Canadian Musician - January / February - Page 9

FIRST TAKE A New Year, A New #CMRadio By Andrew King, Editor-in-Chief 241. When we uploaded our final episode of Canadian Musician Radio for 2017 – our annual “What’s Hot for 2018” edition – that was the total number of episodes we’d produced since launching the show back in May 2013. If you’d asked me to guess how many episodes were in the archive at that point, I don’t think I would’ve been far off, and yet hearing the number still took me by surp rise. After all, that figure represents a lot of time and work – organizing and conducting interviews, compiling interesting news stories, editing hundreds of hours of digital audio, and bringing it all together each and every week for a steadily-growing listenership. A big thanks to my co-host, co-producer, and co- most things Canadian Musician Radio, Mike Raine, for all of his help along the way. Of course, it’s been a lot of fun. I remember being pretty excited when we first put the distorted “Welcome to Canadian Musician Radio” clip atop our theme, the truly awesome “Strawberry Man” by Paper Lions (who also happened to be guests on our first-ever show). And then there are the interviews. Granted, W W W. C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N . CO M Mike and I have had the chance to speak with and write about a who’s who of Canadian artists and industry luminaries in the pages of Canadian Musician over the years, but the more direct and sometimes-vulnerable nature of a back-and-forth conversation is a different animal. Sharing those candid conversations – Rush on the emotions surrounding their final tour, Paul Shaffer on finding his muse after his time with David Letterman had ceased, Iskwé on Canada’s troubled relationship with its indigenous communities – has been a true pleasure, and speaking for myself, a professional highlight. Other great ones come to mind – Serena Ryder, Shad, Lights, Randy Bachman, Terri Clark, and even honourary Canadians like Slash and Midnight Oil... So yeah, I think we have a lot to be proud of with the show thus far and encourage you to check out some of our past episodes in the archives as there truly is something for everyone with even a minor interest in music and the business behind it; however, we’d be remiss not to realize there’s always room for improvement, and what better time to usher in some new ideas than the beginning of a new calendar year. Some of those improvements are relatively straightforward – a new home page at CanadianMusicianRadio.com and a boost in our overall production value, for example. Others, though, will affect the very core of the show and what it is. Rest assured, we’ll still be bringing you interviews with your favourite Canadian artists, and some you may not have heard about yet. That’s a big part of what we do and want to keep doing; however, there are countless podcasts where you can hear interviews with musicians talking about their music. We want to dig deeper into the inner- workings of the Canadian and global music industries, bringing the spirit of what we’ve done for nearly 40 years in the pages of Canadian Musician magazine to this still- burgeoning and exciting medium. We’re talking new ideas that will affect the creation and consumption of music: candid and frank discussions with industry leaders, roundtables dissecting current challenges and opportunities facing the business, and a lot more. Look no further than our 242 nd episode, “Digging into Canadian Sales & Streaming Data from 2017,” for what this new direction will look like. Here, Mike had a chance to speak with Paul Shaver, the head of Nielsen Music Canada, and dissect some of the facts and figures pertaining to the sale and consumption of music throughout the past year. It’s full of interesting finds and, more importantly, looks at how you can capitalize on some of these figures and trends for your own career in 2018. And we’ve got plenty more like it on deck, so subscribe to Canadian Musician Radio through your choice podcast provider and, as with any of our initiatives across all of our platforms, don’t hesitate to offer input and feedback to help us better cater our content to you and your career. After all, that’s what we’re here for. New episodes of Canadian Musician Radio go live every Wednesday at CanadianMusicianRadio.com. You can also access the show through the Apple Podcasts app, Stitcher, or wherever you source your podcasts. CANADIAN MUSICIAN • 9