Listen to Local Podcasts!
With the growing popularity of podcasts over the past several years, it's no surprise if most of us have a friend or two who have one of their own. The internet, our phones and our laptops make it easier than ever to let our voices carry into the world and to promote our message! How freakin' cool is that?! Personally, I love "The Joe Rogan Experience," Sophia Amoruso's "Girl Boss,", and NPR's "How I Built This."
There's so much to learn from listening to people talk about their own experiences. Podcasts give us a small window into another perspective that until (about) 2004 was unprecedented. We need to be taking more advantage of it!
I've recently realized that Nashville has quite the growing scene of music podcasts after looking up the hashtag #nashvillepodcasts. Upon this realization, it was easy to immediately think that "it does...but they're not as good as NPR's 'All Songs Considered' so I don't want to listen." But then I thought: wouldn't it make sense to listen to at least one local podcast a week? Because maybe spending one hour a week to learn about what's happening in the community surrounding me isn't a bad idea?
As a musician trying to make it in a saturated local scene such as Nashville, there don't seem to be any downsides to just being knowledgeable of what other musicians in the area are up to. What are their experiences at certain venues? What other bands are making waves- because we should probably share show bills with them. What blog is presenting the coolest showcases and events in February...(shameless plug).
If you have a favorite local podcast, I would love for you to submit it below so that I can check it out, and for us to expand our podcast rosters together! I'll post about my favorite 5 local podcasts in March to follow up.
Until then, here is a recent episode of "The Poptimist Podcast" featuring Christine Harazim (that's me!) of Nashville Offbeat (that's this blog)! Find out why Nashville Offbeat exists, the meaning of life, and what I skipped class to do in High School.