The concept of Cult and Culture began as a short segment created by Justin Pearson, an internationally known musician, record label owner (Three One G), author, and actor. He is best known as bassist/vocalist for bands such as Dead Cross, The Locust, and Retox. Justin has come to know and work with a broad spectrum of captivating personalities and brilliant minds, many of which are key figures in the realm of popular culture and cult followings alike. John Waters was one of the first people interviewed for the project- an icon of both cult and culture. Other guests include a broad scope of musicians, producers, authors, and anyone passionate about what they do. In its infancy, segments were shorter, 10-20 minutes, and would be recorded while on tour. Since then, Pearson has collaborated with producer and musician Luke Henshaw (Planet B, Sonido de la Frontera) to build the idea into a proper podcast, now recorded at Penguin Studios in San Diego. The focus is not intended to be solely on people in any one realm, and because guests are friends and family, the conversations are frank, informal, well-informed and genuine.
In the latest episode of Cult and Culture, Providence-based musician, author and writing professor Eric Paul discusses different facets of his career and life. Having been in bands such as Arab on Radar, The Chinese Stars, Doomsday Student, and currently Psychic Graveyard, Eric, Justin, and Luke discuss his wholly unique and feral stage presence, and where it stems from. They also delve into the evolution of his bands, being an adjunct professor, a father, poetry as self-exploration and healing, as well as the inspiration found from unlikely sources such as RI’s Dropdead and the infamous cult, Heaven’s Gate.