I was in Auckland for a brief visit so I made the most of potential-podcast time and finally caught up with Wayne Bell. Wayne is a drummer, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. I’ve met Wayne a few times across the years and corresponded with him a fair bit – and we’ve talked of having a chat for the podcast since right back to when I was still just planning to get started on this…so it was great to finally find the time, between us, and sit down for a chat about Wayne’s life and career. Read More
A friend suggested I talk to the CEO of Changing Minds – and I was up for that. I like conversations, I want to learn about people and share stories. I didn’t even know what Changing Minds was. But that was easy to find out about. Read More »
This one is a little different – it’s a chat with Hannah and Jon from the Spines, specifically, a track-by-track walk-through of their new album, Epidural. It’s the first album released by the Spines for 30 years, Hannah is the newest member of the band, she’s been in the fold the last couple of years, Jon is the songwriter and founding member. Jon should be known to readers of the site and listeners of the podcast – as both a previous podcast guest (essential listening if you haven’t already) and a regular contributor to Off The Tracks via his weekly missives, The Ghost of Electricity; his War Stories. Read More »
I had a chat a few months back with Jonathan Crayford. He’s a pianist, bassist – multi-instrumentalist in fact. He works as a solo act, as part of a duo with Ross Burge (Spanner), in trios and other small combos too. You’ll find him as part of a big-band (Eru Dangerspiel) or playing in a piano bar. He’s composed for film (most recently the Pork Pie sequel), studied at Juliard, recorded and toured internationally – and after a long stint in New York throughout the 90s he returned to Wellington. He’s now dividing his time between, mostly Auckland, France and New York – and popping up to play shows all over this country and around the world. Read More »
I took a drive up to Otaki and met Roy Phillips. He of The Peddlers. He of so many stories – partying with Rod Steiger, going to church with Donny Hathaway, meeting Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan and Dizzy Gillespie… Read More »
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 »