Photo: Ailsa Fineron
We talk to our favourite people about all things Bristol, from food to favourite bands. This month, we pick the brains of ‘The Good Immigrant’ editor and Rife Magazine’s Nikesh Shukla.
Hi Nikesh! When did you first move to Bristol?
I moved here in 2011, from London.
What was the last gig you went to here?
I don’t go out much anymore because I have kids. But in the last few years, I’ve seen my friends Josie Long and Nish Kumar do stand-up, Damian Jurado sing sad songs and Kojey Radical be amazing. I can’t remember the chronology of it though.
Who’s your top Bristol band / artist at the moment?
I love ThisIsDA. You can’t go wrong with boom-bap. And you can’t go wrong with dexterous wordplay.
How would you describe the music scene here?
Working for Rife Magazine, we get so many pitches to write articles about Bristol’s ‘vibrant’ music scene, which always makes me feel sick in my mouth a little bit. So not that.
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
The thing that charmed me the most when I moved here from London was hearing everyone say hello and goodbye to bus drivers.
And your least favourite?
Actually riding on the buses. And the feeling, sometimes, that while this city is very multi-cultural, it’s not hugely inter-cultural.
What are your favourite eats around town?
Tiffins. It’s a small Gujarati takeaway in Kingsdown. They make kichdi and kadhi like my mum used to make.
How did you get involved with Rife Magazine?
I was working in a job I hated, feeling like I needed to utilise the skills I had: writing, editing, an enthusiasm for good, and working with young people seemed like the best fit. Luckily, the Watershed came a-knocking.
What’s been one of your highlights of the year?
The response to The Good Immigrant has been incredible. As has the response to the crowdfunding campaign for Rife Magazine.
Anthology ‘The Good Immigrant’ is out now. Shukla’s latest project, ‘Rife: Twenty Stories from Britain’s Youth’ has just been fully funded – more info can be found here. Watch an extended interview with him below!