Koder is certainly a new voice in grime and should definitely be one to look out for – let’s just not go jumping to conclusions just yet
There are more festivals in the UK than ever before. Remfry Dedman speaks to the three organizers behind 2000Trees to find out what makes their new festival, ArcTanGent different from the rest
Jamie Lidell is a man who has supported the likes of Elton John on stage, yet still has the same hunger for music – producing it, performing it, writing it – as he did when he first fell in love with it. Fresh off the back of several gigs across Europe, including a standout performance at Sonar, Jamie kindly agreed to answer a few of my questions and here’s the resulting interview… enjoy!
Maybe it’s a hedonistic reaction to the age of austerity, maybe it’s a backlash against the rise of fiercely futuristic ‘EDM’, or maybe it’s just the cyclicality of music industry trends; whatever the reason, it appears that disco is back.
This September, hundreds of electronic music fans will descend on Rovinj, North Croatia’s sun-kissed coastline for the inaugural Unknown Festival.
Here’s a quickfire Q&A session with an absolute master of the techno genre – Electric Rescue, a Frenchman who has been involved with dance music and rave culture since its very beginnings in his country.
Party promoters Pardon My French are two guys with their fingers on the pulse. The twosome, Luke Sutton and Tim Smith, have been hard at it for a few years, slowly but surely creeping up the ranks in Bristol (and further afield) with their own distinct brand of party vibes. Here’s an exclusive mix from the duo and some words, too.
Nile Rodgers has been enjoying a resurgence of epic proportions so far this year. He’s always been an in-demand producer and performer but, since Daft Punk’s new album surfaced, he’s been introduced to a whole new generation of music lovers and he’s reveling in the attention. I interviewed Nile as part of a piece on the Daft Punk album, which was published in The Independent’s Radar supplement a few weeks ago – here’s an extract from that interview.
Arlissa’s songwriting skills have seen her signed to Roc Nation and duet with Nas – not bad for a 20-year old from Crystal Palace. She weighs up some of her recent performances, and reveals why sharing a stage with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea was seriously daunting.
Racial diversity in classical music: A daunting experience for non-white professionals working in the industry today
“Going into a concert hall, you see an entirely white orchestra, a white audience and a white soloist”. I am talking to Julian Lloyd-Webber about the lack of black and ethnic minority people in the cut-throat world of classical music. He describes a common scene; by his own admission a “daunting” one for the handful of non-white professionals working in classical music today.
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