Each week, Q Magazine Editor Ted Kessler interviews a superstar songwriter and musician about their life and career in music, about their ups and downs, their hits and misses. We also employ the famous “Biscuit Tin” method devised in ancient times by Smash Hits for unlocking their deepest secrets.
DJ Shadow, aka Josh Davis, joins us in the studio for a journey through his life and times. He tells Niall Doherty about the making of his game-changing debut, explains why the Unkle project derailed him and makes the case for his new record Our Pathetic Age being his best yet.
Refused's Dennis Lyxzén joins us on this week's podcast. The Swedish hardcore outfit originally split up in 1998 halfway through a gig to 45 people. But their next show, 14 years later, was headlining Coachella. The frontman guides Niall Doherty through the before, the after and the in-between of a punk rock fairytale.
Q Presents The Making of Yak
Yak's frontman Oli Burslem joins us on this week's episode, discussing how Spiritualized's Jason Pierce became a mentor to the London-based trio, why antiques matter as much to him as music and recalling the time his band were followed around Europe by a fan in a Lamborghini. Niall Doherty hears his testament.
Gruff Rhys looks back on a career of sonic adventures, both as frontman of the Super Furry Animals and solo artist. Niall Doherty joins him for a cosmic trip that takes place in jacuzzis, tour buses and rural Welsh villages.
Cate Le Bon
Cate Le Bon tells us all about the joys of walking a pygmy goat, how her new Mercury-nominated album was inspired by a course in furniture-making and why she wants to say sorry to her childhood pony. Q Assistant Editor Chris Catchpole follows the Welsh singer on a journey through her singular world on this week's episode.
Great guests, length
Excellent show about the making of some great popular music, inspiring and revealing and certainly interesting if you are a (pop) music enthusiast. Nice 60ish (plus) minute episodes, and I particularly appreciate their interviews with artists who are under appreciated and/or usually not covered in print, television, et cetera (like Jah Wobble, Peter Perrett) because I feel they have created something more important and lasting (not to mention more engaging!) than 80% of the rest of the podcast landscape. Good on Q for producing this show!