"People still try and emulate John Peel," says David Gedge, leader of The Wedding Present and one of the last true survivors of the British music scene of the 1980s. "His work as a musicologist put everything into context."
Taking place at Wembey Arena on October 22nd this is the MOBO 19th year anniversary, and to celebrate the brand has spread its musical tentacles, and expanded to new areas. It's moving its focus beyond just music and encouraging the next generation of creative talent, regardless of field.
A few weeks ago I left the UK to set off on a three month adventure. I left behind a job in the music industry which I'd found creative and exciting, but often very stressful. I spent one year managing pop artists and the year before working with stars from The X Factor. The day I boarded my flight to Mexico, I felt a million miles away from it all.
Incredibly, boldly, Kate sets aside an orthodox playlist in preference for a three-hour piece of theatre that's as much an exploration of the human subconscious as it is a showcase for Kate's illustrious back catalogue.
This year, the 13th annual celebration of will commence on October 1, 2014. The pattern is simple and has a format that is 'all inclusive'. Musicians across the world can sign-up, register, making a dedication from the stage for the World Music Days, through the month of October.
Social media is already alive and dangerous, as more and more Scots who have been galvanised by the referendum, are going to keep up the need for change. They have stood up, and they will be counted.
Plans for Fink's production rehearsals are plunged into a skipful of turds by one of those professional rehearsal spaces turning round at the eleventh hour and calmly announcing that they don't allow use of a smoke machine. Panic! Fink's entire live show is based around a smoke machine. I'm personally lost if I can actually see the rest of my band through lack of fog.
It turned out that Bryan had another album coming out in the New Year, so in true Livvy and Chrissie style - well you have to ask, don't you - we said: "what about US for the next album cover?" Well this is definitely the moment Mr Bryan Ferry showed us why he was called MR.
The main goal at the finals is to impress the judges and show lots of different skills and techniques - obviously scratching, but also juggling, body tricks, using the mixer to full effect, music selection, drumming, the musical choices, composition and flow of the set, and more too.
Stromae is a European megastar. And I'm not talking alternative big, I mean BIG big. Born in Brussels to a Belgian mother and a Rwandan father, Paul van Haver/Stromae first wowed everyone back in 2010 with his world-wide hit 'Alors on Danse' ('And So We Dance'). He released his second album, Racine Carrée (Square Root), last year.
Attitude is Everything, the charity of which I am CEO, campaigns for improved access to live music for Deaf and disabled people and so we have an interest in both these debates.
Maybe when you get older you become more innately conservative. You want to hold on more to what you know you like. Bruce Springsteen rather than Miley Cyrus, Queen rather than Lana del Rey.
The concert took place on September 12, at Paris' Stade de France to a crowd of 80,000 people. Looking around the intimidating space as the seats quickly filled up, it was difficult to imagine any other artists being able to fill such a large arena.
Music is subjective. It is deeply personal. And this is why the Apple-U2 debacle is so weird. Because it feels like Apple forgot how important this stuff actually is.
If you're a music fan then you know the O'Jays. Part of the star studded Motown line up of yesteryear, a band that's made numerous hits and are still standing. This week they play in London for the first time in over 20 years.
Having seen Foo Fighters numerous times over my gig going years, I knew that I wouldn't need to come up with acerbic swipes or wince inducing cutting remarks. If anything, my struggle would be to come up with new ways of saying 'awesome.'