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?

Twitter : https://twitter.com/bmissippij

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

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

Website : http://www.brucemississippijohnson.com



Apera Woodfine is the man behind the vocals,guitar and is THE LEAD then we have Andy Deihl (you may have seen his name before on my blog also in JimmyMoore&Cas.D), Andy plays drums and does vocals for Apera then last but not least is Sam Stretch who plays bass and does some vocals too. 

Slow start yet a dark feel to the track which it relates to the title ‘Dark Days’ which makes it very honest.
Check out the video for ‘Dark Days’ 

‘Testify’ has a more upbeat feel and a great guitar solo to introduce the song.

The heavy drum really gives it the extra and pushes it so well. 

Vocals are fantastic and sang again with that honest feeling.
‘Spaceman’ feels more of a song that makes you wonder about everything and everyone and make you wonder whether to ask twice but at the same time you don’t need to. The vocals are sang so clear and bold to really get the message out.
‘In The City’ tells the story of Apera ‘In The City’ how his ‘mum told him to write everything down’ and ‘how hard it is to be a man ‘ ‘In The City’ 

I love how this track is more vocals than instrumental but the instrumental really emphasises it more in what he is singing about.
This is just 4 of the 11 tracks on the new album ‘Lift You Up’ 
Grab a copy right here to listen to the rest;
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Singer and Songwriter Bellman is back to his magic again with his lastest release. 

Consisting of 8 tracks that all different yet piecing the album together!
Track 1 ‘ Coloured By You’ 
The song reminds me of something that would be on a tv/Dom when it first starts, when characters are in a a predicament and it goes quiet and builds the episode/film up which it also allow you to get a feel of the rest of the song. 

With the dream-pop genre running straight through this song it takes you on a journey which just makes you listen to the lyrics and see if you can relate or not. 

The lyrics are interesting and clear to understand which clashes perfect with the instrumental accompaniments and make it more engaging and creative. 
Track 2 ‘Getaway’

A heavy echo feel throughout and Bellmans strong vocals come over the top and flows sraight through.

Again having a dream-pop deel but feels a serious track and its mind blowing.
The whole album gives out a lot yet sill very enjoyable to listen too
This is just two of the 8 on the album, go grab yourself a copy and take a liten;
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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 
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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?

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.



What is your name?Marilyn Carino
What is your genre of music?

Torchy, existential electro-soul


Give us a little bio about you.

This Edinburgh-based Brooklyn, NY native has shared stages and/or collaborated with musical greats as diverse as Mos Def and Talib Kweli (Black Star), funk/soul kings Sly and Robbie and David Byrne. Her “torchy, existential electro-soul” has been lauded as, “enchanting – a testament to the healing powers of rhythm” (Nylon). Her singing has been called, “powerful to the point of bringing you to tears” (Straight No Chaser) and “smoldering” (The New Yorker); Carino’s songs have been featured on major television shows and films, including the FX hit Regenesis and the 2015 feature, Someone Else.

Carino’s second solo album, Leaves, Sadness, Science imagines soul-mated collabs where Nina Simone, Thom Yorke and Lykke Li hang in stoned basement recording studios with Prince, Suicide and Boards of Canada, and features one song co-written and performed by R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills. The album charted in the top ten on college radio in the U.S. and made several year-end best-of lists.
Are you a signed?



You released your new single ‘When The Innocents Go To War’, what’s the meaning behind?

It’s a cynical read on love, how when people start a relationship they judge each other as potential mates, how the other might be able to serve their needs, even as they’re falling in love, which to me is supposed to be about accepting another as they are and taking responsibility for one’s own happiness.


tell us more about the writing process.

I “write” the most when I’m not actually writing, like in the shower, on the subway, songs whisper to me all day long. Sitting down and recording them is painful for me, its like doing a Rubik’s Cube, trying to hit on the one pattern that fits the idea.


What was the recording process like?

This album was actually fun to make, because I essentially heard the whole thing in my head before I started. I was really excited about what is was going to sound like. And I felt my singing was the best its ever been.

you also released the video, how much fun was that and what’s your best memory from the shoot?

I shot and edited the whole thing myself. The best part of the shoot was not having to please anyone but myself and be able to take as much time with it as I wanted. I love to collaborate, but I’m also a control freak in certain arenas.

You have a brand new album coming out Leaves, Sadness, Science, what’s the meaning behind the title?

I saw a Frida Kahlo exhibition in Atlanta, there was an installation of rooms painted monochrome colors, the floor, the furniture, everything was one uniform color. There were little signs describing how Frida felt about the various colors, yellow was madness, blue was peace, and green was “leaves, sadness, science”. It gave me the thunderbolt – I knew that was going to be the title of my next album.


Did you work on it with anyone?

No, but I have a genius mastering engineer who is responsible for some serious magical fairy dust on the finished product.
Would you collaborate with upcoming artists? If so how could they contact you?

I love to collaborate. Mike Mills of REM co-wrote and performs on one song on the album (“War and Peace”) and I’m working on a dance music project right now in Edinburgh with producers Hobbes and Jacksonville. contact@marilyncarino.com

Who did you show it to first once complete?

A great painter called Michael David – not only a deep cat but he used to play bass in punk bands in the 70s. He understands things.
Do you have any gigs in the works?

Booking my spring UK tour now, but I will be at the Clutha Bar in Glasgow on Saturday, March 4th, 4:00pm, a wee solo show.

If so which cities will you be going?

All over the UK, stay tuned
Will we see a tour with the Album?

Yes, spring-summer 2017
Do you have any festivals you will be playing this year?

Do you play any instruments?

I sing. Keyboards.
Who are your influences?

Eartha Kitt, Gregory Corso, Nichiren Daishonin
How do you get inspiration to write songs?

From living my life – trying to appreciate stuff and reflect on my own thoughts
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Doing the same thing, but getting paid more
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

I’m an SGI Buddhist, so I spend a lot of time chanting Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?

All the terrible music I had to mix and record as a sound engineer. I was so arrogant, I thought, “I can do this so much better”
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

Never give up, don’t forget to enjoy
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Never give up, don’t forget to enjoy
What quote or saying do you always stick by?

“A sword is useless in the hands of a coward”
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?

1. To get there as close to hit time as possible, I get antsy if I have to wait

2. Introduce the band – its polite


That’s it, I keep it simple


Your coming back from tour;

1/ where is the first place you go? Sleep

2/ who is the first person you see? No person. Cats

3/ where is the first place you go to eat? Il Colosseo, Italian restaurant in my Bensonhurst, Brooklyn neighborhood, to carb up on pasta and the best bread ever. But now I’m based in Edinburgh so it may be Noble’s Pub here in Leith, I crave their veggie haggis burger, BEST EVER


You work with Quite Great PR, how did that come about and what’s your best memory ?

I used the Googles to research PR firms in the UK. Actually DuckDuckGo, I’m not a big fan of Google

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

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/marilyncarinomusic

Twitter and Instagram – @marilyncarino


Salt Petal are a LA based collective with all in mind their love to showcase their own sound! 

Get your beach party started with this hit from the band!
You look at its title and see ‘TELEPHONE’ you then wonder but once you hear that beat kick in instantly,hard and heavy it instantly gets you smiling.

With all the variety in the one track it’s so adventurous and so out there you just want to have it blasting through your speakers all day and night! 
Take a listen to ‘Telephone’ below:

Also be ready because this isn’t all that’s coming soon; their releasing their new album Rare Hearts and it will be Available from 28th April 2017 worldwide.
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What is your name? 


What is your genre of music?

Give us a little bio about you.
I was born in Fier (Albania) and grown up in Florence (Italy).

I’ve always been involved in many singing and performing shows during my childhood.

My very first time in a recording studio was when I was 12.

Author-Interpreter of my own songs, I started writing and improving at the age of 13 years old. Grown up listening British and American Artists – this is the reason why my genre ranges among Hip Hop, R’N’B, Pop, Soul, Rock.

In 2005 I started attending proper Modern Dance lessons and in 2009 Hip-Hop as well.

In 2006 I started attending acting projects organised by acting teachers of the welsh School Of Drama in Cardiff. That experience gave me a great opportunity to work with professional actors and actresses of Schools of Drama from all over the world.

I’ve done many singing competitions over the years.

I’ve released my first Music Video in 2009, of my autobiographical song “Love At First Sight”.

I’ve always kept practising singing mainly as autodidact until when, at the age of 15, I’ve started attending proper vocal coaching sessions.

My great talented vocal coach Jono McNeil has been the one who’s been training me in this amazing project of my life, the release of my first Album “London Bridge”.
Are you a signed?
Yes, by Metropolis Studios.

You released a new single ‘London Bridge’ whats the stoy behind the title?
My beginning in the UK…London Bridge is like my home now…London Bridge area has been the place of my laughs..the “London Bridge”, the place of my tears…the place where I could find myself in my silence.
Describe it in three words.
Sad, Hopeful, Autobiographical

How long did it take to write?
It’s a song that, emotionally, it took me years to write…technically, about a week.

Will we see an EP Or Album this year? if so what can you tell us about it
I’ve just released my first Album – it’s called “London Bridge”.
Where is your dream venue to play anywhere overseas?
My dream?!…….singing in the Grammy Awards…
What made you go in to music?
I’ve been singing since I was 5. I think music is something that you feel, you know it’s what you want to do because it’s the thing that makes you the most happy when you do it. Both my Dad and Grandfather were musicians, My dad was a drummer when he was young, and my grandfather was also a flutist and singer.

Who are your influences?
Female Artists: Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Adele.
Male Artists: Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars
Bands: Maroon 5, Coldplay, The Script, The Killers, One Republic.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Between UK and US…always singing.

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Gym, learning foreign languages, cooking, shopping.

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
“We are the world” by Michael Jackson, I sang it when I was 5…that was the very first time that I’ve performed on stage.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
As long as you have feet to walk, walk and run and never stop!

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Be always yourself, never give up on your dream. Believe.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“If you insist and resist, you achieve and conquer”.

Don’t live with regrets.A hard truth’s always better than a sweet lie-be honest. Live the life you love, love the life you live. Never give up on dreams!
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My parents, my love for music, my parents’ sacrificies for me, my dream, my fans.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Yes, I do.

Instagram: alisianaofficial https://www.instagram.com/alisianaofficial/?hl=en

Facebook: Alisiana Music https://www.facebook.com/AlisianaMusic1/

Twitter: AlisianaI




 What is your name?Kambui Olushala Nefta Chui-Moore.

For those who don’t know of you, give us a little bio about you.

I’m a native Texan. Youngest of 3. Band kid turned sports teen that finally went back to music when he realized he could be all these things at once and didn’t have to sacrifice what meant the most. I live in Detroit now, where I teach high school and I’m building a label from the ground up.

We last chatted about your single ‘Final Words”, what was the response like to that?
It’s definitely my favorite song and the one people have openly gravitated to the most. I think when people start to learn about me, they will come back to that song for sure. It was cool to hear that people connect to the meaning because I dealt with an unwavering sadness for so much of my adult life. When more people find it, I think it’ll have a second life and we can get more into the conversation about what it really means to me.

You have now released a 5 track album ‘Confier’, tell us more about the title of it.
Confier is an idea I came up with in 2014. It means “to entrust”. That was around the time I started to make these abstract R&B songs. I was trying to focus on being honest and direct with my lyrics but also personalizing it to me. Every song isn’t about trust or relationships but I try to capture the emotions of change, loss, and growth. I sing words I’ve thought to myself or conversations I’ve had with friends about the changes that were happening in my life. And I’m kind of giving those moments to the listener to hold on to.

Describe each track in 2 words.
Confier = Unrequited attention
Final Words = Understanding struggle
Space and Tempo = Breaking Up
Before I Let Go = Valuing honesty
For Healing = Knowing worth
Will you be touring this year?
People are reaching out for shows and my friend Mike is helping me with that. I plan to get that experience of being in random places and making connections through music. After the EP push is over, there will be specifics on my site. But nothing big for now because there is so much music I want to share first.

 What was the writing process like?

The writing process came so long after the music was finished. I actually finished a bunch of compositions before I had a single lyric written. I knew I wanted to create this empty R&B sound, absent of heavy tones and drums. I just wrote what I was dealing with at the time and I do that one song at a time. I’m not one of those people who can write everyday. If the words aren’t flowing it’s because the moment I’m pulling from didn’t alter my life enough. Most of the EP is about a girl I dated on and off from 2014 – Summer 2015. I had enough stories and memories to put this collection of songs together and I think it’s pretty cohesive sonically. There were a lot of songs I write before and after the finalized list (that didn’t make the cut) but those will probably come out later in different forms.

What was the recording process like?

It was actually hard recording these songs because I had to travel so far and often. I didn’t get multiple shots at recording vocals and changing arrangements because I was paying for everything. I recorded the entire album at The Lava Room in Cleveland, Ohio. I only record with my engineer Austin, who just understands how to track my voice and who is also getting his feet wet in the business. We get to grow together and that’s the most important part to me. I found two mastering guys, Greg and Hans, who engineer some of my favorite bands and singers. They really gave me a professional sound I didn’t have and I know the future records are gonna be crazy. I bring raw song ideas and they make them sound presentable.

Do you have any festivals in planning?

I would love to get on some festivals late 2017. I think a lot of that has to do with keeping the momentum going and building off the next record I drop. I plan on having singles and another EP out this year so fingers crossed for sure.

What’s the response been like so far for the album?

From what I’ve heard and felt, it has been pretty positive so far. Thanks to my team at Planetary, I’ve been getting picked up at non-commercial radio stations all over the country and getting a few shoutouts from music blogs. It’s still kind of surreal to know your music is being played because people enjoy it. Seems like you’ll either love it or think it’s awfully boring, which I’m ok with. I don’t want to make anything I’ve already heard so I count that as a success as well. I’m excited to see what opportunities come from it. It gives me the confidence to share what I’ve been working on because I don’t want to ever get caught in one sound for too long.

If you could get one of your tracks on tv show which one would you like it to be?

Final Words. I could imagine it on just about any TV drama. It’s one of those lonely walk home scene records.

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

Everything is @kambuicm. I don’t post a lot but I always share what I consider to be great music I’m listening to or content that moves me. I think it’s a win-win.


What is your name? JJ

What is the bands name? 


How did you come up with the name?
I am fascinated by the juxtapositions that occur in every day life but “Juxta” just sounds better!
What is your genre of music?
It’s pretty mixed but if you had to pigeon hole it I like to think of it as “Industrial Post-Punk” 😛
Give us a little bio about you as a band and indiviuals.
Well the band is really me as the main singer/songwriter/guitarist with guest musicians from time to time.

I actually only started recording in 2016 even though I am nearly 50! I think this gives me a very unique perspective on life as I have had nearly half a century on this planet. You won’t find any songs about breaking up with girls on my albums 😛
Are you a signed?


Your set to release a brand new album ‘Welcome To Your Life’ tell us the meaning behind the title.
You know it’s taken me a LONG time to realise that virtually everything you hear in the media, on the TV and even from the people you meet on a daily basis is primarily lies and deceipt. I used to go around blisfully unaware of this fact and it’s taken me plenty of decades of life experience to finally figure this out. So the title is aimed at myself.
I know that sounds a bit negative (OK a LOT negative!) but actually once you realise this fact it’s quite liberating as you care less about other people’s opinions of you!

Tell us more about some of the tracks on the Album.
The brain fascinates me especially the way we get hung up on irrational things and how experiences affect us in profound ways, either consciously or subconsciously. Most of the songs on the album explore this.
The Beautiful Ones for example is about those groups of extremely confident people you see at cafes and other social gatherings who seem to be having the time of their lives. I often wonder if they have struggles like the rest of us.
A few of the tracks towards the end of the album were written with live gigs in mind to add some serious energy to our shows. I like to jump around a lot!
what was the writing process like?
When I started writing last year I found I had this untapped reservoir of songs that seemed to just flow out of me. The way I write is this:

Get the session drummer in Logic Pro doing something that sounds like the kind of music I fancy recording

Jam away on the guitar until I get a riff I like the sound of

Get the basic structure of a song down

Then I usually leave it for a day or 2 and then come back to it and write the lyrics and record them.
What was the recording process like?
I must have decades of experiences just waiting to come out as I have found the whole process quite easy. I’m just hoping that doesn’t change anytime soon because I absolutely love writing and recording songs. I got so carried away when I first started and I have ended up with over 100 originals, collaborations and covers on my SoundCloud accouny already!
Are you heading out on tour with the Album? 
That was the plan but unfortunately my band members couldn’t commit to gigging due to their jobs. I’ve started doing some open mic nights and I am thinking about doing some alternative arrangements of the songs that I can play either acoustically or maybe with one other person using a drum machine and synth. I’m exploring these ideas at the moment.
If so which cities will you be going?
Obviously if I get the opportunity to play live it will be in the local area initially. So around the south east of the UK.
What made you go in to music?
I grew up in the 70s and was a “headbanger” but was also influenced by the punk movement. My dream was to be in a band but firstly I didn’t have the confidence and secondly the sensible part of me decided that actually having some money might be good so I concentrated on my career instead.

I’m about to turn 50 and I have more time on my hands as my kids have got to that age where they don’t need something every 5 seconds now. Also I got hold of a new Macbook last year and in the past I really struggled to try and make music on my own as I found the technology too limiting and time consuming. The “session drummer” in GarageBand is absolutely amazing though and after half an hour of playing with that I realised I could record easily.
Do you have any festivals you wil be playing this year?
I wish!
Do you play any instruments?
I play all the guitar parts on my songs and I program the drums. The only instrument I don’t play is the bass.
Who are your influences?
I have very eclectic tastes when it comes to music. As well as the classic heavy metal bands like AC/DC, Motothead & Black Sabbath I also love Trance music and have spent a lot of time clubbing. So nowadays the fusion of those two that you find with bands like Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead really influence me. I still love the raw energy and “just give it a go” attitude of the original punk bands too so I think of my music as “Industrial Post-Punk”! 
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Normally I just think about something that is pissing me off and there’s enough material there for several songs! Other times I can almost hear the words come out when I am listening to the music. Quite often I’ll just start singing gobbledy gook until some words form.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
My dream would be to have enough of a following to be able to play live shows reguarly. I’m not look at this being a career. It’s all about the enjoyment of the creative process and the buzz of playling live.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Think about doing music!!! I have a bit of an absessive personality so when I start doing something that’s pretty much all I think about 24/7.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene? 
My tastes change all the time so I don’t have one song that inspires me. All I can say is that anything that is a little different from the norm will usually grab my attention and give me ideas.
If your music got played on a TV show or Film/ which one would you want it to be? 
I think it would be fun to hear Growing Old Disgracefully used in a comedy film about some old codgers doing something outrageous!
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?

To just go for it! You may think that you are not good enough but I am telling you that with all the technology available nowadays ANYONE can make music and there will always be someone out there that will like it!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Be kind, have fun
You are coming back off tour

1/first place you visit – home

2/first person you see – family

3first thing you eat – baked sweet potato wedges, fried eggs & salmon drenched in apple cider vinegar (bet you never had that answer before!)
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget? 

As I haven’t gigged yet I can’t really answer that one.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Just a few 😛