Had it not been for the introduction of podcasts into my life, my second album could well have been ready six months sooner. Who knows, maybe even seven. The world of podcasts has been an extremely welcome and comforting distraction from reality. Listening to interesting people talk to other interesting people about interesting things. New ideas, old ideas, thinkers and dreamers.
A lot of the shows I enjoy are comedians talking to other comedians, candid accounts of their experiences in the industry they work in. I find them inspiring and often relieving. To hear entertainers, talk so openly about the highs and the lows of performance feels like something that hasn’t really happened before and, personally, as a performer, it’s something that really helps me.
I began looking for musical equivalents: honest, long form conversations between two musicians, the unquestionable highs of creating and performing, alongside honesty regarding things they have struggled with along the way. At the time of digging, nothing jumped out at me. I sat on the idea for some time before finally plucking up the courage to try and do it myself and went out and purchased the gear necessary for me to travel and record at the drop of a hat.
So far it has been better than I could have ever imagined. I travel to my guests wherever they may be and it is just the two of us in the room. After the initial ten minutes of chat we both loosen up and start to share stories and experiences from our time on the road.
What started as a labour of love and somewhat of a passion project is shaping up to be one of the best and fulfilling projects I’ve ever been a part of. I hope you find it as interesting and fun to listen to, as it was to make.
Special Compilation #3: Legendary Tales
For our final special compilation episode, we hear legendary tales from the likes of Emily Eavis, Sir Tom Jones, Sigrid, Niall Horan and more. I hope you’ve enjoyed a little look back at some of our favourite clips from the first 2 series of George Ezra & Friends. I’ll see you back here next year for some brand new episodes. I hope you’re well, look after yourselves and each other.
This podcast was edited by Natalie Jamieson. The animations and visuals are thanks to Oisin Griffin. Thank you to the teams at Closer Artists and 4th Floor Creative. And of course, thank YOU for downloading.
Special Compilation #2: On Songwriting
This week, we look back at some of our previous guest’s stories of songwriting. Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Nile Rodgers, Jessie Ware and more tell us about how some of their biggest songs came to be.
This podcast was edited by Natalie Jamieson. The animations and visuals are thanks to Oisin Griffin. Thank you to the teams at Closer Artists and 4th Floor Creative. And of course, thank YOU for downloading. See you next week for the third and final special compilation; legendary tales.
Special Compilation #1: Starting Out
For the first of three special compilation episodes of George Ezra & Friends, we look back at our favourite stories from our previous guests about their start in the music industry. You’ll hear stories from legendary musicians such as Elton John, Lily Allen, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Lewis Capaldi and many more.
This podcast was edited by Natalie Jamieson. The animations and visuals are thanks to Oisin Griffin. Thank you to the teams at Closer Artists and 4th Floor Creative. And of course, thank YOU for downloading. See you next week for the second special compilation, which will be on the subject of songwriting.
Introducing: Phone A Friend with George Ezra & Ollie MN
This is an intro to a new podcast series from George & Ollie MN. Search 'Phone A Friend' to subscribe... When George and long-time friend Ollie MN both experienced issues with mental health, they found comfort in opening up to one another about what they were going through. Phone A Friend is a podcast that captures their candid and light-hearted chats, with the intention of encouraging the listener to start conversations of their own. In each episode, George and Ollie work their way through a pile of listener correspondence, sharing thoughts and advice on how to keep your mental health in check during uncertain times. New episodes are released every Monday. Search 'Phone A Friend' wherever you get your podcasts, or visit smarturl.it/PhoneAFriendPod (https://www.smarturl.it/phoneafriendpod) . Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health. https://www.mind.org.uk
024. Shania Twain
For our special New Years episode George sits down with the one and only Shania Twain. Shania needs no introduction but as a recap she has 3 DIAMOND selling albums and 'Come On Over' is the 11th biggest selling album of all time. George and Shania discuss her early life in Canada, performing live as a child in rowdy bars, her musical influences, her incomparable successes and her current musical projects. This podcast was edited by Liam Thorne. The animations and visuals are thanks to Oisin Griffin. Thank you to Josh Sanger and the Closer Artists team. Thanks to Shania for chatting with George. And of course, thank YOU for downloading and supporting this podcast.
023. Lewis Capaldi
For our special Christmas 2019 episode we have the artist of the year, Mr Lewis Capaldi. The “Scottish Beyoncé” has had an incredible year, including his debut album hitting #1 in the UK, his huge single ‘Someone You Loved’ hitting #1 in the UK and the US, countless tours and festival appearances including Glastonbury and TRSMT. Lewis tells George about how he fell in love with singing when he was 9 years old, they discuss studying music at college, how Lewis got his start in the industry, his honesty in his song writing, his meteoric rise to stardom and everything in-between. This podcast was edited by Liam Thorne. The animations and visuals are thanks to Oisin Griffin. Thank you to Josh Sanger and the Closer Artists team. Thanks to Lewis for chatting with George. And of course, thank YOU for downloading and supporting this podcast.
Customer ReviewsSee All
This podcast has become a part of my morning routine. It’s gotten me out of bed earlier so I can listen (currently binging the whole thing) which is an almost impossible feat, but somehow you’ve done it.
I absolutely love finding new artists and discovering new music, or old music that I haven’t found yet. Currently can’t stop listening to O by Damien rice.
Absolutely love it!
Keep it up:)
GEORGE EZRA IS AWESOME
After listening to this podcast, you will find yourself wishing you got the honour of being George Ezra’s friend. His kindness and curiosity is refreshing. I always loved his music, but this made me a next level fan! His passion towards music shines throughout this podcast. It is the only podcast I find myself waiting for the next episode to be released. My only goal of 2019 is to see George Ezra in concert as this podcast made me strongly feel the need to be in his presence at some point in my life. George you are awesome , please keep the episodes coming as they truly are a highlight of my week when I get the notification of a new episode.
The artists he has on the show all have so much to say. It is so nice to hear them in such a casual hangout interview vs. A quick little interview on a talk show. George always has creative questions and you can tell he really does he research on each artist he has as a guest before hand. You will not be disappointed listening to this playlist!
Hope to see you in the new year George ! Thanks for a great podcast :)
I have to say I didn’t know George’s music or even who he was when I stumbled onto this podcast, but it turned out my absolute favourite of all the podcasts! I thought the way he asked questions and the content of their discussions are just brilliant. And of course now I’m also incredibly happy to have discovered his music as well 😊. Thanks from Canada and please continue your work!!!