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Professional filler-innerer, or at least would be if pay were involved volunteering. But amateur filler-innerer seemed like such self-deprecation. You get it.

 How did you become involved?

Came into the studio with Nostalgia presenter extraordinaire and father; “Old Top” Ted Williams, met some of the radio denizens. Seemed like a cool bunch, which ended up in getting roped into volunteering at Radiothon 2011, then getting roped into presenting Snooze Button, then getting roped into doing Mag, and then getting roped into making/breaking Peter Barr’s heart when I would tell him I can/can’t do that late notice fill in.

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

  • DJ Shadow – The Private Press
    (I actually came to this before the seminal Entroducing – and like The Doctor, this is now ‘my’ DJ Shadow)
  • Massive Attack – Blue Lines
    (Oscillate a lot between this and Mezzanine to be honest, but taking an analytical approach I actually counted my digital plays – and this came out on top by about 12%)
  • Jungle – Jungle
    (Predominantly for the aesthetic of the video clip for ‘The Heat’ – takes me to a happy place every time)
  • RJD2 – Deadringer
    (The first vinyl record I ever owned, and it still is always in the travel case whenever it comes with me)
  • The Frank Sinatra Christmas Album
    (Because there are no others. By playing this you can avoid all kinds of hokey B.S. during the festive season)

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

Community. When it feels like there’s no-where else in Perth where you can go to feel included – RTRFM has your back. Whether it’s in the office, at one of the many awesome RTRFM made events, or just out in the music and arts community generally – it’s always a pleasure to run into people that share the alternative passion, and are willing to yuk it up about all kinds of lovely, interesting and ultimately arcane stuff – not just about music!

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

Having Diablo the Snake in studio as part of a Fringe interview, slithering all over the place. If you listen back to the interview you can clearly hear how distracted I am by this.

If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?

All City. Either it’s a song I’m already jamming to, or one that I’m quickly whipping out shazam to identify. Most of my fill ins are mini All City programs anyway, so why not take this to it’s logical conculsion.

What do you do in real life?

I used to work in Data Analytics in various places around town, but more recently started my own silent disco hire business – Quiet Riot Silent Disco *plug plug*; and most recently planning an indefinite stay in Japan doing… well… I haven’t decided yet. Suggestions welcome.

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