What is Modern Retro?
Modern Retro is the brainchild of Andrew Fiallo who goes by the nickname "Cuba" on the show and in the real world. Andrew started Modern Retro in the summer of 2016, along with co-host Adam "Roy" Young. The duo had previously been podcasting for several years as another podcast making Modern Retro a spiritual successor to their first show.
Modern Retro is described as "Drinks with your geeky friends" Unlike their early days, the guys are rarely able to get together to podcast in person anymore but that description is pretty accurate and speaks to the spirit of the show. The guys talk, debate and argue about all manner of geeky topics just like any group of nerds would do in private. Having grown up on a hearty supply of 80's and 90's cartoons, movies and video games the guys have a love for all things retro, even when the nostalgia goggles are removed. With everything old being made anew we are in a goldange of geekdom and the crew always has an opinion/complaint to share about it!
Despite being a relatively new podcast, Andrew has many ambitions plans in store for the Modern Retro. He hops to grow a community on and offline. Besides looking for interesting and fun guests to come join in the conversations he wants to focus on the local active geek culture in the surrounding area.
The History of Modern Retro.
Modern Retro can trace it's roots all the way back to the spring of 2011. Andrew and former cohost Aaron being artists, came up with the idea of doing a weekly drawing jam. Aaron proposed the idea of recording it and thus was the genesis for this whole endeavor. They never actually did get around to drawing. The podcast they started was called The Escape Pod. Not knowing anything about podcasting it was a rocky start with much trial and error. They got a third friend to come join them to give the show a little be more dynamic and to give a female perspective on things, unfortunately this did not work out so well. Roy was then brought in. It was intended that he was to just be temporary or part time. He simply just never left, and the crew was formed!
The Escape Pod went on for nearly 4 years and over 150 episodes. Aaron left to pursue other projects and the podcast moved from his house to Andrews where he and Roy added two other hosts in the form of their mutual friend Pat and Andrews now wife Liz. Due to many factors The Escape Pod came to an end by the end of 2014.
By mid 2015 the podcast bug had bit Andrew once again. Always having an interest in broadcasting and generally being in love with his own voice he wanted to get back into podcasting. Having remember the lessons learned from the The Escape Pod he went about starting a new podcast, but one that was more streamlined and focused. One that can be grown into something great and entertaining. He got Roy and Aaron to come back on board, like stated above podcasting is a form of therapy form the guys and they all missed it.
Through 2016 Andrew began work on the Modern Retro Podcast. Selling off the old studio equipment and buying better a quality and easier to use mic, setting up the visual aesthetic and all the social media and getting a basic show outline prepared. The crew found it was much easier to FaceTime/Skype this time around. After several unsuccessful starts the first episode of Modern Retro debuted in August of 2016!
The podcast is young so the story of Modern Retro is still being written. We hope you join us on the journey.