The First Time With

Episodes

SeriesEpisodeTitleRepeatedComments
Damon Albarn20140302 (6M)
20190626 (6M)

Damon Albarn shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2014.

Recorded at his west London studio, Damon talks through his musical journey, including some of his greatest successes with Blur and Gorillaz, but also some of the more esoteric and little known aspects of his work, including his film soundtrack work with Michael Nyman. Damon also recalls and the impact Terry Hall and (perhaps more surprisingly) Nik Kershaw had on his life.

He remembers the way that his first trip to Africa in 2000, in the wake of Blur's split, re-invigorated his passion for music, his close friendship with Afrobeat drumming legend Tony Allen and his first solo album. The interview reveals a fascinating journey through the life of one of the most innovative, eclectic and successful songwriters in popular music.

Repeated ahead of Damon's appearance at Glastonbury with his the Good, the Bad and the Queen project.

Damon Albarn shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2014.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

David Gilmour20150913 (6M)
20190726 (6M)

David Gilmour shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2015.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

Paul Simon20160529 (6M)
20190729 (6M)

Paul Simon shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2016.

Paul Simon remains one of the most acclaimed and popular songwriters of all time. His first recording was released in 1958, but these days he rarely puts his craft under the spotlight and often avoids discussing his extraordinary back catalogue. However, in this special edition of The First Time, recorded in the lead-up to the release of his acclaimed album Stranger to Stranger, Paul discusses the songs (both his own and those by his heroes) that changed his life.

Paul remembers a childhood obsessed with "baseball, girls and rock 'n' roll", first meeting with Art Garfunkel, his time in the UK as part of the burgeoning and inspiring ealy '60s folk scene and the stories behind the writing and recording of some of Simon & Garfunkel's biggest songs.

He also discusses his approach to songwriting, the impact the phenomenal global and cultural success of his album Graceland had, and the making of the Stranger to Stranger album.

Paul Simon shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2016.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

0101Johnny Marr20100711 (6M)
20190624 (6M)

Mancunian maestro Johnny Marr shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt. Inlcuding his first fumbled grapplings with a guitar and his initial, and crucial, meeting with Morrissey leading to the formation of the Smiths. The programme also explores his post-Smiths career and collaborations with the Pretenders, Electronic, Modest Mouse and the Cribs.

First broadcast in 2010 and repeated ahead of Johnny Marr's appearance at Glastonbury.

Johnny Marr shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2010.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

010420100801 (6M)
20190730 (6M)

The First Time With Richard Hawley,Matt Everitt in conversation with the Sheffield crooner

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

0410Norman Cook20120916 (6M)
20190625 (6M)

DJ Norman Cook shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt.

Norman talks about how his love of the punk ethic of DIY influenced his music making, from its origins with the Housemartins, through to his meteoric rise to superstar DJ Fatboy Slim.

First broadcast in 2012 and repeated ahead of Norman's appearance at Glastonbury this year.

DJ Norman Cook shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2012.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.

0608Peter Gabriel20131201 (6M)
20190727 (6M)

Peter Gabriel shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2013.

Every so often a visionary musical artist manages to steer their path into the mainstream and change the way people regard rock stars, and then use their influence to help widen popular culture. Peter Gabriel is one of those musicians.

In an rare in-depth interview Peter talks about the remarkable path his career has taken. Starting off with his earliest musical influences, he chats about his time with much-loved 70s prog rockers Genesis, with whom he introduced new levels of theatricality into the rock world, his own idiosyncratic solo career, from it's avant-garde beginnings through to his world-conquering So album, which included huge groundbreaking hits such as Sledgehammer.

He also chats with typical passion and surprising self-deprecation about launching the Womad festival, his championing of world music and his work as renowned political campaigner.

Peter Gabriel talks to Matt Everitt about the key musical moments of his life.

Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.