BuzzBender podcast features interviews with movie, TV, and music personalities. Promising to never conduct a press junket style interview, Mitchell keeps these informative conversations on-target.
Chris Miller
Shrek the Third director
Shrek the Third, opening May 18th, is a comedic romp filled with mirth and 3D magic (yes, I wrote that) created by DreamWorks Animation, and directed by Chris Miller. Chris discusses making the second sequel of the great Shrek franchise and the value of creative collaboration.
#5 - May 18, 2007 - 11 min
Kip Winger
Performer and composer
Many will remember Kip Winger for the Platinum selling Miles Away. But this innovative musician, performer, and songwriter proves again he is more than a power balladeer with the release of the new album Karma available on Frontier Records in the US October 27th.
#18 - October 2, 2009 - 9 min
George Lynch
Lynch Mob, Souls of We
Very busy is the best way I can describe rock guitarist George Lynch. Besides just having finished a tour with Souls of We, Lynch Mob returns with the studio album Smoke and Mirrors available on Frontier Records in the US October 13th.
#17 - September 27, 2009 - 6 min
Ade Fenton
Techno DJ and record producer
Call it what you like: Industrial, Techno, or Electronica. Ade Fenton's schedule takes him across the globe performing fierce and unique sets that fuse thunderous beats with layers upon layers of surprising sounds. Ade discusses movie soundtrack work, ongoing projects with Gary Numan, and what it really means to be a professional DJ.
#16 - September 11, 2009 - 17 min
Wally Farkas
Galactic Cowboys guitarist
Galactic Cowboys are back playing three shows for the first time in ten years in Texas from August 13th through the 15th. Guitarist Wally Farkas discusses these upcoming shows, the big sound he gets from his guitar setup, and how truth is more intriguing than fiction when it comes to the Jibbs.
#15 - August 10, 2009 - 15 min
Simon J. Smith
Bee Movie director
How many bees does it take to help land a 747? Approximately 750,000. How many to form a beautiful floral pattern on the ground? About 350,000 as you will see for yourself in Bee Movie opening November 2nd. Simon J. Smith directs this latest creative tour de force from DreamWorks.
#14 - October 31, 2007 - 19 min
Emperor Magus Caligula
Dark Funeral
Sweden's Dark Funeral may be one of the most notorious and highly regarded Death Metal bands, but I found singer Emperor Magus Caligula to be an affable lad while talking with him from the band's New York hotel suite on the eve of their North American tour. Listen to my interview with Caligula as we discuss Dark Funeral’s new DVD Attera Orbis Terrarum available through Regain Records.
#13 - October 12, 2007 - 7 min
Tommy Victor
Tommy Victor leads the charge for truth, justice, and the metal way as Prong returns with the hard-hitting record Power of the Damager available October 2nd. Tommy discusses the art of detachment, power of automatic writing, and how big mojo in the form of negative karma helps him write and perform his brand of metal music.
#12 - October 1, 2007 - 15 min
Paul Nelson
Johnny Winter’s guitarist and manager, part three
In this final part of a three-part #Paul Nelson discusses money: how to earn and keep more of it while perfoming on tour around the world in the above average rock band.
#11 - August 10, 2007 - 16 min
Paul Nelson
Johnny Winter’s guitarist and manager, part two
Paul Nelson discusses how long-term financial and creative success for the above average rock guitarist and manager comes from being a musician onstage and a businessman offstage, and explains the importance of having his cell phone within reaching distance as he performs.
#10 - August 3, 2007 - 10 min
Paul Nelson
Johnny Winter’s guitarist and manager, part one
Fairness, awareness, and business savvy wrapped in a package that delivers the goods to the fans: Paul Nelson discusses quality tour etiquette in action as the Johnny Winter band tours the world including their upcoming appearance at the Crossroads Guitar Festival on July 28th.
#9 - July 27, 2007 - 7 min
Dylan Brown
Ratatouille supervising animator
Dylan Brown is supervising animator of Pixar’s Ratatouille opening in movie theaters June 29th. Dylan discusses the art of making rats come alive on screen, not to mention fish, ants, and happy-go-lucky monsters, and explains how the universe reveals creative promise to those with the time and inclination to look.
#8 - June 29, 2007 - 11 min
Dr. Bethany Marshall
Deal Breakers author, part two
Dr. Bethany Marshall concludes discussing her new book Deal Breakers as she describes handling partners with personality disorders and the upsides and downsides of acting in a committed fashion while accepting growth and change.
#7 - June 8, 2007 - 7 min
Dr. Bethany Marshall
Deal Breakers author, part one
Dr. Bethany Marshall wrote Deal Breakers, an unconventional do-it-yourself manual for the lovelorn looking to fix a broken relation or get out of Dodge. In this part one of a two-part interview, Dr. Marshall describes the personality types of difficult men and strategies for having a quality relationship.
#6 - June 1, 2007 - 8 min
Ade Fenton
Techno DJ and record producer
Ade Fenton is an in-demand DJ with a new album Artificial Perfect available May 7th. Ade discusses his new album, working with Gary Numan, and how his inability to stop helps him create some of the more interesting techno to come down the pike in years.
#4 - April 27, 2007 - 14 min
Jessica Tivens
Exceptional soprano
Jessica Tivens sings with a maturity twice her age in Broadway musicals and operas from Madison Square Garden to Carnegie Hall. Jessica discusses her new album Unlimited, and explains why trying to pigeonhole her artistic versatility is next to impossible.
#3 - April 20, 2007 - 10 min
Bill Plympton
Hair High director and writer
In the fine tradition of drawing pictures of men punching themselves in the face, Bill Plympton discusses his new film Hair High and how he makes the impossible possible with little more than a pencil, a lot of energy, and even more imagination.
#2 - April 13, 2007 - 7 min
Glen Wexler
Secret Life of Cows photographer
Making a cow perform martial arts and leap tall buildings in a single bound is all in a day's work for photographer Glen Wexler. Glen discusses his new book The Secret Life of Cows, and offers proof positive that Americans love cows more than beautiful women.
#1 - April 6, 2007 - 18 min