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Interview with Big Narstie & True Tiger: “You’ve got professional chaos”, Arts

Interview with Big Narstie & True Tiger: “You’ve got professional chaos”

“Professional chaos” is the term used by Big Narstie to describe the effect of combining both himself and True Tiger

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 18 November 2013 at 7:35 pm

Interview with Baby Godzilla: Powerboat Disaster, Arts

Interview with Baby Godzilla: Powerboat Disaster

“I get really bad stage-fright and nerves just before [we go onstage] because, I don’t know what’s going to happen. You don’t know if you’re going to break something of yours, if something’s going to stop working, if you’re going to break a limb, if you’re going to hurt somebody…” Matt “Butch” Reynolds, guitarist

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 15 November 2013 at 7:06 pm

20 years on: how the Wu-Tang Clan changed hip-hop, Arts

20 years on: how the Wu-Tang Clan changed hip-hop

This week, ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’, the debut album by New York hip-hop group the Wu-Tang Clan, turned 20 years old. Surfacing at a pivotal moment for the genre, the album marked a step-change in the sound of east coast rap for much of the next decade.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 15 November 2013 at 6:15 pm

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry: Still ahead of the pack at 77, Arts

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry: Still ahead of the pack at 77

He doesn’t need much of an introduction but Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is a pioneer of the reggae world and one of the most influential artist/producers to ever have stepped into a recording studio. Building an experimental studio in his back yard, in Jamaica, “Scratch” was the producer on early recordings for such seminal musicians as Bob Marley & the Wailers, Junior Byles, The Heptones, and Max Romeo. His estoeric, often bewildering approach to music resulted in some of the most dynamic, experimental and downright special music to have ever come out of Jamaica.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 14 November 2013 at 11:32 am

A quick chat with… Clara Moto, Arts

A quick chat with… Clara Moto

Earlier this year I received a lovely EP by a lady named Clara Moto. Her music varied from soft and ambient, to energetic and more dancefloor-orientated – it was great to have a collection of tracks that were so diverse yet held together by a very definite style. Clara grew up in Austria, where music was an intrinsic part of her life, taking jazz and piano studies at an early age – at 21 she began DJing and soon started making her own music. With her second album ‘Blue Distance’ (a name inspired by Sylvia Plath), I had a quick chat with her…

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 13 November 2013 at 5:09 pm

Interview with JME: The grime artist rewriting the rulebooks, Arts

Interview with JME: The grime artist rewriting the rulebooks

In the last year alone, JME has won the Lord of the Beats producer contest, featured on a top 3 hit alongside Wiley and Skepta with Can You Hear Me? and been named as one of the UK’s most influential tweeters

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 13 November 2013 at 6:02 am

Interview: Lunar C releases new EP, a song with James Arthur and peaks the iTunes chart, Arts

Interview: Lunar C releases new EP, a song with James Arthur and peaks the iTunes chart

Making a name for himself firstly on the UK rap battle league ‘Don’t Flop’, now Lunar C is showing how much potential he has with the release of his EP, Good Times and Dead Brain Cells. He has had some major achievements, peaking at #2 on the iTunes chart and already releasing a song with the incredible James Arthur.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 12 November 2013 at 6:47 pm

Spins and needles: the London club night celebrating vinyl culture, Music

Spins and needles: the London club night celebrating vinyl culture

The days when DJs risked neck and shoulder injuries hauling stacks of vinyl to and from clubs may be long gone—with laptops loaded with mp3s and vinyl emulation software such as Serato having replaced the record bag—but a strong affection for those 12-inch black discs still exists among a sizeable number of the DJ and music collecting fraternity.

By | Music | Friday, 8 November 2013 at 6:47 pm

Interview with DJ and producer Djebali: ‘I’m very thankful that I’m doing this’, Arts

Interview with DJ and producer Djebali: ‘I’m very thankful that I’m doing this’

Without a doubt one of my favourite DJs and producers over the last year or so has been Djebali. The Frenchman not only produces house music that has a real high quality to it, unassuming yet perfect for dancefloors. I caught up with him recently just as his season in Ibiza was coming to an end.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 1 November 2013 at 4:00 am

Eric Volta on the making of ‘Love Your Illusion’, Arts

Eric Volta on the making of ‘Love Your Illusion’

One of this year’s standout tracks has got to be ‘Love Your Illusion’ by Eric Volta. The track has captivated audiences around the world, rocking dancefloors from Detroit to Sydney. I decided to drop him a line to talk about the track and ‘Love Your Illusion’ itself.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 31 October 2013 at 6:00 am

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