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#24: Interviewing techniques from Alastair McKenzie

Posted: April 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: interviews, microphones, post production, recording | 4 Comments »

Alastair McKenzie

I met Alastair McKenzie at the Travel Bloggers Unite 2011 event in Mancherster a couple of weeks back. Alastair is an x-radio journalist/editor, now turned to the Internet. In this interview he gives us some killer tips on interviewing and post production with particular reference to using atmospheric backgrounds – great stuff!

4 Comments on “#24: Interviewing techniques from Alastair McKenzie”

  1. 1 Ian Kath said at 5:38 am on April 13th, 2011:

    Hi Andy

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this episode especially as it was coming from someone with so much experience going all the way back to the days of tape.

    Alastair’s hints are brilliant and depending on which of my podcasts that I’m working on will depend on which of the different tips I’ll take from what he’s said.

    The tip of always recording an atmos track is brilliant. I’ve always only grabbed a bit of audio from a pause to fill a hole but to record an entire track in a controlled environment then use it to lay under track and build the illusion of the scene is a great take home for me.

    There were many, many great tips in this show.

    Thanks so much for it. It will add one more facet to this rough gem that I’m polishing.

    P.S. FYI… My other podcast is at

  2. 2 Michael Johnston said at 7:58 pm on April 18th, 2011:

    Hi, Andy. Great job on the interview with Alastair McKenzie. He might enjoy listening once more to Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and to Hoedown from Rodeo. They are completely different pieces. I was so impressed that he interviewed Stephen Cleobury, too. This episode of the podcast had more than your usual share of great tips. Thanks.

    Cheers! Michael

  3. 3 Thomas Lamar said at 5:50 pm on April 25th, 2011:

    Andy – just wanted to take a moment to tell you how great the content was with Alastair. His tips on interviewing and creating an atmosphere for the listener were timeless. I especially liked being on the look out for recording music to be used as a bed under the interviewing/reporting…. catching the beginnings and endings of songs that will uniquely add character to the piece. I also appreciated how we need to always be thinking ahead (like sitting at the front of the bus) in order to be ready to capture the critical key moments. So much great stuff. I plan on listening to it again.

    Thanks so much,

    Dr. Thomas Lamar

  4. 4 Graham Holland said at 10:11 pm on June 2nd, 2011:

    Just dropping you a line to say how much I got out of this interview. Lots of really good tips on interviewing techniques that I’ll definitely be using in future.