You may best know him for his mic duties on Australia’s most loved punk and hardcore show, triple j’s short.fast.loud which airs every Wednesday night. Joshua Merriel is thrilled to unveil details of his new podcast, My Mixtape With Joshua Redbeard.
My Mixtape is a music based podcast where host Joshua Redbeard invites guests from across the creative spectrum (musicians, actors, comedians, artists, writers, personalities) to create a Mixtape of their lives, songs that shaped the people they are today. Together Redbeard and his guests sit down to find out the personal meaning behind the music.
“The idea for My Mixtape grew out of my own childhood mix CDs. Going back through the multitude of CDs I have made over the years, I can always remember where I was when I made them, what was going on in my life, who shared these songs with me, and the emotions attached to them. Music truly is a universal language for everyone, and that lead to me wanting to hear everyone else’s stories, everyone else’s Mixtapes, everyone else’s expression of what music means to them, thus this podcast was born.” – Joshua Redbeard
“My intention is to run the absolute gamut of genres both for guests and for the Mixtapes themselves, in the pitch I send to artists I specifically say there are no rules, if people want to make me a mixtape of their favourite songs from musicals, I’m down. Let’s go with it.” says Joshua.
He adds, “Of the episodes I’ve done so far, a few have taken it in some interesting directions and have made for some of the best episodes to date. My goal list is very long, and there are some REALLY impossible names on there, but I’m going to keep going and just see where this takes me.”
The very first episode of My Mixtape features Ben Ellingworth, a full-time drummer for Australian hip hop artist Illy, as well as a session drummer for many other acts. In the past, he has worked with artists like Pop Will Eat Itself, Peking Duk, Carmada, LO!, MM9, and Switchkicker. This eclecticism is reflected in his Mixtape as it runs the gamut of everything from Bjork to Napalm Death to DJ Shadow to Death Grips.