Interview with Cameron Cook, co-host of "Friends & Girls."


"Music is pretty much the crux of my life, but it would be fun to produce a podcast on another topic, like history, or cooking, two other passions of mine."

What’s good, my name’s Cameron and I’m an American writer, journalist, and I guess podcaster based in Berlin. This year I finally took the plunge and decided to wear sweatpants outside, and let me tell you something, I’m never going back.

BR: Before you came to the city, what was your previous experience in the world of radio, journalism and podcasting? Had you ever had a radio show or podcast before?

Cameron: I’ve been a journalist in some capacity since I moved to New York when I was 17, but other than a few stints filling in on my friends’ college radio shows, I didn’t have any experience in podcasting or radio. Mostly I write about music and film, but I’m totally open to transposing those skills into the world of podcasting!

BR: You’ve worked as a music journalist for print publications, blogs and more. How does the podcasting format enable you to explore topics you wouldn’t be able to otherwise?

Cameron: Anyone who has ever met me knows that I like to talk, so I really enjoy being able to dig really deep into a certain topic off the top of my head without having to meticulously write everything out beforehand. There’s something just naturally engaging about relaying a story orally that is completely different from delivering a studied, edited piece of writing.

BR: What’s been the most surprising and/or rewarding aspect of producing F&G? Are there any other podcasts you’d be interested in producing in the future?

Cameron: The most surprising aspect is how hard it is to get my various speech impediments and tics under control so I can attempt to string two consecutive sentences together without pausing, saying “um” or going into four different tangents at once. The struggs is real. Obviously, I love when people follow us on Instagram or fans of certain bands tell us that they enjoyed an episode where we tackled their favorite album. Music is pretty much the crux of my life, but it would be fun to produce a podcast on another topic, like history, or cooking, two other passions of mine.

BR: Last, but not least: Do YOU have any podcast recommendations?

Cameron: Ironically, I don’t really listen to that many music podcasts, possibly because I use podcasts as a way to disconnect from writing and thinking about music 24/7. The one music-related show I really like right now is Disgraceland, which takes a deep dive into the more sordid episodes of popular music history. Oh, and Damian Abrahams’ Turned Out a Punk podcast is a huge influence on Friends and Girls. I know true crime is played out, but I’m still a sucker for a good, twisty-and-turny crime story: recently I binged The Drop Out, Uncover: Escaping NXIVM, The Teacher’s Pet, Who the Hell is Hamish?, and Dr. Death. I love pretending to know a lot about history, so I listen to the BBC History Extra podcast to listen to people with accents talk about vikings and shit with literally no break or preamble, it’s great. I also love listening to podcasts about TV shows I’m watching, so I always make sure to listen to Race Chaser for RuPaul’s Drag Race and (sigh) Stay Outta Riverdale as soon as they drop. I’m guilty of going into the Apple Podcasts store and subscribing to literally anything that even remotely piques my interest so I could go on and on: Getting Curious, Nancy, 2 Dope Queens, Pop Rocket, No Such Thing as a Fish, Nerd Poker, Throwing Shade, and Who? Weekly are all faves.