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.
Detroit-based synth punk band ADULT., Nicola and Adam, come to talk with Justin and Luke on this episode of Cult and Culture in the midst of their most recent 51-date tour. The couple, who have been together for 25 years and been a band just as long, discuss the formation of ADULT. purely as a way for Nicola to go to Germany for free, how decades together leads to melding aesthetically into the same person, the rejection of the “electroclash” genre, how it is essential to keep weird culture alive now more than ever, and the most important debate: how many dates connotes a “tour” versus “playing a few shows.” The ADULT. duo are positive, engaging, funny, and strange in the best way possible.