What Myf and Zan learned about each other while Banging On
Bang On Live is almost upon us.
The podcast about music, art, life and stuff, hosted by Double J's Myf Warhurst and triple j's Zan Rowe, is getting its first live-audience treatment.
To get in you in the mood, we fired off a few questions to Myf and Zan about what you can expect on Sunday and to see just how much each host knows about the other.
Zan, what have you learnt about Myf that you didn’t know before you started doing Bang On?
Oh wow, so much. I've known Myf for more than a decade, but through Bang On I've learned that she once almost made Beyonce cry, got invited to fly "up the front of the bird" with Molly Meldrum, used to live in a tram, had a Norwegian exchange student boyfriend ... I mean, when should I stop?
Myf, same question: what have you learned about Zan?
I hope to clear the venue as I do at all my parties with a terrible rendition of Phil Collins’ 'Against All Odds' on piano.
Her unabashed LOVE of anything Disney is so sweet and cute and we will NEVER agree that this is a good thing. She’s also wickedly funny and loves to take things to Wrong Town even before me. She’s hilarious!
What have you learnt from the audience by doing Bang On? Who’s the Bang Fam?
Myf: It’s been so great to see our audience grow with us. We started from nothing, and podcasting is such an intimate thing, so I really feel like those who listen are my mates too. The Bang Fam gets it. They get us. We get them. We are family (sorry Sister Sledge).
Zan: Between every episode, our Bang Fam are in touch on socials sharing their own discoveries or laughing at the same dumb stuff as us. I love them so much! Myf and I are both Gen X'ers and I definitely notice a lot of connection whenever we share tales from our formative years.
What can you do in the podcast that you can’t do on-air?
Zan: Stretch out and have a conversation, however long it takes. Podcasting is a choice by the listener; when people come to Bang On, they press play knowing what they're going to get and keen as mustard for just that. Radio is a little more transient; I can be the soundtrack to an office, a worksite, a car stereo on a long trip.
Myf: We both mostly work solo, so we don’t do much casual interaction with others. Bang On is a chance to be a bit looser, and talk like we would, say, at the pub. It’s a pleasure to record every week. And I’m not saying that just to suck up. It’s true!
What can we expect from the live show? Will there be singing/Italian/cameo laughs from your producer, James?
Zan: There is talk of James, our Bang Boy, being a human "APPLAUSE / LAUGHTER" machine, and sitting on the corner of the stage, yes.
Myf: We’ll do the usual podcast, recap some highlights from the year, and as a special bonus our show theme song might be sung by a special guest Banger with a comedic bent. At the end of the recording, I hope to clear the venue as I do at all my parties with a terrible rendition of Phil Collins’ 'Against All Odds' on piano. It won’t be pretty.
Myf and Zan will record a new episode of Bang On at Sydney's Giant Dwarf this Sunday November 12 from 6pm.