Interviews

The weird world of Cate le Bon

Psychedelic singer-songwriter and musician Cate le Bon grew up on her parents’ farm in Penboyr, west Wales. She caught the attention of Super Furry Animals front man Gruff Rhys in Cardiff, and was roped into his 2008 electronic side project Neon Neon with Boom Bip.…

Sounds from a Smalltown

Norwegian Joakim Haugland runs two small but perfectly formed record labels in the quaint and quiet capital, Oslo. Knowingly named Smalltown Supersound and Smalltown Superjazzz, they openly flaunt their remote location and obscure rosters. But don’t let that catch you off guard...

Anna Hildur talks Nordik Beat

Anna Hildur has worked within the Nordic music industry for two decades. She talks to M about the success of Nordic talent overseas and explains how the region’s unique geography, culture and political systems have helped incubate one of the world’s most innovative music regions.

Vic Galloway on SXSW

Today there are more opportunities than ever to showcase your music internationally. A myriad of different events such as The Great Escape, Popkomm, Womex, Transmusicales, Eurosonic, GoNorth and CMJ bring A&R, live agents, promoters, bloggers, broadcasters and journalists together in one place, to feast their eyes and ears on the finest new music on the planet. There is however a behemoth that straddles the globe and eclipses them all – South by South West (SXSW).

M meets… Sandra Bhatia

Sandra Bhatia is the Managing Director of the music festival OneFest with her two business partners Stephen Budd (SBM – MAMA Group) and Graham MacVoy (GMC Events). M caught up with Sandra to find out how a festival is put together.

M meets… Barry Blue

Barry Blue is a songwriter, producer, musician and PRS board director in addition to his role as Managing Director of Favoured Nations Music Publishing. One of a small group of songwriter-producers who have had Top Forty hits over five decades, he has sold more than 25 million records.

SXSW week – M meets Jonquil

As part of SXSW week, we’re meeting a selection of bands who are performing at this week’s showcase event in Austin, Texas. From Oxford, Jonquil are Hugo Manuel on vocals and keyboard, Sam Scott on bass and trumpet, guitarist Robin McDiarmid and drummer Dominic Hand.

SXSW week – M meets Frank Turner

Today's artist is Frank Turner. Following the break up of his band Million Dead, Turner built a huge and loyal fanbase by touring constantly for three years.

SXSW week – M meets Treetop Flyers

As part of SXSW week, we've been meeting a selection of bands who've performed at this week’s showcase event in Austin, Texas. We close with today's artist, West London band Treetop Flyers.

SXSW week – M meets Charlie Simpson

Today's artist is Charlie Simpson. Taking a break from his band Fightstar, Charlie recently released a solo album Young Pilgrim, which showcased his more folky singer-songwriter side.