Interview of Billow by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

ITW #14 – Billow (new single “Girls”, out now)

Billow is a four-piece dream pop band from Veselí nad Moravou, Czech Republic. Veselí is a small town in South Moravia – not far from the White Carpathians mountains where Billow write and record their songs.

Billow’s debut album, Maps, was released in 2017 on a Slovakian cassette label Z Tapes. This dreamy acoustic lo-fi record received a positive reception among Czech critics and was ranked as 5th best Czech album of that year on Beehype.

In 2019 Billow released on Z Tapes their sophomore album Seascape. They now promote their new single called Girls, and work on their next full-length album.

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Janaki's Palace - Everything is Temporary interview Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

ITW #13 – Janaki’s Palace (Everything is Temporary, out now)

Chiara, Lorenzo, Carlo, Matteo and Lorenzo form Janaki’s Palace. They released their stellar EP “Everything is Temporary” last January, and you should absolutely listen to it. Remember the excitement we felt for Lunar Vacation? This very same excitement is back with Janaki’s Palace.

Lorenzo Lena (drums) gave us some of his time to talk about the EP, their story, their creative process and 63466 other interesting topics.

One thing is sure: every breath they take, every move they make, every bond they break every step they take, we’ll be watching them and you’ll hear about it here.

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The Emma Press - book covers - Slow Culture

THIS WEEK IN ARTS VOL.3: The Emma Press (books + interview)

Awarded with a grant from Arts Council England only one year after being founded by Emma Wright, The Emma Press has been publishing books for eight years.

Eight years of meticulous combination of quantity and quality, eight years of uncompromising expression, eight years of unwavering determination.

We couldn’t be happier to immerse ourselves into the colorful world of The Emma Press, and couldn’t be more admirative of all the work accomplished so far. 

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Jason McMahon Odd West interview for Slow Culture

ITW #12 – Jason McMahon (Odd West out on Jan 31 2020)

Public transportation strikes can be painful. Not for us! Almost two months ago, we were stuck home on a cold Fall day. We then received an incoming message announcing Odd West, Jason McMahon’s first solo album after his abundant opportunities as a respected touring musician. Folk/americana? That aroused curiosity.

Our modest but hyperactive sound system didn’t fail to instantly reveal the richness of the twelve tracks of Odd West. Unsurprisingly enough, and beyond his musical abilities, JasonMcMahon has a sense of generosity and openness in his words that touched us and that you can find in this interview.

Before reading, press play to enjoy “Book of Knots” and “Ambisinistrous”.

 

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Presentation and interview of The Novella Project

ITW #11 – The Novella Project (Holland House Books)

The Novella Project (tutored by Holland House Books and supported by Arts Council England) is the ambitious reunion of two teams, each working on two books published each year.

Each party (including the author) comes from under-represented minorities and/or working class backgrounds. The main goal of The Novella Project is to learn: the merry teams are composed of interns with bright dreams and ever-growing motivations. Layout, marketing, editing, typography… Many fields and duties are put under the spotlight. Of course, authors can be directly involved too.

With the precious help of Holland House Books founder Robert Peett, we were lucky enough to interview Phaidra Robinson, Mia Skevington, Yinka Olanyia and Isabel Cash, all team members of The Novella Project. Find the results of their work at the end of this article!

Teamwork, responsibilities, communication and business vision, this interview is your opportunity to learn from these publishers in the making.

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