A few years ago, I did not know what the term “podcast” meant, but I found out first-hand by appearing as a guest on my now favorite podcast, Chicago Acoustic Underground.
1. I performed and was interviewed in December 2007 by the talented and personable host of Chicago Acoustic Underground, Michael Teach. Michael is one of three founders of this great ongoing podcast that is run from a charming, small studio on Chicago’s north side. Chicago Acoustic Underground can now boast that, before her American Idol fame, Crystal Bowersox was a guest. C.A.U. keeps archives of every show, has a history of the company, news and events, blogs and fills you in on live shows that Michael and Company are producing in Chicago. ” Teach’s ” love of putting on great events, combined with his experience with music and audio and his unceasing commitment to the original music scene in Chicago keep Chicago Acoustic Underground ticking. www.chicagoacoustic.net
2. The Business Side of the Music. This great podcast hosted by Tom Sabella and Traci Snowe at the Records on the Wall Studio in Nashville, TN focuses on – guess what? – well, the title of their website makes this podcast self-explanatory. Some of the recent topics that have been featured on these 20-30 minute podcasts (which are linked to iTunes ) include: Packing for the Road, Answering Listeners’ Emails and Getting Bookings. Their expertise, as well as having knowledgeable guests on their podcasts, make this an interesting choice for musicians of many genres.
3. Musician’s Cooler. This podcast will help teach musicians and has many links to help as well in many aspects of this business. It can help teach how to build a fan base, get more gigs and boost sales. It has a Q&A section and stresses that social networking and promotion are obvious keys to success. It is up to the musician to a point how hard they want to work, promote themselves and set up links to their work. This site stresses the importance of marketing yourself and even has a link to a social networking site for studio engineers and studio workers. Other fantastic resource links are Sonicbids .com and ReverbNation .com.
4. Inside Home Recording. Since 2005, this podcast has been a definite must for people who work as engineers or those who like to record from home. Derek K. Miller and Dave Chick are both accomplished musicians who teach, perform, produce and record music together. Their site is very professional, interesting and informative. One of the things I enjoy best about this site are the forums which are filled with a lot of insight from musicians and studio pros.
5. Project Studio Network. On their site, they are the self-proclaimed “Unsung Heroes of the Music Business” Allen Wagner and Michael Bolan both have some impressive credentials working inside the music industry and their site is professional and helpful to musicians and insiders at all levels of the business. You can download shows and purchase music via iTunes through their site and you can also find them on Twitter.com. I like the fact that they have good news/talk/reviews and that they update frequently. www.projectstudionetwork.com