Coffee Chats with Matt Collins


Drinks coffee and chats with remarkable people.




Drinks coffee and chats with remarkable people.








David Collins (Umbilical Brothers)

Once they established that they could possibly be related, David Collins and Matt Collins shared a wonderful chat about the Umbilical Brothers remarkable career. One of Australia's greatest entertainment exports, David opens up on his upbringing, performing in front of 100,000 people at Woodstock '99, why he didn't talk for the first four years of his life, and what he said when he met the Queen. The Umbilical Brothers are currently touring Australia. Get your tickets here.


Wendell Sailor

'Big Dell' is one of the greatest rugby league players the world has ever seen....just ask him. But it's true. He has the stats to prove it. In fact, after he did everything he set out to do in the NRL, he switched codes and become one of only a handful of players to represent Australia in both League and Union. In their chat, Sailor shares with Matt the truth behind the ego, his favourite Wayne Bennett stories, how he dealt with retirement, and why he is more proud of his son Tristan...


Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film, 2040)

With the highest grossing Australian documentary under his belt, Damon Gameau knows a thing or two about what gets people to take action. It's a good thing he uses that power for good and not evil. After huge success with That Sugar Film and 2040, the former actor Damon Gameau has a new doco called Regeneration Australia - which looks at how much the planet could potentially thrive over the next ten years. Gameau shares with Matt what he believes we need to focus on to see massive changes...


Monique Juratovac (The Hairdressing Bricklayer)

Like so many other students, Monique Juratovac was not a fan of high school and she left to begin a hairdressing apprenticeship. But once she completed the trade, she realised hairdressing was not her true calling. But what she wanted to do next was not encouraged by her father. She wanted to become a bricklayer. Considering only two per cent of bricklayers are women, it is no surprise her father had his doubts. In their chat, Monique shares with Matt what her first boss said to her the...


Brian Cadd (Aussie Music Legend)

Brian Cadd is one of the great songwriters. He has written songs for some of the greatest artist of our generation - and thankfully, he has kept a couple of hits for himself as well. In their chat, Brian Cadd shares with Matt how a night with The Easybeats changed his career forever, he discuss his songwriting philosophies, and reveals where the iconic tune Little Ray of Sunshine comes from. Brian Cadd will be performing at the Parkes Elvis Festival. Get more information here.



Paulini Curuenavuli moved to Australia when she was just four-years-old. The next several years for the Aussie singer were tarred with racism and the murder of her oldest brother. In their chat, Paulini shares with Matt her memories from that traumatic time, how she honestly felt after the offensive comments about 'that' gold Australian Idol dress, and why she bribed a government official to get her drivers license. Paulini's new song We are one is out available now. The dance floor hit is...


Daryl Braithwaite

Daryl Braithwaite on getting COVID, his father's disapproval at his choice of career and his honest thoughts on his hit song The Horses.


Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool/Mondo Rock)

He penned one of the greatest Australian Rock songs of all time, but he is not about to rest on his laurels. Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock front man Ross Wilson is the brains behind classic songs like Eagle Rock, Come said the Boy and many more. In their chat, Ross Wilson shares with Matt how Daddy Cool started, his transition into Mondo Rock and why university students around the country drop their shorts whenever Eagle Rock is performed. Wilson is currently touring around the country with the...


Mahalia Barnes (Singer)

Mahalia Barnes is a tremendous Aussie singing talent, but coming from the Barnes family, that probably comes as little surprise. In their chat, Mahalia shares with Matt her introduction into music - which includes the infamous Tin Lids, how she got by during COVID lock downs with no where to play, and of course, you can't talk to the daughter of one of Australia's greatest rockers and not ask what it is like to have Jimmy Barnes as your dad.


Claudia Karvan (Acclaimed Aussie Actor)

Claudia Karvan knows her way around a film set. So she should, she has been doing it her whole life - but it was never her in intention to be in front of the camera. In their chat, In a 'behind the scenes' chat, Claudia shares with Matt her latest gig hosting the ABC series 'The Books That Made Us', as well as her big goals for the future and why she thinks one of her television series was axed.


Could you survive on $40 per day? Caleb Bond and Jenny Leong

In this episode of Coffee Chats, journalist and Sky News commentator Caleb Bond along with NSW Greens politician Jenny Leong share with Matt their experience after they spent nine days living with individuals and families who are surviving on the breadline: or the equivalent of $40 per day. It is all part of a three-part document called Could you survive on the breadline? The show airs on Wednesday, November 17 on SBS and on SBS On Demand any time.


Sam Thaiday (Brisbane Broncos)

In professional sport circles, only a small minority enjoy a long, successful career. With over 300 games for the Brisbane Broncos and an integral member of the infamous Queensland State of Origin team which won 10 out of 11 State of Origin series, Sam Thaiday is one such player. But it hasn't come without its challenges. In thei chat, Sam shares with Matt the emotions surrounding his retirement, what he would like to say to the current crop of players and his honest thoughts on the...


Vika and Linda Bull

A music career spanning over thirty years is sure to have its fair share of ups and downs. For singing sisters Vika and Linda bull they have had their fair share of both. From finding huge success with Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows to walking off stage without receive any applause, the girls have experienced both sides of the music industry. Their new album The Wait is out now.


Jay Lagaaia (Play School/ Star Wars)

Jay Laga'aia struggled with reading when he was at school. So it is a little surprising he is the host of SBS show Lost for Words - a three-part documentary focused on Australia's poor literacy levels. In their chat, Jay shares with Matt how his time on Play School helped with his reading, his first embarrassing encounter with Star Wars director George Lucas, and why he has no parenting advice for his eight children.


Murray Cook (Original red Wiggle)

The original red wiggle Murray Cook shares an in-depth chat with Matt about how The Wiggles began, why he decided to walk away from performing with the group and what he thinks about the direction the Wiggles are going in today.


Akmal Saleh (Comedian)

Veteran stand-up comedian Akmal Saleh has brought most Australians to tears of laughter over his illustrious comedy career. In their chat, Akmal shares with Matt what got him into stand-up, why he originally went by the stage name ‘Peter’ and his honest thoughts on religion. Akmal stars alongside fellow stand-up Jimeoin in the Channel 10 series Waltzing Jimeoin.


Casey Donovan

Australian Idol and 'I'm a Celebrity' winner Casey Donovan has been on our television screens and in our magazines for almost two decades. But she isn't always portrayed in a positive light. Since winning Idol as a 16-year-old Casey has dealt with a personal weight battle in the less-than-sensitive public eye. But she has always stood tall and never given into the bullies. In their chat, Casey shares with Matt the many ups and downs of her musical career and her private life.


Alex Lloyd (Musician)

With a string of hits and a Triple J Hottest 100 number one under his belt, Alex Lloyd is no stranger to Aussie music lovers. But life hasn't always been so kind to the 'Amazing' singer-songwriter. In their chat, Alex shares with Matt how tough the COVID restrictions have been on his career. He also opens up about his marriage breakdown, his depression and his weight that ballooned out to a staggering 168kgs.


Poppy Olsen (Olympic Skateboarder)

Poppy Star Olsen knows what it means to be persistent. The 21-year-old represented Australia in the Olympics for skateboarding. But it hasn’t come without a whole lot of hard work. While other kids her age would try to execute a trick a few times, Poppy would not leave the skate park until she had nailed it. This tireless work ethic has led her to make the finals and finish fifth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Something tells me it won’t be the last time we see Poppy in the green and gold.


Wanita (Queen of Honky Tonk)

**Adult language and content warning** Wanita is certainly no shrinking violet. The much loved 'Queen of Honky Tonk' has lived many life chapters. In their chat, Wanita shares with Matt some of her journey and she leaves no stone unturned. Topics include music, motherhood, sex work, abuse, alcoholism, autism, suicide, unhealthy relationships... You know, all the normal stuff. Wanita has a new album and documentary out now.