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.
 

 

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REVIEW: NEW ZEALAND ARTIST FOREST DROPS HIS DEBUT EP ‘PURPOSE’ AND ITS ONE TO INSPIRE AND HAVE FUN TOO!

Forest is an artist ready to showcase his musical talent and it’s refinery safe to say you need to have this in your playlist and playing at your parties!
First track is the title of the whole EP and letting you know their is a ‘Purpose’,it also features Rei.A track so catchy your singing along after the first listen. Bold and fun which really gives you the expectation you was waiting for after he released track 4 ‘Animal’.

A message to help you figure out ‘What your Purpose is’ which does get you thinking. 
A very ‘Different’ feel to track number two which brings back that old hip hop again.

Vocals so appealing makes and lyrics so heartfelt, telling a story which is very inspiring and that it’s ok to be ‘Different.
Then we have track 3 ‘Motivated’ which says it all in the title of this track. Lyrically and production so professional and easy to listen too!

Track 4 ‘Animal’ before the beat kicks in you can really hear his vocals and they are wonderful.

Then the beat kicks in and it surprises you in a fantastic way, he is an artist that is bringing back that old skool hip hop and I love it! 
The production / recording is so professional and I am so excited for the EP to get released. 
I think this is an EP that is fantastic and so inspiring in every track but has that edgy and fun vibe throughout to have it playing at your BBQ!
That whole old skool hip hop vibe just gets me every time and Forest is an artist that can pull it off for sure.
Check out ‘Purpose’ right here 

https://forestsounds.bandcamp.com/album/forest
And like Forest Facebook for all updates;

https://www.facebook.com/tanewilliamsactorspage/

REVIEW: AMANDA ST JOHN RELEASES BRAND NEW SINGLE ‘GROW’ AND NOTHING IS STOPPING HER NOW!

Amanda  St John is from Nothern Ireland and already had her music played on BBC and RTE and has had lots of great feedback and now I KNOW WHY!
’Grow’ is a song you take one listen and just be like WOW! 
It’s start with a peaceful instrumental that’s makes you really want to know what the lyrics will sound like just because you think it will kick in to a more upbeat tempo but it doesn’t it allows you to listen to Amanda’s journey.

The video accompanies so magical where Amanda is sat on a chair looking out the window at a lake.
This a song that makes you really think about what is important check it out below for your self;

Amanda  is also in her tour check out the dates below and get down;
5th March – Belfast Nashville Festival, Belfast

27th May – The Stables, Milton Keynes

30th May – The Green Note, Camden, London

31st May – The Latest Bar, Brighton
Follow Amanda St John;

Website – http://www.amandastjohnmusic.co.uk/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/amandastjohnmusic

Twitter – https://twitter.com/amandastjohn_

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/BeatnTrackMusic

REVIEW: 24th FEBRUARY IS THE RELEASE OF NEW EP ‘A CALLING FROM THE SHORE’ BY REN 

You may of heard of ReN before on my page that’s because he released the first track some months back called ‘The Coast’ , it’s a song that’s shares the experience of Ren’s traveling experiences.With a instrumental that fits the theme so perfect you just want to shut your eyes and pretend your on this journey with him.
Next we have again that calm soothing feel throughout with track number two ‘ My Heart Belongs In Ireland’ much deeper that the first track but still has a constantly flow to carry you along! 

I feel more emotion in this song which really makes ReN stand out more. 
‘All I Need’ is a more of a upbeat track makes you turn you head straight away in surprise, a great surprise. Showing his vocal range can vary really makes the you love him even more!
Just three of the five tracks are above because  I want you to be surprised to hear the last two tracks so there’s a mystery… sneaky 😉 
 An EP that takes you on ReN’s rollercoaster of his musical journey and it’s wonderful 
Check out The Coast and get   yourself ready for 24th February when’ A Calling From The Shore’ drops. 

Also heading out on a European Tour and a One off gig for Time Out Magazine all details are below on ReN’s website 

http://www.renofficialmusic.com/
Make sure you keep up to date with all his music and get ready to hear more!

Twitter: @iamrenofficial

Instagram: renofficialmusic

http://www.renofficialmusic.com

YOUNG AND UNSIGNED ARTIST JODIE HELEN DUNN IS READY TO RAISE THE STAKES WITH THIS LATEST SINGLE ‘I BELONG IN HELL’, FIGHTING  FOR WHAT SHE WANTS AND WITH SO MUCH PASSION!

What is your name?

 My name is Jodie Helen Dunn 

What is your genre of music? 

My music genre tends to be ballads but can vary into other genres. 

 

Give us a little bio about you. 

I’m an 18 year old Singer-songwriter from Swindon, I love expressing how i feel through music and i adore animals especially my house rabbit who loves pizza just as much as i do! I Grew up travelling a lot with my parents and took diving lessons at bubblemakers when i was little, whilst my parents were out scuba diving. I love adventures and being creative when it comes to drawing too. I am the youngest of 3, I have an older brother and an older sister who i am really close with and they support me in everything i do.

 

Are you a signed? 

No I’m not signed.

 

You released your new single ‘I Belong In Hell’, what’s the meaning behind?

‘I Belong In Hell’ Is all about being controlled by someone at your lowest point, where you begin to think that everything is your fault in an unhealthy relationship.

 

Tell us more about the writing process. 

When I wrote, ‘I Belong In Hell’ I was sat at my keyboard messing around with different chords and discovered something different, the chord sequence sounded very unlike the ballads I would normally write and was very deep. I then started singing ad-lib over the top to get a melody and I felt like this song needed to be expressed differently so when it came to writing the lyrics all I could think about was deep things like hell and fire, it really helped create the story for me. I have always started writing my songs by using the keyboard to find a chord sequence, and because I’m self taught, to remember the chords, I would use different coloured sticky notes and put them on each key to remind me which chords to use!

 

What was the recording process like? 

I found GreyStoke studios online when I was searching for a producer to record my first song. Andy and the Team had already started creating the backing track for my song so that when I got there I was pretty much ready to record my vocals. The recording process was long but the time flew by when I was in the studio, It took allot of practicing and hard work but was totally worth it!

 

Will you be releasing a video for the track? 

Yes, I am in the progress of planning it at the moment.

 

Will we see an EP or Album coming soon? 

 I am still working on new music and will shortly be realising another one and hopefully it won’t be too long before I can release my EP.

 

On the single you worked with Andy Whitmore, how was that? Brilliant, It was the best experience in music I have ever had. It really inspired me to work harder on my music and it all went too fast.

 

Did he give you any advice? 

Andy helped me a lot by advising me on Facebook tips and promoting myself in other ways, He pointed me in the direction of people who could help me with a music video and introduced me to Quite Great Music PR, which leads me to where I am now!

 

Any funny stories to tell us during recording?

 The whole experience was great fun and we shared a lot of banter during each day! 

 

Did you receive any advice from your collaborators? 

I haven’t collaborated with anyone as of yet, Andy Whitmore and his Team produced my track and gave me great advise but am yet to collaborate with another artist.

 

Would you collaborate with upcoming artists? If so how could they contact you? 

I would love to collaborate with any upcoming artist, it would be a great experience on its own working with someone who has the same passion for music as you do and perhaps different ways of creating their own. If they were to contact me it would usually be via my email ‘jodiehelendunn@hotmail.com’.

 

Who did you show it to first once complete? 

My Dad, because he’s not there to experience it with me i’m always so excited to show him the track once it’s been completed!

 

Do you have any gigs in the works?

No gigs planned as of yet, but should hopefully have some booked in soon!

 

Do you have any festivals you will be playing this year? 
No festival performances so far but it’s something I would love to do one day!

 

Do you play any instruments? 

I grew up playing the keyboard, I have never had lessons so I am only self taught.

 

Who are your influences?

 My main influences are Jhene Aiko and Frank Ocean because their style of music is really relaxing and I can relate to the lyrics of most of their songs.

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs? 

My influences inspire me to focus on every aspect of life and create my music around my own life experiences.

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years? 

I hope to see myself performing my own tracks to people who I have inspired through my lyrics and style, It would be amazing to become an inspiration to others especially through my music.

 

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

I work as an Administrator Monday to Friday but asides from that I do love to go out to town with friends on weekends when I’m free.

 

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

When I was younger, I listened to ‘Earth Song’ By Michael Jackson, it really influenced me to express myself through creating my own music and I felt so strongly about the story behind this song, It made me realise how much of an inspiration he was to others.

 

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

‘Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you, no-one would believe it.’

 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist? When things get tough, find the inspiration to get through that feeling and reignite your love of music.

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by? 

As I am inspired by Frank Ocean, my favourite quote from him would be ‘When you’re happy you enjoy the music but when you’re sad you understand the lyrics’ as it really pushes me to create lyrics that people can relate to.

 

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

 My own keyboard, My lucky ring, My microphone, My sticky notes (to help me along the way!) and finally my backing tracks for my new songs!

 

Your coming back from tour;

1/ where is the first place you go? 

I would go to my parents local, to celebrate all the hard work that was put into making the tour a success.

2/ who is the first person you see? My Parents

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

My favourite place to eat is Prezzo so that would be the first place i would go.

 

You work with Quite Great PR, how did that come about and what’s your best memory? 

I was introduced to Quite Great PR through Andy Whitmore who recommended me to contact them regarding promotion to take that one step further. I would have to say my best memory with Quite Great PR would be when i last had a meeting with them to discuss the next steps, and where i wanted to progress to, they really motivated me to really work harder for this and boosted my self confidence also, it made me feel like i had more people see the potential in myself.

 

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

My facebook page: https://en-gb.facebook.com/jodiehelendunn/

My Instagram: JodieHDunn

My Snapchat: JodieHDunn

My Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheNumber5Rules
Facebook; http://www.facebook.com/jodie.h.dunn.7

REVIEW: SWINDON ARTIST JODIE HELEN DUNN FIGHTS BACK THE BULLIES WITH NEW TRACK ‘I BELONG IN HELL’ 

With her first professionally recorded track it is one that definitely shows how personal it is to Jodie even more.
From the start of ‘I Belong In Hell’ you can really feel a back story that you just want to know what it is.

Then the vocals come in so sweet but has that pop vibe throughout and a instrumental so calm yet upbeat at the same time.

I’ve had this on repeat since getting it in my inbox, Jodie you definitely fought back the bullies and an inspiration to everyone going through the same.
Check out ‘I Belong In Hell’ 

Below;

https://m.soundcloud.com/jodiehelendunn/ibelonginhell
It’s just the beginigg for Jodie and I can’t wait for what is to come from her! Amazing release.

Follow Jodie on Facebook for all her updates
https://www.facebook.com/jodiehelendunn/

REVIEW: ‘BECAUSE OF LOVE’ BY BIANCA ROSE IS THE NEW SINGLE OFF HER DEBUT ALBUM ‘NO FEAR HERE’

Bianca Rose is a singer and songwriter with a folk/soul genre you will definitely love with her new single too a collaboration with Cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson which adds that extra special something to the single ‘Because Of Love’

The sweet folk feel gushes throughly so smoothly and you are instantly put in to track straightaway.
When Bianca’s vocals come in you are shocked,they give you all the feels and the soul definitely comes from the vocals.
Take a listen for yourself below;

This is just one of the 12 tracks Bianca is set to release with her brand new DEBUT album ‘ No Fear Here’ pre order right here
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/no-fear-here/id1194631914
There’s so much more to come from Bianca so make sure you follow her:
Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/biancarosemusic/
Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/biancarosemusic

REVIEW: ‘LIME JAM PR’ START TO WORK WITH BAND ‘THE AIM’ AND THEIR NEW ALBUM IS OUT CHECK OUT A SNEAK PEAK FROM IT RIGHT HERE!

6 impressive musicians get together to create their new album ‘Days Like These’ with influences from The Who,Paul Weller and more! 
‘Days Like This’ really a gives you an insight of what they were thinking when the guys were making the album.

Giving us a sneak preview of who they are about and what they are about, check out the RnB infused single that lights the music scene up in an amazing way and gets you moving so fast.
Take a listen for yourself 

https://m.soundcloud.com/limejampr/04-the-aim-back-and-forth-ukh8w1600004/s-e2YcL?in=limejampr/sets/the-aim/s-jsG9n
Get ready to hear more and make sure your kept up to date with everything their up too

Website – http://the-aim.uk/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/theoriginaltheaim/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/The_A1M

NEWS: A BRAND NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL IS ON THE MARK THANKS TO WIYAALA CALLED THE DJIMBA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL 

With Music as a passion WIYAALA wanted to share this with everyone! 
The first will kick start this Friday ( 23rd December 2016) and will be in Ghana , Wa in the Upper West Region. 

Giving this her 100% to shine her light on the town to show the music and arts and hope to give others more knowledge of it and a fun time at the same time. 

With talent now being noticed this will give them the opportunities to allow others to live there dreams who wish to perform. 
The effervescent singer, who will release her second album next year so get ready for that too!
The festival takes place on the 23rd December at the Community Centre, Wa, in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Tickets are GHS 10 (£2) VIP (£4).

 

More info: https://web.facebook.com/DjimbaWorldMusicFestival/

 

Stream the single ‘Timbanayi’ from the album here on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/wiyaala/tinambanyi-here-we-come

 

Watch the video for ‘Leno’ from the album here:

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/wiyaala

https://twitter.com/Wiyaala

 

FROM A LITTLE VILLAGE IN SOUTH WALES VALLEYS WHO’S READY TO DEBUT HER NEW SINGLE ‘DIRTY LOVE’ LET ME INTRODUCE YOU ALL TOO CHEY! 

What is your name?Chey

 

What is your genre of music?

Alternative indie pop

 

Give us a little bio about you

I was born and raised in the little village of Aberdare in the South Wales Valley’s. I’ve performed for over 25 years, where much of my early career was spent performing charity shows during the miners’ strike. I’ve always wanted a career in the music business and I began writing songs in my late 20’s. I’ve performed on a number of national television shows including, Saturday Superstore and Sky Star Search. I’ve been working with my producer David Ezra who has worked with Reggie and Bollie on my debut single Dirty Love, which I’m now ready to release to the world on January 20th.

 

Are you a signed?

I’m unsigned

 

You are releasing your DEBUT new single ‘Dirty Love’ what’s the story behind the title?

Dirty love is a power ballad, it’s a seductive love affair where the woman is in total control and uses her sexuality to get what she wants.

 

Describe it in three words.

Soulful, sultry and seductive

 

How long did it take to write?

It was written and recorded within a day

 

When is it set to release and can we pre-order?

Set for release on January 20th 2017, and available to pre-order on 23rd December 2016

 

Do you have any gigs coming up or maybe a tour of your own?

I’ll be announcing some live performance dates in 2017.

 

Will you be releasing an EP, if so what can you tell us about it?

I’m releasing two singles, the second single will be released in the early spring, then I will be working on an EP.

 

Where is your dream venue to play in the uk?

My dream is to play Wembley stadium, that would be the ultimate for me.

 

Where  is your dream venue to play anywhere overseas?

Definitely Las Vegas

 

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

I’ve been working with a singer/songwriter from Texas for my new single, which has been great fun! I’m always looking for people to collaborate with I think it’s important to share influences and creativity when making music. 

 

What made you go in to music?

I’ve performed since a very young age and music has always been a huge passion of mine. I feel like now is the right time for me to share my music with the world!

 

Do you play any instruments?

The piano, but I’m not very good!

 

Who are your influences?

Freddy mercury was a big influence in my early career because of his uniqueness, his music taught me you don’t have to fit into a box to become a successful artist, it’s good to be different and push the boundaries of creating music.

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

My Inspiration comes from everywhere, it might be something I hear or see, but most of my songs are based on past experiences.

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

In 5 year’s time I would love to have had a no.1 album, and be on a sell-out world tour! That is my dream, not much I know ha!

 

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

I love to catch up with my friends and I especially enjoy family time, It’s very special to me.

 

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

I have to say The Great Pretender, as a performer you do have another persona, and this song says it all.

 

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

Never give up even though you face many hurdles to become successful, dream it, wish it, believe it!

 

 

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

Always be true to yourself.

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Don’t be afraid to be who you are!

 

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

1 where your gig is

2 don’t forget the words

3 don’t forget to always have time for your fans

4 make your audience happy

5 be passionate about your music

 

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

My best friend’s house where there’s always a warm welcome and a large glass of wine, a chat and a place to just be me.

 

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

http://www.cheymusic.com

Facebook: /OfficialCheyMusic

Twitter: @officialchey1

Instagram: officialcheymusic