Falling through space and time I landed with a thud on a planet called Perth. Enchanted by its nine months of blasting dry heat I decided to linger. In short, I’ve spent most of my time here loitering on university campuses, dancing to Kate Bush, editing magazines and periodically mistaking jogging for a fun activity.
How did you become involved in the station?
Basically I was looking for a challenge and RTR seemed like an extension of my interests. For the last few years I’ve been involved in editing local magazines (Pelican and GSM – now published as Dircksey) and putting together dance playlists for No Lights No Lycra., both of which involved a surprising amount of public speaking. Local media + music + talking = RTRFM.
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
Personally I thought the least convincing thing about The Martian was that NASA could send Matt Damon 10,000 lines of code to reprogram his Mars Car™ but not update his iTunes. In the same situation I’d bring:
- Beyonce – Beyonce (She’s the queen of the galaxy in my opinion)
- Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid (AfroFuturist dance music for my sci-fi exile)
- Marina and The Diamonds – The Family Jewels (Ideal soundtrack for smashing Martian patriarchal power structures… or dancing)
- Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA (Music for a bleak, toxic, and lonely landscape – also known as New Jersey)
- Compilation – The Best of the 90s (Because in space nobody can hear you stream)
What is the best thing about being involved in the station?
The first thing that comes to mind is the people: everyone I’ve met at RTR has been friendly, supportive and enthusiastic. My periodic co-host Tristan “T-Fid” Fidler perfectly exemplifies these values and has been a delight to work with on live radio. The second thing is the music. Personally I’d describe my musical tastes as a lot like fairy bread – a thick layer of sugary pop sprinkles on top of a generic slice of white bread. The stuff RTR plays is more like lemon butter on sourdough: delicious wholemeal audio with zest.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you at RTRFM?
The strangest thing to happen to me at RTR was when I learnt how broadcasting works: not many people know radio waves are actually tiny invisible demons carrying sound bubbles from the studio straight into ever radio. When you hear radio silence that just means the demon got lost – or we ran out of goat’s blood (which is what gives our studio walls their distinctive red). True story.
If you could present a show other than your own, which would it be and why?
I’m a big fan of ideas-driven shows like All Things Queer, The Mag, and Artbeat. They all do great work covering their respective fields. Musically, Rock, Rattle & Roll and Spoonful of Blues are very appealing. I also quite like the idea of doing Breakfast with Caitlin, but mainly as an excuse to change my on-air name to “Breakfast”.
What do you do in real life?
I spend an inordinate amount of time pitching unofficial show taglines to Tristan (“2016: we’re sorry”), falling in love with emotionally unavailable weirdos, daydreaming about Kate Bush and shuffling paper for a student union.