A few weeks ago, we added podcasting to the BLOG feature on Bandzoogle. A podcast is the audio equivalent of a blog -- an audio diary that fans can subscribe to and automatically get notified of updates.
Podcasts are a great way to get fans more involved in your music, and also get the latest news and updates. An added bonus is that regular posts to your podcast keeps fans coming back to your website. Here are some ideas to get your band podcast started:
- Track demos. New tune idea? Post it in your podcast, even in unfinished form. The great thing about podcasts is that you can get immediate feedback from fans. On their end, being invited into the creative process gets fans closer to you as an artist.
- Tour diary. A daily podcast "diary" gives out of town fans a chance to be part of the tour.
- Acoustic versions. If you're a rock band, pick up your acoustic guitar and play an "unplugged" tune. DJ or Hip Hop producer? Add a down tempo remix of one of your tracks.
- Press interviews. Whenever you get interviewed, ask for permission to post the recording on your site. The local scene radio shows usually have great production value, so they translate well as a podcast.
- Live shows. Get in the habit of recording ALL your shows (big or small), and posting them to your blog the day after. Fans love to hear live shows, especially if they were in the crowd. The blog lets you keep the posts in chronological order, and you can jump to any month easily. A great tool to capture live recordings without having to go through the board is the Zoom H4 digital recorder. For around $350, it has amazing sound quality and saves files as MP3s, perfect for your podcast.