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.
This one was a long time coming – a chat with Martin Phillipps, of The Chills. I say a long time because Martin and I have been chatting online, talking about planning a podcast for a couple of years. It wasn’t right to talk to him when he was up on his last solo show – as the opening act for Aldous Harding, but it was right when he returned in late 2018 with The Chills.
In so many ways, Martin is The Chills.
And I grew up with his music. Like many of us. I also interviewed him for my book On Song – we talked then about Pink Frost which we also reference in this discussion. But here we got to many other things, the changeable line-ups, the feel and flow of The Chills, Martin’s focus and formation as a songwriter and perfomer. We talk too of some of his influences and artists he’s been lucky to have seen as part of the band, or as a music fan traveling – from Lou Reed and John Cale to Randy Newman, Phillipps has seen and met many of his heroes, sometimes by virtue of being the opening act.
We recorded this conversation in the board room of a hotel ahead of his Wellington show as part of a tour by The Chills. I was thrilled that Martin made the time for me – and I hope you enjoy hearing this.
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