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‘Rarified Heir’ Podcast Readies for Pandemic Recording

After recording the first season of Rarified Heir before the pandemic, the production team behind the quirky podcast will track season two remotely.

Shawn Kay, daughter of Steppenwolf founder John Kay (left) and Rarified Heir host Joshua Mills
Shawn Kay, daughter of Steppenwolf founder John Kay (left) and Rarified Heir host Joshua Mills

Los Angeles, CA (January 21, 2021) — Rarified Heir, a new podcast that takes listeners into the surreal lives of children of celebrities, recorded its entire seven-episode debut season before COVID-19 social distancing protocols and shutdowns went into effect in spring of 2020. While many podcasters have already tweaked their recording and production workflows during the last year, Rarified Heir’s production team is now catching up to distanced recording.

podcast producer and engineer Erik Paparozzi.
Podcast producer and engineer Erik Paparozzi.

“It worked out great to be face to face, but now obviously since the pandemic has set in, we’re reassessing how that goes,” says podcast producer and engineer Erik Paparozzi. “I’ve been really trying to make sure that we don’t lose the integrity of the sound that we’ve worked hard to achieve through the channels that are available to us now working remotely.”

On Rarified Heir, host Joshua Mills, son of actress and comedian Edie Adams, interviews other children of celebrities who grew up just out of the spotlight. Season one guests include Carnie Wilson, daughter of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson who had multi-Platinum success of her own in the ‘90s pop trio Wilson Phillips, and film producer Antonia Bogdanovich, daughter of film director Peter Bogdanovich.

Mills and Paparozzi, along with co-host Jason Klamm, recorded the entire first season at Paparozzi’s garage studio in Los Angeles. Guests sat with them in a circle in front of Shure SM7B microphones—chosen because the famed SM7 was used on Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the best-selling album of all time—while Mills led the conversations. After wrapping recording sessions in March, they got their first taste of working while distanced when it came time to edit the episodes.

On a pre-pandemic recording of Rarified Heir were (l-r): co-host Jason Klamm, guest Jason Culp, son of actor Robert Culp; and host Joshua Mills, son of comedienne Edie Adams.
On a pre-pandemic recording of Rarified Heir were (l-r): co-host Jason Klamm, guest Jason Culp, son of actor Robert Culp; and host Joshua Mills, son of comedienne Edie Adams.

Beginning later that month, they met once a week on a video conference while Paparozzi edited in Pro Tools. “Josh and I would hop on a conference call and literally go over word for word and figure out what was essential and what could be trimmed down for time purposes, or for potential future Patreon episodes that we are considering,” explains Paparozzi. Then, he would send the entire episode to Mills for another review and get back time codes for further edits. “I can just go in and chop that stuff out, and that’s been a pretty effective way of working.”

The team is working through potential setups for recording season two now. “Josh has been experimenting with what works in his home office, as far as doing Zoom calls,” notes Paparozzi. “The technology is pretty plug and play these days, but Josh, who’s not a musician or a sound dude, he’s still learning [that a] room has a certain tone to it and the microphone should maybe move a little bit, or [his] face should be closer to get the best tone.”

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Gear wise, Mills is currently planning to use the Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio kit, which includes a USB interface with a Scarlett preamp, a condenser microphone, headphones and cables. “When it was becoming apparent that being in a 15-by-15 studio was not realistic during this time, I did a cursory search on Amazon and sent Josh a few ideas [of gear to purchase],” he says. “Just to sort of get him started, we had him open up a GarageBand session. We did all this over FaceTime and he was getting a signal.”

They’re also considering audio quality on the opposite end of the recording from future guests in season two. “I think are going to focus on people that we know can record themselves well and see how it goes,” says Mills.

Rarified Heir • https://rarifiedheirpodcast.com

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