Tape Notes

Tape Notes

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Presented by John Kennedy


TN:52 Sports Team & Burke Reid (Mercury Prize Nominated)
Sep 22 • 96 min
In this episode, John heads over to Sports Team HQ to catch up with Oli, Rob and producer Burke Reid, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced their Mercury nominated debut album ‘Deep Down Happy’.With DIY demos and a bag of stems, Oli, Rob and…
TN:51 Georgia & Mark Ralph (Mercury Prize Nominated)
Sep 22 • 79 min
Back at the start of lockdown, John caught up with Georgia and producer Mark Ralph to bring together a special episode for Aim House on how they wrote, recorded and produced Georgia’s Mercury nominated album ‘Seeking Thrills’. Delving right into the first…
TN:50 EOB & Flood
Aug 25 • 124 min
In this episode, John heads up to Assault & Battery Studios to chat with EOB – the solo project from Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien - and legendary producer Flood, to talk through how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ‘Earth’. Armed with demos…
TN:49 Enter Shikari
Aug 19 • 95 min
In this episode, John catches up with Enter Shikari frontman and producer, Rou Reynolds to breakdown how the band wrote, recorded and produced their new album ‘Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible’. As the band’s most genre-bending album to date, Rou…
TN:48 Grouplove & Dave Sitek
Aug 11 • 88 min
In this episode, John catches up with Grouplove’s Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi along with legendary producer Dave Sitek to breakdown how they wrote, recorded and produced the band’s latest album Healer. As their first record with an outside…
TN:47 Badly Drawn Boy & Gethin Pearson
Aug 5 • 117 min
In this episode, John catches up with Badly Drawn Boy A.K.A Damon Gough and producer Gethin Pearson to talk through how they wrote, recorded and produced ‘Banana Skin Shoes’. After numerous false starts producing the album – his first after an 8 year…
TN:46 Rina Sawayama & Clarence Clarity
Jul 28 • 109 min
In this episode, John catches up with Rina Sawayama and producer Clarence Clarity to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced Rina’s debut album ‘Sawayama’. Diving deep into the almost 100 track sessions, Rina and Clarence reflect on how the album…
TN:45 Ghostpoet
Jul 21 • 89 min
In this episode, John catches up with Obaro Ejimiwe, A.K.A Ghostpoet, along with engineer and mixer Shuta Shinoda to talk through how they wrote, recorded and produced his latest album, ‘I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep’. Recorded at the start of…
TN:44 Tom Misch & Adam Jaffrey
Jul 14 • 73 min
In this episode, John catches up with Tom Misch and engineer Adam Jaffrey to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced Tom’s collaboration album with drummer Yussef Dayes - ‘What Kinda Music’. Tom and Adam dig deep into the session material,…
TN:43 Jack Garratt
Jul 7 • 99 min
In this episode, John catches up with Jack Garratt to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced his latest album Love, Death & Dancing. Jack digs up the original demo sessions recorded in his garden shed, unravelling the multitude of ideas he packed…
TN:42 Caribou
Jul 1 • 114 min
In this episode John links up with Caribou a.k.a. Dan Snaith, to breakdown how Suddenly - his first release in five years - was written, recorded and produced. Diving deep into his hard drive Dan treats us to a plethora of demo versions, track breakdowns…
TN:41 Foals
Jun 23 • 84 min
Kicking off a brand new season, John is joined by Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis to talk about how the band’s mammoth two-part project Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost was written, recorded and produced. As their first self-produced albums, Yannis…
Best of Season 4
Jun 17 • 40 min
In this episode we take a look back at some of the best bits from season 4. If you haven’t heard every episode from the last season, this is a good way to introduce yourself to some of the artists and producers we’ve had on, hearing their stories, tips…
TN:40 DJ Shadow
Mar 31 • 94 min
In this episode, John ventures over to Wendy House Studios to catch up with hip-hip royalty Josh Davis AKA DJ Shadow, to talk through how he recorded and produced his latest album ‘Our Pathetic Age’ and his chart-topping album ‘The Mountain Will Fall’.…
TN:39 Mystery Jets & Matt Twaites
Mar 25 • 111 min
In this episode John makes multiple trips to Brain Yard Studios to catch up with Mystery Jets frontman Blaine Harrison and producer Matt Twaites to talk about how they recorded and produced the album A Billion Heartbeats. Recorded in the room where the…
TN:38 Ezra Collective
Mar 17 • 100 min
This week John is joined by Ezra Collective’s Femi, TJ and James to talk about how they wrote and recorded their debut album You Can’t Steal My Joy. Hot off the heels winning ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ at the World Wide Awards, the boys reflect upon how the…
TN:37 Elbow
Mar 10 • 108 min
In this episode, John is joined by Guy Garvey and Craig Potter from Elbow, to talk about how ‘Giants of All Sizes’ was written and recorded. Craig and Guy look back at some of the sessions tracked over a two year period, reflecting on what was an…
TN:36 These New Puritans
Mar 3 • 85 min
In this episode John is joined by twin brothers Jack and George Barnett, AKA experimental art-rock music duo These New Puritans, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ‘Inside The Rose’. The boys look back on making music together…
TN:35 Friendly Fires & Mark Ralph
Feb 25 • 102 min
Friendly Fires’ Inflorescent is packed with tightly woven beats and hard-hitting nostalgia. In a city spanning episode, John catches up with the band along with super star producer Mark Ralph (Tom Walker, Clean Bandit, Years & Years) at Iguana Studios and…
TN:34 Mura Masa
Feb 18 • 102 min
Returning for another season, John is joined by electronic music producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Alex Crossan A.K.A Mura Masa.Catching up at Iguana Studios, Alex invites us behind the curtain and reveals how his latest album R.Y.C was…
Best of Season 3
Feb 18 • 38 min
In this episode we take a look back at some of the best bits from season 3. If you haven’t heard every episode from the last season, this is a good way to introduce yourself to some of the artists and producers we’ve had on, hearing their stories, tips…
Bonus Episode - Easy Life & Rob Milton (live at Latitude)
Dec 18, 2019 • 48 min
Back in July we were invited to Latitude Festival to take part in their podcast stage. In this live recording, we caught up with Murray from Easy Life and Rob Milton to talk about how they write and record music together.After a late entrance from Murray…
TN:33 The Lumineers & Simone Felice
Dec 11, 2019 • 131 min
In this episode John ventures up to Spitfire Audio studios to catch up with Wes and Jeremiah from The Lumineers and producer Simone Felice to talk about how they recorded and produced the album III. The guys offer up an epic dissection of their music…
TN:32 Cold War Kids & Lars Stalfors
Dec 4, 2019 • 65 min
Cold War Kids Show Notes In this episode John straddles the pond and catches up with Nathan from Cold War Kids and producer Lars Stalfors to talk about how the album New Age Norms 1 was recorded and produced. Speaking from a studio in North Hollywood the…
TN:31 Jamie Lidell
Nov 26, 2019 • 96 min
In this episode John links up with producer/musician & podcaster Jamie Lidell in his Nashville studio to talk about how he records and produces his music. Dusting off his old G4 mac, Jamie delves into the archives and revisits some classics from the…
TN:30 Tune-Yards
Nov 20, 2019 • 100 min
In this episode John links up with Merrill and Nate from Tune-Yards to talk about how they recorded and produced the soundtrack to Sorry To Bother You and also dive into a classic from the TY back-catalogue. Speaking from the other side of the pond…
TN:29 Floating Points
Nov 12, 2019 • 76 min
In this episode John heads to EMS4 studios in Shoreditch to chat with Floating Points a.k.a Sam Shepherd, about how he recorded and produced his latest release, Crush. Talking from deep within Sam’s musical laboratory, we peer behind the curtain and find…
TN:28 Nitin Sawhney
Nov 5, 2019 • 92 min
In this episode John heads to the Dairy studios to talk with composer/musician/producer Nitin Sawhney about how he recorded and produced the album Beyond Skin. In celebration of 20 years since its release, Nitin dusts off the original Logic 4 sessions and…
TN:27 Kate Tempest & Dan Carey
Oct 29, 2019 • 115 min
In this episode John returns to Mr. Dan’s studio in Streatham to talk with Kate Tempest and Dan Carey. Looking back over a track from each album they’ve recorded together, Kate & Dan detail the creative journey they’ve been on since first meeting, and…
TN:26 Ibeyi & Richard Russell
Oct 15, 2019 • 96 min
In this special live addition of Tape Notes, John is joined by Naomi & Lisa-Kaindé of Ibeyi and XL Recordings head honcho/producer Richard Russell, to talk about how they craft their music together in the studio. In celebration of National Album Day and…
TN:25 Marika Hackman & David Wrench
Aug 13, 2019 • 94 min
In this episode John catches up with Marika Hackman and producer David Wrench to chat about how they recorded and produced Marika’s 3rd album ‘Any Human Friend’. Talking from David’s new studio in London Fields, the pair look back over their experience…
TN:24 Editors & Leo Abrahams
Jul 31, 2019 • 86 min
In this episode we are joined by Justin and Elliot from Editors and producer Leo Abrahams to talk about how they recorded and produced the album ‘Violence’. The guys shine a light on some of the working methods they used in the making of the album,…
TN:23 Bombay Bicycle Club & Jim Abbiss
Jul 9, 2019 • 100 min
In this episode John is joined by Jack & Suren from Bombay Bicycle Club and producer legend Jim Abbiss to talk about how they recorded and produced ‘I Had The Blues But Shook Them Loose’. Celebrating 10 years since its release, Jim and the boys reminisce…
TN:22 Maverick Sabre & Charlie Perry
Jul 2, 2019 • 90 min
In this episode John is joined by Maverick Sabre and producer Charlie Perry to talk about how they recorded and produced Maverick’s 3rd album ‘When I Wake Up’. The boys break apart some of the tracks from the album recounting the journey these songs…
TN:21 Nick Mulvey & Dan Carey
Jun 18, 2019 • 80 min
In this episode John journeys to Mr Dan’s Studio in Streatham to talk with Nick Mulvey and producer Dan Carey about how they recorded and produced Nick’s Mercury nominated debut album ‘First Mind’. The boys dive deep into the working processes and shared…
TN:20 Little Dragon
May 28, 2019 • 83 min
In this episode John is joined by Erik and Yukimi from Little Dragon to talk about how they recorded and produced the album Ritual Union. Chatting from the studio in Gothenburg where the album was recorded, the pair reflect on the techniques and…
TN:19 Wolf Alice & Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Mar 13, 2019 • 72 min
In this episode John is joined by Joel and Theo from Wolf Alice and legendary producer and bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, M83, Paramore) to dissect how their Mercury Prize winning album ‘Visions of a Life’ was recorded and produced. We hear how they…
TN:18 The 1975
Mar 5, 2019 • 82 min
John ventures up to Spitfire Audio to meet with Matty and George from The 1975 to talk about how the album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships was recorded and produced. Somewhat bleary eyed after a massive night at the Brits (scooping two awards),…
TN:17 Slaves & Jolyon Thomas
Feb 26, 2019 • 104 min
John is joined by Laurie & Isaac form Slaves and producer Jolyon Thomas to talk about how they recorded and produced the band’s sophomore album Acts Of Fear And Love. We get to hear some of the early demos where the original lyrics don’t quite sound the…
TN:16 Alt-J & Charlie Andrew
Feb 19, 2019 • 98 min
In this episode John is joined by Gus Unger-Hamilton and Joe Newman from Alt-J, and producer Charlie Andrew to talk about how they recorded and produced the album RELAXER. The boys give a fascinating account of the thought processes and production…
TN:15 Metromony
Feb 12, 2019 • 68 min
In this episode John is joined by Joseph Mount from Metronomy at Iguana Studios to talk about how the album ‘Nights Out’ was recorded and produced. In celebration of 10 years since its release, Joe dusts off his old hard drive to reminisce over how he…
TN:14 Frank Turner & Josh Block
Aug 30, 2018 • 70 min
John is back at Iguana Studios once again joined this time by artist Frank Turner, but there’s a twist! In an exciting first for Tape Notes this episode’s producer, Josh Block, is coming to us live from the other side of the Altantic at his studio Niles…
TN:13 Jessie Ware & Dave Okumu
Jul 25, 2018 • 69 min
In this episode of Tape Notes, John takes a trip to Deptfrod to visit Jessie Ware and Dave Okumu in Dave’s newly built studio to talk about how they recorded and produced the album Devotion. Jessie and Dave look back to the beginnings of their creative…
TN:12 Glass Animals
Jun 19, 2018 • 75 min
John ventures up to Dave Bayley’s new home studio in London Fields to talk about how Glass Animals’ debut album ZABA was recorded and produced. We hear how Dave conjured up the band’s unique style through many late night sessions in his bedroom when he…
TN:11 HONNE
May 16, 2018 • 67 min
John ventures up to Bow to chat with James Hatcher and Andy Clutterbuck from the band HONNE to find out how they produced and recorded the album ‘Love Me, Love Me Not’.The boys discuss the changes in their approach to songwriting and production from their…
TN:10 Vök & Brett Cox
Apr 27, 2018 • 41 min
John joins the band Vök back stage at their headline show in London to talk about how they recorded and produced the album Figure with producer Brett Cox. We hear how Brett and the band teamed up over the course of a sunny Icelandic summer to work their…
TN:09 London Grammar & MyRiot
Apr 9, 2018 • 62 min
John journeys up to Rak Studios to meet with Dan Rothman from London Grammar and producer duo MyRiot and talk about their work together on the album ‘If You Wait’. We hear how the band adjusted from the self-produced recording environment, to working with…
TN:08 The Big Moon & Catherine Marks
Nov 29, 2017 • 66 min
John returns to Iguana Studios once more where he is joined by The Big Moon and producer Catherine Marks to talk about their work together on the album Love in the 4th Dimension. The girls re-live some of their favourite moments in the studio with…
TN:07 Jordan Rakei & Jim Macrae
Oct 3, 2017 • 56 min
Back at Iguana Studios once more, John is joined by Australian artist/producer Jordan Rakei and producer Jim Macrae to talk about their work together on the album ‘Wallflower’. We hear how Jordan made the 10,000 mile journey from Brisbane to London to…
TN:06 Francobollo & Charlie Andrew
Sep 18, 2017 • 59 min
In this episode John is joined by Square Leg Records boss/producer Charlie Andrew and the label’s first signing Francobollo to talk about the recording and production of the band’s debut album, Long Live Life. We hear how inviting fans into a sweaty…
TN:05 Lucy Rose & Tim Bidwell
Aug 24, 2017 • 59 min
John takes a trip to Clockwork Owl Studios in Brighton to talk with Lucy Rose and producer Tim Bidwell about their work together recording the album Something’s Changing. We hear how Lucy relished being back in a home studio set-up, how singing between a…
TN:04 Will Joseph Cook & Hugh Worskett
Aug 9, 2017 • 49 min
In this episode of Tape Notes John takes a trip to The Dairy Studios in Brixton to talk to Will Joseph Cook and his producer Hugh Worskett mid-way through recording the album Sweet Dreamer. The duo discuss their working relationship in the studio and we…
TN:03 Sivu & Charlie Andrew
Jul 19, 2017 • 53 min
John Kennedy is back at Iguana Studios once more to talk to singer songwriter Sivu and producer Charlie Andrew about their collaboration on Sivu’s second album Sweet Sweet Silent. From early production meetings in a pub function room, to slinging…
TN:02 Django Django & Neil Comber
Jul 5, 2017 • 38 min
John Kennedy is joined by Dave Maclean and Neil Comber who reveal the working methods they used in the making of Django Django’s sophomore album Born Under Saturn. We hear how Dave coped with the transition from the bedroom production of their first album…
TN:01 Rosie Lowe & Dave Okumu
Jun 18, 2017 • 51 min
Rosie Lowe and her producer Dave Okumu join John Kennedy at Iguana Studios to discuss what went on behind the scenes in the making of her highly acclaimed debut album – Control. We hear the demos that paved the way and how doing the dishes, wetsuits for…