Category: Interviews

Interview | Hanging out with Mone

I waited by the canal in Kreuzberg for Merle Sibbel, artist name Mone, the 26-year-old Dutch singer-songwriter whose upcoming album Crocodile Kisses will grip you by your throat and send you spiralling on a downward journey of an insane love.…

Interview | FFS 5 with D.L. Rossi

Thematically, D.L. Rossi’s Lonesome Kind is what it says it is on the tin. It’s certainly lonesome, but Rossi’s emotion is softly, sometimes ironically veiled beneath the tasty veneer of grooving, soulful music. A mix of Motown and Americana (it…

Interview | Hanging out with James Michael Rodgers

James Michael Rodgers is from Saltcoats – a seaside town on the west coast of Scotland. Growing up in a working-class family, in a place where more than half the population doesn’t pursue further studies after high school, he remembers…

Interview | FFS 5 with Matthew Ryan of Strays Don’t Sleep

Strays Don’t Sleep is back in a big way. After 15 years, Matthew Ryan and Neilson Hubbard are together again with pictoral, ambient folk that’s worth the fanfare. Natural, meditative, and altogether human, the folk duo feel right at home…

Interview| The Hidden World of Berlin Folk: Hanging out with David Ingleton at Kindl Stuben

Kindl Stuben is in Neukölln, an area of Berlin famous for its kebabs, the film ‘Sonnenallee’, and low rent prices that attract a lot of immigrants, as well as musicians and other creatives. It borders with Kreuzberg, which is known…

Interview | FFS 5 with Samana’s Rebecca Rose Harris

Samana are Rebecca Rose Harris and Franklin Mockett—and, together, they’re setting the psychedelic folk world alight with their haunting art. Ambitious and heartful, the duo depicts themselves as pioneers—pioneering their own freedoms as artists and people, as a symbiotic, intimate…

Interview | FFS 5 with Idiot Grins’ Randy Strauss

While the Louvin Brothers are well-respected and remembered today for their fine musical talents, Satan is Real’s cover art lives on in perhaps even greater infamy. Celebrated, critiqued, and later memed, nothing quite says “fire-and-brimstone” like a 12-foot cutout of…

Interview | FFS 5 with Optacure

In Cebuano, the term “mingaw” can mean “lonely” or “peaceful”. When taken in dual context, one receives the serene ennui of Optacure’s new single to its fullest extent. Developed in collaboration with Emmanuel Aguila and Debb Acebu, the tune features…