In Conversation is 2SER + Groovescooter's free, live Q & A series with creative people from around the world. Scroll to listen to audio + video recordings of interviews with people like Lee Ranaldo, Devo, Gotye, Sarah Blasko, Steve Kilbey, Martha Wainwright, Amanda Palmer, Pauline Pantsdown and more. For info on upcoming events join our newsletter.
Long-time friends Paul Mac + Jonny Seymour (Kooky) have worked with everyone from LCD Soundsystem, Daniel Johns + Sia, to Bangarra Dance Company. Sought-after remixes/DJ sets as Stereogamous find them spreading beats + bear-hugs at Gay Pride around the world. With a new Paul Mac album due and a Kooky documentary & book in production, the pair joined journalist Paris Pompor to chat about the past, present + future, sharing insights into working realtionships whilst dropping eye-popping tour tales. The conversation happened at 2015's Queer Thinking (Seymour Centre) on 21 April, presented by Groovescooter & 2SER. Click image for more photos.
Apologies, both the audio recording and video have had to be removed due to privacy issues
When Simon Hunt unleashed his drag-dissident persona Pauline Pantsdown in 1997, few could have predicted Pantsdown would outlast her political prototype from Ipswich. A decade and a half later, the iconic satirist is still motivating thousands of social firebrands into action, with an inclusive agenda that goes way beyond Queer. For Sydney Gay + Lesbian Mardi Gras' Queer Thinking event, Simon Hunt joined interviewer Paris Pompor to talk about Pauline, his own life, early inspirations and passions. Using his trademark wit, Hunt provided insights into his colourful and fun approach to tackling injustice and merging of the political with the personal. The conversation took place at The Seymour Centre on 21 April 2015, co-presented by Groovescooter and 2SER. Click the image for photos and more
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From unforgettable roles in films like Head On, countless TV and theatre productions, or his blistering cabaret tributes to the leading of lights of glam, goth and beyond, Paul Capsis is always entertaining. Tonight was no exception as he chatted with Paris Pompor about life and art, gender and his beloved Surry Hills, the upcoming Sydney Theatre Company show Calpurnia Descending and the many wild women who inspire him. Fittingly, we dedicated the night to two remarkable women, both of whom sadly passed away in the days prior: Joan Rivers and Aussie jazz singer Kerrie Bidell. The event took place, Friday September 5, 2014 and again, ABC TV filmed it. It also marked our return to the Sydney Fringe & Venue 505, where one year earlier, Groovescooter & 2SER presented Amanda Palmer In Conversation.
What's in a song? Three of Australia's best songwriters - Sarah Blasko, Josh Pyke and Urthboy joined us to discuss how they get to work when inspiration strikes as In Conversation returned to the Sydney Writer's Festival for 2014. Hosted by 2SER Music Director Andrew Khedoori, the three musicians talked about song craft and explored the creation of one of their own songs from its original idea to the final recording. The event took place on May 24 at the Philharmonia Studio and was presented by 2SER 107.3 and Groovescooter.
You can listen to the full conversation as well as each musician performing their song live, below. Click here for photos from the event.
In the lead-up to an anticipated new album from The Church, the man behind classic Australian songs Unguarded Moment, Almost With You and Under the Milky Way (which he peformed at the end of the night during a short acoustic set), Steve Kilbey spoke with Paris Pompor about everthing from music to mysticism. Candid, generous and witty, Steve's stories provided insights into early music inspirations, collaborating and how he got to the state he's at now, which seems like a pretty good place indeed. The event took place at Mojo Record Bar, York St Sydney City on Tuesday May 6, 2014.
You can listen to the full conversation and performance below and see photos from the event by clicking on the image.
November 2013's guest for In Conversation was visiting German musician, Markus Popp. Staged for Sydney Living Museum's Around the World Speaker Series and Sound Summit, Popp talked about his influential electronic output as Oval, 21st century music production, and how geography, culture and environment impacts creativity. Inspired by the Museum of Sydney's 52 Suburbs Around the World exhibition featuring Louise Hawson's photos of Berlin, this intimate chat also provided unique insights into Popp's adopted home city. Chatting with Paris Pompor, Popp also answered audience questions, inspiring one of his most amusing stories about collaboration. ABC's Big Ideas program was there to film it, airing it on ABC TV on Friday February 28, 2014 as a half-hour segment.
You can hear the full conversation below or watch the video here.
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Our first panel-style In Conversation session was timely, given the subject of seeking refuge in Australia once again dominated the recent federal election. Exploring the personal and sweeping political elements of migration, being a refugee, and the role of the documentarian in illuminating these issues, four filmmakers gave their views, each having crafted films about fighting for refuge, rights and recognition, and being both connected to and separated from family and home. Here for the Antenna Documentary Film Festival, Kaveh Bakhtiari, director of Stop-Over and Khoa Le, director of Bà Noi, joined local filmmakers Rihab Charida and Zanny Begg, to discuss how looking through a lens can provide unique perspectives on belonging and identity. Moderated by Paris Pompor, the session included screenings of Counting Olives and Rights of Passage by Charida and Begg respectively. Held at the Chauvel Cinemas, AFTRS filmed it and we hope to make the footage available soon.
On Friday September 13 (oooh spooky), punk-cabaret agit-provocateur Amanda Palmer joined us for another live In Conversation session before a capacity 2SER audience. Chatting in depth with 2SER Overdrive presenter Peta Waller-Bryant and answering questions from the audience on the night, Palmer was also generous enough to treat us to a few inpromptu songs on her trusty ukulele and the venue's grand piano. Presented by 2SER & Groovescooter for the Sydney Fringe Festival, this was another free In Conversation event we won't forget in a hurry.
Listen to a full 90-minute podcast of the night below
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