It's always been about the music for Sally Coleman and Erica Mallett.
Even before the former Canberrans had radio careers - before they even met and went on to form their hip hop outfit Coda Conduct - their lives revolved around music. And Triple J, the station where they began as breakfast hosts earlier this month, has had a lot to do with that.
Mallett can remember the day Triple J came into her life - it was during a family camping trip when she was about seven years old.
Her cousin - who was part of the "cool side" of her family that listened to Triple J - was sitting in the front seat of the parked car, door open and the radio blaring.
"She turned up a song by The Streets, Fit But You Know It, and I just thought she was so cool," Mallett says.
"I had never seen anything as cool as that in my whole life and she was singing along. And I was like 'Damn, yep that's happening'. Thinking back to that moment, I can't believe that we're part of the station that I really was raised on."
Coleman, on the other hand, was first introduced to the radio station through the annual Hottest 100 compilation albums. Her dad would get the album every year for his birthday - which falls the day after the countdown - which meant every year 100 fresh songs would fill her childhood home.
Specifically, music from acts such as Missy Elliott, The Herd and The Hilltop Hoods - all of which have scored coveted spots in the annual countdown - were the songs that got Coleman into hip hop, to begin with.
"And [next week] it will be out first Hottest 100 where we're doing part of the countdown," she says.
"I think The Hottest 100 started when I was born and then growing up on those compilation CDs and now being like 'Woah, I'm going to help present one' is pretty crazy."
When The Hottest 100 takes to the airwaves next Saturday, Coleman and Mallett - along with the rest of the country - will find out which songs released in 2019 made the cut. But unlike other years, they will be listening to it from the studio.
For Coleman, she's placed Adrian Eagle's feel-good track A.OK as her number one vote: "It's so feel-good but not in a cheesy way - there is an honesty and heart to it that makes you genuinely believe him when he says 'we're gonna be a-OK'."
Meanwhile, Mallett is backing the "raw DGAF energy" of Fidlar's By Myself: "[Lead singer and guitarist] Zac Carper managed to strike such a perfect balance between happy and falling apart ... which I can really relate to."
However, aside from some potential nerves (or possibly anticipation) about whether their favourite songs will rank, the duo is cool, calm and collected ahead of the big day.
Having hosted the Hottest 100 pre-party before, they know how high the energy - from fans and artists - can be. As Coleman puts it, it's like "you kind of get to ride it, and coast it through the show".
"With the Hottest 100 there's a small margin for error in terms of panelling - you just have a set of songs and a set of numbers that you have to play. There's not much you can do wrong," Mallett says.
"Touch wood, Erica! Do not say that," Coleman says before Mallett continues: "Well, I'm hoping it's just a matter of talking about the music, pressing the right buttons for the right song and cross our fingers.
"We find out the songs with Australia. It is top secret stuff around here. It's as secret as you think it is. I think we get the playlist ... of what we're about to play in that hour. That's as about as far ahead as we get to find out."
What does set the duo apart from their Triple J counterparts, however, is the fact they are also eligible to feature in the countdown as artists.
November saw the release of their latest EP, Other People's Problems - which includes Lying to Myself, the summery track which saw them collaborate with dance duo Kinder - meaning Coleman and Mallett, as Coda Conduct, could feature in this year's countdown.
While they're not holding their breath, the girls can dream, right?
"I think the only thing I'd be more excited about than hosting The Hottest 100 is having a song in The Hottest 100," Coleman says.
"It's right up there with every Australian musician's dream."
Radio is Coleman and Mallett's second love, after music. And it's because of music that the pair fell into radio to begin with.
The duo grew up in neighbouring suburbs in Canberra's south - Hughes and Garran - and went to the same school, a year apart. However, it wasn't until they had both graduated and were backpacking around India with mutual friends that they properly met.
It was from there that Coda Conduct came to be and they've since performed at Groovin the Moo, Spilt Milk, Listen Out and Splendour in the Grass.
When they both moved to Sydney and continued to make music, radio came into the picture.
"I believe we dropped our CD into FBi radio - a community radio station - and a couple of weeks later ... we got an email asking how we would feel about hosting the hip hop show - the hosts were going away for a couple of weeks," Mallett says.
"We never, ever in our lives had thought of doing radio, or had done radio. It was just not something that had crossed our radars but we just thought, why not?
"The fun thing about it is that we get to play the music that we like for people and that was the main driving point."
In fact, as Coleman says, the music was used to lure them to the airwaves as hosts, not just as talent.
"The best part about that very first show was that we got to program three hours of hip hop, so that was the lure that they sucked us in with. [They said:] 'Yeah, just play some of your songs'," she says.
"I think from that, we found that we really loved the format, we loved the interaction with the audience.
"We ended up doing hip hop segment on breakfast, doing mid-dawns on Triple J and the rest has been really organic."
Almost as a nod to their Canberra background, fellow Canberrans Peking Duk - also known as Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles - appeared in a spoof video released ahead of their first breakfast show.
Joined by former Triple J hosts Ben Harvey, Liam Stapleton, Matt Okine, Alex Dyson and Linda Marigliano, current Drive hosts Lewis Hobba and Veronica Milsom, and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, Mallett and Coleman were inducted into Triple J's "Secret Society" and offered advice of what it takes to be a radio host.
"We had a real moment when Peking Duk was at Triple J [filming]. Andy Garvey who does the Mix Up and is from Canberra, Dave Ruby Howe from Unearthed is also from Canberra, I think Hau [Latukefu from The Hip Hop Show] was there and is from Queanbeyan but we'll claim him and there was that little moment of 'yeah, hometown'," Coleman says.
"It's that sense of knowing where you're from and having a really iconic place that you belong to is nice to bring to a national network I think."
There are many parts to the duo's careers which can be described as coming full circle. Most notably there's their relationship with Triple J - first as listeners when growing up in Canberra, and now performing as an integral part of the station, the breakfast hosts.
But Coleman also adds to the list of career circles the fact that they now can embrace a range of genres on air, after starting with a hip hop only show on FBi. They can now go back to showcasing all genres in a professional light, as they once only did as listeners.
"It is really nice to play a diversity of music," she says.
"Sometimes you need to take a minute to sit down and research a new artist and find out a bit about them, but I really love that aspect about it as well.
"I think the thing with Triple J, just being surrounded by so many music brains - Declan Byrne from Home and Hosed, Al Newstead who does Music News and Nick Findlay and Richard Kingsmill in the music library - you can always drop passed someone in the office and just pick their brains which is pretty amazing."
It's the first time since Frenzal Rhomb's Jay Whalley and Lindsay 'The Doctor' McDougall held the breakfast slot from 2005-2009 that musicians have brought listeners their early morning dose of music on Triple J.
And like Jay and The Doctor - and unlike Ben and Liam who were the most recent breakfast hosts - the Sally and Erica show is coming from the point of view of musicians, not comedians.
Whether it was an intentional move or not, it taps into what Triple J prides itself on as a station.
"Triple J - everyone would say - is about the music and we kind of just want to fit in among the music," Mallett says.
"The music is the star of the breakfast show - it's all about the songs you love and the artists you love, and we fit in among it.
"But not being a comedian doesn't mean that we can't be funny, but I think our humour really stems from our interactions with the audience and treating them as equals.
"It's always them making us laugh just as much as us making anyone else laugh."
The radio duo wants it to come across like they're just having a few laughs with friends over a drink (or maybe coffee, considering the time slot).
They - as many other radio presenters - ideally want their interaction with their audience to be a natural, everyday occurrence.
The same can be said for the fact that Coleman and Mallett are the first all-female radio breakfast hosts on Triple J. They don't want that to be put into the spotlight because they believe it shouldn't be out of the ordinary.
"There have definitely been some incredible female duos before but I think this is relatively high profile in comparison to some of the previous iterations," Mallett says.
"There actually hasn't been a huge amount of conversation around it and I really love that.
"I think it shows that we've matured as a country and matured as a media landscape to the point that it can just be normal. It can just be two friends having a chat and it doesn't have to be the focus or the feature of the kind of radio that we're making."