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Lives in Music

Jan 24, 2020

Some 40 plus years back, at the old BRMB, when I was the rock DJ, I booked a session with UB40. It was a custom advance mix of six of the tracks that later saw the light of day on UB40's first album, Signing Off.

It was by far the most successful session I'd ever set up. It was the only session that generated calls...

Nov 10, 2019

If you think that all Jasper Carrott had to do with music was to wander on stage with a guitar before bringing an act on stage, think again.

Jasper has been deeply involved in music all his life, and has some interesting views on the music business, artists' fees, the record industry, performance and audience reaction,...

Oct 25, 2019

The fate of bass players? To be shamefully ignored while the front man gets all the attention. Boy, is that a mistake... Bass maestro Mike Hatton, like many musicians, plays in more than one band - he can be found delivering smooth Jazz grooves, or a solid bedrock for powerhouse blues, or even harking back to 60s power...

Oct 9, 2019

Don't even think about the number of guitars he's got these days.

Charming, witty, and with vast musical knowledge, Horace Panter is brilliant company. 

I really can't remember first chatting with Horace Panter, but it might well have been in 1978, when the Specials played at Birmingham University.

They were at that...

Oct 2, 2019

Hidden away in their secret workshop, John Bradley and Martin Smith breathe fresh life into vintage machines which powered progressive rock and a lot more: the Mellotron.

What is a Mellotron? Well, please read on as you listen to the podcast. John Bradley and Martin Smith have been involved with Mellotrons all their...