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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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.
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.
John Edwards and Richard van Kruysdijk are long time friends and musical collaborators, but it’s only in the last few years that they have again worked together on a joint musical project. PALAIS IDEAL’s music – as captured on their recent No Signal album – caught our attention with its modern twist on some classic 80s sounds, so we decided to ask the duo about their music and more.
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.