Category: Interviews

MELANIE C interview – Evening Standard, 24 April 2020

Never let it be said that this was a time in which humankind was lacking content. There are now three different ways to watch a video for Melanie C’s new single, Who I Am. From a month ago, there’s a clip the way we used to make them, in which crowds of people wander around an art gallery where the… Read more →

BEASTIE BOYS + SPIKE JONZE interview – Evening Standard, 17 April 2020

Just because it has to be a remote four-way video interview doesn’t mean the Beastie Boys won’t make an effort. When the two surviving band members, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz, dial in from their locked down LA homes alongside Spike Jonze, the director of a new documentary about the group, all three are sporting matching purple sweaters. “I look… Read more →

GLASS ANIMALS interview – Evening Standard, 3 April 2020

Sitting in his home studio in Hackney, just out of two weeks’ quarantine and still a long way from his music life getting back to normal, Dave Bayley of Glass Animals is feeling optimistic. “Between me and the guys, we have a lot of ideas for how to keep things ticking – almost too many ideas,” he tells me. They… Read more →

YOUNG T & BUGSEY interview – Evening Standard, 20 March 2020

“Our career so far has taught us to be patient,” says Doyin “Bugsey” Julius, the more talkative half of Nottingham’s foremost rap duo Young T & Bugsey. “Wait your turn. Don’t wait for ever – you still have to grab it – but our time will come.” Signed to a major label record deal four years ago, 2020 finally looks… Read more →

NOAH CYRUS interview – Evening Standard, 13 March 2020

I ask Noah Cyrus whether she considered, when launching her music career, the possibility of using just her first name, Adele-style, or choosing a different name altogether. “I came up with so many aliases. I think I wanted to wear a mask so I didn’t have to deal with my insecurities,” the 20-year-old admits. “But I’m very happy I didn’t… Read more →

SIMON ARMITAGE/LYR interview – Evening Standard, 6 March 2020

“Poets have collaborated on libretti and hymns and lyrics for songwriters right back to the beginning, so it’s not unusual,” says Simon Armitage of his move to mix music with poetry, although starting a band, LYR, is particularly unsurprising behaviour for him. Surely the indie-est of poets with his floppy hair and loudly proclaimed obsessions with The Smiths and The… Read more →

JESSIE WARE interview – Evening Standard, 28 Feb 2020

“You just missed the Queen,” says Jessie Ware as she stands to greet me in the bar of the Soho Hotel. She means her mum, Lennie, who is becoming almost as well known as the singer since they started co-hosting a podcast, Table Manners, which has been so successful that next month it becomes a live tour and a cookbook.… Read more →

CARIBOU interview – Evening Standard, 21 Feb 2020

Dan Snaith, who makes electronic music as Caribou and also, sometimes, as Daphni, is telling me about the time he turned down Rihanna. It was 2015 and he was surfing on the success of his last Caribou album, Our Love, which had earned him his first trip to the UK top 10, a Grammy nomination and his second Juno award… Read more →

AGNES OBEL interview – Evening Standard, 14 Feb 2020

Agnes Obel has suffered a bump to the head. A thick white plaster sits near the Danish musician’s left eyebrow, which she forgets about at one point, accidentally touches, and winces. She doesn’t say how she did it, but after a while in her company it’s easy to believe that a major jolt occurred when she finally emerged from her… Read more →

NATHANIEL RATELIFF interview – Evening Standard, 7 Feb 2020

At the memorial service for Richard Swift, the musician and producer who died in 2018, aged 41, from complications related to alcohol abuse, a friend approached Nathaniel Rateliff. “We can’t do this for you too,” the friend said. “It wasn’t meant in a mean way. It was meant in a loving way,” Rateliff, also 41, explains. He and Swift were… Read more →