Welcome to episode 64 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T and Yeastie Boys and our brand new sponsor, Le Petite Chocolat – organic and fairtrade craft chocolate from Hastings. Delicious. Check them out… Read More
Welcome to episode 63 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T and Yeastie Boys. We say goodbye and thankyou to L’Affare; they supplied me and the guests with coffee across the last year. And it was always a treat. But, speaking of treats we have a new sponsor, Le Petite Chocolat – organic and fairtrade craft chocolate from Hastings. Delicious stuff too. So check them out…
I met Sarah through mutual friends, but before that I had written about how much I loved her first book. She’s since released a second book of poems which I like very much too – but it’s far too clever for me, I need some time out before I return to it unpack it. We had corresponded online and then met a couple of times but I was interested to talk to her for the podcast not just because of how much I loved that first volume, but for her work at the excellent Pantograph Punch website, and her commitment to writing fulltime – be it editing, reviewing, essay-writing, interviewing, and of course her own poems… Read More »
Founding member of Split Enz, creator of the mighty Mental Notes album, and its wonderful cover image too, Judd should need no introduction. But I’ve given him one on the podcast anyway, and will do so here. He’s one of my musical heroes. His music has been in my head since I was four or five years old. Through the Enz, his first solo album, The Swingers and on through Schnell-Fenster to his more recent solo albums and a run of film soundtracks too. I’ve collected up most of it – and obsessed over a great deal of it. I think he’s one of our greatest talents, and somewhat overlooked, forgotten. Read More »
I first met Miranda as part of one of my first ever professional assignments; a housing feature where I interviewed her while a photographer took snaps of the home. Of course I knew some of her work before that – had seen her on TV, in movies and on the stage. And in recent years she’s been working more as an acting coach and teacher – currently she’s in post-production with a film adaptation of the Margaret Mahy favourite, The Changeover. This is her first time working as a co-director with her partner, Stuart McKenzie. Read More »
Welcome to episode 59 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T, L’affare and Yeastie Boys. This one is a chat with my friend Nik Jarvie-Waldrom. She’s behind a series of interviews as part of the RNZ podcast series, Fathom.
We’ve known each other for about a decade, worked the same day-job while dreaming and scheming of getting things out there in the arts; we’re good buds and we’ve talked – often – about music and podcasts, writing and art. So, with her fantastic podcast-series in the bank it was time to get her on tape. To get to her current storytelling interest we talked through her upbringing, her early fascination with music and acting. Read More »
I had never met Lydnee-Jane before but I’ve seen her work – often – from way back when she was a newbie, one of the talented cast for Skitz, a New Zealand TV comedy show through several plays – and then some of the plays that she has directed too. Read More »
I first met Myele about five years ago when I interviewed him for this story around the release of his debut album. I knew he was a great drummer, people talked about his work with Electric Wire Hustle and he was making waves as a beatmaker/producer/DJ – then there was the fact that he was the son of Sam Manzanza, a well-known Wellington musician, a fixture of the local scene. Read More »
This conversation was recorded over a year ago – it was to be one of the earliest podcast episodes, and then I lost it, then I found it and it was full of static. I’ve had it cleaned up a bit and it’s listenable, but apologies in advance for a thread of static that you’ll hear fade in under us talking. You can still make out the conversation clearly enough – and it was a great chat about influences and influencing, about music across McLaney’s many pseudonyms (The Impending Adorations, Gramsci) and his solo work. Read More »
Riki is a drummer, DJ, producer, beatmaker and multi-instrumentalist. He has played with Trinity Roots, Spines and Fat Freddy’s Drop, recorded and toured with Bic Runga, been a long-time collaborator with Leila Adu and Jonathan Crayford; he’s recorded with Crowded House, produced Hollie Smith and has made lots of music of his own under the names Cave Circles, Eru Dangerspiel, DJ Oboe and others. He’s created soundscapes and worked on soundtracks and is there on so many records in your collection, no doubt. And is currently part of the fantastic Orchestra of Spheres among his many other on-the-go projects.
He’s also been a friend of mine for close to 20 years – and as mentioned in the intro here, he created the soundtrack/sting for Sweetman Podcast. He was on the list of people I wanted to talk to as soon as I started the podcast. And here, 55 episodes down, we finally found time for a chat; a really great chat – talking through all the pockets and periods of his work behind the kit or at the mixing console creating work of his own or sitting in with nearly everyone. Read More »
You can read Tuckett’s reviews – and watch them – on Stuff.co.nz, he’s written regularly for the Dominion Post and before that Capital Times; he’s been a film reviewer on RNZ and TV’s Good Morning also. Read More »
I first heard Tonnon’s music when he was recording under the name Tono and The Finance Company. I was hooked. Kiwi drawl, everyday stories, the vernacular was funny and real and there were sharp hooks too. Through a couple of EPs he arrived at a very good full-length album. And then the Finance Company was liquidated, so to speak and the arrival of his debut solo album, Successor. I loved that record – and though I’d only met Tonnon very briefly at that point I did enjoy a great phone interview with him. Read More »