A Week In The Life Of… Declan Byrne

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Time to run through a week in the life of triple j presenter, Declan Byrne! Declan’s displayed his dedication to music, and for radio in particular, throughout his entire career. Starting out as a volunteer for Sydney Community Radio Station, ‘FBi Radio‘ in 2010, Declan acquired loads of valuable experience as host of their ‘Mornings’ program for a solid 2 years! He found his way to triple j in 2013, where he presented a 1-6am mid-dawn shift, providing help to the triple j unearthed crew with the utmost enthusiasm, and jumping at the opportunity to fill in key on-air roles whenever he could. Declan attained a more central role as a host in 2018, and he’s already had such a huge impact on audiences and artists alike, always offering up a superb mix of songs, from the classic Aussie bangers, to those new hidden gems waiting to make their way to the surface. Such a task requires a great amount of musical knowledge and a whole lot of passion for the music scene and Declan nails it every Monday – Thursday on his little slice of air time ‘Home and Hosed.’

Music aside, it is said that Declan has a keen passion for large sandwiches, however the ingredients he offers here today are not edible, rather they are in the form of some amazing career advice! Read on below…

A job description in your own words

G’day, I’m the host of triple j’s Australian music show Home & Hosed. It’s a one hour show on Monday to Thursday nights where I squeeze in as much new Australian music as possible. I also do weekly online pieces for the triple j website about something important or interesting in the Australian music scene.

A brief daily journal over a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
Most of my week revolves around finding the best music for my show with a big focus on diversity in gender, genre and cultural backgrounds. From Monday to Thursday most of my time is spent listening to the incredible amount of music that’s being made and deciding what’s a priority to play. I get loads of music sent to me from artists, managers and publicists so I wade through them to find the best of the lot. I also make sure I have time to trawl the internet and triple j Unearthed for more undiscovered gems. Then each night I’ll plan out the show including a balance of acts people might not be as familiar with and the big Aussie acts who have new music. I don’t have a show on Friday, so it gives me a day to catch up on admin and get to music I didn’t have time for during the week. It’s often the day I try to chat to artists as well for potential articles and special episodes.

Challenges and accomplishments in your week
The main challenge surrounds the amount of great music being made by Australian artists – we’re in such a good spot right now. I get serviced a lot of music every week, so trying to get through that as well as hunt down my own finds is a balancing act that’s always tough. Luckily, we have a great team here at triple j and triple j Unearthed who are always on the lookout for the best stuff. We’re all about sharing the load and will constantly recommend music to each other, so if I miss something awesome, someone else will hopefully find it and let everyone know. It’s a great challenge to have though and I’m so lucky to listen and share great local music for a job.

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Highlights of the week
The highlights are definitely when artists hear themselves on the radio. It’s such a big moment for so many artists to get played on triple j and being able to make that happen puts me in a really privileged position. I love seeing the Instagram videos of artists sitting in their cars alone or with all their friends and family listening and celebrating their song on the radio and it reminds me why I do the job. It’s also exciting playing new music that I’m passionate about and then seeing the audience love it too, hopefully translating into greater exposure and opportunities for them.

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Lowlights of the week
The lowlight is getting to Thursday night and realising how much good music I couldn’t fit into the show this week because four hours a weekly simply isn’t enough time.

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Words of wisdom for people considering a job in your field

It all started for me at community radio. Volunteering at FBi radio is Sydney was by far the best thing I’ve ever done. It taught me so much and was a great way to get involved in a really passionate community. If you want to get into radio, go volunteer at a community radio station. Other than that, I always tried to learn as many different skills as possible while remembering why I wanted to work in radio and working towards my dream job, which I’m really fortunate to have now. Learning and self-critiquing is crucial because there’s always things you can do better and tips you can get from others about your radio craft. Oh and be a nice person! It should go without saying but you’d be surprised.

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