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Chris Butler

Presenting: Good Times Brain Blood Volume Snooze Button Up Late

I like having my mind blown with science facts, and sharing them with people that pretend to be interested. I enjoy writing essays and listening to podcasts of people arguing with each other. I play folk music (badly), buy more books than I’ll ever have time to read and keep a Siamese fighting fish alive.

How did you become involved in the station?

For years I was a huge fan of RTRFM and knew I wanted to be involved somehow, but my background was in filmmaking and at the time didn’t have any radio experience whatsoever. Then one day, coincidentally, I was helping to film an interview with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros for Mental Health Week, and Tanya Bunter was the interviewer. She introduced me to the people behind RTRFM and a few weeks later I was filming Tiny Ruins performing in studio for Drastic On Plastic, and for the next few years continued being roped in on/pitching ideas for small promotional videos and documentaries. Then the opportunity came up to do the Presenter’s Course which I somehow managed to pass, thanks to the excellent guidance of the trainers.

If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?

  • The Mountain Goats – The Sunset Tree
  • Joanna Newsom – Ys
  • ISIS – Panopticon
  • Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore – Black Earth
  • Die Antwoord – $0$

What is the best thing about being involved in the station?

The more you give to RTRFM, the more it gives back. Like many other people I’ve volunteered a lot of my time to RTRFM, but I really feel like I’m the lucky one by getting to be some small part of it all. Everything that happens in Perth music, art & culture passes through RTRFM at some point, and so being at the station really feels like you’re right in the heartbeat of something huge.

What is the strangest thing that has happened to you at RTRFM?

I was filming a highlight reel for Radiothon a few years ago, and had a brief window of time at about 11pm to duck into the station and try to capture whatever was going on. The studio had been crammed with presenters who were just finishing a show, and I was trying to get everyone to do a group high five for the slow motion camera, because it was the only idea I had. It shouldn’t have been so difficult but we just couldn’t get it to work. In the middle of the night in a dark empty building in Mt Lawley, seven people trying to coordinate a high five, missing and falling over, again and again. Strange moment.

I was also in the station to film Peter Barr’s retirement announcement, which we had to keep a secret as a lot of people at the station still didn’t know at that point. I had dolly tracks & lights set up on Peter Barr with a huge whirring camera to film this big moment, and I had to act like nothing special was about to happen.

If you could present a show other than your own, which would it be and why?

I’d say I listen to more folk and dark experimental music than anything, and Difficult Listening was the show that really got me addicted to RTRFM. Golden Apples Of The Sun or Plucked Strings would also be really cool.

What do you do in real life?

I work full time at a cinema, and in my free time I freelance for a film production company.

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