Category: Interviews

MABEL interview – Evening Standard, 28 June 2019

“I don’t mind hard work and no sleep. I’ll do whatever it takes,” Mabel McVey says. The 23-year-old pop singer, who trades mononymously as Mabel, proves it on the day we meet. In the 12 hours before she arrives for lunch in Soho, she has performed at a Jax Jones pool party at an Ibiza Hotel, gone to bed in… Read more →

JANELLE MONAE interview – Evening Standard, 21 June 2019

“Oh my goodness!” Janelle Monáe exclaims when asked for her memories of her first visit to Glastonbury, in 2011. “I remember our bus catching fire on the way there and us almost dying. It was a ‘Get on stage as soon as you arrive’ type of situation. I also remember the crowd being one of the best I’ve ever witnessed.… Read more →

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 →