EPISODES

EPISODE 8 – MAXÏMO PARK – February 2020

“You’ve got to believe in the power of a pop song.”

Tim speaks to Newcastle upon Tyne’s finest purveyors of compelling, caustic, romantic, rocking, passionate and peerless power-pop… Maxïmo Park… about their career so far and how – as Depeche Mode once sang – everything counts.

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Click here for a playlist of some of Maxïmo Park’s best tunes to date, plus some other songs we discuss.

Thanks to Alfie Hallam. Original GC logo by Dawn Kelly.

 

EPISODE 7 – STEPHEN STREET – January 2020

“It’s not about how you twiddle the knobs and plug things in, it’s how you relate to people.”

Stephen Street is one of those producers who seemingly can’t avoid making kickass albums with seminal bands. The Smiths, Blur, The Cranberries, Sleeper, Shed Seven, Kaiser Chiefs, Pete Doherty – the list stretches off into the distance. How has he done it? In this episode, we find out.

Here’s a link to a Spotify playlist of some of Stephen’s finest moments (plus a Skids track!)

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EPISODE 6 – DAVE ERINGA – January 2020

“There was me, clueless metalhead in a Kiss T-shirt, in amongst all these cool London people, and I think the Manics just recognised another outsider.”

For our first show of 2020, Chris speaks to Dave Eringa, a producer whose humour, vitality and passion has given him long associations with Idlewild, Roger Daltrey and – perhaps his most successful partnership – Manic Street Preachers. In one of our most entertaining episodes, Dave discusses how he got started, how he kept going, working with Kylie, and why it’s (occasionally) okay to do a freebie.

Here’s a Spotify playlist of some of Dave’s rock’n’roll gifts to the world.

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EPISODE 5 – SOPHIE HUNGER – December 2019

“This world that I built in music makes more sense to me – I will live here.”

Tim speaks to one of the most inventive singer-songwriters to emerge in the last couple of decades, Sophie Hunger. We discuss the paths Sophie has taken in her music-making life so far, touching upon language, travel, playing a role and the underrated advantages of hailing from Switzerland.

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Here’s a Spotify playlist of our favourite Sophie moments

Thanks to Ninja Tune Berlin for the venue and Sophie’s management and record label for the music permissions.

 

EPISODE 4 – GIL NORTON – November 2019

“The way someone like Dave Grohl plays the acoustic guitar… you get a sense of why that song exists.”

Gil Norton’s journey from minding the 8-track tape machine in Liverpool to producing global smash-hit albums for Foo Fighters and Counting Crows, not to mention classic records by the likes of Feeder, Throwing Muses, Terrorvision, Jimmy Eat World and Twin Atlantic, has been one of rock production’s most stellar success stories. Chris sat down with his friend and colleague to get to the bottom of what makes Gil such a sought-after producer, including his focus on pre-production, commitment to the power of the song, and the experience of making perhaps his most influential album, the Pixies’ Doolittle.

Here’s a link to a Spotify playlist of some of our favourite Gil-produced tracks

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Logo design by Dawn Kelly

Additional commentary by Bertie the dog

 

EPISODE 3 – THIS IS THE KIT – November 2019

“There should never be a barrier between making music and not making music.”

For the last ten or so years, the words This Is The Kit have meant the inspirational songwriting, rewarding albums and endlessly listenable vocals of Kate Stables. Together with bassist Rozi Plain, Kate sat down to talk to Tim in the summer of 2019, a few days after a great Glastonbury performance. They discussed gigging, recording, writing and the burning question of which other countries they might like to hail from, if not from the UK. Contains one very small swear word (entirely Tim’s fault).

Here’s a playlist of some great TITK tracks and a couple of Rozi’s too

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EPISODE 2 – FLOOD – November 2019

“U2 came out of nowhere. I thought someone was taking the piss.”

Flood has been a legend in the world of music producing for the best part of thirty years. Having presided over some of the alternative rock scene’s most dynamic and groundbreaking acts – Warpaint, Smashing Pumpkins, PJ Harvey, Soulwax, Nine Inch Nails – he sat down with Chris and Tim to talk about some of the pivotal moments in his illustrious career.

Here’s our Spotify playlist of some of Flood’s best work, plus some other songs we talked about.

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EPISODE 1 – FIELD MUSIC – October 2019

“If Paul and John can be in the same band, then me and you can be the same band” – Dave Brewis

This episode of Game Changing features a conversation between Tim and Sunderland-based band Field Music.

Brothers Peter and David Brewis have been trading under the name Field Music since 2005, when they released their debut, eponymous album for Memphis Industries. Since then they’ve released five full studio LPs, including 2012’s Plumb, which was nominated for a Mercury Prize. In 2018 the band were commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to make a sound and light show to commemorate some aspects of the end of the First World War; this project formed the basis of their upcoming 2020 album Making A New World.

Here’s our Field Music SPOTIFY playlist

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