At the end of last year after finishing their sold-out performance at Oslo and a sweaty set supporting The Decembrists, John Bell met with Hop Along’s frontwoman and founder Frances Quinlan to chat about lyrics, wisdom, familial love and short-term joys.
"...this record is about me saying 'yes' to all of it..."
"It's an amazing thing to have our exceptionalism praised and recognised in such a way but then it turns into a pressure..."
"...listening to classical music was like a whole new world of language and expression and feeling and, to me, that actually seems really punk."
"I have always gone where other people don't. It's not to shock you, it’s just who I am."
Murkage Dave has been working hard on his new album 'Changed My Life'. We spoke to him about his upbringing, music and the Manchester Rave scene, just a day after his UK tour sold out in 24 hours.
"I'm so proud of myself that I love my life now, that I didn't turnaway from hope."
"Just a bunch of love songs; a whole heap of thoughts and feelings."
"The whole album rallies the desperation of growing old against the aspiration of youth."
We spoke to the man with many musical strings to his bow, Rob Da Bank, about War Child's Emergence Series, Bestival and his very own record label Sunday Best.
Our July cover stars outline all things I'm All Ears.
"I don't want to be playing catch-up to my own thing, so I’m trying to step into uncharted territory somewhat."
We spoke to producer Walton about the benefits of collaboration, that "uncategorised" area of music and his new 10-track album, Black Lotus.
"Don't let anyone define you. Know your worth. Do not settle. Speak up. Say no. Do your research. Prepare for opportunities..."
“Hey!” comes a greeting so purposeful and ruthlessly efficient that if it weren’t accompanied by a Cheshire cat grin - peeking from beneath an...
We talk to Clara Amfo about her journey into presenting for Sounds Like London
"...now I wake up at three in the morning worrying about Mel Gibson and his mental state..."
"The party gives me life man, and you know when you're making music it's a party anyway."
"I wanted to make something that didn't just reflect how fucked up everything is - I wanted to emit some beautiful feelings."
"The more negative energy there is in the world, the more clubs demonstrate their importance in our society."
That notoriously difficult second album? No sweat, as Kate Solomon finds out.