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American Bandito is a podcast about artists in Madison, WI.
Artists of all types and places in their careers. Beginners, hobbyists and professionals.

I started this show because I wanted to get back into making art and getting involved with the community here in Madison. And what better way to do that than to find people and talk to them directly. I wanted to hear about how people create, promote themselves and in the meantime still manage their own well-being.

Tom Ray Madison WI
Tom Ray
I was originally going to be an animator but life and kids happened.

I created a short-lived internet cartoon series called "The Adventures of Xylus and Dexter", where my two boys are superheroes in outer space, because why not?

It gained mild popularity and it even landed me a chance to make an animated pilot starring Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development, Transparent) and Chris Hardwick (Nerdist, @Midnight) for the series "The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd" by Grant Baciocco

This was all before YouTube, so I had to learn how to make a website to put the cartoons online. That website helped me get a job in web development. After that, I spent years working on websites and software.

Then one day I realized that wasn't what I started out to do.

I decided to try and get involved in art again. But many years had passed, I didn't even know what the art community in my own city was like anymore. I decided I wanted to connect with them directly.

I've been podcasting for years hosting the show Music Manumit where I talk with creative commons musicians from all over the world about releasing music and remix culture. While doing that show I've also had the opportunity to interview organizations like Kickstarter, Patreon & IndieGoGo.

I'm also the singer for the experimental rock bands Lorenzo's Music and Rom-Comm.

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For inquiries, please contact tom@americanbandito.com

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