Jelani Blackman: ‘It was hard for me to connect with a certain side of myself – but I moved past that’
To mark the release of his debut album The Heart Of It, we speak to west London lyricist Jelani Blackman about the value of education, how grime culture kick-started his love of performing, and why he’d choose to be a benevolent dictator if he could.
Karma Kid: ‘I wanted to erase my self-doubt on this project and just have some fun’
Upon the release of his EP, Break Away From What You Know, we speak to producer and DJ Karma Kid about the creation of his new project, his admiration for Caribou and the special moment dance music’s having.
The Big Moon: ‘You want music that allows you to feel seen and not alone’
With the deluxe edition of their third album Here Is Everything out today, we speak to The Big Moon about how they went from “oh fuck” to “we got this” during the making of the record, the setbacks along their road to success and the need for independent venues.
HotWax: 'We’ve gotten a taste of doing the band full time, now we never want it to end'
HotWax is the band everyone's talking about. With a successful new EP and supporting Royal Blood on tour, they're leading the renaissance of British rock—and they’re just getting started.
Ethan P. Flynn: ‘I really made this album for people that are like me’
With his debut full-length album (finally) set to arrive this Friday, 6 October, we speak to producer and songwriter Ethan P. Flynn about his artistic journey up until this point, how he’s established his own label and is playing the long game.
whynow is the time to listen to… Life Aquatic Band
The perfect antidote to the end of summer slump, it’s the perfect time to get to know Life Aquatic Band. We sat down with Ben for the low-down…
Irvine Welsh: ‘Trainspotting was a last chance saloon of creativity’
It’s been 30 years since Trainspotting and Irvine Welsh is the subject of a new documentary, 'Choose Irvine Welsh'. Should you?
Jungle: ‘Our new album is a real escape for us – and it can be the same for everyone else’
With their brand-new fourth studio album, Volcano, out now, we speak to London duo Jungle about the creation of their latest record, collaborating with the likes of Roots Manuva and plans to celebrate a decade since the release of their huge Mercury Prize-shortlisted debut.
Billy Porter: ‘It took me 25 years to get the gatekeepers of the industry to take me seriously’
With a new album, The Black Mona Lisa, set for release later this year, we speak to multifaceted talent and near-EGOT star Billy Porter about his upcoming record, staying true to himself even when society tried to silence who he was, and why he has to sell his house amid the actors’ strike.
El Londo: ‘No matter who you are, we all connect over the love of making music’
Following the recent release of his THANKSLONDO project – a showcase in the UK rap scene’s thriving underground talent – we speak to producer and singer-songwriter El Londo.
Nell Mescal: ‘People love to f***ing tear women down when we’re just trying to get a foot in the door’
We speak to Nell Mescal about her confessional songwriting and development as an artist, brother Paul, and her new single ‘Punchline’, which is out now.
Do Nothing: ‘This album’s very insular, but it’s not negative or a long whinge’
After a handful of EPs and smattering of singles, Nottingham band Do Nothing are on the verge of dropping their debut album, Snake Sideways. An impressive, pensive record, in many ways it’s an album about making an album. We speak to the band’s lead singer and lyricist, Chris Bailey, to discover more.
Blondshell: ‘I have more of an idea of my self-worth than I did before’
A little over two months on from her eponymous debut, Blondshell (Sabrina Teitelbaum) talks to whynow during her whistle-stop tour of the UK.
Louis Culture: ‘I’ve got no interest in being above anyone else’
Following the recent release of terrific standalone single ‘The City’ and with his first ever UK headline tour set for later this year, south London artist and Elevation Meditation collective member Louis Culture speaks to Ali Shutler.
Overtune | The A.I.-assisted app that turns your voice into a star’s
Fancy rapping like Snoop Dogg? Or singing in Elvis’ distinctive baritone drawl? Well a new A.I.-assisted app from Overtune allows you to do just so, at the touch of a button. With the new update live on the App Store, we speak to the Icelandic start-up’s founder and CEO, Sigurdur Arnason, to find out more.
‘Our legacy’s huge, but we’re a small band’ | How Godflesh smashed hip-hop into heavy metal
In the late ’80s, Godflesh used a drum machine and hip hop-inspired beats to make heavy metal even heavier. The sound earned them three decades of acclaim and the approval of Metallica. But – for singer, guitarist and programmer Justin Broadrick – it was moulded by a traumatic childhood in a Birmingham council flat.
Rare Americans: ‘We want people to embrace their individuality’
Upon the release of the first part of their endearing animated musical album, we speak to Rare Americans frontman James Priestner.
BLUEM: ‘I won’t do anything that doesn’t feel completely authentic’
Fresh from the release of her debut album nou, we speak to Sardinian artist BLUEM about the traditions and folklores of her homeland, her artistic principles, and her love of tarot card reading.
Frozemode: ‘We really believe we can get to the top of this game’
Still recovering from The Great Escape festival? You’re not alone. London alt-hip-hop trio Frozemode played out five sets across the weekend – as well as enjoyed all the shenanigans the Brighton-held festival has to offer.
Prima Queen: ‘This is definitely a movement – women are leading the way’
With a new EP, Not The Baby, out now, we speak to Louise and Kristin, about how Prima Queen formed as a band, their mammoth touring efforts and their love of service stations – especially new ones.
Brooke Combe: ‘I want to bring soul music back to Britain’
Fresh from the release of her new eight-track mixtape, Black Is The New Gold, we speak to British soul singer Brooke Combe.
Yazmin Lacey: ‘It isn’t my business how people receive my record’
With a string of festival appearances set for the summer, where she’ll be playing tracks from her sensational debut album Voice Notes, we speak to acclaimed soul singer Yazmin Lacey.
Chinchilla: ‘TikTok is probably the independent artist’s best friend’
With her TikTok hit track ‘Little Girl Gone’ out now, we speak to London-based artist CHINCHILLA.