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Feeling Versonic

Stephen Connor

Feeling Versonic is an Indie Hub featuring news, views and interviews with notable creatives on entrepreneurial lifestyle, health (very much including mental health) and original independent music.

Andy Brook @ The Brook
08-11-2021
Andy Brook @ The Brook
Delighted to welcome Music Producer Andy Brook as my guest on Series 3, Episode 001. Andy has produced, engineered and toured with the likes of Status Quo, Bonnie Tyler, Ginger Wildheart, Uriah Heep, Francis Rossi, Mel Gaynor, Greg Jackman, Del-Amitri, Travis, Tiger Lillie's, Towers of London, Hayseed Dixie, Million Dead, Breed 77 as well as Universal, Sony & WMG. He is also involved in film and TV, location and media post production and is a registered member of PRS, APRS, PPL, MU and the MPG as well as being a 2020 member class of the Recording Academy as a full voting member for the Grammys. Andy studied acoustic composition and composition with electronics at the University of Hertfordshire, graduating with a BA(hons) in Electronic Music in 2001. Whilst professionally active he gained an advanced C&G in Music Technology with distinction at the City of Westminster College and an MA in Audio Production from the University of Westminster. He established himself as a producer building Studio Sonic in Wallington, Surrey in 2002 before relocating to larger premises in London’s Denmark Street from 2004 – 2009, where he also produced live sessions for Total Rock Radio. He then became the resident producer at Scream Studios, Croydon 2009-2011 before building Strummers Recording Studio, Holloway 2012-2013 and then moving onto his current studio at The Brook in Wallington in 2014. Andy currently freelances as a producer, mix engineer and recording engineer. After some years teaching BTEC Diploma in Music Technology Levels 2, 3, 4 & 5 he is now a visiting assessor for JAMES.   Current live projects he is involved in include playing for The Middlenight Men, Rich Ragany & The Digressions, Shush, Scott McFarnon, Toccata Music Group and he also runs a local community choir. Hope you enjoy the Episode. Send in a voice message:
Improvizone
28-06-2021
Improvizone
Charles Fernyhough is a writer and psychologist. His non-fiction book about his daughter’s psychological development, The Baby in the Mirror, was published by Granta in 2008. His book on autobiographical memory, Pieces of Light (Profile, 2012) was shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. His latest non-fiction book is The Voices Within (Profile/Wellcome Collection, 2016). He is the editor of Others: Writers on the power of words to help us see beyond ourselves (Unbound, 2019), with net profits supporting refugee and anti-hate charities. Charles is the author of two novels, The Auctioneer (Fourth Estate, 1999) and A Box Of Birds (Unbound, 2013). His fiction has been published in several anthologies including New Writing 11 and New Writing 14. His books have been translated into thirteen languages. Charles has written for Scientific American, LA Times, TIME Ideas, Nature, New Scientist, BBC Focus, Guardian, Observer, Financial Times, Literary Review, Sunday Telegraph, Lancet, Scotland on Sunday, Huffington Post, Daily Beast and Sydney Morning Herald. He blogs for the US magazine Psychology Today and has made numerous TV and radio appearances in the UK and US, including BBC2’s Horizon, BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week, Woman’s Hour, All in the Mind and The Digital Human, and BBC World Service’s The Forum. He has acted as consultant on theatre productions on Broadway and the West End, numerous TV (BBC1 and Channel 4) and radio documentaries, and several other artistic projects. He has played guitar in a variety of musical projects, most recently the ambient collective Improvizone. Charles is a part-time Professor of Psychology at Durham University, where he leads the interdisciplinary Hearing the Voice project, investigating the phenomenon of auditory verbal hallucinations. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles on topics such as inner speech, memory and child development. Further details are available at www.charlesfernyhough.com. --- Send in a voice message:
Kings Man
31-05-2021
Kings Man
Joining me as my guest on Episode 041 of the increasingly high profile Feeling Versonic Podcast is the ebullient all-rounder Kev Bland.  Kev is multi-talented with a diverse range of life skills and an expert in the field of outdoor pursuits and mountain leadership. A former Royal Marines Commando and recipient of the illustrious Kings Badge, a visible mark of a man who is first amongst equals and exemplifies the Commando Spirit. A notable and creative Singer-Songwriter, Kev uses the songwriting process as a cathartic measure in dealing with his own feelings and emotions.  Having qualified as a lecturer in further education teaching disaffected year 10 and 11 students, Kev followed his passion to motivate and drive for excellence steering him towards becoming a part of the quality audit team and teacher training staff. He left full time teaching when he was selected as a Performance Coach with Worldskills UK where his role was to mentally and physically prepare young apprentices to compete on the world stage.  Outside of education he has worked to support the film industry in a number of areas both in front of, and behind the camera as support crew or special action roles alongside stunt teams. With over 30 years of climbing experience he has mentored a number of stunt men in this skill. Other outdoor instruction has seen him teach navigation to a range of candidates from disaffected youngsters to potential UKSF candidates. Being a singer/songwriter has always been a steady fixture in the background with countless gigs under his belt, both solo and in bands, and a handful of tracks on prestigious climbing movies to boot! Favourite current quote "Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm". Kev is the Founder Director and CEO of men's mental health group The Leg Up Project. A social hub with the sole purpose of raising the holistic well-being for all involved.  Send in a voice message: