All posts filed under: Interviews

Electronic Jungle – CC Magazine

The musical ecosystem is a close and co-dependent world. Its biodiversity depends on very disparate species, mechanisms, and players all working together. There are a lot of ways to become part of this system; a person who interacts with music, whether on a professional or consumption basis, is part of that ecosystem. As a music journalist, I am a professional consumer of music. I make a living and spend most of my free time enjoying, writing about, listening to, and critiquing music in its many forms. But I also spend a lot of time just listening to it because I love it… click image to read full story

Interview with Frank Turner – The Metropolist

Twenty minutes into our interview, Frank Turner’s tour manager, Tre, enters the small dressing room. She motions it’s time to wrap up. In the middle of his sentence, Turner turns around. “This is my favourite interview of this tour so far, so we’re going to keep talking,” he says with a cheeky grin, causing everyone to laugh. This is why Frank Turner inspires love amongst followers. He speaks his mind, with absolute honesty. So much so that he started his On Blackheath set by talking about his tough year. “Around the recording and release of Tape Deck Heart I went through a massive break up, which is what that album is about. And I was on the receiving end of negative press for the first time in any serious way. It’s a curious experience that I’ve had a lot of time to think about. You can’t really complain about press commenting on your public statements if what you’ve spent your time doing is trying to let the world know who you are. If the world …

Interview with Bayside’s Nick Ghanbarian – Noise Cannon

The Forum is a-buzz with gig-goers all lined up outside waiting eagerly for Alkaline Trio to take the stage. What most of the fans don’t know is inside an equally formidable and talented act is up first- Bayside. Upstairs their rigorous sound check is audible through the creaking floors. As silence descends upon the venue, the squeal of the dressing room door is almost deafening; enter Bayside’s bassist Nick Ghanbarian. A punk-ified James Dean, Ghanbarian sports a toothpick that he rolls between his lips deftly, chewing on in pensive moments. He takes a seat across the couch as The Forum roars into life again. Read more…

I Had Afternoon Tea with a One Direction Tribute Band

Can’t afford Harry Styles for your birthday? Only One Direction sing, dance and flirt with wild abandon, just like the real band There are several rules that every 20-something single female living in a major city should adhere to. I should think that one of them is probably not to invite five random men into your flat for a cup of tea on a Saturday afternoon. But for this article, that was precisely my plan. Of course, the words ‘One Direction tribute band’ don’t exactly ring of danger – ridiculousness, however, most definitely. This was how I came to find Matt Brinkler, Jamie Searls, Henry Allan, Lauchlan Edward Bain, and Andy Fowler in my living room, singing, wrestling, dropping unintended sexual innuendos and drinking tea in zebra print mugs, all under the guise of talking about their ventures as Only One Direction, the best 1D tribute band around (or so they tell me). The concept of the tribute band has been around for decades, filling the gap when acts have disbanded or been left eternally fractured by the …

Interview with John Smith

John Smith is an artist to be watched, slowly but steadily gaining more and more notoriety. His distinct finger picking steel string guitar and expertly crafted string arrangements brilliantly frame poignant and subtle lyrics. With four albums under his waistcoat, the bearded folkie just headed up the biggest gig of his life at Union Chapel where, in the middle of polishing his own boots before taking the stage, he gave Electric Banana some of his time. Read interview…

Teresa Wakim Sings from the Heart

“She’s got vocal chords of gold,” was the phrase used to introduce me to The Chorus of Westerly’s lead soprano soloist, Teresa Wakim, in its production of A Celebration of Twelfth Night. The production is a Rhode Island tradition dating back to 1975 and is based on an original and new script written each year. Since 2009, the productions have interwoven the subplots of four different kingdoms. This year, Wakim’s character will help those subplots culminate into one final story arc with a dramatic conclusion. Wakim is a smiling, effervescent woman with wide green eyes. It’s hard to be in a bad mood around her, and there’s a reason for it. “If I have a bad day I leave it at home,” Wakim said. “I try to be as professional and friendly as possible.” This is evident as she laughs frequently during our interview while retaining an air of grace and intelligence beyond her years. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Grammy Nominee, Wakim plays Ayla, a nineteen-year-old who is destined …