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Head to head: Recondite and Scuba talk physical training and music, Music

Head to head: Recondite and Scuba talk physical training and music

Recondite and Scuba are two very prominent names within the techno business. Recondite once juggled making music and performing live with his job as a personal trainer, finding the discipline of his vocation highly beneficial to his musical endeavours. While Scuba was actually one of Recondite’s clients so I thought it would be interesting to [...]

By | Music | Sunday, 7 December 2014 at 9:30 am

Club To Club Interviews (Part 2): Axel Boman, Music

Club To Club Interviews (Part 2): Axel Boman

Here’s the second in my series of interviews conducted at Club To Club Festival in Turin, Italy. This time around I chat with Axel Boman, a Swedish artist who performed at the event with his sometime partner in crime, John Talabot, as Talaboman…
To start with, how many times have you performed as Talaboman with John [...]

By | Music | Friday, 5 December 2014 at 5:14 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: The Ariel Poems, and other seasonal pamphlets, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Ariel Poems, and other seasonal pamphlets

Christmas, Christmas, Christmas! This time last year I recommended Little Toller as a publisher whose books make great presents – classic nature writing done up in large, handsome new paperback editions, all with quite lovely jacket illustrations. (They’ve produced at least two great original books this year, too: Adam Thorpe’s monograph On Silbury Hill, and [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 5 December 2014 at 11:56 am

The Joshua Nolan Foundation: Depression and Nightlife, Music

The Joshua Nolan Foundation: Depression and Nightlife

Depression and anxiety are issues that affect everybody at some point in their lives, to varying degrees. Speaking from my own experience, they are often debilitating and, at best, inhibiting in many facets of life – in particular the nightlife industry; clubs, parties, after-parties – the social events that form the foundation of the business [...]

By | Music | Wednesday, 3 December 2014 at 10:55 am

Children’s book blog – Ask the illustrator: Rebecca Cobb, Arts

Children’s book blog – Ask the illustrator: Rebecca Cobb

Rebecca Cobb is a Cornwall-based illustrator and author whose work has been twice shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway medal, most recently for Paper Dolls, a collaboration with Julia ‘ The Gruffalo’ Donaldson. I spoke to her about the benefits of words v pictures, her blissful work-from-home lifestyle and how to break into children’s book illustration.
When [...]

By | Arts | Tuesday, 2 December 2014 at 9:16 am

An afternoon with Röyksopp, Music

An afternoon with Röyksopp

Last week I had the opportunity to interview Röyksopp ahead of a special DJ set they were due to play at Plastic People in east London. With their ‘final’ album recently released and a whole host of interesting opinions and ideas to discuss, it made for a riveting conversation…
So The Inevitable End is your last [...]

By | Music | Monday, 1 December 2014 at 2:35 pm

Club To Club Interviews (Part 1): Dave Saved, Music

Club To Club Interviews (Part 1): Dave Saved

A couple of weeks I visited the Club To Club festival in Turin, Italy. What separates the event from others in Italy is its focus on the more experimental, avant-garde side of electronica, giving support to many of Italy’s artists while also brining in international heavyweights. In the first of a series of interviews conducted [...]

By | Music | Sunday, 30 November 2014 at 10:35 am

Piggott’s post: Jacobson, Heller and reflections on “real life”

Yesterday morning, attempting to get the kids ready in time for the school bus, I briefly read a quote by my fellow Mancunian Howard Jacobson that made me pause, smile and vow never to stop writing: nor dreaming. The lovely, if bearded, Booker-winner was being interviewed about the equally brilliant Joseph “Catch-22″ Heller by Melvyn [...]

By | Arts | Thursday, 27 November 2014 at 3:41 pm

Ric Blackshaw tells us Scrawl about his street art enterprise, Arts

Ric Blackshaw tells us Scrawl about his street art enterprise

Ric Blackshaw runs the Scrawl Collective, an agency that hires out the services of a group of street artists to big brands and anyone who wants only the finest in professional art from the streets.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 25 November 2014 at 11:01 pm

DJ Pied Piper: ‘People still ask me if I really really like it’, Music

DJ Pied Piper: ‘People still ask me if I really really like it’

Garage Nation’s Boiler Room special a few months ago totally blew my mind. I fell asleep streaming it, and when I woke up it was still going. Straight away I was on Twitter, saying how impressed I was that they’d been on for eight hours straight and everyone in the club was still looking fresh [...]

By | Music | Sunday, 23 November 2014 at 7:50 pm

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