In February 2013 Cole Williams won the NME Radar Award for his The Child Of Lov musical project. NME writer Barry Nicolson was one of the few journalists to sit down with Williams and talk about his career. He passed away on December 10 2013. Here, we reprint the feature that ran in NME magazine in March 2013. You can’t miss Cole Williams.
Back in February, when all anybody knew of Cole Williams was the pseudonym he went by, the city he lived in and the handful of songs he’d released, I sat down with him in a cafe in East London. It was the day after he’d won the Phillip Hall Radar award at the NME Awards, and his acceptance speech that night - “Thank you very much” - had me anticipating an interviewee who would be evasive at best, outright uncommunicative at worst.
Maybe it was Foals' triumphant show at London's illustrious Royal Albert Hall in March? An early-year warning shot to those later to see them at Glastonbury, T In The Park and Reading and Leeds, which basically said 'we will own you'. Or maybe it was Arctic Monkeys' ballsy choice of comeback show at Glastonbury – a do-or-die moment which was either going to be a repeat of their jittery headline slot in 2007 or successfully launch the album of their career in front of an audience of millions (only one answer to that)?
Beyoncé has released her new, self-titled album online overnight with no fanfare, marketing campaign or lead-up. We knew she would put out a record next year - earlier this week, the chairman of her record label said the singer will "obviously" put out a new album some time 2014 - but today? It's Bowie levels of surprise.
This week mag's Lead Radar is East India Youth aka William Doyle. 'Total Strife Forever', his debut album, will be out on January 13 and you can catch him live from the end of January.