The latest issue of M magazine has just hit doormats, so we’ve rounded up the best bits with some exclusives and extras we couldn’t squeeze into the print issue. Dig in!
The Extras and exclusives:
This autumn PRS for Music honoured two revered 90s acts with Heritage Awards at venues that were instrumental in their early careers. Faithless received theirs at the Jazz Cafe, Camden, on 19 September 2012. Sister Bliss told the story behind their dance anthem Insomnia in the latest issue of M magazine and you can watch the full interview with Maxi Jazz and Sister Bliss here.
On 2 October, Supergrass received their Heritage Award at the site of their spiritual home, The Jericho Tavern. Bob Harris introduced the band to a packed audience, and afterwards we quizzed Gaz, Rob, Mick and Danny about their early years and whether the rumours of new material are true. Watch the exclusive interview here.
Sixty Seconds: Paul Heaton
The Beautiful South’s Paul Heaton is behind many of the most lovelorn and politically prickly moments in contemporary pop. A Little Time, Song for Whoever and Rotterdam stand out in a career spanning over 30 years, as singer-songwriter in the Beautiful South, post-punk outfit, the Housemartins (featuring Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim on bass) and as an acclaimed solo artist. Read our extended interview.
In the latest issue, we take a look at the North East music scene, from Newcastle in the north, through Gateshead, Sunderland and Middlebrough, down to Hartlepool in the south, and discover a lively independent scene. Check out our feature. We spoke to some of the most exciting new songwriters, promoters and venues in the region, and you can check out our interview with upcoming Tyneside band Shields. Next up, we interviewed Bluetit from local super-group B>E>A>K. Over the coming days we will also be posting extended interviews with Generator’s Joe Frankland, The Lake Poets and Lulu James, so keep an eye out for those.
This quarter’s Just Joined feature highlighted new PRS for Music members PINS, Toy, Max Cooper and Man Like Me, to name a few. Listen to our tastemakers’ tips podcast to hear more from PINS and learn about some of the society’s other exciting new members.
The Best Bits:
Double barrel: Sly and Robbie
Jamaica’s biggest exports talk about their trail-blazing history and life-long collaboration.
Right on the money: fan funding
As Kickstarter prepares for its UK launch, find out what fan funding sites can do for you.
Non-classical: composers breaking down barriers
Making sense of the genre-hopping world of contemporary classical music.