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My name is Stevie Taylor. Welcome to The Gig Life Podcast!! I’m getting the stories of the musicians, producers, performers and industry people from Australia, NZ and beyond, and bring them to you. I think we’re rolling...

My name is Stevie Taylor. Welcome to The Gig Life Podcast!! I’m getting the stories of the musicians, producers, performers and industry people from Australia, NZ and beyond, and bring them to you. I think we’re rolling...




My name is Stevie Taylor. Welcome to The Gig Life Podcast!! I’m getting the stories of the musicians, producers, performers and industry people from Australia, NZ and beyond, and bring them to you. I think we’re rolling...




Episode 111: Dan Kerby

My guest today is Dan Kerby. DK is a session drummer and educator based in Melbourne Australia. Dan currently plays drums for some of Australia's and most iconic acts including Bliss N Eso, 28 Days, Behind Crimson Eyes, Esoterik, and most recently San Diego punk rock legends Unwritten Law. Dan is the owner and operator of one of Melbourne's premium drum schools, DK Drums Academy. He works for Monster! and he also co-hosts a drumming/travel show called Drumlife with his friend Frank Zummo,...


Episode 110: Stan Bicknell

My guest today is Stan Bicknell. Stan is a NZ born drummer who for the past 13 years has based himself out of Melbourne Australia. In this time he has toured and recorded with many artists locally and internationally including 48May, Miami Horror, Tonight Alive, Ecca Vandal, and Kimbra. During his time with Kimbra, Stan played on her acclaimed debut album ‘Vows’. His Motown grooves can be heard on the track ‘Cameo Lover’ which won both an Aria and APRA award, as well as playing on her now...


Episode 109: James Morrison

My guest today is James Morrison. James Morrison is, by anybody’s standard, a virtuoso in the true sense of the word. Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist also plays piano, all the brass, saxophones, and double bass. He's toured the world many times over, a true international jazz artist who's also played with some of the greatest jazz musicians to ever live, he's one countless awards, he's a Doctor of music, a professor of music, he has his own music academy, he flies planes,...


Episode 108: Peter Luscombe

My guest today is Peter Luscombe. Peter is drummer, musician, producer and musical director from Melbourne, Australia. From Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows, Vika and Linda Bull, Stephen Cummings amongst many others, to the house drummer and MD for long running SBS music quiz show RocKwiz, and of course, Peter is the long time drummer and band member of The Paul Kelly Band. With Peter, is all about the song first. And it's with this mindset, impeccable time and feel and always great...


Episode 107: Leo Sayer

My guest today is Leo Sayer. Leo needs no introduction really, so i'm going to keep this intro brief so we can rip into the conversation. I’m mean, you know songs. "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing", "When I Need You", "More Than I Can Say", "Thunder in My Heart", and the list goes on. You just gotta google him and you will find everything you need to know about his very impressive career. We are going to talk about the making of some of these songs, working with the best of the best LA...


Episode 106: Stephen Housden

My guest today is Stephen Housden. Stephen is regarded as one of the finest guitarists in the world. Well known as guitarist with Little River Band for more that two decades, he has also played and recorded with such music legends as Warren Zevon, Glenn Frey (The Eagles), Dr. John, Christopher Cross, John Entwistle (The Who), Renee Geyer, P.F Sloan, Albert Lee, Steve Cropper, The Seekers, Noel Redding (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) Marcia Hines, John Farnham, The Bushwhackers and many, many...


Episode 105: The Year that Was - 2020

Hey, welcome to The Gig Life Podcast. Im your host, Stevie Taylor. This is a short Year in Review episode of the podcast. My take on the year that was. Thank you for supporting The Gig Life Podcast in 2020. Stay safe, and i'll catch you in 2021. I think we're rolling... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Tune into Take One Eastside FM 89.7 every Friday from 3pm to hear The Gig Life...


Episode 104: Calvin Welch

My guest today is Calvin Welch. Calvin is a drummer, percussionist, songwriter and performer. He started playing professionally as a 14 year old in his home state of Michigan USA, touring with the who's who of the jazz, funk and soul scene from the 1970s onwards. He moved to LA in the early 1980s where he continued his career as a soul/funk session drummer recording with some of the top producers of that era. Since moving to Australia in 1988, he has had the opportunity to collaborate...


Episode 103: Jim Kelly

My guest today is Australian guitar legend, educator and studio owner, Jim Kelly. Jim has firmly established himself as a leading Australian contemporary jazz and blues guitarist, composer and educator whose reputation goes well beyond Australian shores. In 1975 Jim co-formed CROSSFIRE – Australia’s most celebrated jazz fusion group. From 1975-87 Jim perfected the rigorous demands of the recording studio and became a highly sought-after session player performing on countless jingles,...


Episode 102: Casey Burgess

My guest today is Casey Burgess. Casey is a singer/songwriter, dancer, actor and presenter from Sydney. She’s easily recognisable as one of the previous member of internationally acclaimed children’s show, Hi-5 as well as co-presenter on Girl TV. Casey also starred in Annie the Musical alongside Anthony Warlow as well as TV roles on Home Away, White Collar Blue and RAKE as well as many others. You have more than likely seen Casey on a bunch TV commercials or presenting Australia’s largest...


Episode 101: Greg Henson ft Fizz Henson

My guests today is Australian drummer Greg Henson and his wife Fizz. Greg’s love of drums and “all things hittable” started at school and he has made his living playing drums and percussion ever since. His first musical was the drum chair in “Jesus Christ, Superstar” in 1972. He has played, amongst others, “Betty Blokkbuster Follies” with Reg Livermore, “Rocky Horror Show”,”Rasputin”,“Hair”, “Big River”, “Tom Waits for No Man” and in concert at the Sydney Opera House with The Beatles White...


Episode 100: Spotlight - Jaco Pastorius

John Francis Anthony "Jaco" Pastorius III, born December 1 1951, was an American bass player and composer. Jaco was a member of Weather Report from 1976 to 1981. He worked with Pat Metheny and Joni Mitchell, Paul Bley and Herbie Hancock amongst others, and recorded albums as a solo artist and band leader. His bass playing employed funk, lyrical solos, bass chords, and innovative harmonics. Jaco tragically died on September 21, 1987. He was 35 years old. He has been called "the most important...


Episode 99: Harry Brus

My guest today is bass player Harry Brus. Born in Austria, Harry and his family moved to Australia when he was 7 years old. Inspired by Hank B Marvin and The Beatles, Harry first picked up the guitar as a teenage. In '65 his band The Amazons scored a record deal with Festival Records and since then he has never stopped working as a professional musician. In '67 Harry jumped at the chance to play lead guitar for pop idol Johnny Young, and later joined Tony Gaha And The In People. A...


Episode 98: Virginia Lillye

My guest today is Virginia Lillye. Explosive and dynamic vocalist Virginia Lillye has wooed audiences across Australia and internationally. Having shared the stage with Gene Simmons, Gilby Clarke, Angry Anderson, Steve Balbi, John Butler, Dan Sultan, John Paul Young, Paul Grey, Jon English, Wendy Matthews, Grace Knight, Phil Emmanuel to name but a few…. she is a force to be reckoned with. Having also lived in Europe for 11 years, Virginia appeared in productions of the musicals ‘Cats’,...


Episode 97: TGLP Spotlight: Steve Gadd

Stephen Kendall Gadd (born April 9, 1945) is an American drummer, percussionist, and session musician. Gadd is one of the most well-known and highly regarded studio drummers in the industry, recognised by his induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1984. Gadd's performances on Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” and "Late in the Evening", Steely Dan's "Aja” , Chick Corea’s "Night Sprite" and Al Jarreau's "Spain" are legendary and are some examples of his style. One of the...


Episode 96: The Musicians Inn

Today's episode is a little bit different. Back at TGLP episode 93, my guest was Rob Rhodes. Rob has a Facebook live video show called The Musicians Inn where he invites people on to talk with him about different topics relating to music, the music industry. Ive been very lucky to have been invited onto his show twice now. The first time was back in May 2020 and the topic was podcasting. That was fun. Recently, Rob asked me back to join the panel along with Bennet Livingston and Peter Hope,...


Episode 95: Tony Azzopardi

My guest today is percussionist, Tony Azzopardi. Tony grew up in Sydney, the youngest of 15 children with his mother and father coming from Malta. Music was always in the family with Tony’s first band being the family band called Africa, with his brother Marz, the drummer of the band, being particularly influential to Tony’s early development as a musician, and as a percussionist. These were the early to mid 70s. Tony has been a professional musician ever since, having played with live or...


Episode 94: Joel Burton

My guest today is bass player Joel Burton. Born in Sydney, raised in the far north coast of NSW, Joel’s first instrument was trumpet before moving to the bass guitar at the age of 14. After studying for a bachelor of music, Joel moved back down to Sydney. There he worked in music shops, managed a specialty bass store, gigged and gigged, turned pro and hasn’t looked back since. Joel plays in the Ray Mann Three, The Lachy Doley Group, plays tonnes of corporate and pub club gigs with different...


Episode 93: Rob Rhodes

My guest today Rob Rhodes. Rob is a singer, guitarist, entertainer, entertainment manager and band owner. Born and raised in Sydney, Rob relocated to the NSW far north coast in 2015. As well as the music stuff Rob has done, he’s also been a Hotel/Pub manger, restaurant manager and venue manager. When COVID 19 hit, Rob used that time to create a couple of Facebook live shows to keep himself busy and to stay in touch with his friends ands fans . One of those being The Musicians Inn. In this...


Episode 92: Daniel Pliner

My guest today is Sydney keyboardist, songwriter and producer Daniel Pliner. From Darth Vegas to Veneno, Watussi, The Sticks, The Strides, Asthmatix, Dereb the Ambassador, The Nick Garbett Quintet, Barefoot Divas, Wallace, Oyobi, 3rdEyeLaserCat and many others, as well as his own project and alter ego PlaneFace, Daniel’s got his fingers in a hugely eclectic body of work. He’s a master keyboardist and sound designer and clearly versatile enough to play anything from metal to latin to...