The 405 Exchange
The 405 Exchange
Conversations with musicians, creatives and more.
Ama Lou on her creative direction
May 23 • 25 min
She recently wrapped up a successful US tour with Jorja Smith.
The 405 Exchange: Sum 41 on Does This Look Infected, 15 years later
May 22 • 27 min
They discuss the 15-anniversary of the band’s classic second album, Does This Look Infected?.
Caroline Rose on being true to yourself
May 21 • 41 min
For the latest episode of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre catches up with Caroline Rose in New York.
The Weather Station on being creative and reflections
May 4 • 20 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with The Weather Station for a few moments in New York to go through the songwriting process behind her highly relatable album.
Jacob Banks on Wakanda and creating The Village
May 3 • 24 min
Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Banks in New York to talk about upcoming music, but mainly just to shoot the s**t.
The 405 Exchange: NoMBE on equality and female empowerment
May 2 • 23 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Noah to discuss how They Might’ve Even Loved Me came to be.
Jade Bird on ambitions and honest songwriting
May 1 • 25 min
Ken Grand-Pierre sat down with Jade Bird in New York to discuss her ambitions.
The 405 Exchange: Jackie Venson on how she makes her guitar sing
Apr 30 • 56 min
On this edition of The 405 Exchange, we go into Jackie’s story, and as a first for the podcast, we’re treated to a live performance too.
The 405 Exchange: The Lone Bellow
Apr 27 • 29 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with the band before their historic show at New York’s Town Hall Theater.
We Are Scientists on Megaplex and their career
Apr 26 • 42 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with the duo to discuss the band’s latest album.
The 405 Exchange: Kat Edmonson on being an old-fashioned gal
Apr 25 • 33 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Kat Edmonson to learn more about the artist’s forthcoming album, Old Fashioned Gal.
TT on expression through experimentation
Apr 24 • 30 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Wayman in New York to find out more about her TT project.
Oxymorrons on why rap is the new rock
Apr 23 • 46 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Oxymorrons to find out what exactly it is that they’re trying to do with their music.
YUNGBLUD on being deliberately unpredictable
Apr 20 • 27 min
Ken Grand-Pierre met up with YUNGBLUD in Brooklyn for the latest 405 Exchange podcast.
Kimbra on constant evolution and Primal Heart
Apr 19 • 21 min
Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Kimbra while she was on tour to discuss her latest album and how it came to be.
Starchild & The New Romantic on the art of Language
Apr 18 • 32 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Bryndon in Manhattan to find out how his album, Language, came to be.
Joep Beving’s unexpected journey
Apr 17 • 45 min
Ken Grand-Pierre met up with the talented Dutchman in New York for this chat.
Albert Hammond Jr. on finding himself through music
Apr 16 • 31 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Albert in Brooklyn, ahead of a sold-out show at Brooklyn Steel.
The Aces on When My Heart Felt Volcanic
Apr 6 • 18 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with The Aces in New York, during a particularly cold day, to discuss When My Heart Felt Volcanic.
Hinds on why music is more than a lifestyle
Apr 5 • 24 min
Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Ana Garcia Perrote (vocals/guitars) and Ade Martin (bass/backing vocals) to find out what’s changed for our favourite Spanish band.
Bruno Major on learning about himself through music
Apr 4 • 25 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Bruno during a rainy New York afternoon to discuss A Song For Every Moon.
We Were Promised Jetpacks on live shows and album #4
Apr 3 • 24 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with the band to discuss the process of working on a new album and how their live shows have become so special.
The 405 Exchange: Fishbach on touring and finding her audience
Apr 2 • 28 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Flora while she returned to New York to play at Nublu.
Vlad Holiday on going solo and starting anew
Mar 30 • 25 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with his old friend to discuss what it’s been like to write for his new project, and where he hopes to see it go from here.
Nina Nesbitt on rediscovering her voice and vigor
Mar 29 • 27 min
How did Nina become the type of artist that’s willing to be so honest and direct? Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with her in New York to find out.
Charlotte Cardin and Mikky Ekko on touring and pop music
Mar 28 • 21 min
It brings us great joy to bring you this special chat between both Charlotte and Mikky, conducted by Ken Grand-Pierre right before their sets at a sold-out New York show.
RYAL on the journey of Silver and Gold
Mar 27 • 22 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with the duo at Nevezie’s studio in Astoria to discuss how their project came to be.
Phoebe Bridgers on carving her own path
Mar 26 • 23 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Phoebe ahead of a sold-out show in Brooklyn to discuss her album and why longevity is indeed important to her.
Tove Styrke on human connection and the Lorde tour
Mar 23 • 31 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Tove, just a mere two days before the Lorde tour, to discuss what songwriting means to her and how she plans to make Americans love her.
Lissie on honesty and reconciliation
Mar 22 • 41 min
Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Lissie to discuss where she found herself after touring My Wild West.
Until The Ribbon Breaks on battling alcoholism and finding clarity
Mar 21 • 24 min
Ken Grand-Pierre Skyped with Peter to find out how the album came to be.
Gabrielle Aplin on being the artist she wants to be
Mar 20 • 23 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Aplin ahead of her sold-out New York show to discuss the evolution of her sound and why songwriting is all she ever wants to do.
Dermot Kennedy on finding his voice
Mar 19 • 29 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Dermot Kennedy ahead of his recent sold-out show in New York.
Christian Tierney on evolving with photography
Mar 16 • 44 min
“I know it’s a good photo if you like it and don’t know who the person in the photo.” - Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Christian Tierney for the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast.
Adrian Daniel on challenging perception and being FLAWD
Mar 15 • 37 min
“That’s the most liberating thing, the idea that I can inspire the people that I work with.” - Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Adrian Daniel for the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast.
Youngr on going viral and enjoying life
Mar 14 • 21 min
“I remember just being fascinated with recording things. It all started with that.” - Ken Grand-Pierre catches up with Youngr for the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast.
Thomas Winkler and Gaby Alvarez on the joys and challenges of music management
Mar 13 • 56 min
“I think people are still trying to catch up to how fast the industry has been changing.” - Ken Grand-Pierre catches up with Thomas Winkler and Gaby Alvarez for the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast.
The Coronas on chasing songs and new heights
Mar 12 • 33 min
“I know no matter where we go, Dublin will always be there.” - Ken Grand-Pierre chats to The Coronas.
Jalen N’Gonda on songwriting and growth
Mar 9 • 24 min
Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Jalen about moving to Liverpool, finding a voice, why writing needs to be honest, and knowing this is the beginning of a story.
Editors on Violence (track-by-track)
Mar 8 • 49 min
Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with frontman Tom Smith and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Justin Lockey to discuss being a “studio band”, evolving, the importance of melody, and how production works as a guide.
Lewis Capaldi on Bruises and being here to stay
Mar 7 • 26 min
Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Capaldi via Skype to discuss ‘Bruises’, his origin story, spending an entire year writing, and working with Jessie Reyez.
Dessa on the art of writing and new album Chime
Mar 6 • 42 min
Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Dessa about Chime, why music is an act of catharsis, and writing ‘My Own Devices’.
Ryan Winnen on art and the catharsis of painting
Mar 5 • 16 min
Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Ryan about the works of Gerhard Richter, the eclectic nature of Sterling Ruby, abstract expressionist Clyfford Still, and painting when off the road.
COIN on touring and their brotherhood
Mar 2 • 27 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Chase Lawrence (vocals/keys), Ryan Winnen (drums) and Joe Memmel (guitars) of the band, ahead of their sold out NYC show.
Get Cape.Wear Cape.Fly on being a young adult in 2018 Britain
Mar 1 • 38 min
We had Ken Grand-Pierre chat with Duckworth over Skype to go over his new album and his career at large.
Keys N Krates on shedding skin and crafting a new sound
Feb 28 • 31 min
To find out how the project came to be, Ken Grand-Pierre chatted with Keys N Krates over Skype as they prepared for their upcoming tour.
MONA on coming back anew
Feb 27 • 32 min
Ken Grand-Pierre has some history with MONA, and it only made sense that he would link up with Brown while in NYC to find out what lies in the future for MONA.
Naaz on finding creativity through culture and family
Feb 26 • 41 min
Naaz came to the states for the first time, and while she was here, Ken Grand-Pierre got to link up with her and discuss how she went from making music in her bedroom to being nominated for Dutch Grammy’s.
B.Miles on collaboration and finding your voice
Feb 23 • 29 min
Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to B.Miles, aka Brenna Miles and Eric Nizgretsky.
Lo Moon on their debut album (track-by-track)
Feb 22 • 56 min
Their debut, self-titled album comes out on February 23rd and to go into the album, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to frontman Matt Lowell and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Samuel Stewart.
Creeper on theatrics and dynamic personalities
Feb 21 • 37 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with frontman Will Gould and guitarist Ian Miles to find out how the world of Creeper came together.
Anna Meredith on the importance of longevity and experimentation
Feb 20 • 31 min
Ken Grand-Pierre sat with Meredith, ahead of an anticipated show in Brooklyn.
Jen Cloher on Milk Records and touring the US
Feb 19 • 32 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Cloher ahead of her recent sold-out show in Brooklyn, to talk about her latest album and why it was so important to write.
JP Cooper on Grey Skies and fatherhood
Feb 16 • 43 min
To find out how We Were Raised Under Grey Skies came to be, Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Cooper after his recent Brooklyn show.
Sarah Midkiff on writing and working with musicians
Feb 15 • 41 min
Her journey has been a bit unorthodox, to say the least.
Felix White on Yala Records and cultivating talent
Feb 13 • 30 min
To find out how Yala came to be, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Felix White via Skype.
Kitten on Spoiler and being an independent band
Feb 12 • 34 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Chaidez in Brooklyn to discover what’s changed for the artist.
San Fermin on writing emotional songs and evolving as a band
Feb 8 • 28 min
Ken Grand-Pierre met up with Ludwig-Leone, singer Allen Tate, and trumpet player John Brandon, to delve into how evolution has played a prominent fixture within the band.
Rén With The Mane on crafting music and a stage presence
Feb 7 • 18 min
Ken Grand-Pierre had a chat with the fantastic Renee Orshan, aka Rén With The Mane.
Jesse Boykins III on learning about yourself and crafting a story
Feb 6 • 31 min
Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Jesse about covering James Blake at live shows, how a break-up inspired creativity, the story behind Bartholomew, and musical collaborations.
Craig David on why The Time Is Now
Feb 5 • 26 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with David in New York to discuss the journey of his latest album.
Company of Thieves on touring and inspirations
Feb 2 • 24 min
Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Company of Thieves about reforming the band after hiatus, reconnecting as friends first, band second, touring as a band again, and how inspiration can come from your own music.
Van William on Alaska and finding creativity
Feb 1 • 31 min
Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Van William about finding creativity during uncertainty, making music that’s both old and new, being raised in Alaska, and working with First Aid Kit.
NIIA on making music
Jan 31 • 33 min
Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to NIIA about defining the line between personal and professional, the exhausting experience of dropping an album, finding power behind sexiness, and a whole load more.
The Wombats on new music and anniversary shows
Jan 30 • 21 min
Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Matthew Murphy about getting married, where ‘Lemon And A Knife Fight’ came from, what will surprise people with album four, and touring anniversary shows for the first album.
SIVU on living outside of London and Sweet Sweet Silent
Jan 26 • 25 min
Ken Grand-Pierre Skype’s with SIVU to find out how Sweet Sweet Silent came to be, the experience of living with Ménière’s disease, and why exploring different sounds is so important to him.
Tawny Lara on confronting addiction and therapy
Jan 25 • 52 min
It was a true privilege getting to learn more about her, as well as sharing all the laughs in between.
EZI on songwriting and moving to LA
Jan 24 • 35 min
To find out the journey of her first EP, Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Zynn to discuss why she was Afraid of the Dark.
Common Holly on creativity and Playing House
Jan 23 • 56 min
Ken Grand-Pierre sat with Nagger in Brooklyn and delved deep into how Playing House came to be.
Stars on therapy and There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light
Jan 22 • 35 min
Ken Grand-Pierre chatted with frontman Torquil Campbell to find out how There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light came to be.
Elli Ingram on love and bringing a long-awaited album to the stage
Jan 19 • 24 min
Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Ingram over Skype about how Love You Really came to be.
Cold Specks on False Paradise and tour exhaustion
Jan 17 • 24 min
Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Ladan Hussein ahead of her recent show at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right.
Sulene on New York City, South Africa, and touring
Jan 16 • 47 min
Ken Grand-Pierre met up with Sulene in Brooklyn where they went in-depth about her reimagined Strange EP, touring with the likes of Nate Ruess and LPX, and what it feels like to go back to South Africa.
Gary Numan on L.A., Trump, and the intimacy of making an album
Jan 15 • 37 min
Ken Grand-Pierre had an in-depth conversation with the legend that is Gary Numan.
Ebru Yildiz on finding a community in New York and working closely with musicians
Jan 12 • 50 min
Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Ebru Yildiz to discuss her early days, why New York means so much to her, and why it’s a privilege to work with artists.
Parson James on repping Selena in Mexico and pop music
Jan 11 • 38 min
Before 2017 ended, Parson James released a standout single titled, ‘Only You’, his most honest song to date. To find out how the song came to be, Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Parson James in Brooklyn.
Tom Forest on songwriting and fatherhood
Jan 10 • 33 min
Ken Grand-Pierre chatted with Tom Gracefield, right before the holidays.
Emily Haines on touring solo and being open
Jan 9 • 20 min
Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Emily Haines to find out how Choir of the Mind came to be.
Liza Anne on self-doubt and new album Fine But Dying
Jan 7 • 31 min
Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with close friend Liza Anne to discuss how her new album came to be and where she sees her music bringing her next.
Lisa Hannigan on Dublin and finding inspiration in upstate New York
Dec 12, 2017 • 22 min
Ken Grand-Pierre spent some time with Hannigan in New York.
The Staves on audience dynamics and touring (From The Archives)
Dec 11, 2017 • 30 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with The Staves in Brooklyn.
Craig David on Miami and working with new talent (From The Archives)
Dec 10, 2017 • 16 min
Made back in January while in New York, we find an excitable Craig David holding court like the talk show host we never knew we wanted.
Masha Korovkina on photography and the importance of travelling
Dec 7, 2017 • 43 min
Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Masha Korovkina to discuss her story, how she came to New York, growing up in Russia, and exploring her creative endeavours.
Dream Wife on the Bad Bitches Club and debut albums
Dec 6, 2017 • 50 min
Ken Grand-Pierre chats with the band during their first ever trip to New York, to find out what Dream Wife have in store for the world.
Nilufer Yanya on visiting New York and her debut album
Dec 5, 2017 • 19 min
Enjoy this chat that Ken Grand-Pierre had with Yanya during her first-ever trip to the states.
Allen Stone on travelling the world and future music
Dec 4, 2017 • 34 min
We sent Ken Grand-Pierre to catch up with Stone in Brooklyn to find out what this next body of work will entail.
Lilly Hiatt on solitude and tackling misconceptions about country music
Dec 3, 2017 • 27 min
To find out how Trinity Lane came to be, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Hiatt as she visited New York while on tour with Blitzen Trapper.
Sinéad Harnett on songwriting and mixing genres
Nov 26, 2017 • 25 min
Ken Grand-Pierre chatted with Harnett while she was on her first proper tour of the states, ahead of a sold-out show at the legendary SOB’s in New York.
Nick Mulvey on fatherhood and inspirations
Nov 23, 2017 • 35 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Nick in New York to discuss the journey of his new album, fatherhood and growing as an artist with a vision.
Shout Out Louds on touring and writing love songs
Nov 20, 2017 • 37 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with frontman Adam Olenius and bassist Ted Malmros to discuss Shout Out Louds’ new album and their return to touring.
Curtis Harding on inspirations and live performances
Nov 20, 2017 • 16 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Curtis about inspirations, what makes Wednesday Morning Atonement special, working with Danger Mouse, and playing live. Check out their conversation below.
Esmé Patterson on controversies and consequences
Nov 16, 2017 • 30 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Esmé in New York, ahead of a show she did at Bowery Ballroom. They go deep in this talk, covering a myriad of topics some might find to be “taboo” but more than anything else, it’s just two friends catching up.
The Kickback on divorce and David Foster Wallace
Nov 15, 2017 • 39 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to The Kickback about discussing the band’s own podcast series, divorce, finding fun and other meanings within the album, and David Foster Wallace.
Ella Vos on depression and new music
Nov 14, 2017 • 33 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Ella about postpartum depression, the evolution of her track ‘Down In Flames’, realizing she could be a mother and musician, the story behind Words I Never Said.
Susanne Sundfør on climate change and new projects
Nov 13, 2017 • 32 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Susanne about why her next project had to be different, how climate change inspired the new album, working with John Grant, and considering the words that were being sung on…
Royal Blood on not overthinking the big things
Nov 12, 2017 • 19 min
Ken Grand-Pierre was lucky enough to catch up with the duo hours before they hit the stage at Madison Square Garden.
Sophie Strauss on New York and the importance of dialogue
Nov 9, 2017 • 44 min
Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Sophie while she returned to New York City - a place the two originally met when she released her debut EP, Yeah No Fine.
The Amazons on rock music and critics
Nov 9, 2017 • 32 min
While in New York, Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with the band to discuss how their album came to be.
Japanese Breakfast on Soft Sounds and Touring
Nov 8, 2017 • 47 min
Ken Grand-Pierre linked up with Zauner while she recuperated in her new home of Philadelphia before she embarked on an extensive tour of Europe and Asia.
Pip Blom on sticking to her vision and touring Europe
Nov 7, 2017 • 23 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Pip Blom about touring Europe for the first time, staying true to her vision, music videos and forthcoming shows.
JFDR on Pascal Pinon and facing challenges
Nov 6, 2017 • 47 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to JFDR about the beginning, how the last Pascal Pinon album inspired JFDR, being challenged in new ways by Shahzad, and the present and future of JFDR.
Son Little on Australia and New Magic
Nov 3, 2017 • 36 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Son Little about unexpectedly finding inspiration in Australia, the story of Dr. G, how the track ‘Blue Magic’ played a crucial role for New Magic, and the contrast between the…
ALA.NI on inspirations and weed
Nov 2, 2017 • 44 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to ALA.NI about her inspiration uncle, writing from the point of view of other people, and why she recorded the album the way she did.
Everything Everything (Again)
Nov 1, 2017 • 21 min
Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Everything Everything’s Alex Robertshaw about the importance of melody when experimenting, James Corden, working on songs at home, and how vocals drive a band’s ambition.
Ali Raymond of Beatnik Creative on his origin story
Oct 30, 2017 • 67 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Ali about the Beatnik Creative, the importance of working and believing in artists, and a trip he took to Colombia.
Mura Masa on collaborations and evolving
Oct 27, 2017 • 50 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Mura Masa about his origin story, collaborations, and evolving.
Warhaus on new music and recording in the mountains
Oct 26, 2017 • 36 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Devoldere about recording an album in the mountains, working with best friend Jasper Maekelberg, and the dynamic of Maarten and Sylvie’s relationship.
Lucy Rose on South America and rediscovering her creativity
Oct 24, 2017 • 36 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Lucy about travelling South America, returning to the UK, and rediscovering her creativity for Something’s Changing. Check out their conversation below along with the video for…
And So I Watch You From Afar on songwriting and their latest album
Oct 23, 2017 • 34 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to And So I Watch You From Afar’s Niall Kennedy about changing the songwriting process, decamping in Pawtucket, Rhode Island for the album, narratives, and what Belfast means to…
Aquilo on inspirations and gratitude
Oct 22, 2017 • 30 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher of Aquilo about the creation of their upcoming second album, how their debut album was made, what inspires an Aquilo song to be born, and the…
Yoke Lore on touring and the meaning of Goodpain
Oct 18, 2017 • 33 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Yoke Lore about touring intensely in 2017, what goes into making a pop song work, the meaning of Goodpain, and setting himself apart from non-emotional gingers.
Enter Shikari on The Spark and creativity
Oct 17, 2017 • 33 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to the band about grinding over the years and the choice to do it, the birth of The Spark, past albums and how they contrast with The Spark, and what keeps the band creative.
Foy Vance on family and future plans
Oct 17, 2017 • 40 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Foy Vance about family and the importance of caring for them, learning about the type of songwriter Foy Vance is, the journey of The Wild Swan, and plans for the future.
YELLE on making music in France
Oct 16, 2017 • 38 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Yelle about returning to the music world, what’s it’s like to make music in France, and loads more.
Ron Pope on iced coffee and working hard
Oct 13, 2017 • 35 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Ron Pope to discuss iced coffee, working hard, the early experiences of touring, and why a good song can be about anything.
Mutemath on longevity and experimentation
Oct 12, 2017 • 37 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Meany about the respect that comes with longevity, having fans who “get it”, and being comfortable with experimenting.
Songhoy Blues on performing live and Africa Express
Oct 11, 2017 • 38 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Gabra and drummer Nathanael Dembélé about bringing life onto the stage, Africa Express, why performing live is more fulfilling than being in the studio, and loads more.
Mondo Cozmo on solar panel backpacks and his origin story
Oct 10, 2017 • 21 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to the artist about coming to terms with having to start anew, the origin story of Mondo Cozmo, and having a band of brothers on the road.
Elizabeth and the Catapult on Keepsake and dealing with tragedy
Oct 8, 2017 • 35 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Ziman about why it’s important to write, even when dealing with tragedy, how a younger Elizabeth Ziman would view Elizabeth and the Catapult, the journey of creating Keepsake,…
K.Flay on music genres and life experiences
Oct 5, 2017 • 38 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to the artist about why not adhering to genre can confuse some people, meeting Dan Reynolds and signing with his label, and how liberating it is to write about true experiences.
Potty Mouth on moving to LA and hitting the road
Oct 5, 2017 • 19 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to the band about moving to LA, feeling inspired by being around other creatives, how their new music video for ‘Twisted’ came to be, and what it feels like to be on the road again.
The 405 Exchange: Cam Avery on songwriting and going solo
Oct 4, 2017 • 39 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to the artist about the differences between touring with Tame Impala and his solo project, what he learned from Kevin Parker, and writing from experiences.
The 405 Exchange: Tei Shi on finding her creative spirit
Oct 3, 2017 • 26 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to the artist about coming to New York and finding her creative spirit, how her debut album came to be, how being a producer helps her approach writing, and the dichotomy between…
The 405 Exchange: Cold War Kids on changing things up
Oct 2, 2017 • 27 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to the band about the arc of their discography, why they’re more than just an indie band, how LA Divine came to be, and working with Bishop Briggs.
Cape Francis on creative spaces (Ep. 49)
Sep 22, 2017 • 29 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Cape Francis about Falling Into Pieces, the importance of having a dedicated creative space, and the story behind standout track, ‘5 In The Morning’.
Blue Americans on Paris and New York (Ep. 48)
Sep 21, 2017 • 38 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Kris about New York, the experiences and subtext of ‘Bull On Venice Beach’ and ‘Holy Goo’, decamping to Paris, and unexpectedly returning to music.
Little Dragon on Gothenburg and new music (Ep. 47)
Sep 20, 2017 • 24 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Yukimi Nagano and Erik Bodin about the beauty of returning to Gothenburg, working with James Ford and Patrik Berger, how Season High came together differently than previous…
Valerie June on the importance of connecting with people (Ep. 46)
Sep 19, 2017 • 22 min
For the latest edition of the 405 Exchange podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Valerie about the importance of connecting with people, the experiences of living/visiting Tennessee and New York, why it feels cathartic to be on stage and perform, and how…
Eric Tsurumoto on photography and creativity (Ep. 45)
Sep 18, 2017 • 53 min
For the latest installment of the 405 Exchange Podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre photographer Eric Tsurumoto about his amazing work, why exploring creativity is important, the intimacy of taking portraits, and what it feels like to see a live show from a…
Jacob Banks on soul and the importance of truth (Ep. 44
Sep 15, 2017 • 33 min
For the latest installment of the 405 Exchange Podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Jacob about why the truth matters most of all. the importance of unity in our current world, forthcoming music, and the true meaning of “soul”.
Oh Wonder on fans and working in the studio (Ep. 43)
Sep 14, 2017 • 26 min
For the latest installment of the 405 Exchange Podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to the pair about the perfect time to release an album like Ultralife, the importance of engaging with your fans, why they both thrive in the studio, and the beauty of working…
LPX on Neon Gold and NYC (Ep. 42)
Sep 13, 2017 • 38 min
For the latest installment of the 405 Exchange Podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Lizzy about trying new things, how liberating it feels to take risks, NYC dive bars/late nights, and the way other Neon Gold artists have inspired her over the years.
VÉRITÉ and Nicole Mago on friendship and inspiration (Ep. 41)
Sep 12, 2017 • 25 min
For the latest installment of the 405 Exchange Podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to VÉRITÉ and Nicole Mago about the birth of a friendship, the glamour and sweat of touring, the trust and honesty it takes to capture someone, and how your friend’s creativity…
Marika Hackman and The Big Moon on friendship and the Mercury Prize (Ep. 40)
Sep 11, 2017 • 20 min
For the latest installment of the 405 Exchange Podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Marika Hackman and The Big Moon about friendship, the surprise of selling out crowds in the states, and being nominated for a rather big award. Check out their conversation…
Zola Jesus on evolving (Ep. 39)
Sep 8, 2017 • 40 min
Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Zola Jesus to discuss her new album, how the writing process must always change, why the word “evolve” is important, and the importance of your music and art being one.
Izzy Bizu on touring and her journey (Ep. 38)
Sep 7, 2017 • 18 min
Izzy Buzu discusses opening up for Coldplay, travelling the states, and why sharing experiences with people is important for music.
Dan Croll on mental health and songwriting (Ep. 37)
Sep 6, 2017 • 37 min
For the latest installment of the 405 Exchange Podcast, Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Dan to discuss the importance of talking about mental health, anxiety, the process behind Emerging Adulthood, and why there are never any limits in the recording…
KAYE on music, politics & Game of Thrones (Ep. 36)
Sep 4, 2017 • 48 min
Charlene Kaye is one of the lead singers of the band San Fermin. When not with San Fermin, she is also a fierce solo artist, whose songs make you rethink what you thought you knew of femininity and the word “pop”. Ken Grand-Pierre sits with her in…
The 405 Podcast: Coely
Sep 1, 2017 • 49 min
Just trust us on this: your new favourite artist is from Belgium.
The 405 Podcast: Jaymes Young
Aug 31, 2017 • 26 min
It’s time you got to know the extremely talented Jaymes Young.
A Special 405 Mix from Saint Sister
Aug 30, 2017 • 42 min
“Most of them are songs we’ve been listening to lately.”
The 405 Podcast: Gordi
Aug 30, 2017 • 20 min
Fresh from the release of her debut album, Reservoir, Ken Grand-Pierre catches up with the brilliant Gordi.
The 405 Podcast: Noah Kahan
Aug 29, 2017 • 26 min
Another day, another podcast from the prolific Ken Grand-Pierre.
Views From The 405 Episode 04: Brand New, The War On Drugs, Nadine Shah, Tears For Fears
Aug 28, 2017 • 90 min
Our music writers discussion podcast looks back at some of the most notable releases of the month, and then even further back to before our time.
The 405 Podcast: Grace Mitchell
Aug 28, 2017 • 17 min
An interview in the bustling streets of New York.
The 405 Podcast: Tank and the Bangas
Aug 25, 2017 • 29 min
If you don’t want Tank and the Bangas to win, we can’t be friends.
The 405 Podcast: Mew
Aug 24, 2017 • 33 min
Ken Grand-Pierre grilled the king of Denmark for the latest edition of his podcast.
The 405 Podcast: Bishop Briggs
Aug 23, 2017 • 12 min
This is probably the shortest podcast we’ve ever produced, but there’s a lot of magic packed into the runtime.
The 405 Podcast - Everything Everything
Aug 22, 2017 • 33 min
Are Everything Everything the most criminally underrated band in the UK? Yes.
The 405 Podcast: Harts
Aug 21, 2017 • 53 min
Ken Grand-Pierre recently caught up with Australian musician HARTS during his recent trip to New York.
The 405 Podcast: El Mar
Aug 14, 2017 • 54 min
Ken Grand-Pierre had a chat with Brooklyn-based El Mar (Joey Primero) for the latest edition of his podcast.
The 405 Podcast: Welshly Arms
Aug 10, 2017 • 29 min
Cleveland-based band Welshly Arms are the latest guests on Ken Grand Pierre’s Podcast.
Views From The 405: Episode 03
Aug 7, 2017 • 95 min
The 405’s music discussion podcast is back to take you through the notable new album releases - both good and bad - before taking you back to spend some time with The Clientele’s debut album The Violet Hour.
The 405 Podcast: Public Service Broadcasting
Aug 4, 2017 • 40 min
Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Public Service Broadcasting for a chat.
The 405 Podcast: Greta Van Fleet
Aug 3, 2017 • 28 min
The latest instalment of our 405 Podcast comes from Michigan band, Greta Van Fleet.
The 405 Podcast: Sweet Crude
Aug 2, 2017 • 19 min
Ken Grand-Pierre met up with New Orleans band Sweet Crude ahead of their Brooklyn show with Ben l’Oncle Soul.
The 405 Podcast: Overcoats
Jul 31, 2017 • 29 min
Ken Grand-Pierre met with New York-based Overcoats for the latest edition of his podcast.
The 405 Podcast: Sorcha Richardson
Jul 24, 2017 • 45 min
Just two friends catching up.
Views From The 405 Episode 02
Jul 19, 2017 • 90 min
In episode 2 of The 405’s new music discussion podcast, we touched on recent events, new album releases and looked back at Arcade Fire’s second album Neon Bible.
The 405 Podcast: Ariana and the Rose
Jul 19, 2017 • 32 min
It was a pleasure talking to Ariana and The Rose. An absolute pleasure.
The 405 Podcast: Bright Light Bright Light
Jul 18, 2017 • 30 min
Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with the excellent Bright Light Bright Light for the latest edition of the 405 podcast.
The 405 Podcast: Dagny
Jul 10, 2017 • 25 min
Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with Norwegian pop genius ahead of her debut NYC show.
The 405 Podcast: The Skins
Jul 7, 2017 • 34 min
Ken Grand-Pierre had a brief chat with The Skins ahead of their recent show at NYC’s Mercury Lounge.
The 405 Podcast: Ray BLK
Jul 3, 2017 • 17 min
Ken Grand-Pierre sat down with Ray BLK to discuss all her incredible achievements to date, being a songwriter first, and staying true to her vision
The 405 Podcast: The Aces
Jun 30, 2017 • 17 min
Ken Grand-Pierre sat down with our favourite pop group, The Aces to discuss their debut EP, their bond, travelling, and a million other things.
The 405 Podcast: Charlotte Cardin
Jun 29, 2017 • 23 min
Ken Grand-Pierre had a chat with Canadian musician Charlotte Cardin about her eclectic sound, her debut album - which she’s currently working on - and future plans.
The 405 Podcast: Sofi Tukker
Jun 28, 2017 • 33 min
Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Brooklyn’s finest, SOFI TUKKER, about their eclectic nature, music, Brazil and more.
The 405 Podcast: Lindsey Luff
Jun 27, 2017 • 32 min
Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to singer-songwriter Lindsey Luff about her self-titled debut album, the human experience, and much more.
Views from The 405: Episode 01
Jun 25, 2017 • 80 min
The first episode of a new music discussion podcast hosted by The 405 writers; Episode 01 features discussions of Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Fleet Foxes, LCD Soundsystem, Big Thief, Jlin and much more.
The 405 Podcast: Baio
Jun 22, 2017 • 21 min
Ken Grand-Pierre grabbed some time with Chris to discuss his latest solo album Man Of The World, and how world events helped shape it.
The 405 Podcast: The Big Moon
Jun 22, 2017 • 30 min
Back in April, London four-piece The Big Moon released their debut album Love in the 4th Dimension to high acclaim. Hell, the acclaim was so high, I’m surprised they even had the time to sit down with our very own Ken Grand-Pierre, but they did and we’re…
The 405 Podcast: J Bernardt
Jun 21, 2017 • 25 min
Jine Deprez from Belgian indie band Balthazar recently announced he’d be putting out his debut solo album under the moniker of J. Bernardt, so what better time for us to get him on the 405 podcast?
The 405 Podcast: Fishbach
Jun 20, 2017 • 35 min
Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to French musician Flora Fischbach, aka Fishbach, while she was in New York City for a show at the Lincoln Center. They discussed her debut album À Ta Merci, her origin story, and much more.
The 405 Podcast: Loyle Carner
Jun 19, 2017 • 29 min
Ken Grand-Pierre sat down with the charming Loyle Carner in New York to discuss the artist’s debut album Yesterday’s Gone and what he has planned for the future.
The 405 Podcast: Anik Khan
May 10, 2017 • 29 min
Grand-Pierre caught up with Queens rapper Anik Khan to discuss the fantastic Kites EP, his journey to where he is today, the ups and downs of life, embracing his identity and culture, and growing up fast.
The 405 Podcast: A conversation with Pronoun
May 10, 2017 • 41 min
Ken Grand-Pierre spoke to Alyse Vellturo, aka pronoun, about how her incredible there’s no one new around you EP, meeting your heroes, douchebags, being tiny, and a whole lot more.
Plastic Platform [C102]: Yours
Mar 27, 2017 • 38 min
Plastic Platform [C102]: Yours by The 405
The 405 Podcast: A conversation with The Staves
Mar 23, 2017 • 30 min
Ken Grand-Pierre caught up with The Staves in New York for a great chat about life, music, feminism, orange-faced presidents and more.
The 405 Podcast: A conversation with Craig David
Mar 7, 2017 • 14 min
The 405’s Ken Grand-Pierre met up with Craig David before his recent show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, New York, to chat about his career, TS5, collaborating with new artists, and paying attention to the finer details of performing live.
Episode 21 - Sundance Film Festival Podcast Special
Feb 5, 2017 • 26 min
Set in the mountains of Utah, Sundance Film Festival has become more than just a film festival for some filmmakers. Instead, it’s a deadline. A deadline that can give new filmmakers the chance to have their films seen by some of the most influential…
Episode 20 - Oscar Nomination reaction, La La Land and Under the Skin
Jan 26, 2017 • 34 min
Amy Adams didn’t get an Oscar nomination for Arrival so really guys what is up with the world. How did that even happen? In episode 20 of The 405 Film Podcast, Adam Libonatti-Roche is joined by special guest Katie Deighton to discuss La La Land, its 14…
Plastic Platform [C100]: Shy Girls
Jan 23, 2017 • 41 min
Our 100th Plastic Platform mix comes from Shy Girls.
Episode 19 - Looking back to 2016 and looking forward to 2017
Jan 16, 2017 • 30 min
BACK TO THE FUTURE. That’s what this episode is called as Siân Melton and Adam Libonatti-Roche look back at 2016 to pick their favourite films whilst looking forward to what 2017 holds apart from Tom Cruise’s scream in The Mummy. It was an exceptional…
Episode 18: Rogue One, Your Name and The Santa Clause
Dec 22, 2016 • 31 min
Episode 18 of The 405 Film Podcast, presented in partnership with Picturehouse Central focuses on that big film that came out. What’s it called? Oh yes, Star Wars Rogue One (not rouge one); the prequel to Episode 4 but the sequel (is it though) to Episode…
Episode 17: Moana, Zootropolis, and Seven
Dec 15, 2016 • 44 min
Episode 17 of The 405 Film podcast, presented in partnership with Picturehouse Central, features two of the year’s best animated films plus a David Fincher classic because why not! We also talk about the Golden Globe nominations and Siân reveals her next…
Episode 16: Edge of Seventeen, Moonlight and Hard Target
Dec 6, 2016 • 33 min
Episode 16 of The 405 film podcast features the new coming of age comedy ‘Edge of Seventeen’ starring Woody Harrelson and Hailee Steinfeld. Barry Jenkins’s ‘Moonlight’ is featured as Siân Melton sees it early at a Picturehouse Central preview. Plus, we…
Episode 15: A United Kingdom, Paterson and Gone Girl
Dec 2, 2016 • 31 min
Film chat that is more than what you need and better than what you wanted. We talk Paterson, A United Kingdom, Jack Frost and Gone Girl.
Episode 14: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Home Alone 2 and Into the Inferno
Nov 22, 2016 • 38 min
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is out in cinemas now so we spend 20 whole minutes talking, in a non spoiler fashion about the new film. Plus, our 5 Films of Christmas feature begins with Home Alone 2 and this week’s Netflix Recommendation is…
Episode 13; Arrival, Train to Busan and a political Netflix recommendation
Nov 14, 2016 • 32 min
We return from the ether for episode 13 of The 405 Film Podcast with Picturehouse Central. In this week’s episode, we take a leap into the unknown with Arrival and buy a return ticket to Busan as we scare ourselves silly with Train to Busan. If you enjoy…
Episode 12: Live from the London Film Festival with Picturehouse Central and Hoxton Movies
Oct 19, 2016 • 46 min
The London Film Festival took place in London Fresh out of watching Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Siân Melton and Adam Libonatti-Roche sat down with some very special guests. Joined by Picturehouse Central’s Toby King and Niki Alexandrou & Matt Williams from…
Episode 11: London Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival and Grease 2
Oct 6, 2016 • 37 min
“Grease for the starsssss” - In the latest episode of The 405 Film Podcast, we talk Raindance Film Festival and London Film Festival and the films that stood out in particular. We also discuss which Grease film is the best Subscribe to us on iTunes and…
Episode 10: Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Raindance Film Festival & De Palma
Sep 21, 2016 • 37 min
In episode 10 of The 405 Film Podcast, we talk about Taika Waititi’s latest film Hunt of the Wilderpeople with Sam Neill & Julian Dennison. It’s also Raindance Festival so we pick three films that you need to watch including Late Shift, Off The Rails and…
Episode 9: Captain Fantastic, the best tv shows from films and the ultimate 90’s all-nighter
Sep 6, 2016 • 37 min
In this week’s episode, Sian Melton and Adam Libonatti-Roche talk about why Captain Fantastic could be the film of the year plus we discuss the best films that became brilliant TV shows (Fargo, Hannibal). What films would fill your ultimate 90’s…
Episode 8: Suicide Squad is perplexing, Pete’s Dragon is enchanting and yoghurt is filling
Aug 30, 2016 • 37 min
In this week’s episode, we chat why Suicide Squad is not a bad film plus Sian Melton proclaims why you need to see Pete’s Dragon. We also have a pretty good idea what the Jumanji sequel will be about whilst eating Onken Strawberry yoghurt.
Episode 7: Nine Lives, Jason Bourne and Kevin from Home Alone’s jail-time
Aug 24, 2016 • 33 min
The 405 Film Podcast returns with episode 7 in which we make up reasons why Kevin McAllister from Home Alone could be in jail plus we cause anarchy with Jason Bourne memes including creating a new one called ‘Extreme Ways Mic Drop’. All that and more in…
Episode 6: Bad Boys 3, The Rock’s beef and The Art of the Deal
Aug 17, 2016 • 29 min
The 405 Film podcast returns after a week’s vacay to discuss all the pressing topics from the world of film. Why is The Rock angry with Vin Diesel and why are we obsessed with Nine Lives? Netflix Recommendations return as Adam falls in love with The Art…
The 405 Film Podcast: Episode 5
Aug 3, 2016 • 31 min
Siân Melton and Adam Libonatti-Roche discuss Splash, Star Trek Beyond, Death Becomes Her, and a whole load more. The 405 Podcast is brought to you in conjunction with our friends over at Picturehouse Central.
The 405 Film Podcast: Episode 4
Jul 27, 2016 • 32 min
Siân Melton and Adam Libonatti-Roche discuss The Neon Demon, Steve Harrington, and Comic-Con.
The 405 Film Podcast: Episode 3
Jul 20, 2016 • 34 min
Siân Melton and Adam Libonatti-Roche discuss Ghostbusters, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Stranger Things and more.
The 405 Film Podcast: Episode 2
Jul 12, 2016 • 31 min
Siân Melton and Adam Libonatti-Roche discuss Adult Life Skills, Will Smith and a whole lot more.
The 405 Film Podcast
Jul 5, 2016 • 34 min
Siân Melton and Adam Libonatti-Roche have joined force for The 405’s new film podcast. Expect eyebrow chat, Jeff Goldblum, Shit Film Sunday and more. www.thefourohfive.com
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