Welcome to episode 63 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T and Yeastie Boys. We say goodbye and thankyou to L’Affare; they supplied me and the guests with coffee across the last year. And it was always a treat. But, speaking of treats we have a new sponsor, Le Petite Chocolat – organic and fairtrade craft chocolate from Hastings. Delicious stuff too. So check them out…
This conversation is me chatting with DJ Bill E – real name Simon Bendall. You can find his blogs, promo work, setlists and music musings at his site, nothingelseon.com
He was recently featured on RNZ Afternoons talking post-punk with Jesse Mulligan.
I’ve known Simon for a few years – he was kind enough to drop off a spare set of needles when I did my first DJ gig and turned up, a total novice, without all the gear I needed. I’ve heard him play, enjoyed his setlists, and now Spotify playlists, and enjoyed his take on music.
So we sat down to talk through his life of music collecting, absorbing, listening, playing – his over 20 years of DJing, through his long-running club nights Atomic and 24HourPartyPeople and to plug his upcoming Kiwi version of Atomic, See Me Go. (San Fran, Wellington, Saturday, May 27).
We talked about the terrible affliction that is record-collecting, his earliest days in the booth – assisted by the great Greg Churchill (an important shout-out) and a few DJ Horror-Stories, offset by his children (finally) showing some interest in some of the music he plays. A lovely chat. And one with loads of music underneath – his favourites, my favourites, some of your favourites no doubt. I hope you enjoy our chat.
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