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The Scene Zine
GENRE: Music | Downloads (14356) | Comments (10) | Get Podcast | Visit Site

The 6.5 Questions
1. How long have you been podcasting?
My first podcast of The Scene Zine was released in May 2005.

2. How many shows have you done?
We just released The Scene Zine #144. The show was originally a CD compilation that featured independent bands on my record label, Vision Entertainment. From 1995 to 2003 we recorded over 50 one hour long episodes of The Scene Zine and released it on CD in music stores throughout the country.

3. How has your quality/performance changed since your first show?
I've learned a great deal about RSS, search engine optimization and network marketing. Only 50% of my time with The Scene Zine is spent actually creating the show. Most of what we do involves marketing, press and growing the listening community.

4. What podcasts do you listen to and which are your favorites?
My favorite show is The Musician's Cooler with Dave Jackson. It's a fantastic show, even if you're not a musician. Other shows I enjoy include DSC, Digital Flotsam, Yeast Radio, KarmaBanque, Pacific Coast Hellway, Evil Genius Chronicles, Verge of the Fringe, Daily SearchCast, Building a Better Dave, The School of Podcasting, and about 40 others in the list. I only listen to two music shows, Emo Girl Talk and The Rock and Roll Geek Show. Michael Butler and his daughter Martina are the Frank and Nancy Sinatra of podcasting.

5. Tell us about your show and who should be listening to it?
The Scene Zine is all about the music. We play the best independent hard rock and heavy metal on the planet. A lot of people say they play the best stuff, but we really do! From my time with my label I've saved over 3,000 cds worth of music from the greatest independent rockers over the last 10 years. Combine that with hundreds of new artists that I've become friends with and you've got a head-banging good time!

6. What is your background (especially if relevant to your podcast)?
I originally got into music while working at a local TV station. I co-produced a show called "The Speed of Sound" that featured up and coming rockers throughout the Midwest. With the shows popularity came bigger notoriety. Eventually I took the plunge into working directly in the music business. I managed a lot of bands and showed a lot of musicians how to turn their talent into a serious business. Some of which went on to become headliners at Ozzfest, the Warped Tour and have become platinum selling artists.

I found out about podcasting when trying to figure out a way to self update an "mp3 of the week" module I was programming for The Scene Zine on my label site. After doing hours of searching, I came across a blog post by Adam Curry that talked about how they were developing RSS enclosures. I followed the technology very closely, soaking up everything I could about the delivery platform and the possibility of mass distribution for my existing content. Once I heard the infamous "Strategycast 2.0" that Adam and Ron Bloom recorded together, it was like a roadmap to the future. I replayed it hundreds of times and followed their path to the letter. With some hard work and new friends, I've been given the opportunity to promote independent music on a global scale while growing the listening audience beyond my wildest expectations.

6.5 Is there anything else your listeners should know about you, your show, etc?
I am always open to promoting other shows and collaborating with people on new show ideas. One of the coolest benefits of podcasting is the ease of working in conjunction with other creative producers. No other media platform has this level of enthusiasm and camaraderie. If anyone would like to know more, be sure to stop on over and say hello at www.thescenezine.com.


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