Q&A with Paul of Indie Music Sampler Podcast

http://indiemusicsampler.com/

This site is run by a former DJ and musician from near Portland, Oregon presenting samples of independent music hoping listeners will encourage artists and buy their stuff. Musically, the program is centered on the Pop genre, wandering into folk, blues and rock territories as well.

1. What was the inspiration behind starting the Indie Music Sampler?
I knew in the fifth grade that I wanted to be a DJ. I got to live that dream, but needed to face the fact I wasn’t any good at it. But, I was very good on the technical side of things. With the advent of computers, the Internet and digital music, I am able to live the dream again on a world-wide scale in my spare time. I have Europe in the morning, USA and Canada during the day, and Asia at night. That’s pretty exciting stuff. Almost 10 years ago, I was shopping at a local bookstore and heard a woman playing her guitar and singing in the cafe. I had never appreciated singer/songwriter music like that before. It was so real and from the heart. She sold her CDs for $5 because she thought music should be accessible. The whole thing felt like a gift to me. I remembered that when I got the notion that I could give back by being a podcaster.

2. What is the goal of your Podcast?
To support independent music and the people who make it. They work so hard and pour their hearts into it, they deserve some exposure. Beyond that, the world would be a better
place with a wider variety of artists to hear.

3. What are your favorite Podcasts to listen to?
I listen to technology podcasts mostly, since I’m a card-carrying geek. And, (while they aren’t podcasts actually) for entertainment I also listen to Old Time Radio. My favorite show is the Lux Radio Theatre.

4. Do you think Podcasts have to potential to replace terrestrial radio?  If so, what do think the timeline would be for that?
When I started podcasting 5 years ago, I thought so. iPods were everywhere, everyone seemed to be wearing earbuds, and RSS made it so easy. Much to my surprise, it doesn’t seemed to have worked out that way. It is rare that I hear or see the word “podcast” outside of my computer room. That said, I *do* believe that Internet radio *will* make a significant difference. That is why I started streaming 2-1/2 years ago. As the Internet gets more an more portable, Internet radio should become what Satellite radio was supposed to be. I give it five years to be a significant source of entertainment.

5. If your podcast could cover just one Artist, who would it be?
Another easy one – The Beatles.

6. Between blogs, podcasts and internet radio stations, do you believe one source of media is more influential than the others?  Why?
Internet radio is the medium of the future. Can you imagine when it’s available in every car? It’s not that far away. The potential is staggering.

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Q&A with Caz & Craig Makepeace of Y Travel Blog



TravelBlog - “How to Backpack, Work Abroad, & Travel the World”
Website: http://yTravelBlog.com
Facebook: http://fanpage.ytravelblog.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ytravelblog

1. Why did you start Y Travel Blog?
My husband and I had been living and travelling around the world for 14 years. We felt like we were not doing anything with the experiences we had travelling. After much thought and questioning we decided that our adventures were not just for us alone, but to share. We had always been great at sharing our stories and tips with other travellers we had met on the road, so we decided to write a travel blog and share it to those we could not meet in person.

2. What do you think is the current state of the social media industry is?
I think the social media industry has made it possible for anyone to become successful in their chosen field or niche. It has leveled the playing field. I love how social media alllows you to build your brand and platform and helps you build a community that you can connect with on a more personal level. I think we are only just seeing the beginning to the influence social media has on the decisions we make and how much smaller our world gets. I can’t wait to see how much further it goes.

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New Media Pioneer: Colin Rink of Dylan for Virgins Podcast

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=312150913

Dylan For Virgins is a regular DIY music podcast which reviews the works of independent artists. Each episode we feature one song of the independent artist reviewed and provide helpful tips and tricks of the music industry that work for all performers in all genres. Aside from the music business, we also tell stories that have helped us as musicians in performances all around North America, and fascinating musical stories from great musical legends; from Bob Dylan, to Jimi Hendrix.

1. Can you tell us a little bit about how you got into music, as well as the other creative hobbies you have?

I started playing music at an early age with Piano till about 8 or 9. When I was 20, I bought my first guitar, and started teaching myself to play on acoustic, but it wasn’t until I was 26 or so that I started to take music seriously. I was really drawn to the creative process of songwriting, and how rewarding it can be. From that, I started to write a lot; and in 2008 I created a poetry project, where I wrote a poem everyday for a year. This last year in 2010, I self published and released a collective works of the poems, added with some new poetry, in a 160 page book titled “A Walk, Uphill in the snow”. I actually made only a hundred copies, numbered each one, and put a seal of wax on each one, to personalize the first edition, as this was a big accomplishment and goal for me in my life. Aside from a few I put aside to sell on my website, http://www.colinrinkmusic.com, I sold all of them whilst on my last tour/

2. How do you know Randy, your Dylan for Virgins co-host?

I actually met Randy when I was looking for places to record my first album “Bury Me Deep in the Ground”. I had gone to a few studios, around where I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, and met Randy that way. We have the same goals with music, as he is also a DIY musician, and insanely talented. My album was recorded there, something just clicked, and we’ve been good friends and working together ever since.

3. What made you decide to start a podcast about the music business?

I am a DIY musician myself, and have crossed many hurdles so far in my music career, as I’m sure all DIY musicians and bands have. I see a lot of talented people out there, and on the DIY level, it can be hard knowing where to start, and how to be effective to doing certain things, and moving forward. I also a big fan of independent music, so getting to review it, and listen to all the artists who are submitting, is great for me, cause I’m always discovering great music.

4. You’ve recently returned from a tour across Canada. What would you say you’ve gained from that experience?

I actually gained a lot from that tour, more so then I could have ever imagined. I booked 90% of the tour myself (the other artist booking 10% or so), and since the tour was 3 months long, from coast to coast, there was a lot of co-ordination, with club owners, radio and promotions along the way. It was a lot of back and fourth, but the experience was amazing. As for the shows and fans I met along the way, it was incredible how receptive people were to my music; people that I’d never met, and were first discovering my music. I did also get to network and meet up with a lot of other musicians which was great. I had a personal goal in my lifetime to tour all across Canada, dipping my foot in the Pacific ocean, then the Atlantic, so that was pretty epic for me. I tell myself every year to make goals for myself with music, and the arts, and do my best to follow through. 2009 was my first album and tour, which I accomplished. 2010 was book release and a tour across Canada.

5. What are your goals and aspirations for the new year?

2011, I really want to get more in touch with my fans, build a bigger audience, and maybe talk to labels and booking agents regarding my music. I love getting that one on one feel with people when it comes to my music. I’ve been writing a book of short stories, and a novel for some time, and that’s on the list for completion, as well as going to literary agents after it’s complete. Painting, also I would love to get back into, and album #2.

6. Do you have one show that you’ve done that you think is better than all the others?

I don’t really know if there is one that is better or not, sometimes things are amazing on stage and you can’t do anything wrong, sometimes you can’t to anything right. A special one for me in Vancouver, was my CD release party in June of 2009. That was pretty epic. I had promoted the show for about three months, and it was packed, and a great night and the bands that I got to play with. As for this past tour, one of the shows that was a highlight was playing at Sharkfest in Kamloops BC, a yearly festival, where we played for about 150 people, and there were about 8 bands. There was certain energy about that show that stuck with me.

7. If you could interview any living artist, who would it be?

There are so many that I would like to, but if I had to choose, probably Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan. Thing is, there isn’t anything new you can say to those guys, they’ve heard it all, and they’re bigger then life. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some people that were heroes to me, but, no matter what you say to those guys they already heard it before, and answered it twice over.

8. What do you think is the role, if any, of podcasters in helping independent artists become more popular?

I think that in today’s world with DIY artists, it’s hard to break out and get noticed by people around you. The web is an amazing resource, and if you can get your name out there as much as possible, it will return to you in one way or another. I’ve found that big labels, and record companies, aren’t really interested in you unless you’ve done a lot of the work yourself, which is a lot different then the old days where they stuck with you for life. With facebook, twitter, and blogging, fans now are demanding and getting more from their favourite artists and bands, and whether it’s a review podcast, or just a podcast about what you or your band is up to, it gives the fans more to take away from just your album or shows.

9. What are your favorite Podcasts to listen to?

I try to listen to a lot of different podcasts. The great thing is on that there are so many different types; from sewing to music, or building houses, so any information you want is right at your fingertips. I personally check out the CD Baby DIY podcasts, as they have some helpful hints as well for the music industry, and also writing and poetry podcasts.

10. What do you do when your not running Dylan For Virgins?

I do have a regular 9-5 job as of right now, as I work on my music on my spare time. I have a lot of hobbies such as writing, painting and such, and I also go to school part time, to learn more, as the learning process never stops. This semester I’m taking Japanese for fun, and maybe another language in the summer semester. I also read as much as I can, right now I’m reading “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseni. So far, I love it.

11. If your podcast could cover just one Artist, who would it be?

Hmm, that’s a tough one. I like my podcast because it covers so many artists and that I can listen and follow the paths of many independent musicians and bands, but if I had to choose one, it would probably be Jimi Hendrix or Kurt Cobain. I know they are both dead, but it seems like me, many are drawn to not only the person, but what they stood for, and did so with integrity.

12. Between blogs, podcasts and internet radio stations, do you believe one source of media is more influential than the others? Why?

I think that that all internet medias can have a great influence, one vs. the other is hard to say, as people like different things. Some listen to podcasts, while others don’t and listen to internet radio, or read blogs instead. Personally I feel audio podcasting has exploded, and is probably the most beneficial source out there, however blogging would be a quick second for me. The ability to have fans follow you’re movements on your career and make them a part of your story, is a great concept, and makes it more exciting. Internet radio stations are an excellent way to discover independent music, as I do listen to them quite a bit.

13. What do you think makes your podcast stand out from all the others?

Our podcast is a little different, as Randy and I are both independent, DIY artists, and all the information we use is based off personal experience. We also drink beer on the air, and tell funny stories that have happened to us, and have a lot of fun too. We do promote a lot of music (1 artist / band per episode), as well as my own, however we aren’t pushing anything, and do it for the love of music, and fans, and DIY musicians, which is why I love doing it.

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New Media Pioneer: Michael Moss of Post It Cast

http://postitcast.mevio.com/

1. What was the inspiration behind starting the Post It Cast?

As someone who is constantly following and learning about things old and new, I was commonly asked why I didn’t make more of these things that I came across available to share with others. With that motivation and extraverted personality was the direct motivation to start up The Post It Cast and expand it in terms with a podcast,video,blog,Twitter, And Facebook Groups/Social Network to expand the show beyond just the Podcast.

2. Do you have one show that you’ve done that you think is better than all the others?

As for one particular show/post that I have done being better than the others, well that would have to be the very next ones I do :) I’m always learning how to expand and make my content more meaningful and as I continue to do so, I believe that it makes the show look better and better with each and every cast/post.

3. If you could interview any living artist, who would it be?

There are many artists I would love to interview that are still living. At this point in time, the one I would love to interview more than anybody is Russell Hitchcock the lead singer of Air Supply. His longevity and voice has fascinated me for a long time. His (And the groups) ways of staying revelvant after being together for 35+ years (And both the main vocalists now in their 60s), is truly amazing their love of the music and their fans.

4. What do you think is the role, if any, of podcasters in helping independent artists gain more recognition?

Podcasters, Bloggers, etc have a huge impact on Indie Artists. Most artists (Even Mainstream) will tell you that the biggest thing that they strive for is to connect with people/future fans and be revelvant. With Indie artists in particular, the amount of promotion options are a bit more limited so having a network setup via people that are pretty much like they are in terms of their familiarity between the world of people at hand is a direct way to get their music heard and to connect with fans.

5. What is the goal of your Podcast?

The goal of the Post It Cast as a whole is to show people just how amazing and varied our world really is. People say these days that there isn’t much hope in the world. I’m here to show them how much hope there really is and the beyond any number of things that they can have an interest/hobby in. Teaching folks about our past history is also vital in learning how we got to where we are now and where we could go in the future starting with you.

6. What are your favorite Podcasts to listen to?

I am constantly listening to new podcasts. My favorite ones I would have to say our Uncommon Sense, ESPN Football Today, No Agenda, Trucker Tom, Eds Mixed Bag, And Tom Harris Live to name a few

7. Do you think Podcasts have to potential to replace terrestrial radio? If so, what do think the timeline would be for that?

As for podcasts (And all new media for that matter) it will have the opportunity to make some of the mainstream forms of media potentially become less relevant with time. The only way in the future mainstream is going to be able to keep up with Indie Media and the like is if they adapt to where the people are going to these days. And more and more of them with time are getting their basics (News, Weather, Entertainment) in rapidly growing numbers from Podcasts,Blogs,Videos, And Social Networking sites.

8. What do you do when your not running Post It Cast?

When I’m not looking up or working on content for the Post It Cast, I like to play Xbox with the kids, sing, And visit places historic and Amusement Parks. When I have the opportunity, I like to Storm Chase for Tornadoes as well.

9. Do you have a favorite song of all time that you’ve played on your Podcast?

Again a tough one there. I would say my all time favorite song I have heard in Podcasting would have to be Blown Away By Munk

10. If your Podcast could cover just one artist, who would it be?

Mainstream Artist: Air Supply, Elton John, Gaither Vocal Band. Indie: Karmyn Tyler, Munk, Jeanette Parasadanian to name just a few :)

11. Between blogs, podcasts and internet radio stations, do you believe one source of media is more influential than the others? Why?

I believe all of those working in concert together are essential. They both can have their own advantages, but after a while if you only stick to using one of those forms of media, you can become irrelevant really fast.

12. What do you think makes your podcast stand out from all the others?

I believe my podcast (And all the media tied to it) is different simply from the fact that I put my own perspective on things. People commonly are surprised just how many different things in this world I can become interested in and I want to share those with as many people as possible for as long as I can :)

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New Media Pioneer: Tony Peters of Icon Fetch

http://www.iconfetch.com/

Veteran DJ Tony Peters has been interviewing musicians for over 20 years. His official site (www.iconfetch.com) has become a great resource for info on the Legends of Music: album reviews, concert dates, CD release dates and more.

1. Where do you get all of your live music information that you put on your calendar?

Concert dates come from artists’ personal websites and Ticketmaster.com, where I have an affiliate account.

2. Where do you get your “This Day In History” information?

I have a database that I’ve worked on ever since high school that has tons of dates in it. I usually consult that and find the most interesting item for a particular day.

3. Do you pick your LP of the day based on how you are feeling that day or is it automated?

It depends. Sometimes, I pick my LP based on who I’m interviewing that week. Other times I’ll pick something to help balance out the site. For instance, if I have several unknown artists featured, I may pick a well-known LP, just to give the page some familiarity to it. Still other
times, I do just set it on random.

4. How do you get in touch with your featured musicians?

It’s amazing how accessible some artists are through their Facebook or Myspace pages. Some, you have to reach through their personal sites. Others take a little more detective work. But, it’s always easier to approach an artist when they’ve got something to promote – CD, book, tour, etc.

5 What was the inspiration behind starting the Icon Fetch Podcast?

I worked in broadcast radio for almost 20 years, and I did a lot of interviews during that time. I’ve also written for various newspapers as well. I love hearing the stories behind the songs. I was looking to do something on the web, and a friend told me about blogtalkradio.com – where
anyone can start their own radio show. It was incredibly easy to set up.

I stumbled upon this great book by Tommy James called “Me, the Mob, and the Music,” and I thought that he’d be a really interesting person to talk with. So, I contacted his manager and he agreed to do the interview. I was very fortunate to have the first person I reached out to say “yes.”

After I had an actual show to prove I was legitimate, it just took off. The beautiful thing about all of this is that I do it from my basement in Dayton, OH – isn’t technology amazing?

6. Do you have one show that you’ve done that you think is better than all the others?

I put together a live, two-hour tribute to John Lennon on the anniversary of his death in December. I think I had 12 different people interviewed for the show – authors, musicians, even Lennon’s former girlfriend May Pang. Plus we took live phone calls. That was a lot of work, but I think it really turned out well.

7. If you could interview any living artist, who would it be?

That’s tough to narrow to just one person. I love Dion Dimucci – he’s one of the last remaining original rock n’ roll guys and he’s got great stories. I’d throw Tony Bennett, Paul McCartney, Bill Withers and Peter Buck of REM on the list too.

8. What do you think is the role, if any, of podcasters in helping independent artists gain more recognition?

People talk about downloading being the source of the music business woes, but I disagree. The main problem is that big corporations control all the major record labels and radio stations across the country, and large companies don’t like to take risks. When I started in radio back in the 1980’s, every station had their own program and music director who decided what to play. Now, it’s all done on a national level by a handful of people. It’s almost impossible for an independent artist to get on broadcast radio these days. That’s why podcasters are so important; they can take chances and play cutting-edge music, and expose people to new and
different things. As time goes on, I think podcasting will take the place of those trailblazing radio stations of the past.

On a side note, I think the record industry is going to have to change their attitude towards podcasters. Instead of trying to shut them down, they need to realize that podcasting is another viable source of promotion for their music. When I interview an artist, I play little snippets of the CD they’re promoting. Then, I have links right on my site to purchase
their disc or download their mp3s – and I’ve sold music this way. You can’t do that with broadcast radio!

9. What is the goal of your Podcast?

I try and make the interviews as interesting as possible, so even if you don’t know the artist, you’ll still check it out. It’s kind of like helping fill the void left by the closing of the “Mom & Pop” record stores around the country: you’re probably going to hear some music that you
know and some that you don’t. If you go to the site, you can read reviews, sample song clips, etc. I’m kind of like the clerk in the record store, pointing you in the direction of good music. I like interviewing new artists, but I also enjoy talking with older musicians who have been
overlooked by mainstream media.

The other thing is that I got tired of everyone saying “there’s no good music anymore,” so I decided to go looking around. Thankfully, there is a LOT of great music still out there – it’s just that most of it isn’t on the cover of magazines.

10. What are your favorite Podcasts to listen to?

When I have time to listen to podcasts, it’s usually from other Blog Talk Radio hosts, to see what they’re up to. Honestly, I’m constantly listening to new music, which takes up a great deal of my time. There’s a big pile of CDs staring at me now!

11. What do you do when you’re not running the Icon Fetch Podcast?

Well, the podcast is only one part of the site (iconfetch.com). I also do CD reviews and music-related book reviews, as well as the “This Day in Music” section. I also dabble in guitar, bass, etc, and have written and recorded the Icon Fetch theme that I use in the show. I am also a Stay at Home Dad, so I have to get all my site stuff done before my two kids get home from school. After that, it’s homework, cooking dinner, and keeping them from killing each other.

12. Do you have a favorite song of all time that you’ve played on your Podcast?

It’s funny how you never know when something is just going to stick in your head and refuse to leave. There’s this Australian performer named Claude Hay who’s a one-man band (he plays a guitar/bass combo, and plays drums with his feet). He’s got a song called “How Can You Live With Yourself” that is just extremely catchy. Even my six-year old goes around the house humming it. It’s my favorite song of last year.

13. If your podcast could cover just one artist, who would it be?

Honestly, that would bore me to tears. My tastes are wide-ranging – from the Beatles to Benny Goodman, from Kiss to Weezer, from Solomon Burke to Loretta Lynn. The great thing about my show is that it doesn’t concentrate on one style of music. That’s what makes it interesting for me. I never know which direction it’s going next.

14. Between blogs, podcasts and internet radio stations, do you believe one source of media is more influential than the others? Why?

Things have changed so much in such a short time. Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to do what I’m doing now. Just a few years ago, all Internet Media was looked upon as a novelty. Now, people realize that it’s not going away, and many people rely on it for their primary source of information AND entertainment. As a result, when an artist is looking to promote their music, they have to consider web promotion to some degree.

That being said, I actually think that blogs are the most influential right now. When you enter a search, blogs now come up right next to traditional sites – and they’re instantaneous. Podcasts are growing in popularity and so are internet radio stations. Eventually, they will all be as common as our traditional newspapers and radio stations are now.

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New Media Pioneer: Lucy Takakura of MMA Hit Makers Podcast

New Media Pioneer: Lucy Takakura of MMA Hit Makers Podcast

http://hitmakerspodcast.com

This is weekly Podsafe Music Network Top 5 countdown show introducing PMN musicians to Japanese listeners who are customers of the second largest music market in the world.

1. What was the inspiration behind starting the MMA Hit Makers Podcast?
I found a lot of great musicians on Podsafe Music Network where my husband’s band submitted their songs and felt the urge to showcase them to Japanese listeners. I also thought I could help those musicians’ promotion in the Japanese music market which is the second largest in the world.

2. Do you have one show that you’ve done that you think is better than all the others?

The Episode 180 on July 2010.

http://hitmakerspodcast.com/?p=730

Please check out the Ustream video there. I stream my radio shows that I make based on the podcast every week. The streaming is delivered to Japanese internet radio station and Second Life. The venue scene of Second Life is aired on Ustream.

The Ustream video of this episode is a showcase where you can see Second Life avatars (main listener of my show) enjoy dancing and chatting listening to my show. On this video, music start at 6:00 and you’ll see how they enjoy dancing and chatting.

3. If you could interview any living artist, who would it be?
I would like to any overseas artists who speak Japanese.

4. What do you think is the role, if any, of podcasters in helping independent artists become more popular?
Just playing their music with shouting their names. If listeners like them, they search the names on iTunes by themselves.

5. What is the goal of your Podcast?
To give some inspiration to Japanese listeners and musicians and help musicians’ promotion. If I can find the new style of music business that would be great.

6. What are your favorite Podcasts to listen to?
Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code
Sounds of Berklee

7. Do you think Podcasts and internet radio stations have to potential to replace terrestrial radio? If so, what do think the timeline would be for that?
I think the way of communication between DJs, musicians and listeners will be changing rather than the kind of listening device. The terrestrial radio stations will continue with the communication tools such as twitter and Facebook.

8. What do you do when you not running MMA Hit Makers Podcast?
I study Jazz vocal online at Berklee college of music.

9. Do you have a favorite song of all time that you’ve played on your podcast?
Brand New Day by Plastic Soul Band which is my husband’s band :)

10. If your podcast could cover just one artist, who would it be?
Plastic Soul Band

11. Between blogs, podcasts and internet radio stations, do you believe one source of media is more influential than the others? Why?
I think avatar communication such as Second Life is the most influential. Ustream is also effective. The listeners seem to enjoy music more with some visual contents and live feedbacks and communication.

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