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A Monkey on Your Back: Circus and Music Podcast

A Monkey on Your Back: Circus and Music Podcast

By Amazing Gracie & Miss Radida
Two Aussie circus artists living in the UK chat to professionals from the circus and music world about their lives. We interview artists/ producers/ directors, and showcase independent music from professional friends of ours from across the world. This is an independent production, so if you like our work please head over to ko-fi.com/monkeybusiness to buy us a coffee, or drop us a review on your podcasting platform of choice so we can keep doing what we love by giving circus a voice. Big Love, be kind, and thank you for listening. Email contact: amonkeyonyourbackpodcast@gmail.com
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Episode 13: Interview with Spanish artist Gonzalo Santamaria
Gonzalo Santamaria is a Spanish circus artist, producer, director, and Kaotic Cirkus festival coordinator from Valencia who trained in Bristol, UK, at Circomedia. This interview took place end of September 2020, so it has taken us a while to get it out to you, but it is a lovely interview none-the-less, with music from Spandex Moose, La Trocamba Matanusca, and yet another fabulous tune from The Invisible Circus' house band The Carny Villains.  Support us: ko-fi.com/monkeybusiness and please leave us a review, or a star-rating wherever you get your podcasts from: apple podcasts is the best place to leave a review for us, if possible. Links: Podcast FB: https://www.facebook.com/amonkeyonyourback/ Podcast instagram: @amonkeyonyourback Miss Radida insta: @missradida, website: www.missradida.com Gracie B insta: @theamazinggracieb Gonzalo Santamaria: https://gonzalosantamaria.com/biography/artist/ The Invisible Circus: https://invisiblecircus.co.uk/ Spandex Moose: https://soundcloud.com/spandexmoose The Carny Villains: http://www.thecarnyvillains.com/ La Trocamba Matanusca: http://latrocamba.com/ Educircation Project: http://www.educircation.eu/ Circomedia: https://www.circomedia.com/ L'espai de Circ: http://espaidecirc.com/ "Save the Temazo": https://savethetemazo.org/ Carampa Circus School, Madrid: http://carampa.com/ Mario Queen of the Circus: https://marioqueenofthecircus.com/
01:00:06
March 19, 2021
Episode 12: Francesca (Chez) Dunford, performance artist and musician, (PART 2)
This is PART 2 of the interview with Francesca (Chez) Dunford. She sat down with Miss Radida last week to chat about life as a multi-disciplinarian, share some of her own stunning original music from her album 'Of Forest', and talk about a new show she is in with Bristol-based clowning/ improvisation company 'Beyond the Ridiculous'. Their show 'The New Normal' airs live online at 8pm TONIGHT 10th Oct, 2020, supported by Bristol's very own Wardrobe Theatre. You can watch the show by buying a ticket at https://thewardrobetheatre.com/livetheatre/beyond-the-ridiculous/. In this episode we talk about working with Performers Without Borders in refugee camps and working with other social-circus organisations such as Bristol's Invisible Youth, Everybody Dance, and using circus as a tool for social change.  Support us: ko-fi.com/monkeybusiness and please leave us a review, or a star-rating wherever you get your podcasts from. Links: Podcast FB: https://www.facebook.com/amonkeyonyourback/ Podcast instagram: @amonkeyonyourback Miss Radida insta: @missradida, website: www.missradida.com Gracie B insta: @theamazinggracieb Chez Dunford music: https://chezdunford.bandcamp.com/album/of-forest, website: https://www.chezdunford.co.uk/ Holly Stoppit clowning: https://www.hollystoppit.com/, Beyond the Ridiculous: https://www.hollystoppit.com/beyond-the-ridiculous The Invisible Circus: https://invisiblecircus.co.uk/ Invisible Youth: https://invisiblecircus.co.uk/invisible-youth/ Circus Montini: https://circusmontini.eu/ Performers Without Borders: https://www.pwb.ngo/ Refugee Youth Service: https://helprefugees.org/about-2/ Project Play: http://project-play.org/ Educircation/ Erasmus Project: http://www.educircation.eu/ Care 4 Calais: https://care4calais.org/about-us/ Wyldwood Arts/ Grief Notes: https://www.wyldwoodarts.co.uk/ourprojects/grief-notes Everybody Dance: https://everybodydance.org.uk/ Kaotic Cirkus: https://www.facebook.com/HSandKC2018/ Spandex Moose: https://soundcloud.com/spandexmoose
48:29
October 10, 2020
Episode 11: Francesca (Chez) Dunford, performance artist and musician, (PART 1)
Francesca (Chez) Dunford is a clown, performance artist, musician, theatre-maker, acrobat and aerialist. She sat down with Miss Radida last week to chat about life as a multi-disciplinarian, share some of her own stunning original music from her album 'Of Forest', and talk about a new show she is in with Bristol-based clowning/ improvisation company 'Beyond the Ridiculous'. Their show 'The New Normal' airs live online at 8pm THIS SATURDAY 10th Oct, 2020, supported by Bristol's very own Wardrobe Theatre. You can watch the show online by buying a ticket at https://thewardrobetheatre.com/livetheatre/beyond-the-ridiculous/. We also shoot the breeze about life online in current times, how she found herself wanting to entertain from a very young age, her lifelong love of music, and reimagining herself as an artist in the current world. The interview is fun and informative, and yet again too long to upload as one episode, so we present it to you in two halves. This is PART 1 of the interview, PART 2 will be out in the next few days we promise!   Support us: ko-fi.com/monkeybusiness and please leave us a review, or a star-rating wherever you get your podcasts from.  Links: Podcast FB: https://www.facebook.com/amonkeyonyourback/ Podcast instagram: @amonkeyonyourback Miss Radida insta: @missradida, website: www.missradida.com Gracie B insta: @theamazinggracieb Chez Dunford music: https://chezdunford.bandcamp.com/album/of-forest, website: https://www.chezdunford.co.uk/  Holly Stoppit clowning: https://www.hollystoppit.com/, Beyond the Ridiculous: https://www.hollystoppit.com/beyond-the-ridiculous Take Art: https://takeart.org/ Horse and Bamboo Theatre: https://www.horseandbamboo.org/ Pif Paf Theatre: http://www.pif-paf.co.uk/ The Invisible Circus: https://invisiblecircus.co.uk/ Desperate Men/ Battle for the Winds: https://www.desperatemen.com/battle-for-the-winds-2/ The Original Spinners: https://www.theoriginalspinners.com/ Bullzini Family Circus: https://www.bullzinifamily.com/ Circus Montini: https://circusmontini.eu/ Nicole Pearson aerialist: http://www.nicolepearson.co.uk/ Robert Foxall straps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os_A3Upyb2w&ab_channel=RobertFoxall Spandex Moose: https://soundcloud.com/spandexmoose
56:27
October 7, 2020
Episode 10: Mike Finch/ Circus Oz (Part 2)
PART 2: Mike Finch, founding member of Australia's Circus Monoxide and ex-CEO/ co-Artistic Director of Circus Oz, sits down with Miss Radida for a nice long chat. Here is Part 2 of the  interview, took a bit longer than a week to get this out to you all as work has been pretty hectic lately. We suggest going all the way back to EPISODE 6 to listen to the first half of the interview first. In this episode we ask Mike about his addiction to working in circus, how he views circus life moving forward in the current pandemic crisis, and of course once again we have some more brilliant music from the Circus Oz Band and Sarah Ward, aka Yana Alana (and the Paranas).  Support us: ko-fi.com/monkeybusiness Links: Podcast FB: https://www.facebook.com/amonkeyonyourback/ Podcast insta: @amonkeyonyourback Miss Radida insta: @missradida, website: www.missradida.com Gracie B insta: @theamazinggracieb Mike Finch: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikefinch1/ Circus Oz: https://www.circusoz.com/ Circus Monoxide: https://www.circusmonoxide.com.au/ Yana Alana and the Paranas/ Sarah Ward music: http://www.yanaalana.com/ Smoking Hot Productions: http://smokinghotproductions.co.uk/ Captain Frodo, The Amazing Rubber Man: https://www.facebook.com/Captain-Frodo-182882739832/,  Frodo's Podcast 'The Way of The Showman': https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-way-of-the-showman Strut 'N Fret Productions House: https://www.strutnfret.com/ Fraser Hooper: https://fraserhooper.com/ Matt Wilson: https://www.circusoz.com/circus-oz/cast-and-crew/details/168/matt-wilson.html?catid=10016 Bangarra Dance Company: https://www.bangarra.com.au/ Frank Woodley (Lano and Woodley): https://www.facebook.com/frankwoodley/ Flip Kammerer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BJQG9c47Ig The Pitts Family Circus: https://www.thepitts.com.au/ Daniel Oldaker: https://danieloldaker.com/ Spandex Moose: https://soundcloud.com/spandexmoose
59:59
October 4, 2020
Episode 9: David Eriksson (Part 2)
Here is the second part of the Interview GracieB did with the incredible Swedish performing artist David Eriksson.  In this episode David talks about his award winning show; Pink on the Inside, authenticity as an artist and he shares reflective stories about being onstage that also highlight the amazing colourful career he has.   We suggest if you haven’t already go back an listen to Episode 8: David Eriksson (part 1).  This episode will make more sense! We have a wickid track off the new Father Funk album (thanks Will!) David also shares a piece of music he did the vocals on a few years back and its AWESOME! Thanks so much David for the wonderful chats! www.baldwithballs.com insta: @baldwithballs Thanks Will (aka Father Funk) for your tunes and ongoing support with this project! You can purchase his new album from here:  fatherfunk.bandcamp.com A Monkey on your back is an independent production! Support us: ko-fi.com/monkeybusiness Links: Podcast FB: https://www.facebook.com/amonkeyonyourback/ Podcast insta: @amonkeyonyourback Miss Radida insta: @missradida, website: www.missradida.com Gracie B insta: @theamazinggracieb, website: www.flameoz.com
36:33
October 3, 2020
Episode 8: David Eriksson (Part 1)
In this episode GracieB chatted with incredible Swedish performing artist David Eriksson.  David mixes circus, juggling and acrobatics with absurd comedy making shows with characters that are bizarre yet wonderfully funny!  He has won awards, travelled the globe for the past 22yrs,  worked for some of the most renowned circuses and cabarets and made work that is deep and thought-provoking.  This was a long interview so we have decided to release it in two parts.  In this first part we chat about what it's like performing in the current climate, the need to address and adapt shows.  We speak about David growing up in Sweden and how this shaped who he is today.  We also spoke about his experiences training at Circomedia in Bristol, and how pivotal that was to his life and career. Thanks so much David for sharing your stories!    www.baldwithballs.com insta: @baldwithballs We have some amazing music by local Bristol based group @binbagwisdom  (Thanks Jack Wisdom!) www.binbagwisdom.co.uk binbagwisdom.bandcamp.com and a beautiful song by another Bristol artist The Undercover Hippy.  (Thanks Billy!) www.undercoverhippy.com https://undercoverhippy.bandcamp.com/ A Monkey on your back is an independent production! Support us: ko-fi.com/monkeybusiness Links: Podcast FB: https://www.facebook.com/amonkeyonyourback/ Podcast insta: @amonkeyonyourback Miss Radida insta: @missradida Gracie B insta: @theamazinggracieb
47:46
October 2, 2020
Episode 7: Kaptin Barrett (head of music at Boomtown Fair)
Kaptin Barrett, aka AAA Badboy, head of music at Boomtown Fair, DJ and self-confessed music addict joins Miss Radida and Gracie B for a chat about music, Boomtown Fair, and how festivals are coping during these uncertain times. We also play a bunch of great music of course, including the Invisible Circus's fabulous house band The Carny Villains, The Allergies featuring Andy Cooper, Gardna, and a track produced by Kaptin himself for the Big Swing Sound System. This episode was produced by Miss Radida and The Amazing Gracie B, and Gracie did the editing. Support us: ko-fi.com/monkeybusiness Links: Podcast FB: https://www.facebook.com/amonkeyonyourback/ Podcast insta: @amonkeyonyourback Miss Radida insta: @missradida, website: www.missradida.com Gracie B insta: @theamazinggracieb Kaptin/ AAA Badboy: https://aaabadboy.wordpress.com/about/ AAA Badboy on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/axaxx6ndw2opzzwztz5xs5me9 Boomtown Fair: https://www.boomtownfair.co.uk/ The Carny Villains: http://www.thecarnyvillains.com/ The Allergies: https://theallergies.bandcamp.com/ Gardna: https://gardnaman.bandcamp.com/ Big Swing Sound System: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2DtWOFKSKRGcUPsV1dOEOC Spandex Moose: https://soundcloud.com/spandexmoose
58:50
August 16, 2020
Episode 6: Mike Finch from Circus Oz (Part 1 )
Mike Finch, founding member of Australia's Circus Monoxide and ex-CEO/ co-Artistic Director of Circus Oz, sits down with Miss Radida for a nice long chat. It was such an entertaining conversation that once again we have split the interview into two halves for your listening pleasure. Here is Part 1, where we chat about how Mike got into working in the performing arts industry, life on outback Australian roads with a fledgling circus in the 80s, having meetings rudely interrupted by Australian fauna, and finding himself applying to be artistic director of Circus Oz- by ACCIDENT. As usual, we intersperse the episode with brilliant music, this time of course from the Circus Oz Band's extensive back catalogue. Have a listen, and join us next week for Part 2 of this interview.  Support us: ko-fi.com/monkeybusiness Links: Podcast FB: https://www.facebook.com/amonkeyonyourback/ Podcast insta: @amonkeyonyourback Miss Radida insta: @missradida, website: www.missradida.com Gracie B insta: @theamazinggracieb Mike Finch: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikefinch1/ Circus Oz: https://www.circusoz.com/ Circus Monoxide: https://www.circusmonoxide.com.au/ Varietyville Productions: https://www.varietyville.net/shows.html Yana Alana and the Paranas/ Sarah Ward music: http://www.yanaalana.com/
56:25
August 5, 2020
Episode 5: Julian Bracey, co-Artistic Director of Cirque Bijou Ltd
Julian Bracey, co-artistic director of Bristol-based performance company Cirque Bijou Ltd, sits down for a chat with Miss Radida and The Amazing Gracie B. We talk about his life as an artist and director, being known as the guy who can achieve huge things in a short amount of time, and how he sees the future of the arts industry given the current Covid-19 crisis. We talk about what it was like to build spaceships and 7 metre robots for rock-band Muse's tours, working with Taylor Swift and Take That, as well as featuring brilliant tracks by female world beatboxing champion Bellatrix, the soulful voice of Bristol-based artist Lady Nade, and a stunning instrumental cello piece by Rob Lewis. Of course, we also play our intro theme once again by Aussie duo Spandex Moose. This episode was produced by Miss Radida and The Amazing Gracie B, and Gracie did the editing.  Support us: ko-fi.com/monkeybusiness Links: Podcast FB: https://www.facebook.com/amonkeyonyourback/ Podcast insta: @amonkeyonyourback Miss Radida insta: @missradida, website: www.missradida.com Gracie B insta: @theamazinggracieb Julian Bracey: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julian-bracey-2083b244/ Cirque Bijou: https://www.cirquebijou.co.uk/ Bellatrix: https://www.bellatrixmusic.co.uk/, https://bellatrixmusic.bandcamp.com/ The Boxettes: https://theboxettes.bandcamp.com/ Lady Nade: https://ladynade.co.uk/, https://ladynade.bandcamp.com/ Rob Lewis: https://roblewiscomposer.com/, https://roblewiscomposer.bandcamp.com/ Spandex Moose: https://soundcloud.com/spandexmoose The World is Listening: http://www.theworldislistening.co.uk/
51:23
July 25, 2020
Episode 4: Chelsea McGuffin, artistic director of Company 2
Artistic Director and performing artist Chelsea McGuffin from world-renowned Australian circus company, Company 2, joins Miss Radida to talk about life as an artist, running a circus company, and what that looks like in the current world climate- including yet another tale of a circus company stuck on the other side of the world when the Covid-19 lockdown came into effect. This time, they were stuck in Berlin with the full cast and crew of their current touring show "Le Coup". We also talk about past shows, including 2012's London South Bank Spiegeltent hit "Cantina" and finding herself on stage in front of Madonna! This episode features music from Australian duo Spandex Moose, alongside music featured in "Le Coup" by Father Grant and the Blunt Objects and Bonnie Stewart.  This Episode was produced by me, Miss Radida, and Gracie B, and edited by me.  Support us: ko-fi.com/monkeybusiness Links: Podcast FB: https://www.facebook.com/amonkeyonyourback/ Podcast insta: @amonkeyonyourback Miss Radida insta: @missradida, website: www.missradida.com Gracie B insta: @theamazinggracieb Company 2: https://circuscompany2.com/ Bonnie Stewart: https://bonniesongs.bandcamp.com/ Spandex Moose: https://soundcloud.com/spandexmoose
59:56
July 10, 2020
Episode 3: Ben Walsh, Australian musician and performing artist
Episode 3: Gracie B sits down with Australian musician and performing artist Ben Walsh.  We chat about Ben's passion for live jungle , his career with The Bird that spans over 2 decades and some memorable highlights of a very multi-dimensional career. We do swear a little, and there is also a drug reference and nudity warning for this episode! I really enjoyed this episode, Ben is very funny and his stories are excellent. SUPPORT US:  ko-fi.com/monkeybusiness Podcast FB page:https://www.facebook.com/amonkeyonyourback/ Podcast insta: @amonkeyonyourback Ben Walsh: www.benwalsh.info Music: bwalsh.bandcamp.com This Episode was produced by me, Gracie B, and Miss Radida: Gracie B insta: @theamazinggracieb FlameOz: www.flameoz.com Miss Radida Insta: @missradida,  website: http://www.missradida.com/
48:06
July 5, 2020
Episode 2 Part 2: The Amazing Gracie B joins Miss Radida for PART 2
This is the second half of the interview with The Amazing Gracie B after her 5 month stint away from the UK, which included arriving in Australia for xmas 2019 whilst Australia was engulfed in national bushfires, traveling to Perth for the Fringe Festival to perform with Dreamstate Circus, and her prolonged trip to Panama to perform at the Tribal Gathering Festival just before the world went into lockdown for the Covid-19 pandemic. In this episode we discuss Gracie's life in circus, and we also delve into a part of the story that we touched on in the first episode- the passing of Gracie's mother due to cancer that took place before she travelled to Panama. We talk about VAD, or Voluntary Assisted Dying, and the positive experience Grace and her family had being able to share in their mother's journey. We also get political at times. There is a lot going on in the world right now, and we need to band together, stay strong, and talk about this stuff. We support the Black Lives Matter movement, and believe in equal opportunities for all. We also have some amazing music for you once again; starting with an incredible release by an Australian bunch called the 380 Crew, a brand new track from new collaboration Hippo Sound System featuring vocals by the legendary KOG and Franz Von from KOG and the Zongo Brigade, and a stunning Afro-fusion track from Bristol band Mankala. Please check out the links below, give us a like, and if you fancy supporting our independent project please head over to ko-fi.com/monkeybusiness and buy us a coffee.  Links: SUPPORT US:  ko-fi.com/monkeybusiness Spandex Moose: https://soundcloud.com/nerdcore-vpc/spandex-moose-seven-seas Miss Radida: https://www.mixcloud.com/MissRadida/stream/ The Amazing Gracie B insta: @theamazinggracieb 380 Crew 'Calling into the Deep': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0vsJ8dmajs Hippo Sound System: https://hiphoppapotamus.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-your-mind-ep FlameOz: www.flameoz.com Mankala Band: https://www.mankalaband.com/
59:39
June 16, 2020
Episode 2 Part 1: The Amazing Gracie B returns from Panama
In this episode, Miss Radida is finally joined by her co-presenter The Amazing Gracie B from award-winning performance troupe Flame Oz, as she tells of the adventures of the past 5 months away from the UK. The journey covers time in Australia through the recent bushfires, performing at Perth Fringe Festival with Dream State Circus, and being stuck in Panama after traveling over for the Tribal Gathering Festival just before the Covid-19 lockdown came into full effect. Music showcased in this episode by Spandex Moose, a new track by Dub FX and crew featuring JFB, Sahida Apsara and Mr Woodnote, a funky number by The Chicken Brothers, AND a currently unreleased track by the incredible Mz Phoebe Blue.  SUPPORT US: ko-fi.com/monkeybusiness Links:  Podcast FB page: https://www.facebook.com/amonkeyonyourback/ Podcast Insta: @amonkeyonyourback Miss Radida insta: @missradida, website: http://www.missradida.com/ The Amazing Gracie B Insta: @theamazinggracieb Spandex Moose: https://soundcloud.com/spandexmoose Dreamstate Circus: https://www.dreamstatecircus.com/ Dub FX: https://dubfx.com/ Mr Woodnote: https://www.facebook.com/mrwoodnote/ The Chicken Brothers: https://www.thechickenbrothers.co.uk/ Insta: @jamie_chicken_ Mz Phoebe Blue Insta: @mzphoebeblue
47:16
June 6, 2020
Episode 1 Part 2: Shyamtara Smith, Las Vegas aerialist
In this episode Miss Radida discusses online shows she was in last weekend, including first ever Feel Good Global Alliance and Shindig at Home with the Interstellar Circus before returning to finish the interview with aerial artist Shyamtara Smith. We talk about what it is like to be an aerialist in Vegas, moving to Miami to learn how to fly planes just before the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown came into effect, and how that has affected her life as a professional circus performer. This episode features music by Spandex Moose, Nuala Honan, and Smerins Anti-Social Club.  Support us: ko-fi.com/monkeybusiness Links:  Podcast FB page: https://www.facebook.com/amonkeyonyourback/ Podcast insta: @amonkeyonyourback Miss Radida Insta: @missradida, website: http://www.missradida.com/ Shyamtara Showreel: https://vimeo.com/shyamtara?fbclid=IwAR2qDKeYLS1hD2VV4KQwcC5ezBbm_3BvdFlHf_EuySve7hUNpoUUOGN9xus Feel Good Global Alliance video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erPM6JQxWlg Interstellar Circus: https://www.facebook.com/interstellarartists/ Spandex Moose: https://soundcloud.com/spandexmoose Nuala Honan: https://nualahonan.bandcamp.com/ Smerins Anti-Social Club: https://smerins.bandcamp.com/
53:55
May 28, 2020
Episode 1 Part 1: Shyamtara Smith, aerialist based in USA from NZ
Episode 1: Miss Radida is joined by aerial circus artist Shyamtara Smith to talk about being a professional aerialist in Las Vegas for 15 years and then moving to Miami to learn how to fly planes the week before the Covid-19 lockdown. We also feature music from Australia's lycra-clad comedic musical duo 'Spandex Moose' and a special Lockdown musical exclusive from 'Father Funk'.  A Monkey on your Back: Circus and Music is a podcast interviewing circus artists, producers, directors, writers, from the wonderful colourful world of circus that also showcases original music from our friends, too!  Support us: ko-fi.com/monkeybusiness Links:  Podcast FB: https://www.facebook.com/amonkeyonyourback/ Podcast insta: @amonkeyonyourback Miss Radida insta: @missradida, website: www.missradida.com Shyamtara Showreel: https://vimeo.com/shyamtara?fbclid=IwAR2qDKeYLS1hD2VV4KQwcC5ezBbm_3BvdFlHf_EuySve7hUNpoUUOGN9xus Spandex Moose: https://soundcloud.com/spandexmoose Father Funk: https://fatherfunk.bandcamp.com/
58:17
May 21, 2020