Last Tuesday, I pitched up at The Roundhouse in London for the first ever live recording of The CMU Podcast. It was a little nerve-wracking doing the show for the first time, with really no idea how it was going to turn out. But thankfully all went well. We had a great audience, and my guests made sure the conversation was fun and interesting throughout.
Much of the 90 minutes conversation was dominated by our first topic, the ongoing dispute between the indie labels and YouTube – having people able to speak from label, artist, manager and tech backgrounds ensured that it was a lively debate. As well as that, we covered Amazon Prime Music, streaming data being added to the UK singles chart, cuts at the BBC and the Beeb’s new music strategy, the Beastie Boys’ legal battle against Monster Energy Drink, and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson’s foray into football club ownership. Plus, there was a Q&A session with the audience at the end.
It was tough cutting the podcast down to 30 minutes – at least a third of the YouTube discussion is gone, as are the sections on Amazon Prime Music and the Beastie Boys (so you’ll have to come along in July to make sure you don’t miss out again!). The final show is really good, I think. I’m really looking forward to honing both the event and the finished show over the next two months.
Listen to the first episode – feature Cooking Vinyl’s Sammy Andrews, the MMF’s Jon Webster, Songdrop’s Brittney Bean, CMU’s Chris Cooke and me – below (or subscribe in iTunes here).
You can find more information on this episode of The CMU Podcast: Live here.