►Tell us about you and your podcast
My name is Krister Axel, I am an ex-software engineer, a career songwriter and music producer, with a degree in Poetry. The podcast is called Indie Music On Tap, and I feature 3-5 songs per episode from artists that I am currently working with as a music blogger. I get close to 200 submissions per week at CHILLFILTR.com. I also include some social commentary, and we discuss how the lyrical content of each song tends to touch on a few universal themes.
My listeners are mainly indie musicians and their fans, but anyone curious about the international independent music scene will find great songs and interesting talking points.
►Why & how did you start this podcast?
I started podcasting as a means of bringing some of this amazing music that I hear every day to a larger audience. I already have audio production experience, and I had a promo copy of Logic Pro burning a hole in my laptop! I had to do something. I just started in January of this year. I had the idea in November, but I gave myself 2 months to let the ideas develop, and I also needed time to line up all the music releases. The first episode took 3 days to produce, but only because I had to re-learn Logic.
►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?
I am every other week right now, but I think I will soon move to every week. That feels like a sweet spot. When you are finding your audience, it doesn't feel smart to keep them waiting. I can produce a 30-45 segment in about 6 hours, once I know what my talking points are and I have the songs cleared. I have a small business, and this year I cashed out an IRA to invest in my dream. My business now pays me a small salary, I am full-time for now, and hopefully forever. This podcast is funded completely through the income I make blogging as CHILLFILTR.com.
►What do you gain from podcasting?
This is all part of my master plan! I am sharing this music with the world, talking about things that move me, and I plan on finding sponsors through my Libsyn distribution - one I get my counts high enough, it's easy. Right now I have no revenue at all from the podcast, but I'm in no rush to monetize because I have funded my business for at least 12 months, probably more. This just feels like the thing I was meant to do, I love music, and I love talking about it. To myself.
►How does your podcasting process look like?
No guests! Not yet at least. I use Logic Pro for editing, sometimes a little T-Rack-S for optimizing loudness, sometimes I edit raw audio clips with Amadeus, and I just moved into a Pixel phone that makes my life easy! I use Google Keep to assemble the notes that I never look at, and the Pixel records great audio that within a minute or so shows up on my laptop via Google sync. I also use the Pixel to record my piano and Weissenborn clips.
►How do you market your show?
Toneden. And then the artists that sign off with their songs often help me market to their people.
►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?
Find your voice, and then just go for it.
►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?
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