With more facilities like this available and in place, the only barrier to the actual creation of a podcast is the subject itself. We spoke to three Irish podcast creators on the joys and challenges and why for them, it is a truly unique creative expression.
Dave Hanratty created the music podcast NO ENCORE in 2016 and has interviewed some of the leading names in Irish music including Dermot Kennedy and Villagers over nearly 200 episodes.
“I think it’s fair to say that ‘I have a podcast’ has become the new ‘I’m writing a novel’ in terms of a clichéd thing to say or hear in 2020 and certainly in the last few years, but that’s in part due to how reflective, popular and valid it is as a form of creative expression.
NO ENCORE began as a vessel for three frustrated music journalists to speak their minds free of shackles and go from there, basically. Now, I think of it as my third band – the first two didn’t make it, sadly – in that it’s fiercely independent, often feels like work, sometimes feels a bit pointless and as if you’re just repeatedly hurling yourself into a great big void, but it also registers as something tangible that actually matters, even if just to you and an intimate community that you hear directly from every once in a while.
Am I making it sound negative? Whoops. I guess what I’m trying to express is that, like any creative endeavour, it’s a commitment and it can be hard to quantify what constitutes a ‘success’ or not or even if that’s how you should regard it. Ireland is bursting with personalities, many of whom now rock a microphone on a weekly basis, yet podcasting remains a tricky thing to acquire meaningful sponsorship, funding and regard for. I wonder if the country will catch up while I’m still hosting one.
Oh yeah, the whole ‘host’ thing. Honestly, I love it.
I love having a space in which to enter into good-natured – and hopefully witty – debates about music, which, for me and so many others the world over, feels like a human need as much as a beautiful endorphin rush of a thing. I love hosting interviews where I don’t need to transcribe them afterwards. I love the immediacy of being present for a unique moment in which recording equipment also happens to be there. I love that NO ENCORE has literally travelled the world with people who have told me stories of being far from home in places I’ve never heard of, listening to us as a way to feel connected to where they came from in the first place.
I love asking questions. I love hearing the answers to those questions. I love a real conversation.”