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

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

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

REVIEW: GINNY VEE IS SETTING 2017 A STORM WITH LATEST DANCE ANTHEM ‘GIVE ME DYNAMITE’

Ginny Vee being born in Italy and wanting to making her dream a reality she took herself over to LA and with her amazing vocals and performances Ginny signed to Disco:Wax apart of Sony!

The dance anthem  was arranged by Steve Manovski and then got spiced up with the vocals by Ginny that just give the track that extra special sentiment.
The performance throughout is filled with so much passion and just sets the fire alight with a bang!

So infectious in such a beautiful way and gets you in the party mood and ready for the summer!

Be ready for Ginny to be global, so much more to come!

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH ALL GINNY’S LATEST NEWS
https://www.ginnyvee.com/

MONTREAL TO THE MUSIC SCENE, UNSIGNED ARTIST SWEET ROGER IS SET TO RELEASE HIS DEBUT FULL LENGTH ALBUM AND GET HIS NAME HEARD ON THE MAP, GET READY!

What is your name?Sweet Roger

What is your genre of music?

Is singer-songwriter a real genre? It’s definitely on the folk-rock side of the spectrum.

Give us a little bio about you.

Grew up in a suburb of the West Island of Montreal with my two brothers and my dad. I don’t like the word dysfunctional because we functioned quite well – though there were some crazy moments from time to time – but there was definitely a lack of structure. We weren’t a normal family and we knew it, and it was that lack of structure, normalcy, and sense of free-falling that has played an enormous part in my decision-making in life. And, of course, that translates to my creativity as well.

What made you go in to music?

One of my older brothers got me into guitar. He was playing In My Life with a friend and I was in awe. I guess it just clicked that you could do what The Beatles or Nirvana or David Bowie did. It was not only possible but it also sounded good. I had to do it, too.

Are you a signed?

Not yet. I’m hoping this debut album coming out will change that. It’s always a good thing to be supported. But I’ve learned a lot being an independent artist, too, which I might not have acquired had I been signed right away.

What is the Album called and describe it in three words.

You’ll Always Have Yourself. Real. Homespun. Intimate.

You have pre-released four tracks off the new album , can you tell us more about them?

These songs were the beginning of a persona, or voice, I developed for this project. There is a lot of melancholy and angst that’s met with a stolid kind of hope and resistance to despair. And that hope and resistance is fuelled by love and an inner-solidarity. My assessment of things is that hard times are coming, and “Put Out the Fires” is the anthem to prepare for that. “Conditions”, I think, is the most honest, or straight-forward, song I’ve ever written. It basically says to the world and it’s bullshit, “I’ve got love. What the hell do you got?”

What else will we expect off the rest of the Album?

Some great guitar solos!! I’m also very exited about a song called, Loon Lake. The song is very much inspired by The Tragically Hip and I wrote it while I was up north and surrounded by trees, water, and the call of loons. Another song, something kind of bluesy, features a great singer and friend of mine Stefanie Parnell. She’s got a sweet voice.  

Will you be heading out on tour, maybe a home tour or further a feild?

I’m applying to festivals and started to book shows in Canada now. I’m taking this music as far as I can go without going broke!!

Who was the first person you showed your record to once completed?

My girlfriend. She’s heard the music at every stage.

If you could perform for 5 people in the music industry who would they be and why?

Gord Downie would be at the top of my list. He is an excellent song-writer and has the most distinctive voice. I respect him a lot. Afie Jurvanen, or Bahamas, would be there, too. I love what he does. Gillian Welch as well. She really stands out as a country singer and she’s an honest yet crafty lyricist. Nick Cave would be someone I’d really like to work with. I love how dark and sweet he can get all in the same record. Finally, R.E.M. They were my favourite band growing up. I still listen to Automatic for the People as though it’s brand new.  

Do you play any instruments?

Guitar. I mainly play acoustic but I’m proud to say that some of the solos you’ll hear on the album are mine.

Who are your influences?

Many. The Tragically Hip, REM, John Lennon, and Tom Petty are just a few. Really, I like a lot of different bands and it all filters into what I do eventually.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Allow yourself to feel as much as you can. I think we’re taught to suppress a lot, especially anything disturbing or uncomfortable. I also like stories. Absorb every conversation, glance, remark, or phrase you encounter. Pay attention and you’ll discover a lot.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Touring hopefully. I’d like to make another record after this one. I’d also like to make music for film and television.

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

Read. Walking around town with no direction. And now I’m starting to gain an interest in photography. I don’t know where it will go but I’m enjoying this new fascination.

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

It couldn’t have been just one song. But I have to say Automatic for the People made me want to write my own music.

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

It’s very important to finish something. Even if you’re not crazy about it. Even if you’ll just put it on the shelf forever. Finishing what you’ve started gives you the confidence to try again.

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

Surround yourself with people who are better than you but don’t make you feel that way.  

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Fail. Fail again. Fail better.

Where is your dream venue to perform?

Massey Hall.

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

Breathe. Picks. Water. Capo. I’m worthy.

You just come back off tour,back in your hometown;

1/ where do you visit first? Coffee around the corner

2/where do you eat first ? Probably breakfast at Greenspot.
3/who do you see first? My girlfriend no doubt.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?

http://sweetroger.com
https://www.facebook.com/SweetRoger/

https://twitter.com/sweetrogerman

https://www.instagram.com/sweetrogerman/

 

WITH THE FOCUS ON SUCCEEDING ‘SIR RANA’ HAVE BEEN LOCKED UP IN THE STUDIO TO CREATE THEIR OWN SOUND FOR THREE YEARS AND COUNTING AND I GOT TO HAVE A CHAT WITH THE LADS!

What are your names?Christopher Pless (mainly guitars), Anton Becker (mainly bass), Eric Boström Wallin (Drums), David Granath (mainly vocals)

What is the bands name? 

-Sir Rana


How did you come up with the bands name?

-We have been told that our songs often have some kind of an Asian touch to it. We came across the name “Rana”, added Sir because we liked the idea to put “sir” together with the feminine sounding “Rana”.


What is your genre of music?

-Indie pop


Give us a little bio about you.

-We in Sir Rana have played for five years together in different projects. The only thing that has been constant is the four members we are today. A previous project was the band Criminals, in which we had some success including tours in Europe.

The past three years we have been locked up in our studio creating music. Right now we are looking to play as many gigs as possible to share our new music.
What made you go in to music?

-Well, it’s different for all of us, but we all grew up with a love for music and eventually we wanted to start creating ourselves.
Are you signed?

-We wish we were! We really like what this band is becoming and are excited to see how far it can take us.
You have just released ‘Expectations’ (a soundcloud only release), tell us more about that:

-Anton started to play this fantastic bass riff that we all loved and after that the guitar riff came quite naturally. The vocals was a bit of a pain to write with the bass and guitar being all over the place, but once we got the chorus melody down the rest kind of wrote itself. The lyrics are about when you are trying and trying but realize that you have been trying the wrong way.
You’ve also released a video to another song called ’Don’t Tell The World’, how come?

-Before we started to record songs we transformed our rehearsal space into a studio. Friends and family helped us so we wanted to give something back. We invited friends and family and played some songs and yet another even more awesome friend helped us film it.
Will we see an EP or album this year or next?

-Our plan is to keep it a secret for now but we have a lot of material that is ready to be put out.
Can you tell us anything about it (if you are due to release)?

– *Silence*… =)
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?

-No one in particular at the moment.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact? 

-A rapper would be neat, or a female singer! Anything really that forces us to challenge ourselves. Just send us an e-mail!
Do you have gigs coming up or a tour in planning?

-In a previous project we played some in other European countries like Germany and England. We would love to do that with Sir Rana as well. But at the moment we only have gigs planned in the cold north (Sweden).
If so where are you thinking of heading?

-Time will tell
Who are your influences?

-We listen to everything from Frank Ocean and Miike Snow, all the way to Vivaldi.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?

-We all bring ideas to the studio. We tend to write better music when we start with just a simple yet strong melody or riff that we build the song around. 
Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?

-We hope to be on a big stage somewhere.  
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

-We all want this band to go well so for now we just have everyday jobs that make enough money so that we can focus as much as we can on the music.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?

-We all like The Beatles very much so probably one of their songs.
If you had one of your songs played on a TV show or Film which would you want it to be?

-Simple question. The O.C. of course. Brilliant manuscript!
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

-That we should do as much as we can ourselves. Building our own studio has given us a lot more freedom and the control to make our songs sound exactly as we want them to.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

-Keep at it. Don’t think too much about what other people think.


What quote or saying do you always stick by?

-Hellre i räven än i röven. (A Swedish way of saying, Hey, this ain’t too bad!)


You come off tour or a gig away from home, where is the first place

1/ You visit for food

-A home cooked meal.

2/You go and see

-Our homes.

3/ you go to have some fun

-Our studio.
How did it come about working with Mighty & Bear Promotions?

– The owner is a friend of ours. He loves us and wanted to help us reach out to the world. And he wouldn’t accept no for an answer, so here we are. 
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?

-Drums, synthesizers, guitars, basses and David, our singer.


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

Yes! @Sirranamusic on Instagram & Twitter and Sir Rana on Facebook.

Day 5 – #BBWEEKOFVIDSONMOTF

 DAY FIVE VIDEO FIVE!
Brock Baker’s video number five is a cover of the Prince – Kiss
The video to this cover is more plain than the others where it had either guitars in the back or the fire but this is just a plain wall which I think is done on purpose to let you create your own image.
Starting with a bang, the song just comes out of Brock as if it was his own, with the vocals so powerful yet so smooth it just makes you relax instantly and put it on repeat.
I just love how professional this sounds , such high quality vocals which just make your heart melt and and the instrumental just carries you and it’s stunning.
Check it out below 

Follow Brock on Social Media;

https://www.facebook.com/brockbakermusic
https://www.instagram.com/brockbakermusic
https://www.youtube.com/c/BrockBakerMusic
https://www.snapchat.com/add/brockstarbaker
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DAY 4 – #BBWEEKOFVIDSONMOTF

 DAY FOUR VIDEO FOUR!
Brock Baker’s video number four is 

Brock’s Original Song ‘Marley’.
Starting it off with a guitar solo lasting around 30 seconds which gives it that build up perfectly.
This is a song that a lot can relate too, you can tell it is written from the heart expressing what he feels and sang so deep and soul. 

The imaginative and creativeness from Brock shines through this song and you need to listen to the message behind this song!
Check it out below 

Follow Brock on Social Media;

https://www.facebook.com/brockbakermusic
https://www.instagram.com/brockbakermusic
https://www.youtube.com/c/BrockBakerMusic
https://www.snapchat.com/add/brockstarbaker
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Day 3 – #BBWEEKOFVIDSONMOTF

 DAY THREE VIDEO THREE!
Brock Baker’s video number three is his duet with Loren North. 

The two com together and perform their original song ‘Where Am I’ in a what looks like Living Room session but that doesn’t really matter… 
When this first comes on you hear Brock sing the first line and Loren just come over the top. Having a more laid back feel to this song I just love where it takes you by the end.
It is just sang and written with so much passion, it comes flowing straight out as soon as the two sing.

Brock vocals are more lower but ease you through gently and let’s you listen to the lyrics in a magnificent way then Loren’s higher vocals take the song to the next level giving it their own originality and is so professional. 
Check it out below;

Follow Brock on Social Media;

https://www.facebook.com/brockbakermusic

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https://www.youtube.com/c/BrockBakerMusic

https://www.snapchat.com/add/brockstarbaker

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Follow Loren On Social Media;

http://www.LorenNorth.com

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REVIEW: NICKY DAVEY RELEASE A BRAND NEW TRACK ‘ OXYGEN’ AND HERE IS WHAT I THINK!

Nicky Davey are a Soulful duo based in L.A,made up of Nick Green and David Rosser.
‘Oxygen’ starts of with a very fun and interesting instrumental which instantly gets you in to the beat of the song and makes you want to see how it ends!
It is also still very funky with the soul feel and just makes you want to dance all the time to it.
Vocals are stong and smooth which you can really feel throughout the whole song, taking both the instrumental and vocals together has just created a track you could relate too but also takes your mind off it as well.
The video is beautifully directed by Dan Stowel and Rich Yodsukar.
Check it out below
https://youtu.be/DqZfJJcDdVY