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Interview with Joel Baker

James Gilmore interviews the artist who's in his comeback moment after 3 years of planning his next steps...

It’s been a long time coming for Joel Baker.

The artist first made a name for himself with his 2013 EP ‘Long Sleeves, which blew up online and generated hundreds of thousands of streams, including the single ‘Further Than Feelings’ which is currently on over 3M streams.


As a completely independent artist, Baker then went on to release the 2014 EP, ‘Every Vessel’, before seemingly going silent.

In this time, trials and tribulations came as Joel Baker faced both emotional challenges and tried to sign to a label – finally signing to the esteemed Virgin EMI with whom he’s released his latest music.


Making a strong comeback in 2017, ‘Story (feat. Abra Cadabra)’ launched Joel Baker back into the mainstream, shortly followed by the release of his ‘Bag of Dreams’ mixtape. It’s the same Joel, just louder and more ferocious than ever…

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Politics

Hyer's Highlights: Jared O'Mara

Benji Hyer responds to listeners about responsibility on the internet following backlash to comments made by Jared O'Mara

Hyer's Highlights: Jared O'Mara

Jared O’Mara – the 36-year-old Sheffield Hallam MP who was elected in June by unseating ex-deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg – has been suspended by Labour while it investigates misogynistic and homophobic comments he is alleged to have made online before being elected to Parliament.

The Labour leadership described Mr O'Mara’s online remarks as “horrendous” and “vile”. The MP in question has also apologised for these comments and said he was “deeply ashamed” of his actions, although he denies some more claims about recent comments which have emerged as well.


O’Mara’s remarks were when he was in his 20s so this is serving as a genuine reminder to young people who post distasteful stuff online that their comments will be there for ever, and could come back to bite them further down the line if they hope to serve in public office.

On Benji Hyer’s…

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Politics

Hyer's Highlights: Brexit Bias at School

Benji Hyer speaks to Leave voter Jake Scott about the so-called Brexit bias at University, and where the issue is actually at.

Hyer's Highlights: Brexit Bias at School

Chris Heaton-Harris, a Conservative MP for Daventry and a staunch Eurosceptic, wrote to vice-chancellors at the start of this month asking for syllabuses, any online material, and most significantly, the names of any professors involved in teaching European affairs “with particular reference to Brexit”.

According to a YouGov survey, more than 80% of academics voted to remain, and many lecturers receive EU funding for research.


Universities were deplored, branding the letter as ‘McCarthyism’. Professor Kevin Featherstone, head of the European Institute at the LSE, was outraged: “The letter reflects a past of a McCarthyite nature. It smacks of asking: are you or have you ever been in favour of remain? There is clearly an implied threat that universities will somehow be challenged for their bias.

On his Sunday radio show, Benji Hyer spoke to Leave voter Jake Scott, editor of ‘The Mallard’ (an online publication…

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