Call Me Daddy

NPR Music is celebrating Black Music Month with an array of brand new Tiny Desk concerts. If you're not familiar with these, imagine well-known musicians playing their songs in an office.

"Brenda, do you mind moving your laptop? Taylor Swift needs somewhere to put her keyboard."

If you've ever worked at a radio station, you've probably experienced something similar. In-office performances are very helpful in convincing station decision makers to put a song in rotation, so they happen a lot.

But I bring this series up for a couple of different reasons, both of which I think you'll find helpful for your podcasting ...

First of all, look at this video with Big Daddy Kane. This is about as minimalist as it gets:

  • a steady beat with few (and minimal) fills
  • a repeating bassline that never changes
  • a keyboard player who plays maybe two notes per song (until his solo)

But it's compelling as hell and shows the power of just a voice. Consider this the next time you think you need fancy production on an episode.

Something else to look at ... Notice how Charlie Wilson introduces every member of his band ...

You should be doing the same thing with the people who work on your podcast.

In this issue of Big Podcast Insider:

  • a way to make lemonade out of lemons
  • a way to interact with your podcast listeners
  • segment ideas to keep your episodes engaging

I'll have more stories in the audio edition, which is released via my podcast, Build a Big Podcast. You can subscribe here and never miss an episode.

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David @ Big Podcast

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