We visited Christopher Bucklow’s Somerset studio, where he creates dream-like portraits through experimental pinhole photography.
Jez Nelson has been a key figure for jazz in the UK, having spent years transmitting it through pirate radio stations before joining the newly licensed Jazz FM in 1989. Along the way he’s spoken to some of the greatest and most eccentric characters in jazz and performance, including Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone and Sun Ra. For 'Decades' he talks us through the years 1982-1992.
DJ and producer Michael Gray has been spinning tracks from the age of 12. Having learnt and perfected his craft during the rise of house music, Gray has had an illustrious career. His hit ‘The Weekend’ remains beloved by all to this day and we couldn’t wait to have him ‘In The Studio’.
Made in Brighton, singer IYAMAH is forging her own path. Her sumptuous vocals and heartfelt lyrics are sure to go far, but it's her self-discovering attitude gives her added steel. We caught up with the rising star for a session ‘In The Studio’.
Matt Clifford, a session musician and long-time collaborator of The Rolling Stones, delves into his career and discusses the technological changes he’s encountered throughout it. His work includes a revamping of that glorious Champions League anthem.
Dirty Dike is a rapper and a producer. He’s also a sound bloke, with six albums to his name. Speaking with our whynow ‘In The Studio’ session, he dissects the playful thrills and lyrical spills of his work, which is now a far-cry away from his time in prison.
Producer Matt Allchin simply had to create music, and by following his dreams has worked with the likes of Adele, Mark Ronson and Florence Welch. Here he speaks to whynow for an in-depth take on life in the music industry, as part of our In The Studio series.
After taking a hiatus from producing, iagö has reconnected to not only his music but his entire aesthetic. In the run-up to his first release whynow spoke to the producer whose already played alongside the likes of Peggy Gou, The Martinez Brothers, Pete Tong and more.
A show that is a canny combination of the music it chooses to celebrate, brief snippets of the movement's history that your ears sometimes pick up on, and a good introduction to new heavyweights on the theatre scene. It is a strange night - while these beats have been played and replayed, and the themes are trodden ground, you leave the theatre feeling you've been privy to something special.
Three years since dropping his debut EP, Yizzy has been climbing the ranks of grime. Having collaborated with the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Devilman and plenty more legends on the scene, he is one to watch with plenty more to give.
Wu-Lu (Miles Romans-Hopcraft) packs multiple sounds into his musical might. He speaks about touring as a kid, working in youth centres and his overall philosophy.
To get to know the voice and face of the R&B trip-hop ensemble, who so gracefully indulge in a sentimentality that feels rare these days, we spoke to lead singer Nancy Andersen about the importance of slow-and-steady songwriting.
Jules Gibbons and Rachid Fakhre are Spang Sisters, one of the UK’s most refreshing and sun-glazed bands, with melodies that transport you to Californian beaches and live shows that make you sweat.
In Lynks Afrikka, Brett has crafted an onstage persona that treads the thin line of being politically-correct, whilst also getting modern culture to laugh at its own fads - an impressive feat that's catching attention.
“GFOTY is a state of mind and I’m basically there to make you feel good about yourself, to make you realise that nothing really matters too much and to be whoever the f**k you want” - Polly Louisa-Salmon (aka GFOTY)
All-round artist and record label co-founder Marco Pini shares his thoughts on trying to remain authentic in the throes of London’s current, saturated music scene and his most recent EP, J.L. Hooker Love Pleasure Forever.
With an Italian swagger, producer and guitarist Francesco Accurso speaks thoughtfully about life in the music industry, the changes to our music consumption and the disparity between traditional Blues and ‘the UK Rock Blues formula’.
Veteran Blues kingpin Joe Louis Walker talks us through the origin of the genre that transformed music.
The singer-songwriter and model introduces us to his Siamese cats and his dream of resurrecting John Denver to listen to his music.
Singer-songwriter Tony Njoku takes inspiration from artist Olafur Eliasson, which fed into the sound and vision of his latest album 'Your Psyche's Rainbow Panorama'.
Son to reggae and dancehall’s Father, David Rodigan, we caught up with Jamie to hear more about the heritage of the Rodigan sound.
Hardt Antoine runs the events night Reculture, which is celebrating it's 2nd birthday. whynow caught up with the DJ to celebrate with him.
A.SAINT works tirelessly in the studio for his unique sound. With a new track 'All Night' out now, whynow caught up with the emerging artist.
Founder of Labyrinth Nick Castle is creating a buzz through his curated events. He talks through his events - past, present and future.
With her new single, 'High Again', out now, Rose Gray discusses her influences and inspirations.
Jordan Stephens has evolved. With his first solo project and a mental health campaign to lead, whynow caught up with his progress.
Media mogul Jamal Edwards, who founded SB.TV a decade ago, reflects on the decisions he made and his masterplan for the future.
We sit down with R&B singer and rapper Col3trane to talk about globetrotting between London and LA, supporting with Dua Lipa and keeping busy on the road.
London-based electronica and techno producer Max Cooper talks about his latest audiovisual project at the Barbican, 'Yearning for the Infinite', which explores our pursuit of the unattainable.
ßONE SODA ノノ’s very own Tommy Gold supplies us with a classic showing. The resident of Phonox (with Mantra every Saturday) has a knack for grooving and unwinding in one smooth mix. Check his whynow take here.
Barcelona-born, Berlin-dwelling Tibi Dabo (aka Max Guardans) has a pronounced artistry. Like the Catalonian mountains his Tibi Dabo project is named after, Guardans stands confident and collected in his abilities. Already respected by the likes of Damian Lazarus, this 22-year old is bound for beauty and glory. Listen to his mix to see and hear why.
Joshua James (Phantasy Sound)
Joshua James will keep you moving, with his perfect blend of intensity and delicacy. The XOYO resident’s second release (Journeys in Love) came out on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy – a sure-fire reason, should you need one, to check out his whynow mix now. His latest track Marlene is out on the 28th February with a pair of remixes from Deetron.
AOB takes inspiration from his Middle Eastern roots, which, along with his expanding music knowledge, feeds his divine sound. Listen to his mix for whynow, which, with some unreleased material thrown in, is as intricate as it is pulsating.
DJ, producer and all-round don Lauren Ralph came through for a mix. The man from Brum brought his typically spirited sound to our studio, with tracks by Jorja Smith, Akon, his own, and more.
Reculture chief Hardt Antoine blends tech house, deep house, minimal and more into a mix that’ll make you move. From the whynow studio, the French-Jamaican Londoner has been at it again, finding time amongst his schedule of planning some of London’s best nights.
Jada La Reign
Hailing from Brooklyn, New York JADALAREIGN is making waves. Her high-energy, floor-filling sets have led her to play her first Boiler Room set and be part of more through the grassroots radio platform, Halfmoon BK. In London for the first time, whynow captured her sound.
Nick Castle is the founder of Labyrinth, which grew from nights at Notting Hill Arts Club to curating events at some of London’s most prestigious venues. With a penchant for house music, we welcome him with open arms to the whynow studio.
Argentinian-born DJ and producer Blixa brings his forceful sound and seamless mixing to the whynow studio. Mainly handling electronic and techno, Blixa is unafraid to occasionally let his Hispanic heritage through. He is a London-based resident, 1020radio regular, and co-founder of POLAR, a platform for local, up-and-coming DJs.
Already a regular of Phonox and XOYO, Josh Murfitt is going places. With a versatile track selection and a fearlessness to experiment, Murfitt has already played alongside Motor City Drum Ensemble, Jacques Greene and Kyle Hall.