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Legendary Music Interviews.

Norman B‘s interviews are legendary, since the late 70’s he has chatted with rising stars to superstars, unexpected newsmakers to career politicians, revered celebrities to aspiring entrepreneurs. His thoughtful and inquisitive approach has led to a vast archive of memorable and revealing conversations, especially with musicians. Yet, artists from the world of music are not always forthcoming or willing to divulge their “real” opinions, but Norman B has a knack of getting his musical guests to talk openly. Here then, is a small selection of recent interviews with musicians who have comfortably disclosed more than the usual talking points:

Wreckless Eric best known for penning the iconic Whole Wide World, spent over three hours offering up his well-considered opinions on almost everything, from religion to The Rolling StonesSir Mix-A-Lot, the man who revealed in the early 90’s to the MTV generation how much he liked Big Butts, has proven many times, through his dialogue with Norman B, that he has strong, and sometimes surprising views on everything, from racism to gay marriage. The sadly departed, Ian McLagan enthusiastically chatted with Norman B about not only his early days with the Small Faces, but also the break up of the Faces, touring with The Stones and the importance of a muse in his life. Ian McLagan and Norman B had attended the same art school in London, so the two silver-haired Englishmen had a connection that went way back to make the interview even more poignant after Ian died. Back in late 1979, Norman B was the first DJ in America to play the unique Turn to Red EP by Killing JokeFrom that moment on he became an ardent fan of the band. So it was only natural that many years later, Martin Glover, bassist and founding member of Killing Joke, was invited for a lengthy chat. Glover also known as Youth, has gone on to make his mark as a much sought-after producer. In the in-depth conversation with Norman B he talks about the future of music, what he enjoys listening to and offers advice on making a career in the entertainment business. Canadian singer-songwriter-poet, Barzin caught Norman B’s attention with his emotive and beautiful music. The shy, humble musician talks about his influences and explains how he comes up with the hypnotic music he creatively produces. Multi-talented drummer, producer, author and entrepreneur Martin Atkins is one of rock’s legendary drummers, his stellar resume includes playing with PiLBrian BrainMinistryPigfaceKilling Joke and Nine Inch Nails. He is an engaging raconteur, but Norman B was able to take the interview to where Martin’s real-life anecdotes lay bare, the rarely-heard thoughts of a major rock star.

Life Elsewhere airs:
Sundays at 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays at 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

Uplit – An Update!

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UpLit, a vintage rooftop-style installation features the phrase, “Can you stand perfectly still and hold this moment open? by poet Silvia CurbeloThe installation was part of Lights On Tampa, a program developed by the City of Tampa’s Art Programs Division, in conjunction with regional businesses, volunteers, and art supporters. Norman B was invited to be one of the three jurors who selected the UpLit installation. The requirement for submissions was a simple, phrase that can capture the essence of something or some place, it could elude, evoke, suggest and inspire. The idea was  to encounter a phrase or words out of context in the streets of a city park that invite the passer-by to remember a story, give the element of surprise, start a conversation, bring a smile or encouragement, make a memory, perhaps invite us in, but into what we may not be exactly sure. “There were a lot of submissions to wade through”, say Norman B, “but Silvia Curbelo‘s phrase caught my attention immediately.” The project recognizes the value of the written word and invited readers, poets, writers—professional and amateur alike—to submit a phrase that captures how we live now and what that means. Curbelo says of her UpLit work, “I had been thinking about the concept of happiness – how hard we chase it; how tirelessly we work for it; how it’s always ahead; or, something to look forward to down the road. But, that road is long. It’s hard to be content and at peace when we’re always in motion. By the time we come to understand and appreciate a place or an experience, it’s already behind us.” Since we first mentioned UpLit in a post back in February, 2015, we have noticed an incredible number of “hits” on this site, so we thought it worth mentioning again and letting visitors know that currently, UpLit can be found along the Tampa Riverwalk at the Tampa Convention Center. The best advantage point is crossing the West Platt Street bridge, heading east to Channelside Drive.

Our recent interviews with and about musicians has generated tremendous interest in the Life Elsewhere archives. To hear Norman B’s conversations again, with Wreckless Eric, Carrie AkreGlyn JohnsChris O’Leary on his book Rebel Rebel about the songs of David BowieMartin AtkinsGary Wright and many more, go to info@lifeelsewhere.co

Life Elsewhere airs Sundays, at 12 noon ET on The Source WMNF HD3 and Mondays, at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

“Smell The Road Crew!”

When teaching a class about the music business, Martin Atkins wastes no time in getting down to reality. “I tell them to smell the road crew!” He states earnestly. Martin, an engaging character, whose skillful drumming has resulted in collaboration with PiLMinistryBrian BrainKilling JokePigface and Nine Inch Nails. In the most recent edition of Life Elsewhere, we talk to Martin about the ups and downs for a musician on the road, his passion for teaching, subversive clothes and The Hit That Never Was. 

Plus attorney and critical thinker, Ted Corless joins Norman B to discuss Parody News Vs. Real News. We ask what is “Main stream media?” and “Have cable channels, online magazines and blogs distorted our understanding of news?”

Listen to the show here

In Depth & Personal With Martin Atkins & Parody News Vs. Real News With Ted Corless

The next edition of Life Elsewhere features an in depth and personal interview with Martin Atkins, one of rock’s legendary drummers, who also happens to be a really good guy. Martin‘s stellar resume includes PiL, Brian Brain, Ministry, Pigface, Killing Joke and Nine Inch Nails. We talk with Martin about his experiences and collaborations with these legendary bands and how he became an educator on the workings of the music business. He’s an engaging man, you’ll not want to miss his real-life anecdotes. Plus, Martin Atkins selects this week’s Hit That Never Was…can you guess what it will be?

Ted Corless, attorney, critical thinker and media personality will join us to address the question, “How did parody news become real news?” With antagonistic talking heads, split screens, omnipresent news crawls, animated graphics, quick cut-aways and non-stop moving cameras, do we now live in a world where sedate, non-confrontational dialogue has all but vanished?

Life Elsewhere airs live, 9.00am ET Monday, October 14

WMNF 88.5fm

Streaming: wmnf.org

What Is It?

Martin Atkins is one of rock’s legendary drummers, having played with PiL, Brian Brain, Ministry, Pigface, Killing Joke and Nine Inch Nails. On the next edition of Life Elsewhere he talks with Norman B about his life on the road, his passion for music and how he discovered an aptitude for teaching. Plus Norman asks Martin to select his Hit That Never Was. Can you guess what he selects? Find out on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

9.00am Monday 14, October

WMNF 88.5fm

streaming live: wmnf.org

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