Simon Sweetman talks to musicians, writers, actors, comedians, people of interest. Creative types share their stories.
Sweetman Podcast: Episode 235 - Peter Rowley
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 in Footrot Flats. We talk through it all.
Sweetman Podcast: Episode 234 - Tribute To Eddie Van Halen with Ben Fulton
A Tribute To Eddie Van Halen. The day we heard the news...me and my good friend Ben Fulton (musician, guitar pedal maker) sat down to process the news and pay tribute to one of our heroes, celebrating some of his best music and discussing what made Eddie Van Halen so special.
Sweetman Podcast: Episode 233 - The Death of Music Journalism
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 at Meow in Wellington. With readings also by Freya Daly Sadgrove and Rachel McAlpine. Music and poetry by Dr. Blue. And the book will be launched by Pip Adam.
Sweetman Podcast: Episode 232 - Darren Watson's Getting Sober For The End Of The World
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.
Sweetman Podcast: Episode 231 - Geoff Stahl
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 teaching position at Victoria University. We talk pandemic and teaching through lockdown via video conferencing. We talk music and record collecting and the development of media studies as a subject.
Sweetman Podcast: Episode 230 - Anna Dean
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 and we talk trends in podcasts, social media and journalism. We talk about living online and broadcasting opinions and thoughts and the content mire of providing so much of your content to Facebook and other digital platforms for free.