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The Curator is a podcast about passion. Host Mark Fraser talks to some of his favourite artists to find out where their passion and drive comes from, to find out where their creative lives began and to figure out why they love doing what they do. Featuring interviews with musicians, artists, writers, filmmakers, actors and comedians from all walks of life to find out one simple thing: what spark ignited that fire in their bellies? New episodes every Thursday.




S2: 18 - Fraser Stewart from Fat Goth talks about Nirvana, Being a Part Time Band, Creative Burnout and ZZ Top.

Uncle Vic Galloway is responsible for my discovery of Fat Goth. He shared the video for their song ‘Creepy Lounge’ on his Twitter account way back in the heady days of 2013 and that was it, I was a fan. Since then, I’ve seen them every time they’ve passed through Glasgow and they never disappoint live. I’ve always found their sound to be a bit strange. And I mean that in a good way. It’s sort of off kilter, with riffs and hooks which don’t really land in the way you expect them to. I...

Duration: 00:37:39

S2: 17 - Billy Liar Returns for Part 2(.5) and Talks About Living in Berlin, Touring with a Live Band, Writing a Play, Collaborating with Freddy Fudd Pucker and Creative Discipline

Sometimes you feel like you have unfinished business after an interview ends. That’s kinda how I felt the last time I interviewed Billy, even though it was almost 50 minutes long. People and their situations change, and Billy has done a whole bunch of stuff since our last interview, including immigrating to Berlin, which I hear is a lovely place. I enjoy it when podcasters interview the same person multiple times, particularly when it takes place over a number of years. If you’re lucky,...

Duration: 03:19:56

S2: 16 - Thom Weeks from Gnarwolves Went for a Saunter Around Glasgow

I don’t listen to a lot of interview podcasts anymore. I’m a bit burnt out on them, despite how many awesome ones are out there. No, what I mostly listen to are science and storytelling podcasts. I love the high-quality production and sound design found in Love + Radio and the like. It’s those kinds of podcasts which influenced a lot of the production elements I’ve incorporated into season two so far, and I find myself being influenced by the way a lot of NPR and Radiotopia shows often...

Duration: 00:31:09

S2: 15 - Kamikaze Girls Talk about Seafoam, Touring, Using Lots of Chorus and Gaining the Confidence to Write Their Debut Album

Recently, I had a twitter exchange with a chap who asked me what I thought about streaming services. The crux of his argument was that if an artist owns the masters, they stand to make more in streaming revenue than those who do not, and that if this was the case, then an artist can make a lot of money through streaming services if you can get your music in the right place/places. I’m not sure if that’s true – to make some cash from music you need a proper release strategy, good PR and...

Duration: 00:22:30

S2: 14 - Chris Cresswell from The Flatliners Talks About Rise Records, Irn Bru, Changing as a Person and Touring for 15 Years.

You never expect someone to remember you. I know I’ve said that a bunch of times now, but it’s true. I’ve met Chris on a few occasions, I even put on a few shows for The Flatliners over the years, but I still didn’t think he’d remember me. He did though, and because of that this interview actually comes across like two old friends sitting down for a good chat. And for the first time ever, I even got offered a beer, which is one of the nicest things he could do it. Chris is an awesome guy....

Duration: 00:29:02

S2: 13 - Chelsea Wolfe on Working with Kurt Ballou, Poetry, Weird Musical Comparisons and More

Half way through Chelsea’s set, apropos of nothing, my girlfriend exclaims “She’s quite moody, isn’t she?” Ironic, really because Chelsea and I talk about how her music is perceived as dark, and why that is the case. Of course, what she meant is that Chelsea Wolfe’s music is moody in the atmospheric sense. It’s an accurate observation, particularly when you listen to Abyss and Pain is Beauty; there’s a dark, brooding atmosphere in both records, and if one is familiar with Chelsea’s entire...

Duration: 00:25:45

S2: 12 - Chris LoPorto from Can't Swim

Picture the scene – you’re standing the middle of an old church. In front of you, built into the wall at the back of the room, are the remnants of ancient organ, its pipes dwarfing everything in the room as they rise almost to the ceiling. At either side of it are stained glass windows, depictions of divinity that loom over the rest of the room, echoes of an old religion. Now, it’s home to a distinctly different cult. The pews and the altar – indeed, all the trappings of the old church –...

Duration: 00:20:33

S2: 11 - Ray Harkins from the 100 Words or Less Podcast

Ray’s podcast is wonderful. That’s the most important thing you need to know about this interview. The other thing you should know is that we recorded this over Skype and I think it’s the best a Skype interview has turned out for me. He’s a really down to earth, intelligent dude whose interviews are insightful and really engaging. I first came across his podcast when I began The Curator, and I’ve been a fan ever since. We’ve interviewed a lot of the same people, but our approach is...

Duration: 01:10:08

S2: 10 - Dave Hause

So many of these blog posts open with a description of how I first found out about my interviewee. It wasn’t until I sat down to write this one that I realised how being able to pinpoint such instances of discovery might be an odd thing. Do people tend to remember the exact moment when they first discovered art that moved them? One day in 2008, Build & Burn by The Loved Ones dropped through my letterbox. Back in those days, when I was running Daily Dischord, I’d get promo CDs through the...

Duration: 03:43:39

S2: 9 - Jeremy Bolm from Touche Amore

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...

Duration: 00:32:32

S2: 9 - Jeremy Bolm from Touche Amore

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...

Duration: 00:32:32

S2: 8 - Andrew Falkous from Future of the Left

I’ve been looking forward to sharing this interview since the day it was recorded. As it happens, my original plan for this was for it to be episode number two, but once I sat down to edit it I realised that of my side of the interview was garbled – it’d somehow been completely corrupt during the recording process. Now, normally I record my end twice so that I’ve got a backup in case something like this happens, and the one time I didn’t do it also happened to be the one time a backup...

Duration: 08:52:03

S2: 7 - Steven Gillies from Atlas:Empire/Dialects

Steven is in two bands, and I’ve interviewed members from both of them. Conor from Dialects was my very first interview on this wee Glasgow music podcast. That was back in June 2015. The other is Jamie from Atlas:Empire, whom I’d interviewed 11 months ago, so if it appears that it’s taken almost a year to follow that up then you’d be mostly correct. This wasn’t by design, but life does tend to get in the way of some things. I’ve known Steven for a number of years now. In fact, he reached...

Duration: 00:57:17

S2: 6 - The Return of Ben Weinman from Dillinger Escape Plan

As anyone familiar with the band knows by now, there is a lot to be said about Dillinger Escape Plan not just musically, but also in their ethos and approach to being a band. Torrents of column inches have been dedicated to their impending demise and the deluge will no doubt continue long after, but if you’ve heard their latest record or seen them live, it’s altogether unsurprising that they have chosen to end things on their own terms. Not because they've ran out of ideas - they're just...

Duration: 00:19:26

S2: 5 - Laura Jane Grace from Against Me!

Ah, nervousness. It either paralyses you or forces you into some kind of jittery, energetic action. It’s not unusual to be somewhat nervous before an interview – you never know what a person is like or if they can actually be bothered talking to you on that day – but jumping into it head first with lots of prep makes the experience way more tolerable, and a little less daunting. Being a huge Against Me! fan I naturally had a list of questions for Laura that was as long as my arm. I don’t...

Duration: 00:40:51

S2: 4 - Ash and Mike from Boston Manor

I have Boston Manor's first EP downloaded on an external hard drive somewhere. That's not a brag or anything, by the way. In fact, I'd forgotten that I even had it until about a week before this interview. It brought back memories of another band called This Sudden Injury - I'm pretty sure it was their singer that recommended that EP on Facebook a few years ago. It's called Here/Now and to say that they've grown as a band is something of an understatement. That's what bands are supposed to...

Duration: 02:41:35

S2: 3 - Tom Linton from Jimmy Eat World

When I interviewed Jim Adkins in September 2015, it was a pretty big milestone. I set out with a list of a bunch of people I really wanted to interview and I’ve made a pretty big dent on that list, and there’s more to come. Given how much I love Jimmy Eat World, I was more than keen to have a chat with Tom when the band came into Glasgow recently. So I guess I can tick another off that goddamn list. In my interview with Jim I spoke about how seeing the music video for ‘The Middle’ on MTV2...

Duration: 00:24:07

Season 2, Episode 2 - Paul Wolinski from 65daysofstatic

Every episode is fraught with some kind of technical challenge. I can give you examples of this which happened on this very day. Today's interview was supposed to be with Andy Falkous from Future of the Left. I wrote a lengthy blog post discussing how I'd been averse to Skype interviews in the past and explaining that from now on I'd be doing more of them. I mentioned how there's a lot of interview podcasts where the interviews are conducted over Skype, and that whilst face to face...

Duration: 04:57:11

Season 2, Episode 1 - Joe Danher from FOES

The Curator Podcast: Season Two, Episode 1 - Joe Danher from FOES It’s good to be back. If you’ve missed me then rest assured, I’ve missed you too dear listener. This is season two and as you may have noticed, things are a little different sonically. The format is still roughly the same (for now, that’ll evolve more gradually) but there’s a marked textural difference to the sound. I hope you like it. Feedback would be appreciated. On this episode I’m talking to Joe from FOES. He’s the...

Duration: 00:19:00


Hello, dear listeners. I'm glad you've made it this far. I never did manage to reach the fabled number 50. Actually, if you count the couple of wildcard episodes I only made it to 49. Bummer. ANYWAY, have no fear. The podcast is not dead. it's already been on hiatus for a month and I'm probably gonna extend that to September. Then I'll come out all guns blazing. I'm gonna try to chuck in a couple of weird special episodes, but we'll see how that goes. Have a great summer and I'll see you...

Duration: 00:05:21

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