We had the good fortune of connecting with joseph key and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi joseph, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I believe THe MiDNiGHT CaST helps the community through art and helping fellow artists get their work to other platforms . One example, is what the podcast has supported since the beginning, which is underground music. Any up and coming artists/talent artists or music that we happen to come across; we find a way to plug the artist or their song or both onto our show. This not only, gives our listeners a break from the usual music they hear and allow them to branch their ears into other forms of music, but also allows the artist to have free publicity and recognition for their work. We do not take music requests or bribes we simply listen to music and promote music that we feel is needed to be heard and recognized.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think what sets us apart from other podcasts is that we are a podcast made from artists for the artists. Jiggy is a rapper from the underground scene who had to overcome not only his own self doubt of his career panning out but his financial struggles of supporting what he loves(which is music). For me,(Joe) I feel that I am most proud of creating a platform that doesnt hinder the success of other artists but allows artists to fully express themselves as well as promote their latest and greatest work. I often feel as an artist we tend to stray away from other artists because we maybe to enthralled with our own work and we fail to support each other. What we have done, is that we have made it our goal to support underground artist with real talent and great work. Therefore, creating a large unified community for the world to finally see and eventually acknowledge for the great work artists have portrayed on our podcast. Of course for a goal like this is was not easy. At first we didnt know any artists other than a few friends that we knew but we had to go deeper. We had to fully immerse ourselves into the underground music culture to eventually represent it. With thanks to Mic-Andre and his company Nu-BLAQUE, they truly guided our journey while shaping what we would eventually call THe MiDNiGHT CaST. Another big challenge was life itself, unlike other main podcasts, our podcast isnt filmed or recorded in a facility with a sound proof room. We record our podcast from our own living room and design the set ourselves. So everything that we’ve build our podcast around has been very organic and our influences for the podcast have stemmed from our everyday lives. But of course, when life throws you curve balls like suddenly moving to a new place, it naturally stunted our podcast because we no longer had a space to shoot. Although it was difficult to adjust to our new place and area of recording we knew in our heart we had to make it work somehow, someway. The podcast was too big of a passion for us for to quit now and we had no plan out quitting. So after two weeks of preparations, we were finally adjust into our new living room/new home and a new look to our famous couch. If there was one lession that we learned along the way is that we always have to be open to embracing change. Things can change at any moment and even though we may love our routine we must be prepared to grow with what life gives us as well. We want the world to know that we are a podcast that not only supports artists but one another as well. We know what its like to start something from the ground up with zero knowledge and find a passion to grow it into hopefully something big. THe MiDNiGHT CaST isnt a podcast for us, it is a podcast for the people. A platform made to give power back to artists and extend their talents to people who might not have known about them and the amazing work they do.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If there was one place we would recommend it would definetely be Art Avenue NYC!
It is a private place to go to appreciate different forms of art. Most of the art displayed are captivating paintings and drawings done by underground/local artists. But on certain special events, they do offer art performances, from dance to music playing and singing. Sometimes they offer an open floor for people of any kind to go and express themselves. It is truly a great cultural experience.
Art Avenue NYC
529 West 29th Street #12B
New York, NY 10001
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d have to first shoutout my Co-Host, Miguel Leon, Aka Jiggy. There would not be a THe MiDNiGHT CaST without him. To have someone by my side who shares the same ambition and passion in this podcast as I do, I must be very blessed to have a reliable Co-Host and friend like Jiggy. My second shoutout would have to the company Nu-Blaque, specifically, Mic-Andre, he is a highly talented underground New York artist. He initially showed me the undergound music culture and instilled the passion the podcast has for Underground music. He still silently assists the podcast with discovering new talented artists and music from the underground scene. We call him the “silent 3rd member of the THe MiDNiGHT CaST”.
Taken by Joseph Key (Key Productions).