Category: Interviews

HAMZAA interview – Evening Standard, 23 Nov 2018

In her Dalston bedroom, Hamzaa keeps a small white board on which she writes her goals for the year. It has a lot of ticks on it.   “It says ‘500k streams across Apple Music and Spotify’. I passed that a while ago. Another one was ‘Headline show sell out’. I didn’t think I’d sell out my first ever headline… Read more →

IMAGINE DRAGONS interview – Evening Standard, 9 Nov 2018

  Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons is in a good place. Physically, that means he’s at home in LA, world tour done with, walking his six-year-old daughter to school every day, coaching her soccer team and also kept busy by her younger sisters – 18-month-old twins.   Emotionally, things are looking up for the 31-year-old singer too. After announcing in… Read more →

SAM FENDER interview – Evening Standard, 2 Nov 2018

It’s almost over before it’s begun for me and Sam Fender, when I mistakenly refer to his North Shields home town as South Shields. The singer-guitarist does not care to be associated with the other side of the river, the birthplace of 2009 X Factor winner Joe McElderry and half of Little Mix, thanks very much.   North Shields, the… Read more →

CRYSTAL FIGHTERS interview – Evening Standard, 26 Oct 2018

It takes a long time for me to achieve a successful sit-down with Crystal Fighters, the British-American trio who have so far made three albums of sunny, world music-infused indie pop. “What do you expect? They’re hippies,” say their people, though I’ll admit that some parts of the chase have been more exciting than others. They get around.   In… Read more →

BUGZY MALONE interview – Evening Standard, 19 Oct 2018

Bugzy Malone’s house, on the outskirts of Manchester, is full of predators. There’s a large silver lion statue guarding the baby grand piano in the living room. In the kitchen, four sculptures of heads loom from the windowsills: another lion, a tiger, an eagle and a gorilla. And in the glass-fronted garage outside rests the biggest beast of all: a… Read more →

PARCELS interview – Evening Standard, 12 Oct 2018

When most young Australians move to Europe after finishing school, they tend to end up working in bars. I can only think of five whose spell of post-academic travelling resulted in appearances on stage at Glastonbury and a Roman ampitheatre, and having a single produced by Daft Punk. With a fantastic debut album out today and a long world tour… Read more →

RAY BLK interview – Evening Standard, 28 Sept 2018

When Ray BLK was named the winner of the BBC’s Sound of 2017 Poll in January last year, she was the first ever musician without a record deal to top the reliable list of future stars that had previously included Adele, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding. There was plenty of buzz on which the Catford R&B singer, now 25, could… Read more →

EVERYTHING EVERYTHING interview – Evening Standard, 21 Sept 2018

When I meet Everything Everything on the eve of their appearance at last night’s Mercury Prize ceremony, the band are unanimous on one thing: they’re not going to win.   “I’m going with the bookies and saying it’s going to be Nadine [Shah],” says singer Jonathan Higgs, shortly after arriving in London from his Manchester home for the event’s rehearsal.… Read more →

TASH SULTANA interview – Evening Standard, 14 Sept 2018

“I’m just taking the piss really. Seeing how far I can take this.”   That’s one way to put Tash Sultana’s remarkable rise. The 23-year-old from Melbourne recently became the first artist ever to sell out three nights at the 5,000-capacity Brixton Academy before releasing a debut album. She’s just put an even bigger London show on sale for 10,400,… Read more →

JUNGLE interview – Evening Standard, 7 Sept 2018

When Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland began writing their debut album as Jungle five years ago, they were two studio hounds, deprived of windows, sunshine and fresh air, creating sounds to match the worlds they imagined. To play their early song The Heat, they pictured themselves in a nightclub beside a foreign beach, blocking out the unspectacular reality of a… Read more →