Josh Diaz (@joshuacaleb777) is the real-life Peter Pan. When I first had the idea to start The Art of the Chase Podcast, Josh was right at the top of my list, and he did not disappoint. At different points in his life he has been some combination of cowboy, sailor, builder, bassist, songwriter, producer, and more. In this episode we discuss his process for songwriting and producing, thoughts on creating the right environment for creativity, and his most “reckless, stupid, genius idea.” Hopefully this conversation will inspire you to bring more adventure into your music and life.
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1:00 – The story of the Briar
5:17 – The role of a producer
7:30 – What is the objective of the artist?
8:05 – How do you develop the vision of the artist?
9:00 – How to create the right environment for the artist
11:50 – Thoughts on pricing structures between artist and producer
14:00 – Ex. of pricing model that lines up the incentives of the artist and producer
15:48 – The questions Josh asks each artist before producing them
17:20 – Questions to ask yourself as an artist
21:00 – What’s your purpose as a producer?
23:00 – What does this mean to me? How do I get it the sound to match the meaning?
24:00 – How Josh approaches songwriting
30:00 – Discussing the songwriting process
34:00 – Josh’s thoughts on writing songs by himself vs. co-writing
45:00 – The importance of environment on the creative process
48:00 – Josh’s most “reckless, stupid, genius idea”
54:00 – Josh’s crazy, first experience of playing in Nashville
1:01:00 – Adventure to Machu Picchu and his partnership with Spirit Airlines
1:09:45 – The advice Josh would give to his 25-yr. old self
1:13:20 – “All children are artists, the problem is remaining one when you grow up.” – Picasso
1:16:00 – How Josh’s band, -kids-, went from almost quitting music to turning everything around and finding success
1:17:00 – Josh’s view of success
(Josh’s recording studio, the Briar)