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A P.E.I. singer-songwriter has launched a podcast that aims to get into people’s heads, so to speak.
Dylan Menzie's Lost in Dreams Podcast is, at its heart, about Canadians artists, their craft and their process.
As a starting point in conversation with his guests, he asks about their dreams, ones they’ve had either while sleeping or more literal life goals they had while awake.
Menzie said he’s a huge fan of podcasts. He was listening to one of U.S. comedian Conan O’Brien’s podcasts about seven months ago when he thought it might be something he’d like to try someday.
“I really loved the tone," Menzie said. “I thought, ‘it would be really fun to do this’."
But, doing a podcast can be time consuming. Editting and research is involved, not to mention setting up the interviews.
Earlier this year, Menzie was working on his new album Lost in Dreams (yes, it was the inspiration for the podcast name) and planning a tour when the coronavirus (COVID-19 strain) pandemic happened and put a stop to everything. So, the musician turned his attention to a podcast.
His guests have included Jonathan Torrens (Streets Cents, Jonovision, Trailer Park Boys), Emmy and Gemini Award winner Cheryl Wagner (Fraggle Rock, Mr. Dressup, The Big Comfy Couch), photographer Patricia Bourque, hip-hop artist Vince The Messenger and filmmaker Adam Perry.
“I always loved long-form conversations; just sitting down with people; getting to know them, so I thought it would be really cool to try. I had the idea of talking about people’s dreams because I was working on a record called Lost in Dreams. I thought it was a really great way to get people to open up about themselves.
“You can learn a lot about people’s biggest fears or what they love based on their dreams. Some people have very cathartic experiences in their dreams. It’s a really interesting topic as a jumping-off point to get to know someone."
Following is Dylan Menzie’s guest list for his Lost in Dreams podcast:
- Actor Jonathan Torrens
- Emmy and Gemini Award winner Cheryl Wagner
- Photographer Patricia Bourque
- Rapper/hip-hop artist Vince The Messenger
- Filmmaker Adam Perry
- Visual artist Niyi Adeogun (coming soon)
Menzie won’t reveal too much about the five podcasts that are now streaming.
He did say people who tune into his chat with Torrens will hear a very quick, funny, kind and generous person.
As for Vince The Messenger, Menzie teases that the artist, who is known for his rapping, wants to be more melodic with his vocals.
(The episodes) are mostly focused on the artists, the art they create and where they want to go next."
Menzie’s next guest will be visual artist Niyi Adeogun, who did the artwork for this podcast cover art. Following that, he hopes to do another six episodes and, depending on the overall feedback, he might do more in the future.
Check out the episodes here.