Classical and Opera Features

Yann Tiersen: “It is not my job to define my music” – Interview

by Michael Hubbard

Yann Tiersen‘s soundtrack to Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s blockbuster Amélie has garnered the French composer new fans and much acclaim. Before Montmarte’s most famous resident hit the…



Interview: Gary Numan

by Michael Hubbard

Lately there’s been an unseemly rush by a bewildering assortment of musicians to cover and sample songs by a bloke from Hammersmith. Pop kittens Sugababes...

Interview: Damon Albarn

by Michael Hubbard

Prior to the phenomenon that was Gorillaz, Essex boy Damon Albarn was of course best known as Blur‘s front man – and for having arguments...

Interview: Orbital

by Michael Hubbard

The brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll are hardly fashionable these days, but as Orbital they are rightly talked about as amongst the very pioneers of...

Interview: Belle and Sebastian

by Michael Hubbard

Scottish supergroup Belle and Sebastian have collected about them a cult following since their mid-1990s debut, Tigermilk. But, having just released the soundtrack to the...

Interview: Neil Halstead

by Michael Hubbard

Coinciding with the release of his debut solo album Sleeping On Roads, musicOMH caught up with Mojave 3 and ex-Slowdive front man Neil Halstead on...

Interview: Joby Talbot

by Michael Hubbard

In a basement under Spitalfields Market, Joby Talbot is tripping over things. Always the epitome of level-headedness, The Divine Comedy‘s orchestral arranger, keyboard player and...

Interview: Anthony Reynolds, of Jack and Jacques

by Helen Wright

Having formed the critically lauded band Jack and the spin-off Jacques, Anthony Reynolds is now turning to writing books. It’s a balmy evening in north...

Interview: Andy White

by Michael Hubbard

Andy White, formerly of ALT with Liam of Hothouse Flowers and Tim of Crowded House, is now solo and looking to be famous on his...

Q&A: Brian’s Ken Sweeney

by Michael Hubbard

Following the release of Brian‘s second album Bring Trouble, the quiet, resolutely unstarry Ken Sweeney has been lauded in the press. Now he’s been nominated...

Brian’s Ken Sweeney: “I dressed up as a priest to keep them happy” &#...

by Michael Hubbard

He’s 32, he’s been in Father Ted, he’s just given up his day job and is now A Professional Musician with a record deal and...

The Divine Comedy: “My raison d’être was always never to stagnate” &...

by Michael Hubbard

Neil Hannon, the brain behind The Divine Comedy, has achieved unprecedented success since Chris Evans played Something For The Weekend on his Radio 1 breakfast...

Venini: “Any band with a bit of style and confidence just gets slagged off”...

by Michael Hubbard

“There’s lime in this!” Debbie Lime points an accusing finger at the glass of lager on the table before her and regards it with a...

Interview: Brassy

by Michael Hubbard

“I was condescendingly told, ‘you can really sing! Why do you use so much distortion on your vocals?’ COZ I FUCKING LIKE IT, YOU SAD...