Interviews & Features

This is a collection of some of the more in-depth interviews and features I've done on artists dating from around 2013 onward. Most of my earlier radio and magazine interviews (1994-2012) are now lost to time, but quotes from them are still sprinkled throughout the A-Z Essential Albums & Artists section.

21st century classical - An interview with Moderna Records

by Mike G, November 2019

The Montreal-based Moderna Records is tracing a line from electronic sound designers to classical composers, connecting them through the realms of ambient and cinematic music. I spoke with founder/manager Évolène Lüthi and label co-manager Nick Hyatt to learn more about one of modern classical's most formidable labels. Read more...

Mind Colours - The story of Beaumont Hannant

by Mike G, May 2019

During his brief recording and production career in the 1990’s, British DJ-composer-producer Beaumont Hannant was many things: a prolific and innovative figure in ambient techno and (ahem) intelligent dance music aka IDM; an adventurer in trip hop, hip hop, ambient pop, electro, alt rock and underground house. Then came a puzzling retirement. 20 years on, it’s time to rediscover his formidable but largely forgotten body of work via fresh interviews with collaborators, friends and journalists. Read more...

The Land Of Nod - An interview with Tom Middleton

by Mike G, April 2018

Super versatile DJ, composer, producer and now sleep science coach Tom Middleton is on a mission to help you sleep better, and he’s made an album designed to do just that. Ambient Music Guide spoke with the bearded one about his new adventure in sound. Read more...


Riding the Detroit Escalator - An Interview with Neil Ollivierra

by Mike G, November 2013

The Detroit-born Neil Ollivierra – painter, musician, novelist, graphic designer and now entertainment industry lawyer - is best known for a string of remarkable electronic albums and EPs he released under the name of The Detroit Escalator Co between 1996 and 2006. Fast forward to late 2013 when I found him alive and well, happy to grant Ambient Music Guide this remarkably in-depth and wide-ranging interview. Read more...


30 Years of Structures from Silence - An Interview with Steve Roach

by Mike G, March 2014

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of American composer Steve Roach's sublime meditative album Structures From Silence, now re-released in a newly remastered edition on Projekt Records. Steve Roach talks to Ambient Music Guide about its creation, while aficionados Stephen Hill, George Cruickshank, John Diliberto and Mark Prendergast reflect on a bonafide ambient classic. Read more...


Painting the Invisible Landscape – An Interview with Ishq

by Mike G, June 2014

For trippy ambient of the most subtle kind, Ishq sets the bar very high. Composer-producer Matt Hillier and vocalist Jacqueline Kersley create psychedelic sounds of gentle awe and wonder, evoking both their Cornwall home and the invisible landscapes beyond. Ambient Music Guide talks to the duo about 15-plus years of lucid music making. Read more...


The Luminous, The Dark – An Interview with Tim Story

by Mike G, January 2015

With a rich catalogue reaching back to the early 1980's, American synthesist, pianist and composer Tim Story remains a highly distinctive voice in American ambient. In an in-depth interview with Ambient Music Guide he talks about his career, the art of light & shade and his love of collaboration. Read more...


20 Years of Phat - An Interview with Sounds From The Ground

by Mike G, April 2014

Nick Woolfson and Elliot Morgan Jones are UK ambient dub act Sounds From The Ground. Formed in 1994 and enduring well beyond ambient dance music's first big wave, they talk to Ambient Music Guide about their 20 years together spent deep in the groove. Read more...


Getting Into Deep - An Interview with Oliver Lieb

by Mike G, June 2013

A composer, producer and DJ for 25-plus years (born 1969, Frankfurt, Germany), Oliver Lieb's innovations and wide-ranging body of work have made him one of the greats of the electronic dance age. Even if you don't recognise the name you may know one his many project pseudonyms: LSG, Spicelab, The Ambush, Paragliders, S.O.L and many others. Read more..