Podlovers Asia is made to cover the Asian podcasting scene! The episodes range in format, from narrative to interview, and from informative to entertaining! Guests can range from podcasters of various genres to media companies, reporters, you name it. All this to paint a picture of how the industry is booming here! If you're interested in this space, whether you're a budding podcaster, a brand, or an avid listener, you've come to the right place!
Covering India's Podcast Ecosystem with Abhishek Baxi of Podcast Hub
In this episode, we're going to India to talk with Abhishek Baxi of Podcast Hub!
Abhishek is a prolific writer covering tech and podcasting and is the founder of Podcasthub.in, covering the podcast ecosystem with a focus on the Indian podcasting industry. He is a digital consultant working on digital social media, mobile strategy for brands, organizations, and local businesses. He is also a technology journalist, a Senior Editor at Neowin, a Contributor at The Morning Context, and a Columnist at Hindustan Times.
We talked about:
Abhishek's origin story: How he became obsessed with blogging and jumping into podcastingThe entirety of the Indian podcasting scene: What is happening there? Abhishek gives us a detailed overview of all the podcasting players in the Indian podcasting spaceFrom Amazon's confusing strategy in India to Spotify's acquisition of shows, and India's audio consumption culture How do we make the jump to go from radio to podcasts?Are independent producers and content houses doing well in India? What about investment and circulation? Enjoy!
Podcast HubAbhishek's WebsiteAbhishek's TwitterAbhishek's LinkedInAbhishek's Instagram
Podcasting in China and The Meaning of Asia with Oscar Fuchs of Mosaic of China
In this episode, we are going to China to have a conversation with someone who is gathering stories there, none other than the Host of Mosaic of China: Oscar Fuchs!
Oscar is the Host and Producer of Mosaic of China, a lighthearted English language podcast showcasing an array of people who are currently making their mark in China. Previously the Co-Founder of a headhunting company, that venture brought him to many different countries in Asia: three years in Japan, six years in Singapore, three years in Hong Kong, and five years in China. Now he is based in Shanghai.
In this episode we talk about:
Oscar's origin story, from completing a 250-kilometer ultra-marathon in Namibia to starting Mosaic of China.The preconceptions and assumptions of China that Oscar is tackling with each episodePodcasting best practices in China and why we need two RSS feedsWhat's in the pipeline for Oscar as he wraps up Season 1The meaning of Asia as a word and how it is defined by Western influencesEnjoy!
Mosaic of China WebsiteMosaic of China WeChatMosaic of China InstagramOscar Fuchs' LinkedIn
A.Connector's Mark Forman on Communicating between Asian and Western Culture
In this episode, we're going to take a trip to Taiwan, to have a chat with the host of the A.Connector Podcast, Mark Forman.
The Brooklyn Bluesman, as he is notably called RBBluesman, Mark is part of a consultancy providing various business education and communication training, speaking services online on the internet and live in-person originally from Brooklyn, New York. He studied Chinese culture and history in university and moved to Taiwan from 1987 to continue Chinese language studies.
From the podcasting perspective, he is right up there with the core group of podcasters starting up the first-ever podcasts. So we are going to do a little bit of time travel when it comes to talking about how podcasting started, now with his current show, A.Connector, satisfying his curiosity by talking to interesting people around the world.
We talked about:
His origin story: How Mark started podcasting, coming into contact with the medium Mark's connection to Evo Terra, a previous guest and amazing guy (Hi Evo!)The social dynamics between Western and Asian culture, not only from a podcasting perspective, but in terms of communication. How conservative should we be when it comes to starting a podcast in Asia,The methods of showcasing frustration and moral outrage according to two different culturesMark's thoughts on the Asian podcasting scene and much more. Enjoy!
Mark's TwitterMark's WebsiteA.Connector TwitterA.Connector Podcast
Niki Torres of Chief Best Friends talk VC Bias, Empowering Women in Entrepreneurship and the Asian Podcasting Scene
In this episode, we're going next door to Singapore to talk to a star in Asia's podcasting scene: Niki Torres!
On a mission to reach out to thriving women and deconstruct their success stories, Niki, the Host of Chief Best Friends, talks to business partners who are actually best friends to see how can they thrive in their startup or their idea while keeping a healthy relationship with each other. And I thought I reached out to her after her launch of season two, to see how she is doing.
We talked about:
How Chief Best Friends started: its missions, values and the impact that Niki is aiming forThe other podcast ideas she's had and pitching this show in Splice Beta, the event for Asia's digital media transformation.The lack of awareness and biases that we tend to have in the VC world, the business world and the startup world. What are the different issues and barriers that women have to tackle all the time? Handling her podcast with strict criteria for guestsNuances in Asia's podcasting ecosystem and its differences between the Western markets from cultural to language barriers.Enjoy!
Chief Best Friends WebsiteBusiness Friendships Funds Substack
SG Explained's Rovik Robert talks Singapore's Podcasting Scene
Kicking off Season 3, we are talking with Rovik Robert, Co-Host of SG Explained!
SG Explained explores and takes a deep dive into all things Singapore-related: from policies to racism and history of Singapore to lighter subjects like chicken rice (one of my favorite foods!).
Since Rovik has been doing this for a couple of years now, I reached out to him to see his thoughts on starting this show and navigating through multiple topics of different levels of sensitivity in a multicultural context. Plus (of course), his observations on the Singaporean podcasting scene.
We talked about:
Rovik's podcast origin story and starting up SG ExplainedHis workflow and choosing the right topics and making sure, to get the most out of each opportunity in trending topics like racism, especially in SingaporeThe art of conversation, and the three types of conversations you can haveHow Rovik cooperates with his cohosts well, even if they have different opinionsThe other podcasts he's working on, including one internal within a corporate environmentEnjoy!
SG Explained Facebook PageRovik's InstagramMentioned Shows99% InvisibleDave Chen showNew Naratif's Podcasts
Podlovers Season 3 Coming Soon!
Hello there, Norman here and welcome to Podlovers Asia, season three, coming in. If you are just tuning into the show, Podlovers Asia covers the Asian podcasting scene through conversations with producers, hosts, and independence as well as leaders in the podcasting space covering anything related to Asia's podcasting ecosystem.
And that as a very strange phrase to say, because what is the Asian podcasting ecosystem with every country, every market having, their own factors, their own nuances. That makes it unique.
I, your host am on a mission to map that out so that anyone that is interested in tapping into the markets here would be much more informed and will collectively grow the ecosystem altogether.
With season three, coming out, expect more conversations throughout the Asian continent from Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, and many more
Excited to get back into this. If you have any recommendations for people that I should talk to.
Tweet at me at Podlovers Asia, or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. That is email@example.com. And send me over someone that you think might be a great fit for the show. And we can have an amazing conversation about what makes up each and every Asian market. So without further ado, let's dive into season three, coming out soon. Take care.