Chicagoverse 170 - Daniel Kisslinger x Damon Williams (AirGo Radio)

Chicago broadcasters Daniel Kisslinger and Damon Williams of radio show and podcast AirGo visit Dynasty Podcasts to delve into all things broadcast, podcast, and Chicago music.

The radio and podcasts hosts speak on their respective broadcast backgrounds, with Williams offering insight into his political activism work, as well. The duo reveal how the AirGo project first came together, with the pair wanting to create a community driven conversation showcasing Chicago talent, which brought them to WHPK 88.5 FM, University of Chicago's college station. Williams and Kisslinger also shed light on the production process in publishing an episode a week, and speak on the strategy they've utilized in achieving longevity.


Chicagoverse 169 - MFn Melo

Rising rapper MFn Melo makes his debut on Dynasty Podcasts to discuss his new MeloDramatics project. The artist reflects on the multi-year journey to write, record, and release the record, revealing that the album went through multiple drafts before arriving as a final and finished statement.

Melo also speaks on the origins of Pivot Gang, revisiting the early days of himself, Saba, and Joseph Chilliams as The Rally. The artist talks on the friendly level of competition within the Pivot Gang, and recalls how the group's first post on Fake Shore Drive marked a turning point in Pivot's journey. Finally, Melo discusses the upcoming John Walt Day concert event on Saturday, November 25th at the House Of Blues, where the Pivot family will remember the late John Walt.


Chicagoverse 168 - Corbin Reiff

Chicago-based music writer Corbin Reiff returns to Dynasty Podcasts, following speaking on last year's Breaking Into Professional Music Journalism panel.

Reiff delves into his newly released book, Lighters in the Sky: The All-Time Greatest Concerts 1960-2016, which chronicles the most legendary live performances ever. The writer reveals how he conducted research and gathered firsthand accounts about legendary concerts going back decades, including getting to connect with none other than The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen. Reiff and host Jaime Black also bond over their love of Kanye West and Nine Inch Nails, geeking about the live theatricality of the former, and marveling at the transformation of the latter over the last three decades. Finally, Reiff revisits the concert event that turned him onto live music, and reveals the one concert he'd attend if he had one time machine opportunity.


Chicagoverse 167 - Greg Buissereth x Justin Cuttington (SocialWorks)

Greg Buissereth and Justin Cuttington of SocialWorks make their Dynasty Podcasts debut, to delve into the story behind the youth empowerment charity.

The duo speak on the spirit of altruism and the personal challenges that led to the creation of SocialWorks and a desire to pursue selfless endeavors. Cunningham and Buissereth also reveal how the passing of Brother Mike Hawkins led to the launch of OpenMike youth poetry series, and share how Chance The Rapper helped take the project to the next level, legitimizing SocialWorks as a charity organization early on.


Chicagoverse 166 - Jason Valcarcel x Herson Escobar (PVTSTCK)

Jason Valcarcel and Herson Escobar of PVTSTCK make their Dynasty Podcasts debut, speaking about the planning and vision that went into the creation of the recording studio and record label business in Chicago.

The duo speak about the importance of community within the PVTSTCK organization, as well as their goal to help legitimize and establish artists and industry in Chicago. Escobar and Valcarcel also discuss long term plans to open their own space in a neighborhood like Pilsen, to support and empower Chicago youth, providing insight on how the music business works.

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Chicagoverse 165 - Chris Lindsey x Evan Brown (Ear 2 Ground)

In an interview recorded at Virgin Hotels in Chicago, Evan Brown and Chris Lindsey of tech and content site Ear 2 Ground make their Dynasty Podcasts debut.

The duo share the little known news that not only is Ear 2 Ground a content and editorial/features site, it’s also a tech company, creating APIs and software for artists like Chance The Rapper and more. Brown and Lindsey speak on showcasing editorial videos showcasing Chicago talent, while working on tech services for artists in the background. The pair reveal how they plan to roll out the tech features for artists in the future, and discuss the challenges that come with creating customized campaigns to meet an artist’s needs.

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Chicagoverse 164 - Michael Salisbury

Chicago photographer Michael Salisbury visits Dynasty Podcasts to discuss his visual craft, in an interview recorded at Virgin Hotels.

The Chicago photographer shares how he sees Instagram adapting as a platform, and how those changes affect its core base. Salisbury also touches on shooting with corporate clients at Leo Burnett, reveals how and when his work turned a corner in finding an audience, and speaks on shooting Chicago artists for longform features with These Days.


Chicagoverse 163 - Mel Safford (Chicago Ideas Week)

In the midst of preparing and promoting the festival, Chicago Ideas Week booking director Mel Safford visits Dynasty Podcasts to speak about this year’s CIW.

Safford looks back at her beginning in the creative industries, to her role as a booking producer at Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios. Safford also shares what she loves about her role booking thought leaders as speakers at Chicago Ideas Week, and affirms why it’s important for the festival to remain affordable and accessible to a creative audience. Finally, Safford speaks on the high profile speakers lineup at this year’s edition of the festival, from Kim Kardashian to hometown heroes Joe Freshgoods and Elise Swopes, to acclaimed actor and screenwriter and Chicago native Lena Waithe.