Glasgow-headquartered IWC, a Banijay Group company, is producing a two-part docuseries for BBC4 which explores the sounds of the ’70s and ’80s.
In I Can Go For That: The Smooth World of Yacht Rock, (2 x 60 minutes) host Katie Puckrik delves into a genre of music known as “Yacht Rock”, a unique brand of soft rock with roots in R&B and themes of longing, aspiration and melancholy. Artists who exemplify the genre include Los Angeles studio-based artists like The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan and Hall & Oates.
The first part of this two-part series will focus on the ’70s and the second, the ’80s, and will feature contributions from John Oats of Hall & Oates;, producer Mark Ronson; the writer who popularized the term Yacht Rock, JD Ryznar; and musician Jay Gradon, who played on tracks by Steely Dan and Hall & Oates. Legendary ’80s band Toto will be featured in the second episode.
The series was commissioned by Emma Cahusac, commissioning editor BBC Arts and Music, and is executive produced by Franny Moyle for IWC. Ben Whalley produces and directs the program.
Banijay Rights will distribute the docuseries globally.
I Can Go For That: The Smooth World of Yacht Rock will bow on BBC4 this summer.