Michael Shaw is the host of The Conversation, a podcast about
the contemporary arts. He talks with various artists, collectors,
dealers, curators and more on the show. Michael has been running
his show since 2011 and he talks about some of the upcoming
challenges he is likely to face with growing his podcast. Michael
also shares on how he has developed such a loyal following over the
years; to the point where people donate to his show.

Show Highlights

  • 07:00 – Michael talks about sound
    gear.
  • 09:05 – When did Michael launch
    his show?
  • 12:05 – Does Michael have a lot of
    technical experience?
  • 16:00 – Michael prefers a great
    conversationalist vs. someone who has done well in their
    career.
  • 20:35 – Does Michael go out of his
    way to get the people he admires on the show?
  • 22:35 – It’s better to respect the
    guest more than their career choices to create an amazing
    show.
  • 25:00 – I talk about the two shows
    that left me kind of star struck.
  • 27:05 – Michael knows people are
    tired of Marc Maron, but the man inspired him to create a
    podcast.
  • 28:45 – It’s all about finding the
    right balance between being really personal vs. being
    constructive.
  • 29:10 – How did Michael learn to
    be a great interviewer?
  • 30:40 – Was Michael curious
    growing up? He says not really.
  • 31:20 – It’s about process as well
    as curiosity. Having a good process can really make things
    happen.
  • 31:40 – Michael believes great
    shows happen when he and the guest are both in the moment
    together.
  • 37:15 – Most people don’t have the
    ability to engage in a conversation. We just stare at our phones
    instead.
  • 43:00 – Michael talks about
    artists and different styles.
  • 46:35 – What kind of challenges
    has Michael faced as an artist?
  • 50:35 – Michael has some pretty
    loyal and dedicated fans.
  • 51:00 – It’s hard to go out of
    your way to donate to a podcast.
  • 54:35 – I talk about the
    relationships I have developed with my listeners.
  • 57:00 – Podcast content is
    undervalued and successful art is overvalued.
  • 59:10 – Michael talks about his
    mentors.
  • 01:02:35 – What’s Michael’s
    fondest memory of New York city?
  • 01:03:30 – What has Michael
    changed his mind about recently?
  • 01:08:25 – It’s an interesting
    balance between being burned out vs. needing that social contact
    and stimulation
  • 01:09:15 – Michael depends on his
    guests for referrals.
  • 01:11:35 – At a certain point,
    Michael felt like he was just a tool.

 

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