Riffing With Christina



Amazing artists and musicians from around the world riff with journalist Christina Rowatt on art, risk and living a rock and roll life. What does it take to fight the war of art? The riffs start here.


  • 102 - John Joseph (Cro-Mags, Bloodclot)

    17/07/2021 Duración: 01h11min

    New York hardcore icon John Joseph talks about H.R. from Bad Brains, how he feels about the aftermath of Cro-Mags and his broken relationship with former bandmate Harley Flanagan, transformative moments with Black Sabbath, new ways to spread the word about plant-based life, the return of New York live punk rock at Tompkins Square Park, thinking for yourself & questioning authority, the irritating earnestness of Pearl Jam, the Military Industrial Complex, why it is "We The People" vs. those in power, his new documentary about the Prison Industrial Complex, his relationship with soul music and lots more. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kfkn8kCzr_U

  • 101 - Misha Mansoor (Periphery)

    09/07/2021 Duración: 01h13min

    Misha Mansoor (Periphery) reflects on his new solo album "Moderately Fast, Adequately Furious," Periphery's transformation into a passion project, how the pandemic sparked ingenuity, Periphery drummer Matt Halpern's phenomenal feel, Nolly's irreplaceable bass, how the new Periphery sessions are progressing and much more.

  • 100 - Tim McIlrath (Rise Against)

    09/06/2021 Duración: 42min

    Rise Against singer Tim McIlrath talks about his new record "Nowhere Generation," what happens when capitalism crumbles, how it will feel to have the pendulum swing back, his first guitar, when drums are the riffs and guitars are the rhythm, how he writes songs and how growing up in Chicago on riot grrl music changed his perspective on punk rock. Tim appears in my recent documentary on women and punk rock which you can watch on YouTube. 

  • 099 - Iggor Cavalera & Aaron Spectre (Drumcorps)

    02/05/2021 Duración: 01h24min

    Iconic drummer Iggor Cavalera and electronic artist Aaron Spectre (Drumcorps) discuss the soulful nature of drums, creativity, extreme music, why music the ethos and energy of industrial, hardcore and electronic music, the status of Iggor’s many projects (Cavalera Conspiracy, Petbrick, Mixhell, et al), the decision he made when he left Sepultura to only make music with people he loves and lots more.

  • 098 - Jesse Leach / Killswitch Engage

    17/03/2021 Duración: 01h06min

    Vocalist Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage, Times of Grace) talks about mental health and consciousness, the universe, survival mode, losing his voice & finding it again, waking up, what it would sound like if he went solo, goth music & lots more.

  • 097 - Kimbra & Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan)

    13/02/2021 Duración: 01h06min

    Kimbra and Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan & Kimbra manager) are both wildly adventurous and innovative artists who have redefined the boundaries of pop music and heavy music respectively. They've earned a cult following and a quiet nod of respect from a dizzying array of fellow artists. Here we delve into Kimbra's long-awaited fourth album, the parallels between their musical worlds and beyond.

  • 096 - Matt Pike / High on Fire

    01/02/2021 Duración: 01h10min

    The mighty Matt Pike of High On Fire dives deep into his new solo record, life during the COVID-era, his early life experiences, his perspective on the world at large, the next High On Fire album and much more.

  • 095 - Devin Townsend & Plini

    10/01/2021 Duración: 01h46min

    A deep conversation with Devin Townsend and Plini - two of the most fascinating and innovative artists in the field of creative, heartfelt, original rock music. There is joy and darkness, technical skill and raw talent. They also share one of the most devoted audiences on the planet. Subscribe if you enjoy.  Watch on YouTube

  • 094 - Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan, Killer Be Killed, Black Queen)

    20/11/2020 Duración: 02h09min

    Greg Puciato delves deep into the dark final years singing with Dillinger Escape Plan, the synchronous world of Killer Be Killed, singing the Layne parts with Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains, the state of the world and humanity, how psychedelic experiences have shifted his perspective, creating substance and nourishment in a world full of instantly gratifying candy, why drums are everything and so much more. Go deep in the Void.

  • 093 - Donnell Spencer Jr.

    12/11/2020 Duración: 01h14min

    Donnell Spencer Jr. is a self-taught drummer, singer, songwriter (and photographer) who has been creating modern soul music for decades. He sat down with co-hosts Christina Rowatt and Joshua Watkins to discuss his musical journey, the instinct to create, how the music industry has evolved, Stevie's new socially-conscious direction, his solo career, and much more. What is heavy music? Stevie Wonder's "Heaven is 10 Zillion Light Years Away." Follow Donnell Spencer Jr.: Instagram: www.instagram.com/dsjr Spotify: www.spotify.com/DonnellSpencerJr The Void with Christina on YouTube: www.youtube.com/thevoidwithchristina

  • 092 - Maynard James Keenan & Carina Round (Puscifer)

    02/11/2020 Duración: 01h04min

    Maynard James Keenan of Puscifer and co-vocalist Carina Round talk about their killer new album Existential Reckoning, singing together, what makes Puscifer feel unique, Maynard's early days on the asparagus field, his life as a man of the earth and what it has taught him about the absurdity of the world, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Monty Python, his world view and much more. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tlgAbuBDZ_Q Puscifer Live Stream Replay: https://pusciferlive.com/

  • 091 - Eddie Van Halen Tribute & Women In Rock Deep Dive

    13/10/2020 Duración: 01h06min

    This week we pay tribute to dearly departed Van Halen guitar legend Eddie Van Halen, a figurehead who arguably belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Guitarists. Consider it a Josh-led education on his contribution and some rousing discussion. We also dive deep into why there has rarely been an all-female band that has attained huge levels of stardom and chat about Christina's forthcoming documentary, "Her War is Our War."  Follow the Show on Spotify Listen to our Show Soundtrack Playlists Subscribe on YouTube Follow Christina on Instagram

  • 090 - Barney Greenway / Napalm Death

    27/09/2020 Duración: 46min

    Napalm Death singer Barney Greenway discusses the new record, "The Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism," how Napalm Death invented the word grindcore, the dehumanisation of the planet, playing extreme music (as the first extreme metal band ever booked) at Glastonbury Festival and lots more. Features guest appearances from Napalm Death bassist and songwriter Shane Embury and a brief cameo from Curby of Obscene Extreme Festival.

  • 089 - Converge's Nate Newton vs. Cave In's Steve Brodsky

    16/09/2020 Duración: 01h04min

    In this week's edition of The Void 333 podcast, Converge bassist Nate Newton and Steve Brodsky of Cave In discuss their shared (and untold) history as crucial members of a burgeoning American hardcore scene that flowered in Massachusetts (where they hail from) and continues to thrive and evolve in blistering and emotionally powerful new ways. We also explore the story of Blood Moon, their explosive new band with Chelsea Wolfe, more new music and lots more. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/KOYVbLFSGRo

  • 088- Sam Dillon (Lo!) on Aussie Fauna & QOTSA Songs For The Deaf

    30/08/2020 Duración: 54min

    Sam Dillon sings / growls for exceptional Australian bands like Lo! and Hadal Maw. In this week's show we talk about the 18th anniversary of Queens of the Stone Age's seminal Songs for The Deaf, why musicians ARE essential workers, what artists worldwide could learn from Australia's hardiest fauna and lots more. Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/30kEKLG Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2DvdEIK Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2PhbgrI Lo! - Vestigial on Spotify Lo! on Instagram: instagram.com/lookandbehold/ Each week we put together a bitchin' Spotify playlist of songs featured / inspired by the show. Nowhere else will you hear Peter Gabriel, Ministry, Lo or Snorlax together. Listen here. 

  • 087 - Director Penelope Spheeris (Wayne's World, Decline of Western Civilization doco series)

    22/08/2020 Duración: 01h35min

    Iconic director Penelope Spheeris talks to Christina and Josh about secret stories from her historic Decline of Western Civilization punk/heavy metal doco series, creating the first music videos with Parliament Funkadelic and Fleetwood Mac in the early Seventies, the movie with legendary comic Richard Pryor she made that Cosby allegedly won't let you see, why she got fired off the Wayne's World sequel, the origin story of the Wayne's World Bohemian Rhapsody scene and lots more. We also explore Void co-host Josh Watkins' career as a feature film Assistant Director, plus our favourite music documentaries. 

  • 086 - Guns 'n' Roses' Appetite For Destruction + Rock Photographer Tony Mott: Ep 2 The Void 3:33

    03/08/2020 Duración: 01h34min

    This week Josh and Christina celebrate Guns 'n' Roses' Appetite For Destruction - 33 years on, arguably the most significant example of "all killer, no filler" in rock. We also speak to iconic rock photographer Tony Mott, who started out shooting a school uniform-clad Chrissy Amphlett in the Divinyls during Sydney's thriving rock scene, before spending 40 years shooting every rock star from the Rolling Stones to Midnight Oil. Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/30kEKLG Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2DvdEIK Subscribe on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2PhbgrI  

  • 085 - The Void 333 Ep 1: Meet Christina & Josh, Pantera in Moscow '91, Sydney Dive Bar & Why Music Sucks

    19/07/2020 Duración: 01h57min

    Welcome to The Void 333, a new weekly show hosted by Christina Rowatt and Josh Watkins, both music lunatics with a deep love for all things heavy and unpopular culture. On this week's show, we have Pantera tour manager Guy Sykes on Pantera live in Moscow 1991 - our first "Great Moment in Rock History," Jordan McDonald of Frankie's Pizza (Sydney's most epic rock dive bar) PLUS Melbourne idiot and Blood Duster legend Jason "PC" Fuller on why live music sucks in our first "I'll Fight You" segment. Yeah, he said it.  Watch on YouTube

  • 084 - Russ Russell / Napalm Death Producer

    23/02/2020 Duración: 01h41min

    Record producer Russ Russell has been working with the endlessly innovative Napalm Death for more than 20 years. He and the band are on the finish line of their first album in 5 years, which features a Sonic Youth cover and drums built from trash cans, an old milk churn and scrap metal beaten with hammers. Russ has been making albums with some of the world's most savage rock bands since he was a teenager and embraced technology years before the world did. In this epic conversation we delve deep into the mystical music world he calls life.

  • 083 - Kirk Windstein / Crowbar

    23/02/2020 Duración: 43min

    Crowbar's Kirk Windstein talks about the new Crowbar album, the Down NOLA reunion shows and the possibility of a new Down record, when he and Jimmy Bower created the Crowbar sound, working with Philip Anselmo as a producer and skilled arranger and what has kept his rock and roll flame burning for decades. 

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