Having a GAS...is the podcast that talks to the great and the good of the creative industries, and in particular finds out what makes great music for film, for TV, for advertising, for dancing to, for cooking to, and more...
Having a GAS™ with... Tim Summers
54:57Dr Tim Summers researches and teaches music in Western popular culture at Royal Holloway University of London, with a particular focus on music for film, television and video games. His books include Understanding Video Game Music, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – A Game Score Companion and The Cambridge Companion to Video Game Music. He edits the Journal of Sound and Music in Games for University of California Press. The main recurring theme of his research is an attempt to understand the musical experiences and educations that mass media provide for the huge audiences they address.
Having a GAS with...Rob Henderson - What Don Draper & Mad Men Teach Us About Masculinity
1:31:06Today I'm Having a GAS™ with Rob Henderson, talking all things Don Draper, Mad Men and specifically what his character teaches us about masculinity throughout the twentieth century right up to 2023! Rob Henderson recently earned his PhD at Cambridge University specialising in human behaviour. If you're interested to hear more from Rob, follow him at https://robkhenderson.substack.com/ Having a GAS™ is the podcast that talks to the great and the good of the creative industries, and in particular finds out what makes great music for film, for TV, for advertising; for dancing to, for cooking to, f*cking to, and more... GAS™ Music is a music production agency in Manchester, UK. We compose and produce original music, create awe inspiring sound design and have a fully integrated audio post-production studio. We also have a great record collection, and welcome any additions, recommendations or criticisms. http://www.gasismusic.co.uk According to Wikipedia... Donald Francis Draper, born Richard “Dick” Whitman, is a fictional character and the protagonist of the AMC television series Mad Men (2007–2015), portrayed by Jon Hamm. Up to the Season 3 finale, Draper was creative director of fictional Manhattan advertising firm Sterling Cooper. He then became a founding partner at a new firm, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, after he and his superiors left their previous agency in advance of an unwanted acquisition. The agency later merged with a rival firm, Cutler Gleason & Chaough, to become Sterling Cooper & Partners while pursuing a contract from Chevrolet. The character of Don Draper is partially inspired by Draper Daniels, a creative director at Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago in the 1950s, who worked on the Marlboro Man campaign; and by Bill Backer, an advertising executive at McCann Erickson who created the "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" ad in 1971. Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate Television. It ran on the cable network AMC from July 19, 2007, to May 17, 2015, lasting for seven seasons and 92 episodes. Its fictional time frame runs from March 1960 to November 1970. Mad Men begins at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, New York City, and continues at the new firm of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (later named Sterling Cooper & Partners) near the Time-Life Building at 1271 Sixth Avenue. According to the pilot episode, the phrase "Mad men" was a slang term coined in the 1950s by advertisers working on Madison Avenue to refer to themselves, "Mad" being short for "Madison" (in reality, the only documented use of the phrase from that time may have been in the late-1950s writings of James Kelly, an advertising executive and writer). The series's main character is the charismatic advertising executive Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm), who is initially the talented creative director at Sterling Cooper. He is erratic and mysterious but is widely regarded throughout the advertising world as a genius; some of the most famous advertisement campaigns in history are shown to be his creations. Later, Don becomes a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce but begins a struggle as his highly calculated identity falls into a period of decline. The plot of the show tracks the people in his personal and professional lives. As the series progresses, it depicts the changing moods and social mores of the United States throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. Mad Men received widespread critical acclaim for its writing, acting, directing, visual style and historical authenticity; it won many awards, including 16 Emmys and five Golden Globes. The show was also the first basic cable series to receive the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, winning the award each year of its first four seasons (2008–2011). It is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time and as part of the early 21st century Golden Age of Television © GAS™ Music 2022
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Having a GAS™ with... Insolate
48:51A veritable powerhouse of the Croatian techno scene Insolate has been establishing a global presence as a DJ and producer for over 20 years delivering as both a label boss at Out Of Place and the creative force behind their electrifying TRAUM events. Hailing from Osijek, Croatia, on the wide Croatian East – a town that at first glance a heavy industrial atmosphere overshadows, she is making her first steps as a DJ back in 1997 before taking over European and worldwide clubs. Her list of clubs and partys she played is impressive and includes Berghain, Rex, Tresor, Under Club, Club d’Anvers, Unter, Exit Festival, Tomorrowland, ADE and Dimensions Festival. Amongst many European clubs she played numerous tours in Colombia and recently added USA, China and Argentina to the list. As a producer, she's had a string of releases on highly respected labels including DJ Deep's Deeply Rooted, Marcelus’s Singular and Developer’s Modularz - supported and played by some of techno's finest including Laurent Garnier, DVS1, Dax J and Ilario Alicante. Also she released the stellar Obscure Object Of Desire EP on JoeFarr's new User Experience imprint, EP for a Suara and beautiful EP for Proletarijat, label run by Sev Dah. She also contributed to Ben Sim’s compilation Tribology among giants as Planetary Assault Systems, Oscar Mulero, Steffi etc. and also made super interesting collaboration with french producer Arnaud le Texier and released EP with him for Prodigal Son. In 2019. she announced her debut album. The album Order is Chaos was released as a double vinyl and contains 10 tracks with extremely interesting collaborations with MATRIXXMAN and singer SARA RENAR. DJ Mag (UK) described album as “exciting journey thru trans-dimensional vocals, acid drenched sequences and floor obligated bangers.” Insolate is also a major contributor to the Croatian techno scene, so much so that she was in Ibiza to receive the award for "Dance Nation of the Year" at the DJ Awards on behalf of her nation. Her and long-time partner in crime Volster also run the event series TRAUM in her native Osijek. TRAUM events have cemented their place in the clubbing calendar with quality artists like Paula Temple, Antigone, Cassegrain, Janice, Etapp Kyle and Milton Bradley, just to name a few. The success of the TRAUM nights caught the attention of Red Bull Music Academy and Dimensions – both of which they have hosted official events for. Insolate being an international messenger of techno was recognised by Ambassador award that gave her a title "Croatia’s ambassador overseas" for 2017. The final part of putting Osijek on the techno map was taken in 2015 with the launch of the label Out Of Place which Insolate runs with Volster. The label was named in honour of the beautiful struggle of carving your own way into the scene from a place that's well off the grid from the traditional capitals of techno. Now five releases strong, the label has already had contributions from heavyweights like Milton Bradley, Developer, JoeFarr, Francois X, Janice and many more. As a DJ, Insolate is well known for her no-compromise, pure-bred techno sets. It's clear to anyone who's seen her perform that she's an artist with a lot of experience but also plenty of inspiration and ambition, and a deep knowledge of techno. She is simply a natural presence in a DJ booth. If you've seen her play, you will know exactly what this means.
Having a GAS with... Anna Lapwood
1:06:58Anna Lapwood is an organist, conductor and television and radio presenter, currently Director of Music at, and Fellow of, Pembroke College, Cambridge. On appointment she was the youngest person to hold the position of Director of Music at an Oxbridge college, taking up the position at the age of 21. As a broadcaster, Lapwood hosted a weekly classical music show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire from 2018 to 2020, and is a contributor to BBC Radio 3, having appeared on Record Review with Andrew McGregor. Because of her popularity on social media, she has occasionally been referred to as the "TikTok Organist" and uses the hashtag #playlikeagirl.
Having a GAS with... Troy & Phil (Leith ECD)
1:00:27Troy Farnworth is an Executive Creative Director at Leith with over 10 years of experience. Phil Evans is also an Executive Creative Director at Leith. A copywriter and former agency owner, Phil has been recognised at countless award ceremonies. On the back of successive record-breaking years, Leith is opening its second home on Richmond Street in Manchester, their first office outside of Scotland that will focus on offering end-to-end production facilities through their recent venture Leith Studios.
Having a GAS with... Alex Grieve & Helen Rhodes
54:23Alex Grieve is the Global and London CCO of BBH. Helen Rhodes is Executive Creative Director. They both join host Greg to discuss all things creative. After 12 years Alex returned to his alma mater as Global & London Chief Creative Officer of BBH. Prior to that Alex was Chief Creative Officer at AMV BBDO where for the last three years he's been ranked the No.1 CCO in the UK by WARC & The Drum. He's also been ranked the No.1 Creative Director in the world at the Cannes Lions. In 2021 AMV BBDO achieved an industry first by winning 'The Treble': Global Agency of the Year at Cannes, D&AD and The One Show. Under his leadership, AMV has won over 30 Agency of the Year awards at regional and international shows. And won 10 Cannes Grand Prixs including Titanium & Glass Grand Prix. 3 D&AD Black Pencils in consecutive years. 2 'Commercial of the Year' at British Arrows and multiple Grand Prixs at One Show (6 in 2021 alone), Clios, Andys to name but a few. After a couple of years at the BBC’s in-house creative agency, Helen Rhodes is returning to advertising to take up the role of executive creative director at Bartle Bogle Hegarty. At the BBC, as well as creating big campaigns like “Bringing Us Closer” during the pandemic, she worked on less traditional projects like an immersive online exhibition for “I May Destroy You,” a Dracula special build that got creepier as darkness fell, setting posters on fire for David Attenborough’s “Perfect Planet,” and an educational film series around Steve McQeen’s “Small Axe” series. Rhodes was previously at Wieden+Kennedy Portland, TBWA, Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R and DLKW/Lowe
Having a GAS with... Danny Manu
44:39Danny Manu is a British-Ghanaian engineer and tech entrepreneur who built the world's first auto-translator earbuds. Danny studied at Oxford Brookes University and describes his mission in life as striving to improve lives. He was recently recognised by Google for his contributions to science, arts and culture. Danny describes himself as "a very ambitious, hard-working engineer who strives to develop life-changing solutions to improve people’s life". He had previously worked at Quanta Networks Inc. and MEDYBIRD before establishing MyManu in 2014. He has a background in music and art.
Having a GAS with... Sophie Lewis
53:49Sophie Lewis is the Chief Strategy Officer at M&C Saatchi London, having recently joined from DentsuMB. Lewis' previous work includes planning on Mother’s original “Here come the girls” work for Boots in 2007 and on Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO's “Live well for less” positioning for Sainsbury’s in the early 2010s. She was also CSO at VMLY&R and is a member of the APG committee.
Having a GAS with...Meanwhile (James Cross, Tim Jones, Al Marchant)
58:35Today I'm Having a GAS with Meanwhile. Founded by James Cross, Tim Jones and Alastair Marchant, Meanwhile describe themselves as "a creative company for people who'd rather set agendas than follow them". - Having a GAS™ is the podcast that talks to the great and the good of the creative industries, and in particular finds out what makes great music for film, for TV, for advertising; for dancing to, for cooking to, f*cking to, and more... - GAS™ Music is a music production agency in Manchester, UK. We compose and produce original music, create awe inspiring sound design and have a fully integrated audio post-production studio. We also have a great record collection, and welcome any additions, recommendations or criticisms. - http://www.gasismusic.co.uk - © GAS™ Music 2022
Having a GAS with... Shaun McIlrath
52:50Shaun McIlrath is Global Chief Creative Officer of Iris Worldwide. Shaun has been listed in The Top 10 Most Creative People In Advertising by Business Insider. He began his career as a script writer at the BBC before stints at impactFCA, HHCL, Heresy, VCCP and now Iris where he leads the agency’s creative output from London, winning over 200 industry awards for brands like MINI, Dominos, Adidas, Philips, Wonderbra and a Super Clio for Jeep.