REVIEW: ‘ISLAND APOLLO’ DROP THEIR NEW TUNE ‘HOLD IT DOWN’ PRODUCED BY ERIC LILAVOIS

The SoCal Five peice ‘Island Apollo’ coming in to the music scene with thir indie pop and funky urban griives and now their latest single ‘Hold It Down’ which I think you hear how much the band grow with every release and its great to see a strong and well flowed track.

‘Hold It Down’ with the upbat and funky grooves we all love from the guys come straight in puts a smile on your face and instantly makes you sway to the beat.
Vocals so fine and easy listening its takes you on the journey if Island Apollo’s music and its really interesting with not just this release, every release they’ve made so far.
The Production gives it that extra special hit to the song, your going to love this!

check out ‘Hold It Down’ Below:

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REVIEW: THE DEBUT SINGLE ‘ CRYIN’ FOR YOU’ FROM ‘TOOTH & NAIL’ IS HERE! 

Tooth and Nail are a duo based in Leeds with a Grunge-Soul, Blues and vocals to make you feel warm inside. 
A big guitar solo to set the song up perfectly, a song to make you relaxed but also a track you would hear on a tv show and radio on repeat! 
Check it out for yourself 

https://m.soundcloud.com/saintinthecitypr/tooth-nail-cryin-for-you
Also Tooth &a Nail have a few gigs coming up too;
15th April – The Old Blue Last, LONDON

19th May – The Library, LEEDS

15th June – The Eagle Inn, MANCHESTER
For ticket info, head to toothandnailmusic.co.uk 

Follow Tooth & Nail on Social Media;

Twitter @toothandnailuk & Facebook facebook.com/toothandnailuk

SWEDISH ROCK BAND ‘MY HEART IS A METRONOME’ TALK THEIR NEW SINGLE AND EP ‘TIERP’ CHECK OUT WHAT WAS SAID RIGHT HERE! 

What is the bands name? My heart is a metronome

 

How did you come up with the bands name?

“My heart is a metronome” is kind of like a reminder too keep going, to never give up on your goals, especially musically. If you give the name some thought you’ll get it. 

 

What is your genre of music?

Alternative rock, maybe?

 

Give us a little bio about you as individuals and as a band.

We started out as a band about 4 years ago. Well, actually, it all started with Mattis Malinen (vocals and guitar) who wrote a whole lot of music on his own and then busked the streets throughout Europe. When he came back home to Sweden he felt the songs lacked a rhythm section. This is where Gustaf Simonsson (bass) and Felix Carlsten (drums) joined the band. Mattis used to collect live videos on his harddrive when he was around 15. One day he found a video of the band System of a down playing a show at Big day out festival. The guitarist Daron Malakian was acting crazy, running around stage, spinning around, throwing himself on the ground to play a solo. This is what got Mattis into playing guitar. The rest is history.

 

 

Gustaf had been interested in music for his whole life. Growing up in i family with his mother who was an opera singer and grandpa who was a cantor, it was no coincidence Gustaf started to play music at a young age. He did his first live performance as a new born baby, representing “the new year” on stage at a big gala party. He then used to perform on every big family occasion singin’ funny songs alone on stage. When he was 9 years old he was learning how to play the guitar. He was really focused to learn how to play a clean barré chord. He tried and tried, but did not succeed. He got so disappointed and sad that he climbed into a closet, held the door shut from the inside and refused to get out. That is what you call a real musician! Legend says he still walks into his closet when he can’t figure out the right chord for a song.

 

When it comes to Felix he literally started playing the drums on ice cream boxes, saucepan lids and plastic toys when he was 14 years old. He also liked to go to the kitchen, open the pantry and oven and hit everything that would make a sound. At last, his parents got so annoyed (impressed?) that they finally bought him a drum kit. However, we want to believe that they bought him the drumkit due to that they thought he had talent. Funny thing is that it is the same drumkit as he plays on, on the song ”Feel Think”.

 

What made you go in to music?

Music made us!

 

Are you a signed?

Yes! We’re on the fantastic indie label Soul City Enterprise, a label started by our beloved friend and manager Tobias “Pitbull” Rosén.

 

Your brand new Single is out ‘Tierp’, what can you tell us about it?

 it’s the place where Mattis grew up and spent his first 18 years. It’s a song about memories and friendship and how to hold on to that. 

 

What was the recording process like?

We recorded the EP in our rehearsal space with the help of our good friends Jakob Jakobsson Blom and Axel Tovedal. It felt a lot more like “home” compared to expensive recording studios and it also meant that we could put more time into playing around with sounds and ideas. And to go and take a swim in the river when we had to.

 

What was the writing process like?

Fantastic and fun. We love writing music together and we hope that reflects in our songs. We write together by jamming in the rehearsal space.

 

Who did you let listen to the single before it was released?

Close friends and family. 

 

You have released your EP’ Tierp’, tell us more about that.

It consists of 4 tracks which we’ve put our heart and soul into and are really proud of. The songs are quite different from one another, but they’re still held together in some weird way. 

It was written and produced by ourselves, recorded by the above mentioned friends and mixed by grammy award winner Pelle Gunnerfeldt (The Hives, Refused).

 

Describe each track in three words.

Tierp – Disco, melodic, alternative.

Pick it up – Rhythmic, playful, technical.

Queen – Groovy, groovy, morecowbell

Bubble – Energetic, fast, bubbly

 

Do you play any instruments?

Thank god we do. Mattis plays guitar, Felix drums and Gustaf is slappin’ da bass. 

 

Who are your influences?

The list is long! Anything from soul classics to fast metal. 

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Life and what comes with it. 

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Hopefully playing bigger stages, touring worldwide and making a living off of our music.

 

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

We all have dayjobs. Mattis works at a home for people with disabilities, Felix is a management consultant and Gustaf is a building construction engineer.

 

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

I think it all varies for the three of us. For Mattis it was “Psycho” by System of a down. For Felix it was “Drain You” with Nirvana. Gustaf’s first own album he bought himself was Michael Jackson – Thriller. Memories are vague, but that album probably had a big influence.

 

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

Can’t think of one given straight to us, but a good quote from the legend Jeff Buckley is: 

“Be the best. No negativity. No weakness. No acquiescence to fear or disaster. No errors of ignorance. No evasion to reality”

 

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

Do your own thing, work hard and trust no one. The most important thing is to have fun though and try to hold on to why you started playing music in the first place!

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Life’s a bitch and then you die.

 

You get off a plane in your hometown,

1/ where is the first place you visit

Bäverns rehearsal space. 

2/ where is the first place you see

You see an awesome church/cathedral #hotforchurches

3/ where is the first food place you go and what do you get

 Jappi – red curry!

 

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

Our instruments, merch, backdrop, fresh ginger aaaand… a setlist for Mattis.

 

You work with Quite Great PR how did that come about?

We found them through googling around for UK PR agencies.

 

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

First of all we have our own webpage http://www.myheartisametronome.com 

where you can read more about us and get direct links to all of our social media platforms. 

If you are a lazy one, here you go:

 

Facebook: facebook.com/myheartisametronome

Instagram: @myheartisametronome

Twitter: @MHIAMband

Snapchat @MHIAMband

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ_sirsd9qo6wFKnBVv0pHQ

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4aaBqtuCgkgQce4h3lZKDc

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/myheartisametronome-1

 

REVIEW:  APERA ARE A NEW ZEALAND TRIO AND HAVE JUST RELEASED THEIR LATEST ALBUM ‘LIFT YOU UP’ AND IT DEFINATELY DOES!

Apera Woodfine is the man behind the vocals,guitar and is THE LEAD then we have Andy Deihl (you may have seen his name before on my blog also in JimmyMoore&Cas.D), Andy plays drums and does vocals for Apera then last but not least is Sam Stretch who plays bass and does some vocals too. 

Slow start yet a dark feel to the track which it relates to the title ‘Dark Days’ which makes it very honest.
Check out the video for ‘Dark Days’ 

‘Testify’ has a more upbeat feel and a great guitar solo to introduce the song.

The heavy drum really gives it the extra and pushes it so well. 

Vocals are fantastic and sang again with that honest feeling.
‘Spaceman’ feels more of a song that makes you wonder about everything and everyone and make you wonder whether to ask twice but at the same time you don’t need to. The vocals are sang so clear and bold to really get the message out.
‘In The City’ tells the story of Apera ‘In The City’ how his ‘mum told him to write everything down’ and ‘how hard it is to be a man ‘ ‘In The City’ 

I love how this track is more vocals than instrumental but the instrumental really emphasises it more in what he is singing about.
This is just 4 of the 11 tracks on the new album ‘Lift You Up’ 
Grab a copy right here to listen to the rest;
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/nz/album/lift-you-up/id1216337881
Or STREAM it and let us know you favourite track 
Spotify -https://open.spotify.com/album/47AJRaa6so9yhoL3TPeKsk

Get all the updates in Apera right here 
Website;

http://www.apera.nz/
Facebook;

https://www.facebook.com/aperamusic/

A TRIO CALLED ‘ THE TRUEBELLES’ ARE SET TO MAKE YOU DANCE YOUR NIGHT AWAY WITH THEIR LATEST SINGLE ‘MISTER NOBODY’  AND WHAT ELSE DO THEY PLANNED 

What is your bands name? 
The Truebelles
How did you come up with the name?
It’s a faux take on 1940’s Americana. The word Belle comes from that. We like the way Amy Winehouse mixed it up with hip hop, jazz and 1960’s culture.
What is your genre of music?
The genre is good songs. We like to mix it up. We like to dance.
Give us a little bio about you as a band and individuals.
Lorena is the lead vocal on Mister Nobody although we take turns on lead vocals. Grace has emotional versatility as a singer and Tallulah is the most developed as a songwriter. We share a passion for seeing more a dynamic and healthy representation of women in the media.
 
What made you go in to music?
Grace: Freddie Mercury.
Tallulah: Passion.
Lorena: I can’t remember I was singing before I could speak.
Are you a signed?
We are a collective as much as a band or act. We all have individual projects and we do The Truebelles because we love it not really because we are legally bound to it.  
Your brand new Pop single ‘Mister Nobody is out, what an you tell us about it? 
It’s straight forwardly about standing up for yourself. its about a man who can’t find his own way so he relies on a woman too much so she has to stand up for herself for both their sakes.
Tell us more about the title of the single process.
Our producer came up with it. We think it’s really about him.
What was the recording process like? 
We work with a writer producer on the Truebelles we make alot up in the recording studio. It was recorded at Katie Melua’s keyboardist’s studio.
What was the writing process like?
The writing, recording and producing processes all bleed into each other on this project.
Who did you show Mister Nobody to first?
We played it to a film director as we knew right away it was the song we wanted to launch with.
Will we see an Album or Ep this year? 
Most of the album is recorded we had to break off a few times as Tallulah was filming for Television and Lorena had some huge Gigs at the O2 in Scottland.
Do you have any gigs coming up, if so where will you be heading?
We plan to do a few low key spots although it depends how well the single does.
Do you play any instruments?
Tallulah: I play Guitar.
Lorena: I write top line melodies and use a work station so I play synth.
Grace: Keyboards in the studio. 
Who are your influences?

Grace: Freddie Mercury, Chromeo, Christina Aguilera… Too many to mention. Prince also. 

Tallulah: Kate Bush. I really like a lot of electronica such as Oh Wonder, James Blake. So many.
Lorena: Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse, Jamiroquai, Jill Scott, Santana, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder.
Tallulah, youve had experience in the Enetertainment industry doing voice over and currently in the top 12 of Britains Next Top Model which congrataulations might we add… what is the best advice you’ve been given and passed it on? 
Lorena: I did some ADR for Margo Robbie’s Jane in the Tarzan movie, best advice is “learn from your mistakes”.
Tallulah: best advice “go for it”.
Grace: from mother. it’s “failing to prepare, is preparation for failure”
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Grace; you just start somewhere and then keep going until you finish.
Lorena: If you are a good listener it helps you. You pick up on all kinds of sounds from your environment and it helps to inspire.
Tallulah: it’s comes from deep inside.
How do you prepare? 
We get naked under a full moon. 
Would you be up for collaborations with other artists if so how could they contact you?
Grace: Yes.
Lorena: Maybe
Tallulah: Don’t call us we’ll call you.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Tallulah; in the mirror.
Grace: Running the Queen Vic in Eastenders. Is that show still on ?
Lorena: I’d like to Expand from my ADR and do some Character movie acting.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Tallulah: Paint, modelling also.
Grace: I like to relax with my cats although I live with a guitar player so there is always music.
Lorena: Acting. 
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene? 
In harmony: ….”to many to mention”
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
(Already answered as above)
 
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Grace: if you’re a quitter, Quit. If you’re a sticker, stick.
Tallulah: if you’re a shitter, shit.
Lorena: Amen.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Tallulah: We don’t, were flexible.
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 first food place you go and what do you get

 Grace: it’s the same for all three Mum at home.
 
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget? 
Lorena: Five fingers to open to mic drop when you smash the gig.
You work with Quite Great PR, how did that come about? 
Grace: We got our producer to call Pete Bassett and we all went to meet that one man legend and he loves us. 
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Tallulah: Yes we do. (Mimes mic drop)
Grace: ha-ha
Lorena: funny girl.

http://www.thetruebelles.com/

READY TO FOLLOW UP THEIR EP ‘EL DORADO’ ITS ‘DRAWING NORTH’  WHO CHATS TO ME ABOUT THEIR NEW EP SET TO DROP IN SPRING,PROGRESSIONIS KEY AND THESE GUYS ARE  CERTAINLY READY TO SHOW US!

What are your names?Drew, Po and Jake

What is the band’s name?

Drawing North

How did you come up with the band’s name?

It came originally from a play on words of my name – Drew Southwell Draw/Drawing from Drew, North from Southwell and we all liked it and decided that it could also represent an adventure. The North aspect kind of symbolized venturing out of our home of Australia and pursuing music in America and other parts of the world.

What is your genre of music?

Alternative pop

Give us a little bio about you individually and as a band.

I’m a songwriter/producer and I’ve been playing musical instruments since I was a child. I’ve written with a large number of other writers in America through my travels, which in turn helped us acquire our visas to live here! We started the band in in 2010 but didn’t really take it seriously until a few years ago. When we recorded and released our debut album El Dorado which peaked at #3 on iTunes through Universal Music. We’ve played over 200 shows and have showcased at festivals such as SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, Vans Warped Tour and more. Our next EP comes out this year!

You are set to release a new EP this spring, tell us more about it.

We recorded it end of last year on a beautiful beach on the central coast of Australia with a producer named Andy Mak with whom I co-produced it with. We did 5 songs and we’ll be releasing a bunch of singles before the EP drops later this year. The first is called Stay and comes out April 5!

It is a follow up to your LP El Dorado , what is different about the new EP?

The style has progressed and we’ve grown as writers and musicians. I’d say the music is current and the production elements are a bit more electronic.

Some of your previous tracks have been endorsed by Joel Madden, How did that come about?

One of our first songs we released was a song called Timepiece and we did an acoustic video for it. He somehow stumbled upon it and tweeted about it saying how much he liked it and for everyone to check it out. It was really cool as a younger band to wake up to a whole ton of comments and new fans.

You have also played so many great festivals, What are they like?

Festivals are so much fun. The biggest crowd we’ve played to was a festival in our hometown in Australia to 15000 people. One of the coolest aspects is all the other artists on the bill that we get to meet and chat to. We we’ve been lucky enough to share the stage with some acts much bigger than us and it’s always great to hear their stories and advice or even just have share some drinks!
What is your dream festival to perform?

Coachella would be amazing. Glastonbury is also up there.

What made you get into music?

We all loved performing and loved playing instruments growing up. I think everyone secretly everyone wants a career as a rockstar so as young, naïve teenagers we decided to pursue it!

Are you signed?

We signed with Universal Music Australia for distribution of our debut album last year, but we are now unsigned and doing the next EP independently.

Will you be touring this year?

Yes! We’ve been touring since the start of the year and will be continuing throughout the rest of the year.

If so, where will you be heading?

At this point, just America and Australia.

Who are your influences?

This is a hard question because there are so many new and innovative artists that inspire you to keep going and to keep creating. Songwriting-wise would be Max Martin, Ryan Tedder or Dr Luke.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Usually from personal experiences or stories that have happened to us, our friends or family. We try to be always be aware of what is happening around us and try to translate that to music.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully touring and playing bigger shows, writing with bigger artists and still growing and learning.

When your not doing music,what do you do?

I’m a graphic designer so I do a lot of art. I also love to snowboard and travel.

You are from Australia, what is the music scene like over there?

It’s a lot smaller than here in America, but there are some incredible artists back home. The festivals are also a lot of fun.

What would be your dream venue to play in your hometown?

One of the stadiums in each major city would be a pretty wild achievement!

For anyone visiting Australia, where would you recommend they go?

Anywhere on the beach. Australia is beautiful and has some incredible rainforests up north too. Sydney and Melbourne are insanely fun.

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

Ed Sheeran or Coldplay would be a dream. The 1975 would be dope too.

If you could collaborate with one US Artist or Band who would it be?  

One Republic  or The Weeknd would be a lot of fun.

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

Aim to remain humble and believe in yourself daily.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?  

One quote I often think of is ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.’ It’s cliché but it’s very relevant to the music industry. You have to have a lot of skill but you also have to have a lot of luck and this helps me every time I doubt myself to keep building and growing.

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

The melodies, the lighting, the production, the venue and the clothes the performers wear.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Instagram.com/drawingnorth
Facebook.com/drawingnorth
Twitter.com/drawingnorth
Soundcloud.com/drawingnorth
Youtube.com/drawingnorth

’14 STEPS TO HARLEM’ IS THE BRAND NEW ALBUM SET TO RELEASE ON THE 28TH APRIL AND I CHAT WITH GARLAND JEFFREYS TO GET THE LOW DOWN ON IT.

What is your name?GARLAND JEFFREYS

What is your genre of music?

ROCK / POP / BLUES

You are set to release you new album ’14 Steps to Harlem’ on the 28th April, can you tell us more about it?

This is my third album in six years and for a guy my age, that’s something to be proud of – not to mention that the music is great! It has my usual autobiographical subject matter and a mix of genres – rock, pop, reggae, and even a little bit of an alt-folkie sound. We used my core performing band and some great session players. It was recorded at two studios in Brooklyn, NY and mixed and mastered in New York City.

Describe each track in two words.
WHEN YOU CALL MY NAME: Nouveau breakup
SCHOOLYARD BLUES: Feisty shorty
14 STEPS TO HARLEM: Paternal respect
Check out the music video for 14 Steps to Harlem below

REGGAE ON BROADWAY: Clash memory
TIME GOES AWAY: Family philosophy
SPANISH HEART: “Matador” 2
I’M A DREAMER: Real me
WAITING FOR THE MAN: Funky Lou
HELP: Song essence
COLORED BOY SAID: Racial advice
LUNA PARK LOVE THEME: Wife’s theme
What is the message you want to send out when the album is released?

This is who I am, who I’ve always been and what I’ve always stood for.

What are you most looking excited about the release?

Getting out there and playing the songs, and the invigoration of meeting new people as a result.

What was the writing process like?

Very slow. All songs came from my cassette demos, which is how I compose, using my guitar and the cassette player. The tapes are not always well organized so we had to do some digging to find the nuggets of inspiration. Some songs were from a few years ago and some very new.

What was the recording process like?
Lots of fun since I recorded with guys I’ve worked with before. Very loose. James Maddock, my co-producer was very creative and came up with some great ideas.

Will you be releasing any more videos for your next single off this album?

Yes our next video will be for Venus.

You are heading out on a UK Tour as well, what are you most looking forward too?

The UK fans are very discriminating but when they like something you do they really let you know, so I’m excited to see how they like the new music and performance of the new tunes.

Which city are you most looking forward to playing?

James Maddock hails from Leicester and his family comes out and makes us feel very welcome. Also looking forward to Poole to see our great friend Mick Tarrant – and London, to work with genius promoter Stuart Lyon again at Nells Jazz – and to return to Newcastle and Kinross, beautiful towns – we are looking forward to everything!

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

If I did I wouldn’t say!

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

Do not sell your publishing.

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

As above; and never compromise on your values. Don’t be seduced by a trend, just write and perform your own stuff and if it’s good, people will recognize it. You might not become a superstar but you will have your integrity.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

One day at a time.

You get off a plane in your hometown,
1/ where is the first place you visit
My neighborhood park bench to see my guys.

2/ where is the first place you see

My couch.

3/ where is the fist food place you go and what do you get

Tal Bagels for an everything bagel with cream cheese and lox.

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
1) My hat
2) To thank my band for their hard work
3) To thank the audience for coming out
4) To have a coffee half hour before stage
5) My lyrics
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Official site: garlandjeffreys.com
Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/garlandjeffreys
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GarlandJeffreys/

THE MAGIC E’S RELEASED THEIR LATEST SINGLE ‘ RUNNING SCARED’ WE  CHAT ABOUT THE WRITING,RECORDING PROCESS AND THEIR DEBUT ALBUM.

How did you come up with the band name?
Our teenage years were in the early 90s at the peak of the grunge and Britpop era, because of this everyone assumes our name is drug related. It isn’t. Back in the (ahem) 70s and 80s there was a kids TV show called Words & Pictures. This was an educational programme featuring a floating orange alien character imaginatively called ‘Wordy! Anyway, one of the songs on the show was to highlight the use of the letter ‘e’ and how it used silently to change the pronunciation of preceding vowels (check us out!); ‘bit becomes bite with e’, ‘kit become kite with e’! This was the ‘Magic E’ song and where our name came from! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2XdMvrZgLE

Give us a little bio about you as a band and as individuals.

The Magic E’s formed in 2014 when Stuart, Pete and Phil played a covers gig in Jaspers garden for a mutual friend’s wedding. The four of us clicked and we soon dropped the 90s indie vibe to write our own indie rock tunes. Pete had a library of tunes he’d put together and the four of us have spent the past couple of years producing the sound you know as The Magic Es. We’ve been compared to loads of different musicians from The Undertones, The Who and The Jam to Neil Young, Teenage Fanclub and Bruce Springsteen! Pete is the leader singer and guitarist, he’s the driving force behind the band and the catalyst for a lot of our tunes. He also has a home recording studio which helps! Jasper is our bass player and the most experienced of the band. A founder member of Then Jericho, he is a stickler for detail and getting the component parts and sounds of our tunes just right! Stu plays drums and, as a 90s indie nut, brings a distinct groove to the Magic Es (along with digital promotions skills)! Phil is our other guitarist and adds layered depth, he’s MOD inspired!

You released your new single ‘Running Scared’, what’s the meaning behind it?

It’s a classic tale of love gone wrong and stems from Pete’s own experience. I think everyone’s had relationships that haven’t worked out and can relate to the emotions of a breakup – the frustrations, the arguments, the insecurities of knowing things are going wrong but not knowing how to fix them, second guessing yourself, your partner and feeling pretty worthless. It also highlights the desperation of this process (and it is a process) and the strength to look at yourself as an individual, understanding your chosen one is not necessarily the one for you (losing the one you never really had) and plotting a better future for yourself- getting ‘over this and making better plans’. It’s both a painful but hopeful insight into every adolescent relationship that’s ever broken down. Bittersweet or what!  

Tell us more about your writing process.

Inspiration can come from each band member, Pete is a machine and fires out almost complete tunes on a daily basis! We will come to practice with a riff, or a melody to share with the others. Melody usually leads the way; we knock it around at practice and if we’re still playing it a few weeks down the line then we set about fine tuning parts, dynamics and lyrics. It’s always a band process, it’s the only way that we can get the Magic Es sound and each of us is open to critiquing every component of the song. We value each other’s thoughts and opinions. 
 
You’ve also released the video, how much fun was that and what’s your best memory from the shoot?

The video was shot at a venue local to us, the Waterfront in Norwich. We shot pre and during our last gig there with Donovan Jones who was our producer, cameraman and editor! It was loads of fun, we set up individual footage to start with, Stu getting his time in the limelight first behind the kit (he’s always moaning he’s not in enough of our pictures). Donovan knew exactly what we were looking for from the video and brought his own approaches and ideas, he managed us brilliantly through the whole shoot. We had a lot of fun, the smoke machine is always interesting but the glitter canons during the live performance topped it off. Jaspers spent days finding bits of glitter in places it shouldn’t exist!

You are set to release your debut album, can you tell us more about it?

‘It goes on’ is our debut album and will be out for release in April 2017. We’re all really proud of it; the tracks themselves, how they flow through the album through to the artwork on the cover and disc! We’ve worked really hard to get the Magic Es sound and this album reflects who we are perfectly. It’s a rock ‘n’ roll record from start to finish. It took about 3 months to finish and now we can’t wait for people to hear it. If you like emotive, melodic guitar rock with a very British feel then you’ll love it and will be singing along in no time. 

Do you have any gigs/tour in the works?

We’re working up a 4 date tour of the north of England to promote the album at the end of April. We also have a number of other headline shows and festival appearances throughout the year. All dates can be found on our website at http://www.wearemagic.uk

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

Listen to music! Every member of the band is a music lover through and through. Stu just bought an old HMV stereomaster vinyl player, like his nan used to have! He’s busy trying to rebuild a vinyl collection that he sold many years ago. We all love looking around vinyl fairs and stores to be honest.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

‘Keep at it!’ we could bang on about the hardships of the industry, how technology presents opportunities and barriers and how society now favours armchair wannabe heroes rather than paying a few quid to support local talent and local venues! Truth is that there is so much talent out there and you just have to keep getting out there, keep learning, keep improving, keep promoting yourself and making sure your stuff is heard. We’re all in favour of networking and communities, we need to look after each other.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

‘If you do wants you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got!’ think this quote has been attributed to a bundle of different people but it’s always resonated. Change is inevitable, progress is inevitable, things move on. If you don’t tune in, embrace change then you’ll get left behind – the world won’t stop turning just for you! The Magic Es are always trying to think of new ways that we can do things, whether it’s different approaches to a specific part of a song, different sounds, different technology or whatever, we want to try and get ahead. If you follow our social media streams you will see that we put out regular, engaging content. We want to engage with our fans, find out what they want and deliver it, we won’t progress by looking backwards.

Your coming back from tour;
1/ where is the first place you go?
Home

2/ who is the first person you see?

Family and children

3/ where is the first place you go to eat?

The local pub

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

You can find us all over the web; http://www.wearemagic.uk is our website. You can hear our music at http://www.soundcloud.com/the-magic-es, we’re on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/wearemagicuk, follow us on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/wearemagicuk and buy our music directly from us at http://themagices.bandcamp.com or purchase from iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. We’re all over Spotify too.
 

 

EXCLUSIVE: OXFORD FOUR PIECE ‘FLATLANDS’ RELEASE THEIR NEW SINGLE ‘ ONE MAJOR ONE MINOR ‘ AND CHAT ABOUT THEIR NEW EP ‘PROVISIONAL LICENSE’

What are your names?Tom Keogh – Vocals, Guitar

Jamie Corish – Vocals, Bass

Nat Jones – Guitar, Keys

Rob Maclennan – Drums


Tell us the story behind the name ‘ Flatlands’.

Flatlands came to Tom as he was interrailing with his ex-band member in Germany. They were going their separate ways after school, both locationally but also in music taste. Tom wasn’t ready to stop playing in a band, though. As such, the idea for a new band with a stronger focus on rock was formed as he was travelling through some literal Germanic flatlands. Neat, right?
What is your genre of music?

We play both Indiepunk style music, inspired by the likes of Modern Baseball, The Front Bottoms and Brand New, as well as the occasional Post Rock esque number, akin to such Oxford legends such as Foals and Radiohead. 
Give us a little bio about you as a band and individuals.

We initially came together from opposite directions. While we all at school, Tom and Rob were the lead singer and drummer, respectively, of the indie folk band “Midnight Run”, whilst Nat was one of the brains behind the prog-rock epics served up by rival band “The Aureate Act”. As they approached the end of their time at school, they came together one night to form the skeleton of a new band.

Looking for a bassist proved difficult: no one in our year who played bass really wanted to commit to a band with bigger aspirations than school concerts. Jamie, however, offered up his dedication to the trio despite having no idea how to play a bass guitar. He set himself the task of learning the bass in two months before their first gig. Amazingly, he pulled it off and the rest is history.
Are you a signed?

Not yet!
You are releasing new single ‘ One Major One Minor’ can you tell us more about it.

One Major One Minor came out with the Provisional Licence E.P in February 2017. The music video soon followed. Since then, it’s had some nice reception from various bloggers, radios and music journalists. Been great to hear the feedback.
What was the writing process like ?
Nat originally came up with the main guitar hook and demoed it for the others at home. The rest all came together in a couple of rehearsals and Tom sorted the lyrics while getting driven home after each failed driving test.
What was the recording process like?

It was a real pleasure recording OMOM at Evolution Studios in Oxford. Tom, Jamie and Rob laid down the main bulk of the song in a few takes and then it was over to Nat and the vocalists to add the overdubs. It all went really smoothly under Nick Moorbath’s capable direction. What was anticipated to be a major problem – bringing clarity to the individual guitar layers – was easily resolved with his skill. 


You also released a very cool video for the single, what was the video process like?

Filming OMOM music video was great! We had a brief outline of what we’d do beforehand but really it all fell into place on the day. We knew that in order to match the musical and lyrical content of the track we’d need to make it light hearted and self-deprecating, hence all the continuity errors and the silly story line. Credit must go to Charlie Landells for producing the video so well. He also did a cracking job of putting up with us for 8 hours. 
What’s your best memory from the video shoot?

It’s got to be experience Rob’s acting masterclass. The boy’s got serious talent. Is burping on cue really serious talent?
What are you most looking forward too?

We’re looking forward to the future. 2017 looks to be an exciting year with the prospect of festival slots and amazing touring band gigs to come.


You also have an EP coming out called ‘Provisional License ‘ tell us the meaning behind the title.

Provisional Licence has been floating about online for a few weeks now. It’s officially out on 9th March. Our E.P Launch gig at The Library Oxford will see physical copies being released for the first time. The title riffs off the One Major One Minor lyrical content. It’s basically Tom feeling a bit sore about failing his driving test 3 times* but it also references how this E.P is a bit of a “test drive” for us too. We’re not fully fledged as a band but we’re aiming to use the E.P to springboard to greater things. 

*He has since failed for a 4th time and then passed on a 5th. Go Tom. 
Describe each track in three words 

One Major One Minor -Tom can’t drive

Truth Be Told.. – Obligatory Love Song

Ghosts – Skins, The Musical 
Will you be heading out on tour or any gigs coming up your fans/new fans can know about?

9th March at The Library in Oxford is a must. The support bands are fantastic and the tiny venue should make for an intense live experience. Tickets are selling fast though! Our tour plans are still currently under wraps… hopefully more on this in the next few months though. 
If so where will you be heading?

Hopefully cities with good music scenes. We’re looking at places like Manchester, Brighton, London, Sheffield, etc.
Will you be selling merch at any of your gigs?

Yes! We have T-shirts and CDs ready to be distributed at the 9th March E.P launch gig. What’s more, these will soon be available online via our Facebook page.
What made you go into music?

Encouragement from family and school are key to us all. What brought the 4 of us together was that we all started a gap year at the same time last September. Being abandoned by our mates as they went off to various universities up and down the country brought us together. We’d all played together in various guises whilst at school so the time seemed right to establish ourselves in the Oxford music scene
Do you play any other instruments?

We’re all classically trained musicians, actually. Tom and Nat play the piano and violin, Jamie is an awesome cellist and Rob is a percussion weapon. Nat claims proficiency at the banjo but this is yet to be attested to. 
Who are your influences?

Again, different for each member. There are 2 sides to the Flatlands sound and this is shown by our influences. Nat is much more into prog rock, electronic and UK alternative/Indie music, Rob’s grooves reflect both hard rock influence from the likes of Muse blended with exciting funk similar to Tower of Power. Jamie and Tom tend to be a bit more American in their garage rock tastes. Together we hope that we bring a fusion of our tastes into our music.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?

We’re quite prosaic in our inspiration. Basically, if something sounds good and is fun to play, it gets the nod. Nat or Tom usually come up with the initial idea and then it’s down to us as a collective to develop it into something more complete. As a general rule, we try not to write lyrics first. Crowbarring chords around a story we’re trying to tell never tends to work for us.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Always hard to tell as teenagers. We’ll all be playing music though, that’s for sure! 
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

Rob is a bit of an organisational God. He fences internationally, plays at professional events as an orchestral percussionist for a bit of cash on the side and is an A* student in the spare time he has in between. As for the others: Tom wheezes through half marathons, Nat professionally drinks his body weight in alcohol (and runs faster half marathons than Tom) and Jamie rigorously combs the Star Wars prequels for more evidence that Jar Jar Binks was a Sith Lord.
What would be your dream hometown venue?

Oxford does grubby little pub venues so well. The Library is going to be super exciting on 9th March as its so small, that when it gets packed, it really feels nuts to play live.
If you could collaborate with one UK Artists or Band who would it be?

It’d be awesome to jam with someone like Johnny Marr. His guitar work is simply the best. You’d be in the studio and you can imagine him just adding on incredible overdub after incredible overdub. Flatlands aren’t anything like The Smiths but we appreciate the genius. 
If you could collaborate with one US artists or band should it be and why? 

Spending a few weeks locked up in Mac DeMarco’s Brooklyn flat/recording space would be pretty awesome. 
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to get more into the music scene?

Oxford has a fine heritage of music talent that makes being part of its current scene really exciting. In recent years the likes of Glass Animals, Wild Swim (now Low Island), ArtClassSink, Balloon Ascents (now Neverlnd) have shown that young ambitious musicians can thrive. Hard to pick a specific song but we really value the bands produced in Oxford. 
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

Never give up on your dreams. Only joking. Get performing out of your hometown. Play the next county, get down to London, go abroad! Gig once every 6-8 weeks at home, if you’re any good, the show should be really packed. 
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?

If you’re in a band you’ve got to be ready to criticise each other. We’re all really good mates here in Flatlands so telling each other our ideas are dud is pretty tough. But tough love triumphs when trying to put together a decent run of tunes. 
What quote or saying do you always stick by?

“You can drink a drink but you can’t food a food” – Confucius 
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?

Guitar

Bass/Jamie

Drumsticks

Capo

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flatlandsofficial/
Instagram: Flatlandsofficial
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/flatlandsofficial
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmWLD0jCqZgzfuTrZ95mFxA
Snapchat: Flatlandsmusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/flatlandsmusic

IAN WILLS OF WILLS AND THE WILLING HAS A CHAT TO ME  ABOUT WHERE THEIR NAME CAME FROM, NEW SINGLE BUTTERFLIES AND WHAT’S NEXT! 

What is your name? 
Ian Wills

How did you come up with Wills and The Willing?

It was born out of putting together a band who were wanting to do something different to what they knew and ‘willing’ to stand out and not be your typical band.

What is your genre of music?

It’s hard to put a single genre, chosen labels would be Spoken Word, Urban Fused Rock, Folk, World Music, 

Give us a little bio about you.

I cant do little, story to long it has taken a life times journey and still have not reached the starting line !!! 
Emma rest over to you !!!
Ok – here’s what I have from Soundcloud…
BIOGRAPHY
In late 2004 Ian formed Wills & The Willing and it was in October of 2005 that Janice Long started to champion the band, when she played the single “21st Century Love Song” on her highly regarded and popular Radio 2 program.
By the Summer of 2006, the band was enjoying strong national radio and media support, and was playing at festivals across the UK, including the much loved and highly respected Guilfest.
In 2007, Ian reformed his band, Wills & The Willing, bringing in musicians and friends that he had long admired to record the second album “Heroes & Villains”- the new line up consisted of Ian, Sean Genockey and Charlie Morton, plus part time members The Adj & John Tills, (Kubb, Paolo Nutini, Jamie Lawson). They released their first single “Skin”, which featured Didier Drogba and Michael Essien. “Skin” was used as part of the football anti racist “Kick It Out” Campaign.
Wills & The Willing went on to release the second single “Lipstick” to critical acclaim in 2008, featuring the Mercury Prize nominated (Tom McRae) .
Wills & The Willing went back on the road with the new line up in anticipation of the release of “Heroes And Villains”- they played Guilfest, the Isle of Wight music Festival, The Royal Albert Hall and live sessions at Radio 2.
Sadly, just as they were due to embark on a full UK tour, calamity struck as Ian was rushed to hospital and spent two years in and out of hospital during his recovery process – which resulted in “Heroes And Villains” not being commercially released.
In September of 2012, Ian, Sean, Charlie & John started working on the third Wills & The Willing album, “Dream In Colour”, which was recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios, Wales and at South London’s Black Dog Studios.


Introduce your band.

Sean Genockey Producer, Engineer, Guitars ,  

Charlie Morton Producer, , Drums, Vocals

John Hogg Producer, Guitars, Piano, Vocals ,Spoons 

What made you go in to music?
Since I was 12 years old hanging out with the Maori’s at school in New Zealand – playing and singing music has been in my DNA, 

Are you signed?
My publishing is signed to Sony ATV
You have a brand new track out ‘Butterflies’ tell us more about it

You have a brand new track out ‘Butterflies’ tell us more about it

Like the whole country I had been moved by the people of Royal Wotton Bassett and the many repatriations . Late 2009 I was in Blackpool with friends for the Royal Variety Performance, on November 4th , 5 soldiers had been killed by a rogue Afghan Police officer , one of those fallen was from the Blackpool area, his coffin draped in the Union jack on the long journey home past the hotel where I was staying, after standing on the pavement to pay my respects I sat down on a bench looking out to sea and “Butterflies” poured out of me 

What was the writing process like for ‘ Butterflies’?

It was very much a collective process, I had some initial chords that I played Sean, Charlie & John made sense of them and wrote the rest and ‘Butterflies’ was born 

What was the recording process like for ‘Butterflies’?

I sat on the sidelines, when you are blessed with such amazing musicians who you also share a genuine friendship and trust, who continually bring the best out of me it is easy to step out until your name is called !!


What’s the most memorable memory you had during the recording of the track? 

Listening to the mix after Rory Cushnan had waved his magic mixing wand 

You released a fantastic video to accompany the track, what was the process like for the video?

I asked Pete Callow who made the video if he wanted to have another Ian Wills headache!!! , I had worked with Pete in 2005 his film making is phenomenal, I sent him the track told him the story behind “Butterflies’ and asked him what his thoughts were, from there as a band we filtered back our additional thoughts and left it to Pete, from the initial version Pete sent us we gave some inputs and Pete took those on board and produced a final version which is stunning.

Will we see a new EP or Album next year?

Our third album ‘Dream In Colour’ which ‘Butterflies’ is the first single was released late 2016 , The next single ‘ Running On Empty’ will be released in April, Our second album ‘Heroes & Villains’ recorded in 2008 was never commercially released , it has been remastered and will be released in May, the first track off of H&V ‘Villa’ is having a club remix as we speak and anticipation is that it will be one of the tracks that will be getting people dancing off there nuts this summer . Towards the autumn I will be releasing my ‘Wills’ side project ‘London Country’ which is a double album I started recording with Sean producing , I have written 67 songs and expectation is 20 will make the cut   

Do you have any gigs or tours coming up?

Wills & The Willing will be playing UK shows late April onwards, i will also be playing some acoustic gigs in the summer 


Do you play any instruments?
My weapon of choice is the guitar 
Who are your influences?

Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, John Steinbeck, James Baldwin, Phil Ochs, Sex Pistols, Peter Sarstedt, Billy Bragg, Ian Dury, Barry Manilow, and all that flows between. 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

I think 99% of the time in everything I write or have written there is a piece of me, i know I am deeply flawed and often look inside of me before looking out

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Other than 5 years older, still writing and recording, still trying to get Chris Martin guest vocal on a Wills album

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

I have three girls aged 24, 22 & 8 I have learnt how important spending time with those who love you unconditionally is, 

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

Thunder Road 

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

When I was 15 my probation officer said ‘ if you don’t stop fighting all around you and start fighting for yourself how do you expect anyone to fight for you’ that wisdom has never left me 

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

For every yes you get it will be the result of a thousand NO’s, without rejection you won’t find the inspiration, drive and the belief to succeed and achieve your own personal ambitions. If money is your driver than do not take path of creativity.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

What is is and what ain’t ain’t 

Where in your hometown is a must go to visit? 

Top of Box Hill

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

If I am playing a gig that question is easy, don’t forget the lyrics, the music, to have a good time as the moment may never come again, never out stay your welcome, most importantly that people have given there time and money to see you play and buy your music, never take it for granted and always give your best


You work with PlugginBaby how did that come about? 

I knew of Emma Scott, her reputation, within minutes of speaking I knew PlugginBaby was who i needed to work with and to take our music to the next level. fortunately, post our conversation she did not give up the will to live!! Emma believes in our music and also me as an individual , you can’t ask more than that, the rest is hard graft and luck 

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

our website is http://www.willsandthewilling.com

my twitter is @IWILLS

and my personal soundcloud is https://soundcloud.com/iu67fxln84ob