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ACPG 030: Rick Witter - Shed 7 - talks instant pleasures, come backs, record deals and social media

5/15/2018
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This week James is on Shed 7’s tour bus speaking to Rick Witter about Instant Pleasures, comebacks, record deals and social media. A band that need no introduction, Shed 7 lit up the charts in the 90’s and have re-ignited their careers with yet another top 10 success as they return with what Rick described almost like being ‘a debut album’. The good cause this week is St Leonards Hospice in York. Episode show notes available at www.acpgmusic.com/episode030

Duration:00:34:53

ACPG 029: Frankie Francis - Frankie and the Heartstrings - talks publishing deals, opening a shop, and radio

5/8/2018
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This week we continue with Frankie Francis of Frankie and the Heartstrings to talk publishing deals, opening a shop, and radio. Having secured a significant publishing deal, Frankie talks around how they used the money to sustain themselves before moving on to other parts of the music industry he is very close to. The good cause this week is Pop Recs, an important cultural hub in Sunderland. More info and show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/episode029

Duration:00:43:45

ACPG 028: Frankie Francis - Frankie and the Heartstrings - talks forming a band, investing in a band, and band identity

5/1/2018
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This week Ben meets up with Frankie Francis of Frankie and the Heartstrings at the Amazing Radio offices in Gateshead. Frankie brings a great blend of experiences to the show given his successes as a musical artist, along with his involvement in some parts of the other side of the music industry. In this first of a two part episode we talk forming a band, investing in a band, and band identity. The good cause for these episodes is Pop Recs. More info and show notes at...

Duration:00:42:36

ACPG 027: Duncan Lloyd - Maximo Park - talks song writing, writers block and writing songs for live audiences

4/24/2018
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This week Ben meets up with Duncan Lloyd of Maximo Park to talk song writing, writers block and writing songs for live audiences. Having had Paul Smith, the singer of Maximo on episode 001, it was great to get to speak with Duncan to get his perspective as the guitarist of the band on some similar (and some new) topics. The good cause this week is St Oswald’s hospice. More info and show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/episode027

Duration:00:40:52

ACPG 026: Jamie McCredie - Band Leader - talks mastering your equipment, band leaders, and playing the west end

4/17/2018
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This week is our final instalment of the trilogy with guitarist and band leader Jamie McCredie. Here we move on mastering your equipment, band leaders, and playing the west end. The level of dedication Jamie gives to mastering his equipment makes it clear as to why he gets opportunities such as playing the Book of Mormon on the West End. And what is a band leader? We find out. The good cause is the British Association for Preforming Arts Medicine. More info and show notes at...

Duration:00:42:34

ACPG 025: Jamie McCredie - Band Leader - talks replicating things you hear on the guitar, moving to a big city and being professional.

4/10/2018
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This week we continue to the middle slice of the trilogy with Jamie McCredie by moving on to discuss how to replicate things you hear on a guitar, moving to a big city and being professional. Jamie has made a few key decisions during his career. Moving to London was one of them, however that was just the start. How he conducts himself whilst there is equally important. The good cause for this trilogy is British Association for Preforming Arts Medicine. More info and show notes at...

Duration:00:37:52

ACPG 024: Jamie McCredie - Band Leader - talks learning the guitar; covering self-study vs formal education

4/3/2018
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This week we start a one off three part special with band leader and session musician Jamie McCredie. We kick this off by discussing how he learnt the guitar; covering self-study vs formal education. Jamie’s passion is clear, whether obsessing over learning a song, moving cities to chase his dream, or simply how long he can enthusiastically talk about music. The good cause for this trilogy is British Association for Preforming Arts Medicine. More info and show notes at...

Duration:00:32:08

ACPG 023: Willy Mason - Singer Songwriter - talks intimate venues, song writing, recording, and building relationships

3/27/2018
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This week we’re at The Cumberland Arms in Newcastle with singer songwriter Willy Mason. Here we discussed intimate venues, song writing, recording, and building relationships. Willy was first championed by Zane Lowe in the early noughties, and it was via the radio he became huge in the UK before being widely known in his home country the US. The good cause is this week is Age UK. Info and show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/episode023

Duration:00:45:07

ACPG 022: Paul Langley - Photographer - talks the importance of a good photo, why to use a professional and what musicians should consider.

3/20/2018
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This week we stay at the Cluny in Newcastle speaking to the man with boundless energy, Paul Langley. In a shift of direction we move onto Paul’s other passion, photography. Here we cover the importance of a good photo, why to use a professional and what musicians should consider. Growing up in Manchester during the days of the Hacienda, Paul has been amerced in the music scene for decades. That has led him to photograph some big names, and knows the value of a good shot. The good cause...

Duration:00:44:13

ACPG 021: Paul Langley - Tour Manager - talks the importance of tour management, what it involves, and who can do it.

3/13/2018
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This week we’re at the Cluny in Newcastle with the bolt of energy that is Paul Langley. With Paul we’re talking about tour management; the importance of the role, what it involves, and who can do it. We first met Paul in this capacity, managing Mark Radcliffe’s tour, and it was clear then that he’d make a great guest…which he did. As a man with a great deal of experience, he provides some top insight into this part of the music industry. Info and show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/episode021

Duration:00:50:17

ACPG 020: Shopping - Band - talk band ethos and decision making, self-releasing vs label and control over image

3/6/2018
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This week Ben is at The Cluny in Newcastle speaking to Shopping at the start of their 2018 tour. They have a real drive that lead us to discuss band ethos and decision making, self-releasing vs label and control over image. The British punk trio are rising to providence with their ‘get stuff done’ attitude and latest release ‘The Official Body’. The good cause is this week is Transmission, an artist run organisation in Glasgow. Info and show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/episode020

Duration:00:30:41

ACPG 019: Mike Livesley (Part 2) - Pedal Maker - talks pedal combinations, software emulation and multi effects boxes.

2/27/2018
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This week we continue up in Edinburgh with Mike Livesley, AKA ‘Made by Mike’. In this second part of the episode we cover pedal combinations, software emulation and multi effects boxes. This was a fantastic delve into the world of guitar pedals, particularly as they are so fundamental to so many artists. I both loved and hated Ben’s use of them. Whether a distraction or a game changer, they’re here to stay. The good cause for the week is Food Banks. Info and show notes at...

Duration:00:48:38

ACPG 018: Mike Livesley (Part 1) - Pedal Maker - talks about his fascination with guitar pedals, building them, and why musicians want to use them

2/20/2018
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This week Ben is up in Edinburgh speaking to Mike Livesley AKA ‘Made By Mike’ where we cover all things guitar pedals. In this first of a double header, we cover Mike’s fascination with guitar pedals, building them, and why musicians want to use them. Another guest with a real DIY ethos, Mike brings a real passion and enthusiasm to the show. A genuine bonus to the music community. The good cause mentioned next week is Food Banks. Info and show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/episode018

Duration:00:50:28

ACPG 017: Nick Helm - Comedian Songwriter - talks song writing for TV shows, cramming detail into short songs, and how to start the song writing process

2/13/2018
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This week we’re in the green room at the Stand in Newcastle with comedian, musician and actor, Nick Helm where we discuss song writing for TV shows, cramming detail into short songs, and how to start the song writing process. He may portray a certain persona on stage, however we met the compassionate (shh, don’t tell!) and interesting personality that sits behind the act. The good cause this week is Shelter, supporting those who sleep rough. Info and show notes at...

Duration:00:51:28

ACPG 015: Pete Dale (Part 2) - Musician & Ex label Owner - talks vinyl, the costs of releasing a single, and the time involved in running a record label

1/30/2018
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This week we stay in Manchester with musician, author, ex-label owner and music lecturer Pete Dale, where we move on to discuss vinyl, the costs of releasing a single, and the time involved in running a record label. There’s a lot to consider, and as Pete stated, it shouldn’t be entered into lightly when considering setting up a label. This week’s good cause is Care UK charity, who collect and distribute practical items for refugees in need. More info and show notes at...

Duration:00:38:53

ACPG 014: Pete Dale (Part 1) - Musician & Ex label Owner - talks the benefits of self-releasing music, the importance of physical song releases, choosing which acts are on a label, and label identity

1/23/2018
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This week we head to Manchester to speak with musician, former label owner and now music lecturer Pete Dale. Here we cover the benefits of self-releasing music, the importance of physical song releases, choosing which acts are on a label, and label identity. Pete has a rich and varied background which was referenced in episode 003 with Ross Millard. The good cause this week is Care UK, collecting and distributing practical items to refugees in need. Info and show notes at...

Duration:00:37:41

ACPG 013: Mark Morris - The Bluetones - talks repartee, crowdfunding and the importance of musicians getting paid

1/16/2018
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This week we talk to Mark Morriss of The Bluetones about repartee, crowdfunding and the importance of musicians getting paid. Whether solo, or as part of the band, Mark is superb at engaging his audience during a live set. We discuss this, along with his experiences of crowdfunding an album. The good cause is Re-think your mind, a charity aimed at promoting mental well-being. More info and show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/episode013

Duration:00:44:30

ACPG 012: Joy Ike (Part 2) - Singer Songwriter - talks house concerts; what you need to know, how to put them on and things to watch out for.

1/9/2018
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This week we stay in Philadelphia, USA with Joy for part 2, where we get into the nuts and bolts of house concerts, how to put them on, and things to think about when both playing and hosting these great events. Joy describes how they tick many boxes that any DIY musician would look to get out of a show. Our interest is peaked and we’re ready to attend. The good cause this week is Food for the Hungry, which Joy is actively involved with. More info and show notes at...

Duration:00:46:31

ACPG 011: Joy Ike (Part 1) - Singer Songwriter - talks promoting yourself, how much to share, and what exactly are house concerts

1/2/2018
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This week we head to Philadelphia in the USA for the first of a two part episode with singer songwriter Joy Ike where we discuss promoting yourself, how much to share, and then start the conversation about what exactly house concerts are. Backing up the advice from Sari Delmar in episode 005, it was great to hear how a successful artist approaches promotion. We then set the scene for part 2, by touching on what house concerts are all about. More info and show notes at...

Duration:00:45:50

ACPG 10: Mr B - The Gentleman Rhymer - talks creating and living a persona, DIY management and tailored merchandise

12/26/2017
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This week we enter the world of Chap Hop talking to Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer, about creating and living a persona, DIY management and tailored merchandise. In a world with so much musical choice, Mr B has created a truly unique genre. This episode provides some great things to think about for anyone looking to be slightly different, which probably covers a decent proportion of all musicians out there. The good cause this week is Mencap, which comes with a fantastic story. More...

Duration:00:51:41

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