Episode 32: A Regional Gangster

Performances and the outdoors

Dan and Tony discuss 2017 in its shiny new glory, as well as live performances. Colouring Cats has an upcoming gig on February 2, 2017 – at which they will debut what Dan calls a “rock opera song” and what Tony calls “a new awakening”. They discuss stage presence and performance (and why Tony walked out on Bob Dylan), as well as what it’s like to go camping as a band (“fucking awesome”).


Episode 31: The Dark Days of Being in a Band

On the uncreative nature of recording

In this week’s episode Dan and Tony talk about Ozzy Osbourne’s penchant for encouraging fan-suicide, the thoroughly uncreative nature of recording, and the psychological effects of doing the work without getting the reward.

Episode 30: Chorus to Fade

On song-writing exercises and techniques

Turn off the lights and dig out the half-melted candles from your bottom drawer, it’s How to Colour Cats’ first birthday! So let’s cut a piece of cake separate from the main cake so that this over-enthusiastic child can spit all over it it without ruining it for everyone else.

This week we talk to Henry, the drummer of How to Colour Cats, who quits the band on mic within the first five minutes of the show. Then Henry shows Dan and Tony three songwriting techniques and they each write more songs in this single forty-seven minute episode than they have this entire past year. It’s a birthday bonanza!

But wait, there’s more! This week’s episode is the piñata that keeps on giving. It also features:

  • Pick up lines
  • Nicholas Cage v. Nick Cave
  • The Herald Sun

The writing exercises we explore on this episode are:

  1. Cut-up.
  2. Song generation websites.
  3. Automated writing.

Episode 28: Sportsbet or Blood Diamond

On music on television

Dan and Tony talk about days of yore when bands made appearances on sitcoms, and the current age of music in commercials. Bands are now shameless about being featured in ads – does this allow musicians to support their art, or is it kinda gross? Arguments ensue. They also discuss commissions and patrons and grants.

Episode 26: Legitimize our drinking – A conversation with Joel Morrison from the Old Bar

Talking with Joel Morrison, co-owner and band booker of the Old Bar

The Old Bar is an iconic Melbourne venue – it’s a small room on Johnston Street that established bands come back to, and where new musicians get their start. Joel Morrison co-owns the place, and books the bands that play there.

We discuss how to book your first gig, how to approach a venue booker, how venue bookers choose bands, how to get a support slot, and of course, what it’s like to own a bar.