Archive for the ‘by:Larm’ Category


Stuart Macoine’s Freak Zone

February 11, 2014

Welcome to Stuart Maconie‘s Freak Zone

Stuart Maconie is an English radio DJ and television presenter, writer, journalist, and critic working in the field of pop music and popular culture.

At by:Larm 2013 he was interviewed by Rob Young, editor of The Wire. Stuart talks about music, his experiences as a journalist, and how Paul McCartney reacted when Stuart asked him if he ever wished he wasn’t in the Beatles, but in Gerry & the Pacemakers.

Video edit of Stuart Macoine’s Q&A at by:Larm Festival 2013.


“Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop”

February 10, 2014

Bob Stanley on his second book “Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop”

Bob Stanley is a UK musician, film producer and journalist, best known as a member of the pop/dance group Saint Etienne for which he co-writes songs and produces. Live on stage, he normally plays keyboards. Stanley has had a long parallel career as a music journalist writing for amongst others NME, Melody Maker, Mojo, The Guardian and The Times.

At by:Larm 2013 he was interviewed by Kieron Tyler, Journalist at Mojo. Differing from the usual Q&A’s, Stanley gives the listeners an exclusive world premiere reading extracts from his (now published) second book, “Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop”, a history of pop music since 1952.

Video edit of Bob Stanley’s Q&A at by:Larm Festival 2013.


Kim Gordon in conversation

February 9, 2014

Kim Gordon on art, design, music and feminism.

Kim Gordon is an American musician, vocalist, visual artist, record producer, video director, fashion designer, and actress, best known as the bassist, guitarist, and vocalist of alternative rock band Sonic Youth.

In 2012, after the breakup of Sonic Youth, Gordon formed Body/Head with friend Bill Nace, releasing their debut album Coming Apart in September 2013.

At by:Larm 2013 she was interviewed by Anne Hilde Neset, the Artistic Director of Norway’s Ny Musikk. Gordon talks about her life in the music business and her experiences as a woman in rock, while looking at pictures and videos from her past, including her own artwork.

Video edit of Kim Gordon’s Q&A at by:Larm Festival 2013.


Neneh Cherry at by:Larm

February 8, 2014

Neneh Cherry on going back to her roots with her latest projects.

Neneh Cherry is a Swedish singer-songwriter, rapper, and occasional DJ and broadcaster. Blending hip-hop with other influences, Cherry experienced mainstream success with several of her recordings. She has collaborated with such musical giants as Pulp, Cher, Peter Gabriel, Gorillaz, Groove Armada, and Eric Clapton. In March 2011 she joined the experimental jazz group The Thing, releasing their first album in 2012.

At by:Larm 2013 she was interviewed by Jude Rodgers, journalist for The Guardian. Rodgers and Neneh track through her career, starting at her roots, discussing her transition into mainstream pop music, and ending at her current jazz project.

Video edit of Neneh Cherry’s Q&A at by:Larm Festival 2013.


Van Dyke Parks on the music industry

February 7, 2014

Van Dyke Parks shares some perspectives on the music industry at by:Larm in Oslo, Norway.

Van Dyke Parks is an American composer, arranger, producer, instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, writer, and actor, perhaps best known for his collaborations with musician Brian Wilson, and especially for his lyrical contributions to the Beach Boys’ Smile project.

Besides numerous collaborations with the Beach Boys, he has worked with such notable performers as The Byrds, Tim Buckley, Loudon Wainwright III, Rufus Wainwright, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Joanna Newsom, Grizzly Bear, Ringo Starr and more. In addition to producing other artists, Parks has released several studio albums of his own recordings.

At by:Larm 2013 he was interviewed by British music critic and journalist Barney Hoskyns. Hoskyns asks Parks one, and only one, extensive and very interesting question…

Video edit of Van Dyke Parks’ Q&A at by:Larm Festival 2013.


Tomas Alfredson on sound and silence

June 26, 2013


Tomas Alfredson is one of the most acclaimed Scandinavian directors today, highly praised for his deeply atmospheric films Let The Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) and the BAFTA award-winning Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

In this Q&A from by:Larm 2013 in Oslo, Norway, he talks about his life and work, the music and movies that inspired him, and the role of sound and silence on celluloid.


Todd Rundgren at by:Larm

March 8, 2012

The musician, songwriter, producer and legend, Todd Rundgren, narrowly escaped the Grammy Awards and came to Oslo, to participate in a Q&A about his long and eventful career.

Though, there’s not much room for Q’s as long as Todd willingly shares from his diverse career in the music industry.

His career started after a concert with The Mamas & the Papas and The Who, just by the way he looked. Yes, he had made an effort to look like a rock star.

Soon he lived like The Beatles and was already tired of publicity when their first album was released. Producing seemed to be a way out from the public eye, while continuing to do what he loved.

His talent was noticed and soon he was engineering the legendary record Stage Fright of The Band and Robbie Robertson.

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