• Bands and Brands: The Changing Art of ‘Selling Out’

    For generations of musicians and music lovers alike, “selling out” was the worst thing a musician could do. A stinging insult and verbal slap to the face, it meant sacrificing musical quality or original intentions in favour of commercial success. But is ‘selling out’ really as bad as it...
  • Interview: whenyoung

    Currently on tour around the UK following the release of new singles and the announcement that debut album Reasons to Dream will be released in May, whenyoung are the indie band to watch in 2019. Formed of singer/bassist Aoife Power, guitarist Niall Burns and drummer Andrew Flood, who are...
  • The prevalence of 4/4 in popular music

    Let’s do a test. Open up your favourite music streaming app, put on a pop album you like, or turn on the radio and tune it until you hear some popular music. What do you notice about it? How does the music feel? Is it easy to dance to?...
  • Keith Flint: Remembering an Icon

    In recent years, ‘icon’ has been a term zealously overused to describe artists sadly no longer with us. Whilst many of these figures have undoubtedly helped their genre thrive, few could claim to really be a pioneer within the field of music in general. Yet after police were called...
  • The Best Places to Buy Music in Nottingham

    Nottingham has an impressive abundance of record shops across the city, ranging from large chain shops, to small and quirky independent outlets. The vast array of shops selling music may be quite daunting for the passer-by, as we really are spoilt for choice here in Notts. Therefore, a selection of...
  • The BRIT Awards 2019: Six Talking Points

    On 20 February 2019, the 39th edition of the Brit Awards took place. Since its conception, the Brits have been a heavyweight in the awards calendar. But in recent years accusations have piled up, claiming that the ceremony is nothing but an extravagant shindig for some of the industry’s...
  • Is Music Sampling Plagiarism?

    The nature of hip-hop music’s creative culture is introspective: artists are always studying existing music for inspiration. Music samples are interwoven into most hip-hop tracks, enabling artists to create lyrical collages. Snippets of songs and beats are flipped, sped up, cut, pitched up and are subsequently used as fragments...