Dubliner Conor O’Brien, who heads up award-winning folk troupe Villagers, wrote his first song aged 12.
His brother had just lent him an acoustic guitar and while he was picking his way round the instrument, Conor penned his first lyric: ‘When I’m walking down these streets, I feel like a monkey in the Arctic.’…
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. …
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.
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.
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.’