Clarineat 6 Month Update: Timeline, Stats, Summer Tour, and What’s Next

The Beginnings

Clarineat started because I was looking for a show and website that was all about clarinets, but the site I envisioned didn’t exist. After months of searching I decided to take matters into my own hands, and from my tiny home studio, armed with my laptop and microphone, Clarineat was born in January 2016!

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Since its humble beginnings, the Clarineat Podcast has now been followed by over 4000 people on social media, is enjoyed in over 50 countries around the world, has featured over two dozen fantastic guests, and recently surpassed 10 thousand podcast downloads. The website itself has seen over 30 thousand page and has seen the addition of a product reviews section, blog, and even a store since inception.

What are people saying?

The Clarineat Podcast has grown into a respected website around the world, and is now producing some of the most intriguing and sought after clarinet content on the web… but don’t take my word for it!

“Some of the best clarinet content being produced right now”
– Legérè Reeds

“Informative, Intellectual, and Fantastic”
– iTunes Reviewer Elanna99

“Thanks for doing these podcasts, they’re just great!”
-Ed Joffe

Let’s Take This Show on the Road!

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In March 2016 I made a trip to Penticton, BC to visit the world-renown clarinet repairman Peter Spriggs on site at his company “The Clarinet Center.” I enjoyed a tour of his facility, was able to record some great tips directly from the master himself, and, of course a full length interview. We also enjoyed a fantastic dinner overlooking the Okanagan lakes at a restaurant called Hooded Merganser, which I would highly recommend if you’re in town getting your instruments overhauled by the master!

Sponsorship

logo_daddario_4color_on_whiteIn May 2016, the show was sponsored by D’Addario Woodwinds. It’s been great working with them so far. Their enthusiasm and support for the show’s production has been fantastic and I couldn’t have possibly gone this far without them. As a special treat for liseteners, they have been generously providing a D’Addario prize pack to be included in each month’s giveaways. To make sure that you’re eligible to win giveways, please see here.

Top 5 Episodes of the podcast:

Martin Fröst joined the show in Episode 9 for an insightful conversation about his new album called “Roots.” This episode has a commanding lead and has been listened to almost 2000 times alone!

A surprising runner up, though, is the interview with Ryan Pereira of Pereira 3D Clarinet Innovations. I’m not sure if it was the content that was so compelling or its shorter length (30 minutes, whereas most episodes are over an hour). If you have any feedback or insight to offer on this matter, please share in the comments below!

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  1. Episode 9: Martin Fröst
  2. Episode 1: Ryan Pereira (3D Clarinet Innovations)
  3. Episode 15: Tim Elvy (Legere Reeds)
  4. Episode 4: Kathryn Ladano
  5. Episode 3: Tom Puwalski

Top 5 ways people listen to the show:

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I have to admit, these stats really surprised me. I thought for sure that the number one way people would listen to the show would be iTunes. However, RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds dominated. This includes plays directly on the website, but also apps such as Stitcher which is popular with Android users.

  1. Computer (RSS feed)
  2. YouTube
  3. iPhone (using podcasts app)
  4. Computer (using iTunes)
  5. iPad (using Podcasts app)

The Top 5 Countries where Clarineat is Listened to:

As already mentioned, the Podcast is listened to in over 50 countries worldwide. I couldn’t believe this statistic. Thank you! The top 5 countries are below.

  1. The United States of America
  2. Canada
  3. Australia
  4. The United Kingdom
  5. The Netherlands

Top 5 Cities Where Clarineat is Listened to:

Clarineat may have an international audience, but it seems that the most ardent fans are close to home. Strangely enough, though Hobart, Australia takes he number 2 spot. I’ll admit that I needed to look this up online, and was surprised to learn that it’s a small city of less than 200 thousand people. Thanks “heaps” for listening guys!

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  1. Calgary, AB, Canada
  2. Hobart, Australia
  3. New York City, NY, The United States of America
  4. Toronto, Canada
  5. Chicago, IL, United States of America

General Stats:

When I was younger many people regarded clarinet as a women’s instrument (I have no idea why). But the stats here would reveal otherwise. Over 85% of Youtube channel viewers have been men! I was very surprised by this statistic.

  • Website pageviews: Over 30 thousand
  • Audience sex (YouTube): 85% men, 15% women
  • Top Product in the Clarineat Store: Peter Spriggs Ligature

What’s next?

I feel so honored to have had the chance to speak with such amazing people along the way, and I look forward very much to the incredible guests we’ve got lined up in the coming months.

Several upcoming guests include:

  • D’Addario Woodwinds
  • Buffet Crampon
  • Backun Musical Services
  • Francois Houle
  • Lori Freedman (for round two!)

I’m doing my best to produce 4 episodes of the show per month, and am working towards a daily content update! This is a lot of work, needless to say! If you’re interested in supporting the show it would be much appreciated! You can purchase products directly from the Clarineat online store, you can click on any of our Amazon affiliate links throughout the site, and (soon you’ll be able to support the show on Patreon and get access to exclusive patron benefits.

Summer 2016 Tour

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This summer I’m excited to be taking Clarineat on the road again! I’ll be in the beautiful city of Montreal to have a “second round” interview Lori Freedman and other artists (TBA) in person. I’ll also be seeing my favorite band, Radiohead, who is currently on tour with their new album “A Moon Shaped Pool.”

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Then I’ll be heading to Lawrence, Kansas where I will be taking part in ClarinetFest 2016. I look forward to networking with many clarinetists and manufacturers at this event. If you’re looking to meet with me I’ll be spending some time during the day Volunteering as well as at the D’Addario booth, and in the evening I hope to enjoy some of the local food and scenery. Either way, look for my Clarineat purple shirt and please come up and say hello!

 

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In August I’ll be headed to Vancouver where I’ll be checking out Backun Musical Services and interviewing local artists. I’m really looking forward to this trip. I’ve been to Vancouver many times but, including ClarinetFest 2006 but, believe it or not, I’ve never actually been to Backun’s facility. This is sure to be a great way to wrap up the summer!

Thanks for listening!

Of course, thank you to you, the listener for helping make all of this a reality!

If you find that you’re enjoying the show, please consider telling a friend about it to help spread the word. Also please make sure to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes. And of course, be sure to follow on social media, and make sure you’re eligible to win giveaways by subscribing to our email mailing list.

Thanks again and I look forward to the next 6 months of Clarineat with you!

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Sean Perrin
Host and Founder
Clarineat Podcast


Clarineat Podcast Production Team:

Theme music for the Clarineat Podcast is performed by Tom Puwalski (Episodes 1-49), and Michael Lowenstern (episodes 50 to present).



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