Empire State Bastard: “We’re going for extremity at all costs”

Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil and former Oceansize man Mike Vennart tell NME how they formed their new metal outfit, what it’s like to take Dave Lombardo to Gregg’s, and how the horror of the world can only be reflected in the most extreme terms

Bad Omens: “The goal with this band is to expand people’s musical horizons”

Frontman Noah Sebastian discusses the Virginia four-piece's long-awaited breakthrough, going viral and their position as a gateway band

Ayra Starr: “It’s amazing to know I represent Black African women and young girls”

The Benin-born Nigerian singer/songwriter on her remarkable rise, collaborating with Stormzy and being endorsed by Barack Obama

Jessie Ware: “I think I finally know the artist I’m meant to be”

The London artist on her new album 'That! Feels Good!', the evolution of her live shows and the time she turned down the opportunity to support Prince

Five things we learned from our In Conversation video chat with James Acaster’s Temps

The stand-up comedian on his new Gorillaz-esque album, the origins of 'Party Gator' and wasting Louis Theroux's money

Duran Duran: “We’d love to do Glastonbury – we just need the right slot”

Simon Le Bon and John Taylor discuss new music, championing Wet Leg and their Glastonbury dream

New Hope Club talk NME through their ‘Firsts’

The band reflect on their earliest gigs, cases of mistaken identity and getting advice from Nile Rodgers

NF: “Sometimes I just like to poke fun at our industry”

The Michigan rapper sits down with NME to discuss his new album 'Hope', fatherhood, and working with Julia Michaels

Waterparks’ Awsten Knight talks NME through his ‘Firsts’

The Waterparks vocalist tells us about some of his formative experiences, from meeting Donald Glover to working in a haunted house

Niall Horan: “The last time I wrote an album I did less thinking”

The Irish singer-songwriter's third record 'The Show' demonstrates a newfound maturity. NME meets him to discuss creating "something that a 30-year-old would release"