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Accidents, Humour, And Guilt With Joy Crookes And Georgia2020060520200613 (WS)
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What life lessons do you learn from working in music?

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

On hosting duties is Olushola Ajose, a.k.a. Afrikan Boy, a London-born rapper and producer of Nigerian heritage whose music blends hip hop, grime and afrobeat. His track One Day I Went To Lidl caught the attention of MIA, who invited him to collaborate and tour with her. He’s since worked with the likes of Damon Albarn’s Africa Express, DJ Shadow, The Noisettes, Lady Leshurr and Nneka.

He’s joined by South London-based neo-soul singer and songwriter of Bangladeshi-Irish heritage, Joy Crookes. She has firmly established herself as one to watch with three critically acclaimed EPs and receiving a Rising Star Award nomination at the 2020 Brit Awards, just in time for the release of her debut album coming later this year.

Jaz Karis is a soulful RnB singer-songwriter who cites Erykah Badu, Frank Ocean and Amy Winehouse as some of her biggest influences. Since releasing her debut EP Into the Wilderness in 2017, she has signed to NAO’s record label Little Tokyo Recordings, and amassed nearly 10 million views for her performance of her track Petty Lover on music platform Colors.

Also joining the conversation is producer, singer and songwriter Georgia, who began her music career as a drummer for Kwes and Kate Tempest, and has gone on to collaborate with Africa Express, Honne, Mura Masa, Gorillaz and Peter Hook. She won the One to Watch Award at the AIM Independent Music Awards in 2019, and released her second record Seeking Thrills in January this year to critical acclaim.

They’ll be discussing what aspects of their personalities shine through the most when making music, what drives their creativity, and what life lessons they’ve learned so far from working in music.

Accidents, Humour, And Guilt With Joy Crookes And Georgia2020061320200614 (WS)What life lessons do you learn from working in music?

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

On hosting duties is Olushola Ajose, a.k.a. Afrikan Boy, a London-born rapper and producer of Nigerian heritage whose music blends hip hop, grime and afrobeat. His track One Day I Went To Lidl caught the attention of MIA, who invited him to collaborate and tour with her. He’s since worked with the likes of Damon Albarn’s Africa Express, DJ Shadow, The Noisettes, Lady Leshurr and Nneka.

He’s joined by South London-based neo-soul singer and songwriter of Bangladeshi-Irish heritage, Joy Crookes. She has firmly established herself as one to watch with three critically acclaimed EPs and receiving a Rising Star Award nomination at the 2020 Brit Awards, just in time for the release of her debut album coming later this year.

Jaz Karis is a soulful RnB singer-songwriter who cites Erykah Badu, Frank Ocean and Amy Winehouse as some of her biggest influences. Since releasing her debut EP Into the Wilderness in 2017, she has signed to NAO’s record label Little Tokyo Recordings, and amassed nearly 10 million views for her performance of her track Petty Lover on music platform Colors.

Also joining the conversation is producer, singer and songwriter Georgia, who began her music career as a drummer for Kwes and Kate Tempest, and has gone on to collaborate with Africa Express, Honne, Mura Masa, Gorillaz and Peter Hook. She won the One to Watch Award at the AIM Independent Music Awards in 2019, and released her second record Seeking Thrills in January this year to critical acclaim.

They’ll be discussing what aspects of their personalities shine through the most when making music, what drives their creativity, and what life lessons they’ve learned so far from working in music.

Advice To Your Younger Self With Quantic And Orphy Robinson2019113020191201 (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

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.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Carla Marie Williams And Jp Cooper: 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.

Ghetts, Kojo Funds and JP Cooper join Carla Marie Williams to talk beating writer's block

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

Cliches With Gabriella Cilmi And Natacha Atlas2020011820200119 (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

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.

Colin Greenwood20200425Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood discusses all things music with Tamino, Caroline Polachek, and Robert Glasper. Together, they’ll be attempt to solve the riddle of how they keep the creative flame alive, overcoming the voice of the inner critic, and why you need a plan ‘B’ – a get out plan - if you’re a musician.

Colin Greenwood – the brother of Radiohead guitarist and keyboardist Jonny – is the bassist with Radiohead. He’s selected an awesome array of musicians to talk to, including Belgian singer, musician, and model of Egyptian and Lebanese heritage Tamino, songwriter, producer, and singer formerly of Chairlift, who’s worked with the likes of Solange, Blood Orange, Travis Scott, and Charli XCX, Caroline Polachek. And a Grammy and Emmy Award winning legendary Jazz pianist, producer, composer, and arranger who’s worked with Kendrick Lamaar, Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, J Dilla, Jay-Z and Anderson Paak, it’s only Robert Glasper.

Radiohead's Colin Greenwood talks music with Tamino, Caroline Polachek and Robert Glasper.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood discusses all things music with Tamino, Caroline Polachek, and Robert Glasper. Together, they’ll be attempt to solve the riddle of how they keep the creative flame alive, overcoming the voice of the inner critic, and why you need a plan B – a get out plan - if you’re a musician.

Colin Greenwood – the brother of Radiohead guitarist and keyboardist Jonny – is the bassist with Radiohead. He’s selected an awesome array of musicians to talk to: Belgian singer, musician, and model of Egyptian and Lebanese heritage Tamino; songwriter, producer, and singer formerly of Chairlift, who’s worked with the likes of Solange, Blood Orange, Travis Scott, and Charli XCX, Caroline Polachek; and Robert Glasper, a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning jazz pianist, producer, composer, and arranger, who’s worked with Kendrick Lamaar, Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, J Dilla, Jay-Z and Anderson Paak.

Composing Naked With Christophe Chassol And Sudan Archives20200125
Creative Freedom With Labdi And Hibotep20200530A show dedicated to artists from the Kenyan and Ugandan underground.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

A show dedicated to artists from the Kenyan and Ugandan underground. Kenyan musician and singer-songwriter Labdi, the only female Orutu player in East Africa, is going to guide us through the episode. She’ll be asking the group how they settled on making their authentic sounds, if they feel free creatively, and whether the influence of West African music is a positive or negative.

Answering those questions is: Hibotep, a Ugandan counter-culture visionary, DJ, filmmaker, fashion designer, installation artist, rapper and producer. She’s performed twice for Boiler Room at Nyege Nyege Festival and is one of the lead artists in East Africa’s New Wave. Karun is a Nairobi-based singer and songwriter, Berklee College of Music alumni and formerly part of the BET Awards nominated Camp Mulla. She’s now a solo artist and one of Kenya’s most celebrated soul voices, appearing in Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 last year. And Faizal Mostrixx is one of Kampala’s most recognised contemporary dancers and a producer giving traditional Ugandan sounds a modern makeover with electronics in an effort to preserve its heritage. He also featured in the Resident Advisor artist 15 East African Artists You Need to Hear, and he recently provided the music for the Adidas Originals campaign Freedom.

Creative Freedom With Labdi, Hibotep, Karun And Faisal Mostrixx2020052220200530 (WS)
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A show dedicated to artists from the Kenyan and Ugandan underground

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

A show dedicated to artists from the Kenyan and Ugandan underground. Kenyan musician and singer-songwriter Labdi, the only female Orutu player in East Africa, is going to guide us through the episode. She’ll be asking the group how they settled on making their authentic sounds, if they feel free creatively, and whether the influence of West African music is a positive or negative.

Answering those questions is: Hibotep, a Ugandan counter-culture visionary, DJ, filmmaker, fashion designer, installation artist, rapper and producer. She’s performed twice for Boiler Room at Nyege Nyege Festival and is one of the lead artists in East Africa’s New Wave. Karun is a Nairobi-based singer and songwriter, Berklee College of Music alumni and formerly part of the BET Awards nominated Camp Mulla. She’s now a solo artist and one of Kenya’s most celebrated soul voices, appearing in Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 last year. And Faizal Mostrixx is one of Kampala’s most recognised contemporary dancers and a producer giving traditional Ugandan sounds a modern makeover with electronics in an effort to preserve its heritage. He also featured in the Resident Advisor artist 15 East African Artists You Need to Hear, and he recently provided the music for the Adidas Originals campaign Freedom.

Creative Freedom With Labdi, Hibotep, Karun And Faisal Mostrixx2020053020200531 (WS)A show dedicated to artists from the Kenyan and Ugandan underground

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Cultural Exchange With Sinkane And Cautious Clay2020011120200112 (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 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.

Dance And Wash The Dishes With Laetitia Sadier And Peter Zummo2020062020200621 (WS)How do you define originality?

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Stereolab founder Laetitia Sadier chats to Mabe Fratti, Peter Zummo, and Zooey’s Marie Merlet.

French singer, keyboardist, percussionist and trombonist Laetitia Sadier has worked with the likes of Blur, Luna, Deerhoof, Common, Mouse on Mars, and Tyler, The Creator. She’s asking the guests how they overcome hurdles, how they define originality, expanding musical ideas, and what sparks the creative process.

Answering these tough questions is American composer, trombonist and producer Peter Zummo. He’s perhaps most famous for his years of work with cellist and producer Arthur Russell, plus the Love of Life orchestra, Flying Hearts, and Lounge Lizards, which saw him create a style that he wryly termed "minimalism plus a whole lot more". Guatemalan cellist, singer, and sound artist Mabe Fratti started playing the cello when she was just eight years old. She released her debut album Pies Sobre la Tierra earlier this year to critical acclaim. And French singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Marie Merlet completes the line-up. You might also know her as Iko Cherie; she also makes up one half of French duo Zooey with Matthieu Beck, and used to be in the French post-rock band Monade with host Laetitia.

Dark Places And Bliss With Reuben James2020091220200913 (WS)Reuben started playing the piano from the age of 3, so in terms of the percentages of a life spent in music he’s right at the top. He’s asking the group all about the best song they’ve written, if they could go back in time and alter a piece of work what they would change, and the thing that they erase the most during the writing process, be it a lyric, a subject, or a feeling?

Answering these questions is Izzy Bizu; a British-Ethiopian singer and songwriter, BBC Introducing Artist of the Year, and had toured with Coldplay, AlunaGeorge, and Sam Smith. Scribz Riley is a two-time Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter and artist who’s worked with the likes of Khalid, J Hus, Normani, and Yxng Bane. He was also handpicked by Marvel to contribute to the Black Panther soundtrack in collaboration with Kendrick Lamar.

And finally, Gracey is a Pop singer and writer who’s worked with the likes of Kylie, Pet Shop Boys and Cher. As her career took off, she lost her voice and needed surgery to fix it, but her career is now back on track.

Singer, pianist and producer Reuben James talks to Izzy Bizu, Scribz Riley, and Gracey.

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Dark Places And Bliss With Reuben James And Izzy Bizu2020091220200913 (WS)Singer, pianist and producer Reuben James started playing the piano from the age of three, so in terms of the percentages of a life spent in music he’s right at the top. In this episode of Music Life, he asks Izzy Bizu, Scribz Riley and Gracey about the best song they’ve written, what they would change if they could go back in time and alter a piece of work, and the thing that they erase the most during the writing process, be it a lyric, a subject, or a feeling.

Izzy Bizu is a British-Ethiopian singer, songwriter, and BBC Introducing Artist of the Year, who has toured with Coldplay, AlunaGeorge, and Sam Smith.

Scribz Riley is a two-time Grammy-winning producer, songwriter and artist who’s worked with the likes of Khalid, J Hus, Normani and Yxng Bane. He was also handpicked by Marvel to contribute to the Black Panther soundtrack in collaboration with Kendrick Lamar.

And finally, Gracey is a pop singer and writer who’s worked with the likes of Kylie, Pet Shop Boys and Cher. As her career took off, she lost her voice and needed surgery to fix it, but her career is now back on track.

If you could go back in time and alter a piece of work, what would you change?

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Delving Into The Subconscious With Jon Hopkins And Anna Meredith2020031420200315 (WS)Four behemoths of the current electronic music scene - Max Cooper, Anna Meredith, Holly Herndon, and Jon Hopkins – join the BBC World Service to talk all about creativity.

They’ve made some of the most influential music of the 2010s, and that continues into the new decade. Led by Irish composer, producer, and former geneticist Max Cooper, the group discuss how much their subconscious plays a part in their music, their composition likes and dislikes, and – the biggest question of all – the reasons why they became a musician in the first place.

Answering those questions are: one of the most innovative voices in British music, the contemporary-classical composer Anna Meredith, who released the album Fibs last year; American composer and sound artist Holly Herndon, who developed her sound in Berlin, and released the excellent album PROTO last year; and keyboardist, producer, and 'sonic technician' Jon Hopkins. Fresh from releasing various offshoots of the album Singularity, he’s been touring the world, and has played with everybody from Brian Eno and Coldplay to King Creosote.

Four of today's most exciting electronic musicians discuss composing and creativity

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Dismantling Preconceptions With Stephanie Phillips And Gabriela Quintero2019120720191208 (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

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Divine Inspiration With Rhiannon Giddens And Josh Turner2019102620191027 (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.

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

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

'do My Friends Like My Music?' With Shura And Kim Petras2020041120200412 (WS)A bumper edition of Music Life this week sees alt-pop singer and guitarist Shura host Kim Petras, Mae Muller, and Ego Ella May.

German pop icon Kim Petras is now based in Los Angeles. She’s worked with everybody from Charli XCX and Fergie to MAX, Sophie, Jojo, and ALMA, and topped the Spotify viral 50 chart in 2017. Mae Muller is a rising pop star, releasing her debut album Chapter 1 last year. Self-taught songwriter, producer and guitarist Ego Ella May has worked with the likes of Oscar Jerome, Joe Armon-Jones (from Ezra Collective), Wu-Lu and Eddie Hick (from Sons of Kemet).

They discuss how social media affects the ability to create, how to know when a song is done, and whether trying to be commercial affects how songs are written. Plus the greatest names for dogs.

How does social media affect your creativity?

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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

'don't Move Your Hair So Much' With Rebecca Lucy Taylor And Maisie Peters2020010420200105 (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

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Drumming For Legends With Tony Allen And Billy Cobham2020020120200202 (WS)Ezra Collective drummer Femi Koleoso and Dele Sosimi of Fela Kuti's Egypt 80 are joined on Music Life by two of the greatest drummers of all time: Billy Cobham and Tony Allen.

Billy Cobham is a Panamanian-American jazz drummer who played with Miles Davis in the 60s and 70s, before forming the Mahavishnu Orchestra. He's gone on to play with Peter Gabriel, Quincy Jones, James Brown and many more.

Nigeria's Tony Allen was once described by Brian Eno as "perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived". With his band mate Fela Kuti, he founded the Afrobeat sound - as Fela once said, "Without Tony, there would be no Afrobeat".

Dele Sosimi is a Nigerian-British musician who also played with Fela Kuti, playing keyboards in his Egypt 80 band, before forming Positive Force with his son Femi Kuti.

Femi Koleoso gets to put questions to his musical heroes, those who have done a great deal to inspire his work with Jorja Smith, Loyle Carner and London jazz group Ezra Collective.

Two of the greatest drummers of all time are joined by Femi Koleoso and Dele Sosimi

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Ezra Collective drummer Femi Koleoso and Dele Sosimi of Fela Kuti's Egypt 80 are joined on Music Life by two of the greatest drummers of all time: Billy Cobham and Tony Allen.

Billy Cobham is a Panamanian-American jazz drummer who played with Miles Davis in the 60s and 70s, before forming the Mahavishnu Orchestra. He's gone on to play with Peter Gabriel, Quincy Jones, James Brown and many more.

Nigeria's Tony Allen was once described by Brian Eno as "perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived". With his band mate Fela Kuti, he founded the Afrobeat sound - as Fela once said, "Without Tony, there would be no Afrobeat".

Dele Sosimi is a Nigerian-British musician who also played with Fela Kuti, playing keyboards in his Egypt 80 band, before forming Positive Force with his son Femi Kuti.

Fascinations With The Future, Hosted By Rvdical The Kid2020062720200628 (WS)How do you deal with imposter syndrome?

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This week, Music Life brings together four of the best West African young producers and trend setters for the first time.

Rvdical the Kid is from Nigeria and Ghana, raised in Benin, before moving to Accra. In 2015 he released the genre-defining album Carte Blanche, and is due to follow it up later this year.

Joining him is Gafacci, one of the most exciting Ghanaian music producers, DJs, and songwriters right now. Club nights and publications around the world are spreading his name, so keep your ears on him. He’s worked with homegrown and international artistes such as Sarkodie, Samini, Bryte, Mina, Famous Eno, and Fever Ray.

Ria Boss is a Ghanaian-Burkinabe singer songwriter, also based in Accra. Her debut EP, Find Your Free, is a compilation of healing songs she wrote to help get her through her rough battle with depression, identity issues, and quest for self-love. She also released the #THANKGODITSRIA series in which she released 11 EPs in 11 weeks.

And finally, Keyzuz is a DJ and producer who has shaped her creative identity around being a nonconformist, an artist who pushes the boundaries of her expression both aurally and visually. She’s originally from Ghana and is now based in America.

They’ll be discussing elements that repeat in the music process, how much of the artists’ work is intentional, and how they deal with imposter syndrome (a very common syndrome amongst musicians).

Fed Up Of The Plain Old Form With Iggy Pop And Anna Calvi2019122120191222 (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

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Gabriella Cilmi And Natacha Atlas: Songwriting Cliches20200118
Getting Into Trouble With Moonchild Sanelly And Bryte2020090520200906 (WS)South African musician and dancer Moonchild Sanelly is joined by Bryte, Cuppy, and Etuk Ubong. Together they discuss if there are there things they can’t say in their music, what sounds and lyrics are inspired by their environment, and how successful women are viewed in the male-dominated industry.

Sanelisiwe Twisha, better known as Moonchild Sanelly, is the ‘future ghetto punk’ star from South Africa, fusing experimental electronic, afro-punk, and edgy-pop with kwaito, hip-hop and jazz. She welcomes a group of musicians at the forefront of their respective genres. First up is Nigerian DJ, producer, and entrepreneur Cuppy. In August 2015, she set off on her first DJ tour, entitled Cuppy Takes Africa, in which she visited Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa.

In-demand trumpeter, composer and bandleader Etuk Ubong, also hailing from Nigeria, draws inspiration from the jazz greats, Afrobeat, highlife and ekombi. He also adds the sounds of water, wind and fire, which is why he calls his sound "earth music".

And finally, Ghanaian musician, singer, and producer Bryte has established himself as one of the most exciting voices in recent times by fusing African afrobeats with UK funky and bassline sounds.

Are there things musicians can't say in their music?

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Getting Into Trouble With Moonchild Sanelly And Etuk Ubong2020090520200906 (WS)Sanelisiwe Twisha, better known as Moonchild Sanelly, is the ‘future ghetto punk’ star from South Africa, fusing experimental electronic, afro-punk, and edgy-pop with kwaito, hip-hop and jazz. She welcomes a group of musicians at the forefront of their respective genres. First up is Nigerian DJ, producer, and entrepreneur Cuppy. In August 2015, she set off on her first DJ tour, entitled Cuppy Takes Africa, in which she visited Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa.

In-demand trumpeter, composer and bandleader Etuk Ubong, also hailing from Nigeria, draws inspiration from the jazz greats, Afrobeat, highlife and ekombi. He also adds the sounds of water, wind and fire, which is why he calls his sound "earth music".

And finally, Ghanaian musician, singer, and producer Bryte has established himself as one of the most exciting voices in recent times by fusing African afrobeats with UK funky and bassline sounds.

Together they discuss if there are there things they can’t say in their music, what sounds and lyrics are inspired by their environment, and how successful women are viewed in the male-dominated industry.

Are there things musicians can't say in their music?

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Heart V Technique With Nitin Sawhney2020092620200927 (WS)An absolutely fascinating discussion this week sees the group discuss the differences between being a solo artist versus being part of the band, the importance of playing with heart over technique, and how collaborating and working with different musicians changes their sound.

Nitin Sawhney grew up studying the piano, guitar, sitar and tabla and has released scores of albums, composed for theatre, dance, video games and cinema, including the film Mowgli for Netflix and the BBC TV series ‘Human Planet’. He’s also worked with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Nelson Mandela, Joss Stone, Annie Lennox, Sting, and Mira Nair.

Norah Jones is a nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician. She launched her solo music career in 2002 with her debut album Come Away with Me, and since then she’s sold over 50 million records worldwide. She’s also collaborated with Herbie Hancock, Outkast, Foo Fighters, Willie Nelson, Q-Tip and former guest on this show Robert Glasper. Anoushka Shankar is a musician, composer and producer who began training on the sitar with her father, Ravi. She made her professional debut at the age of 13 and had made three classical solo records by the time she was twenty. She was also the first Indian musician to perform live at the Grammy Awards, and she has worked with the likes of M.I.A., Rodrigo y Gabriela, Gold Panda, Lenny Kravitz, Deva Premal, and Zakir Hussain.

And finally, Soumik Datta is a British-Indian musician and composer who specialises in the sarod. He has collaborated with Beyoncé, Joss Stone, Anoushka Shankar, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and host Nitin Sawhney. He has also presented documentaries examining how music helps us understand India’s past and present, and was invited by Jay-Z to join him on stage for Royal Albert Hall’s first ever Hip Hop concert.

Musician and DJ Nitin Sawhney welcomes Norah Jones, Anoushka Shankar and Soumik Datta

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

'i Don't Like Rules' With Moelogo And Silvastone2020050820200516 (WS)
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Do record labels help or hinder the creative process?

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

This week on Music Life, Nigerian born artist Moelogo welcomes Pongo, Silvastone, and Viva Mysimang (Penya).

We are very lucky to be joined by; Pongo, a vocalist and songwriter based in Portugal, born in Angola. She has renewed the Kuduro music by mixing her African roots with EDM, Bass, Dancehall, and Pop and her videos have been watched over 11 million times online. Silvastone is an genre-defying artist, producer and songwriter, raised in Freetown in Sierra Leone, and born to Ghanaian and Sierra Leonean parents. He describes his music as “a creative hybrid of African Beats and UK Street Sounds marinated in Global Melodies”. He’s worked with everybody from Popcaan and Davido to Damian Marley and Rita Ora. And finally, Viva Msimang who is a trombonist and singer of Chilean and South African heritage from the band Penya. She’s also worked with the likes of former Music Life host Sarthy Korwar, the Mercury-nominated Go Team, and Tanzanian musician Msafiri Zawose. And host Moelogo is an Afrobeat, R&B, and Hip Hop singer and songwriter who has collaborated with the likes of Giggs, Mostack, Tiggs Da Author, Mr Eazi, Adekunle Gold, Da Beatfreakz, Wretch 32, and Jonas Blue.

Together, they’ll be discussing how to stand out in today’s music scene, whether record labels help or hinder the creative process, and how their music connects with audiences.

'i Don't Like Rules' With Moelogo And Silvastone2020051620200517 (WS)Do record labels help or hinder the creative process?

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

This week on Music Life, Nigerian born artist Moelogo welcomes Pongo, Silvastone, and Viva Mysimang (Penya).

We are very lucky to be joined by; Pongo, a vocalist and songwriter based in Portugal, born in Angola. She has renewed the Kuduro music by mixing her African roots with EDM, Bass, Dancehall, and Pop and her videos have been watched over 11 million times online. Silvastone is an genre-defying artist, producer and songwriter, raised in Freetown in Sierra Leone, and born to Ghanaian and Sierra Leonean parents. He describes his music as “a creative hybrid of African Beats and UK Street Sounds marinated in Global Melodies”. He’s worked with everybody from Popcaan and Davido to Damian Marley and Rita Ora. And finally, Viva Msimang who is a trombonist and singer of Chilean and South African heritage from the band Penya. She’s also worked with the likes of former Music Life host Sarthy Korwar, the Mercury-nominated Go Team, and Tanzanian musician Msafiri Zawose. And host Moelogo is an Afrobeat, R&B, and Hip Hop singer and songwriter who has collaborated with the likes of Giggs, Mostack, Tiggs Da Author, Mr Eazi, Adekunle Gold, Da Beatfreakz, Wretch 32, and Jonas Blue.

Together, they’ll be discussing how to stand out in today’s music scene, whether record labels help or hinder the creative process, and how their music connects with audiences.

'i Forgot To Hit Record' With Afrodeutsche And Ellen Allien2020082220200823 (WS)This week, we’re celebrating artists that have close ties with the German city of Berlin.

Ellen Allien is a globally renowned DJ, electronic musician, producer and label boss based in Berlin. Her label, B-Pitch Control, has shaped the sound of the city over the last decade, and she’s constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s achievable with music and a dancefloor. Catnapp is an experiemental, self-taught electronic music artist and sound engineer from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who moved to Berlin in 2015. She recently appeared in the Netflix series Unorthodox, and in the future she wants to score music for sci-fi films. Mentrix is a Berlin-based vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer from Tehran, Iran. Her music blends her experiences of eastern and western culture, and she brings together electronic sounds with traditional Sufi instrumentation. And our host this week is Afrodeutsche, a Russian/British/Ghanaian composer, DJ, producer, and remix artist who’s performed and worked with the likes of Aphex Twin and former Music Life guest Marie Davidson.

They’ll be discussing how the sounds of history make their way into their music, feeling the pressure to create, and the importance of finding inspiration.

How the sounds of history make their way into music

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Music Life is the weekly music conversation from BBC World Service.

This week we’re celebrating artists that have close ties with the German city of Berlin. Ellen Allien globally renowned DJ, electronic musician, producer and label boss based in Berlin. Her label B-Pitch Control has shaped the sound of the city over the last decade, and she’s constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s achievable with music and a dancefloor. Catnapp is an experiemental, self-taught electronic music artist and sound engineer from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who moved to Berlin in 2015. She made a recently appearance in the Netflix series Unorthodox, and in the future she wants to score music for sci-fi films. Mentrix is a Berlin-based vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer from Tehran, Iran. Her music blends her experiences of eastern and western culture, and she brings together electronic sounds with traditional Sufi instrumentation. And our host this week is Afrodeutsche, a Russian/British/Ghanaian composer, DJ, producer, and remix artist who’s performed and worked with the likes of Aphex Twin and former Music Life guest Marie Davidson.

They’ll be discussing how the sounds of history make its way into their music, feeling the pressure to create, and the importance of finding inspiration.

'i Get Scared' With Azekel And Yukimi Nagano2020071820200719 (WS)Nigerian-born songwriter, producer, and musician Azekel welcomes Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, Kwesi Arthur, and Shab.
Together, they talk about why it’s tricky writing with people you don’t know, what it’s like working with big names, and how important it is to express identity in music.

Azekel has collaborated with the likes of Gorillaz, Massive Attack, GAIKA, and Grammy-winning producer Om’Mas Keith (who’s worked with Frank Ocean and Anderson.Paak). Prince also tweeted about one of his songs, and Grace Jones is a fan. The lead singer of Swedish band Little Dragon, Yukimi Nagano has a Swedish-American mother and a Japanese father. The band are back with a new record called New Me, Same Us. Kwesi Arthur is a 25-year-old rapper and musician from Tema, Ghana. He initially wanted to be a footballer but was inspired to pursue a career in music after listening to Drake’s album Thank Me Later. And Shab is an Iranian singer-songwriter who is one of 13 brothers and sisters, a refugee now based in America. Her debut album is due later this year and the first track from it, Spell On Me, is produced by Grammy-winning producer Damon Sharpe (Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez). She describes the track as a “disco ode to female wildness”.

How hard is it to make music with people you don't know?

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Nigerian-born songwriter, producer, and musician Azekel welcomes Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, Kwesi Arthur, and Shab.
He finds out why it’s tricky writing with people you don’t know, what it’s like working with big names, and how important it is to express identity in music.

Azekel has coillaborated with the likes of Gorillaz, Massive Attack, GAIKA, and Grammy-winning producer Om’Mas Keith (who’s worked with Frank Ocean and Anderson Paak). Prince also tweeted about one of his songs, and Grace Jones is a fan. The lead singer of Swedish band Little Dragon, Yukimi Nagano has a Swedish-American mother and a Japanese father. The band are back with a new record called ‘New Me, Same Us’. Kwesi Arthur is a 25-year-old rapper and musician from Tema, Ghana. He initially wanted to be a footballer but was inspired to pursue a career in music after listening to Drake’s album ‘Thank Me Later’. And Shab is an Iranian singer-songwriter who is one of 13 brothers and sisters, a refugee now based in America. Her debut album is due later this year and the first track from it ‘Spell On Me’ is produced by Grammy-winning producer Damon Sharpe (Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez). She describes the track as a “disco ode to female wildness”.

Nigerian musician Azekel welcomes Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon, Kwesi Arthur and Shab.

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Inequalities In The Music Industry: Raye And Jacob Banks2019112320191124 (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

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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'

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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.

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

John Grant And Guy Garvey: Rookie Errors On 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, anxiety and being yourself.

Planningtorock, Fiona Brice and Guy Garvey join John Grant to talk anxiety and self worth

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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.

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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

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Jp Cooper And Carla Marie Williams: Writing For Beyonce 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

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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

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Mental Health And Music With Peter Hook And Stephen Malkmus2019110920191110 (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

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Missing Your Friends' Birthdays With Raye And Jmsn2019101920191020 (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.

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

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Music Therapy With Kane Brown And Holly Macve2020050220200503 (WS)Three young country stars discuss music's therapeutic effects

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Young country stars Kane Brown, Holly Macve and Olivia Lane discuss writing songs as therapy, recurring themes, and being put in a difficult position by their lyrics.

Kane Brown is a superstar in the making from Tennessee, and has been called the ‘Justin Bieber of country’. He has worked with the likes of Khalid, Becky G, and Marshmello, and his influences include Chris Young, George Strait, Lee Brice and Garth Brooks. He’s also the only artist in to simultaneously top all five of Billboard's country music charts.

Olivia Lane is an up and coming artist who is also from Tennessee, but was born in Texas. Her lyrics cover a wide range of topics from romance to mental health struggles. She cites Shania Twain, Frank Sinatra, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King and Taylor Swift as some of her musical influences.

And this week’s host, Holly Macve, is an Irish alt-country singer and guitarist, who has shared a stage with the likes of John Grant, Benjamin Clementine, and Ryley Walker. Her grandfather was a classical composer and her mother sang and collected blues, country and jazz records, so music definitely runs in the family.

Musical Dreams With Ishmael Butler And Iamddb2020082920200830 (WS)Experimental hip-hop artist Ishmael Butler hosts this edition of music life - he's a member of Shabazz Palaces, and was also part of Grammy-winning hip-hop pioneers Digable Planets. He’s also worked with the likes of Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and Animal Collective.

He’s joined by IAMDDB, a songwriter and vocalist based in Manchester, UK, who is very much the artist in demand right now. Her performance of the song ‘ause on the music platform Colors has been viewed more than 16 million times, and her 2019 album ‘Swervvvvv.5’ made her a household name in the international community. Bishop Nehru is a young rapper and producer from New York. He has made two albums with elusive rap poet MF Doom, and worked with Dizzy Wright, 9th Wonder and Kaytranada. And KeiyaA is a singer, songwriter and producer from Chicago, now based in New York. She’s previously worked as a session musician for Noname, Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, and Mick Jenkins, and released her debut album Forever, Ya Girl earlier this year.

Together the group discuss the chemistry in collaborations, first steps in the creative process, and if they’ve ever dreamt an idea.

Have you ever dreamed an idea for a song?

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Musical Identity With Sinkane And Emel Mathlouthi2020032120200322 (WS)This week on Music Life Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab) is joined by Emel Mathlouthi, Laima Leyton, and Shirley Tetteh.

With such an eclectic mix of musicians it’s only right they talk about straddling multiple cultures, the role spirituality plays in their music, how you turn an idea into a song, and the all-important question of who their biggest fan is. Macaulay Culkin may get mentioned.

Sinkane returns to host his second show of Music Life. He’s a Sudanese-American musician who blends krautrock, prog rock, electronica, free jazz and funk rock with Sudanese pop. Emel Mathlouthi is a Tunisia-born, New York-based singer-songwriter, who gained popularity after a video of her performing during a Tunisian street protest went viral online during the Arab Spring. As a result, her music was banned from Tunisian radio airwaves, which earned her the title "voice of the Tunisian revolution". Brazilian music producer Laima Leyton has been DJ-ing around the globe as one half of Mixhell, and has played with Igor Cavalera, as well as producing her own music and remixing and collaborating with artists such as Moby, Buraka Som Sistema, Soulwax, and Diplo. And finally, Shirley Tetteh AKA Nardeydey is one of the most exciting guitarists in the UK right now. As part of the band Nerija, they released their debut album Blume last year.

How do you turn an idea into a song?

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'never Plan' With La Roux And Channy Leaneagh2020040420200405 (WS)Channy Leaneagh, the lead singer and synth player with the Minnesota band Polica, asks La Roux, Elaha Soroor, and Dana Gavanski what makes them want to write more, if they feel satisfied with the way they release music, and about their issues with the media industry.

Elly Jackson, also known as La Roux, is a bona fide alt-pop star and Grammy Award-winning singer, who is now back with her first album in five years, Supervision. Dana Gavanski is a folk singer-songwriter born in Vancouver, Canada, to a Serbian family. She’s a newcomer on the music scene, who has made waves with her debut album Yesterday Is Gone. And “protest singer ? Elaha Soroor, from Afghanistan, born in Iran, found fame on the TV show Afghan Star – the Afghan equivalent of American Idol. She was forced to flee the country after singing songs critical of the Afghan culture and its oppression of women.

What makes artists want to write more?

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Elly Jackson, also known as La Roux, is a bona fide alt-pop star and Grammy Award-winning singer, who is now back with her first album in five years, Supervision. Dana Gavanski is a folk singer-songwriter born in Vancouver, Canada, to a Serbian family. She’s a newcomer on the music scene, who has made waves with her debut album Yesterday Is Gone. And “protest singer” Elaha Soroor, from Afghanistan, born in Iran, found fame on the TV show Afghan Star – the Afghan equivalent of American Idol. She was forced to flee the country after singing songs critical of the Afghan culture and its oppression of women.

Obsessed With Production With Jehnny Beth And Kelly Lee Owens2020080820200809 (WS)Jehnny Beth, frontwoman of noise queens Savages and now a solo artist, leads the discussion with three thought-provoking and inspirational musicians.

Kelly Lee Owens is one of the most exciting DJs and electronic producers right now, a Welsh musician who’s collaborated with the likes of St. Vincent, Bjork, Jenny Hval, and Jon Hopkins. Jessy Lanza is an an electronic songwriter, producer, and vocalist from Ontario, Canada. A former music teacher, she grew up playing piano and clarinet, before going on to study jazz and eventually finding her feet in electronic music. And finally, Tei Shi is a Colombian-Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer born in Buenos Aires, but now based in LA. She’s jokingly described her work as "mermaid music".

Together, they discuss the history of the studio gear they use, positions they record vocals in the studio, watching films to get inspiration, and the difficulties of recording animals.

How hard is it to record animal sounds?

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Jehnny Beth of Savages welcomes Tei She, Kelly Lee Owens, and Jessy Lanza.

Front women of the noise queens Savages, and now solo artist, Jehnny Beth leads the discussion with three thought-provoking and inspirational artists. Kelly Lee Owens is one of the most exciting DJs and electronic producers right now. A Welsh musician who’s collaborated with the likes of St. Vincent, Bjork, Jenny Hval, and Jon Hopkins. Jessy Lanza is an an electronic songwriter, producer, and vocalist from Ontario, Canada. A former music teacher she grew up playing piano and clarinet before going on to study Jazz, eventually finding her feet in the electronic music field. And finally, Tei She is a Colombian-Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer born in Buenos Aires, but now based in LA. She’s jokingly described her work as "mermaid music".

Together, they discuss the history of the studio gear they use, positions they record vocals in the studio, watching films to get inspiration, and the difficulties in recording animals.

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.

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

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

Overcoming Obstacles With Melisa Whiskey And Zlatan2020041820200419 (WS)Four rising stars of African music share the major obstacles they've had to overcome

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Melisa Whiskey, a singer from London by way of Nigeria, talks to some of the finest young African talent out there at the minute: Nigerian musician and dancer Zlatan, who has worked with the likes of Burna Boy, Olamide, Lil Kesh, and Davido; fellow Nigerian musician Lyta, who's making waves after releasing the singles Selfmade, Time, and the Davido-produced Monalisa; and Garry Mapanzure, a 21-year-old artist and architecture student from Harare, Zimbabwe, who’s an All Africa Music Awards winner.

Together they discuss their creative processes, if stage fright exists, and the pretty huge obstacles they’ve had to face to achieve success. BIG obstacles.

Together they discuss their creative processes, if stage fright exists, and the pretty huge obstacles they’ve had to face to achieve success. BIG obstacles.

Peter Hook And Stephen Malkmus: Mental Health And Music20191109
'playing Live Is Scary' With Dino D'santiago And Marika Hackman2020022920200301 (WS)On this globetrotting episode of Music Life we are taken into the mind of the artist with Portuguese singer of Cape Verdean descent Dino D’Santiago. A singer, guitarist, and beat-boxer, he bridges the traditional sounds of Funaná, Batuku, Morna with modern recording techniques and sounds.

He's joined by half-Finnish vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Marika Hackman; singer and writer of Sudanese and Scottish heritage Eliza Shaddad, who's a frequent collaborator with UK chart toppers Clean Bandit; and Ayo Odia, a saxophonist and singer of many guises, who currently plays with the collective Yung Afrika Pyoneers.

Together, they discuss the first songs they ever wrote, whether they feel most comfortable as artists in the studio or on the stage, and how they get away from the limitations of a genre.

How big is the difference between playing in the studio and on the stage?

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Playing To People Who Don't Look Like You With Sarathy Korwar And Damien Escobar2020030720200308 (WS)Music Life is led this week by percussionist and producer Sarathy Korwar. He was born in the US and grew up in Ahmedabad and Chennai in India, and began playing tabla at the age of 10. His album More Arriving was released last year; featuring rappers from Mumbai and New Delhi, it was described as “an honest reflection of [the] experience of being an Indian in Britain ?

Joining him is the American violinist, author, and entrepreneur Damien Escobar from New York; Irish, by way of Sierra Leone, future-Afro soul vocalist, producer and multi-instrumentalist Fehdah; and percussionist Osman Gerein, who plays with The Scorpios, of whom several members are originally from Central Sudan but are now based in the UK after fleeing the fundamentalist takeover in that region.

They’ll be finding common ground in the music they make by discussing relationships with their instruments, how much they need to practice, whether audiences look like them, and what rituals they go through to perform.

What kind of relationship do musicians have with their instruments?

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Music Life is led this week by percussionist and producer Sarathy Korwar. He was born in the US and grew up in Ahmedabad and Chennai in India, and began playing tabla at the age of 10. His album More Arriving was released last year; featuring rappers from Mumbai and New Delhi, it was described as “an honest reflection of [the] experience of being an Indian in Britain”.

Quantic And Orphy Robinson: Advice To Your Younger Self20191130
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.

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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

Reggae Today With Don Letts And Hollie Cook2019100520191006 (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 reggae's 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.

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

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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.

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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

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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

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Singing In The Dark With Dyo And Lady Donli2020032820200329 (WS)This week’s episode of Music Life is an absolute powerhouse of the some of the greatest talent in contemporary music right now.

Led by Tiguidanké Diallo, AKA Niariu, originally from Guinée, they'll talk about why it’s easier to sing in the dark, why musicians need to be rebels, and finding your own voice in your music.

Niariu is a multidisciplinary artist and singer with the band Les Amazones d'Afrique. They’re a supergroup with members coming from all over the continent, with the aim of raising awareness of violence against women.

Joining her is Dyo, an Ivor Novello nominated artist of Nigerian heritage, who’s worked with everybody from Maroon 5, Chip,and Wiley, to Mr Eazi, Iggy Azalea, Adekunle Gold, and Luis Fonsi. The first “pan-African rock star ?, Lady Donli, is also here; she grew up in Abuja, Nigeria, and released the Enjoy Your Life album last year, which featured the huge track Cash. And finally, Marla Brown, a dancer and performer, and the daughter of the “crown prince of reggae ?, Dennis Brown.

Is it easier to sing in the dark?

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Joining her is Dyo, an Ivor Novello nominated artist of Nigerian heritage, who’s worked with everybody from Maroon 5, Chip,and Wiley, to Mr Eazi, Iggy Azalea, Adekunle Gold, and Luis Fonsi. The first “pan-African rock star”, Lady Donli, is also here; she grew up in Abuja, Nigeria, and released the Enjoy Your Life album last year, which featured the huge track Cash. And finally, Marla Brown, a dancer and performer, and the daughter of the “crown prince of reggae”, Dennis Brown.

Joining her is Dyo, an Ivor Novello nominated artist of Nigerian heritage, who’s worked with everybody from Maroon 5, Chip,and Wiley, to Mr Eazi, Iggy Azalea, Adekunle Gold, and Luis Fonsi. The first “pan-African rock star”, Lady Donli, is also here; she grew up in Abuja, Nigeria, and released the Enjoy Your Life album last year, which featured the huge track Cash. And finally, Marla Brown, a dancer and performer, and the daughter of the “crown prince of reggae”, Dennis Brown.

Sinkane And Cautious Clay: Cultural Exchange20200111American-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?

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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.

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Something Will Explode With Max Richter2020081520200816 (WS)A huge episode of Music Life this week sees one of the most versatile composers working today. Max Richter (Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror, Ad Astra, Mary Queen of Scots) ask the stars of film, TV, and stage how they got their starts in the music business, their creative processes, how they convey emotion through their work, and how it’s actually quite difficult to create something simple.

Answering those questions is a man who really needs no introduction, Mr Hans Zimmer. He’s scored over 100 films so far, putting his signature sound on everything from James Bond to the Dark Knight Trilogy via Thelma & Louise. There isn’t a film that isn’t vastly improved with Hans’ work behind it. Also with Max is Icelandic composer, cellist and vocalist Hildur Guðnadóttir. She won the Academy Award for best score for the controversial film Joker, you can also hear her music-less score in the haunting TV series Chernobyl. And Puerto Rican composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Négron completes the line up and writes music for chamber ensembles, orchestras, film, theatre, robotic instruments, and toys no less. This is a meeting of minds that’s not to be missed.

Composer Max Richter asks stars of film, TV and stage how they got a start in music.

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Songwriting First Dates With Melanie C And Nadia Rose2020091920200920 (WS)A stellar collection of musicians and songwriters this week, and who better to lead the discussion than somebody who has sold in excess of 85 million records? Singer, songwriter, presenter, DJ, and Spice Girl Melanie C asks the group candid questions about creativity, including the importance of dynamics in a songwriting team, what is it that informs the sound they want to make, and the thing they really love about making music.

First up Nadia Rose, a rapper from South London who’s been writing bars and performing since her school days. She’s gone on to write for Rihanna and has won a MOBO Award for the music video to huge hit Skwod. She’s also Stormzy’s cousin. Rae Morris is a singer and songwriter who released her debut single aged 20. She’s since shared stages with Lianne La Havas, Bombay Bicycle Club and George Ezra, and has worked with Lucy Rose and Clean Bandit.

And finally, Jin Jin is a platinum-selling musician, songwriter and entrepreneur who grew up around her grandfather’s reggae music store. Since then she has written with the likes of Sigala, Jax Jones, David Guetta, Clean Bandit, Little Mix, Craig David, Tinie Tempah, Raye, and Jess Glynne.

How do you build a songwriting team?

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Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Soul V Technology With Raphael Saadiq And Samm Henshaw2020021520200216 (WS)In this week’s Music Life, singer-songwriter and Pharrell Williams collaborator Samm Henshaw gets inspired by the thoughts of Raphael Saadiq, Denai Moore, and Moses Boyd.

Raphael Saadiq is a Grammy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is a member of the multiplatinum group Tony! Toni! Toné!, as well as being a critically acclaimed solo artist, and has worked with the likes of D’Angelo, Kelis, Mary J Blige, Solange, Whitney Houston and John Legend.

Jamaican-born, London-based singer and songwriter Denai Moore is newer on the scene, but has worked with the likes of SBTRKT and released two solo albums to date. She’s also the founder of Dee’s Table, a weekly food pop-up and supper club serving vegan Jamaican food.

And Moses Boyd is one of jazz's most exciting upcoming artists. He’s a multi-award winning drummer, composer, producer and radio host, who fuses jazz, grime and electronic sounds.

Led by Samm Henshaw, the group tells us what colour would best describe the music they make, which of their songs they’d want to be remembered for, and how they find the balance when they use technology to create soulful music.

How can you use technology to make music with soul?

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Stephanie Phillips And Gabriela Quintero: Dismantling Preconceptions20191207
Strange Fan Encounters With Nabihah Iqbal And Nil\u00fcfer Yanya2020020820200209 (WS)This week’s episode of Music Life gets personal with musician, producer and black belt in karate Nabihah Iqbal, who is joined by Khruangbin’s Laura Lee, as well as singers Nilüfer Yanya and Gaye Su Akyol.

Laura Lee was a maths teacher turned bass player who started her musical journey 8 years ago in the three-piece band Khruangbin. The band have toured with the likes of Bonobo, Father John Misty, Massive Attack and Leon Bridges, and are known for blending global music influences, classic soul, dub and psychedelia.

London-born singer-songwriter of Turkish and Barbadian descent Nilüfer Yanya started writing songs at the age of 6, and has since toured alongside The xx, Interpol and Mitski. Last year she released her debut album Miss Universe, a semi-conceptual project that blends rock, pop, electronica, R&B, and soul.

And Turkish singer, songwriter, producer and audio-visual artist Gaye Su Akyol rounds off the panel. She blends traditional Turkish melodies and structures with psychedelia, surf rock and grunge.

Led by Nabihah Iqbal, they’ll be discussing strange fan encounters, dating as a musician, and using music as an escape.

What's dating like for musicians?

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'synths Are My Best Friends' With Suzanne Ciani And Marie Davidson2020072520200726 (WS)Legendary electronic artist Suzanne Ciani welcomes Marie Davidson, Sui Zhen, and Lorenzo Senni.

Suzanne is based in San Francisco and has been nominated for five Grammy Awards. She was the first woman to score a major Hollywood film, and was the first female voice to be used on a computer game. Marie Davidson is a French-Canadian musician, and one of the world’s most exciting electronic producers. Her most recent record, Working Class Woman, considers “the stresses and strains of operating within the spheres of dance music and club culture”. Lorenzo Senni is a Milan-based electronic music producer, composer and visual artist, and has composed for cinema and theatre. He has even created an installation designed to comfort people in the intensive care unit of a hospital. And Sui Zhen is an experimental pop and performance artist from Melbourne, Australia, whose work focuses on the intersections between human life and technology.

Joining from different timezones across the planet, they’ll dicuss what it’s like to release an album, the importance of human interactions with machines, and how they first discovered their beloved synths.

Four leading electronic artists discuss the joy of synthesisers

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The Art Of Pop With Soweto Kinch, Charlotte Adigery And Jordan Rakei2020071120200712 (WS)Saxophonist, MC and poet Soweto Kinch talks to Charlotte Adigéry and Jordan Rakei about pop music inspirations, writing to fit in a genre, and the role ego plays in their art.

Charlotte Adigéry is a Belgian-Caribbean musician, born and raised in Ghent to parents from Martinique and Guadeloupe, and she’s hard to define by genre. She also performs as electro-punk alter ego WWWater. When making music, Charlotte has said, “I try and make something without thinking about direction or genre or sound.”

Jordan Rakei is a New Zealand-Australian jazz, soul, R&B, and pop musician, singer, songwriter and producer. His breakthrough record came in 2017 with Wallflower, and he released the Origin LP earlier this year. He’s also worked with the likes of Disclosure, Jessie Ware, Loyle Carner and Anna Calvi.

What role does ego play in art?

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Saxophonist, MC and poet Soweto Kinch talks to Charlotte Adigery, and Jordan Rakei.

Charlotte Adigéry is a Belgian-Caribbean musician, born and raised in Ghent to parents from Martinique and Guadeloupe islands. A totally unique and original artist, she’s hard to define by genre. She also performs as electro-punk alter ego ‘WWWater’. When making music Charlotte has said “I try and make something without thinking about direction or genre or sound”.

Jordan Rakei is a New Zealand-Australian Jazz, Soul, R&B, and Pop musician, singer, songwriter and producer. His breakthrough record came in 2017 with Wallflower, and he recently released the Origin LP earlier this year. He’s also worked with the likes of Disclosure, Jessie Ware, Loyle Carner and Anna Calvi.

Soweto gets to the bottom of how they make their music and asks about Pop music inspirations, writing to fit into a genre, and the role the ego plays in their art.

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The Influence Of Family With Soweto Kinch And Shingai Shoniwa2020050920200510 (WS)Jazz saxophonist Soweto Kinch hosts Shingai Shoniwa, Eno Williams and Barney Artist.

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Music Life this week sees British jazz saxophonist, MC, and poet Soweto Kinch host Shingai Shoniwa, Eno Williams, and Barney Artist.

Singer and bassist Shingai Shoniwa is formerly of the band The Noisettes. The name Shingai, according to Wikipedia, means "bold/courageous/strong" in the Shona language. Eno Williams is the lead vocalist in the electronic funk band Ibibio Sound Machine. She was born in London but spent most of her childhood in Nigeria where her family spoke Ibibio, the native language of the Ibibio people in Akwa Ibom Staten. And our final guest is Barney Artist, a London rapper, who’s worked with George The Poet, Tom Misch, and Jordan Rakai. Soweto is a Mercury prize nominated / MOBO winning artist who’s been championed by Mos Def and Rodney P and has supported the likes of KRS ONE, Dwele, and TY. He’s also the nicest guy in music.

Together they explore themes in music that revolve around family and its influence, the idea of homecoming and identity, and the importance of language.

The Science Of Soundtracks With Max Richter, Hans Zimmer, Hildur Gu\u00f0nad\u00f3ttir And Angelica Negr\u00f3n2020081520200816 (WS)A huge episode of Music Life this week sees one of the most versatile composers working today, Max Richter (Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror, Ad Astra, Mary Queen of Scots), ask renowned creators of music for film, TV and the stage how they got their starts in the music business, their creative processes, how they convey emotion through their work, and how it’s actually quite difficult to create something simple.

Among those answering these questions is a man who really needs no introduction, Hans Zimmer. He’s scored over 100 films so far, putting his signature sound on everything from James Bond to the Dark Knight Trilogy via Thelma & Louise. There isn’t a film that isn’t vastly improved with Hans’ work behind it. Also with Max is Icelandic composer, cellist and vocalist Hildur Guðnadóttir. She won the Academy Award for best score for the controversial film Joker, and you can also hear her music-less score in the haunting TV series Chernobyl. Puerto Rican composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón completes the line up; she writes music for chamber ensembles, orchestras, film, theatre, robotic instruments, and even toys. This is a meeting of minds that’s not to be missed.

Four of today's most notable film and TV composers discuss how they got started in music

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The Science Of Soundtracks With Max Richter, Hans Zimmer, Hildur Gu\u00f0nad\u00f3ttir And Angelica Negron2020081520200816 (WS)A huge episode of Music Life this week sees one of the most versatile composers working today, Max Richter (Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror, Ad Astra, Mary Queen of Scots), ask renowned creators of music for film, TV and the stage how they got their starts in the music business, their creative processes, how they convey emotion through their work, and how it’s actually quite difficult to create something simple.

Among those answering these questions is a man who really needs no introduction, Hans Zimmer. He’s scored over 100 films so far, putting his signature sound on everything from James Bond to the Dark Knight Trilogy via Thelma & Louise. There isn’t a film that isn’t vastly improved with Hans’ work behind it. Also with Max is Icelandic composer, cellist and vocalist Hildur Guðnadóttir. She won the Academy Award for best score for the controversial film Joker, and you can also hear her music-less score in the haunting TV series Chernobyl. Puerto Rican composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Négron completes the line up; she writes music for chamber ensembles, orchestras, film, theatre, robotic instruments, and even toys. This is a meeting of minds that’s not to be missed.

Four of today's most notable film and TV composers discuss how they got started in music

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The Voice Of The Inner Critic With Colin Greenwood And Robert Glasper2020042520200426 (WS)Radiohead's Colin Greenwood talks music with Tamino, Caroline Polachek and Robert Glasper

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Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood discusses all things music with Tamino, Caroline Polachek, and Robert Glasper. Together, they’ll be attempt to solve the riddle of how they keep the creative flame alive, overcoming the voice of the inner critic, and why you need a plan B – a get out plan - if you’re a musician.

Colin Greenwood – the brother of Radiohead guitarist and keyboardist Jonny – is the bassist with Radiohead. He’s selected an awesome array of musicians to talk to: Belgian singer, musician, and model of Egyptian and Lebanese heritage Tamino; songwriter, producer, and singer formerly of Chairlift, who’s worked with the likes of Solange, Blood Orange, Travis Scott, and Charli XCX, Caroline Polachek; and Robert Glasper, a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning jazz pianist, producer, composer, and arranger, who’s worked with Kendrick Lamaar, Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, J Dilla, Jay-Z and Anderson Paak.

Colin Greenwood – the brother of Radiohead guitarist and keyboardist Jonny – is the bassist with Radiohead. He’s selected an awesome array of musicians to talk to: Belgian singer, musician, and model of Egyptian and Lebanese heritage Tamino; songwriter, producer, and singer formerly of Chairlift, who’s worked with the likes of Solange, Blood Orange, Travis Scott, and Charli XCX, Caroline Polachek; and Robert Glasper, a Grammy and Emmy Award-winning jazz pianist, producer, composer, and arranger, who’s worked with Kendrick Lamaar, Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, J Dilla, Jay-Z and Anderson Paak.

The Words, The Rhythm, The Melody With Melissa Laveaux And Angelique Kidjo2020062620200704 (WS)
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Why asking questions can be more important than finding answers

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Canadian guitarist Melissa Laveaux welcomes Flavia Coelho, Maya Kamaty, and Angelique Kidjo. Melissa gets to the bottom of issues within the industry, the importance of asking questions rather than finding answers, and themes in their music that they keep returning to. All of this while being completely in awe of the legendary Angelique.

Angelique Kidjo is a four-time Grammy award-winning Beninese singer-songwriter, actor, and activist of Nigerian descent. She’s fluent in five languages, and has worked with the likes of Alicia Keys, Philip Glass, Bono, Carlos Santana, John Legend, and Herbie Hancock. Flavia Coelho is a Brazillian singer-songwriter born in Rio De Janeiro, who mixes samba, bossa nova, Brazilian rap, reggae and ragga. Her latest release, DNA, explored themes of corruption, homophobia and racism; an echo of the political difficulties in Brazil. And finally, Maya Kamaty is pioneering a new generation of the Reunion Island’s traditional song form, maloya. She is also the daughter of legendary maloya musician Gilbert Pounia, leader of the band Ziskakan.

Angelique Kidjo is a four-time Grammy award-winning Beninese singer-songwriter, actor, and activist of Nigerian descent. She’s fluent in five languages, and has worked with the likes of Alicia Keys, Philip Glass, Bono, Carlos Santana, John Legend, and Herbie Hancock. Flavia Coelho is a Brazillian singer-songwriter born in Rio De Janeiro, who mixes samba, bossa nova, Brazilian rap, reggae and ragga. Her latest release, DNA, explored themes of corruption, homophobia and racism; an echo of the political difficulties in Brazil. And finally, Maya Kamaty is pioneering a new generation of the Reunion Island’s traditional song form, maloya. She is also the daughter of legendary maloya musician Gilbert Pounia, leader of the band Ziskakan.

Throwing Away Lyrics With Chali 2na, Omar, Skye Edwards And Rodney P2020080120200802 (WS)Jurassic 5 founder Chali 2na welcomes Rodney P, Skye Edwards from Morcheeba, and Omar to the show.

Ever wondered what the first step in the creative process is for musicians? What kind of obstacles do they face in achiveving success? These are just some of the questions that Chali will asking the group. Plus there’s some hilarious anecdotes and gentle ribbing along the way.

Chali 2na has one of the most distinguishable baritone voices in hip-hop. He’s an MC, graffiti artist and founding member of the collective Jurassic 5, and forms half of Ozomatli with DJ Cut Chemist. Rodney P is known as the Godfather of British hip-hop. An MC and broadcaster, he released what is widely regarded as the most important UK hip-hop album of all time with Gangsta Chronicle in 1990. Skye Edwards is known for being the lead vocalist of Morcheeba. She’s also worked with the likes of Nouvelle Vague, Grace Jones collaborator Ivor Guest, and our host, Mr Chali 2na. And finally, Omar is a soul singer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and actor, best known for the hit There’s Nothing Like This. He’s worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Kele Le Roc, Lamont Dozier, Common, Estelle and Angie Stone. His father was a studio musician and drummer with Bob Marley, Horace Andy and the Rolling Stones.

What's the first step in the creative process?

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Turning Fear Into Excitement With Austra And Dan Deacon2020052920200606 (WS)
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The strange places musicians find inspiration

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Prepare to be inspired by this week as Canadian singer Katie Stelmanis, AKA Austra, sits down with Dan Deacon, Cosmo Sheldrake and Dry Cleaning’s Florence Shaw.

Dan Deacon is a singer-songwriter and film score composer from Baltimore, USA, who is known for his exhilarating live shows and is described by his record label Domino as an "alchemist of electro-acoustic recording tools". He released his latest record Mystic Familiar in January 2020, his first to display his natural singing voice.

Another artist known to surprise his audiences is Cosmo Sheldrake, who often brings sounds from the natural world into his records and live performances. A multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer and songwriter, Cosmo released his debut album in 2018, and his compositions have featured in theatre, film, and London's Natural History Museum.

They’re joined by Florence Shaw, who is a visual artist and university lecturer as well as being the lead vocalist and lyricist for London-based band Dry Cleaning. Her sources of lyrical inspiration include social anxiety, YouTube comments and even takeaway menus.

They’ll be discussing the odd places they find inspiration, how an album’s format can impact the music itself, and overcoming anxiety.

Turning Fear Into Excitement With Austra And Dan Deacon2020060620200607 (WS)The strange places musicians find inspiration

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

Prepare to be inspired by this week as Canadian singer Katie Stelmanis, AKA Austra, sits down with Dan Deacon, Cosmo Sheldrake and Dry Cleaning’s Florence Shaw.

Dan Deacon is a singer-songwriter and film score composer from Baltimore, USA, who is known for his exhilarating live shows and is described by his record label Domino as an "alchemist of electro-acoustic recording tools". He released his latest record Mystic Familiar in January 2020, his first to display his natural singing voice.

Another artist known to surprise his audiences is Cosmo Sheldrake, who often brings sounds from the natural world into his records and live performances. A multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer and songwriter, Cosmo released his debut album in 2018, and his compositions have featured in theatre, film, and London's Natural History Museum.

They’re joined by Florence Shaw, who is a visual artist and university lecturer as well as being the lead vocalist and lyricist for London-based band Dry Cleaning. Her sources of lyrical inspiration include social anxiety, YouTube comments and even takeaway menus.

They’ll be discussing the odd places they find inspiration, how an album’s format can impact the music itself, and overcoming anxiety.

Video Game Inspirations With Skinny Pelembe And James Lavelle2019111620191117 (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

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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

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

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

'why Didn't I Think Of That?' With Ella Eyre, Mahalia, Mnek And Hamzaa2020051520200523 (WS)
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What do you look for in a collaborator?

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

A huge episode of Music Life this week, with Ella Eyre, Hamzaa, Mahalia, and MNEK.

Our host today is BRIT Award and MOBO winner Ella Eyre, a singer who's worked with the likes of Rudimental, Sigala, Meghan Trainor, Bastille, and French Montana. She's joined by Mahalia, an R&B/Neo-Soul singer, songwriter and actor who started playing the guitar at 13, and has worked and toured with the likes of Rudimental, Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran. Her album Love and Compromise, released last year, features Burna Boy, Lucky Daye, and Ella Mai - as well as another of our guests today, Hamzaa. She's an alt-soul singer-songwriter and pianist who’s worked with Wretch 32 & Ghetts, been championed by Stormzy and compared to Adele, and supported Ray BLK.

Completing the lineup is Grammy-nominated songwriter, record producer and recording artist MNEK. He’s had a major impact on the British pop charts by co-writing hits for the Saturdays and Duke Dumont, and has since gone on to work with the likes of Beyoncé, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and Little Mix.

They’ll be discussing what you look for in a co-writer, what you want out of a producer, and how easy or hard it is to get the record labels on board with your music.

'why Didn't I Think Of That?' With Ella Eyre, Mahalia, Mnek And Hamzaa2020052320200524 (WS)What do you look for in a collaborator?

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

A huge episode of Music Life this week, with Ella Eyre, Hamzaa, Mahalia, and MNEK.

Our host today is BRIT Award and MOBO winner Ella Eyre, a singer who's worked with the likes of Rudimental, Sigala, Meghan Trainor, Bastille, and French Montana. She's joined by Mahalia, an R&B/Neo-Soul singer, songwriter and actor who started playing the guitar at 13, and has worked and toured with the likes of Rudimental, Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran. Her album Love and Compromise, released last year, features Burna Boy, Lucky Daye, and Ella Mai - as well as another of our guests today, Hamzaa. She's an alt-soul singer-songwriter and pianist who’s worked with Wretch 32 & Ghetts, been championed by Stormzy and compared to Adele, and supported Ray BLK.

Completing the lineup is Grammy-nominated songwriter, record producer and recording artist MNEK. He’s had a major impact on the British pop charts by co-writing hits for the Saturdays and Duke Dumont, and has since gone on to work with the likes of Beyoncé, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and Little Mix.

They’ll be discussing what you look for in a co-writer, what you want out of a producer, and how easy or hard it is to get the record labels on board with your music.

Why Gigs Feel Like Football Matches With Kojey Radical And Shabaka Hutchings2019110220191103 (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.

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

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

'write About What You Know' With Yuna And Mxmtoon2020022220200223 (WS)The weekly show Music Life returns with Malaysian singer Yuna, guiding us through a number of musical topics with British singer and record producer Shakka, 19-year-old Chinese American YouTube star mxmtoon, and self-taught Malaysian Queer Pop icon Alex.tbh.

We’re all over the musical dial with this one, in which our stars talk about how they write their music, the things they can and can't say in their lyrics, and the artists they'd most like to meet and collaborate with.

Yuna has worked with everybody from Usher to Tyler The Creator, and her latest album Rouge – released last year – featured the likes of Little Simz, Masego, and G-Eazy. Her experience in the music industry is unique and we look forward to finding out the truly amazing stories she has to tell.

A journey all over the musical dial with rising stars Yuna, mxmtoon, Shakka and Alex.tbh

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

Where music stars discuss how they make their music

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

The host this time is arranger and composer Rob Lewis (critically acclaimed latest album ‘Momentum’ out now). And he’s joined by composer and violist 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).

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

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

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