EPISODE ELEVEN – DAVE BASCOMBE

Chris has an in-depth chat with mixer, engineer and producer Dave Bascombe, about his years in the recording industry, including his unique take on how one of the most successful albums of the 1980s came together, Songs From The Big Chair by Tears For Fears, which he engineered, and also its successor, The Seeds Of […]

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EPISODE TEN – DOUGLAS DARE

Those who know Douglas Dare will already love his haunting, catchy and thought-provoking piano-led electronica. Those who don’t: you’re missing out on one of the best songwriters at work today. Tim chats to his old touring companion about new album Milk Teeth, the power of a “simple” melody, rude words on tea mugs and the […]

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EPISODE NINE – TIM PALMER

For this episode, Chris and Tim sat down with a proper rock legend: Tim Palmer. Producer of albums for acts as fearsome as Ozzy Osbourne, HIM, Robert Plant, The Mission and Tin Machine, but also as subtle and catchy as Texas, Tears For Fears and The Psychedelic Furs, Tim has done it all: from engineering […]

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EPISODE EIGHT – MAXÏMO PARK

“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. You can also hear this podcast on APPLE SPOTIFY […]

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EPISODE SEVEN – STEPHEN STREET

“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. […]

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EPISODE SIX – DAVE ERINGA

“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 […]

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EPISODE FIVE – SOPHIE HUNGER

“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 […]

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EPISODE FOUR – GIL NORTON

“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 […]

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EPISODE THREE – THIS IS THE KIT

“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 […]

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EPISODE TWO – FLOOD

“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 – […]

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