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Interview with Dermot Kennedy ahead of The Great Escape

Every so often you come across an artist who pushes a genre forward in a new direction. Dermot Kennedy is that artist. Equal parts rustic folk and soulful grit with a hip-hop influence, Ireland’s Dermot Kennedy offers his own blend of passionate, introspective songwriting.

I gave Dermot a call to talk about his latest EP, and find out what we can expect from his forthcoming set on the YouTube Presents stage at The Great Escape.

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Interview with Tom Walker at Live At Leeds 2018

British singer-songwriter Tom Walker signed with Relentless Records in 2015 and continues to write and release successful singles through incredible talent and intense dedication to his love for music.

His EP ‘Blessings’ was released last year and his track ‘Leave a Light On’ reached number 1 in the charts throughout Europe. With a sold out tour and over 150 shows in 2018, Tom Walker talks to us about his future plans, his favourite pizza topping and how surreal life feels at the age of 26.

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Interview with The Night Café at Live At Leeds 2018

Best known for singles ‘Addicted’ ‘Mixed Signals’ and ‘Felicity’, The Night Café’s alternative indie vibe is increasingly atmospheric and easy to listen to; a mix of upbeat guitar riffs and definitive vocals, the Liverpool boys are creating music that’s optimistic and relatable.

We caught up with drummer Carl and bass guitarist Arran after their set at Live at Leeds Festival to discuss lyrics, their album release and who’d eat the last rolo.

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Interview with Vistas at Live At Leeds 2018

Scottish lads Vistas spiralled into the music scene in 2016 with their creation of high energy indie-pop records. We had a chat with vocalist Prentice and guitarist Dylan ahead of their set at Live at Leeds Festival to get to know them a little better!

The boys reveal how their first UK tour went and what surprises they have in store for us over the next year.

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Interview :: Girl talk with BAUM at SXSW 2018

Casually chilling outside The Sidewinder before her SXSW performance, BAUM represents the next generation of pop starlets. The best way to describe this girl is unapologetically bad ass. Following in the footsteps of Lorde, it seems that this generation are in full control of their image and artistry.

Not only is it BAUM’s first time playing SXSW, it’s also her first time in Austin. “The people here are really friendly, which makes me relaxed. SXSW is just like a big party! I’ve been here almost a week. Last night I caught a bunch of cool people like Noah Cyrus and Kitten.”

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Interview :: Girl talk with Hoodlem at SXSW 2018

Tessa Pavilach, better known as Hoodlem, is widely recognised as Australia’s front runner of experimental soul and future R&B. The Aussie beat maker first caught our attention with her glitchy synth pop, dreamy vocals, and brutally honest lyrics.

We are outside The Sidewinder on Austin’s famous Sixth Street. It’s 9PM and SXSW 2018 is in full swing. The Australian-born left-field singer songwriter is moments away from stepping on stage. As we compliment each other’s outfits, Hoodlem recalls how she recently re-located from Australia to Toronto.

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Interview :: Sam Himself at SXSW 2018

After falling for rock n roll, soul and the blues in his native Switzerland, Sam Himself followed the music. It took him to Brooklyn. “I love Switzerland, but it feels like there’s bit of a glass ceiling there culturally. New York is where you want to be for music. Or also Austin, as I’m discovering.”

This is Sam’s first time playing SXSW, we’re outside in the Texas sunshine at The Sidewinder off 6th Street. After attending the festival a few times as a fan, it seems Sam has a love affair with Austin, “I just love being around so many new musicians and discovering new shit that I didn’t expect to see.”

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INTERVIEW :: Adam French @ The Deaf Institute, Manchester

After spending the last year playing huge festivals such as Reading & Leeds, and supporting Jake Bugg on his acoustic tour, Adam French’s beautiful lyrically lead tracks have us craving the release of his first album.

His most recent EP, Weightless, explores factors like love with somewhat deep lyrics relating mainly to his personal relationships. Adam’s voice echoes through Manchester’s Deaf Institute as he plays a variation of tracks from Weightless and his previous, more optimistic EP, Face to Face.

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Interview :: The Hunna reveal festival plans for 2018

We dare you to name a bigger band on the rise than The Hunna. After years of dedication to their pure love for music, the British boys are embarking on a worldwide tour to promote the release of their second album.

It’s the second January show at the O2 Apollo in Manchester and The Hunna are hyped for another big night. The boys chat with us about living the dream, releasing new music and getting to The Pyramid Stage.

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Interview :: Sight Seeing Around London with Peking Duk & Icona Pop

The story of how Peking Duk and Icona Pop met won’t let you down. Call it coincidence, destiny, fate —in one moment, lives can collide and change forever.

We are travelling across a bridge over the Thames on a double-decker bus. The Australian and Swedish pop stars have invited us on a tour of London with The Original Tour. As we take in the sights, Peking Duk and Icona Pop recall the time they met, on an airplane from Miami to Los Angeles – and it was by complete coincidence.

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Interview :: LANY ‘We’re keeping it authentic’

Los Angeles based babes LANY launched the first wave of their dreamy, electro-pop sound in 2014 after uploading a batch of songs to the internet. 135 shows later, the Californian trio are rounding off their epic year in Berlin in December before creating a second album, due in 2018.

We caught up with Paul Klein, Jake Goss and Les Priest, before their sold out headline show at The O2 Ritz in Manchester.

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LANY @ The Ritz, Manchester 13.12.17

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Interview :: Leo Stannard @ Neighbourhood Festival

Leo Stannard has recently toured Europe with sold out shows in London, Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne and has spent summer mixing it up at British festivals such as The Great Escape and Glastonbury.

Following the release of his new single ‘Gravity’ featuring Frances, we caught up with Leo after his set at Neighbourhood Festival in Manchester.

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Interview :: Cassia @ Neighbourhood Festival

Macclesfield might not be the first place you think of when you hear the sun-soaked grooves of three-piece Cassia, but that’s exactly where the trio hail from.

Having spent the past several months turnings heads in every city they stepped foot, 2017 has seen Cassia ramp up their live presence. We caught up with Rob and Leff ahead of their set at Neighbourhood Festival in Manchester.

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2/3 CASSIA – Leff (drummer), and Rob (lead singer)

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Interview :: Nathan Ball @ Neighbourhood Festival

Nathan Ball recently ran the festival circuit and captured our attention with his deep, alternative indie vibe and poetic, nature-inspired lyrics.

Having recently supported Van Morrison and completed his tour with Australian musician, Ziggy Alberts, Nathan has had a jam-packed, exciting year of touring, writing and releasing. We caught up with Nathan ahead of his set at Neighbourhood Festival in Manchester to get to know him a little better.

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INTERVIEW :: KT Tunstall at Standon Calling 2017

A Grammy award-winning artist who chooses to live and create in the moment. Her anti-slick, pro-wild psychedelic pop has always proved the perfect antidote to the superficial side of the charts, and remains a huge lure.

We sat down with KT Tunstall at Standon Calling to get the latest on her new album KIN, her time spent in California and plans for the rest of summer, including OnBlackheath festival in London on Sunday 10th September.

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