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.
Erran Baron Cohen
The Oscar shortlisted composer Erran Baron Cohen joins us to dig deep into how the music industry has shaped him as a person, plus breaks down the creative process of writing music for the Borat movies, Da Ali G show, The Infidel (with David Baddiel), being signed to Miles Copeland III's label, and having Snoop Dogg, Elton John, Sting, Bono & Chris Martin perform on his original 'Dove of Peace'.
“I think it’s hard to not be exploited in the music industry at some point (of your career).”
You can find more of Erran's work at erranbaroncohen.com and you can contact us by emailing email@example.com to let us know what you think of the episode, or via www.thestageleftpodcast.com
Jessica Greenfield on experiencing postpartum depression & touring as a new parent
Jess Greenfield of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds talks openly about some troubling experiences within the industry that took place over ten years ago, the treatment she received for post-natal depression, how NGHFB bandmates model how to best support parents separated from children when touring, and what needs to change in the music industry.
Useful resources for those impacted by the topics include....
Music Minds Matter - 0808 802 8008.
If you work in music and are struggling to cope then call Music Minds Matter, a free, 24/7 charity, which will listen, support and help. It doesn’t have to be a crisis, or even about music.
MIND - 0300 123 3393
Survivors Trust - 08088 010 818
Monday- Thursday: 10am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-4pm & 6pm-8pm
Friday: 10am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4pm
Support for new parents juggling work commitments.
A comprehensive list of a range of free numbers and web services.
You can reach out to us too at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Simpson is one of only two people in the UK qualified to train people fully accessibly in supporting others experiencing a mental health crisis, and is also available as a personal and professional development coach should you need support for yourself or your business.
Tom Gray - Gomez & Chair of the Ivors Academy
Currently, an artist would need 62million streams on Spotify to break even on a £25k budget. This needs to change and our guest today Tom Gray is leading that change.
Tom is Chair of the prestigious Ivor Novello’s, and founding member of Gomez, and is doing more to try to change the music industry than most, through his Broken Records campaign which was backed by The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and many more, to ensure the fairer distribution of streaming royalties to artists at every level.
Today we’ll be taking a deep dive into this topic, hearing how we as listeners can help, Whippin’ Piccadilly, and how the Ivor Novello's choose winners.
There’ll be no Pussyfooting around.
Hosted and Produced by Chris Simpson.
Liz Hanks - Liam Gallagher, Pulp, Richard Hawley
Liz Hanks is currently performing onstage with Pulp and James, and is the go to cellist for Liam Gallagher, Richard Hawley and Self Esteem. Hear about all these experiences, what needs to change in the music industry and the creation of new album 'Land' on our new episode.
Imagine being an incredible singer- songwriter but finding time be in Game of Thrones and play Andrea Bocelli in "The Music of Silence."
What a career Toby Sebastian is having, hear how he tackles deciding setlists, what the music industry could learn from the film industry and how he walks the tightrope between feeling under from over rehearsed.
Toby also currently is appearing with Kate Nash in Coffee Wars, available now.
Kate Nash - What change is needed in the music industry?
"All the heads of every major label or big indie labels should be made to resign."
This episode was supposed to discuss Kate's new film Coffee Wars, but we began by touching upon the issues within the music industry that emerging artists need to navigate (such as being stolen from, a lack of inclusive design for women and how to identify trusted people) and we NEVER. LOOKED. BACK.
Within lies Kate's step by step process as to how the music industry needs to drastically change. It's very thought-provoking.
The film is great by the way, and you should see it. It's called Coffee Wars and is available on Amazon Prime. Kate's co-star Toby Sebastian talks more about the film in our next episode.
Always a compelling listen.
Interesting guests and unique style of interview which brings out the best in the guests.
Dig it. Great to get new perspectives. Thanks.