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E138: Connecting A Community, Dealing With Chronic Pain, And Being Unique W/ Unique Unknown



I’m always drawn to conscious hip hop. I love the stream of consciousness hearing big thoughts come out as organic as they come. Today we speak with Nate also known as Unique Unknown. Nate has lived in many places and comes from a rock background but writes and teaches hip hop now in Portland, Maine. We speak through his history with chronic pain and how it shaped him living in different settings of people. Theatre background and creating multi-art events to stimulate and bring together the community. Everyone has something that makes them unique and that especially comes out in creative.

In This Episode We Cover

  • Dealing with chronic pain

  • Writing to channel emotion

  • Building resiliency

  • What makes you unique?

  • Stream of conscious

  • Teaching hip hop to kids

  • Getting a grant

  • Connecting the community


“ It is impossible to create a creative person the exact same anywhere else in the world because you are a culmination of all these unique experiences and things that you’ve done uniquely you.” - Host Dave Swillum

“ If I didn’t have that outlet, I might not be the same person. You can’t strip away the arts.” - Host Dave Swillum

“What I want out of it is just to connect, as much as possible. Collaborate, bring people together. It’s a really big drive behind what I do.” - Nate L

Resources Noted In This Podcast Episode



Nate’s Link Tree

Family Banned Records Website

Waking Up From Work Podcast Links

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Patreon (If you want to support the show check out our sweet offers for you)

Facebook Community to connect to creatives


Youtube Channel & Series

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Dave’s Indie Band Broadwing

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