Equal Vision Records and The Peer Pleasure Podcast have announced an exciting new partnership, in conjunction with Sound Talent Media. The first episode, featuring Chino Moreno of Deftones, is streaming now on www.peerpleasurepodcast.com.
“I have wanted that Equal Vision Records logo on something I have been apart of for over 20 years,” shares Peer Pleasure Podcast founder/host Dewey Halpaus. “I used to look for that logo at record stores to know if something was worth checking out. It’s amazing that Dan has been family for nearly that long, supporting anything I have done creatively.”
He continues: “This partnership felt right for those reasons, and that it has not been done this way before. Blazing new trails together is something I am looking forward to. It’s funny, I started a Podcast to stay connected with old friends, and in turn it has taken me further than any band or creative endeavor I’ve ever done and reunited me with my family, Equal Vision Records. The universe is a crazy place.”
After years of touring with his past projects Portugal. The Man, Anatomy of a Ghost, and The Burning Room, Dewey Halpaus found himself in need of a slower pace. He left the road and started a family, but later discovered that he wanted to be re-immersed in the music scene he stepped away from a decade earlier. This yearning to reconnect morphed into The Peer Pleasure Podcast.
Dewey formed his podcast around one basic concept – to give listeners access to a more personal side of the artist, while creating a comfortable and relaxed setting for the guest. Dewey opted to emphasize attentiveness and empathy rather than just asking questions from a list.
Since then, he has featured many incredible artists such as Fat Mike (NOFX), Ian Mackaye (Fugazi), and Anthony Green (Circa Survive). Dewey also expanded his repertoire to industry leaders, comedians and actors, some of which includes comedian Josh Johnson, Dan Sandshaw of Equal Vision Records, and John Heder from Napoleon Dynamite.
When listening to the podcast, you automatically notice how authentic and empathetic Dewey is. His genuine interest in the guest reels listeners in and sways them to seek out even more episodes. His attentiveness and ability to pick out key talking points throughout the conversation is undoubtedly impressive given the unpredictable nature of where these conversations can lead. “It’s kind of like keeping a volleyball in the air. You can drop it from time to time, but you have to keep it going,” he remarked when asked how he keeps the conversations flowing.
While The Peer Pleasure Podcast allows Dewey to re-immerse himself within the industry, it also gives him the opportunity to create something very personal. After his father’s passing, Dewey was able to listen to years of tapes from his father’s old radio shows. Being grateful to be able to hear his father’s voice even after he was gone, he wanted to do the same for his children. “All of my musical endeavors have been really loud music and screaming, you can’t hear my voice. This is a journal for my kids to go back and listen to once I’m gone. I want to leave them with a piece of something.”
The partnership of The Peer Pleasure Podcast and Equal Vision Records brings many new exciting opportunities for Dewey and the future episodes. EVR will be just another way he can expand his reach and bring in even more variety of episodes. When asked what he hopes for in the future, Dewey immediately responded with “my ultimate goal – an interview with Marilyn Manson in his own home.”