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Interview: IMS founder Ben Turner sums up this year’s event, Arts

Interview: IMS founder Ben Turner sums up this year’s event

Ben Turner is another member of the team behind Ibiza’s International Music Summit, an electronic music conference that has grown in stature over the years to become one of the most important events of its kind. Marcus Barnes caught Ben at the end of the event to get his thoughts on how this year went…

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 11 June 2014 at 12:00 am

An interview with Ibiza’s inspirational DJ Alfredo, Arts

An interview with Ibiza’s inspirational DJ Alfredo

Alfredo moved to Ibiza from his native Argentina in the early eighties. Though the island was nowhere near as much of a clubbing hotspot as it is now, he became fascinated with DJing after picking up work at a bar – it wasn’t long before he’d become resident at Amnesia where he cultivated what became known as the ‘Balearic’ sound. He also inspired the UK’s acid house movement, after Paul Oakenfold, Nicky Holloway, Danny Rampling and Johnny Walker (AKA the Ibiza Four) visited Amnesia in 1987 and attempted to replicate what they’d heard with their own London club nights. I was fortunate enough to be granted some time with Alfredo at the recent International Music Summit in Ibiza, here’s the result of our conversation…

By | Arts, Music | Sunday, 8 June 2014 at 5:45 pm

George Clinton brings Funk to the new generation, Arts

George Clinton brings Funk to the new generation

Marcus Barnes interviews the original funketeer, Mr. George Clinton at the International Music Summit in Ibiza. This year the Parliament frontman and funk legend will be back in the public eye with a new album, a reality show and a book about his life all set for release.

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 7 June 2014 at 9:37 am

Interview with Hawk Eyes – “We’ve already shown that we can do all the guitar gymnastics… we need to show we can do other things as well!”, Arts

Interview with Hawk Eyes – “We’ve already shown that we can do all the guitar gymnastics… we need to show we can do other things as well!”

Hawk Eyes have been gathering momentum supporting a wide variety of the best rock acts in the world, including the likes of Iron Maiden, The Wildhearts, Alexisonfire, Jamie Lenman and System of a Down. Having enjoyed great underground success with their second album Ideas (a record full of them) and 2013’s short sharp burst of an EP, “That’s What This Is”, they tell Remfry Dedman how they’re now looking to expand their musical horizons.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 6 June 2014 at 5:41 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride

I love the new cover for Eimear McBride’s Bailey’s-winning – and Goldsmith’s-winning and Kerry Group Irish Novel-winning – A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. This is the mass market paperback, from Faber, following its first publication by tiny Norwich indie Galley Beggar Press (who are, full disclosure, my publisher also). But I think it does [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 6 June 2014 at 12:44 pm

Transgressive Records eyeing up takeover at Field Day, Music

Transgressive Records eyeing up takeover at Field Day

I can’t remember a year I haven’t been to a Field Day that hasn’t been hijacked by horrendous weather – but this year though the two-day East London festival is set to welcome an altogether more jovial type of hijacker – ones from Transgressive.

By | Music | Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 9:34 am

Children’s Book Blog – books for June: Have You Seen My Dragon?, Jesper Jinx and We Were Liars, Arts

Children’s Book Blog – books for June: Have You Seen My Dragon?, Jesper Jinx and We Were Liars

Rebecca Davies recommendations for June are Have You Seen My Dragon by Steve Light, Jesper Jinx by Marko Kitti and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

By | Arts | Monday, 2 June 2014 at 1:06 pm

Interview: Swiss duo L’N'F’s Electronicwave, Arts

Interview: Swiss duo L’N'F’s Electronicwave

One of the acts I’ve really been digging recently is L’N'F, a duo from Switzerland who make stripped down, raw house music that works perfectly on the dancefloor. It’s deep at times, yet unpretentious and totally absorbing. The twosome have an album full of this kind of music due for release soon on DJ W!LD’s Catwash Records, so I caught up with them to find out more…

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 2 June 2014 at 12:41 pm

Last Resort: Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1999, Music

Last Resort: Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1999

In the deepest darkest recesses of North London, somewhere between the seedy streets of Kings Cross and the long-ago gentrified dwellings of Camden Town, there lies a night club of quite staggering contradictions. Remfry Dedman investigates

By | Music | Friday, 30 May 2014 at 6:07 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Mother Island by Bethan Roberts vs Broadchurch by Erin Kelly, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Mother Island by Bethan Roberts vs Broadchurch by Erin Kelly

Bethan Roberts’ fourth novel is what you’d call high-concept – it’s got a tagline, there under the title, that seems to tell you everything you need to know about it in one tight, emotive phrase: How does it feel to find your two-year-old gone?
Of course there’s probably more to it than that, and I haven’t [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 23 May 2014 at 5:38 pm

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