Category: Interviews

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 →

ALICE MERTON & TOM ODELL interview – Evening Standard, 24 Aug 2018

Who sings your favourite male/female duet? Sonny and Cher? Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl? Renee and Renato? It’s a special sub-genre where a song becomes a conversation, where the right two voices can unite to create something greater than the sum of its parts.   London-based singer-songwriter Tom Odell and German-born newcomer Alice Merton are the latest pair to share… Read more →

SAWEETIE interview – Evening Standard, 17 Aug 2018

High Maintenance is the title of California rapper Saweetie’s first EP. She looks it, with her floor-length pink leather coat, Louis Vuitton boots, green bejewelled fingernails and eyelashes that could be put to good use as helicopter landing pads.   The 25-year-old is on a flying visit to the UK to perform two songs at Mayfair nightclub Tape London, record… Read more →

THE REGRETTES interview – Evening Standard, 10 Aug 2018

Lydia Night of The Regrettes disagrees with my theory that growing up in LA makes being a performer seem like a more realistic, graspable possibility than growing up somewhere less glamorous. “I was in Santa Monica, which is like its own small town within the bigger city. I was taking art classes and my art teacher turned out also to… Read more →