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Interview with Indiekingss

Interview with Indiekingss

Tweet Indiekingss is a new Spotify-centered blog about indie music. Site owner Ryan Freeman got in touch to tell us about the site, so I persuaded him to tell us some more… How did your site get its name? Well, I picked up the name Indiekingss when I started sharing music on tumblr, but I couldn’t seem to gain much traction in getting attention. I still use tumblr all the time, but not for sharing music. Nevertheless, the name [...]
Schmoof Interview 2013

Schmoof Interview 2013

Tweet To follow on from my retrospective article about Schmoof over on The Electricity Club, here is a brand-new interview with Schmoof!   Lloyd and Sarah Schmoof: it’s great to hear from you both again! When I interviewed you last you were just about to release your second album, The Glamour and preparing for a UK tour to promote it. That album turned out to be my favourite release of 2007, but I think a lot of your potential [...]
Band and Artist Interviews on Spotify

Band and Artist Interviews on Spotify

Tweet So you know about the music of course. You may have also noticed audio dramas, plays, poetry, sound effect albums as well as TV, film, and videogame soundtracks on Spotify too. Another category you might not be aware of are music documentaries and artist interviews. Spotify has a good selection of artist interviews, especially from “hall of fame” rock stars and heavyweights such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Frank Zappa (ironically [...]
Hear Me Talk About Spotify on the ICI/PRO Podcast

Hear Me Talk About Spotify on the ICI/PRO Podcast

Tweet ICO/PRO is the world’s top resource for indoor cycling instructors. Their website (indoorcycleinstructor.com) provides a wealth of advice and help for thousands of indoor cycling enthusiasts, as well as cycling studio owners and health and fitness club managers. John Macgowan hosts the Indoor Cycle Instructor podcast, an internet radio show that’s listened to by fitness professionals around the world. Since music plays [...]
Interview with The Electricity Club

Interview with The Electricity Club

Tweet The Electricity Club is without doubt the most important website for fans of synthpop old and new. Featuring dozens of exclusive interviews with electro legends like Thomas Dolby, John Foxx, Heaven 17, New Order and OMD, TEC nevertheless doesn’t wallow in 80s nostalgia: you’ll also find reviews and features from the cream of current synthpop and electronic bands. The Electricity Club recently celebrated its first birthday, [...]
Interview with Blackvector Magazine

Interview with Blackvector Magazine

Tweet Blackvector Magazine is a Swedish blog specializing in electro, EBM, futurepop, synthpop, harsh electro, and “clubby industrial” music.  They’ve recently started adding Spotify links to their reviews, so I thought this would be the perfect time to find out a bit more about the blog. Björn Andersson is the man in charge; I got in touch and asked him to tell us a little about his site, how and why he blogs, and [...]
Spobbler: A Spotify Scripting Server

Spobbler: A Spotify Scripting Server

Tweet Alexander Forselius (krakelin on Spotify) is the creator of Spobbler, an ingenious server app that lets you automatically control Spotify playlists. Using its own Spotiscript scripting language, Spobbler opens up a world of Spotify programming possibilities. Alex is also an artist in his own right, with several ambient electronic albums on Spotify under the name of Dr. Sounds. I was intrigued by Spobbler and its creator, so I got in [...]
Why I’m Wired to Spotify

Why I’m Wired to Spotify

Tweet I was recently interviewed by Wired Magazine (USA version), where I was asked about my thoughts on Spotify: how it had changed how I listen to music, how I saw Spotify’s impact in Europe and whether I thought a US release would be good for Spotify. Here is the complete “director’s cut” of my responses.
The Chanteuse & The Crippled Claw: Are You One?

The Chanteuse & The Crippled Claw: Are You One?

Tweet Adrian Flanagan and Candie Payne are Sheffield-based eccentronic pop duo The Chanteuse & The Crippled Claw – one of my favourite new bands whose debut single Are You One is coming out on the 29th November. We featured them here a few months ago, when Adrian told us about his Top 10 Favourite Tracks. Since then, and with the help of I Monster‘s Dean Honer, Adrian and Candie have been busy putting the final touches to [...]
Spotify: An Independent Artist’s View

Spotify: An Independent Artist’s View

Tweet Northern Kind are Sarah Heeley and Matt Culpin, an English synthpop band who’ve worked with synth-stars such as Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode, Recoil), Kajagoogoo, and Simon Heyworth (Simple Minds, Mike Oldfield). Northern Kind’s 2nd album WIRED was my favourite release of 2009 and it has been available on Spotify for a few months now. I asked Matt about his experiences of Spotify from an artist’s point of view: how he [...]
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