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 »
Welcome to episode 52 of Sweetman Podcast brought to you by Phantom Billstickers. A chat with blogger/writer/author Emily Writes. In fact it’s a second chat, Emily is the first return-visitor to the podcast and if you wanted to catch up with her previous time, or revisit it yourself – it was way back at Episode 14. Then we talked about her roles and writing in establishing herself as a “Mummy Blogger” – some frustration around the term then. Now she openly embraces it, no issues, and no reason to – her writing and career has gone from strength to strength. Read More »
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 »