Episode 75: Caleb Caswell

calebcaswellMeet Caleb Caswell, who combines his background in journalism and music to have sincere conversations about Edmonton’s music scene on The Tear Down.

Caleb studied both music and professional writing at MacEwan University, and was looking for a way to combine those experiences. He had done enough freelance writing to know he was leaving a lot of good quotes uncaptured in interviews with musicians. A podcast turned out to be a way to get into more depth. He goes to a show with his guest, and they talk about it before getting into the guest’s music, which adds another interesting layer.

He’s very thoughtful about what he’s doing, and about journalism in general. You’ll hear some great insights on that front, as well as why the scene needs more than boosterism; how it’s hard to provide a critical view; how music and his previous gigs inform his work; the meaning behind the podcast’s name; what it takes to create something good; advice for communications grads; and more:

Download here. This episode is also available in Apple Podcasts, on Google Play, on SoundCloud or on Stitcher.

We mentioned Caleb’s YouTube channel, Anime-BOM, which kind of has to be seen to be understood. We recorded this episode long ago, so you’ll hear a plug for Animethon that is no longer relevant, but hey, there’s always next year.

Caleb recommended two local music podcasts:

  • Cups N Cakes, a show featuring the music of western Canada with Jeff MacCallum and Carey Newton;
  • Vintage Edmonton Music, Rev Recluse’s fascinating exploration of old Edmonton vinyl.

The Tear Down just launched its second season with a conversation with singer-songwriter Maddie Storvold. You can find that and all of Caleb’s previous interviews on Apple Podcasts or SoundCloud.

The Tear Down is on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Anime-BOM is on Twitter and Facebook, too.

Many thanks to Castria for producing this episode, which you can also hear on GRadio along with other members of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB.


ATB-Blue-Box (1)This episode is brought to you by ATB Financial, founding sponsor of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB.

In this episode, you’ll hear me and my daughter talk about all of the great things ATB does in support of Alberta’s LGBTQ community.

A lot of good things have come into this world because ATB listens. Find out more at atb.com/listen.


Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATBThis episode is also brought to you by the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB.

Among our fellow members of the network is That’s So Maven, a podcast by, for and about female entrepreneurs and leaders. Andrea Beça talks business with a different woman every week, and it is truly inspiring.

You can find this and other great Alberta-made podcasts at albertapodcastnetwork.com.


Musical credits: Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1, played by Daniel Veesey, from freemusicarchive.com.


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