Posts Tagged ‘Kat Phan’

An interview with singer songwriter Roxy Rawson

Meet Miss Roxy Rawson, African aid worker by day and very talented musician by night. Her peculiar but highly infectious sound is influenced by the art house rock and folk of her childhood as well as her training as a classical musician

Written by Kat Phan


Roxy Rawson by Matilde Sazio.

Roxy Rawson isn't your average singer-songwriter, no. For a start, there's her quirky lyrics which cover topics as diverse as throwing apricot trees out of windows, philanthropy, pixies, cooks and thieves. Then there's the entertaining use of her onstage instrument of choice, the violin, to create compelling sounds, which include her using a pen to 'play' it or treating it in the same way as one would a guitar. And when the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is not in the studio or on stage flexing her musical and vocal muscles, she is working as a political activist, developing programmes on how to improve the infrastructure of African countries with the London-based NGO Justice Africa. Intrigued by this impressive young woman? So you should be.

A classically trained musician who studied at the Paris Conservatoire, Rawson first discovered her voice through joining an African choir (more on this later) and has since been wowing pretty much everyone who has had the… read more

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An interview with Joan As Police Woman

Known mainly for her melancholic torch songs, the singer/songwriter Joan Wasser talks to Amelia's Magazine about her brilliant new album, new-found zest for life and goofing around with friends

Written by Kat Phan

Illustration by Matilde Sazio “This song is about fucking up against the wall,” announced Joan Wasser as an introduction to “Hard white wall”, a track from her second album To Survive at her Barbican […]

An interview with film director Henry Joost of Catfish

Amelia’s Magazine talks to the director behind one of the most intriguing films of 2010, currently showing at selected cinemas across the UK

Written by Kat Phan

Ariel “Rel” Schulman (left) and Henry Joost (right); illustration courtesy of Matilde Sazio The co-directors of Sundance favourite Catfish,  Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, met in high school and have been […]

A review of indie film Catfish

Documentary or mockumentary, Catfish has got all the critics talking…

Written by Kat Phan

Image courtesy of Rogue Initiating a relationship over the Internet is an age-old tale and I have friends who have successfully trodden this path, but not without some initial trepidation. […]

An interview with JD Samson of Brooklyn-based band and art/performance collective MEN

Funky electonica/disco-rock for the socially and politically conscious

Written by Kat Phan

(Left: Michael O’Neill, centre: JD Samson, right: Ginger Brooks Takahashi) Take two-parts infectious electro-disco rock, add an ounce of social politics, a splash of über cool haircuts, and a few […]

An interview with cake designer and alternative baker Lily Vanilli, a.k.a. Lily Jones

With a newly launched book and cupcake collection at Harrods, life is looking sweet for Lily Vanilli

Written by Kat Phan

Photography courtesy of Michael Clements I first heard of Lily Vanilli last year when I read an article in The Observer Magazine about the candidates who made the shortlist for Courvoisier […]

An interview with American artist Matthew Rose

Making sense of the non-sense

Written by Kat Phan

My situation (image courtesy of Matthew Rose) Matthew Rose is an American artist living in Paris known for his 1,000 piece wall-to-wall collages. On viewing his work, you can’t help […]

An interview with award-winning typeface designer and Royal College of Art lecturer Henrik Kubel

On the launch of A2/SW/HK’s most comprehensive typeface collection to date, the Danish typeface designer opens the doors of his sleek London-based design studio to Amelia’s Magazine to talk about his latest project and passion for type

Written by Kat Phan

Fifteen typefaces designed for commercial use, 2010 (A2-TYPE, London) On a bitingly chilly but sunny Saturday afternoon, I sauntered down to the A2/SW/HK design studio in the heart of Hoxton […]

An interview with King of Kitsch Luke Twigger

The British fine artist talks to Amelia’s Magazine about making tackiness cool

Written by Kat Phan

At first glance on Luke Twigger.co.uk, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you had stumbled across a slickly designed online charity/tacky souvenir shop. Firstly, there are the ornamental fawns, replicas […]

An interview with artist Jessica Albarn

You don’t want to mess with faeries. Well, at least not the ones in Jessica Albarn’s beautifully illustrated storybook, The Boy in the Oak anyway…

Written by Kat Phan

Like most girly girls growing up, my bedroom was decorated with various shades of baby pink and faerie-inspired memorabilia (I say most, but the latter could have just been me). […]

An interview with DJ/disco-dance/electro-pop musician Ali Love

Fans of the 1980s-inspired electro dancefloor movement rejoice! The Summer of Love is here...

Written by Kat Phan

I am standing on a sweaty tube to Ladbroke Grove and boy do I want to bust a move. I want to glide across the carriage, wind it up, shake […]

An interview with photographer Andrew Meredith

Amelia’s Magazine talks to the pensive man behind the lens about his new exhibition ‘Excursions’, showing at Riverside Studios

Written by Kat Phan

Havana, Cuba 2009 How do you define good travel photography? I’m not sure what other people think but for me, it’s an image that beckons with its infusion of colours, […]

An interview with The Cabinet of Living Cinema’s Rob Parkinson

Über-cool screen/music collaborative join forces with film label Future Shorts, and take their show on the road

Written by Kat Phan

Courtesy of The Cabinet of Living Cinema The cinema has certainly evolved since the early twentieth century when the first silent black and white film appeared on our screens, accompanied […]

An interview with indie band Delays

As the Southampton four-piece gear up for the release of their forth album, ‘Star Tiger, Star Ariel’, I meet two of the band members at their sold out London gig to talk about the inspiration behind their new record

Written by Kat Phan

Most bands have a limited shelf life, especially the ones who are hyped. Although a review like: “The first band in a decade to lay serious claim to The Stone […]

An interview with Swedish musician Lykke Li

The enigmatic genre-defying starlet takes time out to talk to Amelia's Magazine at a recent gig in London

Written by Kat Phan

Photography by Lee Goldup Sweden is a small country but it has produced some big exports. Whether it’s infectious pop, affordable furniture or fashionable, well-priced clothes (take a stab at […]

An interview with artist and illustrator Pete Fowler

The hugely talented yet humble artist talks about the inspiration behind Hot Chip’s window display for Selfridges’ 'Sounds of the Mind' project

Written by Kat Phan

Hot Chip – I Feel Better (close up) Two soft-bodied beasts wearing headphones hold onto each other tightly as sinister robotic-looking owls swoop over them. Two creatures – which look […]

Billbored highlights

So after a nail-biting election, we now face the first coalition government since Winston Churchill’s wartime administration – but first thing’s first, did any of you catch those cheeky ‘Billbored’ slogans??

Written by Kat Phan

Illustration by Leinz The above scene probably wasn’t too far off how things looked during those first few days after the election, as talks between Nick Clegg and David Cameron […]

A review of Ctrl.Alt.Shift’s latest venture, “Dear Diary”

A moving, poignant and sometimes hilarious look at the lives of others, showing at Super Superficial's Gallery Seven.

Written by Kat Phan

Dan Eldon’s visual diaries; courtesy of Kathy Eldon At some point in your life, you may have kept a diary, pouring into it all of your deepest and darkest thoughts; […]

A review of the David LaChapelle exhibition, Rape of Africa

This much hyped London exhibition runs until 25th May 2010 at the Robilant + Voena gallery. Armed only with glitz and glamour the Fellini of photography takes on global politics...

Written by Kat Phan

David LaChapelle’s ‘Rape of Africa’, illustrated by Lisa Stannard. I first discovered the deliciously decadent fantasy world of David LaChapelle as a spotty teenager when I used to flick through […]

John Grant – Queen of Denmark – Album Review

Religious family? Check. Gay? Check. Ex-drug and alcoholic addict? Check. Attempted suicide? Check. ABBA fan? Check. Welcome, to the colourful world of John Grant.

Written by Kat Phan

Having free-fallen into the darkest depths of despair after the imploding of his band The Czars in 2004, John Grant now makes a welcome return to the music scene with […]