Brave Motel

Stay A While

Brave Motel was a leisurely podcast started by 4 friends. After a strong initial run and a brief hiatus, it returned as a hangout/therapy session for 3 guys and some guests. Now we're back as the flagship show on an emerging podcast network.

Go See A Show is a response to the lack of promotion in San Diego's local radio scene. We felt artists should have an outlet to get their content and performances out to as many people as possible. 

Give It To Me Straight is an exploration of why we do the things that make us who we are. Who needs therapy when you have the unending void that is the internet? 

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Mylène Pt. 3

Mylène got way too comfortable during the break and is fully reclined for the rest of the interview. I also turn away from the mic a lot to pour drinks. We continue talking about our mentality when it comes to performance. We also talk about what stagnation can lead to. At the end, I completely misinterpret a very simple question.

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Mylène Pt. 1

Mylène, aka Lenn, aka Lennie is on the show! At the time, Mylène and I were basically strangers. Lenn goes from prompt two to start with. She addresses her body image issues in relation to how she’s perceived by others and how that affects her in various relationships. We talk about the things that we feel make us undesirable in romantic relationships. We take a tangent into death for a while, like the tendency to only talk positively about people who have died, and how we personally respond to personal loss and other people grieving. Being  egocentric manifests in weird ways especially when combined with other fun mental quirks.

Into/Outro Music: You’re Good, But I’m Better - Kill J

Cindy Pt 2

Disclaimer: My mixer was on its way out when this was being recorded, so the sound quality is a little off.

Part 2 of Cindy’s interview starts with why she enjoys music (since we took so many tangents in the first hour) both as a performer and an instructor, the importance of diversifying your music experience and keeping up different skills. When we get into the second prompt, we sort of struggle to nail down Cindy’s growth in regards to how she manages her personality quirks. She talks about her passive desire for attention and the different ways it manifests. Cindy then decides to eat the world’s loudest candy into the microphone. We both love calling things trash and garbage and explaining the difference between the two. I drop some vaguely related knowledge about narcissism in our culture and how easy it’s become to find an audience as technology develops.

Intro Music: Garbage Truck - Sex Bob-Omb

Outro: Now You Know My Name - The Derevolutions

Merissa Pt. 2

Part 2 with Merissa start of with some bathroom talk, but is mostly about relationships. We talk about different personality dynamics, growing up as the oldest sibling, and how we deal with conflict in romantic situations. I’m kind of a hypocrite in this area, but we talk about how to give and receive advice and when it’s appropriate to do so. In a bit of a tangent I say a bunch of stuff about language I refuse to fact check.We also talk about some shortcomings in communication we both have. There’s just a lot of different things being talked about

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Merissa Pt. 1

With possibly the longest pre-show conversation to date, it’s Merissa! Merissa’s a vocalist friend of mine, so you can probably guess what we talk about. At least at first. We very quickly get into the fear of failure, rejection, and not being supported. Merissa talks about her personal mission to make people feel good and we consider where that comes from. “Podcasting as therapy” should be a thing

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Paloma Pt. 1

In this first part of Paloma's  interview we talk about the sketchy circumstances of where we're recording, her difficulty saying no to strangers, the balance of risk and new experiences, and ill advised shots that she has done twice.

Give It To Me Straight - Samantha

Right up top, my dog, Diva, is in the room walking around while we're recording. I talk to her a lot and I'm sorry. Sam is  good sport, though. She talks about committing to photography as a career. Sam also talks about her insecurity regarding her voice, which I can definitely relate to. Sam is a really cool person and I enjoyed this session with her.

Give It To Me Straight - Christian

Christian's episode was the first recorded following the Vegas round table. He was actually one of the first people considered for this show and we had a really solid chat, even if it was a short one. Christian talks about his creative process when he draws and his tendency to draw puns. He also opens up about how he tends to take on too much at once out of excitement, often to his detriment. Overall, he's pretty self aware and really cuts to the core of his answers to the prompts. At the end we talk about one of my favorite things he created, The Time Drunks.

What Happens In Vegas Pt. 2

Our Vegas roundtable continues this week. We wrap up Silvio's interview and get into Amanda's. She does a great job of setting the tone for my original vision for this show. Erich is a little quiet because he refused to stay close to the mic, but I don't think it should be too big a deal.

Also, sorry for screwing up the email and twitter in the outro again. That'll be fixed next episode. The email is and the twitter account is @BraveMotelGITMS

What Happens In Vegas Pt. 1

This is it! The first episode of the show that restarted it all. Brave Motel is back and bigger than ever largely due to the idea that eventually became Give It To Me Straight. It feels good to be podcasting again.


Today's episode is the first of a multi-part group interview. A last minute decision to bring some recording equipment on a group trip to Vegas resulted in 6 friends exploring the things that brought them to where they are as people.

Making It Personal

Give It To Me Straight was actually the first idea for getting this podcast business started again. Brave Motel (the show) is all fun and games, but we wanted something with a little more purpose. GITMS  is an exploration of why we do the things that make us who we are.

Charles, as the host, presents 2 prompts to each guest:

  1. What is something you really enjoy doing? Why do you like it? What does it do for you?
  2. What is something about yourself that you don't like? Why do you think you feel that way? Are you working on it?

Some people are pretty self-aware or just really succinct, so some of the episodes are going to be on the short side, but others are going to get deep. There will be a few we break into more than one episode.

Get ready to get to know us.

Published Bi-monthly, Starting July 9