The Irish Music Industry Podcast picks apart the mechanism of the Irish music sector in an effort to understand what makes it tick. From well-worn road warriors to eager newbies, all stories, advice, wisdom and occasional tales of woe come straight from the horse’s mouth. The podcast has been tailored to suit music industry professionals, those hoping to get a start in the sector and anyone interested in sussing out what goes on behind and around music in Ireland today. Although The Irish Music Industry Podcast was created with quite a niche audience in mind, the first season of the podcast has proven to be surprisingly popular, on occasion reaching No.1 on the Irish Podcast Charts. The podcast is created and presented by Mark G., a lecturer in the Department of Creative and Performing Arts at Waterford Institute of Technology by day, drummer, vocalist and trombonist with King Kong Company by night. Mark has previously worked for Today FM and RTE Radio. His first book, A Year of Festivals in Ireland, documented his quest to attend three Irish festivals per week for an entire year. He ended up attending three Irish festivals per week for three years, while writing his Festival Fit column for The Irish Times. A Year of Festivals in Ireland won Travel Book of the Year at the Travel Writers Awards 2015. The associated Year of Festivals blog won Best Popular Culture Blog at the Irish Blog Awards.