Category Archives: Interviews

Dearly Beloved: Fun. Love. Bubbles.

Toronto’s Dearly Beloved – formed around the core of singer/songwriter/bassist Rob Higgins and co-vocalist Niva Chow – are bringing their “chaos, tempered by love and delivered with great fury” to the UK.

Ahead of their national tour with Tommy Stinson’s Bash & Pop, Higgins tells us about their latest album ‘Admission‘, playing every song like it’s their last, that time they had “the poops” on stage,  why touring is the best thing in the world, and working with The Ramones’ producer Daniel Rey.

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Christina Martin: Hearts are yearning

As Christina Martin takes her effortless Americana-rock songs around the UK, the Canadian singer-songwriter tells us about her new single ‘Lungs Are Burning’, falling in love with a song in her pink childhood bedroom, making music with her husband, bringing about positive change through knowledge and love, sometimes feeling overwhelmed by nerves, and learning to love London.

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Mollie Marriott takes Control

Mollie Marriott’s first solo gig didn’t quite begin according to plan.

“I was absolutely terrified,” remembers the daughter of Small Faces and Humble Pie legend Steve Marriott. “It was at the Half Moon in Putney, which was the last place my dad played before he died, so it was such an iconic place for me.”

The singer’s backing musicians had convinced her they’d start performing before she joined them on stage, to show the audience she wasn’t just the singer in a band.

“So they all walked on and left me in the dressing room,” Marriott remembers. “I could hear them playing, but when I went to open the dressing room door it was locked and I couldn’t get out,” she laughs.

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Matt Andersen: An Honest Man at The Borderline

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Matt Andersen’s tour schedule is not for sissies. In the next two weeks the Canadian singer plays 13 shows taking him and his acoustic guitar from London to Stockholm, by way of Hamburg and Amsterdam. And that’s the way he likes it.

“I get more excited about tough schedules than find them daunting,” he reveals. “I like that kind of thing where you’re jetsetting – makes it feel rock ‘n roll, I guess,” he laughs.

“All that tiredness, and all that driving around and flying, that stuff is the worst part of what we do – but we still get to perform. And I think that’s the payoff for a lot of us,” Andersen points out.

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Ferris & Sylvester: Setting the tone for what’s to come

After being part of the same Camden music scene for almost a year, Issy Ferris and Archie Sylvester found they shared a love of Italian food, Bob Dylan, and Iceland. When they found they could write songs together, Ferris & Sylvester was born.

As they prepare to release their debut EP, ‘The Yellow Line’, the duo tell us about the single ‘Save Yourself’, the importance of drinking tea, recording in Spain, and working with the producer of such classic albums as The Verve’s ‘Urban Hymns’ and Crowded House’s ‘Together Alone’.

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Shawn James: Standing on the shoulders of giants

Shawn James is much more than yet another guy with an acoustic guitar – he brings grit, raw passion, and darkness to a musical tradition as old as the hills. Fresh off his first visit to the UK, the singer-songwriter tells us about the impact of having his song ‘Through The Valley’ featured in the trailer for PlayStation game ‘The Last Of Us 2’, recording at the legendary Sun Studios, caring less about what people think, standing on the shoulders of giants, and British accents.

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