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.
On our 150th episode, Fiona McDonald joins me to talk about the new Strawpeople album Knucklebones - their first release in nineteen years! We also discus writing lyrics, the innovative approach of both the Headless Chickens and Strawpeople, Bosom FM (?) and a whole lot more!Support the show
Lorenzo Hazelwood is a young singer who fronts the band Silcrow and is in the full swing of trying to establish his career. With a new single out and an upcoming move to London, Lorenzo dropped by to chat about the highs and lows of being a young rock band trying to find their feet in the current musical industry. This is a very pointed, hard hitting, fun chat.Support the show
Jemilah and Koen from up-and-coming band Marmalade, stop by to talk about their thoughts and experiences as they work to get their band off the ground, progress their careers and navigate their way through the music industry. We also learn about bed socks.Support the show
Australian songwriter, musician and guitar tutor Mark Moldre, joins us to talk about his new album Nambucca Fables. We discuss song-writing, the story of the lost 1940s Tex Morton guitar, the trappings of genre and branding and much more. Check out his fantastic new album and enjoy the chat!Support the show
Drummer and fellow podcaster Andrew Rooney joins Danny for a wide ranging conversation about all things music. The conversation swings from Toto to Ringo, the Dunning–Kruger effect to making money, and Andrew gives Danny a pep talk.Support the show
Tracey Collins is a professional accordionist with a wealth of experience. We discuss her work touring with Operatunity, meeting her husband in Venice, her early gigs on K’ Road as a young teenager, building a restaurant in a tree and her life as a fulltime musician and Mum. Fast paced, lots of laughs, great chats.Support the show
In September 2022 renowned vocalist Caitlin Smith, returned to our podcast studio with more to say about her latest thoughts and musings. On this second instalment she talks about anxiety and addiction, musical identity, navigating the music business and Danny and Caitlin debate their slightly different views on lyric writing.Support the show
Pat Kuhtze has been a professional drummer since the 1980s and has remained a busy and in demand session musician ever since. He’s witnessed the music industry change in many ways and has continually evolved to stay afloat, raising four kids and racking up a long list of playing credits. As the pandemic arrived Pat decided to steer away from some of his work to focus on projects he’s more passionate about. He now has several pro...
Voodoo Bloo are an emerging Wellington based rock band who have built a strong following, toured Australia and recently supported You Am I. Their new album The Blessed Ghost is an inspired, raw and impressive effort from such young musicians and front man Rory McDonald is disarmingly open and honest. We talk music, life, the future and the general navigation of one’s own mind. This is an action-packed episode to close out 2022.S...
Uk musician and composer Simon Wood Harris talks about his journey developing the Unidentified Flying Project, an album and collaboration that includes Dave Weckl, Dominic Miller, Jeremy Stacey, Robbie McIntosh, Pino Palladino, Omar Hakim and many more of the worlds finest musicians. On this special two-part episode, Simon talks openly about the highs and lows of his journey putting this project together.
Uk musician and composer Simon Wood Harris talks about his journey developing the Unidentified Flying Project, an album and collaboration that includes Dave Weckl, Dominic Miller, Jeremy Stacey, Robbie McIntosh, Pino Palladino, Omar Hakim and many more of the worlds finest musicians. On this special two-part episode, Simon talks openly about the highs and lows of his journey putting this project together.Support the show
Garageland rose to prominence in the mid 90s and released three albums before disbanding in 2002. Now they’re back together, touring in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their first album ‘Last Exit to Garageland’. Singer/Guitarist Jeremy Eade joins us for a philosophical chat about the 90s, life on the road and life after rock n roll. Put on your laughing shoes.Support the show
Dug Pinnick from US band King's X talks about the new Kings X album Three Sides of One, the producers who worked on Kings X's previous albums and his thoughts on the world and life. These guys created their own sound, paved their own road and influenced many artists including Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pantera and Dream Theater. King's X long awaited new album Three Sides of One ...
Riccardo Ball is the vocalist for Just One Fix, the director of Wrecking Ball Media, he’s the former Music Director at The Rock and has worked as a song plugger and artist mentor. He's broadly experienced and refreshingly honest and on this episode we have a funny and informative conversation about the business of music.Support the show
Tom Scrase is a drummer, percussionist and lecturer from Wellington. He’s written music for dance and has maintained a performance career as a drummer for several groups including dDub, Corrella and NZ's premier percussion ensemble Strike! More recently Tom has released his own music under the moniker Aotūroa.Support the show
Wellington producer Lee Prebble owns and runs surgerystudios.co.nz and has worked with a long list of great artists including TrinityRoots, The Phoenix Foundation, The Black Seeds, Cornerstone Roots, Fly My Pretties and L.A.B. We talk life, music and production and have many a laugh on the way. Great dude, great chats.Support the show
Guitarist Neil Watson has played with a long list of great artists including Michael Brecker, Ali Campbell (UB40), Anika Moa, Tim Finn, Greg Johnson, Lucy Lawless, Jordan Luck, Nathan Haines, The Finn Bro’s, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Tami Neilson and many more. On this very special episode the two guitarists settle in for a great chat about their approaches to guitar playing, their careers and family. Plus, Danny reveals h...
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