The Contemplative Podcast hosted by Matt Emery is a conversation with top composers, artists, record labels and DJ's about the creative process and techniques of making and releasing music (including records, tv, film and game soundtracks). Artists offer insights of touring and live performances, inspirational records and figures and wherever else the chat take us. There will be music from each artist along the way threaded throughout the conversation.
Happy holidays and welcome back to another episode of The Contemplative Podcast! If you’re new to this series, please subscribe to keep up to date with the latest episodes, and catch up to past entries and seasons, in which we’ve covered many of your favourite composers and labels! You can find us on directly Spotify and Apple Podcasts or use your favourite app to subscribe using the links on the sidebar. In today’s episode, Matt Emery chats with the Icelandic composer, Eydís Evensen, who has released her debut album, Bylur, on XXIM Records earlier this year. You will learn all about the making of her album, working with the label, performing live, favourite current albums and much more! As always, there will be music along the way with snippets taken from Evensen's album plus a stunning remix from Slow Meadow. Hope you enjoy!
Welcome back to another episode of The Contemplative Podcast! In today’s episode, Matt Emery chats with Alex Buhr about his new label, XXIM Records (pronounced “twenty-one M”). Alex talks us through his musical background, setting up Mercury KX, and the vision behind his latest imprint. As always, there is music along the way from all of the artists on the label’s roster plus two tracks at the very end from the XXIM:EXPO project featuring Paddy Mulcahy and ABBOTT.
Happy Friday and welcome back to the Contemplative Podcast. In this episode, Matt Emery meets up with award-winning producer and composer Robert Koch (aka Robot Koch) to talk about his early influences, his progression into music production, his two most recent albums, The Next Billion Years (Modern Recordings, 2020) and Sphere (Trees & Cyborgs, 2018), touring planetariums, working with an orchestra, his very own label, his brand new project, and much more! As always, there is plenty of music along the way, so please join us for this interesting discussion!
Good morning and welcome back to the Contemplative Podcast. In this episode, Matt Emery meets up with Sebastian Plano (one of my personal favourite composers!) to chat about his latest album, Save Me Not (now out on Mercury KX), growing up in a musical family, working with Ben Lukas Boysen on the soundtrack for the game Everything, his recent favourite records, and much more! Be sure to also check out Headphone Commute’s In the studio with Sebastian Plano, and of course, subscribe to the podcast!
In this episode of The Contemplative Podcast, Matt Emery chats with Rutger Hoedemaekers, who has recently released a new album on FatCat's 130701 imprint, titled The Age Of Oddities (check out "The Invention Of The Moon" track premiere). In this episode, you'll learn about the making of the album, the musicians who played on it, Rutger's new studio in Brussels, the process of translating the music into a live show, his film and TV work, including collaborations with Hildur Guðnadóttir and the late Jóhann Jóhannsson. This, and much more, coming right up! Be sure to also check out this In the studio with Rutger Hoedemaekers feature, published on Headphone Commute back in March.
We’re back with the second episode (of the second series) of Contemplative Podcast in which Matt Emery chats with Matthew Halsall, a Manchester-based jazz musician, trumpet player, and founder of the independent Gondwana Records. Learn all about his new album, Salute to the Sun, his new band, living in Japan, and of course, his very own label. Be sure to also check out the previous episode, where Matt speaks with Hannah Peel.