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BAND IT ABOUT - Podcast Series

BAND IT ABOUT - Podcast Series

By Di Spillane
The Band It About - Podcast Series Host/Creator Di Spillane, releases a new episode every Saturday. This in-depth Music Interview Podcast is an opportunity for musicians and others involved in the Music Industry to discuss their entire musical journey . Season 1; a variety of subjects. Season 2 “The Engine Room” interviews with drummers who were born, raised, lived, or have played in Adelaide, South Australia. This series is a unique opportunity to listen to musicians discuss their careers from their earliest memories right through to what they are currently involved with. Real Stories/People.
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S2 E47 JERRY TEE (Kyriacos Tsitas) Jerry Tee Live Percussion, Official Endorsed Artist for Soultone Cymbals, London Drumstico Co, LP Percussion, Remo, Daddario Australia Drums, & Cympad International
Jerry Tee was surrounded by music from birth, his father Dimitris Tsitas, was the singer in the band ‘Akropolis Live’. The band performed extensively in Adelaide at weddings, panigiria, and festivals, and Jerry loved going to watch them play, always focusing on their drummer . As a young boy, Jerry Tee would practice every day, for hours, straight after school, listening to old cassette recordings of famous Greek singers. By the time he was 13, his father decided that Jerry was ready to join his band as his full-time drummer which he did, and Jerry has been performing ever since. Two years later, Jerry Tee was approached to perform with Glykeria at the Glendi Greek festival, 40,000 people turned up during the two-day festival. As he got older, Jerry started exploring other genres of music including electronic and house, this led to him being given an opportunity through his friend Rebecca, to perform in the Adelaide nightclub 'Little Red Door'. Jerry has been performing in nightclubs, venues and at major festivals and events ever since. During the Pandemic lockdown, Jerry gathered some musicians and started to livestream videos on his Facebook page, his series of live Facebook streams reached over 86,000 views worldwide! The year of the pandemic, though a hard one, turned out to be an important one for Jerry, who signed 6 major contacts with the world’s largest music brands as an official endorsed artist, Soultone Cymbals - Los Angeles USA, London Drumstico Co - United Kingdom, LP Percussion - New Jersey USA, Remo - California USA, Daddario Australia Drums - Melbourne, and Cympad International - Switzerland. He has his own custom-made signature series cymbals & drumsticks with his logo on them. Jerry is also a “ghost percussionist” for some of the world’s biggest overseas record labels, performing percussion on some of the biggest smash hit tracks by major artists, keeping that identity private to the public eye by using an alias. Jerry is also the assistant manager for Derringers Drum Shop, sharing his passion for music with everyone. Music: intro "Band It About" theme song was written and recorded by Catherine Lambert & Michael Bryant. Outro: "La Miami mashup" DJ Angelo K, Jerry Tee Live Percussion, Feat: MC Stojan and Konstantinos Kofos.  Links: Facebook: Instagram: Web:  If you enjoy listening to this interview please share the link. To support BAND IT ABOUT: Leave a review: Facebook:  E:
September 24, 2021
S2 E46 ALEXANDER (ALEX) FLOOD: ER@SER DESCRIPTION, MEINL Stick & Brush Artist, and is one of Australia's most promising young drummers
Alex Flood joins me in The Engine Room to discuss his musical journey which began when he was in primary school, when he began to have lessons with Jim McCarthy. His next teacher was Joel Prime, who broadened his musical influences, and introduced him to actively listening to music, and adding percussive instruments to his playing. Alex has been the recipient of many prestigious awards including ‘Australia's Best Up And Coming Drummer’ in 2012 in the intermediate category, and the Open category in 2016, The John ‘Slick’ Osborne Scholarship in 2017, the Helpmann Academy Jazz Award for Top Drums Undergraduate in 2017, the Helpmann Academy Mike Stewart Memorial Award in 2017, the Helpmann Academy Jazz Award for Top Overall Graduate in 2018 and Helpmann Academy Award for Jazz 2020, among many others.  Alexander has also had the opportunity to share the stage with several renowned performers including Ralph Nader, Hugh Sheridan, and international cabaret stars Bridget Everett and Rueben Kaye, and has performed at events such as WOMADelaide, Adelaide Fringe and Cabaret Festivals, and the Australia’s Ultimate Drummers Weekend. Flood has performed with renowned artists including Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Marquis Hill, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Vivian Sessoms, Kate Ceberano, Nicholas Buc, as well as performing in 20+ countries on tour in 2019. Alexander plays regularly around Adelaide in several jazz and contemporary music ensembles, including his own trio ER@SER DESCRIPTION. In 2017 Alexander completed his Bachelor of Music: Jazz Performance degree at the University of Adelaide, graduating top of his year. Alex released his debut album HEARTBEAT through Stretch Music (via Ropeadope Records) in 2020, having worked closely with his mentor, 5x Grammy nominee Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on the project. Alex is currently finishing up his sophomore album The Space Between, set to release late 2021, featuring a conglomerate of international artists. Music: Into "Band It About" theme, written and recorded by Catherine Lambert & Michael Bryant. Outro "FIVE" is a single by ER@SER DESCRIPTION which was released in 2020. Links: MEINL Stick & Brush Artist  Website: Apple Music:  Facebook: Instagram:  YouTube: If you would like to help support this independent podcast: Review: Contact:  Follow:  BAND IT ABOUT is Free to listen to on All Major Podcast Listening Platforms. If you have enjoyed listening, Please Share the link with your friends who enjoy music interviews.
September 17, 2021
S2 E45 CRAIG LAURITSEN Drummer/Cymbal Smith: Worldwide exporter of CL Custom Cymbals/Drum Educator: Vic Firth Worldwide Education Team member since 2004, & Author of 8 instructional drum method books
CRAIG LAURITSEN is this weeks 'Engine Room' Guest. A few of Craig's performance highlights include: Brian Ferry support at the Adelaide Festival Theatre in 1988. Supporting artist for Kate Ceberano and Wilbur Wilde at the Club Foote in 1989, 3 months, 70 plus performances in New Delhi, India in 1994, 10 months, 80 plus performances with various Blues and Jazz bands in USA in 1994 -1995, the inaugural Singapore Blues Festival in 1996, and performing the soundtrack to 'The Tracker' (film by internationally renowned film maker Rolf de Heer) live with Archie Roach at the Adelaide Festival and the Melbourne Film Festival in 2002. EDUCATION: Cert. in Commercial Music at Kingston TAFE in 1986. Diploma in performing Arts (Jazz) at Adelaide University 1987 - 1989. Studied with Pandit Debashish Chakraborty in New Delhi in 1994. Studied with Bob Moses in Boston 1994 -1995. Individual lessons with Victor Lewis, Jim Pease, Grant Collins, Mike Clark. DRUM EDUCATOR: Private drum tutor from 1983 to present, and has taught at Gordon Lasalle Music, Boston USA; Rock Music, Adelaide; AIMMS, Adelaide, as well as various college's in SA. CYMBALSMITHING: Began modifying cymbals in 2005, Importer of Turkish cymbals since 2006, and Worldwide exporter of Craig Lauritsen Custom Cymbals since 2007. Travelled to Italy to meet master cymbal smith Roberto Spizzichino in March 2008, and during that same trip met cymbal smiths Michael Paiste in Switzerland, Steve Hubback in London and Matt Nolan in Bath (UK). Has made cymbals for drummers all over the world including, Jack DeJohnette, Gregory Hutchinson, Luke Flowers, Jochen Rueckert, Adam Cruz, Hamish Stuart, Darryn Farrugia, Michael Iveson, and many more. AUTHOR: has written 8 instructional drum method books which are published and internationally distributed by LTP Publications. Titles include Drum Method, Drum Grooves, 1000000 Drum Grooves, Rhythm Section Method for Bass and Drums, Rhythm Section Grooves for Bass and Drums, Blues Drumming, Country Drumming, Complete Learn to Play Drums Manual. Recording Highlights: 'The Eureka Suite' (1999) featuring Eric Bogle and John Schumann, Peter Gelling's ARIA nominated (2000) CD 'Bluestime', 'The Tracker' soundtrack which won the following awards: ARIA nomination for best soundtrack album (2002). IFM award for best soundtrack (2002). Film Critics Circle award for best soundtrack (2002), and 2 APRA/AGSC awards for best song in a cinema feature. Peter Gelling's Musicoz Blues Award winning (2003) CD 'Fortune', Eric Bogle’s ‘Other People’s Children’ (2005), and Kubrick self-titled album (2006). Kubrick ‘Think’ (2007). Music: "Band It About" theme song, written and recorded by Catherine Lambert & Michael Bryant. Outro: “Cultural Fatigue” from Craig’s album “Monachopsis”, released April 29, 2016: Craig's links: To support this independent podcast:  If you enjoyed listening please share the link with your friends. Contact Band It About:  Follow on Facebook:  Review: #drummers
September 10, 2021
Matt Jonsson (Trolla Bolla Snatcha Razoo), joins me in The Engine Room this week to discuss his musical journey and artistic heritage. Born in Sweden, Matt emigrated to Australia with his family in 1972. Matt spent 10 years as the drummer in the popular Punk/Rock Adelaide Band the 'CLOWNS OF DECADENCE', and was for the most part responsible for all the amazing artwork that the band used both in the elaborate stage props as well as on album covers and posters. The band formed in 1988 from 3 former members of 'Festered Vestoons" and one from Toxic Avengers, by June 1990 they were named as 'Clowns of Decadence' and had adopted a performance image of wearing clown makeup and silly clothes to back up their politico-protest leanings, deploying elements of circus, music and performance in their live shows. The group released three extended plays and an album, 'Clowns of a Lesser God' on Homegrown Artists / Siren Records before disbanding in 1998. The band toured extensively all over Australia, sharing the bill with other popular bands of the time including: Front End Loader, You Am I, TISM, Powderfinger, Regurgitator, Beasts of Bourbon, Def FX, Cosmic Psychos, Chocolate Starfish, Fireballs, and Paul Kelly. The bands circus theme was inspired by Matt's grandparents, who were famous Circus Artists in their 'Traveling Tivoli' in Sweden from 1922 to 1955, Matt's grandfather Anton Tivoli joined the circus at the age of 16, working as an acrobat artist and did a high-wire act, in 1922 he formed his own Traveling Tivoli and became a Knife thrower. Matt's grandmother was blind folded and tied up while his grandfather also blind folded, would throw knives around her. Matt's father Ted Jonsson was the youngest child, he did not embrace the "carnie lifestyle", and instead worked as a carpenter, prior to becoming an Adelaide based sculptor. Matt's sister Marie Jonsson-Harrison is a former successful model, who won ” Miss Summer Spain” 1981,” South Australia Model of the Year” 1982 and “Australian Model of the Year” 1984. The families rich artistic heritage eventually led to her becoming an artist herself, specializing in 'Naïve Art'. Matt is a Sculptor/Artist who's work can be seen at various locations around Adelaide including the 'West End Brewery' Riverbank Display's, the 'Magic Cave' at David Jones, 'Blackebys Sweets', the Adnyamathanha sculpture at Wilpena Pound, and in the men’s room at the at The D’Arenberg Cube, which features urinals that double as giant gaping clownlike faces. Matt and his partner Michelle's commercial art business 'Artistic Impact', are currently in the process of expanding their products and developing a new website, once finalised they will be trading under the name of 'ART STUDIOS AUSTRALIA'. Music: "Band It About", written and recorded by Catherine Lambert & Michael Bryant. "Alien Sex Romp" by Clowns Of Decadence, was released in 1993 on their EP Kamikaze Karnival and was co-written by Mark Fenech, Stephen Hards, Matt Jonsson, Colin Morris, Craig Spencer, and Craig Stone. Links: Artistic Impact Email: To Support BAND IT ABOUT: Facebook: Instagram: If you have enjoyed listening please share!
September 3, 2021
S2 E43 JAMES (JIM) BAILEY, Drummer/Percussionist/Music Educator & First Australian awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Education Award from the International Percussive Arts Society
Drummer/Percussionist/Music Educator James (Jim) Bailey joins me in The Engine Room to discuss his fabulous musical journey both in Australia and overseas. Jim first became interested in music while living in England, he wanted to play the clarinet, but the school didn't have any available, so he was given a piccolo to take home to try. He didn't have much luck with this instrument, so he returned it to the school and then went back to playing sports which he was very good at. It wasn't until after his family had emigrated to Australia and he injured his foot during a game that Jim's interests once again returned to music, this time he decided to try drums, having seen an advertisement for a free aptitude test at the Adelaide College of Music. He began private drum lessons after meeting the drummer Jimmy Latta at the Boomerang Club. Jimmy introduced him to the world of modern jazz, making him aware of the playing styles of many of the world’s greatest drummers. Jimmy moved to Canberra after joining the Australian Army Band. Jim then began to have lessons with one of Adelaide’s leading players Gary Haines. Gary was a studio musician for Channel 9, and he also ran a business called Drumsville in Club Lane, which was the place that all of the young drummers would hang out. It was during this time that Jim decided that a music career was the path he wanted to pursue, so he quit his job and you took up part time work in the record department at David Jones. In 1965 he successfully auditioned to attend the Elder Conservatorium Single Studies program in classical percussion, where he was taught by Richard (Dick) Smith, who was a timpanist for the South Australian Symphony Orchestra, Dick ran the percussion program at the Conservatorium.  Jim is regarded as one of Australia’s leading teachers of classical and Latin percussion as well as jazz drumming. He has performed and taught throughout Australia, the United States, South Africa, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. A short list of his credentials includes: Performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic; the Durban, Natal Symphony Orchestra; the Australian Youth Orchestra; the Australia Ensemble Lights; the Elder Conservatorium Wind Quintet and the Elder Conservatorium Wind Ensemble. His festival appearances include the Adelaide Festival, Barossa Festival, Manley Jazz Festival, Glenelg Jazz Festival, Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Pretoria, South Africa and the Living Treasures Festival 2000 in Durban South Africa. He toured South Africa with the world music group Warkala, performing and conducting master classes and workshops for the Australian High Commission and in fund-raising concerts for the relief of AIDS in children in South Africa. He is also Australia’s foremost authority on the tuning and construction of mallet instruments — marimbas, vibraphones, and glockenspiels. All marimbas used in the group were made by him. Throughout his long career Jim has made an outstanding contribution to the percussive arts and education both here and overseas and has trained some of Australia's top percussionists during his teaching career as the Percussion Senior Lecturer and Head of Percussion at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. In 2011, Jim became the first Australian to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Education Award from the International Percussive Arts Society. The award recognises the contributions of the most highly regarded leaders in percussion education throughout the world. Prior to Covid, Jim spent many years traveling to be a guest speaker and teacher at various educational organizations worldwide. Music "Band It About" written and recorded by Catherine Lambert & Michael Bryant. "Ghanaia" written by Schmitt Matthew, performed by the Hormingo Ensemble. Contact 
August 27, 2021
JOHN APPLEBY joins me in The Engine Room this week to discuss his musical journey. John is a self taught drummer who has mainly played with original bands here in Adelaide during his 54 year playing career. John joined his first band WOLFBAIN in 1968, in 1972 he joined BRONZE ELK who later became NEON WATERMELON which was the first Australian band to wear makeup. NEON WATERMELON supported SKYHOOKS at the Pooraka Hotel the first time that they came to Adelaide, Graeme "Shirley" Strachan, who was the SKYHOOKS roadie at the time, was surprised to see another band wearing makeup! NEON WATERMELON became THE JOE HOOKER BAND, which was a very popular band during the 70s. In 1979 he joined SAFARI SET, and in 1980 PERFECT GAME, both bands regularly supported touring bands such as; MEN AT WORK, MIDNIGHT OIL, COLD CHISEL, JOE JOE ZEP AND THE FALCONS, and THE CLASH. Other bands that John has played with include: FLYTE, CHRIS FINNEN OFFERING, THE HOUNDS, LIMITED EDITION (Steve Foster), AUTO DE FE (Natasha Boyer), KASHMIR CHECK, SO WHAT/40 THOUSAND HORSEMAN, THE BACKBEATS, RUBY LANE, RUSSIAN CARAVAN, MAGELLAN, ROB BARTLETT, SCAFELL PIKE, CHRIS FINNEN’S 360 DEGREES, CRUISIN’, THE LEGENDS, STEVE FOSTER (Duo), OCQ’S (Steve Foster), JBE, MY BROTHER JAKE, CHRIS FINNEN CLAN, and THE RODDY GORDON BAND. He joined SYMPATHY ORCHESTRA in 1999, and NUEMERIA ART COLLECTIVE in 2014, and is still playing with both bands.  Music: "Band It About" theme song was written and recorded by Catherine Lambert & Michael Bryant. Outro: “Me Thing” written by Julian Barnett, is the opening track from the latest SYMPATHY ORCHESTRA album, “Third Album”. If you would like to help to Support this free to listen to independent podcast, please make a donation here: Please Follow this podcast series on your favorite podcast listening platform, and if you have enjoyed listening please share the link with your friends! Links: SYMPATHY ORCHESTRA Facebook BAND IT ABOUT:
August 20, 2021
S2 E41 ROBERT (ROB) BOUNDY The Engine Room Guest Drummer, “The Modes”, “The Astros”, “The Virgin Soldiers”, and Business owner, Rob’s Drum Shed Teaching Studios
ROBERT (ROB) BOUNDY studied at the Adelaide College of Music in 1968 under the direction of John Arthur, with section leaders Steve and Larry Todd, in marching band and beginning drum set lessons. In 1970 he joined the Adelaide Highland Pipe Band under the tutelage of Lindsay Chuck and Daryl James until 1974. In 1979 he began rehearsing with past music students from Mawson High School, recording a demo with The Glenn Kristoffer Band, while also working for MGD Audio assisting with sound and lighting. In late 1982 he joined “The Modes” and starting heavy local gigging, and touring nationally in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland. In 1985 he moved to Melbourne and managed the Brashs Drum Department in their City store, and with played with Melbourne players from “The Phantom Band” along with Guitar Virtuoso “Jimi Hocking in “The Astros”. In 1986 he joined the local band “The Virgin Soldiers”, and started teaching drums privately from home in 1987. “The Virgin Soldiers” released a self-titled 4 track EP in 1987 which they toured nationally and recorded several professional demos, engineered and produced by Bruce Johnson (Oasis). 1989 saw the release of a full-length album called “Watching the World” recorded at Festivals Grondman Studios Engineered by Colin Wort and remixed at Powerplant Studios with Adam Quaffe and Peter Blighton (Choir Boys), in Jan 1990 the album went #1 on Juke magazines Independent Metal Charts. Returning to Adelaide in 1993, he played with numerous cover bands, 1994 - Crossfire with John Morton and Harry Hernie, 1995 - Tour of Duty with Wendy Taylor-Smith, Phil Smith, Capt. Gordon Lambie, Sam Moody, John Mackay, John Morton. 2000 -Working in Folk/Irish scene in the "Range Rovers" with Quinton Dunne, Michael Hill, Bridgette McDowell, Stewart Day, and Phil Smith. He then moved onto Panic! with Michael Hill and Dennis Surmon which in 2005, became "The Grouse" with Stewart Day, James Meston, Michael Hill, Dennis Surmon, and Dave Rhodes. In 2012 he began playing with "Hollywood Gun Club" with Kev Keilor, Ward Purcell, and Peter Marsella. In 2014 he played with Pete Jenkins band, and subbed in bands with "Kilkenny", Trev Warner, Damien Steele Scott, and Jack Jones. In 2018 “Virgin Soldiers”, secured a distribution deal with Laneway Music, re-released Self-Titled EP and Album Watching the World. Recorded and released a new live album – “Virgin Soldiers Live at Musicland 2019”. The band performed in Melbourne regularly throughout 2019, and had dates booked through 2020, which of course ended up being postponed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. In 2001 he became a Business owner, Rob’s Drum Shed Teaching Studios, teaching private students in his fully equipped drum studio, specialising in Rudimental Drumming and Contemporary Rock Studies from 1960s to present. Rob is the Education Specialist in the Drum Shop at Derringers Music SA, Co-Director of Adelaide’s only Professional Drumline “The Raiders Drum Corps”. Teaching private Undergraduate students at Tabor College Music Department since 2017. In 2020 he returned to study: Doctor of Philosophy - The Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide, and is writing his thesis on Australian Rock Bands. Music: Intro "Band It About" written and recorded by Catherine Lambert & Michael Bryant. Outro is a previously unreleased demo by the Virgin Soldiers "Power Hungry", Lyrics Written by Stephen Williamson, Music written by Chris Farley, Michael Lodge, Robert Boundy, Geoff Marquis. Links: Please Follow this podcast and share the link with your friends!
August 13, 2021
S2 E40 RICK KENT Drummer for: The Vibrants, Rita Pavone, Springfield Revival, Mount Lofty Rangers, Keystone Angels, and more. Author of "A Vibrant Life"
RICK KENT joins me in The Engine Room to discuss his musical journey which began in Adelaide during the 60s Rock 'N' Roll days with The Firebirds who became The Vibrants. The Vibrants moved to Melbourne in 1966, and had several charting hits, "Something About You, Baby", "My Prayer", "Don't Let Your Left Hand Know", and "How Sweet It Is". After leaving the band Rick went on to run his own music schools in Perth, The Perth Jingle Workshop. He then lived in England for two years, and joined popular London band "The Basic Truth". The highlight of his time in England was a world tour with The Osmond Bros, which culminated in a concert at Madison Square Gardens in New York.  Rick returned to Australia in the mid seventies and became involved in the recording side of music, setting up a studio in Adelaide with mobile recording facilities, while playing in a band six nights a week. Some of the artists he recorded during this period were Christie Allen and Men at Work. Rick also did ads for radio and TV,  and film scores for the South Australian Film Corp. Rick worked with Lisa Edwards in a band called "Night Shift", the support band for the great Roy Orbison at the Festival Theatre. Rick moved back to Melbourne with singer Lisa Edwards under his management, Lisa later went on to join the Farnham Band. He then spent 2 years with the Channel 9 Band, Brisbane, on the popular "Conway Country" in the early 80's. During this time he also worked major Leagues Clubs and RSL's on the Gold Coast with various other bands. By the middle of the eighties and through most of the nineties, Rick was located in the Byron Bay area, where he taught drums, both privately and in local schools, played with various bands from the area, and worked on several recording projects in different studios, including Big Toe, Music Farm, Star Sound, Ch9, and Suite 16. Rick has played rock, jazz, country, showroom cabaret, backing many famous Australian and International acts including: Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, Osmond Bros, Del Shannon, Andy Stewart, and Danny La Rue. Rick keeps his hand in playing with country rock band "Deep Creek", and showband "Forever Everly", as well as freelancing with various other acts. Music: Into "Band It About" written and and recorded by Catherine Lambert and Michael Bryant. Outro: "Big Man" by Alex Tomlin. Links: To purchase a copy of "A Vibrant Life" : Rick Kent Facebook:  If you have enjoyed listening to this episode please share the link with your friends! Band It About can be heard on all of the major podcast listening platforms including: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Anchor and Spotify. Email: #rickkent #thevibrants #banditabout #drummers #Adelaide #musicinterviews #realstories #realpeople #Australianmusicindustry #60s #rockandroll #thebasictruth #springfieldrevival #maddisonsquaregardens #theosmonds #nightshift #SouthAustralia #conwaycountry
August 6, 2021
S2 E39 JAMES (JIM) JUDD is The Engine Room Guest Drummer who spent 15 years as a Fully Sponsored Motorcycle Factory Rider for Honda Australia.
James Judd has played in many Adelaide bands including: Broken Brick, Ralph Richard Quintet, Gini & The Groove, The Toe Jammers, Sons Of MOD, and The Fleurieu Bluesbreakers. James took a break from music and spent 15 years of that time as a Fully Sponsored Motorcycle Rider, winning around 100 races. He competed mainly in Endurance Races and was a Factory Rider for Honda Australia, competing in Unlimited Championship, Bathurst, and the first Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in 1989, held at Phillip Island.  Since returning to drumming, James has played mainly in Blues bands, and currently plays with the Rock 'n' Roll band The Rhythm Cats, as well as Swinging Surf Sex Gods, Killer Blues Revue (KBR), and Keith Hall And Heathen Soul. Music: Intro "Band It About" written and recorded by Catherine Lambert and Michael Bryant, for the BAND IT ABOUT - Podcast Series Host/Creator Di Spillane. Outro: "My Phone" performed by The Fleurieu Bluesbreakers who were: the late Brian 'Cowboy' Cain lead vocals and blues harmonica, Ross Brennan guitar and backing vocals, Peter Nixon bass guitar and backing vocals, and James (Jim) Judd on drums. The song is off the album 'The devil lives down my street', which was released in 2018. Please remember to Follow this music interview podcast series so that you don’t miss the next episode. If you have enjoyed listening, please share the link to it with your friends. Use this link to Rate if your chosen podcast listening platform doesn't have that feature: Band It About can be heard on all of the major podcast listening platforms including: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Anchor and Spotify. If you would like to help support this independent podcast, please use this PayPal link to make a donation: To contact Band It About: Email: Website: Follow on Socials: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:
July 30, 2021
S2 E38 LAURIE KENNEDY: In-Demand Jazz Drummer and Drum Teacher, who has worked in Television, Radio, Musical Theatre, Cabaret, Jazz, Rock, and Orchestral in Australia.
The Engine Room Guest: Laurie Kennedy, has been mentioned in many of my previous interviews due to him having been an in-demand drum teacher and player in South Australia for 40 years. His playing career began in NSW when families gathered together and listened to music shows, drama serials, light entertainment and quiz programs on the radio, Rock 'n' roll was  popular in dance halls, and Jazz and Coffee Lounges were The Scene! He has worked with the 'who's who' of the entertainment industry, working in Television, Radio, Musical Theatre, Cabaret, Jazz, Rock, and Orchestral. He has had a truly remarkable musical journey and it was an honour to have him share his story with me. If you enjoy historical stories about the Australian Music Industry, then this episode is definitely for you! The first professional band that he joined was the 'Warren LeRoy Trio', playing at the El Rocco followed by the 'Macambo Quartet' who were very popular at the Macambo Coffee Lounge, where they had a stint of around 4 years during the early 1960s. Late in 1965 he joined his one and only Pop Group called The Grape Escape with Brian Godden, Chris Bonett, and singer/songwriter Norma Stoneman. The Grape Escape signed to RCA Records and released a couple of singles with ''The Easy Life'' (Feb 25th 1967) being the most successful, he returned to NSW when the band called it a day.  Laurie worked as a studio drummer at TCN-9 on the Desmond Tester Children's Television show the 'Channel 9- Pins', prior to moving to Adelaide in 1968. In Adelaide he played with the Borodin Quartet at the Paprika Nightclub for 5 years, the band worked 6 nights a week, 7 hours a night! His first teaching job was at Pulteney Grammar School, followed by Blackfriars Priory School, and St Peter's College. In addition, Laurie was an in-demand lecturer in drum, percussion, and rhythm at the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide for 32 years, and lecturer at Noarlunga TAFE for 10 years. He wrote ‘A Guide to Exploring Rhythm - All Instruments and Voice’, among other teaching materials. Laurie lived, played and taught in Adelaide for half his lifetime, returning to live in NSW to be closer to his sons when he retired.  He has accompanied international Jazz and Variety Artists, did many concerts tours and recordings with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, as well as concerts with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Recorded with Don Burroughs, James Morrison, George Golla, Errol Buddle, Ted Nettelbeck, Schmoe (Sylvan Elhay), Andy Sugg, and many others. Backing for local variety acts such as Barry Crocker, Julie Anthony, Ricky May, Glenn Shorrock, Kamal, Judith Durham, and many more. International variety artists include Harry Secombe, Platters, Eartha Kitt, Dick Emery, Cilla Black, Ronnie Corbett, Danny La Rue, and so many more that It is impossible for me to list them all. Music: Intro "Band It About" theme written and recorded by Catherine Lambert and Michael Bryant. Outro: "Sol Fuego" - Australian Jazz Quintet, Errol Buddle - flute, Bruce Hancock - piano, Ed Gaston - bass and Laurie Kennedy - drums. Recorded at Adelaide Town Hall. If you enjoyed listening please share with someone else who would enjoy it too! Band It About can be heard on all of the major podcast listening platforms including Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts & Spotify   #lauriekennedy #banditaboutpodcastseries #drummers #musicinterviews #universityofadelaide #jazzdrummers #realstories #realpeople #musicindustry #jazz #drums #podcasts #Sydney #percussion #musicteacher #varietyentertainment
July 23, 2021
S2 E37 STEVE TODD The Engine Room Guest Drummer/Percussionist TV/Radio, Children's Television & Recordings, State Theatre Co, Australian Dance Theatre, and many more
Steve Todd became a professional musician when he was 19, and has worked in the industry ever since. Born in to a family of entertainers Steve's profession was predestined, his father John Todd was a drummer, his mother a founding member of the 'Ethelton Entertainers' theatre group, and his grandfather a vaudevillian, it was a given that both he and his brother Larry would work in the industry. Steve was taught by Reg Bassett who not only taught him how to play, he taught him how to secure ongoing opportunities within the music industry. Steve first began playing while in Primary School, both he and Larry played the snare drum that was used to march the students into class everyday. He joined his first (out of school band) 'Bennie & The Jets' while attending High School, and his first major band was 'Centaur' (Adelaide Australia), this band saw him leave Adelaide for the first time, they toured up and down the East Coast. After leaving this band he returned to Adelaide and studied music to gain the reading skills required that would enable him to work as a freelance musician. In 1985 Steve began working for Banksia Productions, this is where he started to work in television and radio. Adelaide had one of the best music scenes in Australia, every TV Station had a House Band, and Steve had regular work during the day in children's television shows, recording and touring with 'Here's Humphrey', 'The Music Shop', 'The Book Place', and 'The Fairies' to name a few. Steve has recorded and toured with children's entertainer Peter Coombe for the past 30 years. He was the House Drummer for 'Pepper Studios', has worked with both the State Theatre Company and the Australian Dance Theatre, and spent 16 years playing with the 'South Australian Police Band'. Steve performed with various bands including 'Goose', and had a 7 year residency at the Grenfell Tavern with 'Mixed Bag'. In 2017 he was invited to join a group of Adelaide musicians who are collectively known as the 'Hindley Street Country Club' (HSCC), they release a cover of an 80s hit song every week, and have become so popular that they have had over 100 million views on YouTube! Major highlight's of Steve's career include playing percussion with his idols Jon English and Peter Cupples (Stylus), when they toured performing unplugged versions of their hits, and performing "A Little Ray Of Sunshine" with Glenn Shorrock and Brian Cadd. Personal highlight's performing onstage with his dad, brother, son and nephew, and every time that he gets to perform or record with his son Ben, Ben Todd was the (S2 E15) Engine Room Guest.  Music: Intro "BAND IT ABOUT" written and recorded by Catherine Lambert and Michael Bryant. Outro "What's Up" written by Ben Todd Please remember to subscribe to this music interview podcast series. Band It About can be heard on all of the major podcast listening platforms including: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Anchor and Spotify. Email: #banditabout #drummers #Adelaide #SteveTodd #realstories
July 16, 2021
S2 E36 (Vodcast 2) BAND IT ABOUT visits the 'MURRAY DELTA JUKE JOINT' Goolwa to interview business owners DAVID LLOYD & GREG BUTTON
THE 'MURRAY DELTA JUKE JOINT', (formerly 'The Wreckers'), has undergone an amazing transformation since David Lloyd and Greg Button decided to take on the Live Music Venue in 2020. When I interviewed David for The Engine Room (S2E8), he talked a bit about the venue and I wanted to see what it was like, as my band had played at there in 2019. I decided to check it out on the same weekend that "The Fallen Saints" were playing there, I attended the gig on the Saturday night (footage available from gig on my Facebook page and YouTube), and went back on the Sunday to chat with the new venues owners. I would like to thank my partner Nick for being my cameraman for most of the interview, listeners have the choice of podcast or vodcast (video). If you would like to watch this interview please head over to my Band It About YouTube Channel: Background: Greg and David had their eyes on this venue for a while, having said that if it ever became available they should get it. The opportunity came along at a time when venue owners worldwide were bracing themselves for the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. About half of the world's population was under some form of lockdown by April 2020, government's implemented measures to attempt to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and flatten the curve. Venues were closed, and with no way of knowing how long for, many feared permanent closure. With the C-19 Pandemic crippling the Music Industry overnight, the last thing on most people's minds would be to take on and renovate a Venue, but for Greg and David it was perfect timing, as I discovered during my recent visit to the MDJJ. The Murray Delta Juke Joint is on the Fleurieu Peninsula, in Australia's first Cittaslow Town, Goolwa. Once a thriving River Port – the last on the Murray River before it reached the Southern Ocean, and the only place in Australia where paddle steamers and steam trains met to carry produce inland for shipping overseas. Greg and David fill me in on some of Goolwa's colourful River Port history; the Goolwa Hotel where the figurehead from the Mozambique, (a ship wrecked off the Coorong coast in 1854) can be seen, and other information leading to me finding out why they named the venue (which is modelled on the juke joints of Louisiana and New Orleans) the Murray Delta Juke Joint! Music: "Band It About" written and recorded for the Band It About - podcast series by Catherine Lambert and Michael Bryant. Murray Delta Juke Joint: 4 Dowdodd Cres, Goolwa, South Australia. Licensed from Thursday till Sunday, beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks available. Events are advertised on the Murray Delta Juke Joint Facebook page A mailing list is available for those wishing to receive upcoming events info. Enquiries and bookings Phone: 0413 160 922 Friendly staff, cosy atmosphere, and Superior Sound, the Murray Delta is sailing towards a Best Live Music Venue Award! #murraydeltajukejoint #Goolwa #livemusicvenue #banditabout #SouthAustralia 
July 9, 2021
S2 E35 MONI LASHES The Engine Room Guest; Drummer for THE BABES, and Guinness World Record Holder First Human to Drum for 24 Hours Nonstop!
Moni Lashes (Monica Majcen), mother of 2 and matriarch of the Adelaide, South Australian Rock n Roll band "The Babes" joins me in The Engine Room this week to discuss her musical journey. The Babes who formed in 2011, are: Moni Lashes on drums, her sister Donna D on lead guitar, their brother Corey Stone on bass, and a brother-from-another-mother, JD on lead vocals. Moni has a unique addition to her Pearl Drum Kit drum kit which is partially a Harley Davidson! They have toured extensively throughout Australia, the U.S.A, Japan and the Middle East, playing sold out shows, and recruiting new members to their official fan club, the "Rock n Roll Gang". The Babes have been the main support band for: Ace Frehley (KISS), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) twice, Girlschool, Cherie Currie (The Runaways), Bulletboys, Venom Inc, Hardcore Superstar twice, LA Guns, Bullet, Faster Pussycat, The Radiators, Dragon and more... Moni was first taught by her drummer dad Don Dimasi prior to having lessons with in demand drum teacher Laurie Kennedy, at the Noarlunga TAFE. After leaving school she had various jobs including managing the Marion Family Entertainment Centre Store 'Intensity', Politics, 4 years as a Police officer, and as a Drum Teacher prior to the band taking off. The Babes' debut tour of the U.S.A in 2018 included sold out shows at: Whisky A Go-Go supporting LA Guns, featured artists at Cruefest Hollywood Festival at the Whisky A Gogo, performing at Las Vegas' renown Count's Vamp'd twice, seven shows at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, including 3 sets at TV-famed venue Full Throttle Saloon, which draws 500,000 biker rock n roller lovers, and a live national TV appearance interview and performance on Las Vegas Morning Blend TV program to 2 million viewers. 2019 saw The Babes debut tour of Japan to HUGE energetic crowds in Tokyo, and Kyoto, and they were invited to perform for the troops in the Middle East, performing shows in Iraq to the Allies including USA, Australian, Italian and Swedish soldiers. Music: Intro "Band It About" written and recorded by Catherine Lambert and Michael Bryant. Outro "Always Riding" written and recorded by The Babes for their album "Dive Bars & Muscle Cars". To purchase the album and to find out more about the band please use this link: or Facebook: Band It About can be heard on all of the major podcast listening platforms including: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Anchor and Spotify. Website: Facebook: Email: #musicinterviews #drummers
July 2, 2021
S2 E34 BEN RILEY The Engine Room Guest Jazz Drummer; Polished Brass, Kym Purling Trio, Boss Trio, Isotope, Daniel Harvey Quintet, and The Airbenders.
Jazz drummer BEN RILEY joins me in The Engine Room this week to discuss his drumming journey. When in High School Ben was taught by Ray Haughn, who introduced him to the Ted Reed book 'Syncopation For The Modern Drummer', he began having private lessons when he was in year 10 with Laurie Kennedy, and had his first paid gig while in school filling in for Ray Haughn in the band 'Polished Brass'. Ben continued his studies at the Adelaide University under the guidance of lecturer Laurie Kennedy. He met Kym Purling and Tim Bowen during this period, they formed the first Kym Purling Trio. The trio received wide recognition all around Australia and also served as the rhythm section for many of Australia's leading jazz musicians and vocalists. During the mid 90s, he also recorded his first albums, Trio Juice, Catherine Lambert & The Kym Purling Trio, and Let's Swing! Ben was a member of the Kym Purling Trio up until Kym moved to the United States in 1998. Following Kym’s departure in 1998 David McEvoy was recruited, forming the Boss Trio. After graduating from the Elder Conservatorium in 1994, completing a Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz Performance, Ben travelled overseas to study drums with some of his favorite players including Kenny Washington. During the interview Ben mentions his fascination with Roy Haynes drumming in the "Matrix", which is the second track on the Chick Corea album "Now He Sings, Now He Sobs", and was reinspired during this interview to complete his transcript of it. Here is a link to the song that he is referring to: I look forward to hearing from Ben once he has completed the transcript! Ben is a member of The Airbenders, a Jazz Organ trio that formed in 2009 as part of the Artist in Residence initiative run by JazzSA. They quickly became one of the most exciting groups to see in Adelaide. Led by Hammond organist Paul White the band also has the incredible James Muller on Guitar, they have been the resident Tuesday night band at The Gilbert Hotel for 9 years!  Music: Intro "Band It About" written and recorded by Catherine Lambert and Michael Bryant. Outro The Airbenders performing Duke Ellington's "Angelica" Live at The Gilbert Hotel, Adelaide. To purchase a copy of the album please visit their website (see link below). The Airbenders Website: The Airbenders Facebook: Please Follow the BAND IT ABOUT -podcast series on your favorite podcast listening platform, thank you to everyone who has already done this both here in Australia and overseas, it is wonderful knowing that listeners are enjoying this series all over the world! To Rate Android Link Band It About can be heard on all of the major podcast listening platforms including: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts & Spotify. Website: Social Links Facebook: Instagram:
June 25, 2021
S2 E33 MICK RAJAN Engine Room Guest Drummer; David Blight and The Flyers, ELEVEN & Back In Black - A tribute to AC/DC
Mick Rajan has performed with a number of well established band's within the Adelaide scene for the past 25 years including Just Strait, David Blight and The Flyers, Rob Riley Band, The Jukebox Kings, and Back In Black - A tribute to AC/DC.  David Blight and The Flyers have recently reformed and will be performing at the Semaphore Workers Club on the 27th of June. Tickets available through trybooking. ELEVEN have recently released their debut album "JUST BEFORE ELEVEN" and will be performing next week at the Findon Hotel, Friday June 25th. To purchase the album: Music Intro the "Band It About" theme song was written and recorded by Catherine Lambert and Michael Bryant.  Outro "Ordinary Day" written by Dave Small and Rob Riley, this song is from The Flyers album "Ascend" which was released in 2006. David Blight (Cold Chisel): Vocals, Harmonica, Dave Small - Guitar, Vocals, Rob Riley (Rose Tattoo): Guitar, Pedal Steel, Vocals, Mick Cooper: Bass Guitar, Vocals, and Mick Rajan: Drums. Facebook Mick's Band Links: ELEVEN David Blight and The Flyers Back In Black - A tribute to AC/DC  Band It About Links: Android: Apple iPhone banditabout Listen on Apple podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Google podcasts Leave a review on podchaser If you would like to rate this podcast: Support: Website: Follow:  Facebook Email:  Thanks for listening! #banditaboutpodcastseries #musicinterviews #drummers #mickrajan #Adelaide #theflyers #davidblight 
June 18, 2021
S2 E32 ANDREW GRIFFITHS The Engine Room Drummer , Author of "Progressive Rock Drumming", & Owner/Manager of 'Frets & Sticks Music Co.
S2 E32 The Engine Room Drummer Andrew Griffiths, Andy started learning drums December 1973, and has over 40 years experience in performing, recording and songwriting throughout Australia, having spent 7 years in Sydney and Melbourne as part of his Professional playing career. His first Adelaide band was the very first Punk/New Wave band in Adelaide "Black Chrome", Simon Stretton - vocals, guitar, Simon Dillon - bass, Andrew Griffiths - drums, Black Chrome played their first gig under the name of Fury on the 27th of July 1975 in the Little Theatre at the Adelaide University. Alan Griffiths, younger brother of Andrew,  joined the band for the second half of 1977 as the vocalist, this enabled Simon Stretton to concentrate fully on playing guitar. Simon then played guitar and sang through the rest of Black Chrome's existence. The band released a single in 1978 Australia's God/We Are Tomorrow.   Andrew Griffiths, is also the internationally recognized author of "Progressive Rock Drumming", which is a comprehensive, lesson by lesson guide covering all aspects of playing drums in a group. Andy shares his name with another Australian author, the other one is famous for writing children's books and when he delivered a drum kit to a local school, he was asked to give a talk to year 7’s on all the books that he had written, as they thought he was the same Andy Griffiths who wrote all the kids books. Andy didn't realise until he was standing in front of the class and was being introduced! Andy is the owner, manager, and Drum Teacher of 'Frets and Stix Music', which was established in 1992. Bands summary: Black Chrome 1975-78, Squawk 79-80, Manic Depression 1981, Sidewinder 1981, Matriark 1982, The Dagoes 1983-84, These Elements 1985, Out Of The Blue 1987-90, Rogue Torpedoes 1990-92, Sly Tactics (fill in gigs), Bluestone 1992- 94, Bad Penny 1995- 1996, Blind Tiger 1996-97, Guess throughout the mid 90’s and into the mid 2000’s, New England Stone 1998–2000, name change and line up change to Paintbox 1999 -2001, and has filled in for many others over the years. Currently recording demos of his own new and old unreleased material, with the view to record, release and gig 2021-2022. Music: "Band It About" written and recorded by Catherine Lambert & Michael Bryant. "The Lonely Pirate" written and recorded by Andrew Griffiths. email Apple Podcasts  Google Podcasts  Spotify Email: #drummers #musicinterviews #Australia #Adelaide
June 11, 2021
S2 E32 Preview; The Engine Room Drummer Andrew Griffiths, Author of "Progressive Rock Drumming", Business Owner 'Frets & Sticks Music co'
Preview of S2 E32 Andrew Griffiths, author of "Progressive Rock Drumming", Business Owner/ Manager 'Frets & Sticks Music co' Andy joins me in The Engine Room this week to chat about his career. This is a preview of one of Andy's many stories that he tells during his interview. This is part of his memorable gig stories, when he explains how the Adelaide band "The Dagoes" broke up during their gig at "The Tivoli Hotel." The Full Episode will be available to listen to on Saturday 12th of June. Please Follow the BAND IT ABOUT - podcast series so that you don't miss the next episode. Andy has over 40 years experience in performing, recording and songwriting throughout Australia, having spent 7 years in Sydney and Melbourne as part of his Professional playing career. His first Adelaide band was the very first Punk/New Wave band in Adelaide "Black Chrome", Simon Stretton - vocals, guitar, Simon Dillon - bass, Andrew Griffiths - drums. Alan Griffiths, younger brother of Andrew,  joined the band for the second half of 1977 as the vocalist, this enabled Simon Stretton to concentrate fully on playing guitar. Simon then played guitar and sang through the rest of Black Chrome's existence. The band released a single in 1978 Australia's God/We Are Tomorrow. The Dagoes were a rock band from Adelaide that was the catalyst in 1979 for Doug Thomas to create Greasy Pop Records, Andy was their drummer for one of the bands lineups, and this preview explains how that band broke up. Andrew Griffiths, is also the internationally recognized author of "Progressive Rock Drumming", which is a comprehensive, lesson by lesson guide covering all aspects of playing drums in a group. Studies on: solos, rolls, fills, and syncopation. Within the three main sections of the book, a lesson by lesson structure has been used to give a clear and carefully graded method of study. Music theory is gradually introduced to help the player understand the material being presented and enable them to create their own rhythms and beats. Andy is the owner, manager, and Drum Teacher of 'Frets and Stix Music', which was established in 1992, Andy is supported in the shop by his wife Danielle Griffiths and Zak Taylor. The shop is situated south of Adelaide in Reynella, and is dedicated to serving the southern suburbs with high quality service and advice when looking to purchase your first musical instrument, and has built a reputation for providing great after sales service for over 28 years. email Apple Podcasts   Google Podcasts  Spotify #MusicInterviews #Drummers #Adelaide
June 10, 2021
S2 E31 JOE TURTUR returns to The Engine Room, 3 Major updates have occurred since his first interview, T3 Cancer, BLUESFEST, & HEAVEN sacking.
Update 1: When I first interviewed Joe Turtur it was just before he was to go into hospital to have part of his colon removed. Joe had T3 Colon Cancer, and was not given a guarantee that he would wake up from the surgery. Thankfully Joe did wake up, he spent 17 days in hospital, and has been living with a Ileostomy Bag while his colon recovers from the surgery. Joe is looking forward to having the bag removed on June 24th, he has had 2 pathology reports back advising that he no longer has cancer which is fantastic news. Update 2: Joe had recovered enough to work at this years BLUESFEST in April, unfortunately due to one local case of transmission, which happened less than 24 hours before the gates were due to open, the festival was shutdown by Public Health Order, this sent shockwaves through our Music industry and traumatised everyone who had been working on presenting BLUESFEST. Six weeks later, BLUESFEST was re-scheduled, the festival will be held in October with a full lineup of the absolute best Australian artists, and Joe will be back feeling fitter and healthier. This October, BLUESFEST will be the first major festival to return, since COVID-19 struck, with a multi-day, multi-stage, camping event and almost all the artists due to play at Easter will return to play, with the addition of MIDNIGHT OIL, who will be headlining the opening Friday night. Tickets can be purchased here: Update 3: Joe Turtur has been sacked from his 80s Metal Band HEAVEN, as a result of his initial BAND IT ABOUT Interview, and had to find out this shocking news via Social Media! Joe explains what happened during this interview, and I rewind back to the comment that led to him being sacked. I believe that this was extremely unfair, and I look forward to hearing what my listeners think about this turn of events. Joe has plans for a new band, which he talks about during this interview.  The BAND IT ABOUT theme song was written and recorded by Catherine Lambert and Michael Bryant. Please remember to subscribe to this music interview podcast series. Band It About can be heard on all of the major podcast listening platforms including: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Anchor and Spotify.  The Link to support this podcast is fixed: Email: Website: Facebook: Thanks for listening! #banditabout #musicinterviews #music #podcasts #drummers #JoeTurtur #Heaven #COVID-19 #BLUESFEST #drummers #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #UNESCO #Cancer #musicinterviewpodcasts #musicpodcasts #banditaboutpodcastseries
June 4, 2021
S2 E30 SUE FILMER The Engine Room Drummer/Percussionist (SUEDAN), shares her journey from Dancer to becoming a Musician
Sue Filmer joins me this week in The Engine Room to discuss her musical journey which began with Sue being a trained dancer. Sue was born in New South Wales and moved to Adelaide when she was 20 to attend the only Contemporary Dance Course on offer in Australia at the time, which was at Flinders University. Sue worked in various jobs while studying and at one stage was employed to dance at events in Adelaide, prior to joining her first band 'Click Clack' as a percussionist. Sue has always loved music, right from her earliest memories of going to see her father who was a professional musician in NSW, performing with the Elizabethan Orchestra, Jazz with Jim Barnard, Black & White Minstrel Shows, Big Bands, Opera's and Ballets. Sue took up percussion in her 20s, she was sharing a house with musicians and wanted to be able to jam with them, so she began having lessons with Jim Bailey. Sue continued to play with various bands until taking time off to raise her 2 daughters. In 2016 after being encouraged by her husband and brother to start drumming again, Sue and her husband Danny began performing together as the Duo SUEDAN. The duo perform Blues/Roots and World Music, they also run an Open Mic once a month at the Ekhidna Winery, McLaren Vale. Make sure that you subscribe so that you don't miss the next episode. Music: "Band It About" theme was written and performed by Catherine Lambert and Michael Bryant. Outro: "The Ritual" written by Danny Filmer, performed by SUEDAN SUEDAN Facebook: SUEDAN Website: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify Anchor and many more podcast listening platforms. Android phone users BAND IT ABOUT Facebook: YouTube Website To Rate this podcast series Follow on Instagram Email: #banditabout #musicinterviews #music #drummers #percussionist #suedan #blues #roots #worldmusic #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #musicians #podcasts
May 28, 2021
Preview of S2 E30 SUE FILMER is this weeks BAND IT ABOUT - podcast series Engine Room Guest
Sue Filmer joins me this week in The Engine Room to discuss her musical journey which began with Sue being a trained dancer. This is a preview of Sue sharing a story from when she used to be employed to dance at events in Adelaide, prior to joining her first band as a percussionist. The full episode will be available on Saturday May 29th at 9am (Adelaide, South Australia.) Sue has always loved music, right from her earliest memories of going to see her father who was a professional musician in NSW, performing with the Elizabethan Orchestra, Jazz with Jim Barnard, Black & White Minstrel Shows, Big Bands, Opera's and Ballets. Sue herself is a trained dancer, who moved to Adelaide when she was 20, to attend the Contemporary Dance Course at Flinders University. Sue took up percussion in her 20s with Jim Bailey, and switched from dancing at music events to playing in bands. In 2016 Sue and her husband Danny began performing together as the Duo SUEDAN. Make sure that you subscribe so that you don't miss the next episode of the BAND IT ABOUT - podcast series.  SUEDAN Facebook: SUEDAN Website: Listen to the BAND IT ABOUT - podcast series: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Listen on Spotify Anchor and many more podcast listening platforms. Android phone users BAND IT ABOUT Facebook: YouTube Website To Rate this podcast series Follow on Instagram Email: #banditabout #musicinterviews #music #drummers #percussionist #suedan #blues #roots #worldmusic #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #musicians #podcasts 
May 27, 2021
S2 E29 Part 2: PAUL JIMMY SHARMAN interview, Drummer and Band Manager of Australia's Longest Running 'ROLLING STONES' Tribute 'Satisfaction The Stones Show'
S2 E29 PAUL JIMMY SHARMAN Part 2. Paul miraculously manages to mention all of the following people: his wife Tracey, Bette Midler, Steve and Ben Todd, Steve Prestwich, Satisfaction band members plus Nigel Bourne, Louise Pearson, Peter Kershaw, Tonkin Family, Mark Meyer, Mario Marino, Bobby Keys, Rolling Stones, Royal Crown Revue, Jeff Algra, ABC's Snowflake podcast, Daniel Glass, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, a shout-out to Enrico Morena, and I get to ask the occasional question! We also have a great discussion regarding the local music industry. Music: "Band It About" I would like to thank Catherine Lambert and Michael "Mitzi" Bryant for their collaboration on the very first Band It About podcast series theme. I think they did an amazing job don't you? Finish with Paul and his Satisfaction band members performing 'The Rolling Stones' hit from 1968, "Sympathy For The Devil", written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. I filmed the band performing this song at The Gov, Satisfaction video YouTube  Don't forget to leave your voice message for a chance to win a free snare tune up and overhaul, from John Stephens. Subscribe Android phones Apple iPhone banditabout Paul Sharman 'Jim Sharman Presents' 0408 877 769 Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Apple podcasts Listen on Spotify Email:  #musicinterviews #podcasts #banditabout #jimsharman #zillicymbals 
May 21, 2021
S2 E28 PAUL JIMMY SHARMAN The Engine Room Drummer & Manager of Australia's Longest Running 'ROLLING STONES' TRIBUTE; 'SATISFACTION'
Paul Sharman had a happy childhood despite growing up poor, living on an old farm, situated on largely arid land. Since joining his first band in High School, Paul has been involved in the South Australian music scene ever since. Drumming in a variety of bands, managing, and promoting his, as well as other bands. Paul is one of the few remaining original members of the highly successful and longest running 'Rolling Stones' tributes in Australia, 'SATISFACTION - THE STONES SHOW' and he doesn't look anywhere near retiring from the music industry yet. Paul owns the Best Man Cave in Australia also known as the Voodoo Lounge Rehearsal Studio, and has recently been appointed Artist Relationship Manager for ZILLI CYMBALS. Part 1 Paul's childhood, early musical beginnings, the defining moment when Paul decided to step up and manage the band. We also discuss the importance of having a supportive family when pursuing a career in music, and the Biggest Gig that he almost got to play. Paul is in the motions of forming a stronger united musical community here in South Australia. COVID-19 and the ongoing impact on musicians in Australia.  Part 2 will be available on Saturday 22nd of May unless this episode reaches 100 plays in 2 Day's if reached Part 2 will be released at 9am Monday morning, a good incentive to share this episode with all of your friends that enjoy listening to music interview podcasts! Music "Honky Tonk Women" performed by Satisfaction - The Stones Show, audio recorded by Di Spillane for Band It About. Paul Sharman Jim Sharman Presents 0408 877 769 Congratulations to Lachlan for winning a Free Snare Drum Tune-up and Overhaul, this prize was kindly donated by a man who is as well known as his Dad jokes, John Stephens. The winner has been notified. Don't forget to leave your voice message for a chance to win. Please remember to Subscribe to this podcast series Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Apple podcasts Listen on Spotify Email: #musicinterviews #music #podcasts #banditabout #jimsharman #paulsharman #satisfactionthestonesshow #zilli #zillicymbals #drummers #therollingstones #drums #drumming
May 14, 2021
S2 E26 KEN CHENERY The Engine Room Drummer, Percussionist, Singer, Business Owner, and Tutor in the Optometry School at Flinders SA.
Ken Chenery moved to Adelaide with his parents when he was 10. In 1969, Ken began playing with popular local bands, during a period when the live music scene was vibrant in South Australia. The musical talent were kept busy, performing, creating, and entertaining the audiences that would regularly attend one of the many live music venues, some of which hosted live music events every night of the week. It is remarkable to reflect back to the days when there were so many gigs on at so many venues, that there was a need for a newspaper, one that's main purpose was for venue's to advertise their up coming shows.  Ken played in working bands as soon as he left high school, bands that had residencies at popular venues such as the the Waverley Hotel, and the highly desired Saturday night residency at The Arkaba Hotel. Sadly our once exciting creative scene wasn't supported as well as it could have been by our state government, the growing shortage of professional opportunities in Adelaide, saw many of our best musicians head off to the Eastern states to chase their dreams of becoming a professional working musician. Ken also made the move to Melbourne, but it wasn't to chase that dream. Ken was furthering his education which had begun at Flinders University. Ken moved to Melbourne to attend Melbourne University, where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Optometry, graduating in 1974.  Ken juggled playing whilst working in his profession whenever possible. After working in corporate optometry for many years he set up as an independent in 1984 in Prospect, then shifted his business to the heart of the city shopping precinct in 1998 to Design Eyewear, in Gawler Place. His interest in therapeutic optometry led to further studies in this area through the State University of New York in 1994, and later via the University of New South Wales in 2013. Ken managed to not only further his education overseas, he also managed to go on a tour of discovery, seeing some of his favorite bands play live, including the American R&B-based horn section and band, the "Tower Of Power", which was the band that had been a major influence in his musical journey. Ken currently works as a tutor, and is the drummer in the Adelaide Soul/Funk Band, The New Soul Traders - with Catherine Lambert, and The Old Mates Band in which he plays with people that he has met and remained friends with throughout his career. Ken has provided 2 original songs for use in his podcast interview, they are "When are you coming home" and "Dee Dup" Ken's links: and You can listen to the Band It About - podcast series on all of the major podcast listening platforms including Apple podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and Anchor. Band It About Facebook Website  Email:
May 7, 2021
S2 E25 DARREN LEE: The Engine Room Drummer for Les McKeown's "Bay City Rollers", "Weapon UK", and "Mike Ross Band"
I interviewed Darren Lee 5 days before the very sad passing of the "Bay City Rollers" lead singer Les McKeown. After learning of this I contacted Darren to see if he still wanted his interview to be released, given the fact that he obviously talks about being the "Bay City Rollers" drummer. Darren appreciated being given the choice and decided to still go ahead with it knowing that Les would have wanted him to. Les was the sort of person who enjoyed promoting his fellow band members and would want Darren to go on as if he were still here. Darren has generously provided some recordings from the last tour that they were on in Canada in March 2020, the band was part way through this tour when the remaining dates were cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, sadly this tour which was to recommence in the UK in July 2021, will no longer be going ahead. Darren was born in the UK and began playing drums in bands while living in Adelaide, South Australia. He decided to move back to the UK 15 years ago to pursue his career as a professional touring and session drummer. Darren shares many great stories throughout his interview, including the story about his first tour to Germany as Gwyn Ashton's drummer, and how that tour was to eventually lead to him becoming the drummer for the "Bay City Rollers" many years later! Music: throughout this interview you will hear Darren playing live with the "Bay City Rollers", songs include "Bye Bye Baby", "Let's Go", "Remember", "All Of Me" and "Shang-A-Lang." Darren also plays with 2 other original bands and has provided a song from each, both are played during the interview. "Queen Of The Ride" by Weapon UK and "Ghost Hound Rider" by Mike Ross. Darren's Links:,,, and The BAND IT ABOUT - Podcast series can be heard on all of the major podcast listening platforms including Apple podcasts, Spotify, Anchor and Google podcasts Please remember to subscribe so that you don't miss the next episode! You can contact me by leaving a voice message or by email Socials: Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube If you would like to help support this podcast series, please purchase a $5 coffee: Website: #musicinterview #music #podcasts #drummers #baycityrollers #DarrenLee #weaponuk #MikeRoss #banditabout #podcastseries #Adelaide #Australia #UnitedKingdom #Scotland #LesMcKeown #Rollers #GwynAshton #London #applepodcasts #podcasthost 
April 30, 2021
S2 E25 Preview of Drummer DARREN LEE's interview discussing what it's like Touring with the "BAY CITY ROLLERS"
During the interview I ask Darren what it's like Touring with Les McKeown's "BAY CITY ROLLERS", this is part of his response. The full interview will be available to listen to tomorrow morning, Saturday May 1st from 9am (Adelaide, South Australian time.) I recorded this interview on April 15, Darren absolutely Loved being in the "BAY CITY ROLLERS", and sadly with the recent passing of Les McKeown on the 20th of April, this has now come to an end. Darren has provided music from the last "Bay City Rollers" Tour, which was in Canada in March 2020, the Tour was cut short due to the worldwide shutdowns as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The "BAY CITY ROLLERS" were due to Tour the UK in July 2021, unfortunately this will no longer be possible. If you haven't yet subscribed to this podcast series please make sure that you do so that you don't miss this episode. The BAND IT ABOUT - Podcast Series is available on all of the major podcast listening platforms including Apple podcasts, Spotify, Google podcasts, Anchor, and many more. Thanks for Listening, Di Spillane. Please leave a voice message if you would like to have a message left on any of the episodes, or if you have a suggestion for the next season of the Band It About podcast series. You can also contact me via email at #drummers #DarrenLee #BayCityRollers #LesMcKeown #banditabout #musicinterview #music #podcasts #podcastseries #musicpodcast #musicinterviewpodcasts 
April 30, 2021
How Live Music Venue 'THE GOV' Survived the COVID-19 PANDEMIC & Managed To Host Over 350 Live Music Events during The Year of the Coronavirus
This interview is a must for Live Music Venue owners and musicians who are interested in finding out more about their own return to live music events and concerts once their countries current social distancing measures are relaxed. It will give many a realistic insight into just how long it will be before you can expect to get back to any sort of normal and what that new normal will look like. At the start of the pandemic we hoped it would be a lot sooner than the reality. On the 26th of April, 2020, I released an episode about the fact that one major Live Music Venue's had the means to survive the lockdown for at best another 4 months, before having no choice but to shut it's doors for good. The interview was with Richard Tonkin, one of the family members that own and run The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, referred to as The Gov by locals. The Gov is home to a large eclectic group of musical acts, and is the venue that International and Interstate Bands who don't pull the big crowds to fill the Entertainment Centre, come to play. If The Gov were to close, it would mean that our state would lose out on a lot of great entertainment, and that is the last thing that a UNESCO City of Music wants to see happen. After that interview I searched for a solution, it seemed that any kind of substantial assistance was going to be too far away to be of any help to this venue. Where other venues have other means to stay afloat, by the way of selling take away food and drinks, or pokies, The Gov didn't have anything. They are a dedicated Live Music Venue, and it is the touring acts and the money that those acts bring in to the venue, that enables them to be able to afford to have all of the other small groups play in their venue. I decided to write a petition to the South Australian State Government to make them aware of the situation, so I looked at what was available and I chose to do it on where others had written petitions to the government previously. I knew that for a petition to be even considered, I would have to have a reasonable amount of signatures. I decided to set the goal at 10,000, and once I had reached that I would take the petition and all of the signatures and messages of support in to the South Australian Premier's office and deliver it to the Premier, The Hon Steven Marshall. I combined the petition with information and a video to attract attention, and posted it on my Band It About Facebook Page on the 29th of April. I then proceeded to share it with other music related groups on Facebook. The petition didn't take long to start receiving public support, at one stage I recall that it was getting signed at a rate of 77 per hour, it was going viral, and was not only being signed by people in Australia, it had reached and was being supported by people all around the globe! I knew that there was not going to be a problem getting to 10,000. I was only 1,359 signatures away from reaching my goal when I received the news that I could close the petition. The State Government had contacted the venue owners to arrange a time to begin discussions, which resulted in The Gov receiving a Grant of $300,000! Today I have invited another member of the Tonkin family to chat about what it has been like to survive and operate a Live Music Venue throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, my guest is Melissa Tonkin. If you would like to read the petition you can do so via this link: If you would like to assist me to continue to do this podcast, you can do so by buying a $5 cup of coffee ☕ via this link: The Band It About podcast series can be heard on all of the major podcast listening platforms including Apple podcasts, Spotify, Google podcasts and Anchor. If you would like to contact me you can do so via email at Band It About website: Band It About Socials 
April 25, 2021
The Engine Room S2 E23 Rewinding to play 20 Questions Part 2: Nick Romano, Mark Meyer, David Lloyd, and Jeff Algra. E6 to E10
We are rewinding the Engine Room back to Episodes 6 to 10 to replay the last segment of the show 20 questions in 2 minutes.  First up is E6 the Funny Funky Monks Australian Red Hot Chilli Peppers Drummer, Nick Romano who speaks that fast at times that I misheard one of his answers thinking that he had told me that he was his favorite RHCP drummer, it eventually clicked that he had said Chad Smith! Next up is E7 (part1) Mark Meyer, who ends up correcting me after I messed up asking one of his questions, thanks Mark, no wonder he's been in demand for so many years, he is certainly on the ball! Then it is the Boogie Man, E8 David Lloyd's turn, and I am pleased to say that we got through without any mishaps. Kyrie Anderson E9 is the next in line, and she really did seem to take the game on with determination to succeed, a trait that has resulted in her being an in demand drummer no doubt! And last, but certainly not least, it's the cool cat himself, E10 Jeff Algra's turn to play. I made sure that he had a few "feline" questions ready to get him laughing, which it certainly did! FYI Jess loves cat's so much that he posts a picture of one everyday on Facebook! I have added in a few sound effects again to add to the fun of the segments being strung together, and as nobody commented about not liking it last week I figured that it must be okay. I have a few more interviews coming up in a couple of weeks before I wrap up this series, but in the meantime, I hope that you enjoy hearing everyone from E6 to E10 play 20 questions in 2 minutes.  If you have a suggestion for next season's theme please leave a voice message or send an email to If there are any drummers that haven't been interviewed for this series and want to do one, please get in touch ASAP or you will miss out! The Band It About podcast series is available on all of the major podcast platforms including Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, Spotify, Anchor, RSS and many more. If you think that I have earned a cup of coffee, after managing to get a weekly episode out for 23 weeks in a row, you can buy me one via this link for $5  Thank you for doing this, it helps to keep me going, so I really do appreciate it. Band It About Socials: Website   To rate  #music#quiz   
April 23, 2021
The Engine Room S2 E22: Dieter Schoell, Mardi Hogan, Enrico Mick Morena, Mario Marino & Peter Kershaw play 20 questions
It is amazing how much you can find out about a person when you ask them 20 quick, random questions. Have you ever wondered why I end the show by playing 20 questions? Are you now thinking, 20 questions, I didn’t know that you even did that? Well this is the episode that will give you the answers.  Today I rewind to the start of the second series, to hear Dieter (Audio Reign), Mardi Hogan (Instagram's Mother Drummer), Enrico Mick Morena (AMC SA Music Hall of Fame/Kate Ceberano/Master of Musical Performance) Adelaide's most popular drummer in this series Mario Marino (Lazy Eye, Hindley Street Country Club (HSCC)), and Peter Kershaw (The Daisies) play 20 questions.  I really enjoy doing this section with my guests, we have a lot of laughs, and they have all had fun playing. It is interesting to hear how my ability to ask 20 questions in 2 minute's has improved along the way. Unless you have tried to do this yourself you don't realise how hard it is to ask questions quickly when you are trying to listen to them answer the previous one and be ready for the next question, especially when you are laughing at what they have just said, or really fascinated by their answer. I challenge anyone not to laugh when someone answers your question "what is the most useless skill that you have" with Farting!  Astute listener's will notice that I have added the stopwatch sound effect to these earlier episodes, as well as a few other sound effects to add to the humor and make it even more entertaining. This week is a much shorter show, giving those who haven't been able to listen to all of the episodes time to catch up. Thank you to everyone who has subscribed I really do appreciate it, if you haven't subscribed yet please make sure that you do so that you don’t miss any episodes.  Do you have any questions that you would like me to ask during future episodes? Please send a voice message or an email to I look forward to hearing from you.  BAND IT ABOUT Links: Band It About Facebook, YouTube Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music, I have recently joined twitter and had my first retweet this week, look me up and Follow  Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts Pocket Casts, Vurbl, Listen on Spotify and many more. If you would like to help to support this podcast please buy a ☕ #podcasts #musicinterview #musicpodcast #banditabout #banditaboutpodcastseries #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #Australia #drummers #drumming #drums #musicmatters #twentyquestions #music #independenthost #entertainment #funnymoments #performingarts #arts
April 16, 2021
S2 E21: TRAVIS DRAGANI, Drummer; The Superjesus, Palace Of The King, Emergency Rule, Maeder, Baby Animals and many more
Travis Dragani is the Band It About - podcast series 'Engine Room' guest this week. Travis has always known what he wanted to do for a career, he was given his first kit when he was 3 years old and has continued to play drums ever since. His career started in Adelaide where he played with many bands, prior to making the decision to move to Melbourne and improve his professional career opportunities. Maeder were a big band at the time, and it was with Maeder that he had his first taste of Touring Europe with an original band.   Travis has since gone on to play, tour and record with many great Rock and Hard Rock bands and artists including: The Superjesus, Palace Of The King, Get Right With Your Maker, Chocolate Starfish, Baby Animals, Mere Machine, Emergency Rule, Angels Of Gung-Ho, Six Hours, Hills & Trains and many, many more.   Travis shares many great stories including; the Indonesia Tour with Mike Tramp (White Lion), where they performed to crowds of up to 90,000 people a night! Travis completes the 'Chad Smith' (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) story that John Reynolds started, and John Stephens added more information to during their interviews, so make sure you hang around for that one! Who will Travis name for his Top 3 local drummers? Music: Travis has chosen to have his band Emergency Rule open the episode with "The Hook" and "The Impossible" by The Superjesus to close.  Travis Dragani Links:  Shoutout to Evan Perks who recently left a 5-star review on apple podcasts titled "Great Podcast, Great Host"  "Awesome to have a podcast that focuses on our amazing local area of musicians." Cheers Evan, You Rock! Thank you to everyone, both here and overseas who have been listening and remembering to subscribe/follow this podcast, I really appreciate it! If you haven't yet, or are unsure, please check the top of the screen to see, and if you haven't please subscribe. Thanks everyone. Remember to leave a voice message for your favorite interview to be entered in to the draw for a chance to win a Free Snare Tune and Overhaul. This prize has been kindly donated by John Stephens.  Listen to BAND IT ABOUT - Podcast Series, available on the major platform's including Apple podcasts, Spotify, Google podcasts and Stitcher.   Contact via email to, you can leave a review on podchaser if your listening app doesn't provide this feature.  #realstories #realpeopl sic #podcast #musicinterview #musiccommentary #travisdragani #banditabout #drummers #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #thesuperjesus #emergency_rule 
April 12, 2021
S2 E21 Travis Dragani Trailer "Can't Say No"
Travis Dragani joins Band It About podcast series host Di Spillane, in The Engine Room this weekend. Don't miss hearing Travis share his journey to becoming one of the busiest drummers on the Australian music scene. He has performed all over Australia, Europe, USA, Indonesia & UAE. Travis has played drums for and toured with the following bands and artists.  The Superjesus  2019 - National Australian Tour in support of the new single, The Impossible. Toured Brazil performing in Sao Paulo & Juqueí Beach. Toured nationally on the Under The Southern Stars Festival.  2018 - 25 date national tour in support of the 20th anniversary of the debut album Sumo. Toured Australia on the Hotter Than Hell festivals. Palace Of The King 2018 5 week tour of Europe over 9 countries in support of the bands third album, 'Get Right With Your Maker'. 2017 National tour with The Screaming Jets & Baby Animals. 2016 6 week European tour in support of their second album, Valles Marineris including a run of supports with Airbourne to sold out crowds in London and France. National tour supporting Buckcherry. National tour supporting Baby Animals. National tour supporting The Angels. In the space of 5 years, POTK performed over 400 shows nationally & internationally! Chocolate Starfish Performing Chocolate Starfish songs along with their Bat Out Of Hell show. Baby Animals Toured with the multiple ARIA Award winning Baby Animals on the 2016 Australian Def Leppard tour and the 2016 Day On The Green tour.  Emergency Rule EP Released. Supported Corrosion of Conformity on their Australian Tour. Toured East Coast Of Australia in late 2015. Supported Corrosion of Conformity on their 2020 Australian Tour. Bruce Kulick (Kiss/Grand Funk Railroad) Two Australian Tours. The Superjesus are opening for KISS late 2021!  Mike Tramp (White Lion) Australian & Indonesian Tours performing to up to 90,000 people a night. Angels Of Gung-Ho EP Fire in The Sea recently released. Supported The Superjesus on their return show and following reunion tour as well as numerous east coast tours of Australia. Maeder Self Titled album Released in Australia and Europe on Locomotive Records. Numerous Australian Tours including supporting Judas Priest and 2 European tours.  Six Hours Toured Australia supporting Alice Cooper, Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Suzi Quattro, Paul Stanley (Kiss), Peter Frampton. Hills & Trains Album & EP Released. Support shows with Seal, James Reyne, The Angels, Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, The Badloves and numerous Australian acts. Hills & Trains headed into the studio in July 2013 to record their debut album, 'Winterbourne' with acclaimed producer Liam Judson which was released mid 2014. Played with Orchestra Victoria at 'A Night With Queen' performing Queen songs. Crying Sirens - EP Released. Travis lived in Dubai playing 6 nights a week at the Hard Rock Café followed by 9 months in Indonesia performing at two Shangri La Hotels performing 6 nights a week. #musicpodcast 
April 8, 2021
S2 E20 ELI GREEN The Engine Room Touring Drummer for 'The Mark Of Cain' and Drummer for 'Life Pilot' winners of triple j Unearthed competition in 2013
Eli Green had no desire to play the drums when he first started, his mother signed him up for lessons as a distraction while his parents were separating, and although he enjoyed the lessons and friendship that developed with his drum teacher, Eli eventually stopped playing.  It wasn’t until years later when his school friends told him that they were starting a band and insisted on him being their drummer, that the initial spark would alight, igniting his desire to play, leading him on a musical journey that resulted in him becoming a professional musician and an in demand session drummer, touring drummer and music educator.  Eli shares some hilarious memorable gig stories, discusses his very early connection with ‘The Mark of Cain’ where he is possibly most well known from having been their touring drummer since 2013.  Eli shares his amazing story about how he posting a demo to triple j on a whim, and how that resulted in his band ‘Life Pilot’ being played on-air that week, and he just so happened to put the radio on in time to hear them talking about him! Eli then discusses how that exposure raised Life Pilots' popularity leading to them winning the triple j Unearthed competition in 2013 and opening the Soundwave Festival in Adelaide, where they shared the stage with bands that had influenced their careers, including 'Linkin Park', 'Blink-182' and 'Metallica'!  Music: both the intro and outro are original songs written and performed by Life Pilot, "Pretty Like A Pistol" and "Dark, Dark, Goose", both songs were released as singles in 2019.  To read more about 'Life Pilot' here is a link to their website:  Eli's links: Website: Eli's Socials: Instagram: Youtube:, Facebook:  The Band It About - podcast series can be heard on all major platforms including Listen on Apple podcasts, Listen on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Anchor and Pocket Casts          Subscribe or Follow to help this podcast series to reach more people who enjoy real interviews with real people having in depth discussions about their entire musical journey, and the many career highlights that they have experienced throughout their professional careers. If you would like to help support this podcast please consider buying me a ☕:  Band It About can be located on Facebook, YouTube, Insta:   Website:  #dreamcymbals #drummers #eligreendrummer #musicinterview #music #
April 2, 2021
Preview of S2 E20, Eli Green joins host Di Spillane in The Engine Room
Adelaide drummer Eli Green joins me this week in The Engine Room S2E20 to discuss his amazing career. Eli is the drummer for Life Pilot, the touring drummer for a band that first formed in the 80s, many years prior to Eli being born, he joined The Mark of Cain in 2013 and has been their touring drummer ever since. Eli has recorded and toured with many solo artists and works regularly as a professional session drummer and music educator. Eli shares many memorable gig stories from performances with 'Life Pilot' and as the touring drummer for 'The Mark of Cain'. He also shares a fabulous story about how his original band Life Pilot receiving triple j AirPlay and how that kicked off their popularity and led to the band winning the triple j Unearthed competition which won them the opening act spot at the SoundWave Music Festival in Adelaide. This is one interview that you definitely Do Not want to miss!   Band It About releases a new episode every Saturday morning. Please remember to Subscribe or Follow to ensure that you are notified when the next episode becomes available. Thanks for listening! Android user's use this link: For iPhone user's use this link: Other useful links:  Help to support this podcast by buying the host a coffee ☕ Listen on Apple podcasts  Listen on Google podcasts  Listen on Spotify Email: #banditaboutpodcastseries, #musicinterviewpodcast, #musicpodcast, #musiccommentarypodcast, #drummers, #drumming #lifepilot, #themarkofcain, #eligreen #allowmetoguideyoutothegig, #dispillane #Adelaide, #SouthAustralia, #Adelaidedrummers, #musicmatters
March 31, 2021
You can now help to support this independent podcast series by purchasing the host a $5 coffee ☕️😊 or PayPal
Host Di Spillane has set up a PayPal and ‘buy me a coffee’ to help her to cover the expenses that come with producing this weekly independent podcast series. If you would like to help by buying a coffee you can do so via this link: Thank you for your support, and thanks for listening to the Band It About - Podcast Series. Cheers Di ☕️ #banditaboutpodcastseries #buymeacoffee #banditabout #musicinterviewpodcasts #musicpodcasts #anchorpodcasts  #podcasthost #podcasts #applepodcasts #music #Adelaide
March 29, 2021
S2 E19 JOHN STEPHENS The Engine Room Drummer ; Legendary Drum Clinics at the iconic 'John Reynolds Music City' store placed the business on the Global Map
Adelaide drummer and former John Reynolds Music City Manager, John Stephens, joins me this week to share stories from his music career, taking us on a journey filled with his fabulous memories from the entertainment scene in Adelaide from the 50's right through to recent years. John has lived a life that most wouldn't even dream of, rubbing shoulders with, meeting and forming relations with the right people in the business, growing and adding to his list of contacts within the music industry all over the globe. John has that many amazing stories that it is impossible to include all of them in a podcast, if anyone should write a book about the Australian Music Scene, John definitely should!  As with all of the interviews, we start with John's childhood, his mother was a 'Bellchambers', his parents ran the Bellchambers radio, electrical and music store, which was situated in the heart of the City. The store gave John access to all the records that he could ever want, his love and knowledge of music was essentially born at this store. It provided his with the opportunity to meet every famous band and artist which included local, national, and international acts. The external business opportunities that grew from owning 'The music store in the City of Adelaide, included Security staff, ushers, and drivers to work at all of the major shows that came to Adelaide, all of the major entertainment arenas that have come and gone throughout his life. John even has a picture of himself as a child standing at the front near the Beatles when they came to Adelaide in 1964 and played 4 concerts at Centennial Hall, at the Wayville Showgrounds. Many of you would know John as the former drum teacher, drum repairer, and drum shop manager of the iconic 'John Reynolds Music City' store, where he worked from 1978 until it closed in 2013. John organised and coordinated all of the drum clinics which attracted some of the biggest names in drumming from around the world and put the John Reynolds store on the map. John shares some of his memories and funny stories from the store and the second part to the 'Chad Smith' Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer story that John Reynolds started in his interview.  John still repairs and tunes drums from home, and he has kindly offered to give 2 (per month) Band It About podcast series drummers a FREE snare drum tune up and overhaul check! This is a great prize that can be won simply by being chosen by the listeners of this series who nominate their favourite drummer interview. To nominate all you need to do is leave a voicemail on this podcast series, and then at the end of the month I will put all of the nominee's names into a hat and pull out 2 names. To cast your vote please use this link: Send in a voice message:   Music: John has chosen 2 songs that were recorded at the 'Southern Jazz Club', where he regularly plays with various line-ups. Intro is "Hey Good Looking" written by Hank Williams, performed by the 'Twilight Syncopators', and the outro is John performing the fabulous drum solo from "Caravan" which was composed by Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington. Performed at the Southern Jazz Club with 'Bill Polain's Fidgety Feet.'  Links: John Stephens Facebook Southern Jazz Club YouTube  If you would like to help support this podcast please consider buying a $5 coffee  Listen on Apple podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Breaker, Vurbl, and many more.  #drummer #drumstore #drums #music #interview #SA #musichistory #Adelaide #podcast #banditaboutpodcastseries #realstories #realpeople
March 26, 2021
S2 E18 JOHN YACKA The Engine Room Drummer: 'IronHorse', Cosmic Desert', 'Cosmic Storm' and Lily and the Drum
Adelaide born drummer John Yacka joins me this week to discuss his career. John's first major original band was 'Ironhorse' who began performing in 1980, and within four years had won a reputation as one of Adelaide's most devoutly supported acts. The bands first major gig was on November 30th 1984 when they supported 'Deep Purple' at Memorial Drive during DP's "Perfect Strangers" Tour. Despite their popularity around the country, they were unable to get signed by a major label. John discusses getting knocked back by Michael Gudinski's promotions manager for Mushroom Records Michelle Higgins, due to the fact that she didn't like the look of the band, and didn't think that they would be a good fit for the label. When the band released it's first self financed album in 1986 it became an enduring chart hit.  The band set attendance records at their live performances and also surprised the critics when their debut album “Lost Weekend” soared up the commercial airplay charts with a Number 5 album locally and number 54 on the National Charts (Kent Report). Through constant touring throughout Australia, this band earned a reputation nationally and shared the stage as support to a variety of International musicians – BB King, Deep Purple, Joe Walsh, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter & Canned Heat. After a ten year span key member David Stone left for a spell and Ironhorse took a break. The rest of the members continued to tour under the name of “The Hurricanes” and eventually released an Album under the guise of 'Cosmic Desert' with James Burchell on main vocals. More recently the band has reverted back to the Ironhorse flag for a couple of reunion shows. The most watched video on my Band It About YouTube channel is Ironhorse performing the "Train Song" at the first reunion show, which was held at the Para Hills Community Club. Here is the link to that video: IronHorse "Train Song" YouTube ‘Cosmic Storm’ launched its debut album “Nobody’s Fool” at the Adelaide Festival Centre, and to an extent also launched the band. They have open for international acts such as Deep Purple in 2006, Status Quo, and Paul Stanley at the iconic ‘Thebarton Theatre’, as well as supporting other great Aussie music legends. Cosmic Storm created interest on the US music market with their “Nobody’s Fool" album. The band had concerns that the variety of material on the album may have worked against them in the US, but it became an asset, as it was the diversity of the music on the album that stood out above other choices.  Lily and the Drum is a bluesy, roots, rock & soul duo featuring vocalist, guitarist Lily Higgins, and John on percussion, harmonica & backing vocals. Their shows have been described as “Honest, raw and energetic” and “A guitar and drum duo with an exciting rich melodic sound." Following the success of their debut album “Nobody Just Like Me”, along with their subsequent albums "Welcome Change", "Buried in Blue" and "This Is Right Now", the duo has constantly toured throughout Australia, until having to cancel last year due to C-19. They have performed at numerous Music Festivals throughout Australia, opening for high profile artists such as ‘The Black Sorrows’, ‘Mental as Anything’ and ‘Tex Perkins. They captured the attention of the music community with four of their releases making the Top 25 on the Australian Blues and Roots National Airplay Charts. John has kindly allowed me to use 2 of his songs for this interview, "Midnite Confusion" by Ironhorse and "No More" by Lily And The Drum. All of John's bands info, albums and social links can be located here: Website:  #Drummers, #musicinterviewpodcasts
March 19, 2021
S2 E17 MARK MEYER Part 2 The Engine Room In Demand Session Drummer since the late 70s, one of the Most Recorded Australian Music Industry Session Drummers
Listen to Mark's first interview E7 first. I recently caught up with Mark after one of his gigs, we chatted about his first Engine Room interview, he mentioned that there was a lot that he did not touch on, so I was delighted when he suggested that we arrange a time to record part 2. In this interview Mark reflects on the incredibly talented musicians that he has met, worked with, and formed friendships with, throughout his career as a session musician in more detail. Mark chats about joining Stylus and the band being signed to Motown, working with Daddy Cool's guitarist Ross Hannaford, performing in Melbourne with Ross’s band Lucky Dog, and how that led to his fondest recording memory with Mark Gillespie on his “Only Human” and “Sweet Nothing” albums. He retouched on his time touring with Marcia Hines and recording and touring with Richard Clapton and Moving Pictures, and how one of his Sydney band Chasin’ The Train gigs ended up leading to Mark touring with the Divinyls in 1992. Other artists that Mark has recorded and or toured with mentioned in this interview are Jenny Morris, Wendy Mathews, Jon English, Lee Kernaghan, Elvis The Musical, The New Rocky Horror Show with Craig McLaughlin. Mark also talks about his interesting experience during the 9 weeks that he toured Australia with the Divinyls in 1992 and why he decided not to continue with that tour when they went to the USA. When Mark finished touring with the Divinyls he received a call from Garth Porter who asked him if he would be interested in recording on the young country artist Lee Kernaghan's debut album. Mark agreed to do the album “The Outback Club” and was given ½ a percent as part of the payment. The ARIA award winning debut album was a huge success reaching 2 x Platinum which meant that his ½ a percent earned Mark $20K! Mark continued to record and tour for a few years with Lee, and after the success of the first album, Mark became extremely popular within the Country Music scene recording somewhere in the vicinity of 250 albums with various country artists including Gina Jeffreys, Troy Cassar-Daley and James Blundell. Mark chose the following tracks for his interview, "Spellbound" Richard Clapton's "Best Years" album, & "Only Human" Mark Gillespie Links: mark gillespie only human full album  Mark Gillespie “Sweet Nothing” album  Lee Kernaghan - The 25th Anniversary Album Bang The Drum - Only You (1990) Mark Meyer Facebook Band It About Facebook Email: Band It About website iPhone please rate & comment via: Thanks for listening!
March 12, 2021
‘The Love Mussels’ this Band It About podcast series interview is available to view on YouTube
S2 E27 THE LOVE MUSSELS are an Adelaide psychedelic rock band who originally formed in 1994, they released their first album "Dirty World" the same year, followed by a few more releases until the band disappeared in 2006. The band reformed in 2019 and recorded the "It's All Relative - Redux", which was released in October 2020.  During the interview (recorded in 'Mussel Manor'), the band discuses' the album as well as their upcoming Adelaide Fringe show on March 13th, 2021 at Diverse-City Adelaide at 8pm, where they will be performing the album. This is quite a fun interview with lots of banter around the topics of seafood and Einstein, followed by the band performing 2 songs in 'Mussel Central', "Somebody Get Me A Gun" which is on the latest album, and "Driving Albert's Brain" which is yet to be released. All songs are written by Brett Sody and Kym Winter, and performed by The Love Mussels. This bonus episode is the first Band It About vodcast interview, to watch this video please go to: YouTube- Band It About - vodcast interview The Love Mussel. Please Like the video and subscribe to my channel while you are there. Band website: The Love Mussels songs played (in the background) during this interview are: "Dirty World" off of the "Dirty World" album, "The Long Divide", "Tail Wags The Dog", "Space And Time", "When Einstein Met Tagore", "Mileva", "Up In The Queue", and "New Horizon" are all off of the "It's All Relative - Redux" album, released in 2020. The live performance songs are "Somebody Get Me A Gun" also off of the "It's All Relative - Redux" album, and "Driving Albert's Brain" which is yet to be released.  The Love Mussels band members are: Brett Sody - Guitar, Vocals & Keyboards, Kym Winter - Dewhirst - Guitar, Vocals & Keyboards, Denis (the preacher) Surmon - Bass and Liv Bafile - Drums. Liv has also recorded a Band It About - podcast series interview with me for season 2 The Engine Room (S2E16) Please feel free to message me if you have any ideas or requests for future Band It About podcast/vodcast guests, and make sure that you subscribe, follow, rate, comment, or leave a voice message to help this series to reach more people who enjoy music interview podcasts. Thanks for listening., Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, RadioPublic, Anchor, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Castbox, Breaker, Stitcher and Vurbl. #thelovemussels #AdelaideFringe #BandItAbout #musicinterviewvodcast #musicvodcast #musicinterviewpodcast #musicpodcast #podcastinterview #podcasts #Einstein #musicindustry #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #UNESCO #originalmusic #psychedelicrock #rockmusic #sodypop 
March 7, 2021
S2 E16 LIV BAFILE The Engine Room Drummer: THE LOVE MUSSELS, VEGANS IN LEATHER, Andy Armstrong & Marta Bayly, and various Adelaide bands.
Adelaide drummer Liv Bafile is this weeks Engine Room guest. I must thank Pete Kershaw for suggesting that I interview Liv, if it were left up to Liv I doubt that this would have happened as Liv is quite shy and didn't think that he had a story worth sharing. I beg to differ, as I am sure that you will too! Liv has been in many original bands as well as some very popular cover bands throughout his drumming career, and was an absolute pleasure to chat to. A bonus to doing this interview was that I have also recorded my very first Band It About Vodcast with Liv and an original band that he is in 'The Love Mussels.' This band released their first album in 1994, followed by a few more releases until suddenly disappearing for 15 years. The band got back together and recorded new material in 2019, and they were set to do an album launch in March 2020, when Covid hit and we went in to lockdown. Music: Intro "Song X" by 'Vegans In Leather", off of the "Purple Heart" album, released in 2001. Outro "Tomorrow" written by Andy Armstrong & Marta Bayly. This song is off of the album "Harmony Of One", Liv plays on both tracks and has given his permission for both songs to be included in his interview. Links: Band It About Facebook, Email:, YouTube Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music.  Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Anchor, RadioPublic, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Castbox, Breaker, Vurbl,, Please remember to follow, subscribe, comment, rate, or leave a voice message, to help this podcast series to reach others who enjoy music podcast interviews. Thanks for listening! #banditabout #musicinterviewpodcasts, #musicindustrypodcasts, #musicpodcasts, #drummers, #drums, #drumming, #Adelaide, #UNESCO, #thelovemussels, #SouthAustralia, #music Look out for the bonus vodcast with The Love Mussels!
March 5, 2021
S2 E15 BEN TODD The Engine Room: Pearl Drummer toured the world with Cirque du Soleil as a featured drummer, percussionist and now bandleader, in "CORTEO", "KOOZA" and most recently "VOLTA".
Adelaide drummer Ben Todd began playing drums at the age of 3, adding to an already large family of drummers (3 generations to be exact!) His first introduction to the instrument was from his father Steve who worked as a freelance musician. After leaving high school, Ben quickly became established in the Adelaide music community and began work in sessions, musicals and corporate bands, as well as conducting drum clinics and workshops both in SA and interstate. Ben sent his first audition tape when he was 15, and continued to send through updates every 6 months or so until finally securing his first contract when he was 19 with the internationally acclaimed "Cirque du Soleil". Ben has toured the world with Cirque as a featured drummer, percussionist and now bandleader with 3 of their shows, "CORTEO", "KOOZA" and most recently "VOLTA". Prior to joining Cirque, Ben performed with a wide range of artists back in Australia including Kate Ceberano, Paulini, Ben Folds, Doug Parkinson, Rhonda Burchmore, James Morrison, David Campbell, Barry Humphries and Glen Shorrock, as well as playing in the pit orchestras for many musical theatre shows including the Australia/NZ tour of Cats, and the Adelaide productions of Miss Saigon, Grease, Metro Street and The Candyman. Music: Intro "Like Kids" artist Cirque du Soleil album VOLTA, Outro "What's Up?" written by Ben Todd, the song was released in 2020 on Ben's album Memento and features Ben Todd - Drums and Percussion, Marty Holoubek - Bass, Mark Lettieri - Guitar, Paul White - Keyboards, Miron Rafajlovic - Trumpet, Ben Harrison - Saxophone, and Steve Todd - Percussion. Links:   Ben Todd Memento  Ben Todd Band, Ben Todd Pearl Drumset Artist, Ben Todd Zildjian cymbals, Ben Todd Vic Firth Sticks, Ben Todd Piglet Music  Fringe shows; Jackson Vs Jackson  Band It About Facebook Email: YouTube Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Listen on the following platforms: Vurbl, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Castbox, Breaker ,Overcast, Apple podcasts, Spotify, Anchor #CirqueWay, #CirqueduSoleil, #BenTodd, #drummers, #drum, #drumming, #Adelaide #UNESCO #SouthAustralia #PearlDrums #Zildjian #VicFirth, #AdelaideFringe #VOLTA, #HSCC, #BenToddBand, #Cats #musicaltheatre #freelancemusician, #LPPercussion, #ProLogixPercussion, #Kickport, #BergCases, #HumesCases, #PigletMusic, #BandItAbout
February 26, 2021
S2 E14 BRADLEY POLAIN The Engine Room Drummer Catherine Lambert and The Hep Hounds, The Soul Commitments, Reggae On, Zep Boys, Hindley Street Country Club & Many More
Adelaide drummer Bradley Polain was always going to be a musician, after all his father Bill Polain and both of his brothers were drummers, and his mother Charmaine a pianist, his entire family was heavily involved in the Brass band scene. Brad's musical journey has taken him from the weekly Brass Band rehearsal at the Enfield Band Hall to playing at the London Palladium with the Zepp Boys backed by a 35 piece orchestra. His first (non brass) band after leaving school was with Catherine Lambert and the Hep Hounds, and went on to join many other well known bands over the years. Bradley has toured and recorded with bands nationally and internationally, with 2 of the USA recording sessions leading to both albums winning major awards. Bradley has a fabulous sense of humour and was an absolute delight to chat to and listeners are in for a special treat as Bradley has given me one of his original songs "Fooled Again" to play for you all. "Fooled Again" featues Bradley Polain (drums/vocals), James Muller (guitar), Damien Steele Scott (bass), and Paul White (keys), it's a great song that hopefully he will release at some stage in the not too distant future! Music; intro "Walking on the Moon" performed by the Hindley Street Country Club (HSCC), the original version of this song was written by Gordon Sumner (Sting) and it was released on The Police album "Reggatta de Blanc" in 1979. Outro is "Fooled Again" written by Bradley Polain. Links: Billy Hyde Music - Adelaide store 118 Richmond Rd, Marleston, Bradley is the Drum Department Manager and Mario Marino is also working (part-time) in this brand new store with him. Bradley is endorsed by Zildjian and is a Ludwig Drums Australia artist. 'WALKING ON THE MOON' POLICE covered by HSCC, Led Zeppelin Masters Live with the Black Dog Orchestra performing "Kashmir" The Hindley Street Country Club YouTube Contact Band It About: Band It About Facebook Email: YouTube Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Apple Podcasts Spotify Overcast Anchor RadioPublic Google Podcasts Pocket Casts Castbox Breaker Vurbl #musicindustrypodcasts #musicinterviewpodcasts #drummers #AdelaideSouthAustralia #drums #UNESCO 
February 19, 2021
S2 E13 JOHN REYNOLDS The Engine Room Drummer The Dominoes and The Frank Sebastian Entertainment Revue. Owner of the Iconic John Reynolds Music City Store
John Reynolds is a South Australian icon, and one of the nicest gentleman that you could possibly chat with. John discusses his career as a performer with the Dominoes and the Frank Sebastian Entertainment Revue (among others), as well as what led to him starting his business in 1968 with $400, a business that would go on to play a part in many South Australian drummers’ careers, supplying, teaching, recording, and employing. John was recognised for his contribution towards the South Australian music scene in 2015 when he was inducted into the AMC Hall of Fame. The John Reynolds Music City Store has now sadly closed, but thankfully John kindly agreed to be interviewed and shares many wonderful stories with me during this chat. John has lived a remarkable life, a life led by the motto "there's no such thing as can't!" If you grew up in, or were a part of the Adelaide music scene during the 60s and 70s, this interview will be a walk down memory lane for you!  The music used in this interview was recorded on February 7th, 2021 when John played a set with the John Stevens Jazz Band at the Tea Tree Gully RSL. The song "Calypso" was written by Tommy Flanagan February 4, 1977 and was released on the "Calypso" Album in 1980, performed by pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Elvin Jones. Links for this episode: to watch the video of John performing John Reynolds "Calypso" video, John Reynolds Facebook, Foxtail Houseboats Band It About Facebook, Email: Listen to the Band It About podcast series: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Anchor, RadioPublic, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Castbox, Breaker, and Vurbl Please Follow, Subscribe, Rate, Comment, or send a voice message to help this podcast series to reach others who enjoy #musicindustrypodcastinterviews. Thanks for listening! #banditabout, #podcastinterviews, #musicpodcasts, #Adelaide, #SouthAustralia, #UNESCO, #AMC, #drummers, #drums, #drumming, #drumstores, #music, #SAMusic, #Australiandrummers, #Australianmusicians, #Jazzdrummers, #Rockdrummers, #musichistory, #JohnReynolds, #JohnReynoldsMusicCity, #FoxtailHouseboats, #Adelaidedrummers #DiSpillane, #BandItAboutpodcastseries 
February 12, 2021
S2 E12 JOE TURTUR The Engine Room Drummer Heaven, Divinyls Touring Crew/Drum Tech, Caterer for the stars at BLUESFEST, RocKwiz Touring Show, Clipsal, & more
Adelaide born drummer Joe Turtur had a quick rise to fame in the early '80s, with the band Heaven, who were signed to a determined little indie label called Deluxe, also home to a young bunch of hopefuls called INXS. Heaven who changed their name from Fat Lip, looked like they just might be the next AC/DC. Their singer Alan Fryer had, in fact, auditioned to replace Bon Scott. Soon after the core of the band – Fryer, bass player Lawrie Marlow, lead guitarist Bradford Kelly (ex-Swanee) and, a little later, rhythm guitarist John Haese and drummer Joe Turtur – relocated from Adelaide, they signed with AC/DC's former manager Michael Browning. The aim was always to get overseas, and within a year of releasing their debut album, Twilight Of Mischief, in 1982, that's exactly what they did, picking up the opening slots for among others, Judas Priest and Motley Crue. American guitar manufacturers Jackson even developed a Jackson Kelly model with the now sadly late guitarist. Within another two years, however, it was all over. Joe discusses very openly his time with Heaven as well as his post band career which saw him tour as a part of the road crew and drum tech for some of Australia's hottest acts including the Divinyls. Joe has also catered for many national and international acts at Clipsal, Byron Bay Blues Festival, and RocKwiz Live touring show. Joe has had a remarkable career, evident in the stories that he shares throughout this great interview. Music chosen by Joe for this interview is performed by Heaven "Storm" written by Heaven and "In The Beginning" written by Fryer, Kelly, and Marlow. Both songs appeared on the Heaven debut album "Twilight Of Mischief" released in 1982. Links: Xpresso Delight Byron Bay Blues Fest RocKwiz Band It About Facebook Email: YouTube Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Apple Podcasts Spotify Overcast Anchor RadioPublic Google Podcasts Pocket Casts Castbox Breaker and Vurbl #BandItAbout #JoeTurtur #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #MusicIndustrypodcastinterviews #Drummers #Drums #UNESCO #HeavenAustralia #HeavyMetal #RockBands #Music #musicpodcasts #DiSpillane
February 5, 2021
S2 E11 LACHLAN 'Lachie' DURRANS The Engine Room Drummer 'The Birds Are Spies' RockFest 2020 Best Band Award, RockFest 2020 Best Drummer Award
This week’s interview is with the youngest drummer that I have had the pleasure to chat with so far, a drummer that I suspect will become very well known in the not too distant future, Lachie Durrans! Sixteen year old Lachie is the drummer for the original 3 piece Adelaide band 'The Birds Are Spies' who last year won the RockFest 2020 Best Band Award. Lachie, who attends Sacred Heart College, was also the winner of the RockFest 2020 Best Drummer Award! I would like to thank the parent who suggested that I interview Lachie as well as Lachie’s parents for giving me permission to chat with their son for this podcast series, The Birds Are Spies for allowing me to include their music in the interview, and Lachie for making time to chat with me. Music: “Butterfish” and “Big Nothing” written and performed by ‘The Birds Are Spies’ Links: Email: The Birds Are Spies "Butterfish" YouTube RockFest 2020 Awards YouTube Sacred Heart College Facebook Band It About Facebook Email:  The Band It About podcast series is available on 9 podcast platforms including; Apple Podcasts Spotify Overcast RadioPublic Google Podcasts Anchor Pocket Casts Breaker and Castbox Please follow,subscribe,comment,rate, leave a voice message, or whatever your podcast listening platform allows to help me to promote/support our local Adelaide musicians, and help this series to reach more listeners. Thanks for listening, Di Spillane (Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music.) #musicpodcasts #musicindustryinterviewpodcasts #drums #drummers #UNESCO #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #banditabout #thebirdsarespies #RockFest #SacredHeartCollege #battleofthebands #podcasts #music 
January 29, 2021
S2 E10 JEFF ALGRA The Engine Room Drummer Seven Stories, The Donkeys, Steve Brown Band. Recorded with T.Bone Burnett, The Waifs, The Borderers, and Many More.
This week’s ‘Engine Room’ guest Jeff Algra, has certainly experienced the great highs and extreme lows of the music industry. During the early 90s Jeff was the drummer in the Australian rock band ‘Seven Stories’, who after gaining a lot of commercial airplay, had a major breakthrough when they were signed by the Sony label (then CBS records) to a five year record deal. The deal with Sony led to the critically acclaimed “Judges and Bagmen” album in 1990. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1991 Seven Stories were nominated for Breakthrough Artist – Single for "Sleeping Through Another War" (1990). "Sleeping through Another War" and "Walk through Babylon" were released by CBS as singles off the album. The band toured extensively throughout Australia supporting artists such as Midnight Oil, INXS, The Black Sorrows, Hothouse Flowers, Hunters and Collectors and Paul Kelly. High-profile producers T-Bone Burnett and Boom Crash Opera's Richard Pleasance were engaged by Sony for ‘Seven Stories' second album, “Everything You Want (Nothing That You Need”) (1993), which provided another two singles. The band toured Europe and North America to support the album. Seven Stories recorded a JJJ Live at the Wireless and had a string of singles before the whole of Sony was instructed to 'drop everything' and divert all energy to making Mariah Carey number one." Seven Stories subsequently disbanded in 1994. Music: “Walk Through Babylon” · Seven Stories and “Nuclear Medicine” · The Donkeys Links for this interview: “Walk Through Babylon” YouTube  “Nuclear Medicine” YouTube   The Steve Brown Band, Green River (Australian CCRT Tribute), Surfers of the Cosmic Sea, Janda King, Aussie Bob (Bob Dylan Tribute), The Chards, The Iguana Bros, Band It About Facebook YouTube Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Email: #Drummers #Drums #UNESCO #Adelaide #musicindustryinterview  #BandItAbout
January 22, 2021
S2 E9 KYRIE ANDERSON The Engine Room Drummer 'Bearded Gypsy Band', 'Kaurna Cronin', 'The Boys Club', 'Seabass', 'Oh Pep!', Django Rowe and Many More
Kyrie Anderson is one of Adelaide’s, if not Australia’s, most sought-after drummers. After completing a Jazz Performance degree at The University of Adelaide, Kyrie graduated with First Class Honors in 2014. While still at University, Kyrie toured Australia, Canada, and the UK with the 'Bearded Gypsy Band' and has since toured Europe three times with Kaurna Cronin. In 2018 Kyrie worked with Luke Creswell, the creator of 'STOMP', as Percussion Director for his Adelaide Festival performances of "The Lost and Found Orchestra." Kyrie has also toured nationally as Musical Director for "Songs and Times" with Sam Cooke starring Gary Pinto; headlined the Royal Croquet Club with Russian feminist group 'Pussy Riot'; and performed with national and international jazz musicians at Adelaide Town Hall’s International Jazz Day, and at Melbourne’s Stonington Jazz Festival. Kyrie has played alongside many artists including James Morrison, James Muller, Adam Page, Emma Pask, Nancy Bates, and The Cat Empire, and performs regularly with Oh Pep!, Kate Fuller, Aaron Thomas, and Max Savage. just to name a few. Please follow/subscribe/rate/comment/leave a voice mail, to help my podcast series to reach more people, I am promoting our local talent after all! Music: Intro "Silhouette" written by Django Rowe, Outro "Daze" written by Kyrie Anderson (album links below) Related Links; - The Boys Club - Seabass Girls Rock Adelaide - To purchase/listen to "Cauldron" by Django Rowe  To purchase/listen to "Hwyl"; all songs are by Kyrie Anderson, Bonnie Aue and Dave McEvoy. Bearded Gypsy Band: Netgigs  Apple Podcasts; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Spotify; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Watch Band It About videos: Facebook; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music YouTube; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Contact: #kyrieanderson #drummers #musicinterviews #musicpodcasts #Adelaide #drums #unescocityofmusic #SouthAustralia #BandItAbout 
January 15, 2021
S2 E8 DAVID LLOYD The Engine Room Drummer 'The Boogie Men' and 'Plan B' and co-owner of the Murray Delta Juke Joint in Goolwa
This weeks interview is with Adelaide drummer and 'Murray Delta Juke Joint' venue co-owner David Lloyd. David is currently the drummer in the local bands 'The Boogie Men' and 'Plan B', both bands have been busily recording material which will be released this year. David is not only a passioniate supporter of live music, he has also run/partnered a string of benefits including the 2004 Tsunami and recent bushfires, worked in many countries as a post disaster recovery worker, and is one of the most genuine, down to earth guys that you could ever hope to meet a have a chat to. Thanks for listening! Music in this podcast:  "Nothing but the Blues" lyrics: D. Lloyd, written by:  D. Lloyd, S. Brown. Mike Hutton, and "Mean Old World"  Written by Sam Cooke, performed by The Boogie Men 1996 at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel. Useful Links relating to this interview: The Boogie Men Facebook: Email: Murray Delta Juke Joint Facebook: Email: Plan B Facebook: Plan B Website: To Watch The Boogie Men "To Love Somebody" on Band It About Messenger: Messenger; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Watch Band It About videos: Facebook; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music YouTube; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Please Follow/Subscribe/Rate/Comment or leave a voice message to help this series to be discovered by more #musicinterview lovers Band It About podcast series is available to listen to on 9 platforms including: Apple Podcasts; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Spotify; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Anchor Podcasts; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Overcast: Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music podcast series #Drummers #Drums#Drumming  #Adelaide #UNESCO #SouthAustralia #music #MusicIndustry #LiveMusic
January 8, 2021
S2 E7 MARK MEYER The Engine Room Drummer: Stylus, Moving Pictures, Marcia Hines, Richard Clapton, Mark Gillespie, Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, & many more.
South Australian Music Hall of Famer 'Mark Meyer' joins me this week to chat about his amazing career. Mark is one of Australia's most recorded and toured drummers, who started his career gigging in Adelaide whilst in high school, eventually making the move to Melbourne where he joined 'Stylus' (who were the only Australian act to be released by Motown Records in the USA.) Mark's career really took off after 'Stylus' disbanded in 1979 when he was invited to join the Queen of Pop 'Marcia Hines' Band, the first gig with Marcia being the '2SM Concert of the Decade' which was the biggest outdoor music spectacle, boasting a Who's Who of Australian musical talent, held on the steps of the Sydney Opera House on November 4th, 1979. Mark has recorded in the vicinity of 400 albums both as a session drummer and as a band member of: Stylus, Marcia Hines, Richard Clapton, Moving Pictures, Jenny Morris, Divinyls, Mark Gillespie, Wendy Mathews, Dave Dobbyn, Keith Urban and Trisha Yearwood just to name a few. He chats about recording at 'Sound City', Van Nuys and 'The Record Plant' LA for the original Footloose Movie Soundtrack, and about how the band did not receive any royalties whatsoever for the track "Never" due to the bankruptcy of their U.S. record company.  Music: Intro 'Jenny Morris' "You I Know" written by 'Neil Finn". During the interview: 'Marcia Hines' "You", 'Dragon' "Celebration" written by 'Kool & the Gang', 'Moving Pictures' "Never" (Footloose soundtrack), 'The Party Boys' "I Fought The Law" written by 'Sonny Curtis', 'Chasin The Train' "Fever" written by 'Eddie Cooley' and 'Otis Blackwell', 'The Fallen Saints' "The Maker", and Outro 'Richard Clapton' "The Best Years of Our Lives." Links relating to this episode: Stylus, If You Believe In Me,, Dragon - Celebration (Official Music Video), Footloose: Moving Pictures - Never, Fever - Chasin The Train, "I Fought The Law" The Party Boys, Marcia Hines "You" 2SM Concert of the Decade, Jenny Morris "You I Know", Richard Clapton "The Best Years of Our Lives", and SA Music Hall of Fame. Mark's (current) Bands: Chasin The Train, The Fallen Saints, Gumbo Ya Ya, Just One Look - The Songs and Sounds of Linda Ronstadt,, and After Midnight - Fringe Tickets Drum lessons with Mark: Mark Meyer Facebook, Mark is endorsed by C & C Drums and loves Zilli Cymbals Band It About Facebook #Drummers 
January 1, 2021
S2 E6 NICK ROMANO The Engine Room Drummer Dino Jag, Mark Anthony (Elvis Tribute), Funky Monks (RHCP Tribute), Galvanize, and Funk Me
Adelaide's hard hitting drummer Nick Romano is as entertaining to chat to as he is to watch perform in one of his many line-up's including; Dino Jag, Mark Anthony (Elvis Tribute), Funky Monks (RHCP Tribute), and Galvanize who are releasing their brand new single "Wake Up" on NYE. To hear a sneak preview of the song listen through to the end of the interview! Nick has some fabulous stories to share including the time that he got to meet and jam with his Red Hot Chili Pepper idol Chad Smith! A great interview from beginning to end and one that you will get at least 1 or 2 laughs from! Music intro; "Can't Keep Still" Dino Jag, During the interview Mark Anthony Hamer Hall track 21, outro Galvanize "Wake Up." Useful Links from today’s episode: To arrange to have drum lessons with Nick please message his Facebook page: Nick is an ambassador for Zilli Cybals, shout out to Aiden (hope you enjoy Nick's impersonation!) To purchase Zilli Cymbals Nick's bands: Funky Monks, Mark Anthony Tribute to Elvis, Galvanize, Funk Me Dino Jag "Can't Keep Still" Dino Jag Facebook Contact Band It About: Email: Messenger; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Watch Band It About videos:Facebook; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music YouTube; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Band It About podcast series is available on 9 platforms inc: Apple Podcasts; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series, Spotify; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series, Anchor Podcasts; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series, Overcast: Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music podcast series, and Google podcasts. #Drummers,#Adelaide#Drums #MusicIndustryPodcasts #UNESCOCITYOFMUSIC #SAMusic #musicinterviews #BandItAbout #TheEngineRoom #RHCP #ElvisTribute #zill #drummer #funkymonks #podcastinterview #podcast #interview #music #Adelaide #Australia #redhotchilipeppers #drum #drumming
December 25, 2020
S2 E5 PETER KERSHAW The Engine Room Drummer The Violets, Evoletah, Mojo Dingo, Kennett, House of Enz, and many more
I couldn't think of anyone better to spend the eve of 'get out of hard lockdown' with than Peter Kershaw, this unfiltered interview had me literally crying tears of laughter at times, and if you know Pete personally then you would be aware of his dry sense of humor and straight up honesty, both traits make him who is is and that's what I love about him. Pete, a self taught drummer, chats about his life, career highs and lows, and recent reunion with his former band mates from 'The Violets" and how that resulted in them not only remastering their debut album for it's 25th Anniversary this year, it rekindled the flame so much that Pete and Matt Cahill recorded new songs with Evoletah, who are an original art jazz rock band from SA, their album launch will be held during the Fringe Festival.  A laugh from start to finish including the 20 questions at the end, Enjoy! Please subscribe/rate/comment to help these interviews reach more #musicindustrypodcast listeners. Thanks for listening. Music intro/outro "Mary Who" #2 off of 'The Violets'  "Leased Regret" 25th Anniversary Album (remastered); to purchase please use link: bandcamp: the-violets-leased-regret-25th-anniversary-remastered-edition  Other links relevant to this episode:   To purchase Zilli Cymbals  Ludwig Drums Contact Band It About: Email: Messenger: Messenger; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Watch Band It About videos: Facebook; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music YouTube; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Listen to the Band It About podcast series: Apple Podcasts; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Spotify; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Anchor Podcasts; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Overcast: Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music podcast series  #TheViolets, #drums #Adelaide
December 18, 2020
S2 E4 MARIO MARINO The Engine Room Drummer Lazy Eye, Hindley Street Country Club, Zooma Zooma, One More Mile, Brotherhood of Love, and Many More
Mario Marino is one of those rare musicians who combine technical skill with great feel, making him one of Adelaide’s most popular drummers. Mario has toured with various bands both nationally and internationally and has represented the Adelaide Roots & Blues Association (ARBA) twice at the International Blues Challenge which is held every year in Memphis Tennessee; his first time was with Lazy Eye Band, it was during the second time with the band One More Mile that I got to know both Mario and his son Michael. Mario was educated at the Con (Jazz), and when he isn't performing Mario teaches at The Adelaide College of the Arts. During this interview we discuss how Mario first became interested in drumming as well as varios bands that he has performed with over the years. Music: intro "Bite Off More Than I Can Chew" performed by One More Mile, "Bette Davis Eyes" performed by the Hindley Street Country Club, outro "Mean Thing" performed by Lazy Eye Band. Useful Links from today’s episode: Facebook Lazy Eye Band Facebook One More Mile Facebook Brotherhood Of Love Facebook ZoomaZooma Facebook HSCC Hindley Street Country Club (HSCC) YouTube TAFE SA Music courses Michael Marino at B.B Kings Beale Street: Michael Marino video One More Mile International Blues Challenge Contact Band It About: Email: Messenger: Messenger; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Watch Band It About videos: Facebook; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music YouTube; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Listen to the Band It About podcast series: Apple Podcasts; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Spotify; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Anchor Podcasts; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Overcast: Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music podcast series Please subscribe to my podcast series to be notified when the next episode is available. Thanks for listening   #BandItAbout-ProudlySupportingLiveMusic #Drummers #Drumming #MusicIndustryInterviews #UnescoCityOfMusic #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #drums #music 
December 12, 2020
The Engine Room interview update, December 11, 2020.
Update for the Engine Room podcast series;  Every Saturday a new interview will be released so please subscribe so that you receive a notification of when the next one is available to listen to. December 12: Mario Marino December 19: Peter Kershaw December 26: Nick Romano January 2: Mark Meyer January 9: David Lloyd January 16: Kyrie Anderson Spaces available for more interviews, please contact Di to arrange a time so that we can keep this engine running! Thanks for listening BAND IT ABOUT - Podcast Series Proudly Supporting Live Music as a music interview podcast series. You can listen to this series on all of the main podcast listening platforms. Please use the voice message feature to contact the host if you are having trouble finding it on your chosen platform and she will be happy to send you the series link. Thank you for your support and thank you to all of the listeners all over the world who are regularly tuning in to this music podcast series.
December 11, 2020
Enrico Mick Morena has been a professional drummer since 1978 and has performed, toured, recorded, and taught in 45 different countries. A founding member of the Adelaide Music Collective and currently the Co-Director of the AMC South Australian Music Hall Of Fame, Enrico is as passionate for his love of performing as he is of ensuring that all who have made a significant contribution towards the Adelaide music scene are officially recognised for their contributions. In this episode you will discover what led to Enrico becoming a professional, highly sought after session drummer as well as the one thing that has eluded him so far that he is determined to accomplish in the not too distant future! We finish the interview with 20 questions, how many will he answer before the timer goes off? Music intro/outro:  "Get Down and Dirty" performed by Gwyn Ashton and The Born-Again Sinners released August 6, 2020 Gwyn Ashton - vocals, guitar Michael Bryant - bass Enrico Morena - drums composed by Gwyn Ashton/Garry Allen tracked and mixed by Gwyn Ashton mastered by David Mitson Please subscribe, rate, or comment to help others discover this podcast series. Thanks for listening. Episode Links: website: Zildjian artist web page: Facebook page (professional) SA Music Hall of Fame: Gwyn Ashton and The Born-Again Sinners video: "Get Down and Dirty" official video Purchase "Get Down and Dirty" here: Contact Band It About: Email: Messenger: Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Watch Band It About videos: Facebook: Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music YouTube: Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Listen to the Band It About podcast series: Apple Podcasts: Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Spotify: Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Anchor Podcasts: Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Overcast: Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music podcast series
December 4, 2020
S2 E2 MARDI HOGAN The Engine Room: Drummer shares her inspirational story that proves you are never too old to start your musical career.
Mardi Hogan may not be a household name when you think of local drummers, but I have a feeling that'll change very soon. The reason you may not be familiar with Mardi is largely due to the fact that she hasn't actually been playing for very long at all. So what makes a happily married mother who is already busy balancing her career and family duties decide to pick up the sticks for the first time?   Find out how Mardi received a Red Cymbals endorsement despite only being relatively new to drumming. Mardi is living proof that it's never too late to take up an instrument. I found our chat to be quite inspirational as well as informative with Mardi sharing some fabulous tips on mastering the kit!  Mardi is certainly a passionate musician and a delight to chat with, we had a lot in common including our first concert experience! Keep your eye out for her band Easy Tiger, and ladies who like to jam will be pleased to know that Mardi has organised a once a month Girls Jam, for more info please see the link below. The interview covers Mardi's background, her musical journey thus far, and don't forget to hang around to the end to see how many of the 20 questions Mardi manages to get through in 2 minutes! Music; intro and outro is a Swing/Jazz practice piece performed by Mardi Please remember to subscribe, like, follow, rate, and comment (whichever your podcast listening platform allows) to assist my podcast series to reach more music interview podcast listening audiences.  If you enjoy this then please leave a comment, I hate to nag but having audience interaction is the only way to get the various podcast platforms to promote a podcast series. Thank you Di Spillane (aka ) Band It About :)  #BandItAbout #Adelaide #LiveMusic #Australia #MusicInterviews #unescocityofmusic #Localmusicians #Drummers #TheEngineRoom Important links for this episode: Instagram Mother.Drummer Red Cymbals Australia Easy Tiger Mardi Hogan Facebook Girls Jam Club Rogers Drum Lab Contact Band It About: Email: Messenger; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Watch Band It About videos: Facebook; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music YouTube; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Listen to the Band It About podcast series: Apple Podcasts; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Overcast: Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music podcast series Spotify; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Anchor Podcasts; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series
November 27, 2020
The Band It About podcast series season two is under the subheading of “The Engine Room”.
Season 2 of the Band It About podcast series is all about the very heart of the band, the band member who is often hidden away at the back of the stage and sometimes even left in complete darkness. Just who are these mysterious musicians who steer the band through every performance and what makes them take on this role in the first place?  We are extremely fortunate to have many talented drummers here in Adelaide, many of them have toured and recorded both nationally and internationally. Please tune in to my podcast series every week and listen in to discover more about what makes a Great musical train driver.  Any listeners who would like to learn more about their favourite bands drummer are welcome to message me to make a request and any drummers who are interested in participating in this podcast series can also message me to make a time to be interviewed.  All interviews are conducted via phone, making this a Covid friendly setting for recording sessions. You can message me either on the podcast series, via the Band It About Facebook Page, or send an email to Please remember to subscribe or follow to my podcast series, and if you like what you hear please rate and or leave a review to help others to discover this podcast too. Thanks for listening Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music #musicpodcast #music-interview #podcasts #podcasting #host #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #Australia #drummers #music #musicians #music-matters #music-commentary
November 21, 2020
S2E1 DIETER SCHOELL The Engine Room Drummer 'AUDIO REIGN' Australian Hard Rock/Metal Band , Clearway, Revel, UnChained, Siren, and many more
Dieter Schoell is the drummer for the Australian Hard Rock/ Metal Band 'Audio Reign', and is definitely high in my list of Great Drummers here in Adelaide, South Australia. During this interview we hear Dieter share his journey, that started when he was a young boy living in Whyalla, who was determined to learn how to play this physically demanding instrument. Devoting his time to learning and practicing, which led to him drumming for many of the most popular bands in Adelaide, and eventually drumming in an original band playing his most loved genre. During my chat with Dieter, I discovered who initially inspired him to play, and how a young man's insistence and passion led to him eventually being the Engine Room for the Adelaide progressive metal band Audio Reign. We end the episode with Dieter and I having a bit of fun by playing 20 questions in 2 minutes, can you guess how many he manages to get through before the timer goes off? Music (intro and outro); 'Betrayal' by Audio Reign, please use this link to watch the video of 'Betrayal', this song was the first single released off of their self titled debut Album: 'Betrayal' Audio Reign (video) YouTube  Don't forget to Like the video and subscribe to their channel! Please subscribe to this podcast & or leave a review :) Useful Links from today’s episode: To purchase Zilli Cymbals Contact Band It About: Email: Messenger: Messenger; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Watch Band It About videos: Facebook; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music YouTube; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Listen to the Band It About podcast series: Apple Podcasts; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Spotify; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series Anchor Podcasts; Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Podcast Series #musicpodcasts #musicinterviews #music #realstories #realpeople #audioreign #dieterschoell #drummer #Adelaide #Australia #hardrock #altmetal #metal #musicians #drumming #drumandbass #drums #banditaboutpodcastseries #banditabout #prodrummers 
November 21, 2020
S1 E9 Covid-19 Casualties: Could 'The Gov' become the next Live Music Venue to be forced to close due to the Coronavirus Pandemic?
The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, referred to by everyone in Adelaide South Australia as The Gov, is one of Australia’s most enduring live music pubs. It is a home to everyone, no matter what their taste in music. For over 25 years the Tonkin family has provided a musical haven unlike no other, and unless it is thrown a lifejacket soon, this SA icon will become another victim of the Corona Virus. In this episode I discuss the reality of this situation with Richard Tonkin. #LoveTheGov #SaveTheGov Australians have been observing the restrictions, and social distancing measures which has resulted in a "sustained and consolidated flattening of the curve". Our lives have completely changed as we all do our bit to stop the spread and protect those most vulnerable. Banning ‘non-essential’ mass gatherings, a prudent move to minimise the spread of #COVID19, but one that nonetheless stands to devastate Australia’s live music industry.  The impact of the Coronavirus and the health measures in place to limit its spread, in particular social distancing, is giving rise to unprecedented issues for businesses, performance venues are beginning to show the financial strain from their enforced closure. The Government’s economic response has failed to meet the immediate needs of small business. The ability to negotiate with lenders, defer repayments, apply for Grants, and access loans with deferred repayments is only delaying the inevitable closure . Small businesses need cash, and they need it NOW! Our government needs to be made aware of the impact of the virus on live music venues. We all need to lobby for immediate support and future recovery initiatives for venues, without our support there won't be any left once social restrictions have been removed. The Gov Needs You! Please feel free to message your suggestions to assist with Saving The Gov. I will update episode details, and my Band It About Facebook page with details regarding helping to save The Gov as they become available. Music intro and outro in this episode "Shut In The Shed", was written by Richard Tonkin. Adelaide's Best Live Music Venue Links: Band It About Links: Email: Messenger: To watch Band It About videos: Listen to Band It About podcast series:  Please message ideas or requests for future podcast guests, share the link with everyone, and make sure that you subscribe to receive notifications when the next podcast becomes available. Thanks for listening. Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music  After releasing this episode, the Band it About podcast host Di Spillane wrote a petition to Save the Gov. She used the petition platform to launch the petition and within days this petition gathered a huge response. The petition went viral with significant support from everyone who had been to or performed in this Adelaide icon. The plan was to gather enough signatures to make an impact prior to personally delivering the petition to the SA State Government. Di set a target of 10,000 signatures, it had reached 9 and a half thousand signatures when the State Government rescued The Gov by providing a grant of $310,000. As a result of this Di took down the petition prior to reaching the initial goal. This is a perfect example of just how dedicated and passionate the host of this podcast series is about Live Music here in her hometown of South Australia. #lovethegov
April 26, 2020
S1 E8 DAWN BARRINGTON is a contemporary Folk Singer Songwriter, we discuss "Coping during the unprecedented C-19 crisis situation"
Musicians have seen their livelihood disappear right in front of their eyes literally overnight. With no way of knowing how long they will be unable to work, and no direct assistance being offered the uncertainty is all they have. Today’s interview is with Dawn Barrington. Dawn is a full time musician who lives in WA. We discuss the impact of the #Covid-19 crisis, what this has meant for herself, and others involved in the entertainment industry. Learn how Dawn is adjusting to the situation, and hear our discussion about what this could mean for the future of the music industry as we know it. The opening and closing track “We Live and We Die”, is a yet to be released original song that Dawn wrote with Manus Metal Man, who Dawn refers to as an incredible musician stuck in a hotel in Kangaroo point, Brisbane. Please support by visiting Dawn’s BandCamp and purchasing some of her music. Here are #DawnBarrington Links: Website: Social media: How you can help to Support Live Music: As we all prepare for an indefinite period of social isolation and subsequent event postponements and cancellations, here are a few ways that you can continue to support those within the #livemusic and event industry. Purchasing merch and music, subscribe to email lists, go to artisits social media and Like, Follow, and Share with your friends. Stream the I Lost My Gig playlist on #Spotify: #SupportAct donation link: This list is by no means exhaustive, feel free to share your ideas and suggestions of ways to support the live music industry with me via my Facebook page: My podcast platforms: #AppleiTunes users can rate this episode and leave a comment. Anchor users can leave favorite my podcasts, and leave a voice message. If you would like to be interviewed or have a suggestion for future podcasts please email me at: Or message me here: #musicinterviews #DawnBarrington #Folkmusic #WesternAustralia #singersongwriter #banditabout #podcasts #musicians #Australia #coronavirus #musicindustry
April 4, 2020
S1 E7 2020 International Women's Day, interview's with women involved in the Music Industry, discussing the on-going struggles they face.
March 8th 2020 is International Women's Day, this year's campaign theme is #EachforEqual; An equal world is an enabled world. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations, and celebrate women's achievements. This year's theme fits perfectly in to the ongoing struggles that women within the music industry face world wide. I extended a Public invitation to all women involved within any aspect of the music industry, offering flexible times to conduct the interview via phone to make it easier to fit in with everyone who could spare up to 30 mins out of their day, in hope of being able to get as many different views as possible. I researched as much as possible prior to writing the questions asked, as I wanted to make sure that the interview would offer something different to what has already been published in the past. Giving the participants the opportunity to be thoughtful, and honest with their responses, enabling them to provide their personal insight and experiences, to shed as much light as possible onto an issue which for generations has been pushed in to the dark.  My eyes were opened to how little meaningful discussions are available publicly whilst researching, and there are so many more discussions that need to be had on this subject. With that being said, I hope that next time an opportunity to discuss issues that impact us all becomes available, that more women will trust that I will conduct the interview thoughtfully, and feel safe in sharing their stories with me.  I would like to thank everyone that agreed to be interviewed, I appreciate you all for supporting my podcast, and for making the time to chat with me, I chose to open and close this special episode with "I Am Woman", which was written by Helen Reddy, and Ray Burton. The questions asked: Q: What does this year’s theme for International Woman’s Day “An equal world is an enabled world” mean to you in relation to your role? Q: Do you think that the Australian music industry is inclusive of everyone? Q: Why do think so many female music students do not go on to work within the Music Industry once they have completed their studies? Q: Are the women who teach music failing to support, encourage, and mentor their female students? Could they be giving priority to their male students knowing that they have a better chance of being successful within the industry? Q: Have you ever felt pressured to compromise your own comfort levels in order to look a certain way, or stopped being true to yourself in hope of getting ahead? Q: Have you experienced indecent behaviour either physically, mentally or emotionally while working as a musician? Q: Have you had an experience when you felt that you were not supported or sabotaged by other women in the industry? Q: Has there been a time that you have not been given credit for work that you have done, or someone has taken the credit for your work? Q: Have you witnessed positive changes in the industry in regards to women? Q: Is there anything that you would still like to see change? Email: #EachforEqual #IWD2020 #music #musicinterviews #podcasts #musicindustry #banditaboutpodcastseries
March 8, 2020
S1 E6 BEN FORD-DAVIES "The Road To Memphis" Interview prior to him leaving to compete in the Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge
Band It About S01 E05 Interview with Ben Ford-Davies prior to him leaving to compete in the Blues Foundation International Blues Challenge (IBC), in Memphis TN, Jan 2019. This was originally 3 short interviews that I recorded with Ben, to give the Blues community the opportunity to get to know who he is, prior to leaving Adelaide to represent the Adelaide Roots & Blues Association (ARBA). I have added Ben performing 2 songs, 1 at the beginning which he wrote "Be Gone" was recorded during the IBC in Memphis, and to close the episode I have added a song originally written by Ben's father "Old Song", this was recorded live in December 2018. Podcast timeline: 00:00 Music "Be Gone" performed by Ben Ford-Davies 00:01:00 Intro 00:01:40 Who is BFD? 00:02:36 What inspired you to enter? 00:05:23 How did you choose the songs? 00:06:25 What would you change? 00:07:43 Any tips for future entrants? 00:08:21 How did you feel about performance? 00:09:14 Were you surprised to win? 00:10:36 Has the reality sunk in? 00:12:15 How supportive is ARBA? 00:13:30 Dad influenced career? 00:16:41 How did you choose the songs? 00:18:23 Your writing process? 00:20:35 Something that would surprise others to know? 00:21:36 Final words? 00:23:04 Update to original interview including how Ben went in the IBC 00:24:04 Music "Old Song" performed by Ben Ford-Davies  If you are listening via apple podcasts please subscribe, rate, and comment to assist me with promoting Live Music in SA. If you are listening via Anchor please follow Band It About, message the episode, and share with your friends. Ben Ford-Davies Links: Facebook: Links: Apple podcasts Spotify Android Band It About – Proudly Supporting Live Music Facebook Page: Band It About YouTube: Adelaide Roots and Blues Association Facebook: The Blues Foundation: #BandItAbout #BluesMusic #BenFord-Davies #IBC #Music #podcasts #Adelaide #BluesFoundation #musicinterview
January 25, 2020
S1 E5 "RETROPOPIC RADIO 2RRR" Presenter NEIL SAINT has reached over 34,000 listeners worldwide! Learn how he went from hobby to career!
Di Spillane interviews fellow music podcast series host, "RETROPOPIC" Neil Saint from Sydney's community radio station 2RRR. Music lovers in 130 countries have tuned in to listen to Neil Saint’s “RETROPOPIC” interviews. What began as a hobby, has now reached over 34,000 listeners worldwide! In depth interviews with artists including: Steve Hackett, Marky Ramone, Stash De Rola, Brian Cadd, Russell Morris, and Ross Wilson, all sharing their musical journeys. Today Neil experiences what it is like to be the one asked, starting from his early influences in the UK, through to moving to Australia, and becoming involved with community radio. Hear how an interview with Les McKeown inspired the light bulb moment which resulted in combining his love of 20th century pop music, his interviewing skills, and local radio show, to enter the world of podcasting.  RETROPOPIC RADIO is NOT a radio station it is radio show, and popular music podcasting brand, with a focus on classic pop music from the 60's to the end of the 20th century. RETROPOPIC RADIO produces regular magazines of artist interviews or excerpts of artist interviews alongside their music. It is broadcasted each Friday evening at 2RRR, a Community Radio Station, in Sydney between 9 and 10pm.  00:00 Music Intro:  Edwin Astley & His Orchestra, Main Theme from “The Saint”, BBC Television Series 1962.  00:00:25 “Band It About” gets to know the “Saintly” beginnings, discussing Neil’s background including his childhood, education, and early career 00:15:23 when those Saints go marching out, Neil and his family leave the UK for France  00:20:00 Settling in Sydney, and starting a new hobby  00:27:08 that light bulb moment!  00:35:32 Neil discusses the Adelaide musicians he has interviewed  00:39:40 Neil reveals his favourite interview  00:45:50 The “RETROPOPIC” road ahead  00:52:44 it’s Neil’s turn for the “Band It About” 20 question challenge, will he be the first to finish?  00:56:58 Music: Edwin Astley & His Orchestra, Main Theme from “The Saint”, BBC Television Series 1962.  Listen to RETROPOPIC RADIO Friday evenings on 2RRR between 9 and 10pm:  Podcast:   Facebook:  Band It About can be heard on all of the major platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google podcasts Please Subscribe so that you don't miss the next episode Android link Band It About: Email:  Band It About Facebook:  #retro #NeilSaint #musicpodcasts #musicinterviews #music #retro-pop #interview #radio #radio-host #australia #Sydney-radio #BandItAbout #LesMcKeown 
January 18, 2020
S1 E4 Banding It About The Band (Band Life, Replacing a Band Member)
We take an inside glance at Band Life. What do you do when you are faced with having to replace a band member?  I have broken down this episode for anyone who would like to skip to a particular section. Please Subscribe, Rate, Comment, Message, and Share, to help Band It About to Support Live Music in South Australia. 00:00:00 Intro Music; "Up The Neck" performed by "The Brass Pockets" 00:00:46 Welcome 00:00:56 Episode Introduction 00:01:36 Background Story 00:05:38 Di and Nick chat before the audition 00:08:14 Music; "Mystery Achievement" audio from audition of "The Brass Pockets" with guitarist auditioning 00:08:25 The band members Craig, Nigel, Di, and Nick discuss the audition, and how they felt it went 00:09:57 "Tele Toe Incident" Craig interviews Di regarding her Telecaster 00:12:06 The band choose their new member 00:12:30 Music "Brass In Pocket" audio from audition "The Brass Pockets" with guitarist auditioning 00:12:39 Episode wrap up 00:13:12 Outro Music "Time The Avenger" performed by "The Brass Pockets" All of the music in this episode was performed by "The Brass Pockets", all songs were written by Chrissie Hynde for the Pretenders. Useful Links for today’s episode: To Contact Band It About: Email: Messenger: To watch Band It About videos: Listen to Band It About podcast series: Listen on Apple podcasts Listen on Spotify The Brass Pockets Links: Email: Website: Social Media: Facebook: Instagram: #TheBrassPockets #BandItAbout #Pretenders #conceptbands #tributebands #musicpodcasts #musicindustry #podcasts #Adelaide #musicinterviews #SouthAustralia #music
January 12, 2020
S2 E3 A Whole Lot Of Hollering! Part 2 of the Paul Macleod "Holler & The Bones" Interview. The band is off to compete in the 2019 IBC
Batten down Beale, the Bones are ready to rattle your foundations, awaken the spirits buried deep beneath the earth, that once was laboured by those who would Holler the birth of the Blues! If the Bones make it to the Final during "The Blues Foundation's" "International Blues Challenge", which is held at the end of January in Memphis TN, rest assured you will hear them Hollering from the Beale Street roof tops, all the way back to Hindley Street in Adelaide, SA! In part 2 of my interview with Mr Holler himself Paul Macleod, we discuss the making of their self titled debut album, it's release, hitting Number 1 in the Australian Blues Music Charts, and their Amazing "third time lucky" appearance in the Adelaide Roots & Blues Association, 2019 Memphis Blues Challenge. If you don't know this mob of lovable Aussie "Dog and Beer Blues" Hollering lads, but enjoy a tale where the underdog gets to take home the Bone, then you will enjoy listening to the final part of my fascinating chat with Paul. The IBC is only 3 weeks away, and the Bones intend to share their stories of travel, places, people, and love of the Australian landscape, through their all original "Ozzie Blues".  Every year the Adelaide Roots and Blues Association runs the MBC here in SA. Being affiliated with the Blues Society of The Blues Foundation gives ARBA the right to send a band and solo/duo musician(s) to represent its them at the IBC.   If you enjoy this episode please feel free to message me, and or rate the episode, and most importantly subscribe to help promote local musicians here in Adelaide. Holler & The Bones Band Members are: Paul Macleod - Vocals-Keys-Guitar, Andy Czora - Guitar, Allan Curtis - Bass, Gilly Gollan - Percussion, and Edward Pollard - Drums.  Music "The Moon Hangs Over Darwin", and "All About The Woman", are both Holler & The Bones originals, and can be heard in full, and purchased via the links below. Trivia who is the female vocalist singing on a couple of the tracks on this album? Answer: Me (Paul forgot to include my name.) Holler & The Bones BandCamp:  Holler & The Bones Facebook Page: Holler & The Bones YouTube:  BAND IT ABOUT: Listen on Apple podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Google podcasts Android phones Apple iPhone banditabout Email: Band It About Facebook Page:  Band It About YouTube: Twitter #musicinterviews #music #podcasts #podcastseries #banditabout #bluesmusic
January 5, 2020
S1 E2 "Dust To Delta" An Interview with Paul Macleod “Holler & The Bones” Part 1 of 2
In this episode I chat with Paul about his multiracial family, and diverse multicultural, multinational upbringing. Made in Japan, born in the USA, and raised predominantly in Australia along with his adopted siblings, by parents who inspired a lifelong passion for knowledge, the arts, celebration of heritage, indigenous cultures, politics, and the Great Australian Outback. Paul has spent his first 50 years quenching his love of the red dusty earth on which we live, whilst gathering the players who together "Shout from the Earth" as one, collectively known as "Holler & The Bones".  Paul's fascinating tale was too good to end up on the editing floor, which is why I decided to release 2 parts from this interview. Part 1 begins with Paul's childhood, and goes right through to the formation of the current line-up for his band. Make sure that you subscribe to the "Band It About" podcast so that you don't miss Part 2 of this fascinating tale, which will take you from the banks of the River Murray, to the Mississippi Delta! Please rate the episode if you enjoy it, and feel free to share with everyone. Band It About - Proudly Supporting Live Music Music included in this episode "Hoochy Coochy Whatchamecallit Jingle Jangle Blues", and "The Girl With The Lightening In Her Eyes", are both Holler & The Bones originals, and can be listened to in full, and purchased via the links below. Holler & The Bones BandCamp: Holler & The Bones Facebook Page: Holler & The Bones YouTube: Adelaide Roots and Blues Association Facebook: The Blues Foundation: Band It About Links: Listen on Apple podcasts Listen on Spotify RSS Android link  Website To rate Email: Band It About Facebook Page: Band It About YouTube: Instagram Twitter #musicinterviews #music #Australia #SouthAustralia #podcasts #musicpodcasts #podcastseries #banditabout #hollerandthebones #Australianblues #bluesmusic #Blues #ARBA #PaulMacleod 
January 4, 2020
S1 E1 The TIM PRESTWICH Band are opening the COLD CHISEL By The C Jan 4th, 2020.
My very first podcast interview is with Jason "Tim" Prestwich. The Tim Prestwich Band, will once again be opening for Cold Chisel, when Chisel return home to Adelaide. I first met Tim when I went to see Wild Card play, my friend Bron was singing in Tim’s band. Bron enjoyed having a friend in the audience, and I loved finally being able to go out and see bands again. My older children were capable of heating up their dinner without burning the house down. So when my youngest was at his father’s for the weekend, I would go with Bron to her gig, I had no choice, even if I did say no she would still come get me! And that’s how I got to know the Tim Prestwich Band family. I contacted Tim to see if he would be interested in some free publicity, I was considering adding interviews to the Band it About Facebook page, but Sue Hedleys magazine had that covered. I enjoy listening to podcasts, I listen to many it’s how I discover and learn about things of interest. I decided that I wanted to start my own podcast and Tim had a major gig to open in under a fortnight. I asked Tim if he would like to do an interview with me, I had thought of a way that I could still help to promote live music without having to go out all the time. Going to lots of gigs gets expensive, I wasn’t going out drinking and partying when I started Band It About, I was going out alone to see bands so that I could film them Bron quit the band and replaced it with a partner. I did the same when I got married, I stopped being an actor because my husband was incapable of remaining sober long enough to watch our kids. The absence was longer than planned, I left him the family home, took the kids, and got a full time job so that I could afford to raise them myself. The reason for the background is that I never included it, I forgot that you didn’t know me yet. Tim and I have a lot of laughs in this interview because we know of each other’s stories. I was talking to a friend about his upcoming show, our friendship turned this interview into a lot more than that. I am forever grateful to Tim for agreeing to chat about his family with me. Band It About podcast was born. Thank you Bron for leaving your message, it helped to remind me that we always laughed, and I still do when I’m happy. Listen to The Tim Prestwich Band Album on Spotify  Tim Prestwich Band album is also available on Apple Music:  The Tim Prestwich Band Facebook Page:  Hot Chisel Facebook Page:  The Tim Prestwich Band YouTube:  The BAND IT ABOUT - Podcast series can be heard on all of the major podcast listening platforms including Apple podcasts, Spotify, Anchor and Google podcasts Band It About Facebook Page:  #coldchisel #musicinterview #TimPrestwich #podcasts #Australianmusic #music
December 28, 2019