Mark Tyers

INTERVIEW: TM talks Chipmunk, Makina and NE Grime

Spennymoor Grime MC talks Chip, Makina and NE Grime ahead of his upcoming gig at Independent, Sunderland

  Spennymoor Grime MC Matty Topping [TM] has been making waves in the North East Grime scene for a few years and signed with Knowledge Is Power Promotions last year. Mark Tyers caught up with TM ahead of his upcoming gig at Independent, Sunderland and got his take on his career to date. MT: You […]

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INTERVIEW: Comin’ Straight from the Underground: The Just B

WARNING: There is strong language in the videos.

Since the release of their first album, and a memorable headline slot at Static, North East Grime duo HB (Newcastle’s H-Man and Ashington’s Just B) are arguably the hottest thing in the local underground rap-scene right now and they’re only just warming up.  Mark Tyers caught up with Just B to get his take on […]

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Interview: Spark FM’s Young Sceptic

Interview: Spark FM’s Young Sceptic

Young Sceptic (aka Rob Leatham) has been running The Hip-Hop Show on Spark FM since 2014 and has also started to host a monthly live rap night at Sunderland’s Independent music-venue. In this interview with Mark Tyers he talks about meeting Tim Westwood and some of his other music idols, life with Dyslexia and some […]

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Review: Beth Macari @ Surf Cafe

The surfers were out and a balmy, golden twilight was in full effect, bathing Tynemouth beach in a Southern California esque glow as this reviewer walked along the cliff road to the North East’s live-music-venue of-the -moment; The Surf Cafe, to catch an intimate performance from up-and-coming original Soul & Funk singer Beth Macari and […]

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Ballad Of The Princess – Leddie MC takes stock of her career to date

Ballad Of The Princess – Leddie MC takes stock of her career to date

Leddie MC is one the North East’s best rappers and producers and one half of Middlesbrough duo L&S.  Fresh from her first gig in 18 months, Mark Tyers talks with Leddie about supporting The Game and Chester P, career lows, getting engaged, her solo EP and L&S’s next album.   MT: So how did last […]

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Racism, ‘Realness’ and Rap: Interview with Sunderland’s New North East

Mark Tyers talks 21st century racism, “realness” and all things Grime and Hip-Hop with Wearside’s very own independent movement of rap artists, New North East (NNE), ahead of their first headline gig at Sunderland’s Independent on April 29. MT: A lot has happened since you supported Absorb in Independent last October – tell us a […]

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Sunderland duo writes award-winning song on the refugee crisis

Sunderland duo win International Songwriters Challenge

Fresh off their victory in an international song-writing challenge, Mark Tyers caught up with Thorney Close rapper Adam Penman and Town End Farm based singer-songwriter Rob Burlinson to ask them how the refugee-crisis inspired Safe came to be and what they’ll do to celebrate. Mark Tyers: The Indi.com original song-writing challenge is always entered by […]

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Live Music Preview: Lloyd Joyce @ Surf Cafe

Live Music Preview: Lloyd Joyce @ Surf Cafe

Mark Tyers talks to Sunderland singer-songwriter Lloyd Joyce about his upcoming gig at the prestigious Surf Cafe in Tynemouth, the local music scene and on the break-up of Sunderland's next big thing; Plecdrum.Inc.

Mark Tyers talks to Sunderland singer-songwriter Lloyd Joyce about his upcoming gig at the prestigious Surf Cafe in Tynemouth, the local music scene and on the break-up of Sunderland’s next big thing; Plecdrum.Inc. Mark : On Friday your playing the Surf Cafe in Tynemouth, that’s quite a venue, pretty much anybody from the region whose […]

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Durham’s Lord of the Mic

Durham’s Lord of the Mic

Mark Tyers talks to ABSORB – the only North East artist that made it onto the MOBO Awards 2015 ‘One’s to watch’ list. Up-and-coming grime, dub-step and Drum-n-bass rapper Ben Traviss aka ABSORB has had his tracks played on Radio 1Xtra and many other radio stations over the last few years.  He’s also brought his […]