NILE RODGERS interview – Evening Standard, 2 Aug 2019

You could accuse Nile Rodgers of being a name dropper, but given the circles in which he has moved for over four decades, I’m not sure he could hold a conversation any other way. From founding Chic, producing David Bowie and playing on Daft Punk’s biggest hit, the 66-year-old guitarist has got starry connections to spare, which makes him the… Read more →

CLAIRO interview – Evening Standard, 26 July 2019

We usually don’t expect too much from those who have gone viral. Enjoy your 15 megabytes of fame and disappear again. No one wanted an album from Cat Bin Lady. The experience of Claire Cottrill, a 20-year-old from Massachusetts who has been posting her music online since she was 16, was different. “It was such a crazy thing, something so… Read more →

GUEST SINGERS – Evening Standard, 12 July 2019

Ed Sheeran’s latest album, out today, proves that the two most important letters in pop today are “ft”. His No. 6 Collaborations Project contains 22 guest stars across 15 tracks – pop music’s Avengers: Endgame. Meanwhile, the top three singles in the UK this week are credited to Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes/Camila Cabello and Ed Sheeran ft.… Read more →

STEVIE WONDER, Hyde Park – Evening Standard, 8 July 2019

Recent rumours about Stevie Wonder’s health were cleared up by the soul legend himself this weekend. He has a kidney donor lined up and will undergo a transplant in September. That meant this show, his third appearance in Hyde Park in this decade, will be one of his last for some time. Understandably he went with a bang.   The… Read more →

MABEL interview – Evening Standard, 28 June 2019

“I don’t mind hard work and no sleep. I’ll do whatever it takes,” Mabel McVey says. The 23-year-old pop singer, who trades mononymously as Mabel, proves it on the day we meet. In the 12 hours before she arrives for lunch in Soho, she has performed at a Jax Jones pool party at an Ibiza Hotel, gone to bed in… Read more →

KING PRINCESS, Kentish Town Forum – Evening Standard, 27 June 2019

King Princess began her Glastonbury weekend early, stopping by Kentish Town for an extra show before she heads to Somerset. The New York singer-songwriter with the gender-melding stage name, born Mikaela Straus, is shaping up to be one of the festival’s, and the year’s, most arresting new voices, putting her queerness out front in her sophisticated pop compositions.   If… Read more →

JANELLE MONAE interview – Evening Standard, 21 June 2019

“Oh my goodness!” Janelle Monáe exclaims when asked for her memories of her first visit to Glastonbury, in 2011. “I remember our bus catching fire on the way there and us almost dying. It was a ‘Get on stage as soon as you arrive’ type of situation. I also remember the crowd being one of the best I’ve ever witnessed.… Read more →

LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL interview – Evening Standard, 14 June 2019

Lady Gaga’s Ally may have been the titular character of A Star is Born, but another star has been rising almost as fast since that movie became one of last year’s biggest hits. The fingerprints of Californian musician Lukas Nelson are all over the film. He and his band Promise of the Real appear as Bradley Cooper’s character Jackson Maine’s… Read more →

KAISER CHIEFS interview – Evening Standard, 7 June 2019

First things first: why is the new Kaiser Chiefs album called Duck? Is it a song title? A reference to a key lyric? Some sort of oblique nod towards environmental issues? Or just Ricky Wilson’s favourite part of a Chinese takeaway? “It just is,” says the singer, 41 – apparently the band’s last word on the subject. It began as… Read more →

MUMFORD & SONS interview – Evening Standard, 31 May 2019

Mumford & Sons and Piers Morgan: it’s the perfect early evening light entertainment combo, according to the talent bookers at The One Show, where the heavyweight rock band and the professional contrarian find themselves a teatime double bill. In the Mumfords green room before showtime, where there are more packets of Minstrels than are strictly necessary even for a band… Read more →