Introducing Tape Notes: The story behind the album

We’re excited to introduce you to Tape Notes. 

Hosted by John Kennedy, this podcast series reunites artists and producers, leading them on a journey through their creative process. From kindling the first spark of a song idea, through decisions on style and instrumentation, to finessing the final product, hear never-before broadcast demos and stems, and the stories that shaped each seminal work.

With over 25 episodes to choose from, we’re proud to bring you unique insights into the working methods of some of the most innovative and exciting talents in music.


In this episode John is joined by Jack & Suren from Bombay Bicycle Club and producer legend Jim Abbiss to talk about how they recorded and produced 'I Had The Blues But Shook Them Loose'.

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TN:18 THE 1975

John ventures up to Spitfire Audio to meet with Matty and George from The 1975 to talk about how the album 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships' was recorded and produced.

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TN:27 Kate Tempest & Dan Carey

Looking back over a track from each album they’ve recorded together, Kate & Dan detail the creative journey they’ve been on since first meeting, and shine a light on the methods and techniques they use collaborating in the studio. Tracks discussed: 'Marshall Law', 'We Die', 'I Trap You'.

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TN:20 Little Dragon

In this episode John is joined by Erik and Yukimi from Little Dragon to talk about how they recorded and produced the album 'Ritual Union'.

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TN:21 Nick Mulvey & Dan Carey

In this episode John journeys to Mr Dan’s Studio in Streatham to talk with Nick Mulvey and producer Dan Carey about how they recorded and produced Nick’s Mercury nominated debut album 'First Mind'.

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John ventures up to Dave Bayley’s new home studio in London Fields to talk about how Glass Animals’ debut album 'ZABA' was recorded and produced.

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Pick your favourite artist and delve deep into their creative process.

The Tape Notes podcast series is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and all other major Podcast platforms. If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe with new episodes being released over the course of the year.