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Kasper Bjørke’s success proves he’s nobody’s Fool, Arts

Kasper Bjørke’s success proves he’s nobody’s Fool

Kasper Bjørke had a large degree of success as one half of Danish duo Filur. Since splitting with his partner in Filur, Tomas Barford, Kasper has moved on to producing his own material, working for others and managing his own acts – the super-talented Trentemøller and new group Reptile Youth. Despite being so busy he’s managed to record a brand new album, Fool, which I absolutely love so it was only a matter of time before I tracked him for a chat…

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 14 April 2012 at 4:00 am

T.Williams: It’s house, just a bit dirtier, Arts

T.Williams: It’s house, just a bit dirtier

T.Williams makes top quality house and has carved out a strong reputation for himself thanks to tireless work ethic and his well-produced tracks that encompass many different musical influences, but maintain a house foundation. Always on the road, or in the studio, T has dedicated his life to making and playing the music he loves and he’s become a success seemingly overnight. But his story began many years ago, when drum’n'bass, UK garage and, eventually, grime was his forte (he was previously known as Dread D). I managed to have a brief chat with T, in between touring and producing… and he’s turned in a great exclusive 30-minute mix too.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 13 April 2012 at 4:00 am

All the Single Ladies: Music, Gender and the Fight to Write, Arts

All the Single Ladies: Music, Gender and the Fight to Write

Outwardly there’s never been a better time to be a female musical artist. Adele, PJ Harvey, Florence, Jessie J and others command vast audiences and remuneration. But layers of gender specific conditionality are still applied.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 12 April 2012 at 11:48 am

Daedelus: ‘Is there anything else but the impulse to create?’, Music

Daedelus: ‘Is there anything else but the impulse to create?’

Alfred Darlington loves inventions and new-founded gizmos so much, that he produces and DJs under the moniker Daedelus. Just like his Greek namesake – the imprisoned inventor who made the ill-fated wax wings for his son, Icarus – he thrives on using and designing awe-inspiring contraptions.

By | Music | Thursday, 12 April 2012 at 4:00 am

Ibiza out of season: What happens when the clubs close their doors for the winter?, Arts

Ibiza out of season: What happens when the clubs close their doors for the winter?

Over the last couple of years I’ve been to Ibiza twice for the closing parties at the end of September, a time when the clubs (and clubgoers) mark the end of the summer season with one last huge fiesta. But last year after I returned home I started to wonder what happens to Ibiza once the season’s over and all the party people have said their final farewells. So I decided to look into it and find out, from the people who remain on the island during the winter months, what life is like when Ibiza goes back to ‘normal’.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 11 April 2012 at 12:00 am

Logistics: It was time to move on, Arts

Logistics: It was time to move on

Matthew Gresham answers my first question about the thought process behind his latest album, with a succinct and honest reply.

“I felt it was time to progress my style and move away from the sound I’m known for,” he says, “I was very keen to take my sound somewhere new with this album.”

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 10 April 2012 at 3:57 pm

High On Hope: Piers Sanderson’s Acid House retrospective, Arts

High On Hope: Piers Sanderson’s Acid House retrospective

A few years ago Piers Sanderson decided to make a documentary based on the warehouse scene in sunny Blackburn. During the late eighties and early nineties, the warehouse scene exploded across the UK capturing the imaginations of young people from all walks of life. Helping to bring people together in musical harmony – a cheesy image, but actually true for the most part. Here Piers fills me in on his film High On Hope…

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 9 April 2012 at 1:23 pm

Fossil Collective on signing to a new label, Arts

Fossil Collective on signing to a new label

Fossil Collective are Leeds based duo who last month became the latest in a line of emerging musicians such as Radio 1 favourite Benjamin Francis Leftwich to sign with record label Dirty Hit. The duo is made up of multi-intsrumentalists David Fendick and Jonny Hooker, both ex-members of the band Vib Gyor, which split up in 2009. In 2010, Fossil Collective self-released a three track EP which received justifiably glowing reviews, and this week, they announced that they will be releasing a five track EP called “Let It Go” on June 11th. Here’s what they had to say about signing to Dirty Hit.

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 7 April 2012 at 4:00 am

Maxim Vengerov’s Wigmore comeback, Arts

Maxim Vengerov’s Wigmore comeback

Two weeks ago Vengerov stood in for a sick Martha Argerich and played Prokofiev’s first violin concerto, but that was just toe-dipping before the total immersion of his come-back at the Wigmore Hall.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 6 April 2012 at 11:40 am

Children are missing out on classical music, Arts

Children are missing out on classical music

This week The Peacock Theatre, part of the Sadler’s Wells complex near London’s Angel underground station, soared to the sound of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent, evocative, tuneful Sleeping Beauty music – one of his three great ballets.

By | Arts, Music, Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 6 April 2012 at 4:00 am

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