In every issue of the Pod Bible Magazine, we ask a Podcast Disciple five questions about their love of podcasts and podcasting. Our Podcast Disciple for Issue #010 was Made In Chelsea stalwart, and one half of the Private Parts podcast, Jamie Laing!
Why do you love podcasts?
I’ve always loved audio – as a kid I used to listen to tapes of Winnie the Pooh to fall asleep. The immersive experience you have when listening to a podcast is amazing and the fact there are no rules to creating a podcast is something that I’ve always loved. I also believe this is just the beginning of audio and the growth is going to be astronomical. So if anyone is keen to get into the podcast game I would massively encourage it. Plus creating a podcast is simple – a couple of mics, an idea and a little persistence is really all you need.
What was the first podcast you ever listened to?
The first podcast I ever listened to (like a lot of people I’m sure) was Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchants podcast with Karl Pilkington. WOW that was genius!! I think it’s had over 150m downloads… I first listened to it while travelling around South America and it honestly kept me a little sane. The relationship between the three of them was so fascinating, compelling and easy to listen to. I’ve always used that idea as a base for all of my podcasts that I’ve created and am a part of. A comfortable, funny relationship is a winner for a good podcast I believe.
What podcaster makes you laugh the most?
I want to say my podcast partner Francis Boulle but I probably can’t say that. Hmmmm tricky – perhaps Conan O’Brien from Conan O’Brien
Needs A Friend or the My Dad Wrote A Porno guys – but there are so many podcasters out there who are incredibly funny. The amazing thing about the podcast world is that there are so many hidden gems – try not to just listen to the popular ones, most of the time the ones that people don’t know or speak about are the ones which are in fact the funniest. I also believe when a podcast becomes too formatted it can lose it’s humour. The podcasts which are the most free tend to be the ones that make me laugh the most.
Which podcast has educated you the most?
Again there are a few but the podcasts that are ‘in conversation with’ educate me a lot. I learn from other people so I’ll have to be boring and go for The Joe Rogan Experience just because there are so many episodes. That or the podcast Without Fail by Gimlet. Again – the podcast world is open to so many different areas that in fact if you wanted to learn about fashion, gardening, even cycling it’s there for you. All you have to do is a little bit of searching.
Can you recommend a show our readers may not have heard of?
Yes – Believed by NPR is a great journalistic podcast into the story behind Larry Nassar. I haven’t ever gone down the route of creating a journalistic, story telling podcast but they’re extremely popular and incredibly hard to make in my opinion. But have a listen to it, it’s such a
good podcast. That or Missing Richard Simmons which is another story telling podcast focusing on the mysterious disappearance of the 90’s
fitness Guru Richard Simmons. Richard was an incredibly wealthy man due to his enormous following and the videos he created but one day
he suddenly went missing. Why….? That’s what the podcast tries to uncover and its only 6 or so episodes long.
On Private Parts Jamie and his co-host Francis Boulle discuss the most sordid and intimate details of their lives and are often joined by guests including Vicky Pattison, Lydia Bright, Iain Stirling, Jordan Banjo, Elizabeth Day and Ollie Ollerton. Listen now on ACAST, SPOTIFY or ELSEWHERE.
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