Producing Podcasts and Publicity

I am ecstatic to announce that our podcast, Music Industry Insiders, is officially off the ground!

Yes, I realize that it must seem obvious that the podcast is off the ground since I’ve posted about some interviews already. But, people, producing a podcast is no joke!

There were never any guarantees just because we got our first interview up and running.

Oh no, producing a podcast is always fraught with uncertainty! But before I get into that, let me just assure you that we have some amazing guests lined up for every week between now and the end of our spring internship season!

Over the next few weeks you’ll be hearing from jazz trumpet players, sound engineers, DJs and more! Now that you know what to keep an eye out for, let me tell you about my experience producing this amazing podcast!

First, let me start by saying that between us hitting snags like guests getting lost on their way to the studio, release forms not getting signed and our Allen and Heath ML5000 48-channel console not co-operating with our interns’ laptops (running Logic Pro), there were moments when I never thought we’d start, let alone finish, an episode!

However, I have come to accept the fact that, when you’re producing a podcast, things will never go smoothly. In fact, if we ever had a week where things went swimmingly right from the get-go, I’d be very uneasy because things never go that well! But that’s alright, it keeps us on our toes and our skills sharp!

Those of you who have been reading my past blog posts about what it’s like to produce a podcast know that I’m mostly in charge of collecting signed release forms, writing guest biographies and scheduling the interview dates for our guests. If you haven’t had the chance to read about my experiences, you can read all about our first episode here and our second episode here! If you haven’t been able to read about our exploits, let me briefly catch you up!

Our first podcast episode focused on Jazz trumpeter, Josh Ferrer. Josh developed his interest in music at 12 years old and has been pursuing his passion ever since! He gave us some amazing advice to share with our audiences! I would repeat it all to you, but he said it so eloquently that I think I will just link to his official Music Industry Insiders interview! You should really check it out, you know you want to!

The following week, we met with co-founder and creator of Urban Vinyl headphones, Christian Sanchez. He shared stories about his experience with starting a business and creating a new piece of equipment that will change how musicians and listeners alike experience music! To hear about how he got his start and what the future looks like for his company, have a listen to his official interview!

Next, we switched gears and met with Dillon and James Luyben and Ella Riem, three Oak Middle School students who are lighting up their school’s stage in show choirs and theater productions!

These kids are preparing for their high school careers and doing everything they can to continue chasing their musical aspirations!

To keep up with their work, follow Oak Middle School on Instagram; to hear about how they got interested in music to begin with and what they plan to do in high school, check out their conversation with Emily Hibard on the third episode of Music Industry Insiders.

In the weeks to come, we will be meeting with DJ Biggy Will, a 20 year old aspiring DJ based in Whittier, California, music teacher Dino Munoz and Adarga Entertainment founder, Henry Alonzo.

Subscribe to Music Industry Insiders on iTunes and Google Play to keep an eye out for these episodes and learn more about the different aspects of the music industry.

Now, let me tell you a bit about our interview with Dillon, James and Ella. When the talented trio first arrived, my job was relatively unchanged: I was to provide their parents with a release form to be signed before the interview began. After collecting the signed release form, my job changed a little bit. While my duties remain mostly the same from one podcast to the next–collecting release forms, creating interview questions, etc.–once in a while I will step into a new roll. For example, during our interview with the Luybens and Ella Riem, I was asked to be a photographer and to capture as many pictures and videos of the interview as possible.

Seeing as this podcast would be focused on children, I thought it best to be as unobtrusive as possible in order to snap pictures of Dillon, James and Ella at their most relaxed moments. Throughout the interview, I moved as quietly as I could around the studio and took pictures of our guests laughing with one another, answering questions or rolling their eyes at each other good naturally when a funny or embarrassing story was shared.

As the discussion went on, I saw the kids becoming more and more comfortable with Emily, myself and my fellow photographer, Anthony Grant. Soon, Dillon, James and Ella were smiling for pictures or stopping mid-sentence to pose I thought I was discretely snapping a photo.

Once the interview was completed, I briefly stepped back into my usual role of host by thanking the kids for joining us for the evening. After Dillon, James and Ella went home, I uploaded all of the best pictures and video clips I had managed to collect over the evening to our Google drive. Using these photos and videos, I created a short video on Magisto that would be shared on Idle Tuesdays’ Instagram (@idletuesdaysla), Twitter (@idletuesdaysla) and Facebook pages when the kids’ interview was uploaded to iTunes. When the time comes, I will upload the video I created to Idle Tuesdays’ social media, along with a few raw photos and videos I captured during the interview.

Being a producer means stepping into whatever role is needed of you—if you are adequately equipped for it; I’m not saying to run into the engineering booth and start pushing buttons if you don’t know what you’re doing.

I’ve learned about social media campaigns, interacting with guests, working with a team to make the podcast sound the best that it can and put my research skills to work in order to create guest biographies and interview questions.

I am learning more than I ever dared to hope when I began this internship and cannot wait to put my new found skills to use in a professional setting!

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