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Daily Inspiration: Meet Alan Hyde

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alan Hyde.

Hi Alan, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My story started with my love for electronic music and the rave scene as a whole. I started getting into Electronic Dance Music during my senior year in high school (2008-2009). At the time, my ears were brand new to the genre and it gravitated me towards it with its’ unique sounds and instruments. Fast forward to 2019, and the idea came sitting at a resort villa to start a podcast about the rave scene. I was attending this festival called Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando (EDCO), and this thought entered into my mind to talk about the rave scene and all of the latest happenings within it. Dating back to 2016, podcasts were listened and viewed by me regularly. It was an alternative to television/film, and sometimes I would go down the YouTube rabbit hole seeking many types of podcasts. I wanted a break from watching just television and movies, so I decided to introduce myself to a different type of listening or viewing experience. I’ve started to immerse myself into many of these podcasts and came to the realization that I wanted to start one for myself. I figured this was a great opportunity to talk about one of the things that bring me endless joy, and that is the rave scene.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
If I’m being totally transparent, it has been extremely difficult. The biggest struggle has been the advertising and marketing side of things. It can be tough finding that core audience that you’re trying to reach. Finding your niche is a big part of the battle when it comes to starting a podcast. I’m naturally an introvert, so going out and talking to people face to face about my podcast has been a bit of a challenge. However, I am slowly getting out of my comfort shell and am deciding to do this head on. I’m slowly but surely getting better at social media engagement, and I know over time that it will be a smoother process for me. Overall, I don’t mind the struggle and challenges, because I truly love doing this. It’s my passion and what I enjoy doing the most currently.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a military veteran who has served 8 years in the US Army, I currently am a Disc Jockey (DJ) and perform at various venues around the state of Colorado. Being a DJ is my absolute passion, and is my escape from all of the hardships that I may face in life. I also do music production from time to time but have recently dedicated more time towards that. I would say that music is my specialty currently. What I am proud of most is me serving my country. Enlisting in the US Army was a complete honor and privilege for me. What sets me apart from others, is my empathy. I can empathize with others on a very high level, and that’s where I feel that I make my connections the most with people.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I would say most of my adult life has involved a lot of risk taking. Joining the military is one of the riskiest things that you can do. This is simply because you are raising your right hand to protect and serve the United States of America. That within itself is a huge responsibility to be able to have. Another risk-taking experience was when I was honorably discharged from the military and went to school for business. I was nervous because there’s always that uncertainty on if you’ll have a smooth transition from soldier to civilian. I took a leap of faith and went back to college to finish my degree. I’m proud to say that I’ve done so and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Lastly, I would say that the podcast has been a risk-taking adventure for sure. It’s weird, but not in a negative way at all. I’m naturally an introvert and being able to talk to an audience on a microphone and on a camera can be scary. However, I’m very much a people person despite my being an introvert. I also have a speech impediment, meaning that I can have a lisp, stutter, or stammer when speaking. It’s very slight, but it’s definitely there if you pay attention closely when I speak.

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