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Bc Camplight, Jesca Hoop: Mental Health And Music2019110920191110 (WS)

This week, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, former Bjork label mate Brian Christinzio AKA BC Camplight is joined by an eclectic line up of musicians, including: the legendary New Order and Joy Division bassist and co-founder Peter Hook; Pavement frontman and solo artist in his own right Stephen Malkmus; and mentored by Tom Waits, Californian singer and guitarist Jesca Hoop completes the group.

Led by Brian they’ll be discussing which part of your personality is the biggest detriment to your creativity/productivity, musical memories, and why you don’t need to be a ‘tortured artist’ in order to make music that people take seriously. Brian aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In part two, Jesca will play a selection of music around the theme of ‘Songs that challenged my sense of music and the craft of song writing’. Expect music from the likes of Joni Mitchell, Bjork, and The Knife.

BC Camplight is joined by guests Peter Hook, Stephen Malkmus, and Jesca Hoop.

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Christophe Chassol and Sudan Archives: Composing naked20200125

Parisian pianist Christophe Chassol has written music for Frank Ocean, Solange, Sebastian Tellier and Phoenix, as well as releasing a string of successful solo releases. On this episode of Music Life he talks to Emmanuel Jal, Ala.Ni, and Sudan Archives.

Sudan Archives AKA Brittney Denise Parks is a violinist, singer, and producer from Los Angeles whose debut album Athena is out now. Ala.Ni is a London-born, Paris-based singer influenced by the music of her uncle, the Grenada-born cabaret singer Leslie Hutchinson. Emmanuel Jal is a South Sudanese-Canadian musician, actor, and former child soldier, whose latest album, Naath, is a collaboration between him and his sister.

These great musicians get together and discuss their composition process, their musical heroes, and the challenges of collaboration.

Four musicians discuss unusual ways to get their creativity flowing

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Christophe Chassol and Sudan Archives: Composing naked2020012520200126 (WS)

Parisian pianist Christophe Chassol has written music for Frank Ocean, Solange, Sebastian Tellier and Phoenix, as well as releasing a string of successful solo releases. On this episode of Music Life he talks to Emmanuel Jal, Ala.Ni, and Sudan Archives.

Sudan Archives AKA Brittney Denise Parks is a violinist, singer, and producer from Los Angeles whose debut album Athena is out now. Ala.Ni is a London-born, Paris-based singer influenced by the music of her uncle, the Grenada-born cabaret singer Leslie Hutchinson. Emmanuel Jal is a South Sudanese-Canadian musician, actor, and former child soldier, whose latest album, Naath, is a collaboration between him and his sister.

These great musicians get together and discuss their composition process, their musical heroes, and the challenges of collaboration.

Four musicians discuss unusual ways to get their creativity flowing

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Does Your Heritage Affect Your Sound?2019101220191013 (WS)

This week Carla Marie Williams returns to host and she’s joined by Niambi and Thandi a.k.a. American hip-hop soul duo OSHUN (over 10 million Spotify streams), and Uche from production duo Da Beatfreakz (who worked with Chris Brown, Sean Paul, Usher, Ellie Goulding).

Led by Carla they’ll be discussing the importance of their heritage in their music, being independent artists, and the most fun part about writing music. Carla aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In part two, OSHUN play some of their favourite tracks, and tell stories around a playlist they have called ‘Women In Hip Hop’.

Carla Marie Williams talks life making music with guests OSHUN & Uche from Da Beatfreakz.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

This week Carla Marie Williams returns to host and she’s joined by Niambi and Thandi a.k.a. American hip-hop soul duo OSHUN (over 10 million Spotify streams), and Uche from production duo Da Beatfreakz (who worked with Chris Brown, Sean Paul, Usher, Ellie Goulding).

Led by Carla they’ll be discussing the importance of their heritage in their music, being independent artists, and the most fun part about writing music. Carla aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In part two, OSHUN play some of their favourite tracks, and tell stories around a playlist they have called ‘Women In Hip Hop’.

Carla Marie Williams talks life making music with guests OSHUN & Uche from Da Beatfreakz.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

This week Carla Marie Williams returns to host and she’s joined by Niambi and Thandi a.k.a. American hip-hop soul duo OSHUN (over 10 million Spotify streams), and Uche from production duo Da Beatfreakz (who worked with Chris Brown, Sean Paul, Usher, Ellie Goulding).

Led by Carla they’ll be discussing the importance of their heritage in their music, being independent artists, and the most fun part about writing music. Carla aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In part two, OSHUN play some of their favourite tracks, and tell stories around a playlist they have called ‘Women In Hip Hop’.

Carla Marie Williams talks life making music with guests OSHUN & Uche from Da Beatfreakz.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Gabriella Cilmi and Natacha Atlas: Songwriting clich\u00e9s20200118

Australian singer Gabriella Cilmi hosts Music Life, the show where some of the best musicians in the world come together to talk about creativity and living as a musician. She is joined by Portuguese singer Carmen Souza, France-based Algerian singer Soud Massi, and Egyptian-British singer Natacha Atlas.

Carmen Souza is a jazz singer, pianist, and guitarist of Cape Verdean decent who sings in Portuguese, English, French and Creole. Soud has widely been touted as the most successful female singer-songwriter to emerge from the Arabic-speaking world. Natacha has collaborated with the likes of Nitin Sawhney, Peter Gabriel, and Jean-Michel Jarre, and her latest album Strange Days was released last year.

Gabriella, whose platinum selling debut album Lessons to be Learned came out in 2008, talks to these other great singers about staying true to artistic visions, songwriting clichés, and the unsung people who have helped them in their careers.

How do you stay true to your artistic vision?

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Gabriella Cilmi and Natacha Atlas: Songwriting clich\u00e9s2020011820200119 (WS)

Australian singer Gabriella Cilmi hosts Music Life, the show where some of the best musicians in the world come together to talk about creativity and living as a musician. She is joined by Portuguese singer Carmen Souza, France-based Algerian singer Soud Massi, and Egyptian-British singer Natacha Atlas.

Carmen Souza is a jazz singer, pianist, and guitarist of Cape Verdean decent who sings in Portuguese, English, French and Creole. Soud has widely been touted as the most successful female singer-songwriter to emerge from the Arabic-speaking world. Natacha has collaborated with the likes of Nitin Sawhney, Peter Gabriel, and Jean-Michel Jarre, and her latest album Strange Days was released last year.

Gabriella, whose platinum selling debut album Lessons to be Learned came out in 2008, talks to these other great singers about staying true to artistic visions, songwriting clichés, and the unsung people who have helped them in their careers.

How do you stay true to your artistic vision?

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Iggy Pop and Anna Calvi: Fed up of the plain old form20191221

This week, we’re going into the holiday season with a bang. Trumpeter, composer, vocalist, and producer Leron Thomas (Pan Amsterdam, Iggy Pop) is joined at the world famous Maida Vale studios in London by: the godfather of punk, David Bowie collaborator, actor, singer, and all-round legend Iggy Pop; singer, composer, producer, three-time-Mercury-Music-Prize-nominated guitar shredder, and now a soundtrack artist for the hit TV show Peaky Blinders, Anna Calvi; and punk poet, and an all-round musical rebel from Nottinghamshire in the UK who writes and shouts about everything to do with 21st Century Britain, it’s Jason Williamson from the band Sleaford Mods.

Led by Leron they’ll be discussing innovation in music, how they implant different genres into their work, and how it feels to be an artist in the current political and social climate.

Leron Thomas is joined by Iggy Pop, Anna Calvi and Jason Williamson

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Iggy Pop And Anna Calvi: Fed Up Of The Plain Old Form2019122120191222 (WS)

This week, we’re going into the holiday season with a bang. Trumpeter, composer, vocalist, and producer Leron Thomas (Pan Amsterdam, Iggy Pop) is joined at the world famous Maida Vale studios in London by: the godfather of punk, David Bowie collaborator, actor, singer, and all-round legend Iggy Pop; singer, composer, producer, three-time-Mercury-Music-Prize-nominated guitar shredder, and now a soundtrack artist for the hit TV show Peaky Blinders, Anna Calvi; and punk poet, and an all-round musical rebel from Nottinghamshire in the UK who writes and shouts about everything to do with 21st Century Britain, it’s Jason Williamson from the band Sleaford Mods.

Led by Leron they’ll be discussing innovation in music, how they implant different genres into their work, and how it feels to be an artist in the current political and social climate.

Leron Thomas is joined by Iggy Pop, Anna Calvi and Jason Williamson

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Jacob Collier And Dodie: When The Demo Is Better Than The Final Song2019081720190818 (WS)

The host is Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and composer Jacob Collier. And he’s joined by Dodie, a YouTuber with almost two million subscribers, recording artist Lianne La Havas, and jazz drummer and producer Makaya McCraven.

Led by Jacob, they’ll be discussing whether they suffer from ‘demo-itis’ (when the demo is better than the finished product), how they develop an initial idea for a song into reality, and how they bring spontaneity to their live shows.

Lianne La Havas, Makaya McCraven and Dodie join Jacob Collier to discuss 'demo-itis'

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

John Grant And Guy Garvey: Self-worth, Success And Social Media2019080320190804 (WS)

Singer-songwriter John Grant (ex The Czars) is joined by special guests Guy Garvey (Elbow), Planningtorock (genderqueer electronic musician) and orchestral composer and violinist Fiona Brice (Placebo, Anna Calvi, Jay Z, Robbie Williams). Together they talk candidly about how success is connected to self-worth, embarrassing rookie errors on social media and anxiety and being yourself.

In part two, Guy Garvey picks the music that means the most to him.

(Photo: Left to right - Guy Garvey, Fiona Brice, Planningtorock, and John Grant)

John Grant, Guy Garvey, Planningtorock and Fiona Brice discuss life making music.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

John Grant and Jarvis Cocker: The art of the wedding DJ20191214

This week, we’re joined by a who’s who of indie royalty. John Grant - American singer-songwriter, multi-linguist, former member of the Czars, and now an incredibly successful solo artist in his own right – guides us through this episode. He’s joined by Pulp founder and frontman Jarvis Cocker, one of the greatest voices in UK music; musician, producer, record label boss and former Cocteau Twins bassist and keyboard player, Simon Raymonde; and Gruff Rhys, Welsh musician, composer, producer, filmmaker, author, and man of many bands, including Super Furry Animals.

Led by John, they’ll be discussing how your career changes your relationship with music, the strains of being a travelling musician, and how to perfect the art of the wedding DJ.

John Grant, Jarvis Cocker, Gruff Rhys and Simon Raymonde discuss life on tour

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

John Grant and Jarvis Cocker: The art of the wedding DJ2019121420191215 (WS)

This week, we’re joined by a who’s who of indie royalty. John Grant - American singer-songwriter, multi-linguist, former member of the Czars, and now an incredibly successful solo artist in his own right – guides us through this episode. He’s joined by Pulp founder and frontman Jarvis Cocker, one of the greatest voices in UK music; musician, producer, record label boss and former Cocteau Twins bassist and keyboard player, Simon Raymonde; and Gruff Rhys, Welsh musician, composer, producer, filmmaker, author, and man of many bands, including Super Furry Animals.

Led by John, they’ll be discussing how your career changes your relationship with music, the strains of being a travelling musician, and how to perfect the art of the wedding DJ.

John Grant, Jarvis Cocker, Gruff Rhys and Simon Raymonde discuss life on tour

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Jp Cooper And Carla Marie Williams: Writing For Beyonc\u00e9 And Grime2019081020190811 (WS)

This week's host is platinum-selling songwriter Carla Marie Williams (writes for Beyonce, Britney Spears, Kylie). And she is joined by recording artists Ghetts (ex-NASTY crew), Kojo Funds (over 200 million streams) and JP Cooper (platinum-selling artist).
Led by Carla, they discuss how they overcome writers block, how they decide on which direction to go in musically plus, how Grime can grow as a genre. Carla aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In the second part of the programme JP Cooper, plays some of his favourite tracks around a theme he has chosen.

Carla Marie Williams discusses life making music with Ghetts, Kojo Funds and JP Cooper

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Kojey Radical And Shabaka Hutchings: Why Gigs Feel Like Football Matches2019110220191103 (WS)

Welcome to Music Life, the weekly series and podcast in which musicians talk to their peers about all aspects of life making music.

This week, poet, artist, musician, rapper, model, and visual artist Kojey Radical commands the red sofa and hosts this episode. He is joined by: jazz superstar saxophonist, Sons of Kemet and The Comet Is Coming band leader Shabaka Hutchings; the only jazz artist on a UK major label, the up and coming pianist Ashley Henry; and the person who is “changing jazz” right now, the award winning saxophonist Nubya Garcia.

Led by Kojey they’ll be discussing how you write about something you’ve not personally experienced, feeling accepted by your peers, and whether or not you need to be an outsider in order to be original.

In part two, Ashley Henry shares his “Songs That Changed My Life” playlist. A selection of songs that altered his perceptions or developed him as a musician, including the likes of Cinematic Orchestra featuring Roots Manuva, Herbie Hancock, and Marcia Griffiths.

Kojey Radical and guests discuss how to write about something you've not experienced.

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Maverick Sabre And Nadia Rose: The Pitfalls Of Being Pigeonholed2019082420190825 (WS)

Maverick Sabre - singer, rapper and songwriter, who's worked with Chase & Status and Professor Green - is this week's host. And he’s joined by recording artist Nadia Rose (known for singles Skwod and Tight Up, plus written for Rihanna), Ezra Collective drummer Femi Koleoso (who's worked with Pharoahe Monch and Jorja Smith), and recording artist Connie Constance (has worked with producer Jim Abiss).

Led by Maverick, they’ll be discussing that feeling you get before and after releasing music, the pitfalls of being pigeon holed into a genre, and the role of faith in their music.

Photo L-R: Connie Constance, Maverick Sabre, Femi Koleoso and Nadia Rose Credit: BBC

Femi Koleoso, Connie Constance and Nadia Rose join Maverick Sabre discuss buzz and faith

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Oshun And Uche From Da Beatfreakz: Does Your Heritage Affect Your Sound?2019101220191013 (WS)

This week Carla Marie Williams returns to host and she’s joined by Niambi and Thandi aka American hip-hop soul duo OSHUN (over 10 million Spotify streams), and Uche from production duo Da Beatfreakz (who worked with Chris Brown, Sean Paul, Usher, Ellie Goulding).

Led by Carla they’ll be discussing the importance of their heritage in their music, being independent artists, and the most fun part about writing music. Carla aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In part two, OSHUN play some of their favourite tracks, and tell stories around a playlist they have called Women in Hip Hop.

Carla Marie Williams talks life making music with OSHUN and Uche from Da Beatfreakz

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Peter Hook And Stephen Malkmus: Mental Health And Music2019110920191110 (WS)

This week, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, former Bjork label mate Brian Christinzio AKA BC Camplight is joined by an eclectic line up of musicians, including: the legendary New Order and Joy Division bassist and co-founder Peter Hook; Pavement frontman and solo artist in his own right Stephen Malkmus; and mentored by Tom Waits, Californian singer and guitarist Jesca Hoop completes the group.

Led by Brian they’ll be discussing which part of your personality is the biggest detriment to your creativity/productivity, musical memories, and why you don’t need to be a ‘tortured artist’ in order to make music that people take seriously. Brian aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

BC Camplight is joined by guests Peter Hook, Stephen Malkmus, and Jesca Hoop

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

This week, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, former Bjork label mate Brian Christinzio AKA BC Camplight is joined by an eclectic line up of musicians, including: the legendary New Order and Joy Division bassist and co-founder Peter Hook; Pavement frontman and solo artist in his own right Stephen Malkmus; and mentored by Tom Waits, Californian singer and guitarist Jesca Hoop completes the group.

Led by Brian they’ll be discussing which part of your personality is the biggest detriment to your creativity/productivity, musical memories, and why you don’t need to be a ‘tortured artist’ in order to make music that people take seriously. Brian aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

BC Camplight is joined by guests Peter Hook, Stephen Malkmus, and Jesca Hoop

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Quantic And Orphy Robinson: Advice To Your Younger Self2019113020191201 (WS)

The host this time is musician, engineer, and ambassador for all things South America, Will Holland aka Quantic.

Will is joined by: British saxophonist, Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear founder, Pete Wareham; one of the busiest saxophonists in the business with her band Collocutor, Tamar Osborn; and British multi-instrumentalist, television, film, and theatre score composer Orphy Robinson MBE.

Led by Quantic, they’ll be discussing the moment they realised they were a musicians, how important are their surroundings when they are creating music. Will aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

Musician and engineer Quantic is joined by Tamar Osborn, Pete Wareham and Orphy Robinson.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

The host this time is musician, engineer, and ambassador for all things South America, Will Holland aka Quantic.

Will is joined by: British saxophonist, Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear founder, Pete Wareham; one of the busiest saxophonists in the business with her band Collocutor, Tamar Osborn; and British multi-instrumentalist, television, film, and theatre score composer Orphy Robinson MBE.

Led by Quantic, they’ll be discussing the moment they realised they were a musicians, how important are their surroundings when they are creating music. Will aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

Musician and engineer Quantic is joined by Tamar Osborn, Pete Wareham and Orphy Robinson.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Raye And Jacob Banks: Inequalities In The Music Industry2019112320191124 (WS)

This week, Beyonce writer and pop star Raye is back in the presenter’s chair with a new round of musicians. This time she is joined by: the winner of the 2012 MOBO UnSung regional competition in Birmingham and ‘Unknown (To You)’ singer Jacob Banks; producer, radio host, and DJ on the up Melle Brown who’s also signed to Jamz Supernova’s label; and Californian poet and spoken word artist Tenesha the Wordsmith.

Led by Raye they’ll be discussing how their careers affect the people around them, how women treat other women in music, and inequalities and race in the industry.

Raye is back presenting, with guests Jacob Banks, Melle Brown and Tenesha the Wordsmith.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

This week, Beyonce writer and pop star Raye is back in the presenter’s chair with a new round of musicians. This time she is joined by: the winner of the 2012 MOBO UnSung regional competition in Birmingham and ‘Unknown (To You)’ singer Jacob Banks; producer, radio host, and DJ on the up Melle Brown who’s also signed to Jamz Supernova’s label; and Californian poet and spoken word artist Tenesha the Wordsmith.

Led by Raye they’ll be discussing how their careers affect the people around them, how women treat other women in music, and inequalities and race in the industry.

Raye is back presenting, with guests Jacob Banks, Melle Brown and Tenesha the Wordsmith.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Raye And Jmsn: Missing Your Friends' Birthdays2019101920191020 (WS)

This week, Beyonce writer and pop star on-the-up RAYE is joined Jamaican superstar and Damian Marley collaborator Kabaka Pyramid, 19 year old London musician and poet Arlo Parks, and with six albums under his belt, Detroit producer, mixer, musician, singer and Ed Sheeran label-mate JMSN completes the quartet.

Led by Raye they’ll be discussing balancing love, friends, school, and a social life with music, trying to find the off button and being able to relax, smiling for pictures, and missing your mum when on tour.

In part two, Kabaka Pyramid shares his “Fresh From Jamaica” playlist, which shares a spotlight on some of the “freshest” sounds from the island, including Damian Marley, Chronix, Runkus, and Jah 9.

RAYE discusses life making music with Kabaka Pyramid, Arlo Parks and JMSN.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Rebecca Lucy Taylor and Maisie Peters: 'Don't move your hair so much'20200104

Rebecca Lucy Taylor AKA Self Esteem hosts this week's Music Life - the show where some of the best musicians from all over the world get together to talk about how they make music, and their lives as musicians.

Joining her are some other great pop musicians. Alex Cameron is a singer born and raised in Sydney who makes what has been described as “Australian sleaze pop”. He apparently is used to dressing up as an old man, and his most recent record is a love letter to his partner and a musing on masculinity. Also joining the group is Maisie Peters, a 19-year-old singer songwriter from Brighton in the south of England, who started writing songs aged 12 and cites the likes of Taylor Swift, Lily Allen, First Aid Kit, Kacey Musgraves and Kanye West among her biggest influences. She gained fame after releasing recordings of herself on Youtube, and the internet has decreed that she is making the “best observational pop of 2019”. Finally, Rakel Mjoll, lead singer of the band Dream Wife. She is a former art-school student and singer from Iceland who grew up in California. Dream Wife are a band who tackle subjects such as body image, gender roles, and the various faces of womanhood.

Led by Rebecca, they discuss honesty in lyrics, musical pet hates, getting your hair caught in a violin, and trying to determine what’s cool.

Rebecca Lucy Taylor - AKA Self Esteem - meets Alex Cameron, Maisie Peters and Rakel Mjoll

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Rebecca Lucy Taylor and Maisie Peters: 'Don't move your hair so much'2020010420200105 (WS)

Rebecca Lucy Taylor AKA Self Esteem hosts this week's Music Life - the show where some of the best musicians from all over the world get together to talk about how they make music, and their lives as musicians.

Joining her are some other great pop musicians. Alex Cameron is a singer born and raised in Sydney who makes what has been described as “Australian sleaze pop”. He apparently is used to dressing up as an old man, and his most recent record is a love letter to his partner and a musing on masculinity. Also joining the group is Maisie Peters, a 19-year-old singer songwriter from Brighton in the south of England, who started writing songs aged 12 and cites the likes of Taylor Swift, Lily Allen, First Aid Kit, Kacey Musgraves and Kanye West among her biggest influences. She gained fame after releasing recordings of herself on Youtube, and the internet has decreed that she is making the “best observational pop of 2019”. Finally, Rakel Mjoll, lead singer of the band Dream Wife. She is a former art-school student and singer from Iceland who grew up in California. Dream Wife are a band who tackle subjects such as body image, gender roles, and the various faces of womanhood.

Led by Rebecca, they discuss honesty in lyrics, musical pet hates, getting your hair caught in a violin, and trying to determine what’s cool.

Rebecca Lucy Taylor - AKA Self Esteem - meets Alex Cameron, Maisie Peters and Rakel Mjoll

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Rebecca Lucy Taylor and Maisie Peters: 'Don't move your hair so much'2020010420200105 (WS)

This week, British artist Rebecca Lucy Taylor AKA Self Esteem, and formerly of duo Slow Club, hosts an episode which brings together the best in Pop and alternative: First up, a singer born and raised in Sydney described as creating “Australian sleaze pop”. He apparently is used to dressing up as an old man, and his most recent record is a love letter to his partner and a musing on masculinity… it’s Alex Cameron; also joining the group is a 19 year-old singer songwriter from Brighton in the south of England, she started writing songs aged 12 and cites the likes of Taylor Swift, Lily Allen, First Aid Kit, Kacey Musgraves, and Kanye West among her biggest influences. She gained fame after releasing recordings of herself on Youtube, and the internet has decreed that she is making the “best observational pop of 2019”, it’s Maisie Peters; and finally, a former art-school student and singer from Iceland who grew up in California. She started the band Dream Wife, a project which tackles subjects such as body image, gender roles, and the various faces of womanhood, it’s Rakel Mjoll.

Led by Rebecca, they’ll be discussing honesty in lyrics, musical pet hates musically, getting your hair caught in a violin, and trying to determine what’s cool.

Rebecca Lucy Taylor is joined by guests Alex Cameron, Maisie Peters and Rakel Mjoll.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Rebecca Lucy Taylor and Maisie Peters: 'Don't move your hair so much'20200104

This week, British artist Rebecca Lucy Taylor AKA Self Esteem, and formerly of duo Slow Club, hosts an episode which brings together the best in Pop and alternative: First up, a singer born and raised in Sydney described as creating “Australian sleaze pop”. He apparently is used to dressing up as an old man, and his most recent record is a love letter to his partner and a musing on masculinity… it’s Alex Cameron; also joining the group is a 19 year-old singer songwriter from Brighton in the south of England, she started writing songs aged 12 and cites the likes of Taylor Swift, Lily Allen, First Aid Kit, Kacey Musgraves, and Kanye West among her biggest influences. She gained fame after releasing recordings of herself on Youtube, and the internet has decreed that she is making the “best observational pop of 2019”, it’s Maisie Peters; and finally, a former art-school student and singer from Iceland who grew up in California. She started the band Dream Wife, a project which tackles subjects such as body image, gender roles, and the various faces of womanhood, it’s Rakel Mjoll.

Led by Rebecca, they’ll be discussing honesty in lyrics, musical pet hates musically, getting your hair caught in a violin, and trying to determine what’s cool.

Rebecca Lucy Taylor is joined by guests Alex Cameron, Maisie Peters and Rakel Mjoll.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Rhiannon Giddens And Cam: Divine Inspiration2019102620191027 (WS)

It's a country music themed episode of Music Life, coming to you backstage from the Long Road Festival in Leicestershire in the English Midlands.

Musician, historian, and activist Rhiannon Giddens is joined by singer Josh Turner from South Carolina; singer and song-writer to the the stars—including Sam Smith and Miley Cyrus—CAM from California; and frontman of the band SUSTO, Justin Osborne. They talk about their public personas, using art to effect change, and spirituality.

In part two, Justin Osborne takes us through a playlist of country and folk songs he listens to while out on the road.

Rhiannon Giddens talks about life making music with Josh Turner, Justin Osborne and CAM.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Rookie Errors On Social Media And Being Yourself On Stage2019080320190804 (WS)

Singer-songwriter John Grant (ex-The Czars) is joined by special guests Guy Garvey (Elbow), Planningtorock (genderqueer electronic musician) and orchestral composer and violinist Fiona Brice (Placebo, Anna Calvi, Jay Z, Robbie Williams).
Together they talk candidly about how success is connected to self-worth, embarrassing rookie errors on social media, anxiety and being yourself.

John Grant is joined by Guy Garvey, Planningtorock and Fiona Brice

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Seun Kuti and Eno Williams: Waking up in a good mood2019122820191229 (WS)

This week, Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti AKA Seun Kuti – singer, saxophonist, Egypt ‘80 band leader and son of Fela Kuti from Lagos, Nigeria – hosts a very lively episode. He’s joined by trumpeter, vocalist and visual artist, the leader of the excellent Afrobeat band KOKOROKO (meaning 'be strong' in Nigerian language Urhobo) Sheila Maurice Grey. And lead vocalist from Ibibio Sound Machine, born in London but spending most of her childhood in Nigeria where her family speak Ibibio, the native language of the Ibibio people in Akwa Ibom Staten, Eno Williams.

Led by Seun they’ll be discussing whether music should have a social responsibility, favourite songs to play live, dealing with heckles, and where the art form goes to next.

Singer and saxophonist Seun Kuti meets vocalists Sheila Maurice Grey and Eno Williams

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Seun Kuti and Eno Williams: Waking up in a good mood20191228

This week, Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti AKA Seun Kuti – singer, saxophonist, Egypt ‘80 band leader and son of Fela Kuti from Lagos, Nigeria – hosts a very lively episode. He’s joined by trumpeter, vocalist and visual artist, the leader of the excellent Afrobeat band KOKOROKO (meaning 'be strong' in Nigerian language Urhobo) Sheila Maurice Grey. And lead vocalist from Ibibio Sound Machine, born in London but spending most of her childhood in Nigeria where her family speak Ibibio, the native language of the Ibibio people in Akwa Ibom Staten, Eno Williams.

Led by Seun they’ll be discussing whether music should have a social responsibility, favourite songs to play live, dealing with heckles, and where the art form goes to next.

Singer and saxophonist Seun Kuti meets vocalists Sheila Maurice Grey and Eno Williams

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Sinkane and Cautious Clay: Cultural exchange2020011120200112 (WS)

Sudanese-American multi-instrumentalist and singer Sinkane hosts Music Life this week, the show where some the best musicians in the world come together to discuss their creative process and life as a musician.

Sinkane is joined by New York's Cautious Clay, an estate agent turned pop-artist whose track Cold War was recently sampled by Taylor Swift, Filipino-American keyboardist and vocalist Elenna Canlas, who was a member of the world-renowned dub reggae collective Easy Star All-Stars, and Lea Lea, a singer from East London of Trinidadian and Italian descent, who has shared stages with the likes of Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Roots Manuva, and Amy Winehouse.

Host Ahmed Gallab, AKA Sinkane, has collaborated with the likes of David Byrne, and was also a member of the Atomic Bomb Band, which celebrates the music of Nigerian musician William Onyeabor. He also recently released his seventh studio album Dépaysé. The artists discuss the ways in which they collaborate with musicians from different genres and cultures, along with talk of first gigs and life on the road.

What can you gain from collaborating with other artists?

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Sinkane and Cautious Clay: Cultural exchange20200111

American-Sudanese artist Sinkane hosts Music Life this week. He's joined by New York's Cautious Clay, an estate agent turned pop-artist whose track Cold War was recently sampled by Taylor Swift. Also from New York, we have Elenna Canlas, a Filipina-American artist and a former member of the world-renowned dub reggae collective Easy Star All-Stars. And completing the line-up, Lea Lea, a singer from East London of Trinidadian and Italian decent who starting writing music for Def Jam and RCA aged just 17.

Host Sinkane recently released his 7th studio album Dépaysé, and has collaborated with the likes of David Byrne and William Onyeabor. Collaboration is one topic up for discussion, the ways artists are increasingly collaborating with musicians from different genres and cultures, along with talk of first gigs and touring.

What can you gain from collaborating with other artists?

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Skinny Pelembe And James Lavelle: Video Game Inspirations2019111620191117 (WS)

This week, born in Johannesburg and raised in Doncaster, UK, the multi-talented, young, and much hyped musician Skinny Pelembe is joined by: Mo Wax founder, UNKLE leader, and an artist who’s collaborated with everybody from Thom Yorke to Massive Attack, James Lavelle; on the other side of the sofa sits avant-garde electronic artist Elsa Hewitt who has been enjoying much success this year; and rounding off the group is a singer of Ethiopian heritage and leader of the band Hejira, Rahel Debebe Dessalegne.

Led by Skinny, they’ll be discussing stealing from their heroes, whether or not they dance to the music whilst they make it, and whether video games have inspired what they do.

Skinny Pelembe is joined by James Lavelle, Elsa Hewitt and Rahel Debebe Dessalegne.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

This week, born in Johannesburg and raised in Doncaster, UK, the multi-talented, young, and much hyped musician Skinny Pelembe is joined by: Mo Wax founder, UNKLE leader, and an artist who’s collaborated with everybody from Thom Yorke to Massive Attack, James Lavelle; on the other side of the sofa sits avant-garde electronic artist Elsa Hewitt who has been enjoying much success this year; and rounding off the group is a singer of Ethiopian heritage and leader of the band Hejira, Rahel Debebe Dessalegne.

Led by Skinny, they’ll be discussing stealing from their heroes, whether or not they dance to the music whilst they make it, and whether video games have inspired what they do.

Skinny Pelembe is joined by James Lavelle, Elsa Hewitt and Rahel Debebe Dessalegne.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Stephanie Phillips and Gabriela Quintero: Dismantling preconceptions20191207

This week, we’re going truly global, taking in three continents. Lead singer and guitarist of the UK black feminist punk band Big Joanie, Stephanie Phillips, guides us through this bumper episode. Joining her is: one half of the duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, who’ve been playing together for almost 20 years and have been inspired by everything from Heavy Metal to Jazz, it’s Gabriela Quintero; a singer, composer and choir director from Cuba, she’s signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label and has been quoted as saying: “We want to make Cuban music universal again by mixing the traditional with our young spirits”, it’s Daymé Arocena; finally, a Cameroonian singer songwriter, one of 21 children and who started singing at the age of just 3. He mixes African, Latin and American influences, it’s Blick Bassy.

Led by Stephanie, they’ll be discussing the expectations that are placed on their music from outside forces, how their various influences manifest themselves in the music, and whether or not politics can be a creative force.

Musicians from three continents discuss how influences manifest themselves in their music

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Stephanie Phillips and Gabriela Quintero: Dismantling preconceptions2019120720191208 (WS)

This week, we’re going truly global, taking in three continents. Lead singer and guitarist of the UK black feminist punk band Big Joanie, Stephanie Phillips, guides us through this bumper episode. Joining her is: one half of the duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, who’ve been playing together for almost 20 years and have been inspired by everything from Heavy Metal to Jazz, it’s Gabriela Quintero; a singer, composer and choir director from Cuba, she’s signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label and has been quoted as saying: “We want to make Cuban music universal again by mixing the traditional with our young spirits”, it’s Daymé Arocena; finally, a Cameroonian singer songwriter, one of 21 children and who started singing at the age of just 3. He mixes African, Latin and American influences, it’s Blick Bassy.

Led by Stephanie, they’ll be discussing the expectations that are placed on their music from outside forces, how their various influences manifest themselves in the music, and whether or not politics can be a creative force.

Musicians from three continents discuss how influences manifest themselves in their music

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

What Would Beyonce Do? Getting Into An Artist Mindset2019081020190811 (WS)

This week's host is platinum-selling songwriter Carla Marie Williams (Beyonce, Britney Spears, Kylie). And she is joined by recording artists Ghetts (ex-NASTY crew), Kojo Funds (over 200 million streams) and JP Cooper (platinum-selling artist).
Led by Carla, they discuss how they overcome writers block, how they decide on which direction to go in musically plus, how grime can grow as a genre.

Carla Marie Williams discusses life making music with Ghetts, Kojo Funds and JP Cooper

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When The Demo Is Better Than The Final Song2019081720190818 (WS)

The host is Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and composer Jacob Collier. And he’s joined by Dodie, a YouTuber with almost two million subscribers, recording artist Lianne La Havas, and jazz drummer and producer Makaya McCraven.

Led by Jacob, they’ll be discussing whether they suffer from ‘demo-itis’ (when the demo is better than the finished product), how they develop an initial idea for a song into reality, and how they bring spontaneity to their live shows.

Jacob Collier discusses life making music with Dodie, Lianne La Havas and Makaya McCraven

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

04The Pitfalls Of Being Pigeonholed2019082420190825 (WS)

Maverick Sabre - singer, rapper and songwriter, who's worked with Chase & Status and Professor Green - is this week's host. And he’s joined by recording artist Nadia Rose (known for singles Skwod and Tight Up, plus written for Rihanna), Ezra Collective drummer Femi Koleoso (who's worked with Pharoahe Monch and Jorja Smith), and recording artist Connie Constance (has worked with producer Jim Abiss).

Led by Maverick, they’ll be discussing that feeling you get before and after releasing music, the pitfalls of being pigeon holed into a genre, and the role of faith in their music.

Photo L-R: Connie Constance, Maverick Sabre, Femi Koleoso and Nadia Rose Credit: BBC

Maverick Sabre with guests Nadia Rose, Femi Koleoso and Connie Constance

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

05Quantic And Rosie Lowe: Why The Smiths Are Actually Happy2019083120190901 (WS)

Musician and producer Quantic (signed to Tru Thoughts) is joined by singer songwriter Rosie Lowe (who's worked with Jay Electronica and Floating Points), Brazilian percussionist and composer Adrian Adewale (worked with Salif Keita, Airton Moreira and Flora Purim) and multi-instrumentalist Emma-Jean Thackray (award winning jazz musician).
Led by Quantic they’ll be discussing how they know when a song is finished, what the biggest obstacle has been and how they overcame it, and the moment they realised they were a musician.

Photo: L to R - Adriano Adewale, Emma-Jean Thackray, Quantic and Rosie Lowe Credit: BBC

Adriano Adewale, Emma-Jean Thackray and Rosie Lowe join Quantic to discuss writing styles

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This week it’s the fifth episode of Music Life, a brand new weekly series and podcast in which musicians talk to musicians about all aspects of life making music.
The host this time is musician and producer Quantic (signed to Tru Thoughts). And he’s joined by singer songwriter Rosie Lowe (worked with Jay Electronica and Floating Points), Brazilian percussionist and composer Adrian Adewale (worked with Salif Keita, Airton Moreira and Flora Purim) &and multi-instrumentalist Emma-Jean Thackray (award winning Jazz musician).
Led by Quantic they’ll be discussing how they know when a song is finished, what the biggest obstacle has been and how they overcame it, and the moment they realised they were a musician. Quantic aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In Part 2 Adriano Adewale plays some of his favourite tracks, and tells stories around a playlist he has called ‘The Diversity Of Brazil’.

Quantic with guests Rosie Lowe, Adriano Adewale and Emma-Jean Thackray.

06Swindle And Lioness: Would You Make Music For No Money?2019090720190908 (WS)

Instrumentalist and music producer Swindle (signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label) is joined by R&B singer songwriter Joel Culpepper (who's worked with Paloma Faith, Jimmy Hogarth, Roy Davis Jr.), vocalist Lioness (over a million views on YouTube), and multi-instrumentalist composer Ahnanse (runs most popular underground UK jazz night Steam Down).

Led by Swindle, they’ll be discussing how the city you grow up in influences your sound, weirdest place they’ve recorded a song and would they still be doing this if there was no financial reward.

Joel Culpepper, Ahnanse and Lioness join Swindle to talk influences and weird spaces

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

07Rob Lewis And Sally Beamish: How Hard Is It To Be Original?2019091420190915 (WS)

This week it’s the seventh episode of Music Life, a new weekly series and podcast in which musicians talk to musicians about all aspects of life making music.

The host this time is arranger and composer Rob Lewis (critically acclaimed latest album ‘Momentum’ out now). And he’s joined by composer and violinist Sally Beamish (received 'Award for Inspiration' at the 2018 British Composer Awards), composer and virtuoso cellist Jo Quail (worked with Salif Keita, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim) and composer Robin Haigh (one of the youngest winners of the British Composer Award).

Led by Rob Lewis they’ll be discussing where do you start when composing a piece of music, writers block, and how hard is it to be original. Rob aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In part two, Sally Beamish plays some of her favourite tracks, and tells stories around a playlist on the theme of ‘Inspiration’.

Rob Lewis, with guests Sally Beamish, Jo Quail and Robin Haigh.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

This week it’s the seventh episode of Music Life, a new weekly series and podcast in which musicians talk to musicians about all aspects of life making music.

The host this time is arranger and composer Rob Lewis (critically acclaimed latest album ‘Momentum’ out now). And he’s joined by composer and violinist Sally Beamish (received 'Award for Inspiration' at the 2018 British Composer Awards), composer and virtuoso cellist Jo Quail (worked with Salif Keita, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim) and composer Robin Haigh (one of the youngest winners of the British Composer Award).

Led by Rob Lewis they’ll be discussing where do you start when composing a piece of music, writers block, and how hard is it to be original. Rob aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In part two, Sally Beamish plays some of her favourite tracks, and tells stories around a playlist on the theme of ‘Inspiration’.

Rob Lewis, with guests Sally Beamish, Jo Quail and Robin Haigh.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

This week it’s the seventh episode of Music Life, a new weekly series and podcast in which musicians talk to musicians about all aspects of life making music.

The host this time is arranger and composer Rob Lewis (critically acclaimed latest album ‘Momentum’ out now). And he’s joined by composer and violinist Sally Beamish (received 'Award for Inspiration' at the 2018 British Composer Awards), composer and virtuoso cellist Jo Quail (worked with Salif Keita, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim) and composer Robin Haigh (one of the youngest winners of the British Composer Award).

Led by Rob Lewis they’ll be discussing where do you start when composing a piece of music, writers block, and how hard is it to be original. Rob aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In part two, Sally Beamish plays some of her favourite tracks, and tells stories around a playlist on the theme of ‘Inspiration’.

Rob Lewis, with guests Sally Beamish, Jo Quail and Robin Haigh.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

08Pixie Lott And Lee Fields: How Has The Music Industry Changed Over Time?2019092120190922 (WS)

In the eighth episode of Music Life, four musicians talk about all aspects of their lives and music making.
The host this time is singer Pixie Lott. She’s joined by singer and songwriter Nina Nesbitt who has written for the likes of Jessie Ware and has toured with Ed Sheeran. Fresh from touring, folk pop and blues rock artist Barns Courtney joins the discussion. Also on the show is American soul singer Lee Fields who has been recording for over 50 years.
Led by Pixie Lott they’ll be talking about signing and losing deals, how the music industry has changed over time and how they manage to perform the same songs over and over again.

Pixie Lott with guests Nina Nesbitt, Barns Courtney and Lee Fields.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

In the eighth episode of Music Life, four musicians talk about all aspects of their lives and music making.
The host this time is singer Pixie Lott. She’s joined by singer and songwriter Nina Nesbitt who has written for the likes of Jessie Ware and has toured with Ed Sheeran. Fresh from touring, folk pop and blues rock artist Barns Courtney joins the discussion. Also on the show is American soul singer Lee Fields who has been recording for over 50 years.
Led by Pixie Lott they’ll be talking about signing and losing deals, how the music industry has changed over time and how they manage to perform the same songs over and over again.

Pixie Lott with guests Nina Nesbitt, Barns Courtney and Lee Fields.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

In the eighth episode of Music Life, four musicians talk about all aspects of their lives and music making.
The host this time is singer Pixie Lott. She’s joined by singer and songwriter Nina Nesbitt who has written for the likes of Jessie Ware and has toured with Ed Sheeran. Fresh from touring, folk pop and blues rock artist Barns Courtney joins the discussion. Also on the show is American soul singer Lee Fields who has been recording for over 50 years.
Led by Pixie Lott they’ll be talking about signing and losing deals, how the music industry has changed over time and how they manage to perform the same songs over and over again.

Pixie Lott with guests Nina Nesbitt, Barns Courtney and Lee Fields.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

09Benjamin Zephaniah And Novelist: Is There A Place For Politics In Music?2019092820190929 (WS)

Music Life continues in this weekly series and podcast in which musicians talk to musicians about all aspects of life making music.

The host this time is poet, author and musician Benjamin Zephaniah (The Times listed him as one of 50 greatest postwar writers). And he’s joined by rapper Novelist (Mercury nominated), spoken word artist Sophia Thakur (performed live with London Symphony Orchestra, published author), and spoken word performer Hussain Manawer (supported Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, and Cher).

Led by Benjamin they’ll be discussing whether there is a place for politics in music, is it more difficult for men to be vulnerable and do they regret anything they have released. Benjamin aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In part two, Hussain Manawer plays some of his favourite tracks, and tells stories around a playlist he has called ‘Running Through Grief’.

Benjamin Zephaniah with guests Novelist, Sophia Thakur and Hussain Manawer.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Music Life continues in this weekly series and podcast in which musicians talk to musicians about all aspects of life making music.

The host this time is poet, author and musician Benjamin Zephaniah (The Times listed him as one of 50 greatest postwar writers). And he’s joined by rapper Novelist (Mercury nominated), spoken word artist Sophia Thakur (performed live with London Symphony Orchestra, published author), and spoken word performer Hussain Manawer (supported Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, and Cher).

Led by Benjamin they’ll be discussing whether there is a place for politics in music, is it more difficult for men to be vulnerable and do they regret anything they have released. Benjamin aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In part two, Hussain Manawer plays some of his favourite tracks, and tells stories around a playlist he has called ‘Running Through Grief’.

Benjamin Zephaniah with guests Novelist, Sophia Thakur and Hussain Manawer.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Music Life continues in this weekly series and podcast in which musicians talk to musicians about all aspects of life making music.

The host this time is poet, author and musician Benjamin Zephaniah (The Times listed him as one of 50 greatest postwar writers). And he’s joined by rapper Novelist (Mercury nominated), spoken word artist Sophia Thakur (performed live with London Symphony Orchestra, published author), and spoken word performer Hussain Manawer (supported Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, and Cher).

Led by Benjamin they’ll be discussing whether there is a place for politics in music, is it more difficult for men to be vulnerable and do they regret anything they have released. Benjamin aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In part two, Hussain Manawer plays some of his favourite tracks, and tells stories around a playlist he has called ‘Running Through Grief’.

Benjamin Zephaniah with guests Novelist, Sophia Thakur and Hussain Manawer.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Music Life continues in this weekly series and podcast in which musicians talk to musicians about all aspects of life making music.

The host this time is poet, author and musician Benjamin Zephaniah (The Times listed him as one of 50 greatest postwar writers). And he’s joined by rapper Novelist (Mercury nominated), spoken word artist Sophia Thakur (performed live with London Symphony Orchestra, published author), and spoken word performer Hussain Manawer (supported Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, and Cher).

Led by Benjamin they’ll be discussing whether there is a place for politics in music, is it more difficult for men to be vulnerable and do they regret anything they have released. Benjamin aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In part two, Hussain Manawer plays some of his favourite tracks, and tells stories around a playlist he has called ‘Running Through Grief’.

Benjamin Zephaniah with guests Novelist, Sophia Thakur and Hussain Manawer.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

10Don Letts And Hollie Cook: Reggae Today2019100520191006 (WS)

In this week’s episode of Music Life we hear from Don Letts, Hollie Cook, Josh Rudge of the Skints and Eva Lazarus.

Music Life is a weekly series and podcast in which musicians talk to musicians about all aspects of life making music. The host this time is Don Letts (aka the Rebel Dread, film maker, radio broadcaster and DJ). And he’s joined by British/West Indian reggae singer and keyboardist Hollie Cook; founding member of London reggae band The Skints, Josh Rudge; and multi-talented artist Eva Lazarus who has worked with Gentleman’s Dub Club, Mungo’s Hi-Fi and Nextmen to name a few.

Led by Don they’ll be discussing why bass is so attractive as a sound, what has inspired them to get where they are today and reggaes place in the modern world. Don aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In part two, Hollie Cook plays some of her favourite tracks, and tells stories around a playlist she has called ‘Mystical Women’.

Don Letts discusses life making music with Hollie Cook, Josh Rudge and Eva Lazarus.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

In this week’s episode of Music Life we hear from Don Letts, Hollie Cook, Josh Rudge of the Skints and Eva Lazarus.

Music Life is a weekly series and podcast in which musicians talk to musicians about all aspects of life making music. The host this time is Don Letts (aka the Rebel Dread, film maker, radio broadcaster and DJ). And he’s joined by British/West Indian reggae singer and keyboardist Hollie Cook; founding member of London reggae band The Skints, Josh Rudge; and multi-talented artist Eva Lazarus who has worked with Gentleman’s Dub Club, Mungo’s Hi-Fi and Nextmen to name a few.

Led by Don they’ll be discussing why bass is so attractive as a sound, what has inspired them to get where they are today and reggaes place in the modern world. Don aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In part two, Hollie Cook plays some of her favourite tracks, and tells stories around a playlist she has called ‘Mystical Women’.

Don Letts discusses life making music with Hollie Cook, Josh Rudge and Eva Lazarus.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

In this week’s episode of Music Life we hear from Don Letts, Hollie Cook, Josh Rudge of the Skints and Eva Lazarus.

Music Life is a weekly series and podcast in which musicians talk to musicians about all aspects of life making music. The host this time is Don Letts (aka the Rebel Dread, film maker, radio broadcaster and DJ). And he’s joined by British/West Indian reggae singer and keyboardist Hollie Cook; founding member of London reggae band The Skints, Josh Rudge; and multi-talented artist Eva Lazarus who has worked with Gentleman’s Dub Club, Mungo’s Hi-Fi and Nextmen to name a few.

Led by Don they’ll be discussing why bass is so attractive as a sound, what has inspired them to get where they are today and reggaes place in the modern world. Don aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In part two, Hollie Cook plays some of her favourite tracks, and tells stories around a playlist she has called ‘Mystical Women’.

Don Letts discusses life making music with Hollie Cook, Josh Rudge and Eva Lazarus.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

In this week’s episode of Music Life we hear from Don Letts, Hollie Cook, Josh Rudge of the Skints and Eva Lazarus.

Music Life is a weekly series and podcast in which musicians talk to musicians about all aspects of life making music. The host this time is Don Letts (aka the Rebel Dread, film maker, radio broadcaster and DJ). And he’s joined by British/West Indian reggae singer and keyboardist Hollie Cook; founding member of London reggae band The Skints, Josh Rudge; and multi-talented artist Eva Lazarus who has worked with Gentleman’s Dub Club, Mungo’s Hi-Fi and Nextmen to name a few.

Led by Don they’ll be discussing why bass is so attractive as a sound, what has inspired them to get where they are today and reggaes place in the modern world. Don aims to get to the bottom of how they all do what they do, and why they do it.

In part two, Hollie Cook plays some of her favourite tracks, and tells stories around a playlist she has called ‘Mystical Women’.

Don Letts discusses life making music with Hollie Cook, Josh Rudge and Eva Lazarus.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music