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Tape Notes

Tape Notes is a podcast about the art and craft of music production. Hosted by John Kennedy, each episode reunites an artist and producer to talk about the highlights of their collaboration in the studio. Their conversations lift the lid on every stage of the creative process, from kindling the first spark of a song idea, through decisions on style and instrumentation, to finessing the final product. Full of fascinating anecdotes, the conversations also feature early demo versions and stems from the original session recordings. The result is a unique insight into the working methods of some of the most innovative and exciting talents in music.

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TN:88 Hiatus Kaiyote

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In this episode, John links up with Simon, Perrin and Bender of Hiatus Kaiyote, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ?Mood Valiant?.

Having written the album across the globe, from Rio De Janeiro to Byron Bay, the trio reflect on the development of their writing process, discussing how the effects of taking road-hardened demos to South America pushed their creativity into unfamiliar territory.

Unearthing some unheard recordings dating back to the mid-2010s, we are given a rundown of some of the key moments of the band?s career, along with an in-depth look at some of the joys that come with getting things down on wonky quarter-inch tape and rekindling a friendship with an honorary fifth member, the Korg VC-10.

Listen to find out how to tackle shin cramps whilst playing a Steinway piano in a session, what happens when you combine delicate Colombian flutes with challenging rhythmic danceable beats, and how much the band enjoys the compression of audio on an Instagram story.

 

Tracks discussed: Rose Water, All The Words We Don?t Say, Get Sun

 

Listen to ?Mood Valiant? here.

?Mood Valiant? - Brainfeeder

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Korg VC10

Korg Kronos

Korg MonoPoly

Neve 1073 Channel Strip

Roland JX-8P

Roland Space Echo 201

Roland Space Echo 301

Roland Space Echo 501

Roland Space Echo 555

Neumann Mics

Carvin PA/Mixer

 

SUBMIT A JINGLE

For all of the details on sending in a jingle email [email protected]  

Submit your Tape Notes jingle and we'll play our favourites each week on the podcast.

Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW

If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 

Donate

 

KEEP UP TO DATE

For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 

Instagram: @tapenotes 

Twitter: @tapenotes 

Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  

To let us know the artists you?d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We?d love to hear! 

Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk 

 

TAPE NOTES TEAM

Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor

Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer

Will Lyons - Editor

Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing 

Nathan Hetherington - PR

Alex Nixon - Assistant

2021-12-08
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TN:87 Chet Faker

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In this episode, John links up with Chet Faker aka Nick Murphy, to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced the album ?Hotel Surrender?.

 

Diving into the tracks initially found within one of his numerous demo playlists, Nick looks back on his variety of music making processes, sharing thoughts on slingshotting around different creative mediums and maximising inspiration.

 

From scrapbooking and self-sampling to a great deal of file management, we?re treated to stories of productivity-inducing gear limitations and tricks to get strange harmonic options, all alongside advice on putting music out, taking criticism and simply being the best you can be.

 

Listen to find out how many cowboy monologues were recorded for the album, why you shouldn?t rollerblade in music videos, and how to appropriately react when you?re given Ableton and not Acid Loop Pro. 

 

Tracks discussed: Oh Me Oh My, Low, Feel Good  

 

Listen to ?Hotel Surrender? here.

?Hotel Surrender? - Detail Records, BMG (Australia)

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Waves Doppler Plugin

Soundtoys Little Plate

Novation SL Synth

Korg Kaoss Pad

Roland CR-8000

Elka Synthex

Akai MPC Live II

Neumann U87

Electret Microphone

API Preamp

Elektron Analog Heat

Bricasti M7 Reverb

Fender Telecaster

Rhodes

Moog

Neve Desk

Acid Loop Pro

Ableton

 

SUBMIT A JINGLE

For all of the details on sending in a jingle email [email protected]  

Submit your Tape Notes jingle and we'll play our favourites each week on the podcast.

Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW

If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 

Donate

 

KEEP UP TO DATE

For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 

Instagram: @tapenotes 

Twitter: @tapenotes 

Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  

To let us know the artists you?d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We?d love to hear! 

Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk 

 

TAPE NOTES TEAM

Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor

Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer

Will Lyons - Editor

Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing 

Nathan Hetherington - PR

Alex Nixon - Assistant

 

2021-12-01
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TN:86 Jon Hopkins

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In this episode, John is joined by Jon Hopkins at Iguana Studios to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced his latest album ?Music For Psychedelic Therapy?.

Engaging us in the album?s immersive journey, Jon talks us through the spaces and natural processing that shaped the sound of the record, from the depths of an Ecuadorian Cave to the vintage synths recorded in the woods.

Unearthing the individual parts and gradual sonic changes, we hear Jon's outlook on following intuition, responding to ?bolt of lightning? ideas and insane bursts of creativity, all tied together with thoughts on consciousness and the links between sound and mind.

Listen to find out how a cheap plugin fault ended up creating the perfect sound, why it is so important to create interest in different frequency groups, and what moment was inspired by a scene from Crocodile Dundee Two.

Tracks discussed:  Welcome, Love Flows Over Us In Prismatic Waves, Deep In the Glowing Heart

 

Listen to ?Music For Psychedelic Therapy? here.

?Music For Psychedelic Therapy? - Domino Recordings

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Michael Pollan - This Is Your Mind On Plants

Bose Soundlink

JBL Speakers

Moog One

Korg Trinity 

Ensoniq Fizmo 

Oktava Microphones

API Preamp

Soundtoys Echoboy

Audio Ease Altiverb

Waves Renaissance Reverb Plugin

Waves PuigTec EQ

Yamaha Upright Piano

Ableton

Ableton Vocoder

 

SUBMIT A JINGLE

For all of the details on sending in a jingle email [email protected]  

Submit your Tape Notes jingle and we'll play our favourites each week on the podcast.

Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW

If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 

Donate

 

KEEP UP TO DATE

For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 

Instagram: @tapenotes 

Twitter: @tapenotes 

Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  

To let us know the artists you?d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We?d love to hear! 

Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk 

 

TAPE NOTES TEAM

Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor

Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer

Will Lyons - Editor

Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing 

Nathan Hetherington - PR

Alex Nixon - Assistant

2021-11-23
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TN:85 Courtney Barnett & Stella Mozgawa

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In this episode, John links up with Courtney Barnett and producer Stella Mozgawa to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced Courtney?s album ?Things Take Time, Take Time?.

Ready with the keys to Courtney?s archive of sofa voice notes and Garageband demos, the pair talk us through the entire album process, from their most valuable moments within pre-production, to the hours in the studio where they had to check if they were losing their minds.

Sharing the secrets of the sonics, we hear stories of creating cavernous brass sounds using only a guitar and making fake shakers out of drums, all of which are set alongside the eternal loops sourced from the depths of Stella?s drum machine collection.

Listen to find out how to trick yourself into doing the perfect vocal take, what the best state of mind is to help get ideas flowing, and why producing is far from being a dark art.

 

Tracks discussed:  Turning Green, Here?s The Thing, Oh The Night

Listen to ?Things Take Time, Take Time? here.

?Things Take Time, Take Time? - Marathon Artists

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

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Roland TR-606

Roland TR-707

Elektron Analog Rhythm

MXR Drum Computer

Roland TR-8S

Roland CR-8000

Ace Tone Drum Machine

FunkBox Drum Machine

MPC Sampler

Eventide H3000

Eventide H910

Soundtoys Alter Boy

Shure SM7B

Shure SM57

Korg Minilogue

Maton Acoustic Guitar

Omnichord

Nylon String Guitar (From Mannys Music)

KRK Studio Monitors

Leslie Speaker

Studer 24-inch Tape Machine

Garageband

ProTools

Ableton

 

SUBMIT A JINGLE

For all of the details on sending in a jingle email [email protected]  

Submit your Tape Notes jingle and we'll play our favourites each week on the podcast.

Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW

If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 

Donate

 

KEEP UP TO DATE

For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 

Instagram: @tapenotes 

Twitter: @tapenotes 

Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  

To let us know the artists you?d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We?d love to hear! 

Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk 

 

TAPE NOTES TEAM

Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor

Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer

Will Lyons - Editor

Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing 

Nathan Hetherington - PR

2021-11-16
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TN:84 Orla Gartland & Tom Stafford

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In this episode, John joins Orla Gartland and producer Tom Stafford to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced Orla?s debut album ?Woman on the Internet?.

From the early stages of throwing musical ideas at the wall to the almost infinite list of recording secrets picked up from their time at Middle Farm Studios, Orla and Tom look back on trying to capture and emulate the original magic from their early sessions, along with bringing light and shade to the record as a whole.

Unearthing old voice memos and opening up the original sessions, we hear stories of blind microphone testing, trying and failing to recreate cheap sounds with ?posh? synths, and introducing some of Tom?s modular madness to Orla?s folk-pop sound.

Listen to find out how to get good results when recording with a kids karaoke machine, what making things sound orange and sparkly means, and how gigs at a cereal cafe may have been the start of numerous musical careers.

Tracks discussed:  You?re Not Special Babe, Over Your Head, More Like Your

Listen to ?Woman on the Internet? here.

?Woman on the Internet? - New Friends Music

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

A100 Analogue Modular System

Korg Stage Echo

Moog One

MicroKorg

Nord Keyboards

Organelle Synth

Fender Telecaster

Echoplex Pedal 

Warm Audio 47

API Channel Strip

Summit TLA 100

Shure 267 Preamp

Antares

Freakshow Industries Mishby

Output Movement

Soundtoys Alter Boy

Soundtoys Devil-Loc

Logic Flex Time

 

SUBMIT A JINGLE

For all of the details on sending in a jingle email [email protected]  

Submit your Tape Notes jingle and we'll play our favourites each week on the podcast.

Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW

If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 

Donate

 

KEEP UP TO DATE

For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 

Instagram: @tapenotes 

Twitter: @tapenotes 

Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  

To let us know the artists you?d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We?d love to hear! 

Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk 

2021-11-10
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TN:83 CHVRCHES

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In this episode, John links up with Lauren, Iain and Martin of CHVRCHES to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ?Screen Violence?.

Largely working remotely from different parts of the world, the trio look back on how they adapted their writing process, discussing how the effects of the pandemic ended up shaping some of the themes and meanings within the album.

Sharing some of their day one demos, we hear stories of forming entire songs around single elements, combining and blending vintage gear with modern recording techniques, and using creative production tricks to respond to and reinforce certain lyrics.

Listen to find how powerful hidden live drums on an electronic beat can be, why you should always keep your day one demo in a session, and how to react when Robert Smith emails you saying ?what do you want??

 

Tracks discussed:  How Not To Drown, He Said She Said, California

Listen to ?Screen Violence? here.

?Screen Violence? - EMI, Virgin Records

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Auto-Tune

Melodyne

Soundtoys Alter Boy

Soundtoys Microshift

Soundtoys Decapitator

Valhalla Delay

Universal Audio OX Amp

Arcade

Roland D50

Roland Juno 106

Siel Orchestra Synthesizer

Fender 6 Bass 

AMS Reverb

Space Echo

Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor

Pultec

1176 Compressor

LA-2A Leveling Amp

 

SUBMIT A JINGLE

For all of the details on sending in a jingle email [email protected]  

Submit your Tape Notes jingle and we'll play our favourites each week on the podcast.

Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW

If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 

Donate

 

KEEP UP TO DATE

For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 

Instagram: @tapenotes 

Twitter: @tapenotes 

Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  

To let us know the artists you?d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We?d love to hear! 

Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk

2021-11-03
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TN:82 Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

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In this episode, John ventures over to Baltic Studios to catch up with Frank and Dean of Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes about how they wrote, recorded and produced their latest album ?Sticky?.

Unearthing demos and recordings from their time in a Norfolk holiday cabin, the pair look back on how their process has changed over the years, sharing thoughts on broadening their horizons and blurring the lines of writing and recording.

As well as personal stories of self-sabotage, imposter syndrome and competition within music, the pair single out the ingredients that form their chaotic cacophony of sound, from homemade microphones and recycling unused material, to tuning gunshots from Call of Duty.

Listen to find out why you should collaborate with people that make you feel lazy, how to react when Dave Grohl brings you a tray of shots mid set, and why Frank may soon be performing Moonlight Sonata.

 

Tracks discussed:  Rat Race, Go Get A Tattoo, Take It To The Brink

 

Listen to ?Sticky? here.

?Sticky? - International Death Cult, AWAL Recordings Ltd

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Arturia 

Waves MondoMod

Valhalla Room

Soundtoys Decapitator 

Soundtoys EchoBoy

Soundtoys Alter Boy

Splice

Telephone Mic Conversion

Shure SM7B

Universal Audio 1176 Compressor

Thermionic Culture Vulture

Fender Mustang Bass

Fender Amps

Selmer Amps

Roland TR-808

Whurlitzer

 

SUBMIT A JINGLE

For all of the details on sending in a jingle email [email protected]  

Submit your Tape Notes jingle and we'll play our favourites each week on the podcast.

Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW

If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 

Donate

 

KEEP UP TO DATE

For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 

Instagram: @tapenotes 

Twitter: @tapenotes 

Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  

To let us know the artists you?d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We?d love to hear! 

 

Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk

2021-10-26
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TN:81 Mr Jukes & Barney Artist

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In this episode, John catches up with Mr Jukes, aka Jack Steadman, and Barney Artist to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced their joint album ?The Locket?.

Breaking the elements down to their very beginnings, Jack talks us through his sampling process, from YouTube crate digging and detailed editing, to processing and pitching individual hits from his vault of free sample packs.

As well as sharing their thoughts on privilege and ?making it? in the world of music, the pair reflect on their partnership, as friends and creatives, discussing some of the most fundamental elements that enabled its success.

Listen to find out why Barney?s battered Peugeot 307 is on the album cover, why it?s not always best to tell a rapper you?ve been making beats, and how to turn a 70s jazz-fusion track into a football chant.

Tracks discussed:  Blowin Steam (Open Up Your Mind), The Locket, Vibrate

 

Listen to ?The Locket? here.

?The Locket? - Locket Records, Virgin Music

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Serato DJ Software

MWM Bluetooth Needle

 

SUBMIT A JINGLE

For all of the details on sending in a jingle email [email protected]  

Submit your Tape Notes jingle and we'll play our favourites each week on the podcast.

Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW

If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 

Donate

 

KEEP UP TO DATE

For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 

Instagram: @tapenotes 

Twitter: @tapenotes 

Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  

To let us know the artists you?d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We?d love to hear! 

 

Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk 

 

2021-10-19
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TN:80 Jungle

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In this episode, John heads over to Jungle?s West London HQ to catch up with Josh Lloyd-Watson about how the band wrote, recorded and produced their latest record ?Loving in Stereo?.

Having written a lot of the album in their shed over the last two years, Josh takes us all the way back to the almost 30-minute demos, talking through the process of cherry-picking the best parts and forming the tracks as we know them.

As well as sharing his thoughts on originality, natural creative flow and knowing when to stop, we hear stories of building samples, constantly layering vocals, and blending synths, guitars and orchestral elements into a singular unified sound.

Listen to find out how to get as close to the cheesy line as possible, what happens when you combine a Ron Burgundy flute solo with Baker Street sax, and how to do a great siren impression. 

Tracks discussed:  Keep Moving, All of the Time, Bonnie Hill

 

Listen to ?Loving In Stereo? here.

?Loving In Stereo? - Caiola Records, AWAL Recordings Ltd

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

MPC Sampler

Sequential Prophet 8

Neumann U67

Neumann U87

Moog One 

Mellotron

Sequential Prophet

How Music Works - David Byrne

Roland RE-501 - Chorus Echo

Soundtoys Decapitator

Hammond Organ

Kemper Profiler Rack

ProTools

Logic Pro

 

SUBMIT A JINGLE

For all of the details on sending in a jingle email [email protected]  

Submit your Tape Notes jingle and we'll play our favourites each week on the podcast.

Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW

If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 

Donate

 

KEEP UP TO DATE

For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 

Instagram: @tapenotes 

Twitter: @tapenotes 

Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  

To let us know the artists you?d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We?d love to hear! 

 

Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk

2021-10-12
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TN:79 Imagine Dragons

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In this episode, John links up with Dan and Wayne of Imagine Dragons to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced their latest album 'Mercury - Act 1.

Having spent almost three years writing almost 300 demos, Dan and Wayne look back on the process of whittling down the tracklist and forming the album, from capturing their ideas as quickly as possible, through to working with legendary producer Rick Rubin and deconstructing everything to its purest essence.

As well as sharing their thoughts on creativity, songwriting and their life experiences in the world of music, the pair speak openly about the inspiration and meaning behind some of their most honest tracks to date, while also demonstrating how they let the subject of each song help define its production.

Listen to find out why samples can sometimes work better than a live performance, how raw magic often is captured on a first take, and the wealth of instruments that Dan can create using only his mouth.

Tracks discussed:  Dull Knives, It?s Ok, Wrecked

 

Listen to ?Mercury - Act 1? here.

?Mercury - Act One? - Interscope Records, KIDinaKORNER 

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Analogue Design Black Box Plugin

ApTrigga

Soundtoys Devil-Loc

TrackSpacer Plugin

Fab Filter Pro-Q3

Melodyne

Antares Auto-Tune

Goodhertz Wow Control

UAD E SSL Channel Strip

Valhalla Reverbs

Native Instruments Guitar Rig

Native Instruments Drum Lab

Native Instruments Rickenbacker

Gibson Les Paul

Ebow

Vox AC30

Marshall ShredMaster Pedal

Shure SM57

Royer Microphone

Neumann U47

Neumann U67

Neve 1073

Kemper Profiler Rack

Fender Telecaster

Fender Princeton Amp

Roland TR-808

Ableton Tube Amp

Ableton Compressor

Ableton

Cakewalk

Logic Pro

Cubase

 

SUBMIT A JINGLE

For all of the details on sending in a jingle email [email protected]  

Submit your Tape Notes jingle and we'll play our favourites each week on the podcast.

Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW

If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 

Donate

 

KEEP UP TO DATE

For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 

Instagram: @tapenotes 

Twitter: @tapenotes 

Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  

To let us know the artists you?d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We?d love to hear! 

 

Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk 

2021-10-05
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TN:78 James Vincent McMorrow, Paul Epworth & Lil Silva

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Back in summer 2020, John headed over to The Church Studios to catch up with James Vincent McMorrow, Paul Epworth and Lil Silva to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced James?s album ?Grapefruit Season?.

Taking tracks from Dublin to London to LA and back, James talks us through the myriad of iterations the songs went through, exploring the different writing situations and how all of his collaborators had such varied musical impacts.

Paul and TJ lend their producer expertise pulling out individual stems and breaking songs apart, as well as discussing their approaches towards bringing energy to the studio, and sharing thoughts on how production, sounds and songwriting are one and the same. 

Listen to find out about the lyric James spent all of his life waiting for, why Paul was such a terrible studio assistant and how a serendipitous ?adapter? hunt led to the trio?s partnership.

Tracks discussed:  Headlights, Gone, Paradise

 

Listen to 'Grapefruit Season' here.

'Grapefruit Season' - Sony Music Entertainment UK

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Sequential OB6

Moog One

Moog Grandmother

Paul's Big Modular Moog

Teisco Synth

Xfer Serum Synth

Roland TR-808

Spectrasonics Omnisphere

Universal Audio Apollo Twin

Mellotron 

iZotope Iris

Faith Saturn Guitar

LinnDrum

ProTools

ProTools Air Kill EQ

Apple Mac

 

SUBMIT A JINGLE

For all of the details on sending in a jingle email [email protected]  

Submit your Tape Notes jingle and we'll play our favourites each week on the podcast.

Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW

If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 

Donate

 

KEEP UP TO DATE

For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 

Instagram: @tapenotes 

Twitter: @tapenotes 

Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  

To let us know the artists you?d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We?d love to hear! 

 

Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk 

2021-09-28
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TN:77 Maisie Peters & Joe Rubel

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In this episode, John returns to Pixel studios to chat with Maisie Peters and producer Joe Rubel about how they wrote, recorded and produced Maisie?s debut album ?You Signed Up For This?.

Going through their WhatsApp log of voice notes and ideas, Maisie and Joe look back on the chaotic methods of bringing an album together over lockdown, pulling apart how they carefully married Maisie?s original acoustic sound with more produced elements.

Alongside the wealth of Joe?s production goodness, Maisie sheds some light on her lyric writing process, from the internal rhyming patterns and carefully considered syllables in her writing, to the subtle nods hidden throughout each track.

Listen to find out why Maisie wouldn?t play instruments on her own songs, how to proceed after deciding it?s time to write a banger, and which part of a song you will now have to try and clap along to.

Tracks discussed:  You Signed Up For This, I?m Trying (Not Friends), Love Him I Don?t

 

Listen to ?You Signed Up For This? here.

?You Signed Up For This? - Warner Music, Asylum Records, Gingerbread Man Records 

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

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2021-09-21
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Best of Season 8

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In this episode we look back over Season 8 picking out a selection of highlights and some of the most memorable moments from the artists and producers we were lucky enough to speak to.

If you haven?t heard every episode from the last season, this is a good way to introduce yourself to some of the guests we?ve had on and hear some of their top studio tips, writing processes and all-round philosophies towards creating a record. 

 

You?ll hear highlights from: 

Royal Blood

Girl In Red and Matias Tellez

Rostam

Dodie and Joe Rubel

Johnny Flynn and Charlie Andrew

Fred Again..

Easy Life and Rob Milton

 

Listen to the albums featured this season with the links below.

Royal Blood - ?Typhoons?

Girl In Red and Matias Tellez - ?if i could make it go quiet?

Rostam - ?Changephobia?

Dodie and Joe Rubel - ?Build a Problem?

Johnny Flynn and Charlie Andrew - ?Lost in the Cedar Wood?

Fred Again.. - ?Actual Life (April 14th ? December 17th 2020)?

Easy Life and Rob Milton - ?Life's A Beach?

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective

 

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?Typhoons? - Warner Records UK, Imperial Galactic Limited, Black Mammoth 

?if i could make it go quiet? - World In Red, AWAL Recordings

?Changephobia? - Matsor Projects

?Build a Problem? - doddleoddle, The Orchard

?Lost in the Cedar Wood? - Transgressive, Johnny Flynn

?Actual Life (April 14th ? December 17th 2020)? - Warner Music UK Limited. An Atlantic Records UK, 2021 Fred Gibson

?Life's A Beach? - Universal Music, Island Records

2021-09-14
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TN:76 Easy Life & Rob Milton

In this episode, John is reunited with Murray Matravers from Easy Life and producer Rob Milton, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the band?s debut album ?Life?s A Beach'.

From recording in and around lockdowns, in basements, bedrooms and studios, Murray and Rob reflect on the writing process, singling out the sounds, ideas and samples that encapsulate the meaning within the songs.

As well as thoughts on retaining fun in the music and creating joke ideas, we hear stories of intentionally not wanting things to sound good, along with the not very Easy Life elements that are crucial to an Easy Life track.

Listen to find out what to do when you?re stuck in garage MC mode, how many times Rob recorded the word ?Skeletons?, and which synth line made Murray cry (and still does).

Tracks discussed:  skeletons, ocean view, homesickness

 

Listen to ?Life?s A Beach? here.

?Life?s A Beach? - Universal Music, Island Records

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

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2021-07-07
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TN:75 Fred again..

In this episode, John catches up with Fred Gibson, better known as Fred Again.., to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced the album ?Actual Life (April 14 - December 17 2020)?.

Having written and produced almost all of the album outside of the studio, Fred talks us through his recording and sampling process, digging into the ways in which each new environment helped shape the individual sound of each track.

Fred enlightens us on the best bits about recording on an iPhone and why it?s so key to his writing process. We?re treated to stories of recreating the voice notes compressor in Logic, jamming along with tracks in the club and playback sessions in the pub.

Listen to find out how a small change in harmony can completely reframe emotion, why mixing will never solve any song problems, and the best ways to fill time when you're not feeling inspired.

Tracks discussed: Sabrina (I Am A Party), Me (Heavy), Angie (I?ve Been Lost)

 

Listen to ?Actual Life (April 14 - December 17 2020)? here. 

?Actual Life (April 14 - December 17 2020)? - Warner Music UK Limited. An Atlantic Records UK, 2021 Fred Gibson

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

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2021-06-28
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TN:74 Johnny Flynn & Charlie Andrew

In this episode, John ventures up to The Old Workshop Studio to catch up with Johnny Flynn and producer Charlie Andrew about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ?Lost in the Cedar Wood?.

From the summer walks with co-writer Robert Macfarlane to tracking the bones of the album in a solar-powered woodland cottage, Johnny recalls shaping the world of the record, combining both timeless sonics and the ancient stories that are relatable even today. 

Getting into the technical elements, Charlie pulls apart some of the detailed sounds and techniques used to enhance each song's energy. We hear stories of stairwell recording, unpredictable gear and creating rhythmic textures from everything except drums.

Listen to find out why impatience in the studio is often a good thing, why Johnny had to make a last-minute Charango order, and the best way to shut your kids up when recording.

Tracks discussed: Ferryman, Bonedigger, Ten Degrees of Strange

 

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?Lost in the Cedar Wood? - Transgressive, Johnny Flynn

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

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2021-06-22
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TN:73 dodie & Joe Rubel

In this episode John heads over to Pixel Studios to chat with Dodie and producer Joe Rubel about how the album ?Build A Problem? was written, recorded and produced.

Unearthing Dodie?s first phone recordings made in her bedroom, the pair dig into the ways in which they preserved and developed her DIY/scrapbook sound in the studio. 

As well as lots of sumptuous album easter eggs, Joe indulges us in a multitude of audio tricks. We find out how they managed to flawlessly capture Dodie?s incredibly quiet, intimate vocals, as well as the sounds of windows, Tupperware, screaming and people's thighs.

Listen to hear tales of mood-matching songs and lyrics (then the doing the opposite), how Dodie?s Instagram followers influenced a guitar tuning, and the effects of revisiting songs in different head spaces.

Tracks discussed: Special Girl, Sorry, Before the Line

 

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?Build a Problem? - doddleoddle, The Orchard

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

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2021-06-14
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TN:72 Rostam

In this episode, John catches up with Rostam to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced his new album ?Changephobia?.

Giving us a full tour, Rostam talks us through his incredibly varied songwriting processes, from demoing beats on a Japanese bullet train and jamming with the TV, to improvising parts in the studio and simply writing without his brain. 

Going in deep, we?re treated to beat constructions, reverb breakdowns and sax playing that is just all feel, all alongside the subtle sounds that completely transform the emotion in a track.

Listen to find out which plugin changed the way he thinks about recording vocals, why clarity can sometimes completely destroy a vibe, and how to treat an addiction to groove.

Tracks discussed: From The Back of a Cab, 4Runner, Starlight

 

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'Changephobia? - Matsor Projects

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

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2021-06-08
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TN:71 girl in red & Matias Tellez

In this episode John links up with Marie Ulven, aka girl in red, and producer Matias Tellez, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced her debut album ?if i could make it go quiet?.

With Marie?s original bedroom recordings to hand, the pair take us through how they built on the framework of her demos, singling out the minuscule details in each track that you probably wouldn?t notice, but are completely responsible for the vibe. 

Alongside stories of recording without reverb and taking energy from different genres, Marie discusses the sentiment behind her lyrics as well as the individual syllable and pronunciation changes that had such big impacts. 

Listen to find out how to create an electronic beat from acoustic instruments, why you should always check things with a tremolo on, and what the appropriate response is when Taylor Swift posts about your album!

Tracks discussed: Body And Mind, Did You Come?, Apartment 402

 

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?if i could make it go quiet? - World In Red, AWAL Recordings

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

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2021-06-01
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TN:70 Royal Blood

In this episode, John heads down to Royal Blood?s secret studio near Brighton to catch up with Mike and Ben about how they wrote, recorded and produced their chart-topping album ?Typhoons?.

Having written the majority of the record apart from each other in lockdown, the duo reflect on their creative process, from forming demos on the living room sofa to dipping their toes in musical moves they?ve never had the guts to do before.

Incorporating the dance floor into their world for the first time, we hear how they combined disco influences with sounds from the depths of hell, as well as the inside details on song structuring, adapting drum parts, and tricks to help nail vocal writing. 

Listen to find out how a looped mistake can become the basis of a hook, how a £30 amp from eBay helped form the majority of the record?s sound, and how Brad Pitt almost made a feature.

Tracks discussed: Typhoons, Limbo, Mad Visions

 

Listen to ?Typhoons? here.

?Typhoons? - Warner Records UK, Imperial Galactic Limited, Black Mammoth 

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

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2021-05-24
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Best of Season 7

In this episode we pick out a selection of highlights from Season 7. If you haven?t heard every episode from the last season, this is a good way to introduce yourself to some of the artists and producers we?ve had on and hear some of their top studio tips, writing processes and all-round philosophies towards creating a record. 

 

You?ll hear highlights from: 

Bicep

Idles with Nick Launay and Adam Greenspan

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Paul Weller with Stan Kybert and Charles Rees

Adam Buxton

Fontaines DC and Dan Carey

Slowthai with Kwes Darko

SG Lewis

 

Listen to the albums featured this season with the links below.

Bicep - ?Isles?

IDLES - ?Ultra Mono?

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - ?K.G.? & ?L.W.? 

Paul Weller - ?On Sunset?

Fontaines D.C. - ?Dogrel? & ?A Hero?s Death?

Slowthai - ?TYRON?

S.G. Lewis - ?Times? 

 

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'Isles' - Ninja Tune 

'Ultra Mono' - Partisan Records

'K.G.' and 'L.W' - A KGLW Release

'On Sunset' - A Polydor Records Release; Solid Bond Productions Limited, under exclusive license to Universal Music

Operations Limited

'Dogrel' and 'A Hero's Death' - Partisan Records

?TYRON' - A Method Records/Interscope/AWGE release.

'Times' -  A PMR/EMI release, under exclusive license to Universal Music Operations Limited

2021-05-19
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TN:69 SG Lewis

In this episode, John catches up with Sam Lewis AKA SG Lewis to get lost in the disco grooves of his album ?Times?.

Digging deep into the writing and production, Sam charts the development of the tracks right the way through from the demos and initial studio sessions, to recreating sounds and samples with disco legends.

As well as treating us to unheard Chic versions and heaps of Nile Rodgers riffing, he reflects on learning to record his voice for the first time, along with the realisation that singing isn?t always about singing.

Listen to find out about the hardest parts of recreating demo magic, how a healthy dose of sidechain compression can create the ultimate vocal bounce, and why sometimes all you need is an iPhone to record a piano.

Tracks discussed: One More, Feed The Fire, Chemicals

 

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'Times' -  A PMR/EMI release, under exclusive license to Universal Music Operations Limited

 

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2021-04-20
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TN:68 slowthai & Kwes Darko

In this episode, John is joined by slowthai and producer Kwes Darko at Iguana Studios, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ?Tyron?.

With voice messages, demos and stems in hand, Ty and Kwes lay out the development of each track, from the gear and technicalities of capturing vocals and making a beat that hits hard, to the smallest production details that often have the biggest emotional impact.

Delving into the deep stuff, the pair discuss the philosophies and attitudes at the heart of their tight artist-producer relationship, as well as sharing wise words on creativity, development and some of the best forms of inspiration. 

Listen to find out why Ty had to out rap a rapper on his own track, how they used Twitter as a creative tool, and the reason why you should always check a mix in the car. 

Tracks discussed: MAZZA, PLAY WITH FIRE, adhd

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

Listen to 'TYRON' here.

'TYRON' - A Method Records/Interscope/AWGE release.

 

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2021-04-13
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TN:67 Fontaines D.C. & Dan Carey

Catching up on some much-needed studio goodness, John returns to Mr Dan?s studio to chat with Conor and Tom of Fontaines D.C. and producer Dan Carey, about how they wrote, recorded and produced the albums 'Dogrel? and ?A Hero?s Death?.

With rehearsal room and garden shed demos in hand, Conor, Tom and Dan give us a rundown of some of the key moments of the band?s career, from first meetings at a 20 person gig to recording an entire album in LA, and then redoing it in London.

Digging into the recording process, we hear thoughts on the ultimate ways to capture the full experience of a live band, and Dan explains the ins and outs of getting things down on tape.

Listen to find out what was achieved when the band built an amp castle, how a room became their new sixth member, and why so much skill is involved in playing one note bass lines.

Tracks discussed: Too Real, A Hero?s Death, You Said

 

Listen to 'Dogrel' here.

Listen to 'A Hero's Death' here.

'Dogrel' and 'A Hero's Death' - Partisan Records 

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

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Rainger Minor Concussion

 

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2021-04-05
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TN:66 Adam Buxton

In this very special episode John steps inside the jingle factory of podcaster, comedian, writer, actor and musician Adam Buxton. 

Digging into the depths of his archive, Adam charts his life and career breaking down the songs and jingles that punctuated each moment. From finding arpeggiators in music shops and writing ?smutty? rhymes with his friends, to applying advice from Nigel Godrich in the epic efforts of Song Wars on the Adam and Joe Show.

Alongside all of the jingle fun, we?re treated to comparisons between the aspects of music and comedy, the effects of cultural fascination and exclusion, as well as thoughts on mental health when writing.

Listen to find out where Adam got the inspiration to combine Scott Walker with Will.I.Am and Britney, why he decided to recreate all of the audio in Star Wars, and the truth behind how irritated he actually got with Joe during Song Wars.

 

Tracks discussed: The Podcast Groove, Mind of a Pirate, The Counting Song, Special Bath, Playboi Buckles, Like and Subscribe and many many more.

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Casio VL Tone

Suzuki Omnichord

Gladiator Synth 

Logic Pro

Garageband

 

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Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

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2021-03-18
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TN:65 Paul Weller, Stan Kybert & Charles Rees

In this episode, John heads to Black Barn Studios to chat with Paul Weller along with producer Stan Kybert and engineer Charles Rees, about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ?On Sunset?.

From recycling and resampling old tunes to recording new ideas on his phone, Paul reflects on his years of endless experimentation in the studio, sharing his thoughts on what makes a good song along with the decisive musical elements that reinforce meaning.

Revisiting different versions of the tracks, we hear the trio breaking down the different mic setups and the vintage gear they used to recreate the sound of an era.

Listen to find out why Paul wrote a song on his kids Casio keyboard and how to play a Hammond with a screwdriver.

Tracks discussed:  Mirrorball, More, On Sunset

 

Listen to 'On Sunset' here.

'On Sunset' - A Polydor Records Release; Solid Bond Productions Limited, under exclusive license to Universal Music Operations Limited

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Neumann U87 

Coles 4038 Ribbon Mic 

Sontronics Mercury

Izotope Stutter Edit

Hofner Club Bass

Hammond Keyboard

Vacuvox

Fairchild 660 & 670 Compressors

Custom Neve Console

 

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2021-03-09
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TN:64 King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

In this episode, John catches up with King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard frontman and producer Stu Mackenzie to talk about how the band wrote, recorded and produced the albums, ?K.G.? and ?L.W.?

Armed with various living room demos, phone recordings and plenty of stems, Stu delves into the successes and difficulties that came with each band member having to write and record from home, sharing how the completely unfamiliar process shaped their two lockdown records.

Firing on all sonic cylinders, we?re given an insight into recording and mixing tracks with two drum kits, linear songwriting with constantly evolving time signatures, as well as the effects of microtonal retuning.

Listen to find out how the band switch from being ?gentle fellas? to ?heavy monsters?, what they did when they didn?t have a bass that could play low enough and why the flute has ended up on so many of their tracks.

Tracks discussed: Automation, If Not Now, Then When?, K.G.L.W. & K.G.L.W.

 

Listen to 'K.G.' here.

Listen to 'L.W.' here.

'K.G.' and 'L.W' - A KGLW Release

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Beyerdynamic M88

Mellotron

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe

Yamaha DX7

Nord Keyboards

Ableton

Logic Pro

 

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2021-03-02
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TN:63 IDLES, Nick Launay & Adam Greenspan

In this episode John is joined by Idles guitarist Mark Bowen along with co-producers Nick Launay and Adam ?Atom? Greenspan to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the band?s latest album ?Ultra Mono?.

Unearthing backstage phone demos and rehearsal room recordings, Bowen, Nick and Adam look back on how the album was pulled together, from the band?s chats about concepts to the eight days recording the whole record. 

Reminiscing on their time in La Frette Studios, we hear stories of both the raucousness and intense focus encapsulated within an Idles session. The trio dig into the explosive drum recording, their staircase microphone setup and the special sauce that forms the very essence of an Idles track.

Listen to find out what happened when Warren Ellis made a surprise studio visit, why everyone got sent out of the room during some of the vocal takes, and why civilised French lunches were so key to the album?s success.

 

Tracks discussed: War, The Lover, A Hymn

 

Listen to 'Ultra Mono' here.

'Ultra Mono' - Partisan Records

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Fender Baritone Guitar

Drolo Stammen Pedal

Moog MiniFooger Ring Mod Pedal

Zvex Lofi Junky

Fender Twin Amp

Hiwatt-100

Hiwatt-200

Sunn Model T 

Marshall SLP

Marshall JCM800

Fender Bassman Amp

Ampeg

Roland Jazz Chorus

EAR Compressors

Neve 1081  

API Console

Neve Console

Aston Stealth

Soundtoys Alter Boy

Fab Filter Pro-Q3

ProTools

Ableton

 

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2021-02-23
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TN:62 Bicep

In quite possibly one of the most synth-heavy episodes ever, John catches up with Matt and Andy of Bicep to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced their latest album ?Isles?.

Unravelling the mystery of how they do what they do, Matt and Andy talk us through the countless demos and subsequent iterations, exploring the abundance of sounds and samples sent to them from collaborators and how this influenced the direction of their music. 

From hours spent experimenting in the studio to what they did when creativity hit a low, we hear stories of mixing vintage gear with the latest kit, the intricacies of using drum machines to trigger synths, and anecdotes on how they both became masters of the modular synthesizer.

Listen to find out how they ended up with a ?Kenny G? version of a track, why they bought every kids Casio keyboard they could get their hands on, and why there is no such thing as a warm-up set in Belfast.

Tracks discussed: Atlas, Apricots, Saku, Lido

 

Listen to 'Isles' here.

'Isles' - Ninja Tune 

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

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Akai MPC MPC Sampler

Alesis Andromeda

Deckard?s Dream

E-mu SP-1200

Intellijel Metropolis

Intellijel Atlantis

Roland Juno 60

Korg MonoPoly

Korg PolySix

Lexicon Reverb

Make Noise Modular Synthesiser

NIIO Analogue Filter

Nyle Filter

Roland SH-101

Roland Jupiter

Roland Super JD

Roland TR-909

Roland TR-808

Tiptop Audio RS-909 Rimshot

Verbos Harmonic Oscillator

Waldorf Microwave

Yamaha Portasound

Yamaha CS-80 

Eventide Effects

Valhalla Reverbs

Casio Keyboard

Ableton

 

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2021-02-15
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Best of Season 6

In this episode we pick out a selection of highlights from Season 6. If you haven't heard every episode from the last season, this is a good way to introduce yourself to some of the other artists and producers we've had on and hear their tips, tricks and stories.

Have a listen to see what you've been missing!

 

You'll hear highlights from:

Paul Epworth

Disclosure

Biffy Clyro and Rich Costey

Georgia and Mark Ralph

Jacob Collier

Nova Twins and Jim Abbiss

Nothing But Thieves

Sports Team and Burke Reid

Glass Animals

Haim with Ariel Rechtshaid and Rostam Batmanglij

Lianne La Havas with Beni Giles and Sam Crowe

 

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2021-02-11
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TN:61 Lianne La Havas, Sam Crowe & Beni Giles

In this biscuit fuelled episode, John is joined by Lianne La Havas along with producers Sam Crowe and Beni Giles to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced Lianne?s latest album ?Lianne La Havas?.

Delving into Lianne's most personal work yet, the trio takes us through the moments the initial song ideas were formed, through the various stages of their development right to the finished versions. 

Illustrated with recordings made throughout the album?s journey, we hear stories of capturing the perfect vocal takes, trying piano voicing's on guitar and tales on the phenomenon of song writing. 

Listen to find out why talkback mics sometimes trump fancy mics, how they ventured to the scariest parts of a flute, and how cabbages made it onto the record.

Tracks discussed:  Bittersweet, Green Papaya, Seven Times

 

Listen to 'Lianne La Havas' here.

'Lianne La Havas' - Warner Records UK

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

AKG C414

Moog Sub-37

Yamaha REFACE CS 

Roland TR-808

BX20 BX Spring Reverb

Sub Kick Mic

Audio-Technica Microphone

Squire Guitars

 

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Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

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2020-12-16
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TN:60 Haim, Ariel Rechtshaid & Rostam Batmanglij

In this episode, John catches up with Danielle from Haim along with co-producers Ariel Rechtshaid and Rostam Batmanglij to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced Haim?s latest album ?Women in Music Pt. III?.

With recordings of jams, writing sessions and iPhone Garageband demos, Danielle, Ariel and Rostam pull apart their creative process, exploring the inspiration behind their ideas and what they did to bring them to life.

From hearing song ideas through the floor to finding a fix for everyone?s demoitus, the trio treat us to an absolute masterclass in song writing.

Listen to find out how they emulated a booty call on the bass, why they auditioned people for a phone call recording, and how Bono almost made it on to the album.

Tracks discussed:  Gasoline, 3am, The Steps

 

Listen to 'Women In Music Pt. III' here.

'Women In Music Pt. III' - HAIM Productions Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Universal Audio Apollos

Universal Audio 1176 Compressor

KORG Gadget 2 App

AKG BX10 Spring Reverb

Moogerfooger MF-101 Pedal

Pioneer 800 Mixer

Farfisa

Roland TR-808

Scully Tape Machine

Neve Desk

Fender Stratocaster

Camco Drum Kit

 

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Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

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2020-12-09
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TN:59 Glass Animals

Returning for his second outing on Tape Notes, John links up with Glass Animals frontman and producer Dave Bayley, to talk about how the band wrote, recorded and produced their latest album ?Dreamland?.

Born out of an emotional time of uncertainty for the band, Dave discusses the unexpected moments that formed the foundations of the album. Breaking down his writing process from start to finish, we?re treated to the very initial demos and samples recorded on the fly, along with the wealth of production tricks used to create Glass Animals unique sound. 

We hear secrets behind reverse drum beats, reverb and delay EQs, as well as the latest iteration of Dave?s crack choir.

Listen to find out how Dave attempted to conjure up his inner Dr Dre, how an entire song was forged using just a voice, and what currently sits in the Glass Animals guitar graveyard.

Tracks discussed:  Dreamland, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, It?s All So Incredibly Loud

 

Listen to 'Dreamland' here.

'Dreamland' - Wolf Tone Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Neve 1073

Universal Audio Reverb

Valhalla Vintage Verb

Soundtoys Alter Boy

Soundtoys Decapitator

Neumann U67

Mellotron Plugin

Maestro Rhythm King Drum Machine

Roland TR-808

Sequential Prophet

Fender Stratocaster

Hammond B3 Organ

Native Instruments

Spectrasonics Omnisphere

Ableton

 

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Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

 

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2020-12-03
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TN:58 Nothing But Thieves

In this episode, John catches up with Conor, Joe and Dom from Nothing But Thieves, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced their latest album ?Moral Panic?.

Loaded up with original demo sessions and ideas recorded while on tour, the boys sift through some of the sounds, stories and musical concepts that shaped their songwriting process.

Conor enlightens us on his thoughts about vocal production, breaking down the different shades of his voice across the album. We hear geeky tales of musical maths as well as ideas on the importance of groove and precise rhythmic changes that have the power to completely alter the feel of a song.

Listen to find out how a YouTube binge led to the start of a new song, which characters they channelled when recording and why they may have been awarded the key to an East Sussex town.

 

Tracks discussed:  Unperson, Is Everybody Going Crazy?, Real Love Song 

 

Listen to 'Moral Panic' here.

'Moral Panic' - Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

reVOLVER DX Pedal

Eventide Harmonizer

Soothe Plugin

Moog DFAM

Teenage Engineering OP1

Roland TR-808

Roland Juno 

Korg MS-20

Heil Microphones

Neumann U67

Neumann U47

Neve Shelford Channel

Vox Amps

Fender Telecaster

Gibson Les Paul

Marshall Amps

Gretsch Guitars

Epiphone Thunderbird Bass 

Humbucker Pickups

Arturia Synth Emulators

Logic Pro

 

SUBMIT A JINGLE

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Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

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2020-11-25
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TN:57 Nova Twins & Jim Abbiss

In this episode, John catches up with Nova Twins? Amy and Georgia along with producer Jim Abbiss to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced their debut album ?Who Are The Girls?? 

Reflecting on venturing into the studio for the first time with a ?big name? producer, Amy, Georgia and Jim delve into their ?ropey? demos written in a tiny room at Georgia's house, unravelling how they formed their raucous balance of electronics, punk and heavy hitting guitar and bass riffs. We?re given a glimpse into the secrets of the duo's mammoth pedal boards, revealing how they are so much more than extensions of their instruments. 

Listen to hear drum parts written for drummers with more than two arms, studio debates about a cowbell, and how many biscuits were consumed during the making of the album. 

Tracks discussed:  Vortex, Taxi, Play Fair

 

Listen to 'Who Are The Girls?' here.

'Who Are The Girls?' -Nova Twins Ltd in collaboration with 333 Wreckords Crew

 

GEAR MENTIONS

EarthQuaker Devices Pedals

Fender Mustang

Bypass Looper

Gretsch Guitars

Logic Pro

Garageband

 

SUBMIT A JINGLE

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Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

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2020-11-18
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TN:56 Jacob Collier

In this episode, John catches up with Jacob Collier to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced his albums Djesse Volumes 1, 2 & 3.

With original Logic sessions, demos and heaps of stems in hand, Jacob unravels the wealth of ideas charting the development of each volume?s sonic environment. 

We hear his approach to getting the right balance between the simple and complex, illustrated with samples constructed from audience recordings, scrapped key changes and demo raps.   

Listen to find out about the benefits and burdens of knowledge, creating tongue twister grooves for the brain and how to take music beyond the twelve tones as we know them.

Tracks discussed:  With The Love In My Heart, Nebaluyo, All I Need

 

Listen to 'Djesse Vol. 1' here.

Listen to 'Djesse Vol. 2' here.

Listen to 'Djesse Vol. 3' here.

'Djesse Vol. 1, 2 & 3' - Hajanga Records, Geffen Records/Decca, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Kiii 3 Speakers

Shure SM7B

Shure SM58

XLN Audio RC-20 Plugin

XFER Records LFO Tool

Spectrasonics Omnisphere

Native Instruments Battery

Logic Pro

Kontakt

 

SUBMIT A JINGLE

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Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

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2020-11-11
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TN:55 Biffy Clyro & Rich Costey

In this episode, John catches up with Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil and producer Rich Costey to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ?A Celebration of Endings?.

Armed with the very first demos and ?work-in-progress? recordings, Simon and Rich talk us through each song's evolution, from rehearsals on a farm to getting down intricate drum sounds and a 30-piece orchestra at Abbey Road.

We?re given an insight into Simon?s vocal recording process as well as his approach to the biology of a guitar. Rich shares some of his producer wizardry, talking through single mic recording tricks, common rock mixing problems as well as the amps and gear used to help craft the band?s sound.

Listen to find out how the pair blew up a pre-war Gibson Amp, what tuning their instruments did to the music and why you should go and follow @tempojunkee on Twitter.

 

Tracks discussed:  North of No South, Instant History, Cop Syrup

 

Listen to 'A Celebration of Endings' here.

'A Celebration of Endings' - 14th Floor Records Limited, a Warner Music Group company.

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Michael Landau Signature Stratocaster

Gibson Les Paul

Boss Metal Zone Pedals

JHS Kilt Pedal

Sunn Drone Pedals

Sequential Prophet 6

1969 100w Marshall Amp

Black Volt

Vox AC30

Roland JC-120

Sunn Amplifiers

 

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Submit your Tape Notes jingle and we'll play our favourites each week on the podcast.

Jingles can be in any style, can feature the Tape Notes theme, lyrics, or none of those things - be as creative as you'd like (as long as they're between 5-15 seconds).

 

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2020-11-04
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TN:54 Disclosure

In this episode, John catches up with brothers Guy and Howard of Disclosure, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ?ENERGY?.

Chosen from over 200 songs, the pair break apart the individual parts and distinct sounds from the handful of tracks that made the cut. The boys take a deep dive into what it takes to make a Disclosure hit, revealing the tricks and tools they use along the way.  

Listen to find out why the best hooks are written in 20 minutes, how conversations with Pharrell led to new chord progressions, and why the brothers nearly went the same way as Oasis.

 

Tracks discussed:  Douha (Mali Mali), Who Knew? & Birthday

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS:

Korg PolySix

Ableton

Native Instruments

Ample Bass

Izotope Vocal Synth

Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor

Neve Desk

Moog Little Phatty

Roland Juno 106

Roland Boutique Synths

Roland D50

Roland SH-101

Universal Audio Apollos

 

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2020-10-28
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TN:53 Paul Epworth

Launching into a brand new season, John rockets over to The Church Studios to catch up with super-producer Paul Epworth, Harry Edwards and Riley MacIntyre to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced Paul?s debut album ?Voyager?. 

Paul shines a light on the five year on-off process of bringing the record to life, pulling apart the cosmic sounds and samples that form the basis of the album. From turning his studio desk into an instrument to serendipitous happenings, we hear Paul?s techniques of creating the perfect environment suitable for writing an expansive space concept album. 

Listen to find out what happens when you put a guitar through his ?multi-story car park? of pedals, how a SpaceX launch impacted the album, and how Paul stopped himself from just making techno. 

 

Tracks discussed:  Distant Planets, Where Do We Come From?, Space Inc. & Epilogue

 

Listen to 'Voyager' here.

'Voyager' - Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Electro Harmonix Freeze Pedal

Electro-Harmonix Superego Guitar Effects Pedal

Moogerfooger MF-104M Analog Delay

Moog MF-103 Moogerfooger 12-Stage Phaser

 

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2020-10-21
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Best of Season 5

In this episode we pick out a selection of highlights from Season 5. If you haven't heard every episode from the last season, this is a good way to introduce yourself to some of the other artists and producers we've had on and hear their tips, tricks and stories. Have a listen to see what you've been missing!

 

You'll hear highlights from:

Foals

Caribou

Jack Garrett

Tom Misch & Adam Jaffrey

Ghostpoet

Rina Sawayama & Clarence Clarity

Badly Drawn Boy & Gethin Pearson

Grouplove & Dave Sitek

Enter Shikari

EOB & Flood

 

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2020-10-14
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TN:52 Sports Team & Burke Reid (Mercury Prize Nominated)

In this episode, John heads over to Sports Team HQ to catch up with Oli, Rob and producer Burke Reid, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced their Mercury nominated debut album ?Deep Down Happy?.

With DIY demos and a bag of stems, Oli, Rob and Burke break apart what goes into creating the band?s signature raucous sound. We?re treated to tales of sleeping in rehearsal rooms, sneaking into studios and mixing at the kitchen table. Burke talks us through some of his tricks of the trade, from managing the chaos of recording the band while they all still had day jobs, to making simple repeated things sound new and exciting.

Listen to hear why they like to annoy Alex during his vocal takes, which stock Logic drummer has become an integral part of the band?s writing process and how they tailor their live sets so no one goes to the bar.

 

Tracks discussed: Kutcher, Here It Comes Again, Fishing 

 

Listen to 'Deep Down Happy' here.

'Deep Down Happy' - Big Desert Records, Universal Music Operations Limited

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Audacity

Audio Kitchen Big Trees Pedal

Epiphone Casino

Fender Amps

Mu-Tron Pedals

Neumann U67

Rickenbacker Bass

Roland RE-20 Space Echo

Boss SD-1 Pedal

WEM Amps

Logic Pro

 

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2020-09-22
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TN:51 Georgia & Mark Ralph (Mercury Prize Nominated)

Back at the start of lockdown, John caught up with Georgia and producer Mark Ralph to bring together a special episode for Aim House on how they wrote, recorded and produced Georgia?s Mercury nominated album ?Seeking Thrills?. 

Delving right into the first demos inspired by a night out, Georgia and Mark talk us through their fluid process of bringing the songs to life, from drawing intricate details from their dynamic list of influences, to studio days together programming rooms full of synths.  

We?re given an insight into Georgia?s move to becoming a singer, stepping out from behind the drum kit, and Mark shares some of his producer wizardry, enlightening us on song structure, the small things can completely change the feel of a track and much much more.

Listen to hear how a grammatically incorrect sentence became the focus of a song, clips of hook lines written on a glockenspiel and discussions on how to make a computer groove. 

Tracks discussed: Started Out, About Work The Dancefloor 

 

Listen to 'Seeking Thrills' here.

'Seeking Thrills' - Domino Recording Co Ltd

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Moog

Nord Wave

Roland SH-101

Roland Jupiter 6

Roland TR-808

Roland TR-909

Sequential OB6

 

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2020-09-22
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TN:50 EOB & Flood

In this episode, John heads up to Assault & Battery Studios to chat with EOB ? the solo project from Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien - and legendary producer Flood, to talk through how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ?Earth?. 

 

Armed with demos and tracks written during Ed?s time in Brazil, the pair take a deep dive into the sonic trenches, sharing their musings on the creative process, and reflect on their time working together in the studio. From fortuitous iTunes plays to jamming with world-renowned musicians, we hear Ed?s thoughts on transitioning from the realm of backing vocalist to lead vocalist, as well as the intricacies of blending carnival and dance music. 

 Listen to find why sometimes it?s a challenge finding beat 1, which track initially began with a swarm of Vihuelas, and why you should never use the word ?demo? in the studio.   

 

Tracks discussed: Brasil, Olympik, Long Time Coming 

 

Listen to 'Earth' here.

'Earth' - Capitol Records, Over Normal Limited, under exclusive license for UMG Recordings, Inc.

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Akai MPC Looper

ARP

Electro-Harmonix Memory Man

Elektron Machine

Eventide H3000

Gibson Les Paul

Soft Tube OTO Biscuit

Roland System 700

Roland Juno 60

Boss RC-1 Looping Pedal

Shure SM58

 

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2020-08-26
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TN:49 Enter Shikari

In this episode, John catches up with Enter Shikari frontman and producer, Rou Reynolds to breakdown how the band wrote, recorded and produced their new album ?Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible?.  

As the band?s most genre-bending album to date, Rou talks us through the challenges of combining techy metal, rave, reggae and ska influences with an oom-pah band and full symphony orchestra. Digging through his fifteen hard drives of demos and jams, we?re shown how every aspect of a track has a purpose and meaning ? with detailed rhythms and distinctive sounds reflecting the state of the world in their own way.    

Listen to hear the original gibberish lyrics that ended up making the final version of a song, how the band ended up forming and recording their toy drum kit and what plugins Rou uses to create his own audio cuddle.  

Tracks discussed: THE GREAT UNKNOWN, Waltzing Off the Face of the Earth (1. Crescendo), satellites* *

 

Listen to 'Nothing is True & Everything is Possible' here.

'Nothing is True & Everything is Possible' - SO Recordings/Silva Screen Records Limited

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Ableton

Akai MPC Sampler

Arp 2600

Arturia Synth Emulators

Chandler REDD Microphone

Farfisa

Kemper Profiler Rack

LOMO Channel Strip

Native Instruments Massive

Roland Jupiter 6

Sound Guru Mangle Plugin

 

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2020-08-19
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TN:48 Grouplove & Dave Sitek

In this episode, John catches up with Grouplove?s Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi along with legendary producer Dave Sitek to breakdown how they wrote, recorded and produced the band?s latest album Healer. 

As their first record with an outside producer, the band reflect on their creative flow, pulling apart tracks bit by bit and showing us how Dave was the perfect weirdo to bring the album together. From jamming out five-hour demos at Hannah?s parent?s house to spending over a month recording from 9pm through to 11am, fuelled by cookies with cream cheese, breakfast burritos and copious amounts of weed. 

We hear theories on how people?s souls enter your body to give you songs, why Dave has been the cause of multiple people?s synth addictions, and we are treated to unheard midnight vocal takes recorded just before Hannah?s vocal surgery. 

 

Tracks discussed: Deleter, Expectations, Places 

 

Listen to 'Healer' here.

'Healer' - Atlantic Recording Corporation, WEA International Inc., Warner Music Group

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

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Dunlop Echoplex Pedal

Mellotron

Sequential Prophet 6

 

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2020-08-12
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TN:47 Badly Drawn Boy & Gethin Pearson

In this episode, John catches up with Badly Drawn Boy A.K.A Damon Gough and producer Gethin Pearson to talk through how they wrote, recorded and produced ?Banana Skin Shoes?. 

After numerous false starts producing the album ? his first after an 8 year hiatus ? Damon paired up with Gethin, bringing a new enthusiasm to Damon?s musical endeavours and with him a pool of new talent to draw inspiration from. We get to hear a plethora of demos and track breakdowns as the pair chart the development of the album and gain a fascinating insight into the philosophy behind their creative decisions. From a post Valentine?s breakfast date and a shared love of the Beastie Boys, Gethin and Damon reflect on their time working together and the importance of the relationship between producer and artist. 

Listen to hear how Damon?s chat after a toilet break was sampled into something much more meaningful, how he managed to include Brexit, his unborn child and Bono in the same song, and why the best piece of equipment you can have is a good artist. 

 

Tracks discussed: Colours, Banana Skin Shoes, Is This A Dream? 

 

Listen to 'Banana Skin Shoes' here.

'Banana Skin Shoes' - Damon Gough, AWAL Recordings Ltd

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

ProTools

ProTools EQ

Adam Audio Monitors

Akai S950 Sampler

Roland RE-20 Space Echo

Roland TR-808

Tascam 4Trk Recorder

Teenage Engineering OP1

Yamaha Clavinova

 

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2020-08-06
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TN:46 Rina Sawayama & Clarence Clarity

In this episode, John catches up with Rina Sawayama and producer Clarence Clarity to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced Rina?s debut album ?Sawayama?.  

 

Diving deep into the almost 100 track sessions, Rina and Clarence reflect on how the album took shape, from writing demos in Rina?s bedroom to spending months in an LA studio. We hear the pair?s philosophies on creativity and the hustle of making it in the world of music, along with the secrets in crafting their fusion of R&B, noughties pop and nu-metal.  

 

Listen to find out why Rina tries includes at least 10 hooks in each song, how Clarence tried to match a trap beat to Rina?s mum?s Beethoven performance and which member of The 1975 made a secret appearance on the record. 

 

Tracks discussed: Dynasty, Love Me 4 Me, Snakeskin

 

Listen to 'Sawayama' here.

'Sawayama' - Dirty Hit

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

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Ableton

Sontronics Saturn

Soundelux U99

 

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2020-07-29
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TN:45 Ghostpoet

In this episode, John catches up with Obaro Ejimiwe, A.K.A Ghostpoet, along with engineer and mixer Shuta Shinoda to talk through how they wrote, recorded and produced his latest album, ?I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep?. 

 

Recorded at the start of lockdown before the album was actually released, Obaro and Shuta shed light on their creative relationship breaking down early demos and treating us to a selection of clips from the monumental amount of session files they racked up. We hear how Obar crafts his music despite a lack of traditional music theory, revealing the methods and approaches he uses to tap directly into the feeling of a song. 

 

Listen to find out how birdsong was meticulously edited to perfectly fit the music, why Obaro has only just managed to use his Mellotron, and how he charmed Sarasara into singing on the record. 

 

Tracks discussed: Breaking Cover, When Mouths Collide, Social Lacerations 

 

Listen to 'I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep' here.

'I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep' -  Ghostpoet, Play It Again Sam

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Logic Pro

Critter and Guitari Organelle M

Eventide Harmonizer

Fender Bassman Amp

Flea C12 Microphone

Mellotron

Melos Delay Unit

Sequential Prophet 6 

Studer A80 Analogue Tape Machine

 

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2020-07-22
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TN:44 Tom Misch & Adam Jaffrey

In this episode, John catches up with Tom Misch and engineer Adam Jaffrey to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced Tom?s collaboration album with drummer Yussef Dayes -  ?What Kinda Music?. 

Tom and Adam dig deep into the session material, revealing the techniques and processes they used in recording the album. We hear Tom?s thoughts on stepping outside of his bedroom studio to record, as well as revealing the treasure trove of gear and plugins they used to hone his iconic guitar sound. 

Listen to find out why a fan made an almost 10-hour round trip to deliver the coveted OP1, what words Tom sings on his songs without lyrics, and why sometimes having a hangover in the studio can benefit the writing process. 

 

Tracks discussed: Last 100. The Reel, Nightrider.  

 

Listen to ?What Kinda Music? here.

?What Kinda Music? - Beyond The Groove. Blue Note Records/Caroline

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Dynacord Tape Echo

Electro-Voice RE20

Eventide

Moogerfooger MF-101 Pedal

Teenage Engineering OP1

Universal Audio

Universal Audio Neve 1073

UAD Thermionic Culture Vulture

UAD Korg SD300 Plugin

UAD Oxide (Tape Emulation Plugin)

Zvex Lofi Junky

Logic Pro

ProTools

 

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2020-07-15
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TN:43 Jack Garratt

In this episode, John catches up with Jack Garratt to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced his latest album Love, Death & Dancing. 

Jack digs up the original demo sessions recorded in his garden shed, unravelling the multitude of ideas he packed in to each track. Illustrated through a bounty of unheard demos and track breakdowns, Jack charts the emotional journey he undertook writing the album, revealing how he subtly controls rhythm and harmony to tell a story. 

Listen to find out how a core guitar riff was saved by a lucky phone recording, how his childhood trombone skills are now coming in handy, and how a few pearls of wisdom from producer Jacknife Lee have impacted his song writing. 

 

Tracks discussed: Time, Anyone, Only The Bravest 

 

Listen to 'Love, Death & Dancing' here.

'Love, Death & Dancing' -  Island Records Release, Universal Music Operations Limited

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

GEAR MENTIONS

Arturia Buchla Easel Plugin

Arturia Prophet V3 Plugin

Behringer D Model

Critter & Guitari Pocket Piano

Fender Stratocaster 

Goodhertz Wow Control

Minimoog

Roland TR-808

Roland TR-909

Roland Boutique Synths

Sequential Prophet

Shure SM57

Sonic Charge Permut8

Ableton

Logic Pro

Logic Pro - Space Designer

 

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2020-07-08
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