Interviews
Tim Burgess

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 architecture students, and Godin invited his new friend to join...

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. Their collaboration started as an experiment with its first (self-titled)...

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 Hall it becomes clear on multiple levels how it continues...

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 of some, the music has proven naysayers emphatically wrong. Few...

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

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 albums and launched careers is back. This time the music...

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 to wider attention in the UK with the 2017 reissue...

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. As he nonetheless amiably steels himself for another round of...

David Gray: “I’m about dispatches from NW3, walking the dog in Hampstead”...

by Ben Hogwood

David Gray is in a chipper mood. There are several reasons for this – the brightness of the cold, wintry morning on which we connect being one, perhaps – but the more obvious one would...

Rocket Girl’s Vinita Joshi: “Music gave so much to me, I wanted to give som...

by Sam Shepherd

Fully 20 years ago in London, after her time with Cheree and Che Records, Vinita Joshi was taking her first steps towards launching Rocket Girl Records. Down the decades, flying solo has meant a lot...

Mercury Rev’s Grasshopper: “We really wanted that southern gothic feel that...

by Steven Johnson

The guitarist on Mercury Rev’s reimagining of Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete album

Shirley Collins: “I despair of the population who allowed themselves to be fooled...

by Ben Hogwood

Shirley Collins is truly a force of nature. Now in her early 80s, the folk singer continues to make music and develop as though she were half that age. One of the principal reasons for...

Sunn O)))’s Greg Anderson: “I try not to take for granted that we’ll be g...

by Sam Shepherd

What began as a way for Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley to document their early musical endeavours back in 1998 has developed into a label that’s the go-to place for all things dark, doom-laden, droning...

Bernard Butler: “I became like a sponge” – Interview

by Ben Hogwood

Take a look at Bernard Butler’s discography and you will be surprised. Aside from the obvious entries of his huge contribution to Suede (the first two albums) and McAlmont & Butler, along with his own...

Sting & Shaggy: “It was very much an accident” – Interview

by Ben Hogwood

There can only be one question to begin this interview – and it is just one word. Why?

The National’s Bryce Dessner on composing, collaborations and minimalist mentors

by Ben Hogwood

Bryce Dessner is in town – the Southbank Centre in London, to be more precise. Seizing the opportunity while his colleagues in The National are occupied with solo concerns, he has just attended the reopening...

Erland Cooper: “I can see the seals, gannets and fishermen” – Interview

by Ben Hogwood

Erland Cooper is daydreaming. We are sat in his North London studio at the end of a hard day’s rehearsing and recording, nursing a peppermint tea each. The studio is tidy, and its focal point...

Blancmange: “People want wall to wall music. Never mind the chords, feel the widt...

by Ben Hogwood

2017 is turning into a very good year for the duo whose name is a wobbly dessert. Blancmange began their work together in 1978, and almost 40 years on Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe are...

Nick Mulvey: “We’re touching the miracle of things” – Interview

by Michael Hubbard

“Someone said, if you want to work on your art, work on yourself. Everything you create is a reflection of where you’re at. Another way of putting it is, your only gift is your state...