Introducing the Team Dream Dream Team

August 16, 2020 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Parent Stuff, Podcasts
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In this podcast I speak with Team Dream a new act out of Melbourne Australia.

At first glance you would be forgiven for framing them in the same canvas of similar pop Childrens acts that have come before however if you spend some time and sink deeper into what they do you soon discover that they are anything but. Their desperately sparce take on children’s pop is kind of refreshing and leans them more toward the stylings of Yo Gabba Gabba than the polished pop we often here. This is not to assume they aren’t polished, in fact its quite the opposite, they are incredibly polished, not just in sound and almost machine like harmoines, but in their content, their message, and who they see themselves as. Confidence in identity in an industry that can often rush such a defining trait.

In this episode I speak with all six members, Jacqui, Shana, Kieran, Johnny, Zoe and Aaron about their beginnings, their future and who out of them most identify with Ringo Star. Enjoy

Mighty Rhythms with Itty Bitty Beats

September 9, 2020 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Podcasts
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The children’s music industry is an industry that wraps itself around goodness and sharing. It is a joy to be a part of and often the caring nature can catch you off guard. However todays guest and her band seem to take this to a whole new level.

Their musical persuits seem to serve no purpose other than what they can bring out in others, Or support in others. Their music and musical approach is both complex, desperately heartfelt, all wrapped around a seemingly effortless nature.

Itty Bitty Beats are a true gift of the New Zealand Childrens music scene and in todays episode we get to sit down with Lucy Hiku to fill us in on this truly unique duo.

Exploring The Mik Mak Tactics

August 28, 2020 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Podcasts
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The Mik Maks are one of Australia’s hardest working kids acts. A band that against a constantly shifting industry has managed to design and redesign themselves to fit with not only their audiences changing wants but also within their clear commitment to family and the values of of togetherness.

In this Interview I get to discuss their history, their struggles and wins as we dissect the career of one of Australia’s most endearing acts.

A Little Wild in the Big Universe

August 20, 2020 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Parent Stuff, Podcasts
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There is a strong history of Musicians who become parents and then turn their focus to children’s music. Which inevitably brings a fresh perspective to the genre. Artists who use what they know about music to entertain….. not what they know about children. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t, and sometimes it creates such a unique experience that it takes several listens as an adult to really understand and articulate its complexities .

Little Wild Music is one such act.

Claudia Robin Gunn, in her latest album, Little Wild Universe, has taken what she knows about her world or importantly what she Doesn’t know about her world and packaged it in a musical journey the likes of I’ve rearly heard. A musical place for children to simply wonder, drift, and dream a place to question rather than to answer.

Scaling the Scheele heights. I give you Dirk

August 4, 2020 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Podcasts
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‘Dirk Scheele Children’s Songs’ is one of Netherlands most cherished childrens entertainers. With a career spanning almost 3 decades and several languages, he is the benchmark of passionate and complete commitment to the betterment of our children’s lives.

Such demand, celebration and ethic was inevitably going to move him into the world of English and I am delighted to have had the chance to be there on the crest of this emerging title wave into the English speaking children’s entertainment world.

His passion is infectious as is his desire to see our children smile. Listeners, I give you the one and only ‘Dirk Scheele Children’s Songs’.

Being at ease with Bree

June 19, 2020 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Podcasts
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B minor Music is what happens when you have a passionate early childhood teacher forced to learn Ukulele. A collection of well considered, respectful programs designed to engage, stimulate and encourage growth in its children. In this interview Bree talks about her unexpected start and her ongoing love for what she does and where she sees herself headed.

Sit back and celebrate the true nature of education as we chat to Bree of B-minor music.

Popping in on The Pop Ups

June 11, 2020 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Podcasts
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The Pop Ups are one of the children’s music scenes most unique musical acts. From deep lofty vocal scores to insatiable pop, they’re music walks a desperately fine line between tunes for children and a reminder for us adults of the celebration of wonder and intrigue.

In this Interview we speak to one half of ‘The Pop Ups’, Jason Robinowitz, about their music, their method and their inevitable career choice.

Raise a toast to Avocado Smash

March 20, 2020 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Podcasts
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The children’s scene or the children’s entertainment scene is heavy with the influx of new choice and new stars. And through this growth we as a country have been introduced to many a new talent over the recent years. However, for me,  few carry as much promise as my next guests. With a new album imminently on the way and fresh off the back of a overwhelmingly successful fringe festival show, Avocado Smash bring a collective of years of musical education and knowledge. However what they do bring is a celebration of language to their music. Ensuring that those children who may often have to search far to see their home lives heard on stage, can now feel represented and accounted for while simply enjoying a tune. 

I give you Jo Jo, Su Su and Cha Cha collectively…Avocado Smash

Finding Louis and Dan and the Invisible Band

March 18, 2020 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Podcasts
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Some acts are made for us to think, some acts a designed to enlighten and some acts are designed to give us a warm musical hug….. then some acts are designed purely and simply to make us laugh and remind us that such joy, pleasure and community can be found and created through fun and the act of a giggle. And then some times an act steps a little beyond this and shines a spotlight on everything than could possibly hold lunacy. Join me as I chat to Louis and Dan about their impeccable musical knowledge, their impeccable work ethic and sloths

Getting in deep with a Secret Agent. I give you 23 skidoo

February 22, 2020 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Podcasts
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In the genre of Family music, the general idea is to write music for the family to enjoy. Creating spaces and themes for a wholesome connection. However my next guests, took the genre and rather going to meet it, dragged it and its families over to meet him. With an incredibly mature soundtrack and musical conviction, his content has the warmth of freshly baked bread while furiously demanding we get up and move. He is undoubetly a genre all to his own which is understandable when you consider the talent needed to mimic it. I am thrilled today  to be chatting with  Cactus Skidoo aka Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Welcome

In the genre of Family music, the general idea is to write music for the family to enjoy. Creating spaces and themes for a wholesome connection. However my next guests, took the genre and rather going to meet it, dragged it and its families over to meet him. With an incredibly mature soundtrack and musical conviction, his content has the warmth of freshly baked bread while furiously demanding we get up and move. He is undoubtedly a genre all to his own which is understandable when you consider the talent needed to mimic it. 

Please join me as we get deep and complex with the one and only Secret Agent 23 Skidoo