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Interview with the lead singer of Del Amitri – Justin Currie: ‘We were never cool, even back in the indie days’, Arts

Interview with the lead singer of Del Amitri – Justin Currie: ‘We were never cool, even back in the indie days’

Just a few minutes into a perfectly good-natured chat with Justin Currie, I suddenly feel the need to make an embarrassing, tone-altering admission.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 31 October 2013 at 5:00 am

Interview with RnB star Tank: ‘It’s okay to change as long as we respect the past and where that music has come from’, Arts

Interview with RnB star Tank: ‘It’s okay to change as long as we respect the past and where that music has come from’

“I’m a wordsmith, I study words for a living,” Tank said so modestly. He is more than just a singer, he is an artist and I use the word ‘artist’ in the strictest sense. His skills and musical ability have seen him pair up with some of RnB finest to form; TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine & Tank).

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 31 October 2013 at 4:00 am

Interview with Riko Dan: Clashing is good for the youngers, but why are veteran MCs involved?, Arts

Interview with Riko Dan: Clashing is good for the youngers, but why are veteran MCs involved?

One of the more unfortunate recipients of Riko’s wrath was Demon, an East London MC best remembered for his verse on Pow! or his song Armshouse. “Yeah, he disappeared after that” Riko tells me, laughing nostalgically, “I remember it was on a Saturday night, I woke up to a million missed calls and messages on Sunday, so I went to the studio and done three tunes and I gave them to every single DJ that I knew and I went to every radio set and I slewed him for ages, AGES, and he just disappeared.”

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 28 October 2013 at 11:00 am

As Toolroom Records turns 10, Mark Knight shares his tracks that shaped a decade, Music

As Toolroom Records turns 10, Mark Knight shares his tracks that shaped a decade

Label boss and Grammy-nominated producer DJ Mark Knight shares his seminal tracks – and the stories behind them – from each of the years that have flown by since Toolroom Records became reality back in 2003.

By | Music | Monday, 28 October 2013 at 4:00 am

If you love hip-hop, you’ll love ‘Poets and Pioneers’ hosted by the Peoples Army at D’Gaf, Arts

If you love hip-hop, you’ll love ‘Poets and Pioneers’ hosted by the Peoples Army at D’Gaf

There’s a very special venue in east London, holding a unique event every month that is a must attend for all the hip-hop heads out there.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 28 October 2013 at 4:00 am

Interview with Ben ‘Breach’ Westbeech on soundtracks, skating and success, Music

Interview with Ben ‘Breach’ Westbeech on soundtracks, skating and success

Ben Westbeech put years of skateboarding to good use when he was asked to record the soundtrack for a special skatefilm for Sony.

By | Music | Sunday, 27 October 2013 at 5:00 pm

Sonic Boom Six on why there are still lots of bands about that do have elements of social commentary out there, Arts

Sonic Boom Six on why there are still lots of bands about that do have elements of social commentary out there

Barney Boom, vocalist of the Manchester five-piece Sonic Boom Six reveals what it’s like to be a band with political ideas in a world where most artists are encouraged to keep their personal views as neutral as possible.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 21 October 2013 at 5:00 am

Interview with DJ Sprinkles on music and gender identity – Part 2, Arts

Interview with DJ Sprinkles on music and gender identity – Part 2

Here’s the second part of my interview with DJ Sprinkles

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 21 October 2013 at 4:00 am

Interview with Carl Craig: ‘Anything that’s called Masterpiece… you’re putting yourself on a dartboard’, Arts

Interview with Carl Craig: ‘Anything that’s called Masterpiece… you’re putting yourself on a dartboard’

Two years I interviewed Carl Craig in Amsterdam, just recently I was privileged enough to chat with him again as part of his ‘Bar Talk’ concept… here’s the result.

By | Arts, Music | Sunday, 20 October 2013 at 1:22 pm

Interview with DJ Sprinkles on music and gender identity – Part 1, Arts

Interview with DJ Sprinkles on music and gender identity – Part 1

Terre Thaemlitz AKA DJ Sprinkles is an enigma to many house music fans, someone with a reputation for producing great music. Sprinkles is pansexual and transgender, she speaks regularly on matters relating to her sexuality, as well as creating music and visual art that explores themes gender politics, ethnicity, identity. Here’s the first half of a recent chat I had with her.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 17 October 2013 at 4:00 am

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