My interviewee for this week is TV survival expert turned children’s author, Bear Grylls. His latest book, Mission Survival: Claws of the Crocodile, sees teenage hero Beck Granger embark on a peril-packed Australian adventure. I spoke to Bear about reading by torchlight, battling Arctic hurricanes and Treasure Island.
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.
One wedding and a birth already, and the tally will surely rise.
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.
There was only one word for this week’s instalment of Ripper Street: grim. While it started off as the ‘typical’ gay period drama love story, complete with the edges of the screen blurred like a dream sequence, it soon all descended into death, debt, blackmail and gore.
Interview with Bill Laswell: ‘I think everything’s experimental whether you like it or not. I think that people who do generic pop are experimenting with clichés’
Bill Laswell is telling an anecdote about Ginger Baker, the scandal-prone Cream drummer and star of this year’s cult film Beware of Mr Baker: “In Tuscany, when I went to visit him in his abandoned farm house, nobody knew who he was. I remember Jimmy Page came to visit him and they wanted to play, so they played in this abandoned bar in town, and this guy comes over and says: “You got any Zeppelin?”
Interview with DJ and producer Steve Aoki: ‘You can’t be lazy in this game. You have to evolve and keep your sound fresh, ahead of the curve’
Steve Aoki is a man who puts the ‘busy’ in ‘business’. Not only does the 35-year-old DJ produce and remix tracks, he’s also the driving force behind Dim Mak records, has his own successful clothing line and plays in a band.
Two years ago I went to a festival called Movement in Turin, Italy. It’s the European incarnation of Detroit’s seminal event and was conceived after the promoters, Luigi Mazzoleni (Gigi) and Maurizio Vitale (Juni), first came across techno legend Derrick May. It has grown in stature year after year and I went back just two weeks ago to experience Movement again, while I was there I managed to grab Juni for a quick chat during his hectic schedule.
This week’s story is essentially a well-disguised filler episode, offering a break from the intensity of the on-going prison drama to present us with a compelling character study of one of the series’ most fascinating villains.
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