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Don't Give Up Your Day Job's Podcast

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Don’t Give Up Your Day Job is a podcast series from kiwi musicians Bobby Kennedy and Danny McCrum.The idea of this podcast is to give people an insight into the real workings of the careers of creative professionals. The fact is creative professionals are fascinating characters who have had to work very hard and overcome many personal and professional obstacles. They are dedicated, multi-talented people who make great sacrifices and take great risks and we think this is worth celebrating.So join us as we chat to musicians, producers, actors, artists, engineers and others about their professional and personal stories.


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Episode #80 Mark Rankin
Mark Rankin is a Grammy award winning mix engineer and music producer who's credits include critically acclaimed albums by CeeLo Green, Iggy Pop, Florence And The Machine, Foster The People, Queens Of The Stone Age and Adele.  Mark was in New Zealand for the NZ Music Producer Series and after a busy week in the studio, he sat down with Danny McCrum to reflect on his life and career.  They discussed Mark’s early years, how he found his ambition and worked hard to get his career off the ground.  They talked about how Mark balances his work and family life and the psychology and techniques he uses to approach both the music and the varying personalities of the artists.  Mark also talks about the recording sessions for Rolling In The Deep and how they developed the song.  The story about how Adele recorded the vocals is crazy!  This episode was recorded and filmed at Roundhead Studios so you can listen via the usual links or watch the video on Youtube:
Episode #79 Chris Sanders
Chris is a songwriter, performer and entrepreneur who has recently had huge success with his children’s books and songs.  Having grown up in England, Chris moved to New Zealand with his family when he was a teenager and soon immersed himself in kiwi life.  He found his way into music almost by accident and before long he was performing regularly at numerous functions, weddings and bars.  In 2007 he released an album of original songs and as he prepared his follow up album, he wrote a song for his daughter called Angel Star.  This sparked an idea and Chris decided to release the song as a children’s book and CD.  The success that followed caught him by surprise and he has now released four books: ‘Angel Star’, ‘Call For The Ambulance’, ‘These Memories Make You And Me’ and ‘The Lonely Book’.  We had a great time hanging out and chatting.  Get it in your ears!
Episode #78 Chet O'Connell
Guitarist Chet O’Connell started performing at very young age with his fathers band and eventually moved to Auckland to become one of the busiest professional guitarists in New Zealand. He’s performed with and supported many music greats including Tommy Emmanuel, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Midge Marsden, Hammond Gamble, The Ladykillers, Dr John, Kenny Rogers, Joe Cocker and Cher. Chet’s passion first and foremost is finger-style acoustic guitar playing and his father even named him after the great Chet Atkins.  But Chet knew being a diverse musician is crucial for a career in music and he worked hard to be able to comfortably move between styles and genres, remaining flexible and always professional.  On this episode the seemingly confident and unflappable musician opens up about his journey, his struggles and his tireless work running his business while navigating the ever-changing music industry.  

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    Mar 16th, 2016
    Latest Episode
    Nov 14th, 2019
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