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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:109 SG Lewis (Live)

    TN:109 SG Lewis (Live)

    Thanks to SoundBetter for supporting this episode of Tape Notes.
    SoundBetter is the world's leading music production talent marketplace, giving you access to the best mixing & mastering engineers, singers, songwriters, producers, and studio musicians
    in the industry. You can work with Billie Eilish's drummer, U2's mix engineer, or hire the topliners that wrote on the latest BTS record, these pros are keen to work with Indy artists.
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    In this special live episode, John heads to Mother Advertising to chat with returning guest SG Lewis about how he wrote, recorded, and produced his new album ‘AudioLust & HigherLove’.  

    Starting writing after taking ten days off music making and getting bored, Sam reflects on the times spent with his collaborators in the studio and on exotic retreats, sharing the sparks of songwriting inspiration that came from their stories and lives.

    In this all-round production masterclass, we’re treated to a deep dive into Sam’s process of updating sounds and processing techniques from past eras for a modern audience, as well as mixing tips including the best ways to make a kick and bass punch over iPhone speakers.

    Listen to find out why the phonetics of lyrics are so important, how to create a convincing fake vocoder, and what some of the most effective ways are to gain confidence as a singer when you’re not a singer.
     
    Tracks discussed: Lifetime, Call On Me, Something About Your Love
     
    LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  
    linktr.ee/tapenotes 
     
    Listen to ‘AudioLust & HigherLove’ here.
    Jasmine Records, PMR, Universal
     
    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    Decimort Bit Crusher
    GEM Dopamine Plugin
    Native Instruments Transient Designer
    Native Instruments Komplete
    Oek Sound Soothe
    Oliver Loops
    Serato Sampler
    Sonnox Oxford Inflator
    Soundtoys Little Alterboy
    UAD API 20500 Compressor
    UAD Tape Emulation
    Waves CLA Guitar Plugin
    Waves H Delay
    Waves Doubler
    Waves API 2500 Compressor
    Valhalla Reverbs
    Xfer OTT Compressor
    Korg MS20
    LinnDrum
    Oberheim OB6
    Roland Juno
    Roland TR-909 Drum Machine
    Sequential Prophet 5
    ZenDelay Pedal
    U87 Microphone
    Logic
    Logic ES1
    Splice
     
    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
    George Durston - Production Assistant
    Nathan Hetherington - PR
    Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing 
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    • 1 hr 41 min
    TN:108 Charlie Puth

    TN:108 Charlie Puth

    Thanks to SoundBetter for supporting this episode of Tape Notes.
    SoundBetter is the world's leading music production talent-marketplace, giving you access to the best mixing & mastering engineers, singers, songwriters, producers and studio musicians
    in the industry. You can work with Billie Eillish's drummer, U2's mix engineer or hire the topliners that wrote on the latest BTS record, these pros are keen to work with Indy artists.
    Head to SoundBetter.com to find out more.

    In this episode, John heads to Miloco Studios to catch up with Charlie Puth about how he wrote, recorded and produced the album ‘CHARLIE’.

    Thinking back to the moments that sparked the initial ideas for each of his songs, Charlie talks us through how he translates the almost fully finished versions from his head to the DAW. From using auto-tune to satisfy his perfect pitch, to the simple chorus tricks he uses to help it all punch.

    As well as looking back to his early days on YouTube and social media, Charlie discusses how the platforms have evolved and their impact on the way he writes, allowing him to include so many people in his music making process. 

    Listen to find out what Monday would sound like if it was a song, which of his viral sounds was faked, and how to play guitar like you’re a pianist.
     
    Tracks discussed: Light Switch, That’s Hilarious, Loser
     
    LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  
    linktr.ee/tapenotes 
     
    Listen to ‘CHARLIE’ here.
    Atlantic Records
     
    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    Waves NS1 Noise Suppressor
    iZotope VocalSynth
    Soundtoys Decapitator
    U-he Diva
    Antares Auto-Tune
    Native Instruments Kontakt Pre-Bass
    Native Instruments Kontakt Church Organ
    LFO Tool
    Valhalla Reverb
    Oberheim Synth Digital
    Thomas Penton Sample Pack
    Oliver Sample Pack
    Roland D-50 Synth
    Roland TR-808
    Roland Juno 60
    Splice
    Casio Keyboard
    Rhodes
     
    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
     
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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
    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 23 min
    TN:107 Lizzy McAlpine, Philip Etherington & Ehren Ebbage

    TN:107 Lizzy McAlpine, Philip Etherington & Ehren Ebbage

    In this episode, John links up with Lizzy McAlpine and producers Philip Etherington and Ehren Ebbage, to talk about how they wrote, recorded, and produced Lizzy’s album ‘five seconds flat’.
     
    Looking back at their time writing and recording in a makeshift Airbnb studio, Lizzy, Philip, and Ehren dig into their enormous archive of song versions (including John Mayer versions), talking through their process of chipping away at each track and shaping the sounds to match the core expression. 
     
    As well as highlighting exactly why parts of Lizzy’s performance are so key to the foundation of each song, we’re treated to backing vocal masterclasses, stories of secret weapon synths, and beats tied together with Philip’s mouldy can of nuts. 
     
    Listen to find out how to create sounds that are quietly big and impactful, why all U47s are not created equally, and why as a producer you first have to be an audience member.
     
    Tracks discussed: an ego thing, ceilings, reckless driver

    LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES  
    linktr.ee/tapenotes 

    Listen to ‘Five Seconds Flat’ here.
    Harbour Artists and Music, AWAL
     
    Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective
     
    GEAR MENTIONS
    Philip’s Can of Mixed Nuts
    Casio SK1
    Korg CR4
    Audio Technica Boundary Mics
    AKG C414
    U47 Microphone
    Martin 00-17 Guitar
    Martin Guitars
    Nord Keyboard
    Rubber Bridge Guitar
    SSL Compressor
    Tree Audio Branch II
     
    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 
    Facebook: @tapenotespodcast  
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    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! 
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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 52 min
    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  
    linktr.ee/tapenotes 
     
    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

    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 
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    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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    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 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 :) 
    Donate
     
    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
     
    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 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: 
    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 :) 
    Donate
     
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 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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