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"Not since 'National Express' by The Divine Comedy has the leisure of UK coach travel been so lovingly immortalised in indie pop music. Even then, the coach was far from it's former grace -- but for me in late-2019, the fallen king of transport provided solace unlike any other."

Our exclusive artist led formats - musicians in their own words

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"PJ used to come into the record store I worked at. She’d order big piles of albums to collect and I’d flick through them and copy what she listened to. "

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"Art is so important to have in your everyday because the combination of the two cast some dramatic shadows over reality."

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"When returning home, to an empty home, I continued to think about this painting - and about shared experiences of loneliness, boredom, domestication and isolation."

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"It's just shards of mirror glued on a suit. But it becomes this odd mystical, physical object; when I situate myself in the landscape wearing it magic occurs."

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"I think it conjures up a sense of foreboding but also has some humour to it, think the record has that"

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"When I appeared on the same concert [as Pink Floyd]in London’s Roundhouse, the audience clearly didn’t know what to make of Dolly and me and our English folk songs.  We got heckled, I heckled back, everyone laughed and it all cheered up after that! "

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"I’m naturally an empath, and a very introspective and analytical person, so I’ve never felt surprised that I ended up a therapist. "

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"I think it’s this obvious difference in our personalities that caused me to be surprised you liked my music at all. You were an early champion of my songs and that validation really meant something."

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"We are so far from one another in place, time and experience. But lying here, on the edge of seventeen, gazing up at my bedroom ceiling, I feel as if I am suddenly equipped for my own world in all of its own brutal reality."

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"Denmark has many preserved monuments from the bronze stone age such as burial mounds and dolmens, and I have always found it inspirational to think of the large time span from then to now."

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"The Tunis Diaries is an intimate record of how I passed a big portion of my confinement, which ended up being much deeper than I would have ever imagined."

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"This was the time when I started drinking energy drinks instead of tea just to cheer myself up (until my teeth began to grind)"

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"By the second week here a kind of emptiness sets in. It's a distant relative of Zen, but the mantra is capital."

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"Being thrown into a busy 16 hour day at work almost gave me an adrenalin rush equivalent to playing a live gig (almost)."

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"My walk home from class was made up of one unending straight line, so i’d burrow my head into the book whilst walking along... I only hit my head on passing lampposts less than 5 times" 

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"I’ve grown up to your music, watched you continually reinvent yourself, continually test the limits of what’s expected of you, and yet, continually remain yourself." 

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The Charlatans frontman pays tribute to the legendary director.

Up and coming artist April chats to Biig Piig about making music,  life in lockdown and, of course, Tiger King.

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 Nigel Chapman of Nap Eyes talks about his time as a lab technician and biochemistry researcher

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'Why is there so much attention for the exceptional, and so little eye for the normal? '

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"I wanted there to be a reflective property to the record, so that people would be able to see themselves when they picked it up" 

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"We took a picture next to a wall of naked men, by your request. And then we said our goodbyes. As I walked into the elevator, I waited for the door to close to cry." 

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"Tears In The Typing Pool connected my feet to yours and walked me through the door into world within your mind"

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The Canadian/Serbian musician on being stuck in her family's home country.

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Our guide to the best music content online, to see you through social distancing

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'One time when we were recording I was playing the piano and you said through the control mic, "Can't you make the piano sound cooler, you're playing like Billy Joel"'

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'Sometimes it is necessary to abandon, sometimes it is necessary to embrace and sometimes it is necessary to step beyond.'

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The Manchester based singer/songwriter unpacks the genius of Talk Talk's Mark Hollis, and his influence on his own work

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 'I think it’s lovely when you listen to people like J.J Cale and Little Feat and you can really feel the soul that has gone in to the songs. And you look at the artwork and this same voice comes through it..'

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"Surprising things fill your life. Surprising people mean it all."

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The ethereal singer tells us how she created the visuals for Black Eye

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The dutch artist pens a thoughtful tribute to the legendary director

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Lo-fi musician Aaberg talks us through his visual influences and how he chose the artwork for Jynx

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The Doctors of Madness frontman on the making of Dark Times: "Damned right it’s political."