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Episode 140 - Steve Balbi (Solo Musician, Noiseworks, Mi-Sex, Electric Hippies)

If you don't recognise the name Steve Balbi immediately, you will quickly join the dots when the songs Touch, Take Me Back, No Lies, Burning Feeling, Simple Man and even Hot Chilli Woman are recalled. Being a key song writer and the bass player in Australian rock band Noiseworks, Steve saw heightened fame in the late 80s/early 90s with hit after hit which many of us will be able to recite word for word. With a highly respected career in music even up to the era of Noiseworks, Steve went...


Episode 139 - Mark Briody (Jag Panzer)

Mark Briody of Jag Panzer. The young Andy would have been stoked. I remember listening to Thane to the Throne when I was about 16 and being blown away with what I heard. Jag Panzer was one of the small number of bands who broke me out of my mainstream metal knowledge and set me on a path of absorption of the wider metal world. My eyes had been opened! Mark is someone who I‘ve looked up to and respected for many years. The way he approaches the band and interacts with those who love the...


Episode 138 - Peter Maxwell Slattery (E.T. Contact Experiencer, Author, Rap Artist)

Sceptic, sceptic, sceptic. That's me. Always quick to jump to my BS meter to call out something. With this in mind I thought it might be good to challenge myself a little and speak to someone who has a very different set of beliefs to my own. Meet Peter Maxwell Slattery. An Author, Rap Artist and an Extraterrestrial Contact Experiencer. Multi-dimensional personality who not only writes books, releases his own music and speaks about his personal E.T. encounters but also runs ECETI...


Episode 137 - Paul Martin (Devilskin, The Axe Attack, World War Four)

If you're a New Zealand metal fan, there's a high possibility you'll know who Paul Martin is. Front New Zealand's longest standing metal radio shows, The Axe Attack (since 1987) these days on iHeartRadio, Paul is a household name in local metal scene and is an integral part in pushing NZ original music as well as hosting some of the world's greatest metal heroes through his show. Adding an additional layer to Paul's involvement in music is his two bands Devilskin and World War Four. Both...


Episode 136 - Simon Lewis (International Humanitarian Lifeguard)

Simon Lewis is an International Humanitarian Lifeguard who has saved close to 2,000 refugees fleeing parts of Africa and Syria. These refugees are using ill-equipped vessels that are overloaded and travelling across parts of the Mediterranean sea which are seen as some of the most dangerous migration routes in the world. Simon with the aid of Mission Lifeline, is operating in these areas to assist where he can. The job is not easy and is plagued with legalities which add an extra layer of...


Episode 135 - Peter Hobbs (Hobbs Angel of Death)

Blasphemy is a word that comes to mind when you think of Hobbs Angel of Death. inverted crucifix’s, satanic themes and sacrilegious lyrics often intimidate the uninitiated or those unfamiliar with metal. Dig beneath the surface and you find a dedicated, genuine and compassionate front man in Peter Hobbs. While it might conflict the image of the band and Peter’s persona for some, Peters true nature is a correct reflection of the achievements, resilience and longevity of Hobbs Angel of...


Episode 134 - Philip Nitschke (Exit International, Voluntary Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide Campaigner)

Philip Nitschke became a household name in the 90s when he became the first doctor in the world to administer a legal, lethal voluntary injection to a patient under the short-lived "Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995". Within a year the law was overturned and Philip went on to commence his campaigning for assisted dying, not only for the terminally ill but for those of sound mind to make their own decisions of when to end their life. Exit International (Previously known as the...


Episode 133- Riley Strong (Desecrator)

Riley Strong is the Max Rockatansky of Australian metal. Patrolling the desolate regions of the globe maintaining heavy metal law and order. Over the past several years alone, Riley and Desecrator have completed extensive touring of Europe, South East Asia, Russia, Mexico and Brazil. The guys are 'do it yourself' champions and have taken action while many others have sat back waiting for the perfect opportunity to come their way. Hard work certainly pays off with the guys getting an...


Episode 132 - Simone Dow (Voyager)

Simone Dow is the guitarist and resident pocket rocket for Australian band Voyager. Since joining the band in 2006, Simone has clocked up thousands and kilometres of touring around the world, notched a number of critically acclaimed albums under her belt and is one of the more popular Australian metal/rock guitarists with fans far and wide. In this chinwag with Simone we have a gas bag about their 2018 Japan, UK, US, Mexico shows, Simone’s love of food, migrating from Scotland as a...


Episode 131 - Dave Higgo Higgins (Radio Personality, Higgos Distortion)

Dave Higgo Higgins. If you're a rock or metal fan in Australia, chances are you'll know who Higgo is. Best known for his stints in mainstream radio, in particular Triple M's distortion. Higgo is deep in the music world and has used his career in radio to celebrate his passion for original and homegrown music. In fact, Higgo has been a big proponent for Australian music for many years, often giving air time and exposure to countless numbers of bands over the years when many others working...


Episode 130 - Douglas Harvey (Comedian, Musician, Hyper Manic Noize Podcast)

Douglas Harvey (aka Hayden for those who know him well) is a Perth comedian and musician who also runs his own podcast Hyper Manic Noize Podcast. For the past several years Douglas has been building his stand up show in Perth after relocating from Central Queensland where he spent the majority of his life. Ask Douglas how he got started in comedy and you will be in for one of those most unexpected and surreal stories you'll ever hear. In fact, I did just that so it will save you having to...


Episode 65 - Nathan Sidoti (Sound Engineer, Global Traveller)

"Got a good friend in Sydney who is a sound dude. Lived a really interesting life. Did early tours with Wiggles. Lived in Denmark and became friends with Aqua. Was a dive instructor. Lived in Shanghai for the world expo. Lived in Bali for a year. Had some amazing motorbike crashes. Used to organise a lot of raves in Sydney. Put in lights in pretty much every Sydney nightclub. Want me to hook you up?" Yes, please. Meet Nathan Sidoti. An extremely humble guy who's done an...


Episode 129 - Freddy Lim 林昶佐 (Chthonic 閃靈 , Taiwanese Politician and Activist)

Let me introduce you to Freddy Lim. If you don't know Freddy, he's the frontman of Chthonic. Formed in the mid-90s, they are one of Asia's most successful and well known metal bands who has crossed over into the western market and had a lot of success playing some of the biggest stages in the world including Loud Park, Wacken Open Air, Download, OzzFest and more. Chthonic's blends extreme metal (death and black) with a number of different traditional Taiwanese instruments giving them a...


Episode 128 – Terra Roam (First Woman to Walk Around Australia alone and Unassisted)

Terra Roam is the first ever woman to walk around the whole of Australia alone and completely unassisted. No support cars, no friends/companions, just her. Alone. 4 years and 22,000 kilometres. Terra is no stranger to epic expeditions, hiking and exploring throughout the world in her younger years and also enduring long walks across various Read More The post Episode 128 – Terra Roam (First Woman to Walk Around Australia alone and Unassisted) appeared first on The Andy Social Podcast.


Episode 127 – Dave Balfour (Steel Assassins Festival, Metal Evilution)

Dave Balfour might be the most ‘metal’ person I know. In fact if there was a measure of ones metalness (sure, that’s a word) Dave would be at the highest measure of 666 out of 666. In all seriousness and cheesiness aside, Dave has been carrying the flag for a significant part of the Sydney Read More The post Episode 127 – Dave Balfour (Steel Assassins Festival, Metal Evilution) appeared first on The Andy Social Podcast.


Episode 126 – Sam Rilatt (ex-Daemon Pyre, Hard Noise Podcast)

Sam Rilatt has been heavily involved in the Sydney and Australian metal scene for the past 15 years fronting bands such as Daemon Pyre and As Silence Breaks, running his own label and co-hosting the Hard Noise Podcast with CJ McMahon of Thy Art is Murder (presented by Hysteria Mag). This is only scraping the Read More The post Episode 126 – Sam Rilatt (ex-Daemon Pyre, Hard Noise Podcast) appeared first on The Andy Social Podcast.


Episode 125 – Steven Ryan (Successful Property Investor, Vagabonder)

A return guest from episode 11 of the podcast, Steven Ryan is (in my opinion) a property investing tycoon. He now owns 4 properties in Sydney and Brisbane totalling close to 3 million dollars. All achieved that originated from a single income. Since we last spoke in 2015, Steven has built his mortgage broker business, Read More The post Episode 125 – Steven Ryan (Successful Property Investor, Vagabonder) appeared first on The Andy Social Podcast.


Episode 124 – Syd Green (MonoNest Studio, ex-Mantissa, 19Twenty)

Syd Green’s career in music is like unravelling a Matryoshka doll. You open up the first doll to find another one inside. When you think you’ve opened them all, you find yet another doll sitting there to surprise you. Many of my old school metal/rock mates will remember Syd best from his years with Killing Time/Mantissa. Read More The post Episode 124 – Syd Green (MonoNest Studio, ex-Mantissa, 19Twenty) appeared first on The Andy Social Podcast.


Episode 123 – Caitlin Langley (Media Spokesperson – Exclusion Zones for Albury Fertility Clinic)

Caitlin Langley is the media spokesperson for a group pushing for exclusions zones for a fertility clinic in Albury as well as the right for privacy and freedom for those who utilise its services. Fertility clinics are few and far between in the state of New South Wales. Outside of metropolitan Sydney, there is only one clinic Read More The post Episode 123 – Caitlin Langley (Media Spokesperson – Exclusion Zones for Albury Fertility Clinic) appeared first on The Andy Social Podcast.


Episode 122 – Pia Winberg (Marine Ecologist, Seaweed Science, Phyco Health)

Phyco Health’s founder Pia Winberg is a marine ecologist based in the Shoalhaven and created her business in the hope of the western world, and in particular Australia, finally catching up with the east when it comes to seaweed farming, which is already a 6 billion dollar industry. The health benefits of seaweed in our Read More The post Episode 122 – Pia Winberg (Marine Ecologist, Seaweed Science, Phyco Health) appeared first on The Andy Social Podcast.