Thursday 22 July 2010Soil & "Pimp" Sessions - Now We Are 6 with Shacho
Soil & “Pimp” Sessions have release their 6th album this year and they are at the Jazz Café today (and WOMAD tomorrow) so as the warmed up in Camden Town, I grabbed a few words with front man Shacho.
Tuesday 24 July 2007The Black Seeds - Tetris In The Dojo
The gig at the Pier Café was still some hours away as I met the two main singers in the band. Barnaby had just come from relaxing on the beach and Dan was prostrate in the middle of the dance floor below the impressive circular ceiling playing Tetris on his mobile
Friday 23 June 2006V/A - Beginner's Guide To World Music (World Cup 2006 Edition)
This special edition features 32 tracks from all the competing countries in the World Cup and it’s a right result.
Monday 19 June 2006Appreciating Indian Classical Music - Part One: The History
From the most refined of Mughal emperors to the poorest servant, Indian classical musicians have entranced and enchanted audiences with their performances for thousands of years…
Thursday 8 June 2006CrazyBread - Global Warming on the Rise
CrazyBread are one of the best bands on the London scene you have never heard of. Funky, soulful, witty and sexy to boot, it’s probably fair to say that their sound is just now gelling together from the impossibly diverse elements making it up
Sunday 30 April 2006Babak Khiavchi - The Tricky Business of Underground Persian Music
Babak Khiavchi is one of the heroes of underground music from Iran. He talks about how he has managed to continue the job from Iran to Canada and what he has in mind for the future…
Thursday 20 April 2006Chico Hamilton and Mark De Clive-Lowe - Impulsive! Revolutionary Jazz Reworked
Mention Impulse! Records to any seasoned discerning jazz follower and they’re sure to think of a label at the forefront, and often a step ahead, of an era that was heavily steeped in experimentation and political outrage. Fast forward to today however and Impulse! Records are best known for their classic album reissues. We catch up with Chico Hamilton and Mark de Clive-Lowe to talk old times and new directions
Wednesday 22 February 2006Persian Electronica - Musical Subversion and Children's TV
In which we examine the strange case of Western electronica and psychedelia being beamed out into every home across Iran at its most anti-Western extreme and how nobody, well almost nobody, seemed to notice
Tuesday 30 August 2005Pantone Records - From Japan With Love
Pantone Records is the current Brighton based project of Gavin Smith, former Mr. Bongo and Disorient head and DJ extraordinaire
Sunday 10 April 2005Jaipur Kawa Brass Band - Bold, Brassy and on the Move
Hameed Khan Kawa, tabla maestro and artistic director of Musafir, formed Jaipur Kawa Brass Band in 1995 and since then he has been bringing his mixture of celebratory music around the world.
Friday 8 April 2005New Sounds of Jazztronik Samurai
Ryota Nozaki's Jazztronik goes back to 1998 when a track was included on Japanese compilation 'F.E.E.L.' on Flower Records. This week sees the release of his new album in the UK
Saturday 12 March 2005Kaushiki Chakrabarty - Pure Bliss
Kaushiki Chakrabarty had just got back to India after collecting the coveted BBC World Music Award for Asia/Pacific when we spoke. Her voice may be transcendent but her concerns are mundane things like catching up on missed classes.
Saturday 12 March 2005Dom Servini - Wah Wah 45s and Nippon-Speedy-Express No. 17
Nippon-Speedy-Express No. 17 is now up and running on Samurai FM. As promised, Gerry Hectic meets up with Wah Wah 45's boss Dom Servini on the Platform before the Express departs.
Thursday 24 February 2005Break Reform - The Japanese Connection
Break Reform are Simon S, JJ Webster & Nanar. With a Gilles Peterson Worldwide session planned, two recent 12"s and a new album coming out, it seems to be all coming good all at once. Just to make sure Fly doesn't miss out, Gerry Hectic tracks down Simon S to get updated and find out about the Japanese connection.
Thursday 17 February 2005Samurai Get Onboard the Nippon Speedy Express
From Jazz Hip Jap to hip Jap radio, Mr Hectic goes travelling the soundwaves and gets the lowdown on Nippon Speedy Express
Friday 28 January 2005Nitin Sawhney - Philtreing out the Bullshit
Multi-instrumentalist Nitin Sawhney must have one of the most hectic schedules in the business. In between writing orchestral pieces and film scores, DJing, playwriting and planning his next tour, he is putting the finishing touches to his new album when I catch up with him at his South London studios.
Wednesday 3 November 2004DJ Krush - 'Wa' in Babylon
Once upon a time in the West, DJ Krush’s name was on everybody’s lips along with that other master turntablist DJ Shadow. Eight LPs later, when most of his contemporaries have long since dropped away, Krush is still ‘meisoing’ along doing things his own way.
Thursday 7 October 2004Learning to Love: JPop (Japanese Pop)
Popular music, as the name suggests, is the biggest selling type of music we have. It's exactly the same in Japan except more so. Over there music is more like a passion for everyone, not just for the odd few. Even the adults know the dance moves to their favourite artists.
Wednesday 22 October 2003Call for Writers on Asian & Pacific Music & Culture
Do you have specialist knowledge about Asian & Pacific music and culture?
Monday 18 August 1997DJ Krush
We revisit this old interview with one of the pioneers of tuntablism...
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