Attention Engineer

Attention Engineer

Penfriend
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.
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.
Oct 10, 2020 5 min

Bonus Musical Mini Episode - The Only Way Out Is Through

Meet "The Only Way Out Is Through", the second single from my solo project Penfriend. Get this song for free along with debut Penfriend single "Everything Looks Normal In The Sunshine" when you visit http://penfriend.rocks - thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 07, 2020 1 hr 7 min

Ep17: Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) on finding your own power

Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) on finding your own power, the importance of art in making sense of a world crisis or three and why you should always watch your support bands. Visit http://penfriend.rocks/corin for the fancy show notes with links to Corin's music, and you can grab two free Penfriend songs while you're there. Thanks for listening! xo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 02, 2020 53 min

Ep16: Nova Twins on creativity, craft and commitment

Visit the deluxe show notes at http://penfriend.rocks/novatwins for links to Nova Twins' music and everything we discussed in this episode. - Get two free Penfriend tracks immediately when you sign up at http://penfriend.rocks - Nova Twins are bassist Georgia South and guitarist and vocalist Amy Love. Fast becoming trailblazers in their own right, Nova Twins use their platform to champion inclusivity and diversity with a high-octane, genre-warping approach; one that is present in every song they write and every performance they deliver. Turning heads in all of their endeavours, the duo creates a remarkable depth of sound via a myriad of bass and guitar pedals - a secret recipe they have tweaked and refined over the years, whilst dogmatically avoiding any synthesizers in the process. Innovative in not only their musical output but in every element of what they do as artists, from designing and making their own outfits for all photoshoots and stage-wear, to the art direction of their music videos. The band are above all, strong, independent and inspiring women of colour. Their modus operandi is to take socio-political experiences from their day-to-day and turn it into something their fans can get lost in. - This podcast is supported by Arts Council England and The National Lottery and powered by my Correspondent’s Club. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 26, 2020 1 hr 15 min

Ep15: Estella Adeyeri (Big Joanie / Charmpit) on challenging assumptions and giving back to a supportive music scene

Read the deluxe show notes at http://penfriend.rocks/estella for links to everything we discussed in this episode. - Get two free Penfriend tracks immediately when you sign up at http://penfriend.rocks - Estella Adeyeri is a performing musician and multi-instrumentalist. She plays bass guitar in Black feminist punk band Big Joanie, and lead guitar in anarcho-pop punk outfit Charmpit. Estella has toured extensively and has shared stages with artists such as Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill and Gossip. Estella is a member of the organising team behind Decolonise Fest, an annual London-based music festival run by punks of colour for punks of colour. She is also a board member of the Good Night Out Campaign, which seeks to create safer nightlife spaces. She has volunteered with Girls Rock London since 2017 as a band coach, instrument tutor, and year-round organiser. - This podcast is supported by Arts Council England and The National Lottery and powered by my Correspondent’s Club. Grab two months of free Skillshare classes on me - visit http://penfriend.rocks/skillshare for more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 19, 2020 1 hr 16 min

Ep14: Sadie Dupuis (Sad13 / Speedy Ortiz) on going into a rabbithole

Read the deluxe show notes at http://penfriend.rocks/sadie to listen to Sadie's brilliant music and get links to everything else we discussed in this episode. - Get two free Penfriend tracks immediately when you sign up at http://penfriend.rocks - For nearly a decade, poet and multi-instrumentalist producer Sadie Dupuis has been celebrated for her literary lyrics, accomplished guitar playing, and embodied ethos of empowerment, whether with rock band Speedy Ortiz or the pop-oriented solo project Sad13, which debuted in 2016 with Lizzo co-feature “Basement Queens.” Self-produced debut album “Slugger” was released that same year, and followup “Haunted Painting” will be released on 25th September 2020. - This podcast is supported by Arts Council England and The National Lottery and powered by my Correspondent’s Club. Grab two months of free Skillshare classes on me - visit http://penfriend.rocks/skillshare for more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 12, 2020 1 hr 21 min

Ep13: J. Willgoose, Esq. (Public Service Broadcasting) on what to do when your band has already headlined Brixton Academy

Read the deluxe show notes at http://penfriend.rocks/psb to listen to Public Service Broadcasting's brilliant music and get links to everything else we discussed in this episode. - Get two free Penfriend tracks immediately when you sign up at http://penfriend.rocks - Public Service Broadcasting is the corduroy-clad brainchild of London-based J. Willgoose, Esq. who, along with drumming companion Wrigglesworth and multi instrumentalist JFAbraham, is on a quest to inform, educate and entertain audiences around the globe. PSB’s uniquely spell-binding live AV transmissions see them weave samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics as they teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future – beaming our past back at us through vintage tv sets and state of the art modern video projection devices. - This podcast is supported by Arts Council England and The National Lottery and powered by my Correspondent’s Club. Grab two months of free Skillshare classes on me - visit http://penfriend.rocks/skillshare for more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 05, 2020 1 hr 16 min

Ep12: Bright Light Bright Light on surviving as an independent artist in a genre full of gatekeepers

Thanks for listening! Visit the deluxe show notes with links to Rod's music and his artist recommendations at http://penfriend.rocks/brightlightbrightlight and get two free Penfriend tracks when you sign up. - Bright Light Bright Light is the moniker of Welsh-born, NYC living Rod Thomas, a singer, songwriter, producer, DJ and fully independent artist. A pop culture geek, his songs are inspired by 80's/90's cinema (hence the name), video games, TV moments and dance sequences. He's worked with Sir Elton John, Scissor Sisters, Alan Cumming and Erasure, and toured with Cher. His forthcoming album "Fun City" is a love letter to the LGBTQ+ community and features a long list of incredible LGBTQ+ collaborators including Andy Bell, Jake Shears, Justin Vivian Bond and Madonna's iconic backing singers Niki Haris and Donna De Lory. - This podcast is supported by Arts Council England and The National Lottery and powered by my Correspondent’s Club http://penfriend.rocks. Grab two months of free Skillshare classes on me - visit http://penfriend.rocks/skillshare for more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 29, 2020 1 hr 4 min

Ep11: Skating Polly on the importance of dedication

Visit the deluxe show notes page at http://penfriend.rocks/skatingpolly and claim your two free Penfriend songs at http://penfriend.rocks - Skating Polly is an American rock band formed in Oklahoma City, playing their own inimitable brand of “ugly pop”. Founded by multi-instrumentalist step-siblings Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse in 2009, the band later gained a third member, Kurtis, their brother, who plays drums. A spectacular live force, Skating Polly have released five endlessly creative albums to date, collaborated with rock royalty and toured the world, leaving a trail of sweaty, openmouthed onlookers in their wake. - This podcast is supported by Arts Council England and The National Lottery and powered by my Correspondent’s Club. - Thanks for listening! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.