Q Presents The Making Of


Each week, Q Magazine Editor Ted Kessler interviews a superstar songwriter and musician about their life and career in music, about their ups and downs, their hits and misses. We also employ the famous Biscuit Tin method devised in ancient times by Smash Hits for unlocking their deepest secrets.


  • DJ Shadow

    DJ Shadow

    03/10/2019 Duração: 47min

    DJ Shadow, aka Josh Davis, joins us in the studio for a journey through his life and times. He tells Niall Doherty about the making of his game-changing debut, explains why the Unkle project derailed him and makes the case for his new record Our Pathetic Age being his best yet.

  • Dennis Lyxzén

    Dennis Lyxzén

    25/09/2019 Duração: 49min

    Refused's Dennis Lyxzén joins us on this week's podcast. The Swedish hardcore outfit originally split up in 1998 halfway through a gig to 45 people. But their next show, 14 years later, was headlining Coachella. The frontman guides Niall Doherty through the before, the after and the in-between of a punk rock fairytale.

  • Oli Burslem

    Oli Burslem

    19/09/2019 Duração: 36min

    Yak's frontman Oli Burslem joins us on this week's episode, discussing how Spiritualized's Jason Pierce became a mentor to the London-based trio, why antiques matter as much to him as music and recalling the time his band were followed around Europe by a fan in a Lamborghini. Niall Doherty hears his testament.

  • Gruff Rhys

    Gruff Rhys

    11/09/2019 Duração: 39min

    Gruff Rhys looks back on a career of sonic adventures, both as frontman of the Super Furry Animals and solo artist. Niall Doherty joins him for a cosmic trip that takes place in jacuzzis, tour buses and rural Welsh villages.

  • Cate Le Bon

    Cate Le Bon

    04/09/2019 Duração: 54min

    Cate Le Bon tells us all about the joys of walking a pygmy goat, how her new Mercury-nominated album was inspired by a course in furniture-making and why she wants to say sorry to her childhood pony. Q Assistant Editor Chris Catchpole follows the Welsh singer on a journey through her singular world on this week's episode.

  • Kate Tempest

    Kate Tempest

    28/08/2019 Duração: 48min

    Kate Tempest gives us the lowdown on Rick Rubin's shoewear, shares tales of recording in Bob Dylan's old tourbus and recalls the first time she performed in front of a crowd on this week's episode. Niall Doherty tries to keep up with the rapper, poet, novelist and playwright.

  • Bill Ryder-Jones

    Bill Ryder-Jones

    13/08/2019 Duração: 56min

    This week, Niall Doherty is joined in the studio by singer songwriter and guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones. He discusses early days in The Coral, mental health and recalls how a meeting with the boss of Domino Records changed his life.

  • Paul Banks

    Paul Banks

    07/08/2019 Duração: 52min

    This week, Niall Doherty is joined by Interpol frontman Paul Banks. The singer looks back over the band's early days, explains why he loves painting character actors from '80s films and offers up a surprisingly knowledgeable insight into simulation theory.

  • Kaiser Chiefs

    Kaiser Chiefs

    29/07/2019 Duração: 48min

    This week, Q Deputy Editor Niall Doherty is joined by Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson and Simon Rix. The singer and bassist talk about the key to intra-band harmony, recall the time when they were mistaken for Lily Allen's removal men and reveal that Jack White passed them some of his spare album titles.

  • Brittany Howard

    Brittany Howard

    22/07/2019 Duração: 49min

    This week, Ted Kessler is joined by Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard. She talks about her new solo venture, race, first kisses, the French and much, much more!

  • Peter Perrett

    Peter Perrett

    10/07/2019 Duração: 01h02min

    This week, Ted Kessler is joined by living legend Peter Perrett. The former leader of The Only Ones looks back at his astonishing life, from losing his virginity during the Moon landing, creating one of the great post-punk singles Another Girl, Another Planet and his recent emergence from decades lost to drug addiction.

  • Liam Gallagher

    Liam Gallagher

    02/07/2019 Duração: 36min

    Season Two of Q Presents The Making Of launches with a Liam Gallagher special. Recorded in May in a London hotel room, Liam tackles the big issues: Brexit, songwriting and which animal he'd most like the body of if he could keep his face.

  • Mike Scott

    Mike Scott

    21/05/2019 Duração: 47min

    With your usual host Ted Kessler away this week, Niall Doherty steps into the Q Presents The Making Of hosting hot-seat and welcomes Mike Scott into the studio. The Waterboys ringleader looks back on over three decades in music, reflecting on spiritual enlightenment, being a teenage punk and recalling how his biggest hit came about because he was showing off to a girlfriend.

  • Green Gartside

    Green Gartside

    13/05/2019 Duração: 01h25min

    This week, Scritti Politti's mastermind Green Gartside grants Ted Kessler a rare audience for a Making Of tour de force that takes in multiple musical reinventions, mental illness, incredible name-dropping, psychedelic digressions and the familiar click-hiss of studio beers being opened. Join us! You won't regret it.

  • Joan As Policewoman

    Joan As Policewoman

    07/05/2019 Duração: 55min

    This week, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joan Wasser, aka Joan As Police Woman, joins Ted Kessler to talk about her adoption, her love of wearing red, the death of her partner Jeff Buckley, her favourite ever song, about working with everyone from Damon Albarn to Aldous Harding, and her own songwriting craft.

  • Andrew Bird

    Andrew Bird

    30/04/2019 Duração: 59min

    Laura Barton steps into the Q Presents The Making Of hosting hot-seat for one week only to discover the secrets of great whistling with American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird.

  • Aldous Harding

    Aldous Harding

    22/04/2019 Duração: 41min

    This week, your host Ted Kessler ventures to deepest, darkest South London, to the offices of 4AD Records, so that the supernaturally talented Kiwi singer-songwriter Aldous Harding can make fun of him, while also of course sharing her most intimate secrets.

  • Loyle Carner

    Loyle Carner

    15/04/2019 Duração: 52min

    This week, South Londoner rapper Loyle Carner meets Ted Kessler to talk grief, ADHD, cookery as therapy, why his address book is like a Who's Who, and what Freud would make of his love life.

  • Miki from Lush

    Miki from Lush

    09/04/2019 Duração: 01h12min

    This week, Ted Kessler meets former Lush singer Miki Berenyi to hear about the highs and lows of her years in the spot-light with Lush, and to discover why she's come out of decades-long seclusion to form a new indie super-group, Piroshka. Also discussed: food, languages, grammar, boredom, jail, death and the Sisters of Mercy.

  • Fat White Family

    Fat White Family

    01/04/2019 Duração: 55min

    Strong Language! Sex! Drugs! Fine Art! Busking! This week Ted Kessler is joined by brothers Lias and Nathan Saoudi of South London rascals Fat White Family for a ribald tour through the psychedelic windmills of their minds.

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