Ian McQuaid

Music

welcome to the golden age of drill

There are no government grants, no youth clubs, no mentoring schemes. The sound of drill is coming from kids carving out independent labels and production houses on their own and often in the face of police interference.
Ian McQuaid
6.21.19
Music

inside the viral world of afrobeats dance routines

In one week a video of a dancer called Prinny doing a routine to Drogba had been ripped and re-posted thousands of times, and racked up over 15 million views on one Facebook video alone.
Ian McQuaid
3.22.18
Music

tim and barry tv is coming back!

After an eight-year absence, the grime-video-kings are making a welcome return to showcasing the best young talents. We caught up with them to ask why now, and get an exclusive first glimpse at what the duo have got planned...
Ian McQuaid
1.22.18
Music

the new doc celebrating london's underground rap music scenes

Nathan Miller's new film LDN spotlights the musicians making waves outside the traditional methods of the music industry. Fittingly -- spotlighting a scene rich in ingenuity and DIY spirit -- it's been done without the fanfare of film festival...
Ian McQuaid
4.27.17
Music

why this is such an exciting time for the afrobeats scene in the uk

Inevitably as the broadsheets finally allow grime a seat at the top table, the streets have started bumping to a whole new sound. Afrobeats stars mix vocals driven by its West African heritage with narratives that are a response to the unpredictability...
Ian McQuaid
3.24.17
Music

jayhood is the best dj you’ve never heard of

He’s a legend in his native New Jersey, he’s got millions of streams without ever releasing a single, but now he’s finally getting his dues, as a retrospective career spanning record is set to drop. Get to know.
Ian McQuaid
3.21.17
Music

​meet the icelandic composer working on the blade runner sequel

We sit down for an exclusive chat with Jóhann Jóhannsson to talk about the pressure and honour of following in Vangelis’ footsteps on the most anticipated sci fi film of the decade.
Ian McQuaid
8.30.16
Culture

all hail the king of dancehall doodling

As a new book gathers a treasure trove of the Jamaican artist’s imagery, from bawdy newspaper cartoons to iconic cover art, we speak to its author and editor to discuss the history and legacy of Wilfred Limonious’ work.
Ian McQuaid
8.24.16
Music

a musical history of black lives matter

Music has always been intrinsic to social uprisings, and nowhere has this been truer than in the fight for racial equality. From Marvin Gaye, to the vogueing scene, to the Black Lives Matter movement, we contemplate decades of revolutionary music.
Ian McQuaid
7.18.16
Music

inside the hedonistic centre of 80s clubland

The Wag Club defined an age of London clubbing, pioneering hip hop and house, and providing an hedonistic home to a generation of celebrities, divas, queers and club kid fashionistas.
Ian McQuaid
6.7.16
Culture

meet simon hanselmann, australia's only cross-dressing comic book writer

We caught up with Hanselmann to talk about how he's transmuting a shitty life into a glittering career.
Ian McQuaid
4.26.16
Art

​r crumb: an american scribe and counter-cultural comic icon

Since the 50s, cartoonist R Crumb’s funny, sexy and subversive cartoons have a shone a satirical light on American life and its neuroses.
Ian McQuaid
4.18.16
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