MAKING TRACKS PODCAST

Making Tracks Podcast explores the life story behind a song, with the musician who wrote it. It's about musical and personal journeys, songwriting, philosophy, psychology, spirituality and more

My own experiences as a musician, when I had leukaemia and during hard time, have made me realised how much music can help us through these hard times, make sense of our experiences, and to feel connected to others. I now want to invite other musicians to explore the meaning of music, and its importance in their lives.


Making Tracks Podcast is funded by Arts Council England , Youth Music as part of Making Tracks, a partnership project between Trinity Bristol, Basement Studios and Aspiration Creation Elevation (ACE)

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EPISODE 11::
ABI FLYNN

TRACK: "Courage"

  • Her miraculous healing from a terminal diagnosis, emerging from emotional and inner work - such a similar experience to my own

  • Recording “Courage” whilst “basically on her death bed"

  • Adjusting back from isolation, drawing parallels to lockdown

  • Alchemy and inner transformation

  • How closeness to death gave urgency to her music making - and the loss of motivation afterwards

  • How becoming a mother has changed her outlook on death

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EPISODE 10::
JASMINE CROWE

  • Her father - an astrophysicist, philosopher and pianist

  • Songwriting to process his passing away

  • Songwriting collaboratively long distance during lockdown

  • Coping mechanisms and mental health

  • The relationship between music, time and memory

  • Astrophysics, Jupiter and stardust 

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EPISODE 9::
ANUSHA

TRACK: "Someone I Never Wanted"

  • Her experience of sexual harassment at university

  • Combining her background in classical music with poetry & hip-hop

  • Songwriting to make sense of difficult experiences

  • How art can precipitate social change

  • The value of play

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EPISODE 8::
GROVE

  • What being queer means to them

  • Discovering their black heritage, and how these two identities intersperse

  • Self-exploration

  • AI

  • Nina Simone, and how a life can be a piece of art, and a form of protest

  • Evolving as a society beyond duality and classifications

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EPISODE 7::
RIZIK

  • Leaving marketing to pursue his dream of being a musician

  • Feeling shame about calling yourself "an artist"

  • Materialism in Los Angeles

  • Feeling pressured by his Palestinian parents into a conventional path

  • The fraud complex

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EPISODE 6::
ANDY CATO (GROOVE ARMADA)

  • His early experiences of dance music

  • Playing jazz with his dad

  • Music culture as social change

  • Zen

  • His transition into regenerative farming

  • Parallels between farming and song-writing

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EPISODE 5::
SAM BROOKES

  • Grief

  • Healing through songwriting

  • Depression

  • The magic of live music

  • Finding peace within ourselves

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EPISODE 4::
THOMAS KAM

  • From Oxford University to India to Bristol Hospital

  • Being diagnosed with leukaemia

  • How songwriting made cancer manageable

  • Dear Lady Death

  • Making Tracks

  • Writing music in hospital

  • Making the podcast

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EPISODE 3::

ELI CARVAJAL

TRACK: "Mom Song"

  • His mom's journey: 

    • from a dancer to a lawyer

    • From NY to London

    • her recent heart attack

  • Chinese poetry

  • The songwriter as a prism for creative consciousness

  • Our first experiences of performing

  • Writing songs about family

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EPISODE 2::

KATHRYN WILLIAMS

  • The downsides of fame

  • Writing music in collaboration

  • Different recording and production style

  • Using silence in music

  • Teaching songwriting

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EPISODE 1::

DIZRAELI

  • His mental breakdown

  • The ecstatic moment of release from depression

  • Sampling the city

  • Inner silence, inner peace

  • Black Lives Matter

  • Poetry vs Rap

  • His time studying percussion in Senegal

Interested in being on the podcast? Email: hello@thomaskam.com