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New Media Pioneer: James Wellstead of The Jaycast

JC ShowThe Jaycast. Take your Ipod on a trip! Escape to a world of comedy banter, toilet humour, and the best in new unsigned Rock Podsafe music. Join Jay and Mr D  in a british podcast that is:  “The world of the JC”.

The Jaycast Podcasting Live from “The Jaycast House Milton Keynes UK” every fortnight!

Q) Tell us a little bit about your site. What inspired you to start it?

A) The Jaycast is a British based Music & Comedy podcast playing the best in new unsigned, indie and Podsafe Rock and Pop music on the net, The JC tis a blend of two guys doing guy stuff, sharing silly stories and jokes mostly geared towards toilets and life. Lets think of it of it as an escape from the real world for around 30 to 40 mins and Jay’s world is pretty weird.

The show is hosted by Jay and Mr Downtrodden Jay’s manic depressed room mate. Jay of course is a constant source of amusement and ridicule for Mr D. Jay revels in his love of SiFi TV shows, mainly Battlestar Galactica, and hopes one day maybe just maybe he will meet a Cylon, preferably the blond one. The show was formed on November 5th 2005 mainly inspired by the Lynn Parsons Chalet Show, Top Gear and of course the Source Code by Adam Curry. Jay has had an interest in radio from an early age and New Media has given him a chance to annoy not only truckers on the CB radio but now the entire internet. So why not check us out for yourself every fortnight your Ipod wont know whats hit it.

Q) Why do you believe new media resources (i.e. blogs, podcasts, internet radio stations) have become so popular? How have they been beneficial to artists? How have they been detrimental?

A) I believe Podcasting, Blogs and Internet radio are so popular these days simply because there is no diversity in “Lame” stream radio. Music tends to be manufactured with singers using auto tune, wheres the talent? We believe the real talent lies in Podsafe music, its diverse and it is real. Podcasting is a great way to promote this and is proven to sell records and real talent enthusiasts want to hear. However I also believe that in order to promote new talent you need to mix it in with the classics. That helps to keep the interest for the new stuff. Its great promoting a new talent but some times you need to throw in something people know. It is such a shame you cant spin Brother Love along side Pink Floyd without a huge law suit. If we could then Podcasting would really take off.

Q) Media 2.0 has changed the way artists communicate with fans. Where do you envision online communication going next? Any thoughts on what Media “3.0” will look like?

A) New Media 2.0 has changed the way artists communicate with fans greatly, It has become very personal and you can get to email an artist directly. Subscribing to artists blogs ensures you know exactly when your favourite band is giging and when the next album is out without the wait. The next step for new media 3.0? Let podcasters also promote the rock legends then sky is no longer the limit. Its just north of Watford.

Q) What does an artist have to do to get your attention? Are their specific characteristics that you look for?

A) To get the attention of the JC you just need to sound great and pack a rockin good tune. We like to start with a fast rock track, steer you round to a tuneful pop number, then add a little more rock and end on a nice ballad or “Ceiling Burner” as we call it, one where we can get the lighters in the air. Oh and nice legs we like nice legs and Mr Downtrodden likes female bass players apparently.



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