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Soulful alt-pop band Babeheaven perform two tracks from their debut album, Home for Now.



Fresh from the official Spotify R&B UK Playlist, Cheryll performs two tracks from her first EP, Transitions.



Introducing Kimbo - his rapping prowess and vocal melodies make him one to watch!

Ella Grace

Ella Grace

Access to intimate gigs from the UK's most exciting emerging artists. This week, Ella Grace plays three tracks from her debut album Reverence.



TSHA reflects on the success of her EP, Flowers, and the importance of recognising dance music as a unique cultural force.

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Four of the most exciting up-and-coming female DJs have hijacked an 800 tonne sand dredger to bring us a night of house and techno. ⁠⁠Effy, widely touted as one of this year’s breakout talents, talks dancefloor bans, getting back behind the decks, and the prospect of positive times ahead for dance music.

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Heléna Star

Foundation FM resident and prolific DJ, Heléna Star, talks about the power of radio during dark times, and why now is the time to push for a more inclusive industry for all.

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Nite Fleit

With a much lauded debut at Berghain, and festivals appearances across Europe pre-Covid, Nite Fleit tells us how she’s kept busy during the pandemic, producing no less than 700 new tracks.

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Ronnie Wood

We spoke to musical legend Ronnie Wood about his adventures in 1960’s Britain; switching bands, swapping records and crashing parties. whynow’s decades series asks established people from the arts to discuss ten years that changed them and their work. Fresh out of art school, Ronnie was flitting between the mods and the rockers, while painting canvasses and jamming with Hendrix.

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Sol Bailey-Barker

Sol Bailey-Barker compiles artefacts and remnants to construct immersive installations and environments. The multi-disciplinary artist works with sound, sculpture and performance that call to his nature of being “stuck between reality and dream” as a result of an auto-immune disease he faced as a child. In these tough times for our community and beyond, here is the dreamlike world of Bailey-Barker.


Jez Nelson

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.


Michael Gray

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’.

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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

Matt Clifford

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

Dirty Dike

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. 

Matt Allchin

Matt Allchin

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.