As ?Just Pete? puts it, Bored Again Christian is ?where Christian music gets saved.? It spotlights lesser-known musicians as well as great Christian rock bands to show the world that Christian music isn?t just for your Grandma.
How were you led to start a podcast on music, seeing as there are already so many out there?
There are, of course, hundreds of music podcasts, so I needed to find my niche. My faith is very important to me, but I was often embarrassed at the quality of ?contemporary Christian music? and disappointed that it never really strived to be unique or artistically compelling. I knew I wanted to feature Christian artists like Sufjan Stevens and Starflyer 59, but really questioned if there was enough material out there to sustain a show for the long run. But I asked, and God provided. Incredible music from amazing Christians.
Is the show directed at youth, or what audience do you picture as you?re choosing the music?
The great thing about niche podcasting is that it?s not directed at age demographics, but interest demographics. As a result, I don?t choose music based on WHO I think will like it. I choose music I like as an intelligent, artistic Christian and wait to see who else likes it. My listeners are more like friends than they are consumers. That?s why the sarcasm, personal tidbits, and inside jokes work so well on the show.
What non-Christian music do you prefer?
Lots. In fact, sometimes I feel dirty for liking so much secular music. In a nutshell, I like catchy hooks on non-formulaic songs. I?m not so much a lyrics guy as I am a music guy, so I like interesting orchestration. And karaoke, I love karaoke.
How do you hope to help Christianity by getting people back into the Christian music scene?
I think my mission is to empower disenfranchised Christians in my generation. I hate the feeling of being fully devoted to Christ, but looking around and thinking, ?I don?t look or sound or feel like these other people who also follow Jesus.? And while I think Christians of all walks ?get? the fact that we?re all unified, they don?t want to embrace the fact that God made hands and feet and knuckles and elbows that don?t look the same and, in fact, are intended to act very differently. I guess I?m concerned that we have too many eyes and tongues and not enough ankles and shins in the body of Christ today.
Any other message for a bunch of college kids in Texas?
Peace, love, rock n? roll to everyone in the Longhorn State! I guess I would encourage college students that they can make their biggest impact NOW with the gifts they have been given. Art, rock ?n roll, podcasting, and faith can all be used to change the world and, with the reach of the Internet, making your mark has never been easier. The best advice I ever received in college was ?Do now what you?d like to be doing then.? Don?t wait for your degree to do what you love. In fact, throw out your degree if it?s just getting in the way of what you do best. And love God. And love everybody else, too.
Listen now at www.boredagainchristian.com or find it in iTunes music store under the podcast category of ?Music.?