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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If Brian Wilson and Lux Interior had ever gone street drinking around the streets of Manchester and decided to start a band, then they’d probably have sounded like The 99 Degree. An intoxicating and eclectic collision of surf pop, dark rock and Northern humour (everywhere has a north and its humour is always oddly similar) make them an enjoyable, art-rocking outlier on the Manchester music scene. Intrigued? Read on to find out more.
With Dollie Demi taking their raucous, feminist sound out on the road for their first headline gig outside Manchester (see below for more details), we caught up with main mover Demi herself to get the low down on the band – past, present and future. Stand by for action!
Greater Manchester sextet The Maitlands have been causing quite a stir locally with their raw and punchy sound, so much so that it’s seen them snag some fairly impressive festival appearances this summer. We caught up with Carl L Ingram of the band to find out more about what makes The Maitlands such an exciting prospect for 2019 and beyond.
Sure to be a great addition to the Manchester electronic scene, the subliminal impulse organisation have organised a slew of events around Manchester’s Northern Quarter on the 5th and 6th of July. Before that, there’s a launch party this coming Thursday at Aatma, so we thought this would be a good time to catch up with the man behind (and in July also in front as his band Scissorgun support Wrangler) the scenes, Alan Hempsall.
David Fox is a very talented and busy man. Musician, producer, eminence grise behind not one but two festivals and also (along with John Mitchell) a driving force behind long-standing Manchester indie label Valentine Records. As the label gears up for a very busy 2019, kicking off with a relaunch at The Eagle Inn on January 25th, we caught up with the fantastic Mr Fox to find out more about him, his own musical endeavours and future plans for VR.
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.