Interview: Road Running With Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs are on an epic multi-date tour of Europe, including exhaustive dates across the UK.  What should you expect when you see a Daddy Long Legs show?  See a full live review from Le Beat Bespoké Festival here. Their sound is often described as Southern...

Interview: White Lies Go It Alone On Five

Jack Lawrence-Brown is a bit stressed. It’s mid January. In less than two weeks White Lies hit the road for four months. They’re playing 55 dates across Europe and North America. They’re marking the 10th anniversary of their debut album. Oh, and they’re launching a...

Michael Franti Interview: Anger Is Not My Superpower

It’s the evening of the parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal and Michael Franti is pondering the question of whether music really has the power to change the world. He jokes that if he could sing a song to trigger a second referendum (regarding the UK’s fractuous...

Chris Difford (Squeeze) – Cool For Cats In Summer

Festival season has been blessed with a heatwave in the UK this year. Not something that rolls off the tongue, as any mud-bathed, Wellington-booted, festival stalwart will testify. Yet, here we are in sweltering central London, for the first of the annual BST Hyde...

Phoxjaw An Interview With A Band That Bites

2000trees were excited to add Phoxjaw to their festival lineup, so I took some time to get to know a little more about the Bristol alt-rock band who have been getting a fair bit of attention this year. I began our interview by getting a little introduction to the five...

The Penny Black Remedy A Tonic For The Times

On a chill, wintry afternoon, Keith M Thomson and Marijana Hajdarhodzic of The Penny Black Remedy, meet me in the illustrious Groucho Club, in Soho, central London. Over coffee, they discuss their obsession with making death funny and how Imelda May might just be...

Victor Vox And An Indomitable Talent

When I arrive at Albion in London’s Shoreditch, singer-songwriter and musician Victor Marichal is waiting patiently with a pot of tea, perhaps the most quintessentially English thing you can do in an East End café. It’s his accent though, richly Parisian and largely...

Jim White Keeps His Destination In Mind

Jim White describes himself as a “singer/songwriter, author, fine art photographer, crackpot philosopher, folk artist, record producer, film maker, dad”. But the multi-hyphenate, who’s just released his sixth solo album Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, could also add...

Keith Christmas Rediscovers His Folk Rebellion

London’s folk music scene was in full bloom by the late 1960s and Keith Christmas was right at its centre, playing not just on David Bowie’s Space Oddity album but at the very first Glastonbury festival. Ahead of his appearance at RockShot Mag’s #BLOGTOBER FEST night...

The Hart Of Grant, Grant Hart Interview

Grant Hart has sadly passed away. He will always remain a great inspiration. Imelda Michalczyk met him in 2013 to talk about playing live, the new album at the time and how he approached songwriting. Grant Hart has cast an intriguing figure across the musical...

We’ve Got Good At Making Records Spoon Interview

It’s almost a cliche how positive Spoon’s reviews are, you could easily think their full name is Spoon 8/10. According to Metacritic, they’re the most acclaimed band of the decade. Not Radiohead, not Arcade Fire, not Kanye or Kendrick Lamar – the band that has the...

Interview: Chris Shiflett, Honky-Tonk Foo Fighter

Chris Shiflett is probably known to most as the superstar guitar player with American stadium rockers Foo Fighters. But the axe man has been pursuing his own solo career for a number of years now, putting out Country and Americana-influenced records. Ahead of kicking...

Mila Falls Interview, Tornados & Glitter

You may not immediately recognise the name Mila Falls, but I guarantee you will have heard her music. She’s one of a special breed of artists whose songwriting talent lies behind the soundtrack to notable adverts and films but whose name remains mostly under the...

Interview: Luke Carey, Acoustic Blueprint Twist.

To prepare for my interview with singer-songwriter and ‘North London cheeky chap’ Luke Carey, I check out his website where he talks about the humble beginnings of his musical odyssey. I learn he was “named after Luke Skywalker (no joke, my brother named me and to be...

Interview: Michael Franti, Power To The Peaceful.

Michael Franti walks into the backstage area of London’s Heaven venue with a broad smile on his face and gives me a huge hug. I’m not sure he even realises I’m here to do the interview yet, he just seems genuinely happy to meet everyone. It’s gratifying when, as now,...

Interview: Sherika Sherard, Voice of a Generation

“Hi, so sorry for the delay!”, Sherika Sherard says as she plonks her huge guitar down and falls into her seat with an apologetic smile. Travelling in the London heat by public transport and battling delays is a laudable triumph but Sherika looks unperturbed. For me,...

Interview: William Poyer, Born Talented.

It’s a roasting hot day in South London when William Poyer strolls through the pub’s door, instantly recognisable despite sporting longer hair than on his album cover, and showing absolutely no signs of melting in the heat unlike me. “Hi I’m Will” he says with a grin...

Butserfest Interview: WSTR, The Next Big Thing.

“I’m not too bad to be fair. It’s not as bad as it looks.”, so says pop-punk  guitarist Danny Swift of WSTR, in spite of being sodden and muddy after their set on the main stage at Butserfest. The press tent isn’t doing a whole lot to keep anybody dry from the...

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