Chrissy Newton and Marie Nicola Hosts of Alt.Pop.Repeat Podcast
Meet Chrissy Newton and Marie Nicola, hosts of the Podcast Alt.Pop.Repeat Podcast. I had the opportunity to interview them in a Q&A about their show and what is next for them.
Q: How did you two meet and start a podcast?
A: Well from what I can remember and Marie might have a totally different story (actually can’t wait to see what she says below, lol) we met circa 2014 when a mutual friend of ours, Anastasia “Nat” Tubanos, introduced us. I knew Nat from the PR world and a few other mutual friends who worked in film and television. At that time, Marie and Anastasia were co-hosting a digital show together called Nat and Marie.
Fast forward 5 years later, Marie and I connected again over Facebook and started hanging out. Over cocktails, her and I chatted a crapload about our personal life (going through similar life events) but we also had this mutual love for subculture, alternative, spirituality, and counterculture worlds.
Over the past few years, I’ve been wanting to do a podcast so I texted Marie up and said, “Hey, do you want to do a podcast together?!!” She was fully into it so we had another cocktail session (lol) at my place and came across the idea of how counterculture really drives & influences pop culture. Voila! That’s how Alt.Pop.Repeat (APR) started.
Q: What was the process like in starting your first podcast?
A: Oh man! It’s all about building your team and having a good concept you feel other people would want to listen too. We started by calling good friends of ours…
Let the credits roll…
We asked audio god and Juno nominated producer (Mike Schlosser a.k.a Pineapple Pants to Marie and I) if he wanted to help us with the audio recording part (so it didn’t sound like Marie and I were recording out of a cave.) Then we called our amazing graphic designer Tara Krystompol (she created the APR logo), Andrew “Fresh Kils”, multi-Juno nominated DJ who created our stellar APR intro song and last but not least, Producer and wine podcast extraordinary Andre Proulx (from Two Guys Talking Wine) who’s actually showing me how to edit this year.
But personally I would like to do a shoutout to Andrew Kenneth Martin who’s a really good friend of mine and mentor on this project, he might not know this but he’s one of best damn counterculture/subculture history buffs out there, the perfect person to fact check and go down YouTube rabbit holes with.
I think I just did an awards thank-you speech (lol) ….
Q: Is there a typical day, and how do you manage healthy eating habits?
A: There is never a normal day in the podcast and PR worlds. During the day I’m running my PR agency, VOCAB Communications, and then in the evening, weekends and sometimes during the month, Marie and I will travel to record the show in LA to interview talent.
I try to manage healthy eating habits by trying (keyword there) to stick to an anti-inflammatory diet, which consists mainly of fish, chicken, vegan meats at times, fruit, veggies, a crapload of almonds, dried fruit and nuts.
Q: How do you both find the stamina in doing a podcast and other obligations?
A: Not too bad right now…. But lots of organizing!
Alt.Pop.Repeat is only released once a month to Spotify, Apple and Google Podcasts, Soundcloud, and YouTube. We hope to release more episodes monthly in the next few seasons.
Shameless promo, our next interview with George Stroumboulopoulos goes live on February 13th where we chat about how the #MeToo/women’s counterculture movement has influenced pop culture today. It’s a goodie!
Q: What has been the feedback been like from your first episode and why that topic?
A: Honestly, Marie and I were floored! Lots of people are loving the concept which is really heartwarming and makes you feel like you’re on the right path.
Q: What is your vision and who is listening to your podcast?
A: Our vision is to use this podcast to help open people’s minds and look at counterculture and pop culture in multiple different ways. Not just from one perspective. We might be using different lexicons but really at the core of everything people sometimes are saying the same things but in different ways. I want to help remind people of that.
APR is for everyone. It’s an open and honest show.
Alt.Pop.Repeat is about tabeling ideas, listening, laughing, and coming out of a 55-minute listening session feeling informed and maybe asking some new questions a listener has never thought of before.
But, truthfully, if the gym has taught me anything – that’s short term pain comes with long term gain. So I’ll just do it and if that means I get 4hrs sleep, whatever, this isn’t a forever thing. It’s just a right now thing.