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RTRFM Distant Murmurs Interview Quickies – Diger Rokwell

Questions By: Laurent Shervington

What does RTRFM mean to you? What impact do you think it’s had on the Perth Music community in recent years?

RTRFM has been a part of my life for a long time, since I was a kid I would listen to Full Frequency, the Friday Shows like Getting Hectic (All City) and the like. RTRFM is the gel in the local music scene, it gives a voice to independent music and issue. It is one of the best independent stations in the country in my opinion, and it offers a fantastic service to the community. It gives independent point of view a platform to be expressed.

How do you think radio has managed to maintain relevance despite it coming across as a somewhat archaic medium?

It has maintained its relevance through being open to new music and ideas, continuing changing with the community it services. RTRFM is always willing to embrace the new, it’s has championed so much music and art from Perth no matter how weird or DIY it is. If it has vibe, it has a home. Everyone involved in RTRFM is passionate about one thing: MUSIC, ART and independent expression, meaning to provides a sense of order in order to run with the archaic.

Do you have a favourite show on RTR? Favourite presenter?

Friday Full Frequency has been my favourite since the Dan the Man day as it heralds in the weekend. Rok Riley has really grown in confidence to present her own show. In the early days, I think she was still living the shadow of the legend, Dan the Man. But she has grown, and believed more in her ability and choice, her show is super strong, always on the crest of the new and innovative that is happening globally and the audience show her so much love for what is does.

Which bands are you hanging out for at this Saturday’s Distant Murmurs?

Shy Panther has a bit of a break in 2015 and I believe these boys have a fantastic sound, which blends all sorts of wizardry into it, and they are super nice guys. Phil Stroud will be great, and I look forward to how he does his sound live. The Erasers have such a great sound live, and will be perfect in the courtyard with their meditative textural drones. The whole place will be full of surprises, as RTRFM always curates a sounds that honours more established artists, as well as giving upcoming bands and artists a set.

What can we expect from your set?

I have been super excited about my live set for a while now, as it is expresses my true sound. It has more layers and dynamism than my produced music, as it enables to jam around a little more with the ability to remix and rework my music live with the aid of buttons, effects, guitar, synths and gadgets. I will performing a few songs with my friends Mathas, Felicity Groom, Benjamin Witt and Dan from Shy Panther in a special one off set.

Any final words?

Rest in stardust, David Bowie!

Diger plays Distant Murmurs at the Rosemount Hotel on Saturday January 16. Tickets from