I had a chat with Steve Garden. He’s the guy behind Rattle Records – though before he was a recording engineer, record producer and label owner he was a damn fine drummer. If you click on the link across his name there you’ll read Gary Steel’s excellent Audioculture piece which documents Garden’s music career (Rough Justice, Sharon O’Neill, Rockinghorse, the earliest incarnation of The Mutton Birds).
This was my first time meeting Steve, but we’ve corresponded a bit over the years, I’m a fan of a lot of what his label, Rattle, has put out into the world. We’re talking film soundtracks, jazz, classical, Te Reo folk songs – it’s both outsider music and the most overtly Kiwi music being released…he deserves a medal of honour for his efforts, for finding a home – and treating with respect – great music that reaches out beyond the singer/songwriter paradigm.
So it was nice to chat through his life and career – we talked about his early experiences with music and then to the forming of Rattle. We talk through many of the key Rattle releases and on to a conversation about music-listening, about jazz, about finding a place in your life for music and culture; of how it informs your life.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Steve Garden and I loved our conversation. I hope you do too. Please visit Rattle and check out some of the fine music they’re putting out into the world.
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Please enjoy episode 77 of Sweetman Podcast, my conversation with Steve Garden of Rattle Records.