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A music conversation with Double J's Caz Tran that explores how music soundtracks, punctuates and permeates our life. An intimate look at how a single song can express who we are, what we're going though and where we're heading.

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The sounds of Julie Shapiro's life

15:56 | Dec 6th, 2017

Radiotopia's Julie Shapiro shares her love of riot grrrl and The National on Don't Look Back

Julie Shapiro

15:56 | Dec 4th, 2017

Long before the explosion of podcasts, Julie Shapiro was championing the art of storytelling. These days she is Executive Producer of Radiotopia, a network supporting amazing podcasts like 99% Invisible, Criminal and Song Exploder. In an ever expandi...Show More

Emma Alberici: from hard partying clubhead to hard hitting journalist

17:00 | Nov 29th, 2017

From hard partying clubhead to hard hitting journalist, get to know the real Emma Alberici and why one pivotal Sting song means so much to her.

Emma Alberici

17:00 | Nov 28th, 2017

Before she made her name as a hard hitting journalist, Emma Alberici was a hard partying clubhead. She joins us this week to talk about the important role music has played in her life and in particular, one pivotal song by Sting that will forever pro...Show More

Bic Runga

11:28 | Nov 23rd, 2017

People told New Zealand pop artist Bic Runga that as an Asian girl she should stick to singing instead of playing the drums she loved as a youngster. Bic shares the story of why Karen Carpenter's virtuosic percussive skills and haunting vocal qualiti...Show More

How Karen Carpenter fuelled Bic Runga's rebel heart

11:28 | Nov 22nd, 2017

How Karen Carpenter’s virtuosic percussive skills and haunting vocal qualities fuelled Bic’s rebel heart

GAWURRA

14:45 | Oct 25th, 2017

Gawurra reflects on the people and events that got him to where he is today and contemplates where his music might take him into the future.

Gawurra

14:45 | Oct 25th, 2017

Music is a powerful motivator. Rising star Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu knows this well. With the support of family and friends, Gawurra made the decision to move his young family from Miligimbi Island, North East Arnhem Land, over 3000km south to Melb...Show More

The song that continues to give hope and energy to Nattali Rize's mission

15:55 | Oct 18th, 2017

Whether she’s fronting Blue King Brown, in solo mode or collaborating with Jamaica’s most talented artists, her creative drives are almost always focused on elevating consciousness and the greater good.

Nattali Rize

15:55 | Oct 18th, 2017

For Nattali Rize, music and activism go hand in hand. Whether she's fronting Blue King Brown, in solo mode or collaborating with Jamaica's most talented artists, her creative drives are almost always focused on elevating consciousness and the greater...Show More

Why Fela Kuti’s songs still resonate in Nigeria today

27:46 | Oct 11th, 2017

Most of the things he stated 30, 40 years ago are playing out in 3D slow motion. And it’s unfortunate that Nigeria has not moved forward in the last 40 years.

Lemi Ghariokwu

27:46 | Oct 10th, 2017

Nigerian born artist Lemi Ghariokwu designed and illustrated dozens of Fela Kuti's records and was part of Fela's inner circle. In this conversation, he gives us a rare cultural, creative and personal insight into the life of the Afrobeat legend. Lem...Show More

The Clean changed the way Tony Martin thought about music

18:14 | Oct 4th, 2017

The Clean's raw infectious melodicism would mark an important turning point in the comedian's life

Tony Martin

18:14 | Oct 2nd, 2017

From Modern Family to Catastrophe, there's no shortage of family driven narratives and themes in entertainment. By 2030 however, couples without children will outnumber traditional families, but who is telling their stories and looking at ordinary si...Show More

The songs that taught Living Colour to be fearless

24:45 | Sep 6th, 2017

Living Colour erupted in the mid 80s with some of the most raucous and distinctive sounds of the day

Living Colour

24:45 | Sep 6th, 2017

Living Colour erupted in the mid 80s with some of the most raucous and distinctive sounds of the day, fusing metal, hip hop, jazz, funk and rock. Guitarist Vernon Reid and drummer Will Calhoun trace some fascinating links from the music hungry kids t...Show More

The 'tasty' classic song that blew Naoko from Shonen Knife's mind

16:01 | Aug 30th, 2017

Naoko Yamano tells us about the first time she heard The Beatles

Naoko Yamano of Shonen Knife

16:01 | Aug 30th, 2017

You'd be hard pressed to find a more enduring punk group than Osaka trio Shonen Knife. Formed in 1981, their love of 70s hard rock, 60s girl group harmonies and an infectious pop optimism is evident over their 22 albums and shows no signs of diminish...Show More

Crushing but perfect: the classic pop song that sticks with Rob Snarski

17:51 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Rob Snarski of The Blackeyed Susans reflects on the power of Nancy Sinatra's 'Bang Bang'

Rob Snarski

17:51 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Rob Snarski is the dark romantic essence of The Blackeyed Susans. His first book reflects on key events, people and dearly loved pets all of which have shaped his life. 'You're Not Rob Snarski, Crumbs from the Cake' with its short, evocative passages...Show More

Def FX's Fiona Horne had one song that stuck with her

13:41 | Aug 16th, 2017

Def FX's Fiona Horne lets us know which song got her through the highs and lows of her life.

Fiona Horne

13:41 | Aug 15th, 2017

With hits like 'Psychoactive Summer' and 'I'll Be Your Majick', Sydney electro rock group Def FX left their distinct mark on Australian music in the 1990s. Post Def FX, Fiona Horne became a pilot, flying commercially and also providing aid assistance...Show More

The one piece of music that David Wenham cannot shake

17:58 | Aug 9th, 2017

Over four decades on, the magnificence of this classical piece still transports him back into his eight-year-old self.

David Wenham

17:58 | Aug 8th, 2017

Australian actor David Wenham admits to being a frustrated director for at least the last 15 of his 30 years as one of the most recognisable faces in the movie business. He's just made his feature length directorial debut with a film called 'Ellipsis...Show More

The movie soundtracks that loom large in Sarah Blasko’s life

15:24 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Sarah Blasko was told in high school that she didn't have a musical bone in her body. She has carried that with her over her prolific and successful career.

Sarah Blasko

15:24 | Aug 1st, 2017

Sarah Blasko has ticked off many dream projects already in her fifteen plus year career having composed for stage and screen, collaborated with orchestras as well as her own acclaimed albums. In this conversation in front of a Melbourne Recital Centr...Show More

Vince Giarrusso

14:51 | Jul 25th, 2017

Over a 30 year career Vince Giarrusso has brought us music that has enticed and elevated our senses through his musical projects like Underground Lovers, GBVG and his soundtrack work. In this conversation, we explore elements that inform his broader ...Show More

Connecting the dots between Underground Lovers, Italian cinema and Van Morrison

14:51 | Jul 22nd, 2017

The song ‘seared’ in Giarrusso’s heart comes from a seminal album by Van Morrison. It speaks to his romantic Italian sensibilities.

How George Michael taught Kumi Taguchi about humanity

17:11 | Jul 19th, 2017

As a journalist and host of the ABC’s ethics and faith based program Compass, Kumi Taguchi has a passion for life’s important questions. George Michael helped create that passion.

Kumi Taguchi

17:11 | Jul 18th, 2017

As host of the ABC's ethics and faith based program Compass, journalist and broadcaster, Kumi Taguchi has a passion for life's important questions and a drive to broaden our perspectives on how our actions, thoughts and beliefs all add colour and con...Show More

How Andrew Bird found his own unique approach to songwriting

23:08 | Jul 12th, 2017

Andrew Bird talks about a Townes Van Zandt song that flicked a switch in him, challenging his views as a musical artist.

Andrew Bird

23:08 | Jul 11th, 2017

Over a two decade career, Andrew Bird has had two constants in his life, his delightful whistle and his inventive violin playing. Caz Tran caught up with the American artist at Melbourne Recital Centre to discuss his music and nature filled childhood...Show More

The song that taught Christine Anu to speak her truth

18:27 | Jul 5th, 2017

Dionne Farris was singing about, not just me, but all women out there who wanna say it but can’t.

Christine Anu

18:27 | Jul 4th, 2017

Christine Anu has experienced first-hand the power of language and why it matters. She talks about the importance of reclaiming her Torres Strait Island languages in her music. She also discusses her approach to the Warumpi Band classic that has defi...Show More

Highlights Season 1

18:32 | Apr 19th, 2017

Don't Look Back looks back on the conversations we've had so far with an eye for the inspiring detail in the stories told and an ear for learning more about the ability of one song to change our lives and continue to nourish us in enduring and creati...Show More

David Bridie unpacks the many layers of a Talking Heads classic

15:57 | Apr 5th, 2017

Released in 1981, the Talking Heads hit Once In A Lifetime made its mark as an instant classic. To David Bridie, who has had a long, varied and distinguished career, this song, and the album it’s from, provide him with the simple pleasure of enjoymen...Show More

David Bridie

15:57 | Apr 5th, 2017

David Bridie's long and distinguished music career is not just limited to his work with Not Drowning Waving, My Friend The Chocolate Cake, his solo albums and the countless film soundtracks he's composed. He's also produced albums for many prominent ...Show More

The shocking soul song that jolted Kylie Auldist

13:58 | Mar 29th, 2017

Millie Jackson's classic 1974 track ‘(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right’ blew a young Kylie Auldist's mind. But she won't be following in the footsteps of the legendary soul singer when it comes to subject matter of her songs.

Kylie Auldist

13:58 | Mar 29th, 2017

With four glistening solo albums behind her, and plenty more in partnership with The Bamboos and Cookin on 3 Burners, Kylie Auldist has carved out a name for herself as the voice of Australian soul and funk. The Kungs remix of 'This Girl' may have tu...Show More

The country pop song that inspired a Descendents and Black Flag legend

16:41 | Mar 22nd, 2017

It’s not entirely surprising that Descendents drummer Bill Stevenson would have a broad and rich range of musical influences. He recounts loving each of the hundreds of 7” singles his parents owned and allowed him to play to ruination on his little r...Show More

Bill Stevenson

16:41 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Influential California punk rock group Descendents has made a big comeback with their first album in 10 years Hypercaffium Spazzinate. The group's singer, Milo Aukerman, also quit his job as a biochemist to dedicate himself entirely to the band. His ...Show More

Dave Graney loved it when Television teased him

17:29 | Mar 15th, 2017

Dave Graney’s creative longevity has been sustained by his need for re-invention but also by knowing when to borrow ideas, phrases or melodic licks from others to fashion into something of his own. Caz Tran sat down with Dave Graney to hear about the...Show More

Dave Graney

17:29 | Mar 15th, 2017

Dave Graney's three decade plus career in music has spanned from his rumbling post punk group The Moodists in the '80s to being crowned our King of Pop in the '90s. His creative longevity has been sustained by his need for re-invention but also by kn...Show More

Why Joni Mitchell stops Katy Steele in her tracks

15:55 | Mar 8th, 2017

Katy Steele admits, with some embarrassment, that she’d never even heard about Joni Mitchell’s 1971 masterpiece Blue until fairly recently. Now, one song in particular continues to stop her in her tracks; the vividly depicted, melancholic seasonal so...Show More

Katy Steele

15:55 | Mar 8th, 2017

Songwriter Katy Steele's childhood dreams of New York were filled with romantic imagery of Carole King and the Brill Building, Paul Simon writing songs from his apartment overlooking Central Park and Patti Smith hanging out on the Lower East Side. It...Show More

How Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith finds inspiration everywhere

16:20 | Mar 1st, 2017

Inspiration has also come to her from two sprawling pieces of intricate, minimalist and ambient music, Steve Reich’s ‘Music for 18 Musicians’, and Laraaji’s ‘Essence / Universe’.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

16:20 | Mar 1st, 2017

American composer, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, gave us one of the standout albums of 2016 with her fifth album EARS. It's a beautifully composed and playfully executed journey that takes us deep into our connection with nature. In this episode, Kaitlyn ta...Show More

How Ash Grunwald became a convert to the church of Hendrix

16:26 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Ash Grunwald recounts a time in his life when there was only room for one type of music. He’d picked up the guitar at 10 years old, discovered blues music, and never looked back. That was, until he finally came around to the music of Jimi Hendrix.

Ash Grunwald

16:26 | Feb 21st, 2017

Bluesman Ash Grunwald has an axe to grind and he likes doing it through employing minimal chord changes, ditching anything that sounds 'pretty' and staying true to his old school blues values, which were informed by plenty of the genres great names l...Show More

What Angie Hart learnt from Neneh Cherry

15:21 | Feb 15th, 2017

Writer, musician and newly appointed co-curator of Women of Letters, Angie Hart shares tales of struggle with her personal demons, her habit of snubbing her musical heroes and the song that changed everything for her.

Angie Hart

15:21 | Feb 15th, 2017

Writer, musician and newly appointed co-curator of Women of Letters, Angie Hart shares tales of struggle with her personal demons, her habit of snubbing her musical heroes and the song that changed everything for her.She talks about the significance ...Show More

Maynard James Keenan has a weird relationship with Led Zeppelin's 'Kashmir'

19:16 | Feb 8th, 2017

“Winemaking is the long game,” Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan says. “You have to pay attention and understand that there's a big picture attached to it.

Maynard James Keenan

19:16 | Feb 7th, 2017

What Maynard James Keenan has to share about the creative process is worth knowing. In this first episode of Don't Look Back for 2017, the Puscifer/Tool/A Perfect Circle front man, writer and winemaker shares tales of what motivated him to map out hi...Show More

Missy Higgins' guardian angel

14:35 | Nov 29th, 2016

Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual or a roadmap. Sometimes you just bumble through, faking it til you make it. Some of us are lucky enough to find that role model, mentor or guardian angel who shows us a possible way forward. Missy Higgins ...Show More

Missy Higgins

14:35 | Nov 24th, 2016

Life doesn't come with an instruction manual or a roadmap. Sometimes you just bumble through, faking it til you make it. Others of us are lucky enough to find that role model, a mentor who shows us a possible way forward. Missy Higgins was one of tho...Show More

Ben Lee's revelation

17:14 | Nov 22nd, 2016

Ben Lee is back with a new album Freedom, Love and the Recuperation of the Human Mind. It’s possibly the most stripped back that we’ve heard him, and his approach to sharing his stories has shifted. There’s an openness that invites your ears inwards....Show More

Ben Lee

17:14 | Nov 17th, 2016

Ben Lee is back with a new album Freedom, Love and the Recuperation of the Human Mind, and not surprisingly his spirituality informs much of this latest release. But you might notice something a little different. It's possibly the most stripped back ...Show More

Thom Yorke was Clare Bowditch's healing companion

15:28 | Nov 15th, 2016

Mum of three, beloved musician, sometime actor and now popular radio host on her Melbourne ABC local radio show, Clare Bowditch has a lot of irons in the fire. A natural story teller, Clare talks with warmth and openness about a dark time in her life...Show More

Clare Bowditch

15:28 | Nov 10th, 2016

Mum of three, beloved musician, sometime actor and now popular radio host on her Melbourne ABC local radio show, Clare Bowditch has a lot of irons in the fire. A natural story teller, Clare talks with warmth and openness about a dark time in her life...Show More

How drugs, alcohol and HIV opened Michael Franti's eyes

15:16 | Nov 8th, 2016

Spearhead frontman Michael Franti, shares intimate tales of the evolution of his music and its message through his encounters with getting tested for HIV, coming to terms with his son Ade’s health issues and dealing with addiction in his family. Mich...Show More

Michael Franti

15:16 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Michael Franti has a simple manifesto when it comes to the reason he makes music. It's ultimately, 'to make people feel happy, healthy and equal.' It's been informed by experiences like performing in prisons, his trips to the Middle East and playing ...Show More

Holly Throsby's lesson in creative thinking

13:31 | Nov 1st, 2016

Songwriter Holly Throsby has given us four albums exploring themes of darkness and wonder, a kids album, written and illustrated her own comics and can now add novelist to her list of achievements. And even though writing songs and books are differen...Show More

Holly Throsby

13:31 | Oct 27th, 2016

Songwriter Holly Throsby has given us four albums exploring themes of darkness and wonder, a kids album, written and illustrated her own comics and can now add novelist to her list of achievements. 'Goodwood' is about a small, tight knit community wh...Show More

Mick Harvey

18:02 | Oct 20th, 2016

Whether he's re-interpreting the songs of French icon Serge Gainsbourg, or assisting the likes of Nick Cave and PJ Harvey to bring their artistic vision to life, Mick Harvey's renown as a trusted and insightful collaborator is well known. In this epi...Show More

Perfect Company

16:14 | Oct 18th, 2016

As a writer and performer with a huge love of musical theatre, Eddie Perfect sees songs as serving very precise and multilayered functions. He says the 1970 soundtrack for Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy ‘Company’ and in particular the weary but sc...Show More

Eddie Perfect

16:14 | Oct 13th, 2016

Great music can provide instantaneous, unconscious gratification, like a when a key just glides into a lock. On the other hand, songs can have a very specific set of purposes. As a writer and performer with a huge love of musical theatre, Eddie Perfe...Show More

Eleanor Friedberger's New York fascination

16:01 | Oct 11th, 2016

Eleanor Friedberger invites us into her childhood, one filled with her own tastes and musical discoveries but also one that’s been influenced by a kind hearted older brother. Matthew Friedberger not only bought Eleanor her first guitar but introduced...Show More

Eleanor Friedberger

16:01 | Oct 6th, 2016

In the years since the Friedberger siblings decided to rest their musical carnival ride, The Fiery Furnaces, singer Eleanor Friedberger has had a steady creative outpouring that's informed three solo albums with lots of introspection that's bitterswe...Show More

The menacing track that matched Richard Fidler's melancholy

15:57 | Oct 4th, 2016

Richard Fidler takes us back to the much darker and despairing times of his youth in Canberra. The recession 80s and looming nuclear crisis threatened to wipe out civilised society. In this climate some menacing and melancholic music captured the moo...Show More

Richard Fidler

15:57 | Sep 29th, 2016

Each week broadcaster and author, Richard Fidler through his acclaimed program Conversations captivates millions of listeners with his incisive, thought provoking and good-humoured approach to sharing a good yarn. In this conversation, he takes us ba...Show More

Felix Riebl's burning six string regret

18:30 | Sep 27th, 2016

He’s a talented singer, songwriter and showman, but Felix Riebl has had a lifetime of constant push and pull in his relationship with music. It began with the search for identity, then the struggle for expression and these days it’s about allowing hi...Show More

Felix Riebl

18:30 | Sep 22nd, 2016

He's a talented singer, songwriter and showman, but Felix Riebl has had a lifetime of constant push and pull in his relationship with music. It began with the search for identity, then the struggle for expression and these days as an older musician i...Show More

Patricia Piccinini spawned a monster

13:48 | Sep 20th, 2016

Wonder of the natural world is the key inspiration for acclaimed visual artist Patricia Piccinini. Through her works, she’s aiming to coax us out of our accepted ways of thinking to take a walk along the line that divides the natural and the unnatura...Show More

Patricia Piccinini

13:48 | Sep 15th, 2016

Wonder of the natural world is the key inspiration for acclaimed visual artist Patricia Piccinini. Through works such as the Skywhale and 'Graham', a character created for the TAC campaign, she's aiming to coax us out of our accepted ways of thinking...Show More

The punk pioneers that fill Henry Rollins with awe

15:51 | Sep 13th, 2016

Touring speaker, writer, broadcaster, actor & former frontman for hardcore punk legends Black Flag, Henry Rollins has a packed CV for a guy who’s professed never to have had any concrete plans in life. His intense enthusiasm & a restless curiosity ar...Show More

Henry Rollins

15:51 | Sep 7th, 2016

Touring speaker, writer, broadcaster, actor and former frontman for hardcore punk legends Black Flag, Henry Rollins has a packed CV for a guy who's professed never to have had any concrete plans in life. His intense enthusiasm and a restless curiosit...Show More

Ivan Aristeguieta says salsa is more 'bad ass' than rock'n'roll

13:36 | Sep 6th, 2016

Ivan Aristeguieta says every comedian has two jobs. Ivan is also a food technologist and it’s his knowledge in the culinary arts that’s helped him break through cultural barriers in his adopted Aussie homeland. But the sights, smells and sounds of hi...Show More

Ivan Aristeguieta

13:36 | Aug 31st, 2016

Ivan Aristeguieta says every comedian has two jobs. Aside from making people laugh, Ivan is also a food technologist and it's his knowledge in the culinary arts that's helped him break through cultural barriers in his adopted Aussie homeland. But the...Show More

Kate Mulvany and the story behind Khe Sanh

15:24 | Aug 30th, 2016

‘The last plane out of Sydney’s almost gone…’, an unmistakable lyric that playwright Kate Mulvany recalls hearing everywhere from radio through to blue light discos growing up. However, it wasn’t until she heard the word ‘Vietnam’ in the Cold Chisel ...Show More

Kate Mulvany

15:24 | Aug 25th, 2016

'The last plane out of Sydney's almost gone...', an unmistakable lyric line set to a restless and infectious melody, that playwright Kate Mulvany recalls hearing everywhere from radio through to blue light discos growing up in Geraldton WA. However, ...Show More

Sean Lennon wishes he took music lessons

12:10 | Aug 23rd, 2016

Over Sean Lennon's career he’s had three solo albums but what he’s found is that at heart, he’s a collaborator. He’s recently teamed his surreal guitar licks with the brilliance of Les Claypool for a psych-pop partnership called The Claypool Lennon D...Show More

Sean Lennon

12:10 | Aug 18th, 2016

One can only imagine the richness of music and art growing up that Sean Lennon had. Over his career he's had three solo albums but what he's found is that, at heart, he's a collaborator. He's recently teamed his surreal guitar licks with the bass bri...Show More

Dr Karl is a huge Frank Zappa fan

14:55 | Aug 16th, 2016

Dr Karl loves the sound of loud guitars, but he can't tell us why.

Dr Karl

14:55 | Aug 11th, 2016

For Science Week, a man of many illuminating thoughts and shirts, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki shares how music has provided a vivid soundtrack to his broad, colourful and celebrated career. He's worked as a ditch digger, a roadie, a physicist and of course ...Show More

Chris Cheney's Elton John obsession

14:23 | Aug 9th, 2016

From Elvis and Chuck Berry to The Sex Pistols and The Beatles, with plenty of 80s influences in between, they’ve all been a part of Chris Cheney’s musical landscape. But there’s a certain flamboyant Piano Man who continues to intrigue and inspire him...Show More

Chris Cheney

14:23 | Aug 4th, 2016

On their 7th album SHIFT, The Living End has taken some bold steps forward. They've delivered some of the most personal songs they've ever written and new sonic textures have expanded and enriched their sound. But listening to singer Chris Cheney tel...Show More

How PJ Harvey’s ‘Sheela-Na-Gig’ empowered Peggy Frew

14:37 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Peggy Frew is a founding member and bassist for acclaimed Melbourne band Art Of Fighting. The band is preparing to release a new album which follows close to a decade on from their 2007 record Runaways. In this chat, she tells the story of how PJ Har...Show More

Peggy Frew

14:37 | Jul 28th, 2016

Peggy Frew is a founding member and bassist for acclaimed Melbourne band Art Of Fighting. In this chat, she tells the story of how PJ Harvey's 'Sheela-Na-Gig' empowered her as a shy and quiet teenager and continues to strengthen her resolve and focus...Show More

"It seems like music that you could only dream": Arj Barker on 'Paranoid Android'

14:22 | Jul 26th, 2016

Arj Barker knows a thing or two when it comes to making people laugh. Much of it comes down to understanding human behaviour. But sometimes life throws some curveballs which test one’s resolve and emotional capabilities. Arj shares his story of a dev...Show More

Arj Barker

14:22 | Jul 21st, 2016

Arj Barker knows a thing or two when it comes to making people laugh. Much of it comes down to understanding human behaviour. But sometimes life throws some curveballs which test one's resolve and emotional capabilities. Arj shares his story of a dev...Show More

What John Prine taught Jason Isbell about songwriting

17:18 | Jul 19th, 2016

Jason Isbell is a songwriter who approaches his craft with a strong, honest work ethic. It’s a reflection of his childhood roots. Growing up around hard working Southern folk, he would overhear conversations about their daily troubles or just everyda...Show More

Jason Isbell

17:18 | Jul 18th, 2016

Jason Isbell is a songwriter who approaches his craft with a strong, honest work ethic. It's a reflection of his childhood roots. As a teenager, Jason was just starting to combine his love of books and guitar playing to write songs, when one day, fro...Show More

The 80s anthem that made a four-year-old Joanna Newsom cry

09:18 | Jul 12th, 2016

American songwriter and harpist Joanna Newsom developed her musical concepts and sensibilities very early in life, long before she really began to actively listen to other people’s music. She realises that she was very fortunate to develop her own ...Show More

Joanna Newsom

09:18 | Jul 10th, 2016

American songwriter and harpist Joanna Newsom developed her musical concepts and sensibilities very early in life, long before she really began to actively listen to other people's music. She realizes that she was very fortunate to develop her own ex...Show More

Sammy J: From class clown to comedy stardom

14:06 | Jul 5th, 2016

Sammy J went from class clown to comedy stardom. As a musical comedian, he trades in subverting serious subject matter with catchy bright melodies, direct conversational lyrics and a bright eyed smile. He tells the tale of how he came to the understa...Show More

Sammy J

14:06 | Jun 30th, 2016

Sammy J talks about discovering the power of laughter early on in life and that there was more to comedy than just telling jokes. As a musical comedian, serious subjects are treated frivolously and with a cheery melody, nothing is off limits. Hear ab...Show More

Ed Kuepper

08:40 | Jun 23rd, 2016

Ed Kuepper's long and storied career has been about constantly seeking a moment of elusive perfection. His influences largely hark back to his very early childhood which was informed by his parents' record collection and the playlists of Top 40 comme...Show More

Marieke Hardy

18:27 | Jun 20th, 2016

As a writer, broadcaster and artist, Marieke Hardy is bold, intelligent and hilarious. Away from her public life music plays a vital role. From her parent's musical theatre staples to mixtapes made by boyfriends, her relationship with music is equall...Show More

Lou Barlow

10:57 | Jun 13th, 2016

The Dead Kennedys' 'Holiday In Cambodia' changed everything for Lou Barlow. With its frenetic and aggressive sound, it showed him what explosive energy and the power of carefully articulated words could achieve.

Sufjan Stevens

11:09 | Jun 6th, 2016

Spiritual faith and human desires are two strong guiding pillars in Sufjan Steven's life and work. His beliefs are orthodox but he has beautifully unorthodox ways of combining them. Two key songs by two very different artists showed him that the line...Show More

Felicity Ward

16:15 | May 30th, 2016

Lauryn Hill's 'Mystery of Iniquity' changed it all for comedian Felicity Ward. At 27, she went through a series of major life shifts that prompted a spiritual journey. It led her to find Lauryn Hill's music, and one song which reminds her that fearle...Show More

Pot smoke, motorbikes and The Beatles: a snapshot of Wayne Coyne's childhood

17:24 | May 14th, 2016

Wayne Coyne is the charismatic front man of The Flaming Lips. Coyne grew up in Oklahoma in a period of great social change, which inspired him to make music his life's work. The second youngest of six children, Coyne can thank his family, and one piv...Show More

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

19:37 | May 10th, 2016

'Cortez the Killer' by Neil Young and 'Rank Strangers' by The Stanley Brothers are the songs that changed it all for Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. The pair have developed a deeply intuitive connection since meeting at college in the early '90s. T...Show More

Gareth Liddiard

11:34 | May 9th, 2016

'Raw Power' by Iggy and The Stooges is the song that changed it all for Gareth Liddiard. After teenage obsessions with Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Dire Straits, The Drones' frontman Gareth Liddiard discovered jazz. One song in particular opened Liddi...Show More

Wayne Coyne

17:24 | May 8th, 2016

'A Day In The Life' by The Beatles is the song that changed it all for Wayne Coyne, the charismatic front man of The Flaming Lips. Coyne grew up in Oklahoma in a period of great social change, which inspired him to make music his life's work. The sec...Show More

Podcast preview - Don't Look Back

00:30 | May 7th, 2016

Don't Look Back tells the stories behind the songs that changed it all. Each week, Caz Tran talks to musicians and people who share the moment a pivotal song showed the way forward for them.