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The podcast where musicians talk nonsense at midnight. And intimately about their lives and creativity. From the team behind independent music magazine Loud And Quiet.

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The podcast where musicians talk nonsense at midnight. And intimately about their lives and creativity. From the team behind independent music magazine Loud And Quiet.

    Ep 131: The Blessed Madonna on cooking for Daft Punk, dance music needing to do better, and what’s happening with that elusive debut album

    Ep 131: The Blessed Madonna on cooking for Daft Punk, dance music needing to do better, and what’s happening with that elusive debut album

    The Blessed Madonna – truly one of the most engaging, fun and opinionated guests we’ve welcomed onto Midnight Chats. 

    One of the world’s foremost DJs, producers and curators, Marea Stamper invited Greg Cochrane to her intimate London studio Godspeed to record this colourful conversation. 

    Topics covered: 2024 and this turbulent time in politics and journalism; her unique relationship with the iconic track ‘Marea (We Lost Dancing)’ by Fred again… and stories of cooking pasta for Daft Punk when they literally came to the house. 

    Oh, and while there’s still no confirmed release date for her much anticipated debut album, there’s lots of chat about what to expect when it does finally drop. 

    Enjoy! 

    You can watch clips of the podcast online now, just give us a follow on Instagram @midnightchatspod.

    Links to stuff mentioned in the episode: 

    Watch the video for 'Marea (We Lost Dancing)' 

    'Happier' – listen to the single on YouTube 

    The Evening Standard article about Maria's response to PM Rishi Sunak using her music

    Credits:

    Interview by Greg Cochrane 

    Editing by Stuart Stubbs 

    Mixing and mastering by Flo Lines

    Artwork by Kate Prior

    Video by Robbie Hamilton


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    • 42 min
    Ep 130: A. G. Cook discusses the life and death of PC Music, telepathy with Charli XCX, and new LP Britpop

    Ep 130: A. G. Cook discusses the life and death of PC Music, telepathy with Charli XCX, and new LP Britpop

    A. G. Cook joins Stu on this week's show to talk about the visionary hyperpop label he founded in 2013 and closed in 2023 (PC Music), his work with Charli XCX as her creative director, co-writing a song for Beyonce, growing up an only child as the son of radical architects, and his new 3-disc, 24-track, 100 minutes long album, Britpop.

    A completely singular creative mind, this episode was recorded face to face in April 2024. It could have easily gone on for hours. 

    Give the show a follow on Instagram at @midnightchatspod for clips and more.

    Further links:

    Powering down: the story and legacy of PC Music – Loud And Quiet

    The World According to Archigram – The Guardian

    Beyonce – All Up In Your Mind

    A. G. Cook – Britpop

    A. G. Cook – Soulbreaker

    Witchfork

    Wandcamp

    Credits:

    Interview and editing by Stuart Stubbs

    Mixing and Mastering by Flo Lines

    Artwork by Kate Prior
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    • 47 min
    Ep 129: GRIFF

    Ep 129: GRIFF

    It’s surprising to find 23-year-old British songwriter GRIFF’s feet firmly on the ground, given her extraordinary experiences the past three years. 

    It’s been a steep rocket ride: from bedroom songwriter to a powerful breakthrough performance at the BRITs, and onto the stages of stadiums with Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran. Coldplay’s Chris Martin is such a fan the duo collaborated on the song ‘Astronaut’. 

    And so here we are in 2024, and GRIFF is preparing to release her debut album vertigo in July. Not before she tells Greg Cochrane about growing up in sleepy Hertfordshire feeling like an outsider, being a foster sibling and eating chips with her all time icon Taylor Swift. 

    You can watch clips of the podcast online now, just give us a follow on Instagram @midnightchatspod.

    Links to stuff mentioned in the episode: 

    Watch GRIFF’s live performance of Black Hole at the 2021 BRIT Awards 

    Listen to the single ‘Miss Me Too’ 

    The making of ‘Astronaut’ with Coldplay’s Chris Martin 

    GRIFF welcomes special guests to try and ‘Beat The Clock’ 

    Credits:

    Interview by Greg Cochrane 

    Editing by Stuart Stubbs 

    Mixing and mastering by Flo Lines

    Artwork by Kate Prior

    Video by Robbie Hamilton


    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 40 min
    Ep 128: Anna B Savage

    Ep 128: Anna B Savage

    London-born musician Anna B Savage talks to Stu in this particularly freewheeling episode of Midnight Chats that covers topics including meeting Cillian Murphy, present-opening etiquette, music industry anxiety, and what the hell is success anyway?! 

    Stu also reveals to Anna where she is/was on the Loud And Quiet 2023 Albums of the Year list. And then there's a song to end.

    Give the show a follow on Instagram at @midnightchatspod for clips and more.

    This episode was recored in November 2023.

    Further links:

    Listen to Anna's cover of 'A Girl Like You'

    Read our most recent interview with Anna from issue 157 of Loud And Quiet

    Read the full L&Q Albums of the Year 2023

    Credits:

    Interview and editing by Stuart Stubbs

    Mixing and Mastering by Flo Lines

    Artwork by Kate Prior

     
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    • 40 min
    Ep 127: Brian Eno

    Ep 127: Brian Eno

    Surprise! When you get an icon like Brian Eno on the podcast, it cannot wait until our usual Monday night drop. So we come to you early. 

    Welcome to this special, bonus "Earth Day" (22 April) edition of the podcast. Brian Eno is a trailblazing musician, producer and activist. Working with everyone from U2 to Talking Heads, Coldplay to Grace Jones, he's also deeply passionate about climate action, and is the co-founder of Earth/Percent.

    Today they launch Sounds Right where a group of huge artists are releasing new music where "NATURE" is the featured artist, and receives credit and royalty. A radically simple initiative. No biggy, but Brian's song is one he originally co-wrote with David Bowie. 'Get Real' features hyenas and some wild pigs. 

    Greg Cochrane went to his legendary studio in London in March 2024 to record this conversation. 

    You can watch clips of the podcast online now, just give us a follow on Instagram @midnightchatspod.

    He also talks about the release of the "definitive Brian Eno documentary" – a new movie premiering in London on about the story of his life. This is Eno, though, there is a twist. It's a generative film powered by AI so will be different everytime it's screened. Plus, he demos Greg some previously unheard music and talks about the geopolitical state of the world in 2024. 

    Enjoy. We'll be back in your feeds as usual this coming Monday night at midnight (BST). 

    Links to stuff mentioned in the episode: 

    Listen to the reimagined 'Get Real' by Brian Eno and David Bowie

    Read more about Earth/Percent

    Check out the Sounds Right initiative and listen to the songs 

    More about 'Eno' the "definitive" documentary about Brian's life

    Stream the accompanying soundtrack to the 'Eno' movie 

    Brian's musical contributions to Sounds Right used The Listening Planet – a non-profit acoustic ecology sound library

    Jarvis Cocker discussing his 'Biophobia' music and climate project 

    Hard Art – a think tank for creative resistance 

    Listen to Brian Eno speaking to Greg on the Sounds Like A Plan podcast 

    Credits:

    Interview by Greg Cochrane 

    Editing by Stuart Stubbs 

    Mixing and mastering by Flo Lines

    Artwork by Kate Prior

    Video by Robbie Hamilton 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 47 min
    Ep 126: MGMT

    Ep 126: MGMT

    Maybe you were reminded of the genius songwriting of US duo MGMT when their song ‘Time To Pretend’ recently popped up on the Saltburn film soundtrack?

    Ever since their breakthrough in 2007, with songs like ‘Kids’ and ‘Electric Feel’, the duo of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser have continued to release a stream of compelling new music. 

    Greg Cochrane spoke to them from their homes in America on opposite coasts to wind back the clock on meeting them for the first time in 2007, and hear early stories of their surreal meetings with Sir Paul McCartney, Arctic Monkeys and Adele. 

    Plus, MGMT discuss performing their debut album Oracular Spectacular live (hello Broadway?), the period during COVID-19 where their song ‘Little Dark Age’ seemed to soundtrack every video on the internet and their future plans as a band. 

    You can watch clips of the podcast online, now just give us a follow on Instagram @midnightchatspod.

    This episode was recored in December 2023.

    Links to stuff mentioned in the episode: 

    Listen to MGMT’s new album ‘Loss Of Life’ album - out now - my favourite tracks are ‘People in the Streets’ and ‘Nothing Changes’ 

    Watch MGMT’s video for ‘Bubblegum Dog’ on YouTube

    Kid Cudi joins MGMT on stage at Coachella 2014

    Credits:

    Interview by Greg Cochrane 

    Editing by Stuart Stubbs 

    Mixing and mastering by Flo Lines

    Artwork by Kate Prior

    Video by Robbie Hamilton 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 40 min

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Great Peaches interview

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