wed 20/06/2018

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

Ryuichi Sakamoto: 'Ideally I'm recording all the time, 24 hours a day' - interview

Joe Muggs

Ryuichi Sakamoto has conquered underground and mainstream with seeming ease over four decades, never dropping off in the quality of his releases.

Ian Rickson: 'I'm an introvert, I want to stop talking about myself' - interview

Jasper Rees

Ian Rickson’s route into theatre was not conventional. Growing up in south London, he discovered plays largely through reading them as a student at Essex University. During those years he stood on a picketline in the miners’ strike, and proudly hurled the contents of an eggbox at Cecil Parkinson. He is a lifelong supporter of Charlton Athletic.

Michel Hazanavicius: 'Losing himself is how...

Demetrios Matheou

French director Michel Hazanavicius made a name for himself with his OSS 117 spy spoofs, Nest of Spies (2006) and Lost in Rio (...

10 Questions for Artist David Shrigley

Thomas H Green

David Shrigley (b. 1968) is an artist whose work has become broadly popular via a wide range of formats. At first glance, his stark pen-on-paper...

Andrew Haigh: 'In the end you have to be...

Adam Sweeting

Very early in his career, Andrew Haigh worked as an assistant editor on such Ridley Scott blockbusters as Gladiator and Black Hawk Down. He didn't...

Violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing: 'in the moments when magic happens, you think, that's why we do this'

David Nice

On a Norwegian rediscovery, communication and twentysomething enterprise

10 Questions for Sharon Smith of Arts Collective Gob Squad

Thomas H Green

Sharon Smith of the Berlin-based Gob Squad talks age, Oscar Wilde and Nicki Minaj

10 Questions for Courtney Pine: 'How do you express rage?'

Matthew Wright

Pioneering solo jazz artist hails the community of jazz

Juliette Binoche: ‘Repetition feels like near death’

Demetrios Matheou

The star of Let the Sunshine In talks about love, psychics, her first collaboration with Claire Denis and calling Depardieu on his bad manners

Milos Forman: 'The less you know about yourself, the happier you are'

Jasper Rees

An encounter with the Czech director who went into exile in 1968 but kept challenging authority

10 Questions for Musician Jeremy Cunningham of The Levellers

Thomas H Green

The dreadlocked Levellers bassist talks of film, books, fans, the new album and touring the US

Joan As Police Woman: 'I was going to die if I didn't have some way to express myself' - interview

Russ Coffey

The cult singer discusses loss, #MeToo, Trump and much more besides

Robin Ticciati on conducting Brahms: 'trying to understand the man through his music'

David Nice

A masterclass in the preparation and performance of a great symphony

10 Questions for Artist Brett Goodroad

Thomas H Green

The rising Califiornian painter discusses art, literature and truckin'

10 Questions for Performer Seth Kriebel

Thomas H Green

Rising star of the interactive theatrical experience explains where he's coming from and what he's up to

10 Questions for Musician Malcolm Middleton

Thomas H Green

The Scottish songwriter talks music, books, musicals, Brighton and much else

Anna von Hausswolff: 'Forget about space and time, it's eternal and mysterious' - interview

Kieron Tyler

The Swedish singer-songwriter on her new album 'Dead Magic'

Tony Banks: ‘You either do it by diplomacy or you do it by violence’ - interview

Adam Sweeting

From Genesis to regeneration, the keyboard player's tale

John Tusa: 'the arts must make a noise' - interview

Liz Thomson

He started Newsnight, ran the World Service and the Barbican, and his new memoir is called Making a Noise

Clio Barnard: 'We need to talk about sexual abuse' - interview

Owen Richards

The director of 'Dark River' discusses tackling sexual trauma and why she’s drawn to Yorkshire

'Why we understand each other': Peter Gill on The York Realist

David Benedict

The playwright-director reflects on his 2001 play, revived at the Donmar and Sheffield Crucible

John Mahoney: 'I wanted to be like everybody else'

Jasper Rees

How the Manchester-born star of 'Frasier' became a naturalised Midwesterner

Daniel Day-Lewis: 'I'm quite good at mending things'

Jasper Rees

The star of Phantom Thread on sewing up his career with Paul Thomas Anderson and Vicky Krieps

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Mark E Smith

Tim Cumming

The transcript of an 2010 interview with The Fall frontman, who has died aged 60

Jeremy Irons: 'I was never very beautiful' - interview

Jasper Rees

In his 70th year the actor looks back on Olivier and Gielgud, on the Oscars and his start at Bristol Old Vic

theartsdesk Q&A: Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant

Peter Quinn

The US jazz singer talks Bessie Smith, visual art, obsessive listening habits and more

theartsdesk Q&A: Composer, chansonnier and conductor HK Gruber at 75

David Nice

On how Weill and Hanns Eisler gave him direction in the 1970s - and on meeting Lenya

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Nick Mulvey

Thomas H Green

The singer-songwriter opens up about ayahuasca, Ram Dass, the Standing Rock protests, the nature of death, and much more

theartsdesk Q&A: Steven Knight and Cillian Murphy of Peaky Blinders

Ralph Moore

As the fourth series approaches, its star and creator explain the process behind the hit drama

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