Delighted to welcome Singer-Songwriter Paul Alexander-Low as my guest on Episode 023 of the Feeling Versonic Podcast 'Feel Your Heart Come Alive'.
Paul started playing the guitar at the age of 16 and immediately felt the urge to write his own music which he did throughout his adult education, and subsequent work journey progressing up the corporate ladder, and raising a family. Alongside his music, Paul's other passion is martial arts at which he has been an avid competitor, and achieved success in winning 2 National Championships.
So, at the age of 48 years young - is it too late to embark on a solo music career and fulfil his early dreams and ambitions? Paul feels like this is his time, and following the release of debut single 'Feel Your Heart Come Alive'... a song Paul describes as being "About someone who is full of passion, love, hopes and dreams but holds themselves back through a fear of rejection or judgement", in August 2020 I think he has had a solid and promising start.
Paul's vocal style has been compared to Don Henley and Bryan Adams so expectation, and the bar has already been set pretty high!
This episode also includes an exclusive play of 'Carry On' a moving, meaningful tribute to Joss Spurway, who was tragically killed in a light airplane crash in Australia in 2017.
Delighted to welcome Antonia Kate Goddard as my guest on Episode 022 'Look Good, Feel Good'. Antonia runs her own personal training and nutrition business AKGFIT. Antonia helps men and women transform their lives through small sustainable changes to support a better lifestyle. She changed her own life by using health and fitness strategies, and now wants to offer her support and holistic personal coaching to people all over the globe.
Antonia believes that getting in shape shouldn’t be a punishment but rather that it's an empowering lifestyle decision that anyone can make and maintain.
Prior to setting up and establishing her lifestyle fitness business Antonia trained at arts school and has a huge passion for music. She is also an emerging young singer-songwriter.
Great to be back with Series 2 of the Feeling Versonic Podcast. Delighted to welcome Stuart Lotherington as my guest as we talk about Goal Setting, and why sometimes Goals don't work!
Triple goal setting with Pride, Medium and High outcomes, having great self-talk and holding yourself accountable are some of the remedies we discuss in this first episode of 2021.
Stuart is Managing Director of SBR Consulting a Sales Transformation Consultancy of 21 people that was set up in London in 2002. He has been in the firm for over 14 years and has had the opportunity to work with FTSE 100 companies as well as firms you will all know such as Google, Facebook, Dropbox, Sir Robert McAlpine, Expedia and probably over 250 other firms that range cross industry that has taken him all round the world to share his insights on all elements to do with sales transformation.
He has also been a the key note speaker on elements to do with Goals and the largest was to an audience of over 450 sales leaders in Nashville, Tennessee where he shared some of his adventurous exploits such as racing to the North Pole and running the Marathon Des Sable ultra-marathon in the Sahara Desert (which is approx. 7 marathons in 6 days).
He has also completed a Psychology degree in 2017 (after 6 years studying) and is currently studying organisational psycho analysis.
A father of 4 daughters he lives in Sevenoaks, Kent with his wife Susie.
Warning! This episode contains some terrible Christmas cracker jokes... This is Episode 20 and marks the end of Series 1 of the Feeling Versonic Podcast, and doubles up as the Christmas Special. In this episode I reflect on the craziest year that we have had in 2020, tell some pretty awful Christmas cracker jokes, but counter-balance that by playing some great Christmas music. Featured tracks include a collaborative effort by the 'Feeling Versonic Podcast Collective' - involving guests that have appeared on the podcast so far covering 'Merry Christmas Everybody' - originally by Slade, but also covered by Noel Gallagher/Oasis for the Christmas Day 2000 episode of BBC comedy series 'The Royle Family'.
This track can be downloaded for a contribution of £1.00 (or more if you wish) with any proceeds going to Help Musicians UK
Thank you for so much tuning in to listen to Series 1, I really appreciate the support in what is a new venture for me, and really hope that you have enjoyed the eclectic mix of guests that have featured on the Feeling Versonic Podcast so far.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous, healthy, happy new year. Take care and stay safe.
Delighted to welcome James Prismall as my guest on Episode 019 of The Feeling Versonic Podcast. James is the founder and managing director of music services business 'Shufflewire'. He is a digital producer, film producer and entrepreneur, who is incredibly dedicated to supporting the music industry. He has always wanted to be in a position where he can use his influence, reputation and knowledge to support musicians, bands and music businesses wherever possible. James is passionate about all things creative, digital and online, with a vision to deliver innovative and strategic approaches and solutions to any project, taking advantage of the most effective and appropriate tools and techniques available.
Shufflewire (www.shufflewire.com) has launched a platform specifically created for musicians and music industry professionals and businesses based in the UK. Shufflewire is the brainchild of music video director and digital producer, James Prismall, and Stuart Hardy, a musician and businessman. The pair shared a vision of what the music industry needed and combined their skills and experience to create this platform they tag line as the Complete Music Industry Resource.
Shufflewire is a free-to-access industry directory, built by its users with categories including retailers, manufacturers, products, venues, services, bands, and of course, musicians themselves. Alongside this sits classified advertising, where users can buy and sell used gear, find musicians to join their band, promote upcoming gigs (real or virtual) and discover music-industry jobs.
The team believe the platform will grow into a huge resource for anyone who works in the music industry. The website is completely free to access, free to join and free to post listings.
Delighted to welcome David Lowe as my guest on Episode 018 of The Feeling Versonic Podcast. David is an internationally recognised and established composer, arranger and producer working primarily in television, radio, branding, idents and commercials. . He has created music for a wide range of programmes including news, current affairs, factual, wildlife and entertainment shows. He has also composed for National Radio and for special events, such as the London 2012 Olympic Games.
David's music accompanies some of the most popular shows on UK Television today; BBC News, as well as X Factor Celebrity, The One Show, Countryfile, and Grand Designs.
Internationally, he has created brand identity music for Bloomberg TV USA, Euronews France, Al Arabya Dubai, NDTV India and 4 of CCTV China Television’s State TV channels.
Outside Television David has had three albums released. "Dreamcatcher", "What Is In Between?" and "I Find You Very Attractive" (under the project name "Touch and Go").
The latter included the single "Would You...?". It reached number 3 in the UK Charts, and was a hit internationally. The follow up 'Straight...to Number One', launched iTunes in the USA.
David is a member of BAFTA and The British Academy of Composers, and has two honorary doctorates from Stafford and Birmingham City Universities.
Delighted to welcome former Housemartins and The Beautiful South's Dave Hemingway, and Songwriter-Guitarist Phil Barton as my guests on Episode 017 of the Feeling Versonic Podcast.
We chat around their new band Sunbirds and their debut album ‘Cool To Be Kind’ which was released on 27th November 2020 on the independent label Nectar Records.
Having retired from the live scene at the back end of 2016, Dave has been keeping busy with Phil, with Cool To Be Kind signalling the arrival of the new band, new songs and a new sound.
The music Sunbirds make takes on board all of the bands and artists Dave and Phil have loved over the years. It chiefly blends the musical instruments of rural America with an occasional twist of grungy guitars and sets them against lyrics that remain very much at home in the towns and cities of England.
“Although a lot of the songs have a Country feel.” says Dave. “They’re still about life in England. You’re going to feel a bit daft singing about pick-up trucks and low down honky-tonks when you live in Yorkshire.”
Produced by cult producer Teo Miller, who was responsible for Daisy Chainsaw’s breakthrough single ‘Love Your Money’ and subsequently worked with The Pretenders, Placebo and Robert Plant, the album captures truthful, open-hearted, funny and sometimes painfully honest songs, turning the page to a new chapter for Dave Hemingway and The Beautiful South story.
The formation of Sunbirds also sees the introduction of new discovery Laura Wilcockson on vocals and violin. Laura comes from a classical/orchestral, as well as folk background. Completing the line-up is legendary UK session drummer, Marc Parnell, who has toured with Joan Armatrading, The Blockheads and Jethro Tull to name but three. Marc can be heard on recordings by Girls Aloud, Pet Shop Boys and Gabriella Cilmi's hit single ‘Sweet About Me’.
Cool To Be Kind is the result of a few transitional years in Dave and Phil’s individual personal worlds. It tells tales that cover contemporary themes as well as age-old matters of the heart and soul - all viewed through the bottom of a recently drained pint glass.
“There’s no exact science here,” says Phil. “We’re just enjoying ourselves and expressing whatever we want, whether it’s about love, greed, social isolation or Gary Lineker’s crisp adverts”.
Scott Fleming has been a professional voice and acting coach since 2005. He grew up in St.Ives in Cornwall and left in 1992 to study at ‘Mountview Theatre School’, one of the UK’s leading conservatoires in the Performing Arts.
His first job after graduation was in ‘Buddy’ at The Stand Theatre in the West End. He then played the lead role in Bob Carlton’s ‘From A Jack To A King’, which began life at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal and toured the UK’s Premier theatres for 18 months.
For the last 25 years Scott has worked in all areas of the profession, Film, TV, Radio, Commercial’s, Voice-overs and theatre. He continues to actively work in the business and can be seen regularly in ‘Doc Martin’ on ITV1 where he’s appeared in 3 series’ and hopes to return next year.
Scott is also a composer and songwriter. His composition ‘The Kitchen Door’ won Best Country Song in the UK in 2016 and closer to home he wrote all the original music for Cornwall based theatre company’s ‘Cousin Jack’s’ award winning production of ‘The Mousehole Cat’ which has been performed at Christmas in Cornwall over the last 3 years.
Scott has recently launched his new venture 'The Scott Fleming Voice Academy' working extensively with students on singing, acting and audition technique where required, giving them the best chance of success in gaining a place at Drama School where the competition is fiercer than ever.
Delighted to welcome Tommy and Lorrie Harden of Lost Hollow as my guests on Episode 015 of the Feeling Versonic Podcast.
Named Americana Band of the Year 2018 by the Indie Music Channel, Lost Hollow is a dynamic band with two main singers - Tommy and Lorrie Harden. As the names might suggest, they are husband and wife!
Tommy has been a Nashville ‘A’ list studio musician for many years. During his stint in Nashville, he has played on an estimated 7-10,000 recording sessions. Tommy has played on sessions for Taylor Swift, Alan Jackson, Craig Campbell, Kip Moore, Reba McEntire, David Allen Coe, Waylon Jennings, Lo Cash Cowboys, Tamia, Candi Staton, Big and Rich, John Anderson, George Jones, Jessica Simpson, and countless others. He has played on number 1 songs including “I Drive Your Truck” (ACM and CMA song of the year), “Girl I Just Got Started Loving You’ (most played song of the year), ‘Lost In This Moment’ (Big and Rich’s only #1 hit), and many, many others.
Tommy has played at the White House, on Good Morning America, the Today Show, the View, The Ellen Show, Oprah, Regis and Kelly, the Tonight Show, the David Letterman show, and has also has a screen credited appearance in the movie Muscle Shoals.
As Nashville based songwriters, Tommy and Lorrie got not 1, but 2 cuts on Reba McEntire’s double platinum selling album ‘Duets’. They included a song with Reba and Faith Hill called ‘Sleeping with a Telephone’ and another with Reba and Carole King called ‘Everyday People’, which was also performed live at the Kennedy center with Reba and Carole in front of the President and the entire nation via NBC. (As far as they know, they are the only outside writers to ever get a Carole King cut that she didn’t write).
Lost Hollow has appeared on the Bob Harris ‘Under the Apple Tree’ sessions and toured England, Wales, and Ireland on many trips to the UK as well as appearing on the BBC via many different radio shows.
Lost Hollow has been described as an emotional powerhouse. Two amazing voices weaving intricate and powerful songs.
My guest on Episode 014 of the 'Feeling Versonic' Podcast is Singer, Songwriter, Engineer, Record Label Owner and 'On Repeat' Podcast Host - Jamie Giarraputo.
Jamie embarked on his music career at the tender age of 15 and has been prolific in writing music and performing in bands ever since. Inspired by his elder brother Justin, and a work experience stint as tea boy at the famous RAK Studios in St Johns Wood London under the watchful eye of music legend Mickie Most, Jamie has gone on to rack up an impressive music CV.
He signed a record deal at 20, established his own recording and rehearsal studio at 25, played over 1,000 shows, composed music for independent films and TV shows, started record label Undead Collective Records aged 33 with a distribution deal with Sony owned The Orchard, and recently had commercial success with a sync placement in a major Ubisoft computer game 'Watch Dogs Legion'.
Bob Wootton is a semi-retired adman and increasingly professional guitarist and collector based in London.
His successful 40+ year career embraced major advertising agencies, boutique consulting, lobbying and advocacy.
Bob has played guitar since acquiring the first Led Zeppelin album on its release when he was 13, and has been in and out of bands and studios ever since.
He has accumulated an amazing collection of fine vintage guitars which he now gets to use every day.
Bob is extremely well-networked amongst pro musicians and gear makers, occasionally advising on product development.
He will listen to, and try anything but his keenest interest is in blues, old and new.
He hopes that humanity can triumph over COVID19 soon so that live music can resume.
Delighted to welcome as my guest for Episode 12 of the Feeling Versonic Podcast the amazing Elisabeth Valentine. Elisabeth is a multi-talented voice over artist, singer, speaker & performance coach. She has been a professional performer since the age of 8, and lends her voice, expertise and coaching to some of the biggest brands in the world such as Disney, Apple, H&M, Just Eat, Fisher Price and My Little Pony.
Miss Valentine's music is a toe-tapping, wolf-whistling mix of jazz, blues and swing...
In her company 'The Voice Campus' she coaches people to develop their public speaking, pitching, presentation and networking skills, so they can confidently share their message and make the biggest positive impact in the world.
Elisabeth is the host of Dare, Share, Create - The Podcast, and is the author of 'Magnify Your Message', How to become a confident speaker in any situation, due for publication in 2021.
My guest for Episode 11 of the Feeling Versonic Podcast is Session guitarist Jordan Humber. Jordan is an in-demand and experienced session guitarist, consistently writing, recording and performing in a wide range of genres. As one of the UK's original and most experienced online session guitarists, Jordan has played on countless tracks across just about every style available - from country to flamenco, rock to folk, jazz to pop - for producers and artists all over the world. Having played in seemingly every situation from solo acoustic performances, string quartets and full orchestras, studio session work, live radio sessions, major UK tours, and all levels of festivals, clubs and corporate function gigs, there are few busier or more experienced guitarists around.
Music: 'Be Careful What You Wish For'/'Life is a Game we Play'/'You Make Me'/'KickBack' Lead Guitar: Jordan Humber, Lyrics: Stephen Connor Performed by Versonic
Episode Cover Art: https://www.joshleveridge.co.uk
Luke Moseley is a professional Producer / Composer / Songwriter / Musician / Engineer and all round Muso. Moseley works out of his studio in Brixton, South London.
He works with Major and Independent Labels such as, amongst others, Sony, BMG, Capitol and Black Butter. Moseley works closely with Artists on upcoming releases providing a range of music production services, and also works with brands such as BT, Lowe Alpine and Primark on advertising and marketing campaigns. Luke has also been successful in placing music in film and TV including shows like Home & Away and Neighbours.
My guest on Episode 009 'Sputnik' is Singer-Songwriter Charlie Austen. Charlie creates dynamic finger-picking folk-soul with an emphasis on carefully crafted lyrics, intricate guitar parts and unusual melodies to suit an airy-yet-powerful, blues-infused vocal style. All delivered with a genuine smile and, more often than not, a conspicuous lack of shoes...
Charlie has caught the eye of Squeeze frontman and Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter Glenn Tibrook, as well as Roxy Music frontman and icon Bryan Ferry, leading to high-profile support tour dates in Europe and extensively around the UK. Charlie also features as a vocalist for cult R&B band Nine Below Zero and in various roles for DIY Indie band Lux Lisbon.
COVER. In popular music a cover version, remake, cover song or simply, cover is a new performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer of a previously recorded song.
In this Episode I chat around some classic hit songs that I didn't even realise were actually cover songs! I debate whether some cover versions are actually better than the originals, and what could possibly be popularly considered as the best cover of all time?
I also play some brilliant covers of the likes of The Jam, Aha, Radiohead, Taylor Swift featuring Bon Iver, and DJ Drake ft Justin Bieber.
Playlist: 'That's Entertainment' - The Jam cover by Versonic. 'Let Me Love You' - DJ Drake ft Justin Bieber by Dreamers https://youtu.be/TUC7t29E1N8
'Exile' - Taylor Swift ft Bon Iver cover by A.Charles & Sam Christmas https://acharlessamchristmas.bandcamp.com/releases
'Take on Me' - Aha cover by McGoozer https://youtu.be/LZUFy2QX26A
'The Bends' - Radiohead cover by JJ O'Sullivan https://open.spotify.com/track/1EP8WihHSVloHkItu67nwp?si=CuUfcFE8RL-Fgq_V_NXLMw
Joining me for Episode 007 'Catch 22' is Singer-Songwriter Nathalie Miranda. Nathalie is a full-fledged, soul belter, power-house vocalist with a 4 octave range. Notable for her unique, soulful voice, and high energy performances, this artist is definitely a force to be reckoned with.
The voice and energy is distinctly Nathalie Miranda - the UK’s answer to the US Uber Divas.
Nathalie’s biggest musical influence is Freddie Mercury, both vocally and in terms of performance. She is also greatly influenced by Prince, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Whitney, Chaka Khan, and Christina Aguilera to name but a few.
Hot on the heels of her recent release ‘Poltergeist’ earlier this year, her new single ‘Catch-22’ was released on 18th September 2020, and is available for streaming and download on all major platforms. I am thrilled to play 'Catch 22' exclusively on the Feeling Versonic Podcast. The track is a totally different sound for Nathalie, and one that she feels reflects her love of soul and blues music, while still being, without doubt, a relatable, catchy, pop song.
Joining me on 'Pressure' Episode 006 of the Feeling Versonic Podcast is Indie Singer-Songwriter Jack Perrett. During the episode we chat around Jack's musical influences and inspirations, songwriting and coping with the weight of modern day expectation and pressure.
"Over the years I've given first sessions to The Smiths, Primal Scream, Amy Winehouse and many more. I get a buzz and a tingle when I hear something special. that's what happened when Heard Jack Perrett". (Janice Long, BBC Radio).
This is episode is brought to you by Scott's Menswear. scottsmenswear.com
Delighted to welcome fantastic Singer-Songwriter Hayley McKay as my guest for Feeling Versonic Episode 005.
Displaying an incredible vocal range with a distinctive all-round style, which can effortlessly leap from earthy and soulful raw emotion to soaring and ethereal angelic tones, Hayley has been likened to Eva Cassidy, Joni Mitchel, LeAnn Rimes and Kate Bush.
An accomplished and insightful songwriter, who effortlessly captures deep emotional sentiment with moving sincerity, she has co-written with twice Grammy-nominated songwriter Jan Buckingham (Whitney Houston) in Nashville, performed in Bob Harris's home studio for his Under the Apple Tree sessions, and supported major acts including Tom Jones, Albert Lee, Scouting for Girls, Martha Reeves and Hazel O'Connor.
Hayley is releasing new material this year, and is especially looking forward to performing at C2C: Country-to-Country at the O2 Arena in London, at Glastonbury, and at The British Country Festival when they return in 2021.
Her new single, Thinking About Last Night was released 3rd April, and has been getting great response particularly in Ireland and many country stations in the UK, and was recently voted in the top 10 Valley FM Indie charts in Australia and in the top 3 best new singles in Ireland. It has also gathered support on BBC Introducing, and reached No 1 in The Ignition Country Charts. Hayley has been artist of the week on various radio stations in the USA and the UK, and has had recent support with features in Country Line TV, BMCA, ISSA (International Songwriters Association), The Sage Gateshead, NE Volume, and NE Connected amongst others.
What would you do if you couldn't fail? This was the question Gavin Simpson asked himself around three years ago, before putting the day job to one side and launching his music project Sourfish. The answer was to write songs, and make music that evoked emotion.
“What do you Say?”, is an eclectic collection of five songs which were finalised during a busking venture to New York and New Orleans. Accompanied by two podcasts the EP picks up musically where Sourfish left us with the catchy What do you Say? and its poppy Friends vibes. Angel of My Eye takes us somewhere new, a piano based outing it is a raw, emotional song. The EP closes with the sweet, acoustic Neil Young inspired Hey, Hey.
Raised in The Highlands of Scotland, Gavin initially picked up the guitar after falling in love with the anthems and melodies of Oasis and the Britpop generation. This opened the doors to their musical influences and led to a fondness of the songwriting talents of The Beatles, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan.
Sourfish is Gavin’s guitar driven musical act, he writes and arranges all the songs, plays the guitar and provides an occasional vocal. The debut EP Time to Play was accompanied with a debut boxing match. The title track was a finalist in The UK Songwriting competition and selected for placement on reality TV. This was followed up with the single “The Sheep are on Fire”, a tie in with leading Scottish football team Aberdeen FC.
Gavin’s journey to understand and discover new music includes working as radio DJ promoting breaking music. Most recently this has pivoted to Gavin's 'What do You Say?' podcast sharing the stories of other acts, with guest such as Frank Turner, Amanda Palmer and Bear’s Den.
Alan Smith is lead singer and guitarist for Indie Rock band Bellevue Days. Alan embarked on his music career at the tender age of 14 learning his craft from the ground up by playing in bands, and ever since has totally immersed himself in pursuing his dream of being in a touring rock band. As a Songwriter, Alan has credits on the Bellevue Days’ three critically acclaimed EP Records released by the band; Rosehill, Sad Boy and The Sun Came Up When We were Young. The band’s eagerly awaited debut album 'It Can't Possibly Go Wrong - Ever' was released in November 2019. As far as band reviews go, this one is not too shabby;
"Probably my favourite band in the whole world" – Alex Baker – Kerrang
Alan’s trademark vocals; strong and soaring in parts but soft and tender in others create a whimsical atmosphere to his sound. Alan has contributed to, and been featured on numerous releases from other artists, including Versonic, and unsurprisingly is held in very high esteem by his musician peers. Alan has recently established himself as sought-after Producer and Mix Engineer in the world of music production.
I am delighted to be able to call him a friend, and to share his story on Feeling Versonic.
In this Episode I talk to the mega-talented Ben Drake of The Ben Drake Collective. Ben is a British Singer-Songwriter based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. He is a true music collaborator having formed his collaborative group of multi-talented musicians in 2012. Ben is a prolific Songwriter and consummate live performer.
The group have recently released their 6th Studio Album ‘AfterGlow’.
Ben has always loved the Album concept and stayed true to that purposeful writing and recording process throughout his Songwriting journey.
He uses the word ‘We’ rather than ‘I’ when referring to his music, and describes his Songwriting as ‘therapy’ in getting his thoughts and situations down on paper and brought to life as a song…and he’s very, very good at it.
An introduction to your host.
At the age of 54 I found a passion for songwriting and making music - some might say a bit late to the game but I now can’t imagine a life without being creative in some way. One of the many hang-ups I have had to leave at the door is the constantly niggling self doubt, and inner voice telling me I’m too old to be having anything to do with music.
I set out on my music journey heavily influenced by my favourite band of all time (Oasis) and in particular, the songwriting genius of Noel Gallagher, with the aim of experiencing for myself what it feels like to stand on stage in a live music venue, in a band, playing guitar and singing my own songs. I am very happy to say that I have ticked every box.
In June 2018 I independently released my debut album 'Brand New Man'. In this first podcast I will take you through some of the album tracks, and explain the motivation to write the songs, and the individual stories behind them.
This episode is sponsored by Confero Marketing Limited. Confero is a specialist agency which provides brands with targeted media and marketing solutions in the retail sector. https://conferomarketing.com
Hi There. My name is Stephen Connor, host of the Feeling Versonic Podcast. I’m back fresh and raring to go with Series 2, publishing a new episode every Monday throughout 2021. Feeling Versonic is an Indie Hub featuring News, Views and Interviews with notable creatives on entrepreneurial lifestyle, health (very much including mental health) and original independent music. Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts, follow on Spotify or wherever you choose to get your podcasts. Feeling Versonic - It’s a Matter of Choice.