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The Curator is a podcast about passion and creativity. We chat to musicians and artists about their creative process, why they do what they do and the passion that drives them. We also talk about other stuff sometimes (most times) but hey, it’s all part of the conversation, right? New episode every second Thursday.

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The Curator is a podcast about passion and creativity. We chat to musicians and artists about their creative process, why they do what they do and the passion that drives them. We also talk about other stuff sometimes (most times) but hey, it’s all part of the conversation, right? New episode every second Thursday.

    S2: Episode 28 - Tom May from The Menzingers Drinks Mysterious Coffee and Talks About The Band's Creative Evolution

    S2: Episode 28 - Tom May from The Menzingers Drinks Mysterious Coffee and Talks About The Band's Creative Evolution

    I've chased this interview for years. The Menzingers are without a doubt one of my favourite bands. Having been a fan for so long, I feel as though I've grown up with them in a way, experiencing the weirdness of being in your 20s in an age where everything seems primed to keep us in a state of suspended adolescence. Their earnest and sincere songwriting won me over from the moment I first heard 'Chamberlain Waits', and I've stayed with them ever since. A lot of their thoughts echoed my own as I drifted through my 20s and into my 30s. It was surprising and wonderful to find out that their new album is a meditation on what it's like to move into your 30s, and I think that's got a lot to do with why 'After the Party' resonates with me so much.


    Tom is a very nice chap. Let that be said from the outset. Continuing to be humble in the wake of their continued success. In many ways, it feels like The Menzingers have been building up to 'After the Party', and as Tom discusses in the interview, they've looked at each record as the next one towards the perfect Menzingers' record. Perfection is impossible of course, but progress is not and it was really awesome to be able to spend some time talking to Tom about that progress, their drive to keep at when everyone was telling them to stop, and so much more. 


    Also, I'm fairly sure the interview took place in the world's most echo-y room. But hey, ambience amirite?


    I hope you enjoy this interview.
     
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    Unsung Podcast Episode 5 - Entroducing by DJ Shadow

    Unsung Podcast Episode 5 - Entroducing by DJ Shadow

    This is one of my favourite albums and I was so happy we had a chance to talk about it on this show. You can find out more about this and the podcast over at www.unsungpod.net
     
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    • 32 min
    (Rebroadcast) 21 - Casey Crescenzo from The Dear Hunter

    (Rebroadcast) 21 - Casey Crescenzo from The Dear Hunter

    A rebroadcast of one of my favourite ever interviews with Casey from The Dear Hunter.


    This podcast is primarily about creativity, and over the course of the past twenty episodes I’ve spoken to some pretty productive people. Casey Crescenzo is probably amongst the most productive. Over the course of ten years The Dear Hunter’s oeuvre is as impressive in its scope as it is in its musical diversity, with their album/EP collection ‘The Color Spectrum’ comprising 36 songs all on its own. Which is wonderful, because the genre hopping nature of their music is about is staggering as the sheer volume.


    As you’ll find out when you listen to the podcast, Casey is the kind of guy who treats songwriting like a job and it’s this approach which many productive artists seem to share in common, whether they’re aware of it or not. Except, Casey is a super passionate and insightful guy, and is just so thankful that he gets to do what he does.


    There’s no lengthy story in this week’s show notes about how I first got into The Dear Hunter. Instead, all I can offer is rumination on their music – it’s deep, it’s cinematic, it somehow feels weighty. How people classify progressive rock music is anyone’s guess, but to me this just feels like epic rock music, and that’s why I’m drawn to it. It’s bursting with ideas, it’s driven by a strong sense of narrative yet still somehow feels hugely personal.


    They are, in just about every single way, the exact opposite of the punk rock that I grew up listening to. Except, their sound is more immediate than most prog bands. There’s a peppiness to the melodies which means that hooks come thick and fast, and never leave your head. Highlights include:








    - The connotations of the very term “prog rock” and the diversity of that genre
    - He tries not to pigeonhole the sound because it can limit the creative scope
    - The music he grew up on sounds nothing like his band
    - Casey thinks that perhaps one of the reasons they aren’t a huge band is because they aren’t in a specific genre
    - Coming from a creative household and when Casey remembers wanting to be a guitar player/songwriter
    - When people who consider themselves high art conduct interviews like they’re special, I never look at myself like that. I just think, this is a way for me to speak.
    - Parents being receptive to being a musician, but also being wary because they’d seen the pitfalls of being a career musician
    - His parents worry more about Casey when he does something different as opposed to worrying about the pressure of the work
    - “Do the thing that you believe you should do – don’t worry about what they’re going to think until it’s too late”
    - “The moment when I worry about people think is when an album is finished, mastered and ready to go out”
    - On the fear of having your art accepted - “As a creative person it should only be self-expression, but that’s the scariest thing: if you’re doing it only out of self-expression, at some point it goes through a filter and becomes a product…and it’s up to whoever buys it to think whatever they want about it.”
    - Wanting people to take away something from a record that you put into it, and hoping that the opposite doesn’t happen
    - Wanting to give people what they want after letting him do The Dear Hunter for ten years, but it doesn’t have any bearing on what he’s doing when he’s doing it – only after the creation is complete does the hope and fear set in
    - It’s taken a lot of hard work to find an audience for The Dear Hunter
    - It’s good that there are musicians out there that still makes music that makes people think and isn’t all about creating hits
    - Music as a product is okay, but it’s a different world from the kind of world bands like The Dear Hunter operate in where people want music that prov

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    Unsung Podcast Episode 4 - Violator by Depeche Mode

    Unsung Podcast Episode 4 - Violator by Depeche Mode

    This is episode four of Unsung Podcast. Violator by Depeche Mode is one of my favourite albums, and I was so stoked that people voted it into our canon. You can listen to it here and find out more information about the podcast over at www.unsungpod.net
     
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    • 38 min
    Unsung Podcast Episode 3 - Foo Fighters by Foo Fighters

    Unsung Podcast Episode 3 - Foo Fighters by Foo Fighters

    On this episode of Unsung we chat about Foo Fighters' self titled debut album and ask if it's really worthy of inclusion in our canon of classic albums. On this particular occasion, the public voted no (I'm releasing these a week behind our main feed), but you can still voice your opinion on if that's the right or wrong call over on our Facebook page.


    If you want to know more about the podcast head to www.unsungpod.net and subscribe to our feed there. As ever, reviews and comments are appreciated!
     
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    • 36 min
    S2: 27 - The Return of Conor Anderson from Dialects, Talking About the Creative Process Behind Their Debut Album and Much More

    S2: 27 - The Return of Conor Anderson from Dialects, Talking About the Creative Process Behind Their Debut Album and Much More

    I like looking in on previous guests with this podcast. It's good to check in and see how things have been.


    We’re back to the start with this one. Conor was my first guest on this podcast, and with the release of their long anticipated, and slightly delayed, debut album, it seemed only fitting to bring him back on to the show so we could talk about their fortunes in the two and a half years since our previous conversation.


    Things have changed for the band since our first chat. They’ve lost members, gained new ones, toured extensively, recorded in legendary surroundings and went through all the different stages a new band goes through as they find themselves and their sound.


    Talking to Conor made me realise how far we’ve both come since this wee podcast began. Our approaches to our creative ventures have changed over the years but we’re still in it, doing our own things, learning as we go along and absorbing new information in the process. In the whole time I’ve been doing this podcast Dialects are the only band I’ve featured who I’ve known since the beginning of their career.


    It’s been great to see his band grow. I’ll never forget our first chat in the back of their tour van. It’s exciting to follow the growth of a band from the beginning, to see them realise the potential that you always presumed they had.


    Makes you wonder if it’s the same for everyone.


    I hope you enjoy this conversation.
     
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Bin Bag Ninja ,

Awesome show, Scotland's alternate Mark Maron.

Listened to a good number of episodes now and love this podcast. Mark does a great job of getting his guests to open up about themselves, their art and their thoughts. Truly insightful stuff. keep up the good work. Mark Maron, watch your back, our Mark's on his way up, snapping at your heels.

The Music Pod ,

Great show with some all time hero interviews

I loved the Jimmy Eat World episode! I grew up with this band and it was great to hear such a brilliant interview :)

Ed_Sings ,

excellent podcast - music, creativity and more

what a great podcast, with loads of inspiring chat from music makers about what inspires them, highly recommended.

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