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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.

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.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom

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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.

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S2: 24 - Brendan Murphy from Counterparts Talks About Loving Metalcore, The Process Behind their New Album, How New Fans Keep Finding Them, The Way Old Fans Seem to be Growing Up with the Band, and How Useful Spotify for Artists Has Been

11/16/2017
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The new Counterparts album reminds me of being a teenager. When I was 16 I graduated from nu-metal to metalcore. I read a review of Alive of Just Breathing by Killswitch Engage in Kerrang! Magazine and subsequently purchased the record from a record store in Glasgow’s Savoy Centre that specialised in metal music. That record store no longer exists, and it could also be argued that neither do that version of KsE either. My flatmate has been banging on about Counterparts for ages, and given...

Duration: 00:24:18


S2 : 23 - The Return of Chris Cresswell from The Flatliners

11/2/2017
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Our previous interview can be found here. It’s been a long year for the flatties. It’s not common to see foreign bands arrive on these shores twice in the space of six months, but boy am I glad it was these guys. I openly said it in the podcast and I’ll happily say it again – this band is one of my all time favourites. They always bring it live and on record. These guys are lifers through and through and it doesn’t seem like they’ll stop any time soon. We also talk about the tenth...

Duration: 00:34:59


S2: 22 - Jordan Pundik from New Found Glory Talks About The Band's 20th Anniversary, Their New Album and More

10/19/2017
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What’s there left to say to Jordan Pundik? What is there left to say about New Found Glory? What is there left to even ask those guys? It’s hard to find the words to talk about seminal bands sometimes. 20 years is a long time to be making music, and it’s remarkable when you realise that Jordan is still in his 30s. They’re a band who has literally seen and done it all. They’ve taken their music to the greatest heights, and achieved things most artists can only dream of. Yet, and you’ll...

Duration: 01:35:26


S2: 21 - Austin and Casey Getz from Turnover Discuss Growing Up on the Road, How Playing Live is the Best Yardstick for Measuring New Material, Rubbish Tour Vans and Lots More

10/5/2017
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I was worried I’d maybe taken on a little too much lately. Turns out I had. I missed an episode and I apologise for that. The good news is that I’ve managed to bank a bunch of interviews and ALSO start two new podcasts. Silver linings etc. Turnover are a great band. If you’ve made it this far, you probably already know this. If you don’t know that already, you’ve probably already guessed that’s why I interviewed them in the first place. Either way, their new album Good Nature is one of my...

Duration: 00:29:29


S2: 20 - Outblinker Regale Us with Death Defying Tales from at Home and On the Road, What It's Like Now That They're a Four Piece and Discuss Why Their Album is Taking So Long

9/8/2017
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If there’s one thing to take away from this interview it’s that Outblinker have almost complete disregard for their personal safety. It’s not a bad thing. After this interview, I caught the band’s live set in Bloc, and the quasi-apocalyptic nature of their sound is given a whole new feeling when you hear the death defying tales of the band’s creative and touring lives. They’re also punishingly loud live. In this interview, they talk a bit about how it wasn’t until they were recording their...

Duration: 00:34:36


(Rebroadcast) 19 - B. Dolan

8/25/2017
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As B. Dolan and Sage Francis bring their latest Edinburgh Fringe Show Tricknology to an end, I felt it was time to revisit this interview with B. Dolan from back in October 2015. Enjoy. The Curator Podcast – Episode 19: B. Dolan As I get older I find myself growing to appreciate hip hop more and more. In my teens it didn’t grab me in the same way punk or metal did, and naively, I shunned it. My guest on this episode is rapper B. Dolan and he, alongside Sage Francis, was one of the artists...

Duration: 00:21:09


(Rebroadcast) Episode 33 - Justine Jones from Employed to Serve

7/27/2017
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Real talk: I'm ill. And because I'm ill, I've been a little slack in putting together some interviews. You'll probably be able to tell when you listen to the start of this episode. I've been listening to the new Employed to Serve album a lot lately. It's really very good. They're about to head out on tour with Milk Teeth and Wallflower and I thought hey, this would be a perfect time to do a quick flashback to when I interviewed Justine. The band have come on a lot since this interview was...

Duration: 00:26:07


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

7/13/2017
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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

6/29/2017
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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

6/15/2017
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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

6/1/2017
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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.

5/18/2017
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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

5/4/2017
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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

4/20/2017
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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

4/6/2017
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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

3/23/2017
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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

3/9/2017
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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

3/9/2017
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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

2/23/2017
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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

2/9/2017
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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

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