Frequently Asked Questions
In chatting with many bands there are similar questions that tend to come up about being on The Rock Metal Podcast.  

Please consult this page to see if your question is answered.

If your question is still unanswered, then please send Jon an email at TheRockMetalPodcast@gmail.com to ask directly.

How do we get on the show?
Easy!  Please send an email to TheRockMetalPodcast@gmail.com including links to your music so that Jon can hear it.  If he feels it's a fit for the show, he will write you back.

How does the interview work? Is it over Skype / Zoom?
Zoom is quickly becoming the standard, though I do still use Skype (and would prefer to do so).

In general, please:
  • Have a decent studio quality microphone
    • You will be in someone's ear, please respect their experience
      • No laptop microphone
      • Preferably no earbud microphone
  • Have headphones
    • This will help avoid cross-talk and feedback
  • Be in a quiet space
    • No construction, thumping, loud noises, computer fan noise, etc.
      • We will compress the snot out of your voice which will bring up background noises
  • Be on Ethernet connection as opposed to Wi-Fi (if possible)
    • The stronger the connection to the Internet, the stronger the connection you'll have to my listeners, baby

For Zoom, please have your audio settings accordingly:

Zoom optimizes the audio for transfer over the Internet, not for quality of sound.  By changing these settings, we allow Zoom to send your full audio so that you sound better to our listeners.

Then, in the actual meeting you'll need to turn "Original sound for musicians" ON.

How many band members need to be present?  We've all got different schedules.
Only one member is needed!  Think of the key people needed to answer questions about the music and the band.  Send two people maximum.

For podcasting that is strictly audio, it's best to have no more than 3 active participants, otherwise it gets confusing.

How long is the interview?
30 minutes scheduled for technical difficulties; the actual interview is 10-20 minutes in length.

What’s the format of the show?

As simple as it sounds, you're coming on because you've got something to talk about: a new album, a new EP, a tour coming up.  

We'll chat about:
  • Your challenges
  • Your blessings
  • Your success
  • Equipment you use
  • Recording process
  • Writing process

When will my episode air?
Probably 1-2 weeks after we record the interview.

Is this a live show?
No.  Pre-recorded.