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The Mind Takeaway Podcast - Leadership, Psychology and Creativity

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In our quest to help create a world without inequality, poverty and war, we share insights gained through our work about leadership, psychology and creativity.You will also hear conversations with ordinary people who do extraordinary things due to their increased awareness, curiosity and intuition, … read more


#48: Music Culture and Living in Berlin with Paul Hanford

Paul Hanford is a Berlin-based music culture writer and podcaster, originally from the UK.

His Arts Council of England awarded podcast Lost and Sound is about meeting music people with real vision and looks at the culture that inspires them. The show combines interviews with legendary artists like Peaches and Thurston Moore with up and coming artists from emerging cultural scenes around the world.

He’s written for WIRED, Beatportal, Huck, Mixmag, WePresent, Boiler Room, Somesuch Co, Crack, Highsnobiety, Borshch Magazine, Wire, Dazed, DJMag and Little White Lies. Plus curated music for events at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Somerset House and Top Shop.

From 2015 to 2018, he presented the weekly new music show on Hoxton Radio and the music news on London Live TV. Before this, he was Head of Music for London based event company Secret Cinema.

Back before this, at the very dawn of this millennium, he was part of indie electronica act Brothers In Sound, who released three EPs and an LP with Regal/Parlophone Records, before releasing two electronic LPs as Sancho for Superglider and then Seed Records.

Paul also tutors Cultural Theory at music academy BIMM and workshops for the Berlin-based charity organisation Open Music Lab which helps teach music to people who’ve experienced being refugees.

Listen to Paul’s Lost & Found Podcast and connect with him here:

Main Takeaways

Paul explains how the lockdown has given everyone, including artists a chance to slow down, reflect and have some safe care time.

How hearing the Pixies and Navanna in Six Forth changed Paul’s life and he felt part of some movement, he did not feel before.

Paul reflects on the lack of comradery due to the Covid Pandemic what this does to our soul.

45:06 How 2020 has been exciting in some ways, due to a culture shift in addressing diversity and how we need to start listening to all the different voices we might have not listened to before COVID.

46:45 Quite often something feels really good when you combine two different things together might not be new things, but the way they come together feels fresh and new!

How making art doesn’t have to be painful, but remember when you do face challenges, get frustrated or experience writer's block, that it’s totally ok and part of the creative process.

36:51 The same people who are in a position to pull the plug on creative funding for artists and institutions are the very same people who will complain in the future that we do not have many cultural outlets left after the COVID Pandemic ends.

58;14 How our creative ideas have always been around and they just can come through us, if we let them

64:41 Paul is kind enough to share his creating writing process and you might be surprised with what hen has to share.

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