Category: Interviews

MR EAZI interview – Evening Standard, 15 Sept 2017

When a Mr Eazi song starts playing, you’ll know it’s him straight away. “Zagadat! It’s your boy Eazi,” he announces every time, as the beats kick in. He made up the word zagadat. “It means spiritual, beautiful,” he explains. Think of it as his logo, his Universal Pictures globe at the start of a movie. I’ve rarely met anyone so… Read more →

ALT-J interview – Evening Standard, 8 Sept 2017

Back in 2011, when Alt-J were recording their debut album, singer-guitarist Joe Newman’s father popped down to the recording studio. He was so inspired by what he heard that he went straight to the nearest bookies, where he tried to put money on them to win the Mercury Prize the following year. “This would be a much better story if… Read more →

JESSIE WARE interview – Evening Standard, 1 Sept 2017

Listening back, it’s a little tricky to tell whether I’ve spent an hour interviewing Jessie Ware about her new album or her new baby. The two are closely interlinked. Her third long-player, which has a due date of October, was conceived while she was pregnant and mostly written after her daughter was born. Much of it was recorded in No.… Read more →

FOO FIGHTERS interview – Evening Standard, 25 Aug 2017

Dave Grohl has another term for a band hiatus – he calls it an “I hate us”. There was reason to believe that his band Foo Fighters were on shaky ground at the start of last year.   During their last world tour, the frontman’s badly broken leg meant the cancellation of seven massive shows – including two Wembley Stadiums… Read more →

CHARLIE SLOTH interview – Evening Standard, 18 Nov 2017

Charlie Sloth is usually pretty good at introducing himself. “It’s the people’s prince, the best looking fat guy in the universe, just ask your mum!” is his regular opening salvo when he arrives at the microphone to host the drivetime show on BBC Radio 1xtra or The Rap Show on Radio 1. It’s when he has to introduce his own… Read more →

MUSE interview – Evening Standard, 11 Aug 2017

Muse ought to be used to logistical challenges. As one of the most spectacular live bands in the world, the Devon trio know their way around a massive firework blindfolded, and in the past have shared their stage with George Orwell’s all-seeing eye and a giant robot named Charles. They were last seen in London flying giant drones over their… Read more →

YUNGEN interview – Evening Standard, 4 Aug 2017

  At 25, Yungen isn’t quite the young one any more, but the south London rapper still bubbles with puppyish enthusiasm for just about everything when he bounds into his record company office to meet me. He’s all in burgundy, baseball cap, tracksuit and trainers, and visibly overjoyed about playing a role in a golden period for British urban music.… Read more →

PLAN B interview – Evening Standard, 21 July 2017

  How long has Plan B been away? Five years? It seems even longer. When the 33-year-old musician also known as Ben Drew arrives to meet me, his slicked back hair, whether dyed or not, is startlingly grey.   “Yeah, I’ve seen a ghost,” he says, as he clocks my eyes registering the top of his head with surprise. Perhaps… Read more →

JORJA SMITH interview – Evening Standard, 14 July 2017

  Jorja Smith is late. Not just a little late – at the time I’m waiting to meet her for brunch in the City, she hasn’t left her home in Crystal Palace. Oh dear, I think. This is what happens when you switch from recording YouTube covers in your school uniform in Walsall, to working with Drake.   Turns out… Read more →

RUDIMENTAL interview – Evening Standard, 30 June 2017

Rudimental have a new single out today. Good news for fans of their optimistic dance-pop; bad news for their Sunday League football club. Since the band took a break from heavy touring in September of last year, producer/keyboardist/centre back Piers Agget, hype man/midfield general Leon Rolle (aka Locksmith) and keyboardist/striker Kesi Dryden have been free to play on Hackney Marshes… Read more →