Multi-award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Nitin Sawhney joins Chris Difford to discuss his remarkable and varied career in music in the latest episode of I Never Thought it Would Happen, the Help Musicians podcast.
Having grown up in a musical family in Kent and trying his hand at any instrument that took his fancy, Nitin spent a few years studying law and dabbling with comedy and accountancy, before deciding to focus fully on music. That was the start of a journey which led him to work with Paul McCartney, Sinead O'Connor, Jeff Beck, Brian Eno and Ellie Goulding, alongside composing for TV, gaming and theatre, and forging a much acclaimed solo career.
The episode also features Philip Herbert, a composer who received creative support from Help Musicians to develop his skills in writing music for film.
Nitin is the fourth guest on the podcast, with previous episodes featuring Sting, Robbie Williams and Ruby Turner.
The series coincides with our 100th year as a charity and explores what makes someone want to pursue music as a career, and the ever-changing landscape in which they operate.
Help Musicians has been needed more than ever this past year, providing over £17m in support to 21,000 professional musicians during the pandemic, many of whom slipped through the gaps of government support.
By coming on these podcasts, and speaking honestly about their own challenges, the guests are lifting the curtain on what can be an incredibly difficult career. It comes at a time when live music is beginning to return, and while the charity adapts to support the musicians returning to work.
Through our Music Minds Matter service we also support those in the industry who, like Robbie, experience mental health challenges. The service has seen a huge surge in demand as the music world continues to live with the impact of the pandemic.
The series is hosted on Audioboom and produced by Gimme Sugar.