A show about music and creativity.
A show about music and creativity.
J. Willgoose (Public Service Broadcasting) / Michelle Stodart (Magic Numbers)
‘Allo! This episode I’m joined by J. Willgoose Esq. of Public Service Broadcasting to talk about anxiety, therapy, and his creative process. J. recently became a father and was also coming to terms with the delay the pandemic has brought to the band’s next album.
My other guest is Michelle Stodart of The Magic Numbers. This year was supposed to be a celebration of the 15th anniversary of their very successful debut album, but of course, the tour has been delayed. We had a nice time though and talked about the self-imposed pressures of lockdown, and how to cope in an industry whose support for you may only be fleeting.
“Sometimes Always Never” Movie Special (w/ Frank Cottrell-Boyce & Carl Hunter)
Action! “Sometimes Always Never” is a movie that really moved me; it’s an incredible piece of work, and it was fantastic to get to speak to it’s writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce, and its director Carl Hunter, about the lengthy gestation period the movie went through, and to get a sense of what goes into pulling off a movie like this.
If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, the movie stars Bill Nighy, Alice Lowe, and Sam Riley, and deals with themes of kinship, loss, and er, word games. It’s profoundly affecting and has a striking visual identity.
Hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think!
John Lodge (The Moody Blues) / Jamie Farr (M*A*S*H)
Attention! The following personnel are assigned to Sending Signals; John Lodge of The Moody Blues, and actor Jamie Farr, best known for playing Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger on M*A*S*H.
John Lodge joined The Moodies in 1966 as the band’s bassist, as well as sharing in vocal and songwriting contributions. We had a great conversation about lockdown, his new single, the future of the Moodies, and the making of their classic album “To Our Children’s Children’s Children”.
Jamie Farr has led a fascinating life. He appeared in legendary rock n roll flick “Blackboard Jungle” in 1955 before being drafted and sent to Japan and Korea. He made appearances in the likes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, and the Doris Day movie “With Six You Get Eggroll” and then in October 1972 he was hired for day’s work which would change his life.
I was intrigued to know what it’s like to be somewhat externally defined by a show you worked on for 11 years. He was 85 at the time of our conversation, meaning he’s spent 74 years of his life NOT in M*A*S*H, but Jamie seems incredibly upbeat and grateful for his life, and he was lovely company. I hope you enjoy our chat.
Let me know what you think;
“The Vast Of Night” Movie Special (w/ Jake Horowitz, Adam Dietrich & more)
“The Vast Of Night” is one the finest movies of the year, and this episode we go behind the scenes on its creation with one of its stars, Jake Horowitz, Production Designer Adam Dietrich, as well as talking with Jared Bulmer and Erick Alexander about their beautiful score, and we have music and conversation from The Mellows who’s songs were also used in the movie!
“The Vast Of Night” is out now on Amazon Prime.
Stephen Street (Blur, Smiths, Cranberries) / Tom Pendry on Savile Row
This episode, legendary engineer/producer Stephen Street takes us behind the scenes on the making of classic records by The Smiths, Blur, and The Cranberries.
Also, the show’s mission to explore the nature of creativity widens its parameters, as my old friend Tom Pendry, one of the Directors of Henry Poole & Co. is here to chat about bespoke tailoring and its long association with Savile Row in London.
Stewart Copeland (The Police) / Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai)
Welcome to Season 2! Very excited to have Stewart Copeland on the show this week. The Police were a formative band for me growing up, and Stewart is a great storyteller. We dig into The Police reunion tour, creativity during lockdown, and coming to terms with your father being a spy...
Also on the show, Stuart Braithwaite of legendary Scottish post-rockers Mogwai!
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Matt has a grewat way of interviewing guests. He's extreamly knowledgeable about them all and all seem keen to be frank and honest with him.
Signals received, loud and clear!
I have been happily ensconced in my own musical bubble for many years now. I gravitate towards the music of my childhood (every musical ever made, thanks to my grandmother, as we snuggled up on the sofa and she knitted away; and the cassette tape medleys of 60s and 70s pop played by my parents on long car journeys) and the music of my teens (mainly Britpop and alternative rock).
I have, of course, discovered music for myself in my adulthood, and certain of these artists and bands have even wormed their way deep into my affections, but in general, I confess I have been in a musical rut, and very content to be so.
However. Listening to Sending Signals, I am nagged by a disquieting feeling that I have been missing out. Bands I had snobbishly dismissed, without, in truth, knowing any of their back catalogue or greater work beyond the few obvious singles; artists I have heard of but never taken the time to get to know; and even musicians who I do know, and even love, but I’ve shamefully lost my way in keeping up with their more recent output.
This podcast has gently but firmly pushed me out of my indolent musical mindset and sent me hastening to Spotify (other digital music services are available) to listen to new music and revisit old favourites with renewed appreciation.
And as if that wasn’t enough to be grateful for, Sending Signals has also started me thinking a lot about creativity, and the ways we can tap into it, even in this frenetic age of sensory overload and lack of free time. It’s easy, when “adulting”, to be caught up in the necessary daily routines of meal preparation, housework, secular work and study, child-rearing etc. and barely take a moment for yourself, let alone set aside time to allow yourself to create something.
But it is very worthwhile to do so, and vital to good mental health, I truly believe, whether you pick up an instrument and noodle around, or sit down with pen and paper to write a short story, a poem, a description of a scene you witnessed that day, whatever it is that gets your mind fizzing and your senses tingling in a good way.
So a huge thank you, Matt! I can’t imagine the amount of time and effort that has gone into this podcast. From the logistics of even finding and pinning down the guests to agree to take part, to the research for the obviously well-prepared and thoughtful questions that you ask, to the editing and production of the finished show.
It sounds like a true labour of love, and I hope you’ve enjoyed doing it, as much as I’ve enjoyed - and am still enjoying - listening to it. If you set out to even help one new person re-inject some creativity into their life, then give yourself a huge pat on the back. Job done!
A must listen!
If you are a music lover, or have a passing interest in such, this podcast is brilliant.
An engaging journey with some household names (and some not so household), who all have stories to tell and insight into their personal creativity.
Matt does a great job of bringing some gems out of each guest with a knowledgeable array of questions (some really enjoyably out of left-field!).
Give this a listen and subscribe!! 👍