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

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TN:100 FINNEAS
01:13:52

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

 

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Listen to ‘Optimist’ here.

Listen to ‘Mona Lisa Mona Lisa’ here.

OYOY Inc, Interscope Records

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective.

 

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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 

Jul 25, 2022
TN:99 Everything Everything
01:37:46

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

 

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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

Jul 19, 2022
TN:98 Lykke Li & Björn Yttling
01:34:35

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

 

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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 

Jul 06, 2022
TN:97 Foals
57:03

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

 

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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 

Jun 21, 2022
TN:96 Mahalia & JD. Reid
01:38:31

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

 

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Antares Autotune

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UAD Empirical Labs Distressor

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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 

Jun 08, 2022
TN:95 Toro y Moi
01:25:19

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

 

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Shure SM7B

Shure SM57

Neumann Mics

API Channel Strip

Hofner Bass

Reason

Ableton

FL Studio

Fostex Multitracker

Wurlitzer Piano

 

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Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer

Will Lyons - Editor

Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer

George Durston - Assistant

Nathan Hetherington - PR

Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing 

May 30, 2022
TN:94 Flume
01:19:44

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 Flumehere.

Future Classic, Transgressive Records Ltd

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective

 

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Sonic Charge Synplant

Vengeance Vocal Pack

Native Instruments Razor Synth

Native Instruments Reaktor

Elektron Monomachine

Reason

FL Studio

Cubase

Ableton

 

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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 

May 24, 2022
TN:93 The Chainsmokers
01:22:08

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 

 

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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

 

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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 

May 17, 2022
TN:92 Yard Act & Ali Chant
01:11:54

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

 

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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

 

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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 

Mar 10, 2022
TN:91 Gang of Youths
01:56:16

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

 

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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

 

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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

Mar 02, 2022
TN:90 Alt-J & Charlie Andrew
01:58:33

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

 

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GEAR MENTIONS

Vox AC30

Electro Harmonix POG Pedal

Casio Casiotone

Larrivee PO-5

Roland RE-20 Space Echo

Neumann U87

Neumann TLM 103

 

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Feb 21, 2022
TN:89 Bastille & Mark Crew
01:55:50

In this episode, John heads over to Bastille’s West London HQ to catch up with Dan Smith and producer Mark Crew about how the band wrote, recorded and produced their latest album ‘Give Me The Future’.

Having written most of the tracks in remote lockdown sessions, Dan takes us all the way back through his initial ideas and the random voice notes of inspiration that came to him at the most unexpected times.

As well as sharing their thoughts on the challenges that come with writing a sci-fi concept album and blending them with the usual Bastille ‘bread and butter’, the pair pull apart the intricate production techniques they used in an attempt to recreate the musical characteristics of the 80s.

Listen to find out how the band’s touring crew ended up recording BVs, what is and isn’t considered tasteful when mixing in Dolby Atmos, and what genres are generally pretty dangerous to let a bassist loose on.

 

Tracks discussed: Thelma + Louise, Back To The Future, Future Holds

 

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Give Me The Future’ - EMI/Virgin Records

 

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Feb 14, 2022
Best of Season 9 - Part 2
45:23

Welcome to part two of the Best Of Season 9. We pick up where we left off, looking back and pulling out our selection of highlights and memorable moments from the season. 

If you haven’t heard every episode from season 9, this is a good way to introduce yourself to more of the guests we’ve had on and hear some of their top studio tips, unique writing processes, along with the thoughts and philosophies that shape their musical worlds.

 

You’ll hear highlights from: 

CHVRCHES

Orla Gartland with Tom Stafford

Courtney Barnett & Stella Mozgawa

Jon Hopkins

Chet Faker

Hiatus Kaiyote

 

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

CHVRCHES - ‘Screen Violence’

Orla Gartland - ‘Woman on the Internet’

Courtney Barnett - ‘Things Take Time, Take Time’

Jon Hopkins - ‘Music For Psychedelic Therapy’

Chet Faker - ‘Hotel Surrender’

Hiatus Kaiyote - Mood Valiant

 

INTRO MUSIC

Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective

 

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‘Screen Violence’ - EMI, Virgin Records

‘Woman on the Internet’ - New Friends Music

‘Things Take Time, Take Time’ - Marathon Artists

‘Music For Psychedelic Therapy’ - Domino Recordings

‘Hotel Surrender’ - Detail Records, BMG (Australia)

Mood Valiant’ - Brainfeeder

 

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Feb 10, 2022
Best of Season 9 - Part 1
36:36

Season 9 has been so full of amazing albums that we’ve decided to split this Best Of into two parts. Welcome to Part One!

In this episode, we look back across the season picking out a selection of highlights from our conversations with the artists and producers we were lucky enough to speak to.

If you haven’t heard every episode from the last season, this is a good way to introduce yourself to some of the guests we’ve had on and hear some of their top studio tips, unique writing processes, along with the thoughts and philosophies that shape their musical worlds.

 

You’ll hear highlights from: 

Maisie Peters & Joe Rubel

James Vincent McMorrow with Paul Epworth & Lil Silva

Imagine Dragons

Jungle

Mr Jukes & Barney Artist

Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes

 

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

Maisie Peters - ‘You Signed Up For This’ 

James Vincent McMorrow - ‘Grapefruit Season’ 

Imagine Dragons - Mercury - Act 1’

Jungle - ‘Loving In Stereo’

Mr Jukes & Barney Artist - ‘The Locket’ 

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - ‘Sticky’

 

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Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective

 

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

'Grapefruit Season' - Sony Music Entertainment UK

Mercury - Act One - Interscope Records, KIDinaKORNER 

‘Loving In Stereo’ - Caiola Records, AWAL Recordings Ltd

‘The Locket’ - Locket Records, Virgin Music

‘Sticky’ - International Death Cult, AWAL Recordings Ltd

 

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Feb 08, 2022
TN:88 Hiatus Kaiyote
01:33:17

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

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

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

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

 

Tracks discussed: Rose Water, All The Words We Don’t Say, Get Sun

 

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Mood Valiant’ - Brainfeeder

 

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective

 

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Dec 08, 2021
TN:87 Chet Faker
01:49:04

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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‘Hotel Surrender’ - Detail Records, BMG (Australia)

 

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Dec 01, 2021
TN:86 Jon Hopkins
01:44:17

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

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

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

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

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

 

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‘Music For Psychedelic Therapy’ - Domino Recordings

 

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Nov 23, 2021
TN:85 Courtney Barnett & Stella Mozgawa
01:56:16

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

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

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

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

 

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

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‘Things Take Time, Take Time’ - Marathon Artists

 

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Nov 16, 2021
TN:84 Orla Gartland & Tom Stafford
01:44:23

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

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

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

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

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

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‘Woman on the Internet’ - New Friends Music

 

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Nov 10, 2021
TN:83 CHVRCHES
01:57:14

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

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

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

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

 

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

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‘Screen Violence’ - EMI, Virgin Records

 

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Nov 03, 2021
TN:82 Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
02:10:22

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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‘Sticky’ - International Death Cult, AWAL Recordings Ltd

 

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Oct 26, 2021
TN:81 Mr Jukes & Barney Artist
01:30:27

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

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

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

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

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

 

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‘The Locket’ - Locket Records, Virgin Music

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Oct 19, 2021
TN:80 Jungle
01:20:29

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

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

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

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

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

 

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‘Loving In Stereo’ - Caiola Records, AWAL Recordings Ltd

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Oct 12, 2021
TN:79 Imagine Dragons
01:51:44

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Mercury - Act One’ - Interscope Records, KIDinaKORNER 

 

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Oct 05, 2021
TN:78 James Vincent McMorrow, Paul Epworth & Lil Silva
01:55:07

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

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

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

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

Tracks discussed:  Headlights, Gone, Paradise

 

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Sep 28, 2021
TN:77 Maisie Peters & Joe Rubel
01:38:36

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

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

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

Listen to find out why Maisie wouldn’t play instruments on her own songs, how to proceed after deciding it’s time to write a banger, and which part of a song you will now have to try and clap along to.

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

 

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Sep 21, 2021
Best of Season 8
52:31

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

If you haven’t heard every episode from the last season, this is a good way to introduce yourself to some of the guests we’ve had on and hear some of their top studio tips, writing processes and all-round philosophies towards creating a record. 

 

You’ll hear highlights from: 

Royal Blood

Girl In Red and Matias Tellez

Rostam

Dodie and Joe Rubel

Johnny Flynn and Charlie Andrew

Fred Again..

Easy Life and Rob Milton

 

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Royal Blood - ‘Typhoons’

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

Rostam - ‘Changephobia’

Dodie and Joe Rubel - ‘Build a Problem’

Johnny Flynn and Charlie Andrew - ‘Lost in the Cedar Wood’

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

Easy Life and Rob Milton - ‘Life's A Beach’

 

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‘Typhoons’ - Warner Records UK, Imperial Galactic Limited, Black Mammoth 

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

‘Changephobia’ - Matsor Projects

‘Build a Problem’ - doddleoddle, The Orchard

‘Lost in the Cedar Wood’ - Transgressive, Johnny Flynn

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

‘Life's A Beach’ - Universal Music, Island Records

Sep 14, 2021
TN:76 Easy Life & Rob Milton
01:40:53

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

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

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

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

Tracks discussed:  skeletons, ocean view, homesickness

 

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‘Life’s A Beach’ - Universal Music, Island Records

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Jul 07, 2021
TN:75 Fred again..
01:55:04

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Jun 28, 2021
TN:74 Johnny Flynn & Charlie Andrew
01:45:35

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

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

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

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

Tracks discussed: Ferryman, Bonedigger, Ten Degrees of Strange

 

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‘Lost in the Cedar Wood’ - Transgressive, Johnny Flynn

 

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Jun 22, 2021
TN:73 dodie & Joe Rubel
01:31:56

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

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

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

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

Tracks discussed: Special Girl, Sorry, Before the Line

 

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‘Build a Problem’ - doddleoddle, The Orchard

 

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Jun 14, 2021
TN:72 Rostam
01:36:45

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

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

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

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

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

 

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'Changephobia’ - Matsor Projects

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Jun 08, 2021
TN:71 girl in red & Matias Tellez
01:35:48

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

With Marie’s original bedroom recordings to hand, the pair take us through how they built on the framework of her demos, singling out the minuscule details in each track that you probably wouldn’t notice, but are completely responsible for the vibe. 

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

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

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

 

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

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Jun 01, 2021
TN:70 Royal Blood
01:47:04

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

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

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

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

Tracks discussed: Typhoons, Limbo, Mad Visions

 

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May 24, 2021
Best of Season 7
57:23

In this episode we pick out a selection of highlights from Season 7. If you haven’t heard every episode from the last season, this is a good way to introduce yourself to some of the artists and producers we’ve had on and hear some of their top studio tips, writing processes and all-round philosophies towards creating a record. 

 

You’ll hear highlights from: 

Bicep

Idles with Nick Launay and Adam Greenspan

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Paul Weller with Stan Kybert and Charles Rees

Adam Buxton

Fontaines DC and Dan Carey

Slowthai with Kwes Darko

SG Lewis

 

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Bicep - ‘Isles’

IDLES - ‘Ultra Mono’

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

Paul Weller - ‘On Sunset’

Fontaines D.C. - ‘Dogrel’ & ‘A Hero’s Death’

Slowthai - ‘TYRON’

S.G. Lewis - ‘Times’ 

 

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'Isles' - Ninja Tune 

'Ultra Mono' - Partisan Records

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

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

Operations Limited

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

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

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

May 19, 2021
TN:69 SG Lewis
01:55:38

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

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

As well as treating us to unheard Chic versions and heaps of Nile Rodgers riffing, he reflects on learning to record his voice for the first time, along with the realisation that singing isn’t always about singing.

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

Tracks discussed: One More, Feed The Fire, Chemicals


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

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Apr 20, 2021
TN:68 slowthai & Kwes Darko
01:46:24

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

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

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

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

Tracks discussed: MAZZA, PLAY WITH FIRE, adhd

 

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

 

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Apr 13, 2021
TN:67 Fontaines D.C. & Dan Carey
01:24:33

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Apr 05, 2021
TN:66 Adam Buxton
02:02:54

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Mar 18, 2021
TN:65 Paul Weller, Stan Kybert & Charles Rees
01:19:27

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

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

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

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

Tracks discussed:  Mirrorball, More, On Sunset

 

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

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Mar 09, 2021
TN:64 King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
01:30:30

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

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

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

Listen to find out how the band switch from being ‘gentle fellas’ to ‘heavy monsters’, what they did when they didn’t have a bass that could play low enough and why the flute has ended up on so many of their tracks.

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

 

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

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Mar 02, 2021
TN:63 IDLES, Nick Launay & Adam Greenspan
02:14:01

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

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

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

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

 

Tracks discussed: War, The Lover, A Hymn

 

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'Ultra Mono' - Partisan Records

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Feb 23, 2021
TN:62 Bicep
01:51:34

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

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

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

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

Tracks discussed: Atlas, Apricots, Saku, Lido

 

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Feb 15, 2021
Best of Season 6
01:05:10

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

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

 

You'll hear highlights from:

Paul Epworth

Disclosure

Biffy Clyro and Rich Costey

Georgia and Mark Ralph

Jacob Collier

Nova Twins and Jim Abbiss

Nothing But Thieves

Sports Team and Burke Reid

Glass Animals

Haim with Ariel Rechtshaid and Rostam Batmanglij

Lianne La Havas with Beni Giles and Sam Crowe

 

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Feb 11, 2021
TN:61 Lianne La Havas, Sam Crowe & Beni Giles
01:42:26

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

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

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

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

Tracks discussed:  Bittersweet, Green Papaya, Seven Times

 

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'Lianne La Havas' - Warner Records UK

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Dec 16, 2020
TN:60 Haim, Ariel Rechtshaid & Rostam Batmanglij
01:53:25

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

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

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

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

Tracks discussed:  Gasoline, 3am, The Steps

 

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

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Dec 09, 2020
TN:59 Glass Animals
01:48:03

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Dec 03, 2020
TN:58 Nothing But Thieves
01:50:13

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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'Moral Panic' - Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

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Nov 25, 2020
TN:57 Nova Twins & Jim Abbiss
01:30:35

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

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

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

Tracks discussed:  Vortex, Taxi, Play Fair

 

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

 

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Nov 18, 2020
TN:56 Jacob Collier
01:42:31

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Nov 11, 2020
TN:55 Biffy Clyro & Rich Costey
01:52:22

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

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

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

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

 

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


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Nov 04, 2020
TN:54 Disclosure
01:51:47

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

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

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

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

 

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Oct 28, 2020
TN:53 Paul Epworth
01:24:05

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

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

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

 

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

 

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'Voyager' - Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

 

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Oct 21, 2020
Best of Season 5
57:31

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

 

You'll hear highlights from:

Foals

Caribou

Jack Garrett

Tom Misch & Adam Jaffrey

Ghostpoet

Rina Sawayama & Clarence Clarity

Badly Drawn Boy & Gethin Pearson

Grouplove & Dave Sitek

Enter Shikari

EOB & Flood

 

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Oct 13, 2020
TN:52 Sports Team & Burke Reid (Mercury Prize Nominated)
01:36:57

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

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

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

 

Tracks discussed: Kutcher, Here It Comes Again, Fishing 

 

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

 

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Sep 22, 2020
TN:51 Georgia & Mark Ralph (Mercury Prize Nominated)
01:19:53

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

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

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

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

Tracks discussed: Started Out, About Work The Dancefloor 


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Sep 22, 2020
TN:50 EOB & Flood
02:04:48

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

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

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

Tracks discussed: Brasil, Olympik, Long Time Coming 


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

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Aug 26, 2020
TN:49 Enter Shikari
01:35:55

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Aug 19, 2020
TN:48 Grouplove & Dave Sitek
01:28:08

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

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

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

 

Tracks discussed: Deleter, Expectations, Places 

 

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

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Aug 12, 2020
TN:47 Badly Drawn Boy & Gethin Pearson
01:57:23

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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Aug 06, 2020
TN:46 Rina Sawayama & Clarence Clarity
01:49:14

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tracks discussed: Dynasty, Love Me 4 Me, Snakeskin

 

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Jul 29, 2020
TN:45 Ghostpoet
01:30:09

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

 

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Jul 22, 2020
TN:44 Tom Misch & Adam Jaffrey
01:13:18

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

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

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

 

Tracks discussed: Last 100. The Reel, Nightrider.  

 

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

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Jul 14, 2020
TN:43 Jack Garratt
01:39:47

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

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

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

 

Tracks discussed: Time, Anyone, Only The Bravest 

 

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

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Jul 07, 2020
TN:42 Caribou
01:55:07

In this episode John links up with Caribou a.k.a. Dan Snaith, to breakdown how Suddenly -  his first release in five years - was written, recorded and produced. 

Diving deep into his hard drive Dan treats us to a plethora of demo versions, track breakdowns and even plays us a few nuggets live. We get to hear the philosophy and stories behind creating his most personal album yet and discover how he reduced a monumental 900 ideas down to a single record. 

Listen to hear the results of when Dan was let loose in Floating Points' Studio, how leaving his internet browser open while recording provided a moment of compositional serendipity, and why the title of this podcast could well have been 'Things I learned from Timberland'. 

 

Songs Discussed: Magpie, Like I Love You, Sister 

 

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Jul 01, 2020
TN:41 Foals
01:24:22

Kicking off a brand new season, John is joined by Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis to talk about how the band’s mammoth two-part project Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost was written, recorded and produced. 

As their first self-produced albums, Yannis gives us a fascinating insight into their biggest project yet, breaking down his writing process from the loops and drones he crafted at home to the final versions of lyrics written almost entirely at the pub.  

Listen to find out how some NS10 cones were hacked to create a makeshift microphone, what Yannis projects on to the wall when recording vocals, and how the band managed to tie songs together with trips to Paris and cycling adventures in Annecy. 

 

Tracks Discussed: Syrups, Exits & Neptune  

 

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'Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Parts 1 & 2' - Foals, Warner Music UK Limited

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Jun 24, 2020
Best of Season 4
40:24

In this episode we take a look back at some of the best bits from season 4. If you haven't heard every episode from the last season, this is a good way to introduce yourself to some of the artists and producers we've had on, hearing their stories, tips and general philosophy on writing and recording. Have a listen, you never know what you might learn!

 

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Mura Masa

Friendly Fires & Mark Ralph

These New Puritans

Elbow

Ezra Collective

Mystery Jets

DJ Shadow

 

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Jun 18, 2020
TN:40 DJ Shadow
01:34:22

In this episode, John ventures over to Wendy House Studios to catch up with hip-hip royalty Josh Davis AKA DJ Shadow, to talk through how he recorded and produced his latest album ‘Our Pathetic Age’ and his chart-topping album ‘The Mountain Will Fall’.   

Josh gives us a full insight in to his largest most diverse project yet, breaking down his writing process from the moment he randomly dips in to his vast record collection for inspiration, to discovering unlikely source material such as an abandoned record collection rescued from a friend of his father's. We get to hear the original samples that form the basis of some of his biggest hits as well as the raw vocal stems of Nas and Pharoahe Monch rapping at each other from different studios.   

Listen to find out about Josh’s meticulous sample editing process, what mixing mistake meant he had to sneakily rerelease a track, and why he had to gatecrash a Run the Jewels gig. 

Tracks discussed: Nobody Speak, Rocket Fuel, Drone Warfare

 

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'Our Pathetic Age' and 'The Mountain Will Fall' - Mass Appeal/Reconstruction Productions, Inc.

 

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Mar 31, 2020
TN:39 Mystery Jets & Matt Twaites
01:51:26

In this episode John makes multiple trips to Brain Yard Studios to catch up with Mystery Jets frontman Blaine Harrison and producer Matt Twaites to talk about how they recorded and produced the album A Billion Heartbeats. 

Recorded in the room where the album was conceived, Blaine and Matt give us full access to the Mystery Jets creative process, from tales of protests, marches and relief work, to their quest not sound too much like the Backstreet Boys. We get to hear an array of demos and phone recordings including the sound of Matt’s unborn son’s heartbeat which was crafted into a drum loop. 

Listen to find out what how Blaine ended up in an Icelandic Spa with Bjork, what images he looks at to get the best vocal take and who he turns to when struggling with lyrics.  

Songs discussed: Screwdriver, Wrong Side of the Tracks, A Billion Heartbeats

 

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'A Billion Heartbeats' - Mystery Jets, Caroline International

 

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Mar 26, 2020
TN:38 Ezra Collective
01:40:38

This week John is joined by Ezra Collective’s Femi, TJ and James to talk about how they wrote and recorded their debut album You Can’t Steal My Joy. 

Hot off the heels winning 'Jazz Album of the Year' at the World Wide Awards, the boys reflect upon how the album took shape, from the early rehearsals in a dodgy studio in Croatia to spending two days on a boat recording the whole thing. The boys play us previously unheard demos capturing the moments lightning struck, from a very rough voice memo to a more elaborate Garage Band creation knocked together on the top deck of a bus. 

Listen to find out how the band learns songs from street beat boxing, the challenge of writing an album for the ‘shuffle generation’, and which seat on the bus James sits in when writing on Garage Band. 

Tracks discussed: You Can't Steal My Joy, Quest For Coin, Why You Mad?

 

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'You Can't Steal My Joy' -  Enter The Jungle Records

 

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Mar 18, 2020
TN:37 Elbow
01:48:15

In this episode, John is joined by Guy Garvey and Craig Potter from Elbow, to talk about how ‘Giants of All Sizes’ was written and recorded. 

Craig and Guy look back at some of the sessions tracked over a two year period, reflecting on what was an emotionally challenging time for Guy and how this influenced the writing and mood of the record - something grittier and more contemplative than previous Elbow albums. We get to hear early demos and track break breakdowns, plus bags of wisdom from the big man. 

Listen to find out how the band channelled their feminine energy, how a monorail journey ended up as a drumbeat, and what happens if you drunkenly text Elvis Costello in the middle of the night. 

Songs: Seven Veils, Dexter and Sinister, On Deronda Road 

 

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'Giants of All Sizes' - Polydor Records

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Mar 11, 2020
TN:36 These New Puritans
01:25:26

In this episode John is joined by twin brothers Jack and George Barnett, AKA experimental art-rock music duo These New Puritans, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ‘Inside The Rose’. 

The boys look back on making music together in their attic as children and uncover some of the many sketches and demos versions created whilst recording the album. We get to hear the moment Jack woke from a dream with a fresh melody composed within his slumber in addition to their general philosophy on writing and recording as TNP. 

Listen to find out why jack had to avoid barking attack dogs whilst recording in Berlin, what Harmonic Re-synthesis is, and why some sessions were hospital inducing experiences. 

Tracks discussed: Infinity Vibraphones, Where the Trees are on Fire, A-R-P

 

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'Inside The Rose' - These New Puritans, Infectious Music Ltd., BMG 

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Mar 04, 2020
TN:35 Friendly Fires & Mark Ralph
01:43:00

In a city spanning episode, John catches up with Friendly Fires along with super star producer Mark Ralph (Tom Walker, Clean Bandit, Years & Years) at Iguana Studios and Mark’s Studio, Club Ralph, to talk about how they recorded and produced the album 'Inflorescent'

The boys explore everything from what survived in the demos recorded in Ed’s mum’s house, to how blending recording techniques with synths and drum machines helped them create their joyful blend of house and funk. 

Hear how tracking each individual drum and ‘talent boosting’ your own performances is never a bad thing, and how Rick Astley and Barry White left their mark the record. 

Tracks discussed: Love Like Waves, Can’t Wait Forever, Almost Midnight 

 

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'Inflorescent' - Friendly Fires, Polydor Records, Universal Music Operations Limited

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Feb 26, 2020
TN:34 Mura Masa
01:42:58

Returning for another season, John is joined by electronic music producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Alex Crossan A.K.A Mura Masa.

Catching up at Iguana Studios, Alex invites us behind the curtain and reveals how his latest album R.Y.C was recorded and produced. We get to hear intimate track breakdowns - including a brilliant dive into the early takes of the Slowthai collaboration ‘Deal Wiv It’ - plus copious amounts of philosophical musings on what it takes to write a Mura Masa track and music production in general.

Listen to find out why a Patrick Fitzgerald sample worked it’s way into ‘Deal Wiv It’, when you really know a track is finished, and why Alex’s girlfriend is a wise lady.

 

Tracks discussed: Deal Wiv It, Live Like We’re Dancing, Teenage Headache Dreams.

 

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'R.Y.C.' - Anchor Point Records, Polydor Records, Universal Music Operations Limited

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Feb 19, 2020
Best of Season 3
38:22

In this episode we take a look back at some of the best bits from season 3. If you haven't heard every episode from the last season, this is a good way to introduce yourself to some of the artists and producers we've had on, hearing their stories, tips and general philosophy on writing and recording. Have a listen, you never know what you might learn!

 

You'll hear highlights from:

Ibeyi & Richard Russel (Live from Miloco Studios)

Kate Tempest & Dan Carey

Nitin Sawhney

Floating Points

Tune-Yards

Jamie Lidell

Cold War Kids & Lars Stalfors

The Lumineers & Simone Felice

Easy Life & Rob Milton (Live at Latitude Festival)

 

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Feb 18, 2020
Bonus Episode - Easy Life & Rob Milton (live at Latitude)
48:58

Back in July we were invited to Latitude Festival to take part in their podcast stage. In this live recording, we caught up with Murray from Easy Life and Rob Milton to talk about how they write and record music together.

After a late entrance from Murray (waylaid somewhere on site!) the boys discuss their working relationship and what it takes to create an Easy Life tune.

We learn how the boys ended up working together from unlikely beginnings, why it’s crucial to ‘get it down’ when melodies are flowing, and why Murray maybe isn’t as good at the trumpet as he once thought.

Tracks Discussed: Pockets, Earth

 

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'Pockets' & 'Earth' - Easy Co Limited, Island Records, Universal Music Operations Limited

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Dec 19, 2019
TN:33 The Lumineers & Simone Felice
02:11:09

In this episode John ventures up to Spitfire Audio studios to catch up with Wes and Jeremiah from The Lumineers and producer Simone Felice to talk about how they recorded and produced the album III. 

The guys offer up an epic dissection of their music covering every aspect of the creative process. We’re treated to intimate phone recordings that captured the lightning strike moments when songs were born, copious demo versions detailing their subsequent honing and development, and track breakdowns of the finished songs. It’s a veritable masterclass in songwriting and music production. 

Listen to find out why the boys are ‘perfectionists for imperfection’, hear the moment Gloria was conceived when nature called during a bike ride in the mountains, and how sometimes the demo version is all you need. 

Tracks discussed: Gloria, Leader Of The Landslide, Salt And The Sea 

 

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'III' - The Lumineers, Decca Records, Universal Music Operations Limited

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Dec 11, 2019
TN:32 Cold War Kids & Lars Stalfors
01:05:25

In this episode John straddles the pond and catches up with Nathan from Cold War Kids and producer Lars Stalfors to talk about how the album New Age Norms 1 was recorded and produced. 

Speaking from a studio in North Hollywood the pair discuss how the album was brought to life shining a light on their writing process and revealing the craft and philosophy behind a Cold War Kids track. 

Listen to find out why Nathan can only play something once when recording, how an accident with Pro Tools inspired the intro to Dirt In My Eyes, and what helps Lars sleep at night. 

Tracks Discussed: Complainer, Dirt In My Eyes, Beyond The Pale 

 

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'New Age Norms 1' - CWKTWO Corp. u AWAL Recordings

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Dec 04, 2019
TN:31 Jamie Lidell
01:37:08

In this episode John links up with producer/musician & podcaster Jamie Lidell in his Nashville studio to talk about how he records and produces his music. 

Dusting off his old G4 mac, Jamie delves into the archives and revisits some classics from the albums Multiply and Jim in addition to some of his more recent work. We get to hear fascinating track breakdowns revealing the techniques and methods he uses when writing and recording. 

Listen to hear why Jamie’s music is influenced heavily by working with his friends, how the falling of the Berlin wall landed him a special microphone, and how Another Day transformed from a whiskey fuelled experiment to a sunny upbeat toe-tapper, all thanks to some late night carrot chopping. 

Tracks discussed: Multiply, Another Day, When I come Back Around, A Rose. 

 

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'Multiply' & 'Jim' - Warp Records

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Nov 27, 2019
TN:30 Tune-Yards
01:41:00

In this episode John links up with Merrill and Nate from Tune-Yards to talk about how they recorded and produced the soundtrack to Sorry To Bother You and also dive into a classic from the TY back-catalogue. 

Speaking from the other side of the pond Merrill and Nate dig into 3 tracks they scored for the Boots Riley directorial debut, exploring the methods and techniques they used whilst recording and discuss how this differs from their usual writing process. We also revisit the Tune-Yards favourite Gangsta, hearing of its humble beginnings in front of an audience in Germany to a full track breakdown. 

Listen to find out how Merrill makes her yodel loops, how Walkman’s and Telephone’s left their mark on Gangsta, and whether or not we find out what the band's undercover pseudonym is when they want to play anonymously. 

Tracks discussed: Gangsta, SIGNS (Detroit's Theme), Revealed, Steve Lift’s Party

 

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'WHOKILL' & 'Sorry To Bother You' - 4AD Ltd

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Nov 20, 2019
TN:29 Floating Points
01:17:03

In this episode John heads to EMS4 studios in Shoreditch to chat with Floating Points a.k.a Sam Shepherd, about how he recorded and produced his latest release, Crush. 

Talking from deep within Sam’s musical laboratory, we peer behind the curtain and find out how Floating Points music is created and crafted, pulling apart some of the tracks from his second album along the way. We get to hear how live performance and classical music are a serious influence in his writing process in addition to experimenting with the impressive number of synths he’s collected over the years. Geekery is in abundance in this episode. 

Listen to find out why space was scant in Sam’s student bedroom, who sick Anna actually is and why sometimes all you need is a Yamaha Reface CS in your backpack. 

Tracks discussed: Last Bloom, Annasickmodualr, Bias.

 

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Nov 12, 2019
TN:28 Nitin Sawhney
01:32:48

In this episode John heads to the Dairy studios to talk with composer/musician/producer Nitin Sawhney about how he recorded and produced the album Beyond Skin. 

In celebration of 20 years since its release, Nitin dusts off the original Logic 4 sessions and gives a fascinating account of how this classic album, most of which was recorded in his bedroom in Tooting, was brought to life. 

We not only get to hear some of the tracks broken down in detail but are also treated to live demonstrations of some of the traditional Indian compositional techniques used throughout the album. 

Listen to find out why an sm58 is pretty much all you need to record an album, how those mind boggling vocals in The Conference were created, and why Nitin’s guitar is his favourite piece of kit. 

Tracks discussed: Homelands, Serpents, Immigrant, Letting Go, The Conference

 

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'Beyond Skin' - Outcaste Records Ltd

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Nov 06, 2019
TN:27 Kate Tempest & Dan Carey
01:55:52

In this episode John returns to Mr. Dan’s studio in Streatham to talk with Kate Tempest and Dan Carey. 

Looking back over a track from each album they’ve recorded together, Kate & Dan detail the creative journey they’ve been on since first meeting, and shine a light on the methods and techniques they use collaborating in the studio. 

We hear how the duo embraced teaming up with legendary producer Rick Rubin, why having a hangover isn’t necessarily a bad idea before a big day of recording, and why Dan is the ultimate sonic evil genius. 

Tracks discussed: Marshall Law, We Die, I Trap You


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Oct 30, 2019
TN:26 Ibeyi & Richard Russell
01:36:55

In this special live addition of Tape Notes, John is joined by Naomi & Lisa-Kaindé of Ibeyi and XL Recordings head honcho/producer Richard Russell, to talk about how they craft their music together in the studio. 

In celebration of National Album Day and recorded in The Pool room at Miloco Studios, the trio wax lyrical about their experiences working together and take a deep dive into the methods and techniques used in recording & producing the albums Ibeyi & Ash. 

Listen to find out why there's more to using a broken glass samples than meets the eye, that sampling Michelle Obama is a big deal, and why you should never leave the room when you're making a beat with Naomi & Richard. 

Tracks discussed: Oya, Transmission/Michaelion, No Man is Big Enough for My Arms 

 

Big thanks to AIM, National Album Day, and Miloco Studios for teaming up with us and making this happen. 

 

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'Ibeyi' and 'Ash' -  XL Recordings Ltd

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Oct 15, 2019
TN:25 Marika Hackman & David Wrench
01:34:13

In this episode John catches up with Marika Hackman and producer David Wrench to chat about how they recorded and produced Marika's 3rd album 'Any Human Friend'. 

Talking from David's new studio in London Fields, the pair look back over their experience working together for the first time and shine a light on the production techniques and methods they used in the making of the record. 

Listen to find out how an old land lady of Marika's was the victim some unintentional verbal abuse, hear a phone demo of Send My Love that offers a true glimpse of the creative process in full swing, and find out what life changing piece of advice John Savage gave David. 

Tracks discussed: The One, Send My Love, Hold On, Conventional Ride 

 

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Aug 14, 2019
TN:24 Editors & Leo Abrahams
01:27:08

In this episode we are joined by Justin and Elliot from Editors and producer Leo Abrahams to talk about how they recorded and produced the album 'Violence'. 

The guys shine a light on some of the working methods they used in the making of the album, treating us to the early home demos that band writer Tom created ahead of tracking in the studio. 

Listen to find out what an Ed 'weasel' is and why many were brutally culled by Leo, why Tom is the easiest vocalist in the world to record, and why Justin's guitar solos are more 'Top Gun' than they are 'Joey Santiago'. 

Tracks discussed: Violence, Darkness at the Door, Nothingness

 

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Jul 31, 2019
TN:23 Bombay Bicycle Club & Jim Abbiss
01:39:41

In this episode John is joined by Jack & Suren from Bombay Bicycle Club and producer legend Jim Abbiss to talk about how they recorded and produced 'I Had The Blues But Shook Them Loose'. 

Celebrating 10 years since its release, Jim and the boys reminisce over their experiences working together on this iconic debut and how their relationship and approach to recording and music production evolved from the early days as wide-eyed teens to the later, more experienced sessions. 

We get to hear the impressive bedroom demos Jack crafted as a music obsessed 15 year old plus fascinating breakdowns from some of the tracks from the album. 

Listen to find out why 'Dust On The Ground' didn't end up as an 8 minute instrumental, how using a fan can create some pretty unique guitar sounds and hear a brilliant break down of 'Always Like This'. 

Tracks discussed: Cancel On Me, Dust On The Ground, Always Like This 

 

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'I Had The Blues But Shook Them Loose' - Mmm...Records, Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

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Jul 09, 2019
TN:22 Maverick Sabre & Charlie Perry
01:29:45

In this episode John is joined by Maverick Sabre and producer Charlie Perry to talk about how they recorded and produced Maverick's 3rd album 'When I Wake Up'. 

The boys break apart some of the tracks from the album recounting the journey these songs undertook from tracking in Maverick's living room to fleshing things out in the studio, divulging their approach to production and some writing along the way. 

Listen to find out why having neighbours for fans is conducive to recording at home, how an Armagnag fuelled drum performance on 'Preach' was cleaned up, and why Maverick likes to write with movies playing in the background. 

Tracks discussed: Preach, Slow Down, Her Grace 

 

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Jul 02, 2019
TN:21 Nick Mulvey & Dan Carey
01:20:59

In this episode John journeys to Mr Dan's Studio in Streatham to talk with Nick Mulvey and producer Dan Carey about how they recorded and produced Nick's Mercury nominated debut album 'First Mind'. 

The boys dive deep into the working processes and shared memories of the time they spent together in the musical playground that is Dan's home studio. 

Listen to find out how a collection of dirty cups worked their way into the rhythm section of 'Venus', what advice a dream incarnation of David Bowie had for Nick before recording 'Dancing for the Answers', and whether daily micro-dosing of psychedelics was a studio success. 

Tracks Discussed: Fever to the Form, Venus, Dancing For The Answers 

 

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'First Mind' - Fiction Records, Universal Music Operations Limited.

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Jun 18, 2019
TN:20 Little Dragon
01:23:18

In this episode John is joined by Erik and Yukimi from Little Dragon to talk about how they recorded and produced the album 'Ritual Union'. 

Chatting from the studio in Gothenburg where the album was recorded, the pair reflect on the techniques and approaches they used in the recording of their 3rd studio release. 

We hear how Little Man was transformed by The Smurfs playing drums, how the accidental recording of electricity cables from the Gothenburg tramline bolstered Crystalfilm and what the first thing to do is when you buy an old 80's synth and how they all left their mark on this electronic classic. 

Tracks discussed: Ritual Union, Little Man, Crystalfilm

 

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'Ritual Union' - Peacefrog Holdings Ltd

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May 28, 2019
TN:19 Wolf Alice & Justin Meldal-Johnsen
01:12:34

In this episode John is joined by Joel and Theo from Wolf Alice and legendary producer and bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, M83, Paramore) to dissect how their Mercury Prize winning album 'Visions of a Life' was recorded and produced. 

We hear how they rose to the challenge of a 7 minute piece in 3 movements (and why it's no longer called Massive A*** Bleach Attack). With demos of all the tracks to be heard it's a fascinating insight into the intense amount of thought this band put in to realising the final masterpiece. 

Tracks discussed: Visions of a life, Formidable Cool, St. Purple & Green 

 

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Mar 13, 2019
TN:18 The 1975
01:22:29

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) 

 

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'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships' - Dirty Hit, Polydor Records, Interscope Records.

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Mar 05, 2019
TN:17 Slaves & Jolyon Thomas
01:44:33

John is joined by Laurie & Isaac form Slaves and producer Jolyon Thomas to talk about how they recorded and produced the band's sophomore album 'Acts Of Fear And Love'. 

We get to hear some of the early demos where the original lyrics don't quite sound the way they should, how Laurie and Jolyon layered up the guitar instead of using distortion and why Isaac's simple drum setup is actually a lot harder to play than it looks. All the usual anecdotes and lots to be inspired by as Laurie and Isaac shed on light on the lessons they've learnt recording their third studio album. 

Tracks discussed: Photo Opportunity, Chokehold, The Lives They Wish They Had. 

 

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'Acts Of Fear And Love' - Virgin EMI Records, Universal Music Operations Limited

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Feb 27, 2019
TN:16 Alt-J & Charlie Andrew
01:38:28

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 boys 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

 

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Feb 19, 2019
TN:15 Metromony
01:08:15

In this episode John is joined by Joseph Mount from Metronomy at Iguana Studios to talk about how the album 'Nights Out' was recorded and produced. 

In celebration of 10 years since its release, Joe dusts off his old hard drive to reminisce over how he created the tracks on this underground classic. 

Hear how buying instruments at a carboot sale in Chiswick, being an asthmatic whilst trying to clap, and watching TV on the kitchen table with an acoustic guitar all left their mark on the record. 

Tracks discussed: On Dancefloors, Heartbreaker, A Thing For Me, Nights Outro

 

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'Nights Out' - Because Music

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Feb 13, 2019
TN:14 Frank Turner & Josh Block
01:10:24

John is back at Iguana Studios once again joined this time by artist Frank Turner, but there’s a twist! In an exciting first for Tape Notes this episode’s producer, Josh Block, is coming to us live from the other side of the Atlantic at his studio Niles City Sound in Fort Worth, Texas. 

We hear how Frank’s approach to his latest album led him to push beyond  the guitar based  arrangements of previous work. The journey takes us through many demos, one of which Frank confesses they all grew to vehemently dislike, but of course it still left it’s mark on the record.  

There are tips and tricks that are likened to ‘vocal and rhythm butter’ and Josh talks about how he made the move from artist, as a past member of the band White Denim, to producer and the foundation of Nile City Sound. 

Tracks discussed: Be More Kind, Brave Face, 21st Century Survival Blues

 

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Aug 30, 2018
TN:13 Jessie Ware & Dave Okumu
01:09:54

In this episode of Tape Notes, John takes a trip to Deptfrod to visit Jessie Ware and Dave Okumu in Dave’s newly built studio to talk about how they recorded and produced the album 'Devotion'. 

Jessie and Dave look back to the beginnings of their creative relationship and discuss the excitement and trepidation of working together for the first time. We hear demo versions made by Dave ahead their sessions and also dig deep into some of the arrangements and the production philosophy behind the making of Jessie’s debut album. 

Tracks discussed: Devotion, Swan Song, No To Love

 

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Jul 25, 2018
TN:12 Glass Animals
01:15:25

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

 

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Jun 19, 2018
TN:11 HONNE
01:07:56

John ventures up to Bow to chat with James Hatcher and Andy Clutterbuck from the band HONNE to find out how they produced and recorded the album ‘Love Me, Love Me Not’.

The boys discuss the changes in their approach to songwriting and production from their first album and go into fascinating detail picking apart three of the early releases from their latest record.

We hear how a studio cancellation lead to an unexpectedly fruitful session writing on their phones, what Metalica legend Kirk Hammett likes to listen to after surfing, and why you shouldn’t put your fingers through some letterboxes.

Tracks discussed: Day One, You & Me, Sometimes

 

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May 16, 2018
TN:10 Vök & Brett Cox
42:03

John joins the band Vök back stage at their headline show in London to talk about how they recorded and produced the album 'Figure' with producer Brett Cox. 

We hear how Brett and the band teamed up over the course of a sunny Icelandic summer to work their demos (complete with minion lyrics) into the finished article, helped along the way by the generosity of the band’s home town, Reykjavik. 

The search for a perfect middle 8, sampling studio light switches and type writers, plus the creation of ‘sax pads’ all play their part in the story of how Vök’s debut album Figure was brought to life. 

Tracks discussed: Hiding, Don't Let Me Go, Show Me

 

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Apr 27, 2018
TN:09 London Grammar & MyRiot
01:02:13

John journeys up to Rak Studios to meet with Dan Rothman from London Grammar and producer duo MyRiot and talk about their work together on the album ‘If You Wait’. 

We hear how the band adjusted from the self-produced recording environment, to working with producer stalwarts Tim Bran & Roy Kerr in the musical playground of State of the Ark Studios and then on to global success. 

Dan and the boys relive their favourite moments together in the studio and rediscover some of the production techniques used in the recording of London Grammar’s debut album. 

Tracks discussed: Wasting My Young Years, Strong, Nightcall

 

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Apr 09, 2018
TN:08 The Big Moon & Catherine Marks
01:07:05

John returns to Iguana Studios once more where he is joined by The Big Moon and producer Catherine Marks to talk about their work together on the album 'Love in the 4th Dimension'. 

The girls re-live some of their favourite moments in the studio with Catherine and dig into the production processes behind a few of their favourite tracks on the album. 

We hear how bringing inflatable pool toys to the studio, using stealth instruments and pretending to play oversized guitars all played a part in the recording of The Big Moon’s debut album. 

Tracks discussed: Cupid, Bonfire, The End

 

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Nov 29, 2017
TN:07 Jordan Rakei & Jim Macrae
56:50

Back at Iguana Studios once more, John is joined by Australian artist/producer Jordan Rakei and producer Jim Macrae to talk about their work together on the album 'Wallflower'. 

We hear how Jordan made the 10,000 mile journey from Brisbane to London to pursue a career in music and the stories behind how his sophomore album 'Wallflower' was created. 

The duo discuss Algorithmic chaos, re-recording drums in a local cafe and shed light on many of the production techniques they used during the recording of the album. 

Tracks discussed: May, Chemical Coincidence, Clues Blues

 

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Oct 03, 2017
TN:06 Francobollo & Charlie Andrew
59:44

In this episode John is joined by Square Leg Records boss/producer Charlie Andrew and the label’s first signing Francobollo to talk about the recording and production of the band's debut album, 'Long Live Life'. 

We hear how inviting fans into a sweaty studio was instrumental in capturing the band’s notorious live energy and why writing lyrics about your audience can be slightly awkward at times. 

Tracks discussed: Kinky Lola, Future Lover, Worried Times 

 

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Sep 18, 2017
TN:05 Lucy Rose & Tim Bidwell
01:00:02

John takes a trip to Clockwork Owl Studios in Brighton to talk with Lucy Rose and producer Tim Bidwell about their work together recording the album 'Something’s Changing'. 

We hear how Lucy relished being back in a home studio set-up, how singing between a pair of curtains is like being in a duvet and why miking up a piano and leaving it alone it is sometimes the best way forward. 

Tracks discussed: No Good At All, Love Song, Is This Called Home

 

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Aug 24, 2017
TN:04 Will Joseph Cook & Hugh Worskett
49:28

In this episode of Tape Notes John takes a trip to The Dairy Studios in Brixton to talk to Will Joseph Cook and his producer Hugh Worskett mid-way through recording the album 'Sweet Dreamer'. 

The duo discuss their working relationship in the studio and we discover how middle 8 love, early phone demos from English classroom E and Nile Rogers impersonation all played their part in the making of Will Joseph Cook’s debut album. 

Tracks discussed: Beach – I Wanna Make You Mine, Girls Like Me, Take Me Dancing

 

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Aug 09, 2017
TN:03 Sivu & Charlie Andrew
53:22

John Kennedy is back at Iguana Studios once more to talk to singer songwriter Sivu and producer Charlie Andrew about their collaboration on Sivu’s second album 'Sweet Sweet Silent'. 

From early production meetings in a pub function room, to slinging microphones up in trees by a river in Kent, we learn about the duo’s unique approach to recording and hear the early demos and session audio that documents the journey these songs undertook whilst in the studio. 

Tracks discussed: Childhood House, Drastic Change, Sweet Sweet Silent 

 

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Jul 19, 2017
TN:02 Django Django & Neil Comber
38:30

John Kennedy is joined by Dave Maclean and Neil Comber who reveal the working methods they used in the making of Django Django’s sophomore album 'Born Under Saturn'.

We hear how Dave coped with the transition from the bedroom production of their first album to a residential stint at Angelic studios and how having Neil onboard as producer helped the band develop their sound in this more hi-tech environment. 

From wet hand claps to piano mutilation, Dave & Neil uncover the secrets behind the album Born Under Saturn and shine a light on how the world of Django Django is crafted and created. 

Tracks discussed: Shake and tremble, High Moon, First Light

 

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Jul 05, 2017
TN:01 Rosie Lowe & Dave Okumu
51:58

Rosie Lowe and her producer Dave Okumu join John Kennedy at Iguana Studios to discuss what went on behind the scenes in the making of her highly acclaimed debut album 'Control'. 

We hear the demos that paved the way and how doing the dishes, wetsuits for pianos and Devon rain all contributed to the making of this album. Rosie shares her experience of handing one’s ideas over to another and the trust that allowed her to relinquish control. And Dave gives a us fascinating glimpse of the creative flow that shaped his input to the album and defines his approach to production. 

Tracks discussed: Me & Your Ghost, Nicole, Control

 

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