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Creative Sessions: The Tall Poppies

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Our 2017/2018 sessions kicked off in style with a fabulous session with London band The Tall Poppies!

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This was the second time that Susan and Catherine had played a session for us – the first being back in 2015 on Steve Robertson’s Between The Lines show.

This time they were joined by violinist and keyboard player Diarmuid and played three new songs for us which you can see and hear again below:




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The band have a new single – Now – out this week and a new album won’t be far behind. If you want to keep up to date with releases and gigs then keep an eye on their official website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Salad Undressed live in session

We were delighted to get Salad Undressed – Marijne van der Vlugt, Paul Kennedy and Donald Ross Skinner – down to Brentwood to kick off this year’s Phoenix FM Creative Sessions!

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Salad were formed in 1992, with Pete Brown and Rob Wakeman joining Marijne and Paul in the line up. Marijne was keeping busy as one of the roster of MTV VJs broadcasting regularly to the UK and Europe. The band signed to Island Records and released two albums – debut Drink Me, which reached no 16 in the UK album charts in 1995, and Ice Cream in 1997.

The band were joined by Charley Stone – who featured in our Joanne Joanne session in 2013 – as a live guitarist, keyboard player and backing vocalist.

After the band split Marijne formed Cowboy Racer – and we hosted their only radio session back in 2011 when they came down to our former studio at the Baytree Centre in Brentwood.

In 2016 Marijne and Paul decided to get back together to play acoustic Salad numbers at a few gigs. The first one went under the name of the MB’s as a homage to the band’s pre-Salad name (the Merry Babes) but then settled on Salad Undressed after that. And we were there AGAIN to host their first acoustic session in years and years. (Big Salad fans here, obv).


And now we’re pleased to announce that we’ve hosted their first electric (ish) session since the 1990s! Marijne and Paul were joined on bass by Donald Ross Skinner, producer of Ice Cream and long time collaborator with Julian Cope.

We were treated to five tracks – an oldie (Granite Statue), three newies (Being Human, Nowhere Near and Relationship Dust) and a cover (Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 classic White Rabbit).

Salad Undressed are currently writing and recording a new album – Good Love Bad Love – and you can get and two more albums of other recordings on Pledgemusic. And we also heard some exclusive news about what they’re planning straight after that! You can hear the interview again here:

And here’s the audio and video from the recordings:

For the latest news about the band keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Phoenix FM has been recording with the Creative Recording Studios in Brentwood since 2005. For more information about their facilities and rates please contact Dave Shalloe on 01277 811886 or visit www.creativemusicstudios.co.uk.

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Turin Brakes live in session

We were delighted to get Turin Brakes – Olly, Gale, Rob and Eddie – down to Brentwood to kick off this year’s Phoenix FM Creative Sessions!

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The band was formed in south London in 1999. Their first album, 2001’s The Optimist, won critical acclaim and a Mercury Music Prize nomination and this was followed up in 2003 by the band’s highest charting single, the UK top 5 record Painkiller.

Since then they’ve been releasing new music and touring to their large worldwide fanbase as well as being mainstays on the festival circuit.

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We spoke to them about their new album Lost Property, their current successful tour and what the future holds for the band.

You can hear the interview again here:

You can see and hear the session below:

For the latest news about the band keep an eye on their official website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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We’ll be featuring more bands as part of the series of studio sessions with Creative later this year.

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Phoenix FM has been recording with the Creative Recording Studios in Brentwood since 2005. For more information about their facilities and rates please contact Dave Shalloe on 01277 811886 or visit www.creativemusicstudios.co.uk.

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The Phoenix FM Creative Sessions 2015

This year’s Creative Sessions are now over! They took place in the Foyer of the Brentwood Centre on 1st and 2nd August.

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Petty Phase playing in the Brentwood Centre foyer on the Saturday of this year’s weekend

We took a LOT of photos. You can see them all on our Facebook gallery HERE.

The sessions are an annual event which we’ve been staging with the Creative Recording Studios in East Horndon since 2005. In that time we’ve recorded 181 sets of studio-quality recordings for 173 different bands, many of whom had no other access to recording or radio airtime.

Every artist gets an hour on stage to set up, play three songs (or re-play them if they weren’t happy!) and break down again. We take pictures and video, Creative then mix and master the songs, and we then play them on the radio and release them on YouTube too.

We’re now mixing and mastering the recordings and they will be on air and on this website in the next few weeks.

This year’s line up:

Saturday 1st August
0900 Matt Tubey
1000 Klair Quest
1100 Paul Woodley
1200 Winter
1300 The Hundred
1400 Different People
1500 Under The Stars
1600 Pola
1700 Petty Phase
1800 False Heads
1900 The Jiti Queen
2000 Eva Tobin

Sunday 2nd August
0900 Only Braves
1000 Fever Dream
1100 Finding Miranda
1200 Juke
1300 Gulag Vakation
1400 Paul Williams
1500 Dem Bones
1600 KLOQ
1700 Kurtze
1800 The Victories
1900 Tokyo Taboo
2000 The Shermans

Matt Tubey

A young folk/acoustic singer/songwriter originally from Romford.

Klair Quest

Another young singer/songwriter from Grays who regularly performs in the Brentwood area.

Paul Woodley

A young Essex blues singer and guitarist.

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Jillian Winter is an acoustic singer/songwriter and tattoo artist from Southend-on-Sea who we caught playing live at the recent Village Green event in Chalkwell Park.

The Hundred

A rock/indie/punk band from Brentwood who will be featuring at September’s Flag Factory Festival in Coxtie Green.

Different People

An alternative grunge band from Grays who recently came in to Phoenix FM’s Curveballs show for an acoustic session.

Under The Stars

A synthpop quartet from Nantes, France who feature regularly on Rob Harvey’s Synth City show – they’re coming just to record a session for us!

Pola

A Polish singer now living in London, who is also a model as well as being an animal rights and vegan activist who has appeared in newspapers all over the world.

Petty Phase

A recently-formed young punk/riot grrl quartet from Southend-on-Sea.

False Heads

An East London punk/funk band who’ve also featured on our Curveballs show in the past.

The Jiti Queen

The Afropop musical project of Ruth Tiriboyi, originally from Murhewa in Zimbabwe and now living in London.

Eva Tobin

A young singer/songwriter from Southend-on-Sea who has already performed both live on air with us and at our regular Phoenix Fridays shows.

Only Braves

A four-piece rock band from Essex.

Fever Dream

A shoegaze/indie trio now based in London featuring an ex-Brentwood County High pupil in drummer Cat Loye.

Finding Miranda

A Grays indie rock quartet featuring Phoenix FM presenter Chay Appleyard and the drummer-with-a-thousand-bands-and-Phoenix-FM-sessions Tony Buckley.

Juke

An indie/rock quartet from Southend-on-Sea who’ve also recently played at our Phoenix Fridays shows.

Gulag Vakation

An Essex band who’ve played an acoustic set on Phoenix FM, inspired by the music and stories of Soviet Russia.

Paul Williams

An acoustic singer/songwriter from Grays who plays blues-tinged rock.

Dem Bones

A London trio playing rootsy, rock and ska-influenced original tunes.

KLOQ

A Chelmsford punktronica quartet with a host of influences including the Prodigy, Muse and the Chemical Brothers.

Kurtze

An atmospheric Chelmsford indie/rock outfit.

Victories

A Brentwood heavy rock band who have appeared in our Phoenix In The Foyer events and will be headling this year’s Flag Factory Festival.

Tokyo Taboo

A quartet from London who play provocative and infectious pop/rock/punk.

The Shermans

An indie/rock quartet from Brentwood who have featured on Phoenix FM several times and played many local events including the Phoenix FM stage at Lighting Up Shenfield.

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2013 Creative Sessions: Outset Ocarina

This year’s Creative Sessions were held in the Foyer at the Brentwood Centre over the weekend of 13 and 14 April.

Our final band of the weekend was Outset Ocarina, a new rock trio led by our own Thursday evening rock presenter Alex Hoggett. The band gave us three songs – Side By Side, Battalion and Promises.

After the session the band went in to the studio to chat with Chris Siviter live on air, and you can hear the interview again below:

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The sessions were played out on air for the first time on 8 June 2013. You can see the videos and photos below. Thanks to Dave Shalloe, Jamie Isherwood and William Chan at Creative Studios for producing the audio.




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2013 Creative Sessions: Knifeworld

This year’s Creative Sessions were held in the Foyer at the Brentwood Centre over the weekend of 13 and 14 April.

Our penultimate band on day two were Knifeworld, an eight-piece psychedelic/progressive outfit led by Kavus Torabi, the co-presenter of the Interesting Alternative Show here on Phoenix FM. The band gave us three songs – In A Foreign Way, The Prime Of Our Decline and Me To The Future Of You.

After the session the band went in to the studio to chat with Chris Siviter live on air, and you can hear the interview again below:

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The sessions were played out on air for the first time on 4 June 2013. You can see the videos and photos below. Thanks to Dave Shalloe, Jamie Isherwood and William Chan at Creative Studios for producing the audio.










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2013 Creative Sessions: Joanne Joanne

This year’s Creative Sessions were held in the Foyer at the Brentwood Centre over the weekend of 13 and 14 April.

Our tenth band on day two were the brilliant Joanne Joanne, an all-female Duran Duran tribute band (sorry, concept band). They played out four songs for us – Planet Earth, Late Bar, Girls On Film and New Religion.

After the session the band went in to the studio to chat with Jed Shepherd live on air, and you can hear the interview again below:

The sessions were played out on air for the first time on 30 June 2013. You can see the videos and photos below. Thanks to Dave Shalloe, Jamie Isherwood and William Chan at Creative Studios for producing the audio.
















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2013 Creative Sessions: The Emotion Signal

This year’s Creative Sessions were held in the Foyer at the Brentwood Centre over the weekend of 13 and 14 April.

Our ninth band on day two were the Emotion Signal – fresh from their performance at our 33rpm gig the previous weekend in Southend. We were treated to four songs – Shamrocks, Paris Syndrome, Flying and Shortbread Superted.

After the session the band went in to the studio to chat with Jed Shepherd live on air, and you can hear the interview again below:

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The sessions were played out on air for the first time on 14 June 2013. You can see the videos and photos below. Thanks to Dave Shalloe, Jamie Isherwood and William Chan at Creative Studios for producing the audio.



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2013 Creative Sessions: Abdoujaparov

This year’s Creative Sessions were held in the Foyer at the Brentwood Centre over the weekend of 13 and 14 April.

Our eighth band on day two were Abdoujaparov, who are no strangers to Phoenix FM – frontman Les Carter (formerly of 90s indie legends Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine) is a former presenter on the station and the band have taken part in a couple of Phoenix gigs in the past, including one in the White Hart in Brentwood High Street before becoming the Sugar Hut.

The band played three songs – Married To The Rock, Fingers and the Abdou Theme – two of which may be appearing on the band’s third album sometime soon (working title Dead Bodies Shopping Trolleys).

After the session the band went in to the studio to chat with Jed Shepherd live on air, and you can hear the interview again below:

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The sessions were played out on air for the first time on 27 June 2013. You can see the videos and photos below. Thanks to Dave Shalloe, Jamie Isherwood and William Chan at Creative Studios for producing the audio.










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2013 Creative Sessions: Za/Zu

This year’s Creative Sessions were held in the Foyer at the Brentwood Centre over the weekend of 13 and 14 April.

Our seventh band on day two were Za/Zu, a five-piece electro-disco-funk band who’d come up from Brighton.

After the session the band went in to the studio to chat with Michelle Ward live on air, and you can hear the interview again below:

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The sessions were played out on air for the first time on 3 June 2013. You can see the videos and photos below. Thanks to Dave Shalloe, Jamie Isherwood and William Chan at Creative Studios for producing the audio.













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