One of our most-played bands of late is undeniably Alabama Shakes. They’re currently mid-way through a mega tour (which now includes a slot on the iconic Pyramid stage at this year’s Glastonbury festival) and play the second weekend of Coachella tomorrow. We caught up with them ahead of their performance to talk life on the road, their much awaited new album ‘Sound & Color’ and find out what songs have been the soundtrack to their summer so far…
What can we expect from this summer’s live shows? We always give it all we’ve got! We play new and old songs and there are quiet moments and rocking moments. We do our best to show our appreciation for fans spending their time with us.
What’s been your favourite place to play so far?
It’s hard to pick one favourite place, but we once played at the White House and that was pretty surreal. However my ideal place is probably somewhere close to home where I can sleep in my own bed after the show!
What are the inspirations behind the new album ‘Sound & Color’? We’re inspired by artists such as Prince, Bjork, Gil-Scot Heron, Outkast, the list goes on! But personally we were inspired by our desire to make something new. We wanted to make something that combined our musical interests and at the same time do something new and push things beyond what you hear every day.
What music keeps you going when you’re on the road?
A lot of Bjork and D’Angelo.
Check out the ‘Shakes ultimate on-the-road tracks below:
Ice Cube – Today Was A Good Day
The Beach Boys – Don’t Talk, Put Your Head On My Shoulder
Fancy yourself the next big thing in music? Can you belt it out like Florence, or rock a bass line like Este from Haim? Then listen up, because Sony music are looking for a girl band.
Unlike the X Factor or other manufactured pop, they’re on the search for girls with a certain attitude – ones that have edge, play their own instruments and bring something distinctive. Sound like you? All you have to do is apply online, and you could be rocking the main stage at Glastonbury in summers to come!
Could Chloë Sevigny be any cooler? Probably not, which is probably why Rizzoli have teamed up with her to create a dreamy new coffee table book, dedicated to her continual effortless style.
With a foreword by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, it’s got all the inspirational Chloë images you could ever need – from Chloë’s modelling debut in New York magazine Sassy to Miu Miu campaigns and stills from her ever growing acting repertoire and personal photos taken by the lady herself over the past 25 years. Check out this sneak peek of our favourites…
If you’re one of model-turned-chef Danielle Copperman’s 17,000 Instagram followers, you’ll have already spotted numerous snaps of her latest tasty creation Qnola – a new (seriously healthy) breakfast option created from fashion food of the moment, quinoa. So, in a bid to get ourselves in shape for summer, we caught up with Danielle to talk clean eating, model moments and her next venture, the Qnola supper club.
Tell us about Qnola It was something I resorted to when I completely changed my dietary habits. I cut out wheat, gluten, grains and sugar and vowed only to eat natural, nourishing ingredients. I noticed there was no truly healthy, instant breakfast product available and wanted to change that.
What’s the best way to eat Qnola? I love Cacao Qnola with creamy homemade almond or tahini milk as it turns the milk chocolatey (hey, did I steal that slogan?)
Why did you start blogging? As a way to record recipes and research I was developing, I wanted somewhere to clearly lay out what I was learning and the new things I was making and experimenting with.
What’s been your favourite modelling job so far? Walking in the Chanel Dallas Trunk Show in London was a great experience – the clothes were amazing! But one of the best opportunities I’ve had was shooting in Miami on a beach for a week.
What’s the one beauty trick you learnt as a model?
Moisturise! And be careful with your eyes.
What’s your go-to outfit when you’re cooking? When I’m cooking from home I’ll lounge around in some ribbed navy wool joggers, a loose t-shirt and a long cashmere cardigan if it’s cold, and I’ll slip into my Birkenstocks. If I have guests over I’ll be in Mom style jeans and a turtle neck or a printed vintage dress and boots.
What can we expect from your supper club? I’m really excited, I’ve worked closely with the chef to develop a wholesome, seasonal menu where everything is natural – the menu contains many new recipes from my blog, I’ve also put together exclusive goodie bags in collaboration with a few of my favourite brands. I’m really looking forward to meeting a few of my followers properly!
Booking a holiday? Your planning just got easy thanks to these cool events going on in Berlin, Copenhagen and Barcelona. Generator Hostels has commissioned music and culture magazine BEAT to curate a series of creative talks from insiders in the music industry. All the events are free for everyone (you don’t even need to be staying at the hostel), and include entrance to the talk, a welcome drink and access to the after party. Just register here for one of the three talks below:
LITTLE BOOTS X BEAT AT GENERATOR COPENHAGEN
Visit Generator Copenhagen to hear singer Little Boots chat about her self-made music career – from releasing her album to setting up her own record label.
9th April / Talk: 8pm-9pm / Party: 9pm- 12am
HORSEMEAT DISCO X BEAT AT GENERATOR BERLIN MITTE
Luke Howard and Dave Kendrick are two of the four residents that make up the Horse Meat Disco DJ collective. They’ll be heading to Generator Berlin to give you an insight into their rise to the top.
23rd April / Talk: 8.30pm-9.30pm / Party: 9.30pm-2am
NTS RADIO X BEAT AT GENERATOR BARCELONA
NTS is a unique online radio station based in London’s Dalston. Co-founders Sean McAuliffe and Femi Adeyemi’s will be at Generator Paris to discuss online radio, setting up their own station and how online media is changing music consumption.
21st April / Talk: 8.30pm-9.30pm / Party: 9.30pm-2.30am