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Don’t Give Up Your Day Job is a podcast series from kiwi musicians Bobby Kennedy and Danny McCrum. The idea of this podcast is to give people an insight into the real workings of the careers of creative professionals. The fact is creative professionals are fascinating characters who have had to work very hard and overcome many personal and professional obstacles. They are dedicated, multi-talented people who make great sacrifices and take great risks and we think this is worth celebrating. S ...
 
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Caitlin Smith is one of New Zealand’s local music legends. Being a professional musician is challenging enough, but if you’re also a blind, female, jazz singer, with a big personality and an honest heart, it’s a rollercoaster. Caitlin talks candidly about her experiences in the business, her struggles with addiction and mental health and the psycho…
 
Organising and promoting gigs! One of the biggest challenges a musician has to face is how to manage and promote their own shows. We certainly don't claim to have all the answers, but recently Bobby Kennedy organised and promoted a show for Opshop and Gorilla Biscuit in Christchurch and back in March, I promoted our first Noise Play show. Bobby sug…
 
Beatbox champion Steven Crooks only discovered beatboxing a few years ago and ever since his life has drastically changed. Finding purpose, identity and clarity through his craft, Steven quickly became the national champion and is now a co-organiser of the Beatbox Championships. On this episode we talk about Stevens life, the positive impact beatbo…
 
Actor, writer and director Tim Balme has had a full and varied career. His work has included Braindead, Shortland Street, Outrageous Fortune, Mercy Peak, The Almighty Johnsons and his current project The Brokenwood Mysteries. We chatted about how Tim got his start in acting, working with Peter Jackson, how he approaches his craft and his experience…
 
Cassandra is a director, playwright and performer, and the artistic director of the Wellington-based Red Scare Theatre Company. She recently directed Single Asian Female and her previous work includes Bloodlines (2014), Long Ago, Long Ago (2015), Ordinary Days (2016), Yellow Face (2017), M'Lady (2017), A New Brain (2017), The Bone Thief (2018), Gut…
 
Legendary New Zealand drummer Frank Gibson Jnr. has had an astonishing career and has deservedly earned the upmost respect from his peers. He’s worked with a long list of artists including Shona Lang, Diana Krall, Joe Henderson, Leo Sayer, John Scofield, Dusty Springfield, The Temptations and Glen Campbell. He’s dedicated, grounded and an all-round…
 
Mike Chunn needs no introduction. He played in Split Enz and Citizen Band, he was the director for APRA NZ, he founded and still runs Play It Strange, he's been a loud voice for many important subjects including mental health and the need for music to be given a higher priority in New Zealand culture. This was an exhilarating chat. There was laught…
 
Joe & Danny get drunk. Joe Walsh is constantly touring with Jordan Luck Band and his own band Ekko Park. Almost two years ago Joe was sitting on a completed Ekko Park album (Horizon) that hadn't yet been released. In the lead up Joe suggested we record an episode with a focus on the lyrics and back story to the album and in true Irish style, we met…
 
Our guest is Alex Leighton, one of the creators and directors of New Zealand's premiere 2D animation studio Mukpuddy. We spoke to Alex and his business partner Ryan Cooper a few years ago about their then new show Barefoot Bandits and now Alex returns to talk about their brand new show 'The Adventures Of Tumeke Space' which has just launched on TVN…
 
Episode #112 is now available! Our guest is Barnaby Weir. Barnaby leads two of New Zealand’s most popular bands (The Black Seeds and Fly My Pretties) and we had a great chat about life/work balance, his childhood, his creative process and the rise of The Black Seeds and the Wellington Reggae / Dub scene. Barnaby is a kind and thoughtful guy and thi…
 
In the 1990s Christchurch based drummer Jason Peters and his band Pumpkinhead became a popular touring act with a loyal following and more than their fair share of Rock n Roll stories. In more recent times Jason has been making music with Hunt The Witch and Kong Fooey and recently organised a series of tribute shows for the late, great Aaron Tokona…
 
Our 2020 Christmas Special is out now with special guest Molly Devine. Molly is a singer, songwriter and music professional from Dunedin who impressed us with her interesting and very musical style of pop music and her pragmatic approach to her career. We had a great chat about her background and her relationship with music. Be sure to look her up!…
 
Guitarist Kara Gordon who now goes by the stage name Jimi Kara, regularly performs around the country and never seems to slow down. He's opened for Slash, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, George Clinton, toured New Zealand, Australia and the UK with Alabama 3, performed many times with Fly My Pretties and has recently been a part of the tribute shows for…
 
Alex is the guitarist / singer for alternative rock band Skinny Hobos. Alex Ferrier (aka Alex Elvis) and drummer Sam Holdom first met at high school and didn’t immediately click. Alex put’s it simply “He kind of thought I was a dick and I probably was.” Some years later they ended up working at the same instrument store and during a jam one night a…
 
Iconic New Zealand guitarist, singer and songwriter Hammond Gamble joined us for a fantastic conversation about all things music. We talked guitars, we dove into Hammonds background and the psychology behind playing and performing. Hammond came to prominence during the 1970s with Street Talk and went on to tour extensively with the Hammond Gamble B…
 
Wellington musician, songwriter and bandleader Darren Watson isn't afraid to speak his mind and why should he be? Darren has worked relentlessly over the years; touring, recording, connecting with audiences and making a living. He's put his money where his mouth is and has well and truely earnt his stripes. On a recent trip to Auckland to promote h…
 
Marshall Smith is a composer, a songwriter, a producer, Musical Director of The Sound Room and Chairperson of the Screen Composers Guild of New Zealand. He started out in bands, pursuing a career as a recording artist and soon moved into producing and soundtrack work, establishing a studio and creating music and advertisements for a long list of Ne…
 
Harry Lyon is the guitarist and founding member of iconic New Zealand band Hello Sailor. The band formed in 1975 and lasted five years before going separate ways. Each member remained busy forming other bands and releasing solo albums and soon Hello Sailor reunited and continued to record and tour up until the untimely passing of Dave McArtney in 2…
 
Andrew Thorne is a great guitar player who’s worked with a long list of fine artists including Jan Hellriegel, Greg Johnson, Dave Dobbyn, Tim Finn and he was the guitarist on Bic Runga’s first hit album Drive. His own bands have included Splitter and the Calico Brothers, he’s played support for international acts like Radiohead, Bryan Adams and Jef…
 
Part 2 with Debbie Harwood is here! Debbie came back to share some of the wilder stories from her career. Some are heartbreaking, most are hilarious. She talks about touring with When The Cats Away right after having throat surgery, her eventful night trying to get home from Waiheke Island after being stranded, dancing evocatively on stage with Jim…
 
Debbie Harwood is a triple threat; she’s a fantastic musician, highly intelligent and as kind and honest as they come. Debbie spent her early years performing constantly, making a name for herself in the local music scene. She held her own in a male dominated industry and stood strong against the patronising and dismissive, who sniffed at the ‘cute…
 
Hinerongonui Kingi is a multi-talented musician, writer, dancer, journalist and even a body builder! There seems to be nothing she can’t do, and her positivity and optimism is inspiring. Hailing from Rotorua, Hine started performing at a very young age and has already performed around the world. We talk about her time in Dubai, her strategies in se…
 
Episode #98 is now available! Our guest is Rikki Morris. Rikki is a highly respected, multitalented singer, songwriter, musician, producer & live sound engineer. He joined Th’ Dudes as a roadie back in 1979 and went on to have a huge hit as a solo artist with the song Nobody Else. He appeared on TV shows like 3.45 Live, Alive and Kicking, Get Your …
 
Dug Pinnick is the bassist and vocalist for legendary US band Kings X. Kings X have been together for forty years and quickly became known and respected for their unique sound, their sophisticated musicianship and their powerful performances. Their fans include Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, The Police’s Andy Summers, Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Soun…
 
Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Aditya Kalyanpur began playing the Tabla as a toddler and his life since has been deeply immersed in his music. He was trained by highly respected Tabla Maestro, the late Alla Rakha Khanand and by the time he was a teenager he was performing regularly and working as a session musician on albums and radio jingles. I…
 
Huia is a multi-talented music professional with many strings to her bow. She's a singer / songwriter who performs in Te Reo Māori, she works at Kog Studio as publicist, she founded Integrity Promotions to look after the PR and management of performers, her Grandfather was artist & poet Rei Hamon and she's married to musician and mastering engineer…
 
Musician Joel Haines grew up immersed in music and his journey establishing a career happened organically. His father Kevin Haines and brother Nathan Haines are both highly respected musicians in their own right and all three of them have carved out impressive careers and gained high praise and respect from their peers. (We had Nathan on the show a…
 
Today (May 12th, 2020) we've posted a special edition of the podcast with Dr Siouxsie Wiles. Dr Wiles is a British microbiologist and science communicator who specialises in infectious diseases and bioluminescence. She's been a regular expert voice in the New Zealand media throughout this pandemic, while juggling her professional and personal commi…
 
Brad Stent is an entrepreneur, a filmmaker, a voice artist and presenter who began his professional life early, with youthful confidence and reckless abandon. He was presenting his first radio show at fifteen years old and he had established a company making advertisements before he turned twenty. A few years in, his professional and personal life …
 
Te Radar is a highly respected and well-known comedian, documentarian and social and political commentator who has worked in war-zones, dived with sharks, played with scorpions and even plunged into the Ross Sea in Antarctica wearing only a skimpy pair of togs. You know Te Radar from his various shows including Off The Radar, Eating the Dog, Nine t…
 
Bonnie Hurunui came from humble beginnings in a family that didn’t have much money but had a lot of love and positivity. After her studies, she worked in retail and then the corporate world, living a very normal non-show business life. When she decided to pursue music seriously in her thirties, she hadn’t been warped by the music industry and all t…
 
Karin Horen is a TV Presenter, MC, Motivational Speaker, Founder of Paddle for Hope and an Author, but above all Karin is a survivor. She grew up in Israel, survived two rounds of breast cancer, a failed marriage and the resulting emotional rollercoaster that continues to this day and yet somehow amongst the chaos, Karin found the strength to fight…
 
Musician Jim Hall started his career in Christchurch in the 1960s and so began an epic musical journey and personal adventure. Over the years he’s worked with a long list of great artists including Cilla Black, Ray Columbus, Ian Morris, Eddie Rayner and many more. In the 1980s Jim established a very successful business recording and producing music…
 
Alan Brown is a top pianist, Hammond organist, teacher and all round music professional. His projects have included Blue Train, Grand Central Band, Alan Brown Trio, Alargo and his two stunning solo albums ‘Silent Observer’ and ‘Composure’. In addition he’s worked with a long list of fantastic musicians including both Nathan and Joel Haines. Alan is…
 
You know Kurt from Stellar*, Delete Delete, Splitter and his solo album called Blood Line Heart (2012). As well as having a busy career as a musician, Kurt become a concert promoter working with people like Greg Johnson, Midge Ure, Lloyd Cole and many more. On this episode we discuss Kurt’s approach to managing shows and tours, he talks about joini…
 
Wayne Bell’s career changed gear when he started playing drums for When The Cats Away and from there he went on to work with Dave Dobbyn, Jan Hellriegel, Andrew Fagan, Bic Runga, Greg Johnson, Ian Morris, Gin Wigmore, Greg Fleming and Tim Finn. Not only has Wayne established himself as a world class drummer, he’s had great success as a producer, he…
 
Episode #84 is now available! Our guest is our very own Bobby Kennedy! Keeping with the tradition of the show, Danny and Bobby open the new year by chatting to each other about anything and everything. In their fifth instalment our hosts discuss movies, politics, art, deep fake, the music industry, how to find hope in this crazy world and plenty mo…
 
Jasper and his family sold everything, flew to Croatia to pick up their new boat and spent a couple of years sailing around the world. In part 1 Jasper talked about his motivation for the trip, their time in Croatia, venturing out into the Mediterranean, stopping in Tunisia and eventually crossing the Atlantic Ocean and the Panama Canal. In part 2 …
 
The Great Adventure Part 1 with Nick Granville and Jasper de Roos. Do you ever get tired of the grind? Do you ever feel like packing it all in and setting off on a life changing adventure? Today we talk to two people who did just that. Nick Granville and Jasper de Roos have both been on the show before and in the time since, have both thrown cautio…
 
Jackie Clarke is a well known and much loved singer and personality in New Zealand, having graced the stage and televisions screens over a long, diverse and impressive career. In this candid and action packed conversation we discuss her approach to performance and technique, how she has forged a career in a male dominated industry, her reservations…
 
Mark Rankin is a Grammy award winning mix engineer and music producer who's credits include critically acclaimed albums by CeeLo Green, Iggy Pop, Florence And The Machine, Foster The People, Queens Of The Stone Age and Adele. Mark was in New Zealand for the NZ Music Producer Series and after a busy week in the studio, he sat down with Danny McCrum …
 
Chris is a songwriter, performer and entrepreneur who has recently had huge success with his children’s books and songs. Having grown up in England, Chris moved to New Zealand with his family when he was a teenager and soon immersed himself in kiwi life. He found his way into music almost by accident and before long he was performing regularly at n…
 
Guitarist Chet O’Connell started performing at very young age with his fathers band and eventually moved to Auckland to become one of the busiest professional guitarists in New Zealand. He’s performed with and supported many music greats including Tommy Emmanuel, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Midge Marsden, Hammond Gamble, The Ladykillers, Dr John, Ken…
 
Anyone that hears Brett Adams perform knows they’re listening to a world-class guitar player. Considering his dedication and experience this should come as no surprise. Brett has played for a long list of great artists including The Mockers, When The Cats Away, The Bads and for the last twelve years Tim Finn. In the mid-nineties he toured with his …
 
Jaime Vokes is the singer, guitarist and manager of covers band Hands Off. Hands Off have included many top musicians and have been playing bars, weddings and functions for twenty years. They're a full time band performing several times a week and they truly operate as a business. As well as rehearsing regularly the band juggle all aspects of the b…
 
Ken Zemke grew up in Buffalo, New York before finding his way to Hollywood where he joined the emerging Television industry as an editor. He worked on many iconic shows including Hogan’s Heroes, The Waltons and Fantasy Island and he was supervising editor on the documentary film Elvis On Tour, which won a Golden Globe for best feature documentary. …
 
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