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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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Reissue | TN:18 The 1975

We?ve been having a look back through the Tape Notes archive to bring back some of our favourite early episodes that you may have missed. This selection is our conversation with Matty and George of The 1975, recorded back in March 2019. EPISODE NOTES John ventures up to Spitfire Audio to meet with Matty and George from The 1975 to talk about how the album 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships' was recorded and produced. Somewhat bleary eyed after a massive night at the Brits (scooping two awards), the boys reveal the inner workings of The 1975's production methods and writing techniques. We're treated to demo versions and extensive track breakdowns from their award winning album, showing what it takes to create a 1975 hit. We get to hear why Matty scats to write lyrics, how George uses a Barry White bass trick for creating lush vocals, and hear THE definitive explanation of side-chain compression. Tracks discussed: I Like America & America Likes Me, How To Draw / Petrichor, It's Not Living (If It's Not With You) TAPE IT Thanks to our friends at Tape It for supporting the podcast. Visit tape.it/tapenotes or use the promo code TAPENOTES in the app to get 50% off. MUSIVERSAL Skip the waitlist and get your 25% discount HERE LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships? here  Dirty Hit, Polydor Records, Interscope Records Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Arturia Synth Emulators Izotope Vocal Synth Korg Legacy Collection Moog Shure SM58 Teenage Engineering OP1 Waves CLA Vocal Plugin Yamaha DX7 Yamaha Reface DX Logic Pro Cubase OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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  Tim Adam-Smith  Will Lyons  Nico Varanese  Guy Nicholls  Jessica Clucas Katie-Louise Buxton  Seb Brunner-Stolovitzky  Jonathon Coughlin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2024-05-15
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TN:136 St. Vincent

John sits down with American singer and guitarist Annie Clark, aka St Vincent, to talk about her latest album ?All Born Screaming?. Immersed in music since childhood, after studying at Berklee College of Music, Annie toured with acts including The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens. Adopting the name 'St. Vincent', in 2006 she released her debut EP 'Paris Is Burning', and released her debut album 'Marry Me' the following year. As well as having collaborated with artists including David Byrne, Jack Antonoff and Taylor Swift, St Vincent has released seven acclaimed studio albums, and has won four Grammy Awards. John and Annie dig into the inspiration behind the record?s creation, touching on her development as an artist and producer, as well as her collaborations with esteemed artists such as Dave Grohl, Mark Guiliana, Josh Freese, and numerous others. Tracks discussed: Broken Man, Hell Is Near, Sweetest Fruit TAPE IT Thanks to our friends at Tape It for supporting the podcast. Visit tape.it/tapenotes or use the promo code TAPENOTES in the app to get 50% off. MUSIVERSAL Skip the waitlist and get your 25% discount HERE LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?All Born Screaming? here. Total Pleasure Records Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Neumann U87 Neumann U67 Coles Ribbon Mics Neve Console Buchla Synth Arturia Lab 5 Sequential Synths Roland TR-808 Publison Synth Korg MS20 Lomo 19A19 EMT 140 Plate Federal Compressor Erica Synths Perkons Drum Machine Eventide H3000 1176 Compressor Nashville Telecaster St Vincent Signature Series Guitar Tascam Cassette Tracks Avid ProTools OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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  Tim Adam-Smith  Will Lyons  Nico Varanese  Alex Patterson Guy Nicholls  Jessica Clucas Katie-Louise Buxton  Seb Brunner-Stolovitzky  Jonathon Coughlin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2024-05-01
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TN:135 Bob Vylan & Jonny Breakwell

John catches up with Bob Vylan and producer Jonny Breakwell to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the ?Humble As The Sun?. Bob Vylan, a grime and punk rock duo who emerged in 2017. Despite facing resistance for their provocative themes on racism and inequality, they gained a loyal following. Their albums, 2020?s ?We Live Here? and 2022?s ?Bob Vylan Presents the Price of Life? earned critical acclaim, and saw the duo win Best Alternative Act at the MOBO Awards. Their latest, ?Humble as the Sun,? sees the duo flex their musical muscles, drawing on soul, drill, and punk, brought together with their trademark intensity. Chatting in Miloco?s The Pool Studio, where some of the album was recorded, the conversation includes insights into navigating the independent artist landscape and the pivotal moments balancing personal and musical life. The pair also reflect on the process of refining Bobby's initial demos into polished tracks, exploring the production techniques that enhance the depth and character of the band?s sound. Tracks discussed: Humble As The Sun, Reign, Makes Me Violent TAPE IT Thanks to our friends at Tape It for supporting the podcast. Visit tape.it/tapenotes or use the promo code TAPENOTES in the app to get 50% off. LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?Humble As The Sun? here. Ghost Theatre Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS FabFilter Saturn 2 FabFilter Pro Q3 Soundtoys Radiator Boz Labs Big Clipper Native Instruments Battery Native Instrument Kontakt Native Instruments Massive Native Instruments Guitar Rig Valhalla Delay Seventh Heaven Reverb Plugin Alliance Black Box Waves CLA Compressor Ableton Overdrive Plugin UAD Apollo Leslie Rotating Speaker SE Electronics SE2200 Condenser Microphone AKG414 Microphone BeesNeez Arabella Microphone Lomo 19A19 Microphone Shure KSM353 Ribbon Mic Shadow Hills Mono GAMA Mic Pre Culture Vulture Distortion Neve one of a kind Distortion Unit (Marshall Studios) Neve 80?s series desk (Marshall Studios) Marshall Jaguar Amp OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor Alex Patterson - Engineer Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Jessica Clucas - Production Assistant Katie-Louise Buxton - Production Assistant Seb Brunner-Stolovitzky - Production Assistant Jonathon Coughlin - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2024-04-24
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TN:134 The Libertines

John catches up with English rock band The Libertines to discuss how they wrote and recorded their latest album ?All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade?. The Libertines formed in 1997 and shot to fame with their debut album, 'Up the Bracket,' becoming pillars of the British indie/alternative resurgence of the early 2000s. Thirty years after their careers started, they have unveiled their fourth studio album, 'All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade,' primarily recorded at their studio, The Albion Rooms, in Margate, with producer Dimitri Tikovoï. Sitting down with frontmen Carl Barat and Peter Doherty, the pair discuss their song writing process from idea to finished album. As well as sharing exclusive insights into the evolution of the Libertines? recording process, we hear demos and ideas from their early days writing together up to recent studio time in Jamaica.  Tracks discussed: Run Run Run, Merry Old England, & Shiver TAPE IT Thanks to our friends at Tape It for supporting the podcast. Visit tape.it/tapenotes or use the promo code TAPENOTES in the app to get 50% off. LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade? here   Libertines Recording Limited, Universal Music Operations, EMI Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS 1957 NY Epiphone Casino Guitar Gibson J45 Guitar Marshall Amps Whurli The Albion Rooms Gear OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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, Videographer Will Lyons - Editor Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Jessica Clucas - Production Assistant Katie-Louise Buxton - Production Assistant Seb Brunner-Stolovitzky - Production Assistant Jonathon Coughlin - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2024-04-12
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TN:133 Jack Antonoff (Bleachers)

John catches up with producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jack Antonoff of Bleachers to discuss how he wrote, recorded, and produced the band?s latest album ?Bleachers?. Having grown up performing, song writing, and producing bands throughout his teenage years, Jack first saw mainstream success as part of the band Fun, and their global hit track ?We Are Young?. Since then, he has gone on to co-write and produce records for some of the biggest artists of the past decade, including Lorde, Lana Del Rey, The 1975, and Taylor Swift. Among his numerous awards and accolades, he was named Producer of the Year at the Grammys for three consecutive years. Throughout the conversation Jack discusses his song writing process, from stories of the studio magic that occurs when picking up random instruments, to the unusual mixing and panning techniques he uses to help make parts feel big (rather than actually being big). Tracks discussed: Call Me After Midnight, Jesus Is Dead, We?re Going To Know Each Other Forever TAPE IT Thanks to our friends at Tape It for supporting the podcast. Visit tape.it/tapenotes or use the promo code TAPENOTES in the app to get 50% off. LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?Bleachers? here . Dirty Hit Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Waves Morphoder - https://geni.us/XTO8Bx Soundtoys Tremolator - https://geni.us/bAB3sa Soundtoys FilterFreak - https://geni.us/X6uk Soundtoys Little AlterBoy - https://geni.us/o8nbO Izotope VocalSynth - https://geni.us/ZIbW Roland Juno - https://geni.us/tEKxqpC Moog Synths - https://geni.us/EzWqBu Korg M1 - https://geni.us/GnnNmU8 Ebow - https://geni.us/FnQRXYG Teenage Engineering OP1 - https://geni.us/dg6C9 Chandler TH2 Preamp/DI - https://geni.us/kwoYxl OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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, Videographer Will Lyons - Editor Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Jessica Clucas - Production Assistant Katie-Louise Buxton - Production Assistant Seb Brunner-Stolovitzky - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2024-03-29
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Reissue | TN:16 Alt-J & Charlie Andrew

We?ve been having a look back through the Tape Notes archive to bring back some of our favourite early episodes that you may have missed. This selection is our conversation with Alt-J?s Joe and Gus, along with producer Charlie Andrew, recorded back in February 2019. EPISODE NOTES In this episode John is joined by Gus Unger-Hamilton and Joe Newman from Alt-J, and producer Charlie Andrew to talk about how they recorded and produced the album 'RELAXER'.  The trio give a fascinating account of the thought processes and production techniques used in the recording of RELAXER.  Hear how a friend's pavlovian response to the smell of burning wood, the Gus whistle test, and swearing at an old school master all left their mark on the band's third album.  Tracks discussed: 3WW, House of the Rising Sun, Pleader LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   Listen to 'RELAXER' here. 'RELAXER' - alt-J, Infectious Music Ltd., a BMG Company Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONS Akai MPC Sampler Melodyne Moog Roland Juno 60 Soundtoys Echoboy Soundtoys Decapitator Teenage Engineering OP1 UAD Plugins Waves Plugins Ableton OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Jessica Clucas - Production Assistant Katie-Louise Buxton - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2024-03-13
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TN:132 Jacob Collier

In this episode, John sits down with singer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier, delving into the creative process behind his album ?Djesse Vol. 4,? the concluding instalment in his four-part ?Djesse? album series. Jacob first shot to fame in 2013 when videos of his complex vocal arrangements went viral on YouTube. Three years later, he released his debut album ?In My Room?, written and recorded entirely from his family home. In 2018, Jacob set to work on Djesse, a four-volume, 50-song, album series featuring collaborations with artists around the world, which to date has earned him 6 Grammy nominations. Throughout the conversation, Jacob shares his original demos and discusses his approach to fusing such a plethora of musical genres, from rap and gospel, to dance and Kpop. He also discusses the collaborations that shaped the album, with artists including Chris Martin, Lindsay Loomis, and Willow Smith, as well as his audiences from live shows around the world. Tracks discussed: Over You, 100,000 Voices, Cinnamon Crush LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?Djesse Vol. 4? here . Hajanga Records, Interscope Records/Decca, Universal Music Operations Limited Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective    GEAR MENTIONS Little Alterboy Oek Sound Soothe Xfer LFO Tool Gladiator Synth AKG C414 Neumann U87 Neumann U87 Customised by Klaus Heyne Sony MX4000 Headphones Native Instruments Taylor 5 String Guitar (custom) Strandberg Guitars Electric 5 String Mandocello OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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, Videographer Will Lyons - Editor Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Jessica Clucas - Production Assistant Katie-Louise Buxton - Production Assistant Seb Brunner-Stolovitzky - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2024-03-01
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TN:131 Declan McKenna

John catches up with Declan McKenna to talk about his latest album ?What Happened To The Beach?? Declan McKenna first saw mainstream success in 2015 following the release of his debut single ?Brazil? and winning Glastonbury Festival?s Emerging Talent prize. While blending topics of politics and social issues with his indie-pop sound through his first two albums, ?What Happened To The Beach?? introduces us to a new world, this time looking inward and drawing on Declan?s personal growth as a musician. As well as opening up his hugely varied bag of demos, musical sketches, and jam sessions, Declan shares stories of his time working in the studio with producer Luca Buccellati, talking through the unusual sounds and fantasy locations that inspired his writing. Tracks discussed: Mulholland?s Dinner & Wine, Breath of Light, Mezzanine LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?What Happened To The Beach?? here. Sony Music Entertainment Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Soundtoys Little Alterboy MWFX The Judder Pedal Roland Juno 60 Shure SM7B Mellotron Electro Harmonix MEL9 Pedal Acoustasonic Guitars Logic auto-wah Logic Pro X Ableton OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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, Videographer Will Lyons - Editor Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Jessica Clucas - Production Assistant Katie-Louise Buxton - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2024-02-14
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Reissue | TN:12 Glass Animals

We?ve been having a look back through the Tape Notes archive to bring back some of our favourite early episodes that you may have missed. The first selection is our chat with Dave Bayley (Glass Animals) from summer 2018.   EPISODE NOTES John ventures up to Dave Bayley?s new home studio in London Fields to talk about how Glass Animals? debut album ZABA was recorded and produced.  We hear how Dave conjured up the band?s unique style through many late night sessions in his bedroom when he should?ve been studying for medical school. He reveals his producer hero?s and an insatiable appetite for data collection, creating his own sound world through sampling every sound imaginable.  Dave guides us through a fascinating breakdown of Gooey ? from an early voice demo recorded on his phone to the finished article and we learn some of his trade secrets along the way.  Tracks featured: Gooey, Hazey, Toes LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to 'ZABA' here. 'ZABA' - Wolf Tone Limited Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONS Audio-Technica AT4040 Fender Deluxe 57 Laney VC20 Marshall Stack Rob Papen Albino Synth Roland Jupiter 6 Shure SM57 Soundtoys Decapitator Soundtoys Microshift Soundtoys Alter Boy UAD Amp Emulators Vox AC30 Waves Kramer Ableton Ableton Spectrum Plugin ProTools OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Jessica Clucas - Production Assistant Katie-Louise Buxton - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2024-01-31
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TN:130 100 gecs

John links up with hyper-pop royalty, Laura Les and Dylan Brady, aka 100 gecs, to talk about their latest album ?10,000 gecs?. 100 gecs first broke onto the scene with their debut album ?1000 gecs? in 2019. Capturing attention online and amongst music fans, the innovative record was described as ?one of the year's most fascinating, exhilarating experimental pop albums?. Their second studio album ?10,000 gecs?, released in 2023, sees them maintain their status as hyper-pop trailblazers, this time blending pop-punk and ska in with their signature maximalist sound. Reflecting on their writing process and how it has changed over the years, the conversation covers a range of topics, from the vast number of alternatives each track goes through, to the crazy sound design and effects that make up such an enormous part of their style.   Tracks discussed: Hollywood Baby, 757, The Most Wanted Person In The United States ---------------- Thanks to Audiomovers for supporting this episode. Their Listento Plugin has been a gamechanger for us and we use it across all of our remote interviews and recordings. To see their full range of plugins, visit audiomovers.com and use the promo code TAPENOTES1 at checkout to get your free month (usually only two days). ---------------- Thanks to Tape It for supporting this episode. Tape It is a recording app designed specifically for musicians and songwriters. Among many of Tape It's incredible features, you can record straight from lock screen, set markers and have complete control over your record settings, and that just the start. To find out more and get the full app free for a month, head to www.tape.it/tapenotes ---------------- LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?10,000 gecs? here . Dog Show Recordings, Atlantic Recordings Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Native Instruments Guitar Rig Waves Tune Real Time Soundtoys Decapitator Toontrack Superior Drummer Xfer Serum Synth Mace Guitar Amp Shure SM7B Orange Amp V-Drums Mesa Dual Rectifier Amp Head Splice Logic Pro X OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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, Videographer Will Lyons - Editor Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor David Yu - Engineer (LA) Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Raphi Elton-Rowley - Production Assistant Jessica Clucas - Production Assistant Katie-Louise Buxton - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2024-01-17
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TN:129 Matthew Herbert

John ventures into the depths of Kent to catch up with Matthew Herbert and discuss his latest work ?The Horse?. Renowned for his innovative sound exploration, Matthew gained recognition under various names, including Doctor Rockit, Wishmountain, and Herbert. He's produced for artists such as Bjork and Róisín Murphy, composed for stage and screen, and earned international acclaim for his records. His latest collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra resulted in 'The Horse.' Alongside a full album playback, the conversation covers the thought process behind the sounds, collaborators and story of each track, Matthew also shares his thoughts on ways in which to engage with music and creativity, and how to do it in a way that keeps you continuously inspired. Tracks discussed: Full Album LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?The Horse? here. Matthew Herbert, Modern Recordings, BMG Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW If you'd like to help support the show you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Jessica Clucas - Production Assistant Katie-Louise Buxton - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-12-27
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TN:128 Fall Out Boy & Neal Avron

John links up pop-rock band Fall Out Boy, and producer Neal Avron, to talk about their latest studio album ?So Much (For) Stardust?.  Emerging from Chicago?s hardcore punk scene in the early 2000?s, Fall Out Boy rose to fame with hits including ?Sugar, We?re Goin Down? and 'Thnks fr th Mmrs?. Constantly innovating, their eight studio albums have seen them embrace all sides of music, including R&B, and electro-pop. For their latest record ?So Much (For) Stardust?, they return to their roots, working with producer Neal Avron.  Chatting with Patrick and Neal, the conversation covers the band?s approach to the early stages of demoing, their collaboration with a full orchestra and some of the best players in the business, and how they divide different writing responsibilities amongst each other. Tracks discussed: Love From The Other Side, Heaven, Iowa, So Much (For) Stardust LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?So Much (For) Stardust) here. Fueled By Ramen, Elektra Music Group Inc. Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Native Instruments Kontakt Native Instruments Guitar Rig Audiomovers Listento Fender Strat Orange Amps Dave Smith Poly Evolver Synth Ensoniq Fizmo Synth Roland TR-66 Rhythm Arranger Neumann U 47 1176 LA-2A Slingerland Drums Guild S-100 Guitar Gibson Les Paul Neve Console Splice OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Jessica Clucas - Production Assistant Katie-Louise Buxton - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-12-15
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TN:127 Bombay Bicycle Club

John sits down with indie rock band Bombay Bicycle Club to talk about their sixth studio album ?My Big Day?.  Bombay Bicycle Club are a four-piece band from London, that broke onto the indie music scene with their genre defining debut album ?I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose? in 2009. Since then they have been releasing a steady stream of music which has been met with high critical acclaim, earning them an Ivor Novello and a Mercury Prize nominations.  Chatting with band members Jack Steadman and Ed Nash, the three cover a range of topics including the inspiration behind the album, their use of sampling in their music, how over-thinking can negatively influence the production process, and their collaboration with music legends Damon Albarn, Paul Epworth & Chaka Khan. Tracks discussed: My Big Day, Heaven, Just A Little More Time ---------------- Thanks to Tape It for supporting this episode. Tape It is a recording app designed specifically for musicians and songwriters. Among many of Tape It's incredible features, you can record straight from lock screen, set markers and have complete control over your record settings, and that just the start. To find out more and get the full app free for a month, head to www.tape.it/tapenotes ---------------- To support the show and become a Patron, head to Patreon.co.uk/tapenotes. Any and all support is hugely appreciated, we don't take it for granted so thank you. ---------------- LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?My Big Day? here - https://songwhip.com/bombay-bicycle-club/my-big-day  Mmm?Records, AWAL Recordings Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective - https://songwhip.com/laurelcollective/sunshinebuddy    GEAR MENTIONS Magix Samplitude - https://geni.us/iBEqbXn Casio Keyboard - https://geni.us/hKfe Korg Monotron - https://geni.us/T5K1H Native Instruments Kontakt - https://geni.us/AFPeU Paul Epworth's Neve Desks - https://geni.us/TFoT0 OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Jessica Clucas - Production Assistant Katie-Louise Buxton - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-11-29
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TN:126 Royal Blood

In this episode, John is reunited with Mike Kerr of Royal Blood, to talk about how the band wrote, recorded and produced the album ?Back To The Water Below?. Following the success of their fourth number one album, Mike reflects on how their purpose as musicians has changed over the years, sharing their process of working out what they love, but haven't done with Royal Blood yet. Giving us an in depth look behind each track, we hear stories of musical experiments, including making a new ?wall of sound? guitar and playing specially modified pianos, while simultaneously inviting new genres into the Royal Blood sound. Listen to find out the best way to beat the sounds on your demos, tips on how to keep a two-hour live set engaging, and thoughts on why you shouldn?t wait for inspiration to come. Tracks discussed: Triggers, There Goes My Cool, Waves ---------------- Thanks to Tape It for supporting this episode. Tape It is a recording app designed specifically for musicians and songwriters. Among many of Tape It's incredible features, you can record straight from lock screen, set markers and have complete control over your record settings, and that just the start. To find out more and get the full app free for a month, head to www.tape.it/tapenotes ---------------- To support the show and become a Patron, head to Patreon.co.uk/tapenotes. Any and all support is hugely appreciated, we don't take it for granted so thank you. ---------------- LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?Back To The Water Below? here. Imperial Galactic, Black Mammoth, Warner Records Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Soundtoys Devil-Loc Spectrasonics Keyscape Mrs Mills Piano Avid ProTools OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Jessica Clucas - Production Assistant Katie-Louise Buxton - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-11-16
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TN:125 FIZZ & Pete Miles

Thanks to Tape It for supporting this episode. Tape It is a recording app designed specifically for musicians and songwriters. Among many of Tape It's incredible features, you can record straight from lock screen, set markers and have complete control over your record settings, and that just the start. To find out more and get the full app free for a month, head to www.tape.it/tapenotes ------- In this episode, John is joined by Dodie and Martin Luke Brown of FIZZ, along with producer Pete Miles, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ?The Secret To Life?. Discussing how FIZZ came into being, Martin and Dodie explain the reasons and implications of setting their solo work to the side (temporarily), to have a holiday from music, but still doing music...   As well as lots of sharing stories, stems and general shenanigans from their time down at Middle Farm Studios, we hear how each band member brought something different to the table, approaching creativity in so many different ways - from jamming over loops, to singing around their house and recording voice notes in the bath. Listen to find out why sometimes it?s better just to yell your guitar solos, which piece of kit is the secret 7th member of FIZZ, and which chorus pedal has the wobbliest chorus of all chorus pedals. Tracks discussed: Secret To Life, Strawberry Jam, The Grand Finale LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?The Secret To Life? here.  Decca Records, FKA Chairs, Universal Music Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Full Middle Farm Studios Gear Roland RE-301 Chorus Echo Soundtoys Devil Loc Shure M267 Mic Preamp/Limiter ProCo Rat Pedal Electro Harmonix Polychorus Studer A80 Tape Machine 1965 Hammond C3 Leslie Speaker Logic Pro X OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-11-03
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TN:124 Olivia Dean & Matt Hales

In this episode, John is joined by Olivia Dean and producer Matt Hales to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced Olivia?s Mercury-nominated debut album ?Messy?. Taking us back to the very start of their story, the pair discuss the inspiration for the album, sharing their approach to marrying different musical cultures and the importance of the chats they had before writing. As well as playing their writing session voice notes showing the exact moments each song took shape, we hear stories of mouth trumpet demos, creating artefacts to make instruments sound sampled, and the thought process behind choosing mix engineers.  Listen to find out why so much of what makes a good record can come from turning things off, why it?s so valuable to just have things around the studio, and why tea can be such an integral part of the creative process. Tracks discussed: UFO, Messy, Carmen ---------------- Thanks to Tape It for supporting this episode. Tape It is a recording app designed specifically for musicians and songwriters. Among many of Tape It's incredible features, you can record straight from lock screen, set markers and have complete control over your record settings, and that just the start. To find out more and get the full app free for a month, head to www.tape.it/tapenotes ---------------- Thanks to Audiomovers for supporting this episode. Their Listento Plugin has been a gamechanger for us and we use it across all of our remote interviews and recordings. To see their full range of plugins, visit audiomovers.com and use the promo code TAPENOTES1 at checkout to get your free month (usually only two days). ---------------- LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?Messy? here - https://songwhip.com/oliviadean/messy2023  EMI, Universal Music Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective - https://songwhip.com/laurelcollective/sunshinebuddy    GEAR MENTIONS AudioThing Reels Shure SM7B Boss CE1 Pedal Moog Synths Steinberg Cubase OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-10-25
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TN:123 Bakar & Zach Nahome

Thanks to Audiomovers for supporting this episode. Their Listento Plugin has been a gamechanger for us and we use it across all of our remote interviews and recordings. To see their full range of plugins, visit audiomovers.com and use the promo code TAPENOTES1 at checkout to get your free month (usually only two days). In this episode, John is back at Strongroom Studios to catch up with Bakar and producer Zach Nahome about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ?Halo?. Looking back at the varied starting points of the songs, Bakar and Zach chart the journey of the album writing process, from writing in hotel rooms and AirBnbs to some of the most legendary studios in the world. As well as sharing the conversations that helped fuel their creativity, we are given a glimpse into how the pair forged Bakar?s distinctive sound, sharing tips on bringing modern elements into music that feels old, and building distinctive worlds of reverb. Listen to find out why you shouldn?t delete old beats, how a thief managed to unknowingly shape the sound of a track, and how working with an ?anti-setup? outside of the studio can benefit the song. Tracks discussed: Alive!, Facts_Situations, Right Here, for Now LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?Halo? here.  Black Butter Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Abbey Road Vinyl Soundtoys Effect Rack Arturia Farfisa Synth Arturia Jupiter 8 Spectrasonics Omnisphere Nicky Romero Kickstart Waves API 2500 Compressor Valhalla Vintage Verb Neumann TLM 103 Shure SM7B Neumann U67 Gibson Les Paul Fender Strat Martin Guitars Philips Philicorda Squire PBass KRK Monitors Rokit 8 Monitors Neve Preamps Focusrite Logic Pedals - Vintage Drive Logic Pedals - Flanger Logic Space Designer Logic Pitch Correction Logic EQ Logic Slap Echo Garageband  OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 Nico Varanese - Editor/Videographer Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-10-05
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TN:122 James Blake

Thanks to Audiomovers for supporting this episode. Their Listento Plugin has been a gamechanger for us and we use it across all of our remote interviews and recordings. To see their full range of plugins, visit audiomovers.com and use the promo code TAPENOTES1 at checkout to get your free month (usually only two days). In this episode, John is joined by James Blake to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced the album ?Playing Robots Into Heaven?. With the idea of simplifying his solo work primarily with synths and drums, James shares his process of crafting an album with the purpose of getting away from the computer, reflecting on the impact it had on his creativity and mental health. A true master of modular synths, he talks us through the long journey learning to create ?listenable? music with them, discussing the ways in which they are able to create sounds that he couldn't have imagined.  Listen to discover the enlightening advice James received from Universal's Head A&R, how to best record your voice if you plan to pitch it, and how to adopt the mindset of making music for fun. Tracks discussed: Loading, Big Hammer, Playing Robots Into Heaven LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?Playing Robots Into Heaven? here. Republic Records, Polydor Records, UMG Recordings Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Thermionic Culture Fat Bustard Sequential Prophet 8 Native Instruments Massive Intellijel Metropolis Make Noise MATHS Make Noise Black and Gold Soma Pulsar-23 Roland SH-101 Roland TR-8S Roland TR-909 Erica Synths LX-02 OEK Sound Soothe FXpansion Geist Valhalla Reverbs Valhalla Vintage Verb API Desk Logic Pro OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 Andy Tindall - Videographer Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-09-27
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TN:121 Disclosure

Thanks to Audiomovers for supporting this episode. Their Listento Plugin has been a gamechanger for us and we use it across all of our remote interviews and recordings. To see their full range of plugins, visit audiomovers.com and use the promo code TAPENOTES1 at checkout to get your free month (usually only two days). In this episode, John heads to Miloco?s The Yard Studios, to catch up with Guy and Howard of Disclosure, and talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ?Alchemy?. Having taken a break from their relentless touring schedule, the pair guide us through their reassessed approach to creativity. From stories of managing burnout and heartbreak, to balancing meaning and feelings with the key production choices of each track. As well as sharing Howard?s very first AirBnb demos, Guy digs deep with a vast production breakdown, including sharing his go-to method of creating kicks and the small additions to a track that can make it sparkle. Listen to find out the quickest way to come up with a new track idea, why it?s so good to be musically naive, and the best ways to check if things still sound cool. Tracks discussed: Looking For Love, Simply Won?t Do, High Than Ever Before LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?Alchemy? here.  Apollo Records, AWAL Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Soundtoys Little AlterBoy FabFilter Saturn Izotope VocalSynth 2 BigKick - https://geni.us/vOoH Spectrasonics Omnisphere Spectrasonics Keyscape Spectrasonics Trilian Tube Tech Compressor Pultec EQ Neumann Mics SSL SIX Channel Strip Fairchild Compressor Plugin Fairchild Compressor (Real thing) Ampeg Bass Amp GEM Dopamine Kick 2 OEK Sound Soothe Valhalla Reverbs Xfer LFO Tool The God Particle Roland Jupiter 8 DX7 Synth Waldorf Wave Yamaha CS60 Novation Peak Logic EFM Synth Logic Ultrabeat Logic Pro X OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 Andy Tindall/Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-08-30
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TN:120 The Japanese House, Chloe Kraemer & George Daniel

Thanks to Audiomovers for supporting this episode. Their Listento Plugin has been a gamechanger for us and we use it across all of our remote interviews and recordings. To see their full range of plugins, visit audiomovers.com and use the promo code TAPENOTES1 at checkout to get your free month (usually only two days). In this episode, John catches up with Amber Bain aka The Japanese House, along with producers Chloe Kraemer and George Daniel to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ?In The End It Always Does?. Looking back on their time together, Amber, Chloe, and George guide us through the process of bringing each song to life. Alongside stories of misunderstood lyrics and dog walk writing sessions, they treat us to some of the most stunning first demos ever heard, as well as the spontaneous studio moments that left everyone in tears. As well as digging into the processes that shape the sound of the record, the trio discuss the importance of people when making music. They give us insights on the effects that come with having different personalities in the room, and how their studio mindsets have allowed them to efficiently work together in all iterations of themselves. Listen to find out why there should be more songs about pets, how insecurity can destroy productivity, and what the difference is between a lyric song and a music song.  Tracks discussed: Boyhood, Sunshine Baby, One for sorrow, two for Joni Jones LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?In The End It Always Does? here.  Dirty Hit Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective    GEAR MENTIONS Output Portal Soundtoys PrimalTap Spectrasonics Omnisphere Xfer Serum Moog One OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 Andy Tindall/Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer/Editors Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-08-16
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TN:119 Blur & James Ford

In this episode, John is joined by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and producer James Ford, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ?The Ballad of Darren?. With Damon?s initial demos to hand, the pair give us a guided tour of the record, right through the early versions and studio sessions, from the moments that reignited the feelings they had when writing in the 90s, to piecing together the musical jigsaw that forms the Blur sound. Along with stories of Damon?s inspirational chickens and the dangers of making pesto while writing an album, we?re treated to an in depth production and songwriting masterclass, with details on manufacturing the sound of a room, and the importance of energy and intention behind a song. Listen to find out what makes the first performance of something so special, why a 4-track recorder can sometimes be a great replacement pillow, and what benefits come with giving yourself distance from a record. Tracks discussed: St. Charles Square, The Everglades (For Leonard), The Narcissist LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?The Ballad of Darren? here   Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Eventide H3000 U47 Mic Neve 1073 Preamp Neve Desk TON-1501 Analog Strings Synthesizer Powertran Transcendent 2000 Coles 4038 Mics Mellotron Whurli Clavinet Fender Amps Semler Amps Garageband OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 Videographer - Andy Tindall/Herbie Elton-Rowley Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-08-04
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TN:118 Ben Howard and Bullion

In this episode, John is joined by Ben Howard and producer Nathan Jenkins aka Bullion, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced Ben?s latest album ?Is It??. Looking back on their time together, Ben and Nathan talk us through their collaborative journey, from their initial coffee shop discussions, to the 10 day stint recording in the South of France. Sharing their initial sketches, voice note demos and the unexpected moments that changed the direction of each of the tracks. In addition to stories of delay tuning and the potentially negative effects of singing with too much reverb, the pair share their thoughts on the importance of considering different musical approaches and giving time to ideas to allow them to flourish. Listen to find out why you?ll never need four mics on an amp, why one wrong note with a delay can ruin a whole take, and why laziness is fundamental to Ben?s creativity. Tracks discussed: Walking Backwards, Days Of Lantana, Spirit LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Thanks to Strongroom Studios for having us! Instagram Twitter Listen to ?Is It?? here. Island, Universal Music Operations Limited Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Korg Volca Beat CR78 Drum Machine Shure SM57 Shure SM58 EchoPlex Roland Space Echo RE-201 Teenage Engineering OP1 Eventide H3000 Ultra Harmoniser OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Videographer - Andy Tindall Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-07-12
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TN:117 YUNGBLUD & Mati Schwartz

In this episode, John joins Dom Harrison, a.k.a. YUNGBLUD and producer Mati Schwartz to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced Dom?s debut album, ?21st Century Liability?. Digging into the very first tracks that the pair worked on together, Dom and Mati share the story of how their relationship began, looking back at the early rejection and tough love moment that kicked Dom into action, and forming the Yungblud sound as we know it today. As well as talking through the evolution of his tracks, including playing unheard sections and old vocal takes, we?re treated to thoughts on the importance of individuality in music, and the huge impact that comes with really knowing what you want to say. Listen to find out one of the best excuses for buying more guitars, how simple hi-hats can make a song bounce, and what happens when you bump into Chris Martin naked in a steam room.  Tracks discussed: I Love You Will You Marry Me, Anarchist, Polygraph Eyes,  LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?21st Century Liability? here. Locomotion Recordings, Geffen Records, Interscope Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Waves CLA Vocals UAD Compressors Logic Compressor Addictive Drums Gibson B25 1964 Fender Strat 1963 Martin Guitars OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 Videographer - Herbie Elton-Rowley Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-06-27
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TN:116 Sub Focus

Get 50GB of DAW project storage with our sponsor Aux: https://aux.app/tapenotes  In this episode, John joins Nick Douwma, a.k.a. Sub Focus, to talk about how he wrote, recorded, and produced his latest album 'Evolve'. Unable to stop John from dancing out of his chair, Nick ploughs on and talks us through the evolution of his most recent tracks. Sharing some of the first demos and samples that kick-started his process, we hear stories of late-night hotel room sessions and road-testing tracks live before settling into them. As well as delving into some of the history and theory behind Drum & Bass, we're treated to a production masterclass, diving deep with tips on oscillators and tuning, harmonics, and things to bear in mind when you're having phase issues. Listen to find out why you almost never double the speed of an a cappella, why the key of a track is so important, and how to constructively use your time outside of the studio. Tracks discussed: Fine Day, Ready To Fly, Secrets LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?Evolve? here EMI, Universal Music Operations Limited Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Sonorous PaulXStretch Oszillos Mega Scope Xfer LFO Tool Thermionic Culture Vulture Emulation Clariphonic DSP MkII Korg M1 Piano VST Valhalla Shimmer Celemony Melodyne Akaizer Spitfire Strings Xfer Serum ROMpler Instrument Reese Bass Roland Juno 60 Shure SM58 Neumann U87 Apple AirPods Max Cubase Ableton OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Videographer - Andy Tindall Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-06-21
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TN:115 Temps (James Acaster)

In this episode, John catches up with the mastermind behind Temps, James Acaster, at Strongroom Studios, to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced the album ?PARTY GATOR PURGATORY?. Reflecting on the genesis of Temps, James talks us through the initial moments of creation, from recording and chopping up his drums from an unaired mockumentary, through to his selection of almost 40 collaborators and how they each steered the music in such unexpected directions. As well as stories of field recording and Pokemon catching on Brighton beach, we hear thoughts on the differences and crossover points between creating as a standup comedian and as a musician, discussing failure, taste, and the importance of considering your audience. Listen to find out, why embracing deliberate imperfection can yield surprising results, how metal drums can transform into an emotional waltz, and why, on whatever project, the most important thing is that you love it. Tracks discussed: lookaliveandplaydead, at(moves), slowreturn LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Thanks to Strongroom Studios for having us! Instagram Twitter Listen to ?PARTY GATOR PURGATORY? here. Bella Union Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Logic Pro X Garageband Yeti Microphone OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 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 TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Videographer - Andy Tindall Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-06-06
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TN:114 James Ellis Ford

Thanks to Highnote for supporting this episode of Tape Notes. Highnote is the best way to share, store, and discuss your recording projects, a kind of bespoke Dropbox for audio specifically built for communication. Think time-stamped voice comments directly over your audio, nesting versions to toggle and compare in real time, and instant notifications when people comment or listen to a track you?ve shared. Highnote accounts are completely free and include 4 gigabytes of storage to get your started, plus there's a special offer for Tape Notes listeners of 3 months of their 200GB plan for free. Head to highnote.fm/tapenotes to find out more. ------- In this episode, John ventures over to Clapton to join James Ellis Ford and talk about how he wrote, recorded, and produced the album ?The Hum?. His debut solo release after almost two decades working with some of the world's biggest artists, James looks back on how his approach to music has changed over the course of the album, reflecting on the different mindsets and decisions that come with producing his own work compared to that of others. As well as a deep dive into his vast studio setup and hybrid system of new and old creative techniques, we?re treated to thoughts on the fine line of ironing out the humanness of mistakes, and how more often than not, pieces of gear can give you back ideas that you?d never have expected. Listen to find out which undiscovered mics are used across almost all of the records he works on, how to implement a Frippertronics-style tape setup, and what you can create when you push a bass clarinet to its limits. Tracks discussed: I Never Wanted Anything, Squeaky Wheel, The Yips LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?The Hum? here. Warp Records Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS FabFilter Pro Q Soundtoys PrimalTap Soundtoys DevilLoc UAD Fairchild Plugins UAD 1176 UAD LA2A K-Devices Plugins ARP 2600 Cirklon Sequencer Roland TR-808 Korg Maxi-Korg Synth Hohner Clavinet Philicorda Beezneez Microphones Melodium Ribbon Mic Shure SM7B Gibson ES-125 Guitar Burns Bass Ebow Mutron Auto Wah Mutron Phasor Eventide H3000 Chorus Space Station Reverb Grampian Spring Reverb MicMix Master Room Reverb MR-II Selmer 60s Fuzz Altec Preamp Tascam 4TRK J37 Tape Machine Nagra Tape Machine Studer Desk OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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 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 TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Videographer - Andy Tindall Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-05-10
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TN:113 Diplo (Major Lazer, Sia, Thomas Wesley)

In this episode, John links up with Thomas Wesley Pentz, aka Wes aka Diplo, to talk about his work under various guises with Major Lazer, Sia and as Thomas Wesley. With on-going exploration of far reaching and cross-cultural mashups at the centre of his approach, Wes reflects on how working with so many specialists from across the globe has helped him forge a diverse sound and career. Breaking apart three songs, Wes shares his thoughts on the considerations and care that have to be taken when sampling a ?classic? South African song, the gatekeeping in Country music and why new sounds are emerging around the genre, and the weird and wild things that Sia often gravitates towards in a song. Listen to find out the specific rules of Amapiano, some of the elements that are essential to any pop song, and why it?s important to fail a lot. Tracks discussed: Mamgobhozi (Major Lazer), Wasted (Thomas Wesley), Elastic Heart (Sia) LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?Piano Republik? here. Because Music Listen to ?Wasted? here. Mad Decent, Columbia, Sony Listen to ?Elastic Heart? here. RCA Records, Sony Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Fab Filter Plugins Serum Synth Synplant Celemony Melodyne Serato Sampler Native Instruments Massive Algoriddim Neural Mix Output Arcade Shure Mics Teenage Engineering OP1 Operator Synth Roland TB-303 Akai MPC3000 Whurlitzer Ableton Mellotron Preset Ableton Sampler Ableton Magix Sound Forge  Cool Edit Pro Logic Pro Splice OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes  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 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 TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-04-26
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TN:112 Benny Sings & Kenny Beats

In this episode John catches up with Benny Sings and producer Kenny Beats to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ?Young Hearts?. Linking in from their studios in Amsterdam and LA, Benny and Kenny look back on their time spent writing and how each environment had an impact on the music. From experiencing the ?Kenny Beats Thing? in LA along with his wealth of collaborators, to spending a solitary week writing in Amsterdam locked in the studio with Covid. As well as sharing the voice notes that initially inspired Kenny to become involved in the project, the duo dig deep into the lessons they?ve picked up over the years. We?re treated to some tips and tricks behind effortless lyric writing, stock plugin gold, along with a deep dive into mixing and balancing drums and bass. Listen to find out how to create definition between yourself and a character within a song, how to efficiently keep track of all your sessions, and what the definitive definition of ?slap? is. Tracks discussed: Young Hearts, Pyjamas, Distance LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?Young Hearts? here. Stones Throw Records Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective    GEAR MENTIONS Fab Filter Pro Q3 Oek Sound Soothe Valhalla Chorus Goodhertz Midside Goodhertz Vulf Compressor Eventide Instant Phaser Plugin Eventide Instant Phaser Outboard Oliver Samples Packs Beyerdynamic M500 Mic Altec Outboard Mixer Roland TR-55 Rhythm King Drum Machine Yamaha CP-70 Hofner Club 50 Stylophone Whurlitzer Ableton Ableton Drum Buss - Stock Plugin Splice OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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 Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns. 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes 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 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 TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-04-12
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TN:111 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

In this episode, John catches up with Orlando Higginbottom, better known as Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs or T.E.E.D, to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced the album ?When The Lights Go?. Digging into the record almost 10 years in the making, Orlando talks us through his process of sorting through the piles of musical material he has created over the last decade, and how he developed each idea into a cohesive album. As well as sharing production tips on vocal layering and utilising field recordings (notably coyote barks), Orlando reflects on his musical upbringing, discussing how the somewhat unattainable standards in classical music have impacted his work as an electronic producer. Listen to find out why you should commit sounds when they are 75% right, how lyrics can be such a different commitment to a song, and why Orlando tried to create a U2 album without ever hearing U2.    Tracks discussed: Crosswalk, The Sleeper, Thugs LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?When The Lights Go? here. Nice Age Music Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Soundtoys Microshift TAL-U-NO-LX Synth Arturia Farfisa Plugin ToneBoosters Reelbus XFER OTT (Free) Celemony Melodyne Korg Minilogue Korg PolySix Plugin Boss Delay Pedal Shure SM7B Warm Audio Microphones Sequential OB-6 Sequential Prophet 8 Yamaha CP-80 Fairlight CMI Buchla Synth Fender Rhodes Spitfire Audio Labs Strings OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes Patreon: Tape Notes Patreon 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 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 TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-02-16
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TN:110 Tom Odell & Laurie Blundell

Thanks to SoundBetter for supporting this episode of Tape Notes. SoundBetter is the world's leading music production talent marketplace, giving you access to the best mixing & mastering engineers, singers, songwriters, producers, and studio musicians in the industry. You can work with Billie Eilish's drummer, U2's mix engineer, or hire the topliners that wrote on the latest BTS record, these pros are keen to work with Indy artists. Head to SoundBetter.com to find out more. In this episode, John ventures over to Hackney to catch up with Tom Odell and producer Laurie Blundell about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ?Best Day Of My Life?. As well as studio stories about the relationship between the voice and piano and the mindset needed when separating them, the duo share their thoughts on keeping the soul within songs, and the importance of musical authenticity in today?s world. Listen to find out which DJing plugin became integral to their process, how Rick Rubin pretty much co-produced the album with inspirational quotes, and why a kick drum became the cause of the pair?s biggest fall out. Tracks discussed: Best Day Of My Life, Just Another Thing We Don?t Talk About, Flying :)) LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?Best Day of My Life? here. UROK, mtheory Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Soundtoys Little Alterboy Soundtoys Crystallizer Soundtoys Effect Rack Serato Sampler Antares Autotune Valhalla Vintage Verb Sony C800 Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor Neve Preamp 1073 Coles 4038 Microphones How To Do Nothing - Jenny Odell UAD Pultec Passive EQ Steinway Pianos OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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 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 TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Matt Purbrick - Production Assistant Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-02-01
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TN:109 SG Lewis (Live)

Thanks to SoundBetter for supporting this episode of Tape Notes. SoundBetter is the world's leading music production talent marketplace, giving you access to the best mixing & mastering engineers, singers, songwriters, producers, and studio musicians in the industry. You can work with Billie Eilish's drummer, U2's mix engineer, or hire the topliners that wrote on the latest BTS record, these pros are keen to work with Indy artists. Head to SoundBetter.com to find out more. In this special live episode, John heads to Mother Advertising to chat with returning guest SG Lewis about how he wrote, recorded, and produced his new album ?AudioLust & HigherLove?.   Starting writing after taking ten days off music making and getting bored, Sam reflects on the times spent with his collaborators in the studio and on exotic retreats, sharing the sparks of songwriting inspiration that came from their stories and lives. In this all-round production masterclass, we?re treated to a deep dive into Sam?s process of updating sounds and processing techniques from past eras for a modern audience, as well as mixing tips including the best ways to make a kick and bass punch over iPhone speakers. Listen to find out why the phonetics of lyrics are so important, how to create a convincing fake vocoder, and what some of the most effective ways are to gain confidence as a singer when you?re not a singer.   Tracks discussed: Lifetime, Call On Me, Something About Your Love   LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes    Listen to ?AudioLust & HigherLove? here. Jasmine Records, PMR, Universal   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective   GEAR MENTIONS Decimort Bit Crusher GEM Dopamine Plugin Native Instruments Transient Designer Native Instruments Komplete Oek Sound Soothe Oliver Loops Serato Sampler Sonnox Oxford Inflator Soundtoys Little Alterboy UAD API 20500 Compressor UAD Tape Emulation Waves CLA Guitar Plugin Waves H Delay Waves Doubler Waves API 2500 Compressor Valhalla Reverbs Xfer OTT Compressor Korg MS20 LinnDrum Oberheim OB6 Roland Juno Roland TR-909 Drum Machine Sequential Prophet 5 ZenDelay Pedal U87 Microphone Logic Logic ES1 Splice   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear   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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes   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 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 TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Matt Purbrick - Production Assistant Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant George Durston - Production Assistant Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2023-01-18
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TN:108 Charlie Puth

Thanks to SoundBetter for supporting this episode of Tape Notes. SoundBetter is the world's leading music production talent-marketplace, giving you access to the best mixing & mastering engineers, singers, songwriters, producers and studio musicians in the industry. You can work with Billie Eillish's drummer, U2's mix engineer or hire the topliners that wrote on the latest BTS record, these pros are keen to work with Indy artists. Head to SoundBetter.com to find out more. In this episode, John heads to Miloco Studios to catch up with Charlie Puth about how he wrote, recorded and produced the album ?CHARLIE?. Thinking back to the moments that sparked the initial ideas for each of his songs, Charlie talks us through how he translates the almost fully finished versions from his head to the DAW. From using auto-tune to satisfy his perfect pitch, to the simple chorus tricks he uses to help it all punch. As well as looking back to his early days on YouTube and social media, Charlie discusses how the platforms have evolved and their impact on the way he writes, allowing him to include so many people in his music making process.  Listen to find out what Monday would sound like if it was a song, which of his viral sounds was faked, and how to play guitar like you?re a pianist.   Tracks discussed: Light Switch, That?s Hilarious, Loser   LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes    Listen to ?CHARLIE? here. Atlantic Records   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective   GEAR MENTIONS Waves NS1 Noise Suppressor iZotope VocalSynth Soundtoys Decapitator U-he Diva Antares Auto-Tune Native Instruments Kontakt Pre-Bass Native Instruments Kontakt Church Organ LFO Tool Valhalla Reverb Oberheim Synth Digital Thomas Penton Sample Pack Oliver Sample Pack Roland D-50 Synth Roland TR-808 Roland Juno 60 Splice Casio Keyboard Rhodes   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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 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 TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Matt Purbrick - Production Assistant Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-12-20
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TN:107 Lizzy McAlpine, Philip Etherington & Ehren Ebbage

In this episode, John links up with Lizzy McAlpine and producers Philip Etherington and Ehren Ebbage, to talk about how they wrote, recorded, and produced Lizzy?s album ?five seconds flat?.   Looking back at their time writing and recording in a makeshift Airbnb studio, Lizzy, Philip, and Ehren dig into their enormous archive of song versions (including John Mayer versions), talking through their process of chipping away at each track and shaping the sounds to match the core expression.    As well as highlighting exactly why parts of Lizzy?s performance are so key to the foundation of each song, we?re treated to backing vocal masterclasses, stories of secret weapon synths, and beats tied together with Philip?s mouldy can of nuts.    Listen to find out how to create sounds that are quietly big and impactful, why all U47s are not created equally, and why as a producer you first have to be an audience member.   Tracks discussed: an ego thing, ceilings, reckless driver LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?Five Seconds Flat? here. Harbour Artists and Music, AWAL   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective   GEAR MENTIONS Philip?s Can of Mixed Nuts Casio SK1 Korg CR4 Audio Technica Boundary Mics AKG C414 U47 Microphone Martin 00-17 Guitar Martin Guitars Nord Keyboard Rubber Bridge Guitar SSL Compressor Tree Audio Branch II   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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 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 TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Matt Purbrick - Production Assistant Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-12-08
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TN:106 Mura Masa

Thanks to SoundBetter for supporting this episode of Tape Notes. SoundBetter is the world's leading music production talent marketplace, giving you access to the best mixing & mastering engineers, singers, songwriters, producers, and studio musicians in the industry. You can work with Billie Eilish's drummer, U2's mix engineer, or hire the topliners that wrote on the latest BTS record, these pros are keen to work with Indy artists. Head to SoundBetter.com to find out more. In this episode, John reunites with Alex Crossan, a.k.a. Mura Masa, to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced his latest album ?Demon Time?.   Reflecting on the process of working out what a lockdown album would sound like and making the complete opposite of that, Alex shares his thoughts on controlling the vibe of a record while still managing to explore every random studio idea with each of his collaborators.   As well as giving us a tour of some of the weirdest sounds in his sample folder, Alex treats us to production gold, demonstrating some of the simplest yet most effective Garage tricks, and the ways in which he created the impression of fake DJ across the album.   Listen to find out how a citrus salad led to a revelation about frequencies, why if an idea?s making you laugh then that?s the right one to follow, and how to sneakily get people to write for your album in their own writing session.    Tracks discussed: demon time, hollaback bitch, e-motions LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes    Listen to ?Demon Time? here. Anchor Point Records, Polydor, Universal Music   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONS Soundiron Elysium Harp Arturia Analog Lab Moog DFAM Soyuz Microphones Hoover Synth Sound Ableton Operator Synth   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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   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   TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Matt Purbrick - Production Assistant Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-30
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TN:105 Fred Again..

In this episode, John reunites with Fred Gibson, a.k.a. Fred Again.., at his house, to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced the album ?Actual Life 3 (January 1 - September 9 2022)?.   Reflecting on what?s been a very busy 18 months, Fred discusses how the success of the Actual Life series has had an impact on how and why he writes music. From the tricks he uses to keep his writing process fast and fun, to the moments his creativity was lost and the advice that came from Brian Eno to focus it.   As well as sharing demos written with The 1975 and sampling songs by his brother, Fred gets hands on with his explanations of the plugins and process he uses, treating us to live beat builds, piano demonstrations and examples of compression demonstrated through table drumming.   Listen to find out what Fred?s reaction to switching DAWs was, why you should put off any technical aspects of a track until the end, and why some people may call the harmonic modulations in his music ?the work of the devil?.    Tracks discussed: Delilah (pull me out of this), Berwyn (all that I got is you), Kelly (end of a nightmare) LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  linktr.ee/tapenotes    Listen to ?Actual Life 3 (January 1 - September 9 2022)?. Atlantic Records, Warner Music   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective   GEAR MENTIONS Expert Sleepers Spectral Conquest Samplr App  Pioneer Mixer and CDJs Logic Pro X Ableton Apple Wired Headphones   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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   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 TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer George Durston - Production Assistant Matt Purbrick - Production Assistant Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-17
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TN:104 FKJ

In this episode John is joined by Vincent Fenton better known as FKJ (French Kiwi Juice) to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced three tracks across his releases - ?Time For A Change?, ?Ylang Ylang? and ?Vincent?.   Giving us a glimpse at his musical journey through the years, Vincent reflects on each of the decisive elements that help characterise his signature sound, from location and significant life events, to his early homemade synth presets and sample libraries.    Alongside his tricks on how to bring electronic drums to life, and the different headspaces that help focus his music making, we hear thoughts on why limitations can be so exciting and how so often ?bad? pieces of gear create something that ?amazing? gear simply can?t.   Listen to find out how miniscule chord changes can drastically alter the emotion of a vocal line, what challenges come with moving your entire studio to the middle of the jungle in the Philippines, and why combining your adult and child minds can be the key to creativity.   Tracks discussed: So Much To Me, Ylang Ylang, Different Masks For Different Days LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  linktr.ee/tapenotes    Listen to ?V I N C E N T? here AWAL Recordings   Listen to ?Ylang Ylang? here AWAL Recordings   Listen to ?Time For A Change? here Roche Musique   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective   GEAR MENTIONS Native Instruments - The Gentleman Native Instruments Kontakt Soundtoys Radiator Soundtoys Little Plate Soundtoys Echoboy Soundtoys Filter Freak Soundtoys Bundle Antares Choir Schoeps MK41  Schoeps CMC6  Neumann TLM 102 WMD Chimera Percussion Module  Ableton   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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   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   TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Andy Tindall - Videographer George Durston - Production Assistant Matt Purbrick - Production Assistant Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-11-08
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TN:102 Loyle Carner, Kwes & Nick Mills

In this episode, John is back at Spitfire Audio to catch up with Ben Coyle-Larner, better known as Loyle Carner, along with producers Kwes and Nick Mills, about how they wrote, recorded and produced Loyle?s new album ?Hugo?.   Reflecting back on their time writing over lockdown, Ben, Kwes and Nick talk us through their extensive process of whittling each track down to the finished article, from the early jam sessions and demos they fell in love with, right through the numerous directions they took each beat.   Along with sharing some of the best examples of collaboration and what it can bring, we?re treated to detailed track breakdowns and thoughts on the most effective approaches to take when balancing the emotions of a beat to the emotions within lyrics.   Listen to find out what dangers come with making things too musical, how AI came to the rescue multiple times, and what the ultimate studio snack is.   Tracks discussed: Hate, Nobody Knows, Plastic   LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes    Listen to ?Hugo? here. EMI, Universal Music Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective   GEAR MENTIONS D16 Decimort Plugin Oxford Inflator Plugin Kazrog True Iron Plugin Plugin Alliance Black Box Serato Sample Plugin Soundtoys Decapitator Soundtoys Tremolator Soundtoys Echoboy Soundtoys Little AlterBoy Valhalla Vintage Verb Mellotron Fabfilter Plugins  Goodhertz Lossy Plugin XLN Audio RC 20 Moises AI App Shure SM57 DBX 118 Expander Lewitt 640 Mics Teenage Engineering OP1 Logic Stock Pedals FL Studio   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear 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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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   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   TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Matt Purbrick - Production Assistant Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-25
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TN:101 The 1975

Thanks to SoundBetter for supporting this episode of Tape Notes. SoundBetter is the world's leading music production talent marketplace, giving you access to the best mixing & mastering engineers, singers, songwriters, producers, and studio musicians in the industry. You can work with Billie Eilish's drummer, U2's mix engineer, or hire the topliners that wrote on the latest BTS record, these pros are keen to work with Indy artists. Head to SoundBetter.com to find out more. In this episode, John is back at Spitfire Audio to reunite with Matty and George of The 1975, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ?Being Funny in a Foreign Language?.   Digging into stems, demos and the musical moments that inspired their writing, Matty and George give us a full behind-the-scenes tour of their creative process, sharing stories of very last-minute album additions and the unreleased songs that might one day be on a 1975 record.   As well as tales from the studio working with producer Jack Antonoff, the pair reveal the tricks they used to create and record some of the most unique sounds and performances on the album, from constructing vast textures of only organic keyboard sounds to Googling the gear and instruments other people use.   Listen to find out how simply soloing individual parts can lead to breakthrough moments when writing, the one scale you need to learn to play any 1975 song, and why Matty has now fully embraced his northern accent when singing.   Tracks discussed: Part of the Band, The 1975, Happiness, When We Are Together LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES   linktr.ee/tapenotes  Listen to ?Being Funny in a Foreign Language? here.  Dirty Hit   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective - https://songwhip.com/laurelcollective/sunshinebuddy      GEAR MENTIONS Gibson ES-330 Guitar Roland JV-1080 Yamaha CP80  Yamaha CP-70B Plugin Alliance Brainworx Focusrite CS Chandler TG Channel Korg M1 DynaCord Digital Echo Binson Echorec WEM Copicat Tape Echo  Roland RE-201 Space Echo Philips Philicorda Harmonium ProTools  Ableton   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear   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  Patreon: @TapeNotesPodcast Facebook: @tapenotespodcast   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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   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   TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-10-18
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Bonus Episode - Let's Eat Grandma & David Wrench (Live)

In this very special live episode in partnership with AIM, MPG and Transgressive, John is joined by Let?s Eat Grandma?s Rosa Walton and producer David Wrench at Signature Brew to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the band?s third album ?Two Ribbons?. Taking us back to the album?s very beginnings, Rosa and David chart each song?s development, from early bedroom demos complete with mumble melodies and simple energy building tricks, to lyrics finished on the day of recording and adding surprising instruments that bring that extra glitter to their music. Discussing the way in which the band?s creative process has changed in parallel with their different life experiences, the pair share their thoughts on wanting to take on separate subjects and their methods of unifying them into a singular sonic world. Listen to find out how to approach a breakup song before you?ve broken up, why sometimes you don?t need to worry about microphones and how many chillies were unknowingly consumed in the making of this album. Unfortunately, we had a few technical difficulties with the recording and so the sound quality isn?t up to our usual standard, but we hope you enjoy this deep dive into the album nonetheless.   Tracks discussed: Levitation, Sunday, Hall of Mirrors   LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  linktr.ee/tapenotes    Listen to ?Two Ribbons? here. ?Two Ribbons? - Transgressive   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective   GEAR MENTIONS   Arturia ARP 2600 V  Arturia Plugins Moog One Elka Synthex BOSS DR-100 ?Dr. Rhythm? Analog Drum Machine Roland TR-808 Sequential Prophet  Neumann TLM 47  Fender Stratocaster  Gibson Guitars Mellotron Bell Tree Ableton - Granulator Plugin Logic Pro X     OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear  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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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 Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Andrew Tindall (Roam Film) - Videographer Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-08-31
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TN:100 FINNEAS

Thanks to SoundBetter for supporting this episode of Tape Notes. SoundBetter is the world's leading music production talent marketplace, giving you access to the best mixing & mastering engineers, singers, songwriters, producers, and studio musicians in the industry. You can work with Billie Eilish's drummer, U2's mix engineer, or hire the topliners that wrote on the latest BTS record, these pros are keen to work with Indy artists. Head to SoundBetter.com to find out more. In this milestone 100th episode of Tape Notes, John is joined by the Finneas at Lightship95 Studio, to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced his album ?Optimist? and his new single ?Mona Lisa Mona Lisa?. Reflecting on the fluidity of his writing process, Finneas talks us through the varied methods and circumstances in which his tracks took shape, from the very first synth sounds that kick-started ideas, to the detailed sonic decisions that helped each element work towards a cohesive goal. Alongside the production masterclass, Finneas looks back on his career so far, discussing his family?s involvement with his music and the impact they?ve had on his creativity. We hear stories from the early days of making music videos with his mum, vocal mic shootouts with Billie, and the essential advice that he still lives by. Listen to find out why mediocrity isn?t a bad thing, how finishing a song isn?t too dissimilar to finishing a meal, and why the correct way to do something isn?t always the correct way. Tracks discussed: How It Ends, Medieval, Mona Lisa Mona Lisa   LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  linktr.ee/tapenotes   Listen to ?Optimist? here. Listen to ?Mona Lisa Mona Lisa? here. OYOY Inc, Interscope Records   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective.   GEAR MENTIONS Arturia Farfisa Output Analogue Strings FabFilter Twin 2 Spectrasonics Trilian Spectrasonics Omnisphere Soundtoys Decapitator Soundtoys Little AlterBoy Soundtoys Tremolator Antares Autotune Native Instruments Bundle Native Instruments Massive Valhalla Room Neumann TLM103 Chandler REDD Telefunken ELA M 251 Audio Technica AT2020 Shure SM7B Shure SM57 M-Audio Venom Sequential Prophet X Novation UltraNova Synth Elektron Synth Fender Acoustasonic Tube-Tech CL1B Compressor Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter Sweetwater Best Seller List Ableton Logic Pro Logic - Compressor Plugin   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear    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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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    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   TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Rob Leedell - Camera Assistant and Photographer George Durston - Production Assistant Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-07-25
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TN:99 Everything Everything

In this episode, John heads to Fiction Studios to catch up with Jon and Alex of Everything Everything to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ?Raw Data Feel?. Taking us through the very first scraps of ideas, Jon and Alex pull apart the elements within each demo they often endeavour to carry into the final songs, from the qualities found within their raw desk mixes to the hidden melodies that end up pulling a whole track together. Alongside Jon?s tips on writing to suit different people?s vocal ranges and Alex?s deep dive into his modular synth collection, we?re given a glimpse into the influence and use of AI on the album, including a sneak peek at the lyrics generated when a system is fed with text from Beowulf, Tumblr feeds and the LinkedIn T&Cs. Listen to find out how a studio clean out led to a slide guitar feature, why limitation is such a useful tool and what to start cutting out when you?re bored with a track.   Tracks discussed: Jennifer, Leviathan, Software Greatman   Listen to ?Raw Data Feel? here. ?Raw Data Feel? - Infinity Industries LLP, AWAL Recordings Ltd   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective   LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  https://linktr.ee/tapenotes    GEAR MENTIONS Linnstrument Roli Seaboard Verbos Sequencer Verbos Electronics Verbos Harmonic Oscillator SOMA Pulsar 23 Cwejman S1 Cwejman MMF 2 Filter Zoom 4040 Pedal Metal Zone Pedals Valhalla Reverbs Neumann U67 Ableton - CV Tools Ableton     OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear    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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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    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   TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer George Durston - Production Assistant Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-07-19
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TN:98 Lykke Li & Björn Yttling

In this episode, John links up with Lykke Li and producer Bjorn Yttling to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced Lykke?s latest album ?EYEYE?. Digging into the truly multi-dimensional record, Lykke and Bjorn look back on their process of creating the sonic world in which the tracks all live, from finding different angles to songs by playing them on different instruments, to the breakthrough moments in the studio when an idea just unlocks. Alongside sharing thoughts on feeling the beat and what makes a very Swedish sounding riff, the conversation turns to Lykke?s start in music, the star quality she possessed that drew Bjorn to her despite some vocal and songwriting flaws, and the constant resistance she faces as an artist. Listen to why condoms can be helpful tools when micing up, what headphone-phobia does to your recordings, and how to truly tap into the divine within music. Tracks discussed: OVER, CAROUSEL, u&i   Listen to ?EYEYE? here. 'EYEYE' - Play It Again Sam/Crush Music   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective   LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  https://linktr.ee/tapenotes    GEAR MENTIONS Soundtoys Microshift Shure SM58 AKG D190e Soma Synths The Pipe Casio 101 Moog Rogue Crumar String Synth Levin Guitars Hagstrom Amps Roland Amp (Battery Operated)   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear    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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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 Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer George Durston - Production Assistant Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-07-06
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TN:97 Foals

In this episode, John is back at Spitfire Audio to catch up with Yannis and Jimmy of Foals, to discuss how they wrote, recorded and produced their new album ?Life Is Yours?. Giving us a fascinating insight into their process and how they adapted it for their current 3 piece line up, the pair look back on how they kept their creativity organic and spontaneous, as well as the impact of each new producer along the way. With writing-room demos and plenty of stories from the studio, we?re given a full rundown of the elements that went into shaping the band?s updated sound, from the list of keywords they wrote before even playing a note through to the almost hour-long jams.  Listen to find out how they sneak discarded ideas back in to the lives show, why it?s so important for the groove of a song to be set before anything else, and what producers often do to keep their production secrets under wraps. Tracks discussed: Wild Green, 2001   Listen to ?Life Is Yours? here ?Life Is Yours?- Warner Music UK Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective   LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  https://linktr.ee/tapenotes     GEAR MENTIONS Electro Harmonix POG Pedal Prometheus DLX Resonant Filter Strymon Pedal Roland Jupiter 4 Korg Minilogue Sequential Mopho Travis Bean Guitars  Gibson Hollowbody Bass Selmer Zodiac Amp Leslie Rotary Speaker Reaper   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear    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  YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Facebook: @tapenotespodcast   Discord: Tape Notes 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 Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer George Durston - Assistant Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-06-21
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TN:96 Mahalia & JD. Reid

In this episode, John heads over to Spitfire Audio to chat with Mahalia and producer JD. Reid about how they wrote, recorded and produced the EP ?Letter To Ur Ex?. Looking back on their early writing sessions together, the pair reflect on their very first meeting and the approach they took to get the best out of one another. From scatting line after line over a beat and jamming ideas until something just sticks, to the promise of food as a reward for finishing each section of a song. Alongside sharing their thoughts on blending the worlds of hip-hop and R&B, we?re treated to a production deep dive, looking at the intricate relationships between the parts that make up a beat and the small yet essential ingredients that add so much to each track in such subtle ways. Listen to find out why Mahalia sometimes sings with a man?s voice, what moments just scream out for a Talk Box, and why it?s always important to look at a track as more than just an instrumental and vocal.   Tracks discussed: Letter To Ur N(ex)t, Whatever Simon Says, In The Club   Listen to ?Letter To Ur Ex? here. ?Letter To Ur Ex? - Warner Music UK   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective   LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  https://linktr.ee/tapenotes    GEAR MENTIONS Wavesfactory Cassette Tape Saturation Goodhertz Lossy Spectrasonics Omnisphere Arturia CS80 Arturia Mellotron Arturia Juno Chorus  Antares Autotune Keyscape Rhodes UAD Empirical Labs Distressor UAD Empirical Labs Pultec Universal Audio Apollo Twin (JD?s Interface) Native Instruments Rickenbacker Bass Native Instruments Reaktor Native Instruments Kontakt Valhalla Reverbs Valhalla Shimmer Spitfire Strings Spitfire Audio Talk Box MicroKorg Shure SM7B Splice Logic Pro   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear    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  YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  Discord: Tape Notes   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 Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer George Durston - Assistant Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-06-08
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TN:95 Toro y Moi

In this episode, John links up with Chaz Bear, the mind behind Toro y Moi, to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced the album ?MAHAL?. Digging into jam sessions dating back to 2015 with all of the original recordings to hand, Chaz gives us the lowdown on how his musical ideas formulate, and the simple yet impactful journey they undertake to arrive as fully fleshed out tracks. Reflecting on life as an all-round creative, Chaz looks back on how he got started in music, from the early days using his parent's karaoke machine, to the importance of community and collaboration in today's music world. Listen to find out what in The Godfather had such a huge influence on a song, why it?s so difficult to create completely emotionless performances, and how to fearlessly explore ideas in your music. Tracks discussed: Déjà Vu, Magazine, The Loop   Listen to ?MAHAL? here. ?MAHAL? - Dead Oceans   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective   LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  https://linktr.ee/tapenotes    GEAR MENTIONS Shure SM7B Shure SM57 Neumann Mics API Channel Strip Hofner Bass Reason Ableton FL Studio Fostex Multitracker Wurlitzer Piano   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear    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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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 Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer George Durston - Assistant Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-05-30
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TN:94 Flume

Thanks to SoundBetter for supporting this episode of Tape Notes. SoundBetter is the world's leading music production talent marketplace, giving you access to the best mixing & mastering engineers, singers, songwriters, producers, and studio musicians in the industry. You can work with Billie Eilish's drummer, U2's mix engineer, or hire the topliners that wrote on the latest BTS record, these pros are keen to work with Indy artists. Head to SoundBetter.com to find out more. In this episode, John links up with Harley Streten, better known as Flume, to talk through how he wrote, recorded and produced the four opening tracks from his mixtape and three albums - ?Flume?, ?Skin?, ?Hi This Is Flume? and ?Palaces?. Digging out files from sessions dating back to his early adventures travelling around Europe, Harley gives us a rundown on some of the key parts of his life in music and how his approach to producing has changed over the years. From his early days using cereal box software to his approach to fixing writer?s block and the mental strain of life in music. As well as the long list of failed experiments that never made the final tracks, we?re given a full tour of the painstaking tweaks and subtle changes Harley teases into his work to humanise a production. Listen to find out what question Harley always asks when visiting synth stores, why you shouldn?t be afraid to rip off other people, and what some of the key elements to consider are when navigating success. Tracks discussed: Sintra, Helix, Hi This Is Flume, Highest Building   Listen to ?Palaces? here.  Listen to ?Skin? here. Listen to ?Flume? here. Listen to ?Hi This Is Flume? here. Future Classic, Transgressive Records Ltd   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective   LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  https://linktr.ee/tapenotes    GEAR MENTIONS Sonic Charge Synplant Vengeance Vocal Pack Native Instruments Razor Synth Native Instruments Reaktor Elektron Monomachine Reason FL Studio Cubase Ableton   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear    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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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 Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer George Durston - Production Assistant Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-05-24
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TN:93 The Chainsmokers

Thanks to SoundBetter for supporting this episode of Tape Notes. SoundBetter is the world's leading music production talent marketplace, giving you access to the best mixing & mastering engineers, singers, songwriters, producers, and studio musicians in the industry. You can work with Billie Eilish's drummer, U2's mix engineer, or hire the topliners that wrote on the latest BTS record, these pros are keen to work with Indy artists. Head to SoundBetter.com to find out more. In this episode, John heads to Miloco?s The Yard Studios to catch up with The Chainsmokers, Alex and Drew, talking through how they wrote, recorded and produced their latest album ?So Far, So Good?. Giving us a glimpse into their Hawaii writing sessions and drunken nights in the studio, the duo share the initial sparks and early ideas (both good and not so good) that developed into the final tracks.  As well as a beat building masterclass, creating drum patterns that no one would ever think up, the pair reflect on removing any pressure from their writing process and the impact it had on their creativity. Listen to find out how to get away with recycling beats from different songs, why sometimes it pays to be the least organised producer in the game, and what the best question to ask yourself is in order to handle almost every situation. Tracks discussed: If You?re Serious, iPad, I Love U   Listen to ?So Far, So Good? here. ?So Far, So Good? - Disruptor Records/Columbia Records   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective    LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  https://linktr.ee/tapenotes    GEAR MENTIONS Arturia Analogue Lab Arturia Plugins Antares Auto-Tune  iZotope Trash 2 Output REV Output EXHALE Output SIGNAL Soundtoys AlterBoy U-He Diva Xfer LFO Tool Zynaptiq Pitchmap Native Instrument FM8 Synth Apogee Duet Interface Apogee Symphony Interface Neumann Mics Telefunken Mics Gibson Les Paul Yamaha Baby Grand Piano Mason Hamlin Piano Nord Keyboards Steinway Pianos   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear    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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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 Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Sam Nahirny - Photographer and Camera Assistant George Durston - Production Assistant Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-05-17
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TN:92 Yard Act & Ali Chant

In this episode, John heads to Bristol to chat with Yard Act?s James, Sam and Ryan along with producer Ali Chant about how their debut album ?The Overload? was written, recorded and produced. Catching up after a big night on the Bristol stop of their tour, the band reflect on their process of bringing the album together, from solitary lockdown demos and recording over WhatsApp videos, to learning how to play the drums and the last minute additions after the tracks had been mastered. Sharing their experience of transforming what started as a side project into a successful band, we hear stories of giving, receiving and dealing with criticism, the prompts that encouraged several turning points in their writing style and the dangers of overthinking when working on individual parts. Listen to find out how to write vocals that are suitable for the neighbours, why it?s important to know the difference between congas and bongos, and what in songwriting is not too dissimilar to drawing a monster. Tracks discussed: The Overload, Land Of The Blind, 100% Endurance   Listen to ?The Overload? here. ?The Overload? - Island Records, Universal Music   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective   LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  https://linktr.ee/tapenotes    GEAR MENTIONS KNAS Ekdahl Moisturizer Spring Reverb Roland TR8 Drum Machine Vox Continental Keyboard Whurlitzer Philicorda Organ AMS Reverb Traynor Bass Amp G&L ASAT Guitars Fender Jazzmaster Fender Telecaster   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear    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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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 Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-03-10
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TN:91 Gang of Youths

In this episode, John is joined by Dave, Donny and Jung from Gang of Youths to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the band?s new album ?Angel In Realtime?. Taking us on a global tour, the trio guides us through the wealth of sounds, people and places that had such a huge influence on the album, from London street ambience and the goings-on outside their studio window, to Pacific Island chants and the extraordinary samples that opened up a whole new sonic world for them. Alongside a look into their musical melting pot, we hear thoughts on criticism, hate and jealousy within music, as well as their attitudes towards cheesiness and embracing who you are and what you love.  Listen to find out how to make a beat from a box of sultanas, why you sometimes might mistake Dave?s voice for a stoned Michael Buble, and how to create the illusion of something being simple - while still throwing 200 layers of tracks at it.   Tracks discussed: You In Everything, Spirit Boy, Hand of God, Goal of the Century    Listen to ?Angel In Realtime? here. ?Angel In Realtime? - Warner Music UK, Mosy Music LLP   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective   LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  https://linktr.ee/tapenotes    GEAR MENTIONS Shure SM7B Shure SM57 Shure SM58 AKG Mics AEA R88 Mic Rode Mic Sony C37 FET 47 Mic Rode Pin Mic Warm Audio Spitfire Audio Plugins Spitfire Audio David Fanshawe Native Instruments Una Corda Native Instruments Kontakt Universal Audio 6176 Universal Audio Plugins Soundtoys Devil-Loc Soundtoys Plugins Izotope Vocal Synth National Reso-Phonic Guitars Splice Logic Pro   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear    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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-03-02
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TN:90 Alt-J & Charlie Andrew

In this episode, John ventures over to Alt-J?s band studio to chat with Joe, Gus and producer Charlie Andrew about how they wrote, recorded and produced their new album ?The Dream?. Unearthing early demos and some very special voice notes, the trio look back on forming the sonic world encapsulated within the record, reflecting on the importance of their individual roles within the writing process along with the fundamental stories behind each track. From serendipitous church bells to missions of sneaking in old album references, we hear about the intricacies of the kit key to the band?s sound, as well as the little details within each track you won't discover on a first listen. Listen to find out why Mexican Coke tastes better than American Coke, what a sausage bassoon is, and how to get the best results when recording next to a dance class and a polling station. Tracks discussed: Bane, The Actor, Get Better   Listen to ?The Dream? here. ?The Dream? - Infectious Music, BMG   Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective   LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  https://linktr.ee/tapenotes    GEAR MENTIONS Vox AC30 Electro Harmonix POG Pedal Casio Casiotone Larrivee PO-5 Roland RE-20 Space Echo Neumann U87 Neumann TLM 103   OUR GEAR https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear    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   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2022-02-21
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