Two self-professed music geeks are bringing their diverse musical tastes together for a Friday night radio show that entertains and informs.
Amanda Mills and Viki Kingsley-Holmes present OAR FM Dunedin show Misadventures in Sound, an hour-long exploration of the connections between artists and their influences.
Having bonded a couple of years ago over a mutual love of local music and the Beatles, the pair have been waiting for the opportunity to share their music collections and in-depth knowledge of favourite acts with a wider audience.
While they shared much common ground in terms of musical preferences, there were opportunities to explore the outer fringes of each other’s respective collections.
“It’s all about taking listeners on a journey with us,” said Ms Kingsley-Holmes.
“I might learn a little bit about Kate Bush from Amanda and she might learn a little about Muse from me.
“We’re not here to influence anybody, but it’s not a bad thing if we do.”
Ms Mills, curator of Music and AV at the Hocken Library and a music writer for theAudioculture and New Zealand Musician websites, said the show provided each host with plenty of “light-bulb” moments, where a great song or an interesting fact about the artist led to an appreciation of something new.
“It’s always good to expose yourself and others to new music because that’s the way you find things you thought you might not like or have never heard of before.
“We also discover connections, where one artist influences another. We find those stories and tease them out to see if we can find those influences in their music.”
Ms Kingsley-Holmes summed up the Misadventures in Sound ethos in a few pithy words.
“It’s for music geeks who like banter.”
Misadventures in Sound next airs fortnightly on Fridays at 8pm on OAR FM Dunedin 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from www.oar.org.nz.