|Chrissie Hynde||20180126 (6M)|
Chrissie Hynde shares her musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2014.
Chrissie Hynde, leader of the Pretenders, shares her musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2014.
Born in Akron, Ohio in 1951, Chrissie became obsessed with rock n roll and the UK music scene and moved to London in 1973. She was part of the crowd that hung out at Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's shop Sex in the Kings Road, Chelsea, which was the breeding ground of the UK punk rock movement.
She formed the Pretenders in 1978, and led them though a run of Top 20 albums and classic singles, keeping the band together despite the tragic deaths of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon.
Chrissie discusses the music that influenced her from her earliest days, through to the worldwide success of the Pretenders, and onto the release of Stockholm, the first album made under own name.
|Courtney Love||20180124 (6M)|
Courtney Love shares her musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2014.
Courtney Love shares her musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2014. She discusses her heroes and influences, her success with Hole and memories of her late husband Kurt Cobain.
Born in San Francisco in 1964, after submerging herself in the UK post punk scene of the 80s, Courtney became a member of Babes in Toyland and then the leader of Hole, where she cut a defiant figure, making equally powerful music. A year later, she married Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, and the couple seemed enmired in controversy at every turn. Four days after Cobain's suicide in April 1994, Hole released Live Through This, a deeply personal and brilliant album that would break them worldwide and prove the quality of Love's songwriting.
Hole released two more albums before breaking up in 2002, by which time Courtney had taken up acting. Despite her often turbulent life, Courtney is a survivor, who remained outspoken and unbowed.
|Damon Albarn||20180118 (6M)|
Damon Albarn shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2014.
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.
|Dave Grohl||20180204 (6M)|
Dave Grohl shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2015.
Dave Grohl shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2015.
Dave discusses his earliest musical influence (Edgar Winter's prog rock classic Frankenstein made a big impression), his first punk gig (Naked Raygun in Chicago in 1982), which changed the path of his life and how he became politicised though his first proper band Scream in Washington DC in the '80s.
Dave also discusses the famous Sound City studios where Nirvana created the classic albums Nevermind and In Utero, and working with the famously demanding producer Steve Albini.
Dave also looks back on writing the songs that became the Foo Fighters' debut (he recorded twelve tracks in just six days - "Had I taken it seriously, I would've taken a bit longer"), the staggeringly ambitious Sonic Highway documentary series, and his experiences playing Wembley Stadium.
And he chooses songs by The Beatles, Neil Young, Tom Petty, as you might expect, his beloved Led Zeppelin.
|David Gilmour||20180205 (6M)|
David Gilmour shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2015.
|Dr John||20180122 (6M)|
Dr John shares the musical milestones of his life in a programme first broadcast in 2014.
Dr. John shares the musical milestones of his life with Matt Everitt in an episode of The First Time first broadcast in 2014.
He's been known as Dr. Creaux and the Night Tripper, but the man born as Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr is best known by the stage name Dr. John and is one of the more remarkable musicians to emerge from America.
As a child he sneaked into recording sessions by the likes of Little Richard at the New Orleans studio where his father worked. He became a leading figure in the 50s New Orleans R&B scene, firstly as a guitarist then (after one of his fingers was shot off during a fight) a pianist. He played on classic recordings by Professor Longhair, Frankie Ford and Joe Tex.
Mac also recalls how he developed as a songwriter with his 1968 album Gris Gris, a record steeped in the sound of New Orleans and blended with voodoo imagery and psychedelic sonics, which defined a unique sound and mysterious image that continues to this day. He also discusses his work with Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and playing on the Rolling Stones' Exile On Main St., as well as featuring the Band's classic film The Last Waltz.
He also recalls his breakthrough 1973 hit In the Right Place, working with Spiritualized and his acclaimed album Locked Down, recorded with the Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.
|Florence Welch||20180201 (6M)|
Florence Welch shares her musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2015.
Florence Welch shares her musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2015.
As the voice of and songwriter behind Florence & the Machine, she emerged from the grimy East London indie scene to become a full-blown international superstar with the release of her debut album Lungs in 2009 and its follow-up Ceremonials in 2011.
She remembers a fascination for the music of Disney's The Little Mermaid and how singing in church helped shape her musical tastes. She explains how fantasy and religious imagery inspired her creativity, as well as her obsessions with Eminem, Green Day, Nick Cave and the Corrs. She recalls the first Florence & the Machine appearance at Glastonbury ("I woke up in someone else's clothes"), how she dealt with three years of non-stop touring and the huge success that followed ("It's almost like I couldn't process it while it was happening") and the pressures and expectations that surrounded the recording of her third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.
|Gaz Coombes||20180202 (6M)|
Gaz Coombes shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2015.
Gaz Coombes shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2015.
Sometimes the perfect band comes along at the perfect time, a group that captures a moment in your life so well that you'll always have a place in your heart for them. If you were going to gigs or buying records during the 90s, Supergrass may be that band.
Following in the tradition of bands such as the Kinks, Buzzcocks or Madness who had a uniquely British take on pop, Supergrass released five great albums and a list of pretty much flawless singles, which have aged better than many of their peers. Their cartoon-ish image belied some great musicianship and songwriting.
Gaz talks about how digging though his uncle's record box led him to discover his early influences (Elvis, Neil Young, Dinosaur Jnr and the Smiths) and his first band, the Jennifers, who would morph into Supergrass, who were only 15 years old when they signed their record deal (Gaz's mum had to sign his contract for him).
He also looks back at Supergrass' breakthrough with singles such as Caught by the Fuzz, and how he feels about Alright (the song that in many ways defined the band's career), along with what caused their break-up in 2010, and if that reunion will ever happen. But there's also his solo career to cover, including the rather brilliant album Matador.
|George Clinton||20180206 (6M)|
George Clinton shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2015.
George Clinton shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2015.
George Clinton didn't just change the path of popular music, he took it to a far-out cosmic dimension. As the driving force behind legendary 70s bands Parliament and Funkadelic, he revolutionised soul and funk music, leading it into some insanely creative and psychedelic territories. A huge and undeniable impact on artists such as Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg Dr. Dre and OutKast, his music is as thrilling as ever, and he remains the one of the most sampled men in the history of music.
George talks about his youth in do-wop bands, working at both Motown and as a songwriter in the legendary Brill Building, and how he took his humble soul band the Parliaments and developed them into a multi-coloured, platinum selling, virtuoso, psychedelic funk rock collective. George's legendary live shows were ground-breaking and he also discusses the Mothership, the iconic UFO stage set that would land at Parliament and Funkadelic gigs. He also talks about the serious battle with drug abuse that stunted his career in the 80s and 90s, getting clean and his musical comeback, and on-going legal crusade to see musicians get recognised and receive royalties for their work being sampled - a battle that has taken him to the federal courts in Washington.
|Giorgio Moroder||20180123 (6M)|
Giorgio Moroder shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2014.
Giorgio Moroder shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2014.
Pioneer of electronic music and regarded by many as the Godfather of Disco, Giorgio Moroder is a charming and effortlessly cool producer and songwriter. He talks us through his career, from his earliest bubblegum electropop recordings in the late 60s to the creation of his own studio, Musicland, where he created a remarkable run of records through the 1970s.
Giorgio talks about partnership Donna Summer - an artistic relationship which resulted in Love to Love You Baby and, probably the greatest dance record of all time, I Feel Love. He also guides us through the recording of his iconic film scores such as Midnight Express and Cat People. He worked with David Bowie on the latter.
With typical humour, Giorgio also explains how his career wavered on the 90s (as he busied himself designing sports cars and creating whiskeys) and explains how he came to work with Daft Punk on their world conquering album Random Access Memories, what it was like starting DJing again at 74 and his plans for the future.
|Grandmaster Flash||20180128 (6M)|
Grandmaster Flash shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2014.
Hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2014.
There's a strong argument that hip hop started at the block parties in the Bronx in New York in the 70s, where lyrical, musical and technical innovation propelled the sound forward with an impetus that changed the world. Joseph Saddler, soon to known as Grandmaster Flash, was there.
Born in Barbados, but moving to NYC, an absolute obsession with music, vinyl and electronics led Flash to experiment with amplifiers and turntable mechanics and techniques, enabling him to open up a whole new world of scratching, cutting, back-spinning and punch phrasing. His skills as a DJ led to the groundbreaking 1981 track The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel, the first time scratching and mixing had appeared on record.
Flash, recalls his journey from bedroom equipment geek to sonic adventurer, covering the early records that shaped his musical aesthetic and the release of The Message. He also talks about his battles with substance abuse, his difficult relationship with the record industry and his feelings about his status as one of the architects of modern music.
|James Murphy||20180129 (6M)|
James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem talks to Matt Everitt about the music that shaped his life
James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem shares the musical milestones of his life with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2014.
When acclaimed US band LCD Soundsystem bowed out at Madison Square Garden in 2011, it seemed that the group's founder, singer, songwriter and producer James Murphy had achieved everything he could ever have possibly imagined. Starting off as a child obsessed with sound, doing his time as a drummer in underground New York bands, learning how to engineer sound for live groups, becoming a DJ, remixer and setting up his own label (the acclaimed Death from Above) - all these experiences fed directly into forming LCD in 2001.
James talks about that journey and the music that inspired him to take it, as well as LCD's three-album career and what led him to disband the outfit at the height of their fame and success. He also tackles the myriad of projects that have followed the end of his band, including producing Arcade Fire, remixing David Bowie, launching his own coffee brand and creating a gigantic bespoke 50,000-watt touring sound system called Despacio.
|Jimmy Page||20180119 (6M)|
Jimmy Page discusses his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2014.
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin discusses his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2014,
From their formation in 1968 until their spilt in the wake of drummer John Bonham's death in 1980, Led Zeppelin set new parameters for what a rock band could achieve. They remain one of the biggest-selling bands of all time, with generation after generation falling in love with their music. Their tours broke records and created the template for stadium touring that remains to this day,
Jimmy Page was the guiding force behind that band of gifted musicians, and, as well as being recognised as one of the finest guitarists of all time, Jimmy produced the whole of Led Zeppelin's back catalogue, breaking new sonic ground with every one of their nine albums.
From his earliest influences and passion for the bluesmen of the '50s, to his time spent as a busy young session guitarist on the London scene in the early 60s, and onto his masterplan to create the greatest (and heaviest) rock band ever to stalk the earth.
Normally a somewhat reclusive and private figure, Jimmy also discusses Zep's unique musical chemistry, their not entirely undeserved reputation as the most excessive and debauched band ever, their one-off reunion in 2007 and the impact of John Bonham's death on him and his music.
|Josh Homme||20180120 (6M)|
Matt Everitt speaks to Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. First broadcast in 2014.
In an episode first broadcast in 2014, Matt Everitt speaks to Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.
Josh Homme is a towering presence in alternative rock - be that as a singer, songwriter, producer, frontman with Queens of the Stone Age or just all round cool guy. Josh talks about his time as a punk-obsessed teenager growing up in the Palm Desert, California and the way 'generator parties' (free gigs in the remote desert powered by generators) and bands such as Black Flag shaped his sound and artistic philosophy.
He also discusses his time with critically acclaimed stoner rock outfit Kyuss, QOTSA's formation in 1996, his relationship with Dave Grohl, the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures (featuring Homme, Grohl and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones) and his work as a producer collaborating with Arctic Monkeys.
|Kevin Rowland||20180203 (6M)|
Kevin Rowland shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2015.
Kevin Rowland, frontman of Dexys Midnight Runners, shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2015.
There have been few singers more passionate about their band and art than Kevin Rowland. As the leader and driving force behind Dexys, he led the group to success with classic singles such as Geno and Come On Eileen. He was so single-minded that Dexys imploded in 1986, under the weight of his refusal to compromise.
In a revealing interview, Kevin looks back over his life and his triumphs and failures. This in itself is remarkable, as he frequently refuses to discuss Dexys and his past. He also talks about how a passion for music provided an escape from his difficult upbringing in Wolverhampton, falling for Elvis, Bowie, Dylan, Van Morrison and The Sex Pistols, and his deep, almost spiritual, connection with music
Proving that sticking to your guns and never backing down can see you right in the end, Kevin also details how he revived the Dexys name in 2012 for an album and series of live shows that were greeted with an almost religious fervour by fans and critics alike.
|Kings of Leon||20180125 (6M)|
Two members of the Kings of Leon share their musical milestones. First broadcast in 2014.
Caleb and Nathan of the Kings of Leon share their musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2014.
The Followill brothers graduated from being teenage longhairs bashing out Creedence covers in their Nashville family basement to global stars packing out arenas, enjoying number one albums and Grammy awards.
Brothers singer Caleb and drummer Nathan Followill talk about that journey, recalling how they emerged from their strict religious background (their father was a travelling preacher who banned them from listening to secular music) to form a band with their other brother and cousin. Their sometimes surprising influences range from from country and rock to Boys 2 Men and Kenny G's Christmas album.
They also look back on how they coped with their sudden rise to fame in the UK while still teenagers, their battle for recognition in their native US, their triumphant Glastonbury headlining performance, the impact (both positive and negative) of their huge worldwide hit Sex On Fire and the internal pressure that nearly split the band up in 2011, following their poorly-received Come Around Sundown album.
And, of course, they dig into their record boxes to choose amazing music by Ricky Skaggs, Tommy James & the Shondells, the Beach Boys, Tom Petty and the Allman Brothers.
|Lars Ulrich||20180117 (6M)|
Lars Ulrich of Metallica shares his musical milestones. First broadcast in 2013.
Lars Ulrich of Metallica shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2013.
Metallica are without doubt the biggest heavy rock band in the world - with a staggering 100 million albums sold worldwide and a fanbase that extends beyond the metal world and onto stadiums in nearly every territory of the planet
Lars Ulrich is the spokesman for the group he co-founded in 1980 with singer James Hertfield, and his character and jaw-dropping drumming style have propelled the band through nine albums and helped bring metal into the mainstream.
Here in a rare and characteristically articulate interview he discusses his childhood in his native Denmark, how a career in professional tennis was hijacked by a love of British heavy rock, the early days of Metallica in Los Angeles and the band's evolution from bars to clubs and arenas with the ground breaking Black Album.
He also chats about his passion for Ennio Morricone, Metallica's recent move into movie making with the film Through The Never, as well as his friendship with Noel Gallagher (Lars was once enlisted as an Oasis concert lighting man, after theirs fell ill!) and his huge passion for the music of Arctic Monkeys.
|Marilyn Manson||20180131 (6M)|
Marilyn Manson shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2015.
Marilyn Manson shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2015.
He recalls early passions (KISS, the Beatles' White Album and Xanadu by Olivia Newton John), how he rebelled against his strict religious education by stealing, selling then re-stealing his schoolmates' albums, and creating the character Marilyn Manson for a fake article while a teenage music journalist.
He also looks back on his career, from shock punk oddball to the rock superstar, who sold 7 million copies of his second album in 1996. Never shy of confronting his reputation, Manson also details his arrest and his experiences as a hate figure for the US media.
|Neneh Cherry||20180121 (6M)|
Neneh Cherry shares the musical milestones of her life programme first broadcast in 2014.
Neneh Cherry shares the musical milestones of her life with Matt Everitt in an episode of The First Time first broadcast in 2014.
Neneh recalls her remarkable musical journey from her birth in Sweden (into a family that included Sierra Leonean drummer Ahmadu Jah and legendary US jazz trumpeter Don Cherry) to a childhood in New York, where she was bounced on the knee Ornette Coleman.
She discusses her move to the UK to catch the tail end of punk rock, Poly Styrene from X-Ray Spex and her first bands including the Slits, the New Age Steppers and Rip Rig & Panic. She also talks about the success of her 1989 debut album Raw Like Sushi, that famous appearance on Top of the Pops while seven months pregnant, her 2014 solo album Blank Project and collaborations with the likes of Youssou N'Dour, experimental jazz group the Thing and Damon Albarn's Gorillaz.
|Noel Gallagher||20180130 (6M)|
Noel Gallagher shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2015.
Noel Gallagher shares the musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2015.
He remembers his first exposure to music (country and western and Irish bands such as Dermot Hegarty and Big Tom & the Mainliners) and the way football terrace anthems inspired him. He chats about the impact of the Sex Pistols, the Dammed, Leo Sayer (honestly) and his passion for the holy trinity of the Smiths, the Stone Roses and the Jam (and he may well mention the Beatles)
He also looks back on the very first Oasis rehearsal ("Mindblowing") and gig ("Great"), the difficult birth of their debut album Definitely Maybe and the all-important issue of what length your guitar strap should be. He also recalls his visit to Paul McCartney's meditation bubble, what it's like becoming so famous that when you get a haircut it ends up on the front pages of the tabloids ("the whole business is one huge joke"), as well as his realisation that Oasis had come to the end of the road and his feelings about stepping up to become a solo artist.
And, as you would expect, he's as charismatic, honest and funny as ever.
|Roger McGuinn||20180127 (6M)|
Roger McGuinn shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2014.
|Trent Reznor||20180109 (6M)|
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails shares his musical milestones. First broadcast in 2013.
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2013.
The American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has led the industrial rock project Nine Inch Nails since 1988.
He's also ventured into the world of soundtracks with fellow composer Atticus Ross, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Score for their soundtrack to The Social Network.
|05||Emily Eavis||20180108 (6M)|
Emily Eavis, the Glastonbury Festival organiser, shares her musical milestones in 2013.
Emily Eavis discusses the moments and songs that have shaped her life and career with Matt Everitt.
Emily is co-organiser of the Glastonbury Festival and is the youngest daughter of the festival's founder and organiser Michael Eavis.
Emily chats to Matt about her life growing up in the Glastonbury family, the music that inspired her, and shares her memories of the festival through the years.
First broadcast in 2013.
|05||Mick Fleetwood||20180107 (6M)|
Mick Fleetwood shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2013.
Mick Fleetwood, drummer and the man who lent his name to his band Fleetwood Mac, one of the most successful and best-loved bands of all time, discusses his musical milestones with Matt Everitt.
Mick looks back at his and the group's career and influences. He got started during the blues boom in London in the 60s, and achieved huge acclaim with the original Peter Green-led version of the Mac. Mick then presided over an ever-changing line-up that would develop in 1975 into the group that would create landmark albums such as Rumours, Tusk and Tango In the Night.
Mick talks honestly about his experiences helping steer his band through great success as well as tough times, involving drug abuse and breakdown of their relationships to their eventual reunion, He also picks some excellent tunes.
First broadcast in 2013.
|05||Rod Stewart||20180105 (6M)|
Rod Stewart shares the musical milestones that shaped his life and career.
Rod Stewart shares the musical milestones that have helped shape his life and career.
Rod talks to Matt Everitt about his early musical passions - witnessing the earliest years of rock n roll. his obsessions with folk, soul, R&B and the emerging London blues boom that gave him his first job as a singer.
He also remembers his time with the Jeff Beck Group, and of course his memories of the Faces, which he describes as "A love affair between all of us".
First broadcast in 2013.
|05||Wilko Johnson||20180106 (6M)|
Wilko Johnson discusses his musical milestones in an interview recorded in 2013.
In 2013 former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas.
In this emotional First Time with... Matt Everitt chats to the influential musician, reflecting on his death and why he has chosen not to receive any chemotherapy.
He looks back fondly at a life in music - growing up in Canvey Island, his band's influence on the roots of the British punk scene, and playing with Ian Dury and the Blockheads.
Wilko discusses the pivotal moments and songs that have shaped his life and career.
After this programme was first broadcast in 2013, Wilko underwent a pioneering nine hour procedure to remove the tumour and he has remained cancer-free since then.
|06||Ben Folds||20180112 (6M)|
Ben Folds discusses his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2013.
American singer, songwriter and pianist Ben Folds discusses his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2013.
Ben Folds has always been an unlikely alternative rock hero. His studious, slightly bookish image was certainly at odd with the other bands around when he formed his piano bass and drums trio Ben Folds Five in 1993. More to the point. there weren't really many indie piano bass and drums trios around at that time. And if there were, they didn't rock as hard as Ben Folds Five.
From the off the band was always different, but that's what made them great. They married the piano dynamics and melodies of early Elton John and Randy Newman, with smart lyrics that focused on American life and Ben's personal history. And their musicianship was simply staggering.
Ben talks about his musical heroes, the early days of Ben Folds Five and how he managed to carve a niche for the band, which found fame with their hit song Brick. He also discusses his work with author Nick Hornby, putting his past behind him to reform Ben Folds Five in 2011 and what it's like recording an album with William 'Captain Kirk' Shatner!
|06||David Lynch||20180110 (6M)|
David Lynch discusses his musical milestones with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2013.
David Lynch, filmmaker, writer and television director and creator of Twin Peak, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead and Wild At Heart discusses the pivotal moments and music that have shaped his life and career.
Lynch is also a musician, having helped create the music for many of his movies (he wrote the lyrics to the Twin Peaks theme - Falling sung by Julee Cruise) as well as solo albums such as The Big Dream - a record as hypnotic and disturbingly beautiful as his films.
In a rare interview, recorded in 2013, Lynch speaks to Matt Everitt about his formative early musical influences (Chopin and the sound of B36 bombers flying over his childhood home), his passion for Elvis and early rock 'n' roll, directing David Bowie, his love of jazz, how he creates his own unique music and how the imagery and plot of his classic film Blue Velvet was directly inspired by Bobby Vinton's 1963 classic single, which would never sound the same again.
|06||Elvis Costello||20180102 (6M)|
Elvis Costello shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2013.
Elvis Costello shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2013.
He arrived seemingly fully-formed with his 1977 debut album My Aim Is True, full of passion, anger and poetry - and hasn't stopped moving since.
He's produced albums of sneering post punk, lavish orchestral pop, country and western, easy listening, classical, Tin Pan Alley pop and jazz - and the thread that runs through all this is his songwriting skill.
Elvis talks about the influence of his father (who was a trumpeter with the Joe Loss Orchestra in the 50s and 60s), the recording of his breakthrough debut album and enlisting Chet Baker for Shipbuilding.
He also talks about some of his favourite collaborators, including Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and the Roots.
|06||Kim Gordon||20180114 (6M)|
Matt Everitt chats to Kim Gordon about the key musical moments of her life.
Matt chats to Kim Gordon, formerly bassist, vocalist and guitarist with Sonic Youth, about key first musical moments in her life.
And since their inception - bassist, guitarist and singer Kim Gordon was a key element in driving the band forward artistically. She trained as a visual artist, and her drive to experiment with sound helped the band establish themselves as a key influence on indie music - bands like Nirvana, My Bloody Valentine, PJ Harvey, Dinosaur Jr and The Flaming Lips all owed a huge debt to Sonic Youth. Also her position as an articulate woman performer in the mostly male underground music scene inspired countless other female performers.
She's also a film and video director, a writer, fashion designer and producer - more to the point, she's just cool.
Here she talks about her unlikely early musical passions (the soundtrack to South Pacific and The Parent Trap) early very dissonant days of Sonic Youth, her passions for Joni Mitchell, Chet Baker and Stan Getz, and her fascination with Karen Carpenter. She also chats about collaboration with Yoko Ono and the dangers of being in the studio with Courtney Love (Gordon produced her album Pretty on the Inside) and how her own artist background and the Warhol-centric New York art scene influenced Sonic Youth during their career.
|06||Peter Gabriel||20180115 (6M)|
Peter Gabriel talks to Matt Everitt about the key musical moments of his life.
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.
|06||Roy Harper||20180113 (6M)|
Roy Harper shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2013.
In a programme first broadcast in 2013, Roy Harper shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt, including working with Led Zeppelin, Paul Simon and Bert Jansch.
Since his emergence in the mid-60s, Roy Harper has been regarded as an icon of British music - not for having huge success, but for his beautiful, poetic lyrics and his unique guitar playing.
With the likes of Bert Jansch and Davey Graham, Roy helped forge the British folk scene. In 1971 he recorded his classic Stormcock album, combining folk, jazz and rock in a way that's still inspiring people today.
Roy recalls his rebellious youth and obsession with skiffle that led to the folk clubs of Soho, his friendships with Jansch and a young Paul Simon, recording Stormcock, and his collaborations with Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin wrote a track called Hats Off To Harper.
He also details the story behind his classic When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease, the song that John Peel played when he announced on air that his friend and long-serving producer John Walters had died. Walters had been planning to play it at Peel's funeral.
Roy also talks frankly about his own personal battles with the music industry, the financial problems in the 80s that left him homeless, He discusses his remarkable comeback, which culminated with Man And Myth (his first studio album in 13 years) and how it feels to be cited as major influence by the likes of Johnny Marr, Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom.
|06||Smokey Robinson||20180103 (6M)|
Smokey Robinson discusses his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2013.
Smokey Robinson discusses his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2013.
Even amongst the ranks of the greatest songwriters of all time, few can claim to have genuinely changed the world. Smokey Robinson can, both as a member of The Miracles and a solo artist. He's sung, written and produced some of the greatest songs of all time - including I Second That Emotion, Tears of a Clown and The Tracks of My Tears. As vice-president at Motown for nearly thirty years, he shaped the style and sound of the label and helped the racial integration of popular music by achieving huge crossover success.
Smokey discusses his early life and formative musical influences, meeting Motown founder Berry Gordy and the enormous worldwide success that followed. He also discusses the challenges he faced in the segregated music industry of the time, and tells the stories behind some of his best loved songs.
He also talks openly about the problems he faced in the mid-80s (both professionally and his own battle with drugs) and his creative rebirth - providing an incredible insight into the man Bob Dylan called "America's greatest living poet".
|06||Terry Hall||20180111 (6M)|
Specials frontman Terry Hall discusses his musical milestones. First broadcast in 2013.
Specials frontman Terry Hall discusses his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2013.
As frontman of the Specials Terry Hall was totally at odds with other pop stars of the time. After leaving the band at the height of their fame in 1981 Terry went on to from Fun Boy Three and the Colourfield - before embarking on a career that's seen him work with Damon Albarn, Lily Allen, Sinead O'Connor and leap from style to style in way few artists do (or can). All while maintaining this deadpan sense of humour and his own unique vocal style.
Terry doesn't often do interviews, but in this show he talks about his early musical loves growing up in Coventry (Perky and Edith Piaf - which says a lot about him), the early days and huge success of the Specials and the in-fighting and pressures that led him to quit the band.
He also discusses his passion for Patti Smith and Easy Listening, working with Albarn as a member of Gorillaz and his experience suffering a breakdown and the reasons for getting the Specials back together for their triumphant gigs in 2008 and his plans to start writing songs again.
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Tom Robinson shares the musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2013.