Andre Saxman Brown
Faith, Family & Finances
Andre Saxman Brown is a multi-instrumentalist based in Luton, but performs at events all over the UK, France, Italy and Thailand. Listen how he tells all about his philosophy on performance, Bell's Palsy, how to value yourself as a freelance musician and how his faith affects everything he does.
Amy Fitz Doyley
My Solo Tour
Amy Fitz Doyley is a singer-songwriter who studied at the BRIT school and has supported Gregory Porter and Public Enemy so far in her career. Listen as she talks about putting herself on tour, Buddhism, her songwriting process and championing other women in the music industry.
Zoe Sofair is a virtual assistant and creative who works with some of the top musicians, agencies and event planners in the world. Listen as she talks about why having an assistant is important, understanding your strengths and how she organises herself and her clients.
Speak Your Truth
Rob Bradley is a rapper, educator and speaker. He has given two TED talks and visits schools across the UK giving workshops using rap to improve literacy and confidence. In this episode we talk about:
Rob's top 5 favourite rappers
Why Hip-Hop should be used in schools
Why you should release your own music
Stuart Barr is the founder of nSpire Me and creator of the app 'Let's Play Violin', an app which helps children to practise their violin at home. Stuart's career highlights include conducting Dame Shirley Bassey for 6 years, teaching at the Royal Academy Of Music and leading the London Youth Choir.
The People Could Fly
Camilla George is a London based saxophonist who has just released her 2nd album called The People Could Fly featuring Omar, Sarah Tandy and Cherise Adams-Burnett. We talk about how her West African and Caribbean heritage influences her music, all things Kenny Garrett and the thriving London Jazz scene.
Sarah Aluko Firstborn
Sarah Aluko is a London based poet and author of the poetry collection Firstborn. Her words come from personal experience and have touched the lives of women all over the world. Find out the inspiration behind her poetry and how she continues to perfect her craft as a poet and writer.
Dr Shirley Thompson
New Nation Rising
Award winning speaker and composer Dr Shirley Thompson is one of the most important composers of a generation. She is a critically acclaimed classical composer having been commissioned to write for Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee, the 2012 Olympic Games ceremony as well as being the first woman to compose and musically direct for a major drama on the BBC.
London Is The Place For Me (Black History Month Special)
Nate touches on the life and music of Lord Kitchener, a Calypsonian who wrote about his experiences and observations about 1950-60's London in his music. How important is his music in helping us understand the generation who came over on the SS Windrush?
Headwraps & Jazz
In this Black History Month special episode, UK alto saxophonist and composer Cassie Kinoshi tells all about her trailblazing bands including the award winning all female collective Nérija, her love for Jackie McClean, the legacy of Colonialism, and how her roots and culture influence her composition.
What's Wrong With Your Mouth?!
This was such a great and funny conversation! London based Harpist Alina Bzhezhinska talks about her journey to becoming one of the top Harpists in the UK, discovering the music of Alice Coltrane, working for the King of Thailand plus the joys of motherhood.
Don't Be Comfortable Being Comfortable
Star South African artist Nonhle Beryl wanted to work in a lab before winning a competition to tour America at the age of 14. Now she works at the Lion King Theatre in Germany and discusses her journey there, internet trolls and her love for all things Beyoncé.
Connection Is Key
SaraJane sits down with Backstage Spotlight to talk about her journey to recording her first album #StepOne, singing backing vocals for one of Germany's biggest stars (Ina Müller), how she connects with her audiences and much much more
From Latvia To London
Nora Bite is a Jazz Guitarist from originally from Latvia, now based in London. Since she moved she has performed with artists such as Amy Winehouse, as well as starting up her own weekly jam session. Hear her talk about her journey, learning the guitar, Aikido and finding the right musicians.
The Saxophone Whisperer
With over 17,000 instruments repaired and a client list featuring some of the best saxophonists in the world, find out how Rupert Noble became one of the leading saxophone repairers in the UK, his take on the new wave of young musicians, why vintage horns are better than modern ones and the only lick in his repertoire.