A collection of the interviews I have conducted, related to music, lifestyle and fashion.

Leith Ross Is Finding Their Feet | Features

24-year-old Leith Ross may have just released their debut album, but they have a grip on Gen Z already with their honest, vulnerable and relatable music.

“I’m just starting to get my footing now,” says Leith somewhere on the dusty roads of Southern California amidst various Zoom connectivity issues.

Thrown in the deep end with 2022 track ‘We’ll Never Have Sex’ blowing up on the internet, Leith describes their social media success as being “really strange”, and a new landscape for people to nav

BBC Good Food: A tasty tell-all with Lulu Grimes - CBJMagazine

BBC Good Food’s group managing editor Lulu Grimes tells Amrit Virdi about how her passion for food led her to fall in love with journalism

”My life at home was food,” says 56-year-old Lulu Grimes. She never planned to become BBC Good Food’s group managing editor but her natural love of cooking and a culinary upbringing led her to fall into the career. ”There weren’t many food magazines around when I went to university, so I hadn’t really thought about going down that route, or that I’d be worki

Jo Hill is off the 45

Cheddar born and raised Jo Hill is on a mission to achieve all of her ambitions with her homegrown indie musings. Fresh off a new single and a signing to Parlophone Records, we caught up with Jo to chat everything from beginnings, to the future and what goes on behind the scenes.

[AV]: Why music? What first inspired you to get into the industry?

[JH]: I’ve always been writing songs since I was young (even on the way home from school with mates) and I grew up knowing that I wanted to be a perfo

In conversation with Deborah Joseph, editorial director of Glamour | CBJMagazine

Deborah Joseph has always had a soft spot for Condé Nast, working on the launch of Glamour 21 years ago and returning to become the editorial director of the publication in 2017 after spending time at the Daily Mail, Condé Nast Brides, Easy Living and dabbling in tech start-ups.

”What I loved about it was that when we when we launched 21 years ago, it was a really innovative brand. It was the first to be handbag-sized and was copied by a lot of other brands.’’

Glamour has retained their innova

Cari Cari take us to Kookoo Island

Calling on influences from film scores and praised as the ‘biggest discovery of Primavera Sound Festival’ by Rolling Stone, Cari Cari take their fans to ‘Kookoo Island’ on their upcoming album. I had the pleasure of discussing their origins and musical journey with the duo.

To our readers, can you explain a little about the band’s origins? What brought you together as a band to make music?

Alexander Koeck (vocals, guitars): I had a band at the time and discovered Steph’s music online. I had a


London-based, female-led GHUM are set to make a huge impact on the post-punk scene following the recent release of their debut album Bitter. Formed in 2016 using technology to their advantage to meet virtually, the band have formed a unique sound paying homage to their various roots with vocal experimentation. I had the pleasure of chatting with the band over email to discuss their musical beginnings, debut album, and future plans.

So far, you’ve released a series of EPs – how does the album ma


Burnley bred five-piece, The Goa Express, approach the industry with an air of assurance as their friendship and love for music seamlessly unites them. Amrit Virdi chatted with vocalist James Clarke as the band prepare to head out on tour.

‘’We were all into music and decided it got a bit boring just listening to it, so we started to do it ourselves,’’ Clarke reveals in relation to the band’s origins. Clarke and his brother Joe who became the keyboardist for the band met the other members, Joey

Interview: Yard Act On Debut Album ‘The Overload’ And Breaking Into America

Following the surreal success of their debut album reaching Number 2 in the UK charts after the intense graft the band have put in playing shows all over the world to put their name on the map, Yard Act are well and truly making their, very British, mark on the industry. As they embark on tour following the announcement of their 2022 Coachella set, Amrit Virdi caught up with the band for Impact.

“I love the backdrop,” guitarist Sam Shjipstone muses as I tune into the Zoom call with my fairy-lig

Interview: SPINN

Upon the upcoming release of Liverpool-based SPINN’s second studio album, ‘Outside Of The Blue’, Amrit Virdi chatted to frontman Johnny Quinn about the band’s beginnings and future, musical influences and introspective songwriting.

To start with, how did you meet and what brought you together as a band?

Honestly, I met Sean in Urban Outfitters so maybe an interest in somewhat overpriced vintage wear is what brought us two together. Louis and Luke on the other hand I met through music; Louis at

Interview: Sam Fischer

After rising to fame with TikTok hit This City, Australian singer-songwriter Sam Fischer has thrived in the pop music scene, recently embarking on ‘A Simple Tour’ in the past couple of months. As he took the show to Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms, Amrit Virdi caught up with him to discuss the whirlwind of the past year and a half, as well as his plans for the future.

“I’ve never been to Nottingham, it’s fun! The first show of the tour I had jitters but you just kind of settle into it”, Fischer expla

Lockdown Creativity, Emotional Relatability And TikTok: In Conversation With Chase Atlantic

Australian alternative trio Chase Atlantic have taken the world by storm and built up a dedicated fanbase since their formation in 2011. With over 7 million monthly listeners, Mitchel Cave, Clinton Cave and Christian Anthony have returned with both a new album BEAUTY IN DEATH and their latest single OHMAMI, featuring Maggie Lindemann. Amrit Virdi caught up with the band to discuss lockdown creativity, emotional relatability, TikTok and plans for the future.

“Making the album in itself was a cha

Song-Writing, Happiness and The Future: In Conversation With The Lathums

Wigan-based indie band The Lathums are set to release their debut album

. With fans eagerly awaiting the twelve track record, I caught up with frontman Alex for Music Is To Blame as they work towards their UK tour, happening later this year.

Not long now till album release day! The title of the album ‘How Beautiful Life Can Be’ is an apt reflection of the last 18 months with the pandemic and seeing the good in all things. Did the pandemic affect the album-making process or inspire any tracks?
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