Interview - James Bay

“I’ve been sat in a pond for ages!” James Bay bellows, just moments after we’ve had only the briefest of introductions. “It was joyous,” he says, exaggerating his description to the point where I’m not sure if he’s being serious or satirical. I ask him, uncertain, if he normally spends his mornings in ice-cold ponds. “It’s not as non-glamorous as it sounds,” he assures me, still leaving me non-the-wiser about his early morning pond adventures. He does tell me that the pond was in a sunny central London location in grandiloquent surroundings. “See, glamorous,” he laughs.

Reggie Gray: 'Flexing is storytelling. Our bodies become the vocabulary'

Brooklyn-based dancer Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray never imagined that a street dance style he invented during his lunchtimes at school would go on to become a global craze. Used by Madonna, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj, to name a few, Gray’s “flexing” dance became a phenomenon thanks to the audacity of its moves – many of which look physically impossible – and its powerful political comment.

Ryan Bingham: A Wild Ride

Ryan Bingham is just hours away from playing a sold-out, headline slot at London’s Union Chapel. “It’s certainly been a hell of a ride getting here,” he laughs, reflecting on how special the venue is to him: he says he feels “lucky” and “astounded” to be playing here. Bingham has won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Grammy for his song "The Weary Kind" from Crazy Heart and has had multiple, critically acclaimed albums: isn’t he used to playing such iconic venues by now? “I guess I’m still humbled...

Au/Ra: Only Human After All

Jamie Lou Stenzel greets me enthusiastically in the boardroom of her record label, a lightbulb smile beaming ear-to-ear. At 16-years-old, Au/Ra , as Stenzel is known professionally, is one of the youngest on the label’s roster. We’re surrounded by images of global pop superstars who were signed at a similar age and with her debut single, "Concrete Jungle" receiving over 15 million streams globally, you can’t help but feel Au/Ra’s image will be up alongside the others soon...

Meeting Bazil Meade MBE: “Music absolutely saved my life"

When Bazil Meade MBE founded the London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) with three other people in 1982, he had no idea how popular the choir would become – nor did he expect LCGC would one day be celebrating its 35th anniversary – especially after their original plan was for the choir to do just a single, one-off performance. Fast forward 35-years, and the choir has travelled far. They’ve graced the stage at The Brits, Glastonbury and The Grammy Awards...

The Big Read – Black Honey: "Ladylike can go fuck itself"

Brighton rockers Black Honey are a band of dandy dreamers living the DIY dream on a shoestring – but the album they’re working on, with strings and horns and ‘Parisian noir’ inspiration – sees them reaching for the sky. As they play NME’s Girls To The Front, Elizabeth Aubrey meets them to hear how ADHD, Billie Eilish and a hatred of the pop world forged their sound and fuels their work. PICTURES: Chloe Hashemi Izzy Baxter-Phillips is shouting in the basement of London’s Shacklewell Arms, an hou

In Conversation with Clive Anderson

When Clive Anderson presented the very first episode of Whose Line is it Anyway? on Radio 4, he was working as a full-time criminal barrister. Fifteen years into his career, Anderson hung up his barrister’s wig when his television career took off – first, as the gregarious host of Whose Line (an initial six episode stint on Radio 4 turned into a ten year run on Channel 4) and next when he helmed his very own prime-time chat show. For a short time, the two very distinct professional worlds Anderson inhabited crossed paths and, much to his surprise, had more similarities than he first thought...
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