TAPPING THE FLOW

Conversations about Creativity, Music & Inspiration

Leaving the sun for the love of the music. Tapping the Flow with Pablo Tato

This week I chatted with my old band mate Pablo Tato.
 
Pablo is a Spanish born/London based session guitarist/composer/producer who played with me in my Pillarcat project many moons ago. Since then he has gone on to play in studio for the likes of Paul Epworth, Adele, Lana del Ray and is on the road with Sophie Ellis-Bextor and many other well known acts.
 
Since the pandemic began Pablo took to creating the wonderful A|Part project where he produced an album of cover version with many of the performers he has graced the stages with over the years, including your truly. The album has a vinyl release and is well worth checking out :
 
It was such a pleasure to catch up with an old friend who has laid some guitar down for legends of the top end game. We chat about what it takes to make the most of ones skills set and about how a love for music can guide every move you make and evolve over time.

Gracing the stage as an 8 piece Duo. Tapping the Flow with The Blackheart Orchestra

This week I shared a mighty banter filled hour laughing with the wonderful duo The Blackheart Orchestra.

When you catch them live you will be listening to an 8 piece band but you will be witnessing a supremely talented and adventurous musical Duo surrounded by swathes of gear. Such is the sonic palette in which they practice creativity that they must dive deep with their skill sets when it comes to performance ethic.

Their recently released album Mesmeranto is full of beautiful songwriting taken to thrilling heights by a production style that echoes The Cocteau Twins, Mike Oldfield & Kate Bush. We discuss how and why they take such a huge amount of stuff on the road to bring this music to life as well as how the pursuit of happiness can be hindered by its attainment. 🙂

You can hear the duo here : http://www.theblackheartorchestra.com/music/

 

Singing the deepest of thoughts with the lightest of hearts. Tapping the Flow with Samantha Whates

London based Scottish Singer/Songwriter Samantha Whates is a true champion of truth, discovery and delivery on her gem cut recordings that capture her angelically pure voice as it delivers revelation based songs atop a multi-textured finger picked guitar, all dressed up with realtime accompaniments set in the oddest of locations.
 
We sat down to discuss what it was that took Samantha on a journey of songwriting in the first place, and how this led to her recording at 3 am in a London tube station.
 
Intrigued? Well, you should be. When someone is bold enough to pursue such an idea the results will speak for themselves. Her latest album ‘Waiting Rooms’ is a treasure.
 
Thanks for Tapping the Flow.
 

Trusting the flow to mine the tunnels. Tapping the Flow with Lou Rhodes

This week I am joined by peerless creative practitioner Lou Rhodes of the seminal UK Electronic music duo Lamb. Lou Rhodes has, alongside co-creator Andy Barlow, carved out an emblematic position for blending song with electronic music on the world stage with some incredible sonic journeys over the years.

Many of you will be familiar with Lamb’s music. As a solo artist she has been Mercury Music Prize nominated for her debut solo album ‘Beloved One’. It was after the release of this album that I joined her as guitarist, having just relocated from Ireland, for an amazing couple of years of touring.

We get deep into the tunnels as we discuss what one has to let go of in order to trust that the crops will grow in our creative fields. We talk about Lou’s inspiring journey and how she is always aiming to draw from the energy of a greater consciousness than that of the individual.

This is a truly inspiring chat with one of my favourite singers/songwriters/creatives on the planet.

From seed to tree, spreading communal roots. Tapping the Flow with Becci Wallace

Becci Wallace stands tall and mighty as a beacon of positivity in Glasgow’s thriving music scene. Her infectious energy and dedication to community healing through songwriting is a wonderful source of warmth to any who get to hear her speak passionately about her time as a music professional.

We speak about her own personal journey and how it has fuelled her reserves with massive potency for life long journey as a creative guide and practitioner. She drinks from the well of her own experiences and shares the spoils with those who step gingerly on the pathway to creative enlightenment.

Head on over to https://www.becciwallace.net and soak up the truthful reflection in her work.

Thank you to Becci for spending some time speaking with me.

Aiming high with the low notes. Tapping the Flow with Ben Ellis.

I sat down to chat with Scottish bassist Ben Ellis who holds the low end together for the likes of Iggy Pop, Marc Almond, Swervedriver, and many more. We had a fantastic chat about what it takes to get where you want to get to and how to navigate the ups and downs of the game.

Ben also went straight after the challenge of coming up with a song for the show and graces the tape with his vocals for the first time with his own material. Its a wonderful moment and really holds a candle to the canvas as some fresh paint falls to dry in a new form.

For anyone interested in the world of session playing whist also retaining a sense of your own style this is the chat for you. Ben is a total pro and a lovely fella to hang out with.

Chasing your fears in search of liberation. Tapping the Flow with Colm Forde

Colm Forde is a man who is unafraid to dive straight into uncomfortable waters because he knows that is where he will find growth and fulfill his true potential.

Founder and music programmer, along with his partner Vanessa Lobon, of the Doc’N Roll Film Festival, Colm has for the past 7 years been involved in building the festival from the ground up, to where it is now a firmly planted grass roots promoting film festival serving alternative content from around the world.

We discuss everything from how Colm’s is able to thrive under pressure to how he puts together the festival program. If you want to know what it takes to get a film in this festival this is the place to start.

Doc’N Roll Film Festival is a hub of amazing music documentaries screening all sorts of left field musical brilliance from Punk to Pop, Metal to Soul and even Library Music origins.

Head on over to the website and show some love to the under the radar indie music docs that Colm, Vanessa and the team work so hard to mine from the underground.

https://www.docnrollfestival.com/docn-roll-tv/

Producing music from the same side of the glass. Tapping the flow with David Booth

Suffolk based Producer/Songwriter/Mentor David Booth is a man who knows what it takes to avoid any routes to music creation that lead to sterility of performance.

Honing his mindset over years of being in bands, with labels and management, to becoming the go-to guy in Suffolk for authentic music production, David marks his place as a knowledgeable, open and affable human being who is keen to help others along the way.

We chat in depth about his story and how it ties into his approach to working on his own music and working with others. Suffolk has a fine crop of artists who rely upon him to guide them toward an end product that satisfies their own emotional connection to the origin of the idea.

You can find out more about David Booth at his website :

https://www.therecordingbooth.co.uk

Thanks very much for Tapping the Flow.

Flowtappers Zoom Hang Session 01

A Zoom hangout with Tim O’Shea, Catherine Rudie, Damien Flynn, Gabi Garbutt & Chris Brambley.

Knowing the seed before planting the soil. Tapping the Flow with Jeremy Tuplin.

UK-based Singer/Musician/Songwriter Jeremy Tuplin is a man with a lyrical potency that enables the most unusual forests to appear from the seeds he chooses for his artistic plantation.

I was so struck by how much attention he pays to the details and also hugely moved by the humour in his profound lyrics. They proudly stand tall alongside the artists that he often finds himself compared with such as Bill Callahan, Nick Cave & Leonard Cohen.

Jeremy’s music is far more than just those influences. It is a richly rewarding listen! I firmly advise you to dig deep into this man’s music. He has 3 full albums to date and a new one in the pipeline waiting to burst forth.

http://www.jeremytuplin.com/music.php

He is also the creator of some truly fine videos!

http://www.jeremytuplin.com/video.php

Get yer ears to the machine.

Stitching feathers of hope to a limping pigeon’s wing. Tapping the Flow with Gabi Garbutt

I sat down with the incredible London based Singer/Songwriter/Poet Gabi Garbutt – bird lover and leader of the group Gabi Garbutt and the Illuminations.

Gabi is a crafter of magnificently human songs that bring joy and abandon to the legs of those who have been seduced by their upbeat charms. Married to this amazing band sprit are her abilities as a wordsmith of unique angles and curves. Her lyrics finely woven like tapestries that have been worn and thumbed for years, yet still reveal new ways of being with each familiarisation of the self.

We spoke in depth about Gabi’s approach to songwriting and wordsmithery, as well as taking a look at her developing position as an important figure to keep an eye on in the music game. Gabi and The Illuminations have been on the road with The Libertines, they recorded their debit album ‘The Discredited Language of Angels‘ at Edwin Collins‘ studio in Scotland. They are due to go on the road with the Boomtown Rats later this year.

I strongly urge you to go now to Bandcamp and take a listen to Gabi’s music. It’ll bring a great chunk of joy and understanding to your day.

You can hear the album here : ‘The Discredited Language of Angels

Sharpening the sword once the iron has cooled. Tapping the Flow with David Ford

To be the master of the depths sometimes you have to await hindsight and experience in order to successfully navigate the waters where the jewels of your journey lie.

Singer/Songwriter David Ford is one such nautical genius. With a pen that is sharpened with wit and dripping with emotion he cuts a fine vein in his trajectory to mine only the best jewels from his core.

UK based David Ford made a name for himself as a true master of the loop pedal with such incredible performances as ‘State of the Union‘ – (give that a click if you don’t know it), but it his continued thirst for excellence through compelling lyrical and melodic marriage, combined with his incredible vocal dexterity that goes from a whisper to all our distorted maelstrom that truly sets him apart from the generic practitioners of this often maligned genre.

This conversation is a real gem of a chat. We spoke in depth about David’s own songwriting journey and his hard won processes. It is a true reveal of how much you need to do to get to a position where your songs are worthy monuments to your emotional battles..

I urge you to dive deep into this one and grab yourselves a cup of white tea. (always with the white tea!)

And check out David Ford on any of the streaming sites such as Spotify, Apple and the like… His music has worth, value, emotional content, and a fire and fury that makes for a wonderful trip.

http://davidfordmusic.com

Tethering ambition to a ship found at sea. Tapping the Flow with Catherine Rudie

What has the musical briefing for a Scottish Bagpipe player from the Chief of Clan MacDonald got to do with the amazing debut album by Scottish songstress Catherine Rudie?

Tune in to find out I’d say . . . .

Roots are best used to provide nourishment and stability for a tree, or in this case an unstoppable forest of musical exploration. We discuss these roots and also cast our eyes across Catherine Rudie‘s insanely explorative debut album ‘The Möbius Kiss‘. This is a record that I was delighted to be involved in the production of. It teases emotions you didn’t know existed for reasons you’d never even considered. All played out from late night skulking in a Paddington M&S creative department.

Dive deep friends and enjoy the flow for in here you’ll find reasons to adjust your usual musical compasses to find a new north.

And please as always take listen to the artist’s music as it is best placed to showcase their work.

https://www.catherinerudie.com

Crafting the art for the communion of song. Tapping the Flow with Brendan O’Shea.

Join me as I set sail upon an unchartered ocean with a Capitan whose harbour of origin is the same as mine. 

Killarney Singer/Songwriter Brendan O’Shea takes me on journey though his amazing story from the ragged coast of South West Ireland’s Co. Kerry to the humanimal soaked streets of New York. Here he set up the infamous Scratcher Sessions in the East Village, a place where songwriters can cut their teeth and hone their art under the watchful gaze of a truly appreciative crowd. 

Brendan’s own music is a hugely engaging and joyous listen, sung by a man with a heart made to be opened and stories made to be recounted. I urge you to take a trip to Brendan’s Website : https://brendanosheamusic.com – where ye can enjoy some of his works. Head on over to Spotify and give ‘Be Here Still‘ a listen. That’ll work its way right into the hearth of your everyday fire.

Being truthful to the muse who holds the cards. Tapping the Flow with Gabriel Moreno

I sat down with London based Gibraltan Singer/Songwriter, Poet, and Curator of London’s infamous Lantern Society Gabriel Moreno, to take a deep dive beneath the surface protrusions and get tangled in the intricacies of what it takes to be a true lifer in this game of art and song.

We had met once very briefly a while ago but our paths truly crossed in this episode when we embraced our mutual appreciation for song craft and individual expression. Gabriel is a veteran of the thriving scene of artistic nomads who gather at the Lantern Society to express their unique artistic voices. He has released several albums and is a lauded poet who has published many books in the past and present. 

A driving force of creative energy he curates, creates and embodies the spirit to artistry. I strongly recommend going to his website to check out his amazing work. It is stellar stuff! www.gabrielmoreno.co.uk 

The Lantern Society is also a very fine night of singer/songwriters and poets with many years of existence under its belt. When we get out of this lockdown that is where musical voices will be shining the brightest lights in London. https://www.facebook.com/LanternSocietyLondon/

Holding space with nature to reconnect with the source. Tapping the flow with Frances Shelley

I sat down to chat with Suffolk based Minimalist composer Frances Shelley to chat about her ability to hold space with nature and allow her hands to draw from her surroundings to create improvised music for those lucky enough to attend. Using a solar powered piano and setting it up among the reeds of Suffolk’s areas of outstanding natural beauty is just one of the amazing collaborations with nature that Frances has been involved with over the years. She uses Ableton live to draw subterranean counterpoints to her melodic beauty on her recent album ‘A Place Exists’ 

You can go for a hugely rewarding deep dive on her website : https://www.francesshelley.com

Traditions, Ambitions and Working with a Plan. Tapping the Flow with Tim O’Shea

I caught up with Traditional & Folk Singer/Guitarist/Arranger Tim O’Shea

Tim hails from the beautiful county of Kerry in the South-West of Ireland which is where I grew up. He is a fantastic player and singer who brings authentic emotive performance to his shows and his releases. He works his arse off the stay afloat in an ever-changing game and operates with a stellar professional attitude. We chat about his families roots in music, his work ethic, his touring life and discuss the roots of traditional music in Ireland. This is a highly engaging and revealing chat which has a lot to offer anyone considering this path in life.

You can hear more from Tim at www.timosheaandfriends.com.

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