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"I feel that there is something for everybody. There's music and there's art."
"We're not re-inventing the wheel, we're just making use of the non-regulated internet abilities we have."
"The most interesting and compelling things are talking to real people."
"To stay true to who I am, I try not to avoid anything -- anything that I want to talk about, say, or do."
"I love the idea of having the freedom to put together an hour of things that I find interesting."
Dave Navarro  

Interviewed by Mark Sells
March 2008

Welcome to the wild world of Dave Navarro - artist, musician, humanitarian, and internet talk show host of the widely popular, Spread Entertainment.

Broadcast live on Thursday nights on ManiaTV, Dave openly explores a variety of alternative topics from addiction to music to tattoos and body piercing to video games and pornography. Says Dave, "There are so many things out there that are genuinely uninteresting to me, I love the idea of having the freedom to put together an hour of things that I find interesting."

Only on ManiaTV, of course, the world's first internet television network, delivering top quality, unfiltered, pop culture entertainment to millions of young adult viewers each month. Shows like "Arcade," "The Daily Indie," and "Comedy Show."

Most importantly, ManiaTV gives artists such as Navarro, Jamie Kennedy, and Tom Green the freedom to create and explore their own ambitions and ideas. After all, wonders Dave, "Where else in my life am I going to be able to talk to a recovering anorexic, make out with Elvira, talk to a UFO expert, tour LA looking at spots where famous Hollywood legends have been murdered, talk to Gene Simmons about the music industry, and have Janice Dickinson flash us?"

Reel Questions, Reel Answers

First, tell me a little about Spread Entertainment, the concept of the show and your relationship with ManiaTV.

The concept of the show is really a one-hour, web-based talk show. The guests we have are a very eclectic mix; up & coming bands, actors, artists, visual art, and people recovering from some sort of addiction. We have an in-house psychotherapist, an in-house psychic -- it's essentially an alternative talk show format, but we don't focus on any one specific genre. We try to highlight names and figures that people have heard of and highlight more alternative aspects of culture, within the same show.

I think everyone dreams of having their own show and the freedom to do what they want and say what they want. But there's also a lot of work involved in making it happen, obviously. Looking back from the initial conception, what's been the most unexpected challenge?

I think, to be honest with you, the whole thing has been really exciting and fun. I would imagine the most intense challenge was making sure that the technology was working, which it does; ManiaTV handled that very well. Apart from that, it's a couple of people having a great time.

If there were one specific thing you hope audiences would take away from watching your show, what would it be?

I would hope they would take away many more things than just one thing. That's the whole idea. That's why it's so eclectic. I feel that there is something for everybody. There's music and there's art.

The idea is for it to be a variety. It's not designed for it to be one specific thing. And I'd want them to have a good time. That's ultimately the goal -- to be entertained. It's pretty much the one goal of any kind of programming.

The show's doing well and with the increase in awareness, how do you keep it fresh? What types of things do you do to prepare a show?

The only way to keep the show fresh is to have hipper guests on every week -- that's kind of built in. Each becomes its own stand-alone segment and that, in itself, keeps it fresh. We have fan interaction, we're able to take questions from people watching during a live broadcast, and we mix up our guests so it's not too celebrity driven and yet, not too underground.

We just have a lot of fun with it. That's really the idea. We're not re-inventing the wheel, we're just making use of the non-regulated internet abilities we have and using the live format to interact with the fans and experience the freedom to broadcast whatever the hell we want. ManiaTV has been very supportive of that vision and has pretty much stayed out of the creative process.

One of my favorite things that we do is when my partner (Todd Newman) and I go on the street and interview people. We go to events and cover different elements of LA life and bring it back to run on the show. That's the one thing that is probably the most challenging; finding the things that are still interesting and compelling out there.

More often than not, the most interesting and compelling things are talking to real people. I find that when we end up talking to actors or musicians out in the street or in the field, it ends up being an extension of what happens on the stage. But when we go to a public place and speak to the people on the street, we always end up with much more entertaining footage. That's what is wonderful about real life. You can't write that stuff up and the public doesn't have a PR person in their ear, which is really nice.

Obviously, one of the things that makes your show special, apart from the fact that Dave Navarro is the host, is the freedom of expression. Nothing is taboo - sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. Is there anything that you won't do or say? Do you have limitations to protect your integrity as an artist?

That's a loaded question. Because to protect your integrity as an artist by avoiding things that are natural to you, you are actually indirectly ignoring your own integrity.

I think to stay true to who I am, I try not to avoid anything -- anything that I want to talk about, say, or do. Of course, you avoid anything that's gonna be hurtful to people, but apart from that I don't think there are any limits.

Have your opinions gotten you in trouble at all?

Not that I know of. I mean, that's the beauty of entertainment. If you don't agree with someone's point of view, you can look at something else. We're not suggesting anything; we're not trying to influence anybody. We're just trying to get into an interesting discussion with the people that appear on the program. If anything we say is offensive to anybody, we recommend you don't watch it. There are ten million things you can watch.

Apart from the music, how is Spread Entertainment on ManiaTV different from Spread Radio Live?

Spread Radio Live is just an internet radio program, where I have a bunch of DJs that do their own shows as well as my own. We basically play music, do live talk, and focus on music. Most of it is very conversational, uncensored talk radio, to a degree. There are really no guests; it's more of an extension of the DJ from show to show rather than highlighting a particular subject or guest. And it's a little bit more free flowing, with less input, because we're not highlighting other artists -- in the sense that they can respond to us. You can look at one and listen to the other (laughs).

With all the successes you've had as a musician, why is this show important to you? What do you hope to accomplish with it?

It's fun! Let's be honest, I'm intrigued and fascinated by a multitude of subjects. Where else in my life am I going to be able to talk to a recovering anorexic, make out with Elvira, talk to a UFO expert, tour LA looking at spots where famous Hollywood legends have been murdered, talk to Gene Simmons about the music industry, and have Janice Dickinson flash us? It's such a bizarre and eclectic group of people. We also had a guy, Matt Zane, pierce his flesh with hooks and hang from the ceiling!

These are all elements or things that I find compelling. And there's no other place where I can put all that together and be genuinely interested. Because there are so many things out there that are genuinely uninteresting to me, I love the idea of having the freedom to put together an hour of things that I find interesting.



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