Jamie xx: DIY’s June 2015 cover star revealed

We go ‘In Colour’ this month, with the new issue out this Friday (22nd May).

Jamie xx is on the cover of DIY’s June 2015 issue, out this Friday (22nd May), free via UK stockists, online and on Apple Newsstand.

This 26-year-old - real name Jamie Smith - is in one of the world’s most adored bands with The xx. And at the same time, he’s a go-to voice in the electronic world. Our June 2015 cover feature discovers a producer who’s only just beginning to grasp his position, at a strange in-between that nobody else can get close to.

Obsessed with niche movements and revivals, he’s just as happy DJ’ing a new night to thirty people as he is closing out a stage at a gigantic festival. He wouldn’t have it any other way, but it’s taken one hell of a journey to get here.

Jamie’s discovery of electronic music was a reclusive one. And from the beginning of The xx, he’s been the guy at the back (“it didn’t really matter if I looked miserable or not”). Debut album ‘In Colour’, however, is his way of getting personal. A manifestation of the way he thinks and feels, some songs have been hanging around for years, lurking from his early twenties to where he is today. “Going from being 17 to 26 - that’s one of the biggest parts of your life, in terms of how you shape as a person,” he says, and ‘In Colour’ documents this coming-of-age story, one that’s impossible to replicate.

Read the full cover feature in June’s issue of DIY and online from Friday 22nd May at 12PM GMT.

Also in the new issue of DIY, Everything Everything strike gold on their latest LP and talk about the serious themes that inspired their bold pop output this time round.

Elsewhere, Philadelphia-based duo Girlpool share in-jokes and talk debut album ‘Before The World Was Big’. Another exciting Stateside export is Bully - they meet hype head-on in our lead Neu feature.

Soak goes from skateboarding to taking over the world in a new interview, and The Maccabees tell us everything we need to know about their new record.

Plus Gengahr, Deftones, LA Priest, FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks), Death Cab For Cutie, Wolf Alice, Rae Morris, Hudson Mohawke, Girl Band, Destroyer, Marmozets, Slime, Of Monsters and Men and bloody loads more.

DIY’s June 2015 issue is free from record shops, venues and Dr. Martens stores from 22nd May onwards. It’ll also be available to read online for free on and via Apple Newsstand.

Pre-order a physical copy with a DIY tote bag below.

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