December 7, 2021
In the latest episode of Pause/Play, we’re looking at how the housing market helped build Austin’s music scene, and how it could be the thing that destroys it. You'll hear from Austin artists about how the housing market has changed for them over the years and why some of them have decided to leave. You'll also learn about the connection between cheap housing and thriving music scenes, musician incomes, and Austin's housing market from experts Nicky Rowling, Michael Seman, and Audrey McGlinchy. In this episode you’ll hear from: Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel Robert A. Kraft Laura Mendoza…Listen
November 30, 2021
Here's another way to think about music scenes -- they're legitimate economic clusters! Don't know what we mean by that? Well, you can listen to this bonus episode and learn a little economic theory courtesy of Michael Seman, assistant professor in the LEAP Institute for the Arts’ arts management program at Colorado State University.Listen
November 16, 2021
Austin singer and songwriter Taméca Jones is leaving Austin for LA at the end of the year. In the latest episode, you'll hear the reasons why the Austin Music scene isn’t working for her. Plus you'll learn more about our music ecosystem. You’ll also hear from and Peter Schwarz about the reality of music businesses in Austin's music ecosystem. And Nikki Rowling explains how so many businesses operating independently can lead to burnout. Take our Season 3 SurveyListen
November 2, 2021
We’ve said the words Austin music ecosystem so many times on this podcast. But what do we actually mean when we say that? And how is our ecosystem different from other music cities like LA, Nashville or New York? In this episode we'll try to start to answer those questions. First you'll hear from Austin artist Sloan Struble aka Dayglow, who moved to Austin in part because of the music scene and who has no plans to leave. You'll also hear from three experts Michael Seman, Nikki Rowling and Peter Schwarz, who will shed some light on what Austin's music…Listen
August 10, 2021
We look at this latest COVID surge in Austin and ask the question -- What Do We Do Now? In this episode you'll hear from Desmar Walkes, M.D -- Medical Director/Health Authority for the City of Austin. Pat Buchta -- Executive Director or Austin Texas Musicians Aubrey Hays -- Musician Mike Hidalgo -- Musician Autumn Cymone -- Musician Matt the Electrician -- Musician Erin Walter from Parker Woodland Kate Howard -- Musician Jason McNeely -- Managing Partner of Hotel Vegas Jung Kwak PhD, MSW -- Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing specializing in end…Listen
July 27, 2021
We talk to musicians about what's changed for them at this stage of the pandemic. You'll learn what they're doing differently creatively and with their businesses and how they're feeling overall about the constantly changing Austin music landscape. In this episode you'll hear from Jay Wile Sara Houser Jon Fichter from Sweet Spirit and Hong King Wigs Caleb de Casper Rene Chavez Stephanie Bergara from Bidi Bidi Banda Tee Double [caption id="attachment_257644" align="alignright" width="532"] Hip-hop artist Tee-Double is pictured in his home studio on July 15, 2021, in Austin. Michael Minasi/KUTX[/caption] [caption id="attachment_257643" align="alignnone" width="318"] Caleb De Casper is pictured…Listen
In each episode of “Pause/Play,” you’ll hear the stories of artists, venues, festivals, music non-profits and more.
Hosts Miles Bloxson and Elizabeth McQueen have been collecting first-person stories from across the spectrum of the live music scene about what the shutdown has been like, how people are adapting, their survival strategies, what help they’ve received and what they think is possible on the other side of the pandemic.
Listen to “Pause/Play” to learn about the experiences of the people make Austin the Live Music Capital of the World. Each one of them helps drive the billion dollar-plus live music scene that helped put Austin on the map and has made it one of the most desirable places in the country to live and work.
Miles Bloxson is a producer and host for KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9. Bloxson co-hosts Pause/Play, a podcast from KUT and KUTX Studios about live music, a global pandemic and what comes next.
The Austin native and UT Austin graduate has a passion for technology, music and pop culture. She has interviewed such stars as Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Kristin Chenoweth, Morgan Freeman, Cee-Lo Green, Forest Whitaker and Robert Townsend.
She is the host and creator of the podcast and lifestyle brand Miles to Mogul.
Elizabeth McQueen is an audio producer and podcast host at KUTX 98.9, Austin’s NPR music station. McQueen is also the featured host of the podcast, “This Song,” and the producer of “The Breaks,” a hip-hop podcast. Prior to her career in radio and podcasting, Elizabeth was a professional musician who started and played for the band, “Elizabeth McQueen and the Firebrands,” and later joined the legendary Western Swing band, “Asleep at the Wheel.”