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Tape Notes is a podcast about the art and craft of music production. Hosted by John Kennedy, each episode reunites an artist and producer to talk about the highlights of their collaboration in the studio. Their conversations lift the lid on every stage of the creative process, from kindling the first spark of a song idea, through decisions on style and instrumentation, to finessing the final product. Full of fascinating anecdotes, the conversations also feature early demo versions and stems from the original session recordings. The result is a unique insight into the working methods of some of the most innovative and exciting talents in music.

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Tape Notes is a podcast about the art and craft of music production. Hosted by John Kennedy, each episode reunites an artist and producer to talk about the highlights of their collaboration in the studio. Their conversations lift the lid on every stage of the creative process, from kindling the first spark of a song idea, through decisions on style and instrumentation, to finessing the final product. Full of fascinating anecdotes, the conversations also feature early demo versions and stems from the original session recordings. The result is a unique insight into the working methods of some of the most innovative and exciting talents in music.

    TN:106 Mura Masa

    TN:106 Mura Masa

    In this episode, John reunites with Alex Crossan, a.k.a. Mura Masa, to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced his latest album ‘Demon Time’.
     
    Reflecting on the process of working out what a lockdown album would sound like and making the complete opposite of that, Alex shares his thoughts on controlling the vibe of a record while still managing to explore every random studio idea with each of his collaborators.
     
    As well as giving us a tour of some of the weirdest sounds in his sample folder, Alex treats us to production gold, demonstrating some of the simplest yet most effective Garage tricks, and the ways in which he created the impression of fake DJ across the album.
     
    Listen to find out how a citrus salad led to a revelation about frequencies, why if an idea’s making you laugh then that’s the right one to follow, and how to sneakily get people to write for your album in their own writing session. 
     
    Tracks discussed: demon time, hollaback bitch, e-motions
    LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  
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    Listen to ‘Demon Time’ here.
    Anchor Point Records, Polydor, Universal Music
     
    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective

    GEAR MENTIONS
    Soundiron Elysium Harp
    Arturia Analog Lab
    Moog DFAM
    Soyuz Microphones
    Hoover Synth Sound
    Ableton Operator Synth
     
    OUR GEAR
    https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear

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    TAPE NOTES TEAM
    Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor
    Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer
    Will Lyons - Editor
    Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer
    Matt Purbrick - Production Assistant
    Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant
    Nathan Hetherington - PR
    Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing 
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    TN:105 Fred Again..

    TN:105 Fred Again..

    In this episode, John reunites with Fred Gibson, a.k.a. Fred Again.., at his house, to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced the album ‘Actual Life 3 (January
    1 - September 9 2022)’.
     
    Reflecting on what’s been a very busy 18 months, Fred discusses how the success of the Actual Life series has had an impact on how and why he writes music. From the tricks he uses to keep his writing process fast and fun, to the moments his creativity was lost and the advice that came from Brian Eno to focus it.
     
    As well as sharing demos written with The 1975 and sampling songs by his brother, Fred gets hands on with his explanations of the plugins and process he uses, treating us to live beat builds, piano demonstrations and examples of compression demonstrated through table drumming.
     
    Listen to find out what Fred’s reaction to switching DAWs was, why you should put off any technical aspects of a track until the end, and why some people may call the harmonic modulations in his music ‘the work of the devil’. 
     
    Tracks discussed: Delilah (pull me out of this), Berwyn (all that I got is you), Kelly (end of a nightmare)
    LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES 
    linktr.ee/tapenotes 
     
    Listen to ‘Actual Life 3 (January
    1 - September 9 2022)’.
    Atlantic Records, Warner Music
     
    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    Expert Sleepers Spectral Conquest
    Samplr App 
    Pioneer Mixer and CDJs
    Logic Pro X
    Ableton
    Apple Wired Headphones
     
    OUR GEAR
    https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear

    HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW
    If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 
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    KEEP UP TO DATE
    For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 
    Instagram: @tapenotes 
    Twitter: @tapenotes 
    Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  
    YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast
    Discord: Tape Notes
    To let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! 
    Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk
     
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    TAPE NOTES TEAM
    Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor
    Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer
    Will Lyons - Editor
    Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer
    George Durston - Production Assistant
    Matt Purbrick - Production Assistant
    Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant
    Nathan Hetherington - PR
    Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing 
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    TN:104 FKJ

    TN:104 FKJ

    In this episode John is joined by Vincent Fenton better known as FKJ (French Kiwi Juice) to talk about how he wrote, recorded and produced three tracks across his releases - ‘Time For A Change’, ‘Ylang Ylang’ and ‘Vincent’.
     
    Giving us a glimpse at his musical journey through the years, Vincent reflects on each of the decisive elements that help characterise his signature sound, from location and significant life events, to his early homemade synth presets and sample libraries. 
     
    Alongside his tricks on how to bring electronic drums to life, and the different headspaces that help focus his music making, we hear thoughts on why limitations can be so exciting and how so often ‘bad’ pieces of gear create something that ‘amazing’ gear simply can’t.
     
    Listen to find out how miniscule chord changes can drastically alter the emotion of a vocal line, what challenges come with moving your entire studio to the middle of the jungle in the Philippines, and why combining your adult and child minds can be the key to creativity.
     
    Tracks discussed: So Much To Me, Ylang Ylang, Different Masks For Different Days

    LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES 
    linktr.ee/tapenotes 
     
    Listen to ‘V I N C E N T’ here
    AWAL Recordings
     
    Listen to ‘Ylang Ylang’ here
    AWAL Recordings
     
    Listen to ‘Time For A Change’ here
    Roche Musique
     
    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    Native Instruments - The Gentleman
    Native Instruments Kontakt
    Soundtoys Radiator
    Soundtoys Little Plate
    Soundtoys Echoboy
    Soundtoys Filter Freak
    Soundtoys Bundle
    Antares Choir
    Schoeps MK41 
    Schoeps CMC6 
    Neumann TLM 102
    WMD Chimera Percussion Module 
    Ableton
     
    OUR GEAR
    https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear

    HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW
    If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 
    Donate
     
    KEEP UP TO DATE
    For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 
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    Twitter: @tapenotes 
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    YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast
    Discord: Tape Notes
    To let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! 
    Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk
     
    HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW
    If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 
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    TAPE NOTES TEAM
    Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor
    Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer
    Will Lyons - Editor
    Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer
    Andy Tindall - Videographer
    George Durston - Production Assistant
    Matt Purbrick - Production Assistant
    Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant
    Nathan Hetherington - PR
    Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing 
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    TN:103 Jamie T & Hugo White

    TN:103 Jamie T & Hugo White

    In this episode, John is joined by Jamie T and producer Hugo White at Miloco’s The Yard Studio, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ‘The Theory of Whatever’.
     
    Alongside all the difficult musical decisions they made to keep the character of each song, we hear tales from the studio of sneakily replacing guitar parts and the challenges that come when there are a lot of big egos floating around.
     
    Listen to find out why the album was almost named after Matt Maltese, why throwing your hat on the floor is sometimes the best way to get your point across, and to hear proof that Jamie actually does work pretty hard.
     
    Tracks discussed: The Old Style Raiders, Between The Rocks, Thank You
     
    LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES 
    linktr.ee/tapenotes 
     
    Listen to ‘The Theory of Whatever’ here.
    Polydor Records, Universal Music
     
    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective  
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    Vinyl Plugin
    Shure SM57
    Neumann Mics
    Apple Tower
    Logic Pro X - Ultrabeat
    Logic
     
    OUR GEAR
    https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear

    HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW
    If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 
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    For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 
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    Twitter: @tapenotes 
    Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  
    YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast
    Discord: Tape Notes
    To let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! 
    Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk
     
    HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW
    If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 
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    TAPE NOTES TEAM
    Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor
    Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer
    Will Lyons - Editor
    Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer
    George Durston - Production Assistant
    Matt Purbrick - Production Assistant
    Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant
    Nathan Hetherington - PR
    Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing 
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    TN:102 Loyle Carner, Kwes & Nick Mills

    TN:102 Loyle Carner, Kwes & Nick Mills

    In this episode, John is back at Spitfire Audio to catch up with Ben Coyle-Larner, better known as Loyle Carner, along with producers Kwes and Nick Mills, about how they wrote, recorded and produced Loyle’s new album ‘Hugo’.
     
    Reflecting back on their time writing over lockdown, Ben, Kwes and Nick talk us through their extensive process of whittling each track down to the finished article, from the early jam sessions and demos they fell in love with, right through the numerous directions they took each beat.
     
    Along with sharing some of the best examples of collaboration and what it can bring, we’re treated to detailed track breakdowns and thoughts on the most effective approaches to take when balancing the emotions of a beat to the emotions within lyrics.
     
    Listen to find out what dangers come with making things too musical, how AI came to the rescue multiple times, and what the ultimate studio snack is.
     
    Tracks discussed: Hate, Nobody Knows, Plastic
     
    LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  
    linktr.ee/tapenotes 
     
    Listen to ‘Hugo’ here.
    EMI, Universal Music

    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    D16 Decimort Plugin
    Oxford Inflator Plugin
    Kazrog True Iron Plugin
    Plugin Alliance Black Box
    Serato Sample Plugin
    Soundtoys Decapitator
    Soundtoys Tremolator
    Soundtoys Echoboy
    Soundtoys Little AlterBoy
    Valhalla Vintage Verb
    Mellotron
    Fabfilter Plugins 
    Goodhertz Lossy Plugin
    XLN Audio RC 20
    Moises AI App
    Shure SM57
    DBX 118 Expander
    Lewitt 640 Mics
    Teenage Engineering OP1
    Logic Stock Pedals
    FL Studio
     
    OUR GEAR
    https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear

    HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW
    If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 
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    For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 
    Instagram: @tapenotes 
    Twitter: @tapenotes 
    Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  
    YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast
    Discord: Tape Notes
    To let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! 
    Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk
     
    HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW
    If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 
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    TAPE NOTES TEAM
    Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor
    Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer
    Will Lyons - Editor
    Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer
    Matt Purbrick - Production Assistant
    Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant
    Nathan Hetherington - PR
    Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing
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    • 1 hr 39 min
    TN:101 The 1975

    TN:101 The 1975

    In this episode, John is back at Spitfire Audio to reunite with Matty and George of The 1975, to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the album ‘Being Funny in a Foreign Language’.
     
    Digging into stems, demos and the musical moments that inspired their writing, Matty and George give us a full behind-the-scenes tour of their creative process, sharing stories of very last-minute album additions and the unreleased songs that might one day be on a 1975 record.
     
    As well as tales from the studio working with producer Jack Antonoff, the pair reveal the tricks they used to create and record some of the most unique sounds and performances on the album, from constructing vast textures of only organic keyboard sounds to Googling the gear and instruments other people use.
     
    Listen to find out how simply soloing individual parts can lead to breakthrough moments when writing, the one scale you need to learn to play any 1975 song, and why Matty has now fully embraced his northern accent when singing.
     
    Tracks discussed: Part of the Band, The 1975, Happiness, When We Are Together

    LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  
    linktr.ee/tapenotes 

    Listen to ‘Being Funny in a Foreign Language’ here. 
    Dirty Hit
     
    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective - https://songwhip.com/laurelcollective/sunshinebuddy   
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    Gibson ES-330 Guitar
    Roland JV-1080
    Yamaha CP80 
    Yamaha CP-70B
    Plugin Alliance Brainworx Focusrite CS
    Chandler TG Channel
    Korg M1
    DynaCord Digital Echo
    Binson Echorec
    WEM Copicat Tape Echo 
    Roland RE-201 Space Echo
    Philips Philicorda
    Harmonium
    ProTools 
    Ableton
     
    OUR GEAR
    https://linktr.ee/tapenotes_ourgear
     
    HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW
    If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 
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    KEEP UP TO DATE
    For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on: 
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    Twitter: @tapenotes 
    Patreon: @TapeNotesPodcast
    Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  
    YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast
    Discord: Tape Notes
    To let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear! 
    Visit our website to join our mailing list: www.tapenotes.co.uk
     
    HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW
    If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :) 
    Donate
     
    TAPE NOTES TEAM
    Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor
    Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer
    Will Lyons - Editor
    Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer
    Nathan Hetherington - PR
    Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing
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    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

Random Enchilada ,

tape notes

so well made and insightful! glad this exists!

DadVoice ,

Fantastic Podcast For Music Creators and Appreciators

This podcast is a true gem. I love how it focuses so much on the creative process behind so many great albums and songs. Unlike other music podcasts, there’s no sense of ego or self importance from the interviewer. He just lets the artists speak and engages them with thoughtful questions. I also love the long form discussions, which sets it apart from Song Exploder. We get to go so much more in depth compared to other podcasts. Keep up the great work!

DDrewsky ,

Love this pod

A great deep dive into the process behind some amazing projects. Keep em coming!

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