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The 6.5 Questions
1. How long have you been podcasting?
BandTrax started Podcasting in November of 2004 and was one of the first music Podcasts. Early on we were desperate for Podsafe music, so we started with local bands in Boise, Idaho until, in December, we connected with CC Chapman who had just started Accident Hash. We traded some songs from bands like De La Vega, Now is Now, Andrew Vladeck and some others so we'd both have enough music for our shows. BandTrax began with Canis Lupus and Chris Rockwell, who went on to start the Daily Download. That's when Canis connected up with Renamarie, and the BandTrax you hear today was born.
2. How many shows have you done?
We've done about 125 shows since November of 04. I've never actually counted the total, although Renamarie went through the trouble to count the shows we've done together, and I think it's now at 107. There are times when it's a bit tricky to Podcast consistently when you have 2 people involved, but we've managed to keep going for a long time now (in Podcasting terms anyway).
3. How has your quality/performance changed since your first show?
Our first few shows were absolutely horrific. In fact, Chris Rockwell said he wasn't cut out for it, but he was obviously quite talented "cutting the cheese" instead. Since all of us come from a broadcasting background, I think many of the early shows were a bit forced. We found it was the wrong approach anyway, since so many Podcasts were finding success by just letting things happen and being themselves. One day, instead of worrying so much about audio quality and editing, Renamarie and I set up an audio "tent" in one of the editing rooms in my office, and we never looked back - keeping it as "real" and comfortable for the audience as possible. Listeners seemed to prefer it that way anyway. Of course, we've had lots of mic changes, and recording and room changes, so I guess that part of it shifts pretty often. It's a grand experiment.
4. What podcasts do you listen to and which are your favorites?
Renamarie and I are both music freaks, so I think we both migrate towards the music Podcasts. I continue to enjoy In Over Your Head, Accident Hash, Extra Super Action Show, Rock and Roll Geek, The Scene Zine, and The tartanpodcast, and I'm always trying bits and pieces of lots of others as well. I also like Tiki Bar TV, EarthCoreAncestorInfection, Ricky Gervais, and The Desperate Housewife.
5. Tell us about your show and who should be listening to it?
The one thing we've always done from the beginning is typically play 2 songs from each band or artist to give listeners a broader view of their work. Think of it as Album Podcasting instead of just Singles. If listeners want to hear more than one track, then we're the right show for them. Also we play a wide range of Podsafe music, so listeners can be introduced to a wide variety of styles and sounds. If you like to test the waters of different genres, then we're also right for you. Finally we like to keep it smooth and comfortable for as many different listeners as possible, so we're generally family and work safe - although only in our own delivery. We never censor a song based upon its content. And we like to have fun too because that's what it's all about.
6. What is your background (especially if relevant to your podcast)?
As I mentioned above, Renamarie and I both come from media backgrounds. Renamarie is a professional voice talent, and I'm a videographer, producer, editor, and all around Macintosh freak who uses tools like Soundtrack Pro, Media 100, Final Cut, iLife, DVD Studio Pro and others to produce media content. Many of these tools made the initial transition to Podcasting pretty easy to do since we had lots of them lying around.
6.5 Is there anything else your listeners should know about you, your show, etc?
We both have a passion for music that extends so far beyond what so many mainstream listeners are fed over the radio airwaves every day. There's so much great music out there, and we're glad we've been able to not only discover it and listen to it through Podcasting, but that we've been able to take our love of music and have a place to bring it to others. Music Podcasts are literally shaking the foundations of traditional media, and when it benefits the artists and the listeners directly, we feel like we've achieved something special.