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Tape Notes

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In The Woods presents TAPE NOTES, a new 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.

Latest Episodes

TN:26 Ibeyi & Richard Russell

In this special live addition of Tape Notes, John is joined by Naomi &Lisa-Kaindé of Ibeyi and XL Recordings head honcho/producer Richard Russell, to talk about how they craft their music together in the studio.In celebration of National Album Day and recorded in The Pool room at Miloco Studios, the trio wax lyrical about their experiences working together and take a deep dive into the methods and techniques used in recording & producing the albums Ibeyi & Ash.Listen to find out why there's more to using a broken glass samples than meets the eye, that sampling Michelle Obama is a big deal, and why you should never leave the room when you're making a beat with Naomi & Richard.Tracks discussed: Oya,Transmission/Michaelion,No Man is Big Enough for My ArmsBig thanks to AIM, National Album Day, and Miloco Studios for teaming up with us and making this happen.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 contribu...

96 MIN4 d ago
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TN:26 Ibeyi & Richard Russell

TN:25 Marika Hackman & David Wrench

In this episode John catches up with Marika Hackman and producer David Wrench to chat about how they recorded and produced Marika's 3rd album 'Any Human Friend'.Talking from David's new studio in London Fields, the pair look back over their experience working together for the first time and shine a light on the production techniques and methods they used in the making of the record.Listen to find out how an old land lady of Marika's was the victim some unintentional verbal abuse,hear a phone demo of Send My Love that offers a true glimpse of the creative process in full swing, and find out what life changing piece of advice John Savage gave David.Tracks discussed: The One, Send My Love, Hold On, Conventional RideIf 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):DonateFollow us on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitter

94 MINAUG 14
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TN:25 Marika Hackman & David Wrench

TN:24 Editors & Leo Abrahams

In this episode we are joined by Justin and Elliot from Editors and producer Leo Abrahams to talk about how they recorded and produced the album 'Violence'.The guys shine a light on some of the working methods they used in the making of the album, treating us to the early home demos that band writer Tom created ahead of tracking in the studio.Listen to find out what an Ed 'weasel' is and why many were brutally culled by Leo, why Tom is the easiest vocalist in the world to record, and why Justin's guitar solos are more 'Top Gun' than they are 'Joey Santiago'.Tracks discussed: Violence, Darkness at the Door, Nothingness.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):DonateFollow us on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitter

88 MINAUG 1
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TN:24 Editors & Leo Abrahams

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 reminisce over their experiences working together on this iconic debut and how their relationship and approach to recording and music production evolved from the early days as wide-eyed teens to the later, more experienced sessions.We get to hear the impressive bedroom demos Jack crafted as a music obsessed 15 year old plus fascinating breakdowns from some of the tracks from the album.Listen to find out why 'Dust On The Ground' didn't end up as an 8 minute instrumental, how using a fan can create some pretty unique guitar sounds and hear a brilliant break down of 'Always Like This'.Tracks discussed: Cancel On Me, Dust On The Ground, Always Like ThisIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (...

100 MINJUL 10
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TN:23 Bombay Bicycle Club & Jim Abbiss

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 undertook from tracking in Maverick's living room to fleshing things out in the studio, divulging their approach to production and some writing along the way.Listen to find out why having neighbours for fans is conducive to recording at home, how an Armagnag fuelled drum performance on 'Preach' was cleaned up, and why Maverick likes to write with movies playing in the background.Tracks discussed: Preach, Slow Down, Her GraceIf 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):DonateFollow us on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitter

90 MINJUL 3
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TN:22 Maverick Sabre & Charlie Perry

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'sMercury nominated debut album 'First Mind'. The boys dive deep into the working processes and shared memories of the time they spent together in the musical playground that is Dan's home studio. Listen to find out how a collection of dirty cups worked their way into the rhythm section of 'Venus', what advice a dream incarnation of David Bowie had for Nick before recording 'Dancing for the Answers', and whether daily micro-dosing of psychedelics was a studio success. Tracks Discussed: Fever to the Form, Venus, Dancing For The Answers

80 MINJUN 19
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TN:21 Nick Mulvey & Dan Carey

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 approaches they used in the recording of their 3rd studio release. We hear how Little Man was transformed by The Smurfs playing drums, how the accidental recording of electricity cables from the Gothenburg tramline bolstered Crystalfilm and what the first thing to do is when you buy an old 80's synth and how they all left their mark on this electronic classic. Tracks discussed: Ritual Union, Little man, Crystalfilm

83 MINMAY 29
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TN:20 Little Dragon

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 hear how they rose to the challenge of a 7 minute piece in 3 movements (and why it's no longer called Massive A*** Bleach Attack). With demos of all the tracks to be heard it's a fascinating insight into the intense amount of thought this band put in to realising the final masterpiece. Songs discussed: Visions of a life, Formidable Cool, St. Purple & Green

72 MINMAR 14
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TN:19 Wolf Alice & Justin Meldal-Johnsen

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 two awards), the boys reveal the inner workings of The 1975's production methods and writing techniques. We're treated to demo versions and extensive track breakdowns from their award winning album, showing what it takes to create a 1975 hit. We get to hear why Matty scats to write lyrics, how George uses a Barry White bass trick for creating lush vocals, and hear THE definitive explanation of side-chain compression. Songs discussed: I Like America & America Likes Me, How To Draw / Petrichor, It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)

82 MINMAR 6
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TN:18 The 1975

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 way they should, how Laurie and Jolyon layered up the guitar instead of using distortion and why Isaac's simple drum setupis actually a lot harder to play than it looks. All the usual anecdotes and lots to be inspired by as Laurie and Isaac shed on light on the lessons they've learnt recording their third studio album. Songs discussed: Photo Opportunity, Chokehold, The Lives They Wish They Had.

104 MINFEB 27
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TN:17 Slaves & Jolyon Thomas

Latest Episodes

TN:26 Ibeyi & Richard Russell

In this special live addition of Tape Notes, John is joined by Naomi &Lisa-Kaindé of Ibeyi and XL Recordings head honcho/producer Richard Russell, to talk about how they craft their music together in the studio.In celebration of National Album Day and recorded in The Pool room at Miloco Studios, the trio wax lyrical about their experiences working together and take a deep dive into the methods and techniques used in recording & producing the albums Ibeyi & Ash.Listen to find out why there's more to using a broken glass samples than meets the eye, that sampling Michelle Obama is a big deal, and why you should never leave the room when you're making a beat with Naomi & Richard.Tracks discussed: Oya,Transmission/Michaelion,No Man is Big Enough for My ArmsBig thanks to AIM, National Album Day, and Miloco Studios for teaming up with us and making this happen.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 contribu...

96 MIN4 d ago
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TN:26 Ibeyi & Richard Russell

TN:25 Marika Hackman & David Wrench

In this episode John catches up with Marika Hackman and producer David Wrench to chat about how they recorded and produced Marika's 3rd album 'Any Human Friend'.Talking from David's new studio in London Fields, the pair look back over their experience working together for the first time and shine a light on the production techniques and methods they used in the making of the record.Listen to find out how an old land lady of Marika's was the victim some unintentional verbal abuse,hear a phone demo of Send My Love that offers a true glimpse of the creative process in full swing, and find out what life changing piece of advice John Savage gave David.Tracks discussed: The One, Send My Love, Hold On, Conventional RideIf 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):DonateFollow us on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitter

94 MINAUG 14
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TN:25 Marika Hackman & David Wrench

TN:24 Editors & Leo Abrahams

In this episode we are joined by Justin and Elliot from Editors and producer Leo Abrahams to talk about how they recorded and produced the album 'Violence'.The guys shine a light on some of the working methods they used in the making of the album, treating us to the early home demos that band writer Tom created ahead of tracking in the studio.Listen to find out what an Ed 'weasel' is and why many were brutally culled by Leo, why Tom is the easiest vocalist in the world to record, and why Justin's guitar solos are more 'Top Gun' than they are 'Joey Santiago'.Tracks discussed: Violence, Darkness at the Door, Nothingness.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):DonateFollow us on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitter

88 MINAUG 1
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TN:24 Editors & Leo Abrahams

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 reminisce over their experiences working together on this iconic debut and how their relationship and approach to recording and music production evolved from the early days as wide-eyed teens to the later, more experienced sessions.We get to hear the impressive bedroom demos Jack crafted as a music obsessed 15 year old plus fascinating breakdowns from some of the tracks from the album.Listen to find out why 'Dust On The Ground' didn't end up as an 8 minute instrumental, how using a fan can create some pretty unique guitar sounds and hear a brilliant break down of 'Always Like This'.Tracks discussed: Cancel On Me, Dust On The Ground, Always Like ThisIf you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (...

100 MINJUL 10
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TN:23 Bombay Bicycle Club & Jim Abbiss

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 undertook from tracking in Maverick's living room to fleshing things out in the studio, divulging their approach to production and some writing along the way.Listen to find out why having neighbours for fans is conducive to recording at home, how an Armagnag fuelled drum performance on 'Preach' was cleaned up, and why Maverick likes to write with movies playing in the background.Tracks discussed: Preach, Slow Down, Her GraceIf 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):DonateFollow us on Social MediaInstagramFacebookTwitter

90 MINJUL 3
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TN:22 Maverick Sabre & Charlie Perry

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'sMercury nominated debut album 'First Mind'. The boys dive deep into the working processes and shared memories of the time they spent together in the musical playground that is Dan's home studio. Listen to find out how a collection of dirty cups worked their way into the rhythm section of 'Venus', what advice a dream incarnation of David Bowie had for Nick before recording 'Dancing for the Answers', and whether daily micro-dosing of psychedelics was a studio success. Tracks Discussed: Fever to the Form, Venus, Dancing For The Answers

80 MINJUN 19
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TN:21 Nick Mulvey & Dan Carey

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 approaches they used in the recording of their 3rd studio release. We hear how Little Man was transformed by The Smurfs playing drums, how the accidental recording of electricity cables from the Gothenburg tramline bolstered Crystalfilm and what the first thing to do is when you buy an old 80's synth and how they all left their mark on this electronic classic. Tracks discussed: Ritual Union, Little man, Crystalfilm

83 MINMAY 29
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TN:20 Little Dragon

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 hear how they rose to the challenge of a 7 minute piece in 3 movements (and why it's no longer called Massive A*** Bleach Attack). With demos of all the tracks to be heard it's a fascinating insight into the intense amount of thought this band put in to realising the final masterpiece. Songs discussed: Visions of a life, Formidable Cool, St. Purple & Green

72 MINMAR 14
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TN:19 Wolf Alice & Justin Meldal-Johnsen

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 two awards), the boys reveal the inner workings of The 1975's production methods and writing techniques. We're treated to demo versions and extensive track breakdowns from their award winning album, showing what it takes to create a 1975 hit. We get to hear why Matty scats to write lyrics, how George uses a Barry White bass trick for creating lush vocals, and hear THE definitive explanation of side-chain compression. Songs discussed: I Like America & America Likes Me, How To Draw / Petrichor, It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)

82 MINMAR 6
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TN:18 The 1975

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 way they should, how Laurie and Jolyon layered up the guitar instead of using distortion and why Isaac's simple drum setupis actually a lot harder to play than it looks. All the usual anecdotes and lots to be inspired by as Laurie and Isaac shed on light on the lessons they've learnt recording their third studio album. Songs discussed: Photo Opportunity, Chokehold, The Lives They Wish They Had.

104 MINFEB 27
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TN:17 Slaves & Jolyon Thomas