James Gilmore interviews the legendary artist-turned-technology investor and one of the country's most renowned futurists
will.i.am and Brian David Johnson are not as unlikely a pairing as you may first think.
As one of the founding members of The Black Eyed Peas, and as a talented solo artist and producer, will.i.am has sold nearly 10M singles in the UK alone. He is also a coach on the UK version of ‘The Voice’ and owns his own fashion label and technology company.
Brian David Johnson is a renowned futurist and roboticist who has authored multiple books including ‘21st Century Robot’ and ‘Vintage Tomorrows’.
The pair first met when they both worked at Intel (will.i.am as Director of Creative Innovation, and Brian David Johnson as a roboticist), their friendship evolved whilst discussing artificial intelligence and future technology – which is where the idea for their new book, ‘Wizards and Robots’ came from.
In a future where wizards are real, and robots…
Ellie Goulding is the first act to headline the Apple Music Festival
As the clock counts from 50 seconds to 40 seconds to 30 seconds to 20 seconds to 10 seconds to 0. The Apple Music Festival has started.
The first artist to headline the festival is Ellie Goulding, the pop princess who first gained notoriety after toping the BBC’s “Sound of…” poll in 2010 – leading to her debut studio album, ‘Lights’, debuting at the top of the charts.
The set opens with a compilation video of some of what a standard Ellie Goulding show should look like – adoring fans, lots of dancing and, of course, drums. If the next hour and a half is going to teach us anything, it’s that Ellie LOVES the drums.
As the music video ends, the rather vague music slowly turns into the familiar opening of her hit Calvin Harris-collaboration, ‘Outside’. The opening song gives us a proper taste of what…
It can’t be easy to open for a musical powerhouse such as Ellie Goulding, whose vocals are recognisable from a mile away. Luckily for attendees at the first night of the Apple Music Festival, the genius’ found a match.
Andra Day is an American R&B singer who’s vocals could be compared to as a mix of Amy Winehouse and Adele. Yes, it’s large praise but she has a voice which deserves it.
Powering through a setlist comprised entirely of her own tunes, Andra opens with slow ballad ‘Gold’, almost unfitting seeing as the slowly forming crowd are looking for a more upbeat vibe to kick off their Saturday night.
The set starts to pick up more half way through, with soulful tracks ‘Honey Or Fire’ and ‘Rise Up’, the latter especially receives a positive reaction from the crowd.
Ellie Goulding's full Apple Music Festival setlist. Here. Now.
Missed Ellie Goulding take over the Apple Music Festival on Saturday 19th September? You can view her full set below!
3. Goodness Gracious
5. Starry Eyed
6. Stay Awake
7. My Blood
8. Your Song (Elton John cover)
11. Figure 8
12. Only You
13. Anything Could Happen
14. I Need Your Love
16. You My Everything