Corin Douieb, who also goes by the name of The Last Skeptik shows us that he has skillz.
By night he’s a music producer and DJ – he’s worked with a range of artists including Giggs toured and supported Charli XCX, he’s played around the US cue Coachella, and his music has featured on ads for Adidas, Puma, and Reebok. Then by day, he’s proved himself to be a pretty darn good host of his podcast, Thanks For Trying. He dubs it as “wildly boozy and ridiculously shouty”, which has gone down very well as he’s got thousands of subscribers locking in to listen, including – name drop – Ryan Reynolds.
At the moment the Skeptik of all trades is based in East London but has his sights firmly set on La La Land, Beverly Hills to be precise – he’s recorded episodes in both cities. And all of them are absolutely genuine and genuinely funny; it sees him invite two of his pals from the world of entertainment, expect musicians to comedians and actors, and quite simply, they chat shit and tell stories. Previous episodes have featured Ed Skrein, Katherine Ryan, Romesh Ranganathan, Rizzle Kicks, Kojey Radical, the cast of People Just Do Nothing [Viceland / BBC], Gary Powell [The Libertines] and so many more. He drops an episode every Monday and it’ll really kick off your week to a great start.
It’s also kinda fascinating how a DJ-meets-producer would get into the world of podcasting but apparently Douieb can chat to most people, about most things so it came about naturally, “I’ve always been a boozy, obnoxious guy – whether its being on the mic during my DJ sets or on radio chatting absolute breeze, so drinking with my two trusted brothers in arms Ed Skrein and Doc Brown – they bullied me into using my ability to talk about anything to anyone and record what we would talk about in the pub. I’m so grateful they came on Episode 1, are recurring guests and continue to be silent partners to the madness. I wanted to create something that wasn’t cliquish or exclusive like so many podcasts are and was actually hosted by someone who loves the craft of hosting good, honest conversation – not interviewing, no questioning or responding in some typical press junket fashion. And because of this – it’s damn important that I don’t make myself the star of every episode and talk over everyone else. If you are riding with me and subscribing, I don’t want you to be sick of hearing my voice every damn episode. I want to hear what my wonderful guests have to say. As I am an artist/music producer, I record it, edit it and make the music for it – and I only do because I fucking love it. If I can impart a small bit of wisdom on people or say some dumb shit that makes them laugh and forget their troubles for a second, then I’m happy.
Of course alcohol is involved during the recording and as it hits the system, the stories get increasingly wilder and outlandish (to be heard to be believed), which proves most entertaining for the listener, but for anyone who hasn’t listened to it before the podcast is described by its host as “a bonkers and therapeutic episodical masterpiece in which I invite two good pals from the world of tv, film, comedy, and music to my front room to get extra boozy and shout about the world together. I hope It feels like you are in my front room with us. And I hope you gain some insight into the tortured and self-deprecatory world that surrounds us strange creative types.” And for Season 2 it gets a little dark, with the introduction of a new and brilliantly funny and totally on point segment called ‘Under The Patio’ here, as TLS says, “guests decide the fate of people that have pissed me off that week – whether it’s a slap on the wrists, or to be buried under the patio – Brookside style. Some say I have anger issues. But I think you would too if your housemates didn’t wash the back of plates” and we all need a bit of that in our lives.
And when it comes to content, is anything completely off bounds?! “There’s never any plan. Sometimes I write three talking points so I don’t get too drunk and forget – but mostly we end up talking about the creative process, mental health, mad anecdotes from people’s lives. To be honest, I just want it to be as human as fuck. I feel proud that I make people feel comfortable enough to open up to me and even more importantly talk to each other – and learn from each other if they haven’t met before. Nothing’s off limits but I definitely have edited out some potential career-ending quotes from especially boozed guests” – he’s a DJ with a conscience. We like that.
You can tell by listening that Douieb has a real love for it, chatting to his mates learning their ways and their thoughts on matters, ridiculous or otherwise, but there are a few stand out episodes for him, “I’ve loved recording every single episode – but the live one with Asim and Doc was a real highlight. Selling out The Phoenix Theatre in London, my album ‘This Is Where It Gets Good’ had just come out – and I had two wonderfully talented comedians on stage with me. It was emotional. I’ll be honest, my jokes landed. That shit made me happy. Everything went so smoothly (except for cracking my tooth trying to open a bottle on stage), 150 people had tequila shots with us on a Sunday night and it was beautiful. Each episode is a moment in time for me. Through all of life’s ups and downs, through breakups and new relationships, friends that I’ve lost – I can hear how every life event has affected what I talk about and that is a proper profound experience for me. Every guest has come on out of love and had a fucking brilliant time. I’m so grateful to have the calibre of guests on that I have had – some are fans of my music, some I’ve met drinking.”
And to finish on a high note, the best anecdote that’s come out via his podcast? Well, brace yourself…”I still think Ed’s “relax your arsehole” advice if you’re nervous before performing is GOLD. Go back and find that shit. It’ll change your life. There’s too many to list.” We’ll leave it there, shall we?
You can listen to the podcast, here.