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Ouch, You’re on my Hair Podcast
Alright metal-heads, zip-up your leather, fluff your mullets and crank it up to 11! This week we talk to Ouch, You’re on my Hair Podcast.
Lifelong friends and headbangers Randy and Troy started this podcast a few years ago to have a place to discuss the music they love. As you all know, metal can come in many different shapes and sizes; from the heaviest shredding possible to the most tranquil soundscapes of a mythical forest, Ouch, You’re on my Hair has it all.
With music, guests, games, battles, debates, and more, you're eardrums are sure to be as sore as your neck. Be sure to stay till the end to discover some premium riffs you’ve never heard before too. But don’t take my word for it, we talked to Randy about the podcast below.
When, how and why did you start podcasting?
Back in 2016, two best friends for over 35 years, Troy Nelson and Randy Helms decided they wanted to start a podcast about the music they love. They decided, lets do a podcast, which centers on 80s Metal, Album Orientated Rock (AOR), Glam, and anything else mullet related. The podcast does pay homage to those classic rock bands who started it all, as well as look at today’s new sounds of Rock-n-Roll. In April, 2017 Ouch, You’re on my Hair began, with the first podcast episode. Before long, Troy and Randy wondered if there were still upcoming bands, which still played the sort of Heavy Metal and Rock-n-Roll they grew up on. So they decided, let’s introduce our listeners to a new and upcoming unfamiliar band each week. The boys started showcasing two songs by the band, one at the first segment and then one which closes the show each week. Before they knew it, record companies and public relations groups started sending them tons of much each week. It was more than they could play on just one podcast episode a week, so they started the Radio Show. The Radio Show plays 12 songs by 12 different bands each week.
Why is it important for some speed metal and thrash bands to stay in character off stage as well as on?
Back in the old carnival days and still used today in the professional wrestling word, there is term known as ‘kayfabe’. The word basically means not allowing the audience in on the art of the act. For many speed metal and thrash bands, their fans love the presentation the band portrays on stage, as much as they love the music. For those bands, it works for them to remain in character off stage, so their fans see them in public as they see them on stage and neither the band nor the fans lose their love for each other.
Describe some of the struggles you had when first building your audience and how you were able to keep them once they found you.
Trying to promote the show and finding an audience has been difficult. Although the use of social media sites has helped, the problem becomes people only listen to one show, say one, which an interview was conducted by one of their favorite musicians. Every week on both shows, the boys tell their audience to go subscribe to them on places like Podomatic, but each week the numbers of subscribers stays low.
Advice for people that haven’t pressed record yet?
Don’t put it off another day. Ouch, You’re on my Hair began in 2017, but one year before both Troy and Randy talked about starting it, but waited. Looking back, that was a year wasted, which could have been used to record shows. Also, do it because you love it, not because you want to be popular. If you love it, you will never get tired of doing it.