Saturday, February 06, 2010

My first podcast

I was wrangled into guest-hosting a podcast with the Run-Riot camp. Really wasn't too hyped on hearing my own voice recorded, (a surprise to many I'm sure ha ha) but, it was actually pretty fun.

It made a little splash too. Vice put it on their homepage and Patrick from Run-Riot is doing an interview with the BBC about it. Woo!

Toddla T for Sup mag

Did a fun interview with Sheffield DJ/producer Toddla T for NYC mag, Sup. Sup is a really cool music magazine with a strong focus on artists. My boy Josh Jones is their UK editor. Not sure if you can subscribe to it, but here's a list of stockists and most of the content is online. More photos from Dan Wilton here.

Toddla T

It’s been a big year for Sheffield-bred DJ, Toddla T. The 24 year-old dancehall-hip-hop-dubstep-grime-garage-rave selector has played countless festivals and hit the studio with UK MCs Roots Manuva and Tinchy Stryder. He’s released two records including his own Skanky Skanky (1965 Records, 2009) and the truly banging Fabriclive 47 mix. If that weren’t enough, he’s also hooked up a regular radio slot on BBC Radio 1 and just finished his first US tour.

All this bigness has taken its toll though. When ’SUP caught up with Toddla (known as Tom Bell to his mum and girlfriend, Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac), a nasty case of the swine flu kept him away from legendary UK festival, Glastonbury, while a freak bout of the mumps canned his Bestival appearance. Over iced lattes in east London nightspot, Cargo, Toddla tells ’SUP in his distinctive Northern accent and charming style about the early days, his thoughts on the current state of UK dance music and why he rates Biggie as the best rapper of all the interview here

Uncovering Seattle le cool style...

I went on an amazing press trip with Icelandair to Iceland and Seattle - and wrote the following piece for the Guardian...

Going underground in Seattle

In a city where the alternative is the everyday, just what do you do for kicks? Le cool's Chloe McCloskey delves into Seattle's underground for snowshoeing, ethically sourced coffee and subterranean tattoos...

Widely acknowledged for unleashing Starbucks upon the world and seeing the rise and fall of grunge legend Kurt Cobain, Seattle is more than just San Francisco's rainy, northern cousin. The seaport city sits among stunning natural surroundings and is incredibly progressive. This forward-thinking mindset, whereby good old American hospitality is combined with an earnest hippie attitude and a mature approach towards sustainable living, means that what many would consider alternative is actually just the norm.

Everything in this town seems to have been stuck with a 'locally sourced' or 'ethically traded' sticker and residents are damn proud of it. With its lively markets, thriving East Asian communities, excellent coffee houses and a small, but very cool hipster scene, Seattle is a great base from which to explore the Pacific Northwest or frankly, just chill out...Read full article here.