Produced and hosted by self-professed music nerd Justin Lee, This Broken Mixtape is an interview-based podcast that explores how music can play a vital and meaningful role in our lives. Every episode, Justin Lee interviews exciting personalities from all walks of life, including musicians, artists, writers, comedians, chefs, and entrepreneurs. Guests recount their personal relationship with music and the memorable events that have become synonymous with specific songs, albums, and artists. So get ready to pop in that mixtape, hit rewind, and press play on the soundtrack to your life.
S7E10 - Lexxicon (Dancehall / Afropop Artist)
43:43Lexxicon is a dancehall/Afropop artist from Toronto by way of Jamaica and the UK. On his new album, Tropicon Islands, he strays away from his dancehall roots and dives head-first into a rich Afrobeats sound. Guest co-host Amanie Illfated and I talked to Lexxicon about his new album and novel, the third season of Netflix's You, and why Canadian musicians often have to move to another country in order to make it.
S7E10 - Leila Dey (R&B Artist)
52:00Leila Dey is a Toronto R&B singer/songwriter who has shared the stage with Little Simz, K'Naan, and Melanie Fiona. Her latest EP Detour explores the disintegration of a romantic relationship and its subsequent aftermath. Guest co-host Amanie Illfated and I talked to Leila about the allegorical nature of her new EP, how the passing of her younger sister impacted her approach to making music, and her adoration for Ms. Lauryn Hill.
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S7E09 - Zorana Sadiq (Soprano & Actor)
49:05Zorana Sadiq wears a lot of hats, including multidisciplinary artist, soprano, actor, and music teacher. Her latest project, MixTape, is a visceral one-person play that is "part memoir, part scientific inquiry, and part love song to listening." I talk to Zorana about the art of making a great mixtape, her tenure at Regent Park School of Music where she taught Polaris Prize-nominated Mustafa, and the annoying popularity of Kidz Bop.
S7E08 - Amanie Illfated (Afropop artist & Model)
47:15Amanie Illfated is a South Sudanese Canadian Afropop/R&B singer/songwriter and model. By incorporating her past refugee experiences in her music, she touches on themes of empowerment, depression, and self-improvement. I talk to Amanie about leaving her family in Saskatchewan at 16 to pursue music in Toronto, working through her PTSD and trauma to create meaningful music, and being a closeted Juggalo (an Insane Clown Posse fan).
S7E07 - Rollerouge & Deesh (Jam Roller Skaters)
1:02:02At the beginning of the pandemic, roller skating culture experienced a resurgence on social media and beyond. However, the recreational activity is more than just another nostalgic phenomenon-gone-viral; there's a rich history of black and brown skating communities that date all the way back to the '70s. Jared and Deejah, aka Rollerouge and Deesh, are two rising talents from Toronto's jam rollerskating scene. I sat down with them to talk about the cultural significance of roller skating in the black community, their unfortunate reality of having to navigate safe spaces, and their preferred soundtrack to jam skating sessions.
S7E06 - Meagan De Lima (R&B/Pop Artist)
41:40Meagan De Lima is A Toronto-based r&b/pop artist that was recently awarded the Top Artist for Social Change in Canada. She has performed at "The Future Series: A Conversation with President Barack Obama, the Invictus Games, Canadian Music Week, and opened for Kehlani. I talked to Meagan about performing for President Obama last year, writing songs about coping with mental health issues, and working with famed rock producer, Bob Ezrin.
S7E05 - Big Norm & Keith Pedro (Comedians & Recording Artists)
44:08Comedians Big Norm and Keith Pedro are like the Filipino counterparts to Method Man and Redman. As the hosts of the live cannabis comedy show Bare Jokes and members of the hip-hop comedy group Runnin' at the Mouth, their comedy offers hilarious observations about race relations, multiculturalism, and pop culture. In the second part of our extremely blunted interview, we talk to Big Norm and Keith Pedro about when they first realized they were funny, classic Canadian PSAs ("People think I eat too Many Chocolate Bars"), and who they believed to be the funniest rappers in the game.
S7E04 - Big Norm & Keith Pedro (Comedians & Recording Artists)
40:04Comedians Big Norm and Keith Pedro are like the Filipino counterparts to Method Man and Redman. As the hosts of the live cannabis comedy show Bare Jokes and members of the hip-hop comedy group Runnin' at the Mouth, their comedy offers hilarious observations about race relations, multiculturalism, and pop culture. In the first of a two-part blunted interview, I talked to the homies about performing a PG set at a Jewish camp, Keith's trio of new albums, and how aspirations of becoming rappers eventually led them to comedy.
S7E03 - Vince Jamal (R&B/Soul Artist)
46:29Vince Jamal is a Toronto-based Barbadian R&B/soul singer who is as much influenced by his ancestral island riddims as the classic American soul music he was raised on. Somewhere in his complicated music DNA, you'll find soul legends like Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers, classic neo-soul ala D'Angelo and Maxwell, the contemporary hip-hop sounds of Anderson Paak, and calypso and soca music. I talked to Vince about recording an album during a pandemic, the misconceptions of performing on a cruise ship, and his many takeaways from Prince's unparalleled artistry.
S7E02 - Erika Iri5 (Multimedia Artist)
28:44Erika Iri5 is a Chicago-based multimedia artist that works with various audio media, such as audiotape, VHS reel, and vinyl. Over the past 15 years, she's created a countless number of portraits of music icons like Prince, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, and Madonna. I talked to Erika about her creative process, making mixtapes as a teenager, and working on a Bruno Mars music video.