Dark Culture Radio ran between July 2005 and April 2009 with forty-four episodes in all. As a supplement to Dark Culture Magazine, I reported on music news and played Gothic, New Wave, Indie, and deep underground cuts. I had a small, but loyal following. It was a lot like college radio without the college. In December 2005, I created an hour-long Christmas episode without voice overs or commercials. I wanted the closest thing to a holiday mix-tape you could get.
I truly loved podcasting. I loved audio editing and recording, making commercials, and coming up with playlists. I’d probably still be doing it if life hadn’t changed so dramatically in such a short time. In 2005, I was in a serious relationship, but still lived on my own. When I was fired from my salon job, I became manager and photographer for iSoldIt. When I got fired from that, I worked as a photographer at Hot Topic with a long commute. My beloved cat, grandmother, grandfather, father, and father-in-law all passed away during that time. I was later fired from Hot Topic, got engaged, moved twice, and got married. In 2007, I started my photography business. Whew! It’s dizzying to step back and see how much life changes in just four years – how one project fully symbolizes my need for creativity in times of strife. It’s safe to say, Dark Culture Radio helped me get through those difficult years. Even so, by 2009, I was planning a wedding, becoming a step-mother, and my business was taking off. Dark Culture was starting to seem like someone else’s life. I didn’t just quit one day. Life became increasingly complicated and I never had the time. I had every intention to return.
Eleven years later, I sometimes I think about podcasting again, but things have changed. The waters are now attenuated with celebrities, publishers, big name brands, and a million nobodies trying to get rich. In 2005, the internet was still relatively new and the podcasting landscape was novel. In a way, podcasting in those early days was the sublime countryside, now disfigured with smoke-spewing factories and tall buildings obscuring the view. Back then, there wasn’t a mad dash to sponsorship and there weren’t a million wannabe Oprahs clamoring for your attention. Podcasting is also a major time commitment and I’ve moved on to other things. Even so, it doesn’t stop me daydreaming.
I put my blood, sweat, and tears into Dark Culture Radio and I’m immensely proud of it. If you’re the kind of person looking for off-beat Christmas music, this might be your cup of tea. This Christmas episode is pretty great if you like Gothic, Punk, Alternative, and funky Christmas songs. I was maybe channeling a bit of Rodney Bingenheimer meets Dr. Demento. I hope you enjoy it.
It's so good.