It began as more of a passion project than anything for Logan Square residents David Geisler and Leona Liu. But once they noticed that “Another Zelda Podcast” was picking up listeners, they figured it might be worth pouring some real time and energy into. One year later and they’ve produced over 20 episodes with co-host Kate Fisher, earning themselves a 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts in the process. They have built their production company, SixFive Media, into a host for three shows—with two more on the way.
“It was like, ‘Oh, let’s make a Zelda show,’ that’ll be fun… in the meantime, Leona and I started building this company, and then the Zelda show started taking off more than the technology show,” said Geisler, referring to Technophiles, a podcast he’s been producing for several years. “So, it was like, ‘Well, let’s go with that one, let’s run with it.’”
Every couple of weeks, Geisler, a host of the podcast and Liu, a producer, make the trip up to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to join Fisher, where they record up to three episodes at a time. According to Geisler, the idea for the podcast happened organically, when they bonded over a shared love of the classic Legend of Zelda video game as actors at a community theater. They had an idea for a podcast that offered in-depth conversations on elements of the game, ranging from its history to its design to personal favorite characters. Above all else, though, they wanted to create a podcast that celebrated the game.
“We don’t consider ourselves experts,” Geisler said. “We consider ourselves fans.”
This aspect of appreciation is what sets “Another Zelda Podcast” apart from other video game podcasts, Liu said. “A lot of video game podcasts talk about what they hate or the worst parts or what could be improved, but the conversations [on ours] are about emotional factors in the game… but the podcast also covers some technical aspects of the game.”
Geisler and Liu are running with the podcast as SixFive Media’s flagship, but they’re excited to expand the company as well. In addition to AZP, SixFive also produces “Technophiles” and “The Tea Fix,” a podcast that Liu hosts about tea from her Logan Square apartment where Liu has lived for the last three years, and where Geisler has lived for the past year.
They’re now working on developing SixFive into a media network and have already contracted two more shows, “The Top Hat Balloon Show” and “Steal This Idea,” from independent producers that are set to come out next year.
Listen to the first episode of “Another Zelda Podcast” below.
Featured photo: David Geisler during a recording of “Another Zelda Podcast: Top 10 Shrines” with guest Lizzi Alstad. Photo Courtesy Leona Liu