‪REVIEW EMMA BALLANTINE RELEASES ‘SOMEBODYS STORY’ EP AND THE FOURTH TRACK ‘ THROUGH YOUR EYES’!

Emma Ballantine is a new British artist from London is ready to tell a story!

Releasing ‘ Through Your Eyes ‘ this is fourth track that has been released.
A sound of a mystery from start to finish and vocals that instantly make you feel a connection and an instrumental that is very peaceful and slow and takes you on the journey!

The lyrics so strong and the passion that’s been put to not just this track the whole EP is amazing  and so enjoyable!

With a professional and warm feeling throughout you are in for a treat!
check out ‘ Through Your Eyes’ Below:

Buy  ‘Somebody’s Story’ EP

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/somebodys-story-ep/id1220059437

 
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SWEDISH ROCK BAND ‘MY HEART IS A METRONOME’ TALK THEIR NEW SINGLE AND EP ‘TIERP’ CHECK OUT WHAT WAS SAID RIGHT HERE! 

What is the bands name? My heart is a metronome

 

How did you come up with the bands name?

“My heart is a metronome” is kind of like a reminder too keep going, to never give up on your goals, especially musically. If you give the name some thought you’ll get it. 

 

What is your genre of music?

Alternative rock, maybe?

 

Give us a little bio about you as individuals and as a band.

We started out as a band about 4 years ago. Well, actually, it all started with Mattis Malinen (vocals and guitar) who wrote a whole lot of music on his own and then busked the streets throughout Europe. When he came back home to Sweden he felt the songs lacked a rhythm section. This is where Gustaf Simonsson (bass) and Felix Carlsten (drums) joined the band. Mattis used to collect live videos on his harddrive when he was around 15. One day he found a video of the band System of a down playing a show at Big day out festival. The guitarist Daron Malakian was acting crazy, running around stage, spinning around, throwing himself on the ground to play a solo. This is what got Mattis into playing guitar. The rest is history.

 

 

Gustaf had been interested in music for his whole life. Growing up in i family with his mother who was an opera singer and grandpa who was a cantor, it was no coincidence Gustaf started to play music at a young age. He did his first live performance as a new born baby, representing “the new year” on stage at a big gala party. He then used to perform on every big family occasion singin’ funny songs alone on stage. When he was 9 years old he was learning how to play the guitar. He was really focused to learn how to play a clean barré chord. He tried and tried, but did not succeed. He got so disappointed and sad that he climbed into a closet, held the door shut from the inside and refused to get out. That is what you call a real musician! Legend says he still walks into his closet when he can’t figure out the right chord for a song.

 

When it comes to Felix he literally started playing the drums on ice cream boxes, saucepan lids and plastic toys when he was 14 years old. He also liked to go to the kitchen, open the pantry and oven and hit everything that would make a sound. At last, his parents got so annoyed (impressed?) that they finally bought him a drum kit. However, we want to believe that they bought him the drumkit due to that they thought he had talent. Funny thing is that it is the same drumkit as he plays on, on the song ”Feel Think”.

 

What made you go in to music?

Music made us!

 

Are you a signed?

Yes! We’re on the fantastic indie label Soul City Enterprise, a label started by our beloved friend and manager Tobias “Pitbull” Rosén.

 

Your brand new Single is out ‘Tierp’, what can you tell us about it?

 it’s the place where Mattis grew up and spent his first 18 years. It’s a song about memories and friendship and how to hold on to that. 

 

What was the recording process like?

We recorded the EP in our rehearsal space with the help of our good friends Jakob Jakobsson Blom and Axel Tovedal. It felt a lot more like “home” compared to expensive recording studios and it also meant that we could put more time into playing around with sounds and ideas. And to go and take a swim in the river when we had to.

 

What was the writing process like?

Fantastic and fun. We love writing music together and we hope that reflects in our songs. We write together by jamming in the rehearsal space.

 

Who did you let listen to the single before it was released?

Close friends and family. 

 

You have released your EP’ Tierp’, tell us more about that.

It consists of 4 tracks which we’ve put our heart and soul into and are really proud of. The songs are quite different from one another, but they’re still held together in some weird way. 

It was written and produced by ourselves, recorded by the above mentioned friends and mixed by grammy award winner Pelle Gunnerfeldt (The Hives, Refused).

 

Describe each track in three words.

Tierp – Disco, melodic, alternative.

Pick it up – Rhythmic, playful, technical.

Queen – Groovy, groovy, morecowbell

Bubble – Energetic, fast, bubbly

 

Do you play any instruments?

Thank god we do. Mattis plays guitar, Felix drums and Gustaf is slappin’ da bass. 

 

Who are your influences?

The list is long! Anything from soul classics to fast metal. 

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Life and what comes with it. 

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Hopefully playing bigger stages, touring worldwide and making a living off of our music.

 

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

We all have dayjobs. Mattis works at a home for people with disabilities, Felix is a management consultant and Gustaf is a building construction engineer.

 

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

I think it all varies for the three of us. For Mattis it was “Psycho” by System of a down. For Felix it was “Drain You” with Nirvana. Gustaf’s first own album he bought himself was Michael Jackson – Thriller. Memories are vague, but that album probably had a big influence.

 

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

Can’t think of one given straight to us, but a good quote from the legend Jeff Buckley is: 

“Be the best. No negativity. No weakness. No acquiescence to fear or disaster. No errors of ignorance. No evasion to reality”

 

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

Do your own thing, work hard and trust no one. The most important thing is to have fun though and try to hold on to why you started playing music in the first place!

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Life’s a bitch and then you die.

 

You get off a plane in your hometown,

1/ where is the first place you visit

Bäverns rehearsal space. 

2/ where is the first place you see

You see an awesome church/cathedral #hotforchurches

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

 Jappi – red curry!

 

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

Our instruments, merch, backdrop, fresh ginger aaaand… a setlist for Mattis.

 

You work with Quite Great PR how did that come about?

We found them through googling around for UK PR agencies.

 

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

First of all we have our own webpage http://www.myheartisametronome.com 

where you can read more about us and get direct links to all of our social media platforms. 

If you are a lazy one, here you go:

 

Facebook: facebook.com/myheartisametronome

Instagram: @myheartisametronome

Twitter: @MHIAMband

Snapchat @MHIAMband

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ_sirsd9qo6wFKnBVv0pHQ

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4aaBqtuCgkgQce4h3lZKDc

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/myheartisametronome-1

 

READY TO FOLLOW UP THEIR EP ‘EL DORADO’ ITS ‘DRAWING NORTH’  WHO CHATS TO ME ABOUT THEIR NEW EP SET TO DROP IN SPRING,PROGRESSIONIS KEY AND THESE GUYS ARE  CERTAINLY READY TO SHOW US!

What are your names?Drew, Po and Jake

What is the band’s name?

Drawing North

How did you come up with the band’s name?

It came originally from a play on words of my name – Drew Southwell Draw/Drawing from Drew, North from Southwell and we all liked it and decided that it could also represent an adventure. The North aspect kind of symbolized venturing out of our home of Australia and pursuing music in America and other parts of the world.

What is your genre of music?

Alternative pop

Give us a little bio about you individually and as a band.

I’m a songwriter/producer and I’ve been playing musical instruments since I was a child. I’ve written with a large number of other writers in America through my travels, which in turn helped us acquire our visas to live here! We started the band in in 2010 but didn’t really take it seriously until a few years ago. When we recorded and released our debut album El Dorado which peaked at #3 on iTunes through Universal Music. We’ve played over 200 shows and have showcased at festivals such as SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, Vans Warped Tour and more. Our next EP comes out this year!

You are set to release a new EP this spring, tell us more about it.

We recorded it end of last year on a beautiful beach on the central coast of Australia with a producer named Andy Mak with whom I co-produced it with. We did 5 songs and we’ll be releasing a bunch of singles before the EP drops later this year. The first is called Stay and comes out April 5!

It is a follow up to your LP El Dorado , what is different about the new EP?

The style has progressed and we’ve grown as writers and musicians. I’d say the music is current and the production elements are a bit more electronic.

Some of your previous tracks have been endorsed by Joel Madden, How did that come about?

One of our first songs we released was a song called Timepiece and we did an acoustic video for it. He somehow stumbled upon it and tweeted about it saying how much he liked it and for everyone to check it out. It was really cool as a younger band to wake up to a whole ton of comments and new fans.

You have also played so many great festivals, What are they like?

Festivals are so much fun. The biggest crowd we’ve played to was a festival in our hometown in Australia to 15000 people. One of the coolest aspects is all the other artists on the bill that we get to meet and chat to. We we’ve been lucky enough to share the stage with some acts much bigger than us and it’s always great to hear their stories and advice or even just have share some drinks!
What is your dream festival to perform?

Coachella would be amazing. Glastonbury is also up there.

What made you get into music?

We all loved performing and loved playing instruments growing up. I think everyone secretly everyone wants a career as a rockstar so as young, naïve teenagers we decided to pursue it!

Are you signed?

We signed with Universal Music Australia for distribution of our debut album last year, but we are now unsigned and doing the next EP independently.

Will you be touring this year?

Yes! We’ve been touring since the start of the year and will be continuing throughout the rest of the year.

If so, where will you be heading?

At this point, just America and Australia.

Who are your influences?

This is a hard question because there are so many new and innovative artists that inspire you to keep going and to keep creating. Songwriting-wise would be Max Martin, Ryan Tedder or Dr Luke.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Usually from personal experiences or stories that have happened to us, our friends or family. We try to be always be aware of what is happening around us and try to translate that to music.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully touring and playing bigger shows, writing with bigger artists and still growing and learning.

When your not doing music,what do you do?

I’m a graphic designer so I do a lot of art. I also love to snowboard and travel.

You are from Australia, what is the music scene like over there?

It’s a lot smaller than here in America, but there are some incredible artists back home. The festivals are also a lot of fun.

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

One of the stadiums in each major city would be a pretty wild achievement!

For anyone visiting Australia, where would you recommend they go?

Anywhere on the beach. Australia is beautiful and has some incredible rainforests up north too. Sydney and Melbourne are insanely fun.

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

Ed Sheeran or Coldplay would be a dream. The 1975 would be dope too.

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

One Republic  or The Weeknd would be a lot of fun.

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

Aim to remain humble and believe in yourself daily.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?  

One quote I often think of is ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.’ It’s cliché but it’s very relevant to the music industry. You have to have a lot of skill but you also have to have a lot of luck and this helps me every time I doubt myself to keep building and growing.

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

The melodies, the lighting, the production, the venue and the clothes the performers wear.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Instagram.com/drawingnorth
Facebook.com/drawingnorth
Twitter.com/drawingnorth
Soundcloud.com/drawingnorth
Youtube.com/drawingnorth

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
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REVIEW: MARK SULLIVAN IS SET TO RELEASE ‘STILL GOOD FOR NOTHING ‘ ON MARCH 10TH BUT I GOT A SNEAK PREVIEW AND YOUR IN FOR A TREAT!

Mark Sullivan is a singer and songwriter who has a passion for music since he was 15 and now here with his NEW EP set to release on March 10th 17! 
‘Warm Your Bones’ is just one of those songs that you just sway a long to and really feel what is. Ring sang and in Marks vocals you can hear it’s personally to him which just makes you warm! 

With a low drum and guitar instrumental really adding something special to the song.
Track two ‘Birds At Night’ a little higher and fun instrumental to start of this track. With Marks deep vocals coming through makes you smile straightaway. So rough yet so appealing when each lyric is sang.

Lyrics again feel they have a personal message in but can still be related too by others. 

Track three ‘Take It Back’ has a very unusual and unique instrumental and gives the whole EP a different light to it which just surprises you in a good way!

A catchy and inspiring song with a message “Ready to fight for what you got” that you really feel when Mark sings it and makes you instantly go “yeah I got this” 
A three track with a mixture of messages and emotion yet something you all need to take a listen too!
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PARIS ARTIST STUDIO MONTAIGNE SET TO RELEASE NEW EP ‘BELIEVE’

Studio Montaigne real name Martin Helleu is from the City of Light Paris, he is a writer, composer, arranger and producer of his own music. Heavily influenced by early ‘80s, Italo-Disco, German Pop, techno and ‘90s dance music. Lover of electronic sounds diverse as French royalty Daft Punk to Michael Jackson, Armand Van Helden to Visage… it was the French touch sounds of the ‘90s especially Stardust’s The Music Sounds Better With You which was his musical awakening. Embarking on his journey from duo to solo artist and live band set up, releasing music under different guises, SM DJ-ed for Vogue Paris, and dabbled in remixes but his true passion sits within vocals, writing his own material, and releasing music on stand out record labels such as Cascine in New York. French musician Studio Montaigne gets ready to drop his latest offering Believe, a slow French touch sound inspired Extended Play that you can easily imagine becoming a Balearic classic throughout the Summer, on new electronic dance pop record label Irradiant Hologram still in its infancy but quickly becoming the home of breaking talent in Paris. The EP features a cover by the exceptional Employee of the Year French electronic dance duo producers, and reworks from up and coming talent Tero DJ and film producer from South Korea, and Chine Laroche a young multi instrumentalist female producer.

Also this afternoon get to know more about Studio Montaigne with my interview going live at 3 

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Follow Tero – DJ and Film Producer 

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REVIEW: 24th FEBRUARY IS THE RELEASE OF NEW EP ‘A CALLING FROM THE SHORE’ BY REN 

You may of heard of ReN before on my page that’s because he released the first track some months back called ‘The Coast’ , it’s a song that’s shares the experience of Ren’s traveling experiences.With a instrumental that fits the theme so perfect you just want to shut your eyes and pretend your on this journey with him.
Next we have again that calm soothing feel throughout with track number two ‘ My Heart Belongs In Ireland’ much deeper that the first track but still has a constantly flow to carry you along! 

I feel more emotion in this song which really makes ReN stand out more. 
‘All I Need’ is a more of a upbeat track makes you turn you head straight away in surprise, a great surprise. Showing his vocal range can vary really makes the you love him even more!
Just three of the five tracks are above because  I want you to be surprised to hear the last two tracks so there’s a mystery… sneaky 😉 
 An EP that takes you on ReN’s rollercoaster of his musical journey and it’s wonderful 
Check out The Coast and get   yourself ready for 24th February when’ A Calling From The Shore’ drops. 

Also heading out on a European Tour and a One off gig for Time Out Magazine all details are below on ReN’s website 

http://www.renofficialmusic.com/
Make sure you keep up to date with all his music and get ready to hear more!

Twitter: @iamrenofficial

Instagram: renofficialmusic

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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

THE NEW RELEASE FROM ROSE BERLIN AND DEAN GARCIA AKA SPC ECO, LET ME INTRODUCE THEIR BRAND NEW EP ‘UNDER MY SKIN’,WE CHAT ALL ABOUT IT AND MUCH MORE!

Hello. SPC ECO is, as I understand, you Dean Garcia and Rose Berlin. Can we start out by some words to introduce your project and speak about how it began in the first place?
(dean):  Hi, originally via an email convo with Joey Levenson, I reached out to him on myspace as I liked what he was doing, we began sharing files and ideas which were to become our first single release You’re Alright via ClubAC30. As I was working on the tracks I thought it would be a good idea to run them past Rose for vocal passes and input to see what happened, Rose (as always) owned the tracks straight away and instantly became the voice of S E. We went on to release the 3D album with Joey and then moved away from the collab with Joey to write more on our own with a view to be more open about who we collaborated and worked with which is what we’ve always done. SPC ECO is really all about Rose and I, come to think of it it’s really an extension of all the recordings we’ve made since Rose was 5.
(Rose) : Dad and I have made music together for as long as I can remember. I have always popped my head round the door when dads working on something and when I heard the beginning of this new stuff with Joey I felt that it was something I could really get into. I wanted to start a project with Dad anyway so with this I remember being excited to start something that I felt we could build on.

 

You’ve been on numerous labels in the past – with Curve and now SPC ECO. Why did you decide to release this new EP independently? Is there really a need for record labels these days?
(dean) : We like to go with instinct and flow, it’s good to have a label to support you with physical releases but as far as recording and releasing goes we like to be able put things out there at any moment that seems right to us. In another time this was always very restricted and such a long uncreative process waiting for labels to get their release schedules in place, it was a very different time and way of doing things, today it’s far more artist driven. There will always be the need for labels for various reasons but the artist is the key more than ever now due to the power and reach potential via all social media and internet, it’s just the way things are now. But if like us you still like the actual CD or better still vinyl in your hands and on the deck the record label is always good for that, in fact very good for that when it comes to Saint Marie Records, our label in the States.

 

What can you tell us about the new ‘Under My Skin’ EP?
(dean):  I can tell you all the songs featured are very close in our hearts n minds, especially the title track which was formed on a wave of mixed and stressful emotions that Rose and I experienced during the recording of it. The collection of songs are all from an album we made called Dark Matter (except for the track Found) which was a kind of turning point for us, after being known mainly as a nu-gaze type band we decided to move away from the guitars for a while and dip into a more dark-hop kind of thing, downbeat and minimal with an emphasis on lofi character heavy beats, sub dub bass and Rose being the main focal points. For me the songs featured on the EP are all about the space you find yourself in while allowing yourself all the time you need to breathe it all in.
(Rose): I love the selection of tracks on this EP and really feel they work well together. The second track ‘Meteor’ is one of my absolute favourites and feel like it leads on from ‘Under My Skin’ really nicely lyrically.
The title track featured on US hit series ‘Teen Wolf’. How did that come about?
(dean): As all of these type of things come about, purely by chance, Laura Webb (music sup for Teen Wolf) came about the track via a music sync library we’re involved with, went with a gut reaction to it and presented it to the producers of the show and there you have it. A very timely placement for us which in turn has brought new listeners to SPC ECO, which is always a good thing. Getting your music heard is always a challenge, even more so due to the overwhelming music choices that are available today, so we’re really thankful that the song was chosen. A magic moment I call it, one of those things where everything just slots into place.
What kind of response are you getting about your new musical output?
(dean) :We’ve always had a steady and growing fan base for SPC ECO and the responses we get are generally that of amazing songs and how is it possible to be so prolific almost to the extreme, sometimes I feel we have to hold back with the recordings we make to allow the audience time to explore and digest them fully, but we do like to just get things out there in the moment. People are generally very receptive, supportive, encouraging whenever or however we release our EPs and albums. We feel we’re on the right roads at the moment, just following our instincts, I’ve just re read the question and I think you’re asking in a broader sense about my personal musical output, but the answer remains the same for all of the recordings I make or am involved with.
Have you been collaborating with any established or emerging artists lately?
(dean): I do get asked to produce and mix various upcoming bands n artists but I’m very particular about both the nature of the band/artist and my involvement within that, it has to grab me on every level for me to get involved, or I’m so particular about it that it puts people off. Either way it has to feel completely right due to my work with S E, and also because the main reason I’m still involved with the music business at all these days is because of Rose, she is the driving creative force behind it all for me, without her I would have arrived at the just dabbling stage years ago.
Are you planning any gigs in connection with this new release?
(dean): We do enjoy playing gigs at the moment of actually doing them, before the shows we are both terrified and after we just want out of the room, but the performance part is always a joy. We’ve stopped playing live for many reasons but are always open to offers we can’t refuse. No gigs are planned at this time, maybe we should get back on that, I/We have very mixed feelings about it as you can tell, but generally speaking if all the elements are in place we’d definitely be up for playing live again.

 

What inspired each of you when writing songs? Does it usually begin with an instrumental track or vocals?
(dean):  Almost always begins with a track, a bare bones idea or a mystery drone of sorts in place for Rose to then have a ‘on the fly’ pass or two of vocal before we decide if it has any merit or worth pursuing, fortunately we have a high connectivity when it comes to recording, the chemistry is very apparent when in record mode, it’s something that just is and always has been, which is always the key to the success of making something (in our case a song) that you love.
(Rose): When I first do a pass quite often it’ll be the first time that I’ve heard the track. I find this itself quite inspiring as I like the intuitive nature of recording in this way. Once the first passes are done we go over the takes and build from there taking the best bits. I never start writing with the words first so when we do the final takes I’ll sit with the track for a while and work out what it is that is being said, but sometimes its nice to leave them as they are and have a bit of a Liz Fraser vibe.
When you’re not making music, how do you spend your time (or like to spend your time)?
(dean): I like to cook and watch films, I’m not much of a reader but have recently read The Bergman bio that Rose bought me which I loved. Cooking is top as I do most of the family meals, then film, all genres, slow film and especially foreign film, I’ve taken to it enthusiastically, my knowledge is minimal compared to those that really know their shit but I think I’ve gained some knowledge about it, I find it fascinating, much in the same way I used to be about music when I was much younger (teens to 25) Film has recently become my main focus as it enables and involves all the senses as well as pretty much everything I’m drawn towards, also it allows me to indulge in utter despair and misery which I find inspiring. Not everything I watch or seek out involves misery bleakness or hardship but they are the ones that seem to stick and inspire the most. I think I might need a holiday soon, preferably somewhere that involves the outside, with sunshine and blue sea, although having said that I’ve always preferred black n white images of the sea… 🙂
(Rose):  I have recently dropped my days at work to focus more fully on my art. I work in a primary school as an art technician, which I love, but I was finding it really hard to balance everything whilst working full time. If I had a choice I would spend all my time making things but it can be hard to fight against self-doubt and keep momentum, I think I’m quite hard on myself though. It such a fantastic feeling to come home after work really tired and then to make yourself do something creative. Dad will quite often have a track ready and we’ll work on it before I have to go to bed. I always sleep better knowing that we’ve worked on something.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians specifically as an artist?
(dean): Well let’s try to be optimistic here, always make music that you love and enjoy making regardless of anything else, try to avoid making music that is outside of that place, obviously do what you have to do in order to get your name out there but be choosy and stick to it, after all the success is always within the making of something that you love, everything else can wait. Don’t get caught up in what others think you should be or sound like, you and your definition of sound or song is all that you should concentrate on, be prepared to fail, adapt and learn and remember you have the most important aid in the box, the delete option, which is just as important as the capture. Be true to yourself and you’ll be fine.
(Rose) :My life motto is ‘Gotta keep going, never ever stop!’ So my advice would be exactly that. Dads right, don’t change for anyone. If you love it then do it and, more often than not, you are your own worst enemy so just believe in your own ability.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians specifically about the industry?
(dean): Be mindful and suspicious, especially when it comes to all aspects of the business namely the people you employ, i.e. the managers, labels, promoters, publishers, PR, merchandise, record label A-R, band gurus, tour managers, accountants, lawyers and literally anyone who is outside of your close band mate family. Not one of these employed people are your friends. This is not to say that they are all crooks and scoundrels as I have known one or two that aren’t, but generally yeah eyes wide open, especially during those messy party times. Learn and try to stick to the original intentions, don’t be swayed into making extra more radio friendly songs, don’t agree that it’ll be fixed in the mix and never listen to your A/R especially if they wear those fucking horrible moccasin type shoes, avoid elders in linen suits at all costs, and never get off the tour bus on your own.
(Rose): I agree with dad mostly as he’s had more experience dealing with people in the music industry but saying that I like to think I’m more trusting of people generally. I don’t believe that everyone is out to get you but agree that you have to understand the worth of your music and not get sucked in to the hype of things. We’ve had great responses and experiences but then some not so great and to be honest I think it’s impossible to know which way things will go sometimes. Its always a bit of risk whenever you decide to work with someone new.
How did you end up working working with Shameless Promotion PR?
(dean): One of those things that just happens for the right reasons, connectivity, mutual understanding and general tuned in ness factor. Shauna is very committed, informed and connected, plus she really likes working with us as we do her, it’s mutual respect in full flow.
(Rose) :Shauna is lovely and the most on-the-case person I know!

 

Dean, when you were with Curve, did you enjoy touring and playing live? How much of that has carried over into your developments with SPC ECO?
(dean): I did enjoy some of the touring, I always enjoy the shows but its the other 22 hours a day I find disturbing and very disruptive. You have to find things to do that don’t involve drinking etc. otherwise you end up like a dried prune with a speech impediment. TBH I was relieved to end the touring with Curve, not because I didn’t like the playing aspect – I loved it, it was the being away from my very young family that caused me to implode and ultimately reject that part of being in a band. I’ve got post traumatic touring syndrome, as you have to take into consideration all the previous touring outside and before Curve I’d done. It’s a major head fuck if like me you enjoy being at home with Fam and loved ones more than anything else. As far as it impacting on the work I do with SPC ECO. Yes it did impact it as in I would not be able to or have done any of it if outside touring commitments were involved, I’m a recording artist that likes to record, perform and produce their own records, touring has it’s place but for me it’s always been troublesome, fraught with danger, not knowing if the plane will crash or the bus fall from the bridge type stuff…Yeah not for me really, I have difficulty managing a trip to the corner shop but I’m ok when it comes to visiting the chippy so not entirely hopeless.
Rose, you are an artist in multiple respects – can you tell us about your other field(s) of artwork? What about you Dean?
(Rose): When I was little I could never seem to choose between art and music, I couldn’t decide what I wanted to be. I made the decision when applying for university that I would study art as I didn’t read music and couldn’t have studied it at university without knowing how (uh I know…WTF is that about?)… At university I realized that I didn’t have to choose between art and music. I started making light sculptures and then sound installations and it just spiraled from there. I remember having this realization that art and music can be part of the same thing. I enjoy making sounds pieces and installations that bridge that gap between music and sound art and have used samples from SPC ECO songs in my sound pieces. I’m interested in what makes music, music and what makes sound art, sound art to see where the boundaries actually are. I’ve never fully understood why we have to put everything into little boxes in order to make them understandable so like to break boundaries and make art that urges people to question their perceptions of both music and sound art. At the moment I’m working on some new pieces for a show I’m doing in March.
(dean):  I don’t have any other fields of work as such other than parenting, and as any parent will tell you it is the only field of work that you’ll ever have. I do like to dabble in art bollocks as in ideas and have recently been drawn to writing something about the industry or my time within it but other than that parenting with a dose of music is all.
Do you have social media accounts so that your fans can follow you?
(dean) yes, we’re active within all of the main ones i.e. FB Twits n Tumble etc, for the links to all we have them all listed at

Official Website: http://www.spceco.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SPCECO2/?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SPCECO

Tumblr:  http://spceco.tumblr.com

LISTEN BELOW:

Bandcamp : https://spceco.bandcamp.com/album/under-my-skin
Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/spc-eco/sets/under-my-skin-ep

‘Under My Skin’:   https://youtu.be/kf02c_Hz3Ig
‘Found’:  https://youtu.be/F9jWFtkLLJQ
‘Creep in the Shadows’:  https://youtu.be/njkMw68vpXI
‘Think Twice’: (‘Anomalies’ LP – 2016): https://youtu.be/9YHoTbC3SXw

 

TEDDY GREY FROM MASSACHUSETTS IS AN ARTIST WITH A VARIETY OF GENRES AND RELEASED NEW EP ‘ THE PRICE OF YOUTH’ EP

What is your names?
Teddy Grey. Musicians I play with vary, but for my recent EP I worked with Alex Anastos.
What is your genre of music?
Pop rock, pop punk, indie rock, garage rock. It’s just catchy vocal melodies over melodic guitar lines. Whatever genre that falls under is fine with me.

Give us a little bio about you
I’m from Massachusetts, and am currently going to college in New York, so I consider myself an artist in both areas. I’ve played in a few bands but being a bit of a control freak and being frustrated with the lack of dedication from band mates led me to develop a solo act. I started writing songs about 4 years ago, and have been recording for about 3 years. This “The Price of Youth” EP is the first project that I think accurately represents me as an artist. I’ve been playing shows for a few months and I’m looking to expand my following and reach as wide of an audience as I can.
Are you a signed?
Currently unsigned. Let’s hope it doesn’t stay that way forever.
You have released your EP ‘The Price Of Youth’ ,tell us more about that.

“The Price Of Youth” EP is a collection of 3 songs I’ve had written for months that I think accurately represent where I’m at currently in my musical journey. I’ve released singles in the past, but they’ve either sounded too stiff or too sloppy. This is the first time I have put out a full project, even if it is just a short 3 song EP. It was recorded over a period of 2 days, and mixed in 1 day. I was going for a spontaneous, freewheeling sound with these songs and I think that was achieved given how fast it was recorded. They’re just songs about the restlessness of youth and trying to capitalize on the ambition and ideals you have while you’re still young, and hungry to get yourself out there. I think anyone who likes catchy rock music will at the very least enjoy it, and those who feel a deep connection to rock music will find it to be a very relatable and honest set of songs.

What was the recording process like?
“The Price Of Youth” EP is a collection of 3 songs I’ve had written for months that I think accurately represent where I’m at currently in my musical journey. I’ve released singles in the past, but they’ve either sounded too stiff or too sloppy. This is the first time I have put out a full project, even if it is just a short 3 song EP. It was recorded over a period of 2 days, and mixed in 1 day. I was going for a spontaneous, freewheeling sound with these songs and I think that was achieved given how fast it was recorded. They’re just songs about the restlessness of youth and trying to capitalize on the ambition and ideals you have while you’re still young, and hungry to get yourself out there. I think anyone who likes catchy rock music will at the very least enjoy it, and those who feel a deep connection to rock music will find it to be a very relatable and honest set of songs.
What was the writing process like?
Writing is both a spontaneous process and a labored process. The idea or spark of a melody for a song comes instantaneously for me, but actually writing the whole song out, getting proper lyrics and doing all the arrangements can take me a long time. The goal is to not lose the initial spark of inspiration while you’re evolving the song. I come up with new melodies and lyrical ideas every day, but I’d rather put quality over quantity so I pick the best ones I can and take them as far as they can go. That was the case for these songs.
Describe each track in three words.
Sorry I’m Here: triumphant, cathartic, anthem.

Not Your Friend: energetic, catchy, rollicking.

Broadcast Youth: reflective, honest, wistful.

Did you collaborate with anyone on the EP?

I collaborated with my friend Alex Anastos, who played bass for all 3 tracks and some additional guitar parts.
Would you be interested in collaborating with any other bands or musicians? if so how can they contact you.
Jeff Rosenstock would be a dream collaboration for me. Bon Iver as well I think would be incredible to work with. I also have dreams of collaborating some day with big name pop producers, like Pharrell, even if that seems far off in the distance as of now. Plenty of time to sell out later! They can contact me at teddytgd3@gmail.com, as can anyone else.
Do you play any instruments?
Yes. I play guitar and bass, though the focus for me is always singing. I noodle around on piano as well, but I’m a shit piano player. I really just play instruments so I can write songs. Though it is fun.
Who are your influences?
God, so many. Oasis, The Strokes, Guided by Voices, Lemonheads, The Exploding Hearts, Fleetwood Mac, The Replacements. There are so many bands and artists that have just seeped into my consciousness when I’m writing music and trying to develop my sound.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
The melody always comes first. Usually vocal melodies come to me right as I’m about to fall asleep in bed, so I have to decide whether it’s worth it to get up and record it, or fall asleep and try to remember it tomorrow (I never do). My lyrics are just influenced by my own feelings, my experiences, and relationships. As of right now, I’m a fairly personal songwriter. I don’t think I’ll always be that way but you just gotta write what you know, as they say. Maybe someday I’ll write about Africa like Bono or about political issues like The Sex Pistols, but as for now I find inspiration in little things. Turning everyday emotions into grand statements and displays of passion, that’s what I strive for.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Hopefully my music career takes off, but if not I’ll probably be in a New York Studio apartment with a girlfriend who’s trying to be an actor. I play shows on the weekends and she has auditions. Whoever makes it big first will leave the other. We’ll understand.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

Listening to music, probably. My world has revolved around music for a long time now. I like going to parties and watching documentaries but I feel like my days consist almost entirely of music these days.

Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?

There aren’t really any dream venues in my hometown. I’d like to play the Whiskey A Go Go in LA. And Brixton Academy in London. Those are some of my dream venues for sure.
What would be your dream show to have your music played on?
Any and every show. All exposure is good. Even if they put me on some Norwegian technical death metal show, I don’t care. Someone might hear my shit and like it there.
If you could collaborate with one UK Artists or Band who would it be?
Noel Gallagher is my possibly my biggest songwriting hero, so I’ll say him. To work with the guy who wrote “Live Forever” would be one of the best experiences I can imagine.
If you could collaborate with one US Artists or Band who would it be?
I’d like to have a beer with the guys from Japandroids. A collaboration would be nice too, but I’ll drink a beer with them first.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Hm. A toss up between “Live Forever” by Oasis and any song off of “Alien Lanes” by Guided by Voices. That album has 28 songs on it and almost of them are great, which inspired me to get off my ass and try to write at least one great song. If Robert Pollard can write hundreds of great ones, there’s no reason I can’t write a few.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
“Smell that milk before you drink it”
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
We’re all in this together. If you have the talent, the songs, and the passion, it’s not for nothing.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Don’t let someone else’s quote define who you are” -Teddy Grey. (Apologies for the pretension)

You get off a plane in your hometown,
1/ where is the first place you visit
Gotta see my dog

2/ where is the first place you see
Gotta see my dog

3/ where is the fist food place you go and what do you get
Any 24 hour breakfast place. Waffle, eggs, bacon

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
That if you fuck up, the audience probably doesn’t know. That if you fuck up twice, they probably still don’t know. That if you fuck up three times, they might start to catch on. That if you fuck up four times, they’ll definitely notice, and that if you fuck up five times, you’ll be exposed as a shitty guitar player.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Absolutely. Twitter: @TeddyGreyMusic, http://www.facebook.com/teddygreymusic. I’m on Bandcamp, Spotify, and iTunes as well.