Each episode of our 'Sounds Like These' podcast is an informal, insightful, and inspiring conversation with a variety of music industry professionals: from songwriters, producers, composers, and session players to people working in music for film, TV, and games, record labels, PRs, music charities, and more.
Discussing their careers, showbiz anecdotes, as well as matters of equality, diversity, and inclusion in the music business and beyond, with a common denominator at heart: their devotion to music.
MUSIC INDUSTRY INSIGHTS
We ask our guests for their top tips to progress in the music industry, their most memorable stories and anecdotes, and the causes they care about, touching on matters of equality, diversity, and inclusion.
Lara chats with Jasmine Hodge, a journalist and proud 'fangirl', currently Head of PR at The Music Federation.
Jasmine is a force of nature. At only 24 years old, she is The Music Federation's Head of PR, working across a wide roster of bands and artists. How did she get there? As a teenager, Jasmine was dreaming of finding a job that would allow us to be surrounded by the bands she loved. Her love for writing pushed her to pursue a career in journalism, one she started at the age of 16 when she created her own blog and would review live gigs.
In the episode, Jasmine discusses many of the projects she's been and still is involved in, including curating the latest New Moons charity compilation album, launching The Music Federation’s Safe Space policy, and starting the Fangrrl PR & Promotions business, while also sharing great advice for young women looking to develop a career in the music industry.
Lara chats with Audrey Riley, cellist, composer, arranger and MD with over 30 years of experience, currently teaching on ICMP's BMus and MMus Popular Music Performance programmes.
Audrey went through some of the work she's credited on (the list is endless), including her collaboration with The Smiths - the first of her career - Moloko on the amazing 'The Time Is Now', Coldplay on their album 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head', The Foo Fighters on 'Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace', and The Smashing Pumpkins on the eternal track 'Tonight, Tonight'. Audrey shared her experience working on these classic tracks as well as some anecdotes from those studio days. She also delved into more philosophical sides of music, both as a creative and curious person and as a listener and lover of music in its many forms. Audrey also shared her love for teaching, especially at ICMP, and how this job allows her to challenge her beliefs when it comes to music and, of course, life.
Want to be a guest on a future episode?
We're always on the lookout for new guests, to talk about the topics that matter to music industry professionals from across the industry.
If you work for a music charity, a record label, a PR/social media agency, a booking company, or else... Let's chat!