Strong Asian Mothers Talk Spicy Snacks, Traumatic Holidays & Leaving London to Record Their Latest EP

Wandering down the dark stairs at London’s Kamio venue, I was struck by a feeling of dread. Mostly because the walls are painted in a red and black vortex design, which got me thinking what’s at the end of the stairs? Where does it lead? To a circus of hell?

Not quite, I was about about to interview Strong Asian Mothers, ahead of their first headline show of the year.

The room was dark but surprisingly spacious, band members, support acts and the backstage crew were busy clattering around onstage.

Drummer Josh and I waited politely whilst Strong Asian Son Amer was nestled in the sound booth. The next thing I know he drops to his knees and rather frantically searches for something in the dark – a micro SD card it turns out to record the gig on.

Lead singer Kalim aka Khushi’s delicate vocals drifted from the green room.

Strong Asian Mothers, released their latest EP, Animal earlier this year. I sat down for a chat with the band whilst they chowed down on Sainsbury’s Finest baguette and tzatziki that might’ve been slightly off.

Have a listen to our chat below:

The Animal EP is out now.

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Shlomo The Human Beatboxer: New Rules Review + Q&A

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Shlomo the Human Beatboxer, bought his New Rules show to  Bedford’s Quarry Theatre last month.

You can check out my review of the show here: http://thebedfordclanger.com/2015/shlomo-new-rules-review/

I caught up with Shlomo whilst he was on the road; to talk about touring,  working with young people, and his love of performing – he played Glasto with Damon Albarn!

Read the Shlomo interview here: http://thebedfordclanger.com/2015/interview-shlomo-human-beatboxer-priya-gill/.

Priya

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Photographer Andy Gotts tells tales of snapping Hollywood’s stars

Image via Bedford Film Festival: https://www.facebook.com/BedfordFilmFestival/photos/pb.497572140262884.-2207520000.1443547822./1013128838707209/?type=3&theater
Image via Bedford Film Festival

Last month, I spoke to  Photographer Andy Gotts at Bedford Film Festival.

Find out about Andy’s experiences snapping Hollywood’s most famous faces, including Liza Minelli and Tony Curtis.

You can read and listen to the interview over at the Bedford Clanger site.

Priya

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Ja Ja Ja Nordic Music Festival 

I went along the Ja Ja Ja Nordic Festival at the Roundhouse in Camden, London, to find out what makes Nordic music so special.

Mew, Ja Ja Ja Nordic Festival, Roundhouse Camden
Danish band Mew, performing onstage at the Roundhouse, Camden
Tantalising Nordic lollipops at Ja Ja Ja Nordic Festival, Roundhouse

Press play/ click on the link below to hear the festival’s attendees talk about Nordic music:

To find out more about Nordic Music and the Ja Ja Ja Festival visit: www.jajajamusic.com

Noreen Khan – BBC Asian Network Presenter – Q&A

I had the pleasure of talking to BBC Asian Network’s Noreen Khan about all things fashion, food,  having big hair and  her tips for getting into the media.

Have a listen below:

Check out her show on weekday afternoon’s on the BBC’s Asian Network.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008m990

Emily Maguire – Interview

British Singer-songwriter Emily Maguire opened up about her bipolar disorder to fans in 2010. She released her 4th album ‘Bird Inside A Cage’ in 2013.

I interviewed Emily after her gig at The Ent Shed in Bedford on March 22nd, 2014.

Have a listen below:

To find out more about Emily Maguire, visit www.emilymaguire.com