Had it not been for the introduction of podcasts into my life, my second album could well have been ready six months sooner. Who knows, maybe even seven. The world of podcasts has been an extremely welcome and comforting distraction from reality. Listening to interesting people talk to other interesting people about interesting things. New ideas, old ideas, thinkers and dreamers.
A lot of the shows I enjoy are comedians talking to other comedians, candid accounts of their experiences in the industry they work in. I find them inspiring and often relieving. To hear entertainers, talk so openly about the highs and the lows of performance feels like something that hasn’t really happened before and, personally, as a performer, it’s something that really helps me.
I began looking for musical equivalents: honest, long form conversations between two musicians, the unquestionable highs of creating and performing, alongside honesty regarding things they have struggled with along the way. At the time of digging, nothing jumped out at me. I sat on the idea for some time before finally plucking up the courage to try and do it myself and went out and purchased the gear necessary for me to travel and record at the drop of a hat.
So far it has been better than I could have ever imagined. I travel to my guests wherever they may be and it is just the two of us in the room. After the initial ten minutes of chat we both loosen up and start to share stories and experiences from our time on the road.
What started as a labour of love and somewhat of a passion project is shaping up to be one of the best and fulfilling projects I’ve ever been a part of. I hope you find it as interesting and fun to listen to, as it was to make.
Special Compilation #3: Legendary Tales
For our final special compilation episode, we hear legendary tales from the likes of Emily Eavis, Sir Tom Jones, Sigrid, Niall Horan and more. I hope you’ve enjoyed a little look back at some of our favourite clips from the first 2 series of George Ezra & Friends. I’ll see you back here next year for some brand new episodes. I hope you’re well, look after yourselves and each other.
This podcast was edited by Natalie Jamieson. The animations and visuals are thanks to Oisin Griffin. Thank you to the teams at Closer Artists and 4th Floor Creative. And of course, thank YOU for downloading.
Special Compilation #2: On Songwriting
This week, we look back at some of our previous guest’s stories of songwriting. Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Nile Rodgers, Jessie Ware and more tell us about how some of their biggest songs came to be.
This podcast was edited by Natalie Jamieson. The animations and visuals are thanks to Oisin Griffin. Thank you to the teams at Closer Artists and 4th Floor Creative. And of course, thank YOU for downloading. See you next week for the third and final special compilation; legendary tales.
Special Compilation #1: Starting Out
For the first of three special compilation episodes of George Ezra & Friends, we look back at our favourite stories from our previous guests about their start in the music industry. You’ll hear stories from legendary musicians such as Elton John, Lily Allen, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Lewis Capaldi and many more.
This podcast was edited by Natalie Jamieson. The animations and visuals are thanks to Oisin Griffin. Thank you to the teams at Closer Artists and 4th Floor Creative. And of course, thank YOU for downloading. See you next week for the second special compilation, which will be on the subject of songwriting.
Introducing: Phone A Friend with George Ezra & Ollie MN
This is an intro to a new podcast series from George & Ollie MN. Search 'Phone A Friend' to subscribe... When George and long-time friend Ollie MN both experienced issues with mental health, they found comfort in opening up to one another about what they were going through. Phone A Friend is a podcast that captures their candid and light-hearted chats, with the intention of encouraging the listener to start conversations of their own. In each episode, George and Ollie work their way through a pile of listener correspondence, sharing thoughts and advice on how to keep your mental health in check during uncertain times. New episodes are released every Monday. Search 'Phone A Friend' wherever you get your podcasts, or visit smarturl.it/PhoneAFriendPod (https://www.smarturl.it/phoneafriendpod) . Visit Mind’s website for information and support on the subject of mental health. https://www.mind.org.uk
024. Shania Twain
For our special New Years episode George sits down with the one and only Shania Twain. Shania needs no introduction but as a recap she has 3 DIAMOND selling albums and 'Come On Over' is the 11th biggest selling album of all time. George and Shania discuss her early life in Canada, performing live as a child in rowdy bars, her musical influences, her incomparable successes and her current musical projects. This podcast was edited by Liam Thorne. The animations and visuals are thanks to Oisin Griffin. Thank you to Josh Sanger and the Closer Artists team. Thanks to Shania for chatting with George. And of course, thank YOU for downloading and supporting this podcast.
023. Lewis Capaldi
For our special Christmas 2019 episode we have the artist of the year, Mr Lewis Capaldi. The “Scottish Beyoncé” has had an incredible year, including his debut album hitting #1 in the UK, his huge single ‘Someone You Loved’ hitting #1 in the UK and the US, countless tours and festival appearances including Glastonbury and TRSMT. Lewis tells George about how he fell in love with singing when he was 9 years old, they discuss studying music at college, how Lewis got his start in the industry, his honesty in his song writing, his meteoric rise to stardom and everything in-between. This podcast was edited by Liam Thorne. The animations and visuals are thanks to Oisin Griffin. Thank you to Josh Sanger and the Closer Artists team. Thanks to Lewis for chatting with George. And of course, thank YOU for downloading and supporting this podcast.
Keep it coming !
George Ezra is an absolute treat. Love him, love the guests.
Absolutely loved this podcast so amazing to listen to all these artists talk to George Ezra!
Just what I needed!
I found this podcast from just randomly today rediscovering how much I love George’s song Barcelona. I’ve listened to it on repeat all day loving the escape of it and the whole vibe with his voice feels like a warm hug warped in a sunny Sunday morning. Anyway, I searched for some interviews of him on YouTube and in listening to one I heard about his podcast. I really wanted him to have interviewed Ed Sheeran who is one of my all time favorite artists ever and to my surprise it was the very first episode! The thing I love about George and Ed is their ability to just be authentically themselves, through their music and through conversation. I connect so much with their music because it’s a representation of who they are. I feel like this podcast is an extension of that where they get to share with us the authentic conversations they have about their love of music and why they do what they do! Thank you George for being you and for serenading my ears all day! Its made me smile and be light hearted in this hard time of covid-19. Keep being you!!