19 Sep 2018 Interview: Hugh Cornwell, The National

Hugh Cornwell will electrify the Dubai Opera tomorrow night
"It is in trouble I would say, and there are a number of reasons for that,” he says. “The popularity of techno and hip-hop music today is part of that trend because both of these genres don’t have a focus on melody. And then you factor in all these talent shows and I do fear for the craft of songwriting."

27 Aug 2018 Jet Black, Louder Than War

Jet Black of the Stranglers 80th birthday – an appreciation of the ‘old codger’
"Jet could be tight and economical. He could play the perfect drum fill or he could be pounding or he could swing or he could be bizarre – and it always worked – he may be understated but he is one of the great British rock drummers – one those elite few who drum parts you can sing out loud."