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Off the Record with Nick and Trey

Off the Record with Nick and Trey

By Nick Wichman & Trey Tatum

Nick Wichman and Trey Tatum rap about music production, creativity, and the digital age.

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IG: @nickwichman
YT: youtube.com/nickwichman
SITE: www.nickwichman.com

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IG: @treyhtatum
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Nick went to the NASA ICESat-2 satellite launch

Off the Record with Nick and TreySep 21, 2018

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Finding Potential in All of It

Finding Potential in All of It

Nick is tasked with creating a video on the topic of recycling, but the idea of sustainability reaches much deeper than trash. Creativity is a tool to tap into the unrealized potential in everything, and boldness is the key to inspiring change.

Reach out to us on Twitter!

@nickwichman
@trey_tatum 

Jul 30, 201901:11:26
Ambassadors for the Ancients

Ambassadors for the Ancients

Nick shares his account of the Aspen Food and Wine Classic, where good vibes struck a chord that resonated with a bigger question: Why are the masters of their craft so fearless? 

Jul 02, 201948:54
Virtual Worlds
Jun 18, 201901:55:26
The Frontier of Self Discovery
Dec 21, 201801:23:42
Dongles for Days: The trouble with hardware
Dec 14, 201801:07:03
Creating worlds with guest artist Bryan Brunt
Dec 07, 201801:15:02
Living an abundant creative life. When does gear, samples, and plugins actually hurt your process?

Living an abundant creative life. When does gear, samples, and plugins actually hurt your process?

Welcome back! This week we continued some of our conversation about abundance (spurred originally by Thanksgiving), and we talk about that fine line we, as creators, walk when trying to make music. We all know that slippery slope when you want more gear, or new sample packs, or shiny new plugins that might help you make your music. At some point you transition from having the tools you need to basically managing an insane collection of tools, of which you'll never be able to fully utilize. How much is TOO much? At what point does the gear actually HURT your creative process? More options doesn't always mean better creation.

Nov 30, 201801:00:55
Don't get stuck focusing on trying to catch the wave.

Don't get stuck focusing on trying to catch the wave.

As the holiday season is cruising toward us, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all of the mayhem of shopping season is here. Nick talks about the mayhem of brand marketing and advertising during that season, and we connect that to the wave of efforts that creatives and musicians put into their own attempts at successful releases. Don't get enamored by the small waves of pop culture hits. Focus on the bigger picture and stick to your focus and passionate expression. Persistence and consistency will always win over the 'flash-in-the-pan' wins.
Nov 23, 201801:12:33
Would you die for a total stranger?
Nov 16, 201801:08:18
Trey has an existential crisis

Trey has an existential crisis

Nick is living it up in Mexico and Trey is tasked with recording Episode 12 alone. A rambling exploration of chaos, meaning, and influence from the mess that is Trey's brain.
Nov 10, 201847:20
Balding, Beautification, and Building Songs

Balding, Beautification, and Building Songs

This week, we hit the alliterative jackpot. We chat about the new fancy future-toupees, the social pressures of staying beautiful, and our processes to put down song ideas, and subsequently transform them into full concepts, and mixed albums.

We're soon going to be sharing our mega preset pack for Sylenth1, and showing the synths that shape our tracks. Stay tuned!
Nov 02, 201801:06:24
Authenticity of your B(r)and, Cover songs, and independent music platforms

Authenticity of your B(r)and, Cover songs, and independent music platforms

Episode 10! We've made it this far, and we're stoked to keep going with you. This week we chat about Music platforms like Bandcamp and ReverbNation and their purpose in the independent music scene. We also chat about cover songs and what their value is for independent musicians. Finally, we hit on the bigger concept of being authentic in your music, or your brand, and how EASILY modern culture calls out the bulls%*t.

Thank you for listening! If you have questions, or have specific needs that would help you pursue your goals, send us a voice message on Anchor, or hit us up on social media.
Oct 26, 201801:00:12
Fear is a powerful force. What would you do to erase it?

Fear is a powerful force. What would you do to erase it?

Thank you for listening! This episode goes into an interesting exploration of dreams and fear, which are often related.

Watch the Funny or Die parody video that started this entire conversation here:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk2L8xU5jNs

All fear boils down to the instinct of self preservation, and that social norms and taboos are constructed on the basis of self preservation, but that in modern times it's mostly unnecessary outside of your core group or community.

The world is so big and so many people are communicating so quickly that we respond to social pressure when it may not have any real threat to us. Our survival instincts are far behind our rapid progress with culture and technology. but the basis of our fear is almost a law of nature: survival at all costs, even when there is no threat.

So... if you were able to remove all of your instinctual reactions to fear – if you could erase fear of failure or embarrassment what would you do? If you found out that all of your fears are simply not logical, and your community gave you complete support, what would hold you back from pursuing your dreams?

Just some deep thoughts, all spurred by a joke commercial about a toilet.

Oct 19, 201801:09:29
Inktober and the power of committing to making daily work.
Oct 12, 201801:23:37
Sometimes it's just the ride that makes the trip worth all the while.
Oct 05, 201801:11:24
The worst show we've ever played. It was an actual nightmare
Sep 28, 201801:23:59
Nick went to the NASA ICESat-2 satellite launch
Sep 21, 201801:57:55
One guy changed my view of life and creative production

One guy changed my view of life and creative production

Episode 4! We chat about the epic experience that Nick had when meeting a glass replacement guy - Don Calvin. We also chat about paying it forward with positivity, and how to escape the digital advertising hell that is social media networks.
Sep 14, 201801:40:38
Start producing now, even if it's not as good as you want.

Start producing now, even if it's not as good as you want.

Are you a creator? A writer? A musician? Have you struggled with self-doubt? We talk about how to follow YOUR OWN heart to produce work that is objectively you, un learning to see beyond your fear of failure and judgement. We all started somewhere and, whether or not you look back on your first creations with pride and/or embarrassment, that led you to where you are today, and will lead you to where you'll be in 10 years.

We talk briefly about Candice Pool Neistat and her rad company, Billy!, as well as her and her husband Casey's podcast 'Couples Therapy with Candice and Casey', and we share one of the tracks on our first album, From Satellites. Our origin. Both the catalyst for our creativity and a not-so well mixed audio experience.

We also mention our great friends, Bryan and Olivia in the Portland shoegaze / dreampop band, Suckerforlights (https://suckerforlights.bandcamp.com/). Go check them out.
Sep 07, 201801:18:43
Trey got assaulted, open source, and a new track preview.

Trey got assaulted, open source, and a new track preview.

In our second episode of Off the Record, Nick and Trey talk about violence and the downtown Portland homeless community, the cannabis industry and some epic industry technology, and we push into the importance of open source tech/creative and the impact that has on the future of humanity. We also share a new track from our next album. For your eyes only. First preview. Ever.
Aug 31, 201801:16:27
Introduction to Nick & Trey - Music Producers

Introduction to Nick & Trey - Music Producers

This is our first official episode! Thanks for listening!
We discuss our music backgrounds and licensing, augmented reality, Trey's job doing web dev and support, Nick's NASA content opportunity, vape culture and Juul, Artlist.io's licensing platform, and objective creative concepts standing firm despite subjective personal opinions.

If you'd like to come and join one of our episodes and talk about music production, creativity, tech, or other random cultural moments, reach out to us on Instagram (@nickwichman or @treyhtatum).
Aug 24, 201801:05:39