Caoirne Ward in an emerging musician who knows what he wants.
When it comes to his music, he knows how he wants it to sound and he doesn’t compromise when it comes to his compostions. He’s not apologetic for who he is, his opinions and the success he’s working hard to achieve.
He started off wearing his influences very obviously on his sleeves in YouTube videos, yet now, after writing more than 100 songs, releasing 2 albums and a number of singles his own voice and style is coming through.
Now his music has over tens of thousands of plays on Spotify and his latest song Trying has made it all the way to Triple J.
In our conversation today we get beyond surface impressions. The longer the conversation goes the more of Caoirne comes to the fore. He’s learning his music is genuinely connecting with people and it’s firing him up to do more.
Before we begin today’s chat Caoirne’s kindly allowed me to drop one of his latest tracks, Honest. It’s a perfect post-summer tune filled with chilled out positive vibes. Great minimal composition. Heart on sleave stuff!
Enjoy the track. Hang around for the conversation.
You can check out Caorine’s music and stay up to date with him here:
Naomi Mourra is a comedian, improvisor and co-producer of a regular comedy night on the Sydney scene.
There’s a well developed sense of irreverance to her comedy – she’s not afraid to speak comedy truth to power. In her upcoming show for the Sydney Comedy Festival she tackles a little book called The Bible.
Naomi’s performing her show, An Open Book @ The Enmore Theatre on 26, 27 & 28 April. Get your tickets here: https://www.facebook.com/events/237656840454622/ or here http://www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au/single-event?show_id=2200
The release of this podcast also coincides with the 1-year anniversary of What She Said Comedy, Sydney’s only all-female comedy night. Congratulations to co-producers Naomi, Sophie Long and Alex Potter for pioneering this weekly night @ the Chippo Hotel – you can find them plus some of Australia’s best and up&coming women of comedy on the stage each Sunday from 6.30pm.
Stay up to date with Naomi and the What She Said Comedy crew’s goings on here:
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce my guest this week to you, 2018’s Ampersand Prize winner, Frances Chapman.
I’ve had the pleasure to have known Frances for a few years since we first met at a creative writing course @ The Australian Writers Centre in Sydney,
What I admire most about Frances is her work ethic, and make no mistake, she approaches writing like it is a job.
She turns up everyday.
She does the work.
And as a result she’s become an amazing writer of both fiction and non-fiction. All her efforts have culminated in her being awarded The Hardie Grant Egmont Award Ampersand Prize last year for her ‘vibrant’ (their word) debut YA novel, What it Takes.
In our chat today we get stuck right into her journey and her process.
Frances is honest and thoughtful and has all the grit and persistence of someone who’s worked out what it takes to bring her goals and dreams to life.
I can’t express enough how excited I was to get to sit down with Frances to learn more about how she’s become the writer she is.
You’ll love this one.
Check all all that Frances is up to here:
Jason is a writer, a maker and a teacher.
I’ve known him as someone who has dedicated his life to searching, exploring and learning. I often think of Jason as someone who, in his quiet moments, is listening for that original frequency that rang out in the moments just before the Big Bang because there might be something there that tells us something about ourselves.
Whatever he does, he does it with a serious and an all consuming intent. He lives very intensely and I was grateful for the opportunity to sit down and talk to him about the stories from his life that has shaped his path.
We go all over the map during this chat and I was pedalling fast to keep up. Jason speaks with a very considered and deliberate cadence yet beneath the calm surface is a mind that’s going at warp speed.
You can stay up to date with Jason here:
“Sleepwalk” by Santo & Johnny can be heard here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBRCvVpknvg
Podcast homepage – https://widtaabbqs.home.blog/
Choosing to live a creative live means you HAVE TO be ready to commit to whatever it is you want to produce.
Whether it’s painting or sculpture or movies, or for me, podcasts, you have to be prepared to push through the tough times. When it’s tough and we still turn up to create, we’re making a statement about how important what we do is to us.
My guest on this episode of What I Don’t Talk About @ BBQs turns up each and every day, no matter what. Maxine Fawcett is a writer, a mother, a wife and wherever she goes she puts all of her heart into what’s she doing.
We talk a lot about how her life has lead her to become the writer she is and how she’s working each and every day to balance all of the important priorities that mean so much to her.
As a creator committed to bringing her stories to the world, I found her very inspring to chat to.
You can learn more about Maxine here:
Podcast homepage – https://widtaabbqs.home.blog/
I’m never certain.
There’s always another perspective to consider.
Another option to weight up.
There is no black or white, right or wrong, good or bad.
Life is lived in the third way while I struggle to squeeze round pegs into square holes.
I’m seeking security and safety certainty, solid ground to stand on, and all the time drifting in an in-between state where is there no beginning and no ending, no winning and no losing, only the labels I put on the things and the emotions I feel and how they inform me about the experiences I have.
This is where my life is lived.
This is where I rise and fall, stumble and pick myself up.
This is where I laugh till I cry and cry till I laugh and try to work out why.
May I never be certain.
May I always be searching and learning and discovering.