Tape Notes
TN:34 Mura Masa

TN:34 Mura Masa

February 19, 2020

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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Best of Season 3

Best of Season 3

February 18, 2020

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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Bonus Episode - Easy Life & Rob Milton (live at Latitude)

Bonus Episode - Easy Life & Rob Milton (live at Latitude)

December 19, 2019

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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TN:33 The Lumineers & Simone Felice

TN:33 The Lumineers & Simone Felice

December 11, 2019

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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TN:32 Cold War Kids & Lars Stalfors

TN:32 Cold War Kids & Lars Stalfors

December 4, 2019

Cold War Kids Show Notes

 

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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TN:31 Jamie Lidell

TN:31 Jamie Lidell

November 27, 2019

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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TN:30 Tune-Yards

TN:30 Tune-Yards

November 20, 2019

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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TN:29 Floating Points

TN:29 Floating Points

November 12, 2019

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.

Gear discussed in epsiode:

S950 sampler, ARP 2600, API 1608, API vision, API 512c pre, STUDER A80 tape machine, ARP Rhodes Chroma, Yamaha CS70, Buchla, MAM ADX1 Drum Machine, Marshall time modulator, Yamaha Reface CS

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TN:28 Nitin Sawhney

TN:28 Nitin Sawhney

November 6, 2019

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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TN:27 Kate Tempest & Dan Carey

TN:27 Kate Tempest & Dan Carey

October 30, 2019

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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