Have You Heard? is where the Pod Bible team meet the people behind the podcasts you may not have heard of yet. While the Oh. My. Pod. section in the magazine gives a quick shout out to shows of that ilk, Have You Heard? aims to go deeper in an effort to spread awareness for shows that deserve more exposure! We recently heard from the host of The Spark Parade, an interview podcast that ask artists about the work that has inspired them.
Who are you and what’s your podcast about?
I’m Adam, an actor, voice artist and podcaster based in New York City. I host The Spark Parade podcast, where I chat with top creative minds about the cultural work that sparked their inspiration.
Why did you decide to start podcasting in the first place?
After the 2017 presidential inauguration, the Trump administration threatened to cut public funding for the arts. That made me think about why art and entertainment are important to me personally and to humanity writ large. I wanted to speak to other creative people about the cultural touchstones that have shaped their lives and careers, so I launched The Spark Parade.
What’s the first podcast you ever listened to?
Savage Love, a sex and relationships advice podcast. Quite different to The Spark Parade!
Which podcasts do you take inspiration from?
I love Song Exploder. Each episode features a musician or a band describing the process involved in writing one of their songs. I also love The Read, which is basically just two friends hanging out, but their humor and keen observations make it really engaging.
Who’s your dream guest for the podcast?
I would love to have Stevie Wonder on the show and find out about the cultural work that sparked his inspiration.
Which episode would you say is the perfect introduction to your podcast?
In one of my favorite episodes, Roisin Murphy spoke to me about drawing inspiration from Terrence Conran’s The House Book. I’m a huge fan of her music and she was very high on the dream guest list. She told me some incredible stories about her passion for interior design, architecture and travel. My favorite part was hearing about an architectural tour she took with her boyfriend across Europe when she was 17.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt so far as a podcaster?
It’s really important to focus your podcast on something that excites you. I’m an arts and entertainment obsessive, so speaking to my guests about their cultural inspiration is a thrill every time!
Where can your audience find out more about you?
I’m @sparkparade on all social media and you can download or stream episodes at thesparkparade.com.
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