The hottest weekly new music podcast coming out of London.
Big Smoke Music Weekly showcases the best upcoming artists on the Indie & Alternative scene, helping to keep you on the pulse with new trends by bringing you the freshest releases.
All this, plus our BigSmoke:InFocus feature that delivers interviews with the top industry influencers and insiders, as well as the best new artists making waves.
Join your hosts Luke Scanlan and Dave Bohin, as the guys bring you their take on what's hot or not, as well as a weekly catch-up with an top artist from the CloseUp roster, a London-based label, promoters and booking agent.
Big Smoke Music Weekly -S5E5 - Porij
Season 5 is back after a short break from the firing line!
This episode involves a huge BigSmoke:InFocus interview with beat-makers Porij. They tell all about their quest to constantly experiment with sound and to create tunes that make gig venues and festivals shake and groove to their dance & garage inspired tracks.
Egg, Jacob and James from the band drop by for a chat as we delve into the beginnings of the band, touring with Metronomy, how they’ve gone back to bigger crowds post-lockdown and why that 80s and 90s fusion brings a sense of nostalgia to their music!
Plus, Luke tells all about his trip to Vienna, as well as a look ahead to Pohoda Festival out in Slovakia next month.
This week’s Close Up 60 Seconds chat is with Portsmouth surf-pop outfit, Dutch Criminal Record!
And we take a look at another classic gig review in our new feature, ‘Oldies are Goldies’. This time out, we take a trip back to 2007 and a Maccabees show in Glasgow.
Big Smoke Music Weekly - S5E4 - Henry Wood from FLOWVERS
Henry Wood from FLOWVERS is this week's InFocus artist!
He chat to us about why the music scene is his hometown Portsmouth demands more attention, what happened with an Airbnb balls-up on tour, and why charity shop bargains are where it's at!
Luke also chats to him about the bands summer anthem Daylight and we find out if Henry backs Noel or Liam in this week's "Either Or?!"
Dropping by for a chinwag in CloseUp 60 Seconds is MantarayBryn. He describes a mad dream and how his artist name came into being.
All this plus a new feature 'Oldies are Goldies' where we take a look at gig reviews from days gone by. Kicking us off is the 1979 heyday of The Clash!
Come join us!
Big Smoke Music Weekly - S5E3 - Annabel Whittle from Lime Garden
Luke is back with Bristol Dave this time out, as the boys record from their Hampshire HQ after a big night out. Find out how Dave made his way home using the most bizarre/ genius piece of thinking you'll hear in a long time....
PLUS, this week's BigSmoke:InFocus artist is Lime Garden! We chat with drummer Annabel Whittle all about the band having roots in pretty much every corner of the country, how their sound has nods towards dance and disco and why pre-gig nerves are a big thing in the band!
We also discover Annabel's love for Kangol hats, "far-out" sunnies and what sounds she brings to her side project, 'ANNIE'.
The boys also give a review of Lime Garden's brilliant set last week at The Social in fair ol' London Town!
What a bucket-load of tastiness!
Big Smoke Music Weekly - S5E2 - Harry Jordan from Eades
Another barnstorming episode sees Big Smoke Music Weekly season 5 kick off in sweet, sweet style!
This time out, Luke chats with Harry Jordan, lead singer and guitarist of the irresistible Leeds outfit, Eades.
Harry tells us how the band recorded their superb debut album, Delusion Spree, in a weirdly-named AirBnb, how classic guitar music has seeped its way into the Eades sound and how (and more importantly why!) he ended up getting pulled over by the feds just before they spoke!
With there being some signs of some beer-garden-worthy weather, Luke gives his tips on the best festivals to hit-up this summer both home and away and why a trip away may be the best bang for your buck.
AND David Thomas, from Make Friends makes an appearance in this week's CloseUp:60Seconds!
Yet another Big Smoke serving of Indie goodness!
Big Smoke Music Weekly - S5E1 - Leo Wyndham from Palace
WE ARE BACK!
2022 is in full swing and life is back up an running...
Season 5 of Big Smoke Music Weekly is here to make sure things stay a little less normal!
As ever, we’ll be your go-to Indie & Alternative new-music podcast, with interviews featuring the biggest and best artists out there in Indie-land right now!
Your host -Luke Scanlan - is the pilot of this rickety ship once again, as he juggles life between running the podcast and being a dog-Dad to his new pup, Bertie!
Kicking things off this time out is Leo Wyndham, the supremely talented frontman to London-based outfit, Palace. Tune-in as he tells about the awe-inspiring moment the band recently headlined O2 Brixton Academy; how he never truly sang before the band started and why cheap hair dye bought from his local shop in Peckham had him earn the nickname “noodle head”!
Once again, we team up with CloseUp – promoters, label and music management company – in “CloseUP: 60 Seconds”. The latest artist from their roster to join us is Bandit!
PLUS…this season sees us hook up with the awesome YouTube channel SoundON – you’re one-stop-shop for gig and festival vlogs, live sessions and interviews!
Corrr…it’s good to be back!
Big Smoke Music Weekly - S4E12 - Katy J Pearson
Gig season AKA the best season is upon us!
Tune in this time out as a long awaited interview with the superb Katy J Pearson - one of the best voices in British music - as our BigSmoke:InFocus Artist. Katy opens up about her country influences, how Joe Lycett sliding into her DMs ended up in a music video, finally touring 2020's sublime debut 'Return' and why cows are what it's all about!
In the co-host hot seat this week, Luke is joined by Joey Julliard - bassist for Honey Moon - fresh from supporting FUR out on their UK tour. Joey tells all about the buzz of being back out on the road, as well as how FUR are shaking live sets by getting the crown involved in a raffle midway through the set. He tells all about his ventures with the intergalactic gig space Close Encounter Club, rehearsing as a 17 year-old next door to Babyshambles and how he found himself filming with one of the UK's hottest bands right now, Wet Leg.
Gig reviews of TV Priest, Kasabian & Paul Weller are peppered in nicely for y'all, along with a blast of CloseUp:60Seconds with Rob Castelino from Castells, fresh from the studio!
We're not admitting it's festive season just yet!
Brilliant music with a real fun feeling to the podcasts between the hosts. You can tell they love the music and do a great job showcasing some amazing bands and artists. Highly recommend!
Must Listen for Music Fans!
Great pod, really useful for discovering new music to listen to and hearing exclusive interviews with a variety of musicians!
Really well produced and the hosts Luke and Dave are great!
A must for fans of Indie
Love this pod so much! Really good rapport between Luke and Dave, you can tell they are real music fans and they love what they do. Refreshing to hear people have fun with music. The bands they play are brilliant, some of which I have gone to see live since and now love! Definitely worth a listen