In 2014 I spent several months reporting for Ideastap, a charity and network that "works with leading arts organisations to create industry opportunities for members". The team and I were commissioned to produce a series of discursive podcasts on issues relevant to members – from amateur and professional artists to creative practitioners. Topics included dealing with failure, giving up your day job and how to make it in an increasingly competitive world. Interviewees included comedian Adam Kay, artist Yinka Shonibare MBE and photographer/reporter Christian Payne.
Here's one we made earlier:
Music has been lifelong passion of mine. Listening to it. Writing about it. Playing it. I owe much of my education – in the broadest sense – to musicians, mixtapes and club culture. In the outernational spirit of Straight No Chaser magazine, my home for five years, I occasionally put together a few sets. Here are a selection of my most recent podcasts together with the occasional live show and interview special.
Visit soundcloud.com/amarofpatel to read accompanying notes … and message me @amarofpatel if you like the sound. I'm dedicated to supporting new talent and interested in hearing about new broadcasting opportunities.
In March 2019 a feature-length radio documentary about genius producer, composer and arranger Charles Stepney premiered on Worldwide FM as part of a three-hour birthday special. I wrote the script and co-produced with presenters Kam and Leanne.
You can get the full story here.