Anna Calvi Q&A: The Great Escape

Welcome to the first in a series of interviews with songwriters and musicians to mark M‘s Great Escape Week 2011. Upcoming singer-songwriter Anna Calvi creates darkly theatrical music, her lyrics building a rich tapestry of surreal imagery and insight, her guitar-based compositions alive with raw instinct. …

Songwriter Interview: Frank Turner

Former Million Dead frontman and now one of the UK's most highly regarded singer songwriters, Frank Turner will be discussing his career to date with 6music's Matt Everitt.

Sumudu interview

As well as her exclusive performance for M, Sumudu talks about how she got started in music, her influences and hopes for 2011.

Interview – Sets

In our exclusive interview the band talk about getting gigs, creating music and they reveal the story behind their song Canon.

Hiatus part three

In the final part of M 's conversation with Hiatus, the electronic music creator tells us what he's listening to and which film he'd like to re-score. Hiatus' music draws on many facets: film soundtracks, nostalgia, bass music and the artist's Iranian heritage.

Hiatus part two

In part two of M's conversation with Hiatus, the producer and artist talks about rediscovering music on his travels to his father's country, Iran and a musical epiphany whilst driving in Kent.

Hiatus Part One

It was while working as a journalist in Tehran in 2005 that English-Iranian music producer Cyrus Shahrad stumbled across his father’s old record collection, discovering in Persian music the mysticism and melancholy that he knew would guide his efforts as Hiatus from that day forth. Five years later he was ready to release Ghost Notes, an album brimming with sadness and cinematic beauty, but one also steeped in the UK bass culture with which he grew up.

Random Impulse interview

Random Impulse aka Jovel Walker fuses a dynamic rap-flow with self-taught electric guitar riffs and elements of grime. Jovel's career started to take off while he was studying genetic engineering and took that work ethic into learning to play the guitar - putting in hundreds of hours of practice.

Mike Marlin part two

Mike Marlin is a talented singer and songwriter who has a remarkable story. Mike was born in Wimbledon during the 1960s, went to university, discovered music and girls, dropped out of university and joined a succession of bands who didn’t quite make it. All the time, Mike wrote and demoed his own songs in the safety of his bedroom.