Meet STITH: The Artist Bringing The Art Back To DJ'ing Through Podcasting

April 13, 2018 - "Don't overthink what you're saying and what you're doing. That's the golden rule in my book."
Since 2017

►Tell us about you and your podcast

My name is STITH (like Sith but throw an extra "T" in there) and I'm a DJ and producer of all types of music but "Alright, Alright, Alright Radio" is my weekly exploration of the newest tunes from the techno and house genres of electronica however I am known to throw in something outside of my norm every now and then to keep things interesting.

The biggest difference between AAAR and other electronic music podcasts is that I mix every episode live, without any planning, and I just hang onto my wig as I do every episode and hope that it all comes together in a coherent manner that manages to showcase not only new tunes but the finer details of--what appears to be--the dying art of true DJ'ing.


►Why & how did you start this podcast? 

As an avid podcast listener myself (shouts out EPIC Radio, ASOT, and Nothing Else Matters) I thought to myself, "Hmm, I can do something like this too but I want to be different" which is where the whole shtick of mixing live as opposed to in a DAW came to me. That "do it live" idea was and still is my main goal and motivation for this podcast because, in my opinion, when mixing live there is a sort of "flow" that you get linked into that is a more honest feeling that is reminiscent of an actual live club set as opposed to just a pre-recorded selection of songs.

AAAR started back in November of 2017 and we've been going strong ever since then. An interesting thing to note--especially to all of you looking into doing their own podcast--is that your first few episodes will most likely be garbage, I know mine were. My style was all over the place, I had no idea really how to put it all together and the first episode took about 5 hours of work to put together a two hour mixed show. Now, however, I've managed to fall into my own groove as any new podcaster will, and can knock out a 90 minute epsiode in about two hours or so.


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

So, AAAR is released every Wednesday at 9AM and as I mentioned before it takes me about two hours of actual mixing and vocal tagging to produce a 90 minute episode but on top of that there is an additional hour or two weekly of digging up new songs to purchase for every episode.

It can be hard to find the balance and the time to do a show every week, especially with a day job and whatever else life may throw at you, but for me at least this is a labor of love that always manages to recharge my mental batteries after I publish every week.

The show at the moment is self funded and besides the initial hardware investment of a few thousand dollars I don't spend any money except for $10 a month to host my podcast on every major service.


►What do you gain from podcasting?        

Until my numbers get higher I won't be able to secure any sponsorships, but tasteful and relevant ad-buys are definitely in the pipeline for me down the road. I don't want to bash people over the head and sell stuff that isn't related to my content though so what I aim to do in the long run is to hopefully find partners willing to work with me where I can review gear, services, etc. that are focused on music production and the lifestyle around the DJ realm.


►How does your podcasting process look like? 

Step one is to check out 1001tracklists.com and see what my favorite big names have been playing over the past week and then what I'll do for step two is to use their song selections as a jumping off point for my purchases on beatport.com.

After I have the songs, I load up Native Instruments Traktor and pick one off of my shopping list from beatport and BAM! that's the start of the new episode.

I then mix for about 90 minutes straight before exporting the WAV file into Ableton Live and at that point is the only time nothing is done live on my show because this is where I go in and solely add the vocal tags for the tracks.

After that I convert the WAV to an MP3 with Audacity and send it into my distributor.


►How do you market your show?

At the moment my numbers are not where I'd like them to be however creating a "funnel-web" of related accounts on facebook and twitter that all tie back to either my artist profile or my record label seems to be doing fairly well. And now that I am on ListenNotes, iHeartRadio, and iTunes I believe that my subscriber base should grow exponentially.


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

Don't overthink what you're saying and what you're doing. That's the golden rule in my book. The devil isn't in the details; the devil is in obsessing over what people will think about those details as opposed to how they make you feel when you hear them (in the context of a music show like mine).


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

If you're an aspiring DJ producer then reach out to me on those platforms if you want your songs included in a future episode or maybe I can even have you in for a guest mix!

Updated: a year ago