TN:102 Loyle Carner, Kwes & Nick Mills

In this episode, John is back at Spitfire Audio to catch up with Ben Coyle-Larner, better known as Loyle Carner, along with producers Kwes and Nick Mills, about how they wrote, recorded and produced Loyle’s new album ‘Hugo’.   Reflecting back on their time writing over lockdown, Ben, Kwes and Nick talk us through their extensive process of whittling each track down to the finished article, from the early jam sessions and demos they fell in love with, right through the numerous directions they took each beat.   Along with sharing some of the best examples of collaboration and what it can bring, we’re treated to detailed track breakdowns and thoughts on the most effective approaches to take when balancing the emotions of a beat to the emotions within lyrics.   Listen to find out what dangers come with making things too musical, how AI came to the rescue multiple times, and what the ultimate studio snack is.   Tracks discussed: Hate, Nobody Knows, Plastic   LINKS TO EVERYTHING TAPE NOTES    Listen to ‘Hugo’ here. EMI, Universal Music Intro Music - Sunshine Buddy, Laurel Collective   GEAR MENTIONS D16 Decimort Plugin Oxford Inflator Plugin Kazrog True Iron Plugin Plugin Alliance Black Box Serato Sample Plugin Soundtoys Decapitator Soundtoys Tremolator Soundtoys Echoboy Soundtoys Little AlterBoy Valhalla Vintage Verb Mellotron Fabfilter Plugins  Goodhertz Lossy Plugin XLN Audio RC 20 Moises AI App Shure SM57 DBX 118 Expander Lewitt 640 Mics Teenage Engineering OP1 Logic Stock Pedals FL Studio   OUR GEAR HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :)  Donate KEEP UP TO DATE For behind the scenes photos and the latest updates, make sure to follow us on:  Instagram: @tapenotes  Twitter: @tapenotes  Facebook: @tapenotespodcast   YouTube: Tape Notes Podcast Discord: Tape Notes To let us know the artists you’d like to hear, Tweet us, slide into our DMs, send us an email or even a letter. We’d love to hear!  Visit our website to join our mailing list:   HELP SUPPORT THE SHOW If you'd like to help support the show you can donate as little or as much as you'd like here, (we really appreciate your contributions :)  Donate   TAPE NOTES TEAM Will Brown - Executive Producer, Engineer & Editor Tim Adam-Smith - Executive Producer Will Lyons - Editor Herbie Elton-Rowley - Videographer Matt Purbrick - Production Assistant Guy Nicholls - Production Assistant Nathan Hetherington - PR Rebecca Ibbotson - Digital Marketing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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Tape Notes is a podcast about the art and craft of music production. Hosted by John Kennedy, each episode reunites an artist and producer to talk about the highlights of their collaboration in the studio. Their conversations lift the lid on every stage of the creative process, from kindling the first spark of a song idea, through decisions on style and instrumentation, to finessing the final product. Full of fascinating anecdotes, the conversations also feature early demo versions and stems from the original session recordings. The result is a unique insight into the working methods of some of the most innovative and exciting talents in music.