Category: Interviews

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 →

LEWIS CAPALDI interview – Evening Standard, 22 March 2019

Lewis Capaldi is on top of the world in the back of a cab, not long off a plane from New York to find that back home his single, Someone You Loved, has held on to the number one spot for a third week and is likely to make it a fourth today. The sudden success of the 22-year-old’s heartbroken… Read more →

EMELI SANDÉ interview – Evening Standard, 15 March 2019

Comfy though her large sofa is, I imagine it would be hard to put your feet up and relax with a bit of Bake Off in Emeli Sandé’s east London living room. There’s a glossy black Feurich upright piano on the other side of the fireplace. Groaning bookshelves include a job lot of the classics with matching spines. In framed… Read more →

GRACE CARTER interview – Evening Standard, 1 March 2019

“One day I will be at the Brits… I don’t know when. But it will happen.” That’s a tweet Grace Carter posted in February 2015, aged 17. Four years later, there she was, posing on the red carpet in a floor-length peach coat. It may take another year for her to get a nomination, but if the soulful Londoner maintains… Read more →

ANDREYA TRIANA interview – Evening Standard, 22 Feb 2019

I’m watching Andreya Triana make her live comeback beneath the stained glass windows of Soho’s Chapel of St Barnabas. Dressed all in red with hair vaulting upwards, the soul singer doesn’t find it hard to draw attention away from 19th Century architectural flourishes. New songs from her forthcoming third album include Broke, which dismisses material things to announce, “I’m a… Read more →

CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS interview – Evening Standard, 15 Feb 2019

There are two things that Chris, the mononymic star of Christine and the Queens, knows about next week’s Brit Awards: what she’s going to wear, and that she isn’t going to win. When the musician born Heloise Letissier in Nantes was first nominated in the International Female category, in 2017, she lost out to Beyonce. This time she’s up against… Read more →

SLOWTHAI interview – Evening Standard, 8 Feb 2019

He’s from Northampton, not Thailand, and nor is Slowthai slow. The man born Tyron Frampton raps with barely contained energy – yelping, restless, ready to burst. On his latest single, Doorman, he takes the idea that grime is the new punk literally, backing his rhymes with primal drums, a brutal bass rumble and a sample from a news report about… Read more →

HAYLEY KIYOKO interview – Evening Standard, 1 Feb 2019

Before Hayley Kiyoko hits the stage for the second night of her European tour in Dublin, it’s time for the meet and greet. The premium package for fans of the 27-year Californian includes a tote bag, a photo taken by her younger brother Thatcher, the opportunity to ask the singer something in an Q&A session before the main doors open,… Read more →

AJ TRACEY interview – Evening Standard, 25 Jan 2019

It may be mid-January but it’s still Christmas in AJ Tracey’s Chelsea flat. There’s one tree in his hall and another drawing attention away from the enormous TV in the living room. The bigger one’s ongoing presence tells us a few things about the west London rapper: how busy he is, his ballooning status and his disinclination towards too much… Read more →