128 episodes

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. So join us as we chat to musicians, producers, actors, artists, engineers and others about their professional and personal stories.

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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. So join us as we chat to musicians, producers, actors, artists, engineers and others about their professional and personal stories.

    Episode #127 Toby Lloyd

    Episode #127 Toby Lloyd

    Wellington based producer Toby Lloyd has worked with a long list of great artists including Hollie Smith, Stan Walker, Ladi6, Louis Baker, Jermaine Clements and Shapeshifter.  Before going out on his own, he worked at Peter Jacksons’ Park Road Studios and was part of the team that made The Hobbit Trilogy, Mortal Engines and Hunt For The Wilderpeople.  These days Toby is all about his family and all about the music.  We had a great chat that continued well after we stopped recording.  Great talks.  Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode #121 Steven Crooks

    Episode #121 Steven Crooks

    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 beatboxing had on him and his plans to continue growing the beatbox community here in New Zealand. This is an honest and inspiring chat. 

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode #118 Cassandra Tse

    Episode #118 Cassandra Tse

    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), Gutenberg! The Musical! (2018), The Aliens (2019), Four Nights in the Green Barrow Pub (2019) and That’s All She Wrote (2020).  We had a great chat about the ins and outs of putting on stage productions and building a career in the arts.   

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode #105 Darren Watson

    Episode #105 Darren Watson

    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 his new album 'Getting Sober For The End Of The World' Darren swung by and we got right to it.  What followed was an action-packed conversation that was both thoughtprovoking and a whole lot of fun.  Enjoy!  

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode #97 Dug Pinnick

    Episode #97 Dug Pinnick

    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, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and many more.  Dug's journey has been one of constant struggle. He had a traumatic childhood and then had to find his way as a black man in America, a gay man in a religious environment all while trying to pursue a career in music.  We talk about his lyrics, his childhood, impostor syndrome and being an honest outspoken person.  We talk about the complications with the bands performance in front of 300,000 people at Woodstock 94 and we chat about the state of the world.  On the episode Dug says "It hasn't gotten worse than the 70s until the police come out with tear gas and rubber bullets."  Two weeks later George Floyd was murdered by a police officer, igniting riots across the US. Welcome to the groove machine!

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Episode #87 Alan Brown

    Episode #87 Alan Brown

    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 a true musician, journeyman, a family man, a highly respected artist and a profound mind.  He’s deeply dedicated to his craft and to helping others discover and progress in music.  We hit the ground running on this episode and we covered a wide range of subjects.  Buckle up!

    • 1 hr 30 min

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