Music interviews #1

Here are some of the most interesting bands and musicians I originally interviewed for EURadioNantes.


Richard O’Brien speaks to Gareth from Los Campesinos! about the links between music and football.

Los Campesinos! are one of a growing number of British independent bands who write about football, and for their singer Gareth, the polarised idea of sensitive artists and macho sporting cliché is no longer relevant. On the day of a conference at Trempolino about this relationship, featuring speakers from the French magazine ‘So Foot’, Gareth discusses this relationship on both sides of the channel. He points to the resurgence of intelligent football journalism as a major factor, and speculates about what France can learn from its best-known recent British import, the notorious Joey Barton.


Richard O’Brien meets singer-songwriter Eugene McGuinness.

Eugene McGuinness divides his time between London and Ireland, and both form the backdrop to his own songwriting style. He’s enthusiastic about the ‘raw aggression’ of The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan, but also explains his own desire to his make a ‘slick, Brylcreemed record’ that could only have come out in 2012. The result is The Invitation To The Voyage, his third studio album – its title draws on the work of Baudelaire, but Eugene makes clear the separation between lyrics and poetry in this interview with Richard O’Brien.


Richard O’Brien speaks to Romain Guerret from Aline – interview in French.

As a French indie-pop group singing in their native language, Aline already stand apart from their musical peers. It may seem strange how little musicians in the country of chanson française respect the creative potential of their own language; singer and guitarist Romain Guerret certainly thinks so, though writing chansons was never his intention either. He talks to Richard O’Brien about the evolution of the project’s distinctive lyrical character, and about his ambitions to tour in the English-speaking world.


Richard O’Brien speaks to Nick Waterhouse, playing at the TransMusicales – one of France’s biggest ‘showcase’ festivals.

Although words like ‘vintage’ and ‘retro’ are frequently thrown at the surprisingly ancient-sounding music created by Nick Waterhouse, he’s keen to take apart the simplicity of such assumptions. He has a deep and abiding love for the forgotten artists of the 50s and 60s, but for Waterhouse what counts is a specific attachment to each unjustly-unknown talent, rather than a vague sense of a certain aesthetic. He talks about his techniques as a producer, for himself and the Allah-Lahs, and specifically the importance of craftsmanship, which leads him away from Pro Tools and the modern records ‘with sound all over them’, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, into a warmer, more organic world.


Richard O’Brien meets Canadian singer-songwriter Charlotte Cornfield.

Charlotte Cornfield performed last Friday and Saturday in the BarBars festival, as part of a mammoth European tour with Boris Paillard, aka The Keys – a huge, 40-date undertaking which also happens to be her first visit to our shores. She plays three songs in our studio – ‘North of Superior’, ‘Clumsy Love’, and ‘All Of The Pretty Mistakes’ – and discusses the influence of two of the cities she has made her home, Toronto and Montreal, on the direction of her music. She also explores her songwriting process and the inspiration she takes, among other sources, from the work of Kurt Vonnegut.

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