The Passion Collective

passion collective - A number of individuals working together with a compelling emotion or feeling

The Passion Collective.


col·lec·tive- a collective body; a gathering; a collection of extracts; a number of individuals working or acting together.

pas·sion- any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.

pas·sion col·lec·tive- A number of individuals working or acting together with a powerful or compelling emotion or feeling.

It was a November afternoon that I sat on the front porch of my local cafe and deeply thought about an idea; Nothing out of the ordinary as I did this often and much. I drank lukewarm coffee and discussed with some old acquaintances the idea of a group of young adults putting together a “Rolling-Stone” type magazine/website; To tell you the truth, many talented people laughed and shook off the offer, for that I am deeply saddened because they’re going to miss one hell of a ride. I proceeded to reach out to all different types of people from all different walks of life, many haven’t even met yet. That is the beauty of it. It’s as if I'm placing together the pieces of a puzzle, slowly but surely. Our generation is in need of something refreshing. Our brains will race and our eyes will quickly process what lies before us. What lies before us is The Passion Collective, a collective production founded in New York. It will be fueled by talent, hard-work, and most of all passion. It will only work if YOU contribute your piece of passion to the puzzle. Everyone is passionate about something. I, Zachary Franck have selected a group of unique individuals who all bring something to the table. From poets to journalists, photographers to bloggers, sports enthusiasts to hip-hop heads, I promise you that there is something for everyone. I truly believe in this and I believe in you. This project will stay true to it's name, always.Unlike other websites/magazines,The Passion Collective will actually make you think. As Hunter S. Thompson once said, “Buy the ticket, Take the ride”. Please join The Passion Collective as we all embark on this journey together; Why would you watch the puzzle being built when you can help build it!?

You Are Now In An Orchard Lounge

Orchard Lounge has made a name for themselves performing around the country as a trio of like-minded DJ's. They can play to any room, at any time. I've seen them throw down countless sets, and am more then excited to see their long awaited return to New York City. 

Three hours in an intimate venue. You are now in an Orchard Lounge.

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"I could be wrong here, but I believe OL did three of their NYE runs: 2007, 2010, and 2011. As far as being a fan, my first show was during a NYE run - 12/29/98 at the Wetlands. That was also the debut of Above The Waves. I was just a young college kid in NYC to see Phish but we were listening to their studio album Uncivilized Area a lot and were very excited to see them do a late night. "

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An Interview With Musician & Music Educator Michael Hickey

Michael Hickey has been a staple in the Warwick Valley music scene for years. Not only has he given people enjoyment through music, he is one of the most skilled music educators in the Hudson Valley. I took drum lessons from him for many years, and I owe him a lot for my love of music. Check out what he has to say about his journey over the years; from playing in rock bands, to teaching kids, to playing in an acoustic duo with his wife - this man has done it all.

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The music scene has had it's fair share of tribute acts and artists. Some end up being big hits, and others fall by the wayside. Tractorbear is a Disco Biscuits tribute act that initially made big waves in the northeast music scene. After playing memorable shows for Biscuits fans in multiple cities, they decided to hang it up for a while. After further deliberation, they agreed that it's time to return to the circuit, and deliver their take on trance-fusion for anyone that's willing to hear it.

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An Exclusive Interview With Members of Space Bacon

New York City has always been a breeding place for music. One generation to the next; from rock n' roll to hip hop, and jazz to electronic - NYC is a platform for musical evolution, some fail and others succeed. Space Bacon is a band that will most definitely succeed. Combining ambient elements with trance-fusion and metal-core, Space Bacon has continued to expand their fan base in the tri-state. See what keyboardist Chris Gironda and guitarist Jack Willard had to say about the band's inception, musical inspirations, and mission for the future.

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An Interview With Johnny R. Goode: The Fifth Member of the Disco Biscuits

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An Exclusive Interview With Dylan Owen: A Lyricist That Lives Through His Words

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An Interview With Wiley Griffin: The Talented Front Man of Teddy Midnight

Wiley Griffin has undoubtedly proven himself as one of the most talented guitarists in the live music scene. He brought a breath of fresh air to MUN when he joined and now he's doing the same with Teddy Midnight. In this interview, it's quite evident that WIley plans on sticking with Teddy Midnight for the long haul. See what he has to say about his influences, collaborations, and the future of Teddy Midnight!

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An Interview With Marc Brownstein & Mike Greenfield [Catskill Chill 2014]

During Catskill Chill 2014 I had the chance to interview Marc Brownstein (the Disco Biscuits, Electron, Conspirator) and Mike Greenfield (Lotus, Electron). This took place before The Passion Collective was built so it was published on a different website, who has since deleted it. I have dug it up from the archives and re-published it for fans to read. Mind you it's from 2014! 

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Catskill Chill Artist Spotlight: An Interview With Tom Hamilton

Catskill Chill is proud to consider Tom Hamilton a part of the ChillFam. Tom Hamilton has proven himself time and time again as one of the best musicians in the live music scene. His hard-nosed work ethic and masterful dedication to his craft are both undeniable. From his early years of fronting Brothers Past to his present day collaborations with members of the Grateful Dead, Tom Hamilton has never allowed himself to become complacent, he's a standout musician and a stand up human being.

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