When I began this podcast I would often get frustrated at how unsuitable my recording environments would be. Sitting down in a dressing room or tour bus, the perfectionist in me would get annoyed at odd sounds, like a refrigerator buzzing or traffic passing.
I’ve learned to accept it as something of a unique feature of this podcast. There are other shows out there who can afford to ask their guests to come into a soundproofed studio or, hell, even just a room in a house, and those shows are great. Conversely, there’s podcasts out there which conduct interviews over Skype, and I enjoy those too, but for me the DIY ethic is something I’ve always embraced in my journalistic and creative life. I think in the beginning I lost sight of that.
I understand and accept that I’ll probably never conduct an interview in a studio, so I’ve grown to enjoy the unpredictable nature of recording in the wild. A good conversation can happen anywhere at any time, not just in a studio. In fact, I’ve come to believe that perhaps because the guests feel more at ease in familiar surroundings, the interviews come across much more relaxed and open.
Jeremy has always identified with that DIY punk ethos, and he talks a bit about this in the interview, mostly in relation to Secret Voice but also in regards to punk music more generally.
It was great to finally sit down with the man. I’ve been trying to land this interview for a couple of years; firstly at Hevy festival in 2015 and then last year when they were in Scotland. He spoke about his love of Glasgow, touring, Secret Voice, Stage Four and so much more.
It’s a cracking wee chat if I do say so myself.
Intro: David Szesztay – Combat
Music bed: Lee Rosevere – Planet D
Outro: Blue Dot Sessions – Inessential
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Image credit: Noisey by Vice.
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