Month in Music: February
We are back with our month in music. Have a look at some of the highlights from our content team!
We started our year with the news that we had won the tender to produce BBC Radio 3’s Monday Night jazz programme. Unique, one of our production teams at 7digital, will take on the production duties for the established slot dedicated to jazz. We were incredibly proud of our team, it was a competitive tender!
In light of their win, the production team will be attending the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz/ They will be recording exclusive interviews and filming some exciting sessions for the jazz programme on the website. Stay tuned for updates!
The Folk Show
The Folk Show team traveled up to Kendal to host this year’s Young Folk Award residential weekend. Ten shortlisted acts were invited up for the weekend to take part in workshops and sessions, all leading up to a concert in front of a public audience and judging panel. From this concert, four of the acts have been nominated for this year’s Young Folk Award, the winner being announced at the Folk Awards in April.
This year, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan were tutoring the young musicians throughout the weekend.
The 10 acts were:
Causeway Trio, Alice Dillon, Katie MacFarlane, Jack Patchett, Benammi Swift, Jack Cookson, Becky Hill & Charlie Stewart, Gnoss, Brighde Chaimbeul and Holly Clarke.
Interviews & Features with our Music Editor, Gemma Samways.
Grammy-approved singer-songwriter Foxes talks Taylor Swift and touring with Pharrell, and explains why writing her second album, All I Need, was a “therapeutic experience.”
Three years on from Slow Dance In The Cosmos, Aaron Maine is back with his debut for Domino. Here, the NYC-based singer-songwriter discusses how being branded “bummer-pop” by a music blog helped inspire the lyrically-abstract, synth-led pop on latest LP Pool.
After over a decade living in California, Lissie Maurus is leaving L.A. to set up home on her newly-purchased smallholding in the Midwest. We caught up with Illinois-born folk-rocker to hear how a bout of soul-searching inspired both the move and her third studio album, My Wild West.
Ra Ra Riot
Refreshed from some much-deserved time off, New York-based indie-pop outfit Ra Ra Riot are back with their fourth studio album. Here, frontman Wes Miles explains how both a newfound sense of freedom and working with Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij helped shape Need Your Light.
For the pop fans across the UK, it doesn’t get much bigger than the BRITs. This year’s ceremony took place on the 24th February, and featured performances from Rihanna and Justin Bieber, plus a moving Bowie tribute from Lorde. Adele was the big winner on the night, walking away with four awards. Last year’s Critics’ Choice James Bay won British Male and Aussie psych-rockers Tame Impala took home the title of International Group. See the winners below.
In Entertainment News
Our entertainment team attended several award ceremonies this month, they began February by attending the Music Producers Guild Awards, where they spoke to Ace from Skunk Anansie and FKA Twigs. The team were also at the NME Awards and spoke to artists including Yoko Ono, Bring Me the Horizon and Wolf Alice. They represented us at the BRIT awards and were lucky to rub shoulders with the likes of Adele, One Direction, James Bay, Tame Impala and Catfish and the Bottlemen.
The team interviewed several high profile characters over the past month. Here are a few highlights:
- Tinie Tempah about the upcoming NCS Yes Live Awards – he’s a curator of the event and also NCS’s 2015 ambassador
- The Lumineers about their forthcoming album, Cleopatra
- James about their forthcoming tour and album, Girl At The End Of The World
- All Saints about their new single One Strike and forthcoming album Red Flag
- The Feeling about their self-titled fifth album and upcoming UK tour
What a great start for the year! We are looking forward to sharing more news about our work with music editorial, coverage and creative.