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Every Sunday, Metro.co.uk will be handpicking the podcast of the week for you to feast your ears on while avoiding eye contact with everyone on the bus or the tube.
This week, we’re eavesdropping on best mates Marvin Abbey, Keith Dube and Tazer Black with their podcast, 3ShotsOfTequila.
With the kind of banter and chat that only comes from people who have known each other forever, their introduction through a mutual friend has sparked a series that has been going strong now for three years.
‘We’ve known each other for so long that I can’t even remember how we became friends. It’s like we’ve just always known each other,’ Keith explained.
‘Our chemistry is amazing, we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and play on it well,’ Tazer added.
Marv agreed, saying: ‘We blend so well because we were friends before we started the podcast. We also understand each other so that helps a lot when we talk, debate and argue.
‘Nothing’s ever taken personal.’
This tight bond has helped them open the door to in-depth conversation, debate (and more-than-occasional argument) over any and every topic – be it UK culture, black heritage, sex, relationships or politics.
And because of their fast-paced chat and points, 3 Shots is far longer than your average podcast- clocking in at about 90 minutes an episode.
But Tazer reckons that works in their favour and benefits each topic of discussion, and said: ‘We’re not your conventional podcast, as its based around a very casual convo. Sometimes it gets heated in your group chats and the debate can go on for hours so the podcast is pretty similar to that.’
‘We don’t have to rush through what we talk about and our listeners love it. Any less than 2 hours and there is anarchy!,’ joked Keith.
‘There’s no rush when we talk so everyone tends to get their point across. When the podcast finishes, it finishes,’ Marv added. ‘Having longer episodes allows us to hit topics fully.
‘Most of our fans actually want longer episodes. If we give them shorter episodes they complain!’ he laughed.
In the 140 episodes already curated, the team manage to back and forth between the serious and the light-hearted pretty quickly, with no topic taken off the table and mixed messages being somewhat brought into their show.
In one episode, for example, they batted opinions over China’s one child policy, before discussing the iconic trash fire organization that was Fyre Festival, ending on a chat on melodramatic African parents.
Throughout others, the trio have discussed cancel culture, the ethical dilemma of your best mate getting with your girlfriend if you were to die, what the hell happened to Liam Neeson, the recent death of Nipsey Hussle, and handling the HMRC when it comes to tax season.
It’s a hard balancing act but the guys’ long held friendship keeps them above water – and prevents them from hitting below the belt when things edge towards the offensive.
But, saying that, Keith reckons one of the major things he’s learned throughout it all is the art of keeping quiet as and when needed, and said: ‘Think before you speak, you have no idea who may be listening. It’s saved me from a lot of drama… when I can remember to think, that is.’
If you’re thinking of trying out the podcast then, all three unanimously agreed that starting from the beginning is the way to go – arguing that it’s a more natural way to ease into their lines of discussion, and how they function as a trio.
‘That way you grow with us with each episode,’ Marv explained. ‘You understand the jokes fully, our personal stories and all our guests.’
Keith added: ‘It’s probably the most free and honest of them all and you will know right there and then if you like the podcast or not.’
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So what do they suggest for people wanting to start their own podcast?
‘Find a unique selling point and stick to it. Also make sure it’s something you are passionate about,’ Tazer asserted, while Keith reckons consistency plays a massive part in a show’s success.
‘We haven’t missed an episode in the 3 years! We’ve been doing this & that so it’s not an easy feat,’ he said.
For Marv, he thinks the biggest key point will come from friends and followers that already exist – and told us: ‘Think to yourself, why would people take time out of their day to listen to someone they don’t know of?’
‘Your online community will be the first to listen to you. Once you’ve done this, stay focused, worry more about your consistency, branding and marketing,’ he added.
‘The listens will come.’
3 Shots Of Tequila is available now exclusively on Spotify.
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