New Jersey’s Top 10 Music Venues

For my first official podcast, I wanted to cover a topic that is important to any music fan in New Jersey. Which is: what are some of the best venues the Garden State has to offer? I didn’t want to include major arenas and stadiums like Metlife Stadium or PNC Bank Arts Center. Not that there’s anything wrong with them — I just wanted to talk about venues that host more underground, less well-known artists. I’ve been to all of the venues on this list (I didn’t want to just google “the best venues in New Jersey”, that’s why I’m making this list in the first place!), so most of my knowledge is firsthand, with the exception of some fun facts about the venues like when they were built or their capacity. In doing my research, I actually learned a lot about most of these venues, with some things I didn’t have time to mention in the podcast but are still really fascinating!
I wanted to provide a brief but well-rounded description for each venue – instead of just saying whether I liked a venue or not, I wanted to talk about their history, their significance in their towns, and what important artists have played there over the years. Listeners can hopefully get a pretty good idea of what a venue is like as well as the kind of music they can expect to see in each one. I initially tried to rank these venues, but they’re all so different and I honestly like all of them. So, I decided to instead just list them all in no particular order.
Recording the podcast itself was surprisingly simple and easy. I recorded it using Audacity, and I’ve played with Audacity in the past, but I got real hands-on experience with it a few weeks ago when I recorded the podcast intro. The only thing I really felt I had to do was increase the volume of the voice track, since it came out a little lower than the volume of the intro. The hardest thing I encountered in the entire process was finding a quiet place to record!



Podcast Introduction

I had a lot of fun playing around with Audacity making my podcast introduction. I’ve used Audacity and Adobe Audition before for editing, but I had never recorded my own clip before.

Podcasts first became popular over ten years ago, but I think they’re still valuable both personally and professionally. From podcasts on current events, different hobbies, films, music, or even investigative journalism such as Serial, I think there’s a podcast out there for every interest. They’re easy to listen to when working or commuting and allow you to multitask when listening.

I wanted to make an intro that wasn’t too long or boring, but at the same time had enough information to tell listeners what the podcast and site are all about. I started out by writing a script. Then I used the website to find a free music clip I could use as background music. I listened to a couple dozen clips until I found one I thought would fit the best. I looked for a song that was instrumental, fit in with the style of music this site covers, and one that had a sound I thought most people would like. I first uploaded the track into Audacity and then cut it down to a 30-second clip. Then, I muted the audio and recorded my voiceover. To keep the music from drowning out my voice, I increased the volume on my voice track and then used the auto duck effect on the music. I then used the fade in and fade out effects to create a 3-second intro and outtro on the track. I then normalized it, which helped balance out some of the jumps between quiet and loud. That was it! I didn’t think making it would be so simple.


Artist: Jahzzar

Song: “Out of School”

Album: Traveller’s Guide