A podcast looking at how the music world is stepping up in response to the most urgent issue facing our planet right now launches today, with guests including Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, The 1975’s manager Jamie Oborne, Heidi Lenffer founder of Future Energy Artists, Reading + Leeds festival boss Melvin Benn, and more.
Hosted by music journalist and broadcaster Greg Cochrane, and Savages drummer and co-founder of Music Declares Emergency Fay Milton, Sounds Like A Plan is launching ahead of Earth Day on 22 April and in a year of huge significance on the future of the planet, with the UN’s COP 26 summit in November.
Each episode chats to an inspiring climate advocate from the music community. Jamie Oborne, The 1975’s manager, discusses the band's experience collaborating with Greta Thunberg, reimagining their global touring in the post-pandemic age and greening a successful record label while Ed O’Brien talks on how Radiohead have used their platform to champion the preservation of our natural ecosystems for more than twenty years and where they’ll go next.
"The world is aware and anxious about the climate and the ecological destruction that we are experiencing," says Milton. "There are so many great initiatives going on throughout music that are bringing positive change in this space. Now it’s time to get the conversation going and get together to tell those in power that we need urgent action. Anything I can do to add my voice to that I will. It’s been so inspiring to connect with our amazing guests and hear about all of the initiatives that are taking place."
The full list of guests for the first season of Sounds Like A Plan includes:
Ep 1: Fay Milton, Savages and co-founder of Music Declares Emergency
Ep 2: Ed O’Brien, Radiohead guitarist and climate activist
Ep 3: Chiara Badiali, from Julie’s Bicycle, a charity that supports creatives to act on climate change environmental sustainability
Ep 4: Jamie Oborne, manager of The 1975 and CEO of Dirty Hit Records
Ep 5: Heidi Lenffer, keyboardist in Cloud Control and founder of Future Energy Artists
Ep 6: KAM-BU, rapper and conservationist
Ep 7: Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic, which includes Reading + Leeds, Latitude and more
Ep 8: TBC
Episode 1 of the new show drops today via all good podcast platforms.