Interviews
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AMMAR 808: “I’m always looking for intense rhythms, I’ve always been into intense music” – Interview

by Steven Johnson

Sofyann Ben Youssef on his India-inspired new album Global Control / Invisible Invasion, the relationship between his music and the nightclub, and his changing listening…



“I watched the sun rising over Nunhead in the distance”: The Beloved’...

by Graeme Marsh

Jon Marsh talks about the background to Happiness on its 30th anniversary

Max Richter: “It’s a legitimate thing for a creative work to have an activi...

by Steven Johnson

On new album Voices, social activism, music as utility and being creatively inspired by history and politics

Rufus Wainwright: “I have no qualms being loved by middle aged women” ̵...

by Michael Hubbard

On new album Unfollow The Rules, the 2020 presidential election, and ladies who lunge

NZCA LINES: “Everything was raw and I felt angry, I was trying to make music that was...

by Steven Johnson

On new album Pure Luxury, American influences, music videos inspired by vintage films and incorporating big concepts

Pulled By Magnets: “It isn’t about darkness or light. It’s about energy and c...

by Daniel Paton

Seb Rochford on new album Rose Golden Doorways, exploring family heritage in India and inspiration in old texts

Sarah Jarosz: “I have to keep believing music can be healing. It has been for me&...

by Steven Johnson

On new album World On The Ground, writing in character, staying inspired by new music and winning Grammy Awards aged 18

Norah Jones: “The world is falling down around us, and it has been for a while...

by Steven Johnson

On new album Pick Me Up Off The Floor, creating in lockdown, the joy of collaboration, and a turbulent world

Jennifer Touch: “My need to play live is raw and pure” – Q&A

by Ross Horton

Vintage synth sounds inform her moody, danceable yet aggressive electro debut album Behind The Wall

Jade Hairpins: “It’s bright, happy music, gunning for a residency on the li...

by Sam Shepherd

Fucked Up’s Jonah Falco on laying out a bunch of feel good summer tinged tunes with his new outfit

Sparks: “You never know when you’re foretelling the future in a song” ...

by Ben Hogwood

Ron Mael on the brothers’ new album A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip, keeping sane in lockdown and the absolute necessity of music

Tim Burgess: “I just dream, and that’s how songs come now” – Interview

by Ben Hogwood

With his new album I Love The New Sky out this week, the sometime Charlatan talks Twitter, isolation and the post-pandemic world

DELANILA: “There’s a lot of stuff thrown at us at all times. It gets overwhelmi...

by Ben Hogwood

Danielle Schwob on her alter ego’s electronic album, working with Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sir David Attenborough and Ben Folds, and lockdown life

The Gipsy Kings: “To us it’s just our music, and it feels good” – Q...

by Alan Ashton-Smith

Lead guitarist Tonino Baliardo on the Bamboleo stars’ 40 years in business

Air’s Nicolas Godin: “Louis XIV had very good taste” – Interview

by Ben Hogwood

Music and architecture have always been natural bedfellows, especially in the lives of French duo Air. The two, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, met as...

A Winged Victory For The Sullen: “There should be space to be inside the music, w...

by Ben Hogwood

Dustin O’Halloran and Adam Wiltzie have gathered with musicOMH via Skype to discuss the pair’s fifth album release as A Winged Victory For The Sullen....

Sean O’Hagan: “I thought, if Tyler, The Creator’s doing it, I’ll do it!...

by Steven Johnson

Sean O’Hagan has been making music for over 30 years in one form or another. During our conversation in the foyer of London’s Queen Elizabeth...

808 State’s Graham Massey: “When rave came along, I felt culturally and tec...

by Ben Hogwood

When electronic dance music exploded into the pop charts 30 years ago there were doubts around its longevity in the UK. But to the surprise...

Q&A: Africa Express – Moonchild Sanelly, Muzi and Poté on new album EGOLI

by Michael Hubbard

Africa Express, the sprawling cross-cultural exchange initiated by Damon Albarn and journalist Ian Birrell in 2005 which has since spawned marathon live shows, collaborations, four...

75 Dollar Bill: “Build the thing so you can make the sound you are after” &...

by Daniel Paton

Formed in New York in 2012, 75 Dollar Bill have been exploring a part-composed, part-improvised and highly meditative sound world for several years, eventually coming...

Richard Hawley: “We are being led by psychopaths.” – Interview

by Ben Hogwood

Richard Hawley declares himself “well braindead” on arrival. He has been doing a day of interviews, chatting about new album Further, with each one overrunning....