Archive for category: Interviews

Poet to Poet: Walter Beck In Conversation with Stephen S. Mills

He Do The Gay Man In Different Voices

Walter Beck talks Sex, Booze, and Poetry to rising young poet Stephen S. Mills.

“A lot of mainstream gay rights groups like HRC aren’t very supportive of people who don’t play by the rules. I also think the focus on marriage has ignored a lot of other important issues like job discrimination.”

Behind the Velvet Curtain: An Interview with Velour Modular

Behind The Velvet Curtain

Velour Modular is about to release its first EP, the retro-futuristic Capsule. Andrew Darley takes a peek behind the velvet curtain to speak with its mastermind Annabelle Guilhem.

“I tried to write about The Droste Effect between human beings and the rest of the “universe” … we have a whole lot of worlds within us. That’s what interests me.”

Oil & Steel: An Interview with Fredrik Kinbom

Steel & Oil

Fredrik Kinbom’s second album Oil is expressive and cinematic. Andrew Darley talks to him about his creative process and how a drunken encounter on a bus in Brighton brought him to the instrument that has shaped his music since.

“I find it much more expressive than a normal guitar. The fact that there are no frets, its sensitivity to touch, turns it into it a more direct expressive instrument … like the human voice.”

The Architect: An Interview with Wallis Bird

The Architect.

Wallis Bird’s fourth album, Architect, is an examination of self and the space it inhabits. We talk to her about the foundations upon which it was built.

“I realised that through my own rootlessness and migrational lifestyle, I was only identified by what I was wearing … so it led me to self-search, seek home.”

Computer Love: An Interview with Milosh

The Body Electric.

Milosh’s fourth album, Jetlag, is an exploration of intimacy. He talks about his songwriting and the journey he has taken making electronic music.

” I’m really trying to personally fight this major label mentality; this commercial ‘let’s just market a product’ approach by getting writers involved and their two cents in because they want it to be a commercial success. I find that whole thing gross.”

Product Of Industry: Mark E Interview

Stone Breaker.

Mark E talks about his new record, Product of Industry, and why he wanted to capture the often-overlooked soul & spirit of Birmingham.

“The music itself is where I am today, it wasn’t produced to try and symbolize this theme, the repetition, grinding pushing nature of the music I make happens to depict the theme quite well, the name and ethos suited this title, or vice versa.”

Bending Binaries: Planningtorock Interview

All Love’s Legal.

Andrew Darley talks to musician Jam Rostron of Planningtorock about what it means to unlearn ideas about gender, and how music can help people do that.

“Music is the most magical language we have. Everyone can like music and you don’t need a degree to make it. It’s a people’s language.”

Her Own Way: An Interview with Lisa Stansfield

Her Own Way.

Lisa Stansfield talks about new album Seven, the politics of appearing naked in videos and how social media has changed the industry for the performer.

“There are two different sides to music now: there’s the big TV corporate thing and then there’s the side where artists have had the bollocks to actually do what they want themselves. I think it’s so admirable when people do that and twenty years later it’s given me the chance to do it that way too.”

LGBT History Month : Leee John and Black British Music

Just Imagine.

Leee John talks about his documentary on Black British Music, Flashback, and recalls the heydays of Imagination.

Heavenly Creatures: An Interview with Intimatchine

I’ll Eat You Last.

Intimatchine talk to Andrew Darley about how they want their music to make listeners somewhat uncomfortable, and their EP I’ll Eat You Last.

“We are particularly interested in themes of androgyny, pandrogyny, and cross-gender identity as part of our creative content and process. There is an aesthetic and feeling that go with tapping into one another’s social construct.”