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 »
This conversation is me chatting with model, actor and author Janna Lapidus Leblanc. She was the former fiancée of Stevie Ray Vaughan and has recently written and released a book of photos from their time together. Read More »
This conversation is me chatting with former Greens MP, book reviewer, mother, blogger, occasional podcaster and the author of The Whole Intimate Mess (a mini memoir), Holly Walker. You can keep up to date with Holly’s writings and activities by checking out her website. Read More »
This conversation is me chatting with musician, author, critic and educator Norman Meehan.
I’ve been a fan of Norman Meehan’s writing and music for some time – I loved his album, Modigliani and have been to several performances where Meehan and Hannah Griffin have interpreted the works of Bill Manhire and other poets; across the last decade Manhire, Meehan and Griffin have collaborated many times, on the stage and across several recordings. (I even wrote the liner notes for one of the albums). Norman and I had shared a few emails but we met for the first time just recently – and so I asked him to come around for a chat. Read More »
This conversation is me chatting with musician, bandleader, arranger, promoter and educator Rodger Fox.
Dr. Rodger Fox is now a full time senior lecturer at the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University. He continues to lead a big band, teach various ensembles and still plays in smaller combos as well as creating winning collaborations – such as the ongoing one with classical pianist Michael Houstoun and several shows and tours with returning American vocalist and guitarist Chris Cain. He’s also responsible for bringing international artists to New Zealand to play with New Zealand musicians. We’re talking artists the calibre of Michael Brecker, Randy Crawford, Arturo Sandoval, Louie Bellson, Bettye LaVette, Robben Ford and Charlie Musselwhite, to name just a few. Read More »
This conversation is me chatting with writer, reviewer, musician and record store guy, Jeremy Taylor.
If he’s not at the counter offering his wisdom he’s in the back room at Slow Boat Records updating their site. He’s a record reviewer for RNZ’s Nine to Noon Show, a former Stuff food blogger, the writer of a book about rugby in the lead up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup and a musician. He was in the bands Throw and Cinematic, has released a couple of solo albums and plays in a variety of bands – covers and originals, he’s a singer for hire. A writer for hire. A raconteur on Facebook and in real life… Read More »
This conversation is me chatting with the actor, writer, director Danny Mulheron.
I hadn’t met Danny until he bounded in through the doorway, found the piano in our house and started hitting the keys like they owed him money. From there he sat next to me and talked for nearly two hours with as much passion as I’ve ever heard – a huge, wide-ranging conversation about the arts and passion and the need for integrity, authenticity and criticism. It was a beautiful, mad, wonderful conversation. And I tried to steer it, a few times, towards some of Danny’s highlights – the TV show Skitz and Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby, his film work, his work as a child actor in Close to Home, so many things… Read More »