Music Interviews

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

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

Hilang Child: “I write uplifting music to represent the feelings I want to be having...

by Steven Johnson

Brighton based musician Ed Riman on his new album Every Mover, finding catharsis and redemption in music and playing life-affirming live shows in Indonesia

Cabane: “It was a serious consideration to think about only releasing one single phys...

by Steven Johnson

Thomas Jean Henri on his new album with Will Oldham and Kate Stables, being honest and patient, subjecting his art to scrutiny and remaking his songs with others

The Style Council’s Mick Talbot: “It was a very liberating thing” ...

by Ben Hogwood

Marking the release of the band’s career retrospective Long Hot Summers: The Story Of The Style Council, the band’s co-founder reflects on beginnings, endings and timely reappraisals

William Basinski: “These are my lamentations about the shit that’s been going o...

by Matt Cotsell

The avant-garde composer on new album Lamentations, his jazz project Sparkle Division, the effects of being unable to tour, and cultivating a rich domestic life

Q&A: Kutiman

by Steven Johnson

On travelling to Tanzania for new album Wachaga, his work in film and animation, finding inspiration through location and the Israeli music scene

AMMAR 808: “I’m always looking for intense rhythms, I’ve always been into...

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 habits

The Beloved’s Jon Marsh: “I watched the sun rising over Nunhead in the dist...

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