Interviews

in conversation // Wildflowers

"I have learnt there is always someone nicer you can work with" Slate chat to Wildflowers ahead of their Cambridge gig

in conversation // Michael A Grammar

"It's easy to stick with what you know and what makes you feel comfortable but then there’s no risk or challenge involved"

in conversation // 65daysofstatic

"There’s a bunch of stuff that 65 have done in the last ten years that present-me feels has been an acceptable compromise, that I think ten-years-ago me would have been outraged by"

in conversation // Telegram

"Like a scything laser through cosmic miasma or something, but then swiftly follow that up with, but like... good"

in conversation // Woahnows

"I think the main difference when writing songs now is to write songs with interesting musical bits opposed to trying to turn interesting music bits in to songs."

in conversation // Fred’s House

We chat with Fried's House ahead of their debut tour - supporting the release of their debut album 'Bonnie & Clyde' (April 21)

in conversation // The Heartbreaks

"The debut album was perhaps a little one note... This time we took a lot of different things into consideration, such as dynamics and building a song, and the album as a concept in itself"

in conversation // We Are Scientists

"We didn't even meet as musical friends. I think if you had told us that we'd be making movies together, or something, that would have been far more believable, at the time."

introducing // Gymnast

"An ice cream parlour in Crouch End, inside a shark’s mouth in the middle of the Olympic park, a workers’ co-operative in Leeds..." Slate talk live dates past and future with Gymnast, due to land in Cambridge this Friday.

in conversation // Dumb

"I like to think it has the spirit of Shane Macgowan, the honesty of Pavement and the swag of Kim Deal"

in conversation // Susie Olczak

"I'm talking really pretentiously now, aren't I? Crap. At least I haven't used the word 'juxtaposition' yet..." Slate catch up with the artist behind King's College's multi-coloured facelift.

in conversation // The Wytches

"Kris convinced me once that he sold his soul to the devil. I full on believed him for about 6 hours then he told me it was bullshit."

in conversation // Nothing But Thieves

"You can write a song walking to the shops and hearing a certain policesiren over a low engine rumble or something, anything can make you think of a melody or a mood or a few words."

in conversation // Made in China

"Sometimes one of our members will set up a tower of chairs and other found detritus that’s impossibly high, and try and vault it. This rarely unblocks us creatively, but it’s pretty funny."

in conversation // Rachel Sermanni

"In my first album there were about 10 of us, my dear friends, playing and chipping in. I loved this process. But I was keen to maintain a different type of focus for this one."

in conversation // Rae Morris

"It was like unlocking a secret and i just wanted to keep doing it" we chat to Rae Morris ahead of her Cambridge gig

in conversation // Wooden Arms

"I’m not going to be happy until there’s a whole orchestra in front of me making a racket..." Slate get ambitious with Alex Carson (Wooden Arms' fearless leader) ahead of their new AA-side and Cambridge show.

in conversation // Little Comets

"Uninhibited logic. A power struggle between Mickey's shredded wits and my desire to just give it a try."

introducing // Alicia Catling

"After a few years of playing dreadful Miley Cyrus covers I had a go at writing some songs and haven’t stopped since."

in conversation // Fay Roberts

"The big difference between poetry and prose is the gaps in poetry. It’s not a fully filled-in, photorealistic painting… poetry is a sketch done in shadows."

in conversation // Fatherson

"...it was someone’s birthay so the majority of people were there for her party. Not usualy a consideration you have to make!"

in conversation // PUP

"If you are a Canadian man who isn’t a pussy, at some point you will hike or canoe into the wilderness by yourself for at least a week and you won’t see any other people, but you might see a bear or a wolf or a coyote. And then, if you’re me, you also do a bunch of drugs and write songs."

in conversation // Scroobius Pip

"People struggle to put us into any particular genre, but we’ve never sat down and discussed any of this – we’ve just smashed what we do together and stuff seems to come out that feels really strong"

introducing // The Cogo

We catch up with local brothers ahead of their headline Portland Arms show on February 4th

New

Doe – In Conversation

Drawing influences from such 90s stalwarts as Sleater-Kinney, Weezer, Helium and Breeders, the London-based trio Doe have spent the last 3 years furiously honing... Read More

Weaves – In Conversation

Weaves’ self-titled LP is already one of the most anticipated debuts of 2016. Building on the promise of their 2014 EP, the record has... Read More

Kate Jackson – In Conversation

Ahead of the release of her debut solo record ‘British Road Movies’, and her forthcoming performance in Cambridge (Portland Arms, May 17th, tickets), former... Read More

Criolo – In Conversation

Criolo has captured the mood of a post-slump pre-Olympics Brazil by combining social commentary with humour. This rapper, composer and urban poet is one... Read More