Derek Shulman of Gentle Giant joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early days discovering music, working as Simon Dupree and The Big Sound, his early friendship and the Gentle Giant audition of Elton John, the formation and creative process of Gentle Giant, working with Tony Visconti, the ups and downs of Gentle Giant, his time working A&R at Polygram and as the President/CEO of Atco Records where he helped discover and sign such bands as Bon Jovi, Cinderella, Tears for Fears, Dream Theater, Pantera, thoughts on Dan Reed Network, the new Gentle Giant Blu-Ray and CD release Three Piece Suite featuring remixes by Steven Wilson, does he still write music, does he miss performing, what’s next and much more.
Ian Zapczynski & Craig Smith
episode 08: Craig’s choice
Porcupine Tree / Stupid Dream
Adrian Belew joins Eric in conversation. We talk about his early days discovering guitar as a kid in Kentucky, auditioning, working with and learning from Frank Zappa, memories of recording and touring with David Bowie, his long tenure in King Crimson, his varied solo and side projects (including working with The Bears, Trent Reznor and Steven Wilson) and pursuits and we get into his new unique, interactive and constantly evolving music app, Flux.
As a compliment to the track by track look at the Hand. Cannot. Erase. album in our previous episode, Steven Wilson took some time during a break in the tour to speak with Pods & Sods about the album, tour, record collecting and his new signature guitar.
Steven Wilson’s Hand. Cannot. Erase. is already Craig’s pick for album of the year, and it’s looking good to take the decade as well. Megan Stemm-Wade is on hand to discuss this monster record track by track with Pods & Sods and also touch upon the live show as well. Please also check out our following episode which will feature an exclusive interview with Steven Wilson.
In the second installment of our ’round robin pick three’, Craig attempts to spook out special guest Brian Jacobs with his pick: 2002’s In Absentia by Porcupine Tree.