Welcome to RUSSH Hour: Conversations with Creative Minds, our first ever and much-anticipated podcast.
We are so appreciative of the support of our presenting partner, Coach, an iconic American brand that has for over 80 years had a strong connection with community, creativity and culture. Likewise, it is an honour to introduce our first host, long-time friend of RUSSH, musician and creative advocate, Isabella Manfredi.
"I think I was most excited about the conversations I could have with people in my world, because I have missed those connections so much over the last two years of being off the road. And so many of those kinds of connections that you would make really naturally by travelling, running into other musicians at the airport, or like ending up at a wedding together, or show, and just being inspired and energised from those meetings." Manfredi muses.
"Like everyone, I've just been in my home, sitting on my own, so it was really nice to just feel like my world had opened up a bit again."
Through these conversations, we will speak to some of our country’s most creative minds, who are shaping our shifting culture, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Episode 1: Listening into the mirror
In this episode, Isabella Manfredi will lift the veil on her experience in building a brand, and that deep call that comes with beginnings and endings in artistic practice. This will send a strong message to emerging creatives across ALL genres to have the bravery to listen, to let go, and to truly know yourself through your work. This episode will also provide thought leadership around the next stage of working as a creative/artist and addresses celebrity, image building, taste, design and identity. In this episode, Manfredi speaks to some important creative voices of our time on the intricacies of the arts and creative industries, such as music manager turned creative mentor Rachael Sardelich, rising star Indigenous musician Budjerah, Dancer Waangenga Blanco, Manfredi’s own father and one of Australia's first celebrity chefs, Stefano Manfredi, and internationally renowned creative director Thom Kerr.
Episode 2: Part 1 & 2 Giving away the seeds
In both parts of this episode, Manfredi will embrace the importance of creative elders and being a good mentor in the practice of being an artist. This episode speaks to the past, present and future, and ideas of legacy, ageism, and how important it is to have older people mentoring the younger generation, especially in the entertainment industry where millennials are key to commercial growth and audience. The conversations in this episode speak broadly to wisdom and its role in artistic life as Manfredi chats cross generationally to some of Australia’s brightest creative minds, including musician and Coach friend Julia Stone, First Nations singer, songwriter and activist Ziggy Ramo, rising star Indigenous musician Budjerah and Manfredi’s own father and one of Australia's first celebrity chefs, Stefano Manfredi.
You can listen now to episode 2: part 1 of RUSSH x Coach's first podcast series through any of the major streaming platforms below.
You can listen now to episode 2: part 2 of RUSSH x Coach's first podcast series through any of the major streaming platforms below.