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 »
I first met Costa Botes about 10 years ago, I was writing a profile on him for a magazine. I visited his house for a couple of hours over a couple of days and came away armed with all sorts of stories. Botes had worked with Peter Jackson on the great Forgotten Silver. At the time I met him he had just finished shaping footage for a 10-hour making-of doco from behind the scenes of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Read More »
Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens) is a hero. I wasn’t going to let a chance to record him for the podcast slip by. We ended up in a café – where I bought him a coffee and a sugar-free cake (and later he signed my copy of his terrific Songs To Play record with, “To Simon, Than You For The Coffee and the sugar-free cake”). Read More »
I first met Charlotte Yates about 15 years ago, one of the very first people I interviewed. Since then she’s continued to write and record solo albums, to teach music, and to develop inspiring, enduring projects based around the written words of some of New Zealand’s best-known poets. As chief wrangler and artistic director she created the amazing Baxter album which went on to success as an Arts Festival show Next was Tuwhare and then Ihimaera. Before all of that she was in a band called When The Cat’s Been Spayed (with Robin Nathan and Jackie Clarke). Read More »
Here we have my conversation with Mike Nock. He’s an Australian-based, Kiwi-born pianist and composer. Nock has recorded over 100 albums – across jazz and classical, with film soundtracks and sessions as a sideman. He left New Zealand when he was a teen and found work supporting Dionne Warwick, playing in Yusef Lateef’s band, opening for Miles Davis. Whether with his fusion group, The Fourth Way, or out on his own as solo
pianist or leader of a trio, quartet or larger ensemble, Nock has a story. And I was lucky to sit down and gather as many of them as I could. We talked about his rivalry with other pianists – like Keith Jarrett. We talked about his career as a teacher and working as a composer in residence – as well as looking back over long touring and recording stints. Read More »
This is a chat with Delaney Davidson, singer/songwriter, performing musician and producer. We talked about his work sharing songs and singing duets with Marlon Williams, co-writing and producing material with Tami Neilson and of course his own albums. But where did they come from? Where, in a musical sense, did he come from? It’s a story that involves Lyttelton, Melbourne, Europe and America. It’s a story that involves his father’s record collection and time spent in caring and hospitality. And from there to exploring the world and falling into professional music under the Voodoo Rhythm Records banner with the Reverend Beat-Man and Dead Brothers’ bands. And others. From there to his own recordings. And now he has a band Manos del Chango that he’s back in New Zealand with, touring. Read More »
This is a conversation with Jon McLeary, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the band Spines.
Regular readers of this site – and/or Jon’s Facebook pages will know him for his weekly contributions here as the writer of The Ghost of Electricity: War Stories by Jon McLeary. Read More »
This is a conversation with Jan Hellriegel. We’re in a hotel foyer – so there’s some crash-banging going on as the hotel staff were setting up for a function in one of the rooms near us but you can hear Jan and I throughout. Also included are a few songs from Jan’s bands Working With Walt and Cassandra’s Ears and from across her solo career – just little snippets. I’ve added them below in a Spotify playlist (and added one or two others as a good little intro-package to her work). Read More »
This one is a conversation with Jonny Potts – a Wellington-based comedian. You can follow him on Twitter where he tweets jokes and asides and pop-cultural commentary/comedy as/at Faster Camels – @fastercamels. Read More »