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Triple J presenter basks in experience of first Splendour

Triple J presenter Matt matt okine at Splendour in the Grass 2014 north of Byron Bay. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Triple J presenter Matt matt okine at Splendour in the Grass 2014 north of Byron Bay. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

TRIPLE J Breakfast presenter Matt Okine enjoyed his first ever Splendour in the Grass this year.

The comedian turned radio host was busy all weekend interviewing musicians and DJs as part of Triple J's coverage of the festival.

We sat for a quick chat in between gigs at the Gold Bar, behind the main stage, the Amphitheatre.

"I am so happy I finally made it to Splendour, it's fantastic," he said.

"It doesn't feel like work. It's busy but, hey, we are having so much fun!" he added.

What do you think of the fact that there are few acts with songs in the Top 40 this year and still the level of the performances is so good?

Well, that says a lot about the fact that the music that resonates the most on people is not necessarily the pop that sells more.

Also, pop has disintegrated into a series of smaller types of music, mixing with Indie or Folk.

There is a lot more quality music now that is not necessarily straight pop.

Any gig that blew your mind so far?

Childish Gambino. I mean, he rocked the stage! I could not believe how good he was. He is so good at what he does and he is as good on the album as he is live.

Who has given you the best interview?

Again, Childish Gambino. He was easy, relaxed, comfortable, and very nice to talk to. As a radio presenter, especially in morning radio, sometimes you find people tend not to be at their best headspace for an interview. He was superb.

Have you got in trouble so far?

I got in trouble even before I got here because I went out and came back home very late the day before we came here.

Are you more comfortable hosting a radio program or doing stand up comedy at a festival like Splendour?

I am performing twice here in the Comedy Stage. Doing stand up here is harder than normal, because people are not here to see me only, they are here because there is a whole music festival out there and I need to keep them focused on me.

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