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Jul 28, 2014

Nicholas Young Wants To Create Something Out Of Nothing - Episode 36

Guest: Nicholas Young


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Nicholas Young's shows on the network: Dispatch (, Inside the Machine (

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Twitter:  @nicholaswyoung

0:02:25 Bryn and Nilsa are in summer vacation mode for no particularly good reason. Lots of time spent at the gym. He took a fitness challenge and is hoping to win a couple free months at the gym.

0:04:49 Jake admires Bryn's sexy guns. And Nicholas is great workout equipment hype man.

0:09:02 Jake has noticed an inverse correlation between the intensity of Bryn's workout schedule and his creative output.

0:12:40 One of Bryn's episodes of Brain Games has aired and been spotted by friends (Season 4 Episode 1 "Compassion"). He also reveals the title of the true crime show that he'll be on.

0:17:00 Nilsa is running a lot with Bryn and has her VO demo nearly finalized and got amazing head shots

0:21:40 Bryn terrorized Nilsa with Blade Runner (the end is a bit scary), and he made her cry, and Jake has to stop him from turning the podcast into "The Blade Runner Hour"

0:25:15 Laura reveals that she's doing "Meet Me On The Ceiling" at Chicago Fringe

0:26:05 Nicholas was Laura's tech guy for Punk Grandpa and a whole lot more, they've been through some stuff

0:31:00 Hyperacusis ( and a Kodak 110 Camera ( planted the seeds for Nicholas' life as an artist

0:42:32 Beware of the arts kids… it could turn you gay! Dun-dun-dun! So, Nicholas started a career in software.

0:51:10 Nicholas experienced the perils of being an independent consultant. We may get too crazy technical.

0:58:20 Laura's bluntness and clarity of vision drew Nicholas to Laura, as someone he wanted to work with

1:04:25 He started his podcast "Original Machine" to apply storytelling technique to promote artists of all stripes. He helps artists tell their stories efficiently for their personal marketing

1:11:20 He started the podcast "Dispatch" to talk to artists who are frustrated or stuck in managing their businesses. "Inside the Machine" is his podcast where he alone talks to musicians about their journeys as artists

1:18:13 Nicholas gives us a primer on "mastering" an album. We geek out about this for awhile and Bryn may have admitted to using Madonna's "Ray of Light" as a reference disc.

1:19:53 Here is a "  before and after" mastering example that Nicholas provided us 

1:25:10 We discover that Jake may have used lounge music to seduce Laura


1:28:10 Nicholas has created a piece of software to solve the problem of playing music in your business- it's called "Mixdown" and will keep you out hot water with ASCAP

Outro Music: "Everything's Coming Up Roses"

Performed By: Klea Blackhurst

Written By: Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim