Category: Interviews

ANGEL OLSEN interview – Evening Standard, 19 May 2017

  Before you meet Angel Olsen, the St Louis singer-songwriter whose third album, My Woman, was one of the very best of last year, you are sent a “fact sheet”. It’s a list of her significant releases, her date of birth (she’s 30) and a collection of details that reads less like a helpful primer and more like a strong… Read more →

THE JAPANESE HOUSE interview – Evening Standard, 12 May 2017

  As she prepares to release her fourth EP and play her biggest London show on a headline UK tour, it’s not so much that Amber Bain is becoming bigger, as slowly coming into focus. The songs, once prettily vague and drifting, are getting brighter and catchier, and their singer is ready to be seen too.   The songwriter-producer began… Read more →

PHOENIX interview – Evening Standard, 5 May 2017

  France remains in the national state of emergency it declared following the terrorist attacks of November 2015, an influential far-right candidate is one of the final two who could be declared the new President in this Sunday’s election, and Phoenix have made their most joyful album yet.   The quartet from Versailles rose at the start of the 2000s… Read more →

OH WONDER interview – Evening Standard, 28 April 2017

  I’m slightly surprised that Oh Wonder don’t walk backwards into the Brockley cafe where we meet one sunny afternoon. South London’s Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West have not gone about their electronic pop career in the traditional order. First came an album’s worth of songs, posted online, one at a time, on Soundcloud on the first day of… Read more →

BRUNO MARS interview – Evening Standard, 21 April 2017

  When you’re out and about today, keep your eyes peeled for a small superstar in a big hat. Bruno Mars is in town, bringing a welcome dose of horn-swinging old-school entertainment to the O2 Arena. He’s here all week – try the veal.   Mars is in the middle of four shows here, the first of which earned five… Read more →

KASABIAN interview – Evening Standard, 31 March 2017

  Having previously written music inspired by velociraptors, internet surveillance and Vlad the Impaler, and named their band after a member of the Manson Family, Kasabian have done something really unexpected as they prepare to release their sixth album: they’ve come up with what they say is their first ever love song.   Put Your Life On It closes the… Read more →

TINIE TEMPAH interview – Evening Standard, 24 March 2017

  I’m not the only one waiting to meet Tinie Tempah this afternoon. As the 28-year-old Plumstead rapper gears up to release not just his third album, but his first fashion line too, more and more people take a seat in the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park’s impeccable Rosebery Lounge, tapping at phones and laptops and flicking patiently through heavy books… Read more →

GAVIN JAMES interview – Evening Standard, 17 March 2017

  It’s St Patrick’s Day, so why not get yourself a Guinness, paint shamrocks about your person and give the biggest new musician in Ireland a spin? Dubliner Gavin James has recently filled his hometown’s 3 Arena and won his country’s prestigious Choice Music Prize for Song of the Year in both 2013 and 2016 – for his songs Say… Read more →

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF interview – Evening Standard, 3 March 2017

In her army shirt and beret, sporting a pin badge that reads “Right On Peace Justice Together”, Alynda Segarra looks ready to lead her people to freedom. For now, she’s going to lead me downstairs for lunch and outline the thinking behind her remarkable new concept album. Next week’s The Navigator, by her band Hurray for the Riff Raff, must… Read more →

MAGGIE ROGERS interview – Evening Standard, 24 Feb 2017

Do your homework, kids. Maggie Rogers is a fine example of the good things that can happen when you turn up to class well prepared. “I moved out of my college apartment on May 31 2016. I went viral on June 1. I signed a record deal on August 31. It was a little wild,” says the 22-year-old from rural… Read more →