You may know heavy metal media mogul Jamey Morris, a.k.a Uncle Jameson, from his Doom Charts reviews or his “A Fistful Of Questions” interview series on The Ripple Effect… But today we’re talking with him about his longest running endeavor and I suspect the one that’s closest to his heart: the Fistful of DOOM podcast.
With the podcast’s hundredth episode coming up on March 16th, AltCtrl chatted with Jamey about how he got into podcasting and some celebrations he has coming up for this milestone. Enjoy!
What inspired you to start the Fistful of DOOM podcast?
Six or seven years ago I stumbled across The Electric Beard of Doom podcast and was blown away by it. The production and passion that Pat (Pat Harrington of Geezer) put into the show was really inspiring. I remember thinking, “man… I’d love to start my own show.”
The seed was planted, but it didn’t really go any further than that at the time. I knew that I wanted to do something to support the heavy metal underground, but I was not and am not super tech savvy and that delayed any effort to try and make it happen. Fast forward a bit and I had begun to listen to Steve Woodier’s podcast Pull the Legs Off the Spider, Tear the Wings Off the Fly (now Death Rattle). Steve and I had been shooting messages back and forth on social media and had become somewhat friendly. One day he sent me a message asking if I’d be interested in doing a show for Grip of Delusion.
I still had reservations about the tech side of doing a show, but he assured me that if he could do it anybody could. That was enough to get me over the hump. I’ve been doing the show for just under six years now and loving every minute of it.
How do you find music to feature?
Initially I was mostly playing stuff from my Bandcamp collection. Most of those finds were from browsing through Bandcamp and sampling albums that looked interesting. But that was an insanely slow process and I knew that I’d eventually run out of albums from my small collection.
At that point I started joining metal related groups on social media and eventually I ended up at The Ripple Effect blog as a contributing writer. That alone flooded my inbox with music submissions that were being sent to The Ripple Effect. From there I started reaching out to labels and PR people asking to be added to their promo lists. Somewhere along the way I became a member of the Doom Charts and that also exposes me to quite a bit of music. The bulk of what I play comes from those three sources.
What music discoveries have you made while hosting the podcast?
One of the first names to come to mind is Francis Roberts (King Gorm, Old Man Wizard). I’m continually amazed by the quality and quantity of his output. I’ve really, really been enjoying his solo stuff lately and his YouTube tutorials are a lot of fun. Indus Valley Kings…. Lotus Sutra… TDW… Diner Drugs… Frank’s Enemy… are all bands that have landed on my radar very recently and I have been very impressed with. I also have a 2020 highlights list that can be found over at The Ripple Effect.
What recent releases are you enjoying?
In addition to the bands already listed I’ve been enjoying Dead Exaltation, Shock Narcotic, Cancervo and Amammoth. All have albums that have recently been released or will be releasing soon. I encourage everyone to support these bands by buying albums and merchandise.
How do you like Mixcloud as a platform?
As I mentioned before I am not a very tech savvy individual. So I am always looking for platforms that are extremely easy to use. I have to say that Mixcloud fits that bill. Uploading the show and the artwork and entering all the tracks and bands is insanely simple. Mixcloud also makes it easy to share the show around. I don’t have any complaints.
Your hundredth episode is coming up! You have some giveaways planned, can you tell our readers about those?
Why yes… I can. First, let me say that I was encouraged by a mutual friend to reach out and ask bands/labels if they would be interested in contributing to the giveaway. Even though I had a lot of reservations about doing that, I did it anyway. And I have to say that I was more than a little surprised by the number of bands that were willing to contribute.
Volume 100 of the Fistful of DOOM show is set to be recorded on March 16th. In the days leading up to that I will be doing a flurry of music giveaways. I am super excited about this and we have some great contributions from some amazing bands. I have oodles of Bandcamp codes to giveaway in addition to some cds, t-shirts and some sweet vinyl. Massive thanks to the following for their contributions…… White Crone… Xtelyon Records…. Black Spirit Crown… Saints and Winos….. Dungeon Weed…. KOOK…. Glory or Death Records…. Ultra Void…. Olde….. Haq123…. Ripple Music…. Problem With Dragons… There might be a handful of other bands/labels involved, but the details have yet to be worked out.
Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me. I appreciate it.
Be sure to tune in for Fistful of DOOM’s centennial episode and don’t forget to follow Jamey and the podcast on all of the interwebs!