I had the pleasure of speaking to the creator of The Unsigned Music Podcast - Chris Jackson. After talking details about getting on the show, we got a little bit into talking about his motivation behind starting his podcast and it was apparent he really loves music and wants to help spring-load fellow musicians into the lives of people around the world.
It was really encouraging to see the amount of time and effort he's put into getting the podcast up and finding some really amazing music to feature - starting right at episode one.
Chris really has an ear for music that doesn't sound the same as radio pop but has all the great hooks and professionalism you might find in a big label. He takes very little personal credit on the show itself, keeping it simply about the music with only a little bit of speech in and around playing the tracks. Each episode features 2-3 songs from an band or songwriter so that listeners can get a feel, but not feel locked into a full playlist of songs to discover new music.
Chris said some really enlightening things about the songs that we had sent him and it was really great that he added us to the show on Episode 7. Even though you may know us, check out the other songs he's curated from the other 6 acts and make sure to leave him a review if you're listening on iTunes! Or even a comment on his website. As creators, we love hearing back from the people who enjoy what we're doing. You never know, one day we could end up playing Minecraft online together.
Stay Creative my friends!
For the most part - things seem to happen in groups. Almost like the saying 'Everything happens for a reason' but not necessarily for a reason - just on the same brain length. A Zeitgeist kinda thing.
I mention this because I'm watching The Making of the Mob and we're about to drop a music video we've been working on that features a set of mafia characters shaking down businesses, going on a man hunt and theft. Not quite as dramatic, but still mafia. It's just kinda cool how these things come together.
I'm super excited to showcase this video as it's the first one Jesse and I worked on together for an original song pretty much by ourselves. Our friend Curtis Amaral helped us with some of the filming and consultation and our Swedish friend Thilda gave us some initial writing advice and content as well, but Jesse and I shared in the writing, production and editing of Drowned, using the skills that those on the internet share to create this story to share ourselves.
It's about how you can drown in your love of someone - or something - if immersed too deeply into its waters.
We launch it on Wednesday July 13th at 5pm PST (as we live in Vancouver, BC) on our youtube channel GUPmusic.
P.S - Check back on the blog for a first look at the video on Tuesday along with a Q+A of our journey creating 'Drowned'.
I don't know why I like scary stuff - I really don't.
It really freaks me out and I have enough RL ghost stories to keep you up at night. Yet - I keep going back to the unexplained. And so this is why, when I drive home late at night (by myself may I add) I like to listen to scary things, mostly podcasts. Mostly fiction. Sometimes not - like LORE podcast.
It's a fantastic storytelling creative non-fiction podcast about unexplained tales and folklore in history. Mostly I started listening because folklore is fascinating and I drive a lot, but it's ended up having a farther reach than just tradition elves and vampires (though Aaron Mahnke, it's creator, does a great job involving these while still keeping it fresh!)
Tonight I listened to a great episode I somehow missed throughout listening throughout his entire catalogue of 37 free episodes (as well as many other mini ones for his Patreon supporters - like me :) ) and I thought 'hey I should make a list of my favourites!' so here are my top 5 podcast episodes from my core source of scary inspiration - LORE!
5. DEEP AND TWISTED ROOTS - #30 - I really thought this was a great way to tell this story. It really leaves you thinking that... it really could be true. *shudders*
4. BLACK STOCKINGS - #11 - A classic. Witch trials. Listen on.
3. ALL THE LOVELY LADIES - #34 - When I started listening to this - it reminded me of when Diablo II was exclusively a PC game and you had to face The Countess in the Forgotten Tower.
2. THE CAVE - #25 - This one actually kept me up at night. Just - if you're afraid of the dark like me and have an overactive imagination... imagine being here. Now try to sleep. I dare you.
1. THE CASTLE - #8 - Definitely the most disturbing - but still my favourite episode. Why? Because of American Horror Story. This true story was the inspiration for AHS - Hotel and I had NO IDEA. It was really intriguing to hear the story told and how all the non-fiction details played into the show itself. I was shocked that something so cruel actually existed - and not very long ago.
I should mention - in general, Aaron Mahnke really does hit it close to your heart that these were real people's stories and real victims of unimaginable violence (in applicable stories). It's terrifying when you realize a lot of what you hear is real with only the rumours and speculation being possibly fiction. After each episode, I hold a moment of silence for the people whose stories we remember - for the good souls whose lives were cut short.
In closing, I wanted to leave with some other things I listen to! Mostly for some extra reference in taste - I listen to Alice Isn't Dead, Welcome to Nightvale and ClarksWorld Magazine most days - though I've been broadening my reach lately as some of those are on hiatus, but I'll leave that post for another day.
Thanks for reading and be sure to comment below if you like LORE too or if you listen to any other great Podcasts! Share the creativity :)
I'm Melody Dante - the main vocalist for Grace Under Pressure