Laughter • Pain • Music
|Genre||Content Creation Studio|
|Created by||Zareh Ter-Stepanian|
|Length||10 min – 2 hours|
|No. of episodes||42 (as of May 16, 2019)|
|Original release||July 2, 2018– present|
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Apricot Jams is a content creation studio that currently produces artwork on instagram and a free comedy/radio podcast as a source of inspiration for artists, musicians and writers. All content on these channels is produced, curated, and promoted by Armenian American artist and musician Zareh Ter-Stepanian.
Apricot Jams Podcast
Each episode of the Apricot Jams Podcast is delivered as a creative resource composed of observational comedy bits combined with new featured music in each episode. All comedic bits are delivered in a raw, lightly-edited format intended as a creative commons for writers and comedians and all musicians are credited and promoted like a radio station.
The podcast began as a spoken word much like Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast and slowly evolved into what it is today, as Zareh began adding music and experimenting with cuts, transitions and conversational vocal harmony with the background music.
Apricot Jams Artwork
What began as a Zareh simple posting his old drawings on Instagram, has evolved into a detailed documentation of the drawing process which has began inspiring artists worldwide with the transparency of his methods, and is growing rapidly through promotion on both Instagram and Pinterest
The name "Apricot Jams" was original created in 2010 as the name of Zareh's imaginary recording studio. When he started his Twitch channel in 2017 named "Apricot Zed", he soon changed it to "Apricot Jams", deciding that all of his projects should live under the same umbrella. In July of 2018, he launched his podcast and instagram at the same time and has since seen steady growth in both channels.
Both the podcast and art gallery have received positive reviews, with most listeners and viewers saying that they like "the honesty in his work." Starting on Apple Podcasts, the podcast has since been picked up by Spotify, PocketCasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic and most major podcasting platforms or Podcatchers. Zareh's artwork has also been selected to be featured in a national art circuit in the UK in fall of 2019.
- Gormley, Libby (April 25, 2019). "Gain: How Zareh launched and promotes Apricot Jams". RadioPublic. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
- Ter-Stepanian, Zareh; Gormley, Libby (April 24, 2019). "How Zareh launched and promotes Apricot Jams". Gain (Interview).
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