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Creative people drive our culture. Host Lawrence Peryer has revealing talks with the people shaping the past, present, and future of culture, media, and entertainment. Hear discussions with musicians, writers, thinkers, pioneers, innovators and more.
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Spotlight On Lawrence Peryer

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Creative people drive our culture. Host Lawrence Peryer has revealing talks with the people shaping the past, present, and future of culture, media, and entertainment. Hear discussions with musicians, writers, thinkers, pioneers, innovators and more.
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    Will Barnes: jazz impressions of the Welsh landscape

    Will Barnes: jazz impressions of the Welsh landscape

    Today, the Spotlight shines On Will Barnes, leader of the Will Barnes Quartet, who joins me to talk about his life in music and, specifically, his ongoing collaboration with landscape artist Erin Hughes.
    Their first album together, Source of the Severn, is a 21st-century take on classic bebop-era sounds. Erin’s nine original works of art respond to Will and the Quartet’s music, using her own hand-marbled papers as a palette to create collages that evoke the Mid-Wales landscape in which the participants all dwell.
    The Will Barnes Quartet, featuring Erin Hughes, will tour throughout the year. At each performance, Erin will provide a special live visual show, leading to unique interactions between her, the band, and the audience.
    (all musical excerpts heard in the interview are taken from the album Source of the Severn by the Will Barnes Quartet)
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    Visit Will Barnes and the Will Barnes Quartet at willbarnesmusic.co.ukVisit Erin Hughes and check out her artwork at erinlaurahughes.comPurchase Source of the Severn by the Will Barnes Quartet on Bandcamp or Qobuz, or listen on your streaming platform of choiceFollow Will Barnes on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTubeFollow artist Erin Hughes on InstagramRob Williams — Truly Inspiring Hand Crafted Guitars and BassesBe sure to peruse this episode's extensive show notes at spotlightonpodcast.com--
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    • 40 min
    Lucky Lo: Swedish pop music with a twist

    Lucky Lo: Swedish pop music with a twist

    Today, the Spotlight shines On in a much different way than usual, as I am turning the microphone over to guest host Miriam Boulos.
    Miriam has been a guest contributor to Bonus Tracks, the official blog of Spotlight On, since August 2023. Miriam publishes with us frequently, and her work has included interviews with and essays about a diverse array of artists like James Walsh of Starsailor, Chappell Roan, Fuera, Ella More, Chagall, and most recently PEPTALK. As an international contributor, MIriam consistently broadens our view and uncovers new voices for us. Even more importantly, she is shining the spotlight on gender inclusivity and other forms of diversity that we are very grateful for. It has been a privilege to share our platform with her.
    Miriam is joined in conversation for this episode by Swedish alt-pop artist Lucky Lo. This bit about the artist, quoted from her bio, gives a glimpse of what to expect in their talk: “Lucky Lo unites people through her music by shedding light on the dark side of existence and turning trauma into triumph.” As a mission statement, it’s pretty strong.
    Enjoy MIriam Boulos's conversation with Lucky Lo.
    (all musical excerpts heard in the interview are taken from Lucky Lo's album The Big Feel)
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    Visit and learn more about Lucky Lo at luckylo.netLIsten to Lucky Lo's latest album, The Big Feel, released by TAMBOURHINOCEROS, on Bandcamp or your favorite steaming platformFollow Lucky Lo on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTubeFollow MIriam Boulos on Instagram--
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    • 31 min
    Chalk: a relentless and genre-busting band from Belfast

    Chalk: a relentless and genre-busting band from Belfast

    Today, the Spotlight shines On the Belfast, Ireland, band Chalk.
    Chalk is Ross Cullen on vocals, Ben Goddard on guitar, and Luke Niblock on drums. They cook up a pretty stunning racket with a unique sound that is nonetheless recognizable in its post-punk, dance, and industrial lineages. If that makes sense to you, you will love Chalk. If it does not, give them a listen. Chances are you will dig what they do.
    This is the second of two episodes I recorded on-site, in my hotel room/recording studio, at the SXSW Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas.
    The recording took place two days after Chalk pulled out of SXSW to protest the festival’s commercial alignment with the US Army and multiple weapons manufacturers, one of at least ten Irish artists to do so.
    The band opened up about their process and development in this great discussion. Enjoy.
    (all musical excerpts heard in the interview are taken from Chalk's new EP, Conditions II)
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    Listen to Chalk's latest EP, Conditions II, on Bandcamp or your streaming platform of choiceFollow Chalk on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter (X), and YouTubeWatch Chalk play live on KEXPIrish Bands Cancel SXSW Concerts Over Arms Companies and US Army SponsorshipSXSW Protest is About More than PalestineChris W. Ryan — Producer / Musician / ComposerMeet Chalk, the Belfast experimentalists making ‘trauma techno’--
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    • 53 min
    Sui Zhen: Sleepless at SXSW

    Sui Zhen: Sleepless at SXSW

    Today, the Spotlight shines On Chinese-Malaysian Australian artist, musician and creative producer, Sui Zhen.
    This is the first of two episodes I recorded on-site at the SXSW Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas.
    This year’s edition of South By Southwest has been the subject of controversy related to event’s work with the US Army and several weapons manufacturers as sponsors for various programming segments throughout, and the reactions — including withdrawals from and boycotts of the event — by artists.
    Sui Zhen spoke in both personal and general ways about the different options available to artists. She discussed who the protests help and harm and how, as an artist visiting through an arts visa, she had binding commitments tied to her participation in the festival. There is also a case for artists to use SXSW’s platform to stay engaged and present their points of view.
    This was not why Sui Zhen joined us. We got together to talk about her compelling new work, the 13-minute piece “Sleepless.” To quote from the artist’s website, “Sleepless” is “‘about grief and persevering through it… first conceived in 2018, as a stream-of-consciousness response to her mother’s passing. The catharsis of musical improvisation served as a refuge, a way to navigate the fog of sleepless nights and immense pain. The track has evolved gradually, transforming through reiteration and further losses… the piece stretches out like a horizon, more a landscape than a song, mirroring the way grief warps our perception of time.”
    We did get to discuss her work, though not to the extent intended. But we agreed that we had the conversation that needed to be had. Enjoy.
    (all musical excerpts heard in the interview are taken from Sui Zhen's latest single, "Sleepless")
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    Visit Sui Zhen at suizhen.com.auListen to Sui Zhen's latest release, "Sleepless," on Bandcamp or on your streaming platform of choiceFollow Sui Zhen on Instagram, Facebook, SoundCloud, and YouTubeSee Sui Zhen's Instagram statement on on SXSWBe sure to peruse this episode's extensive show notes at spotlightonpodcast.com--
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    • 53 min
    Nic Dembling: recalling new wave New York with Comateens

    Nic Dembling: recalling new wave New York with Comateens

    Today, the Spotlight shines On musician and songwriter Nicholas Dembling, aka Nic North, aka Nic West, of seminal New York CIty New Wave Pop band, Comateens.
    The New York that birthed Comateens was in the midst of a particularly vibrant musical moment. There was new music everywhere. Jazz cats were staging loft concerts in pre-glitz SOHO. The punks and no wavers were holding court on the Lower East Side. Philip Glass and the minimalists were premiering new works and way up in the Bronx, hip hop was coming on strong.
    Nic was working at New York’s MediaSound recording studio where he and co-worker Ramona Lee Jan began to write songs together. With necessity as the mother of invention, Nic and Ramona began to play gigs with only a bass, a guitar and an electronic rhythm box, so that the band and its equipment could fit into one New York City taxi cab. This self-imposed constraint led to the original Comateens, a concept shared by Alan Vega and Martin Rev, who were doing something with a similar lineup with their duo, Suicide.
    Nic takes us through both his and Comateens musical upbringing and development, as well as how he is documenting and preserving the band’s legacy.
    (the musical excerpts heard in the interview are taken from the Comateen's reissued 1979 single "Danger Zone"/"Elizabeth's Lover")
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    Check out the exhaustive Comateens archive at comateens.comListen to the Comateens' 1979 single "Danger Zone"/"Elizabeth's Lover" on BandcampFollow Comateens on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (X), and YouTubeRamona Jan & Nic North Reflect on Their Life and Times as Synth-Punk Band ComateensNew Wave Central: CBGBs And The Birth Of New York PunkGoFundMe for Romona JanDon't miss this episode's extensive show notes at spotlightonpodcast.com--
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    • 35 min
    Phil Haynes: a renowned jazz drummer chases the masters

    Phil Haynes: a renowned jazz drummer chases the masters

    Today, the Spotlight shines On drummer, composer, and improviser Phil Haynes.
    Phil published a unique memoir last November, which includes not only his reflections on a life in and of music but also stands as an important document of nearly 40 years of music in New York City and beyond.
    Phil delivers plenty of inside observations of his work with figures like Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, Dave Liebman, and Paul Smoker, as well as his own poetry, musical analysis, philosophical musings, and lessons learned along the way.
    It’s a charming book, and Phil has created a towering body of musical work. This conversation is classic Spotlight On, with an engaged, sincere guest. Listen to our talk and then get yourself a copy of Chasing the Masters: First Takes of a Modernist Drumming Artist.
    (all musical excerpts heard in the interview are taken from Phil Haynes's 62-track retrospective, A Life Improvised - Chasing The Masters)
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    Visit Phil Haynes at philhaynes.com, Bandcamp, and FacebookLearn more about Phil Haynes' memoir Chasing The Masters at chasingthemasters.com and purchase the book from AmazonHerb RobertsonPaul SmokerLee Konitz on Spontaneity, Originality, Drugs & Playing SharpEllery EskelinEllery Eskelin, Paul Smoker, Drew Gress, Phil Haynes - Joint Venture4 Horns and What?Brooklyn Academy Finds Room for the Outsiders of JazzBe sure to peruse the rest of this episode's extensive show notes at spotlightonpodcast.com--
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

24 Ratings

General Zubon ,

One of the More Entertaining Music Chat Podcasts Out There

I think Lawrence is one of the best under-the-radar podcast interviewers in podcast-land. These shows feel like fly-on-the-wall conversations, with Lawrence often prompting his guests into pleasantly unexpected topics and revealing glimpses into the creative process. Even if the guest is someone I know nothing about, I always come away entertained and learning something new about what makes music tick. A gem!

relly124 ,

Keep getting better!

Great series of podcasts and interviews from people across the entirety of the live music space. Such a treat to hear LP speak with his guests about life, music, art and everything in between. 10/10 would recommend.

815ams ,

An easy yet insightful listen

It’s special to get a behind the scenes look of how guests on the show have navigated their life to live out their passion in music and reflect on how they got to where they are today.

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