Fearne Cotton's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed presenting style was never to everyone's taste on Radio 1, but as the departing DJ waves goodbye to London's New Broadcasting House there are surely two things we can all agree on: 1) Nobody reads a gushing tweet with quite as much enthusiasm, and 2) She's overseen some stellar Live Lounge performances during her tenure. Having taken over the station's flagship live sessions from Jo Whiley, she's coaxed covers out of pretty much anyone who's anyone in pop music.
Meet the Melbourne singer-songwriter crafting eloquent pop on Courtney Barnett’s label. Interview by Kevin EG Perry Fraser A Gorman has a distinct memory of the very first time he ever met his now-label boss, Courtney Barnett, after moving to Melbourne as an 18-year-old. “I met her in a bar and tried to pick her up,” he laughs. “Which is kinda funny because she likes girls!” The pair have now become good friends, and as singer-songwriters they share an aesthetic as well as a certain lyrical wit and ability to convey their lives, hopes and fears openly.
As you might have noticed from our fairly constant and excited yabbering on about it, Florence + The Machine release their new album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ on June 1. The Machine are a deeply important part of Florence Welch’s process and live show – from musical collaborator Isabella Summers’ co-writes and keyboards to guitarist Rob Ackroyd, who’s been carrying the injured singer on and off stage over the past month or so.
The first song I remember hearing: Michael Jackson – something from ‘Bad’ “I used to wear denim jackets. I had this weird brown hat that was more John Wayne than Michael Jackson but I thought I was MJ even though I had really bad dance moves with knobbly knees.
Justin (J) Fernandez might just be the real sound of America right now. With not an ounce of icey NYC ‘cool’ or hipster LA wankery about him, the Little Rock-born, Chicago-based songwriter’s music taps into that same sense of prevailing sincerity as Elliott Smith and Evan Dando. You could never call him brash or OTT, and that’s kind of the point. A map-maker by day, he made most of new album ‘Many Levels Of Laughter’ at his apartment in the Windy City’s Humboldt Park area.