This week is with my good friend, self confessed media prostitute, Rowland Jones. Originally from Swansea, he emigrated to Italy for a decade, where he began to front blues bands. These days he is busy on the Manchester music scene, and so we sat down to go over his colourful background, chat about his journey as a musician and get slightly philosophical.

 

featured track - Never Been to Memphis

Today's episode features the delightful Josh Poole, he composes and arranges for various instrumental ensembles, from symphony orchestra, to brass bands. While primarily a saxophonist, recently he has began to work more as producer. We spoke about the need to find a creative outlet, his time studying music at Oxford, and some rhythm section horn section beefs.

Featured track: Everything in its Right Place - JP Serious

This week's episode features Jason Badiozzaman, working for neuron pro audio and as a freelance front of house engineer, perhaps most notably for Henge. We spoke about touring, his role in a band, and some of the stresses and strains that go on behind the scenes of live performance.

Featured Track: Henge - In Praise of Water

We're branching out slightly further afield this week, speaking to my good friend Camille. He works as an acoustician, and studied in Salford circa 2011-5, we met by playing in a band together, (Edwin Mile's Trio) and I seized the opportunity of his recent visit to Manchester to quiz him about the world of acoustics.

This conversation was done at short notice, and we tried get an overview of a lot of the big topics within the world of acoustics (the ear, psychoacoustics, speaker systems, concert halls, bioacoustics etc). At best, I hoped this episode might make you pay closer attention to sound in the environments you find yourself in, day-to-day. At worst, I hope you can enjoy listening to two friends catching up, and geeking out over a mid-range bottle of wine.

 

Feautred track -  Improv 11/10/2015

Daniel Brew is a unique guitarist, existing in a variety of musical universes; experimental rock, contemporary or new music, and popular music. We spoke about his background, influences, and his journey to becoming the musician he is today.

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Distractfold Ensemble

Apes Grapes

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Mauricio Pauly - Sky Destroys Dog, electric guitar solo - feat. Daniel Brew

 

Apes Grapes - Blow Up, Zoom In!

 

 

I got together with Jonjo Williams mid-December, to talk about his life in music, as a producer. DJ, and performer. Producing as part of a duo, Alps 2 make detailed electronic music with a 'humanistic feel', reminiscent of early Board of Canada/Plaid. Outside of the studio, Jonjo DJs and plays in Maribou State as part of their live show.

In this episode, we spoke about being from the north east, music production, the evolution of a touring show, falling asleep on-stage, fake DJs, the lonliness of DJing, the cultures surrounding electronic music genres, measures of success, Glastonbury.

https://selbysoulrecords.bandcamp.com/album/arrons-here-ep

 

This week I sat down with the inimitable Pops Roberts. She is the brain child of the project lovescene; a new Manchester band with some of the finest mancunion musicians. We had a tangential chat about her life, occasionally she turned the tables. We spoke about her experience growing up on a Buddhist monastery, geeked out about ableton, and James bond scores, as you do.

featured track: To The Side

lovescene bandcamp

 Mirella Freni - Puccini: La Bohème - Sì. Mi Chiamano Mimì

 Junior Tucker - Take a Message

Amy Winehouse - My Bed (Bugz in the Attic Dub)

We're back! After a couple of months away, to kick things off, I'm joined by John Ellis, pianist, composer and producer. We sat down in the live room at Limefield, to discuss his work with Cinematic Orchestra and his solo compositions. We got tangential fairly quickly about spirituality, performing live, jazz harmony and rounded things off with a lovely chat about death.

This week's featured track is 'Jazzmaster'

https://www.johnellis.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/limefield.recordings/?ref=br_rs

https://johnellismusic.bandcamp.com/releases

This week’s chat marks the end of the first season…but fear not I shall return soon enough. And this particular episode features the inimitable musician Alan Keary. He produces, and plays ‘anything with an F-hole’ to a ridiculous standard and I’m proud to call him a dear friend. We geeked out a bit about ableton, discussed his musical upbringing and generally took the piss over a bottle of wine.

http://www.shunyamusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/mcspillytea/

This weeks featured track is an exclusive by Shunya called ‘Paper Child Suite’

Check out music mental health support forum MUSO https://www.talktomuso.com

 

we also chatted about; moving into a new space, all gear no idea, workshops, playing solo/with a band, real music, learning your first instrument, being an multi-instrumentalist, musical family/country, running original nights, alan's dad, learning production, van morrison, jeff beck, moving back to Ireland, keeping inspired, building a scene, creative environments.

This week I'm back with the incredible human Martin Connor. Singer and percussionist in a malestrom of mancunion bands over the years, we chatted about his new release 'Fractures', a deeply beautiful and personal song. please check out Martin's other musical projects via the links below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGP6vR9KBXQ Martin Connor - Fractures

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5Fo2u0x_3o The Bluntskins - When The Rain Goes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bknaXBIlsf4  - Bugalu Foundation - Rocksteady Bugalu

we also chatted about: how his current band came about, recording of the latest e.p, bugalu foundation, Mr. Caterpillar, Diggerland, being a dad, roland rashad kirk, spit valves, selling bodily fluids online, the beatles, uncle pants, DJing, Merge The Birds, playing percussion, happiness, now is perfect, untold orchestra, Beatles Abbey Road 50th anniversary 

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