BBC reveals Olympics music plans

As 2012 looms and attention turns to the impending Olympic Games, how will the event effect UK music? M spoke to Jason Carter, event director at the BBC, who is overseeing the London Festival 2012 musical event at Hackney Marshes next June to find out what the corporation has in store.

I Wrote That – Merry Christmas Everybody

Released in 1973, this enduring Christmas hit can still be heard on radio stations and shops in November and December every year. Noddy Holder recalls hitting the bottle to deliver a Christmas classic.

M meets… Max Essa

Now based in Japan, Max Essa is a UK musician, producer and DJ known for his nu disco and balearic styles of music. Max is a frequent collaborator with Chicken Lips artist and Bearfunk head honcho, Steve Kotey.

I Wrote That – Joan Armatrading on Love and Affection

Love and Affection was Joan Armatrading’s first chart success. Released in 1976, it reached number 10 in the UK charts and has since been covered by Sheena Easton, Sly Stone and Martha Davis, Courtney Pine and Kele le Roc. She talks to M about writing this enduring classic

I Wrote That: Stop the Cavalry

Stop the Cavalry is a song written and performed by the musician Jona Lewie. The song peaked at number three in the UK Singles Chart in December 1980, at one point only being kept from number one by two re-issued songs by John Lennon, who had been murdered days earlier. Here Lewie recalls writing this enduring Christmas classic.

Howard Blake tells The Snowman story

It’s that time of the year again, mistletoe in the office, boozy Christmas parties, piped seasonal tunes in the shops and the humming of Walking In the Air from The Snowman, writes Stuart Higgins.

M meets… Dave Lee

M caught up with disco house pioneer, DJ and Z Records head honcho Dave Lee, who under his many guises (Joey Negro, Jakatta, Raven Maize and Doug Willia are a few) has constantly hit the top of dance and pop charts alike.

David Arnold on the 2012 Olympics

M caught up with David Arnold, renowned songwriter, film composer and producer, to find out more about his role as music director for the 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremony and hear about what's in store for the big event next summer.

M meets… Al Kent

Glaswegian Ewan Kelly makes music under the moniker of Al Kent. Interested in soul and disco for a young age, he found himself beginning to make music using samples from his record collection.

Party Week: M meets Deodato

Will Page touches base with Eumir Deodato to reflect on his career as a composer and arranger, and finds out why he is credited with inventing house music.