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Hello Podcasters and welcome back to another edition of
The Podomatic Feature Series!
This week we spoke with SoCal Dj/Producer/Podcaster Cuscino about his podcast and radio show “Future/Sound with Cuscino”.
Like many of our pods, this one was born out of passionate necessity and wild creativity. If you’re desperate to experience something you’ve never heard before, tune-in to the meticulously curated, Future/Sound podcast. But you don’t have to take my word for it, get the inside-scoop from Cuscino himself below!
1. When, how and why did you start podcasting?
I started my weekly (and now nationally-syndicated) radio show, Future/Sound with CUSCINO, all the way back in May of 2015, with my first pilot station being RezRadio (a small FM station in San Diego, California)…many thanks to John and the station there for believing in the concept and letting me run with it there. That was the beginning…I used to drive down from LA to SD every couple weeks to record, and pre-record episodes of the show in the station’s studio. I was really grinding it out then.
From there, it was always my original intention to have a place to preserve past episodes of the show, and allow fans of the show — whether located in SoCal or elsewhere — to re-listen to past episodes from anywhere in the world…and that’s where podcasting came into play as a natural extension of the show, especially with many of the tracks I include in the weekly mixes being brand new music from artists, producers, and DJs making the freshest, most progressive bass-centric music from around the globe.
I curate each and every track that's featured in the weekly mix every single week, in search of the newest trap, futurebass, futureTrap, progressive EDM and everything in between.
Those artists and producers dedicated to pushing boundaries and creating new movements in sound — as I’ve always been when producing my own music — that’s who and what I look for.
2. How did you pick a subject/topic?
For me it was a natural part of my own evolution as a progressive electro/trap/hiphop artist/producer and DJ myself. It’s something I’m passionate about, naturally.
I’ve been writing, recording, and producing, as well as performing live both as an artist (original material) as well as a trap, chilltrap, and deep bass DJ (depending on the vibe and venue) under the name CUSCINO. Before then, I’ve been in bands (heading up the guitar and electro/texture element departments) and electronic production outfits since before I could drive a car.
I’ve also done quite a bit of scoring/composing for film in the past, so creating an hour-long arc/soundscape/mix for fans of this type of music to vibe to, watch Stranger Things on mute to, or whatever just felt like a natural progression for me as a creator, artist, DJ, influencer, or whatever you’d like to consider me.
It wasn’t really too daunting to me in producing an hour-long specialty show like this since I was used to creating larger bodies of work already…It was more of a challenge, one that I was excited to take on.
As I was already hand-picking and curating tracks carefully for each of my sets, at some point, it just made sense to me to formulate it all into a radio show that could be aired to more people than I could ever share these gems within a single venue, or in a single mix — it enabled me to be in well, over 100 countries now, at one time. That’s the stuff of superhuman and superheroes in my book :-)
This was also something I noticed was really missing in the electro/EDM/trap/futurebass space — there really weren’t many artists/DJs producing any sort of consistent, weekly show that existed on FM airwaves or in the podcast space that are ultra high-quality and super high-fidelity, with tons of replay value.
Sure, there’s plenty of automated stuff going on Sirius XM, but as both a performer and a fan, these often lack any sort of arc, excitement, or human touch because they are often automated…and soul-less.
As a fan, and creator, of this type of music, you want to feel something, and experience something, and that’s my goal with each and every show.
3. Advice for people that haven’t pressed record yet?
Truthfully…if you have the itch to create a podcast, or radio show, just start. Find something that you’re passionate about, that you love, and that you could do — or talk about — all day every day, and you’ll have the ability to create more content than you’ll ever be able to use.
Don’t let perfectionism kill your vibe either. Most likely, your first few shows (or more), may simply suck. And that’s ok…you’ll get the hang of it and improve your game along the way. Practice makes perfect. And as you go along listen to your shows, get feedback from people, listen to other shows, and improve as you go along.
You don’t need a $10,000 mic these days either to have a radio show, but some basic audio engineering understanding can go a long way. If you don’t have that, fear not…find a friend that does, or there’s even little podcast studios popping up in certain parts of the world where you can just plug-in and hit record if you don’t have the stuff at home.
4. Which one of your episodes would you recommend to a new listener?
Honestly, any of them! Each and every episode’s feature tracks are curated by me, arranged in a set, and then mixed live with no edits (aside from the voiceover throughout the show). Future/Sound with CUSCINO is now on episode 207 as of this writing, running 4 years strong, has an FM listener footprint of more than 1 million people via our FM affiliate stations, and is downloaded in over 100 countries now.
There are great tracks, approved by yours truly, in every episode, but hey, if I have to pick a number, start with Episode 180 (Side A), and work forward from there. That’ll give you plenty to vibe to.