Category: Interviews

CHVRCHES interview – Evening Standard, 6 April 2018

As Scottish musicians led by a frontwoman who takes no prisoners, you might have assumed CHVRCHES are thick as thieves with Shirley Manson – especially now that, like the Edinburgh-born singer of Garbage, the Glasgow trio have relocated to the US.   In fact they only met her not long ago at a party in Los Angeles, where they were… Read more →

MADISON BEER interview – Evening Standard, 23 March 2018

It’s obvious why Madison Beer has picked her particular life goal: “I always said that I want to sell out Madison Square Garden before I turn 21,” she tells me. If only the 19-year-old New Yorker had been christened “Islington” she could have ticked off a more manageable namesake gig this weekend, when she arrives at the north London Academy… Read more →

H.E.R. interview – Evening Standard, 16 March 2018

I’m a little worried that my interview with H.E.R. is going to have to be conducted behind a screen, like a protected witness in court, or using the voice of an actor, like Gerry Adams in the late Eighties.   Actually, I’m surprised that we’re meeting at all. The Californian R&B singer wants to keep her true identity a secret,… Read more →

PALE WAVES interview – Evening Standard, 2 March 2018

Arriving in the bar of the Oxford venue where Pale Waves are due to perform later, I walk straight past singer Heather Baron-Gracie. She’s sitting on a sofa with a glass of white wine, talking to some young folk who look like fans of the band. With her pale face, black hair and panda eyes, I assume she must be… Read more →

STEFFLON DON interview – Evening Standard, 23 Feb 2018

Stefflon Don has brought her mum to the interview. Ordinarily that would be a little unusual but fine, an excuse for a bit of cosy background chat about what the 26-year-old rapper was like as a little girl. However, in this case I’m a bit unnerved.   “Diss my mother then your skin start bleed/So don’t bother mess with my… Read more →

JAMES BAY interview – Evening Standard, 16 Feb 2018

It’s three in the afternoon in a terraced house in Mile End and I’m in bed with James Bay. Sorry ladies, if you’d spent a whole year at Journalism school like me maybe it could have been you, but I’m the one with the qualifications here.   The singer-songwriter from Hitchin has spent the morning having his picture taken in… Read more →

KHALID interview – Evening Standard, 9 Feb 2018

Khalid Robinson, 19, called his debut album American Teen and its signature song Young Dumb & Broke. Now that it’s a platinum seller, the 10th biggest album of 2017 in the US, he’s become the latest to be saddled with the “voice of a generation” tag. But the R&B singer is about to have a little trouble with his job… Read more →

RAE MORRIS interview – Evening Standard, 2 Feb 2018

It makes a nice change from all the break-up albums. Someone Out There by Blackpool musician Rae Morris is a dayglo love story, the tale of her growing intimacy with her producer told through vibrant electronic pop.   He’s called Fryars, real name Ben Garrett, and is currently working on Lily Allen’s comeback as well as his own album. He… Read more →

NADINE SHAH interview – Evening Standard, 26 Jan 2018

After we’ve wrapped up our interview, Nadine Shah invites me to watch her participating in a panel discussion down the road at the 100 Club. She can’t remember what it’s about.   It might be a consideration of the plight of the UK’s small gig venues – Shah has curated a UK tour for next week’s Independent Venue Week –… Read more →

FALL OUT BOY interview – Evening Standard, 19 Jan 2018

The world’s politicians could learn a thing or two from Fall Out Boy. Things not going to plan? Don’t style it out, and don’t lie about it. Just own up, then work harder.   I was originally supposed to sit down with the Chicago rock quartet’s dual figureheads: singer and chief songwriter Patrick Stump, and lyricist and extensively tattooed bass… Read more →