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RIP Duncan Michael Wilson (AKA Despo/Justin Case), Arts

RIP Duncan Michael Wilson (AKA Despo/Justin Case)

At the end of last year I learnt Duncan Michael Wilson, a Leeds-based DJ who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer at a young age. Rather than let the diagnosis get him down, Duncan decided to create a hilarious character called Justin Case and made a few YouTube videos which were highly amusing. Sadly, Duncan passed away about a month after we’d spoken. As a tribute to Despo, here’s the interview we did just a few weeks ago.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 26 March 2013 at 5:39 pm

Squarepusher: “I need to perform my old material with a new twist… I don’t want to end up like Status Quo”, Music

Squarepusher: “I need to perform my old material with a new twist… I don’t want to end up like Status Quo”

With just days before his show at London’s Roundhouse, fans will be pleased to know that Tom Jenkinson’s initial apprehension to perform some of his older material as part of his Ufabulum show has given way to a new all-encompassing attitude.

By | Music | Tuesday, 26 March 2013 at 4:30 pm

Interview with Bobii Lewis, the singer who turned down Simon Cowell, Arts

Interview with Bobii Lewis, the singer who turned down Simon Cowell

All of the big three, in fact: X-Factor, The Voice and Britain’s Got Talent contacted Bobii in hope of luring him to the small screen

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 23 March 2013 at 6:00 am

Yes, it hurts not getting Fleetwood Mac tickets but here’s the next best thing, Music

Yes, it hurts not getting Fleetwood Mac tickets but here’s the next best thing

When Fleetwood Mac announced their tour it caused the sort of manic scramble for tickets that hadn’t been since Willy Wonka opened the doors of his chocolate factory. Sadly, not everyone is a Charlie Bucket but thankfully a London club night has the solution to those fans left sighing ‘Oh Well’.

By | Music | Thursday, 21 March 2013 at 4:21 pm

Hiem: ‘We’d do Jools Holland if we could blag it!’, Arts

Hiem: ‘We’d do Jools Holland if we could blag it!’

Bozzwell And Nicco Eastwood are Hiem, a musical production duo based in Sheffield and responsible for some really well-made, alternative dance music, although still readily accessible and not too far leftfield to ostracise people. I interviewed Bozzwell last year and found him to be a great subject and so I followed up with this second interview focusing on his collaborative project with Nicco.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 21 March 2013 at 3:14 pm

The Bug: ‘I’m always more interested in the future than the past’, Music

The Bug: ‘I’m always more interested in the future than the past’

Fans of Kevin Martin’s alter ego The Bug, the ragga maestro with an arsenal of post nuclear apocalyptic dancehall, don’t have to wait much longer for a follow up to 2008’s London Zoo.

By | Music | Monday, 18 March 2013 at 5:19 pm

Ten Cities: Viewing Africa from the dancefloor, Music

Ten Cities: Viewing Africa from the dancefloor

The Goethe Institute in Kenya along with the Centre for Postcolonial Studies at the University of Naples have embarked on a project called Ten Cities. The idea? To look through the developing world and confront their club culture.

By | Music | Wednesday, 13 March 2013 at 2:12 pm

Exclusive: Stream RBMA Fireside Chat show with Seth Troxler, Arts

Exclusive: Stream RBMA Fireside Chat show with Seth Troxler

Here’s an exclusive stream of Red Bull Music Academy’s Fireside Chat show with Seth Troxler, one of the people who inspired me to throw myself in the deep end of house and techno – and to follow the career path I have taken over the last year or so.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 8 March 2013 at 9:43 pm

Robert James: From mortar attacks to dancefloor destruction, Arts

Robert James: From mortar attacks to dancefloor destruction

Almost a year ago to the day I met Robert James at WMC in Miami. I was already aware of who he was and what he did – as a member of the Hot Creations crew, he’d had numerous releases via Jamie Jones’ popular label and its subsiduries and he’d also been travelling the world as one of the crew’s main DJs. Here’s the resulting interview…

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 1 March 2013 at 12:35 pm

Trojan Sound System selector Earl Gateshead on why Reggae is more relevant than ever, Arts

Trojan Sound System selector Earl Gateshead on why Reggae is more relevant than ever

Earl Gateshead and Daddy Ad explain why Trojan Records have decided to release a remix record of their recent sold out Africa LP, and why reggae is the perfect tonic to an ever looming global mindset of apathy and material gluttony.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 22 February 2013 at 3:17 pm

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