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Attention Engineer

Penfriend
Ep27: Robin Ince on forging a career with "a dirty bomb of failed creativity"
Dec 16, 2020 1 hr 34 min

Ep27: Robin Ince on forging a career with "a dirty bomb of failed creativity"

Visit penfriend.rocks/robin for links to Robin's work, and get two free Penfriend songs when you sign up to my mailing list. . All music in this series is by yours truly, and the song at the end of this episode is my collaboration with Rat from Ned's Atomic Dustbin. Get "Let It Snow" as a pay what you want/can download and pre-order the limited edition pink 7" vinyl / CD at http://penfriend.rocks/let-it-snow . Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep26: Rat (Ned’s Atomic Dustbin) on how Miles Hunt and the YouTube sidebar led to a musical collaboration with…me!
Dec 09, 2020 1 hr 32 min

Ep26: Rat (Ned’s Atomic Dustbin) on how Miles Hunt and the YouTube sidebar led to a musical collaboration with…me!

Visit penfriend.rocks/rat for links to get hold of our new song PLUS tickets for Ned's Atomic Dustbin live in London and Stourbridge in 2021, and get two free Penfriend songs when you sign up to my mailing list. . Ned’s Atomic Dustbin are an English rock band formed in Stourbridge, West Midlands, in November 1987. Formed at sixth-form college, the band recorded their first album while some of the members were still teenagers. . From these humble beginnings, the band went on to sign to Sony Music, and their debut album “Godfodder” shot to number 4 in the UK albums chart in 1991. They released three albums and travelled the world, plus played Top Of The Pops twice before disbanding in 1995. In 2008, Ned’s reformed for a show at The Astoria, and since then have been playing regular reunion shows with The Wonder Stuff and Pop Will Eat Itself. . In 2019 they released 14-track album “Ned’s Acoustic Dustbin”, and in 2021 they will be performing in London and Stourbridge to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “The Ingredients” EP. . Thanks for listening! xo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep25: Thea Gilmore on ignoring normal to build an 18 album career
Dec 02, 2020 1 hr 8 min

Ep25: Thea Gilmore on ignoring normal to build an 18 album career

An artist of enduring international acclaim and a justly revered lyricist, Thea Gilmore’s musical settings have taken many ingenious detours in the 22 years since the release of her debut album, Burning Dorothy. Uncategorisable, whip smart and unafraid to speak her mind, her Twitter bio reads “Singer. Songwriter. Tall bird. Corruptor of words”. . Visit penfriend.rocks/thea for the posh show notes with links to explore her work, and get two free Penfriend songs when you sign up to my mailing list. Thanks for listening! xo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep24: Alicia Gaines (Ganser) on making music to entertain yourself
Nov 25, 2020 1 hr 39 min

Ep24: Alicia Gaines (Ganser) on making music to entertain yourself

Growth with no reward. Finding strength in your less desirable traits. Coming up with the perfect comeback hours later in bed, glaring at the ceiling. Asking yourself: am I improving, or am I just changing into something unrecognizable? Chicago quartet Ganser probe the futility of striving for self-growth during the chaos of our times for dark comedy and jagged sounds on their potent new album Just Look at That Sky, released July 31st on Felte. . Welcome to my conversation with bassist, vocalist and award-winning art director Alicia Gaines. Visit penfriend.rocks/alicia for the posh show notes with links to explore her work, and visit speakpipe.com/penfriend to contribute to a future episode. . Get two free Penfriend songs when you sign up to my mailing list. Thanks for listening! xo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep23: Catherine Anne Davies (The Anchoress) on aiming for 40% happiness
Nov 18, 2020 1 hr 31 min

Ep23: Catherine Anne Davies (The Anchoress) on aiming for 40% happiness

Propelled by the Manic Street Preachers’ lyric “libraries gave us power”, The Anchoress(aka Welsh producer and multi-instrumentalist, Catherine Anne Davies) is a voracious devourer of words and music. From her early roots as a classically-trained flautist, to her current obsession with vintage synthesizers, Davies has spent much of the last four years developing her writing and engineering skills to become one of the most interesting up-and-coming songwriters and producers in the UK and has collaborated with a variety of artists including the London Philharmonic, Nitin Sawhney, Ed Harcourt, Bernard Butler, Liam Howe and Paul Statham. . Visit penfriend.rocks/catherine for the posh show notes with links to explore Catherine's work, and visit speakpipe.com/penfriend to contribute to a future episode. . Get two free Penfriend songs when you sign up to my mailing list. Thanks for listening! xo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep22: Bernard Butler on sticking to his guns, staying creative and always moving forward
Nov 11, 2020 1 hr 18 min

Ep22: Bernard Butler on sticking to his guns, staying creative and always moving forward

Bernard Butler is an English musician, songwriter and record producer, noted as one of Britain’s most original and influential guitarists. Beginning his long and varied music career as a founding member of Suede, Butler is well known for wildly successful collaborations with David McAlmont, Duffy and supergroup The Tears (with former Suede bandmate Brett Anderson). . Visit penfriend.rocks/bernard for the posh show notes with links to explore Bernard's work, and visit speakpipe.com/penfriend to contribute to a future episode. . Get two free Penfriend songs immediately when you sign up to my mailing list. Thanks for listening! xo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep21: Andrew Hung (Fuck Buttons) on losing confidence and the lifechanging power of finding your singing voice
Nov 04, 2020 1 hr 37 min

Ep21: Andrew Hung (Fuck Buttons) on losing confidence and the lifechanging power of finding your singing voice

Andrew Hung is a musician based in London, England. First coming into prominence as a founder of Fuck Buttons, the ecstatic noise group who garnered a rabid cult following, Hung continues to work both on his solo music, as a film composer and as a collaborator (with artists including Beth Orton). Visit penfriend.rocks/andrew for the posh show notes with links to explore Andrew's work, and visit speakpipe.com/penfriend to contribute to a future episode. Get two free Penfriend songs when you sign up to my mailing list. Thanks for listening! xo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep20: Jim Bob (Carter U.S.M.) on not knowing how things should work – and doing them anyway
Oct 28, 2020 1 hr 25 min

Ep20: Jim Bob (Carter U.S.M.) on not knowing how things should work – and doing them anyway

As singer with Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, Jim Bob had 14 top 40 singles, 4 top ten albums (including a number one), sold over a million records, toured the world and headlined Glastonbury. Outside of Carter Jim Bob has had a long and varied career as a solo artist and writer. He has released 11 solo albums, two autobiographies and six novels. Visit penfriend.rocks/jimbob for the posh show notes with links to explore Jim Bob's brilliant work, and visit speakpipe.com/penfriend to contribute to a future episode. Get two free Penfriend songs when you sign up to my mailing list. Thanks for listening! xo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep19: Lemn Sissay MBE on the importance of kindness in a longlasting career
Oct 21, 2020 52 min

Ep19: Lemn Sissay MBE on the importance of kindness in a longlasting career

Lemn Sissay MBE on the importance of kindness in a long-lasting career, how poetry really is for everyone and staying away from unproductive negativity - how to take better care of ourselves. Visit penfriend.rocks/lemn for the posh show notes with links to explore his brilliant work. Get two free Penfriend songs when you sign up to my mailing list. Thanks for listening! xo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ep18: Miles Hunt (The Wonder Stuff) on how Covid-19 stopped him from quitting the music business
Oct 14, 2020 1 hr 21 min

Ep18: Miles Hunt (The Wonder Stuff) on how Covid-19 stopped him from quitting the music business

Miles Hunt (The Wonder Stuff) on how Covid-19 dashed his hopes of leaving the music business and becoming a truck driver (and why he wanted to quit in the first place), how writing your autobiography can help mend relationships that went bad and why we should probably just turn the internet off. Visit penfriend.rocks/miles for the posh show notes, links to all the music mentioned and a way to grab two free Penfriend songs. Thanks for listening! xo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.