Sitting Down with Prash
We listen to a lot of true crime podcasts. I always start with the latest episode and then listen to the first episode. Usually, the first episode can be difficult to hear because the host is new and still learning their style. I heard of Prash’s Murder Map from a friend, and listened to the first episode. And then the second.. then the third…well you get the idea. I highly recommend checking out this podcast, and put the link to his most recent episode on the Zodiac (easily the best I’ve heard). What I did not know about Prash, is how inspiring his story is behind the podcast
Podfluence: Where do you call home?
Prash: I live in Kent in the South East of England but the podcast takes me far and wide…from the comfort of my recording room, that is! I didn’t want to just focus on local crimes so I enjoy researching cases from all over the world and learning about other countries, their police procedures and legal systems in the process.
Podfluence: How long have you been doing your podcast for?
Prash: It’s been live since April 2020 so I’m still a newbie compared to others, but I started the planning and research in late 2019.
Podfluence: What made you get started doing your true crime podcast? What inspired you (or terrified you) to begin?
Prash: My fascination with true crime really started aged 8 when I first discovered Jack the Ripper in a dark corner of the library, and soon after became hooked on Crimewatch when the sad story of a murdered family friend was featured on the show. My childhood home was also in the same road as well-known Scotland Yard detective Peter Bleksley, now retired, so I read a lot of his books as well.
After years of never feeling satisfied in jobs, I really wanted to do something creative and rewarding. I probably wouldn’t have had the courage to start the podcast if fate hadn’t intervened in the shape of a degenerative spinal condition. This condition caused constant pain in my neck and arms, along with loss of feeling in my hands. I wanted to get back to work, but it physically wasn’t possible at that point. Every time I sat down for more than 30 minutes, the pain reared up and I lost feeling again. The pain radiated to my chest, I had crushing headaches, struggled to lift laundry and had to swap my manual car (I think you call it stick shift in the US!) for an automatic.
The best thing for me to do was lie down and listen to podcasts and audiobooks and I found some great shows to entertain me and distract me from pain. I’d been thinking about starting my own show for a while, but it was being held back that eventually drove me forward. I decided that I didn’t want this condition to define me, so I took control and relit the fire of my interest in true crime. My condition still causes pain and thwarts some of my best laid plans for writing and recording, but I manage it with osteopathic treatment and positivity.
The most terrifying part about starting the show was the fact that I’d never narrated or presented anything in my life! I’m quite a reserved, quiet person and I had to overcome my nerves to get behind the microphone. Believe it or not, it’s still my least favorite part of the process but I’m slowly improving in confidence.
Podfluence: What are your favorite podcasts?
Prash: There are so many great podcasts it’s hard to choose, but some of my favorites are Dark Poutine, Evidence Locker, Rippercast and Most Notorious. Most Notorious is hosted by Erik Rivenes, who also hosts the Where Blood Runs Cold show and he’s written several books. He’s particularly good at researching historic crimes.
Podfluence: What case are you looking forward to covering?
Prash: I’m so excited for my Jack the Ripper miniseries coming out in November 2020. Although a lot of people are familiar with it and it’s over a century old, it remains one of the most famous unsolved cases in the world. I love history so I’m aiming to create an immersive experience with old-fashioned street ambience sounds and plenty of voiceovers. I’ll be lending my voice to some of the characters (so you’ll get to hear my attempt at a cockney accent!) and I’m hoping to get some well-known Ripperologists on board too.
Podfluence: What’s the hardest part about doing the podcast?
Prash: Without doubt, managing my spinal condition. Some days I can sit at my desk and work for hours on the show, but other times I have to know when to stop and take a break. It’s frustrating when I have an idea in my head that I want to bring to life, but my physical health delays me in getting started. It means I have to work a few weeks ahead of schedule to account for any setbacks.
Before I started the show, I had no experience with audio editing software or even microphones, so choosing the right setup and learning to use Audacity was a massive challenge, but hugely rewarding.
It’s also hard to choose the right background music and sound effects. I’m a movie buff so I see producing the podcast as a bit like directing a film – you have to match the right music to each case to create the atmosphere you’re going for. I’m completely independent so I organize and source everything myself, although my wife does help with the writing, so it can be tough, both in the time it takes, but also on the pocket!