It’s been a while – buy I’ve been fairly busy – setting up my audio production co Fairly Media, launching the KERB Life podcast for street food major lasers KERB, recording new shows for this podcast, and of course, parenting.
But as the dad show has been a little while getting back up and running I wanted to make sure there’s some good vibes for fathers looking for a connection, and 2018 will bring a wide range of points of view and strides to focus on some important topics.
First up, I’ll be looking at shared parental leave in a miniseries I’ve taken some Schwarzenegger liberties in calling ‘who is your daddy, and what does he do?’ (for the uninitiated, it’s from Kindergarten Cop.) We’ll be kicking that off real soon so stayed tuned. The first episode of this series will also be the first of a new format I’m calling Fatherhood Stories – playing with the edit to create first person narratives, dads telling their story direct, outside the standard interview theme.
But for now I’m rolling back the dial to Fatherhood’s first episode, entitled ‘How It Feels to be a Father.’ I may not have a massive back catalogue but it seems right to set out my stall once again, which is something I feel this show achieves.
It was pretty much my first effort at producing a podcast, and it took a long while to assemble the right interviews, record the leading UK poets Richard Price (with ‘An old drawer up beyond the children’ and ‘The world is busy, Katie’) and Luke Wright (‘Dad Reins’) reading their own work, and putting together a mix to background the intense emotions of becoming a dad – props to my pal Keir Livock for helping put that together.
I spent a long time wanting to start making this podcast, carving out the time then editing and editing until I was happy I’d made it. To geek out – all recording went through a Zoom H4n, some in person and some over a hodge-podge iPhone mono wiring set-up, before the music was mixed on Ableton and the show edited and vocals dropped in using Logic Pro. Hosting and all that RSS trickery is via Libsyn.
So if you’ve heard it before – have another go. I listen back occasionally as I find it inspiring to hear men, boys ( and one special mum) speak honestly and passionately about their experiences, hopes and fears. And if you’re new, welcome to Fatherhood.
I’ll leave you with a few pics of fatherhood for me in the past couple of months, and a tracklisting after.
Snow Palms – Index of Rivers - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Index-of-Rivers/dp/B009A3T0EU
Four Tet – Smile Around the Face - https://www.amazon.co.uk/smile-around-the-face/dp/B002WZJ5IE
Thundercat – Lone Wolf and Cub - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lone-Wolf-and-Cub/dp/B01EM8EU7Y
Bon Iver – Holocene - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holocene/dp/B0054LSFO8
Snow Palms – Motion Capture - https://www.amazon.com/Motion-Capture/dp/B009A6I5O8
Mount Kimbie - Made to Stray - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Made-To-Stray/dp/B00C38XT3C
How To Dress Well – Words I Don’t Remember -https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K8ECQB4/ref=dm_ws_tlw_trk6
Nils Frahm – Ode -https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00VGAI3PW/ref=dm_ws_tlw_trk1
Sufjan Stevens – Blue Bucket of Gold -https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Bucket-of-Gold/dp/B00SC4U2MM
Phosphorescent – Wolves - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wolves/dp/B00HKY3THA