New York Said

Teacher, sales associate, officer, tobacconist, rebel, MTA worker, artist, drifter - who? These are the people in your neighborhood. Hosted by Amon Focus, the New York Said podcast features in-depth artful conversations with people you don't often hear from, to hear things that aren't often shared (said), spotlighting life in New York. This is what New York Said. New episodes available on Tuesdays.
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Sep 19, 2017

Live from the East Village, today’s guest on the show is Mike Schreiber. In this episode we have an in-depth conversation about New York in the 90s, various scenes, film versus digital, shooting celebrity portraits, the hustle and juicing. // Show Notes:


Sep 12, 2017

An in-depth conversation about burlesque, being a naked lady online, not feeding the trolls, rock music and acclimating to NYC with Sydni Deveraux. // Show Notes:


Sep 5, 2017

Live from Jamestown, New York today’s guest on the show is Jonathan Weston. Jonathan talks life in Western New York, beekeeping, the outdoors, touring Chautauqua County, invasive species, small business, Panama Rocks and more. // Show Notes:


Aug 30, 2017

Live from the Lower East Side today’s guest on the show is Dirty Souf Yankee. Dirty Souf Yankee talks making something out of nothing, tour photography, date rape, tattoos, painting sneakers, couch surfing and more. // Show Notes:


Aug 22, 2017

Live from DUMBO today’s guest on the show is Brandon Wilson. Brandon talks monkey brains, music, muay thai boxing, gaming, eating crazy stuff, the art world, mixtapes, manga and more. // Show Note:


Aug 15, 2017

Live from Tompkins Square Park today’s guest on the show is Timothy Roquemore. Timothy and I talk about building a brand, design, product development, street culture and visual merchandising. We also converse in-depth about his luxury sneaker company, Ralph Lauren and Loro Piana. // Show Notes:


Aug 8, 2017

I had the opportunity to visit Bob at the Esquire offices and we had a serious conversation about humor. I mean we really had a lot of fun just breaking it down into little tiny philosophical and theoretical morsels and then putting it back together again. We also talked about his position at Esquire, augmenting human creativity, two cool cats, the balls to be funny, submitting cartoons, intense logic studies and much much more. // Show Notes:

Aug 1, 2017

Tyler Kristian talks Music, Anxiety, Fitness and More. Show Notes:

Jul 26, 2017

Stephen Gross on Print Making, Climbing, Commercial Photography and More. // Show Notes:

Jul 19, 2017

Live from the Washington Square Park, Amon and Geronimo Kalleen talk GoGo, Hustle, Music, Google, Bourbon, Trans Job Corps and much more.

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The Cliff Notes

DC Metro vs. MTA


Go-Go Music

Backyard Band

Junkyard Band

Wale - Pretty Girls

Slim Charles

Doing the Butt

Kid N Play -Rolling with

Herb E Luv Bug

It’s Your Thang - Salt N Pepper

Movie: Good to Go

Movie: Krush Groove

Nelly - Hot in Here

Rest in Peace: Chuck Brown

Beat Your Feet

Little Benny and the Masters

Northeast Groovers

Movie: Chasing John Coltrane

Movie: KIDS

Youth in New York

Book: Tipping Point

Book: Outliers

Nuerican Poets Cafe

Music: Nirvana

Music: Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Music: Jermeriqui

Art: The Awakening Sculpture

School: Howard University

Jammed Up by the Jumpouts

Joning and the Dozens

Job Core

Merchant Marine

Helly Hanson

Eddie Bower

Selling Cigarettes

$25 Every 2 Weeks

Fugs, Jacks and Buss Downs

Music: Gangstar - Mass Appeal

God Bless You Anyway

Movie: The Aggressives

Music: Dipset

Music: Tony Yayo - So Suductive

Music: Amerie - One Thing

Omorian - Touch

Kanye - Diamond Are Forever

Jay-Z Sauces Money - Face-off

Movie: Streets is Watching

Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Porter Noveli

Team Epiphany

Busboys and Poets

One Eight Distilling

Republic Restoratives Distillery

Cool Calm Connected

Whisky, Bourbon and Vodka


Chopin Vodka

Kettle One


Bar: Just Loraine

Johnny Walker Black

The Key to Sales

New York Fashion Week

Christopher Grace

MODEM Online

Hit Up 50 Brands

Clinical Trials

Ace of Spade

Hustling CDs

Puffy and Peter Rosenberg


Tabby Banae

All the Fly Kids

The Meatball Shop

Warby Parker

Lost Boyz Love with Two Women


Found a Therapist

The Name Project

Coming Out


Driving Uber

Fly Kids

Podcasting Tips

Google and Travel

Mortal Kombat Jokes

Maestro Knows

Black Rednecks and White Liberals


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jul 12, 2017

Live from the Bedford-Stuyvesant, Amon and Andrew Kalleen talk Music Theory, Busking, Playing Piano in the Subway, Welcomed Collaborations, the NYPD and much more.

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The Cliff Notes

Getting into Music

Sublime, Bradley Nowell 

New Classical





Wurlitzer Piano

Piano in the Subway

Getting Arrested 

The Arrest Video

Existentialist Crisis in the Comment Section 

Memorable Emails 

Playing in her Socks 

Performance - Mr. Tambourine Man Live

Helping with the Process



Presenting Oneself

For the Love or Money

Assess the Effect

Hauling the Piano

Macro Biotics NYC - Souen 

The Alchemist's Kitchen

A Really, Really Sad Song

Performance - Song for Zula 

The Voice Within

Welcomed Collaborations

Stop and Smell those Expensive New York Flowers


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jul 4, 2017

Live from the Lower East Side, Amon Focus shares his journey to New York Said: Volume Three as well as answering a bunch of questions from his father.

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The Cliff Notes

  • Coming Soon...

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Jun 27, 2017

Live from Gorilla Coffee I kick it with Carol McLaughlin about Gorilla Coffee, Poetry, Getting Dragged, being Pro New York, Subtle Condescension and more. // Show Notes:

Jun 20, 2017

Live from the Lower East Side I kick it with Ari about NYC Bullies, life on the farm, on how not to be a statistic, getting tested, volunteering and community service as well as a ton of loaded questions about law enforcement. // Show Notes:

Jun 13, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Diego.

The other day I was walking to Washington Square Park looking to meet some content creators but they weren’t there. There was schedule mix up because Instagram’s algorithm gave me an old post and I thought the meet up was that day, I was wrong. 

 On my walk back home I ended on Houston Street. As I was walking, I walked past Diego is sitting on the corner. He had a sign that read he was homeless as well as a change cup by his feet.

As I turned the corner a little voice popped into my head and told me to invite Diego on the podcast. After a bit of persuasion, he was down for the recording and even offered me a piece of cardboard to sit on. 

I sat down. 

In this episode Diego and I talk about evil books, opioids, crack, heroin, coffee, and the misconceptions of being homeless. 

About halfway through the conversation he started smoking Spice or K2 or Synthetic Weed.


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Links the the Stuff We Talked About

Thomas Jefferson Houses Tenant


Funky Four Plus One

Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde - Genius Rap

Big Daddy Kane 

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Afrika Bambaataa

TAKI 183



David Choe

Bowery Wall 



Crack Cocaine





McDonald’s Coffee


Book of Dreams

K2 Spice


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

May 30, 2017

Last week I spent about a week in Memphis, Tennessee capturing Sun Studios, Graceland, Stax and of course the legendary Beale Street.

On the last day of the assignment, we wrapped shooting at around 1am and I had the opportunity kick with it Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell in a parking outside of a spot called Beauty Shop.

It’s crazy because about an hour before meeting Boo, I was talking to my friend Jay about the podcast and he immediately started talking about how I should get Boo on show. He said he’d set it up and in my mind, I thought this would take month to make happen. Meaning I’d catch Boo when I was back in the city because I had to fly out in on the morning.

Shortly after that conversation, guess who walks through the door? Yup you guessed it, Boo.

I told the story to Boo and he said, “We call that Memphis serendipity”.

In this episode we talk about the early days of Royal Studios, wearing the hat of a producer, the false feel, putting love in the cooking, Uptown Funk, and much more.

I’m outta here, enjoy the talk.

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Royal Studios

Links To The Stuff They Talk About

Orange Mound 

Robert Reed Church

Beale Street Historic District


B.B. King

1070 WDIA - The Heart & Soul of Memphis

Elvis Presley 

Willie Mitchell 

Al Green

Memphis Soul

The Blues 


Rhythm and Blues

Stax Records

The Mar-Keys

The Jackson

KC and Sunshine 

The Doobie Brothers

The Temptations

Ike & Tina Turner

John Mayer 

Rod Steward 

Buddy Guy 


Ann Peebles

Melissa Etheridge

Paul Rodgers

Mark Ronson

Jeff Bhasker

Lana Del Rey

Trombone Shorty

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Steve Jordan 

Willie Weeks 

Bruno Mars 

Uptown Funk 


Philip Lawrence 

Mehanata (Bulgarian Bar)


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

May 23, 2017

Today’s guest on the show Asante Amin. Asante talks New Orleans, Books, Music, Travel, Social Justice, Social Change, Teaching the Kids, Philosophy and the Soul Science Lab.

I’m outta here, enjoy the talk.

Photography by Kamau Ware

May 17, 2017

Today’s guest on the show Dot. Dot grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn in the 80s. If you know anything about Brownsville period then you know that you are in for some stories. We talk about the Dot talks about the crack era, shootouts, prison, turning it all around as a small business owner in the Optical Field and much much more.

I’m outta here, enjoy the talk.

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All

Steven Spielberg

Hype Williams 

Mad Rapper 

Calvin Klein Jeans

British Walkers 

Suede Fronts 

Stick Up Kids

Spofford Juvenile Center 

Rikers Island 

Boogie Down Productions - Love's Gonna Get'cha

BMW 3 Series

40 Below 

36 Chambers

The Purple Tape 

Beanie Sigel - Feel It In The Air

Donald Goines 

Iceberg Slim 

 The Spirit of a Man: A Vision of Transformation for Black Men and the Women Who Love Them

Clinton Correctional Facility 


67 Burger

Section 3 - Coming Soon

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May 9, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Tarik “Star” Baker, head designer and founder of AGLIT ITALY. In this episode we talk about growing up in Hempstead, Long Island, owning barbershops, getting his start in design, discovering his talent to create accessories, business development, Premium Shoelaces and much much more.

I’m outta here, enjoy the talk.


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AGLIT ITALY™ Instagram

How Aglit Italy’s Premium Shoe Laces Are Changing Sneakers


Links to the Stuff they Talked About


Elle Magazine

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi



G M D Three

EBJ Gallery 

Rene Mantilla 

MARCK visual video sculptures


Art Basel 

Whitney Biennial




This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

May 2, 2017

Quick Summary: Today we talk with Alexander Sumner about the Difference between Style and Fashion, The Grateful Dead, Vintage Shops as well as the Four Components of a Well Made Suit.


If you know me, you know I’m not the most stylish person in the world. I mean that in the sense of being suited up to the nines. I think my style is more sporty or efficient… if you will. Or better yet, ninja like or unassuming. When I’m out capturing the places I visit, I don’t really want to be seen. I don’t want any kind of attention from anyone, I just want to get my shots and get the hell out of there… A lot of what you’ll see me in is dark muted shirts, dark jeans, some Air Max 1s or some all black chucks.

That being said, if there ever comes a time that its necessary for me to get dressed up, its not a foreign concept because of today’s guest, Alexander Sumner.

I met Alex a few years ago when this little voice in my head was going on and on about getting a real suit. So I started cruising the net and social media for men’s style. Visiting tumbler as well as sites like JJJJound and Instagram hashtags like #MensStyle. One day I came across this picture of a red button hole on a suit jacket. For some odd reason I thought it the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. It was nice touch that you’re not going to find on the $100 dollar suits I was used to back then. I’m telling y’all the truth, so judge me all you want about rocking a baggy $100 suit, but it was more of check box than anything else.

Anyway, I commented on how much I liked the detail and I would like to see it in person. Alex’s response was pretty much come on by the studio. So I did and the rest is what the young people are calling, uhh history.

I met Alex in SoHo and we talked about the difference between style and fashion, The Grateful Dead, vintage shops as well as the four components of a well made suit and much much more.

Toward the end of the conversation Alex turned the tables and inquired about New York Said: Volume Three. I ranted a bit about it and if your were curious to know what’s up with the new book, that info is there.

I’m outta here, enjoy the talk.

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Andy’s Chee-Pee 

Trash and Vaudeville

Canal Jeans

Scabal Fabric

Mood Fabrics

Acustom Apparel 

Tyson Beckford


Charlamagne Thagod

Rory Mcilroy

Phil Heath 

The Art of Dressing Up


National Geographic

The New Yorker

Adidas Sandal 

Vintage Harley Davidson Jacket

Thelonious Monk

The Specials 


Grateful Dead


Miles Davis

John Coltrane 




1968 Democratic National Convention

Tet Offensive

Shawl Lapel

Jack Purcell

Chuck Taylor 


Longform Podcast

When Harry Met Sally

7 Wonders of Style Questions

1. In your wardrobe, what's your favorite piece of clothing, favorite shoe and favorite accessory?

2. Who, both inside & outside of your circle, had the greatest influence on your style?

3. Which musical group (or solo artist) most defines your sense of style?

4. Which would be your decade of choice to spend your prime in, style-wise?

5. As for creative inspiration; when was a time when you spotted someone or something and said, "I am going to incorporate that myself (and did) and when was a time when you spotted someone and said, “I’ll never be caught dead doing that," and you ended up doing so?

6. How have you seen style expressed in ways that have nothing to do with what a person wears?

7. What do you feel is the difference between style and fashion?

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Apr 26, 2017

I met up with Cey Adams at his studio in Brooklyn and talked about his journey as an artist in New York. We discuss his motivation to give back and inspire those who will carry the mantle of creativity forward. We also discuss his contribution to the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and much, much, more.

Thumbnail Photography Courtesy of Janette Beckman


Stay Up to Date with Cey Adams

Official Website





Talking Points (In No Particular Order)

  • Early days of Graffiti
  • Def Jam
  • Creative Director
  • Drawing Board
  • Logos
  • Hand Lettering
  • Rush Artist Advisory Board
  • Giving Back to Young People
  • Paving the would for artist of today
  • Mentors
  • Power of Music
  • Power of Culture
  • The Importance of pushing Art Forward
  • Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol
  • 20 Years: Getting Attention of Major Galleries and Museums
  • Music and Civil Rights in the 80s
  • Challenges and Obstacles
  • Highs and Lows of being an Artist
  • Paintings and Murals: One Nation, All American, Trusted Brands
  • Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Links to the Stuff they Talked About


Martha Cooper



Duke 9


Shirt King Phade

Russel Simmons 

Kurtis Blow



Sparky D

Spider D

Dynasty and Mimi

Rick Rubin 

Def Jam Logo

Mary J Blige - What's the 411?

Mary J Blige

Anita Baker 

Alyson Williams 


Hello Nasty

LL Cool J  - Mama Said Knock You Out 

Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Hat

Chuck D

Steve Carr 

B.E. Johnson

Spike Lee 

Kenny Gravillis

Quincy Jones

Ray Charles 

Billy Eckstine

Jasper Johns

Romare Bearden

Jacob Lawrence

Roy Lichtenstein

Magic Johnson

Keith Haring

Nobody Beats the Wiz Commercial


Meshell Ndegeocello

The Roots

The National Museum of African American History and Culture

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Apr 11, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Candida Boyette-Clemons. She is currently the Vice President of Original Programming over at VH1. 

I met up with Candida at Bryant Park to talk about her experiences at BET, MTV, VH1, the results of giving 110%, gratitude and much much more.

Please enjoy.


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Apr 4, 2017

This episode is very special to me. It’s not often I get to converse with a innovator, a pioneer or a living legend in anything let alone graffiti culture. Today’s guest on the show is TAKI 183.

Before recording a single episode of this podcast I made list of people I would love to have on the show. I threw Taki’s name on there under the dream big column. I wrote it not ever thinking it was a real possibility but here we are lol. That write it down and manifest it stuff I’ve always heard about does have a lot of merit to it, so I’m learning.

TAKI 183 was gracious enough to give me a few hours of his time to talk in-depth about his creative journey at the Auto Body Shop he owns out Yonkers. That being said, it was toward the end of the work day so we had to stop and start depending on if someone in the garage or a client needed to pull him away for a second.

I put a sound effect in between clips to give you an idea of when I had to stop the tape.

This episode was recorded in the waiting area of the garage… So just like when I’m deep in the city, it has it’s own sounds; like refrigerator humming, beeps, doors slamming, car lifts, wheels getting changed, sirens and of course, a healthy amount of welcomed disturbances from folks in the neighborhood.

I could totally edit this stuff out but to me, its all apart of the New York Said audio experience.

Enough with the intro, please enjoy.

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Links to the Stuff they Talked About

The Words: A Graffiti Glossary 

Stay High 149

Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence

‘Taki 183’ Spawns Pen Pals - Archived New York Times article

Style Wars

Julio 204

Ford Model T

Street Art NYC

The Neighborhood That Went to War Against Gentrifiers

The case of ‘The Butcher of Tompkins Square Park’

Daniel Rakowitz

El Marko

Keith Haring

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Adam Cost





Street Art vs. Graffiti 

Philly Writer: Cornbread 

Flowers and Dice

Turk 182

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Malcolm Gladwell

KAWS: Companion at the Parade

KAWS x Air Jordan 4


VMAs celebrated Brooklyn with a KAWS-reimagined Moonman

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.


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