►Tell us about you and your podcast
My name is Maurice and along with my co-hosts, Bernie and Tim, I host the See Hear Podcast. The focus of the show is on films where music / musicians / music culture is a strong part of the narrative - either fiction or documentary.
We've mainly had round table discussions, but we've also recently been featuring interviews with directors about their work.
►Why & how did you start this podcast?
I’d been a long time podcast listener to podcasts and was already hosting one that was solely focused on music discussion. On a couple of occasions, the hosts of a couple of favourite film podcasts put out a call to their communities for volunteers to do fill-in episodes while real-life kept them away. On each occasion, I joined with other members to discuss music-related films that we loved seeing as they had no attention in the podcast world. We enjoyed ourselves so much, we decided to make it a regular venture…..hence See Hear was born.
The show started in 2014. Our aims were and are to have a wonderful time discussing our favourite music-related films (not to be confused with musicals…although we’ve done a few of those). The three of us are spread across the globe, so I’m thrilled to have a film discussion club with two wonderful friends on a monthly basis. We’ve also invited hosts of other podcasts to join us on occasion to bring some variety to the discussions.
We’re the only podcast to make a connection between Hated: The GG Allin Story (about a very intense punk musician) and The 5000 Fingers of Dr T (a film written by Dr Seuss).
►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?
The episodes are released once a month. The prep involves watching the film a couple of times, as well as doing research into its background and the film makers’ other work (or the subject matter’s work if a documentary). I’ll spend a couple of evenings doing post production / editing before episode release.
We fund the podcast ourselves…which is basically the annual hosting fees or purchase / rental of any films discussed.
►What do you gain from podcasting?
We take no sponsorships, because the only reason we do this show is for the love of films and music. We’ve met some incredible people along the way as a result of doing this – and once a month, I get to speak with two brilliant friends about films and music. No bigger takeaway than that.
The download numbers aren’t huge, but the people who listen have told us they really like what we do.
►How does your podcasting process look like?
The guests we get to speak to film makers. We either search them out through Facebook or look up their agency to request an interview. We’ve only been knocked back once or twice, because most people are more than happy to talk about their work with enthused film nuts.
We speak over Skype or phone – whatever suits the guest’s requirement. All editing takes place in Audacity. I usually remove awkward silences or “umms” / “ahhs” or any moments where we may talk over each other.
►How do you market your show?
Most publicity is on our FB page. We have some fellow podcasters who also kindly spread the word to their audiences by playing our promo or having us on as guests.
This is a passion project for us, so we don’t go to great lengths for publicity. People find us by word of mouth or maybe because we discuss a film they like.
►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?
My advice to new podcasters above all else is to ENJOY WHAT YOU DO. A large audience may be nice, but don’t let that be the reason you do a show. If you have a small audience, live with that. Those people have taken the time to listen to what you say – that should be plenty enough.
If you have a dedicated Facebook page (or other social media page), put regular content there in advance of your next episode in relation to its topic. Engage with people in your community (put up polls, ask questions, take requests for topics for future episodes….)
As well as being a podcaster, be a good podcast listener. If you don’t love listening, I don’t think you can truly put together a great show of your own.
►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?
You can download See Hear at seehear.podbean .com or find us on iTunes / Spotify / Stitcher / whatever podcast app of choice.
Updated: 6 months ago