sun 25/09/2016

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

10 Questions for Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac

Ralph Moore

theartsdesk meets Christine McVie on a sunny Friday afternoon in September; the Warner Brothers boardroom (with generous hospitality spread) is suitably palatial. We’re the first media interview of the day, so she’s bright and attentive. McVie was always the member of Fleetwood Mac who you’d want to adopt: the most approachably human member of a band constantly at war with itself. Readily admitting that she’s the “peacekeeper” in the band, the singer/songwriter behind such Mac classics as “...

Captain Fantastic

Tom Birchenough

If you’re expecting family drama, the opening of Captain Fantastic will surprise. We’re following a hunter, greased-up so he’s invisible in the woods, stalking a deer. There’s an edginess to the scene, the atmosphere primal as the animal is killed. Other disguised forms emerge from the trees, and a ritual of smeared blood ensues – nature, red in tooth and claw.It feels a long way from civilisation; it transpires that we have been witnessing a rite of passage for eldest son Bodevan as he turns...

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician John Foxx

Kieron Tyler

“The best and most confident debut since ‘Anarchy in the UK,’” said weekly music paper Sounds of the debut single by Ultravox! “Dangerous Rhythm” had...

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician/DJ Mark Hawkins aka...

Joe Muggs

This is not a standard dance music story. Marquis Hawkes is one of the club music success stories of the past couple of years – since the first...

10 Questions for Actor Don Cheadle

Jasper Rees

Cinema has waited a long time for a film about Miles Davis. It hasn’t been for want of trying by Don Cheadle, who stars in, directs, produces and...

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Jules Buckley

Matthew Wright

Pioneer of the non-classical repertoire on musical seriousness, Beardyman and Quincy Jones

10 Questions for Musician Jasper Høiby

Peter Quinn

The Danish bassist on the perils of consumerism, playing without the dots, and why 4/4 isn't a crime

Marni Nixon: 'It ended up being totally my voice'

Jasper Rees

Heard but not seen: the Hollywood legend, who has died, tells the inside story of dubbing Natalie Wood in 'West Side Story'

theartsdesk Q&A: Garrison Keillor

Jasper Rees

As he hosts 'A Prairie Home Companion' for the last time, its creator looks back

10 Questions for Actor Toby Jones

Jasper Rees

The English everyman is now the king of a make-believe Italian castle in 'Tale of Tales'

Paul Simon Introduces 'Stranger to Stranger'

Adam Sweeting

Not so crazy after all these years

10 Questions for Photographer Tanya Habjouqa

Thembi Mutch

The award-winning photographer talks about her new book, 'Occupied Pleasures'

10 Questions for Musician Martin Fry

Adam Sweeting

The ABC mastermind on how he got his mojo back and finally made 'The Lexicon of Love II'

10 Questions for Musician Tinchy Stryder

Thomas H Green

One of grime's original break-out pop stars talks tattoos, Keith Lemon, vinyl and Glastonbury

Digital demands: time for artists to speak up?

Jessica Duchen

Intellectual property expert Francis Gurry seeks solutions for creatives in the internet age

10 Questions for Playwright Joe Penhall

Jasper Rees

As Blue/Orange is revived, its author explains the link to the Kinks and the FBI

theartsdesk Q&A: Violinist and Conductor Nikolaj Znaider

David Nice

A fine thinker among musicians discusses competitions, Mozart and Nielsen

10 Questions for Artistic Director Emma Rice

Jasper Rees

The new fairy queen of Shakespeare's Globe takes on the Bard

Q&A Special: Sir Mark Elder on Dvořák

Jasper Rees

The Hallé's music director introduces a sumptuous festival of the Czech composer's work

10 Questions for Musician Debashish Bhattacharya

Thomas H Green

The Indian raga slide guitar genius talks Hawaii, Brighton, punk rock and more

10 Questions for Musician Beth Orton

Thomas H Green

The singer-songwriter talks about California, EDM, music-making, money and more

10 Questions for Artist Clare Woods

Florence Hallett

The sculptor turned painter talks about her monograph, working with her husband, and the artists who inspire her

10 Questions for Musician Graham Nash

Adam Sweeting

Now in his sixth decade as a musician, the Salford-raised veteran is starting a new life

10 Questions for Comedian Alexei Sayle

Thomas H Green

The Liverpudlian Surrealist talks film, music and imaginary sandwich bars

10 Questions for Choreographer Charles Linehan

Thomas H Green

Prior to Brighton Fest premiere, Charles Linehan talks Berlin, time machines, Robert Wyatt and more

10 Questions for Composer Errollyn Wallen

Jessica Duchen

The dynamic musician on creative processes and her new CD PHOTOGRAPHY

Save ENO: The Chorus Speaks

David Nice

Crucial and articulate voices representing a great company under threat

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Youth

Thomas H Green

The eminent producer talks Killing Joke, Paul McCartney, psychedelic trance, 'Bittersweet Symphony' and the first time he took an E

'Paul said he would like orchestral instruments. John couldn’t be bothered'

Jasper Rees

How George Martin made the French horn an integral part of the Beatles sound

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