‘I think music (and art) is the expression of life, if all you have is music in your life then your music has no substance,’ says Monarchy’s Ra Black.
‘You can be the best player in the world but if you don’t know how to market that and how to sell that then you’re not going to make a living,’ says the Royal Northern College of Music’s Andy Stott.
'When I’m singing, I feel my most relaxed, like I can just shut off the world': we get to know R&B, pop and world music mixologist, Nikita Bassi.
'We don't really set out to upset people. It's not like a pose or a strategy. It's a twisted sense of humour at times that comes through:’ All hail the return of Shakespears Sister.
‘Content has become a lot more personal to each individual artist. You’re always pushing your creativity’: says The Vegan Leather’s Gianluca Bernacchi.
It’s fair to say London singer-songwriter Max Pope has taken the road less travelled in his musical adventures so far. Here, he lets us in on the songs that have shaped him along the way…
‘I am sort of rapping at one point. I wanted to re-record it because I sound like Mary Poppins’: we chat to harpist, singer-songwriter and sometime Bad Jan member about her latest solo offering.
Surreal soulster Sharky lets us in on the making of her ace new EP Fruit, which comes on like the audio equivalent of a supersize bag of Haribo Tangfastics...
'The fundamental structure of time operates differently here than in any other place in the world: I SEE RIVERS send us a dispatch from rural Wales on the making of their debut LP...
‘It's like the taste of grilled cheese on a Sunday afternoon in the Czech Republic,’ is how Ida Vallens describes the music she makes.