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A space for musicians to share their experiences and insights during the Coronavirus pandemic. Each episode is an intimate audio diary, documenting personal stories and stunning acoustic performances. Featuring artists from across the globe and in every genre; from rising talents like Arlo Parks, JC Stewart, and Joy Crookes, to indie legends such as Idlewild and Mystery Jets.

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A space for musicians to share their experiences and insights during the Coronavirus pandemic. Each episode is an intimate audio diary, documenting personal stories and stunning acoustic performances. Featuring artists from across the globe and in every genre; from rising talents like Arlo Parks, JC Stewart, and Joy Crookes, to indie legends such as Idlewild and Mystery Jets.

    033 • Luwten

    033 • Luwten

    Producer, songwriter and musician, Luwten takes us behind the scenes of band rehearsals after 3 months of lockdown and her bandmates being apart. Recorded in the Netherlands, in this episode Luwten explores the challenges facing musicians in lockdown: from recording new material, to shooting videos. Along the way we meet her bass player Ralph, and join a phone call with her videographer Charlene.

    ➤ Listen to more from Luwten here

    ➤ Follow Luwten here: @Luwten

    ➤ Watch the video to 'Control' here

    If you want to discuss your own experiences and join the conversation, you can reach us on:

    Email: socialdistancingdiaries@gmail.com

    Twitter: @sddpod and use #sddpod

    Instagram: @socialdistancingdiariespod 

    Facebook: facebook.com/socialdistancingdiaries


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    032 • Maddox Jones

    032 • Maddox Jones

    Recording his episode whilst chilling at the piano, Northampton based singer-songwriter Maddox Jones sends in today's diary. He plays us debut single 'Headspace' and gives us an exclusive preview of brand new song 'World's Gone Mad,' inspired by the pandemic.  

    ➤ Listen to more from Maddox here

    ➤ Follow Maddox here: @ItsMaddoxJones

    ➤ For more information on the My Black Dog mental health charity, head to https://www.myblackdog.co/

    If you want to discuss your own experiences and join the conversation, you can reach us on:

    Email: socialdistancingdiaries@gmail.com

    Twitter: @sddpod and use #sddpod

    Instagram: @socialdistancingdiariespod 

    Facebook: facebook.com/socialdistancingdiaries


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    • 23 min
    031 • Kara Marni

    031 • Kara Marni

    R&B and soul singer-songwriter Kara Marni takes over the pod today, coming to us live and direct from her "Music Shed." She tells about her experiences of the last few months; from Zoom based writing sessions, and a new-found love of gardening, to the more recent issue of forgetting to leave the house with a mask. Kara closes the episode with an acoustic performance of her song 'Lose My Love.'

    ➤ Listen to more from Kara here

    ➤ Follow Kara here: @KaraMarni

    If you want to discuss your own experiences and join the conversation, you can reach us on:

    Email: socialdistancingdiaries@gmail.com

    Twitter: @sddpod and use #sddpod

    Instagram: @socialdistancingdiariespod 

    Facebook: facebook.com/socialdistancingdiaries




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    • 21 min
    030 • Max Pope

    030 • Max Pope

    Rising singer-songwriter Max Pope sends in his diary today, co-hosted with his guitar. Max reflects on 12 weeks of lockdown spent between London and Brighton, sharing several musical interludes along the way featuring his own songs, a favourite Beatles number, and a composition inspired by his daily walks to the sea.

    ➤ Listen to more Max Pope here

    ➤ Follow Max here: @TheMaxPope

    If you want to discuss your own experiences and join the conversation, you can reach us on:

    Email: socialdistancingdiaries@gmail.com

    Twitter: @sddpod and use #sddpod

    Instagram: @socialdistancingdiariespod 

    Facebook: facebook.com/socialdistancingdiaries


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    • 14 min
    029 • Arlo Parks

    029 • Arlo Parks

    To kickstart our second series Arlo Parks sends in today's diary. With over 30 festival appearances, a SXSW debut, and a Hayley Williams tour support cancelled this summer, she's had a lot of time to reflect and continue working on her debut album.  Based at her parental home in West London, in this episode she shares excerpts of her lockdown journal and recent poetry; poses questions asked by the Black Lives Matter movement, and dispenses advice for self-care in this difficult time. Concluding with the podcasts, films, and albums that have been getting her through quarantine.

    ➤ Listen to more Arlo Parks here

    ➤ Follow Arlo Parks here: @Arlo.Parks

    If you want to discuss your own experiences and join the conversation, you can reach us on:

    Email: socialdistancingdiaries@gmail.com

    Twitter: @sddpod and use #sddpod

    Instagram: @socialdistancingdiariespod 

    Facebook: facebook.com/socialdistancingdiaries


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    • 17 min
    028 • Asylums

    028 • Asylums

    Luke Branch from UK rock band Asylums submits a diary today. He reflects on a few months spent in lockdown; how it’s allowed him to slow the pace of life, and also work songwriting into his daily routine, leading to the recording of over 130 new pieces of music. Studio time aside, Luke has been embracing family time and continues to run his own record label: Cool Thing Records. He tells us about balancing the needs of the label and gearing up for the release of Asylums’ third album ‘Genetic Cabaret’. An acoustic performance of single ‘Catalogue Kids’ closes the episode.

    ➤ Listen to Asylums here

    ➤ Follow Empara Mi here: @AsylumsUK

    ➤ Follow the Social Distancing Diaries playlist here, featuring music from all our guests

    If you want to discuss your own experiences and join the conversation, you can reach us on:

    Email: socialdistancingdiaries@gmail.com

    Twitter: @sddpod and use #sddpod

    Instagram: @socialdistancingdiariespod 

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    • 16 min

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