Set-Top Box’s Tee Vee Repairmann: “I twiddle the knobs that need to be twiddled”

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Beyond their weirdo-punk music little is known about Sydney’s Set-Top Box so we got in contact with parent company Warttmann Inc to find out more and received a reply from Intern and Head Janitor, Ishka. He took our request up the chain of command and came back to us to let us know that the company’s attorneys could set up a Q&A with Set-Top Box’s Head of Operations Mr Tee Vee Repairmann, on the condition that we were not to ask about the touchy subject of his Cuban business ventures back in 2004.

Tell us about your role as Head of Operations behind Set-Top Box?

TEE VEE: Set-Top Box is a boardroom recording project. I twiddle the knobs that need to be twiddled

What’s a typical day look like for you?

TV: Nutri-grain. 9 to 5 at Warttmann Inc. Lab. Followed by a 6pm séance with Joe Meek and Buddy Holly.

What’s the toughest part of being in charge?

TV: Finding the remote.

How did you start on your path to what you’re doing now?

TV: Do you believe in destiny? Because I don’t.

Why do you get up in the morning, and how do you keep yourself at peak performance to lead Set-Top Box?

TV: The answer to both is Coffee.

Tell us about an accomplishment that’s shaped your career.

TV: The Biggest Loser 2005.

How do you measure success?

TV: Material possessions, net worth. How many off shore properties do you have?

Behind every successful person there’s usually a story of struggle and rising to the challenge; what’s been one of your biggest challenges you’ve faced?

TV: Finding the remote. I’m still looking!

TV Guide Test LP is a compilation of your earlier products; what do you value when creating products? What’s your process?

TV: Cas-Set 1 was recorded on my lunch break at Warttmann Inc. Cas-Set 2 was recorded at the Futuretech Lab. Both on borrowed equipment. There is no really process, just a lot of mucking around and experimenting. Most of the first “casset” was made up on the spot while recording and was me figuring out how to record stuff on cassette. The second was more or less the same.

Can you recommend a record that has had an influence on your career? How did it influence you?

TV: Back when I was a young repairboyy, I interned at Goliath studios. King O.P.P showed me Back From The Grave and Killed By Death Vol 1 and that set me on the path to the dumpster.

What makes your brand unique?

TV: Nothing. Why strive for uniqueness? Be the same, but a bit different. Like Pepsi to Coke. Communism to Democracy. Consumers want something safe.

How do you go about continuing to develop your professional skills and knowledge?

TV: Cybornetic implants.

How important is the commitment to client satisfaction, and how do you make sure your customers will become raving fans of your company?

TV: We have no commitment to our clients. They’re nothing but numbers in our bank account.

What do you hope to accomplish in this next year?

TV: Second floor bathroom renovation at my Kuta beach house. I want a bidet!

For other entrepreneurs seeking to build a business as successful as yours, what advice can you give them when times get tough?

TV: Give up, it’s not worth it, you are wasting your life!

Who are the company’s closest allies?


What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

TV: Ice Fishing.

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