Everyone Can Tell Their Stories Here

Phil Kapitan
Oct. 8, 2018 - "Make sure you record at least 10 episodes (if you're planning a weekly release) before you begin releasing episodes."
Since 2018

►Tell us about you and your podcast

I'm Phil Kapitan and I host the Hangover Haze Show. It's a podcast of conversations with people who lead interesting lives. We understand that everyone has a story to tell and these stories that make up our lives can have inherent entertainment value and you don't need to be "famous" for that to be true. On the show anything can be the subject and the topics can go anywhere. I depend largely on the organic growth and flow of the conversations.


►Why & how did you start this podcast? 

I love the podcast format. It can be used by anyone to reach everyone interested. I listen to a great deal of different podcasts that vary widely in dimension. I started it as a sort of therapy for myself. A way to focus on something while struggling to remain sober. It has evolved and continues to do so as I find what its aims are. I put everything on credit cards and have decided to dive headlong into debt in order to pursue this passion project!


►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?

Hangover Haze has 2 components currently, the Sunday show "Hangover Haze Show", which is an interview format released (thus far) weekly, and the "Thirsty Thursday" edition, which is a monologue type of episode, released weekly, where I discuss the various things going on in my life and the world. The only sorts of marketing I've done thus far would be creating and ordering a bunch of stickers, which I hand out to people to post anywhere they see fit, and also Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages.


►What do you gain from podcasting?        

If sponsors want to get involved, I happily welcome them! I have yet to receive any sort of sponsors and have thus far funded it all myself. Admittedly I do have 1 contributor on Patreon, for which I am extremely grateful, at $9 per month. I am exploring the interview format and the podcast world in general to see if and where I can carve a niche out.


►How does your podcasting process look like? 

I currently record on a Zoom H6 and use Audacity to edit the audio. I also record the show with a Besteker video camera and use Lightworks to edit the finished product which I release on YouTube. I far prefer having people in the kitchen of what I have dubbed The Ivory Tower (my apartment), though I am currently toying with creating a 3rd component of the show to utilize Skype and similar programs for further interviews.


►How do you market your show?

Hangover Haze can be found on all of the major platforms from iTunes, Google Play Music, to Spotify and YouTube. Just search "Hangover Haze" in any podcast player and it should come up! The video of the show is also available on YouTube. Follow @HangoverHaze on Instagram and Twitter.


►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?

The first thing I would say is to learn your equipment and software ahead of time. I have openly shown all of my flaws on my show, which has created an endearing quality, but it's certainly less polished in the earlier episodes. Secondly, make sure you record at least 10 episodes (if you're planning a weekly release) before you begin releasing episodes. This will allow a good amount of time to schedule more people and plan for any bail outs. And believe me, people will bail last minute, so you should plan ahead.


►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?

Email: [email protected]
Voicemail: 774-246-2181
Hangover Haze Show
P.O. Box 60611
Worcester, MA 01606

Updated: a year ago