Next of kin: an interview with Liela Moss

Next of kin: an interview with Liela Moss

Following the release of their third album in 2011 and a long American tour, The Duke Spirit were exhausted and seemingly unable to shake the uncomfortable stance between obscurity and success that had always stalked them. The lack of motivation to push for another record coincided, strangely, with huge rupture in their personal lives. Within a week, frontwoman Liela Moss lost her step-mum to cancer and guitarist Luke Ford’s first child was born. So when I ask Liela what the London band have been up to these past five years, she simply leans back in her chair, a tired smile dancing around her face. Because everything happened in that time. Life changed.

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An interview with Xylaroo

At first, Xylaroo’s carefree guitar melodies and high flying harmonies paint a sun-drenched scenery in the listener’s mind. But there’s more than a sparkly surface to their songs. The London duo - consisting of sisters Coco and Holly Chant - write about being lost and lonely and drinking too much. And about the courage of carrying on, throwing your darkness aside for a moment and feeling unashamedly alive. Over email, I spoke to the band about growing up on the road and their debut album Sweetooth, out in June.

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Model behaviour: Julia Campbell-Gillies

Model behaviour: Julia Campbell-Gillies

Over the past months, Julia Campbell-Gillies has started popping up in my Instagram feed. Messy fringe and heart-shaped lips, the South African model and artist has a talent for looking bored and totally enigmatic at the same time. But it’s not just the dazed stare that draws you in. Julia studies Art Direction at Condé Nast and is acutely aware of the message she puts across, collaborating only with photographers whose artistic vision she trusts. I spoke to the 19 year old burgeoning creative about vision, artistic collaboration and the inspiring women she has encountered along the way.

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