EP 45 - LEE FIELDS AND LEON MICHELS
Whether or not you know the full, hard history of Lee Fields, I think 50 years into his music career, 10 years since he found the Expressions, and nearly 7 decades of a life that began in Civil Rights-era North Carolina make 2019 a prime time to celebrate "the coolest motherf***er to sing words into a microphone" (Vice). Across dozens of record labels, countless periods of defeat, and stretches of near-retirement, Lee jumpstarted the legacy of Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones, laid the groove for songs by Travis Scott and J Cole, and - with April 5th album It Rains Love (Big Crown) - will affirm his position as the new, benevolent standard of soul.
On Episode 45 of HOWA, I feel very lucky to had a (rather scratchy sounding) phone chat with both Lee and producer Leon Michels (Lana Del Rey, Adele, Beyoncé & Jay Z) on how they've spent the past 20 years or so together, crossing analog and digital mediums, multiple generations of tape saturation, and six consecutive hours of vocal takes at a time to get this music to our ears. 20 years?!?!?
Here’s a link to the album!
In this show I take a hint from the Episode number hitting 45 and start cutting into some wax.
New life to old 45s in the nitty. Just rerun that runout groove!
Grab a knife, sandpaper and a record or 2:) cut to reveal hidden funk.
Music for 45 comes from Lee Beaumont :)
I got these tracks ages ago. Sorry it took me so long to feature them. In fact since then he’s been getting busy and there’s plenty of new stuff to be found. Check this here link:
Sponsorship for the show comes courtesy of the wondrous digital minds at Valhalla DSP!
I’m thrilled to be able to have them on board as I’m such a fan of all their stuff and the JUST released the new DELAY plugin and it’s bonkers
EP 44 - Tim Exile
Want to get into Endless?
Here’s the link to the HOWA jam http://bit.ly/HOWAjam
I met Tim Shaw aka Tim Exile in Berlin in the mid 2000s
We were 2 brits roasting in the furnace of creativity that was cooking in the East
It was a heady time. There were so many amazing performers around
Everyone from Peaches to Kevin Blechdom, Errorsmith to Neubauten
You could inhale the punk as a gas and it fueled a lot of invention at that time
Tech was on that more steady and tangible bubble up and we were all trying to see how to combine our strengths with that digital promise.
Around 2000 I had decided to drop out of music making to be a builder of machines.
I got completely taken by the promise of Max/Msp and indeed it allowed me a great freedom to combine my voice and my obsession with the machine in a new way
I was making a living looping and Tim caught wind of those early shows and it set him off on a journey to build an absolute BEAST of a looper
I had travelled the Max way, Tim took the Reaktor to the loop limit.
His flow machine was a joy to behold even in its infancy.
I remember hearing it and being completely blown away
Seem-less transitions and audio with no clicks!
All things my machine struggled with. Loops with various lengths all playing off against one another, FX that would cut and carve the shit into shreds only to have new layers swoop in to fill the void and uncover new counterpoints.
The Tempo could change. The Machine would time stretch and warp so beautifully. It was a marvel.
The ultimate looper.
It's still is the best I’ve ever used and for a long time it wasn’t available to the public.
That is until ENDLESS
I’m super proud of him for daring to explode this idea into the world as something more than an esoteric loop maker for just one user.
He’s had to quit his career as a musician essentially to focus on the company and now it’s happening.
Endless is beginning.
Exciting times and I’m very happy to have known the evolution of all this. I see how far it can go coz I know how far the looper has already taken me.
Wild rides to get this far and more to come. Please welcome the marvelous mind that is Tim Exile to the show to share his thoughts!
MUSIC for 44 comes from - The Great Turtle
Michael Sayer sent me a lovely mail about this improved music and how it’s born of an obsession with music making.
How cool is this ? Music made at the Birds of Prey Conservation Area in Idaho.
Check it out
Sponsorship for the show comes courtesy of the wondrous digital minds at Valhalla DSP!
I’m thrilled to be able to have them on board as I’m such a fan of all their stuff and the JSUT released the new DELAY plugin
The best $50 you’ll spend on a delay, lemme tell ya! Get out and get it!
Speaking of which, thanks to Devon Gilfillian
The song we wrote together called “Get out and Get it”is out now as a single for him on Capitol Records!
I use snips of the original demo vocal in the nitty gritty to show off the wobbly world of dual Melodyne
More wobbles in 2019!!!
EP 43 - Greg Wells (PART 2)
The sequel usually disappoints. Not this time.
Greg and I literally go into outer space and beyond the grave in this cosmic excursion. Earthly concerns addressed in good measure also.
An immense pleasure to chat in such great depth with this absolutely superb chap.
EP 42 - Greg Wells (PART 1)
Welcome to the first of a two part epic chat with the excellent Greg Wells!
Yes! Mr. G.W. is a ludicrously talented chap.
He’s produced and written with Adele, he’s responsible for the hugely successful The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, he’s a long time collaborator with the lesser known Katy Perry, I mean who’s ever heard of Ariana Grande ? Or Pink ? Pharrell Williams, Burt Bacharach, Elton John ...
Too MUCH and yet, this list is a mere micro dose of Greg’s funk menu.
It must feel amazing to able to express yourself on the drums, the piano and with the world of synths and also mixing and recording equipment. It’s not RIGHT to be good at it all and yet Greg has the skills to write, play, record, mix. I think it's safe to say, he has ALL the skills.
What's more, he has an unbelievable amount of knowledge and experience all in a generous and light hearted frame that is most fun to be around.
There are so many milestones along his timeline that would be pinnacles of achievement for most. It’s humbling just to think about.
For example, He spent time under the tutelage of famed composer Clare Fisher who Susan Rogers talks about on out pod chat. (EP12)
I used to have some strong positive emotional reactions to the arrangements he made for Prince. Very strong! I can only imagine what powers Greg absorbed being in his company.
A father of 5, Mr Wells is a master at putting one at ease.
I chatted with him for a good hour on our first encounter and it felt like I’d known him for years.
I think his genuine openness and nurturing fatherly spirit has a lot to do with his success.
I know he made me feel extremely welcome both times I chatted with him.
That initial chin wag was made without the tape rolling sadly but on my return to have a proper chat, we got into a lengthy discussion that lasted around 3 hours! This time recorded :)
We go way back to the start and get into some very emotional memories which I feel very greatful to Greg for sharing with me and hence with us all.
An open, wise, playful badass. I feel like this chat could have gone on another 3 hours!
Please enjoy part 1 with the incomparable Greg Wells:
At one point I’m trying to recall the “Matt” that helped restoring Sam Phillips studios in Memphis.
His full name is Matt Sprang
Superb engineer with really good hair!
In the nitty I attempt to make a vocoder using only stock Ableton building blocks. What do ya need?
24 filters, 12 Max for Live Envelope followers and some tweaking :)
Music for 42 comes from
Check this link for some browser-based interactive music video promo fun. It incorporates a couple teaser videos he made for the tracks that he will be evolving in the future.
Let the evolution begin!
Thanks to Leap Wing audio for today’s show sponsorship.
They make some really interesting plugins and only 3 currently which I’m a fan of. Not too much to confuse or dilute
Check them here!
EP 41 - MATT SWEENEY
Hello 41 !
Hello to this now vintage chat with Matt Sweeney recorded June 14 2018.
I was first introduced to Matt trough my friend Pete Townsend.
Not THAT Pete but another Pete!
There’s a rather fantastic band by the name of Super Wolf and Pete plays drums, Matt’s on guitar and Will Oldham aka Bonnie Prince Billy is singing.
It’s hard to not be moved by that music and every element is crucial to the buzz.
Who’s that amazing guitarist you ask? Yep, it’s Matt Sweeney.
Let’s have a quick celebratory tour around some of this lads achievements!
He’s been in bands like Skunk, Chavez and Super Wolf
He’s played on records with Johnny Cash, Cat Power, Andrew W. K., Run the Jewels, Eagles of Death Metal and maybe more
He’s produced .. oh boy he’s produced!
He’s lent a crucial touch to the making of the Red Dead Redemption 2 soundtrack.
(This is the then secret stuff we couldn’t talk about!)
He’s been interview by the Epic Marc Maron (EP 637)
A couple of classic Guitar moves episodes for ya:
Matt is a investor in the popular Superiority burger:
To be found East 9th st Manhattan
What’s in the chat? Wellllll
We tackle fear and inaction and how to overcome it. Yep. We’ve solved it so take a listen :)
Don’t be afraid to ask “is there a budget”
Finding the budgets that are hiding in the music puzzle.
Thanks to Steve Lynch for the music for Ep 41
Check out his ocean inspired “Tides”
Nitty wise I explore extraordinary noise. VELVET noise! as Maron might say WTF?
Thanks to Scott Campbell for the intro to this saucy of motion
EP 40 - MACHINE DRUM
Episode 40 welcomes Travis Stewart aka Machine Drum to the pod!
Travis is a badass I've know for some time now and is someone I’m lucky to call a friend at this point. We made it to brunching status !
I’ve had him over to the house in Nashville and we jammed once which makes me think
We really need to do that again!
I’ve also sung on a JETS track U.N.I. which was a real rush.
Travis is one of those characters that gets the magic side of music.
He gets the fact that the presentation of ideas is important. To DREEEEAAAAMMMM
He gets that you don’t need much kit to make amazing shit (you can quote me on that)
He also gets that it’s good to share.
So enjoy our ramble back in time. Yes!
We get into some Machinedrum time travel. How did a kid from small town USA get to wander so free?
The man is prolific and talented having pushed quality sounds through labels of distinction such as:
This chat was from August 2018 so it’s been stewing somewhat and yet it’s as fresh as ever!
Great timing as JETS have a brilliant LP coming May 24 through Innovative Leisure
The Nitty is all about the 808 and creating the Clave and Cowbell using modulars. wish me luck!
Here's the link to the Sound on Sound article I used to make them. Super useful and deep series of articles.
Music for today’s show comes again from LakeCube. I featured his stuff in EP 32 with Ann Mincieli also
The show is sponsored by industrialectric
Makers of incredibly noisy boxes !
I witnessed one for the first time with Leo Ross, my guest on Ep 38. His brother Atticus also uses these with Nine Inch Nails.
I can see why. If you need a major sonic imprint these pedals are like no other :)
EP 39 - Alexis Taylor
I’m so fortunate to have one of my favourite UK musicians on the show, Mr Alexis Taylor.
A founding member of the now legendary Hot Chip, he’s been releasing music for good whee while now and by gosh it’s all superb. His clothing choices are also second to none. The man marches to the beat of his own drum machine.
I REALLY hope you’re not aware of Alexis thus far so you get to experience the joy of opening up his catalog as it were the first snow you’d ever seen on your lawn. The majesty!!!
Alexis has got a seriously cool show coming up very soon in NYC March 15th and 16th
Needless to say, this is a MUST for any New Yorkers. He’s playing together with the amazing Money Mark, my super talented friend Jonny Lam, Annie Hart and visual master Nick Relph at the Met! Bloody hell. EPIC!
Today’s Nitty is a levels game.
I ask the potentially expensive question “does a DI/mic pre combo make eurorack belt harder?”
Music for this episode comes courtesy of Rory Simmons
He’s a superb player and has already worked with a massively talent bunch of people like Jamie Cullum, The 1975, Bonobo, Mount Kimbie, Bat for lashes and many more! SWEET
Sponsors of todays show are the wonderous https://www.spitfireaudio.com
Makers of some of the finest sample libraries in the known universe. Just unreal and yet so so real!!
How you doing?
EP 38 - Leopold Ross
Greetings from the adobe! Yeah we made it (finally) to Santa Fe :)
The sky looks more impressive here. It’s really a breathtaking place.
Anyway .. I digress. What’s in the Show???
My guest today is the wonderful Leo Ross.
A lovely chap I met at a BBQ in LA hosted by Si Bonobo and his girlfriend last year.
Leo’s a mellow badass.
A sonic raven.
One of those low key players that’s really found a great way to carve out a rich musical life as a composer, sound designer, guitarist and dreamer.
He’s worked with loads of ace folk including the incredible Grace Jones, Bad Religion, Korn and also a lot with his super talented brother, Atticus Ross.
He picked up a BMI film music award for his work on “Book of Eli”
I was fascinated to hear about his path from the late 90s to now. We chatted in December 2018 hence talk of the “minimal tree”
Verrrry happy to have the raven on the pod.
Music for EP38 comes from my old friend Dana wachs.
We worked together way back in the mid 2000s and since then she’s mixed live sound for Cat Power, Jon Hopkins and a huge list of amazing folks.
Now she’s making her own music as "Vorhees" !
Check it in the show and support her here :
Today’s nitty is a hefty nod to something I came across recently whilst watching an interview with Emile Haynie.
Check this vid to get you closer to the show in question (in order to watch the ACTUAL thing you need to be a member of mix with the masters.. money well spent I’d say!)
It’s all about the OCTAVE.
Thanks to Malekko Heavy Industry for their sponsorship! They make awesome pedals and particularly potent eurorack gear.
I heard about them thanks to Boys Noize and now I’m fully ensnared in their modular web of potential :)
Thanks guys. Welcome to 38
EP 37 - Justin Meldal-Johnsen
Bass player badass who’s thumbed the metal for beck, NIN, Air and so many more
Producer of paramore, M83 and so many more.
The man wears many hats. Although the only one I’ve SEEN him in is a dodgers cap!
JMJ was kind enough to host me at his rather splendid home studio in Glendale LA.
Chock full o drool worthy wobblers of the various golden eras he’s amassed the sonic arsenal to tackle almost any production task
I’ve had the pleasure of recording music with justin when beck invited me to a session some time ago and I was blown away by his playing. He’s one of the most incredible bass cats out there. Combining THAT talent with a deep sense of how to get THOSE tones positions him as a perfect producer and he’s done bloody well in that role. Big hat stacks!
We chat about the wonderful gear he’s collected and why he is drawn to it. The chase of the buzz (big topic). The path to avoid burn out. A little arm chair philosophy on the nature of sound and MORE! Ha.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome JMJ to the show
In yee olde nitty I delve into the pocket as it were to pull out the ever present power that it the phone!
Yep. I’ll be using the phone as a speaker and mic in relatively lavish ways. What if we thought of the phone as a studio microphone?
What if the humble speaker onboard was treated like an amp ?
EP 36 - Paul Webb (Rustin Man)
I’m very happy to say I’ve got Paul Webb aka Rustin man on the show!
Paul will be known by many as the the bass player in legendary 80s band Talk Talk.
I will admit to my shame that I was unaware of Paul’s work as Rustin Man and even largely the work of Talk Talk.
I know. I know!
I AM shamed. BUT I am feeling mighty chuffed to have the window of learning open wide. I now feel I can plunge into the deeps with a direct blessing from Mr Webb!
Not only was Paul the bass end of the mighty T.T. but he has released the superb Out Of Season, a collaboration with Beth Gibbons of Portishead as Rustin Man. That happened in 2002.
He produced a record by James Yorkston in 2006 called “the year of the leopard” which is a gorgeous listen. Also he produced an LP with Dez Mona in 2009.
A little timeline for ya.
He latest record is due Feb 1st 2019 on Domino records. It’s called “Drift Code”and it’s a I can assure you, it’s a corker!
A generous, expansive, deep, detailed work. Something very rare in these disposable days I’d say.
The passage of time, the living space full of art, treasured objects and junk, the years spent listening to film music and ‘40s standards are all audible.
But there’s a surprising spontaneity to it too.
Webb’s former Talk Talk and O’rang colleague, the great Lee Harris is on drums. Another point of shame for me as I ask Paul “who’s that drummer?” Lol
We chat over the phone about the process, the magic and curry :)
In the nitty I sritch n scratch contact mics on string and skin. Even drop one in the sink.
All thanks to the inventive mind of Crank Sturgeon!
I got one of his clip on contact mics and another that can drink (the English edition)
Incidental music for the 36 comes courtesy of Steven ward
Go and check his activity here!
EP 35 - JURO “MEZ” DAVIS
Here's to you and me in the new year. Let's GO!
I'm kicking this annual run of shows in the stars with a chat with the chap that goes by the name of Juro Mez Davis. Starting as an MC in NYC and learning the ropes by pure graft and hands on MAKING with some intense folk (like MF doom) this guy can make a mix bump. We get into his come up and the work he does with Hip Hop legend J Cole! Yes indeed
Thanks to Audeze for making the connection and providing stupidly good headphones. KOD by J Cole was MASTERED on the Audeze phones! craziness.
In the nitty gritty I get into exploring a modified cassette deck as an echo. It's a wonderful and wobbly ride!
Thanks to Scott Campbell for his ingenious crafting and toil. It's a total treat to work with
n n n n n n nineteen!
EP 34 - JAKE ARON
HO HO HO HOWA!
Yhep we made it to the end of year special
Seasons greats from me to you!
Couldn’t be spending this episode with a better round up companion.
At long last I get to introduce you to the show’s spiritual advisor Mr Jake Aron!
We’ve toured the world together. From tiny 100 seaters to opening for Prince ...
We’ve mixed a bunch of my records (Compass, Jamie Lidell and Building a beginning)
We’ve grown in the game side by side and it’s been amazing to watch him rocking with a badass studio in Brooklyn and loads of sweet production and mixing under his belt.
Like for example the rather fantastic and highly acclaimed 2018 Snail Mailrecord
We chat about the present and the great come up
Ah yeah welcome to HOWA the hilarious and humble Mr Aron.
Stay tuned :)
Nitty wise I get into a noisy bath with the Koma electronics field kit. Motors on guitars, Heart beats down a wire, rhythmic radio rambles.. it’s my kind of box
Speaking of boxes I hope you get a couple of good gifts for the Crimble!
I raise my cup to ya for the holiday rush
Dreaming of a white noise Christmas
Til the big n n n n 19
EP33 -THE Haxan Cloak
Welcome to another LA out and about pod, this time with the wonder that is Bobby Krlic Aka The Haxan Cloak.
We fall into a distorted time line as we chew the mighty cud sat humbly outside his calm studio in Silverlake. You’ll hear the passings by of local wildlife faintly muttering as we pontificate the meaning of sound and have a good old fashioned ramble!
From Sludge to Hollywood
From Laptops on a Brick to Bjork and Atticus Ross
Bobby’s story is the shit!
I’m very happy to have made his acquaintance and I trust you’ll be equally chuffed
Today’s nitty sees Me paying homage to the work of sound artist and tape master
Scott campbell who makes superb tape machine mods and sweet music!
Find him on the gram here:
This nitty is also inspired by the rather badass
And in particular this tape loop demo (so helpful!)
Music for 33 comes from Mischa Lively. An active member on the pod and a great producer.
Super happy to feature his music this time!
Check this link for more action:
Also here’s an interview with him
Until next time
EP32 - Ann Mincieli
Imagine being a young engineer and being thrown into the heady reality of holding down the tape machines and such for MANY a vocal recording session with Mariah Carey! Would you enjoy that rush? Would you crumble?
Imagine then going on to record and mix many many MANY albums for Alicia Keys…
Imagine working with Usher, Jay-Z… Whitney Houston then opening your own brick and mortar studio in the heart of New York in 2011
Artists like Beyonce, Rihanna, Depeche Mode, J. Cole, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde and so many more have since worked there!
Ann Mincieli is beyond the real deal. She has forged a career in the music biz at the highest level. On top of all her achievements she remains so humble and so hungry to learn!
We get into chatting about a new thing she and Alicia Keys have started called “she is the music”
Ann gives mention to these great female musicians/writers/producers/mixers. Check em out!
Skylar Grey @SkylarGrey
jennifer decilveo @hijennwhatsup
Ingrid Andress @WhatIsAnIngrid
TAYLA PARX @TAYLAPARX
Alex Hope https://www.alexhope.com.au
YES! Welcome to Episode 32
I return to New York!
Meet up with my old pals
Ludwig Persik who's Album Forward Motion I produced with him a while ago. A hidden gem! check it out :)
I went to see Jake Aron in his studio in Brooklyn. So badass! (interview soon)
His wife and MASTER Jewelry maker Wing came through
Check her site for amazing christmas gifts! (Thank me later)
Nitty gritty is about slowing down the wobbles
Perfect for a post thanksgiving hang!
Today’s show is sponsored by the wonderful Jeff Turzo who runs
OVERSTAYER out in LA.
Some of the very best recording and mixing gear available in 2018. New and fresh.
Get tones from 0 to 100000 in seconds. Crazy and Brilliant. Very happy to have him aboard!
Check it all out at
Music on this show comes from
EP31 - SPIKE STENT
Here we go !
No big deal, it's only Spike Stent. One of the greatest mix engineers EVER. He's put his hands and ears on countless MASSIVE (literally! lol) records. He's got Grammy's galore. Name dropping casually he's worked with Madonna, Depeche Mode, Beyonce, Bjork, Ed Sheeran, Massive Attack, Frank Ocean... I mean too many to bloody mention tbh. Needless to say he's the REAL deal. All of that and a superb chap who makes me chuckle. We get into the micro and macro. Fractal chats y'all!
EP 30 - RAG ‘N BONE MAN
Im very happy to be welcoming the mighty voice of Rag ’n Bone man to the show ! He’s lending his generous mind and voice and spreading a very welcome message of hope in these times. It can feel overwhelming in 2018. There’s so much noise, one might wonder if there’s a way to cut through? Well Listen to Rory (rag’nbone) as he explains his path from small town England to riding high after his major LP release on Columbia, hit single around the world, multiple Brit awards and more! \
I get into some fade waving in the nitty gritty and we have GUEST MUSIC thanks to Peter Ibbetson
I placed tracks from his Rivals EP on the show :) check the release here:
EP 29 - SI BONOBO
Welcome to another remote LA pod!
It’s a REAL treat to have had a sit down and chin wag with the fabulous gent and badass musical mind that is Si Bonobo!
We’ve orbited in the same musical lands since the early 2000’s and yet this is the first substantial convo we’ve had.
Bring it on I say :) he welcomed me into his home, we killed the AC and sweated it out for your listening pleasures.
Twas a top chat. We get into the come up and the evolution of Si’s styles and touch on his amazing live show setup and philosophy.
Couple of Brits at the end of the rainbow as it were. Chatting in the hills of LA. Must be doing something right!
Feeling very lucky.
In the nitty gritty I get into a tricky gritty trying to tame the forces of feedback once again. This time feeding an eq into it’s own mind.
Does it work??
Av a listen!
EP 28 - CHROMEO
The Funk Lordz have boarded the pod.
we go waaaaay back and yet we've rarely had a chance for a proper chin wag. They were rolling thro Nashville so I HAD to hang with these 2 legends!
We talk about surviving and evolving, keeping it fresh, staying power, LA, New York, Prince and what not.
Freestyle rambles of funk. Enjoy!
In today's nitty I'm discovering what sonic salt might be.
Go easy. Remember they add more at restaurants.
Jake Aron on the metaphor. Too true.
I'm happy to say that I'm also sponsored today by plugin alliance. The place to get some MAJOR sonic power tools. chuffed! thanks dudes :) check them here. https://www.plugin-alliance.com
EP 27 - CHROME SPARKS
Welcome to 27.
I’m in the distance pod this time chatting to the man like Chrome Sparks in Australia of all places…
Not in person but over the magic Skype ping pong. It was a top treat to pick the brains of this intellectual craftsman.
He’s a trained percussionist with a very good ear and bold song writing moves. Since 2010 he’s just not stopped
Much inspiration as we talk about his past, the rise and the current set up both in the studio and live.
We brave the eternal question… how does an electronic artist play live??? HOW??!?!
I dig into the multi tracking and phasing of effects to see if there’s any simple pleasures hiding.
Also I demo sounds from my NEW splice.com sound pack “TIME MODULATOR”
EPISODE 26 - Martin Terefe
This episode marks one year in the land of pod!
Hard to fathom but tis true.
I wanted to thank everyone for listening and for all your stupendous feedback. It's highly motivating to know you're out there enjoying the show and I'll keep em coming! biweekly massive.
Today's guest is a serious heavyweight with a far reaching understanding of the facets of the music world and a considered and egoless manner to boot. Perhaps it's the Scandinavian in him?
Let me put it this way, he's not the kind of alpha that struts in the room fanning his accolades. He remains open and curious. Something to strive for!
We had a tip top time making music for a day and I was very unhappy I'd not managed to sit him down for a chat after. He was kind enough to come back to sit in the hot chair.
He got a car to the house with his bags on the way to airport. Mightily generous and definitely above and beyond considering his workload in Nashville and the long-haul that was imminent.
Martin's list of accolades is long. A 2 time grammy winning producer .
A potent writer across genres. An owner of multiple studios in London and New York. A developer of artists.
He's worked with Jason Mraz, Train, Cat Stevens (Yusuf), Jamie Cullum, James Morrison, and KT Tunstall, with many more.
Welcome some wisdom to the pod!
Today's nitty is all about DI guitar fuzz. I run multiple preamps into one another, introduced some curves and let it burn.
Somethings got to represent the candle on this pod cake!
Thanks for making with me to my first birthday
EPISODE 25 - Larry crane
Hello and welcome an American hero.
Larry Crane! The man deserves a standing ovation.
Just imagine interviewing peoples for 22 years.
Giving a platform to the unsung experts that make all this amazing art alongside fascinating portraits of the household names.
Larry has been producing one the most beloved audio publications around.
Wiki tells me that the first issues were published by photocopying, hand-stapling and spray painting the covers. Look how far it's come!
Larry came by the house and interviewed me for the tapeop podcast and mag (major honour)
After our chat we let the tapes continue to roll and I had a good ole fashioned ramble with the man. He's got anecdotes for years. 22 years.
It's surreal doing this show. I feel mighty lucky to get to hang with such distinguished folk.
Thank you Larry!
Thank you also to Audeze for their sponsorship of todays show. Damn those LCD headphones are rather amazing.
Even if you have a decent room with treatment these headphones can reveal hidden details. The transient response alone is hard to match in speaker land.
I love tech that is new AND incredible. These headphones might allow you to leave the conventional studio behind. Yep!
in a Biweek dudes.
EPISODE 24 - MOCKY
It's about time I had him on the pod!
He's the man that came along and blew the bloody doors off for me around 2003-2004.
We wrote and produced my album Multiply together and then went on to do Jim in much the same way. Nothing would be the same for me.
He showed me the 2,5,1 the cycle of 4s. The minor 9... all that jazz.
He was always the guy that would have a crew of musicians over and jamming at his place in Berlin. Music is communication and community with him. Something I miss a lot about those days. Just jumping on an instrument and playing for hours. It's good for the soul.
He always evolves his craft. These days making more magical sounds than ever. Check his solo work for the range of humanity. From the light and playful to heavy and woeful he uses music to talk.
This time we used words.
Great to have ya man
Welcome my friend MOCKY !
I get into a topic the two of us discussed back in the day. Sampling at high sample rates. What are the advantages when making sampled instruments? Turns out they are pretty significant.
Hello! Almost a year of the show. Thanks to all for listening :)
EPISODE 23- Francisca Valenzuela + Vicente Sanfuentes
Francisca Valenzuela and her partner Vicente Sanfuentes are a superb example of how couples can turn their deep connection into great art. The alchemy of love!
They have both been making big waves.
Francisca Valenzuela for example has had Gold and Platinum records. No big deal. She remains extremely down to earth but make no mistake, she's a huge star in the latin music community and remains very committed to expanding awareness of women in the scene. Her festival Ruidosa is so important. It's an all female series of events that not only highlights a host of incredible music but also brings together speakers and topics that have long been neglected, relating to women working in music and art in the Latin world.
Vicente ? Oh yes, he's a force. He's got such a positive outlook on life and art and it's contagious! I love hearing his perspectives on making music and his ability to grow and evolve his craft is mighty inspiring. I love these guys! Hope you all enjoy our chat.
Nitty gritty is all about making randomness work toward intrigue and (hopefully)beauty :)
Dice are nice!
EPISODE 22: TONY MASERATI
Tony Tony Tony!
Yes! Very happy to have spent a mo getting to know the fellow.
(not sure I can keep up that rhyme scheme!) There's so much one could say about Mr Maserati.. or so little..
So little might be "He mixes Beyonce" for example.
I mean MIXES BEYONCE!! It's insane. I think I'd probably have a heart attack if I had that stress on my shoulders but Tony is a mightily chill gent. I was so impressed by his LA space and his commitment to moving forward and forging his own path. He's a major inspiration! Once again. Thanks to the man.
Hope you enjoy the rambles :)
In the nitty gritty I get into a sampling technique I picked up from electronic pioneer Matthew Herbert. Such a simple idea that really can get you new sounds with next to no gear! lo-fi joy.
Thanks again to www.sounds.com for their continued support of the show. They have some of the best material available for making that competitive music in 2018. I even found a slew of zither sounds. You never know when you might need to zither it up!
They have it all!
EPISODE 21: MARK RONSON
Super happy to have Mark on the show!
Modern legend with the hefty pedigree and the skills to move with the times
What a crazy road he’s had working alongside some of the biggest and brightest in the biz
We chew the cud in a comfy part of his new studio zone at the sound factory in Hollywood
Where many a badass record has been made and where WHATS GOING ON was mixed…
What’s so cool is Mark keeps that spirit going so well with a great crew around him and a revolving door of top talent
We chat about his new record label and the uber talented KING PRINCESS, we chat AMY WINEHOUSE we chat about inspiration
I get into the transformation game in nitty gritty. The alchemy of vocal to synth, guitar to synth
I crack out my old pal the MS20 for a ride into change town.
Thanks again to the excellent people at www.sounds.com for the kind show sponsorship
Was a fun one to make
EPISODE 20: ATRAK
Atrak in the house!
So pleased to spend some 1 on 1 time with the man at his new abode in LA.
The house is STUNNING! wow. Such good taste! Comes as no surprise.
If you want to learn about making moves you should pay attention to this guy!
He’s made so many good decisions and takes his craft super seriously whilst remaining completely down to earth and full of enthusiasm.
One of the best scratch djs of all time, owner of the badass fools gold record label which has been around over 10 years.....
Hugely successful producer and entrepreneur!! He’s the real deal!
Today on the show I’m exploring the secret life of the lav mic. Small enough to fit inside drums and get lost in places mics usually cant probe.
I probe away in the nitty gritty.
Also I’m very happy to say the show is sponsored by the excellent folks at www.sounds.com
A new way to get the freshness in your music. Everything from harps to hammers, full loops to tiny sfx.
There’s a HUGE array of stuff to chose from and thanks to a very impressive filtering system you can quickly navigate through the library and get exactly what you need.
2018 style! Nothing in the way of that idea!!
EPISODE 19 : ANDREW LAPPIN
A trip to LA anyone?? why yes!!
There were so many tip top interviews made on my last jaunt over to the west coast.
meet my new friend mr Lappin!
Andrew is a friend of the pod by proxy as he's pals with my spiritual advisor Jake Aron! yes. We all love Jake as we shall discuss further on the show. We get into the way it feels to be in a potent shed by sunset sound. How to make your drums sound modern (aka the holy grail of recording)
The joy is in the journey!
I dive into the pool of convolution to see what OTHER than room impulse responses can be used to yield the funk.
yep. I even ask YOU a question
EPISODE 18 : SEAN O'BRIEN
Welcome to my 18th Birthday. The show is now a ripe 36 weeks old and I'm chuffed to have Sean Obrien on the show.
He's a top chap and really down to ground fellow who's a relatively under the radar badass and someone I'd not heard of until our meeting but now he's very much a part of the extended family :)
He's worked with Moses Sumney, the national and a whole host of folks include Tony Berg who is a recurring figure on the pod having mentored Blake Mills and Shawn Everett so it's that LA knowledge in the house!
check this link:
I get into the making MUSIC with delays.. what? yeah THAT! Music from pure feedback. Bucket in a brigade all sining their weird wobbly song!
Kiss the hand that feeds you :)
EPISODE 17 : KIMBRA
We've got Kimbra on a bus, $20 tapes, silly songs and some brain food.
You into that?
Kimbra has a new album out! Primal Heart. Give it a listen peoples!
In the nitty gritty I get tapes and slam them together to phase the shit out of some phase
Kimbra mentions some interesting Brain stuff at the end.
your brain on music!!!
EPISODE 16 : UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
My chat with Ruban Nielson aka Unknown Mortal Orchestra :)
What a top chap. He took precious time before tour to muse and ramble with me on the methods behind his wonderful madness. Super creative, super inventive Ruban is the real deal.
Really chuffed to have him on the show. I'm a fan of his music and productions!
His new album "sex and food" is out NOW on al the good platforms.
Grab a physical copy I'd say :)
Support for the show comes from fjord fuzz. A quality maker of brutal fuzz and exciting boxes to explode and erode signals in all those ways we love. check em here!! www.facebook.com/fjordfuzz/
nitty gritty this show sees me testing the power of a $30 mic on drums. what can be done?
I mean really WHAT can be DONE!!!
EPISODE 15 : ANDREW SARLO
I made a new friend on my latest trip to LA. This gent has already made some seriously badass records. Nick Hakim, Big Thief, Show me the Body and more! Not bad for 29.
Not at ALL bad :)
Just goes to show what good ears and a good mind can do. We talk of his less is more mix setup which make Andrew a real shining example of the new school to me.
I wish we'd conducted the interview in the presence of these tacos but we were in a friends apparent in downtown LA. You hear a weird dog at one point. Not in pain, just sounding off about the canine situation no doubt.
Nitty gritty this episode is a gated affair. MULTI gates! It's new to me. I just thought of it and tried it for this show. It's a bit of a time consuming process but it YIELDS!
gate the evil y'all
expand the gold :)
EPISODE 14 : ROGER MOUTENOT
This is a special one for me. Roger and his whole family have really made our time in Nashville something magical. As you'll hear, he's a warm and deeply knowledgable chap with SO many incredible stories from his journeys in the madcap world of music. From his raw garage band days, to the heady rushe of a major MAJOR studio job in New York in the 80s, to the trips around the world as a heavily in demand freelancer and now to his superb Nashville studio he's seen it all.
Grab a quality beverage and sip down some of his wisdom.
Having worked with everyone from Lou Reed to Grandmaster Flash. Yo la tengo to Pat Carney of the Black keys he never stops and we're talking about 1000s and 1000s of sessions at the controls.
Such a wonderful person, a great Dad and Husband to our good friend Barbara (who you'll discover has exceptional ears and taste!)
We are friends with the whole family coz they are all just ace. Hi Marshall! Hi Malcolm!
It's a real privilege to call Roger a friend :)
Meanwhile in techy bits I get my feet wet in the heady world of MIDI files. Take and remake for 2018!
The bad thing about MIDI is it's pretty old and clunky.. the good thing is it's old and full of the fruits of people's hard toil. The amazing resource that is www.midiworld.com has changed it all for me. Grab some MIDI and mash it up!
Made with love from Nashville
EPISODE 13 : DARRELL THORP
A Deep and Tech heavy dive into the Knowledge pool that is Darrell Thorp! He's a multi grammy kind of dude and yet there's no pretense. He has worked with some of the best in the biz like Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Beck, Outkast and more! yep. Mad audiophilatiousness hangs. We chat about his time with Dr Dre and all the red lights on the board. The good the bad n zee ugly in gear and signal. Foo fighters and a great deal more!
I also nitty the gritty out of the Altec 9067b filter. The fabled King Tubby filter is now my grubbies and I throw some bits into it to hear how it sounds. ALSO I made a couple of patches for you ableton live users to check so you can get a taste of the altec in the digital domain!
follow the read me and you should be golden! I posted a quick vid of it on the hangingoutwithaudiophiles instagram to show it in action :)
EPISODE 12 : SUSAN ROGERS
I'm humbled !
What amazing times that we can find and talk to our heroes!
Here's Susan Rogers and she's responsible for making the best prince records (imho I mean the VERY best ones. She was by his side and in the studio at all times.. day and night making PURPLE RAIN! AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAY! PARADE! SIGN 'O' THE TIMES! not to mention all the music for The Time, Shiela E and all the insane quantity of music that's now in the Prince vault. Without her insanely demanding 4 year tour of duty with the genius of prince we never would have had the funk as it lives on toady. It was time well spent! I owe her a huge debt of gratitude. Without her energy, Prince would have not been able to create and share his ideas in the same way I'm 100% sure of that. I'm also sure that I'd have never heard the music in the same way over the Atlantic and become a Musican. So I feel deeply happy to get a chance to speak to Susan.
I'm THRILLED to share this one with you all.
She's a wonder!
Thanks to Universal Audio once again for their kind support..
Let's get on with the show!
EPISODE 11 : MONEY MARK
YES! Money Mark is in the hot chair. Quite literally as Ahmed Gallab had only just finished our chat. 2017, Turin.. we delve into the many minds of Mark. The kind of mind that will take things apart and rebuild them. The kind of mind that is not content to settle. He's a very curious and unique fellow who's got WAY too many good stories for a solitary podcast but there you go.. this is PART 1!!
I get gritty with a cheap contact mic and probe the strings of pianos and tenor guitars before destroying the signals with plugins.
Thanks again to the good folks at UNIVERSAL AUDIO www.uaudio.com for their excellent support and to all you lovely lot for your ears n brains. cast away!
Money Mark's fantastic machine link!!
EPISODE 10 : PAUL EPWORTH
This time sees Paul Epworth in the hot chair! His OWN chair mid you as we got to speak in the LEGENDARY studio that is known as "The Church" for good reason. It's a yeah.. it's a church! An immense and potent zone of creativity! we learn of Paul's journey from shed to Holy rooms and his incredible rise :) Producing Adele. Let's just think about that for a second shall we!?!
I roll in my own deep with a bit of mono to poly joy in my studio B nitty gritty experiments
As promised here's a link to the Max for Live patch to control your KENTON PRO 2000
you will need Live 10 to run it (as it uses sysex)
Thanks to Universal Audio for their sponsorship :)
check them out at www.uaudio.com
Episode 9 : CHRIS TAYLOR
It’s pod time dudes! Welcome to the first of the year :))
This week I’m a chattin with the joyful soul that is Chris Taylor of the fabulous grizzly bear! We delve into the tents of life both real and metaphorical. We ponder the sublime and sup on a bloody good cuppa!
I get into the world of keying gates in the gritty. thanks to the BBC!
Today’s show is helped along nicely by the good folks at reverb.com. For a limited time they are offering 10% off a selection of plugins that I hand selected. I can vouch for every one. Get yer savings ! Go to reverb.com/jamielidell and use the promo code jamie to get your discount!! Yeah !!!
Episode 8 : Hrishikesh Hirway
Tip top times with this gent in the hot chair this episode ! Hrishikesh Hirway is responsible for the staggeringly professional and downright inspirational podcast called song exploder
please check this show if you haven't already. It's a corker!
I was very fortuante to get the full low down on the process that goes into the making of this show and it's a serious eye opener. This gent puts the HOURS in. Very impressive.
In the techy bit, I utilize the power of bluetooth speakers to act as audio friends. Yes why not pop one in the biscuit tin and re-record that glorious vocal take in a ... cheap metal coffin? just saying. The world of wireless can be funks mcfunks. Cheers my dudes
Episode 7 : AHMED GALLAB
So happy to get a minute to catch up with this gent! Welcome to the hot chair Mr Ahmed Gallab aka SINKANE!!!!! We enthuse over his incredible band, chat histories, go into the ways he hears sound and how his process flows composing. Fascinating chap and such a lovely dude!
In the techy bit of the show I SHOOTOUT vintage samplers to listen to the artifacts of various old beasts. There's the mirage, prophet 2000, SP1200, MPC60, SK-1 and more plus I try out the emulations you can find in the box.
Thanks to fabfilter for their support :)
here's some cool links showing you Sinkane in action and in other interviews
Episode 6 : SHAWN EVERETT
This Show’s guess has a Grammy for mixing. I mean that alone is badass!
He’s put his hands and ears on a huge array of material over the years
Here’s just one handful of the man's MIX gold
The War On Drugs
He’s found his own way through the maze of music and he’s using techniques that are truly bizarre and wonderful.
Plus he’s a VERY nice bloke that is super open to talking about how he works.
Get into it!
Also in the show
I get lost in a micro world of realtime triggering
Opening the portal to a potentially potent beatbox breakthrough
Can’t believe it’s 6 already :)
Episode 5 : Blake mills
Welcome to Episode 5.
Please say hello to a true master of his craft(s)! Mr BLAKE MILLS!!
I feel very lucky to have been invited into his home to have a coffee and catch up. He’s a truly inspired gentleman and very humble man.
We cover a little of the binaural history, production tips from the top. We delve into some of the sound making processes from the wonderful perfume genius record he produced and the incredible power combo that forms when he gets together with the fantastic mr Shawn Everett.
I’ll be removing spectra in the nitty gritty segment and I’m very pleased to announce that the show is sponsored by Izotope.com
Makers of incredible plugins like ozone, RX and now the futuristic NEUTRON 2
I’m giving away a copy of the NEUTRON 2 STANDARD to one lucky winner. Just share the show on soundcloud to take part :)
Episode 4 : mura masa
Welcome to 4!
It’s a mighty pleasure to welcome the 1 n only Mura Masa to the show today.
We chat about all Masa of things from the headphone mixing thing to the touring with flume thing, to the slapping of bass and of course THAT radio voice.
Turns out the man behind the bangers is a total gent and twas a treat to get to do out song up on that Wiltern stage in LA.We chat backstage before the show.
Also in the prog…
I run through the SECRETS behind that “nothing else” vocal sound and there’s an EXCLUSIVE version of that same song played by my sped self and the stupidly talented ROYAL PHARAOHS.
This Episode is sponsored by the badasses at GOODHERTZ
ALSO if you type HANGINGOUT at checkout
You will save 20% on your order!!
So Click this!! https://goodhertz.co/order
Episode 3 : Dave Stewart
What a treat to have Dave Stewart in the pod! On the pod! It’s proof indeed that 3 is the magic number. He’s a wonderful story teller as you’ll discover. Find out how the Eurythmics got their first studio up n running and the unorthodox ways in which all that amazing music was created. I mean it’s DAVE STEWART! What do I really need to say!!
Today's show is sponsored by the good folks at oeksound. Makers of SOOTHE, the intelligent problem solving plugin that’s really rather good! There’s a chance to win a copy on the show by reposting the soundcloud episode. I’ll pull one of the reposters from the digital hat and one lucky person will win a license for all their soothing needs!! check the plugin here: https://oeksound.com
From the Studio Nitty Gritty section of Podcast 3: A Max 4 Live patch for use in Ableton to randomly access songs in playlists inside iTunes. Download HERE for free. Instructions included in download. Would love to hear feedback so send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org ! Enjoy!
Episode 2 : Jacquire King
It's already that time. Time for tea. Time for 2. Episode 2. Yep. We made it. Thanks for all the support thus far :) This show is a special one. I get to chat with a legend in the game. A man who's brought so much power to your lobes. So many effortless sounds are a result of his tireless toil and we uncover the history of that process and delve into the future. I get techy with a vocal fx set up that was used for my last band tour and I'm proud to be sponsored by the wonderful folks at polyend. Makers of unique hardware for the discerning audiophile! Tune in. Click in. Tea up!
Episode 1 : Pat Carney
Super happy to be releasing this podcast on my birthday. I'm very lucky to know so many cool people, like Pat Carney, legendary drummer from The Black Keys and all around top bloke. He came over to the house and we just chatted with the microphones on. We cover his beginnings as a musician and some lesser known secrets about his early recording career. I'm also so happy that this first podcast episode is sponsored by FabFilter, makers of exceptional audio plug-ins www.fabfilter.com check them out immediately :)
Grab a tea and a bickie and give it a listen.