We talk about his life and the creation and development of the Yeastie Boys beer and brand. Based in the UK now, I caught up with Stu on a recent fleeting visit to New Zealand. I was grateful he found time in his busy schedule – we had talked about having a podcast chat plenty of times across the last couple of years, even considering a Skype call. But it was great to meet up in person – we have met a few times over the years and interacted online. But this was the first time we sat down and talked through his story… Read More
Up in Auckland recently I finally got to have a sit-down chat with Midge Marsden. We’ve talked about doing this a few times, he and I have corresponded over the years – but this was the first time we’d ever met. I invited him around to my brother’s place for a cup of tea and a great conversation about his childhood in New Plymouth, his obsession with the blues and R’n’B music and his time spent honing his chops as a rhythm guitarist, singer and harmonica player in bands like Bari and The Breakaways, before establishing himself as a solo artist, radio show host, interviewer and all-around blues fan/encyclopedia. Read More »
This one is a chat with Stuart McKenzie. He’s a writer, producer, director, actor – he’s worked extensively across theatre and film, creating plays and short films, directing the full-length feature, For Good and his most recent (shared) project is The Changeover – an adaptation of the Margaret Mahy novel that is in NZ theatres right now. He wrote the script and co-directed the film with his partner in life and work, Miranda Harcourt (she was an earlier guest on the podcast). Miranda and I talked a bit about The Changeover, but Stuart and I talked a lot more about it because it was a) finished and b) I’d even seen it. Fabulous movie – a must-see! Read More »
I was in Auckland for a brief visit so I made the most of potential-podcast time and finally caught up with Wayne Bell. Wayne is a drummer, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. I’ve met Wayne a few times across the years and corresponded with him a fair bit – and we’ve talked of having a chat for the podcast since right back to when I was still just planning to get started on this…so it was great to finally find the time, between us, and sit down for a chat about Wayne’s life and career. Read More »
A friend suggested I talk to the CEO of Changing Minds – and I was up for that. I like conversations, I want to learn about people and share stories. I didn’t even know what Changing Minds was. But that was easy to find out about. Read More »
This one is a little different – it’s a chat with Hannah and Jon from the Spines, specifically, a track-by-track walk-through of their new album, Epidural. It’s the first album released by the Spines for 30 years, Hannah is the newest member of the band, she’s been in the fold the last couple of years, Jon is the songwriter and founding member. Jon should be known to readers of the site and listeners of the podcast – as both a previous podcast guest (essential listening if you haven’t already) and a regular contributor to Off The Tracks via his weekly missives, The Ghost of Electricity; his War Stories. Read More »
I had a chat a few months back with Jonathan Crayford. He’s a pianist, bassist – multi-instrumentalist in fact. He works as a solo act, as part of a duo with Ross Burge (Spanner), in trios and other small combos too. You’ll find him as part of a big-band (Eru Dangerspiel) or playing in a piano bar. He’s composed for film (most recently the Pork Pie sequel), studied at Juliard, recorded and toured internationally – and after a long stint in New York throughout the 90s he returned to Wellington. He’s now dividing his time between, mostly Auckland, France and New York – and popping up to play shows all over this country and around the world. Read More »
I took a drive up to Otaki and met Roy Phillips. He of The Peddlers. He of so many stories – partying with Rod Steiger, going to church with Donny Hathaway, meeting Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan and Dizzy Gillespie… Read More »
I had a chat with Steve Garden. He’s the guy behind Rattle Records – though before he was a recording engineer, record producer and label owner he was a damn fine drummer. If you click on the link across his name there you’ll read Gary Steel’s excellent Audioculture piece which documents Garden’s music career (Rough Justice, Sharon O’Neill, Rockinghorse, the earliest incarnation of The Mutton Birds). Read More »
This one arrives a day or two early – timing it with the film’s current run around the country as part of the Festival – a conversation with Tamzin Beazley; she is the wife of Booga Beazley from Head Like A Hole (Booga was one of the earliest podcast guests, click here to hear him again – or for the first time). She is also a former manager of Head Like A Hole and one of the stars of Julian Boshier’s documentary feature, Swagger of Thieves. (Click there to read my review of the film). Read More »
I was lucky to have a chat with legendary Kiwi film director Gaylene Preston. We talked about her career, her work, many of her films but in particular the focus was on her brilliant new film, My Year With Helen (click there to read my review) which is currently doing the Film Festival circuit. We talk about Preston’s film and some of the challenges in making a documentary that follows Helen Clark on her (ultimately unsuccessful) bid to become Secretary General of the United Nations. Preston’s film is about so much more than just that – it’s about the glass ceiling and sexism, about the challenges women face when climbing corporate and political ladders. And so it seems timely to be bringing this chat into the world this week – following local political news. Read More »
This one is me having a chat with Melody Thomas. She’s best known for her work on RNZ’s Music 101 – she’s also a freelance writer and now the proud parent of a brand new podcast called Bang! It premieres on iTunes and will also show across Nights on RNZ – click that link to be taken to the trailer and to get the info for subscribing.
Melody and I talk about the podcast, and podcasts in general, about her radio training and hosting – and we were reminded of how we had planned to work together on some sort of He Said/She Said-type radio show or podcast. Hey, it might still happen one day.
I enjoyed catching up with Melody and I’m really looking forward to hearing her podcast – a seven ages of sex; seven episodes that look at sex and sexuality from teenagers through to seniors. Read More »