Why a podcast? By Mike Wahmann
I’ve often been asked…why a podcast? How did I get here? Why do I do it? Well, there’s a lot to unpack there. In March of 2020, everyone’s life changed. We went from this life that we knew of freedom to interact, congregate and connect to a life of complete lockdown and seclusion. Total uncertainty. Jimmy and I are musicians, musicians with plans. Plans to play shows, plans to tour, plans that require human interaction and in the blink of an eye it was all taken away. The world needed connection and quickly adopted the new “Zoom lifestyle.” Connecting through your computer via video chats.
Although Jim and I weren’t in the same band, we’ve been down the road together for many many years. We’ve written together and played shows in our respective projects together but we also happened to be very close friends. So I was fortunate enough to know where his business approach to a band was headed before all this. He was the first in our little “sandbox” of bands to adopt this new direction that bands should be taking…Becoming “content creators.” This is why he created “Strangerhood TV.” By Jim’s lead, we started doing acoustic live streams with our friend DJ from Revel 9 which then evolved into specials under the NUTUYU banner, where we brought in and highlighted a new band each time and eventually released that live stream as a podcast.
Eventually, people knew a little more about COVID and people began creating their own little “socal pods.” Bands began to rehearse, write and record again and Jim approached me with a unique opportunity. Polestar Productions was shooting a vampire movie called “Evergreen is the Blood” and they needed an original song for a scene. Jimmy wanted to write and record that song with me. I knew needed to do it! When he came to my newly built home studio, we immediately got to work and in one evening wrote the song “Death Be a Woman” (available on all streaming platforms under Bacon is My Passion). The song needed to be written, recorded and mastered in two weeks. And we did just that…Despite the movie still not being out yet.
The vibe was there again, we knew we needed to get back into our writing groove that we had years prior. This was our time. There was no live music so creating was what we needed to do. Bacon is My Passion had an extensive catalog to pull from, so we were determined to start recording and releasing this music for everyone to hear. Unfortunately two eager friends finally hanging out again, without a strong deadline for a project wasn’t conducive to a productive work environment. It proved to be more cathartic…We found ourselves catching up with the happenings in our lives, hashing out our feelings on the world around us and discussing our ways forward with our respective bands over a few Jamesons (of course) and then eventually getting to writing or recording eventually.
With the “content creator” mindset, one night Jimmy asked me “what if we just put a camera on for our first hour of BSing?” He further explained that people are curious as to what we do and would want to be a fly on the wall. I loved the idea. One night, we shot a few “things” (that are available on the Bacon is My Podcast Patreon) that would eventually become “Bacon is My Podcast.” It worked…We knew that we could be entertaining. Now…when I say “format,” all that means was we knew it was going to be a podcast. We went on to talk for three hours and progressively got more inebriated. It ended up becoming our first two episodes.
It was interesting but felt good to us. We just knew that our chemistry and our ability to not take ourselves too seriously was something special and something that people could relate to.
The initial response was great. So we went all in. We quickly gained an affiliate sponsorship with Pod Decks (Promo Code BACON at checkout for 10% off) and I started reaching out to potential guests. We didn’t necessarily want it to be that kind of show…But it just sort of evolved and took us that way…And I couldn’t be happier. It helped me fill creative voids, Jim as well. It has created awesome opportunities that you’ll get to see in the coming months. It has not only created a place where I get to meet all sorts of cool people but also create something fun and entertaining with one of my best friends in the world, Jim. It created an excuse to add each other to our already crazy busy lives and I’m so grateful for that.
So…why a podcast? I think the real question is “why not a podcast?” When the world changed, it seemed like everyone adopted the podcast. It’s a way to express yourself, a way to connect and a way to be creative and create a connected community that we were missing for what felt like an eternity. So I guess you can say podcasting, creating, connecting and entertaining is my “bacon.” Ask yourself…What’s your bacon?