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

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, the film has 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

London has started bumping to a whole new sound. Afrobeats stars mix melodies driven by West African heritage with rap vocals and R&B beats. These are the dance jams of now.
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, and 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 honor of following in Vangelis’ footsteps on the most anticipated sci-fi film of the decade.
Ian McQuaid
8.30.16
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 center of 80s clubland

The Wag Club defined an age of London clubbing, pioneered hip hop and house in the British capitol, and provided 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
Music

how a new generation of performers are redefining black british music in 2016

As new cultural landscapes are being formed online, Ian McQuaid investigates shifting perceptions of what black British performers can say and play.
Ian McQuaid
3.22.16
Music

awful records' father on his awful year

The Awful Records head discusses his new album, recovering from drug addiction, and taking Atlanta's wild and weird new hip hop sound to the world.
Ian McQuaid
3.7.16
Music

​exclusive: bobby gillespie discusses primal scream's new record

Primal Scream returns with a thrilling new record featuring Sky Ferreira, ecstatic electronic beats and dark lyrics.
Ian McQuaid
2.1.16
Music

the i-D guide to the music videos of the rave era

Hardcore… you know the score! Here’s eight awesome rave visuals from the 90s that you need to see. Grab your smily face t and get ready for a serious Smartie party…
Ian McQuaid
7.22.15
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