hmv presents: My Inspiration - A New Podcast

hmv presents: My Inspiration - A New Podcast

My Inspiration is a podcast series from hmv in which we give musicians, actors, filmmakers and producers the chance to take a welcome break from talking about themselves and instead talk about their greatest inspiration - someone who has been a big influence on their lives and their own work.

Season 4 wrapped up in Decemeber 2020 and in the latest round of episodes we spoke to Jamie Cullum, Napalm Death frontman Barney Greenway, Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard and more!

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Catch up with all the episodes from Seasons 1, 2, 3 and 4 below...


Season 4


Episode 1: Will Gould on AFI

In the first episode of our fourth season, Creeper frontman Will Gould tells us all about his love of California punks AFI


Episode 2: Amy Macdonald on Travis

Singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald gives us the lowdown on her discovery of and enduring love for the music of fellow Scots, Travis.


Episode 3: James Bourne on Blink 182

Busted's James Bourne talks to us about how his admiration for pop-punk trio Blink 182 was so strong he ended up buying their producer's house...


Episode 4: Barney Greenway on Crass / Conflict

Napalm Death frontman Barney Greenway tells us why anarcho-punk bands Crass and Conflict are inseparable as his two biggest influences.


Episode 5: Luke Pritchard on The Doors

Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard tells us why Jim Morrison and his band The Doors are his biggest inspiration...


Episode 6: Jamie Cullum on Harry Connick Jr.

Jamie Cullum talks us through why fellow jazz man Harry Connick Jr. has been one of the biggest inspirations for his own work...



Season 3 

Episode 1: La Roux on Nile Rodgers

In the first episode of our third season La Roux's Elly Jackson brings us up to speed on her brand new album Supervision and tells us why Nile Rodgers has been such an influential figure, both as a musician and as a producer.


Episode 2: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes on Nick Cave

Frank Carter and Rattlesnakes guitarist Dean Richardson talk about their late discovery of Nick Cave and why his legacy as both a songwriter and a performer has been such a big influence on their own work.


Episode 3: Sarah Phelps on Agatha Christie

This week, we talk to writer Sarah Phelps, who has just released The Pale Horse, her fifth Agatha Christie adaptation for the BBC. We speak to her about making the drama, her plans for a second season of hit drama The Dublin Murders and why getting to know Christie's has been an unexpected pleasure...


Episode 4: Craig Fairbrass on Sylvester Stallone

We talk to actor Craig Fairbrass about his latest role in new British gangster film Villain, and discuss why Sylvester Stallone has been such an important influence on his own career.


Episode 5: Emily Beecham on Richard Billingham

We speak to actress Emily Beecham about her role in new psychological thriller Little Joe, emotional drama Sulphur and White and Disney's forthcoming blockbuster Cruella as well as her inspiration, photographer Richard Billingham...


Episode 6: Mae Martin on Elliott Smith

We spoke to Martin about her new series, Feel Good, and her inspiration, beloved cult singer-songwriter Elliott Smith...


Episode 7: The Shires on Lady Antebellum

We spoke to Ben Earl and Crissie Rhodes about the making of their new album, Good Years, life on a new label and their inspiration, country juggernaut Lady Antebellum...


Episode 8: All Time Low on Foo Fighters

We spoke to frontman Alex Gaskarth and guitarist Jack Barakat about their new album, Wake Up Sunshine and their inspiration, rock gods Foo Fighters...


Episode 9: Daniel Mays on Robert De Niro

We spoke to Mays about his new comedy, Code 404, starring alongside David Tennant in serial killer drama Des, his very busy 2020 and his inspiration, one Robert De Niro...


Episode 10: Rufus Wainwright on Nina Simone

We spoke to Wainwright about his new album, Unfollow The Rules, his return to the pop world after a classical hiatus, and his inspiration, iconic singer Nina Simone...


Our Inspiration: A Pet Shop Boys Special

Electro-pop legends Neil Tenannt and Chris Lowe curated an in-store display featuring a selection of their favourite albums, movies and books, and in a special edition of our My Inspiration podcast the Pet Shop Boys talk us through their choices. In this extended episode we discuss Kraftwerk, the Bee Gees, David Bowie, New Order, Marvin Gaye and many, many more!


Season 2 

Episode 1: Big Narstie on Major Ace

In the first episode of Season 2 we sat down with rapper and TV personality Big Narstie to talk about why Major Ace was a major influence in his decision to pursue a career in music, the legacy of early crews like Pay As U Go Cartel, and why Grime artists are still having to do things for themselves.


Episode 2: Christopher Markus on Alex Chilton

Avengers: Endgame screenwriter Christopher Markus talks to us about his experiences writing the biggest box office hit ever, and why singer-songwriter Alex Chilton has proved to be an unlikely influence on his writing. 


Episode 3: Jillian Bell on Tim Curry

Actress and former Saturday Night Live writer Jillian Bell talks about her love of British actor Tim Curry, giving us a rundown of his finest roles, from Pennywise the Clown in Stephen King's It to Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show...


Episode 4: Dani Filth on Glenn Danzig

Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth talks us through his love of Glenn Danzig and picks out some of his favourite tracks from his many bands, including Misfits, Samhain and Danzig.


Episode 5: Luke Evans on Roberta Flack

We caught up actor Luke Evans as he prepares to release his debut album and had a chat about the first time he discovered the music of Roberta Flack, her enduring influence on his life and why he couldn't resist covering one of her songs on his debut LP.


Episode 6: Chris Carrabba on Robert Smith

We talk to Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional about how he discovered the music of Robert Smith and his band The Cure, and why they've been such a huge influence on his own music.


Episode 7 - Jack Peñate on Arthur Russell

We talk to singer-songwriter Jack Peñate about his return to action after 10 years away, and why his discovery of Arthur Russell has changed the way he thinks about making music.


Episode 8 - Oh Wonder on Ben Gibbard

We talk to dream-pop duo Oh Wonder about why they connected over a love of the music of Ben Gibbard and his band Death Cab for Cutie.


Episode 9 - Jamie Campbell Bower on Bob Dylan

We speak to actor and Counterfeit frontman Jamie Campbell Bower about his love of Bob Dylan. 


Episode 10 - Gabrielle Aplin on Beck

Singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin tells us why she has an enduring love of Beck's music.



Season 1 

For our first season, we spoke to The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, Deaf Havana's James Veck-Gilodi, Kate Tempest, Enter Shikari's Rou Reynolds, Feeder's Grant Nicholas, Lucy Rose and Frank Turner, who, between them, opened up about their love of Kate Bush, Confucius MC, The Weakerthans, The Smiths, Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty and The Prodigy.  

Episode 1: The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon on Kate Bush

In our first episode we talk to The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon about his love of Kate Bush, charting her influence on his life and music, from the moment he saw her first performance of 'Wuthering Heights' on Top of the Pops, through her 1985 masterpiece Hounds of Love and her incredible live shows at London's Hammersmith Apollo.


Episode 2: Deaf Havana's James Veck-Gilodi on The Smiths

In episode 2 we talk to Deaf Havana frontman James Veck-Gilodi about discovering the music of The Smiths, how Morrissey's lyrics have affected his own songwriting, and the influence of Johnny Marr's inimitable guitar style.


Episode 3: Kate Tempest on Confucius MC

In our third episode, we talk to poet, playwright and rapper Kate Tempest about her friend and fellow wordsmith Confucius MC, and why his music and his work as a teacher are a source of inspiration to her and a big influence on her own style.


Episode 4: Enter Shikari's Rou Reynolds on The Prodigy

Enter Shikari's Rou Reynolds tells us all about his love of dance music firebrands The Prodigy, his experiences supporting them on tour, and why they completely changed his outlook on dance music in general. 


Episode 5: Feeder's Grant Nicholas on Tom Petty

Feeder frontman Grant Nicholas tells us how he discovered the 'American Girl' songsmith, how Petty influenced the simplicity of his songwriting and how he looks to him more and more as his career progresses.


Episode 6: Lucy Rose on Joni Mitchell

Singer-songwriter Lucy Rose opened up about the iconic singer's role in shaping her sound, her lyrics and her attitude as well as letting us in on what she believes Mitchell's ultimate masterpiece is. 


Episode 7: Frank Turner on John K. Samson

Frank Turner chose to talk about Canadian indie types The Weakerthans and opened about how he discovered the band, how they helped his transition from punk rocker to singer-songwriter and why the band's lyrics have inspired some of his tattoos...