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Author: James Redhead and Ben Steel

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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.
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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 quality of the show. More info and show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/episode040
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 at www.acpgmusic.com/episode039
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 music community. More info and show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/episode038
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 Sustainable Development Goals. More info and show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/episode037
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 info and show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/episode036
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 Terrence Higgins Trust. More info and show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/episode035
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 Terrence Higgins trust. More info and show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/episode034
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 show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/episode033
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/episode032
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. More info and show notes at www.acpgmusic.com/episode031
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