Welcome To My Crate XL is a free audio podcast focusing on dance music, cultural topics, studio/DJ tips and general tomfoolery. The long form conversation is hosted by globally active DJ/producer Chris Manik aka MANIK, alongside friends and special guests.

Episode 16 features Joseph Pignato, professor in the Department of Music at State University of New York, College at Oneonta. He is also a composer and music education-scholar. Joe teaches music industry courses, beat production, and directs ensembles that perform experimental music. He leads Bright Dog Red, an improvising collective recognized for its innovative mesh of jazz, hip-hop, and electronica. Their debut album is out now on influential Philadelphia based Ropeadope Recordings. In this episode, we speak about academia and being a gatekeeper, cultivating environments for music collaboration, Yusef Lateef and autophysiopsychic voice, opening up for George Clinton in 2015 with Bright Dog Red, and a myriad of other topics.


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– jams
Jimbo James