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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.

    Reissue | TN:18 The 1975

    Reissue | TN:18 The 1975

    We’ve been having a look back through the Tape Notes archive to bring back some of our favourite early episodes that you may have missed. This selection is our conversation with Matty and George of The 1975, recorded back in March 2019.

    EPISODE NOTES
    John ventures up to Spitfire Audio to meet with Matty and George from The 1975 to talk about how the album 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships' was recorded and produced.

    Somewhat bleary eyed after a massive night at the Brits (scooping two awards), the boys reveal the inner workings of The 1975's production methods and writing techniques. We're treated to demo versions and extensive track breakdowns from their award winning album, showing what it takes to create a 1975 hit.

    We get to hear why Matty scats to write lyrics, how George uses a Barry White bass trick for creating lush vocals, and hear THE definitive explanation of side-chain compression.

    Tracks discussed: I Like America & America Likes Me, How To Draw / Petrichor, It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)

    TAPE IT
    Thanks to our friends at Tape It for supporting the podcast.
    Visit tape.it/tapenotes or use the promo code TAPENOTES in the app to get 50% off.

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    LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  
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    Listen to ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ here
     Dirty Hit, Polydor Records, Interscope Records

    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective

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    TAPE NOTES TEAM
    Will Brown 
    Tim Adam-Smith 
    Will Lyons 
    Nico Varanese 
    Guy Nicholls 
    Jessica Clucas
    Katie-Louise Buxton 
    Seb Brunner-Stolovitzky 
    Jonathon Coughlin
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    TN:136 St. Vincent

    TN:136 St. Vincent

    John sits down with American singer and guitarist Annie Clark, aka St Vincent, to talk about her latest album ‘All Born Screaming’.

    Immersed in music since childhood, after studying at Berklee College of Music, Annie toured with acts including The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens. Adopting the name 'St. Vincent', in 2006 she released her debut EP 'Paris Is Burning', and released her debut album 'Marry Me' the following year. As well as having collaborated with artists including David Byrne, Jack Antonoff and Taylor Swift, St Vincent has released seven acclaimed studio albums, and has won four Grammy Awards.

    John and Annie dig into the inspiration behind the record’s creation, touching on her development as an artist and producer, as well as her collaborations with esteemed artists such as Dave Grohl, Mark Guiliana, Josh Freese, and numerous others.

    Tracks discussed: Broken Man, Hell Is Near, Sweetest Fruit

    TAPE IT
    Thanks to our friends at Tape It for supporting the podcast.
    Visit tape.it/tapenotes or use the promo code TAPENOTES in the app to get 50% off.

    MUSIVERSAL
    Skip the waitlist and get your 25% discount HERE

    LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  
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    Listen to ‘All Born Screaming’ here.
    Total Pleasure Records

    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective

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    Neumann U67
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    Neve Console
    Buchla Synth
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    Publison Synth
    Korg MS20
    Lomo 19A19
    EMT 140 Plate
    Federal Compressor
    Erica Synths Perkons Drum Machine
    Eventide H3000
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    Nashville Telecaster
    St Vincent Signature Series Guitar
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    TAPE NOTES TEAM
    Will Brown 
    Tim Adam-Smith 
    Will Lyons 
    Nico Varanese 
    Alex Patterson
    Guy Nicholls 
    Jessica Clucas
    Katie-Louise Buxton 
    Seb Brunner-Stolovitzky 
    Jonathon Coughlin
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    TN:135 Bob Vylan & Jonny Breakwell

    TN:135 Bob Vylan & Jonny Breakwell

    John catches up with Bob Vylan and producer Jonny Breakwell to talk about how they wrote, recorded and produced the ‘Humble As The Sun’.

    Bob Vylan, are a grime and punk rock duo who emerged in 2017. Despite facing resistance for their provocative themes on racism and inequality, they gained a loyal following. Their albums, 2020’s ‘We Live Here’ and 2022’s ‘Bob Vylan Presents the Price of Life’ earned critical acclaim, and saw the duo win Best Alternative Act at the MOBO Awards. Their latest, ‘Humble as the Sun,’ sees the duo flex their musical muscles, drawing on soul, drill, and punk, brought together with their trademark intensity.

    Chatting in Miloco’s The Pool Studio, where some of the album was recorded, the conversation includes insights into navigating the independent artist landscape and the pivotal moments balancing personal and musical life. The pair also reflect on the process of refining Bobby's initial demos into polished tracks, exploring the production techniques that enhance the depth and character of the band’s sound.

    Tracks discussed: Humble As The Sun, Reign, Makes Me Violent

    TAPE IT
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    Ghost Theatre

    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective

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    Native Instrument Kontakt
    Native Instruments Massive
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    Valhalla Delay
    Seventh Heaven Reverb
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    Waves CLA Compressor
    Ableton Overdrive Plugin
    UAD Apollo
    Leslie Rotating Speaker
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    BeesNeez Arabella Microphone
    Lomo 19A19 Microphone
    Shure KSM353 Ribbon Mic
    Shadow Hills Mono GAMA Mic Pre
    Culture Vulture Distortion
    Neve one of a kind Distortion Unit (Marshall Studios)
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    Marshall Jaguar Amp

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    TAPE NOTES TEAM
    Will Brown - Executive Producer
    Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer
    Will Lyons - Editor
    Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor
    Alex Patterson - Engineer
    Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant
    Jessica Clucas - Production Assistant
    Katie-Louise Buxton - Production Assistant
    Seb Brunner-Stolovitzky - Production Assistant
    Jonathon Coughlin - Production Assistant
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    • 1 hr 43 min
    TN:134 The Libertines

    TN:134 The Libertines

    John catches up with English rock band The Libertines to discuss how they wrote and recorded their latest album ‘All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade’.

    The Libertines formed in 1997 and shot to fame with their debut album, 'Up the Bracket,' becoming pillars of the British indie/alternative resurgence of the early 2000s.
    Thirty years after their careers started, they have unveiled their fourth studio album, 'All Quiet on the Eastern Esplanade,' primarily recorded at their studio, The Albion Rooms, in Margate, with producer Dimitri Tikovoï.

    Sitting down with frontmen Carl Barat and Peter Doherty, the pair discuss their song writing process from idea to finished album. As well as sharing exclusive insights into the evolution of the Libertines’ recording process, we hear demos and ideas from their early days writing together up to recent studio time in Jamaica. 

    Tracks discussed: Run Run Run, Merry Old England, & Shiver

    TAPE IT
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    Libertines Recording Limited, Universal Music Operations, EMI
    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective

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    TAPE NOTES TEAM
    Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor
    Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer, Videographer
    Will Lyons - Editor
    Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor
    Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant
    Jessica Clucas - Production Assistant
    Katie-Louise Buxton - Production Assistant
    Seb Brunner-Stolovitzky - Production Assistant
    Jonathon Coughlin - Production Assistant
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    TN:133 Jack Antonoff (Bleachers)

    TN:133 Jack Antonoff (Bleachers)

    John catches up with producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jack Antonoff of Bleachers to discuss how he wrote, recorded, and produced the band’s latest album ‘Bleachers’.

    Having grown up performing, song writing, and producing bands throughout his teenage years, Jack first saw mainstream success as part of the band Fun, and their global hit track ‘We Are Young’. Since then, he has gone on to co-write and produce records for some of the biggest artists of the past decade, including Lorde, Lana Del Rey, The 1975, and Taylor Swift. Among his numerous awards and accolades, he was named Producer of the Year at the Grammys for three consecutive years.

    Throughout the conversation Jack discusses his song writing process, from stories of the studio magic that occurs when picking up random instruments, to the unusual mixing and panning techniques he uses to help make parts feel big (rather than actually being big).

    Tracks discussed: Call Me After Midnight, Jesus Is Dead, We’re Going To Know Each Other Forever

    TAPE IT
    Thanks to our friends at Tape It for supporting the podcast.
    Visit tape.it/tapenotes or use the promo code TAPENOTES in the app to get 50% off.

    LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  
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    Listen to ‘Bleachers’ here .
    Dirty Hit

    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective

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    Roland Juno - https://geni.us/tEKxqpC
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    Korg M1 - https://geni.us/GnnNmU8
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    Teenage Engineering OP1 - https://geni.us/dg6C9
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    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
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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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    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! 
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    TAPE NOTES TEAM
    Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor
    Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer, Videographer
    Will Lyons - Editor
    Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor
    Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant
    Jessica Clucas - Production Assistant
    Katie-Louise Buxton - Production Assistant
    Seb Brunner-Stolovitzky - Production Assistant
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Reissue | TN:16 Alt-J & Charlie Andrew

    Reissue | TN:16 Alt-J & Charlie Andrew

    We’ve been having a look back through the Tape Notes archive to bring back some of our favourite early episodes that you may have missed. This selection is our conversation with Alt-J’s Joe and Gus, along with producer Charlie Andrew, recorded back in February 2019.

    EPISODE NOTES
    In this episode John is joined by Gus Unger-Hamilton and Joe Newman from Alt-J, and producer Charlie Andrew to talk about how they recorded and produced the album 'RELAXER'. 
    The trio give a fascinating account of the thought processes and production techniques used in the recording of RELAXER. 
    Hear how a friend's pavlovian response to the smell of burning wood, the Gus whistle test, and swearing at an old school master all left their mark on the band's third album. 
    Tracks discussed: 3WW, House of the Rising Sun, Pleader

    LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  
    Listen to 'RELAXER' here.
    'RELAXER' - alt-J, Infectious Music Ltd., a BMG Company

    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective 

    GEAR MENTIONS
    Akai MPC Sampler
    Melodyne
    Moog
    Roland Juno 60
    Soundtoys Echoboy
    Soundtoys Decapitator
    Teenage Engineering OP1
    UAD Plugins
    Waves Plugins
    Ableton

    OUR GEAR
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    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
    Or you can join us on Patreon, where among many things you can access full length videos of most new episodes, ad-free episodes and detailed gear list breakdowns.

    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
    Patreon: 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

    TAPE NOTES TEAM
    Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor
    Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer
    Will Lyons - Editor
    Nico Varanese - Videographer, Editor
    Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant
    Jessica Clucas - Production Assistant
    Katie-Louise Buxton - Production Assistant
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    • 1 hr 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

mcollinsf1990 ,

Gets deep without getting dull

Absolutely love this podcast. It gets deep into the intricacies of what goes into a song while not losing an audience (me) with very little understanding of audio production. You start to listen to music differently. Can’t wait for more.

kaybee202020 ,

One of the best

This is a fantastic podcast. John is so thoughtful and a wonderful interviewer. Tons of great producers and musicians with amazing insight. Love it!

Random Enchilada ,

tape notes

so well made and insightful! glad this exists!

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