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The climate crisis is the most urgent issue facing the planet right now. But can music help save the world? Sounds Like A Plan is the podcast series finding out.

Each episode chats to a name in the music world taking action – and not just those in front of the mic... from festival bosses to artists, record labels to data analysts.

Hosted by journalist Greg Cochrane and musician and activist Fay Milton, from the band Savages and co-founder of Music Declares Emergency.

Series 3 – March to May 2022.

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The climate crisis is the most urgent issue facing the planet right now. But can music help save the world? Sounds Like A Plan is the podcast series finding out.

Each episode chats to a name in the music world taking action – and not just those in front of the mic... from festival bosses to artists, record labels to data analysts.

Hosted by journalist Greg Cochrane and musician and activist Fay Milton, from the band Savages and co-founder of Music Declares Emergency.

Series 3 – March to May 2022.

    'Power' – with Tim Benson, live music energy consultant

    'Power' – with Tim Benson, live music energy consultant

    Chances are you've probably not given much thought to the power supplying your favourite local venue or festival. It is, however, an area that's absolutely vital when it comes to live music forging a more sustainable future. 

    This week we're joined by live music energy consultant Tim Benson - Smart Power, ZAP and Powerful Thinking - to hear about where and how venues get their energy, the adoption of technology in live events and how measuring a production's electricity use is key to bringing down its environmental impact. He's also worked on Coldplay's current Music Of The Spheres world tour, and discusses their much-discussed kinetic dance floor and the transformative role sustainable technologies can play in creating culture change if they're incorporated into the audience experience at a concert. 

    Hosts Fay and Greg also leave you with some recommendations. More detail below. 



    Sounds Like A Plan series 3 is supported by Festival Republic. They put on festivals including Leeds Festival, taking place at Bramham Park, Leeds, between 26-28 August 2022. Tickets are available now:

    https://www.leedsfestival.com/tickets



    Links to things discussed in the podcast:

    Tim Benson's work with Smart Power, ZAP and Powerful Thinking 

    https://www.agreenerfestival.com/speakers-gei13/tim-benson/

    Survey report: 'Music fans care more about climate change' 

    https://www.gla.ac.uk/news/headline_849057_en.html

    Coldplay's kinetic dance floor 

    https://nypost.com/2021/10/14/coldplays-eco-friendly-tour-to-run-on-fans-dancing/



    This episode's recommendations:

    Fay recommends:

    Climate of Change podcast with Cate Blanchett and Danny Kennedy 

    https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Climate-of-Change-with-Cate-Blanchett-and-Danny-Kennedy-Podcast/B09WFBG7SM

    Greg recommends:

    Live event: Sounds Like A Plan x Outrage + Optimism, The Podcast Show, London, Wednesday 25th May 2022 

    https://www.thepodcastshowlondon.com/speaker-line-up?&azletter=C&searchgroup=AE8A92A2-speakers



    More from us on social media:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 54 min
    'Commitment' – with In Hearts Wake's Jake Taylor, vocalist, film-maker and thrivalist

    'Commitment' – with In Hearts Wake's Jake Taylor, vocalist, film-maker and thrivalist

    Green Is The New Black is something special – a new, impact documentary film that follows the story of a band confronting their environmental impact, and, crucially, doing something about it. 

    The band are the Australian metalcore outfit In Hearts Wake, and this time on the podcast we're joining by the band's vocalist and director of the movie, Jake Taylor. Green Is The New Black follows their journey to make a carbon neutral album. 

    Jake joins hosts Fay Milton and Greg Cochrane to walk about why the band wanted to share their story, the challenges of "carbon neutral recording" and the inspiring signals the documentary can send to the broader music community. 

    Before we sign off, Fay and Greg will also leave you with some recommendations [details below]. 



    Sounds Like A Plan series 3 is supported by Festival Republic. They put on festivals including Wilderness Festival, taking place at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, between 4-7 August 2022. Tickets are available now:

    https://www.wildernessfestival.com/tickets/



    Links to things discussed in the podcast:

    Green Is The New Black trailer 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9NwCw9OF8Y

    Green Is The New Black – official website

    https://greenisthenewblack.film/



    This episode's recommendations:

    Fay recommends:

    No Music On A Dead Planet playlist on Spotify

    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4dBO958KosdjNFQ1OzsqBA?si=4b717939c89445a9

    Greg recommends:

    REIMAGINING IBIZA – dreaming big 

    https://open.spotify.com/episode/1OnHXHUgtDq6OjpeRrN1J5?si=89a472d84c4d4d58



    More from us on social media:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 43 min
    'Feel-good' – with singer Pip Millett and vegan chef Rachel Ama

    'Feel-good' – with singer Pip Millett and vegan chef Rachel Ama

    As the dust settles, your hosts Fay Milton and Greg Cochrane take a look back Earth Day 2022. It was an extraordinary one for music responding to the climate crisis – we take at look at some of the highlights. 

    Meantime, in our on-going pursuit to look at all the ways the music community is responding we welcome two guests onto this week’s episode: rising Manchester singer Pip Millett and vegan chef and YouTube star Rachel Ama. Together the friends are the co-creators for Pip & Rachel’s Vegan Food Truck, a project they brought to life at one of Pip’s concerts in 2022. That opens up a discussion about the rise of vegan food at gigs and festivals, and how food and music both play an essential role in our physical and mental wellbeing. How they both make us feel good. 

    As always, Fay and Greg also leave you with some recommendations.



    Sounds Like A Plan series 3 is supported by Festival Republic. They put on festivals including Latitude festival, taking place at Henham Park, Suffolk, between 21-24 July 2022. Tickets are available now:

    https://www.latitudefestival.com/tickets/



    Links to things discussed in the podcast:

    Pip Millett’s latest single 'Ride With Me'

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdadFmZWl5I

    Rachel Ama’s One Pot: Three Ways

    https://www.rachelama.com/new-page-31

    Rachel Ama's appearance in Seat At The Table

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxs_I_VnFrY

    Earth/Percent X Bandcamp campaign - 123 songs released for climate 

    https://earthpercent.bandcamp.com/



    This episode's recommendations:

    Fay recommends:

    Bosh! – Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

    https://www.bosh.tv/book/bosh-the-cookbook

    Greg recommends:

    The Environmental Music Prize

    https://environmentalmusicprize.com/

    And… Edwina Flock from The Environmental Music Prize guesting on the Outrage + Optimism podcast

    https://www.outrageandoptimism.org/episodes/earth-day-special-the-environmental-music-prize-edwina-floch?hsLang=en



    More from us on social media:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 38 min
    EARTH DAY SPECIAL: with Nick Mulvey, songwriter and environmentalist

    EARTH DAY SPECIAL: with Nick Mulvey, songwriter and environmentalist

    Earth Day is here – one of the busiest periods of the year when it comes to climate action and music. There is some incredible stuff planned for Friday 22 April 2022. 

    Your hosts Fay Milton and Greg Cochrane plug you in to all the best stuff happening – including a preview of Earth Percent's Bandcamp campaign which will see everyone from Coldplay to The Weather Station, Declan McKenna to Anna Calvi – around 100 artists – release new music this week for Earth Day.

    And, in something special, our guest is celebrated British songwriter, singer and environmentalist Nick Mulvey, discussing his plans for Earth Day, his environmental heroes and how nature and spirituality have informed his songwriting.

    Plus, check out a podcast of specially extended Earth Day recommendations. Info below.



    Sounds Like A Plan series 3 is supported by Festival Republic. They put on festivals including Wireless Festival, being held outdoor at the NEC, Birmingham on 8-10 July. Tickets are available now:

    https://birmingham.wirelessfestival.co.uk/tickets/



    Greg and Fay's Earth Day recommendations:

    Earth Percent x Bandcamp for Earth Day 

    https://earthpercent.org/earthday/

    Go Local for Earth Day 

    https://www.musicdeclares.net/gb/events/golocal-with-music-declares-emergency-and-music-venues-trust

    Resolution Song x Earth Day 2022

    https://www.youtube.com/planetresolution

    Love Ssega's Home-Zero at National Gallery 

    https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/events/love-ssegas-home-zero-performance-by-love-ssega-22-04-2022

    Reverb – favourite Earth Spots 

    https://www.instagram.com/reverb_org/?hl=en



    More from us on social media:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 32 min
    'Preservation' – with Dealrafael Jsp-E (Jaspher Ewany), artist and founder Lango Indigenous Hip-Hop

    'Preservation' – with Dealrafael Jsp-E (Jaspher Ewany), artist and founder Lango Indigenous Hip-Hop

    When we talk about 'preservation' in the context of our increasingly volatile climate, we're not just talking about land, soil or oceans – but culture; the stories, practices and traditions that make us who we are. Many indigenous cultures are under threat with places becoming increasingly uninhabitable because of extreme weather or the effects that a changing climate has on basics like food and water supplies. 

    This week's episode is dedicated to someone working on the frontline in communities directly dealing with this – Ugandan rapper, lyricist, youth community organiser and self-proclaimed "Hip-Hop Practitioner" Dealrafael Jsp-E (Jaspher Ewany). Jaspher's the founder of Lango Indigenous Hip-Hop, an organisation who engage, educate and inspire local people using the power, joy and unity of music. By doing that, he's also preserving and creating indigenous stories, knowledge and culture. He also tells hosts Fay Milton and Greg Cochrane about what it means to be a "true Hip-Hopper!" 

    As always we'll also leave you with some recommendations. Thanks for joining us. 



    Sounds Like A Plan series 3 is supported by Festival Republic. They put on festivals including Wireless festival, taking place at Finsbury Park, London, 8-10th July 2022. Tickets are available now:

    https://finsburypark.wirelessfestival.co.uk/tickets/



    Links to things discussed in the podcast:

    The Guardian: It's now or never to starve off climate disaster 

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/apr/04/ipcc-report-now-or-never-if-world-stave-off-climate-disaster

    Lango Indigenous Hip-Hop

    https://langoindigenoushiphop.org/



    This episode's recommendations:

    Fay recommends:

    Following these two hashtags on your social feeds #Juststopoil and #Nomusiconadeadplanet 

    Greg recommends:

    Climate Solutions Bookclub 

    https://www.getrevue.co/profile/ClimateSolutionsBookClub?via=twitter-card&client=MobileWeb&element=publication-card



    More from us on social media:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 27 min
    'Visualise' – with Prof. Ed Hawkins MBE, climate scientist and creator of The Warming Stripes graphic

    'Visualise' – with Prof. Ed Hawkins MBE, climate scientist and creator of The Warming Stripes graphic

    It’s been a privilege to welcome some major names in music onto the podcast so far – on the flip side, Prof. Ed Hawkins MBE is one of the great modern figures in climate science. Not only is he one of the lead authors on multiple IPCC reports, he’s also creator of the world-famous Warming Stripes graphic. The striking visual charts our heating planet since 1850, and has crossed over into music, art, fashion and beyond. For example, former guests on this podcast Enter Shikari use the artwork in their live show.

    Ed joins hosts Fay Milton and Greg Cochrane to discuss the extraordinary impact of the Warming Stripes, the role of public engagement in climate action and give an assessment on the latest science, and what action we can all take next. 

    Our hosts will also leave you with some recommendations (more info below).



    Sounds Like A Plan series 3 is supported by Festival Republic. They put on festivals including Wireless Festival, being held at Crystal Palace, London on July 1–3 2022. Tickets are available now:

    https://crystalpalace.wirelessfestival.co.uk/tickets/



    Useful links to things discussed in the podcast:

    Download and use The Warming Stripes

    https://showyourstripes.info/

    Enter Shikari and Ed Hawkins at COP26 in Glasgow, 2021

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh6QtbeiDEM

    Tesla car decorated in the Warming Stripes

    https://electrek.co/2018/07/27/tesla-model-3-wrap-climate-change-awareness/



    This episode's recommendations:

    Fay's recommendation

    Welsh language Music Declares T-shirt 

    https://www.musicdeclares.net/gb/shop

    Greg's recommendation

    Deep Time Walk 

    https://www.deeptimewalk.org/



    More from us on social media:

    Instagram – @soundslikeaplanpodcast

    Fay Milton

    Twitter – @faymilton

    Instagram – @faymilton

    Greg Cochrane

    Twitter – @Gregcochrane


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    • 45 min

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bcdc ,

Worth your while

Greg and Fay are a terrific duo - informed, down to earth, and they bring their energy and personality to each episode. As someone keenly interested in how art and music can help in the climate crisis, this podcast is one of my go-to’s in my learning process. Kind of reminds me of how music made me feel growing up, that there are people out there shaking up the status quo, striving together for something better, and making it seem effortlessly cool and positive.

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