Sound Sessions’ co-host, Michael Heidemann, catches up with Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall of the explosive EDM group, The Chainsmokers! They discuss their meteoric rise to fame, their humble beginnings and playing at Chicago’s Lollapalooza. Check it all out on Sound Sessions!Read More
Coming off two solo albums as well as the 2013’s AHJ EP – Guitarist, artist, style aficionado and all around renaissance man, Albert Hammond Jr. is set to release his new album Momentary Masters due to drop on July 31st in the US ala Vagrant records.
Albert mentions, the band that grew out of the last AHJ EP turned into something better he could have imagined — even in his own circle of friends and family Momentary Masters stands as some of his best work.
We catch up over the phone discussing the challenges of making the new record, his marriage, new band, his foray into the style scene and how his lifestyle has taken a positive/enlightened change for the better. In a life surrounded by an intoxicating mix of non-stop touring & excess as prominent member of the rebel princes of rock ‘n roll royalty, The Strokes— Albert’s lifestyle took a less than savory shift. Now, Albert explains that.. [“I’m making it easier for me to do things I want to do as opposed to making it harder or pretending it’s a valiant effort that I’ve gotten through my own… what’s it called… My own war.”]
We also hit upon the stellar covers he rocks during his shows– From the songs he’s previously covered “Postal Blowfish” by Guided By Voices to “One Last Caress” Mistfits — We’ll have to see what Albert chooses to roll out on the latest tour… Did someone say The Police? Oh snap! We’ll just have to wait and see!Read More
“That’s the thing about art… it all starts out from something in your mind.”
This week on Michael Heidemann‘s podcast I had the opportunity to speak with one of the world’s most quirky and passionate songwriters, Ingrid Michaelson. We discuss everything from the quiet places she likes to pen her songs to what it feels like to have her music used as the soundtrack for a wedding. Always the delight, Ingrid shares her favorite spot to visit when she comes to Chicago (hint: They have the best bread) and gives her best shot at a Chicago accent!Read More
On Episode One with WGN’s music aficionado’s, Kevin Richter & Michael Heidemann – We sit down with Alloysious Massaquoi of the Mercury Prize winning band, Young Fathers. Kayus Bankole, Graham Hastings & Alloysious Massaquoi of Young Fathers have put out one of the most eclectic and thought provoking albums of 2015 with White Men Are Black Men Too. Coming off their Mercury Prize winning album “DEAD” — , an award that honors the best British Album of the past year (past winners including James Blake, Franz Ferdinand and the Arctic Monkeys) the Scottish group has been feverishly touring since they broke on to the scene with their first EP’s: Tape One and Tape Two.Read More