NAME: Gemma Pike
JOB & INDUSTRY/WHAT DO U DO: Assistant Music Director/Weekend Lunch Presenter at triple j
FAVOURITE BAND: The Velvet Underground
FAVOURITE SONG: Changes almost daily.
FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST + WHY: Patti Smith – pioneer, poet, punk priestess. She’s untouchable. Plus I got to give her a cuddle recently and I swear her vibrations travelled through me.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
"As part of triple j’s music team, I listen to heaps of new music to curate all the great tunes you hear on the radio. I also produce Richard Kingsmill’s new music show, 2017, and present my own radio show on the weekends."
IS THIS WHAT YOU ALWAYS DREAMED OF?
"Not so much what I always dreamed of, but for many years I volunteered at a community radio station in Perth, just for the love of it. When I moved into radio as a full time career it definitely felt right."
DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ETHIC
"Work hard, play hard and give yourself time to rest. As much as I love busying up my life with those first two I am also a huge advocate for those times you need to recharge. So if you can say baths, cups of tea, lazing in the sunshine, going to art galleries, getting lost in books and cuddling cats is a “work ethic”, that’s me."
WHAT WOMEN DO YOU LOOK UP TO?
"Within my field there are so many. Zan Rowe has been a constant source of inspiration and friendship since I started at triple j, plus she delivers a masterclass in radio every freakin’ morning. No one is doing more for women in electronic music right now than Nina Las Vegas and her work ethic is out of this world. Ngaio Parr from Make Nice is a one-woman inspiration machine, putting together conferences and support networks for creative women, and Lucy Peach is spreading the gospel of the menstrual cycle one performance at a time."
DO YOU HAVE ANY LITTLE SECRETS TO FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION?
"Visualise yourself one step ahead. It can be a big or small goal, but if you can already see yourself moving onto the next phase, the decisions you make now will be more focussed to the desired end result."