Talking Lion

Talking Lion is a weekly artist-to-artist interview podcast hosted by Nate Flaks & Noah Longworth McGuire of Sleeping Lion. As artists/songwriters/producers, they have worked with many incredible rising artists since starting Sleeping Lion. Whether at sessions, parties, or over cups of coffee, they’ve had countless conversations with artists in the middle of their musical journeys. Talking Lion is about hitting “record” on these conversations about what life’s been like & where it’s going.

Chat 6: This Sucks

May 27th, 2020

Recorded 5.20.20: In this chat, we talk about where songs start, potatoes, Guitar Hero/Rock Band, music supervision in the mid-2000's, indie films, white collar crime, hiking, Noah's spontaneous new song "2 not b alone", grocery shopping, vertigo, cookies, cooking, old friends, new shirts, and the importance of expressing how much this sucks!

Ep. 30: David Archuleta

May 24th, 2020

In this episode, we talked to David Archuleta about Nashville, Les Miserables, growing up in Utah, his time on American Idol, set teachers, fan mail, signing to a major label, releasing "Crush", Billboard charts, TV cameos, his mission trip to Chile, Joy Williams (of The Civil Wars), writing teams, his recent single "Just Breathe", and the therapy sessions that inspired his upcoming record "Therapy Sessions".

Chat #5: Muchness

May 20th, 2020

Recorded 5.13.20: In this chat, we talk about burgers, our theme song, small business aids (SBA/PPP), Logic updates (10.5), copyright traps, Unreal Engine 5, sit-com floorplans, dented fenders, edibles, roadtrips, exploring LA, and our new challenges. 

Ep. 29: Salem Ilese

May 17th, 2020

In this episode, we talked to our good friend Salem Ilese about summer camp, music theory, our adventures in San Francisco, Glee, penguins, our first sessions together ("Impatient" with Noah/"Splinter" with Nate), her EP "757" (in collaboration with Noah McGuire & Bendik Moller), her recent single "Roses To His Ex", befriending exes, song concepts, Area 51, and her upcoming single "Mad At Disney".

Chat #4: New Yorkers & Romans

May 13th, 2020

Recorded 5.6.20: In our fourth chat, we talk about the vibes of different cities, writer's block, starting as a duo, quality vs. marketing, Star Wars, real-world locations in video games, "Dave" (on FXX), finishing songs, cover art, and our recent brush with Tik Tok fame.

Ep. 28: Axel Mansoor

May 10th, 2020

In this episode, we talked to our longtime friend Axel Mansoor about singing shows, stomach aches, finding a community, his first single "Wasted My Love" (and our remix of the song), his song "Talk To Me" (and the Snapchat music video), his relationship to his brother, Shrek, bullying, sailing, his episode of NBC's "Songland" (with H.E.R), and his upcoming recording "Baggage".

Chat #3: Compoundwords

May 6th, 2020

Recorded 4.29.20: In our third chat, we talk about Philly bands, jazz piano, the ET video game, Phoebe Waller Bridge, compound words, motherly criticism, the release of "No Comment" (a short film Nate sound designed), broken glasses, e-sports, Tik Tok, hiking, and the confusing nature of the word "podcast".

Ep. 27: Chaz Cardigan

May 3rd, 2020

In this episode, we talked to our friend Chaz Cardigan about the effects of quarantine, growing up in Kentucky, multi-faceted creative tendencies, his deal with Capitol & Bad Robot (JJ Abram's label), opening for Julia Michaels, the creation of his song "As I'll Ever Be" (featured on the Netflix film "To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You"), tattoos, therapy, and his new single "SOS".

Ep. 26: Matthew Chaim

April 26th, 2020

In this episode, we talked to our new friend Matthew Chaim about scary childhood movies, improv comedy, his early rap project, meditation, silent retreats, driving cross-country, moving to LA, rough breakups, monks, and the creation of his EP "The Mathematics of Nature".

Chat #2: Don’t Like Me (w/ Alex Koste & Alex Venegas)

April 18th, 2020

Recorded 3.28.20: Going through voice memos & track stems, we talked with our friends/collaborators Alex Koste (producer) & Alex Venegas (songwriter) about the creation of Sleeping Lion's new single "Don't Like Me".