fri 23/03/2018

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

10 Questions for Musician Malcolm Middleton

Thomas H Green

Malcolm Middleton (b.1973) is a Scottish singer-songwriter whose music has a devoted fanbase. Instead of the faux-vulnerable, non-specific, sub-Jeff Buckley flannel touted by many of his contemporaries and younger peers, Middleton’s work is grounded in the physical grit of the everyday, boasting a social realism underpinned by mordant humour and, often, heartbreaking emotion.Middleton first came to the attention of music fans as a member of pithy indie observational duo Arab Strap with Aidan...

Anna von Hausswolff: 'Forget about space and time, it's eternal and mysterious' - interview

Kieron Tyler

Considering the coal-dark nature of her music, it was unsurprising Sweden's Anna von Hausswolff was dressed entirely in black while meeting up at London’s Rough Trade East shop to talk about her new album Dead Magic. Less foreseeable was her sunny disposition and willingness to veer off topic.

Tony Banks: ‘You either do it by diplomacy or you...

Adam Sweeting

In a career that began in 1967 and may yet have further life in it, Genesis have sold 150 million albums (and possibly more), and in their original...

John Tusa: 'the arts must make a noise...

Liz Thomson

In our era of 24/7 news, downloadable from anywhere in the world at the touch of an app, it's hard to remember that not so very long ago the agenda...

Clio Barnard: 'We need to talk about sexual...

Owen Richards

Clio Barnard has quietly been building a reputation as one of Britain’s most human storytellers. Her debut feature The Arbor was a mesmerising look...

'Why we understand each other': Peter Gill on The York Realist

David Benedict

The playwright-director reflects on his 2001 play, revived at the Donmar and Sheffield Crucible

John Mahoney: 'I wanted to be like everybody else'

Jasper Rees

How the Manchester-born star of 'Frasier' became a naturalised Midwesterner

Daniel Day-Lewis: 'I'm quite good at mending things'

Jasper Rees

The star of Phantom Thread on sewing up his career with Paul Thomas Anderson and Vicky Krieps

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Mark E Smith

Tim Cumming

The transcript of an 2010 interview with The Fall frontman, who has died aged 60

Jeremy Irons: 'I was never very beautiful' - interview

Jasper Rees

In his 70th year the actor looks back on Olivier and Gielgud, on the Oscars and his start at Bristol Old Vic

theartsdesk Q&A: Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant

Peter Quinn

The US jazz singer talks Bessie Smith, visual art, obsessive listening habits and more

theartsdesk Q&A: Composer, chansonnier and conductor HK Gruber at 75

David Nice

On how Weill and Hanns Eisler gave him direction in the 1970s - and on meeting Lenya

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Nick Mulvey

Thomas H Green

The singer-songwriter opens up about ayahuasca, Ram Dass, the Standing Rock protests, the nature of death, and much more

theartsdesk Q&A: Steven Knight and Cillian Murphy of Peaky Blinders

Ralph Moore

As the fourth series approaches, its star and creator explain the process behind the hit drama

Douglas Henshall: 'You can get stuck when you’ve been in the business for 30 years' - interview

Jasper Rees

The Scottish actor on the National Theatre staging of 'Network' and going back to Shetland

theartsdesk Q&A: Homer Flynn, spokesman for The Residents

Kieron Tyler

A revealing face-to-face conversation with the man closest to the eyeball-headed musical outsiders

David Oakes: 'I haven’t done anything as bad as my characters'

Jasper Rees

The actor stars opposite Natalie Dormer in Venus in Fur. Why is he always exploring the dark side?

Nikki Amuka-Bird interview: 'There’s huge enthusiasm among actors of colour'

Heather Neill

Ibsen hits the Caribbean in 'The Lady from the Sea' at the Donmar. Its star explains

Santtu-Matias Rouvali on conducting in Gothenburg - 'they just want to make music. No bullshit'

David Nice

Electrifying Finn on Sibelius, national identity and feeling at home in Sweden

'English music is lumpy if you don't play it well': interview with folk trio Leveret

Tim Cumming

Instrumental trio on old English dances and their new album Inventions

10 Questions for Pianist Søren Bebe

Matthew Wright

Lyrical jazz composer discusses the fulfilment of classical music and the lure of internet success

Walter Becker, 1950-2017 - 'we play rock and roll, but we swing when we play'

Adam Sweeting

In this interview from 2008, Steely Dan's co-founder talks about Donald Fagen, touring, jazz and solo albums

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Albert Hammond

Russ Coffey

The songwriting supremo talks Justin Bieber, rapping, and his new musical 'The Matterhorn'

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Susanne Sundfør

Kieron Tyler

Concerns about climate change and nods to country colour the Norwegian's sixth album ‘Music for People in Trouble'

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Peter Kosminsky, Part 2

Jasper Rees

The director of C4's new drama The State has always taken the pulse of modern Britain. Here he talks about his Blair trilogy

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Peter Kosminsky, Part 1

Jasper Rees

The State, his new drama about Britons joining ISIS, begins on Sunday. But who is the campaigning film-maker?

'It was appealing to make a thriller about mental illness': Gareth Tunley and Alice Lowe on 'The Ghoul'

Thomas Barrie

The director and one of the stars on The Ghoul and low-budget British movies

Robin Ticciati on conducting Mozart - 'I wanted to create a revolution in the minds of the players'

David Nice

Glyndebourne and Scottish Chamber Orchestra MD on three great symphonies

Olivia Williams interview: 'Are you on drugs?' 'No I've just spent the day acting'

Jasper Rees

The actress summoned to Hollywood who lived to tell the tale, wittily

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