103 episodes

The StageLeft Podcast lifts the veil on the music industry by telling the stories of those with a unique vantage point. We talk to the unsung heroes behind the success and help young musicians going into an ever complex industry by gleaning advice about the working practices of the the greats from those who were in close proximity when the magic was being made.

The StageLeft Podcast has featured musicians who’ve worked performed live & in the studio with David Bowie, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, U2, The Rolling Stones, Oasis, The Prodigy, Bjork, Dave Gilmour, Morrissey, Alanis Morissette, The Damned and Fun Lovin' Criminals.

In January 2016, David Bowie's long term producer Tony Visconti appeared to to talk in depth about how Bowie was recording his final album Blackstar. The episode was released only a few days before Bowie passed, and was met with much acclaim.

The StageLeft Podcast The StageLeft Podcast

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    • 4.9 • 67 Ratings

The StageLeft Podcast lifts the veil on the music industry by telling the stories of those with a unique vantage point. We talk to the unsung heroes behind the success and help young musicians going into an ever complex industry by gleaning advice about the working practices of the the greats from those who were in close proximity when the magic was being made.

The StageLeft Podcast has featured musicians who’ve worked performed live & in the studio with David Bowie, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, U2, The Rolling Stones, Oasis, The Prodigy, Bjork, Dave Gilmour, Morrissey, Alanis Morissette, The Damned and Fun Lovin' Criminals.

In January 2016, David Bowie's long term producer Tony Visconti appeared to to talk in depth about how Bowie was recording his final album Blackstar. The episode was released only a few days before Bowie passed, and was met with much acclaim.

    Lucy Landymore - Hans Zimmer

    Lucy Landymore - Hans Zimmer

    Hans Zimmer drummer and all round percussion prodigy Lucy Landymore joins us to discuss;

    - How Hans Zimmer overcame his self-publicised stage fright.
    - How the drum solo on Dune was recorded.
    - The tension between following dreams and being in an overdraft as a upcoming artist!
    - Which leadership style gets the best out of Lucy, and which works best for Lucy when leading big bands.
    - Recording a live lounge with Charlie XCX and playing Happy with Pharrell Williams. 

    And much more!
    Produced by Bastian Hues
    Hosted by Chris Simpson

    • 1 hr
    Toby Dundas - The Temper Trap

    Toby Dundas - The Temper Trap

    "Working with new artists is a bit like speed dating. You may have only just met them and very quickly they are baring quite personal things."

    Toby from The Temper Trap analyses production techiques he has experienced and used, including Arctic Monkeys producer Jim Abbiss' tempo maps, that the Temper Trap use live, plus we discuss supporting The Rolling Stones and explore how the quantity of creative output is impacted when becoming a parent. Rest assured, Toby gives us his recommended workarounds. 

    "It's a water and oil thing." 

    Our emerging artist is Thea Fitzgerald, who asks Toby a couple of questions too.

    https://linktr.ee/theafitzgeraldmusic

    tobydundas.com

    Ghost & Gum
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/4drBQ7FM82GJ377P2nsoXC?si=hu03cE-aSk6yMUfVyq_rCA

    Eve OST 
    https://open.spotify.com/album/3mN8TBVD2ilKwTBT6x5joh?si=HoV2jwoLSLGXM3T0X5kr2Q

    Sungrazers NFT
    sungrazers.co.uk

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Hazel Mills - Goldfrapp, Florence & the Machine, Birdy

    Hazel Mills - Goldfrapp, Florence & the Machine, Birdy

    Florence & the Machine, Goldfrapp and Birdy keyboardist Hazel Mills joins us to discuss....





    how meditation and The Alexander Technique helps performance at high profile shows such as the Hollywood Bowl.
    how to decide an edit is complete and shouldn’t be touched again.
    Having an onstage persona to overcome being a natural introvert in a performance setting.



    And loads more!

    We are also joined by emerging artist Imogen who poses a couple of questions to Hazel directly. 

    Hazel is about to head on tour with Dave Rowntree from Blur.

    “I’m the biggest barrier I’ve had for myself.” 

    Produced by Bastian Hues
    Hosted by Chris Simpson 

    • 56 min
    Mike Heaton - Embrace

    Mike Heaton - Embrace

    All you good good people, listen to Mike Heaton of Embrace discuss big career defining choices, playing Royal Albert Hall the week of being dropped from their label and their brilliant new album "How To Be A Person Like Other People", which is out now!

    "Every band who've made it have had to work their ****  off to get there..."

    Hosted by Chris Simpson
    Produced by Bastian Hues

    • 39 min
    Dave Hemingway - The Beautiful South

    Dave Hemingway - The Beautiful South

    Episode 100 is upon us. Thanks to each of you for joining us on this journey. 

    Today, we have Dave Hemingway of The Beautiful South, The Housemartins and his new project Sunbirds. Dave sang lead on "Song for Whoever", "A Little Time" and "Build".

    Sunbirds play a number of UK dates in June if you can get along, they're new stuff is catchy as ****. Check it out.

    To those who have listened to all 100 episodes, well, in the words of Dave, we love you from the bottom of our pencil case. X

    Enjoy.

    Presented by Chris Simpson
    Produced by Bastian Hues

    • 27 min
    Lee Harris - Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets & The Blockheads

    Lee Harris - Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets & The Blockheads

    Imagine playing Pink Floyd songs with an actual member of Pink Floyd. Lee Harris is living his dream from one of his formative gigs, aged 7.




    Lee discusses playing onstage with each of Nick Mason, Dave Gilmour and Roger Waters, talks through how to approach a pivotal career meeting with someone you idolise and pays tribute to former Blockheads bandmate Derek Hussey.

    Advice:- 

    "Musicians shouldn't be worried about getting another job to get money in the bank. There is no shame in supporting yourself, you never know where it may lead to."




    Slight delay getting this one out, soz.

    Edited by Bastian Hues
    Hosted by Chris Simpson 

    https://www.facebook.com/lee.harris.official

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

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67 Ratings

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