Creative Detour Podcast

Creative Detour Podcast

Creative Detour is a podcast for creatives to share their journey - the twists and turns of creative life and how they arrived at their current position. Creative Detour is part of Matt, Simplified.


June 14, 2023 83 mins

Aidan Sean McDonald is the drummer of Private Function, videographer,  director and more. In this episode we talk about the many different hats Aidan has had to wear to make ends meet on his creative journey, the history of the Private Function scratch-it cover art, the urine infused vinyl, his directing dreams, imposter syndrome and more.

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Joc Curran is a co-founder of the iconic Brisbane music venue, The Zoo. In this episode, Joc talks about the original view for the venue, the importance of building organic relationships in the community, endurance and a lot more. The Zoo is celebrating it's 30th anniversary this month.

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Brett Wood is the Principal and co-founder of Music Industry College, an innovative college that provides education for grade 11 and 12 students who are interested in a career in the music industry or creative arts. 

Listen to the audio-only version of the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever else you listen to podcasts, or watch the video version on YouTube.


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This episode is a panel discussion with the three creators of Up In The Airlock - Nat Flamsteed and Nat Sim of Method To My Madness Film and Ian Haug from Powderfinger and The Church, also the owner of Airlock Studios.

In this episode, Nat, Alex and Ian speak about Up In The Airlock, a live performance video series filmed at Airlock Studios and the funding available to creatives to launch projects like this.


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Alex Towler is one half of the winning duo of the television show Lego Masters 2020 and continues to build Lego exhibitions and pieces. 

In this episode, Alex talks about:

  • How to time manage effectively while working on a creative project
  • Whether Alex identifies as a product of Lego or ‘Lego Masters’
  • Finding identity in a larger brand’s parameters
  • The strengths and weaknesses of working creatively in a team
  • Requirements for...
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Lana Bee is an OnlyFans (top 0.3%) and Twitch content creator based in LA. Lana and I do a deep dive on their creative journey, what brought them to OnlyFans and Twitch and how they manage producing such a large body of ongoing content. 

In this episode, Lana talks about:

  • How Lana used art to escape a controlled environment and manifested their freedom
  • How Lana got out of a cycle of homelessness and established in their own home
  • Th...
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January 17, 2022 58 mins

Mikey Richards is the drummer for Violent Soho and a passionate philosopher. 

In this episode Mikey talks about:

  • his history with singing and how his classical-trained experience differs from Luke Boerdam's (singer of Violent Soho) non-traditional experience
  • the importance of showing yourself for who you truly are and not comparing yourself to others 
  • the feeling of starting over when making Hungry Ghost
  • how to free yourself fr...
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December 22, 2021 56 mins

Dan Stork is an audio engineer and tour manager from Brisbane, Australia.

Dan has done work for Deafheaven, Ruby Fields, Hockey Dad, DZ Deathrays, The Smith Street Band, Russian Circles, Nothing, Rolo Tomassi, Clowns and more. 

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November 9, 2021 87 mins

Liam Edward Brennan is an award-winning cinematographer from Sydney, Australia.

Liam has worked on awesome commercial projects including Chris Hemsworth's Centr, David Jones, McDonalds Monopoly, and some equally as good music photography projects with bands such as Powderfinger, Violent Soho and more.

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September 15, 2021 39 mins

Craig Selak and Tim Maxwell sit down with me to discuss LOSER 'All The Rage', being authentic as an artist, ASMR and dropping two albums during a pandemic.

This episode has Tim Maxwell and Craig Selak talk about what their experiences with previous bands (The Bennies, Apart From This and more) offered as guidance for LOSER.

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August 4, 2021 79 mins

April Josie is a photographer from Sydney, Australia, focusing on content of all types. I know her best from her work with music photography, but she is a photographer of all different kinds.

In this episode we talk about how to look after your mental health, finding a creative passion outside of photography, overcoming detractors and managing business relationships.

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About the episode
Fresh off the back of of Sly Withers' Coldplay Cover, The Scientist, Jono Mata and Sam Blitvich sit down with me for the Creative Detour Podcast to talk about everything creative.

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May 5, 2021 49 mins

Welcome to the third episode of the Creative Detour Podcast! In this episode I sit down with Ben Lee to talk about his creative journey.

This Ben Lee interview spreads light on how he sustains motivation for creative projects long-term, what he learned from Sonic Youth and The Beastie Boys around community and heaps more.

Ben Lee is playing the Brisbane Powerhouse on 19 June. You can grab tickets here.


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April 12, 2021 92 mins
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This episode I talk to Jake Laderman, drummer in Clowns and co-owner of Damaged Music.

Jake takes us on an honest journey through the hardships of being in a DIY band, advice for up-and-coming bands new to managing their budgets, what it's like starting a record label and more.

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February 24, 2021 4 mins

Filter Photography Podcast is now Creative Detour!

Creative Detour is an Australian podcast hosted by Matt Walter, a music photographer with a passion for all things creative.

In this episode

  • Why the podcast name was changed
  • What is changed in the podcast
  • What Creative Detour will focus on

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I speak with Lewis Nixon about his new 3D music photography zine, how many photos are too many or too few to submit to a publication, and what keeps this music photographer motivated. 

You can check out Lewis' work here:

You can view more information about this episode at the Filter Photography Podcast website.

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Yep, positive feedback can be a bad thing!

Episode 27 of the Filter Photography Podcast has an interview with April Josie, wedding and music photographer from Sydney, Australia.

We talk about how April goes about creating bodies of work, why crediting is actually important to photographers, whether a formula is useful in client work and more.

You can check out April's work at:

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Australian artists - this is the episode for you! Episode 26 of the Filter Photography Podcast has an interview with Rachael Audrey Anger, a multi-talented artist and host of the Isolation Art Show.

Isolation Art Show is an online-only art show that is helping Australian artists sell their work and keep food in their mouths during tough time.

Rachael has put hundreds of hours of her own time and loads of her own money into giving Aus...

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Get a rock-solid brief from your client. In this podcast episode we'll talk about what questions you will want to ask to get a very clear photography brief that will make it super easy for you to impress the client!

Have a question that you'd like to ask for future episodes?

You can submit a question to be answered on the show by visiting the Filter website. Ask specific questions or something general - anything is on the...

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