SpearHead Conversations Podcast

SpearHead Conversations Podcast

Spearhead Conversations is hosted by a Milwaukee native, and features the very best of Southeastern Wisconsin. As you’ll listen to our podcast you will hear from entrepreneurs, musicians, athletes, artists and more- who all display how they make our community a special place to work, live, and play.

Episodes

May 16, 2024 57 mins

In this episode of SPEARHEAD CONVERSATIONS, host Xavier Mercado sits down with Ravonn Posey Jr. also known as ‘Big P’, a dedicated and passionate hip-hop artist from Milwaukee. They delve deep into the various barriers Big P has faced in his rap career, including the pressure to conform to certain stereotypes within the industry and the challenges of gaining recognition from a city that often goes unnoticed.

Big P shares his journe...

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In this vibrant episode of Spearhead Conversations, host Xavier Mercado engages in a compelling dialogue with the talented hip-hop artist Dominique Howard also known as Mo City. Originating from the dynamic streets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mo City sheds light on his latest album "Milwaukee W.I.," delving into the deeply personal inspirations behind his tracks and the city that has profoundly influenced his artistic journey. Xavier ...

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In a captivating episode of Spearhead Conversations, host Xavier Mercado engages in a profound dialogue with Kevin Silva, a gifted Latino music producer with roots in Puerto Rico and a burgeoning presence in Milwaukee's music landscape. Silva shares the gripping trajectory of his musical journey, starting from his remarkable ability to play the movie theme music at the tender age of four by ear, to his establishment o...

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April 25, 2024 45 mins

Join host Xavier Mercado on this exhilarating episode of Spearhead Conversations as we delve into the vibrant world of reggaeton with Milwaukee's dynamic duo, Gego Y Nony. Discover how these talented brothers, with roots stretching from Puerto Rico to the heart of the Midwest, are transforming the reggaeton scene with their clean, exhilarating sound and powerful narratives drawn from real-life experiences. In this episode, Gego Y N...

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Join Xavier Mercado for an exciting episode of *Spearhead Conversations* as he chats with the talented photographer Randolla, owner of ‘Wave Factory MKE.’ Randolla shares his journey from high school to becoming a renowned lifestyle photographer, leaving behind a business degree for his passion. Discover how he captured the attention of stars like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard, and Travis Scott. In this episode, Xavier unco...

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In this episode of Spearhead Conversations, we are introduced to Mocha Harris, a dedicated host and influential figure within Milwaukee's cultural landscape. Her journey, highlighted in this engaging conversation, revolves around her leadership in organizing Milwaukee Day events and her unwavering commitment to her hometown's community. Through her platform, MkE (Milwaukee) Expanded, Mocha not only elevates local talent but also st...

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In this compelling episode of "SPEARHEAD CONVERSATIONS," we sit down with Danny Rivera from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office to explore his life story and his journey into law enforcement. Listeners will be captivated by Danny's initial hesitation to join the police force due to hiring delays, followed by his transformative experience at the six-month training academy. He shares insights into his evolution into a new officer p...

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March 28, 2024 44 mins

In this captivating episode of "SPEARHEAD CONVERSATIONS," host Xavier Mercado engages in a riveting discussion with the charismatic Noel G, unveiling the intricacies of Noel's journey through the highs and lows of Hollywood. With anecdotes from iconic sets such as 'Training Day' and 'Fast and the Furious,' Noel provides an intimate glimpse into his favorite projects, accompanied by heartfelt behind-the-scenes stories. He delves int...

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March 21, 2024 29 mins

Tune in to the latest episode of SPEARHEAD CONVERSATIONS with host Xavier Mercado featuring the talented Alesha Marie. In this episode, Alesha shares her musical journey, delving into the moment she discovered her passion and its profound emotional impact. Xavier discusses with Alesha her artistic background and how her experiences shaped her path along her musical journey. Alesha opens up about her music's power to connect with di...

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In the recent episode of SPEARHEAD CONVERSATIONS featuring David Kelly, we delve into his journey in music and fashion design. David's career soared when his merchandise sold out at a pivotal show, catapulting his songs to top spots on music charts. He sees his work as a therapeutic outlet and is currently making waves with monthly music videos and innovative projects. Grounded in his roots, David draws inspiration from di...
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March 7, 2024 47 mins

Join Xavier Mercado on this captivating episode of SPEARHEAD CONVERSATIONS as we welcome back the versatile Johnny Rivera, affectionately known by his stage name Johnny Riv. Hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Johnny brings forth the fruits of an inspiring year filled with musical evolution. Raised in Wheeling, Illinois, by Mexican immigrant parents, Johnny was immersed in a tapestry of musical influences, ranging from the soulful h...

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In this episode of SPEARHEAD CONVERSATIONS, host Xavier Mercado sits down with Angela Mencia, a financial representative from Northwestern Mutual. As a dedicated advocate for financial literacy and a single mother successfully creating and running her own business, Angela shares her insights on how to pave a path to success without relying on handouts. From her humble beginnings in inner-city Milwaukee to her current success in a m...

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In this compelling episode, host Xavier Mercado delves deep into the life and career of the multifaceted director, editor, and filmmaker Brandon Champ Robinson. Hailing from Milwaukee and having made the bold move to Los Angeles, Champ shares his journey from financial struggles and diverse job experiences to achieving remarkable success in the entertainment industry. The episode explores Champ’s brush with life-threatening health ...

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In this impactful episode, host Xavier Mercado engages in a profound conversation with special guest J Matt, an entrepreneur and social media coach. J Matt shares a wealth of knowledge and personal anecdotes, particularly targeting aspiring entrepreneurs in the city. He emphasizes the power of networking and recounts personal stories of navigating the challenges of self-employment. Moreover, J Matt delves in...
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February 9, 2024 41 mins

In this captivating episode, host Xavier Mercado delves into the world of traditional art with Milwaukee's own Cole Kluesner. A portrait artist with a deep respect for the blend of personal expression and community support, Kluesner shares his journey from a young artist influenced by comic book art and a nurturing first-grade teacher to his current status as a renowned creator with a flair for realistic artwork.

Despite not being ...

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February 1, 2024 85 mins
In the latest episode of Xavier Mercado engages in a heartfelt dialogue with Callie Chiroff. Their conversation delves into Callie's poignant journey, centering on her son Theo's battle with congenital heart disease. From Theo's dramatic premature delivery to a challenging heart surgery at 32 weeks, Callie narrates the emotional rollercoaster that culminated in the heartbreaking decision to let him go after six...
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On this insightful episode, Spearhead host Xavier Mercado delves into the life and music of the multifaceted artist Corey Pieper. Born and raised in Milwaukee with deep Hawaiian roots, Corey's unique musical style blends pop, rap, and island melodies—attributes that have earned him widespread recognition in his hometown. He has been immersed in music since performing his first rap at a middle school party, eventually channeling his...

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January 18, 2024 35 mins

In this captivating episode host Xavier Mercado explores the life and achievements of Nas Musa, the entrepreneur and founder behind the popular Milwaukee eateries Casablanca and Moosas on Bradford Beach. Embarking on an extraordinary journey guided by his father, Nas Musa has successfully turned his family's legacy into a thriving business, managing two Casablanca locations on Brady Street and Brookfield for 19 and five years, resp...

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January 11, 2024 52 mins

In this episode of SPEARHEAD CONVERSATIONS, Xavier Loki/Ferno Martin, a versatile audio engineer and cinematographer from Milwaukee, reflects on his childhood, emphasizing how early skit creation on flip phones set the stage for his storytelling passion. He discusses his self-taught audio engineering journey and the influence of his Norse mythology-inspired alter ego, 'Loki/Freno,' on his artistic vision and financial independence....

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In this new inspirational episode, Spearhead dives into an enlightening discussion with Jasmine Tyler, an influential figure in the community across the country. As the Founder of Keep Your Head Up Society, Tyler's journey is a testament to resilience and transformation. From navigating childhood trauma to forging a career in music and advocacy, she embodies perseverance and the power of determination. Throughout the conversation, ...

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