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 Records), 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.
Episode 12 features David Scott Stone, a musician who has been a member of, collaborated with, or toured in an eclectic catalog of bands such as The Melvins, LCD Soundsystem, The Locust, Unwound, Fantomas, Jello Biafra, Get Hustle, and others. Known for his homemade or self-modified instruments, SirDSS (his moniker) creates wonderfully experimental music with great enthusiasm for gear and the technicalities of music, which is highlighted in his conversation with Cult and Culture’s Justin and Luke. Just as much so, his affinity for astrology, articulate nature, and all-around kindness is evident as the trio discuss anything from old memories of Southern California punk scenes to expanding musical futures and searching for sincerity in art.