The Curator Podcast: Episode 13 – Vic Galloway
There aren’t many things weirder than sitting across from an experienced broadcaster and interviewing him. It’s like the tables have turned. Usually Vic’s the one doing the interviewing.
It’s also an experience which is pretty fraught with self-doubt – this guy talks to people for a living and here I am, some fresh out the box, self-styled, new media interloper talking to a guy who has literally thousands of interviews under his belt. How can I compare? Am I being judged? Is this going badly? I should have had more questions. What am I even doing? etc.
It’s best not to think about it.
Vic’s an interesting guy who’s lived a lot and experienced a lot. Being in his company is an experience which can only be described as kinetic. He exudes a very unique, intense, and passionate kind of energy which is akin to the buzz one used to feel as a kid when you walked into a toy shop.
Except for people like us, it’s not a toy shop. It’s a record shop. And we’re not kids anymore. We’re grown ass men who love music. From this interview I think you get the sense that Vic just absorbs everything in the world that fascinates him, wide eyed and open armed.
It’s infectious, sure. But most of all it’s pure. There’s no pretension.
We cover a lot of ground in the podcast, some of the highlights include:
- His current (and resurrected) band Khartoum Heroes.
- Growing up with 50s rock n roll and classical music.
- Adam Ant as a musical turning point.
- Buzzcocks covers before his voice even broke.
- Never being discouraged by his parents to pursue an artists’ life even if they don’t understand the art he makes and enjoys.
- King Creosote, James Yorkston, his old band Huckleberry playing T in the Park, doing an NME Tour, playing Reading and Leeds, having music played John Peel’s and Steve Lamaq’s radio shows.
- Hedonism, perhaps being dead now if he’d have made it at 22.
- Most artists who are good get better with age.
- Jim Gellatly and how it used to be much harder to get heard. Alternative music used to be alternative, now it’s seeped into the mainstream.
- How he hadn’t thought about journalism at all and how he got involved at the BBC almost by accident.
- How he just took as many jobs related to music as possible, like doing lights in venues, writing for fanzines, doing PR for labels, putting on club nights, DJing…
- Choosing not to move to London and deciding to stay in Scotland.
- The best way to keep your interest in new music is up to keep your interest varied and to mix it up. People get bored of new music because they’re not finding the good stuff.
- Feeling lucky and honoured to have the job he has.
- Songs in the Key of Fife – how that came about and the bands from Kingsbarns and St Andrews: KT Tunstall, The Pictish Trail, The Beta Band, the Fence Collective, King Creosote, The Withered Hand etc.
- How Vic got into acting at school, was in the youth theatre and used to run acting workshops in school, how he applied to RADA but rock n roll got his soul. He hopes to go back to it one day…
- Also discusses how he thinks humans are penned in by themselves and you need to push yourself to have new experiences. If you’re interested in something you have to chance your arm and try it.
Intro: Voodoo Puppets – Electric Chair Blues (used under CC licence, you can check it out here).
Henry Mancini – The Pink Panther Theme,
Adam and the Ants – The Day I Met God,
The Beta Band – Dry the Rain.
I make no claim to the copyright of any of the music in this episode.
Check out Vic’s BBC page here for all of his latest shows, podcasts and news.
You can check out Khartoum Heroes on YouTube. Their album is available on Google Play and other streaming services.
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Picture courtesy of the BBC.
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