Podcasting, How Two Students Are Getting It Right
Hi Tim and Simon! You are both studying for a degree in radio production and are involved in community radio so you must already be pretty busy – what gave you the motivation to work on Brain Spill?
Producing a podcast means creating something that potentially millions of people can listen to, which is rather motivational. We love the experience we’re gaining through Calon FM and our degree, but jobs in the radio industry are limited at best. So anything that can lead us to being noticed can only be a good thing.
As well as raising our profile, making Brain Spill is a right old hoot; being an online programme allows us creative freedom. We can do whatever we want without external interference; we can crack the funnies uninterrupted!
For people who haven’t heard of the show yet – can you tell us a bit about the show and how it might develop in the future?
Tim and Simon’s Brain Spill is a comedy podcast, we chat, rant, argue and sometimes sing our way through topics and observations that have occurred to us in our real lives. This could range from discussing what would happen if you ate ‘After Eights’ before eight, to the reason why you never see John McCririck and a walrus in the same room. These ‘brain spills’ are broken up with mock adverts, created by us, which we think are effing hilarious. The podcast is only between 20 and 25 minutes long, so nice and short, leaving people wanting more. Hopefully.
The show has been developing from the start, we’ve recently introduced a feature called ‘Tim and Simon’s Drop-In Clinic’, a tongue-in-cheek advice section, designed to interact with our audience more. The more we do the podcast, the more it will develop and probably lead to other features. In the future, it would be great to include a feature whereby a well-known person (let’s call them a minor celebrity, like Lady Gaga) would spill something from their brain for us to discuss. Only time will tell, but time is notoriously tight-lipped.
Who are the inspirations behind your comedy and who would you say are you contemporaries?
Our inspirations vary, the 90s radio shows of Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci were always very different, which is something we are striving to be. As for straight-up funny, Flight of the Conchords never fails to make us both curl up into tight balls of giggle, and comedians like Ross Noble and Stewart Lee are favourites of ours.
In terms of contemporaries, many people have likened us to Adam and Joe. However brilliant Adam and Joe are, we can’t help but think it’s a lazy comparison; just because we’re two humorous blokes talking into a microphone. We are very different; they get paid for what they do, in a state-of-the-art BBC studio. We on the other hand, sit in our pants, recording into a laptop, in Tim’s flat. Not that we wouldn’t want to be in their position, we’d definitely steal Adam and Joe’s jobs.