Conversations in Music

We create playlists based on 9 of the most interesting interviews from publications, radio shows and blogs around the world.

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Conversations in Music #004

Today’s playlist features interviews from indie rock legends Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and Afghan Whigs and also some fav up & coming bands such as Silver Rose, Tall Juan, Dollar Bill Murrays, Methyl Ethel, Zuzu and Forest Hall.


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Silver Rose chat with Hidden Herd

“I initially had a softer version for the song [Take Me Home], inspired by a Black Ryder song and whole vibe. I loved the idea and worked on it a little bit more with the guys from Wallburds

Read the full interview with Hidden Herd

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Tall Juan chat with Baeble

“I like The Beatles a lot, and the Ramones. Lately I’ve been listening to Paul Simon and Argentine music like tango, but when I’m writing I’m more influenced by the Ramones and The Beatles – their songwriting.”

Read the full interview with Baeble Music

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Dollar Bill Murrays chat with Pile Rats

“‘Always On’ deals with the issues of this hyper-connected, always on world that sees us continuously wanting to do more, be more, buy more, see more, and share more.”

Read the full interview with Pile Rats

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Vortex chat with Portugal. The Man

“A lot of this record came about watching the way Trump uses Twitter… We were watching [the election] go down, like, ‘Man, this dude is so good at deflecting and just shutting this down, and stringing along the most fucked up, racist groups of people.”

Read the full interview with Vortex

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Methyl Ethel chat with Brightons Finest

“I definitely wanted to make pop songs. The challenge, as it remains to be, was the technical side of things. I had the four track recorder which is a challenge to work” with in the first place, to bounce tracks. I had to really choose what was necessary for the song.”

Read the full interview with Brightons Finest

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Zuzu chat with Get Into This

“In my music, I just want people to take it for what it is, never mind whether I’m a girl or a guy.”

Read the full interview with Zuzu

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Afghan Whigs chat with Spin

“I had this dream, and the song “Oriole” is really about that dream in relation to who I am now, and who I used to be.”

Read the full interview with Spin Magazine

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Forest Hall chat with Happy

“‘Sunday Everyday’ as well as Easyway both explore that need to escape the everyday, the authority, the status quo and just take control of your life to the best of your ability and enjoy it.”

Read the full interview with Happy Magazine

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Thurston Moore chats with The Age

“That scene of playing improvised and experimental music is a place where you don’t have much anxiety about getting music industry support… It’s a marginal, wild, free zone, with people devoted to that culture.”

Read the full interview with The Age

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Conversations in Music #003

Today’s playlist comprises of nine female artists from various genres including electronic, punk and pop.

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Maggie Rogers

Gaining the attention of Pharrell Williams is no mean feat., but Maggie Rogers has been learning to take her viral popularity in her stride. She discusses the crazy ride with Anthony Carew.

“My life has been changed by people behind computer screens, totally anonymous people that I’ve never met,” she offers. “It’s been really gratifying to go places — in America and Europe — that I’ve never been before, and to actually get to see the people who like my music, the people who changed my life.”

Read TheMusic interview

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Kelly Lee Owens

UK record producer Kelly Lee Owens’ discusses with Aquarium Drunkard the deep roots to her new album and building a musical ideology from her background working in a record store and as a nurse in a cancer clinic.

“For the most part, people want to know, “What are you trying to do with your music?” But individual interpretations are helping me understand the record too. It’s got life that keeps on breathing and expanding.”

Read interview on Aquarium Drunkard

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Pixey

After being struck down with a mystery illness and kept in isolation in hospital, Lizzie Hillesdon aka Pixey, talks to Cath Bore from Bido Lito about finding positivity in such negative circumstances and how this helped find her passion for making music.

“A lot of my songs are feel good. Young was just written for fun really. I didn’t want to have to perform my music kind of moody, cos that’s not me.”

Read interview in Bido Lito

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Bitch Falcon

Quickly gaining attention as one of the best live bands in Dublin, Samantha Daly chats with Bitch Falcon about their new video and how they created their sound.

“I have a couple of influences that have molded my voice to a certain state, but I used to just impersonate James Hetfield unintentionally. Listening to strong female vocals such as Alison Mosshart, Karin Dreijer Anderson and Bjork has helped me develop my voice.”

Read interview at Born Music Online

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ionnalee

Jonna Lee has had an inspiring career, creating two solo albums and three audio-visual albums with iamamiwhoami. She is now launching a new work as ionnalee and Andrew Darley from The 405 discusses her change in direction.

“It’s been a necessity to dare to take a look in the mirror without iamamiwhoami on. I was an artist and producer long before iamamiwhoami and even though the project means all to me, there’s also the bigger artistic perspective of a life’s work. I felt a need to see what and who I am underneath it all.”

Read interview at The 405

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Charly Bliss

Black Hole

Megan Seling from Nashville Scene talks to Eva from Charly Bliss about both the happy and dark side of their debut album.

“So many of the lyrics are ‘fuck you.’ It’s just about growing up and experiencing my early 20s and all of the crazy emotional yo-yoing that kind of coincides with that.”

Read interview at Nashville Scene

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Little Dragon

On their latest albums and for the first time ever, Little Dragon brought in an outside producer, the legendary Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford. The band chat with Hadley Freeman before their Coachella set to discuss.

“You know,” says Nagano, “we’re a band with a history and we have an easy time coming up with songs, but we sometimes have a struggle finishing them. So having James Ford come in at the end was really helpful because it was someone from the outside.”

Read interview at The Guardian

#8

Octo Octa

Maya Bouldry-Morrison candidly chats with Christine Kakaire from Crack Magazine about her atypical life as a transgender, full-time electronic artist.

“I’m not looking to get into a fight and have someone just fucking lose it at me,” she says. “I’m a vulnerable individual stuck in this tin can.”

Read the interview at Crack Magazine

#9

Monkoora

Described as electro-pop with candid lyrics and compared to everyone from Bat For Lashes to Kate Bush, Monkoora’s music is hard to pin down. Lewis Wade gets the chance to chat with her about the new EP release.

“Tom Waits is like my father of music. I like his dark and gross narratives, I’m much less into the narratives of pretty people these days – the Beyoncés and Solanges – couldn’t give a shit!”

Read interview at The Skinny

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Conversations in Music #002

Today we delve into the inspirations behind nine new releases. We discovered artists who are redefining genres and seek influence from sources such as poetry and novels.

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Bad Sounds

Born Music Online

We begin this week’s playlist with an upbeat track from Bath group Bad Sounds, who Kayleigh from Born Music Online describes as baggy, groove-infused indie-rock, however the band also cite hip-hop.

“the groove in our music that I think people are linking to baggy comes from our hip hop influence.”

Read the full interview

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Clap Clap Riot

Happy 

New Zealand indie-rockers Clap Clap Riot are about to release their third album and discuss the experiences they’ve had to get them to this point with Happy Magazine.
“we put a lot of work into getting the songs how we wanted them and think it’s our most grown up record”

Read full interview

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Pale Grey

Highclouds

Belgium group Pale Grey manage to create an atmospheric sound, blending indie rock, hip hop and dream pop together. Their new EP has been described by the band as a huge work that was two years in the making.

“It is an intimist universe with an introspective and melancholic side from the thematic and melodic point of view. On the other side we explore sounds and rhythms in an Indie-rock-hip-hop-electro way, that allows us to open and take off the talk.”

Read full interview

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Orchards

Hidden Herd

Hailing from Brighton, Orchards have been described as mathpop, indie rock and nu funk. With influences including Foals and No Doubt, they are developing a sound uniquely their own.

“We all have such a varied taste in music, but Dutch Uncles, A Tribe Called Quest, K.I.D, Get Inuit and Everything Everything will always be favourites.”

Read full interview

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Mega Bog

Tiny Mix Tapes

Mega Bog is described by music writer Ben Levinson as  a “labyrinthian DIY-pop exploration of violence, social spaces, and lived experiences”. In his interview with vocalist Erin earlier this year, they discuss the creation of the album Happy Together and her inspiration from other musicians, books and life experiences.

“Happy Together, it’s just like a scrapbook… of people and situations and how we got to the next point.

Read full interview

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H. Grimace

Goldflakepaint

H.Grimace have just released their new album ‘Self Architecht’. Collaborating with poet Vivienne Griffin, they unpack social and cultural norms in their lyrics and as Goldflakpaint writer Trevor Elkin aptly comments, “twist guitar-led post-punk familiarity into unfamiliar shapes.”

“I’m not sure how animalistic I am in expressing myself I think it’s quite cerebral for me but there is feeling and I find it the only thing where I get out of myself and really explore things that I didn’t experience just making art, it’s all encompassing.”

Read the full interview

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The Shiverettes

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Calling themselves “snotty, feminist, punks”, Calvary band The Shiverettes have been playing music together since 2013. Over this time they have transformed into a fast, angry, punk rock group who have been compared to the riot grrrl movement.

“I feel like we’ve grown so much, and we’ve diversified our influences,” lead vocalist Hayley Muir says, “both in our sound and lyrically, we’re more filled with piss and vinegar now.”

Read the full interview

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Bad Breeding

Drowned In Sound

Bad Breeding have just released their second album ‘Divide’ and while their sound is still reminiscent of 80s punk such as The Killing Joke, their new album also expands into experimental noise that build an energy to go with their politically charged lyrics.

“we tried to bring a new language to the songs through the production and we spent a fair bit of time experimenting with how to create that density and machine noise underneath the record”

Read the full interview

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Morning Teleportation

Eleven PDX

We finish this week’s list with Morning Teleportation. A Kentucky-based band who mix sounds such as psych, prog and mathpop together. Their second release comes after years of honing their sound that is slightly more mature, but still something you can dance to. Christopher Klarer discusses the songwriting process with the band.

“Sometimes a song will start out as an electronic song and it ends up being more of a rock song.”

Read full interview

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Conversations in Music #001

This week we found interviews from nine artists who have been releasing albums for over 10 years. Each share their story about their own evolution as an artist.


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Toro Y Moi 

2SER ‘Static’

On their latest album “Live From Trona”, Toro Y Moi played in an empty desert with only their crew for an audience. The recording focus lay on the musicians who have been working together for eight years.

“I think it’s really important in this day in age to focus on musicianship a little bit more, it’s hard to lose sight of that when everything is so digital and processed that to see a band play the song and hear it in a really cool format and see it in a cool format, it’s kind of hard to make it substantial when everything is written off a content.”

Read the full interview here

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Dirty Projectors

Clash Magazine

 David Longstreth talks with Robin Murray (Clash Magazine) about the personal journey towards making this album and the somewhat somber experiences along the way.

“Ultimately, Dirty Projectors was something that I started when I was 19 or 20 years old and I always had the idea that it would be this amphibious vehicle that would go with me wherever I needed to go, musically. Whatever I wanted to explore.” 

Read the full interview here

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 Regina Spektor

KCMP Minnesota

Regina Spektor performs live for MPR and chats with Jim McGuinn about being a mum, a Russian immigrant and human experience in 2017.

“To me, I think a lot of sorrow and pain in the world in general — even inside people, like their own tumultuous existential pain — comes from the fact that they’re not necessarily using their gifts and their personal lens in a way where they feel like they’re being useful.”

Listen to the full performance and interview here

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Metronomy

Get Into This

Matthew Wood from UK webzine Get Into This chats with frontman Joseph Mount from Metronomy ahead of their Liverpool Sound City show about the changing live scene and the importance of smaller venues for a greater music economy.

“Smaller venues are so important for bands’, when a venue gets closed down it’s due to councils or the government ‘taking their eyes off the prize’.‘The music industry is a multi-billion pound industry but relies on single little step, he continues, ‘often what I see is venues getting shut down because of noise complaints/redevelopment… this is so short sighted’.”

Read the full interview here

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Hurray for Riff Raff

Village Voice

Hurray for Riff Raff head into a new direction on their eighth full length album with lead singer Alayndra finding musical influence from her Puertrican Roots.

“I went through a period of bitterness and wrote something where I said that, if you call yourself a folk singer, you’ve got to start talking about all these black people who are getting killed by police. If you’re not saying anything, you’re not a fucking folk singer.”

Read the full interview here

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Elbow

Drowned in Sound

Elbow have a candid and humous chat about their seventh album release and their upcoming tour.

“That’s one of the advantages of the arenas, actually,” offers Mark. “It’s easier to spot your mates fucking off to the bar, because you can see them filing up the stairs. Oh, look at that, they’re off again.”

Read the full interview here

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Spoon 

KSGR 99.3 Austin

Spoon perform ‘Hot Thoughts’ and chat with Andy from KSGR on the eve of their album release at SXSW.

“It’s a rock record, but a rock record that doesn’t rely on guitars”

Watch the performance and interview here

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Goldfrapp

The Music

The other half of Goldfrapp Will Gregory talks to Anthony Carew about being the man behind the woman.

“Alison is paranoid that people just see her as the dumb vocalist, whereas I’m paranoid that people don’t even know I exist,” Gregory laughs. “[But] in the studio it’s a purely collaborative relationship, and the way it works — at the best of times — is absolutely perfect. It’s a shame that people can’t see that. Goldfrapp, to us, is an ongoing conversation, a truly even thing.”

Read the full interview here

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Jennifer Page

Highclouds

After her chart hit “Crush”, Jennifer Page had some major life-changing incidents that have helped her evolve as an artist and songwriter.

“I went through a period of bitterness and wrote something where I said that, if you call yourself a folk singer, you’ve got to start talking about all these black people who are getting killed by police. If you’re not saying anything, you’re not a fucking folk singer.”

Read the full interview here