It’s been one hell of a summer – plenty of heat to make the rum all the sweeter, and a couple of pirate festivals thrown in for good measure.
This past May I put Bilgemunky Radio on a summer hiatus. The reasons for this were twofold. First off, I was having hardware issues that made it increasingly difficult to broadcast a quality show. Taking the summer off gave me the time I needed to evaluate the situation and consider possible solutions.
The second reason for the hiatus was to regroup and determine the state of Bilgemunky Radio, and where it might go next. While sharing pirate music each week these past several years has been enjoyable and rewarding, it’s also become somewhat repetative. Pirate music doesn’t grow and evolve as quickly as other, more populated genres, and so it’s sometimes difficult to build a music-based program that’s substantially different from the hundreds of Bilgemunky Radio podcasts already available for download.
Finally, while not one of the original reasons for the time off, a third factor has emerged in that I’ve found more and more opportunities to branch out professionally and creatively – far beyond the scope of Bilgemunky Radio. Over the summer I’ve been able to fill several roles with different companies as a creative consultant, doing everything from drafting viral ad proposals to ghost-writing short fiction pieces. This very weekend, in fact, I’m experimenting with motion sensing technology and exploring its potential applications in entertainment and marketing. It’s really fun, really exciting stuff, but also quite time consuming.
As I look ahead at these new challenges, and then look back at Bilgemunky Radio, I’ve decided that I’ve done as much as I can with the radio show at this time. I’m very proud of the work I’ve done, I’m wildly grateful to all the fantastic artists and fans that have made it possible, and I sincerely hope that Pirate-Core will continue to grow and evolve as a genre. But producing a weekly pirate radio production simply isn’t something I can continue at this time.
Bilgemunky.com will remain true to form, although updates are necessarily less frequent than they once were. Bilgemunky Radio podcasts will also remain available for streaming and download. And, fates be kind, I even hope to attend a pirate festival here and there. Basically, while Bilgemunky Radio itself is shutting down, I have no intention of putting my pirate hat out to pasture – I’ve had to many great experiences – and made far too many great friends – to ever ditch piracy altogether.
Thanks once again for all the support of Bilgemunky Radio over the years. It really was a brilliant adventure, and one I’ll look back on fondly. But while the show itself is done, pirate music still goes on and there’s loads more piratey fun to be had – I look forward to it all!