Welcome to episode 135 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T, Yeastie Boys and La Petite Chocolat.
Rhian Sheehan and I go back way further even than episode two of this podcast – which was recorded over three years ago now. In that conversation, if you missed it at the time, we chart his first few albums and multimedia shows; some of his soundtrack work and influences are talked about too.
I hit Rhian up as one of the first podcasts guests because I’m a fan of his work and because I consider him a friend; I’ve known him for over 15 years or so now…way back in the day we both worked in the same record store for a time.
So I’m always following what he does – and listening to whatever I can by Rhian. This includes ad-work and soundtracks to TV, short film, documentary and feature-length movies. And a series of wonderful studio albums.
He’s recently been working on video game soundtracks and even scored a theme-park ride.
And he’s about to release his brand new album – A Quiet Divide. I’ve heard it and it is sensational.
By the time you listen to this he’ll have started his New Zealand tour in support of the album.
The show sounds like it will be amazing.
I know this because that’s the basis of this particular chat. Rhian and I sat down recently to catch up on the things he’s been doing with music since our first podcast conversation. That means the Quiet Divide album and tour and some of the aforementioned forays into different kinds of soundtrack work.
So feel free to revisit the original conversation for a fuller picture of the earlier years. But I really enjoyed hearing about his process behind the new album and putting together this tour. We talked a bit about some of his favourite composers, including the work and sad (recent) passing of Jóhann Jóhannsson.
I hope you enjoy hearing this.
Here now is episode 135 of Sweetman Podcast, my conversation with Rhian Sheehan.