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Tape Notes

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:33 The Lumineers & Simone Felice

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  LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'III' here.'III' - The Lumineers, Decca Records, Universal Music Operations LimitedIntro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONSSchoeps Shotgun MicSoundtoys Little PlateProTools OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear KEEP UP TO DATEFor behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: Instagram: @tapenotes Twitter: @tapenotes Facebook: @tapenotespodcastYouTube: Tape Notes PodcastDiscord: Tape NotesTo let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) Donate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

2hr 13mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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TN:34 Mura Masa

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. LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'R.Y.C.' here.'R.Y.C.' - Anchor Point Records, Polydor Records, Universal Music Operations LimitedIntro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONSSoundtoys Little PlateGoodhertz Wow ControlSequential ProphetKorg MS-20Kemper Profiler RackLine 6 PedalsSoyuz 017 Tube MicrophoneRhodesAbleton OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions): Donate Follow us on Social Media to keep up to date with the latest episodes and submit questions:InstagramFacebookTwitter Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 45mins

19 Feb 2020

Rank #2

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TN:32 Cold War Kids & Lars Stalfors

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  LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'New Age Norms 1' here.'New Age Norms 1' - CWKTWO Corp. u AWAL RecordingsIntro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONSProTools X-Form PluginAmpeg FliptopAmpeg B-15 AmpEarthquaker DispatchFarfisaFender Vintage Super Reverb Line 6 PedalsMellotronMoog Sub-37Minimoog VoyagerNative Instruments Guitar RigNord KeyboardsShure SM57Silvertone GuitarVox AmpsWaves SSL Compressor Yamaha CP-80 OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear KEEP UP TO DATEFor behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: Instagram: @tapenotes Twitter: @tapenotes Facebook: @tapenotespodcastYouTube: Tape Notes PodcastDiscord: Tape NotesTo let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) Donate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 8mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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TN:31 Jamie Lidell

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.  LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'Multiply' here.Listen to 'Jim' here.Listen to 'Building a Beginning' here.'Multiply' & 'Jim' - Warp Records'Building A Beginning' - Jamie Lidderdale Records Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONSMax MSPCubaseLogic ProAkai MPC SamplerAKG D12Audio Ease AltiverbAudio-Technica MicsFarfisa Marshall Time ModulatorNeumann M269Roland Jupiter 6Boss Delay PedalRME Telefunken V72 PreampTelefunken M15 Tape Machine UAD Capitol Chambers Plugin OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear KEEP UP TO DATEFor behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: Instagram: @tapenotes Twitter: @tapenotes Facebook: @tapenotespodcastYouTube: Tape Notes PodcastDiscord: Tape NotesTo let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) Donate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 39mins

27 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Best of Season 3

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 CareyNitin SawhneyFloating PointsTune-YardsJamie LidellCold War Kids & Lars StalforsThe Lumineers & Simone FeliceEasy Life & Rob Milton (Live at Latitude Festival) LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions): Donate Follow us on Social Media to keep up to date with the latest episodes and submit questions:InstagramFacebookTwitter Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

41mins

18 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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

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 LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'Pockets' here.Listen to 'Earth' here.'Pockets' & 'Earth' - Easy Co Limited, Island Records, Universal Music Operations LimitedIntro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective GEAR MENTIONSNord KeyboardsShure SM7BLogic Pro OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear KEEP UP TO DATEFor behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: Instagram: @tapenotes Twitter: @tapenotes Facebook: @tapenotespodcastYouTube: Tape Notes PodcastDiscord: Tape NotesTo let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) Donate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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TN:50 EOB & Flood

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 LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'Earth' here.'Earth' - Capitol Records, Over Normal Limited, under exclusive license for UMG Recordings, Inc.Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONSAkai MPC Looper ARPElectro-Harmonix Memory ManElektron MachineEventide H3000Gibson Les PaulSoft Tube OTO BiscuitRoland System 700Roland Juno 60Boss RC-1 Looping PedalShure SM58OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions): DonateFollow us on Social Media to keep up to date with the latest episodes and submit questions:InstagramFacebookTwitter Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

2hr 7mins

26 Aug 2020

Rank #7

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TN:40 DJ Shadow

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 LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'Our Pathetic Age' here.Listen to 'The Mountain Will Fall' here.'Our Pathetic Age' and 'The Mountain Will Fall' - Mass Appeal/Reconstruction Productions, Inc. Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONSAkai MPC SamplerPioneer PLX 1000Sonos SpeakerTechnics SL-1200Technics SL-1210ProToolsAbleton OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions): Donate Follow us on Social Media to keep up to date with the latest episodes and submit questions:InstagramFacebookTwitter Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 37mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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TN:39 Mystery Jets & Matt Twaites

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 LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'A Billion Heartbeats' here.'A Billion Heartbeats' - Mystery Jets, Caroline International Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONSAKG C414 Digitech Space StationFender AmpsGamechanger Audio Plasma Distortion PedalMarshall AmpsMellotronMoogRoland Juno 106Boss RC-300 Loop StationSelmer AmpsSequential Pro One Sequential OB6Shure SM57Zoom RecordersLogic Pro OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions): Donate Follow us on Social Media to keep up to date with the latest episodes and submit questions:InstagramFacebookTwitter Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 54mins

26 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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TN:38 Ezra Collective

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? LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'You Can't Steal My Joy' here.'You Can't Steal My Joy' - Enter The Jungle Records Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONSGaragebandLogic Pro OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions): Donate Follow us on Social Media to keep up to date with the latest episodes and submit questions:InstagramFacebookTwitter Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 43mins

18 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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TN:37 Elbow

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  LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'Giants of All Sizes' here.'Giants of All Sizes' - Polydor RecordsIntro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONS Pig Nose GuitarAudio Ease AltiverbColes 4038 Ribbon MicEbowMoog ThereminNeumann U87RME Babyface ProYamaha 4TRK Recorder OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions): Donate Follow us on Social Media to keep up to date with the latest episodes and submit questions:InstagramFacebookTwitter Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 51mins

11 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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TN:36 These New Puritans

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 LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'Inside The Rose' here.'Inside The Rose' - These New Puritans, Infectious Music Ltd., BMG Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONSSibeliusLogic ProRhodesShure Mics OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear KEEP UP TO DATEFor behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: Instagram: @tapenotes Twitter: @tapenotes Facebook: @tapenotespodcastYouTube: Tape Notes PodcastDiscord: Tape NotesTo let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) Donate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 28mins

4 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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TN:35 Friendly Fires & Mark Ralph

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  LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'Inflorescent' here.'Inflorescent' - Friendly Fires, Polydor Records, Universal Music Operations LimitedIntro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONS ARP OdysseyARP 2600CodeKnobs Prophet Editor SoftwareColes 4038 Ribbon MicElectro-Voice RE20Kemper Profiler RackKorg MS-20Moog Model DOberheim DMX Drum MachinePeavey T-40 BassRob Papen Sub Boom Bass PluginRoland JD-800Roland TR-808Roland TR-09 Roland TR-909Roland SH-101Roland Juno 60Scaler PluginSequential Prophet 6Sequential Prophet 5Sennheiser MD-421Sherman Rodec Restyler FilterSimmons Drum MachineSpectrasonics OmnisphereSSLXfer CthulhuLogic Pro OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions): Donate Follow us on Social Media to keep up to date with the latest episodes and submit questions:InstagramFacebookTwitter Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 45mins

26 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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TN:30 Tune-Yards

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 LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'WHOKILL' here. Listen to 'Sorry To Bother You' here.'WHOKILL' & 'Sorry To Bother You' - 4AD LtdIntro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONSProToolsCubaseBlue Baby Bottle MicEmpirical Labs DistressorFender P BassLexicon PCM 41 DelayRoland TR-808Roland SPD Sample PadRoland SP-404 SamplerBoss RC-1 Looping PedalSequential Prophet 6Sony WalkmanSoundtoys DecapitatorTech 21 SansAmp Valhalla VintageVerb OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear KEEP UP TO DATEFor behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: Instagram: @tapenotes Twitter: @tapenotes Facebook: @tapenotespodcastYouTube: Tape Notes PodcastDiscord: Tape NotesTo let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) Donate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 43mins

20 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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TN:29 Floating Points

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. LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'Crush' here.'Crush' - Pluto Records, Ninja Tune.Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONSLogic ProAbletonSibeliusAkai S950 SamplerAPI Desk ARP 2600ARP Rhodes ChromaBuchla SynthKorg Volca Beats Marshall Time ModulatorMAM ADX1Dunlop MXR FlangerNeve Preamps Publison Infernal Machine Multi-Effects ProcessorRoland EV-5 Expression Pedal Yamaha CS-70Yamaha Reface CS OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear KEEP UP TO DATEFor behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: Instagram: @tapenotes Twitter: @tapenotes Facebook: @tapenotespodcastYouTube: Tape Notes PodcastDiscord: Tape NotesTo let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) Donate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 20mins

12 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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TN:28 Nitin Sawhney

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 LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'Beyond Skin' here.'Beyond Skin' - Outcaste Records LtdIntro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONSLogic ProStaff Pad AppAkai MPC SamplerFostex DMT8 Recorder GEM S2 KeyboardShure SM58Yamaha Pro-Mix 01 Yamaha AN1X Synth OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear KEEP UP TO DATEFor behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: Instagram: @tapenotes Twitter: @tapenotes Facebook: @tapenotespodcastYouTube: Tape Notes PodcastDiscord: Tape NotesTo let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) Donate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 35mins

6 Nov 2019

Rank #16

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TN:27 Kate Tempest & Dan Carey

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 YouLINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'The Book of Traps and Lessons' here.'The Book of Traps and Lessons' - Republic Records, American Recordings, UMG Recordings, Inc.Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONSBrauner VM1Buchla Music Easel Swarmatron Metasonix Drum MachineNeumann U47Neumann U67Neumann U87Roland CR-8000Sequential Prophet 6Shure SM7BTelefunken MicLogicAbleton OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear KEEP UP TO DATEFor behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: Instagram: @tapenotes Twitter: @tapenotes Facebook: @tapenotespodcastYouTube: Tape Notes PodcastDiscord: Tape NotesTo let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) Donate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 58mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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TN:26 Ibeyi & Richard Russell

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.  LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'Ibeyi' here.Listen to 'Ash' here.'Ibeyi' and 'Ash' - XL Recordings LtdIntro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONSMelodyneKorg MS-20Roland TR-808Sequential Prophet OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear KEEP UP TO DATEFor behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: Instagram: @tapenotes Twitter: @tapenotes Facebook: @tapenotespodcastYouTube: Tape Notes PodcastDiscord: Tape NotesTo let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) Donate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 39mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #18

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TN:25 Marika Hackman & David Wrench

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  LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'Any Human Friend' here.'Any Human Friend' - AMF Records, Virgin EMI Records, Universal Music Operations LimitedIntro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONSApogee Duet InterfaceRhodesFender MustangFender Telecaster Fender JaguarGretsch GuitarsHammond OrganMellotronMoog Theremin Mu-Tron Bi-PhaseNeumann TLM 103Roland Juno 60 Roland Space EchoRoland CR-78 Drum MachineLogic OUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear KEEP UP TO DATEFor behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: Instagram: @tapenotes Twitter: @tapenotes Facebook: @tapenotespodcastYouTube: Tape Notes PodcastDiscord: Tape NotesTo let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) Donate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 37mins

14 Aug 2019

Rank #19

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TN:24 Editors & Leo Abrahams

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 LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES https://linktr.ee/tapenotes Listen to 'Violence' here.'Violence' - Play It Again Sam Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  GEAR MENTIONS Aelita SynthArturia MiniBruteEventideIzotope Stutter EditKorg MS-20Max for Live GranulatorMoogNeumann U87 Pioneer CDJ-900NXSRoland RS-505 ParaphonicRoland Juno 106 Spitfire Enigma LibraryUniversal Audio Interfaces4MS Duo Distorter PedalAbletonProToolsOUR GEARhttps://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear KEEP UP TO DATEFor behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: Instagram: @tapenotes Twitter: @tapenotes Facebook: @tapenotespodcastYouTube: Tape Notes PodcastDiscord: Tape NotesTo let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk HELP SUPPORT THE SHOWIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) Donate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 30mins

31 Jul 2019

Rank #20