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Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach launches ‘Stoke the Fire’ Podcast with Matt Stocks

Posted by Ramon Gonzales in Culture on February 16, 2021

One of heavy music’s most articulate voices has teamed with cultural commentator Matt Stocks for a weekly podcast that aims to recreate Joe Strummer’s world-famous campfire sessions at Glastonbury festival.

The multi-talented, well-spoken voice of Killswitch Engage and Times of Grace, Jesse Leach, is now venturing into the podcasting space with the announcement of his partnership with Matt Stocks, founder and host of the iTunes chart-topping podcast “Life In The Stocks” & author of the recently released book of the same title.

‘Stoke the FIre’ is a weekly podcast that is set to launch March 2nd. Inspired by the diplomacy and the community building of the legendary Joe Strummer, Leach and Stocks are approaching this podcast with the intent of creating the digital version of Strummer’s world-famous campfire sessions at Glastonbury festival.

The podcast conversation series will include a myriad of guests all nurturing positive and creative efforts in the fields of Art, Music, Photography, Hospitality, Food, Sports, Mental Health, & Wellness.

Leach explained the scope of the project and significant it has been given such uncertainty among touring musicians. “Launching this podcast with Matt is really exciting for me. It opens up so many possibilities to interact with people! It has also given me a sense of purpose during these strange times. I look forward to making it much bigger than just a simple podcast… I can see some important discussions and potentially some life altering moments while we develop this idea. Matt and I have chemistry and we are in sync with how we want to move forward. I feel like this is a really nice natural progression for me not just as an artist but as a human – I have an undying desire to continue to affect positive change in the world. Let the conversations begin…” 

Stocks detailed why working with Leach is important for the culture.  “Someone once described Jesse to me as the Bob Marley of heavy metal, and they couldn’t have been more on the money. Metal isn’t necessarily a genre known for having a lot of soul, but Jesse is ALL heart and soul. He’s obviously celebrated for his work as vocalist in Killswitch Engage, but Jesse is so much more than just a great frontman: he’s one of the most deep, philosophical people that I know. I really can’t wait to see where this podcast takes us, and I’m sure the topics of conversation will be both enlightening and inspiring.”

In addition to compelling interviews and in-depth discussions with guests from a wide range of creative spaces, there is an element of personal disclosure that is packaged in a podcast with Jesse Leach that will certainly make this an interesting listen.

With a vision to eventually take the campfire conversation model to a television audience, “Stoke the Fire” begins on March 2nd at 4pm ET / 1pm PT / 9pm GMT and airs every Tuesday thereafter via www.gasdigitalnetwork.com/live

The podcast will then be available on demand every Sunday from March 6th on all podcast platforms (iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, YouTube). GaSDigitalNetwork is also home to contemporary podcasts including The Jasta Show & No Fuckin’ Regrets with Robb Flynn.


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