Kids Love Balloons – Episode 44: Slavko Kalezić

Slavko’s performance at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is the stuff of legend. That shirt. That dancing. That hair! That song. The OGAE are an organisation with branches around the world for fans of Eurovision. As I explain in the intro of this podcast episode, in their glorious wisdom, welcomed …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 43: Tania Doko

Provider of the greatest “Hey Mum!” in Australian history, Tania Doko is a songwriting powerhouse. In songwriting partnership with James Roche, Bachelor Girl had 3 top 50 singles, 5 ARIA nominations and a Songwriter of the Year award over 1998 and 1999. This freaks me out but we’re approaching the …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 42: Nicole Hayes

Author of five published books with more on the way, a podcast which has been picked up by newspaper and radio entities, teaching masterclasses; Nicole Hayes is a creative guru and won’t slow down any time soon. After our chat I believe her extreme creative output has plenty to do …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 41: Belinda Kirwan

Belinda Kirwan is an actor, screenwriter, producer, teacher and dead set legend! Recently she’s been co-creating a TV series HActresses, which has become a web series of seven episodes you can watch on YouTube right after you listen to this podcast! You’ll recognise many popular Australian personalities including bloody champion …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 40: Mike Mills (Toehider)

It’s been a while! But here we are, finally a new episode. Mike Mills is a brilliant all-round musician from Melbourne. He’s involved in a multitude of musical projects but is perhaps best known for his work “as” Toehider. (that’s where you can find him on Twitter). We had a …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 39: Alan Brough

Alan Brough has demonstrated his vast music knowledge & passion for years, most famously as team captain in Spicks & Specks. Name me someone more qualified to select three songs for our Ever-growing Playlist of Joy! I’ll wait… More recently, Alan has turned his hand to writing books for children …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 38: Eurovision 2017 Round Table

The world’s greatest song contest is fast approaching. Here-assembled is a group of 6 Melbourne-based super experts for your comprehensive preview! Ti Butler, Danie Tregonning, Mark Perkins, Jason-Scott Watkins and 2011 contestant Nina share a range of perspectives on the contest. How it makes them happy, their favourite memories, and …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 37: Loyiso Gola

“If your quest of life is happiness, then you’re going to be a really sad human being.” The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is truly one of the world’s greatest. Twice Emmy-nominated Loyiso Gola is one of the first class calibre of talents who have travelled here this year, performing his …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 36: James Cridland

“Here’s one I prepared earlier”… James paid Melbourne a visit in November to speak at the CBAA conference. The afternoon of his presentation, we caught up with a beer and my microphone and discussed radio, podcasts, music and what makes us happy. This weekend I’m pleased to finally share it. …

Kids Love Balloons – Episode 35: Tegan Higginbotham

Podcasting at the footy! You’ll hear the ambience of pre-match entertainment at Ikon Park as Tegan & I prepare for our teams to do battle in AFL Women’s Round 5. You’ll also hear Tegan and I chat about what makes us happy, the multitude of creative endeavours she’s involved with, …