Imarhan – Interview – 2016

Imarhan are born out of the legacy created by Tinariwen, the West African band who have championed the Tuareg genre globally for more than 35 years. Imarhan disassemble the traditional ideas of Tuareg music by putting together calming and soulful rhythms that captivate instantly. Each track on their eponymous debut album is as passionate and complex as the last, holding a unique intimacy in their diverse melodies. Even after a single listen, there is no doubt you will be hocked on Imarhan's every note and as the band are bringing their new wave Tuareg sound to Brighton, we asked them some questions to find out more.

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Black Honey – Interview – 2016

Black Honey are the enigmatic bombshell that the British music audience thrives off. Their eclipsing of social media in their early stages grew hype in its own way and even nowadays, they rarely surface other than to deliver another collection of Americana-tinged, socially aware alt-rock. Early singles such as ‘Corinne’ and ‘Spinning Wheel’ allowed for the group to play up to the excitement that was beginning to form around them and now, a year on from those releases, they are set for a Japanese tour and a sellout UK tour this autumn. They have proved ipso facto that the industry does not need shrouding in press releases but more just a certain quality of music and an ability to create buzz about your band.

Desperately trying to dig a little further into the enigma that is Black Honey, I got in touch with them to find out more about their ethos as a group and where their dazzling future seems to be leading them.

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The Meow Meow’s – Interview 2016

The Meow Meow's have become something of a Brighton institution, packing out venues with sweaty fans eager to bop to their party-ready fusion of ska and soul. The band have been around for quite a while, but seem to have been on a particularly creative roll since the start of the decade, releasing three albums and an EP whilst remaining a constant live presence in Brighton and beyond. In fact they've only just released their third album Go Boom after running a successful Pledge Music campaign. This new record currently rests exclusively in the hands of those Pledgers, or people who've been able to pick up a copy at a live show, but fear not, we'll be on the case when it gets its full release on the prestigious Jump Up Records label on August 5th. I thrust a few questions in the Meow's general direction and keyboard player Alex D. Hay stepped up to the task…

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Paperboy – Interview – 2016

Local five-piece Paperboy have been playing together for around three years now. From their early origins in reggae and ska they have morphed into a more soulful group, maintaining those influences while forging a new, original and relatable style. Following a recording stint at London’s AIR Studios, and subsequent release of their single and live video ‘In the Morning’, Brightonsfinest caught up with them for a chat.

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MarthaGunn – Interview – 2016

MarthaGunn have become the band on the tip of everybody’s tongue right now in Brighton. After recently launching their debut single, ‘Heaven’, through Blood Red Shoes’ Jazz Life label they seem to be plotting big things for the future.

As far as bands go, they are largely a slow burning group, taking every move carefully and methodically ensuring that all the failsafes are in place before stepping into the darkness. What this has lead is a strength in their sound and social media presence. Nothing is done haphazardly therefore nothing feels incomplete. Their single launch at The Joker recently was testament to how they have grown as a group. I had a chance to catch up with Humphrey, Max and Ally over a coffee to discuss their past, present and future as a band. We also talked about how outlining all their workings out as a group has lead them to have such a fortified sound.

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Loa Loa – Interview – 2016

All it took was one listen of their debut single ‘Landslide’ to know I had to find out more about this Brighton band that had come out of absoulte nowhere. Fortunately, they were playing an unofficial opening show for The Great Escape Festival at the Green Door Store, their first headline gig, and they certainly announced themselves to the Brighton music scene – all the festival dignitaries who made it down early couldn’t quite believe the intense feral nature the band had on stage, it was brilliant! Loa Loa released their debut EP IX . V. V. VI on that same week which compliments what their live show is all about. We put some questions to the three piece to find out more about them.

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Mahdi Norie aka MaMan – Interview – 2016

Jinn Records, Brighton's newest label, brings out its first EP, Eyes Of A Gemini, which sees a collaboration between Sudanese rapper Mahdi Norie, aka MaMan and Brighton producer Abraham Moughrabi, aka Aaamouai over the course of four intense hip hop cuts. On the eve of the release we fired some questions over to MaMan in Khartoum, to get a little more insight into the origins of this unique hip hop collaboration and what life is like for a hip hop artist in Sudan.

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FEWS – Interview – 2016

At the first listen of FEWS’ single ‘The Zoo’ on a late BBC 6Music show, I knew that these guys were an act we must take note of and consequently saw them perform an exhilarating set at this year’s The Great Escape Festival. Produced by master musician Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Bat For Lashes, Toy), their debut album Means is a visceral fusion of post-punk and rock-pop that matches the intensity of their enthralling live shows which they have become known for. We put some questions to Fredda from the band to find out more.

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Mahalia – Interview – 2016

Growing up in Leciester surrounded by music, Mahalia was already playing open mic nights by the age of 12. By the time she was 13 Ed Sheeran was bigging her up. The singer has spent the past few years building a live reputation with some choice gigs, supporting the likes of Emeli Sande, Ed Sheeran, Kwabs, Lianne La Havas, providing the main vocal for Rudimental's ‘We The Generation’ track. Recently she stunned a Great Escape audience in silent awe. Just turned 18, and already with two EPs under her belt, the future is looking very bright for this extremely talented and engaging singer and songwriter. In the lead up to her appearance at Love Supreme Festival, I asked her a few questions.

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Fear Of Men – Interview – 2016

Beautiful sounds from Brighton’ very own shores. Fear Of Men release their second LP, Fall Forever, this year after what has already been a fantastic beginning of the year, having done a string of shows in America including the renown SXSW festival. Their new album carries on in the same vain as their gorgeous debut, and having heard tasters of new tracks at their recent Brighton show, it has made us mighty excited for the latest album from one of Brighton’s biggest musical exports. We put some questions to lead singer Jessica to find out more about Fear Of Men.

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