Kris and Claudia Potrafka love Austin musicians and they've seen the struggles that artists go through to share their art with the world. So they decided to host a live streaming show every week to give the artists another outlet for promotion and a personal way to connect with their fans. They brought in a comedian to make the interview fun, give it that Austin "weird" vibe, and help fans connect with the artists in a unique way.
Every Tuesday from 7-8pm they stream live from the Music Firsthand Facebook page. Following the show they provide dinner for the artist. A group of volunteers who share the same love for Austin musicians help with sound, social media, and streaming video.
We discovered David's spirit animal, his pet peeves at festivals, and how his girlfriend has truly inspired his writing.
Soon after their 12th show they were approached by Cuvee Coffee Bar to host the show live from their business.
Hanna shared her secret for vocal warm-ups - french fries! We talked about her experience on Radio Disney, meeting her husband in a cafe, and wasta.
MDK joined us after their tour in France and we learned a lot about how it impacted them personally, of course French cheese, their personal journeys, and their special go-to hip hop moves.
This led to more businesses like 4th Tap Brewing Co-op requesting to host the show.
Which judges would Suzanna date, maim and marry after her experience on The Voice? She tells all during her interview with us.
Jaimee Harris and Eddie Dickerson talk folk-n-roll, their love for skee ball, juggling, and the risks of inhaling fog (fog machines!).
More recently, we've streamed live from The Brixton, Hops and Grain Brewery, and Drinks Lounge to packed houses. Sponsorships from 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op, Compass Rose Cellars, and Hops and Grain have made the show possible.
Kady Rainicorns sent in a lot of fan questions, Ben shared some fun fantasies, and we learned about their favorite nerdy pastimes.
The show has come a long way in a short time. As of early March we wrapped up our 32nd show - that's 32 artists we've showcased, fed, and provided with valuable marketing material for the promotions!
Featured in the background is Austin band The Wheelwrights
Past artists featured on the show... Ray Prim, Carson McHone, The Ghost Wolves, Jake Farr, Aaron Stephens, Jean Caffeine, Buenos Diaz, Scott Collins, January and June, Craig Marshall, David Selbo, The Wheelwrights, Suzanna Choffel, The Wheelwrights, Hanna Barakat, Darja, American Dreamer, Sydney Wright, Eric Bettencourt, Deer Fellow, Aimee Bobruk, Mindz of a Different Kind, Jaimee Harris, The Staylyns, Brian Pounds, Alice and the 11s, Nichole Wagner, Kady Rain, Ryan DeSiato, Fair City Fire, Johnny Goudie, Fierce Kelly, and coming soon... The Reverent Few, Christina Cavazos, Hooka Hey, Giulia Millanta, and Drew Davis.
The shows quickly started averaging over 500 views before the end of the night and artists have started inviting close fans to be a part of the live studio audience.
Featured here Austin band Deer Fellow, their fans, and comedian BeckiJo Neill
Eric shares his affinity for Hunter S. Thompson, how to buy bulk stamps for cheap on eBay(!), and what happens when fans request bad cover songs.
Thanks to committed volunteers we've been able to keep the show thriving. However, it takes a community so we recently launched a fundraising campaign on Patreon to bring together patrons who love to support Austin musicians and the Austin music culture.
As a patron you play a special role in helping establish Comedians Interviewing Musicians as a real contributor to the Austin music culture. More importantly, you are directly supporting the artists.
As a way to say thank-you to our patrons we've created special Monthly Membership Reward Tiers:
- Tier 1: I Knew Them When! Your name showcased in the credits at the beginning of each show!
- Tier 2: Spotlight! Your own spotlight on the show
- Tier 3: Merch! Shirts and Signed CDs
- Tier 4: Concert Club!
- Tier 5: Producer!
Business sponsorships also available!