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Jane Gazzo: "I was totallyoblivious to bands that wereunder the influence ofnarcotics."

From her humble beginnings on community radio in Melbourne Jane Gazzo has enjoyed one hell of a ride; learning the ropes on live TV as part of the Recovery team in the 90s she went on to work for triple j, Radio 6 in London and now beams into our lounge-room each week as a regular presenter on Channel V.

Currently on the hunt for a co-host to join her and the rest of the Channel V lineup, Gazzo took some time out from interviewing musos to share some of her career highlights – including getting up close and personal with Sonic Youth and hanging out with Jarvis Cocker.

Way back when you started out on Melbourne’s RRR radio– can you remember who the first musician you ever interviewed was?
When I started at 3RRR I was about 16 years old and had probably interviewed every local artist around Melbourne at that time, but I do remember the first international artist I ever interviewed. It was David Gedge – lead singer of cult indie band The Wedding Present (who are touring Australia for the first time in 22 years this week!). I was a massive fan of the band and remember him being quite jovial and very funny. It turned out to be a fortuitous meeting. We are still friends to this day and he always jokingly reminds me that it’s his fault I continued on this path. In a way, I guess it is. If he had turned out to be a terrible interview maybe I would have been burned from speaking to frontmen of indie bands ever again.

You shot into the public eye as co-host of Recovery alongside Dylan Lewis in the 90s and there are obviously lots of moments we’d love to ask you about. The first one is your interview with Chino from Deftones. He was clearly very ‘tired’ – what were your memories of tackling this live on TV?
It’s funny because I don’t remember Chino being ‘tired’ at all. I just remember wanting to do a good job. You have to remember I was a young, naive twenty year old under a lot of pressure on live TV with not a lot of experience under my belt back then. I was totally oblivious to ‘tired’ rockstars or bands that were under the influence of narcotics (and I’ve since found out there were many!). I was quite green and only thinking of the next question I had to ask in the four or so minutes we had allocated for the interview.

You also interviewed a very jet-lagged Sonic Youth, how nervous were you before that interview?
Most of the international bands who came on Recovery were jetlagged! The call time for most bands was 7am, this could be disastrous if the band had played a show the night before or only just arrived in the country after a major long haul flight. Having said that, I really enjoyed that Sonic Youth interview. I thought Thurston, Kim and Lee were really down to earth and quite lovely.

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oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 16th Apr, 2012

this is a great read sarah, got some stuff to take away from this for sure.

but why didn't you ask if she slept with russell brand? that's what i would of asked. is that why i don't get female interviews?

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 16th Apr, 2012

I heard that Jane Gazzo is MABs favourite person in the whole world.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 16th Apr, 2012

Dave Mabzzo is his VJ name.

Dexter Ramone

Dexter Ramone said on the 16th Apr, 2012

Great read. Love to work on Channel V!

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 16th Apr, 2012

my audition tape is only accessible by link, so only channel v can watch it. it has 8 views. that's a good right? :cool:

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 16th Apr, 2012

Probably.

If it had 30 views you'd assume they sent it round the office to laugh at you.

Dexter Ramone

Dexter Ramone said on the 16th Apr, 2012

Have you viewed it 8 times Gregg?

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 16th Apr, 2012

hahahaha that would be embarrassing -_- not that i'd ever find out.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 16th Apr, 2012



haha no, but would it count my views if i'm logged into my youtube account and opening it?

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 16th Apr, 2012

well i've only opened it twice, so 6 times.

crob

crob said on the 16th Apr, 2012




it was ok when I was there... prefer my new job though

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 16th Apr, 2012

what did you do there?

crob

crob said on the 16th Apr, 2012

broadcast operations

Mattymatt

Mattymatt said on the 17th Apr, 2012

gazzo is a really great interviewer. she actually makes watching channel v bearable.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 20th Apr, 2012

The bitch fest that just unfolded on the V Facebook page over this was incredible. bitches be deadset fucking crazy. it was like a symphony of butthurt.

crob

crob said on the 20th Apr, 2012

dang i missed it....

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 20th Apr, 2012

https://www.facebook.com/vmusic.com.au/posts/10150752845994720?refid=52&ref=m_notif¬if_t=share_comment

crob

crob said on the 20th Apr, 2012

10 comments in and I'm getting one of those head aches that can only be cured with lots n lots of booze ....

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 20th Apr, 2012

it's honestly one of the stupidest things I've ever read.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 20th Apr, 2012

I couldn't read it all because I started bleeding out of my ears.

Daft Punks Lip Sweat

Daft Punks Lip Sweat said on the 20th Apr, 2012

Becks pulled out too early IMO.

crob

crob said on the 20th Apr, 2012

what one are you oldgregg?

http://presentersearch.vmusic.com.au/view-entries.aspx?pageID=3

Dexter Ramone

Dexter Ramone said on the 20th Apr, 2012



Woah. I had a headache after 15 posts.

crob

crob said on the 20th Apr, 2012



your stronger then me good sir....

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 20th Apr, 2012

one of them had a quiet snip at me as well because my video goes for 3 minutes and not the suggested 2.

teenage girls are not for this position.

shazie

shazie said on the 21st Apr, 2012

Good god I could only read about 10 or so posts before giving up. It's like some kind of torture endurance test.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 21st Apr, 2012

that thing is like the tip of the iceberg for that chick, i'll probably hang myself if she gets and audition and I don't.

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 21st Apr, 2012

Figured I should enter this the only way I know how: by doing something absolutely stupid.

In which I apply to be the next Channel V presenter by eating 40 McNuggets

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSO8MBudgic

shazie

shazie said on the 22nd Apr, 2012

That's pretty much guaranteed to get any job.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 22nd Apr, 2012

santos has a handsome speaking voice. :somehomo:

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 22nd Apr, 2012

5 stars, standing ovation, game changer, Best New Music.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 22nd Apr, 2012

Now I want some mcnuggets!

shazie

shazie said on the 22nd Apr, 2012

http://download.lardlad.com/framegrabs/EABF03/49.jpg

I sure am hungry for my favorite food McNuggets!

http://download.lardlad.com/framegrabs/EABF03/48.jpg

Bad new Sheriff, some hipster took all the McNuggets!

http://download.lardlad.com/framegrabs/EABF03/49.jpg

I'll get that no-good hipster, just as sure as my favorite book is Magazines!

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 22nd Apr, 2012

that's one of the best posts I've seen since ramones last gif.

Daft Punks Lip Sweat

Daft Punks Lip Sweat said on the 22nd Apr, 2012

That is simply the best Albert. 5 Stars!

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 22nd Apr, 2012

Your new avatar is better, imo.

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 23rd Apr, 2012



[URL="http://presentersearch.vmusic.com.au/view-entries.aspx?Search=Albert%20Santos"]Now you can officially vote for me!

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

you can also vote for me if you haven't already ;)

I just want to get further than that girl.

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

How is she even getting the votes?

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

So am I, never heard of her.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

well shit i don't know. do you give out free suicide advice?

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

I actually know the most popular Australian tumblr personally (before you ask: yes she is a small, asian, fashion-obsessed hipster who posts loads of pictures of vintage stuff). I might ask her if she knows.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

i had a tumblr for a uni project, kept it for my photography, i didn't understand it, so i deleted it.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

I was on Tumblr for a year or two. The community around that time was not a pleasant place for teenagers. It nearly destroyed me. I left it about 4 years ago.

batdan

batdan said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

do any of the potential VJ's like Slayer?

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 23rd Apr, 2012



I liked Slayer till they bailed on me at Sydney Soundwave

batdan

batdan said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

you have to wear it first

Daft Punks Lip Sweat

Daft Punks Lip Sweat said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

you can also vote for me if you haven't already ;)

I just want to get further than that girl.

You're not Perri are you?

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

daft punk said it like it was a disappointment. kind of feel apprehensive about confirming.

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

Don't be a chicken, Perri!

I'll see myself out

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

That joke was fairly mild.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

why? tempted to gobble on my nuggets?

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

Well it is getting quite chilli here in Sydney...

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

Of course a chav says Nandos before oportos, let alone Portugal in general

Daft Punks Lip Sweat

Daft Punks Lip Sweat said on the 23rd Apr, 2012



Definitely no disappointment here mate. I was fairly certain it was you but I was expecting a more chav look so I wasn't entirely sure, hence my wording. 2nd place in the ratings, congratulations. Good luck!

Ps. Albert you also got a vote from me.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

they fucking love that shit in england.

laks pointed out how there's a shitload of them in melbourne when he was down.

Dexter Ramone

Dexter Ramone said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

I quite enjoyed yours Albert; but I think you've cheated hard by not having any actual real presenting in the vid!

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

he has a fluent voice though, so i think that helps. did you record the vocals in one shot bert?

it took me like a 50 times to amend my mannerisms and mistakes. i was trying not to hand gesture so much as well.

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

If you listen closely there is some editing to the vocals.

I now have a weird audio collection of me taking awkward breaths. In anyone asks me for it I will pre-emptively run away.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

sounds like a kristen stewart audition.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

Definitely no disappointment here mate. I was fairly certain it was you but I was expecting a more chav look so I wasn't entirely sure, hence my wording. 2nd place in the ratings, congratulations. Good luck!

Ps. Albert you also got a vote from me.

i'm not actually a chav! jose-induced misconception.

and thank you very much.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 23rd Apr, 2012

should have asked her if she was a member of korn.