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Author: Sophie Chapman

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How do musicians become musicians? In this podcast series, I seek to answer that question by talking to musicians and hearing their stories. What made them pick up their first instrument? What was their first performance? How do they write a song? This is a podcast for music makers and fans alike, giving insight into how artists are made and how they work.
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Evan Buckley, your favourite lead singer of The Burley Griffin came by to talk about how he wrote Being Alive.Find his music here.
One poet! (Asha Naznin)One musician! (Alice Cottee)Three songwriters!It's One Song Three Songs!It's the third one!It's One Song Three Songs Three!Emma Hoy and Caroline Wallace - PlayJames Fahy - The HousematePleased to Jive You - PlayIf you are a poet or songwriter and you'd like to be involved, email me at howmusicianswork@gmail.com
Lucy Sugerman

Lucy Sugerman

2020-09-1935:09

Singer-songwriter Lucy Sugerman joined me to share her unique experience of the music industry and her approach to music.
One poet! (Jacqui Malins)One musician! (Jenna Hinton)Three songwriters!It's One Song Three Songs!It's the second one!It's One Song Three Songs Two!Alison Procter - The BorderJedda Do - DirectionLuke McGrath - Border SongIf you are a poet or songwriter and you'd like to be involved, email me at howmusicianswork@gmail.com
Lina Andonovska

Lina Andonovska

2020-07-1001:08:53

A gorgeous chat with the brilliant Lina Andonovska. We track her career from its precocious beginnings in Fremantle to her current home in Frankfurt, via London, Canberra, Melbourne, Edinburgh, Dublin, Timor-Leste and more. Lina is one of Australia's finest contemporary musicians and comes with the added bonus of a heart of gold.Find out more about Lina here and listen to her album here.Lina's recommendations are anything by Claire Chase and Mark Stewart.
Nick Delatovic came by to talk through his song writing process on this third installment of How I Wrote This Song. As part of answering the questions of How Musicians Work, I'm asking How Do Musicians Write Songs? I take musicians through their song writing process while they have their instrument in their hand. We often treat art as a mysterious talent that only few possess, but with this segment, I'm hoping to learn how it really works.
Evan Buckley

Evan Buckley

2020-02-2846:54

A chat with singer-songwriter Evan Buckley about how music was a friend during an isolated childhood and a way to connect with others when he got the chance. We cover songwriting, Canbeurovision plans and how it feels to finish an album.Check out The Burley Griffin here.Evan's music recommendations are Bill Callahan, Devon Sproule and, for the smoochy times, Beach House.
It's a new thing!One poet! (Zoe Anderson)One musician! (Nick Delatovic)Three songwriters!It's One Song Three Songs!It's the first one!It's One Song Three Songs One!Lisa Maps - Beyond the WallBec Taylor - I Remember What This River WasEmma Kelly AKA Happy Axe - The One That RemembersIf you are a poet or songwriter and you'd like to be involved, email me at howmusicianswork@gmail.com
Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett

2020-01-3101:13:33

Guitarist, sound recordist and academic Sam Bennett joined me for a great chat about learning music her way, building a career when the odds were stacked against her, how her relationship with performing has changed and more. Sam's music recommendation is Mojo Juju.
 Another installment of a segment I have called How I Wrote This Song. As part of answering the questions of How Musicians Work, I'm asking How Do Musicians Write Songs? I take musicians through their song writing process while they have their instrument in their hand. We often treat art as a mysterious talent that only few possess, but with this segment, I'm hoping to learn how it really works.Bec Taylor came round to play her song Friend of Mine and talk through her songwriting process. Bec plays drums, keys, guitar and mandolin and you will know her from bands like Fun Machine, Glitoris and Hashemoto.We talked about Bec's songwriting routine, how the song writing process starts with inspiration and finishes with hard work and how driving can help her think. 
Hope Wilkins

Hope Wilkins

2019-12-1448:09

My chat with local singer songwriter Hope Wilkins. Having only ever seen her perform, I was stoked to find that she is also very cool and funny. We talked about early onset midlife crises, how hangovers can help your songwriting and why coffee might not be the best idea before a gig.Hope's music recommendation is chapter 2 by girl in red.
Sebastian Field

Sebastian Field

2019-11-1031:40

I had a chat with Sebastian Field. He was a part of Cracked Actor and Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens. These days you can see him play solo or with Burrows. We talked about starting bands in sheds, the process of songwriting as a way of processing emotions and the reason that we want to share our art.Seb's music recommendation is Cocoon by Björk.
Beimar Andy Jauregui

Beimar Andy Jauregui

2019-10-2640:30

I have a chat with Andy Jauregui, lead singer of Los Chavos. He told me about performing with his cousin at 9 years old, how he writes songs before bringing them to the band and that I've had the wrong idea about what los chavos means for the last 12 years. Andy's music recommendation is Dread Mar-I
Introducing a new segment for the podcast: How I Wrote This SongAs part of asking the question of How Musicians Work, in this episode, I'm asking How Do Musicians Write Songs?Beth Monzo sat down with me to talk through her songwriting process and how she wrote her song Mean. Find more of Beth Monzo's music here:Dub Dub GooseBeth N BenBetty AltoCanbeurovision
Beth Monzo

Beth Monzo

2019-09-2825:50

My guest this week is singer songwriter Beth Monzo. We talked about figuring out that music can be a career, the right number of beers to have before a gig and women in music. Beth's music recommendation is Somebody to Anybody by Margaret Glaspy.
Xina Hawkins

Xina Hawkins

2019-09-1453:48

Xina Hawkins is a violist who grew up in Australia and currently lives in Berlin. We spoke about the importance of focus, performance anxiety and making a living as a classical musician.Xina has a few music recommendations. The first is this amazing performance by Kayhan Kalhor and Toumani Diabaté at the Morgenland Festival in 2017. Next is the track Molasses by Hiatus Kaiyote, and her third recommendation is an album called Beethoven: Violin and Piano Sonatas, performed by Andreas Staier and Daniel Sepec.
Callum Henshaw

Callum Henshaw

2019-09-0135:56

Classical guitarist Callum Henshaw talked to me about when he realised he could make a go of a professional career, his performance prep hacks and how classical guitar has evolved.Cal's music recommendation is this cover of the Flume remix of You & Me by Disclosure by MEUTE.
Pleased to Jive You

Pleased to Jive You

2019-08-1740:10

Declan Shrubb and Morgan Quinn from the band Pleased To Jive You join me to talk about being super cool rock stars in high school, standing out in a crowd of metal bands and the release of their new album, Whitman's Peak.Morgan's music recommendation is What A Fool Believes by The Doobie Brothers. Declan recommends Lusitania by Endrey and Young Monks.
I had the pleasure of chatting to Kevin Mitchell, who is the lead singer of Jebediah and performs solo under the name Bob Evans. We talked about how the making music has changed (or hasn't) over his career, performance anxiety and our reasons for making art.Kevin's music recommendation is Western Stars, Bruce Springsteen's latest album. He reckons you should start with the video for the title track.Other artists we talked about on the podcast:BjörkThe Stone Roses
Groovy Daughter

Groovy Daughter

2019-08-0344:44

I chat with Nicole AKA Groovy Daughter about her background in musical theatre, how her latest track, Reboot, came together and her thing for soundtrack composers.Nicole's music recommendations are the Stranger Things Vol.1 Soundtrack, the Planet Earth II Soundtrack and anything by St. Beauty.Other artists we talked about on the podcast:Sharon TreeHands Like HousesEloria.James McGregorKojo AnsahShannen EganAriana GrandeAmy WinehouseH.E.R.Hans ZimmerKyle Dixon and Michael SteinGood LekkerLes MisérablesLittle Shop of HorrorsKinky BootsModern Baseball
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