Don't Kill The Vibe Podcast Is Funny, No Bull Dance Music Journalism For Your Ears: Exclusive

Allison Snyder
Katie Bain and Zel McCarthy.

Sex, drugs, and politics. Wowza, that's an exciting list of banned family-dinner topics, but Don't Kill The Vibe, the new dance-centric podcast presented by Label Engine and produced by Create.TV ain't no awkward holiday reunion, so hosts Zel McCarthy and Katie Bain are goin' in.

The Los Angeles-based dance music journalists have serious rep. McCarthy was editor-in-chief of Thump and most recently vice president of media at Beatport. Bain is known for her work as senior editor for Beatport, senior music writer at LA Weekly and editorial staffer at Insomniac, as well as contributions to Noisey, Thump, RBMA, The Huffington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. If you think these two are pulling punches and playing nice, think again.

"I think you hear in the first 30 seconds that we're going for it,” McCarthy says. “There are no sacred cows and nothing is off limits. Personally, I aim to be respectful, but I'm not too shy to take a dig at someone or something that deserves it."

DKTV, as is it lovingly abbreviated, aims to be the unbiased and unabashedly educated literal voice of the dance music industry. Think of it as your exclusive peek into the dance-world water-cooler, equal parts insider whispering and outright piss-taking.

"As journalists Katie and I are both motivated by a search for truth, but that doesn't mean we don't have opinions,” McCarthy says. “We'll also tell you what we've learned that has informed our opinions. It's not just about feelings."

Prepare yourself for in-depth features, news-briefings, and roundtable discussions alongside guests influencers, artists, and industry professionals. The hour-long debut features a behind-the-scenes gape at the Grammys, tips on how to avoid burn-out during fall festival season, the closing of London's legendary nightclub Fabric, and closer inspections of newsy bits like the rumor Spotify might buy Soundcloud, or the juiciest takeaways from Skrillex'sComplex interview.

"What I love about this show is that the conversations we're having on air are essentially the same as the ones we have in private,” Bain says. “It's a real behind the scenes feel. I hope people will think we're funny. I think we're funny. We're having fun, at least."

DKTV is available for free every week on iTunes. Check the first episode below.