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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Feb 21, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Celebrity Chapeau Designer, René Mantilla. In this episode we talk about the rise of advance contemporary premium denim, the tents at fashion week, designing a denim line, the journey to designing chapeaus, making your dreams tangible and much much more.

More Information about Rene

Website -

Instagram -

Latina Article -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Bouchon (Coffee) -

New York Fashion Week -

Betsey Johnson -

Tavern on the Green -

The Hamptons -

Andreana Lima -

Triple 5 Soul -

Saks 5h Ave -

Visual Stylist -

Paige Denim -

Earnest Sewn -

AG Jeans -

7 For All Mankind -

True Religion -

Citizen of Humanity Denim -

John Bartlett -

Duckie Brown -

BCBG Max Azria -

Robert Verdi -

June Ambrose -

Zac Posen -

Mischa Barton -

Li & Fung USA -

Global Brands Group -

Coco Before Chanel -

Vivienne Westwood New York -

Tyson Beckford -

Yanique Tailored -

Tre Chic Living -

Wreckx 'n Effect - Rumpshaker -

Pharrell Williams -

Swizz Beatz -

The Pharrell Hat -

John Varvatos -

Teen Vogue -

Mr. Hat -

Eishia Brightwell -

Women's Wear Daily -

Carine Roitfeld -

CR Fashion Book -

Brunch Spots

Yerba Buena -

Cantina -

Favela Cubana -

Coffee Shop -

Lavern Cox -

The Devil Wears Prada -

Dos Caminos -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Feb 14, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Graffiti, Mural and Studio artist, Rubin415. I met Rubin at his studio and we talked about his roots as a graffiti writer, painting in the Bronx, paying his dues, defining his style, the difference between street art and graffiti, various spray-paint caps, getting ragged or buffed, art trends, how New York changes you much much more.

Side note, there is extensive amount of street art and graffiti lingo being tossed around in this episode. So if you find there is a word you don’t quote understand, I’ve provided a glossary in the show notes of this episode. Just visit and while you are these check out the pictures I posted under the Rubin415 post to check out some of his latest work.

Peace for now,

Please enjoy.


The Words: A Graffiti Glossary -

More Information about Rubin

Website -

Instagram -

Facebook -

Twitter -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Beat Street -

Style Wars -

Henry Chalfont -

Phun Factory -

5 Pointz -

Brooklyn Store Celebrates The Art Of Graffiti -

Part One (Graff Writer) -

Nick 707 -

WallWorks Gallery -

4Burners Crew -

Bushwick Collective -

Phoebe New York -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Feb 7, 2017

Last week I found myself exploring several districts in Paris looking for street art and good eats. As I challenge to get a different flavor of the city I decided to skip the cabs and walk or take the metro to everywhere I wanted to go. In doing that I covered a lot of ground fairly quick.

One day as I was transferring from train to train and I walked by Marvin Parks in one of the tunnels. He was holding what looked like a record cover of himself and I just walked over to ask if he was a singer and he said  yes. I asked if he’d be down to share his story for podcast and he said yes.

So that being said, Marvin and I are standing in the middle of a busy passageway in the metro or the subway during rush hour. It’s pretty noisy down there but we got it done.

In this episode we talk about why Marvin moved to Paris, the key to surviving in the city, busking in the metro, Natalie Cole, reaching people with what you have and much much more.

Please enjoy.


More Information about Marvin Parks

Soundcloud -

Twitter -

Facebook -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

The Paris Jazz Scene -

Busking -

Sunset/Sunside -

Natalie Cole -

Fences -

Cave Du 38 Riv' -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jan 31, 2017

Today’s episode a little different. This week I was in London walking their alleyways looking for street art and good eats. At some point I found myself doing the super touristy stuff, like checking out Big Ben and walking the busy South Bank Riverside Walkway.

On my my way to London Bridge I stumbled up gallery@oxo and was fascinated, better yet moved by Solo exhibition by artist Luke Norton, it was called ‘I haven’t been feeling myself lately’

I was so moved by the work that I inquired about the artist. Turns out Luke was in the spot and after a 5 minute conversation, I invited him to be on the show.  He was up for it and here we are.

In this episode we talking about growing up in South London, his current exhibition, words, ideas, phrases and much much more.

Please enjoy.


More Information about Luke Norton

Website -

Instagram -

Facebook -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Caravaggio -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jan 24, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Oz Rodriguez, a director over at Saturday Night Live.

It this episode we talk about growing up in DR, his journey as a director, working at Saturday Night Live, film and a good place to get a cup of coffee.

Please… enjoy.

Jan 17, 2017

Today’s guest on the show is Jeff Staple, Founder and Creative Director of Staple Design and Reed Space.

In this episode we talk about 20 years of Staple Design, The Fader, superstition, Nike "Pigeon" Dunk SB Low, poker, Jeff’s 1-2-1 Series, the term Streetwear Ambassador and much much more.

Please… enjoy.


More Information about Jeff Staple

Staple Design -

Staple Pigeon -

Reed Space -

Skillshare -

Instagram -

Twitter -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Shep Gordon -

KAWS X Nike Basketball Court -

The Fader -

The Fader (Video) -

Nike "Pigeon" Dunk SB Low -

The Nike "Pigeon" Dunk Riot (Film) -

Flight Club -

Marcus Tayui -

Hiroshi Fujiwara -

Andy Warhol -

Jon Cohen & Rob Stone -

KIDS (film) -

Beck -

Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) -

Erykah Badu -


1-2-1 feat. Mike Tyson (Ep 1) -

1-2-1 feat. Mike Tyson (Ep 2) -

1-2-1 feat. Mike Tyson (Ep 3) -

1-2-1 feat. Mike Tyson (Ep 4) -

1-2-1 feat. Black Thought -

1-2-1 feat. Daniel Kasidi / Rastaclat -

1-2-1 feat. COMMON -

1-2-1 feat. RZA (Part 1) -

1-2-1 feat. RZA (Part 2) -

Futura -

Bono -

Marc Eckō -

The Shirt Kings -

Shokunin -

Handmade Portraits: The Sword Maker -

5th Platoon -

DJ Neil Armstrong -

A-Trak -

Angelo Baque -

Tramps -

Wetlands -

Saul Williams -

Avant Yard -

Nuyorican Poets Cafe -

Malcolm-Jamal Warner -

Rawkus -

Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star -

Shabaam Sahdeeq -

Common - One-Nine-Nine-Nine:

Soundbombing -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jan 10, 2017

This is episode is a little different. A few weeks ago I was asked by my good friends Natacha and Gary to do an engagement photography shoot. Thats not really my thing but I told them I’d be up to have a Sunday fun day in Brooklyn and I’d bring my camera to capture the fun.

So on the first day of 2017, we all met in DUMBO and I captured their day.

Now, a few years ago I had this grand idea to interview a newly wed couple and asked them how they met, their first date, blah blah blah… For some odd reason that idea never happened.

On the morning of my shoot with Natacha and Gary this little voice was like “Bring the mic, do that idea thing with the couples and stuff” and so I did.

After the shoot I asked if they’d be down to help make my idea tangible and of course they were. I really do have great and supportive friends.

They had a car, So I told Gary to take a walk and I interviewed Natacha in the back seat of their VW Jetta. And then Gary came back, then I asked Natacha to kick rocks and got Gary’s side of the story.

I really just wanted to do this interview in private and give it to them. I had no intention of making these conversations public let alone a podcast episode but as I listened to their stories, I felt compelled to share them with you.

I got their permission aaaaaaaaand here we are.

Please, enjoy.

Links to the Stuff they Talked About
Queens Botanical Garden -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Jan 3, 2017

Happy New Year good people, welcome to the New York Said podcast. It’s a very rainy Tuesday in the Lower East Side but I’m feeling it. I love the sunshine because I appreciate the rain.

This episode is a little different. A few days ago I invited Juan back on the show to talk about his favorite podcast, music and books but we ended up talking about that and everything under the sun.

What you’re about to hear is take two. In the first take we started off great and then somehow we ended up in the super dark political place. It didn’t even make sense to publish it, I just made a new clip as we were talking and started from there.

Please enjoy.


Juan’s Podcast Picks

Ice T: Final Level -

Drink Champs: Episode 9 w/ Too $hort -

Men in Blazers: : Bob Bradley Pod Special -

Tax Season: The T. Rodgers Episode -

GGN Podcast Ep. 69 - Rick Ross -


Amon’s Podcast Picks

Tax Season: The Black Thought Episode -

Sleep With Me:

How I Built This: Spanx: Sara Blakely -

The Tim Ferriss Show: Shep Gordon -



Links to the Stuff they Talked About

License to Drive (Movie) -

Flat Iron -

NYCHOS Sigmund couch -

40 Projects -,_Queens

Poconos -

The High Line -

Bushwick Collective -

Whitney -

MoMa -

Cyclone, Coney Island -

Janes Carousel -

Brooklyn Bridge Park -

Central Park -

Dinosaur BBQ -

The BBQ Spot (The Smoke Joint) -

Duke of Sandwich -

Parkway Bakery Tavern -

Mother’s -

Cochon -

Cane and Table -

Willie Mae's Restaurant -

The Roots -

Rock Box -

Dave Chappelle's Block Party -

Yasin Bey -

Jaguar Wright -

Dead Prez -

M-1 -


TMNK Episode -

N.O.R.E. Superthug (What What) -

Too $hort - Gettin' It -

Groove Theory - Keep Tryin' -

DMX - Slippin' -

Premier League -

Arsenal Magazine -

North London -

Canibus - DJ Clue Freestyle 97 ''I Speak At Frequencies'' -

'97 Mentality - Cappadonna ft Ghostface Killah -

Ready to Die -

The War Report -

Reasonable Doubt -

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike -

Solange -

Beginning Stages - A look into Solange’s songwriting process & jam sessions that shaped ASATT -

The Score (Fugees album) -

Comfort Crusade -

Got to Give the People What They Want by Jalen Rose -

Michael Jordan Playground -

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court -

Young Jeezy -

Frank Ocean -

The Weeknd: Starboy -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Dec 27, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is M. Tony Peralta.

I hopped a train Uptown to build with Tony about growing up in Washington Heights, his journey as an artist, his growth an entrepreneur, good music, great food and much much more.

If you’ve been enjoying New York Said, subscribe in iTunes, rate and leave a comment. That helps out a lot because we would love to get in that New & Noteworthy in podcast section.

Please enjoy.

More About M. Tony Peralta

The Peralta Project -

Instagram -

Twitter -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

House Music -

Limelight -

Paradise Garage -

Larry Levan -

Keith Haring -

Graffiti Black Book -

DJ Dirty Harry -

DJ Clue -

DJ Envy -

Ron G -

80s Merengue -

Sucka MCs -

Club 1018/The Roxy -

Beat Street -

The Fun House -

Keith Haring - Radiant Child, Inflatable Baby -

Keith Haring, Pop Shop  -

Spike Lee -

Acapulco Black Film Festival -

Hype Williams -

School Daze -

Lean On Me -

Eyrka Badu -

J. Cole -

Childish Gambino - Redbone -

Parliament -

Madonna -

George Michael -

Pet Shop Boys -

Terence Trent D'Arby -

Fonda Rae - Fat Rat -

Slave - Just A Touch Of Love -

Roy Ayers - Running Away -

Roy Ayers - We Live In Brooklyn -

WAR - Slippin' into darkness -

Poor Righteous Teachers -

X-Clan -

Dead Prez -

Future - F*ck Up Some Commas -

Travis Scott -

The Isley Brothers -

Joey Bada$$ -

Latina -

Brooklyn Circus -

Shepard Fairy -



APT.78 -

Pratt Institute -


Ouigi Theodore: PSFK Conference:

El Malecon -

Elsa La Reina Del Chicharron -

Johns Fried Chicken -

Victor Roman -

Apple Music -

Q-Tip Beats 1 -

Young Thug -

Big Baby D.R.A.M. - Broccoli feat. Lil Yachty -

The U.M.C.'s -'s

No Face -

BWP - Two Minute Brother -


2 Live Crew - Banned in the USA -

Uncle Luke -

Three 6 Mafia -

Kool G. Rap -

A Waste of Time -

Joe Budden -

Tax Season - Black Thought Episode -

School of Greatness -

Desus & Mero -

Andy Warhol -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Dec 20, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is Iva Kravitz.

Not too long ago Iva and I were working together on a Landscape Architecture project in Philly. And once filming on that project wrapped we headed to Amtrak and caught a train back to New York. While we were sitting there I asked Iva if she's be down to be a guest on the show. Even though we were clearly exhausted she was still up to kick it. Thanks again Iva.

So that being said... we are on a train, there is a lot of background noise, horns and from time you'll hear the train conductor make a few announcements. And thats all good because that's what taking this show on the road is all about.

In this episode we talk about the design community, Marketing, PR, Advertising, growing up in a Norman Rockwell painting of a town, Park Slope eats, cautious optimism and much much more.

Please enjoy.

More About Iva Kravitz 

Official Site -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About
Dec 6, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is musician and content creator Willard Hill.

We met up at Ink48, a Kimpton hotel in the heart Hell's Kitchen and talked about growing up in New Orleans, how culture is a gumbo, his process of making music, the music industry, group think, corporate culture, overcoming creative roadblocks, art being a reflection of the times and much much more.

That’s enough intro for one show, please enjoy.

I’m going to close out today’s episode with Will performing his song Future Fresh at The Gumbo NYC.

And I’ll see ya’ll, next Tuesday… Lord Willing.

More About Willard Hill

Official Site -

Instagram -

iTunes -

YouTube -


Links to the Stuff they Talked About


Second Line -

Cash Money Records -

No Limit Records -

Pen and Pixels -

Master P - Bout It, Bout It II -

The Showboys - Drag Rap (Triggaman) -

DJ Money Fresh - Brown Beats -

UNLV/Bad Ass Yellow Boy - Drag Em Thru The River -

Ira Glass on Storytelling -

Nick Hakim - I Don't Know -

Quincy Jones - 

Shoe Dog -

6 Days to Air -

How I Built This (Podcast) -

Isaiah Rashad -

Negotiating with Giants -

The Art of War -

Gotham Market -

Blue Bottle Coffee -

Cannibal -

Ample Hills Ice Cream -

Platinum Sound Studio -

Wyclef Jean -

Who Moved My Cheese -

Marijuana and the Bible -

My Ishmael -

Outliers: The Story of Success -

Jimmy McMillan -

Black Dynamite -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Nov 29, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is entrepreneur and strategist Holley Murchison.

We met up in Grind, a co-working space in not too far from 34th street and talked about growing up in Harlem, yoga, Lisbon, life in the hood, gambling, debate tournaments, her grade changing scandal, engaging with high-end clients, how to fire someone, shifting cultures, volunteering, the keys to creating good stuff, active listening, speaking your truth and much much more.

That’s enough intro for one show, please enjoy.

More About Holley M. Murchison

Official Site -

Oratory Glory -

Instagram -

Twitter -

Creative Mornings: 8 Lessons in Love -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Lisbon -

Monserrate Palace -

PS 188 -

Notes from the Universe -

Stoop Ball -

Taps -

21 -

Spades -

Cee-lo -

Numbers -

Frederick Douglass Academy -

Western Texas College -

Odessa College -

University of the Pacific -

DuckTales -

Muppet Babies -

Darkwing Duck -

Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers -'n_Dale:_Rescue_Rangers

Fraggle Rock -

Fraggle Rock Cactus Episode -

Zach LaVine -

Rafer Alston -

The Pan Pan Diner -

West Fourth Street Courts -

Brooklyn College -

Angie Martinez -

Thirty Days of Kickstarter -

The Combat Jack Show -

Combat Jack Show (D-Nice) -

Bryon Summers -

Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It -

50 Cent -

M. Tony Peralta -

Jamel Shabazz -

New York Cares -

Chris Emdin -

Hall Pass Tour -

Oberlin College -

OC LaunchU -

Tom Joyner -

The 2 AM Principle: Discover the Science of Adventure -

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life -

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph -

The Alchemist -

Cris Dogs -

Pio Pio -

Seasoned Vegan -

Di Fara Pizza -

The Meatball Shop -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Nov 22, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is documentary photographer Jamel Shabazz.

Jamel’s contributions to documentary photography are applauded the all over the world and in my humble opinion Brother Shabazz the is the Gordon Parks of my generation. I marveled at his work way before I knew his name. You have no idea how happy it made me feel to sit at a chess table in the middle of Brooklyn and kick it with some who has and still inspires me to do my best with my skill set every single day.

We met up in Dr. Ronald McNair Park across from the Brooklyn Museum to talk about growing up in Brooklyn, self publishing vs traditional publishing, his experience in the military, the summer of 1980, striving to capture images that say something profound, the importance of empathy, the crack era, giving back to the community and much much more.

As you are listening to this conversation, I highly recommend you pull up Jamel’s Instagram, website or flip through one of his many photography books as you listen. It will be a great reference to what we are talking about. I’ve provided links to it all at 

Side note, we are in the middle of Brooklyn. So, there will be sirens, there will be interruptions and that’s what you get when you record outside in New York, it tends to want to be present right there with you.

That’s enough intro for one show, please enjoy.

More About Jamel Shabazz

Official Site -

Instagram -

Facebook -

Shop for Books by Jamel Shabazz

Back in the Days -

The Last Sunday June -

A Time Before Crack -

Seconds of my Life -

Pieces of a Man: Photography of Jamel Shabazz: 1980-2015

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

West Indian Parade -

Eastern Parkway -

Brooklyn Museum -

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens -

Powerhouse Books -

Black In White America, a book by photojournalist Leonard Freed -

Alex Haley: The Playboy Interviews -

Platoon (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes -

Marvin Gaye (Song) - What's Happening Brother -

Luke Cage -

Puma -

Delancey Street -

Riders Island -

Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson -

Short Eyes (Film) -

Attica Correctional Facility -

Crack Cocaine -

Self Destruction (Song) -

The Central Park Five -

Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come (Official Lyric Video) -

Book of Eli -

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Nov 15, 2016

Today’s episode is with my good friend Rashid. We met up in Bryant Park to talk about citizen journalism, speedy digital culture, the complexities of art and social media, hard driving diving, code switching, iPhone films, growing an audience ethically, Nia Long, shooting film, defining value, A Love Supreme, growing up Baltimore, cultivating ideas and much much more.

Side note, we are in the middle of mid-town. So, there will be sirens, there will be interruptions and that’s what you get when you record outside in New York, it tends to want to be present right there with you.

That’s enough intro for show, please enjoy.

More About Rashid Zakat

Official Site -

Music -

Instagram - and

Tumblr -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Black Star Film Festival - 

The DJ D-Nice Episode -

It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Nov 8, 2016

One of my favorite things to do is walk around New York just checking street art from block to block. On my walks I’ll catch the latest murals, graffiti, stickers and wheat paste art. If you don’t know what wheat paste art is, wheat paste is a gel or liquid adhesive made from wheat flour or starch and water. That glue thats usually made in a big bucket is then used for paper artwork and then pasted on smooth walls. You’ve probably seen it and ya don’t even know it. Think Shepherd Ferry and his project Obey Giant, then theres Adam Cost, or Swoon, theres Bunny M, uhh there is also JR of the Inside Out Project.

Today’s guest is Libby but most people probably know her from her street art, Phoebe New York. Phoebe can be found in the form stickers and wheatepaste art throughout the streets of New York.

I met up with Libby in Washington Square Park and she walked me through the good, the bad and the ugly of being a street artist. In this episode we talk about shooting film photography in Paris, her love of vintage book covers, writing, becoming an artist, her first solo show, transitioning into a street artist, putting up stickers, her first night of wheat pasting, getting arrested, meeting the New York City Vandal Squad, how her alter ego Phoebe was born, subliminal messaging, letting go of crutches and much much more.

Before you begin this episode or while you’re listening to this episode you should visit Phoebe instagram at phoebenewyork just to get an idea of what her work looks like and have a reference to what we are talking about as we make our way through her journey as an artist.

Of course you can find links to her IG and everything we talking about in this episode at below.

Don’t forget to subscribe, rate and leave a comment in the iTunes store aaaaand that’s enough intro for one show, please enjoy.

More About Phoebe New York 


Official Site -

Instagram -

Twitter -

Tumblr -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About


Mork and Mindy -

Washington Square Park -

Andy Warhol Sleep -

English muffin -

Chelsea Flea Market -

Mast Books -

Dash wood Books -

Mercer Street Books -

Strand Book Store -

The Catcher in the Rye -

Rorschach -

Polaroid SX-70 -

Wabi-sabi -

Street Art -

Wheat Paste Instructions -

Egg Shell Stickers -

Materials for the Arts -

Screaming Mimi -

Lulu Lemon -

Teen Vogue -

Glamor -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 29, 2016

Today’s guest on the show is DJ CherishTheLuv also known as Cynthia. I met Cynthia back in the Spring and within a few minutes, I knew I wanted to invite her to be a guest on the show. Fast forward to a few days ago, our schedules aligned and we finally had a chance to meet in the East Village. I don’t want to give it away but here is some of what we talked about, growing up in the East Village, creating attractive design, the growth mentality, listening to your intuition, public speaking, talking to her phoenix, getting her doctorate in survival, meeting Oprah and declarations under good circumstances.

More About DJ CherishTheLuv

Website -

Instagram -

Twitter -

Facebook -

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center -

The Roost -

Tonga -


Links to the Stuff they Talked About


School of Visual Arts -

Young & Rubicam Group -

Fat Rat Press (The Matches) -

Full Sail University -

Jamel Shabazz -

Golden Book -

Highlights Kids -

Aventura -

Sony -

Nespresso -

Black Wine Glass -

Think First -

Dub Spot -

DJ Clue -

DJ Envy -

DJ Dirty Harry -

Phil Morse -

TEDxTeen -

How to Work a Room -

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life -

Ippudo NY -

Robertas -

Abraço  -

Robert Galinsky -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 25, 2016

Today’s guest is my friend Natty Boom. I saw that Nat was in town from Paris and I invited her to be on the show. Turns out she wasn’t visiting, she was here to start a new chapter. So we met up in Union Square and just kicked it. In this episode we talk about growing up in the DMV, her thoughts on LA, learning new languages, siesta, fashion week, moving to Paris and much much more.

That’s enough intro for one show, please enjoy.

More About Natty Boom

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Chateau Marmont -

American in Paris: Saul Williams critiques his home country from the outside looking in:

Place de la République:

Silencio -

Le Comptoir Général -

Le Perchoir -

La Barge -

DJ Jacks -

Hotel Costes Paris -

Colette -

Terry McMillan -

Roald Dahl - and

The Giving Tree -

West Indian Day Parade -

Anderson.Pak -

Frank Ocean -

Isaiah Rashad -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 18, 2016

Amon welcomes Raeven Western to the show. They talk about learning from children, cutting school, her journey to becoming a professional model, social perspective, being committed to your dream and much much more.

More About Raeven Western and


Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Inwood, New York 

New York Models

Tom Ford

Yves Saint Laurent YSL

Tovah Klein, How Toddlers Thrive

The Tipping Point

Lemonade - Beyonce

Club Lotus

Yummy Thai

Museum of Natural History

Hall of Science 

Link to Danny Episode

Discover the Power Within You

The Pursuit of Happiness 

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 10, 2016

Amon welcomes Arturo Vega to the show. They talk about Arturo becoming a designer for the Ramones, moving to New York, first jobs, the music of the time plus much much more.

More About Arturo Vega and

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Mexico City -

Elvis -

Orange Julius -

The Bowery -

Dee Dee Ramone -

Ramones -

Eisenhower dollar -

The Metropolitan Museum of Art -


The Clash -

Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols

Lou Reed -

David Bowie -

MC5 -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Oct 2, 2016

Amon welcomes Mustafa Shakir to the show. They talk about the power of a name, growing up in Harlem, being a barber, life as a poet, yoga, meditation, music, life on set, being a struggling vegan, the difference between New York and LA plus much  much more.

More About Mustafa Shakir and

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

Gerard Dure Salon -

Negro Ensemble Company, Inc -

Apollo Theater -

Adina Howard -

Heather Hunter -

Michael K. Williams -

SlamNation -

Saul Williams -

Afropunk Festival -

National Black Theatre -

Survival Soundz -

Survival Soundz - Dub is Dub -

Vipassana Meditation -

Integratron -

Joshua Tree National Park -

Quarry -

Sekou Sundiata -

Sekou Sundiata - Def Poetry -

Sekou Sundiata Dies at 58; Performer of Text and Sound -

The New School -

The Celestine Prophecy -

On the Breath of the Gods -

The Kybalion: A Study of The Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece -

Alibris  -

The Alchemist Kitchen -

Bikram Yoga NYC -

Calcifying your Pineal Gland -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Sep 27, 2016

Amon Focus, in another iteration of New York Said, had the opportunity to speak with TMNK at the 2013 SCOPE event and he happened upon a very inspiring man whose message was this “Inside everybody anybody and especially you is a gift that God put that there is something that you can do that no one else can do there is a contribution that you can make to this world but you got to believe in yourself and you got to work at it every day, relentlessly. It will be difficult. But I want people to see if a nobody like me can come to the streets of New York and several years later, not ten years later within 5 years has his work exhibited around the world and to be up here in SCOPE that anybody can, anybody can make a difference, everybody can make a difference.” –TMNK

The contemporary artist’s message is truly inspiring and uplifting, he used his art and his voice to encourage those around him to master their gifts and honor the ideas of being your brothers & sisters keepers. He would not allow himself to be defined by the ignorance of others and left a legacy that stained the mind and soul of those who were lucky enough to experience his art and his message that art is a weapon. There were 3 jewels in all of his work dedicated to his 3 children. This interview is dedicated to them and his family so that they may hear and honor the legacy that was built for them by this incredible man. May he rest in power.

ART IS MY WEAPON: A Conversation with TMNK (Video):


More About TMNK


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Sep 19, 2016

Amon welcomes Jeff Wick to the show. They talk about the good music, creative processes, what it's like being at cop, photography and good eats.

More About Jeff Wick

Instagram -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

The Music

Mos Def -

Ummi Says -

AfroPunk -

Outkast -

Common -

Jame Brown -

Jill Scott -

The Films

Police Academy (Movie) -

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives -

Miles Ahead -

James Brown Movie -

Good Eats

Jackson Hole -

Mexicocina -

Smorgasburg -

Millie Peartree -

The Places

Harlem -

Utica -

Lower East Side -

Other Stuff

Monocle -

House of Ink -

Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. -

Foot Locker -


Gordon Parks -

Super Soakers -

Urban Youth Bike Core -


This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Sep 13, 2016

Amon welcomes Matt FX to the show. They talk about a ton of music, a variety genres, a plethora of artists, a gaggle of geese, warehouse parties, tv shows, movies and all while learning the peaks & valleys Matt has endured to becoming the person he is today.

More About Matt FX

Sound Cloud -

Instagram -

Twitter -

Links to the Stuff they Talked About


Lumpia Shack Snackbar -

Coppelia -


Modern Family -

Fame -

The Shining -

Yellow Submarine (film) -

Skins UK -

Skins MTV -

Russell Brand -

The Mighty Boosh -

Rent -

Broad City -


Jai Paul -

Diplo -

A-Track -

Dillon Francis -

Skrillex -

Mushrooms (Skins us Soundtrack ) -

Post Malone - White Iverson -

Sleigh Bells -

Jimmy Eat World -

Blood Orange -

Blood Orange - Sutphin Boulevard -

Animal Collective -

Phantogram -

M83 -

DJ Green Lantern -

How To Make It In America - Mixtape Vol.2 by Mick Boogie -


Rap Phenomenon II - DJ Vlad, Dirty Harry, DJ Green Lantern -

Nicolas Jaar -

Matthew Dear -

Ludacris -

DJ Raff - Latino N' Proud -

vcvl -

Jarina De Marco -

Tony Quattro -

GoldLink -

Smino -

monte booker -

Sángo -

Zero Fatigue -

Chance The Rapper -

Alex Tumay -

James Kurd -


Sugar Candy Mountain -

J Balvin -

Azealia Banks -

Azealia Banks- Slow Hands (Interpol Cover) -

Azealia Banks - "212" Video (2011) -

Young Thug -

Zapp and Roger -

Mark Morrison - Return Of The Mack -

Nelly -

Women of the Calabash -

The Beatles -

The White Stripes -

Linkin Park -

Jet (band) -

* N S Y N C -

A Tribe Called Quest -

De La Soul -

Freddie Gibbs -


Rinsed -

Shea Stadium BK -

285 Kent -

Market Hotel -

Electric Zoo -

Webster Hall -

Verboten -

The Limelight -

Le Bain - The Standard Hotels -


Groton -

Choate Rosemary Hall -

Phillips Exeter Academy -

Saint Thomas Choir School -

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School -

The University of Glasgow -

McGill University -


West Village -

West Beth -

New Zealand -

Williamsburg -

Bushwick, Brooklyn -,_Brooklyn

Art Basel -

Dance-punk -

Todd P -

ShowPaper -

DIY Band Sites -

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Sep 6, 2016

Amon welcomesEmily Khoo to the show. They talk about growing up in Atlanta, reaching out to guests, lines of New York, regrets, struggling with Identity and Sexuality, trolling in chat rooms, trips to Louisiana, coming out, first jobs, creative processes and finding your passion.

Links to the Stuff we Talked About

Know these Folks

Stefan Sagmeister -

Andrew Eccles -

Eat Here

Der Krung Thai Cuisine -

Uma Temakeria -

Kimpton Ink48 -

Gotham West Market -

Ample Hills Creamery (The Ice-cream Spot) -

Blue Bottle Coffee -

Genuine Roadside -

Ivan Ramen -

Gabriel's Gate -

Anchor Bar -

Read This

Seat of the Soul -

Watch This

Idiocracy  -

Go Here

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater -

Corning Museum of Glass -

The Strong | National Museum of Play - Rochester -

Union Square -

Columbus Circle -

Buffalo -

Supreme -

Story -

On Tap -

More About Emily

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

Aug 30, 2016

Amon welcomes The Bespoke Bloke to the show. They talk about how Tony got the name Bespoke Bloke, Neffi Walker, farm life, share-cropping, PBS, soccer, imagination, Marianna-FL, 100% organic, integrity, honesty, hard work, listening to people’s story, Up With People, music engineering, Greyhound, native Americans, race relations, learning from strangers, Project Pride, being a floater, Rodney King, Zurich- Switzerland, new languages, baby-sitting, illegal immigrant, Old Dirty Bastard, Mercedes Fashion Week, The Roots, exceptions to the rules, PR marketing, Cliff Notes, 9/11 and pregnant women.

New York Neighborhoods & Locations

Alphabet City
Bryant Park
Washington Square Park


The Five people you meet in Heaven
The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

Musical Mentions

20/20- Justin Timberlake
The Roots
Wu-Tang Clan


B Bar at Baccarat Hotel
Freeman Alley
La Esquinas

Also Mentioned

Neffi Walker
Mannequin (1987)

How to connect with Tony:

Twitter: @thebespokebloke
Instagram: @thebespokebloke

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

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