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An in-depth conversation with Wellington-based performance poet Tarns Hood. We talk about her style of work and she recites several poems - we talk poetry slams and performing in general. We also talk about sobriety, celebrate her recent 5-year (60 month) milestone. And she talks candidly about alcoholism. Her bottoming out. Her decision to work a …
 
An in-depth conversation with Andrew Gladstone, drummer for Garageland. We talk about the highs and lows of the band's career across the mid/late 1990s and early 00s and then Andrew's move to Hawke's Bay to hide from the music industry - where of course he went on to play even more drums (including with Fane Flaws - R.I.P.) We also talked about the…
 
An in-depth conversation with the writer and book-store owner Catherine Robertson. We talk art, books, music, movies - all the good things. Huge chat. We talk about Catherine's books - but also about writing in general; books in general. We talk through her life and influences and discuss book reviewing. And many other things along the way.…
 
An in-depth conversation with poet and sculptor Sam Duckor-Jones. We talk about, and he reads from, his new book, Party Legend. But we talk about his life making and creating, the need to make - and the search to find and announce one's self through the work. We talk about not connecting with school and not writing - beyond poetry. We talk about fi…
 
An in-depth conversation with Otaki-based actor Jeff Kingsford-Brown. He's currently - as you hear this - the lead role in the show Elling at Circa Theatre in Wellington. He's been a professional actor for many years and we talk about his life and work, talking also of great screen performances by many acting legends. We talk technqique, we talk ab…
 
an in-depth conversation with Jo Marsh - aka JoJo Bellini. As Bellini, Marsh works across comedy and burlesque as a performer and MC. She has a background in theatre, singing and production and arrived late at burlesque via a life-threatening car crash. In wanting to start a dance class she found burlesque as the most accepting place. She now finds…
 
An in-depth chat over the phone with Richard Morris - aka Rikki Morris. He's a singer, songwriter, producer, engineer and former roadie to Th' Dudes and The Crocodiles. He's best known for his runaway hit single Nobody Else recorded and performed with his brother Ian under his solo moniker Tex Pistol. Rikki had been a member of The Crocodiles and w…
 
An in-depth conversation with Ben Tolich aka Mali Mali. We talk through his life and catalogue of music; discussing the need to work and be creative on the side. We also talk religion, mental health, Bob Dylan and many other things and to top it off there's a live performance of an as yet unreleased Mali Mali song.…
 
An in-depth conversation with Father Christopher Orczy, vicar at St Michael and All Angels Anglican Church in Christchurch. Chris didn't grow up with religion. He had an epiphany, an awakening, he felt a calling in his late-30s. He grew up a music man - including listening to death metal. He worked in a music store and was obsessed with prog and sy…
 
An in-depth conversation with Wellington's Kate Spencer - aka CreatifKate. Kate is a poet and performer, a photographer, a producer - and to break the spell of 'P' words - she is an MC and organiser, both a talent herself and a talent wrangler. She moved to Wellington half a decade ago, from England, via a teaching stint in China and is a full-time…
 
An in-depth conversation with fellow Bob Dylan fan Jonny Potts. Jonny is a comedian, actor, writer and has been a previous guest of the podcast (ep. 31) but here we talk Dylan. That's it. Just Bob. Our tribute conversation on the eve of Bob Dylan's 80th Birthday. For both of us - as is the case for many of you listening no doubt - Bob has been the …
 
An in-depth conversation with Auckland-based singer/songwriter, musician and poet, Caitlin Smith. We talk about songwriting, covers, performing, being legally blind, the towering influence of Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell, the brilliance of Joan As Police Woman, the determination and grit to make only great music. Huge conversation. Deep chat.…
 
An in-depth conversation with filmmaker Florian Habicht. We talk about some of his past movies - particularly the doco he made about Pulp. We also plug his brand new film James & Isey, a must see. And talk through his background in film and photography, his childhood, a Queen obsession as a kid and then his Art School years, lighting the spark to m…
 
An in-depth conversation with Mark Rogers - he's a DJ, publicist, promoter, music fan, bookstore owner and raconteur. From Wales, originally, Mark arrived in New Zealand over a decade ago via 20 odd years in London - some of them very odd: seeing Nina Simone live at Ronnie Scott's, meeting Johnny Cash, looking after Joan Baez and Emmylou Harris, co…
 
An in-depth conversation with Matthew Pender - he's the singer of Wellington band Odessa. But our conversation here is mostly about the influence of Prince and our shared Prince fandom; in fact our friendship was formed through mutual Prince appreciation. This conversation is our wee tribute to Prince, marking five years since his death.…
 
An in-depth conversation with the writer and journalist Steve Braunias. We plug his new book of crime reporting, Missing Persons. But we go back to how he fell into writing and talk about his life and work. We talk, too, of other writers; poets, journalists, novelists, the writers that he's met and interviewed, the role models and heroes.…
 
An in-depth conversation with Hawke's Bay jazz singer Margot Pierard. We talk about being born into a musical family and growing up with music as the "sport" in the house. We talk about the great jazz divas and falling under the spell of singers like Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. We talk about performance and anxiety and the barriers to success w…
 
An in-depth converstion with Mike Blue - aka 'Dr Blue'. We talk about music and poetry and he performs some of each live. We talk about his life in England and the musical and poetry he discovered and saw live over there. Then to his move to NZ - and the Covid Lockdown he experienced in his new home. We talk busking and gigging and a live spent in …
 
An in-depth conversation with actor and singer Mere Boynton. She studied opera and was then cast as Mavis, the karaoke singer in a pivotal scene in NZ classic, Once Were Warriors. Since then she's worked on stage and screen around the country and indeed around the world - with theatre a key passion. She also works in arts administration and has a n…
 
An in-depth conversation with Auckland-based actor, voice talent, DJ, artist, stone carver, glass blower and storyteller Greg Smith. We chart his life as a series of happy accidents moving from one town to another, one girlfriend to another, one story to another - threaded through it a tale of drugs and art and happiness. We talk about his time as …
 
An in-depth conversation with comedian and podcaster, Gavin Hewitson. Gavin does stand-up and he also hosts "Gavin Learns", which I've been a recent guest on - in fact we've set up reciprocating podcast episodes this week. Here we talked about his motivations behind podcasting and the development of it - also his interest in comedy and what it's li…
 
An in-depth conversation with performance poet and songwriter Nadia Freeman (aka Miss Leading). She has her debut full-length solo show at this year's Fringe Festival - one show only on Thurs March 11 at the Pyramid Club in Wellington (730pm). So, there was that to plug. But we talked through her life and focus on writing, her time overseas and lea…
 
An in-depth conversation with Dunedin-based poet and essayist Talia Marshall. We talk about social media (Twitter in particular) and books. Reading. Writers. Writing. We talk about her development as an essayist through work for The Spinoff and Pantograph Punch to North & South and now a regular column in the Sunday Star Times. A deep chat. Lots in…
 
An in-depth conversation with Wellington-based composer and musician Jeremiah Ross aka Module. We talk through the highs of his music production in the early/mid-00s as an electronica artist in a boom time for Kiwi music; signed to LOOP, touring and making soundtrack for video games. We also talked through the lows of feeling lost from music and fr…
 
An in-depth conversation with author, psychologist, buisnessman and Pulitizer Prize-nominated poet, John Wareham. There was so much to talk about - and we gave it a good go! We talked about his books (novels, memoirs, a play, poetry) and his new podcast that he started over lockdown. We talked about his famous children (including writer Louise and …
 
An in-depth conversation with Maggie Tweedie, Breakfast host at Radio Active. We talk about her path to that job through other radio gigs and her passion for the format. We talk books, music, interviews, prep, freelance writing and working alone in the studio as producer and host. We also talk about her childhood in rural Hawke's Bay. And we chat a…
 
An in-depth conversation with music industry legend, Murray Cammick. We talk through his life dedicated to photography and music - from collecting soul records, through the founding of Rip It Up and Shake magazines, to DJing on radio and then to DJing more recently in bars and restaurants; to photography - including his current exhibition in Wellin…
 
An in-depth conversation with drinks professional, Jules Van Costello. We talk about his brand new book, "Beyond the Vines: The Changing Landscape of Wine in Aotearoa New Zealand" and his previous book about craft beer, Brewed. We talk about his rise through the hospitality industry and into winemaking, distributing and promoting; to writing and bl…
 
An in-depth conversation with poet and academic John Newton. We talk about his brand new novel-in-verse, Escape Path Lighting. We talk through his love of music - including his sideline in songwriting and the band we both used to play in. We talk poetry and his critical history of New Zealand writing (he's one volume in on a three-book deep-dive). …
 
An in-depth conversation with Wellington-based comedian and sex-worker Lucy Roche. We talk about her background in comedy and her rise through the talent quests, open-mics to headlining shows. We talk about how she generates material, the writing process, her aims and ambitions. And we talk about her other job - a sex worker. She talks about this o…
 
An in-depth conversation with Andrew Armitage, owner of one of the last video rental stores standing in New Zealand, the legendary Aro St. Video Shop (Aro Video). We talked about his life and beginnings, his passions of music and film and where they came from and how they were shaped. We talked synth-pop and discovering the guitar to be a singer/so…
 
An in-depth conversation with Alec Bathgate (Tall Dwarfs, Toy Love) about his solo career, his return to music, the bands he was in, his musical relationship with Chris Knox and their shared approach to music across several bands and projects. We talked about his return to recording and releasing with a brand new instrumental album (Phantom Dots) a…
 
An in-depth conversation with Wellington-based writer, librarian and now bookstore owner, Jackson Nieuwland. We talked about their brand new collection of poetry, I AM A HUMAN BEING and about all of the steps on their journey to publishing. We talked about basketball and hip-hop, depression and finding yourself in online communities, recognising yo…
 
An in-depth conversation with Claire Mabey, co-director of Verb (Litcrawl) and organiser of many literary events, political talks and writing-related shows, festivals and ideas. Claire's been on the podcast twice before, with partner Andrew Laking. This time it was Claire solo - to talk about this year's upcoming Verb Festival and Litcrawl event an…
 
An in-depth conversation with actor and comedian Peter Rowley. We talk through his life and career from theatre aspirations to appearing on A Week of It and McPhail and Gadsby to the connection with Billy T. James that resulted in some of the most important TV comedy in the history of New Zealand. There were films on the side, including voicing Dog…
 
I sit down (with myself) and read poems from my debut volume of poetry - The Death of Music Journalism. I read from the book and discuss the process around it and some of the stories behind the poems. The book is out now (through The Cuba Press) and can be found in (or ordered from) all good book stores in NZ. We launch this Sunday, October 11, 4pm…
 
This is the third time I've spoken with Wellington-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Darren Watson. This one is specifically about his brand new album, Getting Sober For The End Of The World. We walk, track by track, through the recording and talk about its creation - including the lockdown, the pandemic and the new way of living.…
 
An in-depth conversation with Geoff Stahl, Media Studies lecturer and DJ. As TV Disko he puts on DJ sets in bars and via radio shows. As a lecturer he's interested in popular music and the "other social media" of coffee, craft beer and wine. We talked about his upbringing in Canada and his move to Wellington, NZ 15 years ago where he took up a teac…
 
An in-depth conversation with Anna Dean, Nelson-born, Wellington-based, she is one half of the creative agency Double Denim, a co-creator of the Ace Lady Network. She is or has been a journalist, broadcaster, social media manager, event planner, PR guru and party organiser extraordinaire. We talk about the various roles and facets of her career/s a…
 
Rachel Doré interviewed me for Manawatu Peoples Radio (MPR) to promote my talk this coming Sunday, September 13, at the Feilding Library as part of the Manawatu Writers Festival. I'll be talking blogging and my life - over the last 15 years - as a daily blogger. I'll be chatting about ways to do it and reasons to bother. This interview is kindly re…
 
An in-depth conversation with Ben Mulchin - owner/operator of Valhalla music venue in Wellington and a tour promoter (Valhalla Touring). Ben and I talked about his background outside and away from music (science), his love of the venue (then Hole In The Wall) and his decision to run a bar, and then get into promoting shows. We talk, too, of Covid-1…
 
An in-depth conversation with Charlotte Graham-McLay. She is a Wellington-based reporter and broadcaster. Following work at RNZ she is now the New York Times correspondant and one of the NZ correspodants writing for The Guardian. We talked about her training and experiences in the field - in both radio and print journalism. We talked too of how to …
 
An in-depth conversation with writer and performance poet Ben Brown. Ben is Lyttelton-based and this chat happened recently in Wellington outside with the weekend noises happening about us. We talked through his life and work and had a deep discussion about alcohol, alcoholism and addiction. Also an even deeper conversation about poetry. And family…
 
An in-depth conversation with Wellington-based writer Rachel McAlpine. Rachel, 80, talks aging and getting old and fighting against it as well as going with it. She talks about and reads from her brand new poetry collection, How To Be Old and discusses her writing history back to her 1975 debut poetry volume and her time writing books about the int…
 
An in-depth conversation with drummer, percussionist and tutor Lance Philip. For the last quarter-century Lance has been a teacher of drums and percussion, fitting in his own gigs on the side. Gigs that have included orchestras and musical theatre, being in the pit for TV shows (Dancing With The Stars) and an enduring musical relationship with Rodg…
 
A brief phoner - and not without technical difficulties - with the MC5 guitarist, Wayne Kramer. Wayne was on his way to NZ at the start of the year to open for Alice Cooper. This all actually happened, in a pre-Pandemic world. But I never found a space for my interview. It wasn't one of my greatest interviews. Sound quality isn't amazing, some tech…
 
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