I TALKED ALL THINGS MUSIC,GIGS AND MORE WITH THE FANTASTIC ‘FRANKLIN LAKE’ BOYS THIS WEEK. CHECK OUT OUR CHAT HERE

what are  your Full name?

Franklin Lake

What is your genre of music? Pop/Urban
Give us a little bio about you and you guys as individuals.
TayTay– mixed heritage, bilingual, From Tottenham London Singer/songwriter
Jude Read – Mixed Heritage, Bilingual, From Crawley Singer/Songwriter
Ed Goacher – Ex Brighton & Hove Football player From Horsham
Carl Hainsby – SongWriter From Chingford
How long have you been doing music?

Jude, Tay, Carl have been working writing and
performing in a band together for two years before Ed joined.
What made you go in to music?

Music has been a major part of all our lives, I personally
trained in music from an early age – Jude
Are you a signed?

Yes we are signed to a independant label which distributes through
Universal. – Ed
Following the release of your EP ‘Supersonic’ , how did you feel about the response to it?
We are so new as a group on the scene we were pleased with the warmth the Uk showed
the track, we reached number 9 in the Music Week Pop Commercial chart so we are really
proud of it, Supersonic will be released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg,
Belgium, Netherlands on June 3rd we are so excited that a label in Europe wanted to
release it. – TayTay

You are also releasing you latest single ‘Fighter’, can you tell us more about it.
There is two versions of the track we wanted to show the diversity in a track, so one
version “ Fighter A Side” is urban/pop and the second version “Fighter B Side” is a pop/
rock version.
We had a lot of fun performing the B Side as it was a completley different sound.
“Fighter A Side” is out 1st April, and “Fighter B Side” is out on 15th April. – Carl

What is the inspiration behind the track?
Fighter” was written about the people that try and put you down and show negativity in
chasing your dreams and all it does is make you “Fight” for what you believe in.
There have been individuals that have been involved with us in some way or another on
our musical journeys and elements of our experiences with them have been put into our
lyrics. – TayTay
Can you give us a hint of what the next album or EP will be like?

One thing we are proud of is material we have always worked on original material, we are blessed to have a working team behind us who work along side Franklin Lake, so an album is ready too go whenever we are ready.
The album will be a timeless piece as we believe we have our own sound, The Franklin
Lake Sound with something for everyone to listen too. – Carl

What instruments do you play?

Piano and Guitar – Jude

Guitar – Ed

Who are your influences?
We listen to so many different genres and we make it a habit every week to select an artist
and listen to their work so everything from Stevie Wonder to the Weeknd – Carl

Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour?

We always have gigs with dates up and down the
country also a tour is being worked into our schedule which will be mental.- Ed

If you are, where are will you be heading?

Essex, London, Wales, Scotland, Newcastle,
Manchester is what we have seen so far on the diary. – Jude
You was at Soccer Six on Saturday 26th March, was you excited to play or see your fans
more?

It has got to be the fans, always great seeing people and taking all those selfies we
also got Easter eggs given to us, everyone is so supportive and we love them all. – TayTay

What the best gift you’ve ever received off a fan?

This is a tough question as everything we have ever been given is so very special so couldn’t choose, – Jude
Im so excited to talk about your new ‘Selfie Phone Cases’ tell us more about them?
Our Selfie cases were launched by a fantastic company Gooey.HQ in London’s Selfridges,
and on the cases are lyrics taken from our first EP “Supersonic”, One case has the lyric “
It only matters when I hear you” and another one has “I can’t talk about it”.
Inside the cases is a little bio about us and all our social media links, these cases are
collectible.
The fun thing with our cases is that they stick to glass, mirrors, TV’s and for your readers
we have a very special discount code FRANKLIN50 http://www.gooeyhq.com. – Carl
How did it come about collaborating with Goo.ey to make them?

TayTay met some lovely people at an event and pulled the whole thing together – Jude
What was the design process like, was it hard to decide which lyrics would be used?

We were fortunate enough to work with a designer “Luke” alongside our manager he played
around with some of the ideas and the lyrics were a really obvious choice and in keeping
with our brand. – TayTay
How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Lyrics can come at anytime, from something you experience in life yourself or something you see and feel, its the creative process
which we all enjoy, a lot of the time we write separate songs and then we come together
with musical ideas that we share with producers some songs work and some don’t the
whole idea is to keep writing. – Jude
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

As long as we are in music we will be happy – Carl
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

– Play football, Eat and spend time with loved ones as we have to sacrifice time with them to pursue our music. – Ed
If you could collaborate with one UK Artist who would it be?

Rudimental would be a good collab we were with them at Soccer Six so would loved to lock down together and come up with a banger. – TayTay
If you could collaborate with one USA Artist who would it be?

For me I would have to say the Weeknd. – Carl
Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in UK?

Our Dream venue would have to be Wembley. – Jude
Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?

How amazing would it be to perform at Madison Square Gardens we would love that – TayTay

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music
scene?

Michael Jackson’s music has been the biggest influence to us all – Jude
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

Treat everyone exactly the same from a music exec to someone who brings you a cup of tea, show respect to everyone.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry just as an artist?
Keep rehearsing, never stop working on your craft.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?

All for one and one for all, We are Franklin Lake.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?

Hairspray, USB, back up for the USB, Water still not chilled and another back up format for the USB.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
You can follow our journey on
Twitter – @FranklinLake_
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/franklinlake1
Instagram – FranklinLake_

REVIEW: JIMMY MOORE & CAS.D RELEASE LATEST SINGLE ‘DIGGING MY OWN GRAVE’

Jimmy Moore and Cas. D are a Aukland Pop duo but changing their sound with their latest single

‘Digging My Own Grave’ is different to their last releases but it’s safe to say they still have those appealing vocals that just makes you want to listen to it again and again.
With a heavy beat clashing with the vocals makes the rhythm just flow nicely and carries you along the track.
Deep but meaningful lyrics that you can hear in the voices that this is a song close to them and this is just part of a long story… Which may get told or may not.
CHECK OUT  THE NEW SINGLE  BELOW
FOLLOW JIMMY MOORE & CAS.D FOR MORE

I HAD A CHAT WITH MATT FROM MATT AND THE DISTRACTIONS A BAND FROM SAN FRANCISCO GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THEM HERE!

 

What is your Full names?
Matt Jaffe.

How old are you?
I’m 20 years old, almost 21.

What is your genre of music?
I like rock n roll, with hints of country and punk.

Give us a little bio about you.
I started playing violin when I was 5 and started writing songs and playing guitar and singing when I was 10. Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads produced a record for me at age 15, and since then I’ve recorded a lot, toured a lot and tried to write songs that I won’t hate the next morning.

How did you meet the rest of the group? were you friends already?
No, we met as bandmates, all through mutual friends. When you need a bandmate, you ask your musician friends. It’s important to have a dense network.

How long have you been doing music?
For about 16 years.

What made you go in to music?
I love writing songs. If I can do that for a living, I’ll be a lucky guy. Real lucky.

Are you a signed?
No.

You released the video for ‘ Write A Song About Me’, Tell Us more about that
It’s a live video from a show we did opening for Mavis Staples. It’s a honkytonk ballad about the growth and decay of a relationship. The guys in the video don’t play with me anymore, but I enjoyed my time with them.

 

Will you be releasing an album or EP?
We released an EP last year and we’re planning to release an LP this year.

What instruments do you play?
I play violin, guitar, piano, mandolin, bass, drums and I can even sort of sing.

Who are your influences?
To name a few: Talking Heads, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Blondie, The Clash, X, John Doe, Dave Alvin, Hank Williams, Lucinda Williams, Johnny Cash, Billy Bragg, Gram Parsons, The Replacements, The Pogues, Bill Kirchen, Jerry Jeff Walker, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark…….

 

Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour?
We have lots of local gigs in and around San Francisco, and we hope to tour sometime soon.

If you are, where are will you be heading?
Most likely, we’ll be traveling around the United States, but hopefully they’ll let us out of the country sometime soon.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
I listen to people and look at people. You don’t need to travel very far. Just record what comes into your brain and there’s usually something worthwhile there, if you’re attentive to your own weirdness.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Writing songs.

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I watch movies and ride my bike.

If you could collaborate with one UK Artist who would it be?
Billy Bragg.

If you could collaborate with one USA Artist who would it be?
John Doe.

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in UK?
I hear Glastonbury is amazing.

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
One Tree Hill by U2.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Never stop. Sounds corny. It is. But never stop.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry just as an artist?
Be prolific as possible. Either your ratio of good to bad will improve or the overall amount of good will increase, even if you don’t improve your ratio. And learn how to know what’s bad. Lots of people forget to edit.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
The better a singer’s voice, the less you can trust what they’re saying.

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
To be really nice to the sound person. To be gracious to the other bands. To engage the audience. To savor each millisecond of time onstage. To leave it all out on the dance floor.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @mattjaffemusic and facebook.com/mattjaffemusic and our website mattjaffemusic.com for gigs and other updates

GRAHAM AKA RAVING WILD IS SET TO GET YOU ALL RAVING ABOUT HIS ALTERNATIVE ROCK/BLUES MUSIC, GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HIM RIGHT NOW!

 

What  is your Full name?

Graham Iddon

How old are you?

I’m 27 years old

What is your genre of music?

Alternative rock/blues

Give us a little bio about yourself.

My name’s Graham, I’m a singer/songwriter from Aylesbury in Buckingham, UK. I go by the stage name of Raving Wild (although I’m generally quite approachable) and I earned the moniker through silly stunts that got a little out of hand on occasion.

I play guitar alongside the keyboard player Lawrence and use an array of loop pedals, vocal harmonisers and effects pedals to generate larger sounds than may be expected of a duo.

How long have you been doing music?

In terms of gigging I’ve been playing live for around 3 years or so, as for playing guitar and singing I have been learning since around the age of 12 but have only really taken studies seriously in the past few years.

What made you go in to music?

My brother suggested I spent my bought a guitar when I was younger, mostly so he could play it. I took to it and very much enjoyed learning the instrument however due to a severe injury I was incapacitated for some time. I battled on however and persisted although the learning process was lengthy as a result

Are you a signed?

I’m currently signed to Coffee Jingle Records, a swiftly growing independent label that support various genres of music.

Your EP ‘Kolmanskop’  is set to be released ’ what is the meaning behind the name?

The name ‘Kolmanskop’ is derived from the abandoned mining town in the Namib desert. I thought I would release a concept album using this as a metaphor for contemplation of the thoughts nobody hears.

Tell us more about the tracks individually.

 

‘Kolmanskop’, being the title track, is perhaps the track we experimented with most. I dehydrated myself for 24 hours before recording this to give it a desert feel and we recording individual sounds to make up a majority of the percussion. ‘At The Crossroads’ was a more simple, stripped back process which I recorded with my friend Kitty Roisin who provided some wonderful backing vocals.

‘Made Of Gold’, once again referring to mining and finding something of value in a place you’d least expect it, was written a few years previously to the other tracks although I felt it tied in with the theme. ‘Where Quiet Blooms’ was featured on BBC 6 Introducing Mixtape, I used some electric percussive techniques on my guitar to create a subtle beat and used various guitar effects for the first time in studio on the final track. As for ‘I Know Nothing’, which I feel is the darkest in mood, was written about realising how little I knew and what I learned from some friends I also consider mentors.

 

How long did it take to complete?

Without including the writing process it took just under a year to finalise every track for playback on multiple devices, this was produced by Lawrence himself in a private recording space.

 

Will we see an album?

At this point we’d really like to focusing our time on recording fewer but better tracks, there will definitely be more singles and EPs!

 

What instruments do you play?

I play guitar and sing most proficiently however I do play some keys too as with the technology available today I’ve found it to be a very adaptable instrument.

 

Who are your influences?

I love a band called Thrice, they have evolved so much over the many years they have been recording and playing which truly has been a journey to follow. Jeff Buckley is one of the most incredible vocalists I’ve ever had the privilege of listening to.

Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour?

We’re playing at Coopers Trading Company and at Wendover Celebrates along with a private fesitval which we can’t reveal the location of. You can catch us live on BBC Three Counties in April and we’re taking more bookings at all times.

 

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

I find love is a well trodden path so I try to veer away from that as a subject or take inspiration from it, mostly it’s just finding the time to swirl thoughts around I feel. Perhaps just taking a word, phrase or concept and building upon it.

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

I’d love to be comfortably working at gig venues, I’m not looking for fame or money but just to gig for a living in some classy or cool venues would be ideal.

What Music do you listen to when you’re out?

I like taking a walk with a bit of City and Colour on, either that or perhaps some songs by My Vitriol who are an excellent band that create wonderful soundscapes.

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

I’m either at my current job or I’m researching on how to improve my playing and vocals in my free time. If I have some spare time I may catch up with friends but other than that I’m always attempting to learn more.

What’s the best gig you’ve played so far and why?

It would be one of two, I played at Pinewood Studios and it was unbelievably grandiose. The whole venue was stunning in every detail and it was a privilege to be stood on the same spot as some of my favourite films had been created. Either that or Live In The Park in my hometown, the energy was superb and the crowd were all very supportive and receptive.

If you could collaborate with one UK Artist who would it be?

Hozier would have to be up there, after hearing ‘Take Me To Church’ I thought it exceptional that a virtually unknown musician had risen to fame by conveying a powerful, relevant message. It was refreshing to hear a song say something rather than just being made to make money. It was even better that it did both, hats off to him.

If you could collaborate with one USA Artist who would it be?

I’d love to just spend even five minutes in a studio with Thrice and be able to say I shared the same space as the band, once again they are another band that truly convey more than just notes and words. They have integrity it would be a dream to be there to observe the process of their songwriting.

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in UK?

I’d really want to play at the O2 Academy in Oxford, several of my friends have said they’ve had a great time playing there and it gave them the opportunity feel the proverbial moment of the gig.

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?

Of all of the venues either large or small it would have to be the House Of Blues, every live performance I have watched there has been riveting and the atmosphere was tangible.

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?

It was actually a song by my friend Dan Chapman called ‘Oldest Old Oak Tree’, something plucked a heart string and resonated with his voice and the composition. If you like a song with a slower tempo and are a fan of great vocal I’d recommend having a listen to him.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

Information is the most valuable commodity you’ll have as it’s the only thing that gains value as it’s shared.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

Find your sound as soon as you can! When you find a style you enjoy, explore it as much as possible because the road is never ending.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

I always found the Chinese curse “may you live in interesting times” curious. It’s said on the assumption that interesting does not always mean beneficial, most people just presume that is what is wished. I try not to stick by making my interesting times chaotic ones but it does make me look before I leap.

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?

  • Loop pedal
  • Guitar
  • Leads
  • Microphone
  • Most importantly – to warm up first

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?

I’m on Twitter with the handle @RavingWild, Facebook on www.facebook.com/ravingwild or check out the website on www.ravingwild.co.uk for various sessions, promo videos and news.

I GOT TO CHAT TO COLUMBIAN/BRITISH SINGER/SONGWRITER VANESSA FORERO ABOUT HER NEW VIDEO,EP AND MORE, BE SURE TO BE FOLLOWING HERE!

 

What  is your Full name?

Vanessa Forero.

 

How old are you?

As old as my tongue but not as old as my teeth.

 

What is your genre of music?

Indie/folk with a Colombian twist.

 

Give us a little bio about you.

I’m a British/Colombian singer-songwriter who’s about to release her 1st melody-filled, colourful and passionate EP!

 

How long have you been doing music?

I learnt to play music at the same time I learnt to talk.

 

What made you go in to music?

It gave me no choice, it is me. It’s how I process, it’s how I breathe, it’s the house I live in. It happens to be where I earn a living but if I got my income from somewhere else, I’d still be living through music.

 

Are you a signed?

Not for this side of my music. I’ve only just begun.

 

You released the video for ‘Same Boat’, Tell Us more about that.

It was made on a shoestring budget with me and a few talented friends, so it’s a home-made, love child! With the song having a watery metaphor “Same boat different tide” and with my love of underwater vintage theatre, they had to be put together, and luckily it worked perfectly. So that….as well as living out some childhood dreams to be a pirate and a mermaid, made the video you see today!

 

 

 

Will you be releasing an album or EP?

 Yes ! ‘From The Uproar’ is due Match 28th !

 

What instruments do you play?

I played most of the instruments on my record. I can usually figure out how to play most instruments, they’re just instruments, the musician is the person, they can translate the music through any instrument really. Piano is my main instrument though from birth, guitar and singing is only recent.

 

Who are your influences?

Mainly the world and everything in it ! Debussy is a big one, he unlocks something in me. Tori Amos is a big one too. And then Colombian folk music another.

 

 

Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour?

Yes ! My manager is planning a tour in spring/summer and there will be an EP launch gig somewhere. Keep an eye on my social media pages for info on where and when.

 

If you are, where are will you be heading?

The launch gig will be London and Brighton and the tour should be throughout the UK.

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

There are inspiration sparks all over the place for me, at every time of everyday, especially inside of music – one sound, one note and there’s a million possibilities waiting for you right there – but it’s what you chose to do with that spark that’s the thing. That’s the bit that takes the time but makes the song. For lyrics though, it always help to feel emotionally overloaded by something enough to be desperate for an outlet. It’s a fantastic pressure and fuel for music, although not always nice.

 

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

I wouldn’t want to imagine, I like life to surprise me and I like to learn a new dance when music suddenly switches on ! I know I’ll forever be making music, otherwise I‘d die, so whatever happens to me, I know I’m going to be happy with that continuing.

 

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

Usually making something. Like a new bit of writing – a blog or a book, or painting, sketching, making a feather bracelet ! I also love exploring, especially in abandoned buildings. I eat a lot too, it’s the Colombian side, so I hunt food down as a hobby too. But mostly I’ll be making new music.

 

If you could collaborate with one UK Artist who would it be?

John Hopkins. I want to learn his brain for ambient, natural electronics and atmosheres.

 

If you could collaborate with one USA Artist who would it be?

Thomas Newman the film composer. He has an ear for the experimental but emotional world. That man could move a Rhino to tears !

 

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in UK?

Barn on The Farm festival !

 

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?

Red Rocks ! It’s so impressivly natural up there…and cool.

 

What do you love the most being in the Music Industry and can you give any advice to help aspiring artists/bands.

I love music more than the industry but I do love that anyone and everyone can share their creations online without a label these days. Self-expression has gone wild ! As for advice to others…I’d say find your edge. Copying is good to grow your tools and learn some music ropes from artists that know a thing or two, but imitation should never be your goal. Keep your eyes open for the lane that only you can fill. Write only the music that you can write. And stop being so damn serious about it! Just breathe in it.

 

 

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?

I think Tori Amos Cornflake girl was a big one, she’s this quirky woman with great melodies and bags of character in her voice and style who bangs this grand piano with such boldness and attitude and I see that as a teenager and go…there’s room for us weirder ones after all !

 

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

So you want to be a composer ? Then compose !

 

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

‘Nothing is wasted’ and ‘it will be what it will be’

 

When you are doing a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?

Capo, water, instruments, fingers, left elbow.

 

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?

Yes, please stay in touch ! I’m on :

twitter.com/vforeromusic

facebook.com/vanessaforeromusic

soundcloud.com/vanessaforeromusic

instagram.com/vanessaforeromusic

http://www.vanessaforero.com

 

RECENTLY I GOT TO CHAT WITH TORONTA’S TALENTED SINGER/SONGWRITER WITH CRAIG STICKLAND ALL ABOUT HIS NEW MUSIC AND KSENIA SOLO DIRECTING HIS VIDEO!

 

What is your Full name?
Craig Thomas Stickland

 

How old are you?

28 years young

 

What is your genre of music?

Singer Songwriter with blues, soul and country influence

 

Give us a little bio about yourself.

I live and breathe music.

 

How long have you been doing music?
I picked up the guitar when I was 13

 

What made you go in to music?

I’m not too sure really, one day I decided to quit all sports and asked my parents to buy me a guitar. They did, and I’ve been doing it ever since.

 

You released ‘ Hope We Don’t Break up’, tell us more about the inspiration behind the song.

There was a girl I was in love with and she broke my heart. I finally won her back after four years, and during the first four months of dating, there was still that uncertainty of whether or not we would last. I sat down at the piano one day, and ‘I Hope We Don’t Break Up’ were the first words out of my mouth.

 

How did it come about Ksenia Solo directing your video? What Was it like to work with her?

Ksenia and I met when she came to one of my shows in Toronto. She approached me saying she wanted to get into directing, and that she wanted me to be the first victim (Literally)

 

Your coming over to the UK in March, where are you most excited to play? ( I hope it’s Manchester 😉 )

Most definitely Manchester. And Paris and London (And the rest of the dates). I’ve never played real shows in Europe and it’s always been a dream.

 

Any new material being released soon?

Debut EP out now, and I’m going to put out a new song/video every sunday on my Youtube.com/craigstickland

 

What instruments do you play?

Piano, guitar and Bass

 

Who are your influences?

The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Oasis, David Bowie, John Mayer, Neil Young, Coldplay, etc but I find new influences every day

 

Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour?

Currently on tour opening for Alessia Cara

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Some just come to me, but mostly I get results when I make it a habit of writing daily.

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Headlining Arenas and Stadiums!

 

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

I like to stay active to keep my mind at ease, I read, I write, and I do some modelling jobs here and there.

 

If you could collaborate with one UK Artist who would it be?

Marc Ronson

 

If you could collaborate with one USA Artist who would it be?

John Mayer

 

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in UK?

Glastonbury

 

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?

Coachella

 

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?

When I first heard what’s the story morning glory [The whole record]

 

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

Never give up

 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

Never give up

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Never give up

 

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?

My Guitar, Picks, My Vocal Warm Up Tape, Patch Chords and the good vibes.

 

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you
Twitter.com/craigstickland
instagram.com/craigstickland
youtube.com/craigstickland

REVIEW: KUDU BLUE RELEASES ‘Vicinity’; CHECK OUT MY THOUGHTS!

Kudu Blue a UK Band from Brighton ready to show what they have to offer and by the sounds of ‘Vicinity’ I think you will be hearing a lot more of them.

Starting the track with vocals and claps making you automatically starting dancing to the beat!
Straight away vocals come through clash with the intrumental making a powerful track which just enlightens you and makes you want to just listen to it on repeat.
With a soulful feel as well as the electronic beats we hear this something to have on your music playlist.
Make sure you check it out below:

You can also Follow ‘Kudu Blue’ on their Social media pages:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KudublueUK/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KuduBlue
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWU4e9J_hcPnACiTwSXV5Rw

GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE NEW POP/SOUL DUO ‘ ElleDeva ‘ ON THE BLOCK

What are your Full names?
Guitarist/ Composer/ Producer : Michele Covito
Singer/ Songwriter: Lauren-Joy Covito

How old are you?
Michele is 30 and Lauren is 27.

What is your genre of music?
Pop \ Soul

Give us a little bio about you as a duo and individual.

Well for Michele (guitarist/producer) it was the minute he started playing the guitar which would be about 15 years ago and as for Lauren (singer/songwriter),
words came at an early age as keeping a journal and writing poetry always made for the best material.
However Lauren started writing song seriously at the age of 15.

What made you go in to music?
As a duo, both knew at an early age that music was who they were. Michele initially started playing the piano at an early age and learn’t by mimicking what he heard on the radio,
then went on to playing in church and from there went on to doing much more.
Lauren however, grew up with her father who also is a singer/songwriter/composer.
Singing the words he wrote to create demos, her father therefore acted as fuel to the fire of her passion for music.
Both were always surrounded by music.
All of the above along with the emotional high music gave us both. We desire only to share this form of expression and emotion.

Are you a signed?
No we are not signed.

What is the new single ‘Take It All’ all about?
“Take it all” is about every person struggling with something they dislike about themselves, about trying to fit into the worlds idea of perfection.
“Take it all” says, “I understand.” That nobody is invisible, let go of the things you think you are and be what you know you are. Everyone has something to offer,
so offer your diversity.

Tell us more about the video?
The “Take it all” video concept is simple and hopefully expressive. The idea was to have something where we could show through expression of
what every insecure person thinks they need, by dressing a certain way or wearing a face full of make-up etc. Because the song is so desperately asking
people to take it off, take off the insecurities and all the negativity. And that’s where the white paint came in. Covering her body in white paint
signifies a new start, the real you.

The Video is great, did you have the job of what was to go in it and not or was it a joint decision with your teams help?
Lauren had the idea for the video, so we did not have to check in with anyone, as she chose every scene and flow of every scene.

What can you tell us about the new EP ‘ Familiar Ground’ which is released on the 11th March this year?
“Familiar Ground” is definitely a special project, as we desired to do an acoustic project such as this for quite sometime. Making use of a complete live band has always been a goal we wanted to achieve.
Allowing this release to come to life brought many challenges, as Familiar Ground was written in under 2 weeks, arrangement with musicians in London with only 2 sessions.
However, the positive outweighs the tiresome challenges by far, such as going to London for the first time was amazing, meeting outstanding musicians and being able to share such intense experiences with people who understand your passion, was an absolute blessing.
“Familiar Ground” is not just a special project but an accomplishment. We hope to move people in every sense with this EP.

What instruments do you play?
Michele plays the guitar and he likes to play around with synth and keyboards.

Who are your influences?
We doubt our influences will always be the same as there are so many great artists to learn from. But we would have to say, John Mayer is an influence because of his insane ability with the guitar. Always giving so much emotions in depth in what he brings across.
One of the most influential things about him would be just how much he is capable of musically speaking, yet manages to simplify what he does for every kind of listener. He is a sensitive creator of music.
Lauryn Hill, well she’s an influence to so many artists, for us she plays the biggest role in terms of her writing, she is fearless, to the point and gets her message across, with class. Lauryn Hill has never needed to become anyone else to make her music what it is and that makes her special.

Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour?
Not at this time no, however it is the plan that once the EP is released to get enough exposure by getting gigs to help the EP and it’s introduction to Elle Deva even more.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
For Michele inspiration can come from various things, such as listening to vast genres of music or just by playing on his own.
As for Lauren, the writing process can be inspired by the simplest things, a word someone had said, a feeling, a moment lived and a melodic line is almost always inspired by image.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Elle Deva hopes to have at least released two albums. And be artists that have found the market for their music, allowing them to travel and perform live.

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Michele plays soccer, Lauren continues to attempt novel writing.

If you could collaborate with one UK Artist who would it be?
Michele: Labrinth
Lauren: Lianne La Havas

If you could collaborate with one USA Artist who would it be?
Michele: John Legend
Lauren: Impossible to answer 🙂

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in UK?
Glastonbury Festival

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Michele: “Neon” John Mayer
Lauren: Anything by Stevie Wonder

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
“Once you are capable of transforming every fear and anxiety into a good emotion whilst playing, you’ll become greater at what you do.”

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Never limit yourself, study hard and remember that dreamers have hope. So keep dreaming.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Don’t be afraid just believe.”

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Michele: -The Chords
– The crowd
Lauren: – My own microphone (germaphobe hahah)
– Lozenges

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Our website is : http://www.elledeva.com
facebook :https://www.facebook.com/ElleDeva/?ref=hl
twitter : https://twitter.com/elledeva
soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/elledeva
youtoube : https://www.youtube.com/user/4daloveofmusiq2/videos
instagram : @weareelledeva

LIVERPOOL FOUR PIECE’ CABEZUDOS’ ARE READY TO ‘ROCK’ THEIR SOUND IN TO 2016 BE SURE TO SEE WHAT THEY ARE ABOUT!

What is your Full name?
‘Cabezudos’ (Cab-eh-thu-dos)

 

Interesting name, how did that come about and what’s the meaning for it?
The guitarists auntie lives in Spain, and when he was down there once he was a festival called ‘Cabezudos’, which means ‘Big Heads’ where the people parade around the town with massive paper machete heads (google it!) So we didn’t have a name for the band, and his mum joked about to us once saying we should call the band Cabezudos, as we all have big heads, and it wasn’t actually too much of a bad idea!

 

How old are you?
The guitarist Chris is 19, Bass player tom is 21, Front man Jack is 19, and Drummer Harry is 18.

 

What is your genre of music?
We always find it quite hard to say an exact genre, as we like to think were pretty diverse. Rock or Blues/Rock probably wouldn’t be too off the mark though!

 

Give us a little bio about yourself.
We’re a group of 4 lads from Liverpool with the exact same music taste, ambition and idea of what we want to achieve as a band. We’ve been together for just under a year, but don’t let that fool you into thinking were still trying to find our feet.
We recently just released our debut EP, which shows our diversity and strength of songwriting, but however we feel our true strength is in our live sound, where we have a energetic frontman able to work the crowd, whilst having a hard hitting solid band behind him.
Its definitely worth your time coming down to see us if you ever have the chance.

 

How long have you been doing music?
As a band we’ve been playing together just under a year, however we’ve all been In different bands previously to Cabezudos over the last 3 or 4 years. Chris and Tom have been playing for about 4 years, and Harry has been playing the drums since he was about 8!

 

What made you go in to music?
Our passion for listening to music ultimately lead us all into wanting to make our own music. It’s a great feeling listening back to a song you’ve made, and feeling really proud of it, you know.

 

Are you a signed?
No…… *CRIES*

 

You have debuted you EP ‘’ She Waits’, what’s the inspiration behind the name and the whole EP?
Well the EP is just a collection of what we felt were our 4 best songs at the time, so theres no particular meaning behind the name for the EP as a whole, just aside from the fact we thought the title of the opening track, fitted it well.
Tell us more about the tracks.
We don’t usually like to give too much away of song meanings cause we feel its better when people have their own connections to them.
But in short, ‘She Waits’ is about struggling with the hardships that come with life, and trying to carry the weight on your shoulder. Could You Be Wrong and Foolish, are ballad-like songs about our experiences with love, whilst I’ve Never Seen is a song about lust.

 

What’s the reaction you’ve had so far?
With friends and family they were great, but as for the rest, Initial reactions were really slow actually. People didn’t take to it too well at first. But slowly over time this has started to change and people are starting to take notice to us now, and are realising the quality of the EP.

 

 

What instruments do you play?
The band consists of just one guitar, one bass and one drummer,

 

 

Who are your influences?
We all listen to a LOT of different music, but our biggest influences are probably The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and The Rolling Stones.

 

Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour?
We have got a lot of gigs lined up from now until summer actually, so were going to be really busy, but were also in the middle of trying to arrange a tour for summer!

 

If you are, where are will you be heading?
Most of our gigs booked are all in Liverpool, but we’ve just booked a gig in the library pub in Leeds for the 30th April, our first out of city gig!

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
We have different ways we write songs. For example Chris the guitarist writes songs that we take on as band and use, however we also write songs together as a band which freshens things up in practice. The lyrics are influenced by things that are personal to us, things that weve experienced, and I think you can tell this by the raw emotion that come out in the songs.

 

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
We hope to be on the festival circuit, with at least an album already under our belt.

 
What’s the best gig you’ve played so far and why?
We’d all agree to say our EP launch gig, its rare we get to play an hour long set, and we finally got to play all the songs we cant usually fit in to normal sets. The crowd was also crazy aswell, the place was bouncing!

 

If you could collaborate with one UK Artist who would it be?
Either Paul McCartney, or Johnny Marr!

 

If you could collaborate with one USA Artist who would it be?
Dave grohl

 

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in UK?
Couldn’t be any other place than glastonbury could it?

 

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?
Coachella definitely.

 

 

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Probably Mollys Chambers by Kings of Leon, really simple song with a big impact

 

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
To be a consistent pain in everyones backside, that that’s the only way you can get anywhere as a band!

 

 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Write songs that mean something to you, not something that you think people will like!

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
If you don’t believe in yourself, then no one will.

 

 
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Yeah were on Facebook, and twitter.