True grit. It’s what believers are made of. It’s the fuel that drives visionaries to turn their dreams into reality, ploughing relentlessly through every obstacle that falls in their path on the way because their convictions are so solid. As Clash reaches its 15th anniversary, having survived these turbulent modern times in print as a fiercely independent title, our thoughts turn to those similarly focused individuals who dared to commit themselves to an unerring faith in the power of perseverance.
The second of this issue’s insistent cover stars is feel-good soul maestro Lizzo, whose protracted ascension bore two solo albums before this year’s breakout hit, ‘Juice’, validated her efforts and confirmed her as an exceptional and utterly defiant soul sensation – just what the world has been waiting for.
“My cards was to have this slow burn, this gradual growth, because I believe that I’m a career musician,” she tells Clash. “If pop stardom comes in in the middle of that, that’s going to be a pleasant change, but through and through I’m just going to be touring and making music forever.”
In an inspirational interview that extols and explores her devotion to her craft, Lizzo is a beacon of loud and proud confidence that shines radiantly.
Also featured in this issue is Lil Pump, Ezra Collective, Loyle Carner, Little Simz, Sigrid, Col3trane, Joji, David Crosby, Soak, and much more. Other covers to follow.
Clash 111 is available to buy online now ahead of its release next week – get the magazine HERE.