Anyone Can Play Guitar

Anyone Can Play Guitar

Anyone Can Play Guitar podcast - the show which gives you, the listener, a series of hints and pointers on your journey as a musical artist, via some great interviews with a wide range of people from the world of music. Interviews cover established artists, publicists, radio DJ’s, academics, promoters, and many more as we delve behind the scenes of making music. Along with our own experiences, Ben and James shine some light on the many pitfalls and opportunities that being a musician has to offer. Each week we bring you a fresh episode and some great stories to enjoy.... Show More

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This week is the finale to season 1 of the ACPG podcast as Ben and James reflect on the journey so far, and give a little taster of what to expect from season 2. It’s been superb so far, meeting amazing people and seeing first-hand how much the music community are passionate about helping others. We’ve got great guests lined up for season 2, with a little break allowing us to make some improvements to the format and overall qualit... Read more

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This week we continue our journey through space and time for part 2 with Gus and Wilson of Winchop, the fantastic two piece from the USA. Here we move on to talk about the unusual way in which to were signed, how they make their long distance collaboration work, their fantastic whiskey covers and the importance of interacting with other artists. The good cause this week is supporting the music community. More info and show notes... Read more

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This week we have an ACPG first as we straddle three time zones to catch up with Gus and Wilson of Winchop, a fantastic two piece from the USA. We were keen to get these lads onto the show, as they do the majority of their band activity in different locations. In this part one we talk about how they got started in music, writing musicals, duo’s vs a full band and forging a partnership. The good cause this week is supporting the m... Read more

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This week James continues with digital marketing entrepreneur Stacey Kehoe of Brandlective where they move on to discuss marketing content; creating, scheduling, re-purposing, hashtaging and analytics. Getting the most out of social media is important for musicians, so it was really useful to get some insights from Stacey and delve into the specifics for some of the popular platforms. The good cause this week is the UN’s Sustainabl... Read more

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This week James is speaking to digital marketing entrepreneur Stacey Kehoe about marketing mistakes, having clear objectives and testing your market. Through her business Brandlective, Stacey is well versed in how to build up a strong brand and identity. Content is king, with many ways to dive in when promoting your music, some being better than others. The good cause this week is the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More inf... Read more

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This week Ben continues for part two with one of the top video music directors, David Wilson, where they move on to discuss Arcade Fire, his relationship with them, collaboration, age gaps, and shooting videos. David has transitioned from fan, to video producer, to collaborator with Arcade Fire. A band like that only invite you back if you offer something special. We delve into what that is. The good cause this week is the Terren... Read more

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This week Ben is in London speaking to music video director David Wilson about getting started in the industry, building a reputation, working with big bands and common challenges. Having shot videos for the likes of Artic Monkey’s and Arcade Fire, David’s reputation is ever growing turning him into a true globe trotter as he keeps up with the demand for his talent. The good cause for the two-part episode with David is the Terrenc... Read more

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This week Ben is on the Tour Bus of Everything Everything to catch up with Jon Higgs during the ‘Tomorrow Festival’ in Newcastle. Having had a series of top 10 albums in the UK, Jon brings some great experience to the show and there’s loads of topics crammed in this week including; moving cities, videos, identity, touring, and licencing music. The good cause this week is Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). More info and sh... Read more

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This week we catch up with Adam French during the ‘Hit the North’ festival for what proved to be a brilliant and wide-ranging discussion. On the menu was his transitioning from band to solo artist, scams (including bad experiences with early management), the early days of a deal, and playing the obvious gig destination of Botswana. The good cause this week is Surfers Against Sewage. More info and show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/... Read more

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This week we’re back stage at the O2 Academy in Newcastle speaking to Frank Turner as he starts touring to support the release of his latest album Be More Kind. The album has already shot into the top 3 of the UK album charts which comes as no surprise. Never short of an opinion or two (which we like), with Frank we discuss playing live, philosophy, and what success looks like for him. The good cause this week is Way Out Arts. M... Read more

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This week James is on Shed 7’s tour bus speaking to Rick Witter about Instant Pleasures, comebacks, record deals and social media. A band that need no introduction, Shed 7 lit up the charts in the 90’s and have re-ignited their careers with yet another top 10 success as they return with what Rick described almost like being ‘a debut album’. The good cause this week is St Leonards Hospice in York. Episode show notes available at ... Read more

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This week we continue with Frankie Francis of Frankie and the Heartstrings to talk publishing deals, opening a shop, and radio. Having secured a significant publishing deal, Frankie talks around how they used the money to sustain themselves before moving on to other parts of the music industry he is very close to. The good cause this week is Pop Recs, an important cultural hub in Sunderland. More info and show notes at www.acpgmusi... Read more

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This week Ben meets up with Frankie Francis of Frankie and the Heartstrings at the Amazing Radio offices in Gateshead. Frankie brings a great blend of experiences to the show given his successes as a musical artist, along with his involvement in some parts of the other side of the music industry. In this first of a two part episode we talk forming a band, investing in a band, and band identity. The good cause for these episodes is ... Read more

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This week Ben meets up with Duncan Lloyd of Maximo Park to talk song writing, writers block and writing songs for live audiences. Having had Paul Smith, the singer of Maximo on episode 001, it was great to get to speak with Duncan to get his perspective as the guitarist of the band on some similar (and some new) topics. The good cause this week is St Oswald’s hospice. More info and show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/episode027

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This week is our final instalment of the trilogy with guitarist and band leader Jamie McCredie. Here we move on mastering your equipment, band leaders, and playing the west end. The level of dedication Jamie gives to mastering his equipment makes it clear as to why he gets opportunities such as playing the Book of Mormon on the West End. And what is a band leader? We find out. The good cause is the British Association for Preformin... Read more

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This week we continue to the middle slice of the trilogy with Jamie McCredie by moving on to discuss how to replicate things you hear on a guitar, moving to a big city and being professional. Jamie has made a few key decisions during his career. Moving to London was one of them, however that was just the start. How he conducts himself whilst there is equally important. The good cause for this trilogy is British Association for Pref... Read more

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This week we start a one off three part special with band leader and session musician Jamie McCredie. We kick this off by discussing how he learnt the guitar; covering self-study vs formal education. Jamie’s passion is clear, whether obsessing over learning a song, moving cities to chase his dream, or simply how long he can enthusiastically talk about music. The good cause for this trilogy is British Association for Preforming Arts... Read more

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This week we’re at The Cumberland Arms in Newcastle with singer songwriter Willy Mason. Here we discussed intimate venues, song writing, recording, and building relationships. Willy was first championed by Zane Lowe in the early noughties, and it was via the radio he became huge in the UK before being widely known in his home country the US. The good cause is this week is Age UK. Info and show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/episode023

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This week we stay at the Cluny in Newcastle speaking to the man with boundless energy, Paul Langley. In a shift of direction we move onto Paul’s other passion, photography. Here we cover the importance of a good photo, why to use a professional and what musicians should consider. Growing up in Manchester during the days of the Hacienda, Paul has been amerced in the music scene for decades. That has led him to photograph some big n... Read more

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This week we’re at the Cluny in Newcastle with the bolt of energy that is Paul Langley. With Paul we’re talking about tour management; the importance of the role, what it involves, and who can do it. We first met Paul in this capacity, managing Mark Radcliffe’s tour, and it was clear then that he’d make a great guest…which he did. As a man with a great deal of experience, he provides some top insight into this part of the music ind... Read more

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