Frontman Grian Chatten talks about the pressure of the first two years as a signed band, his early love of bands like Pixies and Kings of Leon, how the band recorded their sophomore effort A Hero’s Death and how it feels to have not played them to a live crowd yet. Articulate and honest, Grian details how he writes songs once they comes to him, and the damage an American tour did to the band.
Actor Ben Schwartz, Fontaines D.C front man Grian Chatten, actor Andy Nyman and Empire magazine and podcast host Chris Hewitt are four of the upcoming guests on the brand new season from Friday 23rd October. For now though, a taster, an amuse-bouche if you will, to whet the appetite ahead of the full episode releases. From Sonic the Hedgehog to Charlie Brooker’s zombies, film set visits and rock’n’roll tales in America, this preview episode is made especially for your ears.
Abbey Road Studios has been a mecca for many for decades, but what about the staff behind the scenes? Mastering Engineer Geoff Pesche has kept the seat warm in his room at the studio for over a decade, and has worked his final polish magic for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Pulp. Coldplay, Black Sabbath and Ed Sheeran.
The Favourite bagged Make-Up and Hair Designer Nadia the BAFTA, and she talks to host Kevin Dawson about her work on it as well as Tyrannosaur, This Is England and Eddie the Eagle. She shares her story of working all hours to make it to the top of her game, and the many collaborations her job puts her in, including working with Paddy Considine, Olivia Coleman and Nicolas Hoult.
Katie Reynolds – Post Production Supervisor (Batman Begins, Corpse Bride, Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows)
Post Supervisor Katie talks to host Kevin Dawson about how she entered the industry via Bond before working on Harry Potter for 11 years as well as 3 Tim Burton films, Justice League and more. She also talks about the three stage process of post-production, what happens at movie premieres, and the many facets that can make or break the quality of a film.
Following host Kevin Dawson’s first conversation with newly BAFTA-winning producer Stephen in the last episode, Kevin gets the lowdown on the second half of Stephen’s illustrious career so far. Continuing on Interview With the Vampire and working with Cruise and Pitt, they also talk about Stoned and the implications of rock star murder surrounding the story, as well as female empowerment in movies such as Collette, Carol, Your Finest, Byzantium and Made in Dagenham.
Co-owner of Pindrop Ltd, Steve has formed a career out of mixing sound for independent film by directors such as Shane Meadows, Noel Clarke and Dexter Fletcher. He was also responsible for the audio in recent horror Strangers: Prey at Night and talks about the swimming pool scene in detail with host Kevin Dawson. Throw in working with Tim Burton and Paul Schrader, how to he does the sound for a punch up and the process of the horror movie jump scare.
Industrial Light and Magic have their VFX Supervisor Julian to thank for the stunning CG in a host of blockbusters such as Rogue One, Transformers: Last Knight, Ready Player One and Ninja Turtles 2. He talks about these films as well as being on set for Dark Knight Rises, Solo and Fast & Furious 6, how he created the alien in Paul and just what goes into making robots for Transformers.
The Joker in the Dark Knight, the Engineers, eggs and scary, bitey aliens from Prometheus and Alien:Covenant, the White Walkers from Game of Thrones, Conor O’Sullivan has been responsible for many amazing creatures and make-up effects over the past two decades. He talks to host Kevin Dawson about these and more, including working with Spielberg on the ‘Jesus’ moment, killing Brad Pitt and the new Joe Cornish film, Kid Who Would Be King.
Steve Coogan, Tracey Ullman, French & Saunders – the list of comedy legends director Dominic Brigstocke has worked with was too long to talk about in the time we had, but the list is long. Instead, he talks about one of the greatest comedy characters ever created, Alan Partridge and his creators Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci and the two series that he directed. He also sheds light on putting together Horrible Histories, and working with Tracey Ullman and her many characters, and directing Dawn French as Yoda.
The Office, Extras, Horrible Histories, The Tracey Ullman Show, Editor Nigel shares his mighty wisdom with host Kevin Dawson on life in the edit suite. From living for months in the guest house of Friends writer David Crane to being taped up by a bored Ricky Gervais, putting together some of the greatest comedy TV shows is colourful and varied to say the least.
Walking Dead, Dexter, Breaking Bad, The Wire – Former Fox Executive Creative Director Mark Harrison was responsible for bringing these shows and more to UK shores, and in some cases help develop them from inception.
He sat with host Kevin Dawson to discuss being on set with zombie catering, directing Dexter and his gallons of pig’s blood, and a very awkward joke over lunch with the stars of that very show.
Game of Thrones, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Bourne Ultimatum, Last King of Scotland – Set Decorator Tina Jones has had a varied career so far, and she chats to host Kevin Dawson about life on the set of a whole range of her credits. From being the reason Jason Bourne uses a book to the throat in a fist fight to the challenges of making an Exotic Marigold Hotel the Best.
Ricky Gervais producer Charlie sits with host Kevin Dawson to chat about Gervais’ work on Extras, the David Brent movie and his next project. He talks about his early work with comedy and Channel 4, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and In The Long Run, the new Sky One show starring Idris Elba.
Harry Potter, Sunshine, Ready Player One, Iron Lady, the list could go on. Double Oscar and BAFTA winner Mark Coulier sits down to talk to host Kevin Dawson about his prosthetic make-up work and his creature workshop, his horror work with Clive Barker, how he applied the full body burn make up in Sunshine, turning Meryl Streep into Maggie Thatcher and lots more.
Jungle Book, Guardians of the Galaxy, World War Z all have what in common? Animation Supervisor Gabriele Zucchelli and his team creating animals, zombies and…a big talking tree. Hear him talk to host Kevin Dawson about the technical and creative difficulties and processes behind them on this episode.
Gladiator, Prometheus, The Martian, Oscar-winning Janty Yates talks to host Kevin Dawson about her career in film, and long term working relationship with Sir Ridley Scott.
Wonder Woman, Paddington, Legend, make up and hair designer Christine chats to hosts Kevin about her career so far; including how she had to ignore Brad Pitt calling after her at the Oscars and how her and Benedict Cumberbatch ignored a clause in his BBC contract for Sherlock.
King Kong, Slumdog Millionaire, Broadchurch. These film and TV titans didn’t cast themselves you know, and the stories behind them and more are right here as Kelly reveals all to Kevin about how her part in the industry works.
Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, ABC, Belinda Carlisle, Holly Johnson, Freddy Krueger even (with Bruce) – Andy has provided bass for all all and more over his varied career. He sits down for an alfresco coffee in Soho with Kevin to talk about this and more days before Christmas.