Tape Notes

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.

Music Interviews
TN:23 Bombay Bicycle Club & Jim Abbiss
In this episode John is joined by Jack & Suren from Bombay Bicycle Club and producer legend Jim Abbiss to talk about how they recorded and produced 'I Had The Blues But Shook Them Loose'. Celebrating 10 years since its release, Jim and the boys reminisc.
99 min
TN:22 Maverick Sabre & Charlie Perry
In this episode John is joined by Maverick Sabre and producer Charlie Perry to talk about how they recorded and produced Maverick's 3rd album 'When I Wake Up'. The boys break apart some of the tracks from the album recounting the journey these songs und.
89 min
TN:21 Nick Mulvey & Dan Carey
In this episode John journeys to Mr Dan's Studio in Streatham to talk with Nick Mulvey and producer Dan Carey about how they recorded and produced Nick's Mercury nominated debut album 'First Mind'. The boys dive deep into the working processes and share
80 min
TN:20 Little Dragon
In this episode John is joined by Erik and Yukimi from Little Dragon to talk about how they recorded and produced the album Ritual Union. Chatting from the studio in Gothenburg where the album was recorded, the pair reflect on the techniques and approac.
83 min
TN:19 Wolf Alice & Justin Meldal-Johnsen
In this episode John is joined by Joel and Theo from Wolf Alice and legendary producer and bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, M83, Paramore) to dissect how their Mercury Prize winning album 'Visions of a Life' was recorded and produced.  We...
72 min
TN:18 The 1975
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...
82 min
TN:17 Slaves & Jolyon Thomas
John is joined by Laurie & Isaac form Slaves and producer Jolyon Thomas to talk about how they recorded and produced the band's sophomore album Acts Of Fear And Love. We get to hear some of the early demos where the original lyrics don't quite sound the.
104 min
TN:16 Alt-J & Charlie Andrew
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 boys give a fascinating account of the thought processes and production techn.
98 min
TN:15 Metromony
In this episode John is joined by Joseph Mount from Metronomy at Iguana Studios to talk about how the album 'Nights Out' was recorded and produced.  In celebration of 10 years since its release, Joe dusts off his old hard drive to reminisce over...
68 min
TN:14 Frank Turner & Josh Block
John is back at Iguana Studios once again joined this time by artist Frank Turner, but there’s a twist! In an exciting first for Tape Notes this episode’s producer, Josh Block, is coming to us live from the other side of the Altantic at his studio Nil
70 min
TN:13 Jessie Ware & Dave Okumu
In this episode of Tape Notes, John takes a trip to Deptfrod to visit Jessie Ware and Dave Okumu in Dave’s newly built studio to talk about how they recorded and produced the album 'Devotion'.  Jessie and Dave look back to the beginnings of...
69 min
TN:12 Glass Animals
John ventures up to Dave Bayley’s new home studio in London Fields to talk about how Glass Animals’ debut album ZABA was recorded and produced.  We hear how Dave conjured up the band’s unique style through many late night sessions in his...
75 min
John ventures up to Bow to chat with James Hatcher and Andy Clutterbuck from the band HONNE to find out how they produced and recorded the album ‘Love Me, Love Me Not’.The boys discuss the changes in their approach to songwriting and production fro
67 min
TN:10 Vök & Brett Cox
John joins the band Vök back stage at their headline show in London to talk about how they recorded and produced the album Figure with producer Brett Cox. We hear how Brett and the band teamed up over the course of a sunny Icelandic summer to work their
42 min
TN:09 London Grammar & MyRiot
John journeys up to Rak Studios to meet with Dan Rothman from London Grammar and producer duo MyRiot and talk about their work together on the album ‘If You Wait’. We hear how the band adjusted from the self-produced recording environment, to working
62 min
TN:08 The Big Moon & Catherine Marks
John returns to Iguana Studios once more where he is joined by The Big Moon and producer Catherine Marks to talk about their work together on the album Love in the 4th Dimension. The girls re-live some of their favourite moments in the studio with Cathe.
67 min
TN:07 Jordan Rakei & Jim Macrae
Back at Iguana Studios once more, John is joined by Australian artist/producer Jordan Rakei and producer Jim Macrae to talk about their work together on the album 'Wallflower'. We hear how Jordan made the 10,000 mile journey from Brisbane to London to p.
56 min
TN:06 Francobollo & Charlie Andrew
In this episode John is joined by Square Leg Records boss/producer Charlie Andrew and the label’s first signing Francobollo to talk about the recording and production of the band's debut album, Long Live Life. We hear how inviting fans into a sweaty st
59 min
TN:04 Will Joseph Cook & Hugh Worskett
In this episode of Tape Notes John takes a trip to The Dairy Studios in Brixton to talk to Will Joseph Cook and his producer Hugh Worskett mid-way through recording the album Sweet Dreamer. The duo discuss their working relationship in the studio and we.
49 min
TN:03 Sivu & Charlie Andrew
John Kennedy is back at Iguana Studios once more to talk to singer songwriter Sivu and producer Charlie Andrew about their collaboration on Sivu’s second album Sweet Sweet Silent. From early production meetings in a pub function room, to slinging micro
53 min
TN:02 Django Django & Neil Comber
John Kennedy is joined by Dave Maclean and Neil Comber who reveal the working methods they used in the making of Django Django’s sophomore album Born Under Saturn. We hear how Dave coped with the transition from the bedroom production of their first alb
38 min
TN:01 Rosie Lowe & Dave Okumu
Rosie Lowe and her producer Dave Okumu join John Kennedy at Iguana Studios to discuss what went on behind the scenes in the making of her highly acclaimed debut album – Control. We hear the demos that paved the way and how doing the dishes, wetsuits fo
51 min