Craig David has had a pretty massive few years.
Having been at the top of his career in the early-00’s, things went a bit cold for David afterwards. The artist who’s first three records charted in the Top 5 of the charts, became a Top 20 artist instead.
But then, TS5 happened.
For those not in the know, TS5 stands for ‘Tower Suite 5’ and is the name of Craig David’s apartment in Miami where he would host and DJ his own parties. After he started broadcasting those parties and his DJ sets on the radio – things started to kick off again.
Following collaborations with Sigala in 2015 and Big Narstie, things started to change. 2016’s ‘Following My Intuition’ debuted at #1 on the UK Charts – his first #1 since his debut album in 2000 and his first album in 6 years (‘Signed Sealed Delivered’ was released in 2010).
And now, Craig David is a headline artist again.
We interviewed Craig David moments before he was due to headline the main stage at We Are FSTVL in London. Here’s what he had to say…
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We interview Craig David moments before he headlined the main stage at We Are FSTVL in London about his latest album 'Following My Intuition' and what he's listening to right now. (9 minutes)
We Are FSTVL returned this year for its 5th anniversary celebrations that touted a huge and varied lineup and camping for the first time.
The festival has run for the last four years and has seen headliners such as Fatboy Slim, DJ Fresh, Sigma and Disclosure. This year was no different, with Craig David headlining alongside Jonas Blue in the Terminal 1 tent.
Craig David brought his iconic TS5 DJ set to We Are FSTVL, playing a mix of fan favourites and tracks from upcoming British acts.
Kurupt FM, who have made a name for themselves from their hilarious mockumentary on BBC “People Just Do Nothing”, also made an appearance and played even more garage and old school tracks back to back. Both sets were energetic and were highlights of Saturday’s sets.
Other acts to grace the main stage included, Terminal 1, included Tchami, Armand Van Helden, Gorgon City and Jonas Blue. Terminal 1 was the biggest main stage We Are FSTVL has ever hosted, as part of their extended capacity due to high ticket demand this year. In fact, tickets for the Saturday and the Sunday line-ups sold out in record time.
We Are FSTVL’s Saturday line-up was one of the most diverse we’ve ever experienced, putting Drum & Bass, Techno, Garage, Grime and House DJs/acts back to back. There was something for everyone. Particular highlights were the Drum & Bass and Baseline DJ’s TQD, My Nu Leng and DJ Zinc, who took the crowd back to his Jungle roots.
TQD played a host of tracks from their new album ‘UKG’ and DJ Q from his mixed playlist “Pure Bassline” including the remixed ‘Connecta’ that matched the scorching weather with carnival vibes straight from Brazil.
The time after you leave Disney Channel often seems like a make-or-break moment, as talented individuals try to work out their position in the world after leaving the Disney Channel bubble.
R5 seem to have that nailed.
Made up of siblings Ross Lynch, Riker Lynch, Rocky Lynch, Rydel Lynch with friend (and Rydel’s now-boyfriend) Ellington Ratliff the band have been idolised by millions of fans since their debut album Louder was released in 2013.
But things are different now.
Even when their last album was released, 2015’s Sometime Last Night (an album which charted at #6 on the Billboard 200), Austin & Alley, the programme which brought Ross Lynch to fame, was still on the air. Now its 2017, the show has been over for nearly a year and, for the band, it's finally time to release a new set of songs.
Their latest EP New Addictions sees the band go raunchier, realer and more authentic – ditching the pop-rock vibes of the past two albums, and fully embracing a more experimental sound. And it seems to be working.
R5 are about to embark on another North American Tour this summer, and another tour which is likely to sell out. With this new sound, they have every chance to become the arena-selling band that they deserve to be.
James Gilmore interviewed Ross Lynch and Rocky Lynch from R5 about their new sound, their live dates and how they keep control over their projects.
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James Gilmore interviews Rocky and Ross from R5 about their new sound, their live dates and how they keep control over their projects. (9 minutes)