hmv presents: My Inspiration - A New Podcast

hmv presents: My Inspiration - A New Podcast

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 - someone who has been a big influence on their lives and their own work.

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


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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...