hmv presents: My Inspiration - A New Podcast
Series Two of hmv's podcast, My Inspiration, arrives on Tuesday (October 22nd).
My Inspiration is a new 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.
For our first season, we've spoken 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.
Our second run kicks off with Big Narstie, who opens up about his love of MC Major Ace...
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 things for themselves.
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...