Gearbox Records have launched a new interview series set in their studio here at Tileyard, specifically on the couch, and we love it! We caught up with Gail Tasker from the Gearbox team to find out more.
For those who don’t know already, can you introduce Gearbox Records?
We’re multi-faceted. Independent record label, analogue cutting and mastering studio, we recently produced a turntable. It’s our 10th anniversary this year, in fact.
Tell us about your new YouTube series ‘On the Gearbox Couch’.
‘On the Gearbox Couch’ is a short interview series set in our studio, specifically on our wonderful couch. We interview our artists about their lives, their opinions, their music, and then we put it online.
How did the idea for the series come about?
We wanted to give listeners the chance to hear these incredible musicians talk about themselves in an intimate setting. Some of our artists are somewhat enigmatic and don’t use social media much, so this is a chance to present them to an online audience.
What do you hope to achieve through these videos?
Hopefully, we can market these artists to a wider audience and pray that the YouTube algorithm favours us.
We loved the first episode with Charles Tolliver. Has Gearbox worked with Charles before?
It’s our first time working with him, and we are absolutely honoured. We are releasing his first studio album in 13 years on Friday 31st July, called ‘Connect’.
Charles is an unspoken legend, having collaborated with everyone from Herbie Hancock, to Jackie McLean, to Horace Silver, to Chick Corea. He’s also an ideological inspiration for independent labels in that he co-founded the iconic Strata-East label.
Is the content for each episode pre-planned? Do you ask your guests a set of questions or let them choose the conversation topics?
We do plan the questions, but we let the guests lead the conversation ultimately. It’s got to be somewhat spontaneous and fun.
What’s the secret to getting your guests to open up on camera and share their stories in a natural, relaxed way?
A small whiskey always helps! Beyond that, I try and make sure that we’re all on the same page in that they know what kind of topics will be covered, they’ve met and connected the film crew, and that they’ve had time to relax and prepare.
What is your filming set up for the series? Do you film this yourselves or outsource it?
A couple of nice cameras and a clip-on mic. We outsource it to a film company called El Grito based in North London, and they are superb. They do everything from music videos to live streams to animation. Highly recommend.
Can you reveal any upcoming guests?
Top secret! Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay in the loop.
Any dream ‘On the Gearbox Couch’ guests? Dead or alive!
David Bowie. We’d do an entire series with him.
Most famous person to have sat on the Gearbox couch?
Probably Björn from ABBA or Mike D from Beastie Boys. It’s hard to quantify ‘famous’ though.
How often can we expect a new episode on your YouTube channel?
It’s flexible, but I would say once every two months.
Where’s the best place to stay up to date with everything that goes on at Gearbox?
Watch episode 1 of ‘On the Gearbox Couch’ with Charles Tolliver here: