Musical Revolution in Angola – Interview with Activist Luaty Beirão

November 11th, 2012 was the 37th anniversary of Angola gaining independence from Portugal. But independence sparked off a long and bloody civil war between the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) against the the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), […]


Beardyman Beatboxing live (HESO Magazine)

BeardyMan: The Interview

The two-time UK Beatbox Champion takes time out of his packed schedule to tell Heso Magazine about the inspirational genius of Bach and recording his solo album naked while surrounded by monks… HESO Magazine: Your hometown is Brighton. For the benefit of readers outside England, enlighten us about the little town by the sea that […]

Mars At Maxs

The Beard – EP 4 – Punk Pt. II – New Wave to No Wave

There are no new waves, there is only the ocean. — Jean-Luc Godard Rock n’ roll has changed the world and its culture forever. From its inception, rock n’ roll influenced musicians across the world, each adding his or her own twist to it, giving birth to sub-genres, or the musical children of rock n’ […]

Mint Festival September 29, 2012

Mint Festival in Leeds UK

LEEDS! My favorite British accent has decided they need a festival. The teams behind the Leeds Mint Club and Mint Warehouse have decided that it would not be any trouble at all to say fuck it, let’s make a new Mint Festival. It’s happening on Saturday, 29th September 2012, Noon to One int he morning, […]

Okino Shuya © Maria Golomidova (HESO Magazine)

Shuya Okino Interview

Shuya Okino has been DJing on the international scene for more than two decades, bringing the best Crossover Jazz to the Americas, Europe and Asia in a soulful effort to bridge musical as well as cultural divides. Garnering early acclaim with Kyoto Jazz Massive’s first single, “Eclipse/Silent Messenger” and the release of the subsequent album […]

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra at Fujirock 2009 (Manny Santiago)

Best of Japan Decade part II 2009

This summary of the Japan I have come across since coming here in 2001 through today is by no means exhaustive and even now as I drink my 11.3% Trappistes Rochefort while rereading this, I am likely cringing at what I have left out. That said, how about we end the year with a few […]

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

HESO Best Music of 2012

There are several things I love about music in 2012. Forced to listen to it for hours at a time, House has finally begun to make some kind of sense to me, though it alternatively plops its repetitive self into the absurd column just as easily. Which parallels my feelings about Jack White’s Blunderbuss. Maybe […]