Interview: Umbrellabirds

You are from different parts of the world, Chicago and London. How did Umbrellabirds come into being?Sam: Lewis and I met when we were both doing postgraduate degrees at Oxford. We met in the Wolfson College bar and got to be friends, which then led to talking about how we were both writers and had played in bands. Lewis: We really hit it off talking…

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Interview: Neil March on his book, The History & Evolution of Popular Music Radio in the UK

Hello Neil, how are you?I'm pretty good. Feeling energetic and motivated. You’re a radio DJ, a man with a doctorate, promoter, artist manager, composer, vlogger and so much more besides. How did it all begin for you?You make me sound so interesting! Lol! I can actually pinpoint the exact moment the journey began in terms of my love of popular music and radio. I was…

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Interview: Low Island

What’s the story behind Low Island? How did you all meet?The band formed around four years ago, but we knew and were playing music with each other long before that. Jacob and I used to busk on his street together when we were 11 years old. We were at school with Felix who was a musician too, and we met Jamie when we were 13.…

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Interview: Beyries

You are a singer songwriter from Canada, how did it all begin for you?Yes indeed, I’ve been singing profesionnally since 2015. I released my debut album, Landing, in 2017. Before that, I worked in the film industry. Encounter is my second album, I now feel that my career is really launched. I am doing the best job in the world! Congratulations on the release of Encounter, how does it…

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Interview: Nuuxs

Hello Nuuxs how are you?I’m very well thank you! In positive spirits. You are a singer/songwriter, how did it all begin for you? I began singing as a young girl, in school plays - my first role was as Blousey Brown from Bugsy Malone in Year 6. I then started writing little songs and poems using the keyboard my mother saved up for. After that we…

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Interview: Celestial North

You are originally from Scotland, how did it all begin for you?I'm from Edinburgh yes, but moved to Manchester years ago and started a band with my friends, which was great fun but ended up in Brighton with my husband, who is also a musician. We moved up to the Lake District to feel a little bit more connected to nature, ideally I'd like a…

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Interview: Chinwe

Hello Chinwe how are you?  I’m good thanks, you? I’m very well, thank you very much for asking!You are a singer songwriter and producer from London; how did it all begin for you? Music was always around when I was kid. My mum played piano and really wanted me to learn an instrument. I started violin when I was like 5 – I hated it!…

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Interview: Iwan Gronow

Del: It’s been a year since we last spoke, how are you? IG: I’m good thanks, trying to keep busy. It really has been a tough year for everyone, I hope you’re doing good Del. Del: I’m very well thank you for asking! Congratulations on the release of the EP, how does it feel?IG: It feels good. I’ve been releasing singles, so it will be ace…

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Interview: Ian Roland and The Subtown Set

You are a singer songwriter, how did it all begin for you? I started playing guitar in my earlier teens. It became a passion and a few years later I ended up as a “go-for” at Park Gate Recording Studios in Catsfield. There I met producer and arranger, Tim Cross (Mike Oldfield, The Adverts, TV Smith, Dana Gillespie, Doll-By-Doll, The Skids, Hall & Oates) and…

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Fresh On The Net Meets Bethan Elfyn

Bethan Elfyn is a Welsh broadcaster who has been an influential supporter and advocate for Welsh music for more than two decades. She currently presents the Saturday evening show BBC Radio Wales, plus her own show on Amazing Radio and oversees the Horizons/Gorwelion programme supporting new and emerging musicians from across Wales. Thanks for talking to us Bethan - by way of an obvious opening question,…

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