Art and Being

Conversations that exist at the crossroads of Creativity and Being. Hosted by Music Producer Toby Lloyd from Tiny Triumph Recordings, each week we bring in experts of all walks of life to talk about their experience, their lives and the intersections of creativity and the human experience. We talk to Olympic Athletes, Award winning Musicians, Composers and Film Makers, Meditation and Mindfulness Coaches, Psychedelic Music Therapists and so many more. If its about Creativity or what it is to be human, then you’ll find it here on the Art and Being Podcast.

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Episodes

Friday Jul 12, 2024

Today on the show we have Joan Tollifson. Joan is a Spiritual Leader, an Author, Writer and Explorer of what is. Joan is the author of 5 fantastic books ("Nothing to Grasp", "Death; the End of Self Improvement" and others) and also appears on the brilliant "Waking Up" app from Sam Harris where she talks all things "Here and Now" on her stunning series "Explorations of Being".
 
In our conversation; we talk about Meditation, Free Will, Psychedelics, The issues with Belief, Zen-Buddhism, Navigating Suffering, The Self, Spiritual Practices and so much more.
 
Joan is a rare gift to the world and is someone who strips down the human experience into such an easy to understand and profound view point and her explanations and insights into sitting as awareness in the here and now are incredibly inspiring. 
 
You can find out more about Joan at www.joantollifson.com
 
Also thanks to our show sponsors; the amazing Rabbit Island Coffee from Mapua in Nelson. Their coffee is all hand roasted by a couple of amazing and inspiring human beings and im sure you’ll agree if you try it; thats its probably the best coffee in the country. 
 
Also thanks again to Taylah for letting us use the song Okay that we Produced as the shows theme song.

Friday Jun 28, 2024

Today on the show we have Ben Sedley. Ben is an Author and Clinical Psychologist who wrote the brilliant books "Stuff that sucks" and "Stuff that's loud" and he has spent his life dedicated to helping people navigate the turbulent terrain of the human mind.Ben is a wealth of knowledge in the therapy realm and sitting down with him for this conversation; I learnt from Ben about mental health than I have from years of reading books and listening to Podcasts on the subject matter. We discuss accepting what we can’t control and changing the things we can, navigating negative self talk, raising well balanced kids in a chaotic time, living with trauma, depression, anxiety, the human brain and seeing our thoughts as not who we are but what we are experiencing and so much more. 
If you know anyone that is having a hard time; make sure you send this episode over to them as I believe Ben's insights into human suffering is something that could benefit absolutely everyone.
Also shout out to our sponsors @rabbitislandcoffee for fueling us with their amazing coffee!
Shout out to @taylahmusicnz as well for letting us use her song “Okay” as the theme song for the podcast!

Thursday Jun 13, 2024

Today on the show we have Russ Hughes. Russ is a Branding and Marketing expert, Author, Podcaster and the creator of the brilliant Pro Tools Expert and Production Expert blogs which have millions of readers each year.
I have admired Russ's work for a very long time and have been an avid reader of the Production Expert blogs for over a decade. Russ has also recently released a book called "The book dad told me not to write" and it's filled with beautiful and inspiring quotes that Russ has picked up over his life as well as so much brilliant advice.We dive into a wide array of topics in this conversation like seeing potential, branding, storytelling, how to navigate negative self talk, self worth, the influence of British culture, therapy and so much more.Russ is a master of pulling out quotes left right and centre and im sure you will all gain so much from this episode.
Also shout out to our sponsors @rabbitislandcoffee for fueling us with their amazing coffee!
Shout out to @taylahmusicnz as well for letting us use her song “Okay” as the theme song for the podcast!

Thursday May 30, 2024

Today on the show we have the amazing Actress, Director and Producer Nathalie Boltt who you may know from the hugely successful Netflix show Riverdale who played the incredibly loved Villain “Penelope Blossom”.
Natalie spends her time between Vancouver and New Zealand has also worked on films like District 9, TV shows like Riverdale, The chilling adventures of Sabrina and many other incredible films and shows.
Nathalie not only wears multiple hats in the film and tv world but is also an advocate for animal welfare and climate change and is an extremely present and inspiring human who i’ve had the privilege of working with on multiple projects.
This conversation was one that was the kind of conversation that I really wanted this podcast to be like when I first started this show. I wanted the show to be less of a question and answer session and more of a naturally evolving conversation. As soon as we connected on zoom we started chatting and never actually formally started so as you will hear; the conversation ebbs and flows in a beautiful and natural way.
It was such a privedlge having Nathalie on and I know you will all find here wisdom and insights incredibly inspiring.
Also shout out to our sponsors @rabbitislandcoffee for fueling us with their amazing coffee!
Shout out to @taylahmusicnz as well for letting us use her song “Okay” as the theme song for the podcast!

Thursday May 16, 2024

Today on the show we have Olympic Bronze Medalist Marcus Daniell who is a professional tennis player, business owner and philanthropist who runs High Impact Athletes.
Marcus is an incredibly inspiring being who has been making significant efforts to make the world a better place through his effective giving company High Impact Athletes. 
While he is an absolute inspiration on the tennis court; his work in trying to shape the landscape of giving in the world of sports is something that has been so incredible to watch!
We touch on Marcus’s journey to become a Bronze Medalist at the olympics, his work in effective giving, his views on the treatment of animals, mental strengthening, resilience and living a life of purpose. 
I think you’ll all have so much to be inspired by in this conversation. 
Also shout out to our sponsors @rabbitislandcoffee for fueling us with their amazing coffee!
Shout out to @taylahmusicnz as well for letting us use her song “Okay” as the theme song for the podcast!

Friday May 03, 2024

Today on the show we have the Award Winning Film Composer, Musician and Artist Arli Liberman.Arli is widely known for his amazing work in film composing features such as Stylebender, Ka Whawhai Tonu, Valerie and Savage (Which he won the Silverscroll for best score with). He is also an incredibly accomplished musician and artist playing festivals all around the world and was the guitarist in the White Flag Project which was the worlds first Palestinian/Israel crossover band that saw him playing shows in Russia and all through Europe.His story is so captivating and moving and he talks us through his incredible life story that takes us from growing up in Israel to leaving home as a young teenager and pursuing music full time right through to winning awards as a composer. He is a living breathing expression of art and we couldn't think of anyone better to have on our show.You can check out his work here:https://www.arlimusic.com/Also special thanks to our sponsors Rabbit Island Coffee that make probably the best coffee in Aotearoa and to Taylah for letting us use her song "Okay" in the show.

Thursday Apr 18, 2024

Today on the show we chat with Michael Sutherland who is an expert in Psychedelic Music Therapy. 
Michael has spent his last few years studying music composition for the use in psychedelic music therapy sessions. He recently released a 6 hour guided meditation soundtrack that was carefully curated to guide people through psilocybin mushroom trips. 
Michael is such a wealth of knowledge on the subject of Psychedelics and has such a great story and im sure so many of you will have a lot of profound takeaways from this conversation with him.
You can check out his work at https://www.sutherlandsounds.com/
Thanks to our sponsors @rabbitislandcoffee for fueling us with their amazing coffee and thanks to @taylahmusicnz for letting us use her song “Okay” on the show!Disclaimer: We accidentally called Michael an "Expert in Psychedelic Music Therapy" however Michael's expertise is in Creating Music for Psychedelic Music Therapy. He is not a licensed therapist and our apologies for the mistake.

Thursday Apr 04, 2024

Today on the show we chat with Radha Iveta who is a Meditation, Yoga and Mindfulness Coach who runs Heart Awakening Silent Retreats all around Aotearoa. 
Radha is a wealth of knowledge in the mindfulness space and so in this conversation we dive deep into conversations about Consciousness, Non-duality, Spirituality, Meditation, Coffee and so many other topics.
Radha is such an inspiring and grounded human with such a great story and im sure so many of you will have so many profound takeaways from this conversation with her. You can also check out her Silent Retreats at https://www.heartawakening.org/Thanks to our sponsors @rabbitislandcoffee for fueling us with their amazing coffee and thanks to @taylahmusicnz for letting us use her song “Okay” on the show!

Thursday Mar 28, 2024

Today on the show we chat with the Emmy Award winning Film Composer Stephen Gallagher who has had an incredible career working with the likes of Brian Eno, Ed Sheeran, Nick Cave, Peter Jackson and the Beatles!!!
We had an amazing conversation about Stephen’s journey and we touch on imposter syndrome, gratitude, the proximity of excellence, intrusive thoughts, dealing with depression, working with your heroes and so much more!
Stephen is one of the most positive, talented and inspiring humans we know and it was a pleasure to have him on our podcast to shoot the shit about all things Art and Being. 
Thanks to our sponsors @rabbitislandcoffee for fueling us with their amazing coffee and thanks to @taylahmusicnz for letting us use her song “Okay” on the show!

Thursday Mar 14, 2024

In our first episode of the Art and Being Podcast, our host Toby Lloyd introduces himself and gives a little bit of history into what was the catalyst for this podcast, what kind of guests we will be talking to and what we will be talking about. This podcast is a platform for big ideas and will hopefully be a pond of inspiration for you to bathe in!
 
Big thanks to Taylah for letting us use her song "Okay" that we Produced as the theme song to the podcast. Taylah is such an amazing artist and you can find all of her music on all your favourite streaming platforms.
 
Also thanks to the sponsor of this episode "Rabbit Island Coffee Co." who make probably the best coffee in New Zealand!

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Art and Being

Conversations that exist at the crossroads of Creativity and Being. Hosted by Music Producer Toby Lloyd from Tiny Triumph Recordings, each week we bring in experts of all walks of life to talk about their experience, their lives and the intersections of creativity and the human experience. We talk to Olympic Athletes, Award winning Musicians, Composers and Film Makers, Meditation and Mindfulness Coaches, Psychedelic Music Therapists and so many more. If its about Creativity or what it is to be human, then you’ll find it here on the Art and Being Podcast.

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