12 Questions

12 Questions

Fraser T Smith is a producer for some of music’s biggest names including Adele, Stormzy, Dave and Kano. He recently released his debut album "12 Questions" under the alias of "Future Utopia" where he posed twelve universal, human and urgent questions, all born of Fraser’s own anxieties about the world today. As part of the podcast, Fraser is pairing some of the sharpest minds in popular culture to answer these questions in order to examine the breadth of their answers, and to help him, and others navigate living in the modern world. Listen to the 12 Questions album here (https://Platoon.lnk.to/12-questions)

Episodes

July 1, 2021 67 min
The 12th and final episode and what a finale this is. I am joined by the global ambassador for dance music; Pete Tong MBE, and the nicest man in show business; Dan Smith, lead singer of Bastille. Dan had already answered the question “What’s In A Name” on the 12 Questions album but in this episode he answers ‘Do We Really Care?’ by discussing public opinion, songwriting over zoom and whether the power of positivity can help save th...
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This week I speak to two artists who are set to become the future of modern music. Griff, fresh from her Brits performance and “Rising Star” award win, discusses whether she can really live up to the title of rising star, whether she’s found her truth in music, and her worries going into writing her next album. Maisie Peters, Ed Sheeran’s newest signing on his Gingerbread Man Records label, speaks about whether Ed is the most gener...
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June 17, 2021 63 min
Two multi-hyphenates Doc Brown and Jelani Blackman join me this week to answer the 12 Questions. Jelani had already answered Nature or Nurture with his track “Nature Or Nurture / Am I Built Like This” on the 12 Questions album but in this episode he muses over connection, finding his purpose and whether this year has seen us more divided than ever. Musician, comedian and author Doc Brown, AKA Ben Bailey Smith, obviously had to answ...
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June 10, 2021 50 min
Kojey Radical and Dermot Kennedy; I’ve had the pleasure of working with both artists separately in the studio and instantly saw similarities in the way they both work. We speak about legacy as an artist, Boris Johnsons hair, fear trumping faith, why Kojey doesn’t give a fuck, and somehow I think I’ve agreed to let them give me my first tattoo… 

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June 3, 2021 38 min
Joy Crookes and Avelino; two artists on the very cusp of superstardom who are soon to release their debut albums. This episode proves that these questions really are the gifts that keep on giving and can be interpreted and answered in so many different ways. Joy fires back one word answers and yet still manages to discuss the emotional experience she had when finishing her album, her family being left as a matriarchy after the Bang...
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May 27, 2021 66 min
Food and music…some might say what else do you need?! Two absolute legends in their respective fields join me this week for a chat about food, music, and everything in between. Jamie and Norman met each other during Jamie’s 'Naked Chef' days and they both share memories of Jamie teaching Norman to cook his first meal at 36, his early days as a drummer and how he reignited his passion for music during lockdown. Norman answer...
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May 20, 2021 62 min
Two lyrical titans, and collaborators on my record battle it out this week with Poet Laureate Simon Armitage making a compelling argument as to why the answer to every question should be 'one thousand pounds’. He also shares how poetry has afforded him freedom and just why Repair Shop is the new Top Boy. Kano talks about his career shift from music to acting and how he brought his life experience to the role of Sully. He explor...
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May 13, 2021 55 min
Ricky Wilson and Mysie… well you didn’t think I would let the series get too deep did you?! This episode is 90% dad jokes and the other 10% biscuit recommendations. I would apologise, but really it's great. Mysie is a wonderful artist, a soul queen who I am mentoring though the Ivor Novello scheme after she won their rising star award who has quickly become a close friend, and Ricky needs no introduction; the Kaiser Chiefs fron...
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May 6, 2021 61 min
This week I spoke to one of my oldest and dearest friends and best man at my wedding; Craig David. We spoke about creativity as an outlet to keep you sane, gigging together at Live 8, getting lifts to clubs in his mum's Fiat Uno and just why he is the most hydrated man in show business. Presenter and radio host Julie Adenuga joined us and totally blew me away with the strength of her answers. She shared her thoughts on how awar...
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April 29, 2021 66 min
Brian Eno and Es Devlin - the episode where I didn’t ask a single question and yet somehow…they answered all of them. What absolute magic this was to witness and I can only hope I get to do it again soon as I discovered they are in fact, the ultimate dinner party guests. Brian and Es took it away and riffed on climate change, choral singing, taking creative mistakes seriously, the life of whales and lab meat. Of course all peppered...
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April 22, 2021 55 min
George the Poet and Kae Tempest... what did I expect from two multi-disciplinary wordsmiths and podcast royalty? I could listen to these answers 100 times over and take away something new each time. We discussed George’s break from music and his reasons behind the move to present himself in the podcast format. Kae can’t help but rhyme when we muse over “what’s in a name” and look at the transitions they have evolved through when ad...
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What a line up to kick off the inaugural episode of 12 Questions! I spoke to podcast pro Peter Crouch about life after football, lockdown pursuits, and why the greatest love he has is for Abbey and his children. Abbey reveals a hatred of football, her Strictly fears and why she was the only person to bring peaches to a Chic concert, whilst Nile Rodgers also shares the secret to his everlasting energy, his concerns about the planet ...
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April 1, 2021 1 min
Fraser T Smith is producer for some of music’s biggest names including Adele, Stormzy, Dave and Kano. He recently released his debut album "12 Questions" under the alias of "Future Utopia" where he posed twelve universal, human and urgent questions, all born of Fraser’s own anxieties about the world today. As part of the podcast, Fraser is pairing some of the sharpest minds in popular culture to answer these questio...
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