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“Expect the truth from my album. You can honestly expect to get to know me on another level that you would never have known any of these other artists” August Alsina, Arts

“Expect the truth from my album. You can honestly expect to get to know me on another level that you would never have known any of these other artists” August Alsina

The London edition of the Livebase European tour may have taken place in March but was truly taken over by August. Here we were able to see August Alsina’s love for music from the moment he stepped on stage he grabbed the audience with his first song making the statement ‘I am here!’

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 13 March 2014 at 10:57 am

Ghetts – A rebel against the mainstream, leading the culture., Arts

Ghetts – A rebel against the mainstream, leading the culture.

In a world full of products it is hard to identify yourself. Ghetts has created a non-traditional product in a traditional format that explores a right of passage in a modern day cultural identity crisis.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 13 March 2014 at 10:49 am

Tensnake reveals his inner Glow, Arts

Tensnake reveals his inner Glow

A little while ago I met up with Tensnake (aka Marco Niemerski) for a chat about his album, Glow, which was released yesterday. We spent over an hour together, discussing his history, the debut LP and how he found love through the project. Here’s an excerpt from that interview.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 12:05 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: ABCD awards, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: ABCD awards

Last night I turned up – all too briefly, alas – to see and vote at the inaugural Academy of British Cover Design awards, in a downstairs bar on still-trendy Hoxton Square. There were over 100 people there when I had to leave, but the voting was only just getting going, with the shortlisted covers, [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 7 March 2014 at 2:51 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: The Art of the Novella, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Art of the Novella

I’m taking part in a panel about book design at the LSE’s Literary Festival tomorrow, in which I’ll be talking a little about the alternatives to what I’m calling the ‘Chip Kidd’ approach to cover design, where each book is given an eye-catching design that is brilliant, individual and appropriate to its content. (I wrote [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 28 February 2014 at 1:36 pm

Tour de Force on New York’s burgeoning soundsystem renaissance, Music

Tour de Force on New York’s burgeoning soundsystem renaissance

With the arrival of spring finally on the horizon, it’s time to crank up the dub – making the arrival of New York’s Tour de Force’s debut LP perfect timing.

By | Music | Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 8:47 am

Children’s book blog: February reads – Weasels, Oliver and the Seawigs and In Bloom, Arts

Children’s book blog: February reads – Weasels, Oliver and the Seawigs and In Bloom

My recommendations for February are Weasels by Elys Dolan, Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre and In Bloom by Matthew Crow.

By | Arts, Notebook | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 11:15 pm

Ones to watch in 2014, Arts

Ones to watch in 2014

Each of the following artists have been able to express themselves in distinct ways. Their music ranges from sounds of delicacy, hard thudding beats, intercepting vocals to stimulating rhyming schemes.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 24 February 2014 at 4:29 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Book covers inspired by…, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Book covers inspired by…

In search of something else entirely I was flicking through Alan Powers’s book Front Cover: Great Book Jacket and Cover Design and spotted something that made me stop. It was a cover by Alvin Lustig – for Kafka’s Amerika, in its 1948 New Directions American edition – that reminded me (more than reminded me!) of [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 21 February 2014 at 12:28 pm

XO Man interview: “I’m a true believer in working with what works and pleases me. I couldn’t careless about an artists twitter following or hype. My only concern is their work ethic, drive and talent.”, Arts

XO Man interview: “I’m a true believer in working with what works and pleases me. I couldn’t careless about an artists twitter following or hype. My only concern is their work ethic, drive and talent.”

Catching up with XO man, he speaks about his prgression as an artist, the concept behind his latest track collaboration with Ed Sheeran and the UK music industry.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 21 February 2014 at 12:15 pm

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