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80 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Episode #121 Steven Crooks
Beatbox champion Steven Crooks only discovered beatboxing a few years ago and ever since his life has drastically changed. Finding purpose, identity and clarity through his craft, Steven quickly became the national champion and is now a co-organiser of the Beatbox Championships. On this episode we talk about Stevens life, the positive impact beatboxing had on him and his plans to continue growing the beatbox community here in New Zealand. This is an honest and inspiring chat.
76 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Episode #120 Nick Douch
Ekko Park drummer Nick Douch drops in for a fun conversation about all things music. We talk bands, drummers, getting started in the business as well as Nicks journey from Te Awamutu to being a professional touring drummer and drum tutor. Nick’s a great example of how it should be done. Great guy, great chat.
68 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Episode #119 Tim Balme
Actor, writer and director Tim Balme has had a full and varied career. His work has included Braindead, Shortland Street, Outrageous Fortune, Mercy Peak, The Almighty Johnsons and his current project The Brokenwood Mysteries. We chatted about how Tim got his start in acting, working with Peter Jackson, how he approaches his craft and his experience stripping! Great chat!
75 minutes | May 20, 2021
Episode #118 Cassandra Tse
Cassandra is a director, playwright and performer, and the artistic director of the Wellington-based Red Scare Theatre Company. She recently directed Single Asian Female and her previous work includes Bloodlines (2014), Long Ago, Long Ago (2015), Ordinary Days (2016), Yellow Face (2017), M'Lady (2017), A New Brain (2017), The Bone Thief (2018), Gutenberg! The Musical! (2018), The Aliens (2019), Four Nights in the Green Barrow Pub (2019) and That’s All She Wrote (2020). We had a great chat about the ins and outs of putting on stage productions and building a career in the arts.
81 minutes | May 6, 2021
Episode #117 Frank Gibson Jnr.
Legendary New Zealand drummer Frank Gibson Jnr. has had an astonishing career and has deservedly earned the upmost respect from his peers. He’s worked with a long list of artists including Shona Lang, Diana Krall, Joe Henderson, Leo Sayer, John Scofield, Dusty Springfield, The Temptations and Glen Campbell. He’s dedicated, grounded and an all-round good guy. It was a thrill to talk to him.
78 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Episode #116 Mike Chunn
Mike Chunn needs no introduction. He played in Split Enz and Citizen Band, he was the director for APRA NZ, he founded and still runs Play It Strange, he's been a loud voice for many important subjects including mental health and the need for music to be given a higher priority in New Zealand culture. This was an exhilarating chat. There was laughter, there were tears and we even wrote a song. Get on it!
96 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Episode #115 Greg Haver
Drummer & Producer Greg Haver returns to the show to talk about his recent review of certain areas of the music industry and to discuss the new producers funding initiative called The New Music Development Scheme. We have a good laugh while tackling some hotly debated subjects. Dig in.
79 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Episode #114 Joe Walsh
Joe & Danny get drunk. Joe Walsh is constantly touring with Jordan Luck Band and his own band Ekko Park. Almost two years ago Joe was sitting on a completed Ekko Park album (Horizon) that hadn't yet been released. In the lead up Joe suggested we record an episode with a focus on the lyrics and back story to the album and in true Irish style, we met at the pub for a pre-recording drink. Five Guinness each later we Ubered back to the studio, opened a bottle of red and fell backwards into an honest, funny and meaningful conversation. We saved the episode for a future release and here we are. Join us for a drink!Photo credit: David Dunham
91 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Episode #113 Alex Leighton
Our guest is Alex Leighton, one of the creators and directors of New Zealand's premiere 2D animation studio Mukpuddy. We spoke to Alex and his business partner Ryan Cooper a few years ago about their then new show Barefoot Bandits and now Alex returns to talk about their brand new show 'The Adventures Of Tumeke Space' which has just launched on TVNZ OnDemand. We have a very real and honest chat about the good, the bad and the Jelly. You’ll know what I mean when you get to it!
66 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Episode #112 Barnaby Weir
Episode #112 is now available! Our guest is Barnaby Weir. Barnaby leads two of New Zealand’s most popular bands (The Black Seeds and Fly My Pretties) and we had a great chat about life/work balance, his childhood, his creative process and the rise of The Black Seeds and the Wellington Reggae / Dub scene. Barnaby is a kind and thoughtful guy and this turned out to be a really interesting conversation. Enjoy!
69 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Episode #111 Jason Peters
In the 1990s Christchurch based drummer Jason Peters and his band Pumpkinhead became a popular touring act with a loyal following and more than their fair share of Rock n Roll stories. In more recent times Jason has been making music with Hunt The Witch and Kong Fooey and recently organised a series of tribute shows for the late, great Aaron Tokona. This was a fun chat. Enjoy!
89 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Episode #110 Bobby Kennedy, Emme Lentino & Dan Antunovich
In keeping with tradition we're opening 2021 with a chat between myself and our shows cofounder Bobby Kennedy. This episode also features a short interview by Emme Lentino, with myself and Dan Antunovich. Good times!
88 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
Episode #109 Christmas Special with Molly Devine
Our 2020 Christmas Special is out now with special guest Molly Devine. Molly is a singer, songwriter and music professional from Dunedin who impressed us with her interesting and very musical style of pop music and her pragmatic approach to her career. We had a great chat about her background and her relationship with music. Be sure to look her up! We also play some notable moments from some of this year’s guests including Wayne Bell, Alan Brown, Jim hall, Bonnie Hurunui, Dr Siouxsie Wiles, Dug Pinnick, Rikki Morris, Debbie Harwood, Jimi Kara (Kara Gordon) and Hammond Gamble. Have a great Christmas and New years and we’ll be back with you in 2021!
66 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Episode #108 Jimi Kara (Kara Gordon)
Guitarist Kara Gordon who now goes by the stage name Jimi Kara, regularly performs around the country and never seems to slow down. He's opened for Slash, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, George Clinton, toured New Zealand, Australia and the UK with Alabama 3, performed many times with Fly My Pretties and has recently been a part of the tribute shows for the late Aaron Tokona. He's a big character, an unforgettable presence and has even claimed to be Jimi Hendrix re-incarnate. This one's a wild ride and reveals a thoughtful and quieter side of this larger than life character. Enjoy!
79 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Episode #107 Alex Ferrier
Alex is the guitarist / singer for alternative rock band Skinny Hobos. Alex Ferrier (aka Alex Elvis) and drummer Sam Holdom first met at high school and didn’t immediately click. Alex put’s it simply “He kind of thought I was a dick and I probably was.” Some years later they ended up working at the same instrument store and during a jam one night after the store closed, the two discovered their musical kinship. Skinny Hobos went on to become a popular band on the local touring scene and built a loyal audience with singles like The Merchant of Tirau. On this episode we talk about bands, gear, touring immediately after lockdown and Alex makes a surprise announcement about the future of Skinny Hobos.
85 minutes | Nov 4, 2020
Episode #106 Hammond Gamble
Iconic New Zealand guitarist, singer and songwriter Hammond Gamble joined us for a fantastic conversation about all things music. We talked guitars, we dove into Hammonds background and the psychology behind playing and performing. Hammond came to prominence during the 1970s with Street Talk and went on to tour extensively with the Hammond Gamble Band and The Disappointments. Joe Cocker even covered one of his songs. To top off a fun and engaging episode, Hammond gave us a special solo performance which can also be viewed on YouTube. Come and join us for a chat and a laugh.
79 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
Episode #105 Darren Watson
Wellington musician, songwriter and bandleader Darren Watson isn't afraid to speak his mind and why should he be? Darren has worked relentlessly over the years; touring, recording, connecting with audiences and making a living. He's put his money where his mouth is and has well and truely earnt his stripes. On a recent trip to Auckland to promote his new album 'Getting Sober For The End Of The World' Darren swung by and we got right to it. What followed was an action-packed conversation that was both thoughtprovoking and a whole lot of fun. Enjoy!
85 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
Episode #104 Marshall Smith
Marshall Smith is a composer, a songwriter, a producer, Musical Director of The Sound Room and Chairperson of the Screen Composers Guild of New Zealand. He started out in bands, pursuing a career as a recording artist and soon moved into producing and soundtrack work, establishing a studio and creating music and advertisements for a long list of New Zealand and international clients. We dive right into to an energetic conversation about his journey in music, building his company, social media and we even chat about mindfulness and meditation. This is an uplifting and fascinating chat. Enjoy!
59 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
Episode #103 Harry Lyon
Harry Lyon is the guitarist and founding member of iconic New Zealand band Hello Sailor. The band formed in 1975 and lasted five years before going separate ways. Each member remained busy forming other bands and releasing solo albums and soon Hello Sailor reunited and continued to record and tour up until the untimely passing of Dave McArtney in 2013 and Graham Brazier in 2015. For many years Harry was the Director of MAINZ (Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand) and in 2018 Harry released his first solo album To The Sea. This week Hello Sailor are re-releasing their 1994 record 'The Album' on vinyl and as a digital release with bonus tracks. To celebrate, Harry and I talk about the new release as well as some of the highs and lows of Hello Sailors adventures in L.A. and Australia. Harry Lyon! Great guy, great chat!
69 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
Episode #102 Andrew Thorne
Andrew Thorne is a great guitar player who’s worked with a long list of fine artists including Jan Hellriegel, Greg Johnson, Dave Dobbyn, Tim Finn and he was the guitarist on Bic Runga’s first hit album Drive. His own bands have included Splitter and the Calico Brothers, he’s played support for international acts like Radiohead, Bryan Adams and Jeff Buckley and he’s currently performing with the touring show 80s X. We had a great time discussing all things guitar, moments from his career and the balance of life and art. Get jiggy wit it.
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