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MTM EP 12 - There's No Straight Line to Your Dreams w/ Romeo Candido

Stories are as old as the human race. Before we had the written word, we had oral traditions. And somehow the story, in all it's forms and delivery methods, has survived through all that time.

Writer, director, musician and producer Romeo Candido has a story worth listening to. As you can tell from his titles, the man has done some serious work over the years. He’s easily smashed the 10,000 hour rule in a number of fields so it goes without saying that he’s been around the block a few times and has some major insight on being a professional creative. 

But, you may ask, doesn't anyone savvy youtube creator wear so many hats these days? Well, yes and no. Romeo breaks down the distinction. He's also breaking the internet, exposing it to wonderful new, typically fringe artists, as Senior Producer at CBC Arts.

Most importantly, Romeo shares the key to connecting with any audience, at any time, in no matter what your discipline. In his words, it's "the one thing that all artists have ownership of, and the one thing that can make them unique"

But I'll let Romeo tell you what that is, along with his amazing story. You'll have to tune in to get all the juicy details...


Romeo Candido is a writer, director,  musician and producer.  Current projects include His CSA nominated web musical Prison Dancer which was staged at the New York Musical Festival will be remounted this fall.  He is the senior producer for CBC Arts : Exhibitionists which is going into its 4th season this fall on CBC.  He is the series director of the half hour comedy Second Jen, season 2 dropping this fall on City TV and OMNI television.  He is a writer for the upcoming Netflix sci-fi series Another Life starring Katee Sackhoff which shoots in the fall of 2018.  And his modern Filipino electronic band DATU released their first album High Blood in 2017 on all music platforms. 



DATU - Bones
Miss Saigon Original Cast, Rachelle Ann Go & Eva Noblezada - The Movie In My Mind (Live) from Miss Saigon
DATU - Gatekeeper
DATU - Overseen
DATU - Suns
Original Cast of Prison Dancer - On The Inside
DATU - World Gone Crazy (feat. HAN HAN)

MTM EP 10 - The Power of The Club w/ BAMBII

As dance music has become increasingly more mainstream, the place of the DJ seems to have shifted from one of tastemaker to placeholder. 

We are now in a time when festival crowds’ attention is held by one dude, pumping a fist in the air to what may or may not be an pre-recorded set of songs. Where promoters are more interested in social media numbers than track selection, and where non-male DJs get added to shows for the sake of fulfilling diversity requirements.

Despite all of that, there are still young DJs like Toronto native BAMBII, who is more concerned with crafting and curating sets that challenge and excite the audience, and who pays homage to the origins of the music she plays. 

BAMBII believes in the power of the club to unite and provide space for those who may not otherwise have a place in society to come together and commune, so maybe it’s not surprising how seriously she takes her craft. 

In this interview we discuss the importance of the kind of well researched and practiced approach Bambii takes and how’s that’s helped her cultivate her sound and following. 

We discuss the optics of gender in club culture and promotion. We talk about DJing vs. Performance and the performance of DJing and how BAMBII uses every opportunity she’s given to improve her craft.

We discuss the sobering realties of night life and the importance of striking up a relationship the social media, whether you like it or not. 

All that and more on the latest Mind to Make.


Music throughout this episode is from BAMBII’s mix Slow Drip, which can be heard on BAMBII's Soundcloud page

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MTM EP 9 - Cracking the Promotion Puzzle w/ Todd Simmons

What do you do if you you’ve got a great project but don’t know how to promote it? My guest this episode, Todd Simmons, aka Rod Skimmins can remember shows he’s been to since the age of 6, so maybe it’s no surprise he’s tapped into the essential keys to curating and promoting successful events.

Among his many events, Todd is currently producing and promoting Big Sound Vancouver; an evening of Motown classics performed live by a 26 PIECE golden era soul orchestra and ton of local very talented vocalists. 

In our interview, we explore Todd’s musical and performative past and pontificate on the early years of hip-hop. We discuss how, on multiple occasions, Todd grew event communities and how those communities sustained not just the parties he threw but himself as well. How playing the long game wins over short term gains and why attitude is just as important as authenticity. 

All that and the most important factor in making a memorable event… but you’ll have to listen to find out what that is. 


4Us - Blue Room Noble Nobel’s So MF Remix

Rock Master Scott & The Dynamic Three - The Roof Is On Fire

nka.Otherstein - SuhSmoove - Black History Month Beattape

Del The Funky Homosapien - The Undisputed Champs ft Q-Tip & Pep Love

Batch Mox - Cone - Noble Nobel Remix

Sync Mode - H.D.I.

nka.Otherstein - OneGee - Black

Big Sound Vancouver feat. Dutch Robinson - Aint Too Proud To Beg

huaeme - THENA


In this time of perfectly branded Instagram accounts, sponsored Facebook live events and heavily curated everything, few artists embody the bravado and brazen attitudes once found to be the hallmark of rock 'n' roll. Though Ali X has chosen not rock but Techno as his central genre, he nevertheless continues to create his music his way, unapologetically coercing his audience to submit to his grimy, funky loops and industrial machine sounds. 

After disbanding his Techo/House super group Azari & III, Ali spent time moving around some of music epicentres to settle in Mexico City, where he has found a new home, new community and new co-conspirator in Ximena. Together Ali X x Ximena are educating Mexico's future generations of electronic musicians about what real Techno music is and why it should be thus. 

In this interview with Ali, we talk about his formative creative pursuits in video terrorism, his experiences with drug addiction and how he now uses that relationship to rekindle his relationship to making his art.

Ali talks about the music scene in Mexico City. The crazy, chaotic atmosphere there and how that chaos translates into a feeling of freedom that feeds his creativity. We discuss the nature of isolation in creation. What it allows for and what it can take away. Ali also talks about the emotional impetus required for him to get into a creative headspace. We talk record labels, PR and having somebody in your corner. 

Finally, we talk about dance music culture now vs. during the early years of techno and rave and about our collective memories of primal and transcendental parties, and why that spirit doesn’t seem to exist so much anymore. 



Music throughout the show are all upcoming releases from Ali X x Xemena.