Anyone Can Play Guitar

Anyone Can Play Guitar

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Anyone Can Play Guitar podcast - the show which gives you, the listener, a series of hints and pointers on your journey as a musical artist, via some great interviews with a wide range of people from the world of music. Interviews cover established artists, publicists, radio DJ’s, academics, promoters, and many more as we delve behind the scenes of making music. Along with our own experiences, Ben and James shine some light on the many pitfalls and opportunities that being a musician has to offer. Each week we bring you a fresh episode and some great stories to enjoy.


040: Outro Episode - Ben and James - talk about the journey so far and what’s next
Jul 24, 2018 • 20 min
This week is the finale to season 1 of the ACPG podcast as Ben and James reflect on the journey so far, and give a little taster of what to expect from season 2. It’s been superb so far, meeting amazing people and seeing first-hand how much the music…
039: Winchop (Part 2) - Band - talk getting signed, long distance collaboration, whiskey covers and interacting with other artists
Jul 17, 2018 • 54 min
This week we continue our journey through space and time for part 2 with Gus and Wilson of Winchop, the fantastic two piece from the USA. Here we move on to talk about the unusual way in which to were signed, how they make their long distance…
038: Winchop (Part 1) - Band - talk getting started in music, musicals, duo’s vs a band and forging a partnership
Jul 10, 2018 • 45 min
This week we have an ACPG first as we straddle three time zones to catch up with Gus and Wilson of Winchop, a fantastic two piece from the USA. We were keen to get these lads onto the show, as the majority of their band activity is done in different…
037: Stacey Kehoe (Part 2) - Digital Marketing Entrepreneur - talks marketing content; creating, scheduling, re-purposing, hashtaging and analytics.
Jul 3, 2018 • 48 min
This week James continues with digital marketing entrepreneur Stacey Kehoe of Brandlective where they move on to discuss marketing content; creating, scheduling, re-purposing, hashtaging and analytics. Getting the most out of social media is important, so…
036: Stacey Kehoe (Part 1) - Digital Marketing Entrepreneur - talks marketing mistakes, having clear objectives, testing your market
Jun 26, 2018 • 42 min
This week James is speaking to digital marketing entrepreneur Stacey Kehoe about marketing mistakes, having clear objectives and testing your market. Through her business Brandlective, Stacey is well versed in how to build up a strong brand and identity.…
035: David Wilson (Part 2) - Video Director - talks Arcade Fire; his relationship with them, collaboration, age gaps, and shooting videos.
Jun 19, 2018 • 37 min
This week Ben continues for part 2 with one of the top video music directors, David Wilson, where they move on to discuss Arcade Fire, his relationship with them, collaboration, age gaps, and shooting videos. David has transitioned from fan, to video…
034: David Wilson (Part 1) - Video Director - talks all things music videos, including; getting started, building a reputation, working with big bands and common challenges
Jun 12, 2018 • 52 min
This week Ben is in London speaking to music video director David Wilson about getting started in the industry, building a reputation, working with big bands and common challenges. Having shot videos for the likes of Artic Monkey’s and Arcade Fire,…
033: Jon Higgs - Everything Everything - talks moving cities, videos, identity, touring, licencing music
Jun 5, 2018 • 46 min
This week Ben is on the Tour Bus of Everything Everything to catch up with Jon Higgs during the ‘Tomorrow Festival’ in Newcastle. Having had a series of top 10 albums in the UK, Jon brings some great experience to the show and there’s loads of topics…
032: Adam French - Singer Songwriter - talks transitioning from band to solo artist, scams, the early days of a deal, and playing in Botswana
May 29, 2018 • 48 min
This week we catch up with Adam French during the ‘Hit the North’ festival for what proved to be a brilliant and wide-ranging discussion. On the menu was his transitioning from band to solo artist, scams (including bad experiences with early management),…
031: Frank Turner - Singer Songwriter - talks playing live, philosophy, and what success looks like
May 22, 2018 • 36 min
This week we’re back stage at the O2 Academy in Newcastle speaking to Frank Turner as he starts touring to support the release of his latest album Be More Kind. The album has already shot into the top 3 of the UK album charts which comes as no surprise.…
030: Rick Witter - Shed 7 - talks instant pleasures, come backs, record deals and social media
May 15, 2018 • 36 min
This week James is on Shed 7’s tour bus speaking to Rick Witter about Instant Pleasures, comebacks, record deals and social media. A band that need no introduction, Shed 7 lit up the charts in the 90’s and have re-ignited their careers with yet another…
029: Frankie Francis - Frankie and the Heartstrings - talks publishing deals, opening a shop, and radio
May 8, 2018 • 46 min
This week we continue with Frankie Francis of Frankie and the Heartstrings to talk publishing deals, opening a shop, and radio. Having secured a significant publishing deal, Frankie talks around how they used the money to sustain themselves before moving…
028: Frankie Francis - Frankie and the Heartstrings - talks forming a band, investing in a band, and band identity
May 1, 2018 • 43 min
This week Ben meets up with Frankie Francis of Frankie and the Heartstrings at the Amazing Radio offices in Gateshead. Frankie brings a great blend of experiences to the show given his successes as a musical artist, along with his involvement in some…
027: Duncan Lloyd - Maximo Park - talks song writing, writers block and writing songs for live audiences
Apr 24, 2018 • 45 min
This week Ben meets up with Duncan Lloyd of Maximo Park to talk song writing, writers block and writing songs for live audiences. Having had Paul Smith, the singer of Maximo on episode 001, it was great to get to speak with Duncan to get his perspective…
026: Jamie McCredie - Band Leader - talks mastering your equipment, band leaders, and playing the west end
Apr 17, 2018 • 49 min
This week is our final instalment of the trilogy with guitarist and band leader Jamie McCredie. Here we move on mastering your equipment, band leaders, and playing the west end. The level of dedication Jamie gives to mastering his equipment makes it clear…
025: Jamie McCredie - Band Leader - talks replicating things you hear on the guitar, moving to a big city and being professional.
Apr 10, 2018 • 46 min
This week we continue to the middle slice of the trilogy with Jamie McCredie by moving on to discuss how to replicate things you hear on a guitar, moving to a big city and being professional. Jamie has made a few key decisions during his career. Moving to…
024: Jamie McCredie - Band Leader - talks learning the guitar; covering self-study vs formal education
Apr 3, 2018 • 45 min
This week we start a one off three part special with band leader and session musician Jamie McCredie. We kick this off by discussing how he learnt the guitar; covering self-study vs formal education. Jamie’s passion is clear, whether obsessing over…
023: Willy Mason - Singer Songwriter - talks intimate venues, song writing, recording, and building relationships
Mar 27, 2018 • 48 min
This week we’re at The Cumberland Arms in Newcastle with singer songwriter Willy Mason. Here we discussed intimate venues, song writing, recording, and building relationships. Willy was first championed by Zane Lowe in the early noughties, and it was via…
022: Paul Langley - Photographer - talks the importance of a good photo, why to use a professional and what musicians should consider.
Mar 20, 2018 • 49 min
This week we stay at the Cluny in Newcastle speaking to Paul Langley. In a shift of direction we move onto Paul’s other passion, photography. Here we cover the importance of a good photo, why to use a professional and what musicians should consider.…
021: Paul Langley - Tour Manager - talks the importance of tour management, what it involves, and who can do it.
Mar 13, 2018 • 55 min
This week we’re at the Cluny in Newcastle with the bolt of energy that is Paul Langley. With Paul we’re talking about tour management; the importance of the role, what it involves, and who can do it. We first met Paul in this capacity, managing Mark…
020: Shopping - Band - talk band ethos and decision making, self-releasing vs label and control over image
Mar 6, 2018 • 40 min
This week Ben is at The Cluny in Newcastle speaking to Shopping at the start of their 2018 tour. They have a real drive that lead us to discuss band ethos and decision making, self-releasing vs label and control over image. The British punk trio are…
019: Mike Livesley (Part 2) - Pedal Maker - talks pedal combinations, software emulation and multi effects boxes.
Feb 27, 2018 • 51 min
This week we continue up in Edinburgh with Mike Livesley, AKA ‘Made by Mike’. In this second part of the episode we cover pedal combinations, software emulation and multi effects boxes. This was a fantastic delve into the world of guitar pedals,…
018: Mike Livesley (Part 1) - Pedal Maker - talks about his fascination with guitar pedals, building them, and why musicians want to use them
Feb 20, 2018 • 50 min
This week Ben is up in Edinburgh speaking to Mike Livesley AKA ‘Made By Mike’ where we cover all things guitar pedals. In this first of a double header, we cover Mike’s fascination with guitar pedals, building them, and why musicians want to use them.…
017: Nick Helm - Comedian Songwriter - talks song writing for TV shows, cramming detail into short songs, and how to start the song writing process
Feb 13, 2018 • 56 min
This week we’re in the green room at the Stand in Newcastle with comedian, musician and actor, Nick Helm where we discuss song writing for TV shows, cramming detail into short songs, and how to start the song writing process. He may portray a certain…
016: Kathryn Williams - Artist - talks song writing for yourself vs. others, song writing classes and stage fright
Feb 6, 2018 • 59 min
This week Ben is in Newcastle’s Bridge Hotel with Mercury prize nominated singer songwriter and adopted Geordie Kathryn Williams. With Kath we discuss song writing for yourself vs. others, song writing classes and stage fright. We could listen to Kath for…
015: Pete Dale (Part 2) - Musician & Ex label Owner - talks vinyl, the costs of releasing a single, and the time involved in running a record label
Jan 30, 2018 • 48 min
This week we stay in Manchester with musician, author, ex-label owner and music lecturer Pete Dale, where we move on to discuss vinyl, the costs of releasing a single, and the time involved in running a record label. There’s a lot to consider, and as Pete…
014: Pete Dale (Part 1) - Musician & Ex label Owner - talks the benefits of self-releasing music, the importance of physical song releases, choosing which acts are on a label, and label identity
Jan 23, 2018 • 48 min
This week we head to Manchester to speak with musician, former label owner and now music lecturer Pete Dale. Here we cover the benefits of self-releasing music, the importance of physical song releases, choosing which acts are on a label, and label…
013: Mark Morriss - The Bluetones - talks repartee, crowdfunding and the importance of musicians getting paid
Jan 16, 2018 • 49 min
This week we talk to Mark Morriss of The Bluetones about repartee, crowdfunding and the importance of musicians getting paid. Whether solo, or as part of the band, Mark is superb at engaging his audience during a live set. We discuss this, along with his…
012: Joy Ike (Part 2) - Singer Songwriter - talks house concerts; what you need to know, how to put them on and things to watch out for.
Jan 9, 2018 • 48 min
This week we stay in Philadelphia, USA with Joy for part 2, where we get into the nuts and bolts of house concerts, how to put them on, and things to think about when both playing and hosting these great events. Joy describes how they tick many boxes that…
011: Joy Ike (Part 1) - Singer Songwriter - talks promoting yourself, how much to share, and what exactly are house concerts
Jan 2, 2018 • 46 min
This week we head to Philadelphia in the USA for the first of a two part episode with singer songwriter Joy Ike where we discuss promoting yourself, how much to share, and then start the conversation about what exactly house concerts are. Backing up the…
010: Mr B - The Gentleman Rhymer - talks creating and living a persona, DIY management and tailored merchandise
Dec 26, 2017 • 55 min
This week we enter the world of Chap Hop talking to Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, about creating and living a persona, DIY management and tailored merchandise. In a world with so much choice, Mr B has created a truly unique genre. We talk about what it means…
009: Nicola Milan - Vocal Coach - talks breathing, placing your muscles, vocal tone and conveying emotion
Dec 19, 2017 • 50 min
This week we talk to vocal coach Nicola Milan about breathing, placing your muscles, vocal tone and conveying emotion. This is a great episode that provides some really practical things for vocalists to start thinking about and practising. Something we…
008: Mark Duffett (Part 2) - Chester University - talks being a star, being a fan, entertaining people, ideas and values and collaboration.
Dec 12, 2017 • 51 min
This week we continue with lecturer and esteemed author Mark Duffett for the final part of our double header on fandom. In this episode we talk to Mark about being a star, being a fan, entertaining people, ideas and values and collaboration. All of which…
007: Mark Duffett (Part 1) - Chester University - talks tradition, consistent image, being memorable, playing your audience as an instrument and using your music.
Dec 5, 2017 • 48 min
This week we have the first part of what is a really brilliant delve into music fandom with Mark Duffett of Chester University, who has recently been quoted in the New York Times and Rolling Stone magazine. All musical artists need fans. Here Mark…
006: Roddy Woomble - Idlewild - talks support slots, middle men, and having a creative space
Nov 28, 2017 • 55 min
This week Ben hits new levels of excitement as he speaks to Roddy Woomble of Idlewild, the Scottish indie rock band who have released seven full-length studio albums to date. Also a respected solo artist, we speak to Roddy about the pros and cons of…
005: Sari Delmar - Concord Music Group - talks how to promote your music, publicists, having a story and vision, and being unique
Nov 21, 2017 • 50 min
This episode we head over to Beverly Hills to speak with Sari Delmar of the Concord Music Group. Here we cover how to promote your music, the importance of having a story and vision for your music, as well as the value of being unique. We also cover…
004: Ross Millard (Part 2) - The Futureheads - talks set lists, recording, external perspectives, record labels and being allowed to fail
Nov 21, 2017 • 49 min
This week we continue in the pub with Ross Millard of The Futureheads for the second part of this double header. Here we discuss set lists, recording, external perspectives, record labels and being allowed to fail. We finish with a bit on Sunderland’s…
003: Ross Millard (Part 1) - The Futureheads - talks learning guitar, forming a band, practice, being honest and band manifestos.
Nov 14, 2017 • 53 min
This week we head to a familiar place for many musicians, the pub, where we meet Ross Millard from The Futureheads for part one of a two part episode we have with Ross. Here we discuss learning guitar, forming a band, their approach to practice sessions,…
002: Mark Radcliffe - BBC Radio - talks radio, demos and Glastonbury
Nov 14, 2017 • 58 min
We’re back stage at the Sage in Gateshead speaking to one of the most recognisable voices from UK radio, Mark Radcliffe. We cover the value of radio and why curation of music is so valuable, along with demo songs, and the various pitfalls musicians fall…
001: Paul Smith - Maximo Park - talks song writing, stage craft and image
Nov 14, 2017 • 53 min
This week Ben is back stage at the Centre For Life in Newcastle speaking to Paul Smith from Maximo Park. In this opening episode, we discuss how Maximo go about their song writing process, how the lyrical content has evolved since the early days, their…
000: Introductory Episode - Ben and James - discuss what the podcast is all about
Oct 26, 2017 • 13 min
A brief intro episode describing our new music podcast that interviews artists, as well as those from radio, publishing, labels, managers, and anyone else who can give tips and pointers to help musical artists succeed, whilst avoiding the mistakes we made…