In Print: M71

Read all about it! The spring edition of M Magazine has just landed, and it’s jam packed.

This edition’s cover star is none other than Dido, whose debut became one of the best-selling records in the UK.

Having just released her fifth studio album Still on My Mind, her first new music since 2013, she reveals all about two decades in the business.

In our Parklife feature, we delve into the world of indie festivals, and how small is very often beautiful when it comes to the boutique nature of these smaller, alternative events.

Elsewhere, we lift the lid on the UK psych and noise scene. Although ostensibly an underground phenomenon, bands like Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs and Snapped Ankles have steadily been infiltrating the mainstream with weird and wonderful noise.

We chat to award-winning media composer Nainita Desai about how she cracked the industry and what drives her consistently fresh approach to creativity, and her astute sense of the changing nature of the music business and technology.

Mezzo-soprano Lucy Schafer takes us through some of her favourite pieces of music for Sound Effects.

You’ll also hear from songwriter Mara Simpson who tells us about her latest record and what the support from PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music meant to her, and techno trailblazer Paula Temple talks us through the motivations behind her much-anticipated debut LP, Edge of Everything.

For our Picture This feature, legendary punks The Stranglers reflect on their legacy and the importance of grassroots venues at the site of their debut gig, the Star Inn, Guilford, after PRS for Music honoured the band and venue with the Heritage Award plaque.

In business news, we celebrate PRS for Music’s Member Anti-Piracy System, known as MAPS, and the International Team give an update on their plans step up efforts to extract renumeration from the Middle-East.

You’ll find all that and much more, so dig in…