David Long is a composer and musician known for his work with The Mutton Birds and most recently TEETH – a band the features two members of The Phoenix Foundation and legendary Wellington drummer Ant Donaldson. Long has played in many experimental groups too – The Labcoats, Tin Syndrome, Six Volts – including backing The Front Lawn….he’s also worked as a film composer for TV, documentary and feature films. He’s also been the producer behind fantastic albums from the likes of Dave Dobbyn, Fur Patrol and Leila Adu… Read More
Sharon has been based in Australia for much of the last 30+ years but she was born in New Zealand and a part of her heart remains here; she certainly (still) has a part of our heart. I caught up with her to talk through her career the day after seeing her own the stage alongside Shona Laing, Debbie Harwood, Margaret Urlich and Anna Crummer. That concert was a delight, so we reflected on that – and of course talked through her early triumphs, Maxine and Words and the other terrific songs from her first albums, as well as scoring the hit film, Smash Palace and touring Australia and New Zealand relentlessly.
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I first met Paul sometime in the late 1990s. Me and a mate had driven from Wellington to the ski-field to see him play. Four hours or so there and back. When the gig finished we were just about to hit the road when Paul called out to us, he could tell we weren’t there for the skiing – we told him we’d driven from Wellington. He packed up his gear, shared a beer with us and then we drove home. The poster he had signed hung on my wall or years, moved with me through various flats…
Welcome to episode 48 of Sweetman Podcast brought to you by Phantom Billstickers. A chat with Kiwi-born, American-based writer James Robinson. He had a blog on Stuff.co.nz – which he turned into a book. The blog – and then the book – looked at life in America and perceptions of America; the way we, as Kiwis, looked at America and received information from it. Robinson wrote astutely across topics – travel, politics, entertainment and arts – and the blog, considered a lifestyle column, was very personal. Along the way he charted his marriage (to an American woman) and gave glimpses into the different life he had chosen. Read More »
This was my first time meeting Debbie – but we’ve been corresponding for a while, including planning this podcast on/off for around a year. Turns out she lives around the corner from my parents in Hawke’s Bay. So just before Christmas I popped around for a drink and several chats. Or was that a chat and several drinks? Read More »
I loved chatting to Victoria. We’d met, just briefly, only one other time – but I’d enjoyed her work as part of the SJD band and on stage with Neil Finn and I’d heard some of her compositions and film scores. We’ve corresponded enough to bond over a shared love of the music of Prince. And so this conversation looks back at those special Prince shows in New Zealand last year, and his death and to grieving an icon. But that’s only part of it. We talk about Kelly’s career for the most part. Read More »
Welcome to episode 44 of Sweetman Podcast – my conversation with Ian Jorgensen (aka Blink) – you can find out about his various pursuits under the A Low Hum banner at his website. He started out as a photographer, from there to making magazines, creating a record label, organising tours and promoting shows and then to writing books and essays about the music industry and now lecturing a Massey University course in music. Add to this his legendary Camp A Low Hum shows/festivals and various other shows and events tagged to his Blink/A Low Hum branding. Read More »
Welcome to episode 43 of Sweetman Podcast – not a full podcast as such, just a few thank yous and shout-outs and reminders, and a bit of a wrap-up of the year. At the start of 2016 I loaded up episode 13. Here we are 30 episodes later, conversations with international and local critics and musicians, actors, writers, chefs, winemakers and comedians. Read More »
I’ve been reading Nick Bollinger’s reviews for over 20 years. He’s been writing them for more than 30. Well, as I found out when I finally sat down to talk to him, he started publishing music reviews in his own newspapers and magazines at the age of 9 and 10. From there it was to a world of music – playing in bands like Rough Justice, The Windy City Strugglers and The Pelicans. Read More »
I guess I slowly caught on to Nadia Reid – along with most others – when I finally got around to hearing her debut album. What a record! Amazing. Sublime. Sensational. Mesmerising. All that. And more besides. And I was instantly intrigued too – wanted to know more about the person that had made these songs. Such great singing and playing and writing – a beautifully recorded album too which, rightly, had been picked up for international distribution, reissued by a label. On the back of that Reid was off around the world playing to audiences in Europe, America, Australia but always returning to New Zealand to play. Read More »
Welcome to episode 40 of Sweetman Podcast brought to you by Phantom Billstickers. A chat with Auckland-based musician/producer/soundtrack composer Sean James Donnelly – better known, in band and solo-musician guise as SJD.
I’m a huge fan of Sean’s music – all of his albums, I think he’s one of the great talents in New Zealand music, critically acclaimed and yet somehow underrated/under appreciated, under-discovered… Read More »
I had just seen Aidee in the amazing Wellington production of Lungs at Circa Theatre. That show’s director (Dean Hewison, a friend and future guest on the podcast – his episode is in the can) suggested I talk to Aidee, and hooked up this chat. I might never had reached out to Walker on my own, so thanks Dean! And it’s a great conversation I think – we talked about Lungs and the preparation and requirements for such a role and from there worked through her career. She started off more in music – a drummer (and “dabbler” in other instruments) in the bands Handsome Geoffrey and Duchess. Since then she’s continued her friendship with lead singer Anna Coddington and has directed many of Anna’s music videos. Read More »