We had the good fortune of connecting with Paul Robertson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paul, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I had been sitting on the podcast name for awhile and clicked when on a trip to Nashville for a drum clinic back in December 2019 with Rascal Flatts’ drummer Jim Riley. While immersing myself in drums during the day at his drum dojo, it struck me that here’s a professional musician for the largest country band who’s doing clinics, writing books, etc. Keeping many irons in the fire and being diverse. During that weekend it also struck me seeing these musicians in the bars in Broadway hustle from gig to gig. Seeing this motivated me when I got back to take this podcast idea and make it happen.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As our show tag line is “Where the Backbeats Meet the Spirits”. The podcast is drums, rums and everything in between. I love talking to people about these topics and building a community to help them spread their brand as well. I learn so much from my guests.
As the gurus say “find a niche” for your podcast to hone into an audience. Since spirits go hand and hand with music, I invite guests on who I’d like to hang out at the bar with,
I started the podcast just before everyone else did just before the lock down happened. I had no idea what I was doing. I just jumped right in March 2020. The show was mostly suppose to be an in person conversation, but just after episode 2 lock down happened. So if I wanted to continue, I had to learn the Zoom thing. Not too long after that 2020 also threw a bunch of hurricanes as well.
It’s almost like someone was telling me not to do this, but he I am 2 years later.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Definitely I’d take them to south beach to experience what the rest of the country is jealous of. At night I’d take them to the Hard Rock Casino. Also two places I just learned about was Esotico and Swizzle. I visited these locations recently while attending a Florida Rum Society event. Lastly what’s a trip to south Florida and not take an airboat ride in the Everglades.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have a few shout outs for those that helped me start this thing and encourage me to keep going when things get tough. First is my good friend Kirk for being my first guest and guinea pig to finally go for it and tape the first episode. Next would be fellow podcaster and musician Brad Brock. He’s been a great help helping me with the technical aspect of recording, etc Last and most important my family. They put up with me always taking about the show and taping Zoom episodes at the house and my wife pushing me to not stop doing this when things got hectic over the last two years.