Writing

20 Questions for Die Hard...

20 Questions for Die Hard…

Every now and again, an artist arrives out of the blue with an extraordinary piece of work – almost perfect and complete. For me, Glasgow band Die Hard‘s album is one of the most ambitious, inspiring and downright psychedelic records you’ll hear all year. It’s available now on white vinyl and download… and I’m pretty […]

35 Scottish Artists to Watch in 2012...

35 Scottish Artists to Watch in 2012…

It’s that time of year again, so here goes… Last year I made a list of 50 artists to investigate over the course of the oncoming year. It did seem a little excessive, so this year I’ve streamlined to… ahem… 35! Ach well… You may have heard some of them on my BBC shows recently. […]

My Monthly Night at Electric Circus...

My Monthly Night at Electric Circus…

In October 2011, with the help of the illustrious John Paul Mason I started a new monthly night at Electric Circus in Edinburgh. Simply entitled ‘Vic Galloway Presents…’ the idea was to inject a little ‘New Music’ action into the capital’s occasionally stagnant and predictable pre-club night-life. It was nothing particularly inventive – just 3 […]

Favourite 50 Albums of 2011...

Favourite 50 Albums of 2011…

Contrary to what many might think… 2011 wasn’t ALL about homogenised, manufactured pop and doom ‘n’ gloom for the music industry. It was in fact a glorious year for music across all genres, if you’re willing to seek it out. As ever, I was trawling though it trying to find some real gems and playing […]

Best gig of 2011...

Best gig of 2011…

As you can probably imagine, I attend a massive amount of live shows and festivals over a 12 month period and see a load of great, and not so great bands, play in a myriad of different settings. Some gigs are soulful and impassioned events with artists showcasing their innate talent and offering up a […]

Sex Pistols... Bodies... Let's get lyrical!

Sex Pistols… Bodies… Let’s get lyrical!

Something on Bodies by Sex Pistols for Let’s Get Lyrical. I immersed myself in pop music from a very young age and began by buying records by Adam & the Ants and Madness from 8 years old onwards. However, I was almost immediately drawn to the darker side of ‘pop’. When a friend brought back the infamous […]

Hero Worship... Adam Ant!

Hero Worship… Adam Ant!

Photo courtesy of Gerard McNamara   Here’s a Hero Worship piece for The Skinny Magazine on Adam Ant… yes indeed! Critics, tastemakers and elitists may simply turn their noses up at my figure of worship in this piece, casting him off as nothing but a novelty, pop act from the New Romantic 1980s. Naturally, I […]

Blondie at T in the Park...

Blondie at T in the Park…

Here’s a blog I did for the BBC Radio Scotland website on meeting Blondie at T in the Park. As we all know, T in the Park is Scotland’s biggest party of the year. It’s a mammoth logistical task for the organisers to arrange, and now its success is rivalled by nothing else in the […]