Category: Interviews

KREPT & KONAN interview – Evening Standard, 18 Oct 2019

When I meet Casyo “Krept” Johnson and Karl “Konan” Wilson, things are looking good for the Croydon rap duo. We’re in the meeting room at Apple’s Beats studio in King’s Cross, where they’re about present the 33rd edition of their show Play Dirty Radio. They’ve just finished filming their role as judges on The Rap Game, a talent show for… Read more →

WIZKID interview – Evening Standard, 11 Oct 2019

For someone whose Nigerian sound is now in such international demand that he’s currently clocking up more air miles than Santa Claus, Wizkid seems pretty relaxed. He meets me in a Soho recording studio, booked not for making music but because it’s the environment in which he feels most comfortable for interviews. He’s slouched in the swivel chair at the… Read more →

DERMOT KENNEDY interview – Evening Standard, 4 Oct 2019

In May this year, Dermot Kennedy sold out the 5,000-capacity Brixton Academy – a landmark feat for almost any musician. What’s unusual about this is that at the time, the Irish singer-songwriter was still five months away from releasing his debut album and had never even had a single in the UK chart. “It’s a weird thing,” the 27-year-old admits.… Read more →

CHARLI XCX interview – Evening Standard, 20 Sept 2019

Charli XCX doesn’t have long for me in between radio appearances, lunch with her management team in the high-end Indian restaurant Dishoom and the general whirlwind of promoting her third proper album, titled simply Charli. But as she says herself, she’s a fast worker. That means getting straight to the big talk. “I’m gonna be around for a really long… Read more →

PIXIES, Alexandra Palace – Evening Standard, 23 Sept 2019

Pixies released two classic albums, Surfer Rosa in 1988 And Doolittle in 1989, and here we were, 30 years later in a vast venue, still thrilled by those songs and accepting new ones with polite interest. They last, these small precious collections.   The Boston band, regularly cited as a chief influence on Nirvana for their unsettling mix of savage… Read more →

CATE LE BON interview – Evening Standard, 13 Sept 2019

When Cate Le Bon glides up the red carpet at the Mercury Prize ceremony next Thursday, few will remember the first time the Welsh singer-songwriter attended. In 2008, a year before she released her debut album, she was there as a guest singer with Neon Neon, the electronic side-project of American producer Boom Bip and Gruff Rhys from Super Furry… Read more →

MUNA interview – Evening Standard, 6 Sept 2019

You never know quite what you’re going to get with MUNA. The LA trio’s band name, which they present in capitals though it isn’t an acronym, translates as “hope” or “desire” in Arabic, and is often used as a girl’s name. However, in Finnish slang, it means “dick”, or in the plural, “balls”. Harry Styles found out a bit more… Read more →

KANO interview – Evening Standard, 30 Aug 2019

Ideally, Kano wouldn’t be making his return in quite such a flurry of activity, a rush of vital work that is going to make him one of the key faces of the autumn. If all had gone exactly to plan, the east London rapper’s sixth album would have come out last year, allowing a decent amount of time for promotion… Read more →

MS BANKS interview – Evening Standard, 23 Aug 2019

Ms Banks is running an hour late and the battery on her iPhone is at a perilous 1%. Before I get to ask her any questions, she has an urgent one for me: do I have a charging cable? As a Samsung guy, we’re off on the wrong foot, but the 25-year-old rapper isn’t being a diva today – she’s… Read more →

SHURA interview – Evening Standard, 16 Aug 2019

As Shura releases her second album, she’s in a new place, in every sense. New sound, new home, new love – the 28-year-old singer-producer has lots to talk about on a brief visit to her old stomping ground in London before she returns to her current one, Brooklyn. The title of her comeback single, BKLYNLDN, seemed like a cool way… Read more →