Music Interviews

Gruff Rhys interview: “Political activists are my heroes. We live in very, very sobering times”

by Ben Hogwood

The Super Furry Animals singer on music as an anchor, bringing people together in euphoria, and new solo work Sadness Sets Me Free 

Emilíana Torrini & The Colorist Orchestra: “The whole dynamic was about making ...

by Steven Johnson

Emilíana Torrini and Kobe Proesmans of the Colorist Orchestra on the joy of collaboration, navigating extreme weather events, documenting human relationships and creating visual music

Anaïs Mitchell interview – “Bonny Light Horseman songs are collective musical ...

by Steven Johnson

The background to the trio’s new album Rolling Golden Holy, how their songs differ from her solo work, the concept of ‘cowriting with the traditional’ and some ideal future collaborations

Bruce Hornsby: “Most people in the pop world want to live a white note life. I’...

by Ben Hogwood

The Way It Is singer on scoring for Spike Lee, guarding against chromaticism, his latest album ‘Flicted, and the continued resonance of his best known hit

Kristin Hersh: “I wanted it to sound like you’re waking up on someone’s floor. Th...

by Steven Johnson

The Throwing Muses icon on the ‘trippiness’ of new 50 Foot Wave release Black Pearl, the dynamics of her different musical outlets, label experiences and the frustration of being misrepresented

Calexico’s Joey Burns: “This album represents the things I love most, a mix of cult...

by Steven Johnson

The veteran Tex-Mex outfit’s frontman talks new album El Mirador, musical identity, human connections and ‘finding a way in’ to music

Midlake’s Eric Pulido: “We had a desire to embrace the gift of each other, and ...

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