Our Introducing interviews chat to artists in an effort to give an introduction to their work, music and creative vision. As an outlet for them to get across the motivations and passions behind their music and art, the Q&A nature of this section gives the artist free reign to invite the curious into their world to discover what makes them tick; musically and sometimes personally too.
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A Scot living in Poland, artist and label boss Neil Milton has seen a lot of changes in his life in the last few years: personal, political and musical. With a visit to Manchester in the pipeline, a slot at Foundations Festival no less, we asked Neil more about himself, his music and much, much more.
Music needs its mavericks to provide a bit of spice and excitement and to occasionally shock us out of our musical comfort zones. Manchester-based Wilderness Hymnal (aka Javier G Wallis and Michael Kelly) does that in spades with the left field take on a prog-infused journey though epic and dark sounds that defy pigeonholing. In the leadup to the release of their Anthropocene album (you can order it here) we caught up with main man Javier to find out what led to the creation of such a stunning and inventive album.
Craig Manga is the driving force behind a myriad of musical projects, primarily the perfect musical perversity that is Mangabros. Along with a crew of willing accomplices, he journeys through electronica like a buccaneer, showing scant regard for conventions as he follows his very unique and sometimes uncompromising musical vision. With the recent release of three retrospective albums, we caught up with him to find out more.
Initially finding inspiration in the classic 90s era of rap, flavolous (aka Ashley Tendekai) has seen his sound move on that that genesis over the last few years, taking an occasionally experimental, sometimes ambient, but always melodic approach to electronically inspired sounds. With his Aberrations EP due for release in the next few months, and a very special remix under his belt, we caught up with him to find out more and him and his music.
Hailing from the Basque Country, avant-indie quartet Belako invite comparisons with the more adventurous rock bands of the past and present, taking an open yet principled approach to creating music and pursuing their musical vision.
Falling Ghost is the solo project of Manchester based multi-instrumentalist and producer Daniel Sweeney, who first came to widespread public attention as a member of SYLVIA. Since leaving the band he’s been ploughing his own musical furrow, the fruits of which will be revealed on his upcoming Pure O album which is set to be released later this year on Regent Street Records. Ahead of a string of local gigs leading up to the album launch, we asked Daniel about himself and his music.
Circuit3 (aka Peter Fitzpatrick) says his music in primarily influenced by the classic era of British synthpop, circa 1978-82. Moody synths and sharp but emotive lyrics perfectly evoke the era’s rewriting of the rules of what popular music was, and could be, without sounding stuck in the past. Add in a bit of sociology, psychology and some personal observations and you get his most recent album Siliconchipsuperstar. Want to find out more? Then read on!
Manchester’s Monkeys In Love have all the hallmarks of a classic John Peel band, they plough their own musical furrow, primarily indie – think The Fall, not The 1975 – in nature but seeing no problem with finding inspiration in other musical and visual fields. As they prepare to release a new album, we caught up with the band to find out more about how the quirky quartet find art in the chaos of life.