George Ezra & Friends
Had it not been for the introduction of podcasts into my life, my second album could well have been ready six months sooner. Who knows, maybe even seven. The world of podcasts has been an extremely welcome and comforting distraction from reality. Listening to interesting people talk to other interesting people about interesting things. New ideas, old ideas, thinkers and dreamers.A lot of the shows I enjoy are comedians talking to other comedians, candid accounts of their experiences in the industry they work in. I find them inspiring and often relieving. To hear entertainers, talk so openly about the highs and the lows of performance feels like something that hasn’t really happened before and, personally, as a performer, it’s something that really helps me.I began looking for musical equivalents: honest, long form conversations between two musicians, the unquestionable highs of creating and performing, alongside honesty regarding things they have struggled with along the way. At the time of digging, nothing jumped out at me. I sat on the idea for some time before finally plucking up the courage to try and do it myself and went out and purchased the gear necessary for me to travel and record at the drop of a hat.So far it has been better than I could have ever imagined. I travel to my guests wherever they may be and it is just the two of us in the room. After the initial ten minutes of chat we both loosen up and start to share stories and experiences from our time on the road.What started as a labour of love and somewhat of a passion project is shaping up to be one of the best and fulfilling projects I’ve ever been a part of. I hope you find it as interesting and fun to listen to, as it was to make.
022. Sir Tom Jones
This week George chats with the living legend, Sir Tom Jones. He is one of the few musical artists whose profession began at the dawn of modern popular music and continues to have a vital recording & performing career to this day. Sir Tom has garnered at the age of 78, the best reviews of his career for his most recent albums Long Lost Suitcase, Spirit In The Room and Praise & Blame. Sir Tom has always been about the power of the song, the power of the voice. This podcast was edited by Warren Borg. The animations and visuals are thanks to Oisin Griffin. Thank you to Josh Sanger and the Closer Artists team. Thanks to Sir Tom for chatting with George. And of course, thank YOU for downloading and supporting this podcast.
021. Kurt Vile
This week George records withone of rock’s most captivating frontmen, guitarists, and songwriters, Kurt Vile. Travel can inspire in surprising ways and Kurt discovered as much making his new record, the eclectic and electrifying 'Bottle It In'. These songs show an artist and songwriter who can make you laugh and break your heart, often in the same line. George & Kurt talk about this new record, his journey through music and life growing up. This podcast was edited by Warren Borg. The animations and visuals are thanks to Oisin Griffin. Thank you to Josh Sanger and the Closer Artists team. Thanks to Kurt for chatting with George. And of course, thank YOU for downloading and supporting this podcast.
020. Emily Eavis
This week George sits down with Emily Eavis, co-organiser of the world famous Glastonbury Festival. She grew up on Worthy Farm, where the Festival takes place each year, and from her teenage years onwards has played a vital role in every part of the organisation, booking artists across the main stages, coordinating the many different areas and making the magic happen for nearly 200,000 people on site, as well as millions watching live on the BBC. Passionately committed to Glastonbury’s charity partners, Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid, Emily has visited projects in Haiti, Mozambique, South Africa and Japan. This podcast was edited by Warren Borg. The animations and visuals are thanks to Oisin Griffin. Thank you to Josh Sanger and the Closer Artists team. Thanks to Emily for chatting with George. And of course, thank YOU for downloading and supporting this podcast.
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