Interview: Jesse Leach

January 12, 2011

I interviewed ex-Killswitch Engage now Times Of Grace vocalist Jesse Leach, for The Linc.

It’s been one of the most anticipated reformations in metal in recent years, the ex-vocalist of metalcore titans Killswitch Engage, Jesse Leach, teaming up with his former bandmate Adam Dutkiewicz. Having not played together for over eight years, the duo’s new band Times Of Grace are set to release their debut album “The Hymn Of A Broken Man” on Roadrunner Records on January 18th.

The band is the brainchild of Dutkiewicz, who started writing the album in his head from his hospital bed in London after receiving emergency back surgery. When he returned to America, that’s when Jesse received the call. “[Adam] said ‘Hey man I wrote a record and I really want you to sing on it’ so of course immediately I was just elated. I was like ‘Wow, that’s amazing. Of course, of course!’” said Leach.

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Interview: Dave Brock

January 7, 2011

I spoke to Hawkwind’s Dave Brock for The Linc.

One of the longest running bands of all time will be coming to Lincoln’s Engine Shed later next month. Since their beginnings in 1969, there has been many line-up changes, but one man has stayed with them throughout their illustrious 41 year career.

Dave Brock is the singer and guitarist for the pioneers of space rock, and when asked if he thought Hawkwind would last 40 years he simply answered “no”.

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Interview: Beardyman

January 7, 2011

I interviewed Beardyman for There Goes The Fear.

Starting off small, beatboxing to his friends, Beardyman has become one of the hottest properties in underground music. His unique way of performing with looping sounds, manipulating his voice and using an endless supply of electro gear has gained him a cult following. Next year he is finally releasing his debut album, read below to find out more from this truly original artist.

For those who haven’t heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
It depends on the gig really, so it’s hard to say. I make live music, of many different genres in many different styles, all live, using about half a ton of synthesizers, sound-loopers, FX units vocal manipulation tools and other things. Generally I sway towards dance music genres. I started out as a beatboxer but I now incorporate so much technology into my shows that you could hardly call it beatboxing anymore.

Most of the sounds in my shows come from my mouth and are manipulated live to become what ever I want them to be. It’s at times comedic, at times ridicu-sick, at times disgusto-bad, at times trippy and psychedelic.  I take people on a musical journey when I play, from hip hop through jazz, gabba, techno, drum ‘n’ bass – not in that order. It depends on the night, I play whatever are the most popular underground genres in whichever country I’m in at the time.

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Interview: Dallas Green

January 7, 2011

I interviewed Alexisonfire’s Dallas Green for The Linc.

Alexisonfire are one of the biggest names in post-hardcore, and their guitarist/vocalist Dallas Green is arguably one of the reasons they got there. Having written songs for four studio albums in the past nine years, as well as having great stage presence and the object of desire for many screaming girls, Green is at the top of his game right now and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

Two weeks ago, Alexisonfire ended their UK tour at Nottingham’s Rock City. The tour truly put the band through their paces, which required a lot of physical energy as well as mental stability.

“Three or four days ago I started losing my voice a little bit, just because of the cold and not sleeping very much,” Green said. “I’m trying to get it back, drinking lots of tea, it’s held up for the show. I’ll probably just go for it tonight, I’ve got nearly two weeks before the next tour.”

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Interview: Zane Lowe

January 7, 2011

I interviewed Zane Lowe when he came to Lincoln for the Radio 1 Student Tour, for The Linc.

Last week Radio 1’s Student Tour came bounding into Lincoln and tore up the Tower Bar and Engine Shed. As well as 30 Seconds To Mars playing in the evening, Radio 1 star Zane Lowe treated the crowd to a DJ set as part of the show.

Zane has DJed at countless venues across the UK, but what was his favourite DJ show? “I’m not just saying this, but Engine Shed is always strong, I mean that’s really hard to beat,” he said.

“The crew here, Ian and Vix and everyone that puts the night together really look after everybody including the audience. The sound system’s brilliant, it’s hard to beat this place.

“This year my favourite DJ gig was probably supporting The Prodigy at Milton Keynes, at the Bowl, doing the main set before they came on was quite an honour and the crowd were fantastic so that was good.”

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Interview: Fearne Cotton 2

January 7, 2011

I interviewed Fearne Cotton when she came to Lincoln for the Radio 1 Student Tour, for The Linc.

This past Tuesday (October 19th) Radio 1 broadcast from Lincoln’s Tower Bar as part of the Radio 1 Student Tour. Fearne Cotton brought her Live Lounge show to the university and recorded it live in front of 60 lucky students.

“I’ve had a lovely morning,” Cotton says, “it’s a beautiful student union I’m so impressed with this lovely bar area it’s gorgeous. Darwin Deez did a cracking set, and it all went rather well.”

Fearne Cotton has become well-known throughout the country for her radio show, Celebrity Juice, Fearne And.. and Must Be The Music. However for some she’ll always be remembered for her role in the 90s children’s TV show Diggit. She co-presented the show with Paul Ballard otherwise known as Des.

A Facebook group has been set up to try and find Des as after Diggit finished, he vanished into obscurity. But does Fearne know where Des is?

“I don’t know where Des has gone,” Cotton admitted. “We were like brother and sister, we worked together for years and years. We must’ve spoken on the phone about three years ago and then I haven’t heard from him since.

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Interview: Everything Everything

January 7, 2011

I interviewed Everything Everything for There Goes The Fear.

Critics have said your music is difficult to categorise, how would you describe your style?
We think of it as pop primarily but I think it’s a little bit more interesting. We try not to make it sound like a lot of things you’ve heard before, we don’t try but it tends to come out a bit like that. We’re not really interested in copying certain genres or anything, so I guess you’d say it’s unpredictable and sort of surprising.

Do you have any particular influences?
We were all into the same stuff that everyone when they’re 15 was into like Nirvana and all that kind of stuff. That was kind of the start of it, that’s where I picked up guitar. Obviously Radiohead is the big one and we’re all big Beatles fans, but we also like a lot of American r&b like Destiny’s Child and R Kelly. People might think it’s a bit silly but we think there’s stuff in there that’s actually really good.

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