Interviews
Bernard Butler

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…



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...

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...

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...

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...

OMD’s Andy McCluskey: “There are lies all over modern international politic...

by Ben Hogwood

Andy McCluskey is in high spirits. That in itself is an obvious statement, for in previous interviews with this publication he has never been anything...

Interview: EMA

by Bekki Bemrose

“I don’t wanna throw shade on anybody, but there have definitely been times when people will suggest, or make it feel like, [my music’s] impenetrable,...

Interview: Jane Weaver

by Max Pilley

Jane Weaver’s story is unlike many others’. Her Britpop band Kill Laura were signed to Rob Gretton’s label Manchester Records when they were teenagers, releasing...

Rick Wakeman: “If you’ve got good melodies you can do absolutely anything with ...

by Ben Hogwood

Rick Wakeman is pleasantly surprised. Joining him for lunch to talk about his new album Piano Portraits, we find ourselves first discussing one of the...

Interview: Erasure’s Vince Clarke

by Ben Hogwood

What do you get a band for their 30th birthday? Mute Records have the answer, for they have been showering Andy Bell and Vince Clarke...

Interview: Marius Neset

by Daniel Paton

Even after years of practice and a determinedly perfectionist work ethic, saxophonist and composer Marius Neset clearly still identifies an inherent degree of danger in...

Interview: Yello

by Ben Hogwood

Septuagenarians definitely have more fun. Just ask Dieter Meier, one half of perennial electronic duo Yello, who – believe it or not – are back...

Q&A: Noura Mint Seymali

by Steven Johnson

Desert-rock is a genre that has steadily grown over the last decade, trailblazers like Tinariwen and Tamikrest being joined by an expanding group of artists...

Interview: The Divine Comedy

by Alex Jeffery

On the eve of the release of what will be The Divine Comedy’s 11th album Foreverland, Neil Hannon is holed up in the St Pancras...

Interview: Ryley Walker

by Daniel Paton

It is after 5pm at the end of a long day of promotional duties for Ryley Walker. It would be easy to forgive him for...

Interview: Miike Snow

by Ben Hogwood

In celebration of their third album, Miike Snow are about to go out on the festival circuit in the UK, their first visits of the...

Interview: Jean-Michel Jarre – “Electronic music has a legacy, a family and...

by Ben Hogwood

When you are already recognised and established as a pioneer in electronic music, what keeps you coming back for more? In the case of Jean-Michel...

Interview: Kevin Morby

by Daniel Paton

Kevin Morby is understandably tired. “This is my last interview of an eight day promo trip,” he explains. “It’s more exhausting than touring somehow.” Nevertheless, he...

Interview: Tiga

by Ben Hogwood

A question for you – and please don’t take this the wrong way. Do you fantasise when you listen to pop music? Tiga does. In...

Interview: The Necks

by Daniel Paton

Lloyd Swanton, Chris Abrahams and Tony Buck, of Australian improvising trio The Necks, preview their four-day Cafe OTO residency.