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Band Relationships, discover, and not settling for the 'norm'. This week I talk to Kieran Ball, bassist of Diving Bell. Kieran and I have known eachother for a while and always kind of clicked, in a dry and awkward way, but we love it and it works. It was great to get to spend some time with him, discssing music and band life, with a few laughs along the way! 

Kieran is someone who isn't happy with being stereotyped or compared musically but is still someone who relishes in live perfomance and creating music in the most organic way. It was a great conversation, I think you're going to love it! 

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Live performance can be challenging, from fighting nerves to playing high pressure gigs - it's easy to feel like you're not ready or that you're not good enough. That's where this episode comes in!  asked the musicians of reddit what tips and techniques they use to improve their live act. From the most basic to the not so basic, here is a list of tips and tricks to help you improve your live game!

I hope you enjoy the episode and get some use out of it! I'd love to hear what you do to help you improve your skills when it comes to live performance. Email musicianspodcast@gmail.com to let me know!

 

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Being 'kicked out' of a band you started. It seems harsh right? well, that's because it is! Me and Crayg talk about exactly that along with the fear of playing live after taking 2 years out from music. Crayg, also known as Player One (Plyr1) is a synth wave artist making incredible sounds, thing stranger things on drugs and you're in the same ball park. 

I've known Crayg for years and so talking to him on this level was not only interesting but also extremely helpful to me, as I think it will be to you. We discuss ego, identity, fear and failure, but also with a keen drive to keep going! It's honestly one of my best! Enjoy!

 

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Leaving the spotlight to pursue songwriting. This weekI'm chatting with Lauren Aquilina about her decision to move away from centre stage and continue a career as a songwriter. She has written with the best songwriters in the world and has made huge success in her career. 

We discuss how she was head strong as a child and only ever thought about music, we talk about the business and making tough choices, managing yourself as an artist and performing under you own real name.

It was honestly one of my favourite conversations and I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed talking with her!

 

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Identity, process and not being able to separate yourself when using your real name as a 'stage name'. This episode is exciting! I got to talk to one of THE BEST up and coming artists, Martin Luke Brown. He is an artist, a songwriter, and collaborator. He also works on TV and film, so it's safe to say he has fingers in all types of musical pies!

We met in a studio in Shepherd's Bush and hashed out a lot of stuff, from growing up as a fame-hungry kid, to becoming ok with people not knowing your name. Martin is honest and interesting, I think he thinks about his career and the impact it's had on him for better and for worse, more than he may have let on. This was in my top 3 conversations I've had since starting this podcast. A great listen!

 

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2017 gave us so many incredible artists and albums, I wanted to put together a List of my top albums of last year along with who I'm most looking forward to in 2018. That's right, 10 great albums, and 10 great new artists! I hope you enjoy the episode and check out everyone I talk about in the episode! I've linked my top 10's in no particular order so you can easily check them out! Happy 2018 everyone.

Next week, back to interviews ;)

 

Best Albums of 2017

 

1. Alex Vargas - Cohere

2. Stevie Parker - The Cure

3. Allan Rayman - Courtney (5 Track EP)

4. Charlotte OC - Careless People

5. Coasts - This Life

6. IDLES - Brutalism

7. Leif Erikson - Self-Titled (8 track)

8. Matt Woods - Re: Connection (4 track)

9. Jarryd James - High (released 2016 Discovered 2017) too good not to mention)

10. Meadowlark - Postcards

 

My Sound of 2018

1. Dermot Kennedy

2. Lyves

3. George Glew

4. James Gillespie

5. Joseph J Jones

6. Keir

7. Mosa Wild

8. Martin Luke Brown

9. PhoxJaw

10. Sigrid

 

Honourable Mentions

WILDES & Zach Said (These guys I found after recording this episode. You NEED to check them out)

 

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It happens to everyone. Even if you're not a musician, when you're creating something, at some point it feels like your brain has given up. It Hitting a block on the road can be frustrating and often, the more you try to get through it, the more difficult it can become. Whether it's songwriting, lyrics, arrangments, music - it always handy to have some tools in your back pocket to help yourself when the ideas just aren't flowing.

These are five tips I have put together to help you beat that creative block you may be in the middle of. I hope they help you as they have helped me in the past and still to this day, whatever the problem stopping you from getting your ideas out, these tips and tricks can help to kick-start your mind back into rhythm.

 

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Personal issues and giving up on 'the dream'. This weak my friend Nick interviews ME! It's not as bad as it sounds though! we talk about what it means to accept change and how it's not always a bad/negative thing. 

I've received a lot of emails asking for an episode about my side of the story and where I come from in a musical sense. Me and Nick started our first band together, we talk about that, right through to my most recent project. There are stories of Glastonbury, watching the world cup with Two Door Cinema Club and Chris Moyles and offending Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine at my FIRST GIG!

There's definitely some good advice on what NOT to do! I hope you enjoy and MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

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How to navigate music as a new artist. This week I talk to Elter about music and how to know what you should and shouldn't be doing when it comes to live performance, getting paid and perceptions of the industry. It was a really great chat and a little disarming, or perhaps eye-opening to learn what current 'new artists are concerning themselves with. What is the 'product' and how should it be 'marketing'. It's not all about the music.

Also, Laura has synesthesia (seeing colours in music) and so naturally we talk about that too! 

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Criticism, storytelling and finding your sound, this week I talk with Meadowlark about being a musician and the challenges it entails from making choices about music videos, to production choices. Daniel James Broadley and Kate McGill are more than happy to explain how much they appreciate making music and being able to do it for a living. However, they are realists and understand that things can get difficult.

We discuss music, visual connections with music, and all the tough challenges being a full-time musician comes with. It was an eye-openeing conversation and one I've been waiting for a long time to have.

 

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