‘I HAVE FOUR NAMES’ IS BACK WITH A BRAND NEW ALBUM ‘IH4N’ MAKE SURE YOU TAKE A LISTEN

I Have Four Names is from Sydney and just want to showcase his music to the world with love and he definitely does it. Bass Driven Rock with some electro twinge to make them fun!

Track one is the same as the Album name ‘IH4N’ basically when I saw this I thought it’s an introductory and it definitely was, even though I have heard his last release in 2015 ‘The Other Hand Is Always Greener’ it stills gives that impression that this is what he wanted to do. 

Track 2 ‘ The Other Hand Is Always Greener’  a heavy upbeat song that has a costant flow of his creativeness that you want to get on repeat! 

vocally rough but still so calming to listen to I think it shows who IHFN is all about perfectly! 

Then moves on to track 3 ‘ Are We Clear,Krystal’ again a deep heavy feel but still has instrumental that’s makes it unique and catchy lyrics to sing along too. 
This is just three of the sixteen tracks on the album which just takes you a musical journey and wows everytime 
Take a listen for yourself;

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http://facebook.com/ihavefournames

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REVIEW: IF ONE THING IS TO BE SAID IT’S FAMILY COMES FIRST! THE BEAUTIFUL SECRET SET TO RELEASE THEIR LATEST SONG ‘WHAT’S INSIDE’ IN AID OF THE NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY’ FOR WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS WEEK 27TH MARCH – 2ND APRIL 2017!

The Beautiful Secret are a duo made up of Rachael Hawnt and Ash Cutler, meeting up from recommendations from friends and work colleagues its definitely say The Beautiful Secret has created that edgy, modern feel even through their latest song which has a fantastic message behind and needs to be heard.

Straight away a very deep feel to the song which you can instantly connect too and really feel the lyrics that tells a raw yet beautiful story.
This is made with so much passion and love so you can understand the story which you do so much.
Racheal wrote ‘ Whats Inside’ for her niece Katie Rae and everyone else living Autism to educate everyone else on how important it is with this song it shows a real understanding.
Its accompanied with a video which just electrify’s the importance of it.
Rachael’s Vocals so sweet and fruity really gives the song that extra special sound.

This is a song that everyone needs to listen to and tell their friends because this is education for many of us and its something that needs to be addressed more.

Check out the Video;

Here is the inspiration behind the song; 

 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4h0AC6cszHs&t=4s

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY THE ALBUM RIGHT HERE;
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-beautiful-secret/id1205935312?ls=1&app=itunes

 

For more infomation on THE NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY click the link below;
http://www.autism.org.uk/?gclid=Cj0KEQiAl4TGBRDhgvmikdHPsdABEiQAtBcc8CVW3ApQY3BZMkx7tcExUpjZD0Kra7zfFGZqOsB8980aAmX78P8HAQ

For more Info on The Beautiful Secret, check out their website;
http://www.thebeautifulsecretmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/thebeautifulsecretmusic/?fref=ts
http://www.twitter.com/TBS_music_UK

I CHAT WITH EWEN OF BE LIKE PABLO ABOUT THEIR NEW SINGLE ‘ THERE SHE IS’,5 YEARS FROM NOW AND MORE, CHECK IT OUT! 

 What are the names of everyone in the band?Be Like Pablo is Ewen Watson (vocals/guitar), Ross Watson (guitar/vocals), Jamie Murphy (bass, vocals), Karen Johnston (keys, vocals) and Andrew Stepien (drums).

How did you come up with the name BeLike Pablo?

A few years ago, we befriended a really nice guy from Chile called Pablo. He was super positive, full of energy and embraced Scottish culture for the short time he was here. Naturally, we feel that everyone should be like him which is where the name came from.

 How would you describe your genre of music?

We describe ourselves as powerpop as we make pop music with big choruses, four-part harmonies, gritty guitars and fuzzy synths – which are key ingredients of this genre. Many of our influences have been described as powerpop for the same reasons.

 Give us a little bio about you.

We’ re a band from the north of Scotland. If we didn’t sing in our own accents, you might not think we were from Scotland as our music has a West Coast US sound. We’ ve been together for 6 years and released our debut album The New Adventures in 2013. After a few years away, we return with a new single There She Is.

 Are you a signed?

We’ ve worked with indie labels previously but our forthcoming singles will be self -released with the help of our publisher Raygun Music. We would definitely entertain the idea of working with a label again but are enjoying the flexibility of self-releasing right now.

You’re set to release your new single There She is. Could you tell us what the song is about?

The song is about a high school crush who, years later, has become the most famous person in the world. She’ s on every billboard and magazine cover and everybody’ s in love with her. But the narrator doesn’ t care about any of that and just wants to know if she’ s still the same girl from back home.

You also released a video. What was the best part of the video process?

Working on this video was such a positive experience in general but my favourite part was seeing the video once all the visual effects had been added. Through being involved in the planning stages, I had a picture in my head of what the final video would look like. But the production team knocked it out of the park and exceeded all expectations. Seeing all the billboards and magazines come to life was a great moment for me.

 What was the writing process like?

There She Is was actually a really straight forward song to write. I wrote it after returning home from a UK tour a couple of years ago. I tried to write a Roy Orbison-style chorus, added in a 90s college-rock verse and it all came together quickly from there. Sometimes it can take me ages to write but, because I had a strong idea, this song arrived close to fully-formed.  

 What was the recording like for There She Is?

We recorded the song in a studio called Start Together in Belfast with one of our favourite producers Rocky O’ Reilly. We’ re fans of many of the records Rocky has worked on previously – particularly those by Oppenheimer and Wonder Villains. We contacted him and it turned out that he really wanted to work with us too so it was an ideal fit. We spent about a week recording four songs with Rocky and were delighted with the results. He captured the energy of our songs and performance so the recordings sound bright and upbeat.

 Describe There She Is in three words!

There. She. Is. In all seriousness, I’ d go with: Supercharged retro powerpop.

 Did you collaborate with anyone on the single?

On this occasion, it’ s just us on the track but, as is typical for us, the arrangement and recording process was very collaborative.

 Will we see an EP or album coming soon?

Our current plan is to release a series of singles with accompanying music videos this year and into next. If things go well, we’ ll either continue to release singles with videos or release an EP or album.
I’ m a big fan of music videos and think that a single can be a very effective way for a band to reach a wider audience. We’ ve released an album previously but for now I’ d like to focus on individual songs rather than think about a bigger puzzle. But we’ ll see how it goes!

 Do you have any gigs or festivals planned?

We have a series of single launch gigs planned in Scotland including dates in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. I’ ve always thought that festivals are the best place for our summer sound and have loved playing UK festivals in the past. We’ re definitely looking to play more festival dates going forward.

 What made you go into music?

I’ ve always been into music and was brought up on a healthy diet of classic pop and Motown. I enjoyed Britpop and alternative in the 90s but when I heard The Blue Album by Weezer, I realised that there was a place for normal people like me in the world of guitar music. I really related to that album – and the follow-up Pinkerton – and it inspired me to play in a band. My older brother (and fellow Be Like Pablo member) Ross played in bands from a young age and helped me to learn guitar and write music. Playing in a band together was a natural progression.
 What are your favourite instruments to play?

I love singing – especially in harmony with others. I enjoy playing Moog synthesizers at home, in the studio and, to an extent, live. I enjoy experimenting with the sounds you can make with old synths and keyboards.

 Who are your musical influences?

Most of our influences are either classic pop or 90s/early 2000s alternative. So the likes of The Beach Boys, The Cars and Elvis Costello are all really influential to us as well as Ben Kweller, Ash and The Fountains of Wayne. I love songs with classic structures, big hooks and lots of personality. The music we like isn’ t in the mainstream these days so a powerpop resurgence would be helpful!
 What was your inspiration to write music?

I’ ve always been a creative person. I read a lot and have always paid close attention to the writing process for songs, films, TV shows and video games. Writing music was an extension of that. Very soon after starting to listen to music, I began to deconstruct my favourite songs to find out what made them good. I then used what I had learned to write my own songs. I usually write songs about my own experiences and feelings and try to place myself in fictional scenarios to create strong narratives.

 Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?

I’ d like to still be making music that we enjoy and that other people do too. I’ d like Be Like Pablo to be more established, certainly in Scotland, with further releases under our belt.  

 When you’re not involved with music, what do you like to do?

Each band member has different hobbies although it would be fair to say that we’ re all pop culture junkies. There’ s a contingent who play video games. Andrew and Jamie play Xbox and Playstation games but I’ m more into retro games. I mainly like Nintendo games like Super Mario and Zelda as well as old Lucasarts point ‘ n’ click adventure games like Monkey Island and Grim Fandango. I do like new games too though: Dishonored 2 was a game I played recently which was excellent.

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

Our hometown, Forres, is really small. Like TINY. Saying that, there are a few venues there but I think we’ ve played them all. It would be great to play on the roof of a building in Forres or on top of Nelson’ s Tower, a historical monument in the town.

 

If you could collaborate with one UK artist or band who would it be?
Jeff Lynne of ELO or Graham Coxon from Blur. Maybe we could start a band.
 If you could collaborate with one US artist or band who would it be?

Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. If I could travel in time, I’ d like to sing with the original Beach Boys line-up. Their harmonies were so rich and wonderfully arranged. But working on music with Brian Wilson would be a dream. He’ s written some of the best pop music ever.

 What song made you want to go into music?

I remember playing a video game when I was in my teens and the TV was on in the background. The music video for Undone (The Sweater Song) by Weezer came on. It instantly caught my attention and when the second chorus kicked in with all the cool vocal parts, I paused the game as I had to watch. I saw a band that I instantly related to and I knew I wanted to be in a band. I also need to acknowledge the album 1977 by Ash which was the first album that was really important to me.I also remember hearing a song called I’ll See You Around by Silver Sun when I was young but I was unable to locate a copy at the time. Several years later (by which point the Internet was a thing), I tracked down the song and was surprised at how closely it resembled my own style. So that song clearly had an influence.

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

 Play to your strengths but work relentlessly to improve anything that’ s holding you back.  
 What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry, just as an artist? 

Avoid copying what’ s popular and stick to your guns. Make the kind of music you like to listen to but make sure it’ s stamped with your personality as much as possible. Character is hugely important. There’ s so much music out there so you need to stand out and make people remember you.  
 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward.” – Rocky Balboa

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

1) Be polite and considerate to sound engineers.

2) Be kind and helpful to the other bands playing.
3) Plectrums. 5) Gig days can be busy and stressful so it’ s important to enjoy the performance once you’ re on stage.
4) Regardless of the circumstances, put on a good show.
 
When you get home from a tour…
1. Where is the first place you go?

Bed. For a few days.

2/. Who is the first person you see?

My parents most likely.

3/. What is the first thing you eat?

Anything home cooked. Home cooked food is a rarity when playing gigs and touring.

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

https://www.facebook.com/belikepablo/

http://www.Twitter.com/belikepablo 

http://www.Instagram.com/belikepablomusic

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;

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

What is your name? 
Ian Wills

How did you come up with Wills and The Willing?

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

What is your genre of music?

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

Give us a little bio about you.

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


Introduce your band.

Sean Genockey Producer, Engineer, Guitars ,  

Charlie Morton Producer, , Drums, Vocals

John Hogg Producer, Guitars, Piano, Vocals ,Spoons 

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

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

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

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

What was the writing process like for ‘ Butterflies’?

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

What was the recording process like for ‘Butterflies’?

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


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

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

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

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

Will we see a new EP or Album next year?

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

Do you have any gigs or tours coming up?

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


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

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

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

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

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

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

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

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

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

Thunder Road 

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

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

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

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

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

What is is and what ain’t ain’t 

Where in your hometown is a must go to visit? 

Top of Box Hill

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

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


You work with PlugginBaby how did that come about? 

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

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

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

my twitter is @IWILLS

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

NORTHERN IRELAND SINGER/SONGWRITER PETER GARDINER SET TO RELEASE FIRST ALBUM WITH HIS LABEL CALLED ‘ASHTRAY BLACK’ AND I CHATTED TO HIM ABOUT IT!

Give us a little bio about you for those who are new to your fanbase.
I’m a songwriter from Northern Ireland. I’ve been in love with music for as long as I can remember. In fact most memories I have are triggered by hearing one song or another.
I’m influenced by poets and storytellers like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits but I have an interest in artists from every decade from the 50’s right up until today. More recent artists I’m enjoying are people like Foy Vance and Father John Misty..
I spent a long time writing songs, playing gigs and promoting myself around Northern Ireland before being picked up by a record label called NUA Entertainment.
They afforded me the opportunity to relocate to London where I’m now based. Since then I’ve recorded my debut album “Ashtray Black” with Tommy McLaughlin from the award winning band Villagers, the first two singles of which have been played on Radio 2.
I’ve also had the opportunity to co write the title track for a movie called “Property of the State” which is set for release this year.
Tell us the meaning behind the NEW album ‘ Ashtray Black’.
Well, I had a lot of songs written and a lot of EP’s recorded when I was back in Northern Ireland. So for my first official release with a label, I decided to take a good look at the songs that had accumulated and put together a collection. So if I have to assign meaning to it I suppose it plays out like a 42 minute diary of the last ten years of my life. It’s more coherent than I expected. The oldest lyrics can stand beside the newest ones without feeling too embarrassed and there’s the same sense of urgency running through it all.
Songs like Pretty Smiles and Hotel Room are a little trip down memory lane where I can stop and wave at all the girls I’ve tried and failed with. Songs like Idols, Doorstep Riots and Hard Days are songs where I play the role of a reporter or a private investigator or something like that. Those are the songs where I’m pretending to know a thing or two about what’s going on in the world and conveying it in the most smart-assed way possible. On “Ashtray Black”, the title track, I was trying to empathize with a woman who’s son was tragically killed in a car accident. They were neighbors of my parents. This is the oldest song on the record and maybe the most important because it gave me the first real glimpse of the type of songwriter I wanted to be.
Describe each track in two words.
11 O’Clock – Good Opener
Doorstep Riots – Northern Ireland
All These Things – Nostalgic Nonsense
Idols – Non Sequiturs
Ashtray Black – Attempted Empathy
Pretty Smiles – Forbidden Fruit
Hotel Room – Life Story
Someone You See – Inexperience, Innocence
Ten Pounds in my Pocket – Dangerous Beauty
Hard Days – Good Nights
Hollywood Lights – Distressed Damsel
What was the writing process like for ‘ Ashtray Black’?
Well, there was no process in the conventional sense because these songs were originally never meant to be on the same record. But I’ve been smoking the same cigarette for about ten years now, and each song on the album is like an ash I’ve flicked here or there.
I think the reason the songs work as an album is because my approach to songwriting, while certainly developing, has always remained fundamentally the same. The name of the girl and the bar might change, but you always end up just as heartbroken and drunk.
What was the recording process like for ‘AshtrayBlack’?
It was a relatively intense two weeks. My friend and producer Paul Steen and I took about 30 demos down to producer Tommy McLaughlin in Ireland and the three of us chose which ones should make the cut. We got the bass player and drummer from Irish band Villagers, and the renowned pianist Michael Keeney to play on all the tracks. It was certainly a thrill to watch musicians of that standard play my little songs. Tommy the guitarist of Villagers, who produced the album, was as quirky as any producer should be. We had a lot of fun.
What is your favourite track of the new album?
Melodically, I like Hollywood Lights. It has a great chorus and I’d like to play it with a band to a full stadium someday.
Lyrically speaking, I’d have to pick “Ten Pounds in my Pocket”. I doubt I’ll ever so accurately describe the profound effect the opposite sex can have on such an innocent unassuming boy like myself ever again. I think I nailed it with that song.
Whats the most memorable memory you had during the recording of the Album?
I remember the day I was doing my vocals. Tommy very kindly gave me a bottle of red wine to take down to the booth. The plan was to take a thimble full to loosen up a bit. The problem was we did the whole album in one day and by the time we got to the last track the bottle was almost gone. After singing my heart out on what I thought was the best take i’d ever done in my life of the song “Hollywood Lights”, I confidently asked Tommy and Paul (who were listening in the control room) “How’d that sound to you guys?” They responded almost simultaneously… “It sounds like you’ve been drinking, Pete”
We got it in the end, but I really wish I still had that take.
did you collaborate with anyone on the album? 
Not really, the songs were all written before the sessions. First I wrote the tunes and the lyrics, then Paul Steen put his stamp on the songs which usually dictates the overall direction in terms of style, genre etc , then we took them to Tommy who took what we did and added his own style of production. But in terms of writing, the melody and the lyrics are all as they were when I wrote them.
Will we see a tour?
There’s no tour as such, but I’ll certainly have a few venues booked around the time of the release. I actually just previewed the album live at The Bedford in Balham. The reception was very encouraging and I look forward to the next one.
What is the message you want to send out to your fans?
I don’t have a message. But music is a very powerful thing. A few notes of a song can change your whole outlook on life and very quickly alter the type of day you’re having. I just hope one day to affect somebody with something that I’ve written in the same way I’ve been lucky enough to be affected over the years.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
My career’s moving forward in some sense, but I haven’t yet achieved the degree of success that would qualify me to advise anybody. I’m still figuring everything out.
But I do know that it’s important to stick with writing a song until you get that buzz from it. There’s a certain buzz you get during the process that lets you know you’re onto something. It lets you know that somebody else is going to like the line you just wrote. If you finish a song and you haven’t felt it you’ve probably failed. People listening can always tell when something’s been phoned in, or written for the sake of it. Waiting for that feeling can certainly stop you being as prolific as you’d like and you can go for months without that lightning striking. But if you hold on, it’s well worth the wait.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
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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