HERTFORDSHIRE ARTIST ELLIE JANE CHATS MAKING HER DREAMS COME TRUE AND NEW EP’CLOCKS’ 

  

What is your name?  

 Ellie Jane

 

What is your genre of music?  Singer songwriter

 

Give us a little bio about you. 

I grew up in a little council estate in Ware Hertfordshire and am 20 years old. I’ve been singing professionally for about 6 years now but have always sang for as long as I can remember. I have been involved with a few collaborations that managed to get airplay on Radio 1, and managed to get to the final of Open Mic UK.

 

Are you a signed? 

No

 

You are set to release EP , ‘Clocks’, can you tell us more about that?  

It was released on the 21st October and recorded in Gloucestershire. All the tracks are based on real life events that have happened to me and so it’s very personal to me as I am completely opening up to anyone who wants to listen.

 

Describe each track using three words

 Clocks – relatable, honest, powerful

Lights Go Down – strong, encouraging, brave

Can’t Keep Up with You – funky, fun, modern

Beautiful Downfall – liberating, emotional, happy

Who Are You, impacting, pretty, big

Fickle – vulnerable, painful, vengeful.

 

Will we see any gigs or maybe even a tour with this EP ‘Clocks’?

I’ve got a few local gigs planned around Hertfordshire way I’ll be advertising for those on social media (@elliejanemusic) and am hopefully going to be putting a spanner in the works for a mini tour early 2017.

 

 

You performed at Open Mic UK and got to the final how was that?

 To be honest it was intimidating and there were times where I didn’t feel good enough. It was a good gain of experience of performing for me.

 

 

Where is your dream venue to play in the UK? 

 02 Arena

Where is your dream venue to play anywhere overseas? 

  The Superbowl in the US. If you get asked to do that you know you’re successful.

 

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

  I plan to write with as many different artists as possible as that is the way you grow as a musician.

 

What made you go in to music? 

 There wasn’t exactly a trigger I have just always sang since I was old enough to play with Barbies and things so it’s just always been it for me and it’s the only thing I have patience go stick at.

 

Do you play any instruments? 

 I taught myself really basically to play piano and guitar to have an accompaniment to write to but I’m not massively confident.

 

Who are your influences? 

 Florence and The Machine, Amy Winehouse, James Bay, Kendrick Lamar and other hip hop influences.  

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs? 

  All of my songs are based on real life events. I use hip hop as a massive inspiration because their wordplay and their flows are incredible and actually mean something. It makes me want to write important and expressive lyrics rather than just words to fill 3 minutes.

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years? 

 At the moment, I’d like to have done 2 or 3 tours throughout the UK and overseas, have an album or 3 under my belt and be able to call music my full time job.

 

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

 I do uni work! I’m in my final year of uni studying multimedia journalism so my schedule is pretty hectic.

 

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

 As I said there wasn’t really a trigger it was just something that I’ve always done. Albums like Usher ,Confessions inspired me to write more mature and adventurous lyrics.  

 

 

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

 JK Rowling got rejected something like 50 times before someone agreed to publish her, now pretty much every single person in the entire world knows about Harry Potter even if they haven’t seen it. don’t give up.

 

 

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

 It’s easy to let things consume you and distract you in this business, but when something is stopping your love for writing or putting you off, that something isn’t okay and the love of what you do should always come first. Social media is the answer to everything.

 

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by? 

Keep going and just get things done.

 

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

 Warm up routine.

Vocal pastels

Food

Equipment/instruments

Water

 

You work with Lime Jam PR, how did that come about?  

 To be honest I can’t remember exactly it sort of just happened. I think it was through mutual friends and a friend of my mum’s passed her details to Ellis and Julia at Lime Jam. We had a conversation about how we could work together and cracked on!  

 

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

 To wherever my dog is at that time, probably my mum’s house.

 

 

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

 @elliejanemusic for everything!

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ONE- WAY SONG ARE THE NEW MANCHESTER DUO TAKING A STEP OUT TO SHOW THE WORLD THEIR STORY AND MUSIC.

1wsmanchester

What’s the band called? 
One-Way Song.
 
Where did the name come from? 
It’s taken from a Wyndham Lewis poem of the same name, a very underrated writer.
 
What are your full names?
Luke Gilfedder and Angus Macalister, we run the group. Danielle Roseler is a model from Manchester, originally from South Africa, and she is also involved with the group.
 
How old are you?
We are both 22.
 
What is your genre of music?
Alternative
 
Give us a little Bio of you as a band and individual.
We also run a Manchester theatre group ‘Finn Youth’ which began when we met at Manchester Grammar School. We turned down university to do ‘Finn Youth’, and we had shows at the Royal Exchange Manchester in 2012 & 2015 and on the West End also.
Luke was born in Warrington and Angus in Wilmslow, two very different places! Manchester is like the neutral ground. That’ll be reflected in the music. This first single is very Wilmslow – for better or for worse.
 
How long have you been doing music?
The group only started in Summer 2015, so not too long really! 
 
What made you go in to music?
Austerity and/or ‘La Dolce Vita’!
 
Are you a signed?
No, though we haven’t even looked for a label yet.
 
What instruments do you play?
We’re pretty much just the fundamentals – Guitars, Synth (the new Korg) Bass and Drums!
 
Who are your influences?
For music: Real Lies & John Barry. For books it’d be: Norman Mailer, Colin Wilson & Jonathan Meades – they’re all great.
 
When will your new material be out?
‘When I Was Bully’ – the first single, is out on the 17th October. 
 
Is there a Album coming out?
Definitely. The debut will be early next year. ‘Passionate Leave’ is the working title right now.
 
Will you guys be touring and where if you are? 
We will be doing a tour to support the album next year. It would be great to do some stuff outside of Manchester on that tour finally!
 
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Inspiration is just life in 2015 really – everything seems to be getting better as it gets worse, everything is becoming more sensitive to nuance as it becomes more orthodox. Young people can sense – and shape through music, film & fashion – all of these changes, but they get too wrapped up in apathy to do anything about it.
 
Where do you see yourself in 2-5 Years?
Hard to predict really in the current climate! It’s all about outlasting yourself, keeping the group going strong, and on our terms, as best as we can.
 
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Let football and cheap alcohol shake us to the core. 
 
If you could collaborate with one UK Artist who would it be?
Robbie Williams
 
If you could collaborate with one USA Artist who would it be?
David Johansen
 
Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in UK?
The Ritz in Manchester would be good to play one day.
 
Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?
The Grand Ole Opry.
 
What do you think of the Manchester music scene? And do you think Manchester could do more for unsigned artist? 
 
It is ok in places and there’s usually one good thing a week, but Manchester can be very caught up with ‘musical heritage’, and the main audiences seem to be dads or students, or both…
 
Scenes are always defined by the people who stand outside of them, you can’t ‘inject’ true difference by arts schemes, groups have to build their way up. So when something good comes, Manchester just needs to give it room, and humbly promote its difference.
 
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
 
Good question… probably ‘A Thousand Lifetimes’ by Glen Campbell
 
What was the first song you wrote?
 
It was a song about a few nights in Marseille called ‘Riviera Nightmare’  – we developed it and it’s gonna make it onto the album we think!
 
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
 
Never trust anyone without unaccounted-for years in them.
 
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
 
Do not project what might be, but what should be. 
 
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
 
“Life is hard when no-one knows the importance of it” – Nijinsky
 
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
 
All the usual things really:
 
– Is everyone there on time
– Is everyone in the right frame of mind 
– Is everything set up right
– If you’re working with people at the venue, making sure they are on the same page as you
– Stay behind for a drink afterward if the venue is alright!
 
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Yes, everyone can follow 1WS (One-Way Song) on
 
 
 

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