London Afrobeat Collective describe themselves as a ‘dirty dozen of battle-hardened musicians from all corners of the globe’, who’ve played everywhere from Gdansk to Zanzibar, from Lagos to Los Angeles. They formed in the capital in 2008, recorded an album and have built up a dedicated live following, keen to experience their latest afrobeat sounds.
John Powell is a composer who has created scores for Hollywood blockbusters including Antz, Shrek, the Bourne films, Ice Age, Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon for which he won an Oscar and Ivor Novello award.
M was lucky enough to visit James at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London to watch him recording the score to Batman Live. James also took the time between recordings to chat to us about his career and give us an insight into composing for film and television.
M caught up with Paul, Steve, iconic guitarist Jimmy Page and super-producer Trevor Horn at the Ivor Novello Awards ceremony. Watch our video to hear what these legendary artists have to say about the ingredients of a great song and the importance of music royalties.
Welsh composer Paul Mealor, 35, hit the headlines when his choral piece Ubi Caritas debuted at the Royal Wedding, cementing Paul’s reputation as one of Britain’s leading composers. He talks to M about the ensuing media whirlwind, reveals what it is like to be a young composer in Britain today, and offers some advice for up-and-coming talent.
Following last year’s success in modernising copyright laws for the digital age, the government has made clear it has no plans to implement the Copyright Directive in light of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU …
Culture Minister Nigel Adams has revealed Government plans for a new music strategy to ensure the UK’s music industry remains ‘the envy of the world,’ while pledging to support the UK’s ‘brilliant creators.’