TORONTO THREESOME NIKKIS WIVES ARE HERE CHATTING TO ME ABOUT THEIR NEW EP ‘FOR E-V-E-R’ ,FASHION AND COLLABORATIONS!

What are your names?Dylan, Nate, and Nikki (Guitar, Drums, and Singer).

What is the story behind the band name?

The name is kind of an inside joke between the three of us. We figured that this band was the closest any of us will get to actually being married, so we named it “Nikki’s Wives”. It also plays up the dynamic we have on stage of Nikki as the groom in black, and Dylan and Nate in all white.

How would you describe your genre of music?

We usually describe it as alternative pop, but we like to take influences from a lot of different genres. We like to write pop songs and then make them cool and unique with production.

How did you meet each other?
At the time, Dylan was helping Nikki out with her solo project. They needed a drummer for one show so Dylan called up Nate to help out. After the first show we realized we had this great connection on stage. So we decided shortly after to become a real band.

 

Nikki, you’ve been making music since you were 12– what made you get started?
I’ve always wanted to be a singer, even when I was like 4 years old. So, when I got the opportunity to play in a band I loved the idea of getting to sing in front of people. I totally fell in love with performing and have been doing it ever since.

Are you signed?

We’re independent right now. We like the freedom that is gives us to be creative and find ourselves as a band. We’ve talked with some labels in the US, and in the near future will be looking more into that.

Your debut EP ‘For E-V-E-R’ was recently released. Tell us more about it.

For this EP we didn’t really give ourselves much time to write it. We locked ourselves in Dylan’s basement for 10 days, and wrote 8 songs for the record. The catch was that it was the dead of winter, and the heating was out. It was a completely collaborative process, where we all brought ideas to the table for each song – it worked out pretty much to a song a day on average.
 

Describe each track in three words. All the tracks are great but I do have to admit I have Fight Song on repeat.

Forever – Bitches ain’t shit
Lonely Being Cool – I’m very lonely
Fight Song – Fight for yourself
Another Lie – Happy Wife, Happy Life (that’s 4 words, but who’s counting)
Fantasize – Sending mixed messages
Ghost – Melancholy but hopeful
 You recently wrapped up a tour with CeeLo Green. What was your reaction when you got asked to do it?

We got told about this tour in the strangest way possible. So basically someone we were working with at the time sent us this cryptic email with only one sentence in the subject line, “How would u like to be direct support for CeeLo green?” The message was so strange that we all thought it was a joke or something. So when we found out that the tour was real we were stoked.

Has CeeLo given you any advice? If so, what?

CeeLo basically just told us to never stop learning and growing as musicians. Because you always have mistakes to make and grow from, and new experiences to learn from.

 You guys like your fashion. Who is your favourite designer?

My favourite designer is Saint Laurent. As a band we take a lot of inspiration from their refined yet grungy look, and I personally take a lot of inspiration from their clean-cut suits. It would be so dope to eventually have a Saint Laurent suit one day.

Who would you like to collaborate with in the fashion industry?

I think that it would be really cool to work with brands that are just starting to make waves and have the two of us grow together.

 What would be your dream TV show to have your music played on?

I think we would all die of excitement if South Park did a parody episode involving our music. I would keep a copy of that episode with me everywhere.

 Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years we want to be the biggest band in the world. So who knows where we’ll actually in in 5 years, but for right now, that’s the plan!

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
We don’t really do anything else. I think Dylan and Nate play video games, and I have an addiction to online shopping.

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

It would obviously be amazing to play the big arena in Toronto, either the Rogers Centre or the ACC. But, it would also be so cool and surreal to play an historic venue like Massey Hall.

For anyone visiting Canada, where would you recommend them to go?

You get off a plane in your hometown:
1. Where is the first place you visit?
Go down to Queen Street West. There are tons of great restaurants, cafes, and shopping. It’s the coolest part of Toronto by far.
2. Where is the first place you see?

You would probably see the CN Tower first. Its one of the tallest building in the world so its kinda hard to miss.
3. What is the first food place you go to and what do you get?

Go to Grand Electric on Queen Street W. It’s this tiny little restaurant so you have to go pretty early to get a spot, but they make the best tacos in Toronto by far.
 If you could collaborate with one UK Artist or Band who would it be?

Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine is one of my biggest inspirations as a vocalist. She knows her voice so well and can control it to do whatever she wants. Working with her would be such a life changing experience, so that’s for sure my answer.

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

When we were in LA earlier this summer we met this up and coming producer, Stephen Rezza. He showed us a couple of his tracks and we really dug what he did with chopping up pre-existing vocals and arranging them to make new parts in the song. Since his style is more electronic, it would be cool to see how it meshed with our style of music.

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

You can find us everywhere by searching @NikkisWives or by checking out our website http://www.nikkiswives.com.

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INTRODUCING ‘ The Breaking Pattern’ , THE ARIZONA FOUR PIECE  TO WATCH OUT FOR THIS YEAR! DEREK AND I CHATTED ALL THINGS THEIR NEW MUSIC! 

What are your names? 
Derek (singer), Brandon (drums), Jacob (bass), Nick (guitar). I (Derek) will be doing the interview today!
What is the Bands name? 

The Breaking Pattern 


How old are you?

 

We’re all in our young 20’s. We just threw a big party for Brandon’s 21stthe other weekend! Filmed the shenanigans on snapchat. Red velvet and funfetti cake.

What is your genre of music?
We’ve been classified a couple different things: emo-revival, alt indie rock, atmospheric pop rock. Your new favorite band. 


How did you come up with the band name?
It was a phrase I heard one of my poetry teachers say a few times over. I loved all the connotations and meaning. When it came time to force it down everyone’s throats there weren’t really any dissents… even all the fans were about it. 

How did you all meet? 
We all played in various other local bands prior to forming TBP. We had played with each other’s bands. Essentially all the more serious members of the bands came together to form TBP. 

Give us a little bio about you as individuals and as a band. 
I was indoctrinated into the cult of local scene music at the ripe age of 15. Fell in love with obscure bands (some went on to be not so obscure). Brandon played drums in local bands since he was 14 and has been destroying surfaces with sticks ever since. Idk how Nick and Jacob started playing music. Both are phenomenal musicians who have been in and out of various projects, they wanted to find more “professional” musicians to work with and we teamed up!

How long have you been doing music?
When I was three I would bang on my moms piano but she wasn’t fond of it. I took up clarinet in middle school and was first chair but was ridiculed after a year and forced to quit. I touched the guitar at age 12 and never stopped playing. Never had a teacher though, so I always just kind of wrote my own songs…

What made you go in to music?
Crippling social anxiety and the overwhelming teenage desire to fit in. Lol in all honesty though, I always loved music and when I started playing my sisters guitar at age 12 I just sort of got hooked. My family went through a series of moves and I didn’t know anyone or have any other major hobbies, so I just played from the moment I woke up to the time I fell asleep. 



Are you signed?

No.

You have released your album called ‘There Are Roadmaps In Our Veins’ what’s the story behind the title? 
There’s a theme of separation as a response to individual discovery that is woven throughout the tracks of the album. The title was intended to reflect that theme with a strong image.  

Tell us more a about the tracks Individually?
You know what, it’s kind of strange but kind of cool. Every person we’ve talked to has a different favorite song. We tried to make the album as cohesive as possible yet – and some people still prefer the fast or the low songs – but more so, people connect and identify with specific lyrics. It’d take decades to explain the personalities of each song, but I encourage you to check out our bandcamp to find the lyrics to your favorite tracks! 

What’s it like working with ‘Quite Great PR’ ?
They have been fantastic and very accommodating. Definitely hope to cross that big ocean and have some tea with them one day!


How did that comes about? 

We talked with several different agencies and management groups. Very few saw things the way we did in terms of marketing our band. We didn’t want someone who could possibly misrepresent us, so we were quite relieved to find people whose vision aligned with our own!

Tell us more about any of your new music if you have anymore planned.
We have a video coming out in a month, a tour planned for this Summer, and a b-sides coming out at the end of the year!

Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour? 
Yep! We’ll be touring the southwest this summer. 
If you are, where are will you be heading? 
Headling? Just phoenix. But we’ll be opening for some solid bands… more details on that will be announced shortly. 

Do you play any instruments?
Yep, we write everything ourselves. 

Who are your influences?
Our biggest influences come from our local music scene!

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Personal experience is the greatest inspiration.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Ideally, on the grammy stage. Realistically, we hope to have a strong international fanbase by that point!

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I’m a fairly active spoken word poet, so lots of writing. We hope to be releasing more poetry videos this summer too!

If you could collaborate with one UK Artist who would it be? 
The 1975 is killin it right now. My girlfriend would faint if I worked with Ed Sheeran or Ben Howard.

If you could collaborate with one USA Artist who would it be? 
We are currently collaborating with some members of Lydia, honestly I’m excited to see where that leads. 

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?
Selling out the marquee in our hometown. I grew up watching all my favorite bands in that venue, I want to do the same. 

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene? 
I think the whole Moon and Antarctica album from Modest Mouse really opened my mind to how creative and freeing music can be. I was very young when I first heard that album and that’s when I started branching off into new music at that point.


If you could get one of your songs on a TV show, which would it be? 
Game of Thrones. I want to see Daenerys flying in on a dragon, beheading some baddies while one of our songs is bumpin! 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Be yourself, find your sound, and then stick to it. 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“ I must become less”. It’s hard not to get a big head in this industry, we as artists need to combat that and not let all this be just about ourselves. 

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?  
Haha well besides the obvious… I like to drink immodiom to settle my stomach from nerves, a giant bottle of warm water, vocal warm ups to the app on my phone, extra everything, the merch bin (always forget the merch bin). 

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Yes! We’re most active on Instagram at TheBreakingPattern. We also have a twitter and snapchat at TheBreakPattern. 

Thank you again for your time, hope to hear from you on twitter!

INTRODUCING PHOENIX,AZ SINGER AND SONGWRITER ‘WANDERER’ GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HIM IN MY CHAT WITH HIM!

What is your Full Name?

Adam Simons

Where did the band name come from?

I wanted to create a name to create all this under. New music , new persona, something that can grow bigger than myself.
What is your genre of music?

Dark Pop
Give us a little bio about you.

I live in Phoenix,AZ, and have been making music for over ten years. I play guitar,sing and write music everyday.Wanderer is my first solo project, as I’ve been in bands in the past. I’m really excited to be doing this.
What made you go in to music?

falling in love with bands as a teenager, and wanting to play guitar like my hero’s 
Will you be releasing an album or EP?

All of that. In the future 

What instruments do you play?

I sing, play guitar,bass,drums and try to play piano!

Who are your influences?

I am influenced by all types of music. From classic rock – The Rolling Stones , Fleetwood Mac, etc … To new music – The Weeknd,The 1975,Arctic Monkey. 
Will you be doing any gigs or tours?

Yes,there will be shows coming up later this year!
If you are, where will to be heading? 

Can’t say quite yet! Stay tuned 
How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Listening to great music , writing , having experiences

Where do you see yourself now in five years?

Hopefully touring all the time and putting out more records.
When your not doing music , what do you do?

It’s mostly all I do. Drink coffee , read , go outdoors, take pictures.
If you could collaborate with one UK artist who would it be?

The 1975 

If you could collaborate with one USA artist who would it be?

John Mayer 
Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in UK? 

O2 Areana 
Where is your dream venue or festival to play in the USA?

Madison Sqaure Garden/ Coachella 

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

It’s not just one song. But The Beatles have been a huge influence ever since I started playing.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

Don’t settle. Trust your gut. Work harder than everyone else.
What advise would you give aspiring musicians not about the industry,just as an artist?

Practice you craft first.the music is the most important think. Don’t get caught up in the other stuff to much.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Always be working on improving yourself. And love the journey 
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget? 

Guitar,water , leather jacket, phone charger , boots

Do you have any social media accounts so people can follow you?

Yes! 

Twitter: @wandererband 

Instagram : @wandererband 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wanderer songs 

Website: http://www.wanderersongs.com