Category: Interviews

LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL interview – Evening Standard, 14 June 2019

Lady Gaga’s Ally may have been the titular character of A Star is Born, but another star has been rising almost as fast since that movie became one of last year’s biggest hits. The fingerprints of Californian musician Lukas Nelson are all over the film. He and his band Promise of the Real appear as Bradley Cooper’s character Jackson Maine’s… Read more →

KAISER CHIEFS interview – Evening Standard, 7 June 2019

First things first: why is the new Kaiser Chiefs album called Duck? Is it a song title? A reference to a key lyric? Some sort of oblique nod towards environmental issues? Or just Ricky Wilson’s favourite part of a Chinese takeaway? “It just is,” says the singer, 41 – apparently the band’s last word on the subject. It began as… Read more →

MUMFORD & SONS interview – Evening Standard, 31 May 2019

Mumford & Sons and Piers Morgan: it’s the perfect early evening light entertainment combo, according to the talent bookers at The One Show, where the heavyweight rock band and the professional contrarian find themselves a teatime double bill. In the Mumfords green room before showtime, where there are more packets of Minstrels than are strictly necessary even for a band… Read more →

MAREN MORRIS interview – Evening Standard, 24 May 2019

Backstage in Hamburg’s Gruenspan venue, Maren Morris only needs a change of clothes, a shot of tequila and a “really inappropriate chant” with her five-piece band before she’s ready to go out and sing. It’s a relatively low-key club show this evening, aside from a bubble shower at the end – she says on stage that she hadn’t even realised… Read more →

LIZZO interview – Evening Standard, 17 May 2019

Lizzo sounds terrible. Not on her new album, Cuz I Love You, on which the one-time rapper takes up singing with all the lung-busting power of a classic soul star. On the phone, it’s all coughs and croaks and significantly less of the boundless energy that has made the Detroit 31-year-old a beacon of positivity in 2019 and pop’s hottest… Read more →

SOAK interview – Evening Standard, 10 May 2019

Because she grew up in Londonderry, when Bridie Monds-Watson started out making music as SOAK in her teens, every interviewer would ask for her thoughts on the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Born two years before the Good Friday Agreement was signed, educated at an integrated school and raised by parents without a religion, she would say: “Honestly, I’ve grown up… Read more →

FAYE WEBSTER interview – Evening Standard, 3 May 2019

As the number one single in both the UK and US this week has been Old Town Road by Lil Nas X, a rap song about horses, it seems that hip hop and country music are finally ready to saddle up together. If the idea sounds like a hideous novelty hybrid, maybe Faye Webster, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Atlanta, can… Read more →

TAKE THAT interview – Evening Standard, 26 April 2019

At the back door of the Manchester Arena, past two dozen hopeful women clutching cameraphones, past security scanners, past trucks, platforms and crates, past a door that says “Rick Astley” and another that says “Lulu”, three red, white and blue superhero costumes hang on a rail. Part Captain America, part Evel Knieval, they’re the first of a bold flurry of… Read more →

MAHALIA interview – Evening Standard, 5 April 2019

Mahalia asks to meet me in the bar of the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair and I think, well of course, if you were 20 years old and had been signed to a major label record deal since you were 13, you’d hang out in places like this all the time. It must be a home from home, this grand lodging… Read more →

DAMON ALBARN/PAUL SIMONON/THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN interview – Evening Standard, 29 March 2019

Well here we are. The Union Jack stockings did not need to go on the mantelpiece last night and Father Brexit has delayed his visit down the chimney. Another Brexit Day event has been more reliable, however: tonight, as scheduled, Damon Albarn will open the flaps of a big top in east London and welcome musicians from countries including Mali,… Read more →