I CHAT WITH ARTIST  TORA KAMANJA ABOUT HIS NEW SINGLE,ALBUM AND A TOUR 

What is your name?

Tora Kamanja
What is your genre of music?

No specific genre, when it sounds right you know it
Give us a little bio about you.
I’m 23, born in Jeddah Saudi Arabia to a lovely family, travelled a lot, moving to London soon, been making music for a while and loving it.
Are you a signed?

I have a licensing agreement with Metropolis in London where I record. They’re family to me and I am greatful for them believing in me and giving me the freedom to develop my sound. I am considered an independent artist becuase my relationship with Metropolis is per-project and I will always keep a healthy relationship with the family there.

You released a new single ‘Pray’ whats the stoy behind the title?

Pray is about the state of our world today. The first two verses talk about what we need get rid of and the outro talks about what we need more of basically.
Describe it in three words

Truth, Bumpy, Universal



How long did it take to write?

I wrote Pray in an hour or so on my phone. While writing it I started hearing the baseline. Had a couple of ideas recorded on my phone’s voicememos. In the studio I worked with Victor, a guitarist from Barcelona who understood my vision for the song and he came through. Shout out Victor for playing guitar, Eric who engineered and co-produced, Liam in London who mixed it, Dylan who put it all together, and Stuart for mastering it.
You are also set to release a brand NEW EP ‘Beginners Luck’ what is the story behind it?
Beginner’s Luck is my debut EP. Recorded it in Metropolis which is my favourtie place to record, Talbot Studios which is a fully analog studio that my friend and main keyboard player Aiden Glover owns, and worked in Barcelona with an incredible producer/engineer called Dylan Charbeneau. Liam Nolan my friend and main engineer in London engineered a lot of it. Grammy-Winning Paul Norris engineered the first track on the EP. And then we take it home with Stuart Hawkes masteting. So even though there are no features on the project, you can really listen to the level of detail that was achieved on the project through everyone doing their part. The 6 tracks are a ride. From beginning to end it flows as a cohesive experience. Hopefully you’ll get to know more about through the music.

 

Describe each track in three words.
The first track is: introduction, soulful, big

Second track: truth, bumpy, universal

Third track: london, micheal caine, story

Fourth track: game of thrones, greed, society

Fifth track: the road, lonliness, jimmy hendrix

Sixth track: love, unorthodox, romantic trap
Who did you work with on the ep?

Collaborating with musicians is my favourtie part of making music. It starts with me writing, Rob Aitken my guitarist understanding my gibberish and transforming it into music, I worked with Aiden Glover who both killed it on keys and contributed so much to production, Paul Norris who engineered the first track, amazing, Liam Nolan who, is my main engineer and an incredible talent, Dylan Charbeneau who basically put the EP together and made it all sound the way it does, and Stuart Hawkes who brought the whole thing to another level with his unparalleled skills mastering. Shout out Samantha Mckenna and Louis Brown from my label who deal with perfecting the pre and the post of the process.
Do you have any gigs coming up or maybe a tour of your own?

Yes i’ll be on tour in the UK playing as many shows as I can to connect with people and get the EP good exposure. We’ll start in April hopefully.
If so where will you be heading?

I don’t have a specific place I wanna play yet, for me it’s about the crowd and me uplifting their vibes.
Where is your dream venue to play in the uk?

Royal Albert Hall is a dream in the UK.
where is your dream venue to play anywhere overseas?

Overseas, Madison Square Garden is also a dream an an objective.

Do you have any collaborations with any other artists in the planning?

At this moment, we’re looking into working with different hiphop and grime producers. As for artist collaborations I’m looking forward to what 2017 has in store. Stay tuned.
Would you be up for collaborating with anyone and if so where can they contact you?

I’m always up for collaborating. I’m pretty good at creating an ego-free environment in the studio where we can be free to create. I’m on torakamanja@gmail.com, you can reach me through my label manager on louis.brown@thisismetropolis
What made you go in to music?

I just love music, can’t do without it.
Do you play any instruments?

I do enough on Logic and recording sounds to go into the studio and transform it to the optimum.
Who are your influences?

I’m influenced by all the greats, Micheal Jackson, Pharrell, Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Rick Ruben, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, D’angelo, Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Marley’s, Bruno Mars, Arctic Monkeys, Diplo, Kanye West, John Mayer, John Legend, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, B.B King, Gary Clark Jr. Jack Johnson. Lately I’ve been into Anderson .Paak, he’s crazy.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Inspiration for songs lately has been coming through the music. Just through being an observer and a writer I do enough gonzo-journalism to be able to write about subjects.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

In 5 years I see myself more peaceful. In 5 years time, I want my idols to be my collegues and collaborators.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

When I am not doing music, I live the exoeriences I can write about. I travel a lot and love going to new places.

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

I don’t have one song that got me into the music scene. Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson is a song that just made it all make sense for me.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

I was talking to my friend Reza about the music industry and I was overthinking, overanalyzing, and not making sense and he told me “you’re looking at the wrong way”. The way he said it made me always healthily second-guess my perspective after that. Shout out Reza for hooking-up my first studio session in Miami. Thank you.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?

To artist I would say: don’t let arrogance fuel your confidence, put in the work to reduce subjectivity. Good quality is good quality and is respected and rewarded.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

“Always flip the coin”
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?

In a gig i would never forget:

Where i am

What I am doing

The vibes

How I’m feeling

And the energy


You are away from home on tour for ages and you get back, where is your go to place in your hometown?

Go-to in my hometown would be wherever my mom is. After that, it’s this fried chicken place called al baik that they only have in Saudi. Dear lord.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?

I’m on the gram, facebook, soundcloud and twitter as: tora kamanja

https://www.facebook.com/torakamanja/

50 YEARS OF ODESSEY AND ORACLE AND THE ORIGNAL FOUR ARE SET TO SAY FAREWELL WITH A BANG,I CHAT TO COLIN BLUNSTONE TO GET THE INSIDE GOSS ON THEIR BIG GIG AND BOOK

What are your names?My full name is Colin Edward Michael Blunstone.
 I am the lead singer of The Zombies.
What is the band name?

The Zombies 

 

How did you come up with the band’s name?
We had a couple of other names when we first started and then our original bass player Paul Arnold came up with the idea of The Zombies and it just stuck.
What is your genre of music?
I think The Zombies draw on a very wide spectrum of musical influences which gives them a unique sound which in turn makes it quite difficult to nominate a genre.

 

How did you meet eachother?
We met because we all went to school in a town called St. Albans.

 
Celebrating 50 years of ‘Odessey and Oracle’ , tell us your faveourite memory when you were recording it?

It was a wonderful experience recording in Abbey Road with some of the best engineers in the world, like Geoff Emerick and Peter Vince.

 

What was the meaning behind ‘ ‘Odessey and Oracle’ at the time and has it changed?
I think it was a reference to a journey and a story which it true for most albums. Famously artist Terry Quirk misspelled” Odessey” which has created quite a lot of interest over the years.
 You have announced The London Palladium on the 29th Jan, what has the response been like to that?

There has been tremendous reaction to the forthcoming London Palladium concert and already there is talk of possibly having a second concert.

 

Do you have any surprises up your sleeve for the show?

If there are any surprises it will be in the first half where we will play many new songs with the current incarnation of the band. In the second half the surviving original members will perform Odessey and Oracle in its entirety note for note.

 

Do you have any more gigs planned?

The Zombies will be touring The States during March and April and then through the summer we will be performing at festivals in Europe and the U.K.

 

What are you most looking forward to at the gig?
I think when we play at The London Palladium there will be a wonderful sense of occasion which can only be intensified by remembering all the great entertainers who have performed on that stage before us.
 You are also releasing a book in March 2017, how did that come about?

The book was the idea of Cindy da Silva from our management company TCI. And she has gathered together some fascinating observations about the band and Odessey and Oracle from many of the best known people in the music industry. It makes a fascinating read!!

 

You have been in the music industry for a while now, what has changed since you first started out?
The music business is changing very fast day by day from the way records are made to the way they are sold it is unrecognisable from the business as I knew it in the 60’s!!!

 

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
I remember Rudy Isley (from The Isley Brothers) very kindly spending ages telling Rod Argent and I to be very careful business wise. We had absolute faith in the people who were handling our “live” work and they let us down very badly. I wish we had listened closer to what Rudy saying!!!!!
 What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?

I would always say never lose sight of what first brought you into the business. Did you want to be a successful singer songwriter, or write for film or whatever. It maybe that you will have to explore many other musical avenues to survive but always remember your first love and hopefully one day your chance will come.

 

You get off a plane in your hometown,

1/ where is the first place you visit
2/ where is the first place you see

3/ where is the fist food place you go and what do you get
If I get off a plane and I’m touring sub-consciously all I’m thinking about is the first concert. I’m not really all that aware of the details of where I am or what I’m going to eat. It’s all about the show!!!
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Most important are my “in ear” monitors which allow me to hear very clearly what I am singing during the show. Then I need a record of my singing exercises so that I can warm my voice up before sound check and before the show. Throat spray help to keep my vocal chords lubricated. Stage clothes to make me feel a little special and a cold beer to set me up for the performance.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?

The Zombies have a website http://www.thezombies.net which will lead you to our fan club and Facebook pages.

NORTHERN IRELAND SINGER/SONGWRITER PETER GARDINER SET TO RELEASE FIRST ALBUM WITH HIS LABEL CALLED ‘ASHTRAY BLACK’ AND I CHATTED TO HIM ABOUT IT!

Give us a little bio about you for those who are new to your fanbase.
I’m a songwriter from Northern Ireland. I’ve been in love with music for as long as I can remember. In fact most memories I have are triggered by hearing one song or another.
I’m influenced by poets and storytellers like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits but I have an interest in artists from every decade from the 50’s right up until today. More recent artists I’m enjoying are people like Foy Vance and Father John Misty..
I spent a long time writing songs, playing gigs and promoting myself around Northern Ireland before being picked up by a record label called NUA Entertainment.
They afforded me the opportunity to relocate to London where I’m now based. Since then I’ve recorded my debut album “Ashtray Black” with Tommy McLaughlin from the award winning band Villagers, the first two singles of which have been played on Radio 2.
I’ve also had the opportunity to co write the title track for a movie called “Property of the State” which is set for release this year.
Tell us the meaning behind the NEW album ‘ Ashtray Black’.
Well, I had a lot of songs written and a lot of EP’s recorded when I was back in Northern Ireland. So for my first official release with a label, I decided to take a good look at the songs that had accumulated and put together a collection. So if I have to assign meaning to it I suppose it plays out like a 42 minute diary of the last ten years of my life. It’s more coherent than I expected. The oldest lyrics can stand beside the newest ones without feeling too embarrassed and there’s the same sense of urgency running through it all.
Songs like Pretty Smiles and Hotel Room are a little trip down memory lane where I can stop and wave at all the girls I’ve tried and failed with. Songs like Idols, Doorstep Riots and Hard Days are songs where I play the role of a reporter or a private investigator or something like that. Those are the songs where I’m pretending to know a thing or two about what’s going on in the world and conveying it in the most smart-assed way possible. On “Ashtray Black”, the title track, I was trying to empathize with a woman who’s son was tragically killed in a car accident. They were neighbors of my parents. This is the oldest song on the record and maybe the most important because it gave me the first real glimpse of the type of songwriter I wanted to be.
Describe each track in two words.
11 O’Clock – Good Opener
Doorstep Riots – Northern Ireland
All These Things – Nostalgic Nonsense
Idols – Non Sequiturs
Ashtray Black – Attempted Empathy
Pretty Smiles – Forbidden Fruit
Hotel Room – Life Story
Someone You See – Inexperience, Innocence
Ten Pounds in my Pocket – Dangerous Beauty
Hard Days – Good Nights
Hollywood Lights – Distressed Damsel
What was the writing process like for ‘ Ashtray Black’?
Well, there was no process in the conventional sense because these songs were originally never meant to be on the same record. But I’ve been smoking the same cigarette for about ten years now, and each song on the album is like an ash I’ve flicked here or there.
I think the reason the songs work as an album is because my approach to songwriting, while certainly developing, has always remained fundamentally the same. The name of the girl and the bar might change, but you always end up just as heartbroken and drunk.
What was the recording process like for ‘AshtrayBlack’?
It was a relatively intense two weeks. My friend and producer Paul Steen and I took about 30 demos down to producer Tommy McLaughlin in Ireland and the three of us chose which ones should make the cut. We got the bass player and drummer from Irish band Villagers, and the renowned pianist Michael Keeney to play on all the tracks. It was certainly a thrill to watch musicians of that standard play my little songs. Tommy the guitarist of Villagers, who produced the album, was as quirky as any producer should be. We had a lot of fun.
What is your favourite track of the new album?
Melodically, I like Hollywood Lights. It has a great chorus and I’d like to play it with a band to a full stadium someday.
Lyrically speaking, I’d have to pick “Ten Pounds in my Pocket”. I doubt I’ll ever so accurately describe the profound effect the opposite sex can have on such an innocent unassuming boy like myself ever again. I think I nailed it with that song.
Whats the most memorable memory you had during the recording of the Album?
I remember the day I was doing my vocals. Tommy very kindly gave me a bottle of red wine to take down to the booth. The plan was to take a thimble full to loosen up a bit. The problem was we did the whole album in one day and by the time we got to the last track the bottle was almost gone. After singing my heart out on what I thought was the best take i’d ever done in my life of the song “Hollywood Lights”, I confidently asked Tommy and Paul (who were listening in the control room) “How’d that sound to you guys?” They responded almost simultaneously… “It sounds like you’ve been drinking, Pete”
We got it in the end, but I really wish I still had that take.
did you collaborate with anyone on the album? 
Not really, the songs were all written before the sessions. First I wrote the tunes and the lyrics, then Paul Steen put his stamp on the songs which usually dictates the overall direction in terms of style, genre etc , then we took them to Tommy who took what we did and added his own style of production. But in terms of writing, the melody and the lyrics are all as they were when I wrote them.
Will we see a tour?
There’s no tour as such, but I’ll certainly have a few venues booked around the time of the release. I actually just previewed the album live at The Bedford in Balham. The reception was very encouraging and I look forward to the next one.
What is the message you want to send out to your fans?
I don’t have a message. But music is a very powerful thing. A few notes of a song can change your whole outlook on life and very quickly alter the type of day you’re having. I just hope one day to affect somebody with something that I’ve written in the same way I’ve been lucky enough to be affected over the years.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
My career’s moving forward in some sense, but I haven’t yet achieved the degree of success that would qualify me to advise anybody. I’m still figuring everything out.
But I do know that it’s important to stick with writing a song until you get that buzz from it. There’s a certain buzz you get during the process that lets you know you’re onto something. It lets you know that somebody else is going to like the line you just wrote. If you finish a song and you haven’t felt it you’ve probably failed. People listening can always tell when something’s been phoned in, or written for the sake of it. Waiting for that feeling can certainly stop you being as prolific as you’d like and you can go for months without that lightning striking. But if you hold on, it’s well worth the wait.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
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SHARP MELODIES AND BIG DROPS LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO A LONDON ROCK TRIO THE SURVIVAL CODE

What is your name?

The Survival Code

 

What is your genre of music?

Rock, Alt rock, punk rock.. depends who you ask and how specific they are on their definition of each of the above :). We’d say we’re rock

 

Give us a little bio about you.

We’re a rock trio based in London known for sharp melodies and big drops. We have been going since 2011 and have 3 major releases so far, the current one being our EP “Broken Strings” which we have been promoting for about 4 months and our new single “One” is from. We got going in earnest in 2012, released an EP “Everything but today” followed by an album “MMXV” in 2015 interspersed with dozens of gigs. We’re in the studio next month to start our second album

 

What made you go in to music?

It chose us, wasn’t a choice, just something we all had to try for our own reasons

 

Are you a signed?

We are associated with a label that help with our releases and distribution but no, we are an independent band

 

Your brand song ‘One’ , Tell us more about it.

One is our second single off our new EP “Broken Strings”, you should probably queue the violins haha… It’s a reflection of some of the strife we’ve come across in the band so far with numerous things going madly wrong, people and members disappearing. Despite all that, we always have to remember that every chance could be the one that makes it happen, no matter what went before so it’s a self motivation song that works for us.

 

Take a listen to ‘One’ right here:

 

What was the writing process like for ‘One’

It was great actually, it came together very quickly. As you can hear the main riff hasn’t much to it but is quite rhythmic and it just won’t stop haha. That main riff sticks around most of the song with slight nuances. Once we had the main riff, the other parts just fell into place. It was one of the those where it was just meant to be

 

You have also released a new EP ‘Broken Stings’ what is the meaning behind the title

Oh yes, we haven’t mentioned that yet haha, the title and main song is inspired by a poem in an old indian book of poetry called the “Gitanjali” by the poet Rabindranath Tagore. I sing and play guitar in the band and became obsessed with the main line and it became the basis for the release

 

Describe each track in three words.

One – Strong, relentless, passionate
Broken Strings – Energetic, Moorish, insane
Lost Cause – Melodic, powerful, dynamics

 

Do you have any gigs or tours coming up?

We’re actually keeping gigs on the down low for the next few months until we get the album recorded, but have a one in Brighton on the 16th of March and worthing on the 17th

 

Do you play any instruments?

A good few, but I play guitar and sing in the band

 

Who are your influences?

Deftones ,Alkaline Trio, Cohered and Cambria, Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

It’s addictive to be honest, and becomes a way of dealing with life generally. This means there’s always a hundred reasons you should pick the guitar up and start strumming away. Either to emulate one of your favourite songs you’ve always wished you wrote, or to forge a random and unique path. It’s everywhere, but as they always say, it’s easy to write songs! good songs are the question

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Recording our next big release in a studio in the US while planning which festivals we can fit into our busy Summer schedule 🙂

 

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

Not very rock n’ roll I’m afraid, I work in property

 

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

Tonight, Tonight – The Smashing Pumpkins (that whole Disc 1 of Mellon Collie and the infinite sadness tbf)

 

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

If you want something done right, do it yourself

 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?

Network well, and talk to as many people you can. Never a wasted hour when you can learn about who and who to to work with.

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Straight to the outcome, skip all the steps

 

Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?

Clontarf in Dublin Ireland, first thing that comes to mind is the Castle. You have to spend a night in Clontarf Castle – it’s stunning (should be getting paid for this haha)

 

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

Vocalzone for my throat
My won mic – can’t be using the house mic
my wireless system
my pedals
guitar

 

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

http://www.thesurvivalcode.co.uk
http://www.youtube.com/thesurvivalcode
http://www.facebook.com/thesurvivalcode
http://www.soundcloud.com/thesurvivalcode
http://www.thesurvivalcode.tumblr.com/
http://www.twitter.com/thesurvivalcode

REVIEW: US ARTIST ALEEM RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘INSIDE OUT’

Aleem is a US artist who is fresh off touring with Fifth Harmony and recently joined new PR firm Digital Rebel and both ready to see where his journey takes him.

WITH BRAND NEW SINGLE ‘INSIDE OUT’ ‘  taking the smooth vocals in to a deep song that slides you straight in to the song, with the chorus just lifts up and just gives it that twist.

With a video which makes the song extra special and accompanies it fantastically.

It definitely shows Aleem means business and a song to get on repeat!

 

CHECK IT OUT BELOW

 

Keep up to date with Aleem and his music;

Official Wesbite:

http://www.aleemmusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AleemMusic/

Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/AleemMusic

Instagram:

http://www.instagram.com/aleemmusic/

THE NEW RELEASE FROM ROSE BERLIN AND DEAN GARCIA AKA SPC ECO, LET ME INTRODUCE THEIR BRAND NEW EP ‘UNDER MY SKIN’,WE CHAT ALL ABOUT IT AND MUCH MORE!

Hello. SPC ECO is, as I understand, you Dean Garcia and Rose Berlin. Can we start out by some words to introduce your project and speak about how it began in the first place?
(dean):  Hi, originally via an email convo with Joey Levenson, I reached out to him on myspace as I liked what he was doing, we began sharing files and ideas which were to become our first single release You’re Alright via ClubAC30. As I was working on the tracks I thought it would be a good idea to run them past Rose for vocal passes and input to see what happened, Rose (as always) owned the tracks straight away and instantly became the voice of S E. We went on to release the 3D album with Joey and then moved away from the collab with Joey to write more on our own with a view to be more open about who we collaborated and worked with which is what we’ve always done. SPC ECO is really all about Rose and I, come to think of it it’s really an extension of all the recordings we’ve made since Rose was 5.
(Rose) : Dad and I have made music together for as long as I can remember. I have always popped my head round the door when dads working on something and when I heard the beginning of this new stuff with Joey I felt that it was something I could really get into. I wanted to start a project with Dad anyway so with this I remember being excited to start something that I felt we could build on.

 

You’ve been on numerous labels in the past – with Curve and now SPC ECO. Why did you decide to release this new EP independently? Is there really a need for record labels these days?
(dean) : We like to go with instinct and flow, it’s good to have a label to support you with physical releases but as far as recording and releasing goes we like to be able put things out there at any moment that seems right to us. In another time this was always very restricted and such a long uncreative process waiting for labels to get their release schedules in place, it was a very different time and way of doing things, today it’s far more artist driven. There will always be the need for labels for various reasons but the artist is the key more than ever now due to the power and reach potential via all social media and internet, it’s just the way things are now. But if like us you still like the actual CD or better still vinyl in your hands and on the deck the record label is always good for that, in fact very good for that when it comes to Saint Marie Records, our label in the States.

 

What can you tell us about the new ‘Under My Skin’ EP?
(dean):  I can tell you all the songs featured are very close in our hearts n minds, especially the title track which was formed on a wave of mixed and stressful emotions that Rose and I experienced during the recording of it. The collection of songs are all from an album we made called Dark Matter (except for the track Found) which was a kind of turning point for us, after being known mainly as a nu-gaze type band we decided to move away from the guitars for a while and dip into a more dark-hop kind of thing, downbeat and minimal with an emphasis on lofi character heavy beats, sub dub bass and Rose being the main focal points. For me the songs featured on the EP are all about the space you find yourself in while allowing yourself all the time you need to breathe it all in.
(Rose): I love the selection of tracks on this EP and really feel they work well together. The second track ‘Meteor’ is one of my absolute favourites and feel like it leads on from ‘Under My Skin’ really nicely lyrically.
The title track featured on US hit series ‘Teen Wolf’. How did that come about?
(dean): As all of these type of things come about, purely by chance, Laura Webb (music sup for Teen Wolf) came about the track via a music sync library we’re involved with, went with a gut reaction to it and presented it to the producers of the show and there you have it. A very timely placement for us which in turn has brought new listeners to SPC ECO, which is always a good thing. Getting your music heard is always a challenge, even more so due to the overwhelming music choices that are available today, so we’re really thankful that the song was chosen. A magic moment I call it, one of those things where everything just slots into place.
What kind of response are you getting about your new musical output?
(dean) :We’ve always had a steady and growing fan base for SPC ECO and the responses we get are generally that of amazing songs and how is it possible to be so prolific almost to the extreme, sometimes I feel we have to hold back with the recordings we make to allow the audience time to explore and digest them fully, but we do like to just get things out there in the moment. People are generally very receptive, supportive, encouraging whenever or however we release our EPs and albums. We feel we’re on the right roads at the moment, just following our instincts, I’ve just re read the question and I think you’re asking in a broader sense about my personal musical output, but the answer remains the same for all of the recordings I make or am involved with.
Have you been collaborating with any established or emerging artists lately?
(dean): I do get asked to produce and mix various upcoming bands n artists but I’m very particular about both the nature of the band/artist and my involvement within that, it has to grab me on every level for me to get involved, or I’m so particular about it that it puts people off. Either way it has to feel completely right due to my work with S E, and also because the main reason I’m still involved with the music business at all these days is because of Rose, she is the driving creative force behind it all for me, without her I would have arrived at the just dabbling stage years ago.
Are you planning any gigs in connection with this new release?
(dean): We do enjoy playing gigs at the moment of actually doing them, before the shows we are both terrified and after we just want out of the room, but the performance part is always a joy. We’ve stopped playing live for many reasons but are always open to offers we can’t refuse. No gigs are planned at this time, maybe we should get back on that, I/We have very mixed feelings about it as you can tell, but generally speaking if all the elements are in place we’d definitely be up for playing live again.

 

What inspired each of you when writing songs? Does it usually begin with an instrumental track or vocals?
(dean):  Almost always begins with a track, a bare bones idea or a mystery drone of sorts in place for Rose to then have a ‘on the fly’ pass or two of vocal before we decide if it has any merit or worth pursuing, fortunately we have a high connectivity when it comes to recording, the chemistry is very apparent when in record mode, it’s something that just is and always has been, which is always the key to the success of making something (in our case a song) that you love.
(Rose): When I first do a pass quite often it’ll be the first time that I’ve heard the track. I find this itself quite inspiring as I like the intuitive nature of recording in this way. Once the first passes are done we go over the takes and build from there taking the best bits. I never start writing with the words first so when we do the final takes I’ll sit with the track for a while and work out what it is that is being said, but sometimes its nice to leave them as they are and have a bit of a Liz Fraser vibe.
When you’re not making music, how do you spend your time (or like to spend your time)?
(dean): I like to cook and watch films, I’m not much of a reader but have recently read The Bergman bio that Rose bought me which I loved. Cooking is top as I do most of the family meals, then film, all genres, slow film and especially foreign film, I’ve taken to it enthusiastically, my knowledge is minimal compared to those that really know their shit but I think I’ve gained some knowledge about it, I find it fascinating, much in the same way I used to be about music when I was much younger (teens to 25) Film has recently become my main focus as it enables and involves all the senses as well as pretty much everything I’m drawn towards, also it allows me to indulge in utter despair and misery which I find inspiring. Not everything I watch or seek out involves misery bleakness or hardship but they are the ones that seem to stick and inspire the most. I think I might need a holiday soon, preferably somewhere that involves the outside, with sunshine and blue sea, although having said that I’ve always preferred black n white images of the sea… 🙂
(Rose):  I have recently dropped my days at work to focus more fully on my art. I work in a primary school as an art technician, which I love, but I was finding it really hard to balance everything whilst working full time. If I had a choice I would spend all my time making things but it can be hard to fight against self-doubt and keep momentum, I think I’m quite hard on myself though. It such a fantastic feeling to come home after work really tired and then to make yourself do something creative. Dad will quite often have a track ready and we’ll work on it before I have to go to bed. I always sleep better knowing that we’ve worked on something.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians specifically as an artist?
(dean): Well let’s try to be optimistic here, always make music that you love and enjoy making regardless of anything else, try to avoid making music that is outside of that place, obviously do what you have to do in order to get your name out there but be choosy and stick to it, after all the success is always within the making of something that you love, everything else can wait. Don’t get caught up in what others think you should be or sound like, you and your definition of sound or song is all that you should concentrate on, be prepared to fail, adapt and learn and remember you have the most important aid in the box, the delete option, which is just as important as the capture. Be true to yourself and you’ll be fine.
(Rose) :My life motto is ‘Gotta keep going, never ever stop!’ So my advice would be exactly that. Dads right, don’t change for anyone. If you love it then do it and, more often than not, you are your own worst enemy so just believe in your own ability.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians specifically about the industry?
(dean): Be mindful and suspicious, especially when it comes to all aspects of the business namely the people you employ, i.e. the managers, labels, promoters, publishers, PR, merchandise, record label A-R, band gurus, tour managers, accountants, lawyers and literally anyone who is outside of your close band mate family. Not one of these employed people are your friends. This is not to say that they are all crooks and scoundrels as I have known one or two that aren’t, but generally yeah eyes wide open, especially during those messy party times. Learn and try to stick to the original intentions, don’t be swayed into making extra more radio friendly songs, don’t agree that it’ll be fixed in the mix and never listen to your A/R especially if they wear those fucking horrible moccasin type shoes, avoid elders in linen suits at all costs, and never get off the tour bus on your own.
(Rose): I agree with dad mostly as he’s had more experience dealing with people in the music industry but saying that I like to think I’m more trusting of people generally. I don’t believe that everyone is out to get you but agree that you have to understand the worth of your music and not get sucked in to the hype of things. We’ve had great responses and experiences but then some not so great and to be honest I think it’s impossible to know which way things will go sometimes. Its always a bit of risk whenever you decide to work with someone new.
How did you end up working working with Shameless Promotion PR?
(dean): One of those things that just happens for the right reasons, connectivity, mutual understanding and general tuned in ness factor. Shauna is very committed, informed and connected, plus she really likes working with us as we do her, it’s mutual respect in full flow.
(Rose) :Shauna is lovely and the most on-the-case person I know!

 

Dean, when you were with Curve, did you enjoy touring and playing live? How much of that has carried over into your developments with SPC ECO?
(dean): I did enjoy some of the touring, I always enjoy the shows but its the other 22 hours a day I find disturbing and very disruptive. You have to find things to do that don’t involve drinking etc. otherwise you end up like a dried prune with a speech impediment. TBH I was relieved to end the touring with Curve, not because I didn’t like the playing aspect – I loved it, it was the being away from my very young family that caused me to implode and ultimately reject that part of being in a band. I’ve got post traumatic touring syndrome, as you have to take into consideration all the previous touring outside and before Curve I’d done. It’s a major head fuck if like me you enjoy being at home with Fam and loved ones more than anything else. As far as it impacting on the work I do with SPC ECO. Yes it did impact it as in I would not be able to or have done any of it if outside touring commitments were involved, I’m a recording artist that likes to record, perform and produce their own records, touring has it’s place but for me it’s always been troublesome, fraught with danger, not knowing if the plane will crash or the bus fall from the bridge type stuff…Yeah not for me really, I have difficulty managing a trip to the corner shop but I’m ok when it comes to visiting the chippy so not entirely hopeless.
Rose, you are an artist in multiple respects – can you tell us about your other field(s) of artwork? What about you Dean?
(Rose): When I was little I could never seem to choose between art and music, I couldn’t decide what I wanted to be. I made the decision when applying for university that I would study art as I didn’t read music and couldn’t have studied it at university without knowing how (uh I know…WTF is that about?)… At university I realized that I didn’t have to choose between art and music. I started making light sculptures and then sound installations and it just spiraled from there. I remember having this realization that art and music can be part of the same thing. I enjoy making sounds pieces and installations that bridge that gap between music and sound art and have used samples from SPC ECO songs in my sound pieces. I’m interested in what makes music, music and what makes sound art, sound art to see where the boundaries actually are. I’ve never fully understood why we have to put everything into little boxes in order to make them understandable so like to break boundaries and make art that urges people to question their perceptions of both music and sound art. At the moment I’m working on some new pieces for a show I’m doing in March.
(dean):  I don’t have any other fields of work as such other than parenting, and as any parent will tell you it is the only field of work that you’ll ever have. I do like to dabble in art bollocks as in ideas and have recently been drawn to writing something about the industry or my time within it but other than that parenting with a dose of music is all.
Do you have social media accounts so that your fans can follow you?
(dean) yes, we’re active within all of the main ones i.e. FB Twits n Tumble etc, for the links to all we have them all listed at

Official Website: http://www.spceco.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SPCECO2/?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SPCECO

Tumblr:  http://spceco.tumblr.com

LISTEN BELOW:

Bandcamp : https://spceco.bandcamp.com/album/under-my-skin
Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/spc-eco/sets/under-my-skin-ep

‘Under My Skin’:   https://youtu.be/kf02c_Hz3Ig
‘Found’:  https://youtu.be/F9jWFtkLLJQ
‘Creep in the Shadows’:  https://youtu.be/njkMw68vpXI
‘Think Twice’: (‘Anomalies’ LP – 2016): https://youtu.be/9YHoTbC3SXw

 

TEDDY GREY FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS AN ARTIST WITH A VARIETY OF GENRES AND RELEASED NEW EP ‘ THE PRICE OF YOUTH’ EP

What is your names?
Teddy Grey. Musicians I play with vary, but for my recent EP I worked with Alex Anastos.
What is your genre of music?
Pop rock, pop punk, indie rock, garage rock. It’s just catchy vocal melodies over melodic guitar lines. Whatever genre that falls under is fine with me.

Give us a little bio about you
I’m from Massachusetts, and am currently going to college in New York, so I consider myself an artist in both areas. I’ve played in a few bands but being a bit of a control freak and being frustrated with the lack of dedication from band mates led me to develop a solo act. I started writing songs about 4 years ago, and have been recording for about 3 years. This “The Price of Youth” EP is the first project that I think accurately represents me as an artist. I’ve been playing shows for a few months and I’m looking to expand my following and reach as wide of an audience as I can.
Are you a signed?
Currently unsigned. Let’s hope it doesn’t stay that way forever.
You have released your EP ‘The Price Of Youth’ ,tell us more about that.

“The Price Of Youth” EP is a collection of 3 songs I’ve had written for months that I think accurately represent where I’m at currently in my musical journey. I’ve released singles in the past, but they’ve either sounded too stiff or too sloppy. This is the first time I have put out a full project, even if it is just a short 3 song EP. It was recorded over a period of 2 days, and mixed in 1 day. I was going for a spontaneous, freewheeling sound with these songs and I think that was achieved given how fast it was recorded. They’re just songs about the restlessness of youth and trying to capitalize on the ambition and ideals you have while you’re still young, and hungry to get yourself out there. I think anyone who likes catchy rock music will at the very least enjoy it, and those who feel a deep connection to rock music will find it to be a very relatable and honest set of songs.

What was the recording process like?
“The Price Of Youth” EP is a collection of 3 songs I’ve had written for months that I think accurately represent where I’m at currently in my musical journey. I’ve released singles in the past, but they’ve either sounded too stiff or too sloppy. This is the first time I have put out a full project, even if it is just a short 3 song EP. It was recorded over a period of 2 days, and mixed in 1 day. I was going for a spontaneous, freewheeling sound with these songs and I think that was achieved given how fast it was recorded. They’re just songs about the restlessness of youth and trying to capitalize on the ambition and ideals you have while you’re still young, and hungry to get yourself out there. I think anyone who likes catchy rock music will at the very least enjoy it, and those who feel a deep connection to rock music will find it to be a very relatable and honest set of songs.
What was the writing process like?
Writing is both a spontaneous process and a labored process. The idea or spark of a melody for a song comes instantaneously for me, but actually writing the whole song out, getting proper lyrics and doing all the arrangements can take me a long time. The goal is to not lose the initial spark of inspiration while you’re evolving the song. I come up with new melodies and lyrical ideas every day, but I’d rather put quality over quantity so I pick the best ones I can and take them as far as they can go. That was the case for these songs.
Describe each track in three words.
Sorry I’m Here: triumphant, cathartic, anthem.

Not Your Friend: energetic, catchy, rollicking.

Broadcast Youth: reflective, honest, wistful.

Did you collaborate with anyone on the EP?

I collaborated with my friend Alex Anastos, who played bass for all 3 tracks and some additional guitar parts.
Would you be interested in collaborating with any other bands or musicians? if so how can they contact you.
Jeff Rosenstock would be a dream collaboration for me. Bon Iver as well I think would be incredible to work with. I also have dreams of collaborating some day with big name pop producers, like Pharrell, even if that seems far off in the distance as of now. Plenty of time to sell out later! They can contact me at teddytgd3@gmail.com, as can anyone else.
Do you play any instruments?
Yes. I play guitar and bass, though the focus for me is always singing. I noodle around on piano as well, but I’m a shit piano player. I really just play instruments so I can write songs. Though it is fun.
Who are your influences?
God, so many. Oasis, The Strokes, Guided by Voices, Lemonheads, The Exploding Hearts, Fleetwood Mac, The Replacements. There are so many bands and artists that have just seeped into my consciousness when I’m writing music and trying to develop my sound.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
The melody always comes first. Usually vocal melodies come to me right as I’m about to fall asleep in bed, so I have to decide whether it’s worth it to get up and record it, or fall asleep and try to remember it tomorrow (I never do). My lyrics are just influenced by my own feelings, my experiences, and relationships. As of right now, I’m a fairly personal songwriter. I don’t think I’ll always be that way but you just gotta write what you know, as they say. Maybe someday I’ll write about Africa like Bono or about political issues like The Sex Pistols, but as for now I find inspiration in little things. Turning everyday emotions into grand statements and displays of passion, that’s what I strive for.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Hopefully my music career takes off, but if not I’ll probably be in a New York Studio apartment with a girlfriend who’s trying to be an actor. I play shows on the weekends and she has auditions. Whoever makes it big first will leave the other. We’ll understand.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

Listening to music, probably. My world has revolved around music for a long time now. I like going to parties and watching documentaries but I feel like my days consist almost entirely of music these days.

Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?

There aren’t really any dream venues in my hometown. I’d like to play the Whiskey A Go Go in LA. And Brixton Academy in London. Those are some of my dream venues for sure.
What would be your dream show to have your music played on?
Any and every show. All exposure is good. Even if they put me on some Norwegian technical death metal show, I don’t care. Someone might hear my shit and like it there.
If you could collaborate with one UK Artists or Band who would it be?
Noel Gallagher is my possibly my biggest songwriting hero, so I’ll say him. To work with the guy who wrote “Live Forever” would be one of the best experiences I can imagine.
If you could collaborate with one US Artists or Band who would it be?
I’d like to have a beer with the guys from Japandroids. A collaboration would be nice too, but I’ll drink a beer with them first.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Hm. A toss up between “Live Forever” by Oasis and any song off of “Alien Lanes” by Guided by Voices. That album has 28 songs on it and almost of them are great, which inspired me to get off my ass and try to write at least one great song. If Robert Pollard can write hundreds of great ones, there’s no reason I can’t write a few.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
“Smell that milk before you drink it”
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
We’re all in this together. If you have the talent, the songs, and the passion, it’s not for nothing.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Don’t let someone else’s quote define who you are” -Teddy Grey. (Apologies for the pretension)

You get off a plane in your hometown,
1/ where is the first place you visit
Gotta see my dog

2/ where is the first place you see
Gotta see my dog

3/ where is the fist food place you go and what do you get
Any 24 hour breakfast place. Waffle, eggs, bacon

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
That if you fuck up, the audience probably doesn’t know. That if you fuck up twice, they probably still don’t know. That if you fuck up three times, they might start to catch on. That if you fuck up four times, they’ll definitely notice, and that if you fuck up five times, you’ll be exposed as a shitty guitar player.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Absolutely. Twitter: @TeddyGreyMusic, http://www.facebook.com/teddygreymusic. I’m on Bandcamp, Spotify, and iTunes as well.

NEWS: YESTERDAY SAW THE FOUR ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF 1961 GROUP ‘THE ZOMBIES’ ANNOUNCE A ONE OFF GIG TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF ‘ODESSEY AND ORACLE’

The Zombies jammed in late 1961 but formed officially in 1962 with their Rock genre they went on to score British hits including ‘ Shes Not There’.

The last two years have seen extensive global touring from the current Zombie line up, with the release of ‘Still Got That Hunger’ on Cherry Red, bringing the band back to the Billboard charts almost 50 years after their first singles, their second nomination for the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame, performances over two consecutive years at Glastonbury, an appearance on Jools Holland, performing for BBC’s Children In Need, two showcases at The Great Escape Festival and extensive support from 6 Music. Young and old fans alike, have celebrated the career of a band hailed in the USA as leaders of the British Invasion, a musical institution and prominent influencers for modern bands today.

‘Odessey & Oracle’ is the glittering gemstone in the bands rock crown. With ‘Odyssey’, spelt incorrectly following a printer error on the original artwork, The Zombies infiltrated the airwaves with sophisticated melodies, high hitting vocals, choral back-up harmonies and jazzy keyboard riffs. Hit singles throughout the 1960’s followed including ‘She’s Not There’ and ‘Tell Her No’. Ironically, the group broke-up in 1968 just prior to achieving their greatest success with the chart-topping single ‘Time of the Season’. ‘Odessy & Oracle’ came out just after the bands demise and is now ranked by Mojo, NME and Rolling Stone in their ‘Greatest Albums of All Time’ lists. In the intervening years, while lead singer Colin Blunstone went on to develop an acclaimed solo career (‘Say You Don’t Mind’,‘Misty Roses’), and keyboardist/songwriter Rod Argent rocked ‘70’s arenas with his eponymous band ARGENT (‘Hold Your Head Up’), the legend of The Zombies took on a life of its own. Their music continues to resonate today amongst generations of new bands, including such artists as; Neko Case and Nick Cave (who recorded “She’s Not There” for the popular HBO series True Blood), Paul Weller, The Vaccines, Beck, Belle and Sebastian, Fleet Foxes, The Temples, The Beautiful South and Eminem (Marshall Mathers LP2) to name only a few, along with providing a haunting back drop for Coco Channelsworldwide Ad campaign featuring Kiera Knightley.

The original four members are ready to rock the stage for the final time, to give their 50 year anniversary a party to remember.

WANT TO GET A TICKET, BE READY THIS FRIDAY 27TH JAN 17 WHEN THEY ARE RELEASED AT

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AND TO MAKE IT EXTRA SPECIAL TO THE ZOMBIES, THE FOUR PIECE WILL ALSO BE RELEASING THEIR OWN BOOK DUE OUT MARCH 2017 SO BE READY FOR A THIS SPECIAL PIECE OF MERCHANDISE!

 

 

REVIEW: TEXAS FOUR PIECE ‘ THE MRS ‘RELEASE THEIR NEW TRACK ‘THE BEAST’ 

A heavy rock-pop vibe comes in straight away letting you feel the music as soon as it starts.
Vocals come through so strong with a message to accompanies it perfect!
A rhythm that you get carried along to and instantly takes the same journey as the ladies and setting amazing examples to the listeners

Check out ‘ The Beast’ right here;

Also The Mrs are set to drop their new album this spring, so if you like what your hearing now then you’ll love the album more and you can help The Mrs right here;
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themrs

Want to keep up to date with The Mrs then make sure you drop them a follow on social media;
https://www.themrs.com/
https://www.facebook.com/themrsband/
https://twitter.com/themrsband

CHATTING WITH PETER SMITH ABOUT NEW SINGLE ‘HIGH’ AND COLLABORATING WITH LAX ‘N’ BUSTO.

 What is your names?
A – Peter M. Smith – M is for Michael

 

What is your genre of music?
A – Rock, good old fashioned uncomplicated Rock…
So many labels floating about these days!! People trying to be profound!

 

 Give us a little bio about you
A – I was born in Dublin in an ordinary, working class family. Raised by My mother and Grandmother.
Started writing and singing at about 12. Talent competitions in Dublin is how I started. Wrote some hit singles for UK artists in electro pop Genre and formed bands when I was in late teens. Got a deal to rite and release 2 years ago and here we are! Had a no.1 in 2015, in Ireland with Love Will Tear Us Apart and wrote a No. 2 (Imagery) for JD Kelleher in 2016. Still standing!

 

Are you a signed?
To a small indy label called Lonely Child Music

 

You set to release ‘High’ ,tell us more about that.
I wrote High about my girlfriend at the time 2015 and now wife, Jessica. It is very important to me. All my songs are I guess, but this one is special. It is my favourite song on this album.

 
What was the recording process like?
I actually have recorded this twice, once with my band, Sonic Brother, who I tour with and once with the famous Lax ‘N’ Busto – They have sold a million records in Spain – and are legends! So to record with them is a learning curve as well as a great thrill!

 

What was the writing process like?
I tend to wake up during the night with an idea, maybe a basic chord structure of a lyrical piece that lives with me and build around it.
From there it happens quickly. I always say, if you are mulling over a song too much, it’s not a good song..

 

Describe the track in three words.
Energetic, Honest, Sexy

 

You collaborate with Lax ‘N’ Busto, how did that come about?
I was a fan, plain and simple. I went along to a concert of theirs in a place called Llorenc, just outside Barcelona. The crowd was about 10,000 strong and they were singing in Catalan, which is similar to Spanish.. They blew me away, every person there knew their songs religiously. Musically they sounded like Bon Jovi, at their peak and I wanted loved the melodies of their songs. I said to my cousin, a Catalan, that I would love to hear these songs in English. Anyway, fate would have it that I was a jam session in a blues bar a month later and I was asked up to sing. Their drummer Jimmy Pinol was on the stage and after we jammed some Hendrix and U2 he asked to meet me and we began immediately to work together.

 

Do you play any instruments?

Yes, some piano and a bit of guitar. I have played at weddings for friends and was much better years ago. I have time now to write and use the guitar for that.

 

Who are your influences?
Morrissey – the genius, Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Phil Lynott, U2, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Kurt Cobain and Prince.

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
From everyday life.. I think to write you have to care about something first and for people. Life is rich and full of chances to just observe and write things down. It’s important not to take yourself to seriously. If you can laugh at yourself you can write about anything.

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
With more children, (we are pregnant with twin girls) loving my wife even more and having played more music that makes me happy!

 

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I love football, and especially Liverpool FC. So my mood is dictated by their bad defending!! I love being with my wife and her family also, we have good parties in our house, eating good Colombian food and listening to music.

 

Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?
Croke Park.. 100%

 

 

What would be your dream show to have your music played on?
A great question! There are so few left.. The Old Grey Whistle Test.. a long defunct show.. Youtube it.. All the great Bowie performance are on there.

 

 

If you could collaborate with one UK Artists or Band who would it be?
Morrissey or Radiohead

 

If you could collaborate with one US Artists or Band who would it be?
Foo Fighters..

 

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Nirvana’s In Bloom – The whole Nevermind album pushed me into the game – I was 14 when I heard this songs.

 

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Stay true to you..

 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Do not compromise on your style or direction. If you do, you’ll be half assed. So many people have ‘your best interests at heart’. Do not let their ‘best interests’ change what you are doing. Remember the reason they wanna deal with you is the sound you are already making.. Stay true to that sound.

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Stay true to you.. or to thine own self be true. Most good people can smell a faker.. Don’t sell out to that shit! Be yourself, speak your mind and the right people will never forget you.

 

You get off a plane in your hometown,
1/ where is the first place you visit
My Mothers – she is usually out on her bike though!!
2/ where is the first place you see
The city centre – HMV – where I bought my first records.. Yes ‘records’!!
3/ where is the fist food place you go and what do you get
Abrakebabra… So bad!! Yet SO gooood!!

 

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
The plastic bottle of Jack Daniels that I sneak in so I don’t pay €8 for a beer just 2 euros for a mixer!
To go to the bathroom when the artist starts playing their new stuff, cos that’s not what I am there for !
Taxi fare home
Buy a tee shirt – support the artist!!!
Camera phone for the epic moments!!

 

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/petersmithsings
Twitter: @petersmithsings
Instagram petermsmithmusic