episode. We chopped it up about quite a few topics........

 

We talked about his early days as a 14 year old in his first rap group, rapping on a Kanye West forum back in the day with Kevin Abstract of Brockhampton (2:17), how Frak initially got into battle rap through Tourettes Without Regrets as well as the benefits of concurrently being a freestyle and written battler (3:48), the concept of Bar Pong and how it's the Reading Rainbow of battle rap (6:34), Frak's new album "Limewire '03" and how it all came together (8:38), Talkback controversy with the Jordan Holloway profile and if a Yung Republicans match up will materialize with Frak (12:08), getting love from guys like Kendrick and E-40 (13:53), the back story to performing with Earth, Wind, and Fire (16:41)......

 

Frak asked me about whether I tripped out Dunsh or The Saurus when I interviewed them (18:00), getting awkward questions from family and friends about what battle rap is (18:37), being a teacher who freestyles with students as his day job (19:48), battles that fell out and who he wants to battle in 2018 (24:07), participating overseas in Spin the Mic and traveled over with Caustic (27:26), trying to monetize his efforts as an artist via merchandising, crowd funding, etc (30:32), who the sex god's ultimate "shoot your shot" woman would be (32:46), and more!

Bowks Talking Bouts #51: Henry Corrales

18Jan

I spoke w/ KOTC champion and Bellator fighter Henry Corrales before his Bellator 192 fight about quite a few things.......

 

How he pulled a mystic mac and predicted this fight with Georgi to his trainer, Henry gets shouted out by some excited Bellator 192 fans in the streets, Henry shows love to the recovering Daniel Straus, taking things to the next level with his training at The MMA Lab, getting to fight again at The Forum almost exactly a year after his first bout there, totalling his vehicle and a sponsor coming through to help him out with that, coming out to another Jedi Mind Tricks song that puts him in a kill or be killed mindset, hanging out with JackAss' Wee Man on Instagram, and more! 

Bowks Talking Bouts #50: Georgi Karakhanyan

18Jan

I had WSOF champion and Bellator veteran Georgi Karakhanyan on the show to cover a number of topics including........

 

Where a win over Henry Corrales puts him in the title picture, potentially avenging some losses in 2018, being happier with how Bellator is positioning him this time out, getting advice from Nate Diaz prior to this fight, people trying to bum free tickets off of him, it being odd that announcer Jimmy Smith is gone from Bellator now, Georgi's predictions for the two main fights at Bellator 192, and more!

 

"I will repeat that again, the judges in California suck. So fuck them all" -Georgi Karakhanyan

Bowks Talking Bouts #49: Reverse Live

11Jan

I caught up with hip hop artist and battle rapper, Reverse Live. We covered quite a few topics on this episode........

 

Early musical influences that got him keen on hip hop, Reverse's recent efforts recording music with Goldshards (4:28), recent battle endeavors with a focus on the Rahney, Dego Diavolo, Dunsh battles (7:38), BOTZ and I-Battle being Reverse's favourite places to battle nowadays (11:28), the mindset of battling your idols [Copywrite and The Saurus] (16:30)........

 

How he came up with the pomegranates line for The Saurus (19:35), DragonBall Z references and Reverse's desire to wish Shenron for beef jerky if he ever collected the dragonballs (22:55), working on a graphic novel and the process of turning Reverse Live into a comic book character (24:21), the punk group Reverse used to be in; Zombie Pool Party (26:42), his upcoming BOTZ battle with Grey Fox (27:30), Reverse continuing his streak of clowning on Robo (29:56), and more!

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