The Big Read

Slowthai: “I want a day where everyone can be free of their stresses”

The Northampton rapper welcomes you to Happyland, his very own festival

Aitch: “My debut will 100,000 per cent be a proper Manchester album”

NME gets to know an artist who’s rewriting the rules of pop stardom

Chvrches: “Are the machines evil, or are we?”

The electro-pop trio on diving into the digital maze – staring down abuse, alienation, misogyny and classism – with horror-themed new album ‘Screen Violence’

Easy Life: “We bang the drum for places like Leicester because no one else will”

The Midlands five-piece’s sunny debut, ‘Life’s A Beach’, is about longing to widen your horizons. But there’s no place like home, they’ve found

Twenty One Pilots: “I hope our fans will hang on for the ride”

As the genre-hopping Ohio duo return with sixth album ‘Scaled & Icy’, they reflect on the journey so far – and what they’ve learned along the way

Olivia Rodrigo: “It’s important for me to be taken seriously as a songwriter”

How debut album ‘Sour’ proves the ‘Drivers License’ hitmaker is in it for the long haul

India Jordan: “Making music feels integral to my existence as a human. It makes me feel alive”

The Doncaster dance don reflects on a breakout year, and the new EP set to cement their place as the scene’s most-beloved rising star

H.E.R.: “I definitely feel a responsibility to use my platform. We should all speak out against things that we don’t like”

Having just picked up an Oscar for Best Original Song, the US star’s once-shadowy arrival gives way to a powerful voice ready to use her platform to make lasting change

Princess Nokia: “I have a very resourceful spirit – a survivor’s spirit”

Why the mercurial rapper is on the cusp of her most world-conquering reinvention yet

Royal Blood: “Without sobriety, this album or this band wouldn’t exist. It was all quite scary”

After a gruelling period of touring and partying, frontman Mike Kerr embraced sobriety to regain control of his life. The band’s groovy, colourful new album ‘Typhoons’ proves they weathered the storm