Bad stage sound, past mistakes and not feeling like you're doing 'enough', my chat with drummer Max Blunos from Swimming Girls is in-depth, entertaining, funny while touching on some serious topics. We talk about the value of Spotify playlists, discovering new music and performing live while reminiscing over our past band. Yeah, that's right! Max and I used to play in bands together and suffered the same collapse, Max chose to go head first in to a new project while I took a step back. Listen to us share our sides of the story while still staying focused on his new band, Swimming Girls
Self-confidence, not feeling good enough, following your gut, connecting with the song. Joe Banfi has been through hs fair share of dark days and in this episode we talk candidly about mental health, dealing with rejection and feeling like music may not be doable. It was the first time I'd ever spoken to Joe but it was an incredible conversation about music and what it means. How one supporting voice can keep you from collapsing in on yourself. Joe had a friend in Kev (Communion Music) and that helped him regain focus to create Banfi, an incredible indie pop band with obscure and cutting lyrics. It's one of my favourites, give it a spin.
Still getting nervous despite his success, Tom Ogden from Deaf Havana openly admits he still struggles with managing his nerves. Talking to Tom was great fun, we've known eachother for nearly 10 years and toured together before Deaf Havana became the band we all know and love today. We discuss dealing with members leaving and how to rebuild from the ground up, being honest with your fans by making music true to the band. We talk briefly about family, along with a little about the history of Tom and how Deaf Havana came to be, going from empty rooms to 3000 cap venues!
DIY music is a core value, along with staying authentic to the music he's making. Me and Callum Moloney talk a lot about being genuine, working on a budget, and looking after your physical health. I like Callum's outlook, while he remains open to the ideas of working with others and two heads being better than one, he also retains his core values of wanting to remain DIY. We talk about the closure of music venues and being from Birmingham, we talk about the petition to save the Flapper & Firkin (go to the website and click the link to sign the it!). It was a great chat and lovely to be in the company of such a genuine guy.
Two No.1 Alblum's and 4 top ten records, we discuss the The love of performing live, the dangers of collabrative writing and the freedom of self-releasing your music. Newton Faulkner is a wildly accomplished musician with a wealth of experience, and with that comes stories. He has high hopes for music makers and with a new album 'Hit the ground running' being completely self-released, he has high hopes for his latest creation. After listening to it, I think you'll understand why.
Oscar winning producer Robert L. Smith (he won an emmy too). Rob has worked with every single 'great' on the planet. He's worked on music with Keith Richards, Lady Gaga, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Aerosmith, Fall out Boy, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, U2, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, The Bee Gees, Will Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Bon Jovi, Kylie Minogue, Cher and Michael Buble. Along with working on hit TV shows, 'Glee' and 'The Get Down'. It's safe to say, this guy is a legend! Our conversation covers getting started in production, Rob and his journey and how sheer determination gets you to where you need to be
We discuss our musical journeys and how we coped with failing projects and dealing with change. It was a great conversation and Bill is extremely interesting with a very clear view on his own experiences. We discuss touring DIY, touch on mental health and how important it is to genuinely connect with your audience
How to cope with failing projects and dealing with change. This is the first of a two part episode where I talk to Bllly Smith. It was a great conversation and Bill is extremely interesting with a very clear view on his own experiences. We discuss touring DIY, touch on mental health and how important it is to genuinely connect with your audience!
Networking using social media more effectively. Staying positive while writing and realising songs. I speak to Jack Bennett from Grumble Bee about music! Jack is fascinating and has a great outlook on music and the industry especially when it comes staying genuinely engaged with his audience. We talk about his studio (Lapwing Studios) and how he goes about recording his music. This is my best chat yet, enjoy!
Glasto and why our band failed, despite its success. My oldest friend and bassist for Decembre Richard Gully joins me in this episode. We played music together in a number of bands, our most successful being Pylo. Royalty free music from Bensound.