Speechfewapy at We Are Birmingham

For this months Midsweep gig at We Are Birmingham we teamed up with Speechfewapy to host a showcase featuring Ben Calvert, Young Runaways and Tom Peel.

For a gig that started at 6:30 on a Friday night, it was pretty well attended with all three acts drawing applause and getting the audience (and We Are Birmingham staff) on their feet and jumping around. I recorded a rather shaky video of Young Runaways last song, a cover of The Specials.

Young Runaways – A Message to You Rudy (Live) from Phil Coyne on Vimeo.

I came across some videos of the PodFest gigs that I used to put on with Nina Spink over the weekend. Back when Podcasting was ‘big’ I had the idea of putting on gigs that would be live streamed from the venue around the world. It wasn’t a new idea (although quite similar to what we ended up doing at Rhubarb) but the idea of recording the gigs, slotting in an interview and then releasing the video online hadn’t been done by a small (three-man) team before.

Travelling to Camden each month was at times hard, but always exciting. I used to travel with the cameraman, Rob either getting the last train back or getting stuck in traffic and barely making it in time. As a lot of the things I do are, Podfest was an experiment – mainly to see if I could pull something like that off, getting bands in each month, recording and putting out the finished material. At times it worked, but I know looking back that we all had to sacrifice a lot of time each month to keep it ticking over.

After I stopped doing it, Nina carried on for a few months working with some other UK Podcasters, Rowley from DarkCompass and I *think* GD from GreenDragon (couldn’t find a link) while I started a new job and got my life on track a bit.

Since Google Video is closing, and YouTube won’t let me post videos over 15 minutes long, I’ll be uploading to Vimeo in the next few days. I’ll warn you now, the presenting isn’t much cop, but some of the performances were pretty good. I know that if I did it now it’d be a completely different affair. And also, please excuse the haircut.

Included below is the ‘Best Of’ video, it’ll be interesting to see what people make of it.

Best of PodFest 2007 from Phil Coyne on Vimeo.

Six Months On

Since I stopped my show on Rhubarb Radio, the weeks have tumbled along without me noticing. Prepping for a show each week took about 12 hours, which included sourcing the music, writing the show notes, organising any musicians we’d have in and then actually doing the show. Time went a lot slowly because I was planning week to week, instead of completely knowing what was going to happen – if that makes sense.

When I decided to leave Rhubarb, I thought I’d get that time back to devote to something else. Stamp collecting, photography, ballet – something to replace that 12 hours I now had free by not doing a weekly radio show.

Starting a business has been an amazing ride and in the blink of an eye, we’re six months in to trading as wild ilk. In a way, that time I used to spend on the show has now become time where I’ll spend collating our 12 month projections or thinking about the best way to launch refreshed versions of our portfolio site. It’s not a hobby when you run a business, everything sort of melds in to one. I’ve definitely learnt a lot more than I ever did working in an office for a “big” company. However much those companies say you’ll better yourself by spending 12 hours a day on the phone listening to customers moan at you, don’t believe them.

This week I received an invitation to join the Institute of Directors. I know it’s not a big deal, but it’s kind of cool to think that I’m not a grunt who works at the front line of customer service any more, I’m now a full-time Web Designer/Director/Chief Financial Officer of a company. I’m not trying to sound better than those people, I’ve just come to realise that doing what I did for eight years wasn’t really what I wanted to do.

Six months in; we’re thinking about moving in to studio space, our work is being displayed at the new Spiceal Street development in Birmingham and we’re about to start a project that will hopefully bring together Creatives from the many corners of the globe together online.

When I blog it always seems to be reminiscing about something, or setting goals for the future. As things change at work, I’m going to be getting back in to regularly talking about stuff that I enjoy as well. I’ve been meaning to write a book for five years, want to play the guitar and see a lot more of the world. Oh and I think I need a haircut.