CARL ADAMS of PRIMAL ROOTS interview – Runner’s World, March 2020 issue

“There have been two defining moments in my life, 30 years apart, where I’ve felt completely at peace, completely at home, and like I’m where I’m meant to be,” says Carl Adams. “They were my first drink, when I was 13, and my first time in the woods doing outdoor fitness. They almost triggered the same feelings in my mind,… Read more →

BEABADOOBEE interview – Evening Standard, 17 Jan 2020

Bea Kristi Laus settles in the corner booth of a Wandsworth cafe at 2pm and orders the mozzarella sticks, which are breakfast. The 19-year-old is winging it again, and why not? From her cutesy, hastily chosen stage name, Beabadoobee – a scatting play on her first name Beatrice – to her lower-than-lo-fi debut recording, Coffee, which earned her a record… Read more →

HATSUNE MIKU, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 13 Jan 2020

So far in the UK we’ve mostly made do with Roy Orbison for our holographic musical entertainment, though Whitney Houston will be rematerialising on stage here soon. Meanwhile in Japan, Hatsune Miku has been pioneering this kind of thing.   Miku is a cartoon character in the manga style, perpetually 16 years old, with turquoise hair to the floor and… Read more →

BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB interview – Evening Standard, 10 Jan 2020

You can’t trust a band to stay split. It took Mötley Crüe just five years to rip up the “cessation of touring agreement” that they signed so dramatically in 2014. Even The Beach Boys briefly forgot about the years they spent suing each other to get back together for a 50th anniversary tour. For north London indie band Bombay Bicycle… Read more →

TONES AND I interview – Evening Standard, 20 Dec 2019

I break off my interview with Toni Watson halfway through to ask if she’s okay, or if she’d prefer to stop and do something else. Sitting backstage in a pub venue on a sofa raised on beer kegs, so that her legs dangle innocently like a child on a wall, she sounds as if she’s about to start crying. I’ve… Read more →

20 ALBUMS OF THE DECADE – Evening Standard, 13 Dec 2019

As the decade closes, it’s obvious who the biggest acts were. Since the ready availability of YouTube and Spotify stream counts, this period has been awash with gargantuan statistics, principally generated by Ed Sheeran and Adele but with Taylor Swift, Drake and Ariana Grande also making up the big numbers. But what music was so good it will genuinely last?… Read more →

STORMZY ‘Heavy is the Head’ album review – Evening Standard, 13 Dec 2019

You can tell how big a deal Stormzy’s second album is not just by its timing – intent on using those size 12s to boot Robbie Williams, Harry Styles or Coldplay out of the Christmas number one spot – but by the power of the gathered horns that form the backing for the opening song, Big Michael. It’s a mighty… Read more →

MICHAEL BUBLE, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 10 Dec 2019

‘Tis the season for Michael Bublé. The Canadian balladeer’s 2011 Christmas album sold 12 million copies and is as vital a part of the season as knowing what time the Queen’s speech is on. So it was the perfect time for him to drop down the O2’s chimney and throw a few snowy songs into his usual array of swinging… Read more →

AITCH interview – Evening Standard, 6 Dec 2019

Aitch is an hour and a half late to meet me because he says he’s having an emergency at the barber’s. This seems unlikely given that the teenage rapper’s hair is generally putting green short, but when he finally shows up at his management’s office – a chilly shipping container on a Manchester industrial estate – he explains. During a… Read more →

LA ROUX interview – Evening Standard, 29 Nov 2019

Elly Jackson has a lot to say. The musician, who trades as La Roux, talks for half an hour longer than our intended interview slot, then carries on for another 20 minutes after I’ve turned off the dictaphone. When we finally wrap up, she looks out of the window of her publicist’s Brixton office to see that she’s been up… Read more →