May 15, 2023
597: Mike D On: The Value of Failure, the Addictive Power of Adrenaline, and How a Beastie Boy Got Into Lovingkindness
Today’s show features one of Dan’s personal musical heroes, Mike Diamond — “Mike D” from the Beastie Boys. Their conversation is wide ranging and covers topics from the role of failure in achieving success to Mike’s personal meditation practice. They say, “never meet your heroes”, but Mike D doesn’t disappoint in this smart and thoughtful discussion.
Mike D formed the Beastie Boys with Adam Yauch, aka MCA, in the early 80’s, winning a number of Grammys and spanning a multi-decade career. In 2018, along with his bandmate, Adam Horovitz, Diamond co-authored Beastie Boys Book, which told the story of the band in its own words and reached #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list. A limited series of live shows, in which the two brought stories from the book to life, was captured in the 2020 film Beastie Boys Story.
Content Warning: The content is a little mature at points so take care if you’re listening with kids.
In this episode we talk about:
* How Mike reconciles the misogyny of the Beasties early work
* The evolution of the band — and how they freed themselves from feeling imprisoned by their own personas
* The role of failure in achieving success
* The value of taking risks in creative endeavors
* Watching his late bandmate, Adam Yauch, find Buddhism, and how that impacted their music
* The addictive nature of adrenaline when performing
* The role meditation and yoga played for Mike as he tried to calibrate the highs and lows while on tour — and how these practices also now play a role in parenting his two kids
* How he works through self-judgment while meditating
* How he and the other surviving bandmate, Adam Horovitz, managed their grief in the wake of the untimely death of Adam Yauch
* And how a Beastie Boy came to embrace, of all things, loving-kindness
Full Show Notes: https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/mike-diamond-597