30 Seconds

30 seconds with… Luke Leighfield

At first glance you'd be forgiven for dismissing 24-year-old Luke Leighfield as just another singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar. Except his acoustic guitar is a piano. Leighfield's sound has been informed by both a classically trained childhood and teenage years spent at underground punk rock shows.

30 seconds with… Jon Covell

Jon Covell, aka Premise Beach, is a Cheshire based singer-songwriter. Premise Beach’s first release from Pure Casual, a new independent North East record label, comes in the form of Mikolah.

30 seconds with… The Perishers

Rising from the ashes of several local bands in the unglamorous surroundings of Basingstoke, Hampshire, The Perishers bonded over a mutual love of sixties pop, loud guitars and acoustic loveliness.

30 seconds with… Clare Free

Clare Free sings the blues, and more. She was nominated for the final round of British Blues Awards twice in 2011, for the Best New UK Blues Song (KT Award). She also reached the final in the People's Music Awards and was nominated for Best Acoustic Performance and One to Watch categories of the new WRC Award.

30 seconds with… Louis Barabas & the Bedlam Six

Since forming in late 2006 'dirt swing band The Bedlam Six's music has infiltrated almost every creative niche, being adapted into animated short films, burlesque routines, musical theatre, fringe festival revues, documentary soundtracks, motion picture scores and even a comic strip.

30 seconds with…Tanya Auclair

Multi-instrumentalist Tanya Auclair builds her songs live on stage, sampling her voice with a loop pedal and playing ukulele, guitar and percussion. She has recently collaborated with Charlie Dark on a critically acclaimed live re-score of Black Orpheus. Her latest EP Origami is out now.

30 seconds with… The Electroscopes

The Electroscopes formed in 2009 and are inspired by bands like Hot Chip, The Presets, Depeche Mode 'and all that kinda stuff.' They've been described as 'Royksopp if they came from a council estate in England" and the well respected Music on Fire Blog described them as 'one of the best new bedroom producers out there - up with Penguin Prison".

30 seconds with… Dave Arcari

As we close the January Blues season and welcome in the more optimistic February, we meet Dave Arcari, a man who straddles both concepts, delivering the blues with a determined spring in his step.

30 seconds with… Fránçois & the Atlas Mountains

Since relocating to the UK from France, Fránçois Marry has really honed his songwriting. E Volo Love, the band’s first album for Domino, is a gossamer-weight pop album with echoes of Gallic folk, electronica and afrobeat...