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This week: Jamie Welton and Peter Kimber, tells us all about the Card Subject To Change podcast.
What’s your podcast about?
Pete: Our show covers the crazy world of professional wrestling, where we discuss our views on the latest news as well as previewing and reviewing WWE Pay Per Views. We also have our own individual shows as well under the Card Subject To Change name that we both just recently began to do. Mine is called The Pile Driver, and Jamie’s is The European Uppercut. Both are named after two hard hitting wrestling moves and are another way for us to put cover additional topics and opinions we don’t always get to cover in Card Subject To Change.
Jamie: But it’s not just opinion and discussion we cover. We also do interviews with people from the world of professional wrestling. It started out mainly with people from the British wrestling scene but we’ve recently been able to get to a point of having current WWE talent on the show, which is something I think neither of us ever imagined would happen. It’s something you always dream of but as an independent podcast you know there’s a slim chance. So to have gone to that level is a dream come true for us both.
If you had to describe your show in 10 words or less, what would you say?
Jamie: Two British guys talking about wrestling and interviewing incredible talent.
Pete: Just great wrestling discussion and opinions.
Which episode would you recommend for a first-time listener? Do you have a favourite episode?
Pete: Hard Question! But would have to say the episodes on the way to and from Manchester, where we attended WWE Raw and went to a pre-show VIP party and reviewed the event were a favourite of mine. As a first time listen I would say that one and our wrestling memories episode, which are really our first shows together. The Raw Review was released 10th November 2015 and Wrestling Memories was on 10th December 2015. They’re definitely two of my favourite episodes but our interview with WWE Superstar Bayley which we released on 11th November 2016 has got to be a favourite given it’s the first interview we did together with a WWE contracted wrestler.
Jamie: If you really want a flavour of our show then as Pete says, our first shows we ever did (which was originally just a podcast I used to host called The Podcast Corner) with the Raw Review and Wrestling Memories discussion were really fun to do. As for episodes under Card Subject To Change I’d say if you want a flavour of our interviews then I think a good one to listen to is with a British wrestler called Caz Crash, who works for a company called New Generation Wrestling, which we released on 5th August 2016.
For a show where we’re giving opinions and discussing wrestling then I think one of our most recent episodes, which was out WWE Payback Review, which we released 4th May 2017, is just a way of getting a taste of what we do. As for my favourite episode I really love the Bayley interview, but my favourite interview is one we recently did with WWE United Kingdom Superstar, Joseph Conners, which we released 16th March 2017. He’s a guy I’d wanted to interview for so long and when we were granted the opportunity to do it we couldn’t say yes fast enough.
What inspired you to create this podcast?
Pete: Both being massive wrestling fans and Jamie’s departure from a wrestling blogging site opened the opportunity. I enjoyed hearing the interview series he had been doing previously and doing the two episodes together previously gave me an itch to get into podcasting. A choice pint or two in a pub after work sealed the deal! The show has grown and changed somewhat over that time but we feel it’s always changed for the better and is always a great listen.
Jamie: I’d been writing a wrestling blog for a wrestling news website for around three years then, and had started doing a show called The Podcast Corner in 2015. Unfortunately the writing side of things was burning me out and I decided I was done with it. Unfortunately it left my podcast without a home too so it looked like that was on the rocks. Luckily Pete had been listening to the show and as we work in the same place (and were on the same team at the time) he told me he was interested in working on a podcast together and put the idea out there. A few pints later Card Subject To Change was born and here we are about a year and a half later.
Which guests have you had on your podcast so far?
Jamie – We’ve got a pretty extensive back catalogue of names from my Podcast Corner show including WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana , former WWE Superstar Dan Spivey, as well as a host of British wrestling talent including Liam Lazarus, Nathan Cruz, Matt Myers, Chris Renfrew, Stevie Boy, New Generation Wrestling owner Rich Dunn, a guy called Big Damo (who is now in WWE NXT under the name Killian Dain), and I interviewed Ricky Knight, who is a legend in British wrestling and is the father of WWE Superstar Paige. I’ll let Pete tell you more about who we’ve had on Card Subject To Change.
Pete: We’ve had some great guests on the show and are always looking to grow the list of names. So far we’ve had WWE Superstar Bayley, WWE United Kingdom Superstar Joseph Conners, New Generation Wrestling star Caz Crash, Insane Championship Wrestling lead commentator Billy Kirkwood , British wrestling commentator and former manager Dean Ayass, and a good friend of ours from across the pond Kevin Gill, who was our first ever interview together.
Who would be your dream guest?
Jamie: There’s so many names I could list here and it’s so hard to just pick one. My favourite wrestler of all time is Bret Hart, who is a Canadian wrestler who worked for the WWE and WCW, so it would probably be him. If I’m thinking of a current name in WWE then I think the easy answer is John Cena. He’s literally the face of WWE right now and is someone I greatly respect for all the work he does not only inside the WWE ring, but the work he does outside of it too with his charity work and his incredible work ethic. From the British wrestling side there are still so many names out there I’d love to interview with names like Mark Andrews, Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, Wolfgang, Kay Lee Ray, Joe Hendry, Zack Gibson, Grado and Joe Coffey just being a few off the top of my head. But for me the one person I really want to interview is Insane Championship Wrestling owner Mark Dallas. The man has created one of the true hotbeds of not only British wrestling, but in the world and I would love to learn more about him as a person and his vision for ICW.
Pete: From an American wrestling standpoint I’d love to interview ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair. He’s a WWE Hall of Famer and legend in the wrestling business. From British wrestling I’d love to interview a guy called Grado. He’s a Scottish wrestler who has a comedy style and works for Insane Championship Wrestling in the UK and for Impact Wrestling in America.
Which equipment do you use for your podcast set-up?
Pete: I’ll let you answer that one Jamie.
Jamie: Literally all we use is a Dictaphone recorder. It only cost me around £30 to buy and it gives us a great sound quality. I think the more equipment you have sometimes there’s a potential for more to go wrong so we keep it nice and simple. I’d love to upgrade and use microphones eventually but for now the Dictaphone does a great job. We also sometimes use Skype for recording our interviews when we can’t be in the same place as the guest, which comes in handy when we want to interview talent from outside of the UK. We have also had to use Facebook Messenger once, which was a challenge but we overcame it and didn’t lose the quality of the show.
What would you say is the best length of time for a podcast episode?
Pete: The best length for me is somewhere between thirty minutes to an hour, which is a length we tend to aim for. But once we get going that can be tricky!
Jamie: I always think somewhere around 45 minutes to an hour is ideal as it’s not too long and not too short. We try not to go longer than an hour and fifteen minutes at the absolute most for our shows, but sometimes when there is so much to cover and we really get going it isn’t always possible.
Which podcasts (other than yours) would you recommend we listen to?
Jamie: One of my personal favourites is a show I used to edit and produce called The Kevin Gill Show (Link to the show is https://audioboom.com/channel/the-kevin-gill-show). It’s a great interview series where my good friend Kevin Gill talks to all kinds of interesting people from the worlds of professional wrestling, comedy, video gaming and music that also focuses on the power of PMA, which stands for Positive Mental Attitude. I also enjoy listening to The Jim Cornette Experience, and OSW Review.
Pete: I’m a part of the Wrestling 20 Years Ago Podcast (Link – http://www.wrestling20yrs.com/) which is a monthly show reviewing the news and events from the time in the world of wrestling. I also recommend you check out The Kevin Gill Show, OSW Review, and as an Arsenal fan I recommend checking out The Tuesday Club.
Where is your podcast available to listen to?
Pete – You can pretty much hear it most places but the main ones are on Apple, Soundcloud , Stitcher, and Google Play. You can also keep up to date with our episodes via our Facebook page and our Twitter page.
Jamie: You can also check us out on The Podnose Network which is an independent podcast network based in the UK with some great shows such as The All Seeing Guys, CheapShow, and Are You Movie Mad? to name a few that you should definitely check out. We just recently joined the network and are looking forward to growing our show through Podnose, while also helping the Network grow. Please give them a like on Facebook, and a follow on Twitter too. You can also get us on other platforms such as TuneIn Radio and Podcast Addict. But the main ones we tend to promote are Apple Podcasts (which is where we’d love people to subscribe to us through), Soundcloud and Stitcher.
What is the future of podcasting as a creative medium?
Jamie: It can only continue to grow and grow. Podcasts are a unique way to be able to share your opinions with likeminded people who share your interests and it seems that more and more people are getting into the podcasting game. That’s a great thing because it drives competition and that’s something that pushes us personally to always aim to get better. Right now is a great time to be involved in the world of podcasting and I believe there’s no limit as to how far the world of podcasting can go. I certainly don’t feel it’s even reached it’s peak yet and I’m looking forward to being a continuing part of this great medium.
Pete: I think it is quite simply the future. It allows anybody to create a show about a topic or interest for people to listen to and to share their views with likeminded people. There are no barriers to it and whatever you’re into there will be a podcast out there for you..
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