Verbal Highs

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James Meharry is the deejay, promoter, graphic designer, remixer, record label owner, record cutter, and Christchurch local who saved radio station RDU. He knows who Simon from The Exchange is. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Steven ‘Tipene’ Hamer is a rapper, music producer, grafter, youth worker, & advocate. In 2019 he was named Best Urban Artist at the Waiata Music Awards. When Tipene offered the last pork bun to a stranger they soon became friends. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Amanda Wright is the founder of Splore, the festival she directed for 16 years. The road to Splore began in 1990 when Amanda found outdoor parties in Goa. Amanda first deejayed on two fax machines. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Darren Watson is a musician, songwriter, teacher, & activist who rose to prominence with Chicago Smoke Shop. He is touring throughout NZ in October. Darren is Getting Sober for The End of The World. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Tom Sainsbury is a Snapchat Dude, comedian, writer, actor, and bona fide Paula Bennett impersonator. His first film Dead is currently in pre-production. Tom also judges independent cat competitions. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Darryl Thompson is a producer, composer and artist from Ngāti Kahungunu. He produced ‘Chains’ with Che Fu and co-founded Upper Hutt Posse with Te Kupu. Planet Rock does not hang out in the disco suede end of his mind. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Renee Church & Matt Coombe are stand-up comedians. Both are regulars on the open mic circuit in Auckland, & are working toward being full-time performers. Love to everyone who reached out after the last episode. You are sorely missed by many Aaron. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
87: Aaron Tokona performs as AHoriBuzz via Steve Vai from Naenae, Weta, Bongmaster, and Cairo Knife Fight. He speaks two words of truth to power: ‘wha-cup’. Aaron’s secret to a good vocal take is a gunky coil. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Andrea Reid is the founder of Pollinator Paths, a renewal-driven bird, insect, reptile, & urban garden-friendly trail connecting the city’s green spaces. Days into the first pathway being created, local shops sold out of tiny bug-sized suitcases. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Jarret Filmer is Geoff Rissole, co-creator of Shit Towns of NZ. He and Rick Furphy are Australasia's leading experts on sociology, travel, and culture. Jarret has plans for ‘It’s in the Point Bag’; a modern reboot of an iconic NZ game show. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Jason Ford is one of NZ’s most passionate hip hop heads. He hosted NZ’s longest running hip hop radio show, The Wednesday Night Jam, from 1990 to 2006. Jason once worked for a sad man who lived in a mushroom factory. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Peter Urlich is a musician, entertainer, & Renaissance man. He is a Dude, one ½ of Nice & Urlich, TV band manager, broadcaster & dancer with the stars. Peter once ran away from NZ to roadie for The Cure. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Julia Deans has been performing & making music for over 25 years, fronting Fur Patrol before forging a solo career alongside other performance projects. Julia ran away from jazz school to join a Celtic band. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Stephen Gallagher is a composer & music editor. He worked closely on The Hobbit franchise, & has worked closely with Brian Eno, Nick Cave, & Ed Sheeran. ‘Blunt the Knives’, the song he wrote for the first Hobbit film, is a legitimate dwarf banger. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Gene Jouavel & Cian O’Donnell were part of a team who in 1999 began dispensing specialty rhythms, congregations, & nocturnal health tonics on Galatos St. 20 years on. Gene & Cian reflect on cities, culture, music, & life, as well as past projects, including Khuja Lounge, The Turnaround, & the formative Galatos years. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Danny McCrum is a musician, entrepreneur, and co-host of podcast ‘Don’t Give up your Day Job’. His fourth album Hustle Bustle will be released shortly. Danny once provided the soundtrack to some inaugural teen lovemaking on Shortland St. Lindsay describes his decision to do a second master’s degree as a Suzanne Paul moment.
Nabeel Zuberi teaches & writes about music, media, film and the politics of culture. Pakistan-born, he moved from Yemen to England as a refugee in 1968. Nabeel once went to America to study American Studies. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Lindsay Neill is a chef turned lecturer whose research & teaching frames food in social and cultural contexts. He has studied NZ’s most famous pie cart. Lindsay describes his decision to do a second master’s degree as a Suzanne Paul moment. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Levi Hawken is a pro skateboarder, artist, teacher, mentor, writer & landscaper, who in 2011 unwittingly ended up one of NZ’s best-known Internet memes. Levi creates things out of concrete in a room full of giant Jet Plane lollies. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Graeme Hill is a broadcaster, producer, writer, musician & raconteur. He was an Able Tasman from 1983 to 1996, and 95bFM’s first full-time brekkie host. Graeme also runs a retreat & sweat lodge for native geckoes. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Karl Steven is a composer of original music to picture, academic, music producer, & musician. He’s probably best known as the front man for Supergroove. Karl has a doctorate in Socrates. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Herman Loto is a rapper, MMA fighter and trainer, former King Cobras member, & security provider. His debut album Samoans: Part 2 is a slept-on classic. Herman specialises in mosh pit control when working events.
Harry T Bastard landed a role at Rough Trade Records, which led to a role at Watts Music. The front room of Harry’s New York flat was known as ‘Club H’. Some bad luck on a fishing trip led to Harry returning to NZ decades after leaving. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
Gareth Shute is a writer, publisher, & musician. In 2004 he wrote the award-winning Hip Hop Music in Aotearoa, the first of five books he has authored. Gareth works part-time for a five year old making tree houses & crappy planes. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
70: Paul Oremland made a film about 100 of his past lovers. 100 Men features interviews with some of the men, charting 40 years of gay history & Paul’s life. One of Paul’s first jobs in London was editing out the most climactic scenes in porn films. Please subscribe to the podcast & check www.verbalhighs.com
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Podcast Details

Created by
Lewis Tennant
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Nov 23rd, 2016
Latest Episode
Nov 2nd, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
94
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
Yes
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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