It's been a decade since London Elektricity stepped up to the mic to record the first installment if the Hospital Podcast! Fast forward through countless interviews, live recordings from Australian beaches, air-drum dancing, demo casts, rubber chickens, and of course, many Christmas specials, and you'll land down at number 300, which we want you to join us for!
On Wednesday 11th of May, London Elektricity will be presenting a very special live edition to celebrate the 300th episode of our multi-award winning podcast. We'll be setting up the decks at Work Bar in Angel with some very special guests.
I started Hooked On Tronix, my electronic music based podcast, in 2008. There were over 50 episodes of Hooked on Tronix posted on iTunes between the launch and 2010. This podcasts were a digital magazine, reviewing albums, music industry developments, as well as street art and other visual art forms.
At the time I launched Hooked on Tronix, I had a friend named Joe Shockley, who published a self-titled podcast. Joe and I often shared stories on the air, including details of online conversations between us regarding the content and process of our respective shows, Joe set a professional goal of publishing a podcast every week for a year, a total of 52 podcasts in twelve months. I was not as ambitious, personally publishing a podcast once, sometimes twice a month. Listening to Joe’s podcasts every week gave the subscriber an inside view into his personal life, including the birth of his first child and unexpected home repairs. This was before the popularity of reality TV. While my podcasts were produced originally in Garage Band and posted to my (now defunct) iWeb page, Joe and I grew together as technology evolved, Garage Band giving way to Logic Pro and iWeb going away turned into posting my content directly to iTunes. There was even a time when Joe recorded his content using a headset while he commuted to his day job. I remember one podcast, where while fighting through a head cold, Joe broadcast a breaking story about MacCleaner, which was a malware program targeting Mac users. He shared the story on his podcast, saving thousands of listeners the hassle of falling for the malicious software and the harm that downloading it brought to our systems. While Joe fell just short of his goal of 52 podcasts sue to family issues, let me tell you that it was a great learning experience for both of us, leaving me with a great respect for all people producing podcasts whose primary purpose is to share information that can help the listeners, as well as to share and spread music, the love of it and the experience of discovering it with the guidance of other music lovers in every genre. When we started, iTunes didn’t allow purchase of music from platforms outside the purchasers country code. Podcasting allowed us to hear music that we couldn’t have experienced otherwise.
Therefore, the feat of landing at podcast 300 for Hospital Records is quite a milestone. As a record label owner, with a large roster of artists, putting on a monthly podcast to promote those artists and their releases must be challenging at times. So, I say with great respect and admiration, well done to Tony Coleman. We all remember people like Alan Freedman, Dick Clark and Don Cornelius for bringing rock and roll and soul music from the roots to the mainstream for everyone to enjoy. The Hospital podcast has been almost single-handedly responsible for spreading the awareness and understanding of the Drum and Bass genre worldwide. Here are some notable highlights from the celebrated event…special guests included Netsky, who announced that he is taking his show on the road to America. On the heels of this third release, simply titled Three, Netsky announced his ambitious plan to take Drum and Bass to The United States, planning apparently to relocate to Los Angeles. By a stroke of pure coincidence, one of Hospital’s most exciting new artists, Ownglow, showed up at the celebration to promote his latest release. Two of his brand new songs were played at the event. First, Angels Sing, a song written on a train ride from San Diego to Los Angeles, followed by a song called Stress and Strain. In an interesting twist, while Netsky departs England for America, Ownglow left Flagstaff, Arizona at the age of 17 to relocate to London in order to be closer to the native sound of Drum and Bass. Featured on The Future Sound of America, Ownglow was asked what inspired him to become a Drum and Bass producer. His response was one song, one artist…Beautiful Lies by B-Complex. This act just smashed it at Brixton. Who says girls don’t rock?
If you missed the live stream, you can still view it by following the link. Here is a track list of the set:
Starting off with the first song ever played on a Hospital Records podcast, the set kicks off with Living with Beaker, the Total Science Remix. Then Fast Soul Music by London Elektricity. Kaleidoscope by Logistics. Real Mist, VIP Mix 2, by Danny Byrd. USKA by London Elektricity. Eyes on Me by Etherwood and Royalston. Next is Impossible to Say by London Elektricity, Etherwood Remix, debuted during this set. What the Future Holds, originally by S.P.Y., also an Etherwood remix, also a debut. Angels Sing and Stress and Strain, both by Ownglow. Karma by Vanguard Project. Light it Up by Hue Hardie. Tearing Me Apart by Hue Hardie. Work it Out and Rio by Netsky. Pjanoo by Eric Ardz, High Contrast Remix. Southeastern Dream by London Elektricity.
Also in attendance was Steve a/k/a BC, CEO of Spearhead Records. The event was held at The Work Bar in Angel, London.