Gavin Monaghan is a producer who commands massive respect worldwide, but who is equally at home working with local bands he has an affinity with. He loves his work. The people who work with him love his work as well. He operates from an unassuming but brilliant complex, the third premises that he's named Magic Garden. Music of all shapes and descriptions flows from there out to the world. Above all Gavin focuses on results - it's fascinating to hear how he gets those results, how he got started, and how technology has changed the creative music landscape. Craft skills, hard won and invaluable.
To learn more about the music, or the musicians mentioned in this podcast, head to the companion Radio To Go blog post. 'A Life in Music: Gavin Monaghan', which you can find at www.radiotogo.com. Everything that Gavin touches on is linked there so you can explore to your hearts content.
The story starts, as with many in this series, with a dedicated teacher, when Gavin was very, very young.
Among his better-known local clients, you'll find Ocean Colour Scene, Carina Round, Paul Murphy, Editors, Scott Matthews, Robert Plant, Nizlopi and The Twang. That's one terrific range of talent. Among his newer clients, you'll find Pagans (Shepherds Of Humanity), The Blinders, HÜDS, Paper Buoys, Methods, Cherry Lotus, and more.
The Lives in Music series celebrates people who have spent a lifetime in music. They may be famous; they may be people who have spent their lives working in the background for the love of it. But they all have stories.
The intro and outro music in this series comes from the great bass player Mike Hatton, who you can hear interviewed in series 1, here. 'Everything Changes' is included in his excellent 2019 album 'Bassic Salvation'.
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