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:





Bandcamp :

‘Under My Skin’:
‘Creep in the Shadows’:
‘Think Twice’: (‘Anomalies’ LP – 2016):




Peter Smith a Dublin born rocker ready to get his voice heard and with his latest track.

Rough vocals with all the rock feels that you love comes through,keeping it simple yet so enjoyable.
With a memorable melody and vocals so orotund but still one to sing along too.
Featuring Rock- Pop legends Lax ‘N’ Busto to give it that little bit something extra and they definitely do!

‘High’ is set to release on the 24th Feb 2017 , check it out here;

Peter is also ready to drop his Album ‘Upon This Rock’ on May 1st!

Keep up to date with Peter Smith and get ready to hear more of him;

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What  are your names?
Paige Byrd (Guitar), Will Hopkins (Bass) & Jarred Hayden (Drums)


What is the band name?
The Captain’s Son


How did you come up with your name ‘The Captain’s Son’
It came about from a Woody Guthrie song called Muleskinner Blues. The opening lines are “Good morning captain, good morning son.”


What is your genre of music?
Independent Feel Good Slam-Soul-Pop for Animals


Give us a little bio about you as a band and as individuals.
Paige and Jarred met while in high school. They each had their own band at the time and would set up shows together around their towns. During this time Will was doing the same thing, only an hour away in Springfield. Paige and Jarred started playing in the same band together and moved to Springfield in 2010. During that time Will had moved to Hollywood for school. Paige and Jarred left on a tour in mid 2014, ended up living in the van for almost six months in Southern California and returned at the end of the year. Their bassist quit when they got back to Missouri. Will joined in on bass in late 2015 and it’s been nothing but excellent since.


How did you meet each other?
House parties and shows back home.


Are you a signed?
We have our own label we’re starting up, Ham N’ Dregs.


You released your latest track ‘Walking Around Purposely, tell us more about this.
It was written in various houses I (Paige) was crashing at in 2015 after we had came back off the road. I wanted it to be a song that everyone could relate to, that wasn’t all about love. Being bored, only seeing the world through your own eyes and just growing up on the streets like any young person just trying to figure it out. Simply living. I also wanted this song to have a plain vocal style so it would sound more relatable and relaxed, not too brash or intimidating to the listener.


What was the recording process like?
Very free and laid back, it was our escape. At the time we recorded last all three of us were working 40-50+ hours a week at our jobs. After we got off work we would throw a pot of coffee on (or three) and jam until we wanted to go to bed. Everything was recorded at our house by us.


What was the writing process like?


Your set to release your self-titled EP in March, what can you tell us about it?
Well we’re still thinking of a name for it actually, instead of just “self-titled.” As mentioned above, all tracks we’re recorded by us in our house in the basement.


How will you describe the EP?
It’s 6 upbeat, eclectic tracks with a particular 60’s influence and attention to harmony and good tones.


Do you have any collaborations in the works?


Would you be up for collaborating with other bands or artists, if so how could they contact you?
Probably, yeah. Facebook or our website,


Do you play any instruments?
Guitar, bass, piano, drums, organ, hand percussion, banjo, didgeridoo (though not well), hand claps, whistling, tambourines and shakers.


Who are your influences?
Arctic Monkeys, the Beatles, the Strokes, Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Sabbath, Bob Dylan, the Growlers, Lucero, Dr Dog, My Morning Jacket, Allah Las, Blank Tapes, MC5, the Sonics, Vampire Weekend. … The list can go on for days. We love music. Plain and simple.


How do you get inspiration to write songs?
The emotional and physical rollercoaster that is everyday life.


Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Still alive and playing music ideally. It’s hard to picture what will happen next week or next month.


When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
A lot. Being outside is big for us. We love hiking, skateboarding, hitting the beach, camping and so on. We’ll hit local shows or just chill at the closest watering hole. We crack jokes and beers.


Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?
We’ve kinda already played it, The Gillioz Theatre. It was for a John Lennon tribute show. I suppose it would be pretty awesome to play our own stuff there as well.


what would be your dream show to have your music played on?
Is there a way to go back in time and insert one into an episode of Scrubs? South Park, the Simpsons or Family Guy would be rad.


If you could collaborate with one UK Artists or Band who would it be?
Arctic Monkeys for sure.


If you could collaborate with one US Artists or Band who would it be?
Dr Dog or Vampire Weekend. Matt Adams of the Blank Tapes would be sick.


What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
It’s hard to name just one song or even one artist. Good music really.


What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Be you because no one else can and that tomorrow isn’t promised. Also, pull your partner’s hair in the heat of things.


What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and  just as an artist?
Be yourself and don’t put a timeline on anything. Don’t settle.


What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’s all small stuff.


You get off a plane in your hometown,
1/ where is the first place you visit – parents house.
2/ where is the first place you see – the airport
3/ where is the first food place you go and what do you get – Lindberg’s, either the turkey burg or the black bean burg. They have a kick ass pecan salad there.


When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
  1. Instruments first and foremost
  2. Capo and Picks
  3. Merch
  4. A meal beforehand
  5. The Setlist


Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
We have our own website that has everything you need to know.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud and YouTube.


Sam Way is an artist from Portsmouth and set to release a song that will melt your heart yet such a danceable track which has  a lot of meaning behind. 

many of you can probably relate to.
‘Next To You’ tells the story of Sam’s love story so to say, not being able to tell a girl how he feels so decides to pen it on paper and make this wonderful piece of creativity. 

Straightaway it hits you from the first lyric and instrumental and instantly makes you smile and feel warm inside. 

Lyrically so personal and you just feel how much work has been put in to the song which is beautiful. 

Sang with so much passion gives it that extra boost  which I love. 
Definately one to check out and if you can’t tell someone how you feel take a step in Sams boot and write a amazing track and sing it. 

I love it!!! 
Check it out for yourself below

Keep up to date with Sam right here 




Release date on the 11th November 2016 brings us to a story written by Luke himself and two friend Marcus Lingberg and Hjalmar Wilen and once you hear the lyrics you will hear how much passion has been put in to it. 
Just a guitar slow start and the rise of Luke’s vocals coming through so smooth year so appealing and a story flows out in such a beautiful way, so close to the heart of Luke but yet so inspiring as well. 
Recently releasing the video check it out below;

Pre-Order ‘Something More’ right here;
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Straight away just grabs you instantly with the upbeat funky start which then you start to hear vox ‘Dream A Little’ which you instantly feel what the track is about,then boom the video is car driving on a road to nowhere but then we hear ‘Dream A Little Louder’ and the video flashes to the USA tells you Naomi is ready to take on the states without a fight.Vocally storng and silvery but has her own sound making the video and track very unique and enjoyable to listen too.

A great track that can learn you a lesson but take you on your own journey in your own way and dance your way there. this is something to get on shuffle asap!

I am really looking forward to hearing more of what Naomi has to offer.
Take a Listen of ‘Take Back The Power – GBX Remix ‘ Below

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What is your name?

 My name is JC Villafan.


How old are you?

I am 24 Year’s old.


What is the genre? 

My genre is Soul/Pop/Folk.


Give us a bio about you.

I started playing guitar and singing at age 12. I wrote my first song at age 14, then went on my first tour at age 16. I enjoy my touring, and what I enjoy most about them is singing and connecting with people through my songs. Cliché, I know, but there’s something about using music as a conduit to connect the human soul. It’s like, for a second, we transcend to a different plane; and only hope and joy are real.


Tell us more about ‘America’s For Dreamers’ 

America’s for Dreamers is my first full length album. The title comes from the expression, “living the American dream.”


Tell us the meaning behind the Album name ‘America’s For Dreamers.

America’s for Dreamers is my life’s story, starting with my parent’s trek from Mexico to the United States, to where I find myself today, and everything in between. Every song is chronologically ordered, and if listened to carefully you’ll understand my life, and my hope is that the listener will see reflections of their own life in this album.  


Who worked on the Album with you? 

My engineer for the album was Jacob Kisner. My mixing engineer was Kevin Penner, and my mastering engineer was Dale Becker.


What’s been the best experience so far? 

So far the best experience is meeting my fans and hearing about how my music has inspired or encourage them.



Are you signed? 

Yes. I am signed to my own label: Sumatra Music Group.


Will you be heading out on tour? 

Yes. My next tour is set to be in late September of 2016.


If so where will you be?

I’ll be in France, Belgium, Germany, and England.


What made you go in to the music industry? 

Not sure, to be honest. I guess, I just love singing for people.



Do you play instruments, if so which ones?

I do. I play guitar, mainly. I also dabble on piano, drums and bass.


Who are you influences? 

Growing up I was heavily influences by Elton John and Brian McKnight




Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

In five years I see myself as a happy father, making my wife and kids happy and proud. Musically, I see myself charting on top 40 radio, touring the world, and investing in start up businesses.


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

If I could collaborate with a UK artist it would be Elton John.


If you could collaborate with one USA Artist or band who would it be? 

If I could collaborate with a US artist it would be Brian McKnight.


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

My dream venue to perform (and sell out) would be the Brixton Academy in London.


What was the song or band that most influenced you to go in to music?

The song that influenced me the most was Elton John’s Can You Feel The Love Tonight.


 If you could have your music played on a Tv Show, which would it be?

I think having my music played on Grey’s Anatomy would be interesting.


What do you do in your spare times 

I like to play soccer on my spare time.


What advice would you give to others in the music industry? 

Don’t stop getting better, be the best you can be, and don’t give up.


What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Live life intentionally.


Do you have any social media accounts so Fans can keep up to date?

Absolutely. People can find me here:

Instagram: @jcvillafan

Twitter: @jcvillafan




What  is  your name?

Danny Smart


What is your genre of music?



Give us a little bio about you.

My name is Danny, I’ve been playing guitar since I was around 4/5. I started playing guitar and singer after listening to Johnny Cash’s ‘I Walk The Line’ at a school assembly. I then decided to start writing after getting into artists such as Jake Bugg, Ed Sheeran, Nina Nesbitt. Released my first and second EPs which made me really develop as an artist and opened my eyes to great music which brought me to where I am now. I play with my band as The Danny Smart Band and we just enjoy playing good music!!!


Are you a signed?

No, not my kind of thing at the minute!


You are releasing your EP ‘ Be With You’ in July  , whats the meaning behind? (*August)

The tracks on the EP are songs that I have wrote whilst being with my band. Similar to my previous projects, they are tracks about my life at the time. I think writing songs like this is the best way to be honest and express myself through my music. As well as my own experiences, the tracks are inspired by things I see out and about. People are inspiring!


Tell us more about some .of the tracks on the EP.

The first track,‘Be With You’ is a track about wanting to stay with someone through the good times and the bad and just sharing things that you love about someone. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t!

And the next track Go Go Go, is a track about Jealousy really. About thinking too much into things and wanting the feeling to go away cos you realise how much of an idiot you’re being!


Are you heading out on tour with the EP?

I’m not on an official tour really. Me and the band have plans to take the tracks to different places through busking around the country. Although we are playing some shows more North such a Scarborough, I find a local following is the thing we’re after at the minute!



If so which cities will you be going?

Some places we’d like to take to is Leeds, Manchester, York, Liverpool. We will see how it goes!


What made you go in to music?

As a youngster, my parents signed me up for guitar lesson at school (I hated it!) and then as I mentioned in my bio I learnt how to play Johnny Cash’s song Walk The Line after we all sang it at a school show. I was amazed by the words and the chord changes. So I then heard more Johnny Cash in car journeys with my parents and then decided to learn the full ‘The Legendary Johnny Cash’ 2cd album! It all went on from that.


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

Yes, we played our local Live In Barnsley Festival, although not on the official line up we are playing West Street Live in Sheffield for the Tramlines weekend. We are also playing Staxtonbury Festival in Scarborough. (Which also coincides with my birthday! Bring on the beer!)


Do you play any instruments?

Yes I play guitar as my main instrument and can just about knock a tune out on a piano, ukulele and maybe banjo! (You can forget drums)


Who are your influences?

Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters, Ed Sheeran, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix… the list goes on!


How do you get inspiration to write songs?

It could be from anything. I see something when I’m out and about, I talk to a person and they say a lile that Inspires me or a person or event inspires me to put pen to paper!


Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

I think progress is essential, hopefully more gigs, better songs, more fans and a wider spectrum of locations.


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

I like to find things out, I think learning something new every day is important! But I like catching up with friends and being down my local!


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

When Ed Sheeran started to get his popularity in the mainstream and releasing his music, I saw his live video on SBTV of ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ and he really inspired me as a solo artist to up my game and I discovered that if Ed can do it, why can’t I? So I decided to start writing and practicing more!


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

I had the pleasure of meeting Passenger after supporting Ed in Doncaster as he was signing his albums at the merch stand. I asked him if he ever had any advice for an upcoming artist and he said something along the lines of ‘take every opportunity you get no matter how s*** it seems, because you just never know!’

Also I have to admit a friends’ dad gave the best advice to me too he said ‘stick with it, and make a f****** fortune out of it!’ that made me chuckle and inspired!


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

Just be yourself and enjoy what you’re doing. And don’t just do what seems to be ‘cool’


What quote or saying do you always stick by?

All I can do is be me, whoever that is – Bob Dylan


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

My guitar, the set list, the words (hopefully), my nerve and the main thing I never forget is to make sure everyone is having a good time!


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

Yes!! Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Soundcloud everything is all Danny Smart music (Except insta which is dannysmart_)


What are your Full names ans the bands name?
We’re called ‘The Hummingbirds’ and you have, Jamie Davies, Michael Kountis, Matty Brougham, Ryan Lewis and Richard Smith

Give us a little bio about you

We’re 5 lads who grew up playing music around Liverpool from an early age, we’ve known each other for a good few years and the band formed naturally out of the friendship. The music you hear us play is from our take on the great 60’s/70’s Americana/Folk music with our Merseybeat heritage thrown in there

 How long have you been doing music?

It Varies for all of us, but it’s been about 10 years on average for all of us playing now, it feels like a few months, something that comes naturally to us.


How did the ‘Cornbury Festival’ Come about?
Our booking agent messaged us asking about it, we checked the festival out online and it was a yes straight away. We’re excited to come and play for the crowds there!

 We had a previous chat about your EP ‘ Out Of The Rain’, how was the response to it?

We had a great response, to the EP and the Album released just after it. We were so glad people enjoyed the music because it’s been a long struggle for us to get this stuff released the way we wanted it and we’re glad it’s out now.


What can we expect at Cornbury Festival? Any new material 😉
We have a few new songs we’ve been working on yes! Hopefully we can play them for you. We have a great set planned and hopefully the weather is nice and the crowd are loving it!

 When will we see a new EP or Album?

There’s been talks of a Live EP later this year, with a few tracks taken from our Album launch show at the Buyers Club, Not too sure if it’s going to happen but i’ve heard the tracks and they sound good!

 Are you doing any more gigs/festivals?

We’re planning a big tour in September/October hopefully going from top to bottom of the country! Sooner than that though we have the Liverpool Loves festival. It’s on our pier head right in front of the river mersey and the Liverbuildings, it’s an amazing festival and we’re looking forward to playing to a home crowd.


Who are you most excited to see at the Festival?
The Lottery Winners, Played with these guys a few years ago and have seen them a few times since. We’re doing a few festivals with them this year so will be good to catch the set

 What has 2016 brought you already?

3 singles and an album release! Loads of gigs and some new suits.

 What are your Social Media accounts so everyone can keep up to date with you at the festival?
Twitter – @thehummingbirds
Instagram – @thehummingbirds
Snapchat – th3hummingbirds


What are your names?
Andrew ,Aoife, Niall

How did you come up with the band name?
It is a representation of our music and our message. Band names are tough, it certainly took a while.

How old are yous?
We are young!

What is your genre of music?
Alternative pop

Give us a little bio about the band and as individuals.
We’re besties, we met in our hometown in Ireland every weekend at the only club that plays the music that is relevant to us.

How long have you been doing music?
We started writing, playing and recording these songs about 6 months ago in our studio. But music has been something important to each of us for a long time.

What made you go into music?
Coincidence, fate maybe. It wasn’t an intention, it just happened with the right people, in the right place, at the right time. You can’t force a band together and expect it to work. We were lucky that way. We’ve all grown up being obsessed with music. We love rock n roll and dancing.

Are you a signed?
We’re currently unsigned.

Tell us more about the new single ‘See How They Run’.
See How They Run is our debut single and it will be released on the 22nd April 2016. It’s short and snappy and gives you a good idea of what we sound like. We wanted our first release to be a punch in the face, nobody releases songs under 3mins anymore and why not? We love catchy melodies with lots of energy which this song has in abundance. There will also be a B side released with it called “Show Me How”. The background behind the new single. We wrote it last year and recorded it between Devon and London with James Bragg and Adam Lunn. We know what the song is about in our own heads but you are free to gather your own interpretation.

Tell us more about any of your new music you have planned.
We have recorded a big batch of songs over the last 6 months so there is plenty more to hear and our best is yet to come.

What can you tell us about a new EP or Album? Will there be one?
There will be, we certainly have the tracks for one but nothing is planned yet, we’re only babies.

Who are your influences?
Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Blondie. Mystery Jets. The Modern Lovers. Currently listening to Christine and the Queens a lot and finding her music really inspiring. We saw Sunflower Bean live recently, they were captivating.

Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour?
Our debut show will be at The Globe, Brighton for The Alternative Escape on the 19th of May.
Following that we play a headline show at The Shacklewell Arms on the 31st of May.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
It can come from anywhere. You can’t get inspiration, it just comes intermittently with the wind. Often seeing or hearing another artist can create the competitive spark that draws inspiration. Or sometimes it’s that simple moment of lucidity where you say, yes this is me, this is my life and I’m going to create something.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
We wouldn’t want to see ourselves in 5 years, it would spoil the surprise! Who knows, it’s a long time!

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
We support our dreams by sowing plants, selling books and serving food!

If you could collaborate with one UK Artist who would it be?
Mike Skinner

If you could collaborate with one USA Artist who would it be?
Gwen Stefani

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in UK?
Does anyone ever not say Glastonbury?

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?
On top of Mount Rushmore.

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Probably something by The Strokes, hearing them for the first time as a kid.

If you could get one of your music on a TV show, which would it be?
A serial killer documentary

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
“You gotta fight for your right to party” The Beastie Boys

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
We’ll tell you that one in 5 years!

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Do it or you won’t have done it.

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Sticks, plecs, your brain, gin and a token Aussie.

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