How to make a compelling podcast
Content, presenters, format, marketing and a healthy dose of luck? This panel will reveal all.
Dave Hanratty is a writer, journalist and broadcaster based in Dublin. Host of the NO ENCORE podcast and journalist with JOE.ie, Dave is quick with an opinion and rarely seen in the wild without headphones. His work has also appeared in Hot Press, Drowned In Sound, State Magazine, Red Bull UK and The Thin Air. He's admittedly not all that crazy about The Beatles but has made peace with that, even if others haven't. A staunch defender of Kanye West's musical exploits, Dave maintains that 808s & Heartbreak is the true classic in the Yeezy canon. However, his own personal favourite album is Jane Doe by Converge.
Brian Coney is a writer, DJ, musician, band manager and promoter based in Belfast. Previously an editor of AU Magazine, he co-founded and edits Irish music and culture publication The Thin Air. If he’s not scribbling words for the likes of The Quietus, Bandcamp, Clash, the Guardian, Dazed, Consequence of Sound, DJ Mag, Rolling Stone, Drowned In Sound, Noisey or elsewhere, he’s probably listening to Philip Glass.
Mick McCullagh writes and performs music under the alias Son of The Hound. He is a BBC commissioned screenwriter, creator of web-series The Also Rans and co-host of Mad Notions, a podcast that looks at music myths, legends and an honest insight into the life of a working musicians.
Remfry Dedman began writing for The Independent in February 2012 more as a hobby than as a vocation. As time progressed, publicists began to contact him on a regular basis to work with bands they represented and he warily embraced the nocturnal hours, truncated social life and bleary-eyed appearance that haunts most professional writers.
Over the six years he spent writing for The Independent, Remfry concentrated his efforts on giving bands that don’t normally receive mainstream exposure a wider platform, focusing on the burgeoning math and post-rock scenes in particular. He also sought to cover rock music from an intelligent, well-informed viewpoint and he secretly despises any writer that’s ever spelt the word ‘rock’ as ‘rawk’.
In April 2018, he left The Independent to create his own podcast. Bringing on Metal Hammer scribe Stephen Hill, the duo devised Riot Act, an alternative music podcast dedicated to shine a light on progressive alt music acts in a world where genre boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred and music is more accessible than ever before. Each week, Remfry and Stephen seek out the best new releases from the alternative sphere, with a focus on musicians that are pushing the boundaries and shaping the direction which others will follow in future. Bands who have appeared on the show so far include Rolo Tomassi, Black Peaks, Clutch, Therapy?, Jamie Lenman, The Black Queen, Vennart, Emma Ruth Rundle, Will Haven, The Dirty Nil, Palm Reader, Frontierer, Haggard Cat and Nervus.
In his time as a journalist, Remfry has been fortunate enough to interview some of the biggest names in metal and rock, including Chris Cornell, Deftones, Enter Shikari, Rammstein, Faith No More, Weezer, Frank Turner, Opeth, Korn, Gojira, AFI, Placebo, Maynard James Keenan and Slash. He’s also freelanced for the likes of The Guardian and Metal Hammer, as well as reviewed a plethora of live gigs and festivals across the UK and Europe, including Roadburn, ArcTanGent, Complexity, 2000Trees and Effigy. In 2015, the Association of Independent Festivals nominated him for Festival Journalist / Website of the Year alongside Edith Bowman, Noisey and Simon Godley.