Lena Willikens © Mike Chalmers

Lena Willikens: The art of staying amateur

The Salon Des Amateurs resident discusses her foray into performance art with the collaborative project Phantom Kino Ballett

The Bristol DJ and vibe aficionado faces our quick-fire questions

“A real party is a labour of love”: Jane Fitz and Tasker break down clubland in 2018

An informal, candid conversation between two of UK dance music’s most influential figures

Nakhane

Dear Nakhane: Spiritual guidance on life, looks and problematic faves

Looking for wisdom on sex, self-love and navigating your way through the world? The South African actor and musician is here to help

Black Madonna Kiia

Dismantling dance music’s boys club

Smirnoff Equalising Music is campaigning for gender parity on line-ups by 2020. We look at how mentorship – from figures like The Black Madonna and Honey Dijon – can dismantle male dominance in dance music

Christine and the Queens © Michelle Helena Janssen

Christine and the Queens: A portrait of Chris

With her latest album, the French pop star has transformed, summoning the swagger of 1000 heartthrobs to unlock a bold, seductive new persona

Jonathan Castro

Jonathan Castro has wild visions

Talking community, maximalism and the joy of impurity with the designer behind this year’s Simple Things artwork

Fembot

Fearing the Fembot

Does the rise of computer-generated influencers indicate anything other than an efficient way to capitalise on the female form?

Daniel Avery © Tom Andrew

The Warehouse Project Curated by Daniel Avery

The Drone Logic artist will host a special edition of the Manchester night on 20 October

Flag Procession girls in full costume, Notting Hill Carnival, London, 2000s © Giles Moberly

15 photos you need to see tracing the evolution of Notting Hill Carnival

We asked Youth Club founders Jamie Brett and Lisa Der Weduwe to give us a sneak peek into their visual archive

Environmentalism

Greener rooms: how is the music industry responding to the environmental impact of touring?

From digital experiences to fronting climate change campaigns, we explore the different avenues in which artists can reduce their carbon footprint

MIA

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a fascinating portrait of a controversial star

Steve Loveridge’s long-delayed documentary of the Tamil rapper explores a complicated artist – and the emotional context behind her work

Outlook Festival 2018 © Ollie Kirk

In Photos: Outlook Festival 2018

Photographer Ollie Kirk was on site to capture the sun-kissed five-day extravaganza at Croatia’s Fort Punta Christo

Big Freedia

20 Questions: Big Freedia

Talking Beyoncé, regrettable tattoos and dates with the New Orleans artist

Nakhane

Dear Nakhane: Spiritual Guidance on Life, Looks and Tasteful Nudes

Looking for wisdom on sex, self-love and navigating your way through the world? Crack’s Agony Aunt is here to help

Johny, Papa and the dark implications of the memeification of kids’ TV

Childrens videos are increasingly being repurposed into creepy memes by adults. But this is a problematic trend, according to one expert