Category: Interviews

THE REGRETTES interview – Evening Standard, 10 Aug 2018

Lydia Night of The Regrettes disagrees with my theory that growing up in LA makes being a performer seem like a more realistic, graspable possibility than growing up somewhere less glamorous. “I was in Santa Monica, which is like its own small town within the bigger city. I was taking art classes and my art teacher turned out also to… Read more →

STEEL BANGLEZ interview – Evening Standard, 3 Aug 2018

“It started in the corners of London, in pirate radio stations and record shops, and look where we are now,” says Steel Banglez, lounging on a sofa in the Kensington offices of one of the big three record labels, Warner Music.   The 31-year-old from Forest Gate was born Pahuldip Singh Sandhu, but everyone calls him Banglez after the bracelets… Read more →

ZEDD interview – Evening Standard, 27 July 2018

“I haven’t worn headphones in five years,” says Zedd. “Let’s be real here. It’s 2018. You don’t need them. I used to be the drummer in a metal band. Do people think I can’t hit ‘play’ at the right time?”   Born Anton Zaslavski 28 years ago in Russia, and raised in south west Germany from the age of four,… Read more →

PORTUGAL. THE MAN interview – Evening Standard, 20 July 2018

Where better to meet Portugal. The Man than in Portugal. The Country? The American band, whose core members are from Alaska but are based in Portland, Oregon, named themselves after the home of Ronaldo and custard tarts back in 2004, just because it was the first nation that came to mind. Then they added that awkward. Full stop in the… Read more →

SILK CITY (MARK RONSON & DIPLO) interview – Evening Standard, 13 July 2018

You might think a music festival isn’t doing too well when potential attendees have to Google the headliner. After Bestival organiser Rob Da Bank revealed that London Grammar and MIA would be joined by Silk City at his popular Dorset weekender, one disgruntled commenter wrote, “Come on this act isn’t even on Spotify!”   So says Mark Ronson, for it… Read more →

INTERPOL interview – Evening Standard, 6 July 2018

As we talk about their upcoming sixth album, Interpol are using the word “fun” a lot. This is unexpected from the perennially black-clad trio, who are about to play second on the bill in Hyde Park to those jolly jesters The Cure, and whose most enduring musical comparison is with cheery Manchester scamps Joy Division. Having emerged around the same… Read more →

TAME IMPALA interview – Evening Standard, 29 June 2018

At the beginning of this decade, Tame Impala were a beardy psychedelic rock band operating out of Perth, Australia, one of the most isolated cities in the world. Cut to this month and Kevin Parker, the frontman who it turns out was writing and recording the songs by himself all along, is unpacking his bags in his new home in… Read more →

TOM MISCH interview – Evening Standard, 22 June 2018

If you haven’t heard of Tom Misch yet, it’s all right by him. The 22-year-old south Londoner has already sold out major London shows at Somerset House and the Roundhouse, sent his debut album into the top 10 in the spring, and has two even bigger gigs at Brixton Academy on the way. That’s quite sufficient for a reluctant star… Read more →

ANNA CALVI interview – Evening Standard, 15 June 2018

It was in April that everything first turned red for Anna Calvi. The south London singer-guitarist saturated every new image on her Instagram page with the colour: bodies, her own face, models of ambiguous gender. Then, last week, she revealed that the title of her third album would be Hunter, unveiled a bright, loud new single called Don’t Beat the… Read more →

TOVE STYRKE interview – Evening Standard, 8 June 2018

Among Tove Styrke’s victories this year – invites to tour North America supporting Lorde and Europe with Katy Perry, and the release of a third album that is her best by some distance – the Swedish singer also experienced her most embarrassing moment as a musician.   “On the first night of the Lorde tour, I sang with no music… Read more →