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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In Conversation with Throwing Shade: Human Rights Lawyer Turned Producer

In Conversation with Throwing Shade: Human Rights Lawyer Turned Producer

When Throwing Shade - real name Nabilah Iqbal - released her Fate Xclusive EP earlier this year everyone agreed that her textured and soothing digital sound defied genre conventions. But the DJ and producer also holds a degree in History and Ethnomusicology from SOAS, which she followed up by studying African History at Cambridge. I spoke to her about how music pushed her to put her barrister title aside.

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An interview with Girlpool

An interview with Girlpool

The experience of girlhood is avidly documented, fictionalised and capitalised on, yet it rarely shakes you in the way that LA duo Girlpool manages to. Ahead of their gig at London venue Scala, I speak to Cleo Tucker (guitar) and Harmony Tividad (bass) about their creative bond, minimalism and why vulnerability is so important.

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More than any other: Ought

More than any other: Ought

“Has there ever been a better time to be alive?” says Tim Darcy, vocalist and guitarist of Montreal-based band Ought. It’s a rhetorical question, and a surprising one at that, if you consider the socially abrasive quality of some of their songs. Then again, it’s lighter moments like this that lift the four piece above your usual introspective rock outfit. Speaking to Tim at the end of a US tour,  we discuss how Ought manages to turn the static fog of postmodern existence into something hopeful.

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An interview with Samantha Crain

An interview with Samantha Crain

What is a modern folk song? The answer could be Killer, the first track on Samantha Crain’s new record Under Branch and Thorn and Tree. Interweaving stories the singer songwriter encountered in the camps of The Occupy Movement, the song carries a political message balancing wearily on an irregular drum beat. While briefly in London, Samantha meets me for coffee and we chat about the 99 percent, equality and channelling political frustrations through music.

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Lucid, Dreaming: Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Lucid, Dreaming: Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Jaakko Eino Kalevi's breakthrough EP ‘Dreamzone’ (2013) bears the same name as a Finnish dream forum, from which the lyrics of some of his songs have been translated almost verbatim. The otherworldly sound of the new self-titled record was developed in the same unusual electronic pop vein; except for the saxophone the Finnish musician plays all the instruments himself. I spoke to Jaakko about everyday surrealism and the ideas behind his sound.

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An Interview with Petite Meller

An Interview with Petite Meller

New French act Petite Meller makes eccentric pop influenced by jazz and psychoanalytic ideas of the libidinal subconscious. In one video, she clings childlike to the chest of a man who carries her to the suburbs and rooftops of New York, whilst another explores her childhood fantasies in the south of France, wearing a baby’s hat. In the video for upcoming single Baby Love, she goes to Kenya and discovers a choir of schoolgirls, singing and dancing and kicking up dust in the sand. I spoke to her about the meaning behind some of her songs.

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