Music Interviews

Midlake’s Eric Pulido: “We had a desire to embrace the gift of each other, and of making music” – Interview

by Steven Johnson

The Texas folk-rock ensemble’s frontman on new album For The Sake Of Bethel Woods, being inspired by the theme of family, band dynamics and finding purpose in loss

Aimee Mann: “There’s something in the zeitgeist where people are ready to talk abou...

by Steven Johnson

The LA-based songwriter on the theatrical origins of her new album Queens Of The Summer Hotel, writing in character, and the changing nature of how women are seen

Ladyhawke: “Everyone’s having to navigate this together at the same time. T...

by Ben Hogwood

Pip Brown on comeback album Time Flies, pandemical collaborations, anxiety and depression, motherhood and video games

Black Monument Ensemble’s Damon Locks: “I’m ravenously looking for inspiratio...

by Steven Johnson

The Black Monument Ensemble founder on creating community through music, conflict in American race relations, the Chicago music scene and his work teaching art in a men’s maximum security prison

La Luz: “I want all of our albums to feel like you are going on a journey” – ...

by Steven Johnson

Shana Cleveland on the background to their fourth album, how living remotely has influenced her writing, being challenged in the studio, and their live plans

Roxanne de Bastion: “Music is the best tool for empathy. It’s such a good w...

by Ben Hogwood

With two US tours, a Glastonbury appearance, over 500 gigs and a self-released debut album behind her, the Berlin-via-West-Midlands songwriter returns with a “cathartic” second work, produced by Bernard Butler

Yann Tiersen: “I became more about seeing what’s around me, living stuff and or...

by Ben Hogwood

The Breton on his new album Kerber and its accompanying film, his island home of Ushant, and rekindling his love of electronic music

Arab Strap: “Our music’s intimate points have changed from being about dirty be...

by Steven Johnson

Aidan Moffat on the forthcoming Arab Strap UK tour, the lead up to new album As Days Get Dark, and how his approach to writing lyrics has evolved

Teenage Fanclub: “We’ve always resisted becoming a heritage band” – Interview

by Steven Johnson

Norman Blake and Raymond McGinley on how new album Endless Arcade fell into place, their creative processes, and their forthcoming UK tour plans

Lucy Gooch: “I wanted to make something more experimental with a dissonance and eerin...

by Steven Johnson

The Bristol-based artist on her new Rain’s Break EP, taking inspiration from 1940s films, the lasting impressions of singing in choirs and moving away from looping to more organic arrangements

Roddy Woomble: “I’ve spent 20 years making guitar music, but this new album involve...

by Steven Johnson

The Idlewild frontman on the ‘dystopian pop’ of new solo record Lo! Soul, experimenting with sounds, being guided by other musicians and how the pandemic changed working methods

Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner: “I was looking for something less structured, something I h...

by Steven Johnson

On the background to new album Showtunes, converting guitar into piano sounds, continuing to embrace technology and broadening his range of collaborators

Murcof: “I feel attracted to music and sounds that evoke a sense of mystery or otherw...

by Steven Johnson

Fernando Corona on his new double album, operating on intellectual and emotional levels, music in response to art and the importance of silence

Man On Man: “Take away all the venues and queers would still find a way to get to...

by Matt Cotsell

Indie-rock distortion and gay pop confidence meet in a new project from Faith No More’s Roddy Bottum and partner Joey Holman. Now they’re ready to take it on the road

Peggy Seeger: “Humans are a warlike species. The world is being run on a male dyn...

by Daniel Paton

The folk royal on new album First Farewell, the hell of mornings and her ‘drop in the bucket’ theory

Tom Jones: “I make the songs my own, and it’s as if I wrote them” –...

by Ben Hogwood

The Welsh legend on his new album Surrounded By Time, the challenges faced by The Voice contestants and treating Mother Earth with dignity

Flock Of Dimes: “Music is the only way I know to process my feelings fully” –...

by Steven Johnson

Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner discusses her new solo album Head Of Roses, and reveals how heartbreak led to her finding comfort and purpose in music

Hannah Peel: “This is what I want, an emergence in nature being born” ̵...

by Ben Hogwood

The Fir Wave creator, arranger and Night Tracks presenter on folding in the work of Delia Derbyshire and the Radiophonic Workshop, and emulating the natural world with digital technology

Lost Horizons’ Simon Raymonde: “I wanted to try to broaden this album out to so...

by Steven Johnson

The Bella Union boss on the creative processes behind new album In Quiet Moments, matching music to vocalists, finding rebirth from death and the ongoing thrill of discovering new artists

Seth Lakeman: “The stories seemed to really connect with people” – Q&...

by Michael Hubbard

Looking back at Freedom Fields, and what came next, ahead of a streaming performance celebrating its 15th birthday, with its creator

Tindersticks’ Stuart Staples: “I needed to be in a place I hadn’t been before...

by Steven Johnson

On new album Distractions, being inspired by political events, how his songwriting has changed over the years and some of his favourite Tindersticks albums