My guest today is Leo Lugansky, a musician involved in multiple projects, such as an alternative metal band Foirmoda and a Depeche Mode tribute band Strangelove. I sat down with Leo in Brooklyn to chat about music, making it in the international rock music scene and an assortment of other topics.
Growing up in Volgograd, Russia he spent a lot of time tinkering with synthesizers and got involved in local musical circuits. Eventually, Leo moved to the USA and took his career to the next level blending various genres of rock and electronic music. By the way he looks and moves you can tell he made his passion for stage performance a permanent lifestyle. That even led him to working as a part-time model and actor but this is not where his main fervor lies.
Tune in to this episode to find out how Leo walked his path from an audiophile to a musician touring the world.
Vasily gets on a call with Cristine in Los Angeles to talk about her life growing up in the Philippines with Taiwanese parents, studying in France and USA, being a 3rd culture kid and navigation global mental health issues.
We covered a lot of ground in this fun interview. Apart from taking a dive into Cristine’s upbringing between different cultures, we also discussed influence of social networks on the lives of adults and children and what we can do about the adverse effects of being online to excess. Be on the lookout for her upcoming book about third culture kids.
I met Brett Whiteside at a meet up in Chiang Mei, Thailand. He is a well-known teacher of Thai and several other languages. Brett moved out of USA 15 years ago and almost never looked back. We talked about expat life, learning completely foreign languages and many other cool nerdy things.
Brett shared how learning languages opens new doors and makes life (abroad) a lot more enjoyable. We went over some cultural quirks of Thailand and how to adjust to new life circumstances. If you are looking for an additional kick in the butt to start traveling, you are going to love this episode.
In this episode I met up with my old buddy Kurt who has a successful IT management career living in New York City. What’s interesting about him is that he regularly attends sacred psychedelic rituals involving taking ayahuasca (or yagé), an entheogenic brew made out of plants found in South America.
Kurt manages to combine busy social city life and a high responsibility job with periodic escapades into other worlds, as well as deep dives into his own mind. Take a listen if you ever contemplated to try this magical, spiritual substance yourself.
My guest today is a Missouri native, an athlete training to be a ninja, previously a senior developer at a tech startup and a DJ. A few of years ago he left San Francisco to travel around the globe and perform rigorous physical training. He then settled down in Southeast Asia for a while enjoying a new life by the beach. Let’s find out how it all happened. Without further ado I give you – Matt Barnicle aka Nomadic Ninja.
Having been friends for over 11 years, naturally, it was an easy conversation and a good chance to catch up while we both were in Bangkok. We covered an array of topics from quite deep to decidedly light-hearted. Matt has had a fascinating trajectory that can serve as inspiration to many struggling with finding their path and improving their mental and physical states. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.
My guest today is a Bay Area native with Indian roots, a comedian and a writer. His father once told him to be a doctor so he wouldn’t have to face the hardship of being a computer engineer. Despite that, he held a job as a programmer in Silicon Valley until he finally quit it after 10 years to pursue comedy full time. Dear audience, I give you Richard Sarvate!
We chatted about Richard’s childhood in the suburban Bay Area, being secluded, passion for comedy, golden handcuffs, quitting, persisting, bombing, and goal-setting. It’s been a very fun and enlightening conversation and I hope y’all enjoy it.