The Relief Valve Podcast
Relief Valve - Episode 30 - Mike Appel -  Lighting Director / Designer

Relief Valve - Episode 30 - Mike Appel - Lighting Director / Designer

June 16, 2021

Mike Appel is a Multiple Emmy Award winning Lighting Director/Designer, working on such projects as the Kid’s Choice Awards for Nickelodeon, Unplugged and The Video Music Awards for MTV, The BET Awards, NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center and Democracy Plaza for Election Nights, VH-1’s Storytellers and the I-Heart Radio Festival Amongst many other shows.  He has lit performances at The White House and for the broadcast of The NBA Draft. 

He has been nominated for 5 Emmy Awards and the winner of 3. 

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he now lives in South Florida with his wife Gwen and his two kids, both world class Ice Skaters on their way to future Olympic Gold!

Learn more about his work at:   https://www.madesign.tv

 

Relief Valve - Episode 29 - Dave Dinsmore - Winemaker

Relief Valve - Episode 29 - Dave Dinsmore - Winemaker

June 2, 2021

Dave Dinsmore has never taken a single wine class, but he knows what he likes and best of all, he likes to share.  

Originally from Chicago, and currently working remotely from South Carolina, Dave works in IT at a film studio while building his his dream, Ascension Wines with his wife Lisa.

As Master of Quality Control of the company, he’s dedicated to testing every bottle, so only the best wine finds its way into the glass. 

 

Find the product of his labor of love at:

https://ascensioncellars.com

 

See the Wine Pouring Broadcasts at:

https://www.facebook.com/AscensionCellars

 

And get the latest anytime on Instagram at:

@ascensioncellars

 

Relief Valve - Episode 28 - Annie Choi - Coffee Entrepreneur

Relief Valve - Episode 28 - Annie Choi - Coffee Entrepreneur

May 19, 2021

Annie Choi is the owner of Found Coffee, a specialty coffee shop in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles which recently celebrated it’s sixth year in business despite the pandemic! 

Prior to being an entrepreneur, Annie worked in television post production on notable shows such Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Project Runway: All Stars.

She loves telling stories and has a passion for gathering community.

On her days off, she enjoys traveling, cuddling with her pup, Frankie, going to other coffee shops, and reading non-fiction literature.

Find her at:  http://www.foundcoffeela.com

Or on Instagram:  @foundcoffeela

Relief Valve - Episode 27 - Al Pimentel - Musician / Teacher

Relief Valve - Episode 27 - Al Pimentel - Musician / Teacher

May 5, 2021

Al Pimentel grew up in a family of musicians. 

By age 12, music became his passion and he decide he wanted a career in the music industry. 

Thru high school he performed in several small venues from Santa Monica to Venice Beach and started teaching part time during the summer. 

He completed his  formal musical studies at El Camino College, where he studied both Jazz and Classical saxophone.  

Besides teaching, he can also be found playing not just Jazz, but other                                                    popular styles of music all over Los Angeles.

 

Want to see one of those on-line performance we talk about, check out his performance of the theme from “The Mandalorian” released for “May the fourth be with you”

https://youtu.be/EEdI6zgOv84n 

 

And some of his other performances with his band “The Candy Bomber”

https://www.facebook.com/TheCandyBomber/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnlUNzT-sIgtSkXrs4Wx0Xw

 

And learn more about his teaching at:

http://www.sunsetlearningstudio.com/our-teachers.html

https://justplaysax.wixsite.com/alpimenteljazz

 

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Relief Valve - Episode 26 - Adam Bunnell - Food Truck Entrepreneur and The Donut Man

Relief Valve - Episode 26 - Adam Bunnell - Food Truck Entrepreneur and The Donut Man

April 21, 2021

Adam Bunnell is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in multiple coffee startups. 

He currently is the owner and operator of Hustle-N-Dough, a small batch donut company that serves handmade donuts- and Adam's own roast from a food truck in all four corners of Los Angeles.

Keep up on where to find the truck on his Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/hustlendough/

http://www.hustlendough.com

 

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Relief Valve - Episode 25 - W. Curtis Preston Revisited - Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva

Relief Valve - Episode 25 - W. Curtis Preston Revisited - Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva

April 7, 2021

W. Curtis Preston is a specialist in computer storage, backup and recovery and has been a consultant and analyst in the industry for many years.  

He’s the author of 3 O’Reilly books with a fourth, “Modern Data Protection” being released in May.

Currently the Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva, a cloud-based data protection company, You can also find his works in publications like Network World and in the “Restore It All” podcast from his website, Backup Central.

http://www.backupcentral.com/

https://soundcloud.com/restoreitall

https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/modern-data-protection/9781492094043/

https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Data-Protection-Recoverability-Workloads/dp/1492094056/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=ISBN%3A+9781492094050&qid=1617493103&sr=8-1

Relief Valve - Episode 24 - Alyson Rochlin - College Student and Music Teacher

Relief Valve - Episode 24 - Alyson Rochlin - College Student and Music Teacher

March 24, 2021

Alyson Rochlin is a Student at California State University Long Beach in Southern California where she is studying Music Education and Performance.  

She has been studying flute since she was 11 years old and has since learned to play eight instruments as part of her education studies.

She teaches privately to help support herself through college, and works in the Pit Orchestra for the Encore Theatre Company in Los Angeles’s South Bay where she has played Reed 1 in productions of Annie and Matilda During non-pandemic times.

Oh, and she is also my daughter!

Relief Valve - Episode 23 - Scott Miller - Technology Fellow at DreamWorks Animation

Relief Valve - Episode 23 - Scott Miller - Technology Fellow at DreamWorks Animation

March 10, 2021

Scott "Skottie" Miller is a Technologist focused on operational tactics and long-term strategy around High-Performance Computing, Storage and Networking as it relates to Computational Visualization for feature length animated films.  

A graduate of California State University at Fullerton, he spent 11 years in Aerospace before landing at The Walt Disney Animation Studio where amongst his many achievements, he helped build the first all CG Pipeline for the movie Dinosaur.  

He moved over to Dreamworks Animation in 1999 where he still is a Vice President and Technology Fellow and one of the smartest people I know.

See the fruits of his labors at https://www.dreamworks.com

 

Relief Valve - Episode 22 - Dara McGarry - Animation/Post Production Professional

Relief Valve - Episode 22 - Dara McGarry - Animation/Post Production Professional

February 24, 2021

Born in Nashville, Dara McGarry worked at Disney Feature Animation for 14 years before trading her mouse ears for a bowler hat. 

She moved to London in 2010 to work as an Artist Manager at Double Negative, a Post Production, Visual Effects and Animation studio.  ( https://www.dneg.com )

Besides traveling around Europe (when that was a thing), seeing theatre on the West End, and historic sites around the UK, Dara also was a regular at the story telling event, One Track Minds, which recounts stories of songs that changed your life. 

She became a British Citizen in October 2020.

https://www.facebook.com/daradactyl

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dara-mcgarry-6a75512/?originalSubdomain=uk

 

Relief Valve - Episode 20/21 - Tommy Williams - Professional Musician

Relief Valve - Episode 20/21 - Tommy Williams - Professional Musician

February 10, 2021

Tommy Williams is a professional musician from Long Island, New York.

After honing his skills on guitar, bass, keyboards, songwriting and arranging, he began his professional career at 17 on the New York club circuit. He soon landed the position of guitarist, keyboardist and Musical Director for ‘80’s teen-pop star DEBBIE GIBSON, touring the world and appearing on her first three albums (including lead guitar on the #1 hit “Lost In Your Eyes”).

Tommy is a member of the band THE HOOTERS ,  where he provides vocals, guitar, mandolin, mandola and keyboards, playing to sold-out concert and festival crowds around the world.

When he’s not on tour, he teaches and performs weekly live webcast on Facebook Live.

https://www.tommywilliams.net

https://www.facebook.com/Tommy-Williams-42057517974/

https://wonderous-stories.com

https://www.hootersmusic.com/tommy-williams

https://www.facebook.com/quarantinekeys

 

ONE OF US / TIME AFTER TIME - The Hooters (Kiel, Germany 6-17-11)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4VP6OxrvN8&feature=youtu.be

 

The Hooters - Give The Music Back (with Tommy Williams guitar intro) Ocean City NJ 7/18/17

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K0oN17_gy4

 

The Hooters "And We Danced" @Epcot 11/07/2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ3g8H8GX2U

 

Follow up on the Relief Valve feed for some of Tommys tracks from his album Two Hundred

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