The Hear and Now delves into the socio-political themes and issues that continue to shape the music industry, and looks at how they feed back into the music itself. Covering the topics of politics, race, gender, sexuality, mental health and money, the podcast features guests and conversations from all corners of the music industry, hosted and produced by Liv Cowle.
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BONUS EPISODE: Ambition and artistry with singer-songwriter Keir
Examining the music industry in a new light, Liv shifts focus towards the experience of artists themselves in this exclusive bonus episode. Joined by solo artist Keir, this episode explores the process of creating music mid-lockdown, what Keir would change about the industry going forward, and the stories behind his most recent single, ‘leave a light on (feat. Fenne Lily)’ // @soundofkeir // Keir's playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7stl5p0GvQPNVmBc6bvyOD?si=b274ecfaf666457e
Work boundaries and women’s safety with Natalie Greener, Tits Upon Tyne
This episode, Liv is joined by young powerhouse Natalie Greener, who at just 21 years old is the director and founder of Tits Upon Tyne. Born in 2018 as a way to raise money for breast cancer, the organisation has since flourished into a platform for journalism, an organiser of live events, and an advocate for calling out feminist issues in the music industry. In their chat, Nat talks to Liv about blurred boundaries between a work life and social life in the music industry, and what we need to be doing to ensure the safety of women and young people at live events. // titsupontyne.co.uk // @titsupontyne // Nat's mix: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0IMgHtelw8hrgIugDqMsjE?si=e6b17cd537b44bee
Deaf and disabled accessibility with Jacob Adams, Attitude is Everything
In this new episode, Liv explores the accessibility and inclusivity issues surrounding live music events, particularly for music lovers who are deaf or disabled. You may never have considered the experience of someone with hearing loss or access needs when it comes to music, which is exactly why the not-for-profit organisation Attitude is Everything exists. Head of Campaigns Jacob Adams joins Liv to discuss the issues around ticketing, the rise of captioning, and what makes the new COVID19 pilot events so problematic. // attitudeiseverything.org.uk //
BONUS EPISODE: Women in music with Lex on the Decks, Hot Girls podcast
One new episode wasn’t enough! In this very special BONUS episode, Liv welcomes DJ and fellow podcaster Lex on the Decks onto the podcast. Lex is the host of the podcast Hot Girls, and in this episode she and Liv talk about women in rap, how far we’ve come in terms of women in music, and how we should be shifting the conversation around motherhood – in music and in general.
// @lexonthedecks // Lex’s playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1NGbTxBcfna4UopFPPYJBW?si=22983d4583d84eaa
Environmental sustainability with Claire O'Neill, A Greener Festival
Welcome back to The Hear and Now! This season, the podcast turns its focus to the people and organisations working towards a better future for the music industry. To kick off season two, Liv welcomes Claire O’Neill from A Greener Festival to talk about the environmental impact of large-scale festivals and the touring industry, and how we can all help to make live music events a greener experience.
// @agreenerfestival // Claire’s playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6i5TTrDjKfnpndsBr7rMoV?si=0fd1a572534342e9
TRAILER: Season 2
Having skimmed the surface of some of the biggest socio-political themes influencing the music industry – from queer culture and racial bias to Brexit itself – season two of The Hear and Now continues to open up the conversation. Inviting guests from all corners of the business, Liv turns this season to celebrate those advocating for change, striving towards a more inclusive, more sustainable and more exciting future for music.