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Getting to the bottom of things from 10,000 feet above

Matthew Mosveen and Jeff Innes before Radio Chatter.
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January 02, 2021 - 3:31 PM

Matthew Mosveen is clearly undeterred by impossible feats.

Flying? Why not?

Introducing himself to famous Canadians and convincing them to sit down for interviews with him while 10,000 feet in the air?

No problem.

Well, that’s not true. It’s taken a lot of perseverance, some gentle arm twisting and using every contact he can leverage to get some of his interview subjects to take a leap of faith, but viewers aren’t laden down with the effort it’s taken Mosveen to make the concept work.

They get Radio Chatter, a compelling interview from an original perspective.

“It’s such a different environment… it puts people in a state of mind that’s more vulnerable and human. You get to see an unfiltered raw version of a person you know,” Mosveen said earlier this year, shortly after releasing an interview with Yukon Blonde's Jeff Innes that gained a surprisingly wide readership. That interview attracted a wide audience and some attention in the music scene. It also attracted the attention of the Kelowna airport and they reached out for a potential future project with him.

“It’s a humanizing way to interact with somebody,” Mosveen said, adding the listener benefits most. “They get to hear, ‘the person I look up to is a human being, too.’”

With Yukon Blonde, Mosveen said he pitched the interview for the airspace above Kelowna, Innes’s hometown. Innes opted for the skies above Galiano Island, where he currently lives. All of it was pre-covid and Innes got to take control and try flying himself while they spoke. He moved on to Mount Baker at 12,500 feet and conversations about everything from Galiano Island to the Vancouver music scene ensued.

He’s also spoken with Laval luxury craft beat purveyor High Klassified (Kevin Vincent) about growing up as a black artist in the Greater Montréal area. Jesse Roper is "The Metchosin One" - a legendary blues-rock guitar singer songwriter whose name is synonymous with all things music and Vancouver Island as well as Yeong Heazy, June Freeze and River Dale.

Coming soon is also an interview with Phylicia George, a dual season Olympian who competed at PyeongChang 2018, making her Olympic debut as a bobsledder after competing in track and field at London 2012 and Rio 2016. In South Korea, she and pilot Kaillie Humphries captured bronze for George’s first Olympic medal.

Mosveen has made some impressive connections considering media is not his bag.

“My background is in aviation, and I got into tech because it fit my lifestyle really well,” he said. “I’ve always been entrepreneurial, I went to business school and that led me into tech.”

He’s also inspired by Nardwar the Human Serviette.

“He’s the greatest interviewer of all time. I research the shit out of guests, to the point that I scare them,” Mosveen said, jokingly.

“I will find people in the lives of the guests I’m interviewing, and I’ll say ‘this may be the weirdest thing, I am taking x,y,z flying and I’m wondering if you have stories you think I should ask about.’”

People, he added, don’t care about watching the same questions over and over again.

“It’s not good enough to ask 'how do you feel about your album, how do you feel about your music'… I have to do it in a tasteful way, and there’s no agenda,” he said. “But if you can get the guest on your side, and you’re interested in them as a person, you can build trust and get them to say things they didn’t expect.”

So far it’s been an amazing experience for him, too.

“They’re all so different,” he said. “I’m just such a big fan of all of them now.”

He’s hoping he can get the series to really takeoff — figuratively as well as literally— and that may help him monetize the series. Or just cover his costs.

“I want to align pop culture and bridge aviation and mainstream culture,” he said. ”There’s a gap there.”

To get a view, go to Youtube: @RadioChatter Instagram: @radiochattershow Facebook: @RadioChatter Twitter: @RadioChatterSho

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