M meets…Abimaro and the Free

Singer Abimaro Gunnell, bassist James Beatt and keyboard player Alex Montaque are Abimaro and the Free. To mark International Women’s Day, Abimaro and the Free curated and performed at an event funded by PRS for Music Foundation showcasing their soul-folk songs. M chatted to Abimaro about the event, her thoughts on opportunities for women in music and her own sound…

M meets… Jess Hall Band

Jess Hall Band look set for big things this year. The teenagers have already won over their local BBC Radio Wiltshire, with their song Play Shy, finding their way on Radio 1’s BBC Introducing playlist at the end of last year.

M meets… Alonestar

Hailing from Bristol, Jethro Sheeran AKA Alonestar is an artist who fuses hip hop and urban pop, folk and soul to great effect, winning two Exposure Music Awards for Best Male Artist and Best Urban Song.

M meets… 808 State Pt.3

In the third and final part of our interview with 808 State's Graham Massey, the dance music pioneer gives his thoughts on creating music sing older electronic hardware, the importance of melody and the search for the perfect beat.

M meets… 808 State pt.2

In the second part of M's interview with 808 State's Graham Massey, he describes, amongst other things, taking his electronic productions into the live arena, keeping his 'DIY ethic' and collaborating with Björk.

Flame: a new song for the Olympics

Songwriter Andrew Kisumba has written a song for the Olympic Games that will receive its premiere at London's Royal Albert Hall for the National Orchestra for Youth Proms later this year.

I wrote that: Ever Fallen In Love, Buzzcocks

Have you ever fallen in love with someone you shouldn’t have? On the most romantic day of the year we publish our interview with Pete Shelley, writer of the Buzzcocks hit. He has a photographic memory about the creation of the song — well, the lyrics, at least.

M meets… Bleed Electric

Bleed Electric is the brainchild of music producer Chris ‘MUG5’ Maguire and originally created as an outlet for Maguire's eclectic musical tastes. Maguire was soon joined by rappers Dean ‘S-Tradamus’ Fortt aka Silk and Leon ‘Siege’ Hassan and the trio retreated into the studio to produce music that crossed and blended all musical genres.

Olympics song seeks school singers

Sixties songwriter, guitarist and sound engineer Robin Mayhew has written a song for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and is inviting school children to sing it at synchronised events around the country this summer.