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.
Eva Cox is a woman who likes to push for change from the outside in. Eva is an activist, a feminist, socialist and social commentator.
Eva Cox was born into a Jewish family in Vienna, just weeks before Hitler marched into Austria. She grew up as a refugee in England with her mother, but her family eventually settled in Sydney, Australia, where Eva was once again on the outskirts of a new place.
Placed on the outskirts once more, this didn’t stop Eva from being a strong woman but rather pushed her to create change within society. Eva has dedicated her life to elevating the status of women, particularly migrant women due to her own experience.
On her personal website, she refers to herself as a "political junkie" and explains her passion for activism by suggesting, "My father used to embarrass me and adolescent friends by asking what we had done to save the world that day, so maybe it's genetic to feel that if something is wrong, I should try to fix it."
Producers: Bre Jones and Nicole De Palo
Mojo Juju, founding member, songwriter and vocalist for notorious, seven-piece noir punk/garage switch bank ‘The Snake Oil Merchants’, sits down and tell us how she broke out on her own, although being told multiple times she was ‘too queer, too brown or not attractive enough to sell records.’
Mojo Juju draws inspiration from Jazz, early blues and Latin American ‘Pachuco’ culture of the 1930s and 1940s. Her latest album Native Tongue, discusses identity politics are coming from a place that is accessible to all — not just academics.
“I wanted to do something that addressed it from my own perspective, but approached it in a way that was very personal – because I don’t think that you can remove the personal from the political or vice versa.”
Producers: Brie Jones and Nicole De Palo
Stella Donnelly is an Australian musician from Perth, Australia.
Donnelly started off singing Green Day songs in her high school rock band. This eventually leads to her interest in jazz and contemporary as an adult studying at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
After two whirlwind years of international record deals, massive spots, and calling out bulls**t, Stella is preparing to release her debut album.
Producer: Nicole De Palo and Bre Jones
Fr Rod Bower
Today Joey chats to Father Rod Bower.
In July 2013 the sign outside the Gosford Anglican Church was thrust into the center of Australia’s national conversation when Rod changed it to read 'DEAR CHRISTIANS. SOME PPL ARE GAY. GET OVER IT. LOVE GOD’
Rod posted the message on the Anglican Parish of Gosford Facebook page. It went viral.
Five years on, and a healthy dose of death threats later we’ve seen signs reading anything from “BOO THE BIGOTS. WE STAND WITH ADAM GOODES.” , to “CHANGE LEADER, CHANGE NOTHING. CHANGE SYSTEMS, CHANGE THE WORLD".
In recent months Father Rod has published his autobiography Outspoken, and announced his senate candidacy as an independent in this year's federal election.
Producer: Bre Jones
Lexi grew up in the leafy eastern suburbs of Sydney in a secular Jewish family – the granddaughter of Hungarian refugees.
Perhaps she didn’t know it at the time but after having a go as a play write, a short career in acting at the Bell Shakespeare company, and a move to New York it would be the leafy east of her childhood that would provide the setting of her debut novel.
Published last year 'Innaprorpiation' has become a phenomenal success in the US making New York Magazine’s top 10 list for 2018.
Le Gateau Chocolat
Today Joey chats to drag artist Le Gateau Chocolat.
Gateau was raised in the bustling seaside Nigerian city of Lagos, in a conservative Pentecostal family – he grew up suppressing his identity in an environment where being gay was forbidden.
At 16 he moved to the UK to attend boarding school, which became a law degree.
But soon he shook of the traditional route and, almost by accident, he became a drag-inflected diva with a soaring operatic baritone that he lends to the compositions of everyone from Whitney to Guiseppi Verdi.
Today, rapper, poet, playwright, and novelist, Omar Musa.
When Omar was growing up in the regional NSW town of Queenbeyan, the son of a theatre historian and Malaysian poet, he fell slowly into the world of the arts– driven partly by an obsessive desire to create, and partly by the injustices he saw in the Australia’s combustible society.
It would be the basis for a life spent creating in all forms. One that would take him from seedy record labels in London, to otherworldly cultural experiences in California, and back to his family roots in Borneo.
As a rapper Omar has collaborated with some of the greats – Horrorshow, Kate Tempest, Marc E. Bassy, and Akala to name a few. Beyond that his poetry books, and novel have both been widely acclaimed. He’s currently finishing a run of his self written, self performed play Since Ali Died at Sydney festival.
Today Joey speaks to Stuart Coupe.
When Stuart moved from the northern Tasmanian town of Launceston to Adelaide in the mid-70s he was a representative squash player, with a passion for music, and an unlikely taste for counter culture.
It was not long before he fell into the world of music – his own zine roadrunner was a quiet step into a career that would see him come face to face with the likes of Bob Dylan, and Mick Jagger, manage Paul Kelly and the Hoodoo Gurus, and promote acts as varied Chris Whitley, Lucinda Williams, and Harry Dean Stanton.
In more recent times he has taken up radio. On Tuesday he hosts Tune Up - a show dedicated to covers - due to that and the many other shows he has hosted over the years he is often referred as the god father of FBi radio.
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.