Chicagoverse 157 - Elton Aura

Chicago artist Elton Aura visits Dynasty Podcasts at Virgin Hotels.

Aura recalls how he drew his earliest musical inspiration from The Temptations’ 1998 television miniseries, and details how he developed his skills as both a rapper and a singer. The artist also delves into his various musical projects, including The Art Of Cool and MDMC, and reflects on his recent involvement with Young Chicago Authors.


Chicagoverse 156 - Nico Sirridge

Chicago photographer Nico Sirridge makes his Dynasty Podcasts debut, in an interview recorded at Virgin Hotels.

Sirridge speaks about his start as a photographer as Instagram was blowing up, and shares how he developed a distinct visual style in order to compete and stand out amongst a crowded talent pool. The visual artist also recalls how he was able to shoot a private Chance The Rapper show, and reveals his ambitions for going on tour with a live concert and lifestyle photographer.


Chicagoverse 155 - Manwolves

Jamie McNear and Eli Cohen of rising Chicago band Manwolves visit Dynasty Podcasts in an interview recorded at Virgin Hotels.

The duo look back on their time recording music in high school, and discuss their decision to focus first and foremost on music after their senion year. The pair also discuss performing at notable Chicago venues like Reggie’s and SubT, and reflect on the learning process of being in a rising band. Finally, McNear and Cohen discuss the influence of defunct Chicago act Kids These Days, and tease new music on the horizon.


Chicagoverse 154 - Jeremy Scheuch x John Saint-Jon (The Riot Feast)

In anticipation of this year’s Riot Fest in Chicago, Riot Fest creative director Jeremy Scheuch and restaurateur John Saint-Jon (Saved By The Max) visit Dynasty Podcasts to discuss the new Riot Fest-themed pop up diner, The Riot Feast!

The pair delve into the restaurant’s sudden concepting and accelerated activation timetable, with Scheuch speaking to the Riot Fest components, and Saint-Jon delving into the logistics of launching a new theme restaurant on minimal notice.

Scheuch also speaks on the growth of Riot Fest since its earliest days, and the role the festival’s staff play in maintaining relationships with artists, managers, booking agents, and more.


Chicagoverse 153 - Rise Against

The day before the release of their eighth studio album, Wolves, Tim McIlrath and Joe Principe of Rise Against return to Dynasty Podcasts!

Recorded in a hotel room at Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, the Chicago natives
Take some time for reflection, before kicking off a summer tour with Deftones a day later. McIlrath and Principe look back at their process during the band’s Fat Wreck Chords era, and compare their writing and recording approach then to the present day model. The pair also speak on whether it’s fair to label Wolves as a straightforward response to the presidency of Donald Trump, and reveal the fan interactions that left a lasting impression over the course of Rise Against’s history.


Chicagoverse 151 - Josh Terry

Following his appearance as a speaker at the Breaking Into Professional Music Journalism panel in 2016, Chicago music writer Josh Terry returns to Dynasty Podcasts for an interview recorded at Virgin Hotels.

Terry reflects on his initial entries into professional journalism, including time with the A.V. Club in Chicago and Consequence of Sound. Terry also delves into his Chicago music focused work at the Red Eye, and speaks on the connectivity in the Chicago scene. The writer also talks about his current experiences as a freelance writer, and offers his advice for music journalists starting now.


Chicagoverse 150 - Matt Muse

Chicago musician, poet, and educator Matt Muse makes his Dynasty Podcasts debut in an interview recorded at Virgin Hotels.

Muse looks back on growing up in a household filled with music, with his mother in the choir and his father a house music producer. Adding to his adolescent inspiration was his father gifting him a drum machine in middle school.

Muse speaks on connecting with Young Chicago Authors in 2015, and shares his experiences as an instructor at YCA in the present day. The artist also sheds light on the concept of his recent mixtape, The SiKK Tape, which is set in a dystopian Chicago apocalypse.