#32 OlympiaHearSej add
Seja talks to Olivia Bartley (Olympia) about deeply immersing herself in the writing process for her second album, isolating herself for 12 months, creating a ten point achievement plan/hypothesis and the trials and errors of getting to the finished product. Olivia tells Seja about working with producer Burke Reid again, her goal to make her audience levitate and utilising visual diaries to create her own world. They discuss her vocal style, synthesizers, how her dad’s taste in music influenced her formative musical years and what it’s like playing in other people’s bands as opposed to doing your own projects.
Olympia’s story was illustrated by Bella Crea. You can see more of her beautiful illustrations @almostmythology on instagram.
All HearSej podcast illustrations can be seen on instagram @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook page
#31 Ben LeeHearSej add
Seja talks to her guest Ben Lee prior to touring Australia with his new project with Josh Radnor ‘Radnor and Lee’. They chat about the musical Ben is writing with iconic author Tom Robbins entitled ‘B is for Beer’, what it was like growing up in the public eye, his experiences as a ‘death doula’ and his passion for the psychedelic experience. Ben tells Seja about his relationship with streaming music and how he uses his instrument as a communication tool.
Ben’s strange show story is illustrated by Cathie Glassby.
You can see all HearSej illustrations on Instagram @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook page.
#30 Patience HodgsonHearSej add
Seja talks to her guest Patience Hodgson (The Grates) about podcasting, early days of the Grates and living parallel lives with Missy Higgins. They chat about their first impressions of each other, their fast friendship and their strong bond over playing in bands with their partners (and initially keeping it a secret!). Patience tells Seja tales of touring overseas, her Hanson obsession, singing teachers and the steps she has taken to combat her anxiety. Also there’s a lot of poo talk.
Patience’s strange show story is illustrated by Sam McKenzie. You can see more of his work on Instagram @ohnosam or at samsamsamsam.com.
All illustrations can be seen on Instagram @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook page.
#29 Mike StroudHearSej add
Seja talks to her guest Mike Stroud (Ratatat, Kunzite) about his new band and the difficulty to stay up with social media trends to support album releases these days. They talk about the first songs they learned to play, their soundcheck songs and their issues with never knowing when to stop layering instruments when they record. Mike and Seja discuss first impressions, how classical music theory helped form Ratatat’s style, working with people such as Kid Cudi and getting to watch Jay-Z write raps in a corner before his perfect 1-take delivery. And bugs! Their shared phobia of bugs.
Mike’s strange show story is illustrated by Paul Curtis (Valve, Consume).
All podcast illustrations can be seen on Instagram @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook page.
#28 Courtney BarnettHearSej add
Seja talks to her guest Courtney Barnett about her live experiences; spanning from her first experiences on stage in Tasmania to her overwhelming success playing on American talk shows and collaborating with some of her heroes. They discuss the intricacies of hustling as a new artist and the the do’s and don’t’s of how to get gigs. Courtney and Seja bond over being introverts who like performing and compare notes on the best ways to procrastinate.
Courtney’s strange show story is illustrated by Celeste Mouthy (@filthyratbag) and can be seen on Instagram @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook Page. You can see more of Celeste’s work on instragram and Facebook at @filthyratbag
#27 Tom LyngcolnHearSej add
Seja talks to her guest Tom Lyngcoln (The Nation Blue, Harmony) about his record label Solar / Sonar, his time in the Tasmanian music scene, learning guitar by playing along to ads in isolation and the dangers of wood crafting. Tom tells Seja about the physical compulsions that take over whilst performing, how important writing and playing music is to him and the good and bad experiences he has had meeting his musical heroes. Tom's new album Doming Home is out now.
Tom’s strange story is illustrated by Lisa Dottore. You can see more of her amazing art on Instagram here @lisadottore, on the Lisa Dottore Facebook page or follow her on her personal Instagram page @lisaleeroth.
#26 Sam CromackHearSej add
Seja talks to Sam Cromack (Ball Park Music) about being in Brisbane’s politest band, their connection with fans and how he started loving music listening to his parent's classic 60s and 70s vinyl collection. Sam talks about how learning instruments gave him a sense of identity, his progression as a guitarist and singer including his experiences being transformed into a different person on stage and how he juggled university, jobs and touring. He tells Seja about the band’s instant connection with her high school friend; producer Matt Redlich, their luck with Australian radio support and his relationship with certain aspects of songwriting such as repetition.
Sam’s strange show story is illustrated by @softnudiejazz and can be seen on Instagram @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook page. You can also buy Softnudiejazz shirts online at softnudiejazz.bigcartel.com.
#25 Shane ParsonsHearSej add
Seja talks to Shane Parsons (DZ Deathrays) about growing up in Bundaberg and being starved for live music, supporting heroes, working with Burke Reid, DZ’s strange recording mishaps pre first album, the golden times of old Brisbane venues and the ins and outs (literally) of his pedal board. Shane tells tour stories and they bond over hip hop, worry about their livers and discuss the lengths one has to go to sell records and show tickets.
Shane’s story is illustrated by Craig Atkins @catkingssux and can be seen on Instagram at @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook page.
#24 Ben ElyHearSej add
Seja talks to her guest Ben Ely (Regurgitator) about his dog Michael, hair metal, the punk scene in Brisbane that got him excited about playing music, working out how to get a show, and his first impressions of his future bandmate Quan. Ben tells Seja about being in the middle of band conflicts and how after years of history with the police, he finally got his ‘fuck you’ moment on stage at a ‘save the ABC’ show.
Ben’s strange show story is illustrated by Jhonny Russell (@slckmgck) and can be seen on the HearSej Instagram (@hearsejpodcast) or on the HearSej Facebook page (www.facebook.com/hearsej).
#23 Lindsay McDougallHearSej add
Seja talks to her guest Lindsay McDougall (Frenzal Rhomb) about their love of greyhounds, Lindsay’s recent road trip through Australia with his wife, and regrettable tattoos (great podcast topic!). They cover his formative years, how he almost became a multi-tiered keyboardist, how being able to play guitar helped him to not get beaten up in school, and how this all led him to audition for and play his first shows with Frenzal. So much ‘content’ in this podcast, including their reputation on the radio, the feud with Jackie O and Kyle Sandilands, difficult interviews, Bill Stevenson and earnest song writing.
Lindsay’s strange show story is illustrated by Leslie Rice (@art.intimidating.art)
#22 Darren CrossHearSej add
Seja talks to Darren Cross (Gerling, Jep and Dep) about old times playing in Gerling, how the band was formed, got signed and changed lineup 4 days before a Big Day Out show. They chat about band uniforms, how they got signed to Fellaheen, and his eventual departure from backing tracks and dance music to start playing folk. Seja and Darren chat about the development of his folk noir duo Jep and Dep, home recording at crazy hours and his DIY record label.
Stevie Nicks the dog gets a few mentions.
Darren’s strange show story was illustrated by Helena Papageorgiou. You can see more of her drawings and animations on http://www.helenapapageorgiou.com/ or on Instagram @Hp_secondvariety
All HearSej illustrations can be seen on Instagram @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook page.
#21 Tim NelsonHearSej add
Seja talks to Tim Nelson (Cub Sport) firstly about their collective failing immune systems, their dogs and what its like being a in a band with your partner. Tim shares the story of coming out to his parents and fans and the different reactions people had, pushing himself to be the frontman of the band without hiding behind an instrument and gets into his songwriting process.
Tim’s strange show story was illustrated by Tim’s fiancé Sam Netterfield who also plays in Cub Sport. You can see more of his drawings and tattoos on instagram @bolanink.
All HearSej illustrations can be seen on Instagram @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook page.
#20 Mel ButtleHearSej add
Mel and Seja unsuccessfully start the podcast trying to speak German, but then much more comfortably chat in English about how Mel developed her persona in comedy and that addictive feeling she got after her first open mic performance. We also get a re-do of her first ever opening joke!
Mel and Seja discuss the important issues: stage outfits, dog uber, regional touring, our parents and allergies.
Mel’s story is illustrated by comedian Tom Walker (@tomwalkerisgood). You can see his drawing on Instagram @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook page.
#19 Josh PykeHearSej add
Seja talks to her guest Josh Pyke about their first shows as kids, liking metal and grunge transforming Josh into a lifelong drop D guitarist and hero worship gone wrong. They disagree on how they met, but agree on many things such as their instant overwhelming love for Elliot Smith, how valuable writing in New York can be (even if it was a miserable time), and the right and wrong ways to sing low with integrity. Josh talks about the work he has done supporting the arts in Australia and his fight regarding copyright laws. Vote 1 Pyke!
Josh’s strange show story is illustrated by Joe Jensen (@joseph.jensen) and can be seen on the HearSej Instagram (@hearsejpodcast) or on the HearSej Facebook page (www.facebook.com/hearsej).
#18 Johnny MackayHearSej add
Seja talks to her guest Johnny Mackay about what it was like moving around a lot as a child, going to seven different schools and how his stepsister introduced him to guitar music. They chat about his musical projects such as Phillips Sisters, Children Collide and how with the help of Darren Seltmann (Avalanches) he started his most recent project Fascinator. Johnny talks about teaching himself how to make video clips in Majorca, what it feels like to write songs about his ex-girlfriends after brutal breakups and how he started his DJ career by being a snobby jerk.
Johnny’s story is illustrated by Arash Zarifian (@arash_z90s) and can be seen on the HearSej instagram (@hearsejpodcast) or the HearSej Facebook page. You can check our more of Arash’s work on his instagram and Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/arash.zarifian
#17 UrthboyHearSej add
Seja talks to her guest Tim Levinson (Urthboy) about being embarrassing in front of Paul Kelly, the ups and downs of touring and how easy it is to use alcohol as a coping mechanism. They chat about bad reviews, how they reconcile liking sexist rap songs and the intricacies of sample clearance.
Tim’s strange show story is illustrated by Brisbane artist Adam Lester. All podcast illustrations can be seen on instagram @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook page.
#16 Darren HanlonHearSej add
Seja talks to her guest Darren Hanlon after many scheduling conflicts. They firstly talk deportation and injuries, then about Darren’s childhood and how he started playing in a country/western style dance band at 15 and got kicked out for knee sliding whilst playing Johnny B. Goode. Darren chats about meeting Rik Mayall and Billy Bragg as a kid, to then going on to support Bragg for the first time by pretending to be his manager and showing up to the show on a whim with his guitar. They also talk lyric writing, guitar solos and recording in Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans.
Darren’s strange show story is illustrated by Scott Edgar (Tripod) (@scodmanisfine) and can be seen on the HearSej instagram (@hearsejpodcast) or on the HearSej Facebook page.
#15 Luke HeneryHearSej add
Seja talk to bass player and photographer Luke Henery (Violent Soho) in a rare interview about spending his childhood tripping out about angels and demons in the pentecostal church, tuning a guitar so low he could play bass on it, living on a hill so steep his friends couldn’t get to him and learning how to use his mother’s SLR camera. Luke tells many funny tour stories about accidentally smashing gear, bed bugs, playing for Thurston Moore and Rick Rubin, losing his shoes and touring with 30 Seconds to Mars. He tells Seja about his photography ambitions and how he has just discovered how to develop photographs with beer!
Luke’s story is illustrated by Brisbane artist @tim_rix and can be seen on Instagram at @hearsejpodcast or on the HearSej Facebook page.
#14 Megan WashingtonHearSej add
Seja talk to her guest Megan Washington about her ambitions to be Judy Garland when she was younger, deeply regretting lyrics in retrospect and the three things people bring up the most to her and can’t seem to let go of. They also talk about Meg’s dissatisfaction with the American jazz songbook, Keith Urban calling her out of the blue and how to write songs on dogs.
Megan’s story is illustrated by Stacy Gougoulis. You can check out more of his work on Instagram @moustace or on tumblr here: moustace.tumblr.com
All podcast pictures can be seen on the HearSej Instagram (@hearsejpodcast) or on the HearSej Facebook page.
#13 Scott EdgarHearSej add
Seja talks to her guest Scott Edgar (Tripod) about how he went from playing in a covers band to discovering his comedic talent and starting the comedy sketch group Tripod. Seja and Scott discuss comedy heroes, podcasts (Tripod’s podcast ‘Perfectly Good Podcast’ is up to episode 29 this week) and Dungeons and Dragons.
You can see more of Scott and Tripod at @scodmanisfine and/or www.3pod.com.au
Scott’s story is illustrated by Sandi Darling (@sandidarlingcreative) and can be seen on the HearSej instagram (@hearsejpodcast) or on the HearSej Facebook page.