Entries by Matthew Phillips from 09/2012

I Think I Smell a Rat!

| Posted 09.02.2012 | UK Entertainment

For the purposes of this article, I am prepared to be uncharacteristically candid: I compulsively read my reviews and, what's more, I naively look at all the public comments.

To Hell With Being Meaningful; Performance is About Presentation

| Posted 09.10.2012 | UK Entertainment

My band, Kites, once had a slogan, which read 'All style; no substance'. At the time, this mantra was designed to be facetious. You see, I have unveiled contempt for performers who are so consumed by their own highfalutin that they forget to create a show for their audience.

I Am a Frontman and I Have a License to Offend

| Posted 09.19.2012 | UK Entertainment

It seems to me that frontmen principally fall into two categories: the cloyingly modest or the intolerably arrogant. Rarely is a perfect balance struck between these stereotypes and, more frequently, we find artists yo-yoing between the two like unhinged schizophrenics.

I am on Twitter and I Need to be Loved

| Posted 09.26.2012 | UK Entertainment

It can't be denied that Twitter has completely redefined the relationship between performers and their fans. Once upon a time, our glitterati were untouchable and infallible. Nowadays, one is likely to receive a personal invitation from Peter Doherty with instructions to burgle his house, graffiti his walls and scandalise his personal bidet.