The First Time With

6 Music's Matt Everitt presents in-depth, exclusive and revealing interviews with major artists revealing the pivotal moments and songs that shaped their lives and their careers.

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Charlie Watts2011122520120701

As part of 6 Music Celebrates: 50 years of the Rolling Stones we revisit the First Time with Charlie Watts.

Jagger's ego might always occupy the centre stage, and Richards is the archetypal elegantly wasted rocker - but the heart of The Rolling Stones has to be drummer Charlie Watts.

His distinctive and deceptively powerful drumming has propelled the group throughout their career and countless hits. Stones members may come and go, but as "Keef" himself admits: no Charlie? No Stones.

In this rare interview with Matt Everitt, Charlie tells of his life as the least rock 'n' roll but always charming Stone. With his deadpan with and laconic style, Charlie recalls his pre-Stones career; and the early, starving bedsit days of what would become one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands in the world; as well as the roots of his over-riding passion, jazz.

He also sheds a light on his role within the complex relationships within the group; their golden years of recording; his own brief but hard-fought battle with heroin; and whether the Stones would, or could ever, tour again.

Amidst the retrospective look at some of the best of Matt Everitt's First Time series is a new interview with Charlie Watts.

His distinctive and deceptively powerful drumming has propelled the group throughout their career and countless hits. Stones members may come and go, but as "Keef" himself admits: no Charlie? No Stones.

Matt Everitt speaks to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.

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Matt Everitt speaks to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.

As part of 6 Music Celebrates: 50 years of the Rolling Stones we revisit the First Time with Charlie Watts.

Jagger's ego might always occupy the centre stage, and Richards is the archetypal elegantly wasted rocker - but the heart of The Rolling Stones has to be drummer Charlie Watts.

His distinctive and deceptively powerful drumming has propelled the group throughout their career and countless hits. Stones members may come and go, but as "Keef" himself admits: no Charlie? No Stones.

In this rare interview with Matt Everitt, Charlie tells of his life as the least rock 'n' roll but always charming Stone. With his deadpan with and laconic style, Charlie recalls his pre-Stones career; and the early, starving bedsit days of what would become one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands in the world; as well as the roots of his over-riding passion, jazz.

He also sheds a light on his role within the complex relationships within the group; their golden years of recording; his own brief but hard-fought battle with heroin; and whether the Stones would, or could ever, tour again.

01Bryan Ferry2011010220120102

Roxy Music frontman and solo star Bryan Ferry discusses the musical milestones of his life with Matt Everitt. 6 Music has recently repeated some of the highlights of this series - catch up with them on the BBC iPlayer.

Matt Everitt in conversation with Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry

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6 Music's Matt Everitt in an exclusive and revealing conversation with Johnny Marr.

The First Time examines the Mancunian maestro's earliest musical memories, his first fumbled grapplings with a guitar and his initial, and crucial, meeting with Morrissey leading to the formation of The Smiths.

The programme also explores his post-Smiths career and collaborations with The Pretenders, Electronic, Modest Mouse and The Cribs.

0102Frank Black20100718

6 Music's Matt Everitt examines another star's early years.

0103Yusuf Islam20100725

6 Music's Matt Everitt examines the early years of Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens.

Matt Everitt examines the early years of Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens.

0104Richard Hawley20100801

6 Music's Matt Everitt examines the early years of Richard Hawley.

0105Massive Attack's 3d20100808

6 Music's Matt Everitt examines the early years of Massive Attack's 3D - aka Robert Del Naja.

Matt Everitt examines the early years of Massive Attack's 3D - aka Robert Del Naja.

0106James Dean Bradfield20100815

6 Music's Matt Everitt examines the early years of James Dean Bradfield from the Manic Street Preachers.

Matt Everitt examines the early years of James Dean Bradfield.

0107Bill Drummond2010082220111226
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talks to Matt Everitt about his remarkable career.

The one-time manager, record label boss, popstar, musical terrorist, author and conceptual artist talks to Matt Everitt about his remarkable career.

Bill discusses all aspects of is extraordinary career to date. From guiding the Teardrop Explodes, to writing the definitive manual on getting a number one single, from creating then destroying Stadium Rave with the KLF to his now infamous burning of a million pounds, and onto his current attempts to deconstruct the way we experience and interact with music - and reinvent it in wholly remarkable and original ways.

This interview first broadcast in August 2010.

Bill Drummond talks to Matt Everitt about his remarkable career.

Bill discusses all aspects of is extraordinary career to date.

From guiding the Teardrop Explodes, to writing the definitive manual on getting a number one single, from creating then destroying Stadium Rave with the KLF to his now infamous burning of a million pounds, and onto his current attempts to deconstruct the way we experience and interact with music - and reinvent it in wholly remarkable and original ways.

0108Ian Brown2010082920111228

Matt Everitt continues his First Time series by speaking to Ian Brown.

Continuing a season of the best of The First Time, Matt Everitt talks to Ian Brown, whose band The Stone Roses have announced a reunion.

Ian's swagger was certainly a big influence on Liam Gallagher and some argue that the band's 1989 album is the greatest debut of all time.

As well as the songs that defined his life, Ian discusses the making of that debut album, the break-up of the band and the breakdown of the relationship with his childhood friend and guitarist John Squire.

Ian also shares his memories of serving a four month prison sentence for air rage and his rebirth as a solo artist.

This programme first broadcast in August 2010.

A man who's swagger set Liam Gallagher on his way, whose haircut launched a thousand bands, and whose band recorded arguably the greatest debut album of all time.

As well as the songs that defined his life, Ian discusses the making of that record the break-up of the band that made it and the breakdown of the relationship with his childhood friend and musical ally John Squire.

Ian also shares his memories of serving a four month sentence in Strangeways for air rage, and his artistic rebirth as a successful solo artist.

0109Alison Goldfrapp20100905

Continuing to establish itself as the Desert Island Discs for music fans, Matt Everitt's The First Time this week features the formidable Alison Goldfrapp and her amiable musical partner Will Gregory.

As Goldfrapp, the pair have been responsible for some of the most original and influential pop music in recent history - forming a blueprint for contemporary electro pop that has since become ubiquitous for everyone from Britney Spears and Girls Aloud to Madonna.

Matt Everitt talks to the formidable Alison Goldfrapp and her musical partner Will Gregory

0110David Byrne2010091220120101
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talks Matt Everitt through the musical milestones of his life - fom high school combos to The Talking Heads to Eno, Luaka Bop and beyond...

Matt Everitt talks to David Byrne about high school combos, Talking Heads and Brian Eno.

David Byrne talks Matt Everitt through the musical milestones of his life - fom high school combos to The Talking Heads to Eno, Luaka Bop and beyond...

Matt Everitt talks to David Byrne of Talking Heads and record label Luaka Bop about the songs that defined his life.

Matt Everitt talks to David Byrne of Talking Heads and record label Luaka Bop.

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David Byrne talks Matt Everitt through the musical milestones of his life - fom high school combos to The Talking Heads to Eno, Luaka Bop and beyond.

As he curates this year's Meltdown at London's South Bank, there's another chance to hear David Byrne talking Matt Everitt through the musical milestones of his life - from high school combos to The Talking Heads to Eno, Luaka Bop and beyond...

0110David Byrne, Part 220140110

Matt Everitt talks to David Byrne about high school combos, Talking Heads and Brian Eno.

David Byrne talks Matt Everitt through the musical milestones of his life - fom high school combos to The Talking Heads to Eno, Luaka Bop and beyond.

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Matt Everitt continues his First Time series by speaking to Bernard Sumner.

The programme includes Bernard's recollections of the early Punk scene in Manchester, his still raw and painful memories of his friend Ian Curtis' suicide, and the genesis of New Order's Blue Monday.

Matt Everitt talks to Joy Division and New Order's Bernard Sumner.

Matt Everitt's First Time speaks to Bernard Sumner.

Matt Everitt's First Time series speaks to Bernard Sumner.

0112Mark Ronson20100926

Producer and musician Mark Ronson talks to Matt Everitt about the events that have shaped his musical career, including his celebrated album Version from 2006 and producing Amy Winehouse's Back to Black.

Producer and musician Mark Ronson talks to Matt Everitt about his life in music.

0113Mark Everett (e From Eels)20101003

Matt Everitt talks to Mark Everett - aka E from Eels - about his life in music.

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Another chance to hear Matt Everitt in conversation with John Lydon.

Matt Everitt in conversation with John Lydon, from the Pistols to PIL and way beyond.

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Matt Everitt in conversation with Tricky.

0116Tim Burgess20101024

As The Charlatans celebrate the release of their 11th studio album, Matt Everitt talks to singer Tim Burgess about the career of one of the UK's best loved bands.

Recounting their experiences weathering twenty years of trends and fashions - from baggy upstarts to classic rockers and LA experimentalists - and surviving the storms of fortune and tragedy.

Not least the tragic death of their keyboard player in a road accident at the height of their fame in 1996.

Tim also discusses the recent hospitalization of their drummer John Brookes who collapsed at a gig last month and is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumour.

Matt Everitt talks to The Charlatans' Tim Burgess about his career.

0117Neil Tennant20101031

Matt Everitt talks to the Pet Shop Boy's Neil Tennant about his life and career.

0118Jim Reid Of The Jesus And Mary Chain2010110720140116 (6M)
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Matt Everitt talks to Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain about his life and career.

0119Evan Dando20101114

Matt Everitt talks to Evan Dando about his life and career.

0120Alan Mcgee2010112120101231

kicks of Primal Scream Week with a reflection of his life in the music world.

As former boss of Creation Records, McGee helped shape the careers of Primal Scream, Oasis, My Bloody Valentine and a host of other successful and influential British bands.

Recorded in McGee's adopted town, Hay on Wye, Matt Everitt chats to him about the pivotal first moments that shaped his career in music.

Winner of the inaugural Mercury Music Prize and regularly recognised one of the best British albums of all time, Screamadelica continues to maintain the impact felt over the last two decades.

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Matt Everitt's critically acclaimed series The First Time returns for a second series which sees Matt in conversation with some of the most influential musicians of today.

His first guest is 80s legend Adam Ant.

His recent battles with mental health have come to dominate people's memories of Adam Ant so it's become easy to forget just what a massive star he was.

Adam was a key member in the nascent UK punk scene before leading a band who eventually made him one of the biggest stars in the world - blending pop tunes with a punk sensibility and an inspired image that was part Byronic hero, part Beau Brummell and part Highwayman.

Matt Everitt speaks frankly to the man once known simply as Stuart Goddard, about the birth of punk, his emergence to become probably the most recognisable and successful major solo pop star of the early 80s, his spectacular and tragic fall from grace, and how he's been tackling Asperger syndrome to return to the stage and release his first album in seven years.

Matt Everitt's critically acclaimed series The First Time returns for a second series.

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Another chance to hear Adam Ant discussing pivotal musical moments in his life with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2011.

Adam was a key member in the nascent UK punk scene before leading a band who eventually made him one of the biggest stars in the world - blending pop tunes with a punk sensibility and an inspired image that was part Byronic hero, part Beau Brummell and part Highwayman.

Matt Everitt speaks frankly to the man once known simply as Stuart Goddard, about the birth of punk, his emergence to become probably the most recognisable and successful major solo pop star of the early 80s, his spectacular and tragic fall from grace, and how he's been tackling Asperger's syndrome to return to the stage and recording studio.

Another chance to hear Adam Ant discussing the pivotal musical moments of his life.

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Another chance to hear Adam Ant discussing the pivotal musical moments of his life.

Another chance to hear Adam Ant discussing pivotal musical moments in his life with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2011.

Adam was a key member in the nascent UK punk scene before leading a band who eventually made him one of the biggest stars in the world - blending pop tunes with a punk sensibility and an inspired image that was part Byronic hero, part Beau Brummell and part Highwayman.

Matt Everitt speaks frankly to the man once known simply as Stuart Goddard, about the birth of punk, his emergence to become probably the most recognisable and successful major solo pop star of the early 80s, his spectacular and tragic fall from grace, and how he's been tackling Asperger's syndrome to return to the stage and recording studio.

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0202Brett Anderson20110306

Blur and Oasis may have ridden the Britpop zeitgeist to a place in the popular consciousness - but Suede made it possible.

Before Suede the UK music scene was largely in the grip of post grunge Americana - it was Brett Anderson's band who wrestled back dominance andgave people a reason to be proud of their musical heritage - trading freely on the glamour of Bowie, thesexual ambiguity of The Smiths and the passion for popof both.

In the wake ofthe band's recent reunion, Matt Everitt speaks to singer Brett Andersonabouthis childhood, thegroup's birth, the recording of their stunning debut and their 'difficult' second record.He also discusseshis incredible fractious relationship with the band'smercurial guitaristBernard Butler- and the reasons behind theirparting - plus his feeling about the Britpop movement which he helped inspire, but for a while abandoned him.

Brett also talks freely and honestly aboutthe drugproblems which ran throughout much of the band's career - butalso their rebirth and reunion.

Matt Everitt in conversation with Brett Anderson from Suede.

0203Andy Weatherall2011031320111231

While some DJs emerged out of the early house movement to settle into a comfortable and predictably lucrative careers as superclub-orientated superstar DJs, Andrew Weatherall has always followed his own musical compass.

This week, Matt Everitt discusses his career from the first track he ever DJ'd (the WWII War film theme 633 Squadron) onto his residency at the UK's first acid house club Shoom, then as the producer of Primal Scream's genre-breaking Screamadelica and his later work delving into the darker side of vintage rock n roll and techno - with the humour, style and impeccable musical choices that one would expect from one of contemporary music's most innovative and original figures in music.

Matt Everitt in conversation with Andrew Weatherall.

DJ Andrew Weatherall talks Matt Everitt through the musical milestones of his life.

Andrew discusses his career from the first track he ever DJ'd (the WWII War film theme 633 Squadron) onto his residency at the UK's earliest acid house club Shoom. He also talks about producing Primal Scream's genre-breaking Screamadelica and his later work delving into the darker side of vintage rock 'n' roll and techno.

This interview features the humour, style and impeccable musical choices that one would expect from one of contemporary music's most innovative and original figures in music. It first broadcast in March 2011.

0204Roger Taylor20110320

Now seems like a good time to re-examine the legacy of Queen; their early albums are being remasted and reissued, an exhaustive new exhibition chronicling their history has just opened in London, their influence can easily be felt in the work of current stadium rockers like Foo Fighters, Metallica and Muse and they're still the most successful act of all time in the British charts.

This week Matt Everitt speaks to drummer Roger Taylor about the band's formative years as impoverished Hendrix obsessives scratching around West London, the recording of their masterpiece Bohemian Rhapsody, being mistaken for a black American funk band when they released Another One Bites The Dust, THAT Live Aid performance, their precious talent (all four members have written Top 10 hits) and how he and the rest of the band dealt with the death of Freddie Mercury in 1991.

Queen recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1975 is our Classic Concert on 6 Music Saturday 19th March and available on iPlayer for the following seven days.

Matt Everitt in conversation with Queen drummer Roger Taylor.

0205Bob Geldof20110327

Sir Bob Geldof is the next guest to speak to Matt Everitt on 6 Music's life in music interview series The First Time - trying to find out where Geldof the political campaigner stops and Geldof the still-passionate musician starts.

He talks about a solitary, independent childhood life utterly blown apart by the arrival of music in his life, and also speaks about the achievements of his band The Boomtown Rats with a pride befitting their not insignificant success, but also with the knowledge and slight bitterness of a musician who knows he'll be remembered for his other endeavours.

Obviously, it would be impossible to avoid Geldof's enduring legacy - but it's approached here from a different angle, looking the 'Firsts' preceding Band Aid; the first draft of Do They Know Its Christmas, holding the first royalty cheque, and the first politician he tackled - challenging Margaret Thatcher to lift the VAT on the Band Aid single, to which she responded "It's not that simple" to which he famously replied "nothing is as simple as dying" - and the late night phone calls he used to receive from the Prime Minister)

Geldof continues to campaign against poverty at the highest level and also released his first new album for a decade - this show traces the roots of his obsessions with both music and human rights - which have existed within him for as long as he can remember.

Matt Everitt in conversation with Sir Bob Geldof.

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Matt Everitt in conversation with Ray Davies.

Another chance to hear some of the best of Matt Everitt's acclaimed series, in which he gets under the skin of some of music's most significant figures.

Ray Davies is arguably one of the greatest songwriters that England has ever produced. His catalogue of songs helped define whole eras of British cultural life, and the legendary songs he recorded with The Kinks reflected, celebrated and critiqued the concept of Englishness in a way that no pop band had ever done before.

Ray discusses a childhood dominated by a love of Mississippi blues, the difficult relationship with his brother - Kinks guitarist Dave, and the infighting which caused the band to be banned from the US. This led to Ray focusing on the idea of Britishness and inspired some of his finest work.

Ray also discusses the writing of proto-rock anthem You Really Got Me, the controversial (at the time) cross dressing epic Lola and, quite possibly, one of the greatest pop songs ever written - Waterloo Sunset.

This interview first broadcast in April 2011.

0207Debbie Harry20110410

From their early days as part of the CBGBs Post Punk club scene in New York in the late 70's - it was obviously Blondie were a new kind of band.

They absorbed influences like Warhol, '50s Americana and 60s Girl Group Pop with the rough edges of their new wave contemporaries.

And fronting the band was Debbie Harry - sounding and looking smarter, cooler and more beautiful and charismatic than any other singer in any other band around.

On this week's First Time Matt Everitt speaks to Debbie about Blondie's early career developing alongside CBGBs bands like The Ramones, Talking Heads and Television, the pressures that came with the band's enormous fame (and her place as the focal part of that), the management problems that dogged Blondie's history, her strong views on the role of women in rock and her dislike of being called 'An icon'.

0208Michael Stipe20110417

This week on the First Time, Matt Everitt's guest is one of the most the most enigmatic influential singers and lyricists in music.

As the frontman with R.E.M.

Michael Stipe has steered the Athens Georgia fourpiece (who Stipe describes as "The band that had no goals") from the cult underground into the mainstream - setting a precedent for alternative rock bands - and opening the door for bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Radiohead and whole generations of new artists.

In this rare interview, Michael talks to Matt about the early songs that shaped his music outlook (a love of Tammy Wynette, The Beatles and the soundtrack to The Parent Trap hints at the eclectism that would define his career), his close relationship with Patti Smith (who appears on the new R.E.M.

album Collapse Into Now), his desire to celebrate the concept of The Album in a broken market and how his band managed to maintain their status and one of the most esoteric groups ever, while also enjoying massive world-wide mainstream success

This will also be the 'First Time' an interview from the series has been filmed - and you can see Matt in conversation with Michael online at www.bbc.co.uk/6music from the day of broadcast.

Matt Everitt in conversation with Michael Stipe.

0209Harvey Goldsmith20110424

Matt takes Harvey Goldsmith back to his early exposure to music with his parents right through to the present day.

There is no band this man hasn't worked with from Marc Bolan to the artist that graced the stages of at Live Aid and Live 8.

In this weeks The first Time, Harvey revels in the hey day of music when he had the pick of the best acts around.

He describes how he just saw music as "entertainment" and the need to give the audience a show and variety.

So a Harvey Goldsmith production is never going to be low key and in doing so he established Wembley Stadium as a top music venue.

He talks about his relationship with The Who, the aura of Led Zeppelin and of course becoming Jeff Beck's manager.

Harvey has become synonymous with Live Aid and Live8, but he's also been behind many other major rock fundraising galas.

Harvey reveals has also promoted other acts than rock, including Pavarotti and Cirque de Soleil.

has produced and promoted shows with most of the world's major Artists including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Sheryl Crow, Shania Twain, Bee Gees, Jools Holland and Sting to name but a few.

Matt Everitt talks to impresario, promoter and Live Aid/Live 8 co-founder Harvey Goldsmith

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Another chance to hear Marianne Faithfull discussing the music that changed her life. First broadcast in May 2011.

Matt Everitt leads Marianne through a warm, engaging look at a career spanning over five decades. She has worked with many great musicians including David Bowie and Dr. John, and, more recently, Blur and PJ Harvey.

Marianne discusses the music she grew up with - including Chuck Berry and The Everly Brothers - and the way it influenced her solo work. She also covers her forays into country music, her love of jazz, and explains why she received a credit on The Rolling Stones' song Sister Morphine. The singer also talks about her past drug problems and the way that she has now made peace with difficult periods in her life.

A season of the best of The First Time continues with Marianne Faithfull discussing the music that changed her life.

Matt Everitt leads Marianne through a warm, engaging look at a career spanning over five decades.

She has worked with many great musicians including David Bowie and Dr.

John, and, more recently, Blur and PJ Harvey.

Marianne discusses the music she grew up with - including Chuck Berry and The Everly Brothers - and the way it influenced her solo work.

She also covers her forays into country music, her love of jazz, and explains why she received a credit on The Rolling Stones' song Sister Morphine.

The singer also talks about her past drug problems and the way that she has now made peace with difficult periods in her life.

This interview first broadcast in May 2011.

Marianne Faithfull talks to Matt Everitt about the music that mapped her life.

A warm engaging look at one of the influential female singer songwriters of our time Marianne Faithfull, whose music career spans over 5 decades.

You can hear about the music she grew up with including Chuck Berry and The Everley Brothers how this crafted her solo work.

Her venture into country music and love of Jazz.

Marianne also takes us right back to to how she got co-credited on the Rolling Stones' Sister Morphine writing it with her then lover Mick Jagger.

She has worked with so many great musicians including David Bowie, Dr.

John, as well as more recently Blur and PJ Harvey.

She talks about her much publicised drug addiction and how she has made peace with that period in her life now.

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Another chance to hear Marianne Faithfull discussing the music that changed her life. First broadcast in May 2011.

Matt Everitt leads Marianne through a warm, engaging look at a career spanning over five decades. She has worked with many great musicians including David Bowie and Dr. John, and, more recently, Blur and PJ Harvey.

Marianne discusses the music she grew up with - including Chuck Berry and The Everly Brothers - and the way it influenced her solo work. She also covers her forays into country music, her love of jazz, and explains why she received a credit on The Rolling Stones' song Sister Morphine. The singer also talks about her past drug problems and the way that she has now made peace with difficult periods in her life.

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Another chance to hear Marianne Faithfull discussing the music that changed her life.

Another chance to hear Marianne Faithfull discussing the music that changed her life. First broadcast in May 2011.

Matt Everitt leads Marianne through a warm, engaging look at a career spanning over five decades. She has worked with many great musicians including David Bowie and Dr. John, and, more recently, Blur and PJ Harvey.

Marianne discusses the music she grew up with - including Chuck Berry and The Everly Brothers - and the way it influenced her solo work. She also covers her forays into country music, her love of jazz, and explains why she received a credit on The Rolling Stones' song Sister Morphine. The singer also talks about her past drug problems and the way that she has now made peace with difficult periods in her life.

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DJ, producer, composer, St Etienne mastermind and living compendium of pop music culture Mr Bob Stanley joins Matt Everitt for this weeks First Time.

Matt Everitt is joined by St Etienne mastermind Bob Stanley.

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For many people The Clash were the greatest band of all time - they took the sprit and anger of the Sex Pistols and combined it with a idealism and passionate political righteousness that's never been matched.

They broke the fleeting template of punk, by finding international success, absorbing a host of different influences and in doing so, producing a collection of great albums in their decade-long career - a collection that includes at least one genuine classic in London Calling.

At the helm of the band were the late great Joe Strummer - and this week's guest on The First Time, the mighty Mick Jones.

Mick talks Matt Everitt through the history of his years with The Clash - the birth of their gang mentality, their love of musical experimentation and his eventual split from the group (something which clearly still smarts), while also looking back on his early life as a rock n roller (even though his first musical memory was the Coldstream Guards) and the formation of the groundbreaking (and newly reformed) Big Audio Dynamite, as well as his work as a producer with bands including The Libertines and his experiences as a key member of Damon Albarn's multi-headed multimedia simian supergroup Gorillaz.

Matt Everitt talks to former Clash guitarist Mick Jones.

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The greatest and most successful band of all time, a British band who next year will celebrate a landmark 50 years since the release of their debut single Love Me Do.

From the moment they sang those three words 'Yeah Yeah Yeah', to blowing up the boundaries of what a collection of songs could be with their 1967 opus album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band to being the voices and faces of the counter culture, The Beatles undeniable re-shaped pop culture and forever changed the musical landscape.

It's hard to imagine a World with no Beatles in it and to make sure The First Time with - returns for another season with an almighty bang, the first episode opens with one quarter of the Fab Four, the one, the only...

Ringo Starr.

Ringo talks Matt Everitt through the history of his illustrious career.

Starting with how his family inspired him to pick up the drumsticks, how Radio Luxembourg changed his life, what he remembers from his very first performance with The Beatles, to taking on the World and winning, what it was like to be on the inside of the infamous Beatles split, to his solo career with the multi-membered Ringo Starr And his all-Starr Band.

The First Time...

returns for another season with an in depth interview with Ringo Starr.

Matt Everitt discusses musical milestones with the one and only Ringo Starr.

Ringo talks Matt Everitt through his remarkable career - from the early days when his family inspired him to pick up the drumsticks, the influence of Radio Luxembourg and his very first performance with The Beatles; to Beatlemania, conquering the world and how the band's slow and painful break-up felt to an insider.

Ringo also discusses life after The Beatles, his solo career and his All-Starr Band in an interview first heard in September 2011.

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Continuing a series of some of the best of The First Time, Matt Everitt discusses musical milestones with the one and only Ringo Starr.

Ringo talks Matt Everitt through his remarkable career - from the early days when his family inspired him to pick up the drumsticks, the influence of Radio Luxembourg and his very first performance with The Beatles; to Beatlemania, conquering the world and how the band's slow and painful break-up felt to an insider.

Ringo also discusses life after The Beatles, his solo career and his All-Starr Band in an interview first heard in September 2011.

Matt Everitt discusses musical milestones with Ringo Starr. First broadcast in 2011.

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Matt Everitt discusses musical milestones with Ringo Starr. First broadcast in 2011.

Continuing a series of some of the best of The First Time, Matt Everitt discusses musical milestones with the one and only Ringo Starr.

Ringo talks Matt Everitt through his remarkable career - from the early days when his family inspired him to pick up the drumsticks, the influence of Radio Luxembourg and his very first performance with The Beatles; to Beatlemania, conquering the world and how the band's slow and painful break-up felt to an insider.

Ringo also discusses life after The Beatles, his solo career and his All-Starr Band in an interview first heard in September 2011.

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An in-depth, career spanning interview with Bjork.

Another highlight of Matt Everitt's First Time series sees him delving into the mind of Bjork and finding out what makes this unique Icelandic artist tick.

Publicly and critically acclaimed, Bjork has 13 Grammy Awards nominations, one Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards to her name, but it's her ability to use her distinct singing voice as an instrument to craft unique melodies that has won her millions of fans over the world.

Bjork talks Matt Everitt through the her remarkable career. She discusses first falling in love with music after being fascinated by the artwork of her parents' collection of Joni Mitchell and Frank Zappa LPs, recording her debut album aged just 11 years old, forming The Sugarcubes, working with her musical peer Thom Yorke and what inspires her to return to the studio and the stage.

First broadcast in September.

Widely considered one of the greatest musical artists of a generation, a creative maverick not only in her abstract view of what music should be, but a thinking-outside-the-box mentality of what music could be.

Her eclectic musical style has achieved popular acknowledgement and popularity within many musical genres, from rock and jazz, to electronic dance music to classical via folk.

Publicly and critically acclaimed, she has 13 Grammy Awards nominations, one Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards to her name, and has also garnered wider praise for her acting in the film Dancer in the Dark, which she won the Best Actress Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, but it's her ability to use her distinct singing voice as an instrument to craft unique melodies that has won her millions of fans over the World.

The First Time With...

continues with Icelandic singer Bjork.

Bjork talks Matt Everitt through the history of her varied career.

Starting with how she first fell in love with music after being fascinated by the artwork of her parents' vinyl collection of Joni Mitchell and Frank Zappa records, recording her debut album aged just 11 years old, forming The Sugarcubes, working with her musical peer Thom Yorke, why James Blake will be the next big thing and what inspires her to constantly return to the recording studio and the stage.

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Another highlight of Matt Everitt's First Time series sees him delving into the mind of Bjork and finding out what makes this unique Icelandic artist tick.

Publicly and critically acclaimed, Bjork has 13 Grammy Awards nominations, one Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards to her name, but it's her ability to use her distinct singing voice as an instrument to craft unique melodies that has won her millions of fans over the world.

Bjork talks Matt Everitt through the her remarkable career. She discusses first falling in love with music after being fascinated by the artwork of her parents' collection of Joni Mitchell and Frank Zappa LPs, recording her debut album aged just 11 years old, forming The Sugarcubes, working with her musical peer Thom Yorke and what inspires her to return to the studio and the stage.

First broadcast in September 2011.

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Bjork discusses her musical milestones with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2011.

Another highlight of Matt Everitt's First Time series sees him delving into the mind of Bjork and finding out what makes this unique Icelandic artist tick.

Publicly and critically acclaimed, Bjork has 13 Grammy Awards nominations, one Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards to her name, but it's her ability to use her distinct singing voice as an instrument to craft unique melodies that has won her millions of fans over the world.

Bjork talks Matt Everitt through the her remarkable career. She discusses first falling in love with music after being fascinated by the artwork of her parents' collection of Joni Mitchell and Frank Zappa LPs, recording her debut album aged just 11 years old, forming The Sugarcubes, working with her musical peer Thom Yorke and what inspires her to return to the studio and the stage.

First broadcast in September 2011.

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Notable among the hordes of anonymous DJs merely because he stepped out from behind his turntable to seek the attention typically awarded only to rock stars.

Yet his music - a symphonic combination of disco beats, punk-rock speed, and anthemic lyrics - withstands the focus.

Conveniently, Richard Melville Hall's nickname, given to him as a child (in reference to his great-great-great-uncle Herman Melville's Moby Dick), fits perfectly with the pseudonyms of his peers like Aphex Twin, the Orb, and the Prodigy, but his devout spirituality, veganism, and abstinence from alcohol and drugs are a departure from the typically bacchanalian dance scene.

The First Time With...

continues with music pioneer Moby.

Moby gives Matt Everitt a candid interview crossing his entire career.

Starting with how he first fell in love with music aged 3 years old, why super producer Brian Eno is his God, why the juxtaposition of the synthesiser and The Sex Pistols shaped his sound, why his multi-million selling landmark album 'Play' was a mistake and how he ended up playing 'Heroes' on the acoustic guitar with David Bowie in his bedroom, and how he found himself playing New Order songs on a London piano bar with New Order, Ian McCulloch, Mick Jones and Bono.

Matt Everitt is joined by music pioneer Moby for a career-spanning in depth interview.

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In many ways.

Paul Heaton defies musical categorisation.

A lyrical romantic yet also an arch satirist.

A singer whose voice is part Northern crooner and part Memphis soul.

He fronted The Housemartins - a band who mixed Marxist politics and Christianity, yet they were also one of the only early 80s indie bands to crossover into the mainstream.

His next project was The Beautiful South - an unpretentious, modest, yet sophisticated pop group working in an era defined by grunge who quietly became one of the biggest and best loved band in the county.

In 1994 one in seven UK households owned a Beautiful South record.

The First Time continues with another look at the career of musical icon.

Paul Heaton.

Here Paul Heaton talks to Matt Everitt about his early and incredible diverse musical influences, the birth of the Housemartins and their resultant split, how he dealt with the massive success of The Beautiful South, his battle with alcohol and a lifetime dominated by an almost obsessional love of music.

Matt Everitt is joined by singer-songwriter Paul Heaton for a career-spanning interview.

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Matt Everitt is joined by DJ Shadow for a career-spanning interview.

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's music is woven through American cultural history in remarkable way - and he's rightly seen as something of a creative godhead in the US and his home country of Canada.

In this episode of The First Time Robertson gives a rare interview and discusses his childhood and the influence of his combined Mohawk and Canadian parentage, his development to become the precociously gifted guitarist with the band The Hawks at the break of the 60s - as his bond with the early rock n roll scene as it swept across the world.

And happily - for someone who often distanced himself from his past - Robertson also talks about his time as a key member and songwriter with The Band - one of the greatest groups in music history; responsible for the legendary Songs From Big Pink album and whose authentic, folk and country influenced music, shifted the psychedelic flamboyance of the late 60s scene into a more soulful direction.

Robertson also recalls The Band famously backing Bob Dylan on his first ever electric tour - a tour that caused huge shockwaves throughout music, promoting cries of "Judas" across Europe.

Now a well respected solo artist - his first solo album for 13 years was released April - Robertson chats about his role as a music director for Martin Scorsese - a role he's enjoyed since the 80s working on Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Casino, The Departed and Shutter Island.

Robbie Robertson gives rare First Time interview tracing his life through music.

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The image of Alice Cooper as a cartoonish Halloween schlock rocker is one that the 63 year old Vincent Damon Furnier has worked had to establish, but his real musical and cultural impact is often ignored.

His band emerged from the Detroit garage rock scene of the mid 60s alongside The MC5 and Iggy and The Stooges and can lay claim to helping inspire punk as much as either of those revered acts (it's no coincidence his track Eighteen was sung by Jonny Rotten at his audition for Sex Pistols).

But he was also the first musician to approach rock concerts as theatre - introducing theatrical imagery and stagecraft way before Bowie picked up the pan stick.

Here Matt Everitt speaks to Alice about his early years, how he developed his showmanship, and the massive international success that followed albums like Welcome To My Nightmare and School's Out - albums that turned him into a household name.

With typical grace and humour Alice also discusses his battles with alcoholism, his creative rebirth with his legendary cameo in Wayne's World, and his life as a born again Christian - an interesting contradiction considering the battles he's endured with "moral" crusaders the world over and the depraved characters that he portrays.

And, of course, we talk about his overiding addiction...golf (he plays six days a week off a handicap of two).

Alice Cooper speaks about his early years, his showmanship and his international success.

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Some of the best of the series, begining with Matt Everitt speaking to Brian Wilson.

A season of some of the best of the acclaimed series kicks off with Matt Everitt speaking to Brian Wilson, a great American composer and one of popular music's true legends.

Wilson, gives a rare interview and discusses his early influences, his experiments with recording music on a tape machine aged just 16, the huge difficulties he had creating masterpieces like Good Vibrations and the Beach Boys great lost album Smile (which has been released this month, 44 years after the original recordings) and how drugs influenced his work and then, sadly, forced his withdrawal from music.

While his fragile mental state does make Wilson a sometimes hesitant interviewee, his humour and passion for music still shine through.

This interview first broadcast in October 2011.

In the final episode of this season of 6 Music's The First Time, Matt Everitt speaks to Brian Wilson, a great American composer and one of popular music's true geniuses.

Wilson, now 69, gives a rare interview and discusses his early influences, his experiments with recording music on a tape machine aged just 16, the huge difficulties he had creating masterpieces like Good Vibrations and the Beach Boys great lost album Smile (which is being released this month, 44 years after the original recordings) and how experiences taking drugs influenced his music and then, sadly, forced his withdrawal from music.

While his fragile mental state does make Wilson a hesitant interviewee, his humour and passion for music still shine through.

Matt Everitt speaks to Brian Wilson in a rare interview about his music.

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The First Time begins a new series with Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne.

Another chance to hear Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips discussing his key musical moments and songs that shaped his life and career with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2012.

Coyne was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and formed the band in 1983 with brother Mark and Michael Ivins.

The band have since released thirteen studio albums and their incendiary live shows are the stuff of legend, Wayne normally making his entrance onstage inside a bubble and floating across the audience.

Wayne talks about his musical childhood and youth growing up in Oklahoma, his seminal experience seeing The Who in 77, finding fame with The Flaming Lips, and the battles with drugs that the band has had to deal with, alongside his philosophies about psychedelics, his love of (and working with) Yoko Ono, the genius of Pink Floyd and his ideas about the inclusive nature of music.

6 Music's Matt Everitt begins a new series of the First Time, with in-depth, exclusive and revealing interviews with major artists revealing the pivotal moments and songs that shaped their lives and their careers.

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Matt Everitt talks to Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor about her life and career.

Another chance to hear Matt Everitt's First Time with Irish singer songwriter Sinead O'Connor.

Sinead rose to fame in the 80s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra.

She just released her latest album How About I Be Me (And You Be You), which was met with praise from critics. She has had a very public struggle with her mental health and was forced to pull out of her tour to promote the album earlier this year.

In a candid interview for the First Time she discusses her issues with mental health, how when she tore up the photo of the pope on US television she was wearing the dress Sade wore at Live Aid, and living with success after Nothing Compares to You became a worldwide hit.

Matt Everitt continues the new series with Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor.

6 Music's Matt Everitt continues a new series of the First Time this week with Irish singer songwriter Sinead O'Connor.

She released her latest album How About I Be Me (And You Be You) in February, which was met with praise from critics. She has had a very public struggle with her mental health and was forced to pull out of her tour to promote the album earlier this year.

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Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon shares his love of Patti Smith, David Bowie and the Doors.

Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon discusses pivotal musical moments with Matt Everitt and remembers how he dealt with fame at the height of the band's success.

Duran Duran met at art school in Birmingham in 1978 and became one of the most successful bands of the 80s, going on to sell 80 million records worldwide.

Simon remembers the band's wild party days, living with their sex symbol status, battling with the press about their pretty boy image and celebrates his enduring marriage to Yasmin.

First broadcast in 2012.

Matt Everitt continues his series of The First Time with Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon.

6 Music's Matt Everitt continues a new series of the First Time this week with Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon.

Duran Duran met at artschool in Birmingham in 1978 and became one of the most successful bands of the 80s going on to sell 80 million records worldwide. Simon will be discussing how he dealt with fame at the height of the band's success, their wild party days, living with their Eighties sex symbol status, battling with the press about their pretty boy image, and celebrating his twenty-five year marriage to Yasmin. He will also be sharing his love of Patti Smith, David Bowie and The Doors.

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Rock icon and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash discusses his key musical moments with Matt Everitt.

Slash talks about his youth in Stoke-on-Trent; how he fell in love with the sound of his signature Gibson Les Paul guitar; the early days of Guns N' Roses; what the debauched LA rock scene on the Sunset Strip was really like; and reflects on how a gang of punk rock kids with a seeming lack of morality became the biggest band in the world.

He also chats about the pressures of fame; the excess that accompanied Guns N' Roses' legendary two and half year long Use Your Illusion tour (still one of the biggest concert tours in history); his own long battles with drugs and drink; and his successful reinvention as a much-loved solo artist.

First broadcast in 2012.

Matt Everitt continues a new series of the First Time by talking to a rock icon, the Guns N' Roses guitarist-turned-solo artist Slash.

Matt Everitt talks to rock icon and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash.

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Matt Everitt continues a new series of the First Time by talking to a rock icon, the Guns N' Roses guitarist-turned-solo artist Slash.

Slash talks about his youth in Stoke-on-Trent; how he fell in love with the sound of his signature Gibson Les Paul guitar; the early days of Guns N' Roses; what the debauched LA rock scene on the Sunset Strip was really like; and reflects on how, a gang of punk rock kids with a seeming lack of morality, became the biggest band in the world.

He also chats about the pressures of fame; the excess that accompanied Guns N' Roses' legendary two and half year long Use Your Illusion tour (still one of the biggest concert tours in history); his own long battles with drugs and drink; and his successful reinvention as a much-loved solo artist.

Matt Everitt talks to rock icon and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash.

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Matt Everitt talks to Blur guitarist and solo artist Graham Coxon.

Blur guitarist and solo artist Graham Coxon discusses his key musical moments with Matt Everitt.

Graham chats about meeting Damon, Alex and Dave for the first time and the incredibly chaotic early days of Blur before There's No Other Way made them into popstars.

He discusses his difficulties dealing in with the tabloid attention and fame that followed the success of Parklife, and his own battles overcoming alcohol addiction. He also talks frankly about his clearly painful exit from Blur and his happy reunion with the band.

His fascinating solo career also gets covered, as his music evolves from low-fi garage rock, to jagged punk and from pastoral acoustic folk to upbeat indie pop hit singles.

It's a revealing and honest look at the musical life of Blur's experimental heart and - in the words of Noel Gallagher - "The greatest guitarist of his generation".

First broadcast in 2012.

Matt Everitt continues a new series of the First Time by talking to Blur guitarist and solo artist Graham Coxon.

He chats about his difficulties dealing with the tabloid attention and fame that followed the success of Parklife and his own battles overcoming alcohol addiction. He also talks frankly about his clearly painful exit from Blur and his happy reunion with the band.

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Matt Everitt talks to Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discusses his key musical moments with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2012.

Matt Everitt continues a new series of The First Time by talking to Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.

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Jamaican singer Jimmy Cliff talks about the key musical moments of his life.

The great Jamaican singer Jimmy Cliff, star of the film The Harder They Come, shares his key musical moments with Matt Everitt. First broadcast in 2012.

Matt Everitt continues his series of The First Time by talking to Jimmy Cliff.

Matt Everitt continues 6 Music Celebrates 50 Years of Jamaican Independence by talking to Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff.

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Matt Everitt talks to American singer-songwriter and pianist Tori Amos.

Another chance to hear Tori Amos talking to Matt Everitt in 2012.

The American singer-songwriter and pianist, who has sold over 12 million albums worldwide, talks about her early musical influences, her love of Joni Mitchell and classical music. She also remembers being allowed to see Elton John for the first time, aged 11; her relationship with her father who was a minister and the way she dealt with the pressures of fame. She also reveals what, and who, inspires her to make music.

Matt Everitt continues a new series of The First Time with Tori Amos, an American singer-songwriter and pianist who has sold over 12 million albums worldwide.

Tori talks about her early musical influences, her love of Joni Mitchell and classical music. She also remembers being allowed to see Elton John for the first time, aged 11; her relationship with her father who was a minister; how she dealt with the pressures of fame; and reveals what, and who, inspires her to make music.

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Matt Everitt talks to indie rock godfather and Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus.

Indie godfather and Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus talks to Matt Everitt.

Stephen talks about Pavement's reunion and working with Beck on his album Mirror Traffic.

First broadcast in 2012.

Matt Everett continues this series of the First Time with indie rock icon Stephen Malkmus who talks about Pavement's reunion and working with Beck on his latest album Mirror Traffic.

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Matt Everitt talks to superstar DJ Norman Cook about the big moments of his career.

He talks about how his love of the punk ethic of DIY influenced his music making, from its origins with the Housemartins, through to his meteoric rise to superstar DJ Fatboy Slim.

First broadcast in 2012.

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Matt Everitt talks to Neil Hannon, frontman of the Divine Comedy.

Neil Hannon, the frontman of The Divine Comedy, talks to Matt Everitt about the key moments of his career, his love of Scott Walker and writing opera.

First broadcast in 2011.

Matt Everitt talks to the frontman of The Divine Comedy, Neil Hannon

Matt Everitt talks to the frontman of The Divine Comedy, Neil Hannon about the key moments of his career, his love of Scott Walker and his recent work writing opera.

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Matt Everitt talks to Paul Heaton, frontman with The Housemartins and The Beautiful South.

Housemartins and Beautiful South frontman Paul Heaton talks to Matt about memorable moments and music. First broadcast in 2012.

Matt Everitt talks to Paul Heaton.

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As part of Sheffield Sunday on 6 Music Matt Everett chats to Martin Fry, frontman from legendary Sheffield band ABC. ABC emerged from the same Sheffield scene that had produced Cabaret Voltaire, and contemporaries the Human League and Heaven 17. It is now thirty years since their debut album Lexicon Of Love was released in 1982 which became a No 1 album produced by Trevor Horn. Martin will be talking about growing up in Sheffield and his memories of the music scene in the 80s as well as his own musical influences.

Matt Everett chats to Martin Fry, frontman with Sheffield band ABC.

Matt Everett chats to Martin Fry, frontman of Sheffield band ABC.

Matt Everitt chats to Martin Fry, frontman of iconic Sheffield band ABC.

ABC emerged from the same Sheffield scene that had produced Cabaret Voltaire, the Human League and Heaven 17. It's over thirty years since the release of their debut album Lexicon Of Love, which was produced by Trevor Horn and topped the album chart.

Martin talks about growing up in Sheffield and his memories of the music scene in the 80s, as well as his own musical influences.

First broadcast in 2012.

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Matt Everett chats to John Cale, solo artist and Velvet Underground founder member.

As well as being one of the founding members of the Velvet Underground, John Cale has worked with some of the most influential names in music including John Cage, Nick Drake, Kevin Ayers, Brian Eno, Patti Smith, The Stooges, The Modern Lovers, Happy Mondays, LCD Soundsystem and Siouxsie and the Banshees. John has also become known for his work in the classical field.

John talks to Matt about his early years growing up in Wales and borrowing records from the local library, the messy days of the first Velvet Underground gigs, how Nico inspired his desire to become a producer and leave the band, why he reformed the band back in 1993, working with the Stooges and his love of the Beach Boys and Pharell Williams.

First broadcast in 2012.

As Part of BBC 6 Music Celebrates: Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, Matt Everett talks to John Cale. As well as being one of the founding members of the Velvet Underground John has worked with some of the most influential names in music including Lou Reed, Nico, La Monte Young, John Cage, Nick Drake, Kevin Ayers, Brian Eno, Patti Smith, The Stooges, The Modern Lovers, Happy Mondays, LCD Soundsystem and Siouxsie and the Banshees. John has also become known for his work in the classical genre.

John talks to Matt about his early years growing up in Wales and borrowing records from the local library, the messy days of the first Velvet Underground gigs, how Nico inspired his desire to become a producer and leave the band, why he reformed the band back in 1993, working with the Stooges and his love of the Beach Boys and Hip Hop producer Pharell Williams.

Matt Everett talks to one of the founding members of the Velvet Underground, John Cale

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Matt Everitt chats to legendary Who guitarist and former Peel Lecturer Pete Townshend.

Pete talks about meeting Roger Daltrey for the first time, his love of early swing, how Stevie Wonder was considered for the role of Tommy, and the wild debauched years of drugs and destruction while touring with The Who.

Matt Everett chats to The Who guitarist Pete Townshend.

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Matt Everitt chats to movie director Quentin Tarantino.

Matt Everitt chats to legendary movie director Quentin Tarantino, who discusses his early love of Elvis Presley and the Patridge Family. Known for his strong film soundtracks from movies such as Pulp Fiction, Quentin also tells Matt his thoughts about the use of music in film, and how he goes about choosing a playlist to compliment a script.

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Matt Everitt chats to Edwyn Collins about the songs which shaped his life and career.

Matt Everitt chats to Ivor Novello award winning musician and record producer Edwyn Collins about the pivotal moments and songs that have shaped his life and career.

First broadcast in 2013.

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Matt Everitt chats to Soundgarden's Chris Cornell about the songs that shaped his career.

Matt Everitt chats to Chris Cornell about the pivotal moments and songs that shaped his life and career.

Chris is frontman of one of the seminal bands that emerged from the Seattle grunge scene in the early 1990s. Their biggest album was 1994's Superunknown, and featured the Grammy Award winning singles Black Hole Sun and Spoonman. Soundgarden split up in 1997, and Chris went on to form the rock supergroup Audioslave, best known for their hit 'Cochise'. Soundgarden reformed and released their sixth studio album King Animal.

Chris chats to Matt about his time as frontman of these bands, and makes a surprising revelation about Soundgarden's biggest hit to date.

First broadcast in 2013.

Matt Everitt chats to Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell about the pivotal moments and songs that shaped his life and career.

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Matt Everitt chats to Rod Stewart about the songs that shaped his life and career.

Forget about the clichés, the hair, the girlfriends, the tabloids and the skin-tight leopard print trousers, The First Time... this week looks at Rod Stewart - the voice that launched some of the greatest booze-soaked, good time rock n roll songs of all time.

Rod talks to Matt Everitt about his early musical passions - witnessing the very earliest years of rock n roll - his obsessions with folk, soul, RNB and the emerging London Blues boom that gave him his first job as a singer.

They also cover his time with The Jeff Beck Group, and of course his memories of The Faces ("A love affair between all of us") and playing some of the music that made him who he is now.

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Matt Everitt chats to Wilko Johnson about the songs that shaped his life and career.

Earlier this year Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the pancreas.

In this emotional First Time with... Matt Everitt chats to the influential musician, reflecting on his death and why he has chosen not to receive any chemotherapy.

He looks back fondly at a life in music - growing up in Canvey Island, his band's influence on the roots of the British punk scene, and playing with Ian Dury and the Blockheads.

In this the fifth show in the current series of The First Time with... Wilko discusses the pivotal moments and songs that have shaped his life and career.

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Matt Everitt chats to Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood about how he got into music.

Following on from previous First Time drummer guests - Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts and Queen's Roger Taylor - Matt Everitt chats to the man who leant his name to one of the most successful and best loved bands of all time, Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood.

Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the band's record breaking album Rumours (more than 40 million copies sold so far) and some rare UK live shows, Mick looks back at his and the group's career and influences. He started his career during the blues boom in London in the 60s, going onto to huge acclaim with the original Peter Green-led line-up of the Mac, then presiding over an ever-changing line-up that would coalesce in 1975 into the group that would eventually create several landmark albums like Rumours, Tusk and Tango In the Night

Mick talks honestly about his experiences helping steer his band through the murky waters of drug abuse and inter band relationships (and divorces) to the present day and their current reunion, and picks some excellent tunes.

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Matt Everitt chats to Emily Eavis about the songs that shaped her life and career.

Matt Everitt chats to Emily Eavis about the pivotal moments and songs that have shaped her life and career.

Emily Eavis is co-organiser of the annual Glastonbury Festival. She is the youngest daughter of the festival's founder and organiser Michael Eavis.

Emily chats to Matt about her life growing up in the Glastonbury family, the music that inspired her, and shares her memories of the festival through the years.

First broadcast in 2013.

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In a very rare interview, Matt Everitt talks to filmmaker David Lynch.

A new series of The First Time returns to 6 Music as part of the BBC's Sound Of Cinema season with probably the most distinctive, original and disturbing filmmaker in the history of modern cinema, David Lynch.

World famous as a filmmaker, writer and television director as the creator of Twin Peak, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead and Wild At Heart, Lynch is also a musician, having helped create the music for many of his movies (he wrote the lyrics to the Twin Peaks theme - Falling sung by Julee Cruise) as well as solo albums like this year's The Big Dream - a record as hypnotic and disturbingly beautiful as his films.

In a very rare interview he speaks to Matt Everitt about his formative early musical influences (Chopin and the sound of B36 bombers flying over his childhood home apparently) his passion for Elvis and early rock n roll, directing David Bowie, his love of jazz, how he creates his own unique music and how the imagery and plot of his classic film Blue Velvet was directly inspired by Bobby Vinton's 1963 classic single.... Which would never sound the same again.

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Matt Everitt speaks to Terry Hall about the musical moments that shaped his life and career.

As frontman of The Specials Terry Hall represented a kind of detached, dry kind of cool totally at odds with other pop stars of the time.

After leaving the band at the height of their fame in 1981 Terry went on to from Fun Boy Three and The Colourfield - before embarking on a multifarious career that's seen him work with Damon Albarn, Lily Allen, Sinead O'Connor and leap from style to style in way few artists do (or can). All while maintaining this deadpan sense of humour and his own unique vocal style.

Terry doesn't often do interviews, but in this show he talks about his early musical loves growing up in Coventry (Perky and Edith Piaf - which says a lot about him), the early days and huge success of The Specials and the infighting and pressures that led him to quit the band.

He also talks about his passions for Patti Smith, Easy Listening, working with Albarn as a member of Gorillaz and his experience suffering a breakdown ("I refused to take my duffel coats off for eighteen months"). Plus he discusses his reasons behind getting The Specials back together for their triumphant gigs in 2008 and exclusively his plans to start writing songs again.

Matt Everitt speaks to Terry Hall about the musical moments that shaped his life.

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Matt Everitt talks to Ben Folds about the key musical moments of his career to date.

Matt talks to American singer, songwriter and pianist Ben Folds about the key first musical moments in his career to date.

Ben Folds has always been an unlikely alternative rock hero. His studious, slightly bookish image was certainly at odd with the other bands around when he formed his piano bass and drums trio Ben Fold Five in 1993. More to the point there weren't really many indie piano bass and drums trios around at that time. And if there were they didn't rock as hard and Ben Fold Five.

From the off the band was always different, but that's what made them great. They married the piano dynamics and melodies of early Elton John and Randy Newman, with smart sharp lyrics that focused on American life and Ben's own personal history. And they had a musicianship that was simply staggering.

Here Ben talks about his formative musical heroes, the early days of Ben Folds Five and how he managed to carve a niche for the band that resulted in them finding fame with their stunning hit song Brick. He also discusses his work collaborating with author Nick Hornby, putting his past behind him to reform Ben Folds Five in 2011 and what it's like recording an album with William 'Captain Kirk' Shatner!

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Matt Everitt talks to Elvis Costello about the key musical moments of his career to date.

Matt Everitt speaks to Elvis Costello, one of the most admired and gifted songwriters in the history of popular music, about the key first musical moments that shaped his life.

He arrived seemingly fully formed with his 1977 debut album My Aim Is True full of passion, anger and poetry - and hasn't stopped moving since.

He's produced albums of sneering post punk, lavish orchestral pop, country and western, r'n'b, easy listening, classical instrumentation, Tin Pan Alley pop and jazz - and the thread that runs through all of his output is his brilliant lyrics and song writing skill.

Not a man who does that many interviews - quite possibly as he doesn't enjoy them, here Elvis talks about the influence of his father on his musical history (he was a trumpeter with The Joe Loss Orchestra in the 50s and 60s) the recording of his breakthrough album My Aim Is True and enlisting legendary jazz trumpet Chet Baker for his classic song Shipbuilding.

He also talks about some of his favourite collaborators which include Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and most recently The Roots - which whom he's just released a new album - Wise Up Ghost - which once again sounds like nothing he's ever recorded.

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Matt talks to folk rock hero Roy Harper about the first key musical moments in his life.

Sometimes the people who have the most impact, aren't the ones who make the most noise.

Since his emergence in the mid-60s Roy Harper has been regarded as an icon of British music - Not for having huge success, but for his beautiful poetic lyrics, his unique guitar playing and his defiant character.

He helped forge the British folk scene - alongside people like Bert Jansch and Davey Graham - and recorded the classic Stormcock album in 1971, a record that moved helped combine folk, jazz and rock in a way that's still inspiring people today.

Here Roy talks about his musical life - the rebellious youth and obsession with skiffle that led to the folk clubs of Soho - his friendships with Janch and a young Paul Simon, recording Storncock, his collaborations with Kate Bush (who called him "one of the greatest English songwriters") and Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin wrote a track called 'Hats Off To Harper').

He also details the story behind his classic - 'When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease' the song that the late John Peel declared should be played at his funeral.

He talks frankly about his own personal battles with the music industry - financial problems in the 80s left him homeless - but also details his remarkable comeback, which has culminated with 'Man And Myth' (his first studio album in 13 years) and how it feels these days to be cited as major influence by people like Johnny Marr, Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom.

Matt Everitt talks to folk rock hero Roy Harper about the key musical moments of his life.

Here Roy talks about his musical life - the rebellious youth and obsession with skiffle that led to the folk clubs of Soho - his friendships with Janch and a young Paul Simon, recording Storncock, and his collaborations with Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin wrote a track called 'Hats Off To Harper').

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Matt chats to Kim Gordon, formerly bassist, vocalist and guitarist with Sonic Youth, about key first musical moments in her life.

Sonic Youth are without doubt one of the most important alternative bands to have emerged from the American post punk landscape. In 1981 when they formed the musical world was divided into Duran Duran-type pop or upcoming guitars bands like The Cure, REM and Echo and The Bunnymen - Sonic Youth forged a third way as much informed by the avant-garde as by any rock music that had gone before.

And since their inception - bassist, guitarist and singer Kim Gordon was a key element in driving the band forward artistically. She trained as a visual artist, and her drive to experiment with sound helped the band establish themselves as a key influence on indie music - bands like Nirvana, My Bloody Valentine, PJ Harvey, Dinosaur Jr and The Flaming Lips all owed a huge debt to Sonic Youth. Also her position as an articulate woman performer in the mostly male underground music scene inspired countless other female performers.

She's also a film and video director, a writer, fashion designer and producer - more to the point, she's just cool.

Here she talks about her unlikely early musical passions (the soundtrack to South Pacific and The Parent Trap) early very dissonant days of Sonic Youth, her passions for Joni Mitchell, Chet Baker and Stan Getz, and her fascination with Karen Carpenter. She also chats about collaboration with Yoko Ono and the dangers of being in the studio with Courtney Love (Gordon produced her album Pretty on the Inside) and how her own artist background and the Warhol-centric New York art scene influenced Sonic Youth during their career.

Matt Everitt chats to Kim Gordon about the key musical moments of her life.

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Smokey Robinson talks to Matt Everitt about the key musical moments of his life.

Matt talks to RandB legend Smokey Robinson about the first key musical moments in his life.

Even amongst the ranks of the greatest songwriters of all time, few can claim to have genuinely changed the world. Smokey Robinson can, both as a member of The Miracles and a solo artist. He's sung, written and produced some of the greatest songs of all time - including 'I Second That Emotion' 'Tears of a Clown' and 'The Tracks of My Tears' and as as a vice-president at Motown for nearly 30 years he shaped the style and sound of the label and helped the racial integration of popular music by achieving huge crossover success with his music.

Here Smokey talks to Matt Everitt about his early life and formative musical influences, meeting Motown founder Berry Gordy and the enormous worldwide success that followed. He also discusses the challenges he faced in the segregated music industry of the time as well as telling the stories behind some of his most loved songs.

He also talks with great honesty about the problems he faced in the mid 80s (both professionally and his own battle with drugs) and his creative rebirth - providing an incredible insight into the man Bob Dylan called "America's greatest living poet.".

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talks to Matt Everitt about the key musical moments of his life.

Matt talks to pioneering musician Peter Gabriel about the key first musical moments in his life, from his early days with Genesis to his distinguished and varied solo career.

Every so often a visionary musical artist manages to steer their path into the mainstream and change the way people regard rock stars, and then use their influence to help widen popular culture - Peter Gabriel is one of those musicians.

In an rare in-depth interview Peter talks about the remarkable path his career has taken. Starting off with his earliest musical influences, he chats about his time with hugely loved 70s prog rockers Genesis (where he introduced new levels of theatricality into the rock world) and his own idiosyncratic solo career - from it's avant-garde beginnings through to his world conquering So album, which included huge groundbreaking hits like Sledgehammer.

He also chats with typical passion and a surprising self deprecation about launching his Womad festival, his championing of World Music and his work as renowned political campaigner. And his plans for the future which are every bit as ambitious as ever.

Peter Gabriel talks to Matt Everitt about the key musical moments of his life.

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talks to Matt Everitt about the key musical moments of his life.

Matt chats to 6 Music's Tom Robinson about the first key musical moments in his life.

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He's been known as Dr. Creaux and Dr Night Tripper, but the man born as Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr is best known by the stage name Dr. John and stands as one of the more remarkable figures to emerge from America.

Now 73, he stands a witness to the very birth of popular music - as a child he sneaked into recording sessions by Little Richard at the studio in New Orleans his father worked in. He soon became a leading figure in the 50s New Orleans R&B scene, firstly as a guitarist then keyboardist (after one of his fingers was shot off during a fight) going onto play on classic recordings by Professor Longhair, Frankie Ford, and Joe Tex - all of which he talks about in this very rare interview with Matt Everitt

Mac also recalls how his career developed, as he became a hugely respected songwriter with his 1968 album Gris Gris - a record steeped in the sound of New Orleans blended with voodoo imagery and psychedelic sonics which defined a unique sound and potent mysterious image that continues to surround him this day. He also discusses his work with Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and playing on The Rolling Stones' "Exile On Main St." as well as featuring The Band's classic film The Last Dance.

He also covers his breakthrough 1973 hit, 'In the Right Place', working with Spiritualized, Keith Richards, his acclaimed recent album Locked Down recorded with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.

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from Radiohead talks to Matt Everitt about his key musical moments.

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from Red Hot Chili Peppers talks to Matt Everitt about his key musical moments.

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Matt talks to American musician Kelis about the first key musical moments in her career to date.

In the wake of her pop up restaurant appearing in London, she talks through her musical story, from growing up in a strict 'jazz only' household with a saxophonist dad, through to discovering a love of grunge at college, and combining this with a love of RnB. She talks about meeting the Neptunes, which proved to be a pivotal partnership in her genre bending musical path, although as you'll hear getting a record deal for was far from easy.

She tells of her struggles to be 'understood' by a music industry that wanted to pigeon hole her, and of the astonishing year long battle she had over the track 'Milkshake', which of course went on to be a global hit and who's terminology became part of popular culture.

She explains her love for food and how she stepped out of music for a time to focus on this, and how she came back and worked with Dave Sitek on her recent album, which was of course titled 'Food'. The program finishes by looking to the future and whether music is part of that.

6MRicky Gervais20160904

As David Brent makes his return in the new film Life On The Road, his creator Ricky Gervais sits down with Matt Everitt to discuss his (and maybe Brent's) musical influences and passions. From a youth growing up in Reading, obsessed by Roxy Music, Cat Stevens and Simon and Garfunkel, to the impact of The Old Grey Whistle Test ("The greatest music show of all time") and of course seeing Bowie for the first time ("he put my world in colour, I just thought, I don't need anything else now")

He also discusses his short-lived new Romantic band Seona Dancing, ("I had cheekbones, I was about eight and a half stone. People see the videos and say, 'What happen?' I say, 'Pizza happened'") and their ultimate demise, plus his belief - as a director - in the genuine power of music ("there's no greater art form.... there's a chord in Ralph Vaughan Williams 'Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus' that makes me want to throw up and cry at the same time"), the use of some of his favourite bands (The Smiths and Kate Bush) in his TV series Extras, his passion for Radiohead and of course, David Brent's soon-to-be legendary band Foregone Conclusion.... and he also reveals David Brent's favourite chord!

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Roger Waters talks to Matt Everitt about the key musical moments of his career to date.

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As part of BBC Music's My Generations season on the 1960s, and specifically 6 Music's focus on the Psychedelic era, Matt Everitt presents The First Time with Yoko Ono. In this show Yoko talks about the first time she became aware of music and other key moments in her life and carreer, most notably when she first met John Lennon. Already an established avant garde artist, she had a profound effect on John Lennon's experimental and psychedelic work throughout the late 60s both in the Beatles and later in collaboration with Yoko in the Plastic Ono Band.

6M07Trent Reznor20130825

In a special edition of The First Time With... Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails talks to 6 Music's Matt Everitt.

The American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has led the industrial rock project Nine Inch Nails since 1988.

In the last few years he's ventured into the world of soundtracks with fellow composer Atticus Ross winning an Academy Award for Best Original Score for their soundtrack to The Social Network.

He'll be talking to Matt Everitt about his many musical influences and key tracks in his life.

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Matt chats to Lars Ulrich, drummer and co-founder of Metallica, about the key first musical moments in his life.

Metallica are without doubt the biggest heavy rock band in the world - with a staggering 100 million albums sold worldwide and a fanbase that extends beyond the metal world and onto stadiums in nearly every territory of the planet

Unlike many bands, Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich is the spokesman for the group he co-founded in 1980 with singer James Hertfield - who provides the angst driven yin to Ulrich's more thoughtful, analytical Yang - and his character and jawdropping drumming style have propelled the band across nine albums - and helped make heavy metal the mainstream genre it is today.

Here in a rare and characteristically articulate interview he discusses his childhood in his native Denmark - how a career in professional tennis was hijacked by a love of British Heavy Rock, the early days of Metallica in Los Angeles, the band's evolution from bars to clubs and arenas with the ground breaking Black Album.

He also chats about his passion for Ennio Morricone, Metallica's recent move into movie making with the film Through The Never, as well as his friendship with Noel Gallagher (Lars was once enlisted as an Oasis concert lighting man, after theirs fell ill!) and his huge passion for the music of Arctic Monkeys.

Not to mention what Metallica are up to next.

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As part of 6 Music's Folk weekend Matt talks to American Grammy winning songwriter, singer and actor Loudon Wainwright III about the first key musical moments in his career.

He's released 26 albums to date. He is the father of Rufus and Martha, both of whom enjoy successful solo careers.

6M09Bobby Gillespie20160228

This week's guest in Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie. The band have constantly evolved since their formation in Glasgow in 1982. They've been a jangle pop outfit, 60s Stones obsessive, psychedelic rave music pioneers, krautrockers, trip hoppers, industrial noise merchants and most things in-between.

Here Bobby talks about the country, western and blues music that inspired him a child and the incredible impact that punk rock had on him - especially The Pistols and The Clash, something that led to the formation of The Scream - and his short tenure as the drummer with The Jesus and Mary Chain.

He also documents how the band's immersion on the rave culture of the early 80s gave birth to the classic genre blending Primal Scream album, Screamadelica, how the band's drug problems nearly ended their career.

6M09Damon Albarn Discusses His Musical Influences20140302

On the weekend of his first UK live solo performance at the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival, Damon Albarn features in this special one off episode of The First Time - where presenter Matt Everitt speaks to the musical polymath about his remarkable career.

Recorded at his West London studios, Damon talks through his musical journey of his life so far. Looking at some of his well-known successes with Blur and Gorillaz, but also some of the more esoteric and little known aspects of his work - his film soundtrack work with Michael Nyman, and the impact Terry Hall and (suprisingly) Nick Kershaw made on his life.

He also talks about how his first trip to Africa in 2000, in the wake of Blur's split, rehabilitated his passion for music, his close friendship with Afrobeat drumming legend Tony Allen and his first - deeply personal - solo album. The interview reveals a fascinating journey through the life of one of the most innovative, eclectic and successful songwriters in popular music.

6M09Dave Grohl20150426

As The Foo Fighters prepare to take their epic Sonic Highways tour around the world (and headline Glastonbury no less) Dave Grohl sits down with Matt Everitt to look back over a life that spans not only Nirvana (one of the most important rock bands in the history) but the Foos as well (one of the biggest!)

He discusses his earliest musical influence (Edgar Winter's prog rock classic 'Frankenstein' made a big impression) his first ever punk gig (Naked Raygun in Chicago in 1982) and how it changed the path of his life and how he became politicised though his first proper band Scream in Washington DC in the '80s.

Dave also discusses the famous Sound City studios where Nirvana created 'Nevermind' and recorded the classic album 'In Utero' and working with the iconic and famously demanding producer Steve Albini.

As the Foo's celebrate their 20th anniversary Dave also looks back on writing the songs that became the group's debut (he recorded twelve tracks in just six days - "Had I taken it seriously I would've taken a bit longer"), the staggeringly ambitious Sonic Highway documentary series, and his experiences playing Wembley Stadium (at the end of the summer The Foo Fighters will have headlined the legendary venue an amazing four times)

And, as you would expect, he chooses songs by The Beatles, Neil Young, Tom Petty and obviously his beloved Led Zeppelin.

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talks to Matt Everitt about the key musical moments of his life and career.

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The First Time series rarely covers artists a mere three albums into their career, but Florence Welsh is such a singular and interesting musician, that her story demands telling. As the voice and songwriter behind Florence and the Machine she emerged from the grimy indie scene of East London to become a full-blown international superstar with the release of her debut album Lungs in 2009 and its follow-up Ceremonials in 2011. It'd been years since we'd seem a performer with her flamboyance, eccentricity and vocal dynamism.

Here she tells Matt Everitt about how fascination for the music of Disney's The Little Mermaid and how her experiences singing in church helped form her musical tastes - and how that blend of fantasy and religious imagery shaped her creativity - as well as her obsessions with Eminem, Green Day, Nick Cave and, bizarrely The Corrs. She recalls the first Florence and the Machine appearance at Glastonbury ("I woke up in someone else's clothes"), how she dealt with three years of non-stop touring and the huge American success that followed ("It's almost like I couldn't process it while it was happening") and the pressures and expectations that surrounded the recording of her third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which is released in June.

6M09Gaz Coombes20150412

Sometimes the perfect band comes along at the perfect time, a group that captures a moment in your life so well that you'll always have a place in your heart for them. If you were going to gigs or buying records during the 90s, it's pretty likely Supergrass featured heavily in your life.

Following in the tradition of other bands with a uniquely British take on pop like The Kinks, Buzzcocks or Madness, Supergrass released five great albums, a list of pretty much flawless singles - all of which have aged much better than most of their 90s peers. And their dayglo cartoonish image actually belied some brilliant musicianship and brilliant songwriting chops.

Here Gaz talks about how digging though his uncle's record box led him to discover his first musicals influences (Elvis, Neil Young, Dinosaur Jnr and The Smiths) and his first band, The Jennifers - who would morph into Supergrass - and that were only 15 years old when they signed their record deal (Gaz's Mum had to sign his contract for him).

He also looks back at Supergrass' massive breakthrough with singles like Caught By The Fuzz, and how he feels about Alright (the song that in many ways defined Supergrass' career) along with what caused the band's break up in 2010, and if that reunion will ever happen.

But there's also his solo career to cover, bringing us up to date with his most recent album, the rather brilliant Matador.

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talks to Matt Everitt about the key musical moments of his life and career.

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This week's guest is Jean-Michel Jarre, one of the architects of modern electronic, a man who's sold over 80 million albums worldwide and has made and broken the world record for highest concert attendance three times - the current record is for his 1997 show in Moscow for an audience of 3.5 million people. But he's also a ground breaking musician whose work with synthesisers influenced Daft Punk, Air, Massive Attack, Hot Chip, Moby, Bjork and the whole electronica movement.

On the eve of the release of his new album (a series of collaborations with the likes of Air, Massive Attack and Laurie Anderson) fittingly called Electronica, here Jean talks about his deeply musical early life, youth that saw him exposed to jazz, rock n roll, soul and classical music, and studying with electronic and experimental music pioneer Pierre Schaeffer.

He discusses how - alongside Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream - he helped define what was possible with the synthesizer, and how he took it to new peaks of popularity with his 1977 and 1978 albums Oxygène and Equinoxe. He also discusses his series of legendary enormous outdoor live concerts (featuring his famous laser harp) and the relationship between electronic music and art.

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talks about the key musical moments in his career to date.

This week's guest is Karl Hyde, one half of one of the world's greatest electronic bands. Their lyrics form an essential part of their music, and their anthems can fill a club dancefloor, their albums move the mind as much as the feet. They're also as much of a live spectacle as any rock band.

Karl looks back to the start of his musical history - his early passions growing up in Worcester, his first gigs and influences. He also talks about meeting his future Underworld partner Rick Smith and their search to find a creative identity. He also talks about Underworld's first shows, and how they became the acclaimed outfit they are today - taking in the iconic Born Slippy (which had its roots in Karl's own issues with alcohol abuse) all the way to soundtracking the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremonies.. and now their new album Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future.

6M09Kevin Rowland20150419

There have been few singers more passionate about their band and art than Kevin Rowland. As the leader and driving force behind Dexys Midnight Runners, he led the group to massive success with classic singles like 'Geno' and 'Come On Eileen'. As it was, his vision was so single-minded that Dexy's imploded in 1986, under the weight of his refusal to compromise at any costs and the commercial and critical failure of their last record 'Don't Stand Me Down' (now revered as a total classic)

Here Kevin grants Matt Everitt a rare and revealing interview, looking back over his life and his triumphs and failures with Dexys Midnight Runners. This in itself is remarkable, as Kevin frequently refuses to discuss the group and his past, making for a very special show. He also talks about how a passion for music provided an escape from his rough and difficult upbringing in Wolverhampton, falling for Elvis, Bowie, Dylan, Van Morrison and The Sex Pistols, and his deep, almost spiritual connection with music

Proving the sometimes sticking to your guns and never backing down can see you right in the end, Kevin also details how he revived the Dexy's name in 2012 for an album and series of live shows that were greeted with almost religious fervour by fans and critics alike.

6M09Marilyn Manson20150322

Probably the most controversial figure in rock music of his generation, Marilyn Manson sits down with Matt Everitt for a rare interview about the significant musical moments of his life. He talks about his very earliest musical passions (KISS, The Beatles' White Album and Xanadu by Olivia Newton John) how he rebelled against his strict religious education by stealing, selling then re-stealing his schoolmates albums, and how he created the character of Marilyn Manson for a fake article while a teenage music journalist.

He also discusses about his career, from shock punk oddball into the rock superstar who sold 7million copies of his second album in 1996. Never one shy of confronting his reputation, Manson also details his first arrest and looks at his experiences as a hate figure for the US media, and talks frankly about how his music was reported by some as the motivation before The Columbine High School massacre.

And for someone variously dubbed The Antichrist Superstar he was surprisingly friendly, philosophical, thoughtful and actually very funny.

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Noddy Holder talks about the key musical moments in his career to date.

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Everyone knows the story. As the creative force behind Oasis, Noel Gallagher changed the face of British music. Their sound and his songs swept the nation up in their wake and helped inspire a whole genre, but will far outlive the world of Britpop that they helped define.

Now, as he prepares to release his second solo album Chasing Yesterday, Noel sits down for a special interview with Matt Everitt to kick off the new season of The First Time. Here Noel talks about his very first exposure to music (Country and Irish bands like Dermot Hegarty and Big Tom and The Mainliners as it happens) and how the anthems of the football terraces inspired his childhood.

He also chats about the impact of The Sex Pistols, The Dammed, Leo Sayer (honestly) and his passion for the holy trinity of The Smiths, The Stone Roses and The Jam (and he may well mention The Beatles)

He also looks back on the very first Oasis rehearsal ("Mindblowing") and gig ("Great"), the difficult birth of their debut album Definitely Maybe and the all important issues of what length your guitar strap should be. There's also his memories of meeting Paul McCartney (they shared a meditation bubble), what it's like becoming so famous that when you get a haircut it ends up on the front pages of the tabloids ("the whole business is one huge joke") as well as his realization that Oasis had come to the end of the road and his feelings about stepping up to become a solo artist.

And, as you would expect, he's as charismatic, honest and funny as ever.

talks to Matt Everitt about the key musical moments of his life and career.

Now, as 6 Music mark the 20th anniversary of Oasis performing at Knebworth, there's another chance to hear a special interview Noel gave Matt Everitt in 2015. Noel talks about his very first exposure to music (Country and Irish bands such as Dermot Hegarty and Big Tom and The Mainliners), and how the anthems of the football terraces inspired his childhood.

He chats about the impact of The Sex Pistols, The Dammed, Leo Sayer (honestly) and his passion for the holy trinity of The Smiths, The Stone Roses and The Jam (and he may well mention The Beatles)

6M10Jimmy Page20140622

Led Zeppelin changed the world. From their formation in 1968 till their spilt in the wake of drummer John Bonham's death in 1980, they set new parameters for what a rock band could achieve. They remain one of the biggest selling bands of all time, with generation after generation falling in love with their music. Their tours broke records and created a template for stadium touring that remains to this day, and creatively the four immensely gifted musicians who formed the group mastered and helped define rock, metal, prog, folk and modern blues. And guitarist Jimmy Page was the guiding force behind the band. As well as being universally recognised as one of the finest guitarists of all time, Jimmy produced the whole of Led Zeppelin's back catalogue - breaking new sonic ground with every one of their nine albums.

Now, as the band re-release their first three records, Jimmy talks to Matt Everitt about the musical moments that changed his life. From his earliest influences and passion for the bluesmen of the '50s, to his time spent as a young session guitarist on the London scene in the early 60s, and onto his masterplan to create the greatest (and heaviest) rock band ever to stalk the earth.

Normally a somewhat reclusive and private figure, Jimmy also discusses Zep's unique musical chemistry, their not entirely undeserved reputation as the most excessive and debauched band ever, their now legendary one off reunion in 2007 and the impact of Bonham's death on him and his music.

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In this special Glastonbury edition of The First Time, Matt Everitt speaks to Win Butler - frontman with Glasto Friday night headliners Arcade Fire.

Here Win talks about his band's remarkable journey - A route that starts in the club scene Montreal, Quebec where the band formed in 2001, and stretches across the world, taking in meetings with David Bowie, their first trip to the UK, support slots with U2 and a recent musical reinvention inspired by Win's first trip to Haiti, before ending up on the Pyramid Stage at the biggest festival in the world.

As well as looking back over Arcade Fire's four universally acclaimed albums, Win also talks Matt through his diverse influences (including his passion for New Order, Peter Gabriel and Talking Heads), his somewhat uncomfortable relationship with success and Arcade Fire's grand ambitions for the future.

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Matt Everitt speaks to Josh Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age.

Josh Homme is a towering presence over alternative rock - be that as a singer, songwriter, producer, frontman with Queens Of The Stone Age or just all round cool guy. Here in a rare interview, Josh talks about his time as a punk obsessed teenager growing up in the Palm Desert, California and how the ethos of "generator parties" (free gigs in the remote desert powered by generators) and bands like Black Flag shaped his musical sound and artistic philosophy.

He also discusses his time with critically acclaimed stoner rock outfit Kyuss, QOTSA's formation in 1996, his relationship with Dave Grohl, the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures (who featured Homme, Grohl and Led Zep bassist John Paul Jones) and his work as a producer collaborating with Arctic Monkeys. This is a man whose earnt himself a reputation for being one of the most grounded, upstanding, erudite, funny and - as I said - coolest musicians around. As you'll hear in this show.

6M13Neneh Cherry20140720

Neneh Cherry's musical life has taken her round the globe, collecting and reinterpreting influences at every turn. In The First Time with... she talks to Matt Everitt about her remarkable musical journey from her birth in Sweden (with an immediate family who included a Sierra Leonean drummer and legendary US jazz musician Don Cherry) to a childhood in New York, where she was bounced on the knee of icons like Ornette Coleman.

Neneh discusses her leap to the UK to catch the tail end of punk rock, Poly Styrene from X-Ray Spex and her first bands like The Slits, New Age Steppers and Rip Rig + Panic. She also talks about how the world conquering success of her 1989 debut album Raw Like Sushi impacted on her life, that famous appearance on Top Of The Pops while seven months pregnant, and her gradual disillusionment with fame.

Now - in the wake of the release of her new, minimal raw solo album Blank Project - she also looks back at the collaborations that have reinvigorated her artistic life, including amazing records with Youssou N'Dour, experimental jazz group The Thing and Damon Albarn's Gorillaz.

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Matt Everitt talks to Pretenders frontwoman and solo artist Chrissie Hynde.

6M14Courtney Love20141012

Matt talks to one of the most controversial figures in alternative rock, Courtney Love, about some of the key first musical moments in her life. They discuss the music that made her become a musician, her musical heroes and influences, Holes breakthrough success, her memories of Kurt Cobain and her plans for the future.

Born in San Francisco, after submerging herself in the UK post punk scene of the 80s, she went onto become a member of Babes in Toyland and then the leader of Hole where she cut a defiant and unapologetic figure, making equally powerful music, like Hole's debut Pretty on the Inside.

A year later she married Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, and in the years that followed saw the couple surrounded by controversy at every turn, not least for reports of their serious drug use.

Four days after Cobain's suicide on April 5, 1994, Hole released Live Through This, a deeply personal, and brilliant album that would break make them worldwide, and prove that Love's song writing was more than equal to the controversy she'd been generating.

Hole released two more albums before fracturing in 2002, by which time Courtney had taken up acting, become mired in legal issues surrounding her late husband's estate and found herself loved and loathed my the media and music fans.

Despite her often turbulent life, Courtney has survived, and remained, as outspoken and unbowed as ever, and plans to reunite Hole!

6M14Roger Mcguinn20141102

In 1965 the UK's press' claim that The Byrds were America's answer to The Beatles, is maybe a little inaccurate, but the LA five piece did change pop music, and one of the people that instigated that change was Roger McGuinn's twelve string Rickenbacker guitar.

Born in Illinois, McGuinn absorbed early rock and roll with American folk music, melding it with Beatles beats and harmonies to create a new sound, one that led The Byrds to huge international success with songs like Eight Miles High and their versions of Turn Turn Turn and Mr Tambourine Man.

Here Roger talks about the birth of The Byrds sound, the idea that (as well as inventing folk rock) he also helped create country rock as The Byrds enlisted Gram Parsons for their seminal 1968 album Sweetheart of the Rodeo, his time collaborating with Bob Dylan, the eventual dissolution of his band, and his on-going passion for bringing traditional folk songs back to public consciousness.

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Matt Everitt talks to 'godfather of disco' and electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder.

Giorgio Moroder has, probably more than anyone, claim to be The Godfather of Disco and a pioneer of electronic music. Here, the totally charming and effortlessly cool producer and songwriter talks us through his career. From his earliest bubblegum electro pop recordings in the late 60s to the creation of his own studio, Musicland, which witnessed the creation of a run of remarkable records through the 70s. Here Giorgio talks about partnership Donna Summer - an artistic relationship which resulted in 'Love to Love You Baby' and probably the greatest dance record of all time 'I Feel Love'.

He also guides us through the recording of his iconic film scores like Midnight Express and Cat People - which saw his work with David Bowie on the song Cat People. With typical humour, Giorgio also explains how his career wavered on the 90s (as he busied himself designing sports cars and creating whiskeys) and explains how he came to work with Daft Punk on their world conquering album Random Access Memories, what it was like starting to DJing again at 74 and his plans for the future.

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remains one of the most acclaimed and popular songwriters of all time. After a career that started with his first release in 1958, these days rarely puts his craft under the spotlight and often avoids discussing his legendary back catalogue. However, in this special edition of The First Time, in the lead-up to the release of his acclaimed new album Stranger to Stranger, Paul joins Matt Everitt to discuss the songs - both his and those by his heroes - which changed his life.

Paul discusses a childhood obsessed with "baseball, girls and rock n roll", first meeting with Art Garfunkel, his time in the UK as part of the burgeoning and creatively inspiring folks scene in the early '60s and and the stories behind the writing and recording of some of Simon and Garfunkel's biggest songs.

He also discusses his approach to songwriting, the impact the phenomenal global and cultural success of his album Graceland had on him and his life, and the creation and production of the new Stranger to Stranger album.

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A special one off edition of The First Time this week features one of the most highly acclaimed and successful solo artists in the history of music; Sir Elton John. He's sold more than 250 million records worldwide, holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time and is the third most successful artist in the history of the American charts, just behind Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

As he prepares to release his 33rd studio album Wonderful Crazy Night, he looks back at his early ragtime influences and how that grew to become an obsession with playing piano and absorbing albums. He also talks us through some of the remarkable musical milestones in his life - like performing with John Lennon at his last ever show and staging Nina Simone's final concert. He also discusses how music helped him through his battle with drug addiction, his appetite for new music and his obsessive love for Blur, John Grant and New Order and whether he'll ever play the Glastonbury Festival.