Richard Kingsmill is the music director of national broadcaster Triple J. He is probaly the single most influential person in Australian music. I’ve emailed him a few times and have met him once, recently at Splendour. I used to think he has a very enviable; who wouldn’t want to listen to the latest music and decide what gets played on air across the nation? But the more I do this blog, dealing with all the daily music submissions, the more I realise that he has one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Perhaps only his equivalent in BBC’s Radio One has a harder task, if there is such a position, I’m not even sure. It’s very difficult listening to so much new music everyday and not get your ears too tired, because once you get to that stage, everything start sounding the same.
In an interview on tsunamimag.com Kingsmill explains what he thinks of the critics, complainers and whingers of Triple J. I realised that I have never read an interview on him before. He is a lot more forward and opiniated in this interview than I was expecting to read, mostly because the only time I get to hear him is when he is enthusiastic about new music on his weekly show. I have to say after all the blogs, websites, and daily demo submissions, Triple J is still my number one source of new music. Sometimes, I’m happy to just listen to Kingsmill’s great new music recommendations.