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Hello everyone! It’s Katie, the editor of Jersey Alternative. I’m excited to announce that for the next few weeks, I’ll be working with Macaulay Martinez, the author of 808 Sounds & Snares, and DeQuan Watson, the author of Bridging the Gap to produce a collaborative campaign. Although our sites seem different, we’re all united by our love of music. We’ve decided to join forces by producing a series of podcasts and videos to promote VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
Save The Music is dedicated to providing children with a musical education to help them excel and grow both in and out of school. Our series will discuss how music gives children the confidence to excel and the types of fundraisers and charity events that have been held to promote the organization. In addition, Jersey Alternative will be making a podcast focusing on the effects that VH1 Save The Music has had on children throughout the Garden State. We’ll also be publishing guest posts by our partners on all three of our sites.
Stay tuned to Jersey Alternative, 808 Sounds & Snares, and Bridging the Gap as our campaign unfolds, and don’t forget to visit VH1 Save The Music’s website at http://www.vh1savethemusic.org to find out how you can join the cause by fundraising or signing up for their email updates.
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!