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Dad Jeans: The Podcast

In the early 2010s, I met my friend Brendan Hughes for drinks at The Red Lion in Silverlake. I had a two year-old daughter and Brendan had recently become a dad himself. As we talked about our children and pounded our Dunkels (get your filthy mind out of the gutter, it’s a kind of beer) we had a sudden flash of inspiration: this, but for everyone, in their ears! And thus, Dad Jeans, a semi-regular podcast about losing your cool was born.

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Books

In 2001 some friends and I started a publishing company dedicated to modern pulp fiction, called Contemporary Press. We needed books to publish so I wrote some. Our work landed us a distribution deal which enabled us to print more books which allowed us to lose a lot of money because no one buys books. Still, it was a fun ride. Since then I’ve founded another publishing company and written a few other books for hire. 

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The Vanishing Point

The second publishing company I started was called Awkward Press. We printed two collections of original short fiction before folding because as it turns out, people still hadn't started buying books by 2010. For our second release, we made short films based on some of the stories. The Vanishing Point is an adaptation of my story, directed by Eric Kissack with a script by me.

Music

I’ve been writing and playing music since I was a teenager. When I lived in New York, I wrote music for and performed in a few off-off Broadway shows, including a one-man Christmas show called Christmas with the Flamingoes featuring an all-stuffed animal backing band. In the last few years, I’ve written and performed original music in a series of stand up Powerpoint presentations / tent revivals curated by my podcasting partner Brendan Hughes. Most of my songs are on the surface very silly but just beneath the surface deeply upsetting. Like life, I guess.

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