Category: Interviews

ANNA CALVI interview – Evening Standard, 15 June 2018

It was in April that everything first turned red for Anna Calvi. The south London singer-guitarist saturated every new image on her Instagram page with the colour: bodies, her own face, models of ambiguous gender. Then, last week, she revealed that the title of her third album would be Hunter, unveiled a bright, loud new single called Don’t Beat the… Read more →

TOVE STYRKE interview – Evening Standard, 8 June 2018

Among Tove Styrke’s victories this year – invites to tour North America supporting Lorde and Europe with Katy Perry, and the release of a third album that is her best by some distance – the Swedish singer also experienced her most embarrassing moment as a musician.   “On the first night of the Lorde tour, I sang with no music… Read more →

THE XX interview – Evening Standard, 25 May 2018

It’s a few days before the Royal Wedding and the gates of Buckingham Palace are surrounded by scaffolding. Yards away, members of the public queue to meet quiz show host Alexander Armstrong. Meanwhile, all anyone wants to talk about is Star Wars.   I’m at Elstree Studios, currently home to Netflix series The Crown and BBC television’s Pointless, where the… Read more →

ALMA interview – Evening Standard, 18 May 2018

When you’re a singer from a country that hasn’t produced a major pop star before, the normal rules don’t apply. Alma-Sofia Miettinen, who trades as Alma, lives in Helsinki with her parents and is both visually and geographically a very long way from mainstream pop’s glossy perfectionism.   “I never had dreams of being Katy Perry. That’s unreachable for me.… Read more →

BIG NARSTIE interview – Evening Standard, 11 May 2018

“Please tell the Evening Standard what you saw me do,” Big Narstie asks me. “I smashed this breakfast!”   It’s 2pm in an east London caff and the plus-sized Brixton rapper is prioritising an all-day fry-up over a photoshoot for which he is already late. Five rashers of extra well done bacon, two sausages, double scrambled eggs, toast and apple… Read more →

JON HOPKINS interview – Evening Standard, 27 April 2018

Most musicians make changes when they begin work on a new album, whether it’s getting a new producer, better instruments, a new bandmate or more inspiring workspace. As he started on a follow-up to his Mercury Prize-nominated 2013 release, Immunity, Jon Hopkins decided to upgrade his brain.   Following two years of touring that breakthrough album, then composing the score… Read more →

NATALIE PRASS interview – Evening Standard, 20 April 2018

To the long list of people inconvenienced by Donald Trump’s presidency, we can now add Natalie Prass fans.   The 32-year-old musician from Richmond, Virginia released a stunning, self-titled debut album in early 2015 – beautifully ornate music draped in strings and horns that harked back to the classic soul of Dionne Warwick, Curtis Mayfield and Dusty Springfield’s Memphis recordings.… Read more →

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 →