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Author: A.J. Chiarella

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A podcast where I, A.J. Chiarella, interview community driven people that have strong ethics based in Do It Yourself (DIY) culture. On this podcast I interview musicians, artists, business owners, and creatives of all types to discuss their lives and how they focus on authenticity and happiness.
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12 Episodes
This conversation is actually a throwback to August of 2020 when I spoke with my boy Blass 89 (@fingers2fat) during the 24 hour live stream that we did. Blass is an amazing local artist, talent, and friend. This conversation was really just us catching up after not hanging out for several months. We talked about growing up in Yonkers, making music, Taco Bell, and being yourself. Would love to do a Part 2 at some point. Check out Blass' music on all streaming platforms. Follow his socials (@fingers2fat) on Instagram.  Subscribe to the podcast! Cheers. --- Support this podcast:
This week's guest was my close friend, sax player of Keep Flying, John James Ryan. John was one of the guests I immediately considered when I first thought of the idea of creating  podcast based around DIY culture because he has truly done it all. He has seen the world, he has worked multiple different parts of the business, and so much more. Subscribe to the podcast and check out the site! Cheers. @AJChiarella on everything (IG, Twitter, and TikTok) --- Support this podcast:
This week is an episode I streamed live on the Shakeout Twitch channel a few months back with Matthew Geroni (@gravmasterhash). I came across Matt through Tik Tok because he makes awesome videos about punk rock. We talked about DIY music, some of the best shows he's attended, and his podcast "Only  Posers Don't Listen To Podcast." Subscribe for weekly episodes and more! Check out Livest at: Shakeout at: (@ShakeoutNY) --- Support this podcast:
Anthony Chiarella (My Dad)

Anthony Chiarella (My Dad)


Happy New Year!!! I'm back at it with another episode. I am going to be as consistent as possible this year (hoping to post a new episode every Monday)! This week's episode is actually a throwback conversation with my Dad from August 2020. We talk about growing up in Yonkers, listening to rock and hip hop music, baseball, and how he got detained in Russia. Let me know what you think! And follow me on YouTube and instagram @ajchiarella --- Support this podcast:
This was an awesome episode of the podcast where i spoke with my friend Fernando who co-owns/runs The Fox and King, a promotion company based out of the Bronx. Fernando is an awesome guy that is working to build up the music community and it was a pleasure having him on. If you are a musician or music lover who lives in Westchester/The Bronx, this is definitely a dude you need to know about. Hope you enjoy! Feel free to leave a review and subscribe to the podcast. Cheers! The 914 Collective. Yonkers, NY --- Support this podcast:
Kelly Chiarella (My Mom)

Kelly Chiarella (My Mom)


This episode of the podcast was a really special one where I had an awesome conversation with my mom, Kelly Chiarella. My mom has been such a driving force in my life and has taught me so much. On this episode we discuss everything from growing up in Yonkers, overcoming addiction, running the PTA for the state of New York, her current position as the Director for the Office of Aging for the city of Yonkers, and being a leader in general. Hope you enjoy this one! My mom is a great resource for many people and truly has been such a role model for my life. Thanks again for hopping on with me, Mom <3 Check out all the episodes and more at: --- Support this podcast:
Phil Gigante (Maintenance)

Phil Gigante (Maintenance)


This episode is from a few weeks back with one of my oldest buds, Phil Gigante, guitar player of Maintenance (@maintenance914). Phil and I met over a decade ago at Yonkers High School and have been close friends ever since. This episode is awesome and we talk about everything from music in Westchester, to him moving to LA, and so much more. Hope you enjoy! Please check out Maintenance, they are some of my best friends and an amazing band. Cheers! The 914 Collective Yonkers, NY --- Support this podcast:
Candice Alcantara

Candice Alcantara


On this episode of the podcast from a few weeks back, i spoke with my awesome friend Candice (@champagneyogini). We talked about local music, yoga, and how freeing it is to take solo trips. Candice is such an inspiration and someone i consider to be great at just going with the flow and always fully being herself. Hope you enjoy! Please subscribe and review the podcast! The 914 Collective Yonkers, NY --- Support this podcast:
Robin Alcantara (Blazay)

Robin Alcantara (Blazay)


On this episode I speak with my buddy Robin Alcantara, aka Blazay. Robin is a local artist from Yonkers who really truly embodies DIY ethics. In this conversation we talk about everything from skateboarding to art, as well as an in depth discussion of how authenticity can truly impact the world. Follow Robin at @blazayny, as well as And check out The 914 Collective website: Cheers. --- Support this podcast:
This week I chatted with one of my oldest and closest friends, Donald Perdomo. We talked about growing up together in the same music scene, how music has connected us, and of course COFFEE. Donald is an amazing drummer and barista and one of the people who introduced me to local music. I very much so anticipated having him as one of the first guest's of the podcast.   This podcast is presented by The 914 Collective.  Yonkers, NY --- Support this podcast:
I sat down and chatted with one of the best dudes I know, someone who has worked extremely hard over the years and has great insight into DIY punk rock, Mike Terry of the Jukebox Romantics. We chat about music, authenticity, growing up in Westchester, and a whole lot more. Hope you enjoy! Please subscribe and leave a review of the podcast. Cheers! --- Support this podcast:
This is the trailer for the new weekly podcast that I will be doing. Stoked to jump into this. Presented by The 914 Collective. --- Support this podcast:
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