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Music Matters A forthcoming series of free audio and video podcasts. The suggested interviewees at this stage include Bono, Edge, Elvis Costello, Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed and Steve Reich. Music matters is John Kelly making quality programming where scheduling and duration are irrelevant details and technology allows programmes to find an audience regardless of location. There are very rare opportunities to access detailed interviews with the great thinkers of our time. Music matters is the opposite of blip-verted sound bites. Music matters is a stand against the great cultural slide downwards. This series is not only a celebration of music and why it matters but also by necessity a celebration of great conversation where thoughts are given space to develop.


iJohn For many of us music is the most important thing in our lives. Our lives could barely function without it. Without it, some of us might never come to know ourselves. Might never touch come to reach another person’s soul. We might never meet. We might never fall in love. Without music, we would have no adequate means to mark time – to celebrate or to mourn. We would never, ever transcend. In short, without music, many of us wouldn’t be able to get through the day. We are not freaks. There are millions of us and yet everything we hold dear seems now to be under attack. The commercial leviathan is swimming through our lives and it’s trying to devour us. It has always been this way, but many thinking people (and there are very many) are starting to feel that things are now reaching some critical point. This is the very reason, so many of us are taking to the net – to organise our own listening free from the imaginative limitations of radio programmers, free from the compromises that exist at every turn in any business, free from the voices that seem to sneer at the things we love. Free from being bored to death watching that grim race to the bottom. And so it may be time for a debate with the broadest possible audience. It is proposed to podcast a series of interviews with major figures in music – all people with a useful contribution to make based on their own wisdom, experience and devotion to music. It is hoped that these interviews will form the basis of a wider debate, triggering yet further debate and discussion by way of noticeboards and blogs. The object is to get people talking about why music matters. To get people involved. To give a voice to musicians and music lovers. To stimulate.


david bowie

Interview

sinéad ó connor

Interview

Music Matters John Kelly has just finished presenting 'Mystery Train' on RTE Radio 1. From October he will be presenting a new daily radio show on another national radio station. John Kelly also presents RTE’s television arts programme The View and the RTE music series Other Voices. After a degree in law at Queen’s University John joined the BBC and went on to win two EMA awards and the prestigious Sony Award for his various music / arts / documentary radio and television programmes with the BBC, UTV and Channel 4. After twelve long years of all that, he moved to Dublin to present the groundbreaking Eclectic Ballroom on what was then called Radio Ireland. He then crossed town to RTE to present Mystery Train where he won the PPI Award for Music Broadcaster of the Year for 2002.

ron sexsmith

Interview

steve reich

Interview

Please note that these are photographs of people John has already interviewed but has yet to approach for Music Matters.

Over the years John has interviewed many leading figures in the music and arts world - Van Morrison, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Seamus Heaney, Nina Simone, Brian Eno , Al Green, Steve Reich, John McGahern, Solomon Burke, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Sam Phillips, U2, Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Yoko Ono, Rory Gallagher, BB King, Herbie Hancock, Townes Van Zandt, Daniel Lanois, Mose Allison, Philip Glass, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Jimmy Scott, Randy Newman and many more.


the edge

Interview

elvis costello

Interview

Music Matters When asked recently what he listened to at home Edge of U2 replied – "John Kelly." "This is an extraordinary programme. To go from Duke Ellington to Bjork. To Go from Woody Guthrie to The Virgin Prunes. Its an amazing thing to pull off. There's nothing like it anywhere in the world."BONO on John Kelly on the radio.

John has written several books including The Little Hammer and Sophisticated Boom Boom – a book about music – both published by Jonathan Cape. He recently co-wrote half a dozen tracks on Paul Brady’s latest CD Say What You Feel.

paul mc cartney

Interview

jimmy scott

Interview

Please note that these are photographs of people John has already interviewed but has yet to approach for Music Matters.


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iLove music Music matters will be available for free download and will be sponsor funded. it is conservatively estimated that each show, featuring guests of the calibre of Bono, Edge, Elvis Costello, Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed and Steve Reich will attract hundreds of thousands of downloaders world-wide. A popular podcast on itunes now attracts 300,000 unique users.

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The opportunity exists for a global brand hoping to attract the attention of a smart, sophisticated, mobile, cultured audience to present music matters in a sponsored partnership role. Not only can the downloads be branded and including opening and closing sponsor statements but the availability of the series can also be marketed by the sponsor to further deepen the association. The template we are using for sponsor acknowledgement is based on how National Public Radio and PBS TV in the United States thank supporters. A strategy incorporating existing sponsor web-sites and email campaigns would be a logical way to extend the association.



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