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Journalist • Broadcaster • Composer

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Welcome to my website. I'm the music reporter for BBC News, covering industry stories, chart news and artist interviews. Over the years, I've been lucky enough to speak to everyone from Madonna and Paul McCartney to Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran . I'll post links to the best ones here, alongside some of my radio and TV work.

Dave Grohl Q&A

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I jumped on a Zoom call with Dave Grohl last week, shortly before President Biden's inauguration (at which the Foo Fighters played) for a chat about his new album, US politics and funky drumming.  Pretty much the entire conversation ended up being used, in some form or another, in my BBC News write-up. But for the completists, here's a full transcript of our chat, with all the rambling asides left in. It won't come as a surprise to learn that he comes across as a genuinely nice guy, even by the medium of video chat.

The best albums and songs of 2020

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What a year it's been for music. Concerts might have been completely wiped out, but artists have responded with powerful, career-defining, albums and songs.

The best music of 2020 (BBC version)

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  Every year, I sit down with a packet of digestives and a massive Excel spreadsheet to work out the definitive  list of the best albums and songs of the last 12 months.

A chat with Keith Richards

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You can't tell unless you squint, but the above image is Keith Richards striding across the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2013...

Lana Del Rey interview off-cuts

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Back at the start of her career, I sat down for a lengthy chat with Lana Del Rey in the coffee room of a posh London hotel. 

Phoebe Bridgers interview

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I was lucky enough to jump on the phone with Phoebe Bridgers for a chat about her successful/surreal 2020.