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6 Music's Matt Everitt presents in-depth, exclusive and revealing interviews with major artists revealing the pivotal moments and songs that shaped their lives and their careers.

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6 Music's Matt Everitt presents in-depth, exclusive and revealing interviews with major artists revealing the pivotal moments and songs that shaped their lives and their careers.

    Liam Gallagher

    Liam Gallagher

    In a frank, revealing and often funny interview, Liam Gallagher talks to Matt Everitt about the songs and bands that have meant the most to him down the years. He discusses the Manchester music scene of the early 1990s, meeting various members of The Beatles, the formative years and eventual demise of Oasis, and his hopes for his solo career. First broadcast in 2017.

    • 29 min
    Dave Grohl

    Dave Grohl

    Dave Grohl shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2015.

    Dave discusses Edgar Winter's Frankenstein, his earliest musical influence, and the first punk gig he witnessed when he saw Naked Raygun in Chicago in 1982. He also recalls recording at the famous Sound City studios in Los Angeles where Nirvana created the classic albums Nevermind and In Utero, and working with the famously demanding producer Steve Albini.

    Dave also looks back on writing the songs that became the Foo Fighters' debut, and making the ambitious Sonic Highway documentary series.

    Featuring The Beatles, Neil Young, Tom Petty, and Led Zeppelin.

    • 30 min
    Florence Welch

    Florence Welch

    Florence Welch shares her musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in March 2015.

    As the voice of and songwriter behind Florence & the Machine, she emerged from the East London indie scene to become a full-blown international superstar with the release of her debut album Lungs in 2009, and its follow-up Ceremonials in 2011.

    She recalls her early fascination with the music of Disney's The Little Mermaid, and how singing in church helped shape her musical tastes. She explains how fantasy and religious imagery inspired her creativity, as well as her obsessions with Eminem, Green Day, Nick Cave and the Corrs. She recalls the first Florence & the Machine appearance at Glastonbury 'I woke up in someone else's clothes', how she dealt with three years of non-stop touring and the huge successes that have followed.

    • 27 min
    Janelle Monae

    Janelle Monae

    Singer and rapper Janelle Monae discusses her life and career with Matt Everitt in aninterview first broadcast in July of 2018.

    Since her critically acclaimed debut album in 2010 The ArchAndroid, Janelle has been a rising star, earning Grammy nominations and healthy album sales along the way. Her third album Dirty Computer was released in 2018.

    • 33 min
    Chris Cornell

    Chris Cornell

    In an edition of The First Time first broadcast in 2013, Chris Cornell shares the pivotal moments and songs that shaped his life and career.

    Chris was the frontman of Soundgarden, one of the key bands to emerge from the Seattle grunge scene of the early 1990s. Their biggest album, 1994's Superunknown, featured the Grammy Award-winning singles Black Hole Sun and Spoonman. After the split of Soundgarden, Chris went on to form the rock supergroup Audioslave, best known for their hit Cochise. Soundgarden reformed in 2010, and released their sixth studio album King Animal. A wide ranging discussion with this influential musician who died in May of 2017.

    • 28 min
    Sir Elton John

    Sir Elton John

    Sir Elton John shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in January 2016.

    He's sold more than 250 million records worldwide, holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time and is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, just behind Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

    In an interview recorded as he prepared to release his 33rd studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night, he looked back at his early ragtime influences and how that grew to become an obsession with playing piano and listening to albums. He also talks us through some of the remarkable musical moments in his life - performing with John Lennon at his last ever show and staging Nina Simone's final concert. He also discusses how music helped him through his battle with drug addiction, his appetite for new music and his love for artists such as Blur, John Grant and New Order.

    • 32 min

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