Interview with singer songwriter Ayanna: ‘In creating music, I experience a powerful exchange of energy’
Her inspirations range from Stravinsky to Stevie Wonder; currently she is touring the states with Anoushka Shankar and last year she received personal plaudits from Dionne Warwick. But in a few weeks’ time, singer song writer Ayanna Johnson will for the first time in her budding career have the spotlight solely to herself.
Tapesh and Maximiljan are a pair of DJs from Germany who have combined their talents on a series of EPs over the last year or so, finding favour with labels such as Leena Music, Noir Music, Area Remote and Mobilee. As the end of the year approaches, I dropped them both a line to get a brief overview of their highlights from the past 11 months.
The house and techno scene in Paris is on fire at the moment. One of the most popular and influential clubs in Paris is Rex Club, which celebrated 25 years in the business this year. I spoke to resident DJ and Head of Communications at Rex, Molly.
Joseph Capriati is one of Italy’s biggest techno exports. After a storming season at Marco Carola’s Music On event in Ibiza this summer, he has just released his debut album, ‘Self Portrait’. I made it Album Of The Month on my techno page in Mixmag last month. With such a great year behind him, Joseph made the perfect candidate for an interview.
Recently the UK No.1 spot was taken by one of this year’s biggest club hits, a remix of ‘Look Right Through’ by Storm Queen. The producer of the remix was MK, real name Marc Kinchen, a house music veteran who has been enjoying something of a renaissance over the last two years. Exactly two years ago I interviewed him for this very blog when he was just beginning his comeback, so I decided to call him for a quick catch up…
Morcheeba hit London as part of their ‘Head Up High’ European tour.
Here’s an introduction to someone who is one of my tips for the future. Lazare Hoche is a young Parisian artist with plenty of ambition, business acumen and most importantly, musical talent and someone who caught my ear earlier this year with his excellent double 12″ release, ‘I Don’t Sync So Vol. II’. As per usual, I got in touch with him to speak about his past and some of his recent projects. Here’s our chat…
Last October I met up with Jonny White, one half of Art Department with Kenny Glasgow. We discussed the way in which his life had changed since being thrust into the limelight with Kenny, the touring lifestyle and their plans for a new album. A year on, with one of the year’s biggest tracks released via his label I thought we should catch up.
The US hip-hop duo of Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and New York producer/emcee El-P—collectively known as Run The Jewels—are in London this week. The pairing’s first collaborative album, also called ‘Run The Jewels’, was released in June this year initially as a digital download on hip-hop/electronic label Fool’s Gold Records and later on limited edition marble green double vinyl, garnering universal acclaim from fans and critics.
Nitro Circus is rapidly becoming the world’s most daring, adventurous and innovative action sports clique. Fusing earth-shattering stunts with a high-octane live show, movie and TV series, they are conquering every corner of the world one double-backflip at a time. I met up with Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham, Ryan Williams and Chris Haffey to talk self-criticism, partying and – surprisingly – Glee.
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