Never Forget Your Beginner's Spirit with Blaine Billingsley
Welcome to episode #1! My guest is Blaine Billingsley, a musician, interface designer, and provocateur. He also happens to be a dear friend.
Blaine is brilliant at deconstructing art, society, and culture and articulating how those forces influence each other.
In college Blaine studied both music composition and comparative religion at the University of Vermont. He then built a successful career as a user experience designer, formerly working for Google where he helped to design and launch “Inbox” by Gmail.
Blaine is also an accomplished guitarist with a diverse set of influences: from country western to The Police, to african folk, to Stravinsky. His music defies convention and lazy thinking; it’s provocative, and virtuosic, and earnest. Go and have a listen! Most recently, Blaine collaborated with fellow musician Dave King on the indie TV series Lights Cameron Jackson.
In this wide-ranging conversation we dive deep into Blaine’s artistic influences. We talk about rediscovering your beginner’s spirit, the paradox at the heart of musical expression, Palestine, TX, and so much more.
Along the way Blaine shares some mind-bending insights on the relationship between art and the human experience. There’s also a good chance you’ll leave with a deeper appreciation for Tears for Fears and Russian Suprematism.
I hope that you enjoy our conversation as much as I did!
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