Feel and share the audio love
Sound has the magic ability to transport you to all sorts of places and to elevate and lift your mood, or even calm and sooth it. Flare wants to tap into that and do what they can to make this time a little more bearable for everyone. With that in mind, the team at HQ are in the process of setting up a Facebook Community page for people who want to share music, podcasts and listening experiences. We’ve even got some famous Flare fans involved, so stay tuned for exclusive content.
The page is called Flare Family and can be found here.
But for those who don't have facebook all posts are on this news page so just keep scrolling...
“Flare will be hosting listening parties, posting playlists from guest curators, anything that we think will be of interest to our Flare community,” explains Flare Director, Naomi Roberts. “We will be using this as a means to do our bit to helping us all keep sane and to deliver a slice of joy where we can.”
Long Live Ears.
Long Live Us.
Desert Island Discs🏝 🎶
There is a wonderful and vast back catalogue of Desert Island Discs to listen to.
Three of our favourites to start you off are David Byrne: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09vz6r1
Flares friend the polar explorer Ben Saunders: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0709v49
The enigmatic music maestro Harry Rabinowitz: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b0606vtx
Next up is the brilliantly entertaining new podcast from Stephen Fry on the Seven Deadly Sins.
The fab Needle Mythology is well worth a listen. It's where you'll find the great Pete Paphides having interesting and revealing conversations with well-loved musicians.
We recommend starting with this one, where Pete talks to one of our favourites, the lovely Fran Healy from Travis:
The Radiolabs podcast is a thing of joy. They cover every subject you can think of with wit, enthusiasm and scientific know-how.
This one is one of our favourites: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/episodes/things
Pitchfork have produced a great piece where they have asked some of their favourite artists about the music they’re gravitating to at this anxious and isolating time.
Here are their selections: https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/music-coronavirus-angel-olsen-perfume-genius-animal-collective/
An uplifting mixture of comedy and music from the ever entertaining Horne Section!
Calling all QI fans!
What do you get if you put 4 QI Elves in a room with their four favourite facts of the week...?
You get this aces podcast that's what. 🐠🐟🧝♀️🧝♂️
A new recommendation in folks!
This time from our inventor and founder Davies and audio supremo Gary Langan.
Epic stories of Nasa’s missions to the Moon with theme music from the formidable Hans Zimmer.
MPG Awards Insider - Flares 2020 music Watch List!
We were extremely proud to sponsor the UK Producer Of The Year at this years MPG Awards. With so many music names under one roof, Team Flare took the opportunity to quiz judges, presenters, winners and attendees to find out what events and new music they rate for 2020.
We grilled some of the people who have worked / are working with Stormzy, the Foo Fighters, Marmozets, Pink Floyd and Tigerpunsh, so if you’re looking for some inspiration for your diary and Spotify lists, read on…
Full FAT Flare!👂🎧🎶❤️
A weekend playlist of uplifting music just for you, our Flare Family.
(Carefully curated by your friends at Team Flare.)
Turn it up
Shake it out
Long Live Ears
📣Online Concert Alert!👏
Last night (Sunday 29 March) Elton John hosted a “living room concert” for coronavirus relief and tapped everyone from Dave Grohl to Billie Eilish to Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong to perform as part of the virtual concert...
The link to the whole concert is here:
But for those who just want a dash of Dave (Grohl) skip to -4:31:27
Or a bit of Billie (Joe Armstrong) skip to -3:30:00
(...not that they're personal faves or owt 😉)
It's Metallica Monday! 🤟
Metallica Mondays Are Here to Rock Your Quarantine Blues!
On March 23rd, the heavy metal band announced they were planning to debut a new streaming concert series called “Metallica Mondays.”
The guys say…
“While we’re all doing our part and staying home, we find ourselves missing live music, so how about we dive back into a few of our favourite shows at a socially responsible distance? Let’s stay connected and virtually visit a few of our favourite places in the world together as we bring a series of live Metallica shows right to your couch!
Tune in for free on Mondays at 5 PM PST/8 PM EDT to catch a complete Metallica show from the archives on our YouTube channel and Facebook. Don’t worry if you can’t catch it “live,” the show will be available on demand for an entire week.”
My Audio World... by Gary Langan
You’ve seen the film. Now hear the real story of how flamboyant new stars, Queen, with two UK chart hits and three LPs to their name, started work on their fourth studio album. Gary Langan, then assistant engineer and “tea boy” at Sarm Studios in London’s East End, looks back on...
"HOW WE MADE BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY."
To read the full story follow this link: https://www.flareaudio.com/blogs/news/gary-langan-my-audio-world
My Audio World... by Phill Jupitus
My ears don’t work properly. It is an undiagnosed situation, but I ruefully came to this conclusion every time I got access to a graphic equaliser. As a 56 year old, a lifetime of ‘right down the front’ gig going, alongside ten years wearing unlimited ‘Desperate Dans’ in radio studios has taken its toll on my ‘range’.
More Bottom, More Top!
Read the full blog here: https://www.flareaudio.com/blogs/news/my-audio-world-phill-jupitus
My Audio World... by Sadia Sadia
Tasmania is one of my favourite places in the world. I love the short hop that takes me from Melbourne across the Bass Straits, and the clean air that goes straight to your head, like you’re breathing champagne.
I started my professional life in audio as a record producer. Back in the late 1970’s I was among the first women to be signed to a major label as a record producer (EMI Canada). I produced and co-wrote a handful of gold and platinum albums, but truth be told I had a pretty lousy time in control rooms. The seventies and eighties were often a harsh time to be woman in the music business, let alone the only woman in the control room.
My Audio World... by Waq Aziz
It was a journey that took him from university, via the legendary Yellow Arch Studios in Sheffield and the caves of the Peak District to London warehouses. Flare Audio director Waq fell in love with sound at an early age after being captivated by the allure of the hand drum and finding inspiration in the power of nature’s sounds.
“How we harnessed the sounds of dance”
Read more here: https://www.flareaudio.com/blogs/news/my-audio-world-waq-aziz