Gold Panda..”The original idea was to do a book”

June 16th, 2016 by

As Derwin Schlecker, aka Gold Panda, casually answers my phone call, I can hear the unmistakable din of cafe chatter in the background.  I picture him sitting in his local coffee shop in Chelmsford, Essex with his friend as he makes time for various interviews relating to his new album and subsequent tour.  Shortly after […]

François Missonnier..”It’s about the bands who play”

June 1st, 2016 by

After losing his job as a marketing executive in 2001, François Missonnier bought a car and set out on a road trip across France while he considered his next move. Now he’s responsible for creating two of the country’s biggest music festivals – Rock en Seine and Europavox. François Missonnier looks remarkably calm for a […]

Tiga..”usually kids are making the best stuff”

May 30th, 2016 by

Tiga Sontag is an artist that needs little introduction. For over twenty years, the Montreal native has been behind some of the most forward-thinking and eclectic mixes and productions in dance music. From humble beginnings throwing raves in his home city, to DJing at some of the most renowned clubs across the globe, and with three critically […]

Courtney Pine..”You should reflect your life”

April 29th, 2016 by

A relentless innovator on the jazz scene for over three decades now, multi-instrumentalist and composer Courtney Pine hits Belfast this May 5th as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.  Pine has been a regular visitor to Belfast since the early 1980s when he played as a horn-for-hire with a reggae band. His parents had immigrated […]

Groove Armada..”there’s no need to feel constrained”

April 27th, 2016 by

Ahead of a string of festival performances, including one at Forbidden Fruit, and with a new Fabric mix release in the pipeline, State catches up with Tom Findlay of the legendary duo Groove Armada to talk influences, learning to play dance music on stage, and of course, Andy Cato’s “massive arms”. You’ve been making music […]

The Slow Readers Club..”Things have kept building”

April 23rd, 2016 by

Ahead of tonight’s sold-out show at Dublin’s The Workman’s, State’s James Glynn chats to Manchester indie outfit the Slow Reader’s Club about their latest record, comparisons to the Manchester greats and the support they’ve greatly received so far. With the release of your second album, followed by plenty of touring and airplay, would it be […]

September Girls..”It’s all a labour of love”

April 20th, 2016 by

With their latest album Age Of Indignation (review here) garnering swift critical acclaim, and with a few choice album launch shows under their belt, September Girls chat to Stephen D’Arcy about the political attachments to their music, SxSW, commercialism, hitting the road and more before they head off on a wider tour of the UK. Hi […]

Karl Hyde of Underworld..”Long may it last”

March 26th, 2016 by

The brand new album from Underworld Barbara, Barbara, We Face A Shining Future feels like a surprise. In the intervening years since their 2010 opus, Barking, the long-standing duo of Karl Hyde and Rick Smith have immersed themselves in other projects: Hyde recorded a solo album Edgeland and made two albums with his friend Brian […]

David C Clements..”I just find it hard to say what sort of music I play”

March 8th, 2016 by

David C Clements is the kind of modern singer-songwriter that, whilst legitimately making a case for musicians wearing their hearts on their sleeves, operates with the kind of confidence and surety that is befitting to his mixed bag of indie-pop-folk-etc. His songs are often emotional; striking balances between heartfelt soliloquies and energetic, anthemic musings on […]

Sunset Sons..”labelling music can be lazy”

February 29th, 2016 by

Who are you and where are you from? We are Sunset Sons! We are from all over but we live in Hossegor in the SW of France. How would you describe your sound? I think sometimes labelling music can be lazy. But you know when a friend says “have you heard this band?” the first […]

The Gloaming: Space, Time and the Science of Play

February 23rd, 2016 by

A sense of timing does not necessarily equate to a handle on time itself. Or so you’d first think talking to two fifths of The Gloaming. Vocalist Iarla Ó Lionáird and hardanger d’amore supremo Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh snuggle on a couch like brothers reunited after years apart. It’s only been six weeks, I point out. […]

The Altered Hours

February 17th, 2016 by

Jim Jarmusch once said that there was nothing original left to be made in the world. He claims that we, rightly so,  steal from everything we encounter – movies, books, poems, songs, dreams, etc. – and use these influences to create something new and in itself original. Jim, it’s safe to say, would love The Altered […]