2fm Live at Electric Picnic 2017

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What an incredible finale to 2fm Live, our week long celebration of live Irish music.

2FM’s DJ MO K and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra performed ‘The Story of Hip Hop’ at Friday nights Electric Picnic, accompanied by guest vocalists Mango Dassie, Erica Cody, Jafaris and Jess from BARQ. The party continued afterward with 2FM’s Jenny Greene with the Concert Orchestra once more performing a ’90s club classic set with vocalist Gemma Sugrue.

First review in from The Irish Times “Perfect festival formula; musical prowess and unadulterated pop fun. An absolute triumph”

Massive congratulations to the entire RTÉ team!

2fm to recreate U2’s Joshua Tree

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Joshua Tree New Roots

Excited to announce that RTÉ 2FM are to recreate U2’s Joshua Tree with a whole host of Irish acts including Gavin James, Kodaline, All Tvvins, The Academic & many more.

A project that U2 have given their blessing to will see the release of the album called “The Joshua Tree – New Roots” set for release this October by Universal Music Ireland

We are inviting listeners to design the new album sleeve for this special release. The original “The Joshua Tree” cover was designed by Irish designer Steve Averill, who be among the judges. The information on how to enter is here.

All proceeds from the sale of “The Joshua Tree – New Roots” will be donated to the LauraLynn foundation.

My 5 favourite podcasts over the last 12 months

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Photo by Álvaro Serrano

Podcasts suffer from the same issue as Netflix. You spend more time looking for something to watch on it then actually watching something full stop. Whatever podcast platform you use the same issue pops up, so much choice and not enough curation. Have to say one site that has helped me greatly in discovering new shows is Podcast Chart. Beautiful clean interface, easily accessible download links  and one of the best curated lists of podcasts online. I’ve been listening to a ton of podcasts over the past 12 months, here’s my favourite 5 over that period, each description taken from Podcastchart.com Happy listening!

How I Built This

How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight — told by the founders of some of the world’s best known companies and brands. If you’ve ever built something from nothing, something you really care about — or even just dream about this is for you. How I Built This is hosted by Guy Raz.

S-Town

S-Town is the most recent podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed, about a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But when someone else ends up dead, the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life. The audio below is an in-depth interview with it’s creator Brian Reed.

Inside VR & AR

Inside VR & AR is a deep dive into virtual and augmented reality, with the latest news, fascinating guests, product launches, and lots more. Technology titan Robert Scoble hosts this action-packed podcast, and your definitive guide to VR & AR.

Song Exploder

Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode features an artist discussing a song of theirs, breaking down the sounds and ideas that went into the writing and recording. Hosted and produced by Hrishikesh Hirway.

The Tim Ferriss Show  

Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him “the world’s best human guinea pig,” and The New York Times calls him “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.” In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.

If you’re looking to create your own podcast I wrote a post on this last year.

Post Photo by Álvaro Serrano

You can’t please them all. Here’s a way to stop trying

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You can't please them all

You can’t please them all. You’ve poured your heart into creating something. The response is pretty good but one negative comment has popped up and now it’s all you can focus on. You start to question your work, you ask “Why don’t they like it?” and completely ignore the positive reaction to what you have achieved. Sound familiar? It’s a common problem for content creators and something that I used to constantly struggle with. Trying to please everyone. That was until I heard the story of how tv viewers reacted to Neil Armstrong walking on the moon in 1969.

I’ve blogged before of my love for the James Altucher podcast. It’s a great show with a really solid mix of conversations ranging from marketing to meditation. One of his most recent guests was the author Ryan Holiday who was on publicising his wonderful new book Perennial Seller, a book on the art of making and marketing work that lasts. During the conversation Holiday revealed an absolute gem when it comes to creating something new and coming to terms with the fact that you will never, ever please everyone.

“When the moon landing happened,” Ryan told James, “It had 93% market share. That’s incredible. “But think about it. That means 7% of the audience turned on the TV, saw Neil Armstrong stepping on the moon and said, ‘oh, this is boring. I’m going to change the channel.”

Not everyone is going to like what you do. In fact there will always be someone who HATES what you do. Unfortunately it’s human nature to focus on the negative. You might get 50 kind social comments but it’s the one negative post that you will pour all your energy into.

Don’t.

No really, don’t.

Next time, pause, take a deep breath and remember that image of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. A man walking on the moon in 1969. Then think about the 7% who couldn’t have cared less.

Smile. Move on. You will never please everyone, even if you are walking on the moon.

Empathy. Who are you creating content for?

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Empathy

When you’re creating content one of the most important skills you can have is empathy.

Can you put yourself if the shoes of your listener, customer, consumer?

World renowned, Academy Award winning composer Hans Zimmer does for every project he works on. In a recent Rolling Stone interview he revealed who he writes for. Guess what? It’s not everyone.

“And I realized that,” he says with a pause. “I have a fictitious person I write for. And she’s called Doris, and she’s from Bradford and she wears a raincoat and she has two horrible little kids that are giving her nothing but grief. And you know, the man left her a while back. And she just, in the rain, everyday, trudges to work and she works hard. … And so if she puts her hard-earned money down, we better give her an experience. And we better put everything in just like she put everything in to get there. … When I finish writing a piece. Sometimes my music editor says to me, ‘What do you think? Do you think Doris will like this one?'”

So next time ask yourself who are you creating for? Who is your Doris?

How to interview a Rock ‘n’ Roll star, Howard Stern style

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In my opinion Howard Stern is one of the world’s great interviewers.

In the clip below listen to his recent conversation with Liam Gallagher. Stern is fully prepped, puts his interviewee at ease and then hits his guest with an incredibly personal queston about his father. Gallagher opens up completely and it’s by no accident. Stern is a master of his craft.

This is how you interview a notoriously difficult Rock ‘n’ Roll star.

2fm Rising – New Irish Music

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One of our new Irish music initiatives on 2fm is called ‘2fm Rising’. Each week we choose a number of tracks that receive daytime airplay and depending on listener reaction make it to our regular 2fm playlist. The quality this year so far has been nothing short of outstanding.

Here’s 5 of the current batch that we are really excited about.

Glory – Dermot Kennedy

Nobody Like U – Siights

Give it Up – Cities

Miss You in the Dark – Rews

All Or Nothing – Wild Youth

RTÉ2fm Music Highlights

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Well what an unbelievable weekend of music content on RTÉ2fm! Friday saw arguably the world’s biggest music star Ed Sheeran co-present our drive show in a one hour special with Eoghan McDermott. On Sunday U2, in a world exclusive premiered their 2017 version of “Red Hill Mining Town” on the Dave Fanning show to commemorate The Joshua Tree’s 30th anniversary.

Bank Holiday Monday saw 2fm broadcast a new batch of music documentaries, one on Irish singer/songwriter Gavin James and another on “Cork Rocks”, looking back on the Cork music showcases of the 90’s. Finally 2fm as part of Cruinniú na Cásca, a Creative Ireland initiative presented by RTÉ broadcast live from Smithfield Square in Dublin with live performances from a whole host of new Irish acts including The Academic, Soulé, Aine Cahill & many more.

The excitement continues this week with 2fm Live – Jenny Greene & RTÉ Concert Orchestra performing this Friday night at Dublin’s 3 Arena!!