NEWS: LISBON KID ARE BACK AND ON THE 20TH APRIL 2017 THEY ARE HAVING THEIR ALBUM AND LIMITED EDITION VINYL LAUNCH!

Lisbon Kid the electronica duo made up of Danny de Matos and Rui da Silva based in London. The duo will be celebrating the release of their album launch and you need to be there! expect a whole lot of of fun and music to make your mind blow.
‘ Call and Response’ at the Dissenters Gallery at 6:30pm
20th April – 23rd April 17

Tickets available from
http://dissentersgallery.com/events/event/lisbon-kid-call-and-response/
Its a double celebration as the release of their VINYL will also be happening to celebrate RECORD STORE DAY TOO!
Check out Lisbon Kid’s website for more info and what they are up too;

http://www.lisbonkid.com/

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’14 STEPS TO HARLEM’ IS THE BRAND NEW ALBUM SET TO RELEASE ON THE 28TH APRIL AND I CHAT WITH GARLAND JEFFREYS TO GET THE LOW DOWN ON IT.

What is your name?GARLAND JEFFREYS

What is your genre of music?

ROCK / POP / BLUES

You are set to release you new album ’14 Steps to Harlem’ on the 28th April, can you tell us more about it?

This is my third album in six years and for a guy my age, that’s something to be proud of – not to mention that the music is great! It has my usual autobiographical subject matter and a mix of genres – rock, pop, reggae, and even a little bit of an alt-folkie sound. We used my core performing band and some great session players. It was recorded at two studios in Brooklyn, NY and mixed and mastered in New York City.

Describe each track in two words.
WHEN YOU CALL MY NAME: Nouveau breakup
SCHOOLYARD BLUES: Feisty shorty
14 STEPS TO HARLEM: Paternal respect
Check out the music video for 14 Steps to Harlem below

REGGAE ON BROADWAY: Clash memory
TIME GOES AWAY: Family philosophy
SPANISH HEART: “Matador” 2
I’M A DREAMER: Real me
WAITING FOR THE MAN: Funky Lou
HELP: Song essence
COLORED BOY SAID: Racial advice
LUNA PARK LOVE THEME: Wife’s theme
What is the message you want to send out when the album is released?

This is who I am, who I’ve always been and what I’ve always stood for.

What are you most looking excited about the release?

Getting out there and playing the songs, and the invigoration of meeting new people as a result.

What was the writing process like?

Very slow. All songs came from my cassette demos, which is how I compose, using my guitar and the cassette player. The tapes are not always well organized so we had to do some digging to find the nuggets of inspiration. Some songs were from a few years ago and some very new.

What was the recording process like?
Lots of fun since I recorded with guys I’ve worked with before. Very loose. James Maddock, my co-producer was very creative and came up with some great ideas.

Will you be releasing any more videos for your next single off this album?

Yes our next video will be for Venus.

You are heading out on a UK Tour as well, what are you most looking forward too?

The UK fans are very discriminating but when they like something you do they really let you know, so I’m excited to see how they like the new music and performance of the new tunes.

Which city are you most looking forward to playing?

James Maddock hails from Leicester and his family comes out and makes us feel very welcome. Also looking forward to Poole to see our great friend Mick Tarrant – and London, to work with genius promoter Stuart Lyon again at Nells Jazz – and to return to Newcastle and Kinross, beautiful towns – we are looking forward to everything!

Do you have any surprises up your sleeve for the show?

If I did I wouldn’t say!

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

Do not sell your publishing.

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

As above; and never compromise on your values. Don’t be seduced by a trend, just write and perform your own stuff and if it’s good, people will recognize it. You might not become a superstar but you will have your integrity.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

One day at a time.

You get off a plane in your hometown,
1/ where is the first place you visit
My neighborhood park bench to see my guys.

2/ where is the first place you see

My couch.

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

Tal Bagels for an everything bagel with cream cheese and lox.

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
1) My hat
2) To thank my band for their hard work
3) To thank the audience for coming out
4) To have a coffee half hour before stage
5) My lyrics
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Official site: garlandjeffreys.com
Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/garlandjeffreys
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GarlandJeffreys/

WITH NEW WAVE FOLK GENRE AND A DEVOURING ATTITUDE LET ME INTRODUCE  YOU TO ‘GALLOWS GHOST’ AND THEIR NEW SINGLE ‘LICK YOUR WOUNDS’

What is your name?Kate Young 

 

What is the bands name?
Gallows Ghost 

 

How did you come up with bands name?
We came up with it as a homage to British Folk Horror 

 
What is your genre of music?

New Wave Folk

 

Give us a little bio about you as a band and individuals.
Gallows Ghost are like a bunch of barbarians coming over the hill!

We do our own myth making; Pairing action packed sonic intensity with narrative ambition – stories filled with enchantment, soaring strings, vivid guitars, and euphoric electronics… entwined in an irrepressible rush. These are songs you can take in quickly, but spend a life time devouring.
 

Describe eachother in one word.
Tribe

 
Are you a signed?

No
 Tell us more ‘ Lick Your Wounds’

Lick your wounds is the great big dirty great snake our set! It will devour you. 
 What was the recording process like?

We worked with Chris goulestone (Goldfrapp/Mushroom from Massive Attack) again on this track. Working with Chris is like creating in Frankenstein’s laboratory. You go in with the body of the song and come out with a monster! 

 

What was the writing process like?
Turn the amp to 11. Hit the fuzz pedal. Take a breath and see you on the other side.

 

Describe the track in three words.
Dark, sexy, heavy. 
 Are you heading out on tour or have any gigs planned?

We can’t wait for next year. We will be shooting a new video and our first gig of the year will be an acoustic set at St Pancras Old Church on the 2nd Feb. Then we are playing Treadwells Bookshop (the oldest Esoteric and mystical Bookshop in London) on the 10th and then our residency at The Courtyard in Hoxton continues on the 24th Feb. 

 

If so which cities will you be going?
London for the moment. It’s where we are from and we want to build from here.

 

What made you go in to music?
My passion for singing and writing has always been powerful in my life and music is the most important thing to me. Combining that with meeting the right people we then knew we wanted to evolve the band from there 

 

Do you play any instruments?
I play a little guitar and piano but I’ll leave the virtuosos to make it sound awesome! All the other members are so talented it blows my mind. 

 

Who are your influences?
So many! Led Zeppelin, Massive Attack, Alt J, Fairport Convention, Queens of the Stone Age, PJ Harvey, Alice in Chains, Moderat and possibly everything in between

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Influence for lyrics – poetry – my head!!!Tennyson/Yeats/Tolkien old traditional often macabre folk songs twisted into something modern. Often influenced by romantic paintings -Waterhouse/Rossetti/female warrior mysticism and empowerment. Battle/armour/fight/struggle/power/strength against adversity/love. 

Dark atmospheres – MR James ghost stories, Victorian gothic literature, anything macabre. 

Honest and deeply personal lyrics – pretty much always to do with real situations/feelings and relationships or experiences. Other times if it’s a vibe of a song I write poetry and lyrics according to how the mood is evocative to me. I Create a mood board inside my head and then try and link the images that the music makes me think of. Often a song can evolve from one line or lyric that the music from the boys made me feel or write down. 
 Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Our biggest dream is to carry on being able to make music and playing together. But Pyramid Stage wouldn’t go amiss…

 

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Usually something creative. I paint and draw and make and sell jewellery. 

 

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

In my Time of Dying by Led Zeppelin 

 

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

To keep putting wood on your fire and keep it burning no matter how small or big the smoke goes out to the world. It’s your fire, so keep it alive regardless. 

 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Do what you want and be yourself and true to your art. It’s so tough out there that it has to be worth it by feeling like you are creating your own imprint of how you view the world. 

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
‘A strong spirit transcends rules’ Prince

 

You work with Hush PR, how did that come about?

We have worked with Hush for our previous EP and so already have a great relationship with Sacha.

 

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My bodypaint, to warm up, to have an amazing time together, some water and for the cello’s not to be put in the cold before playing! 
 

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

We are on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. All of which can be reached through one quick click from our website http://www.gallowsghost.com
(Below actual links if needed)

https://m.soundcloud.com/gallows-ghost-1/sets/gallows-ghost-track-demos
https://www.instagram.com/gallowsghost/
https://m.facebook.com/pages/Gallows-Ghost/218646791526913
https://mobile.twitter.com/gallowsghost?lang=en

LONDON BASED DUO ‘LISBON KID’ A ALT,ACOUSTIC-ELECTRONICIA CHAT BOTH PARTS TO THEIR EP AND COLLABORATING WITH SARAH CRACKNELL.

 
What is your name?

Lisbon Kid

What is your genre of music?
Alt. Acoustic-Electronica

 Give us a little bio about you.

Alternative acoustic electronica duo. Purveyors of laid-back earworm beats and mellow reflective moments through finest sonics and curious ambience. Songs and tunes for after the night before.
 

Biography

Lisbon Kid is a new London-based alternative acoustic electronica duo formed just over a year ago and now beginning to make waves.

 

The band is comprised of London-based Portuguese musicians Danny de Matos and Rui da Silva. Between them they have had many successes on both sides of the Atlantic as award-winning writers and producers working within a wide range of genres from EDM to techno rock, alternative folk to indie pop. Most recently developing and producing Chloe Howl for Sony Columbia.

They have just completed their debut album, which is a seemingly effortless and laidback mix of electronica and acoustic instruments, often with ambient landscaping and employing elements of sound design. Added to this is a huge song-based pop sensibility and emotional lyrical content that gives the project the obvious uniqueness that is Lisbon Kid.

The writing and recording process for the project originally began in Portugal from whence the duo hail, and then eventually moved back to London for completion. They have taken an uncompromising audio approach, allowing them to achieve a real and obvious sonic excellence. Lisbon Kid have employed the best in both vintage valve audio signal paths and acoustic instruments in the analogue world, and also the latest software and techniques in the digital domain.

Their combined experience as cutting-edge producers in their respective fields has also contributed to the vast warmth and beauty of the sound of the project.

Lisbon Kid have recently been described as “Purveyors of laid-back earworm beats and mellow reflective moments through finest sonics and curious ambience… Songs and tunes for after the night before.”

The radio and synch-friendly debut album also contains various contributions from a select handful of well-known luminaries from the alternative music world additionally bringing their unique personalities and feel to the forthcoming long player.

Featured artists and vocalists include Sarah Cracknell (St. Etienne), Lisa Billson (Orbital/Loose Salute), electronic diva Queen Of Hearts and Icelandic alt. folk song siren Hafdis Huld.
 Are you a signed?

Yes we signed to the legendary Wall Of Sound label early 2016

You released Part 1 of ‘We Look At The Stars’ tell us more about it

It’s our third single and probably the most radio-friendly track from our debut album ‘Lisbon Kid’. It references 2 people being together by a harbour looking at the night sky. It features the beautifully voiced Sarah Cracknell from St Etienne and remixes from the likes of trip hop/electronica genius Howie B (U2, Bjork, Tricky)

Describe each track in two words.

We Look At The Stars (album version) – astral thinker

Howie B Polo Remix – spaced-out smasher
Warriors Of The Dystotheque Remix – popping nebula
It features Sarah Cracknell, how did the collaboration come about?

When we finished the instrumental we always had her in mind to do the vocal on it. We first played it to her at her house in Oxfordshire, England. She loved it straightaway. She told us it was very her and understood exactly what it needed. So we decided to go into the studio a few days later and see what would happen.

How did the recording go?

It was a really comfortable, quick and easy process. We’ve been friends for a long time. Sarah has just about one of the most iconic indie electronica voices there are. She has no idea about how good she is at what she does. We knew exactly what we wanted and that was for her to just be able to be herself. All it took was some tea and biscuits to get us going. We wrapped everything up including backing vocals and all the double tracking within a couple of hours.

 You released Part 2 on December 2nd, tell us more about this part.

We did a re-work on our usual melodic style that we didn’t want to include on the part one release as we wanted the focus to be on the original album version and the Howie B and Warriors Of The Dystotheque remixes. We also had Spatial Awareness do an acid style remix for those of a more ‘early Sunday morning still going in a Hoxton basement with pills’ type of persuasion.

 Describe each track in two words.

Lisbon Kid Re-work – melodica electronica
Spatial Awareness Remix – asteroid acid-tripper

 Are you heading out on tour or have any gigs planned?

We’re currently curating an art exhibition that’s happening at the end of February/beginning of March at The Dissenters’ Gallery in West London. It’s for the audio-visual version of this album that we’re releasing at the same time. We’ve carefully selected artists to do an artwork for each of the tracks on the album. They’ll be paintings, sculptures and installations too. The exhibition will run for 5 days during which the works will be obviously be exhibited, one will be being finished by the artist in situ at the time and we’ll do some ad hoc live performances and special DJ sets all accompanied by visual projections of the album of course. It’s all very exciting.

 If so which cities will you be going?

Apart form London we’ll most probably take the exhibition with us when we return to do our Sunset Sessions in Ibiza where we did 2 separate tours during the summer. We’ll more than likely have to do something in Lisbon itself. (We first played there last year at the Sao Jorge Cinema. A huge and classically beautiful old venue. ) We’re also looking to do festivals in the UK and Europe in the Summer 2017.

 What made you go in to music?

We’ve both been making music not long after we were kids miming in our bedrooms in front of a mirror. We still both feel compelled to do music everyday. It’s the one constant in our lives that makes us happy (apart from our families). Especially through all these difficult times we all seem to be going through. It’s a strange world right now and music is like a balm for the soul. It makes everything OK again for a while.

 Do you play any instruments?

Danny plays guitars, basses, banjos, ukuleles, mandolins. He also bashes weird percussion things around the studio and stuff he finds in the kitchen and plays strange old keyboards badly. He’s the ‘Head of the Strings Department’. Rui is the ‘Synthmeister’. He twiddles knobs and sliders for hours on end until they’re just right and he knows the name of every single one of them.

 Who are your influences?

We’re influenced by places and events AND people… Sunsets, Brian Eno, Erased Tapes, Alan Watts, Grandaddy, thunderstorms, Iron and Wine, walks on empty beaches, Pink Floyd, Paula Rego, Jon Hopkins, Steve Reich, Salvador Dali, Alentejo wine, The Coen Brothers, Stil Vor Talent, Arvo Part.

 How do you get inspiration to write songs?

We write from our experiences. From what we see and feel and think. Whether past or present. In order to do that, you have to just go and live. Sometimes away from your normal day-to-day life so that you can have those very experiences that you can then document through the music. The more you live the more you know and it’s always best to write about what you know.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

More of the same. We’re lucky to do what we do. So we’d hope to be making yet another album. We learn everyday and that keeps things fresh and current.

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

We both are voracious consumers of other artists’ work. Whether that be music or art or film. We try and use all those forms to learn from and let them seep into our own work. We spend a fair but of time in Portugal where we find it easier to watch the sea and the coast and nature in general doing its thing. It’s sometimes good to have a break from the craziness of London.

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

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

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

Do what you want to do.

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

Be yourself. Be kind. Believe. – Lisbon Kid.

 What quote or saying do you always stick by?

What we think, we become. – Buddha.

 You work with Hush PR, how did that come about?

Rui had already worked with Sacha and Danny had previously worked with the same company she was with before she went out on her own, so we were already aware of her and what she did. She heard the Lisbon Kid album and loved it. We wanted to work with the best so we insisted we get her to represent us. She agreed. It was all very easy and obvious really.

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Capo, iPad for lyrics and arrangements, in-ear monitors, guitars, synths

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

http://www.facebook.com/lisbonkid
http://www.twitter.com/lisbon_kid

http://www.instagram.com/lisbon_kid