Getting On the National Stage w/ Samer Ghani and Gabe Yeager
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This week the gang keeps its run of returning guests going with Gabe Yeager from Downtown BID #21 and Milwaukee-based photographer Samer Ghani to talk about all of the work done to highlight Milwaukee - and our City's arts, culture, and civic pride - as part of the National COVID-19 Memorial and the inauguration events last week. Mac and David take on Bernie mittens (00:43); Mac's experience hosting Ex Fabula's Re-Imagining Milwaukee online event (3:40); Samer and Gabe join to chat about arts and culture's role in highlighting our City during national moments of reflection (14:37); That time last week when Rachael Maddow's producers slid into Samer's DM (23:50); No longer content with being the underdog (26:36); The role of arts and culture in institutional life (32:59); Don't Hibernate, Celebrate Safely and MKE It Local Winter Activations (45:14); How does Milwaukee unify in 2021? (55:02). Samer Ghani: Web | Instagram Gabe Yeager: Downtown BID #21 | Massimals! | MKE It Local | Road of DemocracyAudio Transitions: "Milwaukee Strong," featuring the Milwaukee All StarsS210 EphemeraLight the HoanSamer's IG story with video from MSNBCBango in the Parade Across America"Pursuing the Vision," Tia Richardson, Parade Across America
Welcome to Arts Forward MKE, a new podcast out of the Imagine MKE podcast shop. Each week on this show, we’ll sit down with an artist or arts administrator in Milwaukee and dive deep into their story – asking them about their Milwaukee origin, their early memories that sparked a love of the arts, their present work, and their vision for the future of the city.On today’s episode, we speak with Samer Ghani - a director, photographer, videographer, storyteller. Lindsay has had the pleasure of working with Samer on a couple video projects this year, including the recent release of Milwaukee Strong. You'll hear a clip from the song coming into the episode. To view Samer's work as the director of music video, head to imaginemke.org/strong.Music: "Milwaukee Strong," by Shonn Hinton
If you follow Milwaukee music, chances are you've come across Samer Ghani's work in some capacity. The photographer and videographer is responsible for a number of band photos, album covers, music videos and live shots at a wide range of local events. However, with COVID-19 halting concerts for the foreseeable future, Ghani has recently taken it upon himself to use his photography talents to help bring visibility to the Black Lives Matter protests in and around Milwaukee. Before he was an up-and-coming and versatile photographer, Ghani was playing string instruments in middle school, messing around on bass guitar in some high school punk bands and dabbling with a camera in college. On a rare afternoon this week when he wasn't working or covering the BLM movement, Ghani opened up to My First Band about his unique path to photography, paying his way into shows to take pictures, overcoming "imposter syndrome" and how getting all his gear stolen was a blessing in disguise. Over the course of the hour-long discussion, Ghani also talked about the impact the pandemic is having on his work, his experience touring with Nasty Boys, the importance of quick turnaround and collaborating with others, and what it was like to take photos for (and subsequently get to spend time backstage with) his musical idol, Tom DeLonge. My First Band is sponsored by Mystery Room Mastering and Lakefront Brewery. The show is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and wherever else you get podcasts. Music used in this show comes courtesy of Devils Teeth ("The Junction Street Eight Tigers") and Paper Holland ("Slouches").
Samer Ghani is a photographer specializing in abstract, portrait, and music photography. https://www.samerghani.com/--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cullah/support
This week I sat down w hip hop DJ Alpine and photographer Samer Ghani. They are both good friends and frequent collaborators. We discussed roasting each other, Bloody Mary's, Alpine's birthday celebration, Samer's camera getting stolen, and subconscious creative drive. We may or may not have roasted Austin Mahnke too. Enjoy! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ben-slowey/support
In this episode Sam meets Samer Ghani, photographer extraordinaire. They talk about how he got started in photography, his career in music, the challenges of shooting live shows, their cameras getting kicked out of the Backroom at Colectivo, his love of Japanese culture, his philosophy on life, mental health, thoughts on social media and the VHSmyworld Instagram account.