By Spirit Level
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Behind the scenes of a tiny music label exploring big ideas.
||Clean#15 Goodwill||Making plans for this weekend, three weeks from now, and 100 years from now.||11 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14 Piano Day||Six months later, were back. Behind the scenes of our recent Piano Day label compilation, and details about our next live event in Melbourne.||24 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13 I Want 100,000 SoundCloud Plays||Tim talks about how the idea of success can be destructive, and gets some unexpected support from Linkin Park.||31 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12 Embrace The Messiness||Tim kicks around the idea of how a subscription model might work for the label, responds to some listener feedback from last episode, and gives away some free stuff.||19 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11 I Definitely Fluctuate||Tim gets personal with a reaction to a recent Braille Face interview, and tries to explain why this podcast went dark for a few weeks.||6 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10 Frictionless Experiences||Tim reflects on a big week for the label at BIGSOUND in Brisbane, reveals some of the inner workings behind Braille Face’s new interactive website, and outlines some of the pitfalls of being a self-managed artist.||14 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9 Understand Your Failures||Tim dishes out some self-help advice that no-one asked for – about success, failure, and staying motivated. Also, an exciting new development on the Spirit Level website.||25 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8 The One That Got Away||Tim talks about that sinking feeling when a potential new signing slips through your fingers. Plus: another reality check from a skeptical new friend.||16 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7 Scope Creep||Tim talks about the importance of keeping creative ideas as simple as possible, and tries to resist the temptations of scope creep.||9 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6 I Most Enjoy It When You Are Patronising||Tim responds to some podcast feedback, and takes a meeting with some very influential music fans. Plus, a stunning new song from Braille Face.||2 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5 Everybody Must Drink The Kool-Aid||Tim talks about the potential rewards and challenges of bringing on volunteers to expand the Spirit Level team. Plus a sneak peek of music from a forthcoming Spirit Level signing, and something new from Zammuto.||21 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4 An Elaborate Excuse To Visit Norway||Tim debates the merits of signing a Norwegian band to the label, and reflects on the nature of the creative relationship between label and artist.||12 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3 The Best Possible Version Of Itself||Tim drives his car around the mean streets of Melbourne and talks about the dark art of mastering.||15 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2 Please Do Not Burn Down Any Buildings||Tim flies to the Arizona desert for a socially energising music festival like no other, and then weighs up the merits of engaging a third-party publicist for the labels latest release.||7 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1 Meat Vendors and Invisible Hats||Tim tries to explain what this podcast is, from inside a meat locker in North Melbourne.||17 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Engaging, informative podcast on the making of a music label
If you enjoy listening to behind-the-scenes podcasts, AND are interested in the music industry, check out the Spirit Level Podcast!
Tim Shiel combines his knowledge and enthusiasm of music-making with his skills as a radio host to give us an insightful, clearly expressed look at the processes and decisions that go into starting a music label.
It’s a bit like the popular Startup Podcast, in that he’ll think aloud as he embarks on this new project, letting us in on where he’s at with the label, what he plans to do next, and how he’s feeling about the whole thing. Unlike Startup however, at time of writing (Ep 7) there’s a lot less drama - Tim sounds pretty level-headed. (Yes, there’s a pun in there).
I'm intrigued to see where this goes. The podcast is informative, warm, and there’s always new music to hear!
Candid behind the scenes look at a growing Australian music label
This podcast has firmly enchrenched itself in my regular playlist, and I always look forward to new episodes. I'll be honest; I first listened to the Spirit Level podcast to support my cousin Tim Shiel, the founder of the Spirit Level music label whose voice you'll hear. Not only that, I'm not actually a 'musicy' person. I am, however, also in the early days of building a business and I find the candid stories and insights shared by Tim to be both comforting and thrilling as I compare and apply them to my own business-building adventures. I can only imagine how facinating this podcast would be to musicy people.