Category: Interviews

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 →

SNOW PATROL interview – Evening Standard, 18 Jan 2019

Standing centre stage at Amsterdam’s vast Ziggo Dome arena, Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody attempts to apologise for the fact that his band have not been on tour for six years, or released an album for seven: “What can I say? We’re just really fucking lazy.” The line gets a laugh but it isn’t the truth. Wildness, the Northern Irish… Read more →

OCTAVIAN interview – Evening Standard, 11 Jan 2019

And lo, it was decreed across the nation that in the year 2019, the musician of greatest import is named Octavian. Ask the internet and it’ll think you’re looking for a Roman Emperor, or perhaps a St Leger Stakes-winning horse from the early 1800s. This one is a rasping London rapper, 22 years old, who was revealed as the winner… Read more →

ELLIE GOULDING interview – Evening Standard, 14 Dec 2018

It’s Christmas, a time for giving, and if you’re a musician, that means a charity concert. Liam Gallagher performed for Shelter at the Union Chapel last night.George Ezra will be in the same venue for Mind on Tuesday, and Laura Marling will be singing for CALM at Omeara this weekend. But the biggest by far is Ellie Goulding’s annual show… Read more →

HOZIER interview – Evening Standard, 7 Dec 2018

Hozier’s breakthrough hit, Take Me to Church, was an angry howl against organised religion, with a grim black and white video that depicted homophobic abuse in Russia. His recent comeback single, Nina Cried Power, is a stirring tribute to the protest songs of the Civil Rights movement and the struggles of their singers. So I thought the Irish singer-songwriter may… Read more →

BRING ME THE HORIZON interview – Evening Standard, 30 Nov 2018

There’s a song on the next Bring Me the Horizon album called Heavy Metal. It features the beatboxer Rahzel and a heavy dose of electronica and is a considerable distance away from devil-horned, hair thrashing cliche. Not content with being one of the UK’s biggest hard rock bands, now the Sheffield quintet are setting out to become its most interesting.… Read more →

HAMZAA interview – Evening Standard, 23 Nov 2018

In her Dalston bedroom, Hamzaa keeps a small white board on which she writes her goals for the year. It has a lot of ticks on it.   “It says ‘500k streams across Apple Music and Spotify’. I passed that a while ago. Another one was ‘Headline show sell out’. I didn’t think I’d sell out my first ever headline… Read more →