Having a Chat with 4 Piece band ‘CrossWires’

Today, I got the chance to Interview 4 Piece Cross Wires.

 

Want to get to know them and their amazing music keep reading 🙂

 

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What are your Full names and who does what in the band?
Cross Wires are Jonathan Chapman (vocals) Peter Muller (Guitar/backing Vocals) Pete Letch ( bass) and Ian Clarke (drums) all the words are written by me (Jonathan) and the music and arrangements come from the four of us working together in the studio.
What is your band’s Genre?
A bit of Punk, a bit of Post Punk, a bit of New Wave and a lot of hooks.
Give us a little bio of the band and 
you guys as individual.
We are a four piece from East London/Essex and have been Cross Wires since around 2011. We have played gigs all over London since then and We have released 4 EPs Forward/Repeat, Animal Heat, Dark Water and ASSEMBLY.
Where did you get the band name from?
We are named after an XTC song.
Are You Signed?
No but we are open to offers ha ha
How did the band come about?
We formed this band because we hated pretty much everything that was coming out of our local scene (I say that in the loosest sense of the term) at the time. It’s different now. There are some great bands coming out of Romford at the moment. We are playing a gig at the Stags Head in Hoxton on 30th August with 2 of them. Subrosa and Toliver. We are all very different sounding bands but it will be a great night.
How did you guys meet?
Drinking in indie clubs in Romford.
Who are your influences?
I don’t want to list bands as that seems a bit boring. The songs are influenced by relationships we have had good or bad, nostalgia, a fear of the future and days lost to drinking.
What are your backgrounds whether it’s in music or not?
We have all been in other bands over the years but only Cross Wires has ever really made any sense. We’ve all got other jobs that are too boring to talk about.
How did music come in to your lives and when did you start doing it?
I think each of us has been in to music from a young age. In means more to us than pretty much anything apart from our family’s.
When will you be releasing material?
We are recording a new EP in August at Sound Savers Studio in Homerton, East London and that will be out sometime later this year. We will be playing songs from it at our upcoming gigs.
how do you get inspiration to write songs?
The recent songs I’ve written lyrics for are slightly twisted versions of things that have happened to me in the past. A twisted version of the truth. A theme will run through the next EP but it’s up to people to listen and draw their own conclusions.
Has this impacted on this band or would you say it’s different?
Most of the time the other boys in the band don’t have a clue what I’m singing about anyway.
Where do you see the band in 2-5 years time?
The future.
If you wasn’t doing music what would you’s be doing?
Probably watching Friends. It always seems to be on.
do you have a website, social media pages and music pages for your fans?
You can download the latest EP at crosswires.bandcamp.com.

From Their Hometown Brighton to their Musical path. Get to Know 4 Piece ‘1InFive’

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Getting in touch with Brighton’s Unsigned 4 piece  ‘1InFive’ to get to know them more!

 

What are your Full names and ages?

Jay Halsall

Mike Roche

Chris Roche

James Twaites

 

All ageing between 25-42

 

What is your Bands Genre?

Put simply we’re a Rock band. We’ve also been referred to as Classic Rock and Hard Rock, but let’s

be honest it’s all Rock isn’t it?

 

Of course It’s all Rock!!!

 

Check out what the boys like!!!

 

Give us a little bio of the band and you guys as individual?

Jay: I Like Spicy foods, dogs and Jim Morrisson.

Mike: I’m the one who comes up with all the bizarre songs to cover and talks a lot about tone.

Chris: I Like Irish literature and Lithuanian food.

 James:Sports, yeah im classed as the sporty one,i like running and hockey or some sort of sport.

 

And as a Band, these 4 are just like every other lad thats loves music …which has to be decent and having a good beer and hanging out with free thinking, like minded, interesting people.

 

 

Where did you get the band name from?

Well it’s a media and political point more than anything. The sad truth is that 1 in Five children die

every year unnecessarily of things that are often curable and preventable – like malaria or diarrear

for example. It’s never reported in those terms, and no one who could really does anything significant

about it. There’s enough wealth in the world to sort issues like this out once and for all yet we don’t.

Rich people keep getting richer, some of them give money to charity of course but if you look at the

scale of what some people earn the amount they’re giving back is a tiny proportion most of the time.

We care about it and the band name is our way of making the point – in our own small way. And it f

works for us (like when you ask us what the band name means!). We are a band, not a political party,

but if we can raise awareness of it our way we will.

It’s also a bit of a nod to a great Doors song. “Five to One baby, One in Five, no-one here gets out

alive now…”

 

 

Who does what in the band?

I.e. who does the vocals, who plays what, who writes the songs

Jay Halsall – Vocals / Guitars

Mike Roche – Guitars / Backing Vocals

Chris Roche – Keyboards / Backing Vocals / Guitars

James Twaites – Bass / Backing Vocals

 

Having used a Studio drummer for their lasest EP ‘HoldOn’  , These are looking for a full time member too bang the drums for their tracks!

 

It could  be you… get in touch haha

All writing their own songs but taking melodies and riffs and picking the best!

 

Jay:  By the time we’ve all got a hold of something and we’ve riffed it out it always sounds completely different to how it started. That’s the great thing about having 4 people who can write together, you get a great mix of influences and styles that you can work with.

 

Not really wanting to be signed these guys are here for the music,fans and gigs but they do have an idea of what they want.

 

Are You Signed?

No. We’re not really into that. We might start up our own record label in the future, but for now there’s

no reason not to self promote. It means we can give music away for free that way. Music should be

free anyway, we’ll make our money from gigs and t-shirt sales, or vinyl maybe. But if we went to a

record label they’d try to change it or manipulate it, give us an image sell it, take a cut, and some

bright spark would put it on a torrent site anyway so what’s the point? We’re having a great time and

people seem to like what we’re doing so lets not muddy it by getting a record label involved!

 

What instruments do you play?

We’ve got a whole load of guitars between us. Mostly Gibson Les Paul’s, some Fender Strats, and

there’s an Epiphone Wilshire in there. We use Marshall and Mesa Boogie amps. James uses a

Peavey bass, Chris has got a really sexy Roland Keyboard and we use Gretsch drums. There’s also

some tambourines and shakers etc on the EP. We’re just finishing off a track for The Dragon Slayer

of Brighton’s upcoming podcast (check him out on twitter by the way @DragonSlayerBTN) which has

some cool sound effects using knives and cheese graters as well. So anything really,

 

How did the band come about?

We’ve all been in bands since we can remember. 1 in Five all started really in 2006 when Mike and

Jay formed a band called Montrose Avenue, named after the street Jay grew up on. Mike’s brother

Chris joined as a 2nd guitarist and we toured in and around South East England headlining local

shows and supporting signed touring artists like Imperial Vipers and Voodoo Six. In about 2011 we

parted ways and all went off to grow up a little bit but we never stopped wanting to play music.

Then last year in 2013 Jay and Mike started jamming and writing together again, bringing Chris back

– this time to play Keys. 1 in Five was formed and it was a more mature, distinct sound that began

to develop. Mike went to school with James and they’d also been in bands together since they could

remember so we were delighted when he joined in 2014 to play bass as finished off the Hold On EP.

 

 

How did you guys meet?

Mike and Chris are brothers. Mike went to school with James. And Jay and Mike used to work

together. So in short, Mike.

 

Who are your influences?

We could write 100s of names here, there are so many good bands and so many more coming out.

We were recently compared to The Doors and Deep Purple which is an amazing compliment. Other

influences include (but are not exclusive to) Led Zeppelin, Rival Sons, Black Star Riders, Alice in Chains,

Soundgarden, Pink Floyd & Slash…

 

What are your backgrounds whether it’s in music or not?

We’re just like everyone else, we work to pay the bills and we play music to have a good time. None

of us were born with silver spoons in our mouths so we’ve had to work hard to get to this point.

 

How did music come in to your lives and when did you start doing it?

Music comes to you at different points in your life. As children, and in your early teens you start

forming opinions and developing a taste in it. For Jay it was the Doors and The Clash, for Mike it was

Nirvana and The Levellers, Chris loved Jimi Hendrix, James was Neil Young. Then you meet people,

share your music, they share back and your taste widens and develops.

We all started playing in school, we’ve never stopped.

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Musically we always turn up with a few riffs or melodies that just sort of happen. The challenge is to

bring it together and capture some of the raw essence of what we’re doing before we all kind of jump

on it, mess around with it, put some structure in and start to turn it into a song.

Lyrically we write about things that matter to us. We’re all quite political and a bit ranty and Jay is

excellent at capturing that passion and anger and putting it to music.

 

 

 

Has this impacted on this band or would you say it’s different?

We do this because we enjoy it and its fun. There’s a serious message in there and we don’t think

enough people talk about it, so we’re bringing that together with some great music. There’s too much

throwaway music today, no-one really cares about the plastic pop idols and what they say but it’s

rammed down our throats so much we forget anything else exists. We talk about important issues,

speak strong political messages and explore actual emotions. We don’t want to ram it down people’s

throats, but we do want you to think about.

 

When will you be releasing material?

The Hold On EP is out now! You can stream it for free on SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/

1infive/sets/holdon) and download it for free from our website http://www.1inFive.com

 

Where do you see the band in 2-5 years time?

Doing the same thing, but with more fans, more gigs, more albums and having even more fun.

 

This is what youngster need to look up too! dont you think, they need to know that Music should be shown to the world but not for fame, it should just be for the love of the music and letting others be inspired by it!

 

If you wasn’t doing music what would you’s be doing?

Probably thinking about playing music.

 

Do you have a website, social media pages and music pages for your fans?

Yes! You can contact us in loads of ways…

Website: http://www.1inFive.com

Listen: http://www.SoundCloud.com/1inFive

Like: http://www.Facebook.com/1inFive

Follow: http://www.Twitter.com/1inFiveHQ

Watch: http://www.YouTube.com/1inFiveHQ

Read: http://www.1inFivenews.tumblr.com

E-mail: 1inFiveHQ@gmail.com

 

 

Go check out ‘1InFive’ from Brighton and be sure to follow their musical journey…

Get To Know New Manchester Boyband ‘LOUDKIDZ’

LOUDKIDZ

 

So i got in touch with lead vocalist for ‘LOUDKIDZ’ and asked if I could have an interview and they said YES!!

 

What are your Full names ?

Chez Davis , Benjamin Donaldson ,Jamie Skehan

What is your band’s Genre?

Acoustic driven Pop, with hints of R&B and Dance music

Give us a little bio of the band and you guys as individual.

As a band ‘LOUDKIDZ’ are from Manchester & Preston but from distinctly different musical backgrounds.Together, the thre boys formed LoudKidz..what makes us stand out from other boy bands is that our music is our own. We’re not styled, produced and written for by others – we define Ourselves by being Ourselves – creative, dynamic and NOW! as many people have said !!!

Chez: I was a singer in a Punk-Pop band a few years back.

Ben: I come from Hip-Hop and Soul.

Jamie: I was  an indie/electronica record producer.

 

These boys get evertything done with just the knowledge they know and ready to get their music heard.

 

Where did you get the band name from?

We used to be called Clown Of The Neighbourhood , Then “Clown” but it was too hard to find us on youtube you’d just get a load of creepy Clowns coming up and nobody wants that haha … So we just used our Dj-Remix Name “LoudKidz” which we already had instead 🙂

Who does what in the band? 

Chez: I’m Lead Vocalist and Guitarist.

Ben: Im the Rapper and also play Piano.

Jamie: I do the backing vocals, play guitar and Piano.

Are You Signed?

Snap B Music is Our management and consists of Bjorn De water & Simon Napier Bell (Wham,The Yardbirds,Boney M)

What other instruments do you play?

The Three Boys play a variety of Instruments.

Chez: I play Guitar,Bass,Drums …. a little bit of piano.

Ben:  I play Piano and These two are teaching me how to slap some Bass  too… which is good.

Jamie: I play Guitar,Bass,Percussion…. a lot of piano

 

How did the band come about?

The Band came about by chance really , at some amateur film festival a few years back now. Mine and jamies original pop video for Clown Of The Neighbourhood was being show cased…and at the end we was looking for a rapper to guest on some stuff of ours THE REST IS HISTORY haha and Also met at the festival which was a good thing Ben was there really.haha

Who are your influences?

A wide range of influences but here are some

Justin Timberlake, Outkast, Newton Faulkner, Green Day, Above & beyond, Oasis

 

How did music come in to your lives and when did you start doing it?

Chez: I was 12 years old and got my first guitar lesson and went from there.

Ben: i was around 17/18…

Chez: Rap battles with  scallys on the street  (

(they laugh)

Jamie: i was about 13 and messing with my brother recording together.

 

When will you be releasing material?

Thats hush hush 😉 but we will be uploading our first music video in the next couple of weeks on youtube so keep an eye out.

how do you get inspiration to write songs?

It comes pretty natural to us since we’re such close friends everything just seems to flow nice & easy and we always agree !!! which is good right ? haha

 

Of course its good…

 

Chez, You was in a band before LoudKidz, what happend, do you think you learnt a lot more from being in it?

We got signed we got loads of fans …my voice broke hahaha but Yeah its all just a learning curve . I was young !!! I recorded with all these famous bands & producers but now i’ve learnt my “Craft” …now I’m ready to go!!!

Has this impacted on this band or would you say it’s different?

LoudKidz is a much better band to be in, we’re best mates and we love the music we play !!! in my previous band we never saw eye to eye probably best it ended haha.

 

Where do you see the band in 2-5 years time?

Worldwide 😉

I hope to see you worldwide too!

 

If you wasn’t doing music what would you’s be doing?

Probably football for a decent professional club … I played for Manchester City until I was 13 Then Bolton Wanderers , Then Burnley Fc but the music is progressing massively so its a shame I couldn’t keep the football going!!! maybe ill get to play in the next Soccer Aid Robbie Williams does haha.

do you have a website, social media pages and music pages for your fans?www.Loudkidzmusic.com 

www.Twitter.com/Loudkidzmusic

http://www.Instagram.com/Loudkidz

www.facebook.com/Loudkidz 

 

 

Massive Thanks For your Time Boys… 

 

Make sure you are following this musical journey with Manchester Boyband ‘LOUDKIDZ’

 

Music is coming soon too!