Welcome to My Home. A weekly podcast exploring the writing and production of John Butler Trio's 6th studio album - Home. Each episode you’ll be taken deep into John's creative world: the challenges, insights, techniques, methods and various people he worked with across the globe to deliver this incredible new body of work. Made while on tour across North America 2018. My Home is recorded, mixed, engineered and produced by Tommy Spender.
We Want More
In this last episode, we here how Kav Temperley from Eskimo Joe contributed to the final ' focussing ' of the intenion of the song. Musically we combine 'chicken picking', Celtic dance music with a reggae dance hall EDM inspired atmosphere. John reveals recording his wife's entire family on his phone in the living room on xmas day yelling the chorus. John talks about the recurring theme of consumerism and how it's greedy hunger is sucking our plant dry.
You Don't Have To Be Angry Anymore
Todays episode John reflects on finally having a sense of wisdom. Inspired in a hotel room giving advice to his young son throwing a tantrum, John unfolds the story of seeing the past behind him and the future ahead.
Brown Eyed Bird
Happy new year to everyone out there enjoying Home! This first week of 2019 John talks about his influences from Bjork to Milky Chance. Producer Jan Skubiszewski brings more gold with his Juno and we learn about a fictitious couple living in their car. Layers of banjo, mandolin, electric and acoustic guitar build the brooding verse in joyful and syncopated joyous chorus. The perfect mix of singer songwriter folky acoustic music with electronic rhythms.
Tell Me Why
This week, A riff falls out of a trusty old beaten up Yamaha Guitar after hours of hard physical labour in John's backyard. The challenge of melding different grooves between machines and humans. This was the first song that came out of John being alone with a producer and making it all ' in the box '
Coffee, Methadone & Cigarettes
One of Johns most personal moments in the series, this episode takes us back into the trauma of a bushfire in which his grandfather was killed attempting to protect the township of Nannup W.A, and the ongoing generational repercussions of that tragic day.
Everybody needs a little faith. A moment of inspiration while holding an old kick around guitar looking up at the stars on a camping trip with his son, John pieces together the elements of spiritual wisdom that surround him into his own synthesis and philosophy. All the while talking about Elvis, synthesisers, iPads and cosmic guitar solos.
In a year that produced many great albums from many of my favorite artists... Home stands alone above the rest. Being able to listen to a half hour reflection on each track of the album has created an appreciation for each tune that cannot be put into words. From hearing some new songs at Red Rocks this summer, to the album dropping, to finding this podcast, this has been a wonderful journey that I wish I could relive over and over.
I have always been a fan of JBT music and I just admire everything about the music , one of my favorite artists ever
Musicians Amaze Me
I respectfully admire musicians that make me “feel”
What a treat to hear the origin story of each track
Makes my heart grow bigger
Love and Respect for JBT