Podcaster Spotlight: Yvette of On The Low

Black British Podcaster

Introducing Yvette of On The Low...

Tell us a bit about yourself and your podcast. 

I am Yvette Henry, a 31 – soon to be 32 year old podcaster, producer and entrepreneur. During the day I have the pleasure of working within admin - it’s unfortunate but true. 

I have a podcast called ‘On The Low’ which Mariam (editors note - it was a lot of fun!) has actually featured on in the past. It focuses on current affairs, pop culture and anything that tickles my fancy on a weekly basis. It’s a down to earth way of highlighting everything that is wrong within the week whilst praising the little that we do enjoy about the week. I host the show with three other ladies, Jade Henry who is also my sister, Simone Ashby and Hanan. We all have our own way about us but together we create the magic that is ‘On The Low’.

When did you start your podcast and what motivated you to start it? 

I started it back in September 2016 if I remember correctly. It was a while ago and to be honest a lot has changed since then. I’ll give you a little about my reasons for starting…

I wanted to create a podcast in 2014, I asked all of my friends at the time but they were all too scared to do it. Funnily enough, it is so difficult to ask people to record themselves having an honest conversation these days. It’s almost like asking to see them naked. In a way, it kinda is. Anyway, fast forward to summer 16. I was working in a job I absolutely hated, around people I couldn’t stand in a situation I couldn’t get myself out of but that evening I went home and saw an online show in the exact format that I wanted to create for months! I was livid, especially as these girls seemed so foolish. Forgive me, this is the truth. 

That was it, I couldn’t take it anymore. I got up and started to write on paper what it would take to create a chat show with a cast, the only problem was that I didn’t have the means to do it so I settled on a podcast. I always wanted to create a podcast and maybe this could be my stepping stone toward what I really wanted to do. My actual drive for creating any of these projects was the lack of intelligent Black people at the forefront of the creative industry in the UK. It’s like we can only celebrate the foolery. America has so much, why can’t we do it?

How has your podcast evolved since you started? 

Well, if I’m honest everything has changed. My co-hosts have changed, my drive has changed, and even the subject matter has changed. Just about everything you can think of has changed or evolved and not always for the better in my opinion. However I’ve learned so much about my own ability to lead and create, the lessons have been invaluable. 2016 changed my life and my thought process, ‘On The Low’ caused most of the change. 

What has been the most challenging part about running a podcast? 

People and their feelings – LMAO!

People have this amazing knack for adding their feelings to matters that they need not. It’s also very difficult to motivate others when they have little to no vision. I would say that the most challenging part of podcasting is to get everybody in the room whilst asking them to respect the process. It has almost caused me to just up and quit but I have a vision and a plan that I refuse to leave behind. 

What’s your favourite episode and why?

That’s a tough one. Often times you get so bogged down with the process that you really do forget to stop and appreciate your work. I’ll be honest and say I had to go through all of the episodes just to answer this question. I love them all, but I had the most fun whilst creating ‘Fuck Trump and Theresa May and Hillary Too’ also ‘Whole Chicken to Side Breast.’ I laughed my arse off during both of them and the guests, Tunde from the Sounds Legit podcast and Nathalie Genevieve from the Food 4 Thought Network on Facebook were brilliant. You can’t plan for that chemistry, it either happens or it doesn’t. 

Where do you see yourself and your podcast in 5 years’ time? 

Well the podcast is just one small part of a much bigger plan. In five years’ time I will have built a network of creative projects that I have been working on for some time. ‘On The Low’ is my baby and it can only get better. The next step is to build it into something others would want to see live, but I’m working on that. I’m excited for the next steps, it can only get better. 

Do you have any podcasts that you admire and follow yourself? 

Yes, I do. Over the last few months I have collaborated with so many creatives that podcast too. ESN, Sounds Legit, The Mandem and Chattingish which has just started but I love the dynamic. Others would be ‘Two fools talking’ Keira and Soulay have a chemistry that is out of this world. I laugh so hard every time I listen to them. 

Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to start a podcast? 

Yes, talk into the mic. You would say it’s a given but it’s not. People just don’t do it. 

Start with what you have and the people you know. 

Keep going even when it gets hard, consistency is key. 

At the very least, remove the background noise in post editing. It’s so basic but it makes such a difference. 

What are your hopes for the Black British online community? 

I hope we begin to practice what we preach. We shout about helping each other, but you never really see this happening. In the UK especially we just don’t help each other, there’s so much competition and there need not be. We are creatives which means we are fragile at the best of times, helping others is a great way to gather support and push each other forward. There are many tables, we don’t have to fight for a seat at just one.

Listen to On The Low on Soundcloud and find Yvette on Twitter and Instagram.