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Now, there was a bit of talk about the possibility of having the electric picnic this year during the week. But I think light music seems a very long way off in Ireland right now. But there are plans to hold some more festivals in the UK this summer. And I think there's a lot of discussion going on around that about whether the people attending will have to be vaccinated or not or how will they manage it. Now, someone who knows a thing or two about music festivals is BBC presenter Edith Bowman, who has hosted BBC's coverage for countless Glastonbury Zieger.
Good afternoon. How are you? I'm good. How are you? I'm not bad, you know. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there.
Absolutely no. We listen and Edith, there's no Glastonbury this year, but there are other festivals in the UK like selling tickets. There seems to be issues around insurance and stuff, but there are going to be festivals in the UK this summer, is there?
I think I think there will be at some point when that is. I have no idea. And I know that there's things like waiting in Leeds or selling tickets. That's the bank holiday weekend in August, which doesn't seem that far away. And no one really knows if they're going to go ahead or not. Obviously, they're selling tickets, but it's it's it's it's a 50 50. I think so at the minute, because no one's really set in stone what the kind of criteria is with regards to vaccination of people going to need those kind of vaccination passports to be able to get in that kind of thing.
So I don't know. Then you have like Isle of Wight that push back to September. That seems a bit more realistic? I think so. I mean, I hope and pray that we can get back to to live music as soon as possible, as safe as possible, obviously, as well.
And of course, we only go into festivals this summer.
And I'd like to hope so. I mean, my husband, you know, being in EDS and also with this project, Smith, and he's got festivals booked in the summer in mainland Europe. And, you know, if he's going, I'm going, you know, but I do.
Did I hear that normally you and I and the kids would tag along with your husband.
Tom has asked for a bit of time this summer when he goes on tour.
Not really. No, he did actually know because they've got he's got a project that he's got to work in, that he's going to need to go in the studio with the band to do some work. And before I even got the chance to sort of to kind of gauge test the water. Should we go? I go. I think this is one for you to just go and get some you time on this one.
OK, but with the festivals we we love just kind of jumping on the bus and meeting and whatever it is and and to ride with him for a week or so, the kids love. It's a great way of them seeing over the parts of the world and and learning about different cultures. Really.
Oh yeah. It's so great. Great. Our life. It's the dream for any kids really isn't it. Takes a bit of that in their lives.
Is it hard having having a rock musician in a house during a pandemic like was he a bit like a caged animal or did he cooperate to do what? He was absolutely amazing.
And I mean, you know, it's been all about teamwork, really. But I've got to say that his mum and dad are both we're both teachers. They're retired teacher. And he's definitely got that teacher, Jean.
And because he was amazing at the home school. And so I would have been lost if it just been me trying to do that. And but no. And then, you know, it's lovely because he's been right in at the house. So we've had constant music blaring out of his studio when he's had time to work. So that's been kind of really nice. But I think definitely now he's definitely ready to get back out on the road.
Yeah, but you were kind of lucky, didn't you, move to the country kind of just right at the beginning or nocturnes started Dinge, which was a good move, wasn't it?
I know. I mean, timing was impeccable, really. We've been talking about it for a while. You know, we're close to where his mum and dad is and where he grew up with. He's not that far. It's like an hour on the train in London. But we talked about it for years. And then we just the summer before last just decided, let's do it. We found a house and then moved just before Christmas. And then we were here for, what, two months?
And then we were in lockdown. So it was it was good timing just in terms of us having some space and, you know, being able to go and get some fresh air and do a bit more of that than we would have had we still been in London. Really? Yeah, absolutely.
Of course, that is the it's the rock star trajectory, isn't it, that you end up with a house, very big house in the country and a fish farm and all that kind of things.
I mean, we've grown a few potatoes.
That's probably about it now. All right. So you're not going to Alex James level cheesemaking, which has been made yet, I think. Yeah. You got to listen. If these Lockton continue, at least Lockdown's continue. We'll talk to you next year. You could be cheesemaking reden. Now, listen, you have a podcast, series, soundtrack. And over 200 episodes now, four million lessons, and it's a really good idea. So you basically look at the music used in films, but you talk to the directors.
Are the composers or the actors about it?
Yeah, I just really wanted to start a conversation about music and film. You know, we all of grown up with films, whether it's the Dischord or those songs that we recognise that are in the film. And I just felt like there wasn't really a conversation being heard about it. So, yeah, I launched it back in 2016 and we've been releasing an episode every week. It's called Soundtrack. And with Edith. Yeah, I speak to kind of whoever's around and I never wanted it to feel unaccessible for people.
You know, I'm a film fan. I'm not a critic. I'm not a I'm not a journalist. I'm a broadcaster. And I come everything with a kind of fine attitude. So, you know, one week we might have Jon Favreau or Bradley Cooper on talking about jungle because a star is born or the next week we might have a brand new composer who's worked on his first film. But it's a film that we really love. For example, Saint George, which has been nominated for loads of things this year and won a few things already.
And Adam, who did his first score for that film, and we just wanted to enthuse about his work. And so, yes, it's every episode is very unique and very different and features lots of different music that we then create a Spotify playlist for every episode so people can listen to the music from each one. But I love it. It's my proper pride and joy. And I just I'm so grateful for it during lockdown as well. So we've been able to do it every week.
Course I'm. Yeah, yeah. It's funny how like the race, like I say, even putting aside scores and stuff, the right song in the right scene or the right connexion to music in a film can make the film.
I'm, it's like Trainspotting being the classic example of it for our new generation. What what dogs are Tarantino.
Yeah. Oh that's. Yeah. What's your favourite do you think. What's what's the great soundtrack.
Oh man. I mean, I mean I grew up with John Williams, you know that all those film Star Wars and E.T. and all that kind of Indiana Jones and things. But more recently I'm a massive fan and I watched it again. It was on telly the other night. Interstellar, the Christopher Nolan film that Hans Zimmer. Oh, yeah. Yeah, that's amazing. But I think for me, when it comes to to needle drops and things in in films most recently, and this is something my kids have absolutely obsessed with, over lockdown as the Guardians of the Galaxy films, because they have all that, you know, watching my eight year old wander around the house.
Good. Oh, good.
Good stuff. This is brilliant. So it's just it's a great way of introducing kids to music that's not part of their generation, you know. So my kids I've been introduced to so many amazing things through the use of it in film, which can only be a healthy thing.
I totally are, absolutely. Because we don't want them listening to all that rubbish. They're listening to it.
So we're at that age now where a lot of it's starting to sound like noise to us. I am certain you're probably not there yet. You'll get there soon. But listen, you introduce them to soundtracks early on because was it was it your husband did or you did was a Tom made a soundtrack for the births of the two boys.
Yes, it was. It was it wasn't a soundtrack. It was it was just a playlist. So he put together because I knew I to have a C-section because of our health thing. And so Tom's like, I'll make a I'll make some tunes that we can have on in the background, you know, take our mind off it. So, yeah, he made a playlist for when Rudy was born, who's going to be thirteen in June. And then we used the same playlist for when Spike.
So they both came out to two different things. I really was into my arms by Nick Cave on Spike.
So yeah that's yeah. Highly recommend it if anybody is about to give birth. Yeah.
That sounds, it sounds like a great idea. Can keep everybody calm. Listen you obviously get to watch a lot of TV and films and stuff and of course you were just easing in no to our kind of culture Paralympics and stuff for the week ahead.
Have you any picks, things we might have come across or heard about that you'd recommend?
Yeah, there's a brilliant show or I don't know if I'm allowed to see the name of it, but it's written on Stars and Eugene and Donlevy second widescreen.
We can say we can say Schitt's Creek because we're saying, see this country? So, yeah, Schitt's Creek, I'll say it again. Schitt's Creek.
I'm coming a bit late to it, but we're on the fifth season now and I'm slightly obsessive about this. I've just I mean, I loved it, Catherine and Eugene before. But obviously, Don, they've been introduced to just become slightly obsessed with him and follow him on Instagram and watching his every move. And I'd love to get him on some truckin. But that is an amazing show.
It's just it's one of those ones as well. It's not an instant. You've got to stick with it for a few episodes. But I think it's absolutely phenomenal.
Everybody keeps telling me that. And I can't I can't get it, but maybe I'll give it another go and give you a few more of them. Oh, yeah.
OK, OK. It's so great. And then film wise, there's so many great things. And the minute we just had Steve McQueen on this week's episode of soundtrack and we had a guest pop in as well, Denis LeVelle, who wrote and produced silly games. Remember that track from 40 years ago with Janet Kaidu in the vocal?
And I don't know, I've been watching you for so very long. I'm to you.
Keep going. Keep going. No, no, no, I'll keep going. You need to do is watch Steve McQueen's small acts because there's five films. And in one of those films, Lover's Rock, the song features very heavily. All those films are extraordinary.
There's five of them need to give them a go. Yeah, they are.
I mean, I think they're a very important collection of films in terms of the things that I learnt about, you know, our history and and West Indian history and what they've done for the as well since they arrived in the U.K. And so I think they're very important films to them.
And our youth culture and culture is threaded through it as well. Isn't that? Yeah, and he did. Briefly, before you go, the Grammys are on tonight and we're kind of excited here because obviously Fontaine's DC from Dublin are up against The Strokes and others for Best Album. Just quickly, what would you be taping for tonight?
Well, I'd love to see Fontaine's when I saw them transmittal. It wouldn't be lost some of the summer before.
And there's a couple of film things up, actually. George Robert Tica with his films up for and music for Visual Media. I'd love to see that one. And also and Joker is up for best score for visual media, which I thought was the most amazing thing as well. So I'd love to see that. And I'd like to see Tuilaepa pick up something because I think she's an amazing artist and it's been a year in many ways.
And Taylor Swift here and her year.
OK, listen, Edith Brauman, great to talk to you. And that their podcast is called Sound Tracking. Thank you, Edith. And we'll take a break. Email Brendan Ottati, Dotti.