Anji is currently a featured podcaster on the Podcast Alley site. Check out her “6.5 Questions” interview:
The 6.5 Questions
1. How long have you been podcasting?
I began my first podcast, Chillin’ with Lovespirals, in June 2005. Before that, I had been producing prerecorded music features as early as 2002, for both terrestrial and Internet radio, including my own Live365 station. It’s too bad I didn’t learn about RSS enclosures earlier! The Chillcast began in January 2006 via Internet Archive, then was officially launched on PodShow in March.
2. How many shows have you done?
As of today I’ve done 42 Chillcasts, 26 Chillin’ with Lovespirals band podcasts, and 8 Chillin’ with Anji Bee vidcasts.
3. How has your quality/performance changed since your first show?
A lot! Not only is my sound much more pro, but the overall tone and production value. I’m constantly upgrading my gear, so it sounds better all the time.
4. What podcasts do you listen to and which are your favorites?
My regular podcasts are Diggnation, Mysterious Universe, commandN, and the Daily Source Code, though I often skip through a lot of that since it’s daily… I just became regular with In Over Your Head, since I’ve pledged to lead Julien’s cult fan army. I also keep up pretty well with Dave’s Lounge, Tea with Hungry Lucy, and Senator Barack Obama’s Podcast. I check in from time to time with Accident Hash, Rumor Girls, Infected, The Lounge King Show, Inside the Net, and lots of others.
5. Tell us about your show and who should be listening to it?
The Chillcast is a weekly music show with commentary that offers a cosmopolitan blend of Electronica, Jazz, Soul, and World music. I play a wide variety of genres and styles, seldom repeat artists, focus on recent releases, and always offer plenty of information about the songs. From time to time, I do special artist interview features, or other one-off shows to keep things fresh. Listeners say my voice is as relaxing and sexy as the music I play, so I guess that’s one of the show’s draws! From the feedback I receive, my listener base seems like a pretty varied mix of age, gender, nationality, and musical taste — all with the common goal of chillin’ out, whether they are commuting, working, or relaxing at home. One listener in France says he and some friends get together Tuesday evening with a bottle of wine to listen to The Chillcast!
6. What is your background (especially if relevant to your podcast)?
I come from a long background in music, actually. I took recording classes in college, had 3 years in college radio as DJ and station manager, I created 4 different music fanzines, wrote music reviews and interview features for IGN’s now defunct RadioSpy site, I’ve been in a number of bands and collaborated with many others, and I’ve been really active in the online music community since 1998. So, I know a lot about independent and underground music.
6.5 Is there anything else your listeners should know about you, your show, etc?
I’m a multifaceted person with abundant curiosity and drive to create, so you really never know what I’ll be up to next. From my music show, to my band podcast, to my vidcast, you’ll see many different sides of me. I’m always coming up with fun new ideas and looking for others to collaborate with. Which reminds me, other podcasters and bands are welcome to contact me to get involved with The Chillcast!