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Creating Tim Exile’s ‘orchestral extravaganza’, Arts

Creating Tim Exile’s ‘orchestral extravaganza’

Tim Exile talks about his forthcoming performance with the Heritage Orchestra, at London’s underground electronic night, Blank Canvas.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 3 September 2013 at 4:00 am

Interview with singer-songwriter Gavin James: ‘I was looking around thinking I don’t want to be in my sixties playing Galway Girl’, Arts

Interview with singer-songwriter Gavin James: ‘I was looking around thinking I don’t want to be in my sixties playing Galway Girl’

Square one can be a lonely place. Trying to make his mark on the mainland right now is Gavin James, who I meet at Dublin’s Morrison Hotel, named after a Doors album but rather more sterile.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 29 August 2013 at 5:00 am

Music and Tyranny: The Rest is Silence, Arts

Music and Tyranny: The Rest is Silence

Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony, performed at the Proms, is an elusive and enigmatic response to the pressures of totalitarianism

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 28 August 2013 at 6:00 am

Interview: David Stewart: “As much as writing my own material is important, writing and producing for other people are important as well”, Arts

Interview: David Stewart: “As much as writing my own material is important, writing and producing for other people are important as well”

The art of music has always been a form of expression. For some people this expression grows and is strengthened by life time experiences. For others, like David Stewart this expression starts at a young age, almost a way of life, a familiar setting.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 27 August 2013 at 6:00 am

A chat with Lou Vainglorious, Hoodlums’ charismatic frontman, Arts

A chat with Lou Vainglorious, Hoodlums’ charismatic frontman

At the end of July Hoodlums played a packed out show at London’s legendary 100 Club. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work and even more fun, says lead singer Lou Vainglorious.

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 24 August 2013 at 2:00 am

Interview with Krept and Konan: ‘My Story gives our listeners an insight into our lives behind the music’, Music

Interview with Krept and Konan: ‘My Story gives our listeners an insight into our lives behind the music’

“We decided to do the track to give our fans and listeners an insight into our lives behind the music, because everyone thinks it’s all glitz and glamour because they see us smiling and having fun but that is not the case.”

By | Music | Friday, 23 August 2013 at 6:30 am

Friction: A Mid-school Master Speaks…, Arts

Friction: A Mid-school Master Speaks…

Friction is a drum n bass star who’s been making waves over the last decade or so, rising up when the genre was still quite raw. When I interview Friction he’s in the studio and somehow managing to intersperse working on new music with several interviews that have been scheduled throughout the day, so naturally my first question centres around that.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 22 August 2013 at 6:00 am

The Penelopes: For French bands in London it’s very competitive, Arts

The Penelopes: For French bands in London it’s very competitive

A wander around with the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Club to Catwalk exhibition inspired an interesting conversation about what indie bands really talk about.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 22 August 2013 at 5:00 am

Screamin’ Rachael: Trax Records could have signed R Kelly… but didn’t, Arts

Screamin’ Rachael: Trax Records could have signed R Kelly… but didn’t

As she prepares to earn a whole new fanbase with the release of her new anthology Screamin’ Rachael: Queen of House, the Trax Records boss reflects on the early days of house in her hometown of Chicago, and shares some of her favourite anecdotes.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 21 August 2013 at 7:00 am

XOYO celebrates its first birthday as a proper club, Arts

XOYO celebrates its first birthday as a proper club

The first time I went to XOYO was quite some time ago, before its current incarnation, around late 2010 when it had not long opened. Shy FX put on a Digital Soundboy event and it was good fun, although I remember the sound system not being up to much and the men’s toilets had flooded. The club underwent a huge refurbishment last year after being taken over by new owners – and it’s now the jewel in east London’s crown.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 21 August 2013 at 5:00 am

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