I started “POSTED” way back when RTRFM was broadcasting from the UWA Campus, and have had the pleasure of seeing the show move from a one-person, late-night ‘love job’ to a four-person, prime-time one! As well as having a long-held passion for post-rock-ish and experimental music (and many other styles of music besides), I am also particularly partial to flavoursome, well-made craft beer, so life is all about striking that delicate balance between music and beer… Sounds difficult I know, but it’s the cross I have to bear!!
How did you become involved?
I produced a zine called “first past the post” between 2003 and 2005, and, at some stage during that period, the then RTRFM Station Manager (Dan Stinton) contacted me to see whether I’d be interested in presenting a show that covered the styles of music I’d been writing about. Of course, I WAS! I’d already been doing the overnight ‘Music Mix’ program for a year-or-two by that time, so the opportunity for a slightly better timeslot – midnight to 2am I think it was initially – and a brand-spanking program was amazing. I don’t recall exactly when “POSTED” first joined the RTRFM grid, but the fact that it’s still there – in an even better timeslot these days – is something I’m quite proud of.
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
Only Five? Bloody hell…
- My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
- Mogwai – Come On Die Young
- Archers Of Loaf – Icky Mettle
- Fennesz – Endless Summer
- New Order – Technique
What is the best thing about being involved with the station?
Well, RTRFM is obviously the best radio station in Perth – if not the whole country – so it’s a buzz to be part of the station’s community of volunteers. It’s also great to feel that you’re making a small contribution to the overall package that keeps RTRFM in that esteemed, fiercely independent position.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you in the RTRFM studio?
There is one experience that immediately springs to mind when I read this question, but, thankfully, I have the thinking time and the good sense to decide against sharing it here. So ‘no comment’ is my official answer!
If you could present a show that is not your own, which show would it be? Why?
Given my voracious appetite for what’s next, I’ve always loved “Out To Lunch” from noon to 3pm on weekdays. Getting the lowdown on the best in New Releases from Dr Adam Trainer would be invaluable in ensuring I don’t miss too much good stuff, and it would be nice to stretch my musical taste buds across a wider spectrum of generic/stylistic territories. That said, I’m pretty content with the wide-open spaces navigated on the “Posted” show!
What do you do in real life?
Beyond exploring the vast sonic territories of “post-rock-ish, experimental and otherwise difficult to classify music”, I spend my days working with craft beer. That essentially means being an advocate and salesperson for a local brewer, a small Melbourne brewer, and a range of imported beers brought into the country by a Brisbane-based importer. I also run beer tasting events under my own “BEERtasters” banner, and then recover from all that with a good beer and some fine tunes… As I said, it’s a tough life but someone’s gotta do it. Cheers!