Riffing With Christina



Amazing artists and musicians from around the world riff with journalist Christina Rowatt on art, risk and living a rock and roll life. What does it take to fight the war of art? The riffs start here.


  • 084 - Russ Russell / Napalm Death Producer

    23/02/2020 Duración: 01h41min

    Record producer Russ Russell has been working with the endlessly innovative Napalm Death for more than 20 years. He and the band are on the finish line of their first album in 5 years, which features a Sonic Youth cover and drums built from trash cans, an old milk churn and scrap metal beaten with hammers. Russ has been making albums with some of the world's most savage rock bands since he was a teenager and embraced technology years before the world did. In this epic conversation we delve deep into the mystical music world he calls life.

  • 083 - Kirk Windstein / Crowbar

    23/02/2020 Duración: 43min

    Crowbar's Kirk Windstein talks about the new Crowbar album, the Down NOLA reunion shows and the possibility of a new Down record, when he and Jimmy Bower created the Crowbar sound, working with Philip Anselmo as a producer and skilled arranger and what has kept his rock and roll flame burning for decades. 

  • 082 - Mike IX Williams / Eyehategod

    29/11/2019 Duración: 40min

    Eyehategod’s Mike IX Williams talks about their long-awaited next album, their new drummer, why Hurricane Katrina changed everything, his gratitude for the fans that saved his life, his favourite memories of late drummer Joey, the band's notorious reputation and lots more. Watch the YouTube video version.

  • 081 - Corinne Gibbons

    22/11/2019 Duración: 59min

    Singer and songwriter Corinne Gibbons has been living the nomadic travelling artist life since she fell in love with making music as a teenager. We discuss her creative songwriting process, what she has learned from collaborating with talented artists (and children) in Indigenous communities, what the elders can teach us all about time and shares some serendipitous moments working with the world's most brilliant musicians plus some sage advice for musicians looking to live the dream. 

  • 080 - Michael Gira / Swans

    17/11/2019 Duración: 22min

    Michael Gira of Swans is a truly iconoclastic musician that has created music that hits the extremes of the spectrum - the darkest, the most abrasive and explosive sounds you can imagine, through to the most ethereal otherworldly music. Swans cuts through all your blood and gristle to your heart and bones. Their new album Leaving Meaning leans to the light; a super cinematic piece that you can feel on a visceral level. The record is a shining example of why SWANS have remained a vital evolving animal.  Watch my video interviews: https://www.youtube.com/thevoidwithchristina

  • 079 - Apocalyptica

    16/11/2019 Duración: 20min

    Apocalyptica is a band from Finland featuring classically trained musicians which started out covering Metallica songs, reimagined on cellos. Over the last few years they’ve moved into creating their own symphonic heavy metal music and have collaborated with an insane range of singers. I spoke to them before their show at the Opera House. You can watch the video version of this interview on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUfV6vpZBso  

  • 078 - Devin Townsend

    06/10/2019 Duración: 49min

    Prolific Canadian musician Devin Townsend shares the story of his new solo album "Empath," the killer touring band he's put together to share it with the world, the difference between Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart, the darkness of being a human, the function of being an artist, the creative experience, the fundamental differences between men and women, his career evolution from his wild and aggressive Strapping Young Lad material to the far dreamier Empath, and lots more. 

  • 077 - Andy Gill / Gang of Four

    27/08/2019 Duración: 58min

    Gang of Four's Andy Gill is an iconic guitarist and acclaimed record producer who has carved out a unique (and often imitated) guitar sound. We discuss the New York trip that preceded their mega influential first album Entertainment!, the history of Gang Of Four, Andy's brand new approach to their latest album, producing Killing Joke’s epic self-titled record, left and right in the dark days of capitalism and more. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Entertainment!, they return to Australia in November.

  • 076 - Andrew WK

    14/08/2019 Duración: 31min

    ​Andrew "Party" W.K. is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and badass keyboardist that is best known for his diehard commitment to PARTYING and the concept of PARTY. Here we talk about fearless expression, the emotion he wants to create every single show, the spice he seeks with his soulmates (the fans) and who is more culturally significant: My Little Pony or Hello Kitty.

  • 075 - Primitive Man

    07/08/2019 Duración: 01h05s

    Primitive Man is a band that savages ears like a concrete sledge of granite-tipped sonic violence that intensifies gravity. Their latest album is called "Caustic" and it isn't just a clever name. It is caustic. Founding member Ethan McCarthy is quite the opposite. This lively conversation goes deep into the Denver, Colorado world he hails from, his real feelings on the grind bands of his past and where the music should ideally be experienced: in a crypt. Note: sailor-level swearing from all involved throughout the show. 

  • 074 - Producer Andy Sneap + Mike Exeter on Judas Priest + Sabbath's Last Album

    02/08/2019 Duración: 01h07min

    Andy Sneap and Mike Exeter have produced records for heavy metal's most significant artists including Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. In this special episode we explore Andy Sneap's trajectory from musician to acclaimed heavy metal record producer, their shared experience co-producing Judas Priest's Firepower, and some awesome Black Sabbath and Rick Rubin stories. 

  • 073 - Steve Hughes / Heavy Metal Comedian

    02/08/2019 Duración: 23min

    Steve Hughes is an Australian comic known for his acerbic style, heavy metal affiliations and controversial comedy. He speaks about why having a nervous breakdown was NOT the best thing that ever happened, being the Venom of the anti-political correctness movement and lots more.

  • 072 - Bongzilla + GWAR

    24/07/2019 Duración: 43min

    Dave "Oderus Urungus" Brockie of GWAR was a badass space lizard from another planet who took real things seriously but never took himself too seriously. Mike from Bongzilla has been writing songs exclusively about weed for the last 25 years. Both of these rad musicians feature on this week's episode, which explores everything from Gandhi to Hendrix to the war on weed. Check out the video interviews on The Void with Christina YouTube channel. 

  • 071 - Nate Newton / Converge + Old Man Gloom

    24/04/2019 Duración: 01h56min

    Nate Newton of Converge and Old Man Gloom is an essential musical and human element of some of the most iconic American hardcore bands to ever rattle speakers, sear through pits, scream, squall and soothe hearts with their serrated edges and rough-hewn soul. He and his merry bands of riff-wielding musical animals joined forces in the fertile Massachusetts hardcore scene which birthed and cross-pollinated a slew of bands who continue to drive hooks into new listeners. Here we delve into the rich history of Nate's musical trajectory and the underground scene that made these bands, the real story behind some of their most significant records, their spirit animals, their creative journey and the loss of talented and beloved Old Man Gloom bandmate (and Cave In legend) Caleb Scofield and what made him such a special human being. 

  • 070 - Lindsay McDougall / Frenzal Rhomb

    26/02/2019 Duración: 01h12min

    Lindsay McDougall started playing guitar with Frenzal Rhomb way back in 1996 and has gracefully assaulted stages around the world with the band's potent cocktail of rock and roll good times and utter silliness ever since. He's also burned up the airwaves with his dulcet tones on Triple J and now the ABC for many years. We discuss his upcoming show at Download Festival, the Australian experience, the next Frenzal Rhomb album and much more. 

  • 069 - War on Women Singer Shawna Potter

    16/02/2019 Duración: 57min

    Shawna Potter of Baltimore's War on Women is a welcome revelation, a powerful voice equal parts savage, full-bodied and soulful. Hitting peak notes hard and striking violently through the real things that matter means something, onstage and on record. Especially from a band that is as excellent as a David Lee Roth star jump. In this extended conversation, Shawna Potter speaks to host Christina Rowatt about music, creativity, punk rock and using your voice as a weapon. 

  • 068 - Nath Core on Grindcore, Metallica + America

    16/01/2019 Duración: 02h21min

    Nath Core has an epic expanse of musical knowledge and has created the digital worlds of many iconic heavy bands including Baroness,  Napalm Death and Neurosis. We discuss his experiences travelling from the cultural desert of Australia to America, building great relationships with excellent bands, the history of grindcore, seeing Guns N Roses alongside the legendary Del James, Ross Halfin's photography, some fun anecdotes from the proverbial Encyclopaedia Metallica and what it was like to interview Scott Kelly of Neurosis on a picturesque mountaintop. 

  • 067 - Tiah Eckhardt of The Daily Knicker

    17/12/2018 Duración: 01h42min

    Australian fashion model Tiah Eckhardt is the writer/creator of lauded lingerie blog "The Daily Knicker," a blog showcasing a lingerie collection that rivals John Peel's record collection. Her carefully curated lingerie recommendations have introduced thousands around the world to artistic, sexy and womanly designs with a rare level of editorial insight. In this in-depth conversation she speaks to host Christina Rowatt about her lifelong love affair with lingerie, her experiences as a high fashion, runway and lingerie model from the age of fourteen, her wildest and most glamorous modelling adventures, falling in love, this immense moment of cultural transformation as the multi-faceted experience of being a woman is starting to be reflected in a more nuanced way, embracing bisexuality, the difference between Australian men and British/American men (and the lack of chivalry in Australian male culture), weird parallels between music and fashion post-GFC, capitalism versus self-love, sex and romance in the digita

  • 66 - Engineer / Producer Mike Exeter (Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Tony Iommi)

    07/12/2018 Duración: 02h40min

    Recording engineer and record producer Mike Exeter talks to Christina Rowatt about working with longtime studio collaborator Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi, engineering on the final Black Sabbath record with producer Rick Rubin, recording some of rock's most magnificent voices including Judas Priest singer Rob Halford and the iconic Ronnie James Dio, making Judas Priest's 2018 album alongside Andy Sneap and his intuitive approach to make any artist feel comfortable enough in the studio to give their best performance. 

  • 065 - Corey Glover / Living Colour on Singing + Paul Dawkins on The Dark Side of the Industry

    04/12/2018 Duración: 01h22min

    Corey Glover as Living Colour's vocal heart is a soulful, powerful and critical musical element of the band's unique sound and their ability to transcend genre and time; equally at home at a funk show as a stadium metal festival. Corey joins The Void for a fast conversation about communicating via the most primal channel we have: music, and the five songs that changed his life. In the second half of the show, Australian composer, filmmaker and musician Paul Dawkins joins us to talk ancient instruments, growing up in the music business, his experiences as a young musician with rock and roll hitmaker producer and industry legend Peter Dawkins as a father, what really happened at the birth of the compact disc and 21st century survival as a musician. 

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