Matt

is creating Metal Brainiac—The smartest half-hour in heavy metal

4

patrons

$11

per creation
Here’s a demographic public radio ignores: Smart professionals who love heavy metal.

Yes, we exist—take it from this devoted fan of NPR's Fresh Air and This American Life. I’m Matt Peiken, producer and host of Metal Brainiac—a podcast unlike any other. I treat metal as a mature, sophisticated art form filled with passion, virtuosity and creativity.

Metal Brainiac debuted in May 2015 and has already attracted listeners in more than 100 countries—from teens and young adults to middle-aged parents who thought they left metal behind in high school. In fact, you don't need to like metal to love Metal Brainiac.

Here are a few unsolicited testimonials from our iTunes page:



About Me

I'm a career journalist. Before launching Metal Brainiac, I spent more than 20 years as a staff writer with daily newspapers, including the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press, and a decade as a major contributor to Modern Drummer Magazine. I’ve also developed several online publications.

While teams of people produce public radio programs, Metal Brainiac is truly a one-person effort. I spend between 15-20 hours every week producing the show—arranging, conducting and editing interviews, developing and maintaining the web site, posting all the post-show social media that's critical to being heard and, of course, producing the video and everything else around this fundraising campaign.

Metal Brainiac will always be free for listeners. But with your support, I can continue producing a new episode every week, deliver unique goodies along the way just for supporters like you and bring intelligence and integrity to metal podcasting.

Goals for the show in 2016:
  • Grow the audience by sponsoring + partnering with major metal festivals around North America.
  • Present Metal Brainiac in partnership either through a public media or independent music podcasting network.
  • Develop a parttime income stream through sponsors and supporters such as you.
  • Welcome Lars Ulrich as a guest.

Thank you for becoming a Brainiac booster!
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per creation
I'll tattoo your name on our web site as a "Brainiac Booster" for all to see.
Pledge $3 or more per creation
The above + I'll personally thank you at the end of an upcoming episode + you'll receive a pack of Metal Brainiac stickers/magnets.
Pledge $5 or more per creation
Above rewards + a limited-edition Metal Brainiac T-shirt just for "Supporting Brainiacs."

NOTE: Reward sent after three months of uninterrupted membership.
Pledge $7 or more per creation
You'll get an exclusive MP3 album available nowhere else featuring interviews with Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Danny Carey (Tool), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche), Matt Cameron (Soundgarden) and many other top drummers I interviewed throughout the 1990s for Modern Drummer Magazine. You'll also receive all previous rewards.

NOTE: Reward sent after three months of uninterrupted membership.
Pledge $10 or more per creation
Above rewards + join host Matt Peiken in an exclusive interview with a metal artist for an upcoming episode of Metal Brainiac. You'll be in on the phone conversation and get to ask your questions one-on-one!

NOTE: Metal Brainiac will consult with you about artists you'd like to interview, but the ultimate choice is at the sole discretion of program producers and dependent upon artist availability. You'll receive this reward after three months of uninterrupted membership.
Pledge $15 or more per creation
Above rewards + a nationally touring metal vocalist records a personal voicemail greeting just for you.

NOTE: Selection of vocalist at the sole discretion of Metal Brainiac and dependent upon the artist's availability. Reward sent after three months of uninterrupted membership.
Goals
$11 of $1,000 per creation
Sponsored posts on Facebook and Twitter are a necessity today for spreading word at a major level, growing our audience and inspiring businesses to sponsor the program. For every $1,000 coming in through this campaign, $100 will go back into social media marketing—offering the most efficient return on investment for growing our audience and, ultimately, revenue from sponsors.
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Here’s a demographic public radio ignores: Smart professionals who love heavy metal.

Yes, we exist—take it from this devoted fan of NPR's Fresh Air and This American Life. I’m Matt Peiken, producer and host of Metal Brainiac—a podcast unlike any other. I treat metal as a mature, sophisticated art form filled with passion, virtuosity and creativity.

Metal Brainiac debuted in May 2015 and has already attracted listeners in more than 100 countries—from teens and young adults to middle-aged parents who thought they left metal behind in high school. In fact, you don't need to like metal to love Metal Brainiac.

Here are a few unsolicited testimonials from our iTunes page:



About Me

I'm a career journalist. Before launching Metal Brainiac, I spent more than 20 years as a staff writer with daily newspapers, including the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press, and a decade as a major contributor to Modern Drummer Magazine. I’ve also developed several online publications.

While teams of people produce public radio programs, Metal Brainiac is truly a one-person effort. I spend between 15-20 hours every week producing the show—arranging, conducting and editing interviews, developing and maintaining the web site, posting all the post-show social media that's critical to being heard and, of course, producing the video and everything else around this fundraising campaign.

Metal Brainiac will always be free for listeners. But with your support, I can continue producing a new episode every week, deliver unique goodies along the way just for supporters like you and bring intelligence and integrity to metal podcasting.

Goals for the show in 2016:
  • Grow the audience by sponsoring + partnering with major metal festivals around North America.
  • Present Metal Brainiac in partnership either through a public media or independent music podcasting network.
  • Develop a parttime income stream through sponsors and supporters such as you.
  • Welcome Lars Ulrich as a guest.

Thank you for becoming a Brainiac booster!

Recent posts by Matt

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per creation
I'll tattoo your name on our web site as a "Brainiac Booster" for all to see.
Pledge $3 or more per creation
The above + I'll personally thank you at the end of an upcoming episode + you'll receive a pack of Metal Brainiac stickers/magnets.
Pledge $5 or more per creation
Above rewards + a limited-edition Metal Brainiac T-shirt just for "Supporting Brainiacs."

NOTE: Reward sent after three months of uninterrupted membership.
Pledge $7 or more per creation
You'll get an exclusive MP3 album available nowhere else featuring interviews with Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Danny Carey (Tool), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche), Matt Cameron (Soundgarden) and many other top drummers I interviewed throughout the 1990s for Modern Drummer Magazine. You'll also receive all previous rewards.

NOTE: Reward sent after three months of uninterrupted membership.
Pledge $10 or more per creation
Above rewards + join host Matt Peiken in an exclusive interview with a metal artist for an upcoming episode of Metal Brainiac. You'll be in on the phone conversation and get to ask your questions one-on-one!

NOTE: Metal Brainiac will consult with you about artists you'd like to interview, but the ultimate choice is at the sole discretion of program producers and dependent upon artist availability. You'll receive this reward after three months of uninterrupted membership.
Pledge $15 or more per creation
Above rewards + a nationally touring metal vocalist records a personal voicemail greeting just for you.

NOTE: Selection of vocalist at the sole discretion of Metal Brainiac and dependent upon the artist's availability. Reward sent after three months of uninterrupted membership.