Former Rolling Stone editor Rod Yates sits down with some of music’s biggest stars and behind-the-scenes players and asks: How did they get where they are today? What made them who they are? How have they navigated the ups and downs of life and their career, and what have they learned along the way? The results are frequently funny, occasionally heartbreaking, often educational and always very, very revealing. Come behind the scenes and discover what makes these music-makers human.
Dean Lewis is one of those overnight success stories that was a long time in the making. After years of rejection, he finally got his break when 2018 single “Be Alright” went double platinum in America and 11 times platinum in Australia, sending Dean on a whirlwind schedule of touring.
For a guy from Sydney who’d only done five shows before heading overseas to play, it was a steep, steep learning curve, one Dean talks about throughout this interview.
At 19 Emily King was signed to J Records, which was founded by the legendary Clive Davis. She was nominated for a Grammy for her debut album, East Side Story, but found the major label experience soul destroying, and was dropped several years later.
She set about finding her true voice and rebuilding her career, and has since earned another two Grammy nominations, the latest being for her 2020 single, “See Me”.
We talk about the roller coaster ride of Emily’s career and much more.
Emilio Castillo (Tower Of Power)
Emilio Castillo has led Oakland soul/funk legends Tower Of Power since founding the band in 1968. There have been ups and downs along the way, with changing musical trends, substance abuse and shifting line-ups taking their toll at various points.
We talk about it all in this interview, from Emilio's path into music to the band's early '70s success, from overcoming his substance abuse issues to Tower of Power's recently released live album and DVD, '50 Years Of Funk & Soul, Live At The Fox Theatre'.
girl in red
girl in red is the pseudonym of 22-year-old Norwegian artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist Marie Ulven. Her debut album, 'if I could make it go quiet', has won global praise, with Taylor Swift calling the album "spectacular".
Marie is the definition of a self-contained artist, writing all the songs, playing all the instruments and producing, all of which we talk about in this interview.
We also discuss her willingness to address her sexuality and mental health in her lyrics, and much more.
Craig Finn (The Hold Steady)
The Hold Steady recently released their eighth full-length record, 'Open Door Policy'.
It’s an album in every sense of the word, with musical ebbs and flows off-set by Craig Finn’s formidable lyrical storytelling, delivered in his trademark sung-spoken way.
We talk about how he developed that style in this interview, and how he went from attending hardcore shows in Minneapolis as a kid to playing in acclaimed underground band Lifter Puller, before moving to New York to form The Hold Steady.
Andrew Farriss (INXS)
There’s a song on Andrew Farriss’s self-titled solo album called “Come Midnight”, which was written during the sessions for INXS’s 1987 album 'Kick'. As with the rest of his solo record, though, it’s a far cry from the funk, rock and pop of INXS, with Andrew going down a traditional country music route.
We talk about Andrew’s latest career move in this interview, as well as his upbringing, the rise of INXS, his songwriting partnership with Michael Hutchence, and much more.