Frontman of South London Shame one of, to quote NME, ‘the country’s best bands’, Charlie talks about their inception in a Brixton pub, recording their debut at the infamous Rockfield Studios, what it’s like being on Jools Holland, his past insecurities that feed his onstage persona and his many vocal styles and how he records them. Plus, details on the (at the time unreleased) second album, ‘Drunk Tank Pink’.
The pen was forced into Oli’s hand when he acquired a theatre space and had no play to put on and no writer to create one. From there his passion and skill for writing grew, and his IMDB list now features Alan Davis sitcom Whites which he co-wrote with Peep Show’s Matt King, and the excellent Anna Paquin show Flack, which he created, wrote, produced, and for one episode, directed. The ups and downs of screenwriting are all laid out here.
Brixton-raised Skin tells her tale of going from a vulnerable young woman to the fiery, no-nonsense front woman of rock band Skunk Anansie. She details how the band got signed, her process writing songs, and offers anecdotes galore including, sitting with Pavarotti in his kitchen as he cooks; a bad experience with Michael Jackson at Nelson Mandela’s 80th birthday party that she couldn’t put in her autobiography; the full run-down on the band’s Glastonbury headline slot and the criticisms that came with the news of them playing.
The Hertfordshire-born frontman delves into his career for a mammoth insight into his process. From first hearing personal game changer Smells Like Teen Spirit to being manhandled by Dave Grohl, Billy’s conversational style is focused, impassioned and peppered with a great sense of humour. He also talks recording in L.A with Butch Vig, the Covid effect on venues and the industry, his brother’s recent departure from the band and the upcoming album.
The vocalist talks about her path from training in opera and jazz to fronting the melodic pop-pink noise machine that released their second album in July 2020 as a signed act. From being a Covid lab rat to breaking down the meaning behind some of Dream Wife’s best-known songs, Rakel is funny, self-assured and insightful in conversation.
The Maximo Park frontman delves into his background in music and talks about how he got the job. He reveals how the band were signed, working with famous producers such as Paul Epworth and Gil Norton, and the new single and forthcoming album Nature Always Wins, which was recorded during lockdown in a unique way that had Paul acting outside of his comfort zone.
Seeing Richard Dreyfuss in Jaws was the eureka moment for Andy that put him on the path to where he is today. He talks about the privilege of being in showbusiness and how collaboration is necessary in creativity. He also talks about the creation of Ghost Stories and making the film, working with Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger in a pivotal scene in Judy, bin defecation in Charlie Brooker’s Dead Set (WARNING – Spoilers towards the end regarding his character) and walking through the eye-popping set on the upcoming Dwayne Johnson blockbuster, Jungle Cruise.
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.