The StageLeft Podcast
STAGELEFT MEETS SAM HERLIHY -
HOPE OF THE STATES
Former lead singer and songwriter of cult 00's rock band Hope of the States is the special guest on Episode 25 of The StageLeft Podcast.
In a rare and revealing interview, Sam Herlihy discusses the make up of 'The Lost Riots' - the critically acclaimed debut album, going onstage at Glastonbury directly after The Killers, new material recently released which was recorded immediately after Hope of the States split and discusses how the passing of bandmate Jimi Lawrence effected the band's output and interpersonal relationships.
Sam talks us the bands' split, through Nirvana's influence, the £1m Sony deal, playing TOTP on the same show as S Club Juniors, his most recent project Racetrack Gospel and passes on his wisdom to young musician's.
STAGELEFT MEETS STEVE FIRTH -
The frank and honest Steve Firth of Embrace details the “massive peaks and huge troughs” of 20 years in the music industry in an incredible story on Episode 24 of The StageLeft Podcast. Steve talks us through how he went from living in a tent and back of a car to playing the slot on the Pyramid Stage directly before David Bowie’s iconic slot at Glastonbury Festival and how a friendship between Chris Martin of Coldplay & Danny McNamara led to Embrace releasing the top 10 single ‘Gravity’.
Steve also details what it’s like being in a band with “two strong minded brothers”, the bands' close relationship with fans, the composition of classics from their debut album, new material, Secret Gigs and hopes for a 20th Anniversary The Good Will Out tour.
STAGELEFT MEETS AZIZ IBRAHIM-
IAN BROWN, PAUL WELLER, MIKE JOYCE, THE STONE ROSES (Part Two)
In Part 2 of Aziz Ibrahim’s appearance on The StageLeft Podcast, Aziz talks us through how he adapted Stone Roses songs such as Ice Cold Cube to Ian Brown’s solo work, how he composed My Star & Corpses in the Mouths, what it’s like working with Mani, Paul Weller, the value of music therapy, and talks us through his new project with Mike Joyce of The Smiths.
STAGELEFT MEETS AZIZ IBRAHIM - THE STONE ROSES (Part One)
Former Stone Roses guitarist Aziz Ibrahim is this week’s guest on The StageLeft Podcast. In Part One, Aziz documents his early years growing up in Longsight, Manchester to headlining the Reading Festival in 1996. Aziz discusses what it was like playing huge concerts in Brazil with Simply Red, being Musical Director for Hot Chocolate and reflects on his time in The Stone Roses.
Armed with an acoustic guitar, Aziz colours the interview with examples and even plays us through how he approached learning John Squire’s guitar parts.
STAGELEFT MEETS STEVE CROPPER
When we first came up with the concept of The StageLeft Podcast, the Number 1 guest we wanted to interview was Steve Cropper. A man who has written, produced and played on hundreds of classic songs woven into the fabric of Western culture, Steve has been recognised in the Grammy Hall of Fame and even played for President Barack Obama at The White House.
Steve talks in depth about his career, recording classics such as Soul Man, performing in The Blues Brothers and writing Sitting on the Dock of the Bay with Otis Redding, recorded only weeks before Redding passed away aged only 26.
"To be honoured at The White House is about as good as it gets, it's like somebody in England being honoured by The Queen."
STAGELEFT MEETS CONE McCASLIN -
SUM 41 & IGGY POP
The insightful, engaging and multi-talented Cone McCaslin of punk rockers Sum 41 is our guest on Episode 20 of The StageLeft Podcast.
Cone gives a truly fascinating in depth insight into what it's currently like being in a million selling band making music in an industry with an uncertain future and gives a sneak peek into the workings on Sum 41's new album.
Cone also lifts the lid on what it's like collaborating live & in the studio with Iggy Pop and details the sometimes surreal experience of playing in China where setlists & lyrics must be submitted for censor before arrival. Cone also discusses the challenges touring can have now as a father and details the harrowing and life changing experience when Sum 41 were caught in the crossfire between rebel fighters in the Congo.
NEW MINI DOCUMENTARY
"THE STAGELEFT PODCAST - ONE YEAR ON"
From director James Labous, 'The StageLeft Podcast - One Year On' catches up with the creator and host Chris Simpson on the first year of the project, which has seen the podcast receive huge acclaim for it's in depth and revealing interviews with musicians who've worked closely with the likes of David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Oasis, The Prodigy, Elvis Presley and more. The podcast has been featured in national press, has already acquired over 100,000 iTunes subscribers and has recently been recommended by The Guardian's Ben Green (author of 'The Podcast Master').
The StageLeft Podcast aims to help young musicians going into an ever complex industry by gleaning what we can about the working practices of the greats from those who were in close proximity when the magic was being made. All episodes can be streamed on Audioboom, at www.thestageleftpodcast.com, or downloaded for free on iTunes.
With the help of Andy Phelan, the podcast is also now available on YouTube. Cheers Andy!
Posing the questions was Matt Miklaucich, host of the excellent E10Mess Podcast, which documents the highs and heartbreaks of following League 2 Football Club Leyton Orient.
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Director: James Labous @bous
Interviewer: Matt Miklaucich @e10mess
STAGELEFT MEETS PETE LOCKETT -
BJORK, ROBERT PLANT, PETER GABRIEL
On this episode of The StageLeft Podcast, Pete Lockett joins us to discuss his incredible career, which includes having been voted three times as #1 'World Percussionist' by readers of Drum Magazine, providing ethnic percussion on five James Bond films, releasing 15 solo albums and collaborating with Bjork, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Noel Gallagher, The Verve, Aphex Twin and Amy Winehouse.
Pete discusses his venture into 'World Music', what young western musicians can learn specifically from music of non western origin, and the psychology of performing in high pressure environments.
"60% of being a rounded, wise, and mature musician is philosophy".
"VERY DEEP AND INTERESTING. SOME ISSUES I HAVE NEVER MENTIONED BEFORE IN AN INTERVIEW."
- KENNY BALL JUNIOR
"YOU MUST BE THE ONLY PERSON IN THE
WORLD WHO KNOWS THAT..."
- MIKE ROWE OF NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS & OASIS