Monday, 5 September 2011

Interview: The High Tea Cast

Last month I profiled my new favourite podcast - The High Tea Cast - and at the end of my post, I promised you all an interview with Sam and Lea, the brains behind the information. I don't think they require any more introduction, just that when I first read this interview I almost fell off of my chair laughing - enjoy!
So, tell us how The High Tea Cast came about? How long have you both been involved in podcasting for? 

We were contributing to series one of the Jellyfielders podcast, which started in January this year I think. But we didn't actually meet until the beginning of this summer. We bonded over cake, Jaeger and a cheeky cup of tea or two… Then this happened!! It's all the Jellyfielders' fault. After hearing us both and watching the way we were working together they were pushing for us to get a spin off out there right from the beginning. So we haven't been doing this for long! 

Where are your favourite hang outs in London (that are not tea shops!) 

Anyone who's read our blog or listened to our pod knows exactly what this answer is! There is nothing better in the world than B@1 cocktails. Other than that, you'll will find Lea hunting down an Irish husband at Waxy O'Connors in Piccadilly Circus. That's the bi-weekly haunt of The Biblecode Sunday's who play us out on episode one by the way! We've got to be honest though, the drinks flow easy there! Once, Lea woke up the morning after a Waxys night in possession of ten beaded necklaces, an inflatable kangaroo, a membership to G Casino and wearing a mask (it was nice. It had feathers). No recollection at all. Sam enjoys nothing more than spending her hard earned wages both on going to gigs and listening to live music at Brixton Academy and visiting Loop in Islington a fantastic knitting and sewing shop! 

And what about tea shops then? 

Aside from the legendary Drink Shop Do, a good Soho local is Yumchaa. There's like a billion different tea types in there. And if you care to venture to the West country and end up in Cornwall, there's a fantastic retro teashop in Falmouth called Miss Peapods. It's all lime green and 70s curtains with quintessentially Cornish delights… And has cake that'll send you into a coma. We are also quite partial to a Hummingbird Bakery cupcake or two!! 
What are your day jobs? 

Oh you might regret asking this! Lea: I have a full time job in communications. Until recently I had part time and freelance dabblings at the Good Cornwall Guide webzine, Dirty Pretty Things Lingerie, a few stories published in The Kensington and Chelsea Review, and now I provide social media coverage for events at Old Spitalfields Market and is about to start an internship at Vine magazine back home in Kent. Plus of course there's the High Tea Cast! I don't sleep much… and have done many things in the name of journalism. And loved every minute. Sam: I am an all round do-gooder and have worked in the voluntary sector most of my working life. I am currently Head of Volunteering at national youth charity Catch22 where I manage all the volunteering work that supports our cause. I absolutely love working with volunteers, and also write a blog about both volunteering and cake! The High Tea Cast, like Lea is another I do between sleeping and working! 

What equipment do you use to podcast? Do you have a big technical setup or something a bit smaller?

We do have a slightly posh one now in the comfort of the Jellyfielders studio for our hosting. But interviews are done on a trusty MacBook with a sexy little microphone. Mike, our podfather, then polishes them all up on his nice Mac Pro after We've cut them up and edited out things. Massive stacks of plates crashing against the floor for example... We use a programme called GarageBand record it - this is available really cheaply through Apple and totally easy to use - anyone could have a go! 

Who would you absolutely love to be able to get on the show? The ultimate guest? 

Well, before we would have said Caitlin Moran. However Reading fest has happened now and Lea has now developed a mad-sad-act- teenage-girl-hormone-fuelled crush on Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance. Cherry red hair, goth jackets and all. So Lea is gonna step right out of the box and opt for him (please Gerard? Please?). Sam's ideal guest would probably be a comedian like Jon Richardson or actress Romola Garai so we could ask her about those fab fifties outfits she wore in The Hour! 
What advice would you give to someone looking to start their own podcast show? (I have in fact recorded a pilot for a current affairs podcast with my best friend, hopefully we'll be able to record the first one soon!) 

Our advice would be RACHEL PHIPPS GET THAT PODCAST OUT THERE NOW! We wanna hear it! Ha, no really, anyone can record a podcast and it will be brilliant in its own way if you've pulled it off right. And you'll know that from your own opinion of it and that of other people's. If you're looking to step it up and get a large scale audience in on it though, We're quickly learning that aside from a great deal of variety, harsh editorial judgment and good quality material, you need to be doing it with someone you bounce off of and work with like a well oiled machine. We are each others machine! Oh, and network. Network everywhere you go. It is frickin' AMAZING who you find out there in the big wide world! 

What have we got to look forward to in the up and coming episodes of The High Tea Cast? 

Episode two will be out this week. The theme is fashion but, obviously, it's us, so there'll be all kinds of twists in there. Plus we have a hugely male audience somehow, so we taylor very much with the boys in mind! In there there'll be Reading bands aplenty and Simon Button's section is going to be nothing but hilarious. Promise.

Well, I for one can't wait to listen to what the girls have in store for us next! You can subscribe to The High Tea Cast (for free) on iTunes, follow the girls on Twitter and add them on Facebook!

What is your favourite podcast to listen to at the moment? Aside from The High Tea Cast, I can't get enough of Joy The Baker at the moment!


  1. I listened to their podcast - under your recommendation, and completely loved it! xx
    Sirens and Bells

  2. Inspiring ladies! They make me want to jump out of my socks, lick ice cream, and dance around the world.


    sweetness xx
    hope to hear from you*!

  3. I have been reading your blog for the last thirty minutes! Such great posts. Please check out my blog when you get a chance!
    a fashion lawyer by day, fashion police by night...I play at red carpet events, shop all over town, and live life in the fab lane in LA!

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  5. You really inspire!
    Nice post :)
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  7. Great taste, Jon Richardson is an awesomely funny man :)

  8. Sam, you pop up everywhere! Looking good girl! Rachel, did you know Sam is an old Canters girl as well?



  9. She did tell me this! You know Sam? (Small world/ city? Okay, it is a tiny city but...yeah!)