The Curator Podcast

85 EpisodesProduced by Mark Fraser

The Curator is a podcast about passion and creativity. We chat to musicians and artists about their creative process, why they do what they do and the passion that drives them. We also talk about other stuff sometimes (most times) but hey, it’s all part of the conversation, right? New episodes every… read more

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S2: Episode 28 - Tom May from The Menzingers Drinks Mysterious Coffee and Talks About The Band's Creative Evolution

February 2nd, 2018

22:47

I've chased this interview for years. The Menzingers are without a doubt one of my favourite bands. Having been a fan for so long, I feel as though I've grown up with them in a way, experiencing the weirdness of being …

Unsung Podcast Episode 5 - Entroducing by DJ Shadow

January 29th, 2018

32:28

This is one of my favourite albums and I was so happy we had a chance to talk about it on this show. You can find out more about this and the podcast over at www.unsungpod.net

For information regarding your data …

(Rebroadcast) 21 - Casey Crescenzo from The Dear Hunter

January 18th, 2018

1:10:12

A rebroadcast of one of my favourite ever interviews with Casey from The Dear Hunter.


This podcast is primarily about creativity, and over the course of the past twenty episodes I’ve spoken to some pretty productive …

Unsung Podcast Episode 4 - Violator by Depeche Mode

January 18th, 2018

38:51

This is episode four of Unsung Podcast. Violator by Depeche Mode is one of my favourite albums, and I was so stoked that people voted it into our …

Unsung Podcast Episode 3 - Foo Fighters by Foo Fighters

January 9th, 2018

36:12

On this episode of Unsung we chat about Foo Fighters' self titled debut album and ask if it's really worthy of inclusion in our canon of classic …

S2: 27 - The Return of Conor Anderson from Dialects, Talking About the Creative Process Behind Their Debut Album and Much More

January 4th, 2018

40:13

I like looking in on previous guests with this podcast. It's good to check in and see how things have been.


We’re back to the start with this one. Conor was my first guest on this podcast, and with the release of their …

Unsung Podcast Episode 2: Jane Doe by Converge

December 27th, 2017

38:21

This is episode two of Unsung Podcast, a new podcast that I'm a co-host on.


We're asking you to listen to Jane Doe by Converge and vote on if you …

S2: 26 - P.O.S Tours Europe Using Trains

December 21st, 2017

32:00

Back in my car for this interview. This time it was on a freezing December night where the thermostat was definitely in the minus figures, so when we got inside I turned the engine on and the AC up to get some heat into …

TEASER - Unsung Episode 1

December 11th, 2017

2:06

In league with a couple of fine gentlemen named Chris Cusack and David Weaver, I've started a new podcast called Unsung. In it we'll be dissecting perceived classic albums and discussing whether or not they deserve to …

S2: 25 - LIVE at Book Yer Ane Fest XI with Kenny Gray, Derrick Johnston and Jonny McGinty from Make That a Take Records

December 7th, 2017

47:28

I’ve been incredibly fortunate with this project. It started off as just an experiment to become familiar with how to podcast. Since then I’ve managed to tick a bunch of my favourite artists off my interview bucket list.

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

November 16th, 2017

24:16

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 …

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

November 2nd, 2017

34:56

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 …

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

October 19th, 2017

35:05

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 …

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

October 5th, 2017

29:25

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 …

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

September 8th, 2017

34:31

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 …

(Rebroadcast) 19 - B. Dolan

August 25th, 2017

21:16

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. …

S2: 19 - Jonah Matranga Returns to Talk About Writing A Book, 20 Years of Touring in the UK and How to Check Your White Male Privilege

August 10th, 2017

40:59

I knew that learning how to drive would make my life easier, but I didn’t think it’d also make podcasting easier. Yet here I am, fresh out of doing …

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

July 27th, 2017

26:07

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 …

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

July 13th, 2017

37:34

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 …

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

June 29th, 2017

39:47

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 …

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

June 15th, 2017

31:05

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 …

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

June 1st, 2017

22:27

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 …

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

May 18th, 2017

28:59

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 …

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

May 4th, 2017

25:41

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 …

S2: 12 - Chris LoPorto from Can't Swim

April 20th, 2017

20:30

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 …

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

April 6th, 2017

1:10:08

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 …

S2: 10 - Dave Hause

March 23rd, 2017

44:41
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 …

S2: 9 - Jeremy Bolm from Touche Amore

March 9th, 2017

32:28
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 …

S2: 8 - Andrew Falkous from Future of the Left

February 23rd, 2017

1:19:01

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 …

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

February 9th, 2017

57:17

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, …

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

January 26th, 2017

19:23

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 …

S2: 5 - Laura Jane Grace from Against Me!

January 12th, 2017

40:45

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 …

S2: 4 - Ash and Mike from Boston Manor

December 29th, 2016

31:56

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 …

S2: 3 - Tom Linton from Jimmy Eat World

December 15th, 2016

23:36

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 …

S2: 2 - Paul Wolinski from 65daysofstatic

December 1st, 2016

44:51

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 …

S2: 1 - Joe Danher from FOES

November 17th, 2016

18:57

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 …

END OF SEASON ONE

July 14th, 2016

4:35

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 …

46 - Our First Birthday! And a Word on the Future

June 9th, 2016

17:57

So, this week The Curator Podcast is one year old. I'm not gonna say too much in this blog because I say a lot in the podcast. Here's the facts.

The …

45 - Vinnie Caruana

May 26th, 2016

42:25

I am continually surprised that none of the people that I’ve met whose art has affected my life in significant ways are unpleasant. I always seem to expect some kind of aloof quality in the people I meet whose work has …

44 - Stafan Babcock from PUP

May 19th, 2016

59:13

Some people may remember the amount of “hype” there was around PUP’s first record away back in 2014. It took me a while to listen to it because for some reason I remember it taking ages to get released over here in the …

43 - Modern Baseball

May 12th, 2016

33:15

It’s difficult to release a podcast when you’re on the road. I tried, I tried so hard. I even wrote the following blog post:

“Hello.

A little late this …

42 - Acey Slade

April 28th, 2016

44:13

There was a two week gap. It is a gap no more. I lost my voice, you see. You can hear it going a little bit in the interview. By the end of that night, my throat was finished, and for week afterwards I was a hoarse, …

41 - Ross Barber-Smith from Bridge the Atlantic

April 8th, 2016

54:06

This interview was wrought with issues from the start. Ross and I had a really good chat and then the batter died on my trusty H6. Luckily I had a spare with me, but the recording was corrupted, so we had to start again.

40 - Muncie Girls

March 31st, 2016

40:20

The struggle to write interesting, engaging questions for your guests is real. You need to do research, read between the lines of things they’ve said in the past, pay close attention to their music, lyrics, and the …

39 - Paul and Tom from HECK

March 24th, 2016

1:26:06

These blogs are getting harder to write. Show notes are, podcasters are told, vital to a good podcast. People will often read the blog with the hope …

38 - Jamie Sturt from Atlas : Empire and Hello-Fi Podcast

March 10th, 2016

1:12:13

A few weeks ago I was interviewed for the Hello-Fi Podcast and on this episode, I return the favour. This is technically part two of that exchange, because the Hello-Fi interview came first, but the way these are coming …

37 - Kyle Burgess from We Came from Wolves

March 3rd, 2016

1:08:23

Going to keep this blog short and sweet this week, mostly because the podcast itself is quite long – like, it’s over an hour long and I haven’t thrown out one of those bad boys for a while.

On this episode I sit down …

36 - The Van T's

February 26th, 2016

35:49

Interviewing an entire band can be fun if the setting is right. In this interview with The Van Ts I was quite lucky because the band had a dressing …

35 - Allison Weiss

February 19th, 2016

49:34

I feel like the apologies are coming across as hollow. Maybe I should move the publishing day to Fridays. Although, there is then the issue of …

34 - Calum Farquharson from A Sudden Burst of Colour

February 11th, 2016

41:04

Can the lateness of an episode ever truly be forgiven? I know how annoyed I get when my favourite podcasts miss a week or have an erratic schedule. …

33 - Justine Jones from Employed to Serve

January 29th, 2016

34:41

The Curator Podcast: Episode 33 - Justine Jones from Employed to Serve
It can sometimes be stressful when trying to arrange interviews. Some people …

32 - Chrissy Barnacle

January 21st, 2016

38:33

One of the best things about coming across a new artist is the way that they broaden your horizons and push your music tastes in new directions. I …

31 - Fraser from The Murderburgers

January 14th, 2016

51:44

It’s great to get back to some semblance of normality after the Christmas break. I feel like I’m enthusiastic about the podcast again.

Which is in no small part down to this excellent interview with Fraser from The …

30 - Billy Liar

January 7th, 2016

51:48

I’m glad you’re still with me. The last episode was a blinder, and despite having a two week break it still seems people are digging the podcast. Thank you for sticking around.

We’re back to normal this week and it's …

29 - Ian MacKaye

December 17th, 2015

1:15:08

I’ve written, deleted and rewritten this post a number of times both in my head and on the page, but everything seems inadequate. Let’s start with the facts – on this episode I have founder of Dischord Records, …

28 - Ewan Grant from WOMPS

December 10th, 2015

39:58

The Curator Podcast: Episode 28 – Ewan Grant from WOMPS
Ah, dear listener. I apologies for missing a week. I feel terrible about it. The fact that I …

27 - Astronautalis

November 26th, 2015

47:55

I’ve waxed lyrical on my love and history with hip hop a couple of times recently, so there’s no need to go through it all again.

Andy Hepburn, known …

26 - Dan Andriano from Alkaline Trio/The Emergency Room

November 19th, 2015

28:46

My guest on this episode is Daniel Andriano from the Alkaline Trio and from his solo project The Emergency Room.

I had some reservations about this …

25 - Jake Duzsik from HEALTH

November 12th, 2015

38:43

It’s funny how your music tastes change as you grow older. In many ways, I like music which is angrier, heavier, dirtier and more violent than when I …

24 - Pat Thetic from Anti-Flag

November 5th, 2015

47:57

On this episode I have Pat Thetic from the band Anti-Flag, and you might wonder why Anti-Flag are important to me.

Regular listeners probably know …

23 - John Niblock from Vasa

October 29th, 2015

1:01:21

Someone in a local music scene somewhere is always talking about how they watched band X grow, or how they’ve seen their music mature over the years. I’m not gonna be that guy. You’ve heard it all before.

I knew John …

22 - The Sinking Feeling

October 22nd, 2015

1:03:43

On this episode I have The Sinking Feeling. They’re a really awesome Glasgow band and basically they deserve all of your attention.

Like a few local bands I’ve grown to like, I first came across The Sinking Feeling when …

21 - Casey Crescenzo from The Dear Hunter

October 15th, 2015

1:10:05

This podcast is primarily about creativity, and over the course of the past twenty episodes I’ve spoken to some pretty productive people. Casey Crescenzo is probably amongst the most productive. Over the course of ten …

20 - Sean "Slug" Daley from Atmosphere/Rhymesayers Entertainment

October 8th, 2015

34:45

WARNING: I recorded this interview on my phone due an SD card issue. The audio quality is dicey. The chat itself though? Awesome. Slug even recorded an intro for this one!

On this episode of The Curator Podcast I spoke …

19 - B. Dolan

October 2nd, 2015

34:29


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 …

18 - Alan Bissett: Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright and Activist

September 23rd, 2015

1:15:36


My guest on this episode is renowned author, screenwriter and playwright Alan Bissett. If you don't know him from his excellent prose and theatre work then you may know him from how active he was for the Yes campaign …

17 - Jim Adkins from Jimmy Eat World

September 17th, 2015

36:49

The old adage boldly states that you should never meet your heroes, and I guess that's said by people who've experienced meeting their heroes and …

16 - Joshua Bannister from Milk Teeth

September 10th, 2015

26:56

This is the last of the interviews I conducted at Hevy festival back at the start of August, and is a pretty great short and sweet conversations with Josh from Milk Teeth.

The band had just played their set on the main …

15 - Jeffery Eaton and Chris Honeck from Modern Life is War

September 3rd, 2015

49:47


I have been incredibly fortunate thus far to chat with those people whose art has affected me in various ways over the years. Jeffery Eaton and Chris Hoeneck from Modern Life is War are the guests on this week's podcast …

14 - Will Gould and Ian Miles from Creeper

August 26th, 2015

1:03:54

On this episode I have Ian and Will from Southampton goth punks Creeper. At first I thought this would only be a short chat but ended up being a …

Wildcard Short 2 - Charlie Simpson and Omar Abidi from Fightstar

August 25th, 2015

9:26

Wildcard short number 2 is go! On this episode I caught up with Charlie and Omar from Fightstar at Hevy Festival 2015. Even though the interview was …

13 - Vic Galloway: Broadcaster, Journalist and DJ

August 20th, 2015

1:01:49


There aren't many things weirder than sitting across from an experienced broadcaster and interviewing him. It's like the tables have turned. Usually Vic's the one doing the interviewing.

It's also an experience which is …

Wildcard Short 1 - Ben Weinman from The Dillinger Escape Plan

August 18th, 2015

7:57

WILDCARD, BITCHES!

So, I went to Hevy festival 2015 and recorded a few interviews. Some were long, and some were short. This is one of the short ones. I was accompanied by my handsomely bearded friend Craig who did sound …

12 - Zoltán "Zoli" Téglás - Ignite/Pennywise

August 13th, 2015

34:38

I understand why people do their podcasts over Skype. If you want to get good content and get it quickly then our 'connected' world makes it easy for you to do that. In time, I'll surely do interviews via Skype too. …

11 - Ewan Morrison: Author, Screenwriter and Director

August 6th, 2015

1:28:13

I'm waiting for culture to turn dark and deep again. The culture I came from was counter culture and it was angry and introspective. It has been …

10 - Derrick Johnston from Make That a Take Records

July 30th, 2015

1:01:56
The Curator Podcast – Episode 10: Derrick Johnston from Make that a Take Records

My fascination (or perhaps obsession) with punk rock began when I …

09 - Derek Archambault from Defeater/Alcoa

July 23rd, 2015

35:24

Despite having somehow stumbled upon good fortune of late it’s important to remember that this podcast is still new, and that I’m still learning. I’ve heard people like Jerod Morris and Jonny Nastor over at the

08 - Laurent Barnard and Stuart Gili-Ross from Gallows/Venn Records

July 16th, 2015

49:57

You have to wait for good things.

This interview was the third one I conducted. It’s also the first and only episode where I’ve interviewed more than one person. This was not by design, and it was extremely lucky that …

07 - Jonah Matranga

July 9th, 2015

49:53

Usually I try (with varying levels of success) to use these show notes to provide some context for the episode, but the fact of the matter is that this one is just so rich, so loaded with meaning and intention and love …

06 - Kenny Leckie from Carnivores

July 2nd, 2015

59:09

This podcast is now four weeks old. Which is weird. I feel like I’ve been doing it for a lot longer.

Of course it probably doesn’t seem like I’ve …

05 - Steven Hill from Struggletown Records

June 25th, 2015

57:16

In the podcasting world sometimes things change.

Originally I had planned to release an episode with Lags and Stu from Gallows but alas, it is not to be. Maybe next week.

All is not lost however, and in my attempts to …

04 - Anthony Raneri from Bayside

June 18th, 2015

35:53

As a humble podcaster who is only four episodes into his new venture, I didn’t expect to be interviewing someone I’ve been a big fan of for a while. At least, not this early on. But I did! And it was Anthony from …

03 - Corrie Gillies from Pinact

June 12th, 2015

30:11

My favourite thing about living in a city with such a vibrant music scene is that there’s no shortage of individuals I can interview for this podcast. On this episode Corrie Gillies – frontman, songwriter, guitarist and …

02 - Intruder Green from Masked Intruder

June 12th, 2015

24:23

In stark contrast to the last podcast, I thought I’d throw myself in at the deep end and not only interview a member of an American band who may or may not be able to understand my Scottish accent (something which is …

01 - Conor Anderson from Dialects

June 11th, 2015

46:28

The best advice anyone has ever given me is to “just begin”. I’ve been ruminating over starting a podcast for the best part of a year, so here we are with The Curator Podcast. It’s hard to get over the general dislike …

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