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RICHARD HEWSON talks Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard, Phil Spector, The RAH Band

RICHARD HEWSON talks Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard, Phil Spector, The RAH Band

December 29, 2021

Richard Hewson had a college jazz group with bassist PETER ASHER. Asher’s sister Jane was going with another bass player named Paul. Hewson went on to arrange for the Beatles (The Long and Winding Road), McCartney (My Love), James Taylor, Mary Hopkin (Those Were The Days), Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Cliff Richard, and many more. He produced albums for Toyah Wilcox, Five Star and Shakin’ Stevens. He then formed THE RAH BAND, the silver costumed hit jazz funk group (The Crunch & Clouds Across The Moon).

 

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Pete Waterman PART 2 THE HITMAN HITS BACK! DONNA SUMMER, JASON, & MORE

Pete Waterman PART 2 THE HITMAN HITS BACK! DONNA SUMMER, JASON, & MORE

December 15, 2021

The second part of my interview with Pete Waterman, a man who likes trains and has made more hits than ANY producer.

He loves music so much, he broke down and cried in this interview. .Beginning as a DJ in the 1950s and 60s, Waterman had close connections with Motown in the 60s and Philadelphia International in the ‘70s.

He produced his first record while on holiday in Jamaica and became a Radio One DJ. As A&R for Magnet Records he signed disco act Silver Connection and Chris Rea. 

He set up his own label, management, promotions and consultancy company working with John Travolta, The Specials, Matchbox, Soft Cell and Elton John. 

As consultant for MCA he produced hits for Alvin Stardust, Tracy Ullman and the Belle Stars, and signed Musical Youth and Nick Kershaw.  He set up PWL with writer/producers Mike Stock and Matt Aitkin. 

Their first hit was You Spin Me Round for Dead or Alive and went on to be named Songwriter of the Year 3 years in a row. In 1988 SAW had an unprecedented six singles in the Top 30.

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Pete Waterman - THE HITMAN HITS BACK!!! RICK ASTLEY, KYLIE, BANANARAMA & MORE!  PART 1

Pete Waterman - THE HITMAN HITS BACK!!! RICK ASTLEY, KYLIE, BANANARAMA & MORE! PART 1

December 11, 2021

Pete Waterman produced and co-wrote over 200 hit singles in the 1980s. While most critics dismissed the music as worthless, the public, who bought many million records, and Pete Waterman’s bank manager, knew the exact worth of it.  Was the music formulaic?  Yes, but that could be said for much of pop.  Was it tuneful and danceable?  Absolutely.  Did it accurately reflect the ‘dress up & dance’, ‘showing out’, ‘loadsamoney’ spirit of the 80s? Oh yes, indeed!

Britain’s production team Stock, Aitken & Waterman (SAW) used the new technology of the 1980s to make a string of contagious hits for many pop artists including Kylie Minogue (I Should Be So Lucky, Better The Devil You Know), Jason Donovan, Mel & Kim (Showing Out, Respectable) Bananarama (Love In The First Degree, I’m Your Venus) and Rick Astley.  Astley’s warm baritone voice gave SAW rare transatlantic successes with two #1s in America including Never Gonna Give You Up).

Here is the first part of my interview with the man who said he had  “Woolworths EARS”, Pete Waterman.

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Kant Beat Pete! - PART 2 - Vettese and Niles talk Mega-Hits and Morality

Kant Beat Pete! - PART 2 - Vettese and Niles talk Mega-Hits and Morality

December 3, 2021

In Part 2, Vettese and Niles talk about why there is a Universe in an eighth-note, the ARTISTIC frame of reference, how our culture devalues and disenfranchises artists, and how we're not gonna take it any more!

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PETER-JOHN VETTESE PART 1: Jethro, Annie and Frankie read Wittgenstein!

PETER-JOHN VETTESE PART 1: Jethro, Annie and Frankie read Wittgenstein!

November 29, 2021

Philosopher, Producer, Virtuoso Musician PETER-John VETTESE has created hits for the last 40 years. In this unique talk with Richard Niles he discusses the philosophical roots of his mind-blowing creativity working with JETHRO TULL, Cutting Crew, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Go West, Pet Shop Boys, Bee Gees, Foreigner, Simple Minds, Annie Lennox, Peter Cox, Heather Small. WARNING: This interview is so deep, you may be inspired to read Kant, Wittgenstein and Nietzsche. Don’t miss Part 2!

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CARMINE MIRANDA – A Classical Gas! From BACH to EDM!

CARMINE MIRANDA – A Classical Gas! From BACH to EDM!

November 22, 2021

Dr. CARMINE MIRANDA is a classical cello Rockstar! Born in Venezuela of Armenian/Italian parents, Carmine is an internationally recognized, multi award-winning soloist and recording artist - the youngest musician to ever record Bach’s Six Cello Suites at 22. But he is also an EDM (electronic Dance Music) composer/producer/DJ who runs his own label, RLU Records. Carmine. He is Professor of Cello at Belmont University, Nashville. I recently met this unique musician when I was asked to write a piece for him – The Imperial Suite, a duet to be performed with Robert Marler, principal pianist of the Nashville Symphony.

I’m happy to introduce you to a man with a very open set of ears. Carmine discusses his very human approach to his art. In this video he picks up the cello to discuss his creative process and demonstrate the many sounds and emotions of his beautiful instrument. I also get him to play THE HAPPY-SAD GAME. What’s that??? Watch this incredible video to find out!

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The MARK EGAN Interview – Metheny to Sting, Gil Evans to Duran Duran

The MARK EGAN Interview – Metheny to Sting, Gil Evans to Duran Duran

November 20, 2021

Mark Egan is one of the world’s finest bassists. Starting his career with the first PAT METHENY GROUP, he has worked with Gil Evans, John McLaughlin, Cyndi Lauper, Stan Getz, Michael Franks, Roger Daltrey, Sting and Duran Duran off-shoot group ARCADIA. His partnership with drummer Danny Gottlieb has led to many albums of their group ELEMENTS and their new duo album “Electric Blue”.

Mark takes us inside his inspiration, how he created his sound, and his work ethic. He also tells us his WORST GIGS and gives valuable advice for musicians.

Mark and I have worked together on many projects and as A SPECIAL BONUS , here’s a track from one of my solo albums “The Seduction of Art” with Mark, Danny Gottlieb and the mind-blowing CHRIS HUNTER on Alto Saxophone.

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WORKING WITH THE HITMAKERS:  ”Left To My Own Devices - PET SHOP BOYS” | Daisy Chute chats with Richard Niles

WORKING WITH THE HITMAKERS: ”Left To My Own Devices - PET SHOP BOYS” | Daisy Chute chats with Richard Niles

November 16, 2021

Singer/songwriter DAISY CHUTE interviews RICHARD NILES about his many years working with the PET SHOP BOYS. “Left To My Own Devices” (1988) was their 2nd single from INTROSPECTIVE album. Produced by Trevor Horn it reached #4 in the UK charts. Niles takes us behind the scenes of excess and EuroDisco, conducting huge orchestras and choirs full of Welsh miners, “Go West”, “If Love Were All”, “Can You Forgive Her?” and many more fab records.

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WORKING WITH THE HITMAKERS: “Breakout – SWING OUT SISTER 1986” | Daisy Chute chats with Richard Niles

WORKING WITH THE HITMAKERS: “Breakout – SWING OUT SISTER 1986” | Daisy Chute chats with Richard Niles

November 10, 2021

Daisy and Richard talk about Breakout” the 1986 smash hit by SWING OUT SISTER (# 4 UK, #6 USA Pop, AC #1) that made everyone happier than they already were. Niles talks about arranging the catchy strings and brass, producer Paul Stavely O’Duffy, writing the liner notes on the album “It’s Better To Travel”, and doing the RAP on “Twilight World”. Inside stories and bop poetry. Sophisticated jazzy pop, for you on Radio Richard.

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MARK WALKER: ARTISTRY in RHYTHM – Lyle Mays, Berklee, Paquito, and more

MARK WALKER: ARTISTRY in RHYTHM – Lyle Mays, Berklee, Paquito, and more

November 6, 2021

Grammy Award–winning drummer, composer, percussionist, author, and educator Mark Walker is a professor in the Percussion Department at Berklee College of Music. He has performed and recorded with Oregon, Donato Poveda, Paquito D'Rivera, Michel Camilo, Dave Samuels, Andy Narell, WDR Big Band, NDR Big Band, Eliane Elias, Lyle Mays, Dave Liebman, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Rosa Passos, and many more. We talked about his colleagues, his teaching and his mastery of Latin and Afro-Cuban styles.

He also gives us a masterclass in taste and musicality with a stunning live performance. This improvisation demonstrates why he has been called “a supremely melodic drummer”… by ME!

ENJOY half as much as I did and you’ll be in percussion heaven!

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