Now – as you probably know, as well as the usual platforms (this site, soundcloud, iTunes/Apple) you can now get to Sweetman Podcast on Spotify – follow it there and have it saved in your Spotify library.
Jan Preston is a Kiwi-born, Australian-based pianist. She’s a singer/songwriter who has reinvented herself as a boogie-woogie devotee, shaking off the years of classical training and time spent in rock and pop bands, and as musical director of legendary Wellington theatrical troupe, Red Mole.
She is the younger sister of filmmaker Gaylene Preston (and you can click on that link to check out my conversation with Gaylene from a couple of years ago). When I interviewed Gaylene she mentioned her sister’s injury – Jan had broken both her wrists. A terrible thing for anyone to do, a truly awful thing for a person that makes their living (and feels alive) by playing the piano. So when I finally go to speak to Jan we started with that topic (hence me linking to the Gaylene episode for anyone that wants to revisit or check it out).
I had met Jan briefly, after one of her concerts about 15 years ago. So this was my first time properly talking to her and getting her story.
She’s in New Zealand for a series of concerts currently underway – for the remaining dates check out this link here.
This was a great conversation – Jan has been involved in film composition, playing on a couple of classic New Zealand pop songs (Dr. I Like Your Medicine) and working around the world as a soloist, including performing piano parts for silent movies. We talked through it all. A great story. Very inspiring. I hope you enjoy hearing it.