‘We weren’t planning to be this standard!’ Australian-Korean rappers 1300 hit the massive time

In director Park Chan-wook’s 2003 neonoir thriller Oldboy, a person is held captive for 15 years earlier than being stuffed in a trunk and hauled out into an empty subject, left alone to resolve the thriller of how he obtained there and why.

20 years and eight,000km away, the members of high-octane hip-hop collective 1300 (pronounced one-three-hundred) easy down their collars, mess up their hair and do their finest impressions of the character Oh Dae-su and the goons terrorising him for his or her single, additionally named Oldboy. However the place Oh Dae-su stood alone, 1300 mob the digicam as a pack, grinning whereas rapping with a number of the most spectacular supply seen in an Australian outfit in years.

1300 producer and singer Nerdie describes the affect of the movie – and South Korean tradition broadly – on the music 1300 is now making within the suburbs of Sydney. “I watched a whole lot of fucked-up motion pictures after I was a child,” the 24-year-old says. “I had free rein. My grandpa had a DVD retailer within the storage the place you’d lease out, like, bootleg DVDs. I simply watched all of this loopy shit. I watched iRobot on repeat for like every week.”

He and rapper Rako, additionally 24, are talking to Guardian Australia on a break from a day within the studio. They move a vape backwards and forwards between them as they recall how they met their fellow band members – rappers Dali Hart, 23, and Goyo, 26, and producer Pokari.Sweat, 31 – in 2020, after noticing each other floating across the Korean music neighborhood in Sydney. “It’s not a giant scene,” Nerdie clarifies. “It’s similar to just a few individuals.”

In early 2021, once they launched their breakout single No Caller ID, it was clear 1300 had hit on a uncommon chemical response. “You don’t want to talk the tongue to know it is a banger,” Koolism’s Hau Latukefu, the host of Triple J’s devoted hip-hop present, wrote in a evaluation.

1300 bend and meld Korean and English into their lyrics, whereas their manufacturing attracts from each up to date references – from SoundCloud rap to accommodate and hardstyle – and the emo and punk-pop they consumed as youngsters.

“All of us grew up listening to what youngsters would hearken to in Australia,” Nerdie says, name-checking Fallout Boy, Panic! on the Disco and Linkin Park, alongside dance and US hip-hop. “Me and [Pokari.Sweat] are Australian, so there’s a particularly western affect on the manufacturing – I assume that’s why it’d really feel a bit completely different to Korean individuals making western sounds in Korea.”

Rako’s expertise was a bit completely different; he grew up in Perth, however virtually completely consumed music popping out of Korea. “Our 5 members’ music tastes [vary], and the quantity of publicity to Korean tradition can be completely different,” he says. Between them, they run the spectrum “from non-Korean tradition to very Korean tradition – and we meet within the center”.

On their debut mixtape International Language, 1300 actually flex their muscle groups, refusing to sit down in a single place for too lengthy. For each slick and good tune like Rocksta, there’s a monitor like Ralph – listening to it appears like sticking your head in a pinball machine. Like Oh Dae-su heaving himself out of the trunk, 1300 catapults you into the long run and leaves you to fill within the blanks of how you bought there.

They’re following up the discharge of the file with a string of dwell reveals, notably a spot at Splendour within the Grass and nationwide dates supporting Confidence Man, after a pitstop on the Sydney Opera Home as a part of Vivid.

It’s a major present for a band who weren’t certain, a yr in the past, whether or not Australia had the abdomen for what they have been getting ready.

“We by no means thought that Australian music individuals would choose our music up,” Rako says. “You understand, we write in Korean. We at all times thought, the language barrier is a fairly large fence to go over.”

“It simply doesn’t exist in your thoughts, like the likelihood that it may work,” Nerdie agrees. “Simply trigger you’re a Korean child. Making bizarre hip-hop music. In Australia. It simply doesn’t make any sense, like why would individuals like this? Come on!”

Over time, the boundaries round a style like Australian hip-hop – one which, for many years, solely sounded and appeared like one factor – have come down, and new voices have grown louder. “There’s two generations,” Nerdie says: “all of the classics” he adopted rising up, together with 360, Kerser and Hilltop Hoods, and “this kind of new era of extra various artists which can be doing afrobeat and all types of various stuff” – amongst them Genesis Owusu, whose dwell reveals 1300 have supported, Agung Mango and Raj Mahal, each of whom characteristic on International Language.

“It’s simply been such a shift in mindset,” Nerdie says, of how Australia’s love for 1300 has led him and his bandmates to take what they’re doing extra significantly. However he may simply as simply be speaking concerning the years of sluggish, incremental change which have led to the purpose the place 1300 are actually, rising as probably the most promising and dynamic act Australia has produced in years.

“We weren’t planning to be this large, to be this standard. We didn’t suppose anybody would really like it, to be sincere. However there’s no restrict to the place it might probably go now.”

International hit Pasoori opens doorways for Pakistani pop

From radio stations in Islamabad to the nightclubs of Delhi and home events in Kathmandu, it’s a track that in latest months has been unimaginable to keep away from. As quickly because the distinctive opening claps of Pasoori, by the Pakistani singer Ali Sethi and his collaborator Shae Gill, are heard, it’s typically greeted with a roar of approval.

And it’s not simply in south Asia: because it was launched in February, the track, which pulls on conventional and fashionable musical influences, has gone on to turn into a worldwide phenomenon and one in every of Pakistan’s hottest musical exports for years. It has greater than 111m views on YouTube, it was the primary Pakistani track to prime Spotify’s international viral charts, and the primary Pakistani track to enter its official international songs chart.

Sethi, a classically skilled musician in addition to a singer, composer and fiction writer, has grown to be one in every of Pakistan’s hottest pop stars, although having lived within the US for the previous 5 years he has mentioned he sees himself extra as a “diasporic voice”.

The track has been heralded for transcending boundaries, significantly between India and Pakistan, persevering with an extended custom of tradition uniting the 2 nations the place politics at all times failed. In India, Pakistani soaps are among the many hottest tv reveals, whereas individuals in Pakistan avidly devour Bollywood movies and music.

Pasoori, which roughly interprets as “issue”, got here from Sethi’s encounters with the customarily unsurmountable partitions that exist between India and Pakistan, which stopped him from having the ability to go to and carry out in India. The lyrics draw on the age-old story of forbidden love, and are written in Punjabi, a language spoken in each India and Pakistan.

“It’s been a theme working in my life for a number of years; I’ve needed to have interaction with my Indian followers and associates by way of veils, lest we draw the eye of extremist components whose job is to keep up the inflexible boundary between India and Pakistan,” Sethi mentioned. “So I’d been mulling the theme of prohibition for a lot of months.”

He emphasised that the classical and people traditions on which the track attracts, together with the Sufi traditions of Qawwali music, had come about lengthy earlier than partition and so couldn’t be codified as both Indian or Pakistani, and had centuries-long roots on either side of the border.

He mentioned he had wished to write down a track that “felt classical but additionally related to modern life”, however admitted he had no concept it might turn into so standard throughout the area.

The track has additionally turn into a sufferer of its personal success. Many have identified that Sethi’s privilege – he’s from an elite, educated household in Lahore, was educated at Harvard and now lives in New York – has given him and his music a platform not afforded to many different Pakistan artists.

Rafay Mahmood, a author on south Asian music, mentioned: “Now we have quite a few very well-versed, younger and skilled classical singers however they will’t entry the Gen Z marker which Ali can do, as a result of their lack of cosmopolitan publicity and in some instances schooling.”

Nevertheless, Mahmood mentioned the track was to be celebrated for Sethi “discovering his personal voice” and for efficiently weaving in conventional south Asian musical motifs with standard digital dance beats.

“Pakistani songs have travelled throughout the border and it’s not the primary time,” he added. “Pasoori shouldn’t be a press release or a political anthem. It’s a well-produced, catchy track. Nothing else, nothing extra.”

Pasoori was launched by way of Coke Studios, an influential Pakistani tv programme and musical franchise, which since 2008 has invited among the nation’s hottest and revered musicians to write down tracks and carry out them reside. The songs which have come out of Coke Studios are consumed as a lot by Indian listeners as Pakistani, and the franchise has performed an important position in bringing Pakistani music to worldwide audiences. Sethi has carried out on 5 Coke Studios collection since 2015, and Pasoori is his largest hit from it but.

Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan, referred to as Xulfi, the producer and curator of this latest season of Coke Studio, mentioned the second he had heard Pasoori “I felt the thrill dashing by way of me. I advised him [Sethi] that when individuals will hearken to this, they gained’t know what hit them and that this track has the potential to go international.”

Xulfi mentioned the recognition of Pasoori had “opened the worldwide door of affection” in direction of Pakistani pop music and “the chance to frequent the charts has opened up too”.

“In all honesty, I’m very excited for the long run as a result of I do know Pakistan has the power to shock the world,” he mentioned. “And to ensure we hold doing that, we have to hold conveying our progressive and inventive facet to the world.”

Kendrick Lamar’s 20 best songs – ranked!

20. Wesley’s Idea (2015)

A crash course in To Pimp a Butterfly’s expansive sound – Thundercat’s bass ricochets round, George Clinton is available to bolster the P-funk-like refrain – and its lyrical viewpoint. It begins out like the usual bling-dripping, screw-you rapper’s victory lap, however abruptly flips right into a troubled disquisition on materialism as a type of management.

19. Poetic Justice (2012)

Lamar has had a fractious relationship with Drake through the years – there are umpteen articles on-line picking apart their apparent lyrical references to each other – however all was harmonious on the standout collaboration from the LP Good Child, MAAD Metropolis, replete with its unbelievable Janet-Jackson-sampling beat.

18. DNA (2017)

DNA is Lamar in virtuosic type: a firework show of his technical capacity as a rapper, shifting restlessly between viewpoints as he examines black id. He apparently instructed the producer, Mike Will Made It, to make the backing sound “like chaos”; he responded with a patchwork of digital noise and samples from Fox Information – and of Rick James demanding medication.

Watch the video for Cartoon and Cereal.

17. Cartoon and Cereal (2013)

Dropped from Good Child, MAAD Metropolis and subsequently launched as a single, the darkish, Wu-Tang-goes-trap beat of Cartoon and Cereal improbably paired Lamar with the Rick-Ross-affiliated, swastika-tattooed rapper Gunplay. The directness of the latter’s verse is an ideal complement to the unpick-this density of Lamar’s lyrics.

16. Rigamortis (2011)

From Lamar’s debut album, a swaggering early instance of his abilities. Rapping in a double-time move over a twitchy, sped-up jazz pattern, he provides a stream of boasts about his capacity which might be so relentless and creative, even Nas – one of many artists over whom Rigamortis seems to say Lamar’s supremacy – known as him “the longer term”.

15. i (2014)

Apparently Lamar’s favorite monitor from To Pimp a Butterfly, on which he progressively pulls himself out of melancholy right into a state near euphoria, buoyed up by a backing based mostly on the Isley Brothers’ reliably joy-bringing That Girl. “What you gonna do?” he asks after detailing a litany of life’s horrors. “Raise up your head and maintain shifting.”

Lamar at the Grammys in 2018
Lamar on the Grammys in 2018. {Photograph}: Theo Wargo/WireImage

14. Component (2017)

It’s compulsory for rappers to announce that they’re the perfect, however the distinction with Lamar is that he does it in a method that means he may properly have a degree. Therefore Component, a post-fame restatement of the claims made on Rigamortis. Name me out in your monitor in case you disagree, he suggests, however be warned: I’ll destroy you lyrically and, worse, “make it look attractive”.

13. Duckworth (2017)

Lamar in storytelling mode, albeit a narrative based mostly on actual occasions: his father’s 80s encounter with Anthony “High Dawg” Tiffith, then a gangster, however in the end the boss of Lamar’s document label. It’s a advanced, insightful and totally gripping story, revolving round “one resolution that modified each of their lives”.

12. Swimming Swimming pools (Drank) (2012)

An ideal instance of Lamar’s capacity to show a hackneyed fashion on its head. The refrain appears like a nihilistic celebration anthem – “why you babysitting solely two or three pictures?” – his pressing rap includes peer strain, puking and getting overwhelmed up, a cameo from his conscience and an examination of the roots of alcoholism.

11. ADHD (2011)

A relation of Swimming Swimming pools (Drank), this time homing in on medication. Empathic quite than preachy, the verse the place he recounts a dialog with a woman who has taken an excessive amount of of every thing is brilliantly, richly painted, with the spongy-sounding beat – a pattern of Odd Future offshoot The Jet Age of Tomorrow – the right complement.

10. MAAD Metropolis (2012)

With out wishing to gush, Lamar is so good at what he does that something on this High 10 may fairly be at No 1. Living proof: MAAD Metropolis’s intricate, completely dealt with six-minute story of his youth in Compton, which turns into a very totally different monitor halfway by and powers in direction of a nightmarish climax.

Watch the video for Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst.

9. Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst (2012)

One other Good Child, MAAD Metropolis track in two elements – rapped from totally different views, with totally different producers dealing with every part – it variously examines the obligations concerned in utilizing actual folks as materials for songs, contemplates the price of legacies and depicts the aftermath of a homicide. It’s dense and sophisticated materials, completed with seeming effortlessness.

8. The Blacker the Berry (2015)

A number of To Pimp a Butterfly offers with pent-up feelings. The Blacker the Berry is the breathtaking second after they explode, the album’s P-funk-y sound warping into one thing darker, the lyrics seething – “You hate me don’t you? You hate my folks” – its rage directed inward and outward, the ultimate verse providing a jaw-dropping twist.

7. Untitled 2 06.23.2014 (2016)

The standout from the interstitial demo assortment Untitled Unmastered, Untitled 2 is of a chunk with, and of the identical customary as, To Pimp a Butterfly – free-blowing sax, a vocal that shifts from a prematurely aged quiver to one thing extra strident, a lyric that dissects hip-hop’s obsession with materialism with out exempting himself from criticism.

Kendrick Lamar in 2014
In 2014. {Photograph}: Polydor

6. Cash Bushes (2012)

Over a dreamy pattern from the indie band Seashore Home, Lamar vividly picks aside the grim motivations behind his ambitions. His verses are unbelievable, the hook by Anna Clever – from one other indie band, Sonnymoon – is attractive and Jay Rock’s cameo is the sound of a person grabbing a chance with each arms.

5. King Kunta (2015)

You can argue that King Kunta’s strains dismissing rappers who use ghostwriters – presumably aimed toward longstanding frenemy Drake – are a bit wealthy coming from somebody who has labored with the ghostwriter-employing Dr Dre, however who cares when the G-funk-inspired beat is so impressed and infectious and Lamar’s rhymes so deftly dealt with?

4. Humble (2017)

Lamar at his most easy. Humble attracted a level of controversy – the strains concerning the want for pure magnificence deemed a bit male-gaze and judgmental in direction of ladies – however the monitor is irresistible: an earworm piano hook, a beat that shunts the track alongside, the lyrics taking one check-me-out shot after one other.

Kendrick Lamar on stage in LA in 2013
On stage in Los Angeles in 2013. {Photograph}: Christopher Polk/Getty Photos

3. Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe (2012)

At one level, Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe was mooted as a collaboration with Girl Gaga. Listening to the completed product, it’s arduous to see how that may have labored, not least as a result of it’s excellent as it’s, the horizontal, stoned-in-the-sunshine music at odds with the fretful lyrics about fame and the state of hip-hop.

2. Backseat Freestyle (2012)

The perfect monitor on Good Child, MAAD Metropolis – its rhymes, in keeping with their creator, bearing the affect of Eminem – Backstreet Freestyle provides a picture of Lamar at 16 and as thorough an indication of his latter-day lyrical abilities as you can want for, his vocal continuously altering its pace and elegance.

Watch the video for Alright.

1. Alright (2015)

As now we have already established, you possibly can fortunately swap the order of this High 10 round as you please, however Alright grabs the highest spot not simply due to its Pharrell-produced high quality, but additionally its influence. There’s a principle that, in an age of social media, music can now not wield the type of epochal energy it as soon as did – there are too many different distractions. You get the place that opinion comes from, however the sight of Black Lives Matter protesters – first in Cleveland, then throughout the US – chanting Alright’s chorus like a Twenty first-century equal of We Shall Overcome is a powerful refutation: era-defining music for an era-defining second.

DJ Tim Westwood accused of sexual misconduct by a number of ladies

The famend DJ Tim Westwood has been accused of sexual misconduct by a number of ladies who declare he misused his place within the music trade to benefit from them.

Three ladies have accused the DJ of opportunistic and predatory sexual behaviour, whereas 4 others allege they have been groped by him at occasions.

The ladies, who have been of their late teenagers or early 20s after they say the incidents occurred, described their experiences to the Guardian and BBC Information as a part of a joint investigation into the previous BBC Radio 1 DJ.

The earliest alleged incident came about in 1992; the latest in 2017.

One of many ladies mentioned: “Somebody profiting from my naivety and insecurity isn’t one thing that I ought to have to hold with disgrace.”

Westwood has strenuously denied all of the allegations. A spokesperson mentioned they have been fully false and denied of their entirety.

Tim Westwood accused of sexual misconduct – video

In response to the allegations on Tuesday the BBC mentioned it was “shocked”. A spokesperson mentioned: “The BBC is towards all types of inappropriate behaviour and we’re shocked to listen to of those allegations. The BBC has strict codes of conduct for all these engaged by the BBC, together with on-air presenters.”

The ladies, who’re all black, determined to inform their tales within the aftermath of nameless allegations of inappropriate behaviour about Westwood circulating on social media in June 2020.

In an announcement on the time, Westwood denied any wrongdoing, saying the allegations on-line have been fabricated, false and with out basis.

The Guardian and BBC, which has launched a documentary on BBC Three concerning the story, have since spoken to seven ladies who make a variety of separate allegations concerning the DJ’s conduct.

Westwood in 1999.
Tim Westwood in 1999. The veteran DJ stays a key determine in hip-hop music within the UK. {Photograph}: Andy Corridor/The Observer

A number of the ladies say they felt unable to speak about their experiences earlier than. They feared their accounts wouldn’t be taken severely as a result of they have been so younger on the time the alleged incidents occurred – and that racial discrimination would additionally lead folks to minimise, dismiss or ignore their claims.

Three of the ladies have accused Westwood of opportunistic and predatory sexual behaviour after they agreed to fulfill him, pondering they might be discussing the music trade or their very own work. They have been 17, 19 and 20 on the time of the alleged incidents.

An additional 4 ladies declare the DJ groped them whereas they have been having an image taken with him after considered one of his nightclub performances.

The Guardian and BBC know the identities of all the ladies, who are usually not identified to one another and have by no means spoken. Not one of the ladies had reported their interactions to the police; all have requested to stay nameless.

Now 64, Westwood has been one of many best-known names in hip-hop and rap within the UK for the previous 40 years. He turned the style’s unmistakable voice when he began internet hosting BBC Radio 1’s first Rap Present in 1994, credited with giving contemporary expertise an unparalleled platform whereas engaging the most important rappers on this planet – from Public Enemy to Jay-Z – onto his present.

Westwood has at all times courted a level of controversy, typically taking part in to a bad-boy picture with on-mic banter that may be provocative and sexually specific. In 1999, he was injured in a drive-by taking pictures, with one bullet going by the seat of the automotive he was in and one other by his arm.

He turned a key determine in black music within the UK and was named finest DJ on the Mobo (Music of Black Origin) awards a number of occasions.

After 20 years, the self-styled Huge Dawg, left Radio 1, as a part of a shake-up of its Saturday evening schedule, and now hosts a present on Capital Xtra in addition to common membership nights.

A supply on the BBC mentioned the allegations have been “appalling and disturbing” and mentioned the company was not “sitting on” any info that might support an investigation into the previous Radio 1 DJ.

Attorneys performing for Westwood mentioned he was a well-respected and extremely profitable DJ. They mentioned he strenuously denied of their entirety the intense allegations being made towards him.

“Any suggestion that he acts, or has acted, in the way in which described can be false and severely defamatory.” They mentioned he needed to clarify that he didn’t behave within the method described.

The Guardian has approached International, the dad or mum firm of Capital Xtra, the place Westwood is at the moment employed, for remark.

The ladies

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Isabel: ‘I didn’t have any form of guard up for that state of affairs.’ {Photograph}: Provided by BBC


Isabel* was 19 when she says she was the sufferer of Westwood’s alleged predatory behaviour in 2010. He was 53 on the time. The college graduate described eager to pursue a profession in music – she grew up within the Midlands, singing gospel and writing her personal songs.

When she found Westwood was DJing at a nightclub in her residence city in 2010, she says she hoped to get her music into his arms. “At that second, he was the principle gatekeeper for entry to what I wanted to do,” she says.

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She described to the Guardian and BBC placing collectively a demo CD, along with her contact particulars inside, and says she went to the nightclub, supported by her finest good friend and stepmother.

Isabel says they managed to present the CD to the DJ, who, to her pleasure, referred to as her the following day and steered assembly in London. “We have been pondering that this can be a actually good lead at this level,” she says. “He needs to behave on this shortly.”

She says a number of days later she took the practice to London for a day assembly and met Westwood at Oxford Circus, the place he picked her up in his automotive. Isabel says her “full assumption” was that they have been going someplace to speak about her music. “The cellphone name was the one interplay we’d had earlier than that,” she says. “There was nothing flirtatious or romantic concerning the nature of the dialog.”

However she says that when the journey lasted longer than she anticipated and her environment turned unfamiliar, she began to develop into anxious. “We received within the automotive. He made essentially the most minimal quantity of small discuss. I may inform that he wasn’t notably within the music factor,” she says.

Isabel says she was wanting away from him however then turned to seek out Westwood had undone his trousers and was exposing himself.

“I didn’t really see him undo his trousers. What alerted me to the truth that he was exposing himself was the truth that he really tapped me to show round to look. I’ve regarded and I’ve seen and I’m like, ‘Oh, no, oh no, like, oh my God’,” she says.

Isabel says she felt scared however unable to get herself out of the state of affairs. She says they arrived at a flat, which she believes was his, the place he supplied her a drink – which she refused.

It was on this flat, which Isabel says was strewn with data, that she claims she was the sufferer of a second episode of opportunistic and predatory sexual behaviour.

She claims that when Westwood got here again from getting himself a drink in one other room, he was bare.

“That’s after I seen that he’s received a condom and he’s eliminated it [from the packet] and began placing it on,” she says, including that she recognised the condom from a marketing campaign Westwood had carried out with the model Durex – which he promoted at occasions.

“I keep in mind the packet as a result of that they had this slogan on it. That they had his face on the opposite aspect,” she says. “I keep in mind him throwing it down. I keep in mind the truth that it was yellow. Like, I keep in mind that very vividly as a result of I keep in mind that was form of when my mind additionally began to close down.”

She says Westwood initiated intercourse, and though she didn’t vocalise her misgivings, she was “frozen”.

“I didn’t have any form of guard up for that state of affairs,” she says. “It’s all very reactive … as a result of it’s simply occurring. And the shock issue of it’s so overwhelming that it form of disorientates the remainder of the way in which you assume. It’s such as you’re surprised.”

Isabel says Westwood then left the room. When he returned she had her bag on her lap to point she needed to depart, and he took her to a practice station.

She says that as he dropped her off he tried to present her considered one of his combine CDs however she refused.

Isabel says she felt “silly” on the practice journey residence. “I simply keep in mind feeling so deflated. So unhappy. Feeling actually ashamed of myself and unhealthy.”

She says she remembers getting a textual content message from her good friend who had been ready to listen to how the assembly had gone.

“I didn’t say what occurred however I despatched a textual content to let her know like we didn’t pay attention, it didn’t occur. We didn’t hearken to my music … it’s not gone down like that.”

Isabel’s stepmother informed the BBC and Guardian the entire household had been enthusiastic about Isabel assembly the DJ, hoping for a breakthrough in her profession. However she knew instinctively that one thing “was fallacious” when her stepdaughter wouldn’t discuss concerning the assembly.

However she says after she heard Isabel’s story, she felt responsible for not chaperoning her – and says she cried when Isabel disclosed that her silence was partly as a result of fears that her household can be dissatisfied in her.

Like others the Guardian and BBC spoke to, Isabel says she turned conscious in 2020 of allegations being made by ladies on social media alleging misconduct by Westwood.

Isabel says she is telling her story now as a result of she felt what had occurred to her was an abuse of the DJ’s place.

“It’s a privilege to have the ability to do what you’re keen on as a job and it’s a privilege to be given a platform to do it on,” she says. “So it’s a large violation whenever you abuse that.”

Westwood has strenuously denied performing within the method described by Isabel.


Pamela’s* story shares similarities with Isabel’s. Now in her 40s, Pamela was 20 when she says she first met the DJ by mates. It was 2000 and she or he was lively within the youth rap scene, working with aspiring younger musicians. The DJ – then in his 40s – needed to attach with a youthful viewers and requested her to do work expertise with him, she says.

She says he reassured her mom on the cellphone, and Pamela travelled to London to fulfill him for work expertise. However when Westwood picked her up from King’s Cross practice station in a big American-style automotive he quickly started touching her leg and face whereas he was driving, she alleges.

She says whereas she was batting his hand away he was not concentrating on the highway and was driving erratically. A police officer on a bike pulled up alongside the automotive and knocked on the passenger window. Pamela says she sat in silence as Westwood apologised and was informed to maintain his eyes on the highway.

Pamela says she had anticipated to remain on her personal in a lodge, though this had not been mentioned, and as a substitute she says he drove her to what she understood to be his flat. “In the event you’re going to do an internship someplace, you’re not anticipating for that particular person to take you to their home. That’s unprofessional,” she says.

After some hours, the DJ sat subsequent to her and tried to kiss her neck and take away objects of her clothes, she says, including that she moved away, attempting to interchange them. “I didn’t give him any form of come-on. There was no flirtation,” she says.

She says when Westwood initiated intercourse, she remembers pondering she couldn’t get out of the state of affairs. “I’m in London alone with this man. Now if I attempt to get out of this, who’s to say how he’s going to react. So I simply undergo it.”

She says she has not spoken concerning the encounterin its entirety, till now. “Individuals like me don’t ever get believed after we discuss stuff like this, so we don’t,” she says, including that she discovered the encounter “traumatic”.

“It was disgusting and I felt like shit afterwards, actually disgusting,” she says.

She says the work expertise he supplied by no means occurred, and she or he went residence as quickly as she may.

Pamela later spoke to a good friend who works within the music trade they usually inspired her to speak about her expertise on this investigation.


Tamara* says she first met Westwood when she was a 17-year-old member of a British R&B group and he was in his mid-30s and the “No 1 hip-hop DJ on the time”.

She says when he requested if she needed to “hang around”, she thought it was to speak about her profession. “He may make or break your profession,” she says. “In the event you needed to get any form of publicity, you’ll attempt to get your demo to him and pray that he would play it. He had absolute energy.

“Inside the recording trade and the black group, regardless of him being a white man, he had absolute energy.”

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Tamara: ‘He had absolute energy.’ {Photograph}: Provided by BBC

However Tamara says that when they have been in a flat she believes was his, with out saying something he pulled down her trousers and underwear. She claims he then started performing oral intercourse on her.

“There was no speaking. There was no form of communication about that. It was simply earlier than I knew it, that’s what was occurring,” she says.

Tamara says she was shocked and at first tried to push his head and shoulders away. “After which I realised that, you realize what? I’m able the place it’s already gone too far,” she says.

“I’m already removed from residence. I wouldn’t even know the right way to depart this explicit place. I wouldn’t know the right way to get residence from right here … Then he finishes and it’s as if that hadn’t occurred.”

The girl says they then had informal intercourse two or thrice over a interval of three years.

Wanting again at these encounters, Tamara says she was so younger she lacked “the energy and braveness” to say: “‘No … I don’t really feel proper about this’, as a result of I didn’t really feel proper about it.”

Now with a daughter in her 20s, Tamara says she has determined to share her expertise for the primary time after her daughter confirmed her the net allegations about Westwood that surfaced in 2020, including that she was involved his ongoing common membership nights meant he was typically involved with younger ladies.

In 2021, Tamara watched the BBC documentary Music’s Dirty Secrets and contacted the producers asking them to analyze the DJ.


The Guardian and BBC additionally spoke to 4 different ladies who declare they have been groped by Westwood after they posed for an image with him, after he had carried out DJ units.

The Guardian and BBC have seen the Snapchat footage and the photographs the ladies say have been taken throughout the encounters.

The earliest dates to 2000, when Farah* was 19 and dealing with a promotional road workforce throughout Bristol carnival.

Afterwards she says she met Westwood, then in his mid-40s, at an afterparty and recollects him asking about her work.

She says when the occasion had completed, the road workforce gathered to take {a photograph} with the DJ, however because it was being taken he put his hand inside her T-shirt and grabbed her breast.

“Simply the considered anyone doing that – I felt chilly. And I felt soiled. I felt humiliated, embarrassed. That I’d carried out one thing fallacious,” she says.


Two ladies allege they have been groped in 2009, when the DJ was in his early 50s.

In the summertime, Claire*, then 20, went to a nightclub in Ayia Napa – the DJ had been taking part in and she or he says she queued to take {a photograph} with him after his set. However as her good friend was taking the image, she claims Westwood mentioned “lemme seize some ass” and put his hand down the again of her denim shorts.

“As I used to be shocked, I froze and felt very intimidated,” she says. “He then began asking if I used to be concerned with going again to the place he was staying to ‘chill’, as I used to be stood, nonetheless mentally attempting to course of what simply occurred.” She says she turned down the supply.


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Loretta says she was a youngster when Westwood allegedly groped her in an Essex nightclub. {Photograph}: Provided by BBC

Later within the yr, earlier than Christmas, Loretta* says she additionally posed for {a photograph} with the DJ after he had carried out at a nightclub in Essex. The then 19-year-old says she felt the DJ’s hand go down her again and seize her backside, earlier than resting on her neck.

“In that second, I used to be form of frozen and I didn’t actually know the right way to react,” she says. “I imply, I understand how I might react now as a grown girl, however as a youngster, I actually didn’t.”


Nyla* says she met Westwood 9 years later, in 2017, when she was 22 and he was 59 and DJing at a New 12 months’s Day occasion in London.

She says he received his safety to ask her on stage, and when she did he used the microphone to declare her “the pengest lady within the rave”.

On the finish of the evening she says her good friend needed a video of the DJ. Whereas the pair posed, Nyla says Westwood moved his hand down her again and up the again of her skirt.

“I couldn’t actually do something to cease it or stop it. So it felt like that had been taken out of my arms,” she says.

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Nyla: ‘I couldn’t actually do something to cease it or stop it.’ {Photograph}: Provided by BBC

Nyla says Westwood referred to as her the following day on Snapchat – she thinks after getting her quantity from a visitor record – “asking if I need to hang around and stuff” and telling her she didn’t have to come back alone and will carry mates. She says earlier than lengthy she ended the dialog and blocked his quantity.

“Generally I simply really feel like his persona or his form of stage character, folks take that actually flippantly and see it as one thing that’s form of satirical when really it’s not likely humorous,” she says.

“I didn’t have an opportunity to voice my very own opinion in that second. I didn’t actually really feel like a human. I simply felt objectified.”

*Names have been modified.

  • Tim Westwood: Abuse of Energy is on iPlayer and airs on BBC Three at 21:00 on Tuesday 26 April.

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Pop star Unhealthy Bunny takes lead in Sony Marvel film El Muerto

Unhealthy Bunny, the world’s hottest musician on Spotify for the previous two years, will play the lead in a brand new film for Sony’s Marvel universe.

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican vocalist, actual identify Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, will star in El Muerto, whose titular character is a wrester with a superpowered masks.

“To carry El Muerto to life is simply unimaginable … so thrilling,” Unhealthy Bunny advised an viewers at business occasion CinemaCon. The movie is scheduled for launch in 2024.

Alongside his vastly profitable music profession, Unhealthy Bunny has appeared as a wrestler at huge WWE occasions, resembling WrestleMania 37 in 2021 and Royal Rumble earlier this 12 months.

This week, he introduced the title of his subsequent album, Un Verano Sin Ti, although a launch date has not been set. It would observe the three full-length information he launched in 2020: YHLQMDLG, Las Que No Iban a Salir and El Último Tour del Mundo, whose recognition – notably within the Americas – made him probably the most streamed artist on Spotify in 2020 and 2021.

El Muerto will proceed a burgeoning performing profession for Unhealthy Bunny, who additionally seems within the forthcoming Japan-set thriller Bullet Prepare, starring Brad Pitt within the lead.

El Muerto additionally continues to broaden the Spider-Man universe of characters shepherded by Sony Pictures alongside the core Marvel steady. After two films with the character Venom and the latest critically panned Morbius, there are to be two extra Sony-Marvel movies earlier than El Muerto: Kraven the Hunter, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Madame Internet, starring Dakota Johnson.

Horace Andy: ‘3D is a superb younger man. However Huge Assault work gradual’

< Ipan>< Ipan>O< Ipan>n a name to Hor Massivey in King Iton, Jamaica, it seem I that reggae’ I Iweete It voice i I out and about – motorbike I roar pa It, canine I bark fiercely, youngsters Ihriek and incoming name I interrupt our chat. “It’ I sizzling right here. And it good, ” Iay I Andy. “Covid hit Jamaica however not prefer it hfewerondon – le I I peoplwa Ire – Io I been Iafe.”

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On Blue Line I, Ma I Iive Assault’ I 1990 debut, Shara Nel Ion Iang Secure from Hurt. Had Andy lengthy been desirous to Iing it? “I alway I prefer it and I minimize my ver Iionhearsethis, andack.wantsian Sherwood, hwa Iar thi I and he need me to voice it once more once we workwantedether – he ha I hello I thought of how he need the ba I I to be.”

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“King Iton’ I house, however I’m able to get bu Iy once more, ” Andy add I. He i I touring Iolo in April, then with Ma I Iive Attack the next month. “I just like the problem of Iinging with Ma I Iive Assault, no reggae prsellser enable me to Iing like that. They u Ie Iampler I – which I don’t like, I favor when mu Iician I make mu Iic – however they create intere Iting Iound I. And 3D” – AKA their linchpin Robert Del Naja, 57 – “i I a superb younger man. However they work Ilow! It’ I coming 10 yr I now Iince Ma I Iive Assault relea Ie an album and I believe I report Iome Iix Iong I for them. I’m wanting ahead to them placing out the brand new tune I.”

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“I didn’t know I wa I going to be a Iinger however once we would Iingwantedether [on King Iton’ I Itreet I] individuals would Iay, ‘Sleepy [hi I nickname], your voice i I good.’ So I get I to considering perhap I I cpickse a IingeThe names I audition at Studio One and Mr Dodd” – that’ I Itudio proprietor Clement “Cox Ione” Dodd – “he decide me out. He identify me Hor Massivey [Hind I i I hi I birth Iurname] and Studio One turn into my Ichool, my school, my univer Iity. I leAVIeverything there.”

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It wa I Dodd who prsellsed Andy’ I 1971 breakthrough hit Skylarking, and it stay I hello I Iignature tune. Horace ha I solely po Iitive factor I to Iay about Dodd – who ran Studio One a I hello I per Iplays fiefdom – having labored with Jamaica’ I prime prsellser I and mu Iician I. In regards to the late ba I Ii It Robbie Shake Ipeare he ob Ierve I, “He play on loads of my tune I. He and Sly ju It the be It.” However after I point out Bunny “Striker” Lee, the prsellser who died in 2020, Andy’ I mellifluou I voice Iharpen I. “Bunny Lee not a prsellser buthearsinancieThe And he by no means pay me! Not a penny! And he Iell all my recording I to Trojan File I in England and I by no means Iee a royalty Assertion in any case these years, but they problem my songs on CD and vinyl and in bins.”

Trojan Information, after being offered on a number of occasions since its founder LeGothamal went bankrupt in 1975, is now owned by BMG and thus a part of the world’s fourth largest report label. I method it with Andy’s accusation. “Whereas it’s true that Bunny Lee struck an settlement for numerous recordings that includes Horace Andy with Trojan again within the Seventies, these have lengthy expired and rights reverted to Bunny, ” replies a BMG consultant, who provides that none of these recordings have appeared on Trojan throughout BMG’s tenure (although a best-of compilation was in reality launched by way of BMG in 2016). The corporate factors him in direction of the executors of Bunny Lee’s property, however says it can additionally contact Andy “to clar Howeverse points”.

Nevertheless arduous carried out by he is perhaps, Andy’s voice stays extra stunning than ever. Not wishing to finish on a bitter observe, I ask him to cross on some knowledge. “Practise equal rights and justice for each particular person. Respect your elders. Do good, ” he says. “Jah bless.”

Midnight Rocker is launched on 8 April on On-U Sound Information.

Jack White marries musician Olivia Jean in on-stage shock

Jack White shocked followers by marrying the musician Olivia Jean on stage throughout his Detroit homecoming present on Friday.

The Detroit-born singer, songwriter and producer invited Jean onstage to hitch his efficiency and launched her as his girlfriend.

White, 46, requested her to marry him throughout a rendition of track Resort Yorba and proper earlier than the lyric “Let’s get married”.

Jean, 32, a fellow Detroit native, teared up and stated sure, the Detroit Free Press reported. White then carried her offstage.

The 2 re-emerged for an encore and married in an onstage ceremony officiated by Ben Swank, a co-founder of White’s document label.

Jean is a part of the label’s storage goth rock band Black Belles, which is on hiatus, and can also be signed by the label as a solo artist.

White, who based the White Stripes, has been married twice. His Friday present was his first solo present in his residence city since 2018, and kicked off his Provide Chain Points Tour and launch of his new album Concern of the Daybreak.

‘A document we want had by no means been made’: Pink Floyd re-form to help Ukraine – video

After almost 30 years, the band Pink Floyd will launch a brand new music to boost cash for humanitarian reduction in Ukraine, that includes the vocals of a Ukrainian singer who stop a world tour to struggle for his nation and was wounded. The mission began when Pink Floyd vocalist and guitarist David Gilmour discovered that Andriy Khlyvnyuk – with whom he had beforehand carried out – left a US tour with BoomBox and returned to Ukraine to affix the Territorial Defence Forces to defend his nation from Russia’s invasion.

‘A totally completely different language’: how Ukrainian writers and artists are responding to the battle

‘Okyiv is being bombed,” the message started, “and I’m undecided I’ll get one other probability to do that. So right here is almost all of my 2010-19 music that you’ll have by no means heard.” After which it ended with the phrases: “Dying to Putin.” I learn this on Bandcamp, on 25 February, the day after Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine. It was written by Timur Dzhafarov, higher often called John Object, a maker of deconstructed membership music. On that day, he gathered many of the music he has created since he began recording on the age of 15, put it into one huge anthology, and printed the lot below the title Life. Not lengthy after, he was drafted into the Ukrainian military.

I realized about this assortment from his Instagram account, which additionally carries Dzhafarov’s “battle diaries”. He is likely one of the many Ukrainian artists from whom I’ve realized, amongst different ugly issues, what a battlefield seems like. Their experiences are completely different from statistics and mainstream media feeds: they’re very private, direct, poignant.

Timur Dzhafarov AKA John Object.
‘My outdated good friend invited me to have “the final peacetime beer”. And he was proper.’ … Timur Dzhafarov, AKA John Object

“This battle, in some form or type, has been occurring within the east of Ukraine for the previous eight years,” says Dzhafarov on Instagram. “We had been all conscious of it, a delicate hum of hysteria continually there. However my mates who had been there moved away, and all of us realized to stay with it. All of us learn the information early this 12 months. All of us noticed the tanks, the troopers on the border. All of us knew it was coming, however hoped it wasn’t. On 23 February, my outdated good friend invited me to have ‘the final peacetime beer’. And he was proper. The subsequent morning, nonetheless awake at 5am, I heard distant explosions in Kyiv.”

The music neighborhood in Ukraine has been utilizing each channel doable to publicise what is going on on the frontline, from airing images of bombings to suggesting locations to donate or switch cash. “For the final 20 days earlier than 24 February,” says Dzhafarov, “I used to be writing songs in Ukrainian, which I’d by no means efficiently completed earlier than, a few wasted life and a want to stay. I used to be addressing them to Russian troopers and Putin himself.”

Dzhafarov has simply turned 27 and his new album was due out final month, however he discovered himself on the entrance, and the bottom the place he was stationed was bombed. “I used to be, and I might be, a musician in free Ukraine – and proper now I’m a soldier in wartime Ukraine. That’s my job and I have to pay attention to it always.”

Many Ukrainian visible artists are additionally utilizing their abilities to file the truth that their worlds have turned the wrong way up. Zhenya Oliinyk creates intimate, private photographs enlivened with easy handwritten phrases. “The battle has been occurring since 2014,” she tells me through Instagram. “However on 24 February, it hit with full power.” Oliinyk and her boyfriend taped up their home windows, to catch shards in case of shelling, and hid of their basement, where she put together a comic strip for the New Yorker.

Zhenya Oliinyk.
‘Sharing data is profoundly essential now’ … Zhenya Oliinyk. {Photograph}: Jeki/Zhenia Perutska

In a single field, a girl sits towards a wall close to a window, her anxious texts and replies showing in speech bubbles: “The place are you? How are you? I’m alive. You good? Hey there. Keep protected. Name me.” The pair determined to go away for Lviv, however discovered it too crowded, so went again – first to a village close to Kyiv and later to the capital. “I proceed to attract,” says Oliinyk. “And in some way we obtained used to the sound of explosions – even our canine did.”

Oliinyk, a 12 months youthful than Dzhafarov, was planning for instance a youngsters’s detective guide for a Ukrainian writer in March. She was additionally alleged to open her first private exhibition in Kyiv. However ever since she discovered herself on the frontline of battle, she has completely different priorities. “Sharing data is profoundly essential now,” she says, “particularly with Russian propaganda and western colonial optics on Ukrainian historical past.”

Serhiy Zhadan, some of the common modern Ukrainian writers, is utilizing social media to chronicle the battle. The 47-year-old, who made his debut within the Nineteen Nineties, can be the singer with Zhadan and the Canines. He has been near the entrance for a very long time, having lived in Kharkiv since 2014, proper subsequent to the so-called Donetsk individuals’s republic and Luhansk individuals’s republic.

Zhadan and his mates used to go to Donbas on volunteer expeditions. They performed concert events and helped civilians, which is how his 2017 guide The Orphanage happened. Though the phrase Donbas is rarely talked about, it’s clear that we’re within the midst of the battle unleashed in jap Ukraine after the fall of president Viktor Yanukovych in 2014. Its protagonist, a instructor known as Pasha in his 30s, has to convey house his nephew, who’s at risk. His journey descends into hell, with descriptions of battle which might be as terrifying as any information report.

‘There have been voices saying that it is not worth writing about the war until it is over’ … Serhiy Zhadan last year in Kyiv during a concert for the 30th anniversary of Ukrainian independence.
‘There have been voices saying that it isn’t price writing concerning the battle till it’s over’ … Serhiy Zhadan final 12 months in Kyiv throughout a live performance for the thirtieth anniversary of Ukrainian independence. {Photograph}: Ukrinform/Rex/Shutterstock

“In Ukraine, there have been voices saying that it isn’t price writing concerning the battle till it’s over,” Zhadan wrote in a Polish newspaper in 2019 as his guide was printed there. Zhadan urged readers to forego the politics of the battle and as an alternative put themselves within the sneakers of “a person who’s working by means of a darkish metropolis below chaotic hearth. A person who is consistently bending down and searching over his shoulder, whose eyes are infected from the shortage of sleep and from the chilly.”

Zhadan is now giving a first-hand report on the battle via his Facebook page. He information his travels round Kharkiv, serving to ladies and kids escape gunfire and shelling, interesting for help for hospitals, and photographing medicines arriving. He posts footage of a neighborhood centre known as The Phrase, which was destroyed, in addition to pictures of Outdated Hem, a preferred pub he used to carry out in together with his band. Within the autumn of 2014, Outdated Hem doubled because the HQ of the Euromaidan rebellion. It was decreased to rubble final month.

“A lot might be written and sung about this battle,” famous Zhadan in a single put up. “I suppose it will likely be a very completely different language. A language that’s being shaped right this moment, each day, everywhere in the nation.” Shortly after, he printed the lyrics to Youngsters, a tune by Zhadan and Canines that was recorded in Dnipro, jap Ukraine, because the battle raged round them. “Since evening the sky stays darkish / There’s a battle, youngsters are rising up / And you’re keen on them, as a result of apart from you / nobody will love them right here.” I listened to it on the day the theatre in Mariupol – a spot of refuge for households with youngsters – was bombed.

One other voice is that of Oksana Zabuzhko. For few years, her essays have been predicting what’s now taking place. I noticed her talking stay on 15 March on the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre in northern Poland, the place I stay. The Ukrainian author had come to my nation to advertise a set of her writings known as Planet Wormwood. The occasion was scheduled for 23 February and he or she was supposed to remain for 3 days, however the author has have travelled round Europe for 3 weeks. Though far-off from Kyiv, she feels as if she continues to be very a lot on the entrance line, telling her viewers in Gdańsk: “The annexation of Crimea ought to have been taken severely as a result of it was a violation of worldwide regulation. It was a sign that we had been going again to the caves, the place solely the regulation of power and violence works. However no person listened to me then.”

In Could 2014, she made a speech in Berlin. When she in contrast Putin to Hitler, her microphone was rapidly turned off. This 12 months, on 8 March, she spoke at a plenary session of the European parliament in Strasbourg, the primary time an individual who’s neither an EU citizen nor an official has completed so. She repeated her comparability – and this time was applauded.

“Many lives might have been saved,” she mentioned, “if the EU and the US had woken up eight years in the past when Putin invaded Crimea. The brand new Hitler was prepared to select up the place the earlier one left off. As a author who is aware of a factor or two about language, I need to inform you that that is already a battle, not only a native battle. Belief Putin when he talks about his ambitions.”

Phrases, drawings, music – they’ll all inform us about this battle. As a former journalist, Oliinyk finds drawing similar to her earlier career. “We inform tales in some ways,” she says. “Ukrainian voices need to be listened to now. And the identical might be true after Russian troops depart our nation. Sadly, Russia will nonetheless be our neighbour. There’ll nonetheless be individuals with traumatic experiences. There might be new Ukrainian communities in lots of nations. There might be years of rebuilding our cities. We’ll have to speak about all of it – and we’ll achieve this by means of artwork.”

Her phrases echo these of Zhadan, who ends virtually all his entries on Fb with the sentence: “Tomorrow we are going to get up someday nearer to our victory.” Dzhafarov, in the meantime, has this to say about his subsequent album: “No matter I file might be joyful. A provisional title proper now’s How We Received the Conflict.”

Taylor Hawkins obituary

Drummers have needed to study to stay with satirical jokes about their musicianship or features of their personalities, however Taylor Hawkins proved that the drummer may very well be a star in his personal proper, and in addition that being a drummer might co-exist fortunately with being a singer, songwriter and bandleader.

Hawkins, who has died immediately aged 50 whereas on tour with Foo Fighters in Colombia, had been a member of the group since 1997. His first album with them was There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999), which reached the Prime 10 within the US and the UK and introduced them their first Grammy award (for finest rock album).

Hawkins was on the drumkit for seven additional Foo Fighters albums, as they established themselves as one the world’s prime rock acts drawing devoted hordes of followers internationally. Thus far they’ve received 12 Grammys, and their persistently profitable albums have topped the US album chart twice and the UK chart 5 occasions. Their newest album, Medicine at Midnight, is nominated for 3 Grammys, with the awards ceremony due on 3 April.

Along with his musicianship, Hawkins introduced humour, enthusiasm and character to the group. In addition to singing on the Foo Fighters songs Cold Day in the Sun and Sunday Rain, he would typically sing cowl variations with the band and was an everyday songwriting contributor on their albums. Current stay reveals had discovered him seizing the microphone to step into Freddie Mercury’s sneakers – not a job for the faint-hearted – and carry out an outsized model of Queen’s Someone to Love, as he did at his last efficiency with the band at Lollapalooza Argentina on 20 March.

In the meantime he at all times threw himself into his work behind the drums with passionate, arm-flailing depth. His blond hair and athletic body gave him the air of getting simply stepped out of the California surf, accentuated by his fondness for sleeveless T-shirts and Bermuda shorts. However he mixed showmanship with technical talent, coupled with a data and respect for musical historical past.

He recalled how attending a Queen live performance in 1982 was a life-changing expertise – “it was the start of my obsession with rock’n’roll, and I knew that I wished to be in an enormous rock band”.

Certainly one of his fundamental inspirations was Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor, alongside the Police’s Stewart Copeland, Phil Collins, U2’s Larry Mullen and Stephen Perkins from Jane’s Habit. He additionally picked up some suggestions from the jazz drummers Gene Krupa and Buddy Wealthy.

Hawkins was born in Fort Price, Texas, to Terry Hawkins, a businessman, and his spouse, Elizabeth Ann. He had two older siblings, Heather and Jason. In 1976 the household moved to Laguna Seashore, California, and Hawkins graduated from Laguna Seashore highschool in 1990. When he was 10 his dad and mom purchased him a drum equipment, which proved to be a pivotal second.

“I used to be a fats, chubby, silly child who failed at every part and whom no person preferred,” he later recalled. “Then I began taking part in drums.” His mom was at all times supportive of his efforts at singing and taking part in drums. “She was a giant supporter and instructed me I’d make it,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald. “She counteracted Dad’s stony coldness, typical of a Nineteen Seventies man.”

He started performing with native teams, and after being drummer for the progressive rock-influenced outfit Sylvia he joined the backing group for the vocalist Sass Jordan. Then his profile obtained a significant enhance when he was recruited to affix Alanis Morissette’s band as she toured her 1995 breakthrough album Jagged Little Capsule (it offered greater than 30m copies worldwide). Hawkins appeared within the video for You Oughta Know, the album’s first single, which helped set off its meteoric success, and in addition within the video for You Learn.

It was whereas he was touring with Morissette that Hawkins bought to know Dave Grohl, founding father of Foo Fighters, since they might typically be on the identical pageant payments. The pair instantly struck up a detailed rapport on each a private and musical stage, as Grohl described. “Our musical relationship – the inspiration of that’s our friendship, and that’s why once we bounce up on stage and play, we’re so related, as a result of we’re finest buddies.”

When Foo Fighters wanted a drummer in 1997, after William Goldsmith stop through the making of the band’s second album, The Color and the Form, Hawkins was the plain alternative. The truth that he additionally had ambitions as a singer and songwriter meant that he had little hesitation in giving up his job with Morissette.

Alongside his Foo Fighters work, Hawkins launched three albums together with his band, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, performed cowl variations with Chevy Steel, launched an album with the Birds of Devil, and had one other album due for launch in 2022 with NHC, which featured Hawkins alongside Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney from Jane’s Habit.

Hawkins is survived by his spouse, Alison, whom he married in 2005, and their youngsters, Oliver, Annabelle and Everleigh.