In 2008, the Skillings founded Tip Tap Tip, a Calgary-based podcast, which is a comedic take on current events and pop culture.
“We are possibly Calgary’s longest running podcast,” said Eric in a recent interview.
“[For the name], I was looking for something that didn’t necessarily mean anything in case we decided to switch focus or genres,” he said.
“Easy to say, easy to remember and easy to spell,” said Rachelle.
Prior to 2008, Eric Skilling started the podcast on his own. An avid podcast listener, Eric said he wanted to bring his own voice to the scene.
“It started with Eric trying to podcast by himself and failing miserably,” said Rachelle.
“I put together the outlines and the content, and Rachelle brings the funny and talent,” said Eric.
“Eric prepares for everything and I destroy everything,” Rachelle explained.
Podcasters often struggle with the content and direction they should take and Tip Tap Tip was no different. However, Eric and Rachelle’s podcast developed a unique voice because of the couple’s dynamic personalities.
“The first challenge was figuring out how we were going to structure the show,” said Rachelle.
“With podcasts, it’s probably safe to skip the first 10 or so episodes because that’s where people are trying to figure out their voice and how they want the show to be,” said Eric.
‘Then we decided we’re just going to be ourselves and we’re not editing the show at all,” said Rachelle.
“You learn how to be a host and how to keep the show moving,” said Eric.
Tip Tap Tip has become the place to go for viral videos and pop culture news. But you won’t find any political updates, even with the current interest in American politics. Eric and Rachelle refuse to involve their show in such heated conversations.
“We really don’t take things too seriously,” said Eric.
“We try to be the kind of show people listen to to get away from all that.”
“We have steered away from that because it’s controversial,” said Rachelle.
The show’s audience has grown and Tip Tap Tip has established itself on Calgary’s podcasting scene.
“Every once in a while we will get an email or contact from someone from the other side of the world or so much removed from our second or third circle of friends,” said Eric.
The couple is willing to reach listeners beyond Calgary but realizes that their location is part of their appeal.
“Even though we are from Calgary we try not to make ourselves Calgary-centric,” said Eric.
“But we are from Calgary and we bring that to the table.”
“We talk about our life [on the podcast] and I think it’s neat because Eric and I can listen to it [in the future],” said Rachelle.
What sets Tip Tap Tip apart from other podcasts is the rawness of the hosts. Much like the couple, the hour-long show is real and sincere.
“Because we are a couple, we have that interaction, that dynamic that might not exist with other podcasts,” said Eric.
Eric’s podcast ambitions don’t end with Tip Tap Tip. He is a co-host for another podcast called The Salad Years.
“That [The Salad Years] is another way I find out what’s going on in Eric’s life,” said Rachelle.
The couple said that podcasting together has enriched their relationship.
We really don’t take things too seriously -Eric Skilling
“Eric is not a very talkative guy but when you put a microphone in front of him then he starts talking lots, so it’s good for our relationship,” said Rachelle.
“I like the fact that it’s something we are creating together,” said Eric.
The Skillings say that podcasting is a growing hobby in Calgary and the interest is there.
Though the community is not as established online as is Toronto, there is potential.
“I am hearing of more shows popping up here and there, which is good because it’s been lonely out here,” said Eric.