Take 5 with Zan Rowe

Take 5 with Zan Rowe

Based on the award-winning podcast of the same name, lifelong music nerd Zan Rowe, presents Take 5 with Zan Rowe -an interview show using music to delve deep into the lives of her guests. Across five episodes, icons in music and screen will share five songs they love and explore their connection to this curated soundtrack of their lives.

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The show debuts on Tuesday, September 20 at 8pm.

It’s time to Take 5 with Zan Rowe on ABC TV and ABC iview

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Join lifelong music fanatic and host Zan Rowe as she brings her popular award-winning Double J radio show and podcast, Take 5 with Zan Rowe to screens, when it premieres Tuesday, 20 September at 8pm on ABC TV and ABC iview.

You can learn a lot about someone from their mixtape. Across five episodes, icons in music and screen join Zan to delve deep into intimate moments in their lives as they share five songs they love and explore their connection to this curated soundtrack of their lives.

From acclaimed actor Guy Pearce exploring the impact of losing his father at a young age, to music icon Keith Urban sharing his unexpected passion for electronic music and the story of finding himself at rock bottom with nothing to lose. And, in a deeply personal conversation, Missy Higgins opens up to Zan in an extraordinary interview you won’t forget. While Australia’s favourite sports presenter, the charismatic Tony Armstrong shares life lessons and the highs and extreme lows of his AFL career, and finally, the legendary Tori Amos talks about her fight to be heard as a woman in music, the endemic nature of sexual assault and how the fight continues.

Using music as the blueprint to the lives of each guest, expect intimate, revelation fueled conversations that cast the people you know in a whole new light.

As Zan says: “Music, just like smell or taste, is sensory memory. We’ve all had those experiences where we hear a song and we’re transported back to an exact moment in our life.”

All filtered through the universal language of music, Take 5 with Zan Rowe is where the power of music meets the power of human vulnerability.

For more Take 5 with Zan Rowe listen weekly on Double J and via the podcast in the ABC listen app.

Take 5 with Zan Rowe, screening Tuesdays at 8pm on ABC TV and ABC iview, is part of ABC’s commitment to Arts content and providing a home for the national conversation around visual and performance art, books, films, and music.

Episodes order:

  • Episode 1: Guy Pearce, Tuesday 20 September, 8pm ABC TV and ABC iview

  • Episode 2: Keith Urban, Tuesday 27 September, 8pm ABC TV and ABC iview

  • Episode 3: Missy Higgins, Tuesday 4 October, 8pm ABC TV and ABC iview

  • Episode 4: Tony Armstrong, Tuesday 11 October, 8pm ABC TV and ABC iview

  • Episode 5: Tori Amos, Tuesday 18 October, 8pm ABC TV and ABC iview

Production credits:

Take 5 with Zan Rowe is an ABC Production. Created and hosted by Zan Rowe, Executive Producer: Nikita Agzarian, Series Producer: Josh Schmidt, Director/DOP: Aaron Smith, Double J Content Director: Ryan Egan, Head of Music: Meagan Loader, Executive Producer Arts: Kalita Corrigan, Acting Head of Factual and Culture: Richard Huddleston.

Episode 1 Guy Pearce

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Tuesday 20 September 8.00pm

You can learn a lot about someone from their mixtape. Across five episodes, icons in music and screen join Double J host Zan Rowe to delve deep into intimate moments in their lives as they share five songs they love. First up with Zan is Guy Pearce.

Guy is a commanding actor but his first love is music. As well as being a mega fan, Guy is also a recording artist with two albums under his belt. “Writing music and expressing yourself through music that’s what makes sense to me. That’s why I do it.”

In a life that’s been filled with opportunity as well as professional and personal triumphs and challenges Guy shares his track list of the brilliant and often surprising songs.

In this episode Guy reflects on a time of personal tragedy when at age eight, he lost his father in a plane crash. Guy lets us into this moment through a song by Kate Bush. “It’s always really undone me. It reminds me of what my mother went through when my father went on that flight he never came back from.”

The episode is also filled with hilarious stories: "I was asked by The Village People to go on tour with them in drag as a support act,” to some exclusive Neighbours titbits such as taking this call from the Ramsay St green room: “Hey it’s Amanda from Mushroom records can you tell Kylie that Locomotion has gone to number one?”

So, join Guy and Zan and let’s Take Five!

Episode 2 Keith Urban

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Tuesday 27 September 8.00pm

Join Zan Rowe and Keith Urban for a story of never giving up as well as curiosity and creativity filtered through the playlist of an artist with profoundly eclectic taste.

Keith Urban is a country music mega star and legend of the Nashville scene with a breathtaking number of hits and awards to his name. But the road to success was far from easy for this kid from Caboolture who grew up in Queensland’s pub rock scene.

In this episode, Keith opens up about a decade of rejection in Nashville and how grit, persistence and being true to himself lit the way in an industry that at times felt hostile to an artist longing to follow his arrow.

Described by his good friend Taylor Swift as ‘fearless’, Keith is anything but predictable. With a career spanning the decades, he opens up about the personal challenges faced along the way: “Lots of years of struggle and lots of addiction issues for me.”

Join Zan Rowe and Keith for a story of never giving up as well as curiosity and creativity filtered through the playlist of an artist with profoundly eclectic taste.

Get your notebooks ready, this one’s a real education.

Production credit: Take 5 with Zan Rowe is an ABC Production. Created and hosted by Zan Rowe, Executive Producer: Nikita Agzarian, Series Producer: Josh Schmidt, Director/DOP: Aaron Smith, Double J Content Director: Ryan Egan, Head of Music: Meagan Loader, Executive Producer Arts: Kalita Corrigan, Acting Head of Factual and Culture: Richard Huddleston.

Episode 3 - Missy Higgins

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Tuesday 4 October 8.00pm

In her first media interview since separating from her husband, Missy Higgins opens up to Zan Rowe in an extraordinary interview you won’t forget.

Since the release of her nine-time platinum debut album “The Sound of White’ in 2005 Australia has been deeply invested in Missy Higgins. We have sung her breakup songs and danced to music about her falling in love.

In her first media interview since separating from her husband, Missy arrives ready to share. Zan says of the interview “I’ve interviewed Missy many times over the last 15 years, this was the most open I have ever seen her, it’s an interview that has stayed with me and I was moved that Missy trusted me to share so honestly.”

Missy explores her struggles with mental health, the secrecy of her first same sex relationship and the pressures of fame all through her five songs that celebrate an instrument so connected with her: the piano.

This is an episode about letting go of the expectations of others and breaking free from the confining narratives that we build around our own lives. It’s an episode about writing new chapters and accepting that we’ll never finish the book.

Production credit: Take 5 with Zan Rowe is an ABC Production. Created and hosted by Zan Rowe, Executive Producer: Nikita Agzarian, Series Producer: Josh Schmidt, Director/DOP: Aaron Smith, Double J Content Director: Ryan Egan, Head of Music: Meagan Loader, Executive Producer Arts: Kalita Corrigan, Acting Head of Factual and Culture: Richard Huddleston.

Episode 4 - Tony Armstrong

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Tuesday 11 October 8.00pm

Tony Armstrong burst onto the Australian media landscape and straight into our hearts. Blending exceptional skill at presenting live television with charisma money just can’t buy, it’s no wonder Tony received the Graham Kennedy award for Best New Talent at the Logies this year.But beneath his charming exterior is a story filled with bumps in the road.

In this episode of Take 5 Tony shares the highs of being a professional AFL player: “It was one of the only times I’ve stopped to smell the roses… I’ve just kicked it to Goodsey. He’s like Aboriginal superman.”

As well as the crushing lows: “People start to do revisionist history on your behalf. They’re like why did you retire? I didn’t retire. I got sacked cause I wasn’t good enough. And that’s fine, but it’s pretty brutal… I was gutted. It took me years to get over.”

We see our favourite sports presenter like we’ve never seen him before, as he generously shares the lessons life has taught him so far, all through the lens of music: “It soundtracks everything I do. It makes everything infinitely better or it makes you feel whatever you’re feeling way more. Sometimes when you’re feeling a bit sad it’s ok to lean in I think.”

Production credit: Take 5 with Zan Rowe is an ABC Production. Created and hosted by Zan Rowe, Executive Producer: Nikita Agzarian, Series Producer: Josh Schmidt, Director/DOP: Aaron Smith, Double J Content Director: Ryan Egan, Head of Music: Meagan Loader, Executive Producer Arts: Kalita Corrigan, Acting Head of Factual and Culture: Richard Huddleston.

From The Age Green Guide today

Episode 5 - Tori Amos

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The legendary Tori Amos joins Zan Rowe to talk about her fight to be heard as a woman in music, the endemic nature of sexual assault and how the fight continues.

Powerhouse Tori Amos stormed the pop charts in the 1990s with her unforgettable album Little Earthquakes. Her signature sound redefined the boundaries of the pop genre and paved the way for other artists to follow their own paths.

In this episode of Take 5 with Zan Rowe, Tori opens up about where it all began: being the youngest person ever accepted into a prestigious music school… and then being expelled. “I think I said something like ‘You’re so stupid.’ I started challenging when I was about 8 or 9 and by the time, I was 11 it was just insubordinate.”

The industry hasn’t always been a safe space. She has faced plenty of rejection and fierce criticism of her unconventional musical choices. “I had seven years of rejection. Every company rejected me many, many, many times… Billboard called me a bimbo. How do you go from child prodigy to bimbo?”

A survivor and activist, Tori speaks candidly about sexual assault and channelling her own experiences into her art: “As a woman I’m trying to deal with the emotions that are coming up as the song is coming. It’s overwhelming. To perform it I’m allowing the song to inhabit my body, and I’m just an observer.”

But Tori has faced everything life has thrown at her head on, and she is still selling out tours globally.

This episode of Take 5 is filled with stories of resistance, rebellion and finding one’s voice. "You find your own style because you’re on your knees and you surrender.” All told through the songs that soundtrack the life of an extraordinary woman.

Production credit: Take 5 with Zan Rowe is an ABC Production. Created and hosted by Zan Rowe, Executive Producer: Nikita Agzarian, Series Producer: Josh Schmidt, Director/DOP: Aaron Smith, Double J Content Director: Ryan Egan, Head of Music: Meagan Loader, Executive Producer Arts: Kalita Corrigan, Acting Head of Factual and Culture: Richard Huddleston.

According to The Guardian’s Amanda Meade in her weekly column:

Armstrong tells Rowe he used to be really self conscious, which is quite the admission for someone who won a Logie for best new TV talent. “Being a kid who was an only child, also being an Indigenous kid, you already stand out … and you’re always trying to kind of not stand out,” he said. “When I was a kid I was always obsessed with making new friends and meeting people because it was just mum and I.”

The Age TV writer Debi Enker has praised the show in her weekly column in Green Guide.

(Zan Rowe) doesn’t make the common mistake of inserting herself too insistently or expansively into the mix. Her questions are astute and concise, revealing her knowledge of music and her guest. She unobtrusively guides the discussion and allows the interviewees ample room for reflections and anecdotes. Each episode produces memorable and sometimes moving exchanges.

Take 5 gets the basics right. The decor provides a fitting frame for the conversations: a couple of chairs, a small table, turntables, images of records stacked against the back wall when the interview is shot in a studio. No fussy bells and whistles. The opening credits feature an audio cassette being flipped into an old-style tape recorder with a satisfying clunk.

The show premieres on ABC Australia across Asia-Pacific region this Thursday (November 24) at 9.30pm AEDT with the Guy Pearce episode.

Returning in 2023

You can learn a lot about someone from their mixtape. What if you asked extraordinary people to share 5 songs that made them who they are today? Take 5 with Zan Rowe is back by popular demand for a second series! What began as a segment on Zan’s much loved radio show 15 years ago, evolved into the award-winning podcast and a hit 5-part ABC TV series. Through their song choices each guest takes us deep into the moments that shaped them. The results are intimate, revelation fuelled conversations that cast the people you know in a whole new light… In 2023 Let’s Take Five!

An ABC Production. Series Producer Josh Schmidt, Executive Producer Nikita Agzarian, Double J Content Director Ryan Egan, Executive Producer Arts Kalita Corrigan

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