ANDRAS SCIF: Why I won’t perform in Hungary

One of the world’s greatest pianists, Andras Schiff, played his 60th birthday concert on Saturday – a hugely demanding programme of the Goldberg Variations by Bach and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. Earlier he told the BBC’s Tim Franks why he gave the performance in London – and not in his homeland, Hungary. Andras Schiff takes me […]

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STING: Interview

Sting’s memories of his school days aren’t exactly fond. The son of a hairdresser and engineer fitter’s mate, he passed his 11-plus and was promptly set on the path to greater things. But first he had priests to deal with. “I got a scholarship to a grammar school,” recalls the rock singer, songwriter, actor and, […]

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JARVIS COCKER: the iceman cometh In his music, he’s has always been a social commentator. Now he’s become an agitator.

“Not that I’m a massive expert, but when I heard that they wanted to dig up the Arctic, I thought: hold on a minute – that’s not good”: Jarvis Cocker, softly spoken ambassador for the environment. Photograph: Gary Salter for the Observer.   Jarvis Cocker sits with unblinking patience as syringes of salt and sugar […]

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Musicians As Audiophiles: Dan Weiss

Drummer/composer Dan Weiss has wide-ranging musical tastes, superb skills, and a rocking little Rega-based system in his cozy Brooklyn, New York apartment. Dan has drummed with many jazz greats, but it’s his own projects that have generated the greatest interest. He’s a thinking musician’s musician, one who astutely assesses the pros and cons of every […]

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MADNESS: Suggs and Mike Barson – how we made One Step Beyond

Interview by Dave Simpson: Suggs, singer and songwriter I got sacked from Madness just before we recorded One Step Beyond, still our bestselling album. We used to rehearse on Saturdays, and the band started to get annoyed that I was away every other weekend. I was watching Chelsea! So one day, I was looking through Melody Maker and […]

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LOU REED: A Family in Peril – Lou Reed’s Sister Sets the Record Straight About His Childhood

  Merrill Reed Weiner writes: In the coming weeks, my brother, Lou Reed, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo performer, an honor celebrating his incredible impact upon the world of music. Since his passing from liver disease in 2013, there have been many accolades, articles, and ruminations […]

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Caterina Barbieri: Minimalist electronic artist

Sound On Sound write ….. With the final programme for Loop — Ableton’s music summit — being announced, we took the opportunity to catch up with one of the artists on the roster. We talk to Berlin-based Italian minimalist electronic artist, Caterina Barbieri whose 2017 record Patterns of Consciousness has received critical acclaim and even been named […]

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JOE BONAMASSA: Interview from 2010 by Trevor Hodgett

Due to popular demand, and straight off the back of a sold-out London Hammersmith Apollo concert in front of 5,000 people, critically acclaimed blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa will embark on a nationwide UK tour in October. Here’s an online exclusive – an archive interview with Joe from issue #83 in November 2008. Asking the questions – Trevor […]

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The Search for Roy DuNann

Thomas Conrad (Stereophile) writes ….. I don’t remember the year, but I remember the moment when I first became intensely curious about Roy DuNann. It must have been about 1975, right after I moved to Seattle. I bought a Sonny Rollins LP called Way Out West, took it home, cued it up on my Thorens […]

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World-renowned jazz musician Pat Metheny discusses his impressions of life, music, and progressive education.

You started playing the trumpet when you were eight. What drew you to it? Well, my whole family’s pretty musical. My brother, Mike, was a great trumpet player, a child prodigy. My dad is a terrific trumpet player and my mom’s father was a professional trumpet player. Trumpet was sort of in the family. I […]

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