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In this 'Part 2' of our special two-part episode James and Stefan have curated the best bits from all 49 podcasts for your listening pleasure. Thank you for listening.Also a BIG thank you to all our guests for spending some time with us and sharing their stories:- Simon Johnson- Clovis Phillips- Joel Pike- Carter Arrington- Nicholas J Lockewood- Marianne Windham- Roger McCormick- Francis Hylton- Andrew Kingslow- Louise Clare Marshall- Mark Wilkenson- Jen Clempner- Gemma Stoddard- Mike Dolbear- Nicolas Meier- Paul Sexton- Gemma Dorsett- Jihad Darwish- Nigel Price - Michael Bendure- Eddy Smith- Joanna Cooke - Mike Mayfield- Mark EdeSeason 2 will follow shortly.Visit  us and watch our videoshttps://masterlinksessions.com/Buy as a cup of coffeehttps://www.buymeacoffee.com/masterlinkBecome a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/themasterlinksessionsSupport the show
In this 'Part 1' of our special two-part episode James and Stefan have curated the best bits from all 49 podcasts for your listening pleasure. Thank you for listening.Also a BIG thank you to all our guests for spending some time with us and sharing their stories:- Mark Ede- Connor Selby- Sophie Ackroyd- Ben Edwards- Tony Remy- Laura Evans- Elles Bailey- Karl Vanden Bossche- Georgia van Etten- Hollie Rogers- Jade Like The Stone- Ben Hemming- Leo Appleyard- Scott McKeon- Vin Goodwin- Rob Blackham- Robin Davey and Greta Valenti- Jana Varga- Fred Mollin- Fiona Cruickshank- Mike Sturgis- Peter Mills- Elliot Ireland- Kat EatonSeason 2 will follow shortly.Visit  us and watch our videoshttps://masterlinksessions.com/Buy as a cup of coffeehttps://www.buymeacoffee.com/masterlinkBecome a Patreonhttps://www.patreon.com/themasterlinksessionsSupport the show
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk - for the second time - to Mark Ede.Mark is the  successful manager of international touring artist Jo Harman, partner in consultancy firm BiGiAM, proud champion of the ‘über-indie’ artist and lover of cricket.*we thought this was our 50th episode, turns out it was our 49th!Support the show
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk to musician and music creator Mike Mayfield.Stef, James and Mike talk about the important things in life like how bad are hotel scrambled eggs? And thankfully we quickly move on to Mike's astonishing career being guitarist alongside Emeli Sandé, Leona Lewis, Becky Hill, Engelbert Humperdinck, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Eliza Doolittle, Labrinth, Ellie Golding, Rita Ora and Jessie to name but a few.Mike is super humble and we hope it comes across what a genuinely nice person he is and awesome musician.Visit the Masterlink Sessions.Support us on Patreon.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themasterlinksessions)
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk to music artist Joanna Cooke.Jo talks passionately about the importance of "saying it how it is" - something very prevelent in her upcoming release 'Kaleidoscope'.Jo talks frankly about her journey in the music industry from creating a dance vocal pack, doing pub gigs, recording with renowned producer Mark Edwards and now venturing out with her own material.She details her struggles with mental health and also gives Stef and James some well needed therapy!Motown legend Martha Reeves summed it up perfectly, describing Joanna Cooke as “the baby girl singing the blues". Joanna, much like her South West blonde counterparts, Joss Stone and Jo Harman, demonstrates that true soul and emotional connection is not simply constrained by colour or creed. Moreover, her self-penned songs leave a lasting impression on audiences, by dint of their raw honesty and song craft. Visit the Masterlink Sessions.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themasterlinksessions) Support the show
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk to vocalist and song-writer Eddy Smith.Visit the Masterlink Sessions.Feel free to support us on Patreon if you like our podcast.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themasterlinksessions)
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk to podcaster, DJ and lover of the funk Michael Bendure.Michael is an award-winning writer, photographer, and singer/songwriter who performs regularly throughout the Norman, Oklahoma, area in bands Heartbreak Rodeo and The Whiskey Gingers. He is also an avid abstract painter who specializes in acrylics. In September, 2021, Michael transitioned to full-time creativity in order to focus on his radio show, podcast, and art.Stef and James talk to Michael about his love of creativity, quitting a full time job in PR to pursue his love of music and bringing funk to a wider audience and the pitfalls that come with that.Listen to Michael's podcast '40 Minutes Of Funk'.Michael's Social Media:Tonic: The Funky Groove Show: @funkygrooveshow40 Minutes of Funk: @40minutesoffunkVisit the  Masterlink Sessions.Support us on Patreon.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themasterlinksessions)
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk to guitarist and band leader Nigel Price.Over a career spanning more than 25 years, award winning jazz guitarist Nigel Price has become widely acknowledged as one of the hardest working musicians in the business.Musically, his blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues sensibility and his mastery of chording continue to delight audiences and fellow musicians alike. His career highlights include a support show for Gladys Knight at The Royal Albert Hall and an appearance on Van Morrison’s recent album Keep Me Singing.Nigel takes us on a funny, interesting and moving path through his career and not just his music career! Nigel started off in the British Infantry then found his way eventually to playing jazz guitar, producing a plethora of work and now Nigel has ventured into the online world with his Patreon platform where he passes on his knowlegde.Visit the Masterlink Sessions.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themasterlinksessions)
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk to multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Jihad Darwish.Jihad talks us through his incredible career to date including his recent post on bass guitar playing Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On?' tour with 23-piece orchestra. We talk a lot about gear, being in the studio and the inspiration of analogue recoridng (get your notepads ready).We hear about his education, picking up various instruments along the way, his work for charities including being involved in 'Finding Rhythms' who create workshops working in Prisons and Young Offender Institutes making albums with the inmates.Jihad released his debut album 'Reclamation' in 2018 under the name 'Darwish' to critical acclaim, Jamie Cullum selected Jihad to be a featured artist on his Radio 2 show.Having studied the Sitar and Indian Classical music for some time his current project is a series of songs written around traditional Indian ragas due for release in 2022.Jihad is currently releasing his work under his middle names 'Imroel-Quays'.Visit the Masterlink Sessions.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themasterlinksessions) Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themasterlinksessions)
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk to music journalist and broadcaster Gemma Dorsett.Gemma is a Country/Blues/Rock singer who has spent the past 15 years developing her voice finding influence in gut-punching artists such as Melissa Etheridge and Joe Cocker.Gemma talks about her journey from a young age in the choir, through playing with her Dad and all the way to working in Nashville. Gemma candidly shares with us her own demons around confidence, song writing and how she deals with them on a day-to-day basis.Gemma currently fronts her own blues/rock band and has been writing new material ready to come out of lockdown.​​Visit the Masterlink Sessions.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themasterlinksessions) Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themasterlinksessions)
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk to guitar visionary Nicolas Meier.Nicolas is a guitar virtuoso, concertist and artist spanning many genres of music. In our podcast he describes his passion for learning and and improving on his instrument, his love of playing live or, in his words, being a 'concertist'.Drawing from a love of Turkish, Eastern & Middle Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango and more -- all mixed with jazz -- Meier's versatility and musical fluency extends well beyond that to create his own very unique voice.So unique in fact that Jeff Beck made Meier a mainstay of his band for two world tours!Listen and discover more about Nicolas and his pioneering use of the internet to create a community of musicians during the pandemic and what's in store next.Visit the Masterlink Sessions.Feel free to support us on Patreon if you like our podcast.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themasterlinksessions)
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk to music journalist and broadcaster Paul Sexton.Paul contributes to The Sunday Times, Billboard, Music Week and many other titles, and presents and produces shows for BBC Radio 2, Virgin Atlantic and Emirates. Paul walks us through his vivid and varied career starting out at 17 writing for the British Pop magazine Record Mirror, subsequently making his way up to write extensively for all of the quality UK daily press.We talk extensively about his fascintating book - Prince: A Portrait of the Artist in Memories & Memorabilia. How he met some of Prince's closest friends, bandmates and engineers to garner a fresh perspective on the music icon.Visit The Sound LoungeVisit the Masterlink Sessions.Feel free to support us on Patreon if you like our podcast.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themasterlinksessions)
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk to drumming legend Mike Dolbear.Mike is first and foremost a drummer but also educator, co-ordinator and all-round industrious being. As you can hear Mike hijacks our intro (brilliantly) and kicks off explaining how Covid-19 has been affecting him and his fellow musicians. We then take a trip down memory lane as Stef and Mike recall their time at the 'Talk of London'.He tells us candidly how he works with drummers in the studio, coaching them and being their guide.Mike goes on to tell us how he was given the task of instructing 1,000 drummers for the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony and many large drum ensemble gigs since.Mike apologises on behalf of his Internet Service Provider for his poor internet connection :-)Visit the Masterlink Sessions.Feel free to support us on Patreon if you like our podcast.Support the show
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk to Gemma Stoddard.Gemma is a Teacher, Singer, DJ, Dancer and all-round Hype Machine. She talks us through her career so far in the music industry ranging from  singer in two funk bands and travelling across Europe, teaching music in secondary schools, starting a dance school, choreographer and performing on BBC's Strictly Dance Fever - so not a lot really.Listen as Gemma tells us many funny stories about all the above. performing in front of the armed forces, juggling more than three jobs and generally attacking them all with fun and enthusiasm.Visit the Masterlink Sessions.Feel free to support us on Patreon if you like our podcast.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themasterlinksessions)
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk to  Jenn Clempner.Jenn is a Singer-Pianist, Music Director for theatre and choirs, an Independent Vocal Coach, Multi-instrumentalist, Mental Health advocate & Lecturer in Music.She talks frankly and openly about her struggles with mental illness throughout her career and her passion and drive to create change and highlight these issues in today's education system.Her journey through the music industry is wide and varied starting as a session musician for indie-pop outfit The Hoosiers (Sony BMG), with whom she toured the UK and Europe. She then became a freelance session musician in London (vocals, keyboards, piano, flute and percussion) and combined this with managing independent record label, Beatroute Records in 2008.She joined the Royal Northern College of Music in 2016, introducing Stagecraft and Communication for Singers to the Pop programme and has recently been appointed External Examiner for ICMP London. Visit the Masterlink Sessions.Feel free to support us on Patreon if you like our podcast.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themasterlinksessions)
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk to illustrator Mark Wilkinson.Mark is an English artist, illustrator and airbrush wizard. His combination of incredible technique and vast imagination has led him to create iconic cover art for bands like Iron Maiden, Marillion, Judas Priest, Fish, The Darkness, Shobaleader One (Squarepusher), to name but one patch of his creative output.In this episode Mark explains how an airbrush works, how his world turned from monochrome into technicolour visiting London in the 60s, about his favourite album covers he created for Marillion and Judas Priest, creating artwork for Iron Maiden and the wing tail of their plane Ed Force Once.We also talk about Mark’s student days at Watford School of Art in the 1970s, his artistic journey over the past 40 years, his influences and inspirations, the at times uneasy relationship of commerce and art and what might be next in his artistic journey.Visit the Masterlink Sessions.Feel free to support us on Patreon if you like our podcast.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themasterlinksessions)
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk to Louise Clare Marshall.In this episode, Louise tells us (in technicolour!) her life in music, from playing piano and singing in Oldham, Manchester, moving to London and becoming a regular singer with the Jools Holland Band.We get a free mini-warm up session from the queen of session singers and hear how she tackles new challenges in the studio and on the stage.Louise conducted her Father’s choir, The Oldham International Choir from the early age of 13, and played the Church organ in Lancashire before winning attendance to the competitive Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester in 1989.In 1992, Louise won a scholarship to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and studied Piano with Joan Havill whilst learning her trade singing with function bands and session work.Louise has worked with Beverley Knight, David Gilmour, Michael Ball, Marti Pellow, Chris Difford, Robbie Williams, Bryan Ferry, Ronnie Wood, Van Morrison, Eric Stewart, Madeline Bell, Sheila Ferguson, Sam Brown, Russell Watson, Steve Winwood, Paul Young, Don Blackman, Solomon Burke, Karl Jenkins and John Rutter, to name but a few.Visit the Masterlink Sessions.Feel free to support us on Patreon if you like our podcast.Support the show
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk to Andrew Kingslow.In this episode, Andrew talks about his life as a musician, composer, producer and artist manager.  He talks about his love of keyboards and synths and walks us through his early days as a classically trained pianist and percussionist to when he first played a Hammond Organ and playing live with B.B. King.He also describes his deep love of music and how he views the role of the producer in this modern age of music making.Born in Manchester and educated at Chethams Music School and then the Royal Northern College of Music Andrew is a musical force of creativity, lending his skills to songwriting, film composition and mixing and production.He has performed with diverse acts such as the  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Hallé Orchestra and also creates music for award winning TV and film shows.Andrew is represented by Electric Pineapple Managment.Visit the Masterlink Sessions.Feel free to support us on Patreon if you like our podcast.Support the show
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk to Francis Hylton.In this episode, Francis talks about his life as  bass player, artist, record label owner, steel drum player and DJ. He goes back to his early days at university, how came to play with Incognito and what he's been getting up to over lockdown.Francis was born and raised in North London to Jamaican parents and he only started playing the bass at aged 19 whilst at Manchester studying audio and visual systems. It was during his time at Manchester that he 'accidentally' found he had perfect pitch and then picked up and learnt the bass guitar during a summer break.Fast foward 14 years to 2005 and Francis is now playing bass with Incognito, one of the premier Jazz Funk outfits to grace music since 1981. He is also running his own record label Future Spin Records and releasing music under the pseudonym Pausepusher.Visit the Masterlink Sessions.Feel free to support us on Patreon if you like our podcast.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/themasterlinksessions)
Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra) and James Welch (Masterlink Productions) talk to Roger McCormick.Roger McCormick is the presenter of 'The Blues Spectrum' on Brooklands Radio."Two hours of the best in blues and "bluesy" music, old and new. The genre continues to thrive and the show covers the best of the new releases but also harks back to the British Blues Boom and the early Delta and Chicago Blues legends. "In this episode Roger talks about his life as a lawyer in the the City of London, when his love for music started and how he became a radio presenter.Visit the Masterlink Sessions.Feel free to support us on Patreon if you like our podcast.*We apologise for the quality of Rogers' audio on this podcast (he'd had a powercut!)Support the show
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