I’ve felt the pain of information overload many times. A content diet for artists is a powerful thing — it dictates how you spend lots of your time. So, I’ve thought about how to manage the firehose of content.
Here’s what I actually follow and consume. Seeing it can help you think about your own content diet and its implications for artists like us:
- Ben Thompson’s shows: Stratechery interviews, Exponent, Dithering
- The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish
- The Peak Daily
Local: Metro Vancouver / BC music podcasts
- The JPod with Justice McLellan of Blue J
- Pacific Sound Radio with James Olson
- The Vancouver Mixtape with Jamie Cessford and Jesse Wentzloff
Other music podcasts
- Canadian Musician Podcast with Michael Raine
- CITR – The Jazz Show with Gavin Walker
- The FM Podcast with Jen Fritz
- Industry Tactics with Friendly Rich
- Make a Scene Canada with Cherelle Jardine
- Welcome to the Music with Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston
- Witchpolice Radio with Sam Thompson
- Your Band Sucks (At Business) with Malcom Owen-Flood and Marcus Manhas
Other topic podcasts
- Local/provincial politics — Leg-In-Boot Media shows: Politicoast, Cambie Report
- Hockey — SDPN shows: The Steve Dangle Podcast, The Chris Johnston Show, Agent Provocateur
YouTube & Bandcamp
You can get articles from websites in a feed just like podcasts, and I use that heavily!
I’m working on a better way to handle my feed-reading. I’ll update when I’ve got something going on.
High on the list is Strong Towns for sure.
I’m aware of how we need great information to succeed. We need to stay informed.
I asked a music professional in the Ampled Discord about what media she consumes. The answer? Music Business Worldwide and Cherie Hu’s Twitter. Some other people in the Discord lauded fellow member David Turner for Penny Fractions, too.
In the pre-internet music business, we could take jobs without reading broadly, beyond our own work. Our employers did that reading instead of us.
Music education trained us for certain jobs, but it didn’t teach us how to manage the firehose of modern industry information.
The issue is more than just managing your time — it’s also the knowledge that you’ll need to improve your work in the future.
What’s coming into your life through your content diet?
If you liked this article, check out my reading list of over 100+ articles and episodes. It’s like a course syllabus on how I work.