7. What is your inspiration?
Many people have inspired me over the years. My good friend, Daryl Missen who I worked with at B105 years ago is still a great inspiration to me. I still remember specific promos of his from 25 years ago that I was blown away by when I heard them the first time, just so clever. Also just a great guy all round. Another mate of mine, Sam Phelps, who at a time a few years ago when commercial radio in Australia was stale and boring, was trying really cool production techniques and finding different and original ways to cut stuff together. His fresh way of thinking has been a great motivator. An old mate of mine who sadly passed away a few years ago…. Vic Davies was half of a show called Club Veg. He’s the funniest man I’ve ever met. His comedy writing and production was the best I’ve ever heard. Even now if I’m stuck for a funny punchline for a comedy sketch or jingle, I just think “what would Vic have done with this?” He’s still getting me out of jams and making me laugh. And my longest serving boss, Charlie Fox. Probably the smartest radio mind I know, and one of the greatest guys I’ve known in this industry. Completely supportive, and always willing to let me try new things. Great for a laugh and endlessly caring. There aren’t many around like him.
8. Any new tools you have discovered lately?
I found a plugin recently called Speakerphone. It mimics all kinds of telephones and speakers and stuff. It’s really fun to play with. Useful for commercial production!
9. Your favorite piece of imaging or production ever?
Of my own, I think the launch piece I wrote and produced for STAR FM when the station started up in 2004. It was a real pisstake of Australian history. Lots if fun to write, cast and produce. It’s around 20 minutes long, so one of the longer things I’ve worked on. I listen to it now and the mix is a bit rough, but it still makes me smile.
10. What has been the best advice you have received?
If you’re making a promo and it’s taking too long and just not working, and you’re getting frustrated…. the audience will probably feel the same way when they hear it, so scrap it and start again with a fresh head.