Don't Give Up Your Day Job's Podcast

Don't Give Up Your Day Job's Podcast

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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May 5, 2021 80 min

Legendary New Zealand drummer Frank Gibson Jnr.  has had an astonishing career and has deservedly earned the upmost respect from his peers.  He’s worked with a long list of artists including Shona Lang, Diana Krall, Joe Henderson, Leo Sayer, John Scofield, Dusty Springfield, The Temptations and Glen Campbell.  He’s dedicated, grounded and an all-round good guy.  It was a thrill to talk to him. 

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Mike Chunn needs no introduction.  He played in Split Enz and Citizen Band, he was the director for APRA NZ, he founded and still runs Play It Strange, he's been a loud voice for many important subjects including mental health and the need for music to be given a higher priority in New Zealand culture.  This was an exhilarating chat. There was laughter, there were tears and we even wrote a song.  Get on it!

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April 7, 2021 96 min

Drummer & Producer Greg Haver returns to the show to talk about his recent review of certain areas of the music industry and to discuss the new producers funding initiative called The New Music Development Scheme.  We have a good laugh while tackling some hotly debated subjects.  Dig in. 

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March 24, 2021 79 min

Joe & Danny get drunk.  Joe Walsh is constantly touring with Jordan Luck Band and his own band Ekko Park.  Almost two years ago Joe was sitting on a completed Ekko Park album (Horizon) that hadn't yet been released.  In the lead up Joe suggested we record an episode with a focus on the lyrics and back story to the album and in true Irish style, we met at the pub for a pre-recording drink.  Five Guinness each later we Ubered...

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March 11, 2021 90 min

Our guest is Alex Leighton, one of the creators and directors of New Zealand's premiere 2D animation studio Mukpuddy.  We spoke to Alex and his business partner Ryan Cooper a few years ago about their then new show Barefoot Bandits and now Alex returns to talk about their brand new show 'The Adventures Of Tumeke Space' which has just launched on TVNZ OnDemand.  We have a very real and honest chat about the good, the bad...

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February 25, 2021 65 min

Episode #112 is now available! Our guest is Barnaby Weir.  Barnaby leads two of New Zealand’s most popular bands (The Black Seeds and Fly My Pretties) and we had a great chat about life/work balance, his childhood, his creative process and the rise of The Black Seeds and the Wellington Reggae / Dub scene.  Barnaby is a kind and thoughtful guy and this turned out to be a really interesting conversation.  Enjoy!

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February 11, 2021 68 min

In the 1990s Christchurch based drummer Jason Peters and his band Pumpkinhead became a popular touring act with a loyal following and more than their fair share of Rock n Roll stories.  In more recent times Jason has been making music with Hunt The Witch and Kong Fooey and recently organised a series of tribute shows for the late, great Aaron Tokona.  This was a fun chat.  Enjoy! 

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In keeping with tradition we're opening 2021 with a chat between myself and our shows cofounder Bobby Kennedy.  This episode also features a short interview by Emme Lentino, with myself and Dan Antunovich.  Good times!

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Our 2020 Christmas Special is out now with special guest Molly Devine.  Molly is a singer, songwriter and music professional from Dunedin who impressed us with her interesting and very musical style of pop music and her pragmatic approach to her career.  We had a great chat about her background and her relationship with music.  Be sure to look her up!  We also play some notable moments from some of this year’s guests including Wayn...

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December 2, 2020 65 min

Guitarist Kara Gordon who now goes by the stage name Jimi Kara, regularly performs around the country and never seems to slow down.  He's opened for Slash, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, George Clinton, toured New Zealand, Australia and the UK with Alabama 3, performed many times with Fly My Pretties and has recently been a part of the tribute shows for the late Aaron Tokona.  He's a big character, an unforgettable presence and...

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November 19, 2020 79 min

Alex is the guitarist / singer for alternative rock band Skinny Hobos.  Alex Ferrier (aka Alex Elvis) and drummer Sam Holdom first met at high school and didn’t immediately click.  Alex put’s it simply “He kind of thought I was a dick and I probably was.”  Some years later they ended up working at the same instrument store and during a jam one night after the store closed, the two discovered their musical kinship.  Skinny Hobos wen...

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November 4, 2020 84 min

Iconic New Zealand guitarist, singer and songwriter Hammond Gamble joined us for a fantastic conversation about all things music.  We talked guitars, we dove into Hammonds background and the psychology behind playing and performing.  Hammond came to prominence during the 1970s with Street Talk and went on to tour extensively with the Hammond Gamble Band and The Disappointments.  Joe Cocker even covered one of his songs.  To top off...

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October 21, 2020 78 min

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...

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October 7, 2020 85 min

Marshall Smith is a composer, a songwriter, a producer, Musical Director of The Sound Room and Chairperson of the Screen Composers Guild of New Zealand.  He started out in bands, pursuing a career as a recording artist and soon moved into producing and soundtrack work, establishing a studio and creating music and advertisements for a long list of New Zealand and international clients.  We dive right into to an energetic conversatio...

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September 23, 2020 58 min

Harry Lyon is the guitarist and founding member of iconic New Zealand band Hello Sailor.  The band formed in 1975 and lasted five years before going separate ways.  Each member remained busy forming other bands and releasing solo albums and soon Hello Sailor reunited and continued to record and tour up until the untimely passing of Dave McArtney in 2013 and Graham Brazier in 2015.  For many years Harry was the Director of MAINZ (Mu...

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September 9, 2020 69 min

Andrew Thorne is a great guitar player who’s worked with a long list of fine artists including Jan Hellriegel, Greg Johnson, Dave Dobbyn, Tim Finn and he was the guitarist on Bic Runga’s first hit album Drive.  His own bands have included Splitter and the Calico Brothers, he’s played support for international acts like Radiohead, Bryan Adams and Jeff Buckley and he’s currently performing with the touring show 80s X.  We had a great...

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August 26, 2020 107 min

Part 2 with Debbie Harwood is here!  Debbie came back to share some of the wilder stories from her career.  Some are heartbreaking, most are hilarious.  She talks about touring with When The Cats Away right after having throat surgery, her eventful night trying to get home from Waiheke Island after being stranded, dancing evocatively on stage with Jimmy Barnes as Jimmy's wife stood in the wings, making dinner for Paul Hewson on...

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August 12, 2020 105 min

Debbie Harwood is a triple threat; she’s a fantastic musician, highly intelligent and as kind and honest as they come.  Debbie spent her early years performing constantly, making a name for herself in the local music scene.  She held her own in a male dominated industry and stood strong against the patronising and dismissive, who sniffed at the ‘cute female covers band’ When The Cats Away, which would become one of the most success...

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July 29, 2020 71 min

Hinerongonui Kingi is a multi-talented musician, writer, dancer, journalist and even a body builder!  There seems to be nothing she can’t do, and her positivity and optimism is inspiring.  Hailing from Rotorua, Hine started performing at a very young age and has already performed around the world.  We talk about her time in Dubai, her strategies in setting and realising her goals and her can-do approach.  Included in this episode i...

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July 15, 2020 73 min

Episode #98 is now available! Our guest is Rikki Morris.  Rikki is a highly respected, multitalented singer, songwriter, musician, producer & live sound engineer.  He joined Th’ Dudes as a roadie back in 1979 and went on to have a huge hit as a solo artist with the song Nobody Else.  He appeared on TV shows like 3.45 Live, Alive and Kicking, Get Your Act Together and Super City and he ran his recording studio The Bus (Depot) fo...

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