I was chuffed to finally get to have a good long yarn with Bill Direen; to meet him even. We’d never met though we had corresponded. I had reached out to him a while back to podcast – and it was when he was in town during the tour that was captured for Simon Ogston’s documentary portrait. There was talk that some of our chat might have even made it into the film but I had to cancel due to a nasty dose of the winter flu. Read More
Ali Harper is someone I met for the first time earlier this year. I told her I wanted to podcast her – because I knew her work. I had heard some of her albums, seen her on the TV and stage and knew that she’d have a good story to tell.
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Given her proximity to where the podcast takes place – she lives four or five houses down the road from me – it feels like it’s taken forever to get Pip Adam on the podcast. It didn’t take winning New Zealand’s biggest literary fiction award to do it – but that seemed like great timing (and you can read from one of the judges, here, why she deserved to win the prize). Read More »
I reckon I first met Barry Saunders some 15 years ago or so. He used to come in for chats in the music store where I worked. He was a new dad. His little girl – now a university student, he tells me proudly just before we sat down to record this chat – would play with the CDs in the flip-file racks. And Barry would talk about his latest work, but more often we’d talk about great songs and singers and songwriting. Read More »
Sam Cutler was tour manager for The Rolling Stones during their infamous 1969 tour of America, he went on to work for The Grateful Dead. You can see him in a small handful of documentaries focussed on that era – and he is the writer of the excellent and engaging set of road-tales You Can’t Always Get What You Want. Read More »
I caught up with Sarah Bradley. We worked together on the Good Morning TV Show. I was one of the regular music reviewers there for about seven or eight years. Sarah (along with co-host Brendon Pongia) came on board to steer the ship for a half-dozen years or so. Ahead of that Sarah had an extensive background as a roving reporter and newsreader across TV and radio – in New Zealand and in New York. Read More »
I had a conversation with Chris Tse. He’s a Wellington poet. He’s done some acting and music-making too but it’s for his books How To Be Dead In A Year of Snakes and the very recently released He’s So MASC that he is known; terrific books, a great writer and performer. I had only met him very briefly but we got to know each other in this conversation. Read More »
Here’s a chat I had with Emily Fairlight. She’s a Wellington-based singer/songwriter and poet. She’s recently released the fantastic Mother of Gloom album. And before that, a few years ago now, there was a self-titled debut.
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This one’s a conversation I had with Mark Cubey. His most recent job was managing Writers & Readers as part of the NZ Festival. Before that, for more than a decade, he was the producer of Saturday Mornings on RNZ, aka “The Kim Hill Show”. Read More »
Here’s a chat I had with Fane Flaws.
This was a great conversation – and it was a long time in the making. I hadn’t met Fane, we’d corresponded, I grew up listening to Blerta and The Crocodiles, was aware of his recent band No Engine and other musical and artistic projects (The Bend, making the opening credits for Radio With Pictures, a bunch of music videos for iconic kiwi acts, children’s books, painting). I knew he’d be great to chat with for the podcast – he didn’t disappoint. Read More »
Roy’s own music career has seen him record albums as part of bands and as a solo act, he’s a piano man in bars and continues to work as both a solo performer and as part of bands, mixing covers and originals. He’s been a working musician across much of the last four decades. Read More »
I met Lisa Harrow in the green room at Circa Theatre. She is acting royalty. I couldn’t believe my luck – that she had agreed to a long conversation for the podcast. Well, then, as soon as I met her I understood how this could happen. She was funny and wise, charming, engaged, engaging – everything you’d expect and want in a conversation partner/interview subject. Read More »