Doc welcomes legendary bassist of Megadeth, David Ellefson, and they talk about Dave quitting heroin, recognizing great feel in other musicians, the differences between Megadeth and Metallica, being on the forefront of digital recording and the direction of Megadeth in the 90s, getting reinvigorated with new band members on their last album Dystopia, dealing with fame, discovering a new career with Peavey after Megadeth disbanded, how he ended up back in the band, and learning how to appreciate his successful career.
On this NBA only podcast, Doc welcomes guest, Nelson Blake II (DC & Marvel Comics), to discuss the controversy surrounding Anthony Davis' trade request, the hypocrisy around differing criticism of other players as well as franchises, the Lakers poor management, LeBron James' self-defeating micro management, the debate about supporting teams vs individual players, the evolution of NBA players wanting to exercise their personal agency as human beings in relation to their actual free agency as employees, the toxicity of the modern sports media, and close out with speculation about the Knicks prospects in the future.
Doc welcomes this week's guest, guitarist and backing vocalist of Sevendust, Clint Lowery. They talk about why he left Sevendust years ago to start Dark New Day with his brother, the musical background and chemistry with his family, when God Forbid failed to open up for Sevendust back in the 90s and how it inspired Doc, the secret to their longevity and connection with their fans, how his creative energy inspires him to do side projects, the difficulty of dealing with life outside of Sevendust, his stint with Korn, and expounds on his unique songwriting style.
Doc welcomes Mike Montoya, guitarist for Winds of Plague, and producer under the name Morgoth Beatz. They discuss the history of metalcore from it's roots in the 1980s crossover scene to the modern era of where metalcore has gone mainstream and everything in between.
This episode references a YouTube video "What Killed Metalcore?" from The Punk Rock MBA hosted by Finn McKenty. Check out the video and subscribe to Finn's excellent page - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM2sycUcvlU
Doc welcomes former artist manager, A&R, and entrepreneur Paul Conroy and they talk about how he got his start in the music business in Philadelphia, getting hired by Roadrunner Records, his challenges as an A&R, leaving Roadrunner to manage Lamb of God, how insecurity as a manager got the best of him and led to him partnering with Carl Severson at Ferret Records, his philosophy on how passion drives his entrepreneurial spirit, selling Ferret and launching Good Fight Entertainment, burning out and changing his focus to health and wellness, leaving the music industry and moving to the west coast to enter sports entertainment, his current company Plus Foundry, and Paul inquires Doc about his life transitions and recent success.
Doc summarizes the experiences of the previous year of touring, how it has affected him, dealing with depression, and the steps he has taken to get healthy in 2019. Doc also recounts his favorite albums and films of 2018.
Doc welcomes Rob Blasko, bassist for Ozzy Osbourne, owner of Mercenary Artist Management (Black Veil Brides, Black Label Society), and host of the ManageMental and A New Level podcasts, to discuss a recent article issued by Rolling Stone that is very critical of the mainstream rock music in 2018 entitled "Why Mainstream Rock Sucked In 2018".
Doc speaks with Three Days Grace guitarist, Barry Stock, and they talk about how Barry joined the band, what he thinks the secret to their longevity is, what Three Days Grace's songwriting process is like, how his hobby of hunting helps him clear his mind of stress, how the band dealt with changing lead singers, his history as a guitar tech, and how passion for guitar gear has shaped his current touring set up.
Doc welcomes guest, Mat Madiro, drummer of From Ashes To New, and they talk about Mat's start in the music industry working as a drum tech for I See Stars, eventually getting hired to tech for Trivium, getting asked to actually play drums in Trivium, how he dealt with the pressure of playing with such a big band at a young age, recording the album Silence In The Snow, why he ultimately left Trivium, how he joined From Ashes To New, and what the future looks like traversing the industry with a more mainstream sounding band.
Doc welcomes guest, Ben Umanov aka Vince Neilstein, co-founder and content creator for MetalSucks.net. They talk about Doc's early involvement as a writer on MetalSucks, Ben's early years working for Atlantic records, how Matt and he came up with the idea to start the blog, where the confrontational and unapologetic tone of the site comes from, the divisiveness and negativity in the metal scene, the site's evolution to become more outspoken politically and how it's affected the audience, and Doc and Ben debate a bit about politics.
Doc welcomes Black Veil Brides drummer, Christian "CC" Coma, and they talk about his early days playing for Silent Civilian, what went wrong with that band and why he quit, the thought process behind Black Veil Brides' image, how he has dealt with finally achieving success in the music industry, what it was like to work with super-producer Bob Rock, and the future of the band.
Doc welcomes Mike Mowery, podcaster, owner of Outerloop Management and record label, as well as co-owner of Jabberjaw Media, the podcast network that The Ex Man is a part of. They talk about Mike's trip cross-country, his time in Los Angeles, weigh the pros and cons of being too honest in the the podcasting field, how the Jabberjaw Media podcast network came together, the state of the heavy music industry in the streaming age, his recent challenges in dealing with adversity with his business and personal life, and share some internal reflections on how one stays positive through adversity.
This episode features the song "A Grave Mistake" by ICE NINE KILLS from their new album The Silver Scream.
Doc welcomes Breaking Benjamin guitarist and backing vocalist, Keith Wallen, to the show, and they talk about the idiosyncrasies of their long summer tour, Keith's time playing with Adelita's Way, how he joined Breaking Benjamin, grinding it out in the early days with his old band, Copper, dealing with the attention that comes with joining a very big band like Breaking Benjamin, share their love and stories about Metallica, how he has enjoyed the monumental success of their new album and tour, his solo project, and the two weigh in with their Bush and Obama impressions.
Doc welcomes famed hardcore bass player, Mike Couls as his guest and they talk about Mike booking God Forbid's first ever tour in Detroit, how losing his father at a young age led him to find solace in the hardcore scene, dealing with the violent backdrop of Detroit and joining local legends, Cold As Life, breaking out into the bigger metal world with Sworn Enemy, tells some amazing Ozzfest stories, why he left Sworn Enemy to move to NJ and join the much more melodic Agents of Man, becoming a journeyman touring bassist playing with bands like Terror, Merauder, Skarhead, and The Cro-Mags, the two resolve a difficult personal issue from the past, and discuss his controversial nickname, "The Gook".
Doc speaks with Revocation vocalist and lead guitarist, Dave Davidson, about the band he played in previously called Cryptic Warning, the early days coming up in Boston DIY metal scene, the intellectual curiosity that led him to become a student of metal and eventually going to Berklee College of Music, how Revocation secured a record deal with Relapse, the slow but steady progress of the band's success. signing with Metal Blade records, and how he has gone about developing his personal brand as a virtuoso guitarist.
Doc speaks with his bandmate and bassist from Bad Wolves, Kyle Konkiel, about his stint doing his own podcast, Tour Bus Confidential, getting started in the LA metal scene with the band Grimefield, how he got the gig to play bass for In This Moment, the personal difficulty of dealing with getting kicked out of the band and starting over, the ups and downs of joining Scar The Martyr, how and why the band changed their name to Vimic, why he left Vimic to join Bad Wolves, and what it's been like to find crossover success this late in his career.
On the latest episode of The Ex Man Podcast, Doc welcomes Jonny Hawkins, vocalist for the eclectic hard rock band, Nothing More. They talk about his methods for maintaining sanity on long tours, how he got into fitness and how it fuels his performance, the early years of Nothing More when Johnny was the drummer of the band, how they got their record deal with Eleven Seven, his process learning how to become a lead singer, and the creative risks they took on their new record to distinguish themselves from the active rock scene.
This episode features the song "Go To War" by Nothing More from their album The Story We Tell Ourselves.
Doc speaks with Tom Bejgrowicz, also known as Tom B, the guy who originally signed God Forbid to a record deal with Century Media records, about getting started in the music industry with Caroline Distribution and working bands like The Misfits, what he originally saw in God Forbid that made him want to sign the band, his obsessive passion that saw bounce between an A&R career and his life as a graphic designer, helping found the genre and coining the term "New Wave of American Heavy Metal", and his recent work as a graphic design, teacher, and starting Unbuilt Magazine with Randy Blythe and Alex Skolnick.
Doc welcomes guest, Nelson Blake II, Guitarist of NYC-based metalcore band Locked In A Vacancy and professional comic book artist. They talk about Locked In A Vacancy's recent reunion, the old New York hardcore scene, dissect the complexities of modern black culture and the difficulty going against societally forced identity roles, the psychology behind the toxic aspects of Twitter, get into some NY Knicks and basketball talk, how his career as a visual artist progressed and eventually being hired by Marvel to illustrate Luke Cage and Spiderman, and pick apart the fallacy of God given talent and intricacies of creative work.
Doc welcomes guitarist, songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur, Eyal Levi, on the show to talk about growing up around classical music with his father being a conductor, how in music college he stumbled upon creating the music that would become Daath, how their music progressed and why he thinks Daath didn't succeed, how he leveraged the connections he made with the band into becoming a producer, making the Levi/Werstler album, why Daath ultimately became inactive, discuss when and why to quit a project, how the band Eyal and Doc played in together fell apart, how getting involved doing tutorials on CreativeLive inspired him to start URM Academy, and finally achieving success with Nail The Mix.