Musician and synth-enthusiast Seja talks to her guests about their creative endeavours, where they came from, and what inspires them.
She is also asking about the strangest or worst show/experience the person has had as part of their artistic venture. The answer to this question will not only be played on the podcast, but also illustrated by a different artist each time.
Illustrations will be posted on the HearSej Facebook and Instagram pages.
#81 Missy Higgins
Seja talks to her guest Missy Higgins about her new mini album Total Control, how she expanded the songs from writing for television and how it was produced. They chat about their shared phobias, how important it is to surround yourself with good hearted people on tour, and their fear of accidentally not being woke enough. Missy tells seja about fighting for women’s rights, being politically outspoken and writing abstract piano music.
Missy’s strange story was illustrated by Charmaine Greenwood. All illustrations can be seen on instagram @hearsejpodcast or on the hearsej facebook page.
#80 Joel Shadbolt (L.A.B)
Seja talks to her guest Joel Shadbolt (L.A.B) about the band’s 5th album release, lockdown in New Zealand, and how COVID-19 has been a weird opportunity for New Zealand bands to get good slots on festivals. He tells Seja about his dad’s country influence, studying jazz guitar in New York, and how he started singing. They chat about the beautiful simplicity of lyric writing and instrumentation, band royalties and Joel’s love for the band Toto.
Joel’s story was illustrated by Laurence Crow. You can check out more of his work on instagram @lozcrowillustration or on his website www.laurencecrowillustration.com.
All illustrations can be seen on Instagram here @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook page.
#79 Erica Dunn (Tropical Fuck Storm, MOD CON)
Seja talks to her guest Erica Dunn (Tropical Fuck Storm, MOD CON, harmony, Palm Springs) about the new TFS album, how the band accidentally made a movie and how songs come together in all the bands she is in. Erica tells Seja about her music related sliding doors moment, her scary piano teacher and how she joined her favourite band. They chat about her experiences with trying to learn mistakes on purpose, vocal heroes and trying to stay healthy on tour.
Erica's strange show story was illustrated by George Karapas @georgekarapas001. All illustrations can be seen on Instagram @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook page.
#78 Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard)
Seja talks to her guest Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard) about his upcoming multi-genre residency shows in Brisbane, COVID-19 admin on tour and how difficult it is to remember 75 songs at the same time. Stu tells Seja about how he approaches music like architecture, his addictive personality and how this feeds his compulsion to write, and how his dad would play him Australian Roots/Country to put him to sleep as a kid. They chat about needing parameters while writing, their love of Juno-60s, and the phenomenon of everyone hearing music differently to one another.
Stu’s strange show story was illustrated by Alex Smith (@alexosm).
All illustrations can be seen on Instagram @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook page.
#77 Paul Kelly
Seja talks to her guest Paul Kelly about his very special new Christmas album ‘Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train’, the journey of making the album, how the songs came together and some of the collaborations. Paul tells Seja about the post album recording flatness, how it’s always strange to talk about something once you’ve finished it and his love of sequencing albums. They chat about the album themes including family, cultural and religious representation and the spine tingling harmonies throughout. They gush about Paul’s band, touch on some songwriting tricks, go through some of his favourite hip hop artists and how they influenced his own songs.
Paul’s strange show story was illustrated by Jack Rodgers. You can see more of Jack’s work on instagram @jackrodgersartist. All illustrations can be seen on Instagram @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook page.
#76 Tim Shiel
Seja talks to her guest Tim Shiel about his album Distractions One, the journey to feeling satisfied with one’s creative output and how valuable collaborations can be for both the art and when you have to talk about the art. Tim tells Seja about using elements from the past to build a through line to new work, intertextuality in music and film and his label/musical community Spirit Level. They chat about the grossness of press releases, how impressed they are by people who can improvise confidently and the importance of editing when it comes to making an album.
Tim’s strange show experience is illustrated by Stewart Fulton @stweeful. All illustrations can be seen on Instagram @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook page.
Only discovered this recently: am enjoying working through the back catalogue of thoughtful chats with players from across the Australian entertainment landscape.
Best Australian podcast
A complete delight to listen to
Seja is awesome, great insightful pod