Out Of The Box
Out Of the Box | Podcast
We delve into someone’s record collection and talk about the music they love and the life they lead. Hosted by Joey Watson.
Full playlists for the weekly show can be found here.
Today Joey speaks to the owner of Oxford Art Factory Mark Gerber.
When Mark Gerber moved to Australia in 1971 he was a ten year old with a budding appreciation for the arts. His life to that point split between Denmark and the Netherlands.
His new home city of Sydney would be the launch pad for global careers, as a musician, dj, actor, model, and promoter all driven by an obsessive fascination culture - the new and the exciting.
But it was in 2005 when he took over a former record store three blocks from Hyde Park in the inner Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst that a long term dream of an inclusive, innovative creative space would come to life.
It would be called the Oxford Art Factory and over the past 11 years, under Mark’s management, it has go onto become one the most respected cultural institutions in Sydney.
Today Joey speaks to Ravi Prasad.
Almost eight years ago Ravi watched his eldest daughter stop breathing moments after she was born – she survived, but it was a moment that changed everything.
Up to that point he’d spent twenty years working in the often-vacuous world of advertising – an environment where as Ravi himself says ‘the higher you climb the thinner the air.’
Skip forward a few years and Ravi is now the owner of Parliament on King, a café set up in his own living room on South King Street in the inner city suburb of Newtown that provides life-transforming hospitality training and work for refugees and asylum seekers.
Over two years Serge has chatted with an incredible selection of people from the rapper Briggs, to journalist Jan Fran, to Anthony Albanese MP – his radio life continues now at triple J where he produces Hack.
But there is more to Serge than radio. In his short years he’s been a wildlife ambassador, child actor, skate board fiend, Italian football hooligan, and the survivor of a life threatening injury.
At just 16 years of age Chris Csab began gay conversion therapy and in decade following, it left him celibate, feeling a deep sense of shame, and ultimately suicidal. But his story is one that has light at the end of the tunnel and chris is now a gay christian LGBTQIA advocate who is pushing governments to stop gay conversion therapy.
Indigenous broadcasting and all-round media talent Emily Nichols talks to Serge about powerful indigenous women and the best and brightest new indigenous artists.
Presenter and reporter for The Feed on SBS Marty Smiley talks to Serge about his Lebanese heritage and making great stories with a tongue in cheek.
Mari Andrew is a writer and illustrator in New York City who has taken Instagram by storm with her modern take on becoming an adult.
The greatest snowboarder of all time, 3 times Olympic gold medalist, 15 times X-games gold medalist Shaun White talks to Serge about what life is like for a GOAT!
American writer and journalist Alexis Okeowo works for the new yorker as a staff writer and has spent years reporting across Africa, the experience of which she has now chronicled in a new book.
Comedian, radio presenter and all-round funny man Dave Thornton chats to Serge about throwing away a secure job to become a dad and tour the comedy circuit.