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Making Conversation with Grant Brydon

Making Conversation with Grant Brydon is a podcast about music, creativity and careers, and is a series of in-depth conversations with a diverse range of artists and entrepreneurs.For this series I’ve sat down with a range of artists and creative professionals in order to learn about how their unique experiences and perspectives can help us in our own creative and business practices.

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Episode 14: Orion Sun

For this episode I spoke to singer, songwriter and producer Orion Sun. In the midst of this global pandemic, she has released her debut album ‘Hold Space For Me’, a vulnerable and emotive collection of songs that’s suited to soothing listeners in uncertain times. In conversation she’s as open and honest as in her music, and in our interview, recorded via Facetime from her home in Philadelphia, we discussed the theme of self-isolation that was already present in her work, her self-sufficient approach to making art, and how she’s worked on overcoming struggles with doubt. ---------- Orion Sun: @cloudgem @GrantBrydon hello@GrantBrydon.com ---------- Artwork by @smithsmithsmithsmith Music by @kiina_dd Polaroid by @khufunajee

46mins

13 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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Episode 10: Omar Apollo

For this episode I spoke to singer, guitarist and producer Omar Apollo.  A first-generation Mexican-American, Omar grew up in South Haven, Indiana and taught himself to play guitar and make beats on YouTube. He began to generate buzz online in 2017 with his soulful debut single ‘Ugotme’ which blew up on streaming services. And he followed up with two independently released EPs, ‘Stereo’ and ‘Friends’, in 2018 and 2019 consecutively.  I sat down with Omar the day of his sold out London show at Heaven in December, to discuss his journey so far. ---------- @OmarApollo @GrantBrydon hello@GrantBrydon.com ---------- Artwork by @smithsmithsmithsmith Music by @kiina_dd

44mins

7 Feb 2020

Rank #2

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Episode 09: dvsn

For this episode I spoke to R&B duo dvsn.  Comprised of singer Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85, the Toronto natives have released a pair of cult classic albums ‘SEPT. 5th’ and ‘Morning After’ via Drake’s OVO Sound. After touring relentlessly for the past few years, the release of their third album is finally drawing closer. We met up at their label’s London offices at the end of last year, while they were putting the finishing touches to the record, for a rare in-depth conversation.  Across 40 minutes they talk about their earliest experiences making music, how they first began working together, why they’ve taken their time in revealing more about dvsn over the years, and how they’ve had to learn to dedicate time for self care. ---------- @dvsn @workinonmykarma @nineteen85_ @GrantBrydon hello@GrantBrydon.com ---------- Artwork by @smithsmithsmithsmith Music by @kiina_dd

42mins

27 Jan 2020

Rank #3

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Episode 15: Dave Bayley

For this episode I spoke to singer, songwriter and producer Dave Bayley. Dave is the lead singer and producer of Glass Animals, who were in the middle of a US tour when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. They packed their stuff into a van, returned to London and have adapted quickly to the lockdown - keeping themselves and their fans entertained through a bunch of creative projects including a series of covers, film nights and an open source website that allows fans to use elements of Glass Animals work to spark their own creations. Recorded via Facetime from Dave’s studio, we talk about how creativity is helping him cope with the pandemic, his roots as a producer, and how collaboration has inspired him to be more personal with the band’s new material. ---------- @GlassAnimals @GrantBrydon hello@GrantBrydon.com ---------- Artwork by @smithsmithsmithsmith Music by @kiina_dd

59mins

21 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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Episode 11: Jadu Heart

For this episode I spoke to Diva Jeffery and Alex Headford of musician duo Jadu Heart. Last year they released their debut album 'Melt Away' and we sat down to discuss their unorthodox origin story, the expansive lo-fi mythology they’ve created around their music and how that evolves as they grow as artists. We also got into the anxiety that comes with writing and releasing music, and what ultimately drives them to overcome the pressure. ---------- @JaduHeart @GrantBrydon hello@GrantBrydon.com ---------- Artwork by @smithsmithsmithsmith Music by @kiina_dd

1hr 10mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #5

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Episode 12: BenjiFlow

For this episode I spoke to singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist BenjiFlow. The day before the release of his debut EP, ‘BENERGY’, we sat down to reflect on his story so far. The timeless sound that exists on tracks like ‘Deep End’ and ‘Can’t Lose’ is the product of a musical development that’s taken his entire life, from learning classical piano as a kid and playing almost every instrument at church, to recording grime tracks as a teenager and broadening his influences when he went to college. He discusses how these experiences have made their way into his music and live shows, how going against the grain is paying off and why making music is freedom. ---------- @BenjiFlow @GrantBrydon hello@GrantBrydon.com ---------- Artwork by @smithsmithsmithsmith Music by @kiina_dd

51mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #6

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Episode 08: Vicky Grout

For this episode I spoke to photographer Vicky Grout.  Vicky is known for her documentation of London’s music scene through portraits that capture her subjects relaxed and full of character. She’s shot a diverse range of artists from both sides of the Atlantic including Stormzy, Jorja Smith, Smino, Doja Cat, Amine, slowthai, Virgil Abloh and Joe Kay.  We discuss her career so far; from her first experiences taking photos to working with brands like Nike and shooting that infamous photo of Skepta during a party at Ace Hotel. She speaks on everything from being self-taught, to photo etiquette and why it’s been important for her not to be pigeonholed. ---------- @VickyGrout @GrantBrydon hello@GrantBrydon.com ---------- Artwork by @smithsmithsmithsmith Recorded at Keakie.co.uk Music by @kiina_dd

1hr 8mins

9 Jan 2020

Rank #7

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Episode 05: Oh Annie Oh

Welcome to Making Conversation with Grant Brydon, a podcast about music, creativity and careers. For this episode I spoke to DJ and promoter Oh Annie Oh. Annie was born in Korea, grew up in Toronto and moved to London for university with dreams of becoming a fashion designer. However she fell in love with the city’s club and music scenes and began working in the music industry while promoting and DJing on the side. Now a full time DJ she runs her NightDreams parties and has monthly shows at Rinse and Foundation FM. We spoke about the different approaches she takes to playing in clubs and on the radio, and how she’s had to constantly step out of her comfort zone in order to progress with her career. ---------- @OhAnnieOh @GrantBrydon hello@GrantBrydon.com ---------- Artwork by @smithsmithsmithsmith Recorded at Keakie.co.uk Intro/Outro music by @kiina_dd

1hr

3 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 04: Ciesay

Welcome to Making Conversation with Grant Brydon, a podcast about music, creativity and careers. For this episode I spoke to photographer and co-founder of PLACES+FACES, Ciesay. He took some time out of his busy schedule between throwing sold-out parties to preparing for the release of his latest clothing drop to share his journey so far, including growing up between Gambia and London, the importance of travel in his work, building the relationships that have allowed him candid access as a photographer and how he’s been able to make a successful business out of his lifestyle - and the things he’d likely be doing whether he was getting paid for it or not. ---------- @Ciesay / @placesplusfaces @GrantBrydon hello@GrantBrydon.com ---------- Artwork by @smithsmithsmithsmith Recorded at Keakie.co.uk Intro/Outro music by @kiina_dd

1hr 7mins

20 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 19: Deante' Hitchcock

For this episode I spoke to Atlanta rapper Deante’ Hitchcock. Deante’ has been making a name for himself over the past few years. Starting out with viral freestyles recorded in his car, he soon began attracting attention with projects like 2016’s Good and last year’s Just A Sample 2. He put in work to promote his music on the road, joining acts like Rapsody, 6LACK, JID, Wale and Jidenna on tour, and ended up with an invite to DreamVille’s legendary Revenge Of The Dreamers III sessions last year. Deante’ appears on ‘PTSD’ for which he received a Platinum plaque and a Grammy Nomination. Now he’s released his anticipated debut album BETTER via RCA Records and we caught up on FaceTime while he drove around Atlanta on Friday afternoon to talk about the album, how he’s coping with quarantine and his journey so far. ---------- @deantevh @GrantBrydon hello@GrantBrydon.com ---------- Artwork by @smithsmithsmithsmith Music by @kiina_dd Photography by Justin Dunningan

44mins

25 May 2020

Rank #10