MISSISSIPPI BORN BLUES SOUL ARTIST ‘BRUCE MISSISSIPPI JOHNSON’ CHATS TO ME ABOUT HIS DEBUT ALBUM ‘THE DEAL BABY’ AND WHAT TO EXPECT FROM HIS ALBUM LAUNCH ON THE 28TH!

 What is your name?  My real name is Bruce Lester Johnson and my artist name is Bruce Mississippi Johnson.

What is your genre of music?

I call my genre of music blue soul because it’s a mix of blues and soul.

Give us a little bio about you.

Born in Mississippi the heart of the musically fertile area that is America’s ‘deep south’, Bruce Johnson is a man who was born to sing. As a child in his grandfather’s church, and later, in the company of his father’s record collection he got the kind of musical education most folks can only dream about. Listening to soulful voices like Al Green, his cousin Jackie Wilson, Lou Rawls and Gil Scott Heron, Bruce discovered he could sing.
 

Towards the end of his stint serving his country as a Marine that realisation dawned on Bruce that that he had been put here to sing, and he began to perform. Playing in Africa and performing the songs of Gil Scott Heron he began to find his feet as a frontman. Upon leaving the military and finding himself in Paris, he began to perform taking on as many gigs as he could and quickly gaining notice for his one of a kind voice and his one of a kind looks. Nobody failed to see his six foot four frame as he took the stage, but when it gave fly to the effortlessly soulful bass baritone voice that is his true blessing, the audiences were truly spellbound.

 Having formed a formidable reputation on the Parisian Jazz scene, he began to work with the luminaries of the city, musicians that had played with stars like Stan Getz and Sammy Davis Jr. With his reputation on the rise he branched out and formed a band of his own making him a leading light in the funk scene. Bruce and his band were asked to perform in a competition judged by the one and only Nina Simone. When they won the competition it gave him the chance to record his first single and forever cemented his reputation as a star in the city.

 It wasn’t long before he began to crave an earthier sound, something more akin to the music that came from the delta region that was his home. The chance came with the offer to join the legendary blues bassist Big Joe Turner’s band Blues Caravan as a vocalist. Joe had toured in BB King’s band as well as with Albert King and Little Milton, and showed Bruce the truth in the music and gave him a chance to tour the world. 

 His time in Turner’s band saw him forming a solid bond with the keyboard player, and saw the two begin to write and demo songs that would eventually become Bruce’s solo album, The Deal Baby. With a sound that straddles blues and soul, it’s as original and inventive as the man himself, and has seen him garner attention from radio stations and press from around the world.

 His fame in France saw him asked to compete on their version of The Voice, where his astonishing performances and astounding voice landed him a gig with French band Forever Gentlemen. With that band’s album of jazz vocal standards hitting triple platinum status the accolades that his singular voice deserves are starting to roll in. 

 Bruce has a voice of his own, one that straddles soul, blues and jazz, as at home singing the songs of Sinatra, Marvin Gaye or BB King as he is with his own heartfelt compositions. On stages and in studios across Europe, Bruce Johnson is a force to be reckoned with.

 

What made you go in to music?
I started singing in my mid-teens but only as a hobby which I practised with my close school friends. During my high school years I performed publicly as a soloist once at my high school talent show and once or twice at my church and those performances sparked something new inside of me but I had already made the grounded decision to join the U.S. Marines straight out of high school so music would have to wait. I quickly understood that I was not military career material and after 6 of the 7 years that I served where I was generally unhappy the opportunity to take my singing to another level appeared and I took it with both hands leaving the Marines behind me as I dove into my new singing career!  

 Are you a signed?

No I am not. My album was auto produced by myself and friend /pianist Johan Dalgaard.

 You are set to release your new album ‘The Deal Baby’, what can you tell us about it?

“The Deal Baby” my first album consists of 12 songs situated between blues and soul music with funky beats and glimpses or bluesy rock guitars. It was recorded in Paris, France where I lived for many years. The album was mixed by Grammy award winning sound engineer Veronica Ferrora outside of Paris.

What was the recording process like?

We recorded the album in about a week’s time in a couple of studios around Paris. The band took three days to record all of the songs with me singing along for emotional and structural guidance and then we took a couple of extra hours to record the horns in another studio and finally we recorded some additional vocals and keyboards in our respective home studios to keep down studios costs.

 What was the writing process like?

It was as easy and a real pleasure! Johan and I met at my place over a few afternoons and we bounced ideas off each other in my little home studio. Johan established a chord progression which we both liked and I would spontaneously start singing the first thing that came to mind. If we found a bridge we would work on it and if we didn’t we’d keep on advancing and revisit what we had started until we were done. We wrote 12 songs and kept 11 so nothing was wasted.

 Describe each track two words?
1. Let It Rain (Intro)
2. That’s The Deal Baby: Living truthfully.
3. I Can’t Shake The Blues: Blues music
4. Years, Tears: Heartbreak
5. You Been Working’ Mojo: Love spell
6. I’m Gonna Bring Your Game Down: Foolish pride
7. Freak On Or Die: Hot Sex
8. No Good: Self pity
9. I’ll Bleed: Temptation
10. The Neighbour Next Door: Infidelity
11. See You Tomorrow: Death
12. Let It Rain (outro)
 Who did you show The Deal Baby to first?

The day we mastered the album was on my birthday and my wife had organised the best surprise birthday party ever for me! She has contacted all of my best Parisian friends which covered 20 years of friendships and they we all present and as everyone knew but me Johan and another friend managed to get me to the party venue where I played the finished master for my friends.

 

The Album launch is on the 28th May, what can we expect from it?
A rock solid band of 7 musicians plus myself playing the whole albums top to bottom plus a select number of some of my all time favourite funky soulful blues covers which inspires my style of blues. I just want to put it all on table in the most truthful way possible because that what I am about.

 Do have any support acts?

At the moment there is no support act and at this stage the wait has been too long for me to delay my desire to get out there and play MY music!

 

Where can tickets be purchased?
Bookings can be made by phone at +44(0) 7352 5953 or online at 606club.co.uk

 

Do you play any instruments?
No I don’t unfortunately as I am a self taught composer who has to sit at a piano and painfully figure out note for note how to play what I’m hearing in my head but only to a certain degree after which I have to pester my patient and talented musician friends to help me to harmonically embellish and finish what I started.

 

Who are your influences?
I have many! I don’t know if I would define them as influences as much people who have touched me spiritually on a musical level. When I hear the word influence I immediately think of someone who might have inspired me to write a song which they might have written. Many years ago I was so into Prince’s music that many of my pop/funk songs were directly inspired by songs of his that I loved and still love. When he passed away they all flashed before me reminding me of his importance in my evolution as a songwriter but strictly on a melodic and lyrical level.

 How do you get inspiration to write songs?

My inspiration mostly comes from my life experiences and I believe that I have a on off switch for my inspiration because years can go by without me focusing in or a melody or a lyric. Lyrics and melodies come to me together and when they appear I need to catch them immediately because if I let them leave then bye bye goes the song.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Successfully enjoying a career driven by my music that I’ve always longed for.

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

I am also an actor both screen and voice so when I’m not singing I’m auditioning or filming or doing a voiceover of some type.

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

It wasn’t a song or a movie for me it was a feeling that I got from my first public performance when I felt that I had a voice that could affect people in a positive way and it was a feeling of belonging.

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

“You’re doing the right thing, stay in Europe man and do your thing”! Al Jarreau R.I.P.

 
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Find out who you are, what you want to say and be truthful to yourself.
 
What quote or saying do you always stick by.

I don’t have one.

 

You get off a plane in your hometown,

1/ where is the first place you visit

My Mother’s!


2/ where is the first place you see

 Starkville’s rural countryside.

 

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

A local rib shack in Colombus, Mississippi near a statue of local Howlin’ Wolf and I order some good old down home barbecue ribs.
 
You work with Lime Jam PR, how did that come about?
My manager and I were looking to find a PR company that seemed right for where we want to go. After communicating with several companies but not finding the right fit he my manager spoke of Lime Jam who he had contacted and I had a look and asked to speak with them which we did and it felt right.
 
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
1. First off my personal Rode microphone.
2. My topaz ring
3. My hat (If I’m wearing one.)
4. My lyrics
5. My game on attitude.
 
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Connect

Twitter : https://twitter.com/bmissippij

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/bmissippij/

Facebook : http://bit.ly/2ikBPLi

Website : http://www.brucemississippijohnson.com

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

 

DAVID MARK BULLEY AND I CHAT GIGS,TOURS AND HIS BRAND NEW ALBUM OUT THIS SUMMER!

What is your name? 

Hello, my name is David Mark Bulley.

 

What is your genre of music?

 

My genre of music is pop/rock.

 

Give us a little bio about you.

 

I am a singer/songwriter from London, England. Currently writing my debut album which is penned for release this Summer.

 

Are you a signed?

 

No, I’m an unsigned artist.

 

You released the video for your track ‘Where Do We Go From Here’ tell us meaning behind the track

 

The meaning behind this song is don’t always trust the people that surround you. Certainly within the music industry there are a lot of people out there who have a hidden agenda.

 

What was the making of the video like?

 

It was incredible. So many people were involved in creating this video.

 

How was it to record?

 

It was fun but very cold. The locations for the video were all outside and it was about 1 degree that day.

 

Do you have any best moments from creating the video?

 

I think my favourite moment in the film is that realisation on the bridge where we see the story unfolding. The shots are incredible and it’s everything that I wanted it to be.

 

Do you have any gigs coming up?

 

Yes I have.

 

If so where will you be heading?

 

I’m currently on tour with my good friend Sylwia Przybysz in Poland on her album headline tour the ‘Tylko Raz Tour’.

 

 

Will we see an EP or Album and if so what can you tell us?

 

Yes!!! My album will be out this Summer. We don’t have exact dates yet but what I will say is all of these songs come from personal experiences and from the heart.

 

What made you go into music?

 

I grew up surrounded by music so I knew it was something I always wanted to do.

 

 

Do you have any festivals you will be playing this year?

 

I actually just announced my first festival appearance in Burton upon Trent in the UK. I love festivals and hope to appear at a few this Summer. It’s my favourite type of show to play.

 

Do you play any instruments?

 

I play the piano… a little. Behind closed doors!!!

 

Who are your influences?

 

I’m very inspired by artists that came from similar backgrounds such as Adele. She worked her way up from nothing and it’s incredible to see her history and story.

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

 

People, life experiences. I write all my songs from personal experiences i’ve gone through.

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

 

I hope to be travelling the world with my music.

 

You work with Black Rainbow PR, how did that come about?

 

They have been so supportive of me for a long time now. They have so much knowledge in the music industry and I’m so happy that they’ve decided to go into the PR business.

 

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

 

I love to travel. Visit and explore new places.

 

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

 

I was obsessed with a band called Paramore…. I still am!!!! Just watching them evolve and grow as a band really inspired me. I remember watching them at Download Festival in 2007 to a tent of about 300 people and then seeing them headline Reading and Leeds Festival to 50,000+ … such an incredible timeline for them.

 

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

 

Stay true to yourself and remember why you are doing this.

 

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

 

I’d say remember where you came from and why you do what you do. Remember who your true friends are and keep them close. They will be the ones that support you forever.

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

 

Dreams can come true, don’t let anyone tell you different.

 

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

 This is so tough because I’m really easy when it comes to gigs but I’d have to say …
1. My phone for snapchat. I always snapchat my performances for fans who can’t attend the show.

2. My tour camera. I love to blog/vlog my adventures on tour.

3. Skinny jeans… I live in them.

4. Sweatpants for the long travelling

5. Water!! Or a beer for after the show!

 

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

 I certainly do!!!

 

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/davidmarkbulley

Instagram: http://instagram.com/davidmarkbulley

 

 

POP ARTIST ELENA RAMONA CHATS TO ME ABOUT HER NEW SINGLE THE NEON LIGHTS  AND HOW SHE LOVES TO EXPERIMENT IN GENRE CHECK OUT OUR INTERVIEW NOW! 

 What is your name?My name is Elena Ramona

 
What is your genre of music?
My main musical genre is Pop but I like to experiment with different genres such as Dubstep, Electro and Jazz.
 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up on Skiathos Island in Greece, I speak both Greek and English fluently.
I came to the UK at the age of 10 to attend boarding school in Wiltshire.
At school my friends would give me topics to write songs about at breaktime and mark me out of 10.
I moved to Guildford, Surrey in 2008 to study vocals at the Academy Of Contemporary Music.
I like keeping fit and watching sports, my favourite sport to watch is rugby.
I can mono ski.

 
Are you a signed?
No I am not, but I hope to be in the future.
 
You recently released your new single ‘The Neon Lights’ what’s the story behind the title?
The main message in the song is, be yourself embrace who you are and keep going,I used the analogy of neon lights to portray a happy confident message, neon lights are strong, bold and unique and I want my listeners to feel like this when they hear this song.
Describe it in three words.
Upbeat
Positive
Strong
How long did it take to write?
About 4 months, the song evolved a lot and I changed my mind about a lot of things before I was happy.  
What was the recording process like?
Quite stressful to begin with ,but also rewarding in the end when it all came together.
Where can it be purchased?
The most popular platforms you can buy this track on are iTunes,Amazon and Google Play.
Do you have any gigs coming up ?
I have some gigs planned for this Spring and I am in contact with some decent venues in and around London at the moment and hopefully will be playing at a local Festival or two this Summer.
Will you be releasing an EP, if so what can you tell us about it?
I plan to release one or two more singles first.
Would you be up for collaborating with other Artist/bands, if so how could they contact you?
I am always happy to collaborate with bands and artists, if they would like to contact me via Facebook or Twitter I am happy to organise something.
Where is your dream venue to play in the uk?
Wembley Stadium.
Where is your dream venue to play overseas?
Coachella Festival.
Do you have any collaborations with any other artists coming up?
You will all have to wait and see.
What made you go in to music?
Music has always been a part of my life , it happened very naturally.
Do you play any instruments?
I can play piano but not enough for me to sing and play at the same time.
Who are your influences?
I have so many, my main influences are The Beatles, Sia and The Spice Girls.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
The ups and downs of life feed my inspiration to write songs, I live in my own world a lot of the time and I am always writing down my thoughts as they usually evolve into a song.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Ideally, I see myself as a successful songwriter in 5 years
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I enjoy going to the gym and seeing my friends.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Teardrop -Massive Attack., I was 9 when I first heard it and I remember loving how powerful the song sounded.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Do it now because you don’t know what the future holds.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry but as an artist?
Try not to get distracted by what other musicians in the local area around you are doing, discover things about your craft and follow your heart.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Winners never quit and quitters never win.
You are away from home for ages and you get back, where is your go to place in your hometown?
The beach with friends.
Do you have social media accounts for new fans to follow you?
Yes I do
Facebook : @elenaramonamusic
Twitter: @elenaramona90
Instagram : elena_ramona_music
SoundCloud: ElenaRamonaMusic
 

TORONTO’S INDEPENDENT ARTIST JULIA CARLUCCI CHATS TO ME ABOUT HER LATEST SINGLE ‘TAKE ME DOWN’

What is your name?Julia Carlucci

What is your genre of music?

Pop/R&B/Soul

Give us a little bio about you.

My name is Julia Carlucci and I’m a Pop/Soul artist from Toronto, Canada. My sound is a mix of influences from classic R&B to contemporary Pop music. I recently released my first single called ‘Take Me Down’ as well as my first official music video.

Are you a signed?

No, currently an independent artist.

Your new single ‘Take Me Down’ can you tell us more about it.

‘Take Me Down’ is about falling for someone you know you shouldn’t. It’s when your head knows better but your heart is too curious to walk away.

Did you work on it with anyone if so who?

The song was written by myself and two Canadian writers named Cat Lewis and Sam Pomanti. It was produced by Cat Lewis and Canadian producer, Andrew Kesler.

What was the recording process like?

It was a long process but it was a lot of fun ! All of the sections were recorded separately and very spread out over the course of a year. The horns were recorded at Canterbury Studios in Toronto and then one of my producers, Andrew Kesler, recorded the rhythm section instruments himself. 
Funny story about the vocals…my vocals that are on the recording are actually my demo vocals. I recorded them sitting down in my basement (which is not a studio whatsoever). I had no intention of keeping them and even did a whole other recording session to replace them. We ended up not liking the new vocals so we kept the demo ones.
How was the writing process for the song?

Long ! Haha. This song has been re-written so many times. When I first started it about three years ago, I re-wrote it several times because certain lyrics/melodies weren’t working. I stepped away from it for a year or so and then came back to it. I finally finished it with my producer (Cat Lewis) and he helped me find the right version of the song.  

You also released a new music video to accompanie ‘Take Me Down’ what was filming like?

Filming the video was so much fun. It was a very long day but so worth it. That was the biggest undertaking of my career thus far as an independent artist so it was such a valuable learning experience as well.

You worked with Merik Wiiliams, how did that come about?

I’ve been working with Merik for 2-3 years now. We were both vocal majors in college but I had heard he did photography/videography as well. I hired him to film one of my studio sessions back in 2014 and we’ve been working together ever since !

Will we see a EP or Album anytime soon?

Not anytime soon. I’m focusing on pushing out singles and video content right now. Maybe in 2018.

Do you have any gigs or a tour coming up or in planning?

Currently in the process of booking shows but nothing concrete right now.

Do you play any instruments?

I play piano.

Who are your influences?

Adele, Beyonce, and Alicia Keys

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

It all comes from personal experience or events in the world that really affect me emotionally. I sometimes even write about someone else’s story if it inspires me.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

I would love to be touring Europe or even Asia. Touring anywhere would be pretty cool.

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

I love to bake, hang out with friends and binge on Netflix.

Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?

My dream would be the ACC or Rogers Centre.

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

Adele or Ed Sheeran

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

Tori Kelly

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

‘Crazy In Love’ by Beyonce. It’s one of my favourite songs ever. I’ve probably listened to it thousands of times and it never gets old.

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

Be present. Don’t worry about what hasn’t happened yet.

what would be your dream show to have your music played on?

The Ellen Show 

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

Stay consistent and work very hard. Realize that you have something unique to offer the world and have your art reflect YOU.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

You can never cross the ocean if you’re afraid to lose sight of the shore.

You get off a plane in your hometown,

1/ where is the first place you visit – The only place I want to be when I get off a plane in my hometown is my bed !
2/ where is the first place you see –
3/ where is the first food place you go and what do you get – Chicken bowl from Chipotle
Where is one place in Canada you tell everyone to go to, if they’ve never been?

Well, I’m biased but there are so many awesome things to do in Toronto. The CN Tower is a must for anyone who hasn’t been here. From an unbiased perspective, I’ve heard Montreal and Banff are absolutely stunning. They’re both on my bucket list !

You work with Project Light Company, how did that come about?

About six months ago, Charlotte reached out to me on Facebook and said that she loved my music! She told me all about Project Light Agency over a Skype call and I was sold. Working with her has been such a great experience and I’m so happy to have her on my team.

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

My microphone, lipstick, water, set list, confidence !

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/juliacarlucci 

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/juliacarluccimusic
Twitter : http://www.twitter.com/juliacarlucci
Instagram : http://www.instagram.com/thejuliacarlucci
Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/juliacarlucci
Website : http://www.juliacarlucci.com

’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.