I GOT TO CHAT WITH SKYLER SHAYE ABOUT HER HER FAVOURITE TRACKS,FEATURING IN HER MOMS MUSIC VIDEO,HER LATEST PROJECTS AND A COMPETITION!

What is your name? Skyler Shaye 
 

What is your genre of music? 

I love any type of music that has soul in it. I grew up listening to country music tho. 

Give us a little bio about you.

I was born in LA and raised in LA. I grew up in a showbiz family. I started acting when I was 8 years old
 

Whats on your shuffle when you open you music library? 
My shuffle at the moment.. is James Bay, Guns N’ Roses and drake. And some Country  haha

What are your top 3 workout songs?

Hmm, I do a lot of Pilates so whatever my instructor throws on! 
 
You also act and been on some great shows and films, which would you say had the best music used in them?

Thank you! I would say my film Bratz had the best soundtrack. 
 

What was the best experience you’ve had in the acting industry? 
I would say that I’m very blessed to have hsuch an amazing family that’s been in the industry to guide me the right away. I’ve seen a lot of people come to this town and get caught up in it.
My godfather Jon is an actor and he’s always taught me to be humble and to stay grounded. 

 

can you tell us more about any new projects, your involved with? 
I just had a film premiere on the hallmark network here in the US called ” JL family Ranch” I been told we are going to make a second film! 

If you could be on one tv show what would it be and what music album would you want playing?
Stranger things 100% and music by Sia. 
 

If you was to form a four piece girl band, who would be in it and what would the name be?
 Easy.. would be my Bratz girls. Janel Parrish, Logan Browning and Nathalia Ramos. BRATZ would be our name 
 

Your Mom is Musical, what is her best song in your opinion from her song collection? 
Yes my mom sings country music, My favorite is “Fly Away” which she wrote about breakups and how to overcome it. 

 

You was in the video for ‘Fly Away’ beautiful song by the way, how was that? 
 It was amazing. It was a personal song for me in many ways. And I want girls and guys to know that even though you are going through the pain in time you will heal. 

Take a look at the video below 

How would you describe ‘ Fly Away’? 
  Strong and empowering 


Do you play any instruments?

I do not! I really wish I could play guitar and piano tho 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Making great projects 
 
do you write of any sort? music, film, tv , if not would you be interested in doing it? 

  I do write. I love writing. 

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

Never change 

Where in your hometown is the best place to Visit?
Los Angeles is the best 

Where is your dream place to visit?  
 Dream place would be Fiji 
 

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget? 
Lipstick, powder, gum, and phone 

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Twitter.com/Skylershaye 
Instagram/ itsskylershaye 
COMPETITION;

DO YOU WANT WIN A SIGNED PHOTO FROM SKYLER? 

All you have to do is follow 

SKYLER: @itsskylershaye

MusifOTFuture: @MusicOTFuture 

Like Bronnie Paul’s music page 

http://facebook.com/bonniepaulcountry
SCREEN SHOT THAT YOU HAVE LIKED AND TAG US BOTH ON INSTAGRAM! 
GOOD LUCK 😁

Advertisements

THE HUMMINGBIRDS ARE DEFINITELY READY TO RELEASE NEW MATERIAL AND GET IT OUT THERE AND PLAY THEM FOR YOU ESPECIALLY AT CORNBURY FESTIVAL! 

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
Facebook.com/thehummingbirdsuk
Instagram – @thehummingbirds
Snapchat – th3hummingbirds
http://www.wearethehummingbirds.com
 
 

I GOT CHATTING POST-PUNK,SHOEGAZE,PSYCHEDIA FOUR PIECE MAYFLOWER MADAME

What are your names?

 

Mayflower Madame consists of Trond F. (vocals/guitars), Ola J. K. (drums), Petter M. (bass) and Rune O. (guitars).

 



What is your genre of music?

 

Our music seems to belong to several genres: I guess you can call it a combination of dark wave, post-punk, shoegaze and psychedelia.

 



Give us a little bio about the band.

 

Trond and Rune have been playing together since they were kids, but this band was formed in Oslo in 2010-11. At first we struggled a long time to find a singer that fitted our sound. After a while our patience ran out and we booked our first gig without actually having a complete band! Trond was “forced” to handle the vocals, but luckily we found out that this was a good solution. We recorded a demo and in August 2011 we were voted “Band of the Week” on a national radio show for unsigned bands. This was a mini-breakthrough for us and gave us a lot of confidence. We played several gigs the following months and decided to release a record. Eventually, in 2013, our debut-EP Into the Haze was ready. It was released “in the quiet” (without any promotion etc.), but it still created a buzz on a bunch of esoteric music blogs. This was another boost for our confidence and we got to play a lot of cool gigs the following year (including two of the biggest festivals in Norway – Norwegian Wood and Oya Festival (the Club Night) – as well as support gigs for some of our favourite bands like Crystal Stilts and Night Beats). In 2015 we released a cassette single on the American label Custom Made Music and a digital single on the Norwegian label Ghost Town Artists and started the recording of our first full-length album – the newly released Observed in a Dream.

 



Are you a signed band?

 

Observed in a Dream is released by our own, newly established Night Cult Records in Europe and Custom Made Music in North America, but we have no commitments for the future. So it is possible that our next release will be done by another label. In other words, we are open for offers 

 



Tell us more about the new album Observed in a Dream.

 

The music can be described as dark and haunting, sometimes ecstatic and noisy, but still very melodic (and we believe that it’s quite catchy as well). Lyrically it’s a tale about desire, anxiety, instability and longing – and the running order of the tracks is not coincidental: from the smouldering serenity of “Confusion Hill” through the feverish “Lovesick” and the haunting “Weightless” to the dissolvent closure of “Forever // The End of Everything”, it implies the different and fluctuating, passing states of relationships and life itself.

 



Tell us more about any of your new music you have planned.

 

Even though our debut albumObserved in a Dream has just been released, we actually finished the recording half a year ago and have already written almost enough material for album number two (which we will probably release early next year). The new songs also clearly belong to our distinctive sound, but they are a little bit more simplistic and “airy”, not as heavy and dense as most of the music on Observed in a Dream. I guess you can still discern a gothic, post-punkish vibe, but perhaps leaning even more towards psych rock.


Who are your influences?
As mentioned, we belong to several genres – dark wave, post-punk, shoegaze and psychedelia – and we try to combine diverse influences from these genres and then process them into our own, distinctive sound. Vocalist/guitarist Trond has a master’s degree in art history and we are also inspired by visual art – especially early 20th century movements like German Expressionism and Surrealism.


Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour?
We have just started the booking process, but we already know that we will be heading to the UK (London) in July and Germany (Berlin/Dresden/Leipzig) in September as well playing some one-off gigs in our home country Norway over the next couple of months. We hope that the London-gig (at The Shacklewell Arms July 29th) will evolve into a short UK-tour and we are also looking to book gigs/tours in other parts of Europe.


Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
We have no clue, but hopefully we are writing good music, playing cool underground clubs and reaching out to more and more people.


If you could collaborate with one UK Artist who would it be?
We would love to hear George Michael sing one of our tracks “Careless Whisper”-style. If that doesn’t work, we will try to revive Syd Barrett from the dead.


If you could collaborate with one USA Artist who would it be?
We wouldn’t mind having Iggy Pop as a backing vocalist/showman on stage.


Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in UK?
We have been to a psych festival at The Shacklewell Arms in London before, and we love that venue, so we are really excited to be playing there. Brixton Academy is probably too big, hehe, and we don’t know that much about other venues or festivals in the UK. Feel free to invite us!


Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?
A tour that includes Austin Psych Fest, Cake Shop in New York and The Echo in Los Angeles would be great. Hopefully a dream that will come true.


If you could get one of your music on a TV show, which would it be?
 
True Detective (but please note that we are talking about season 1 here). Also we would like one of our tracks to be played during the final scene of The Walking Dead (if that series ever end). Especially if it ends with the zombies “winning”.


What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
We generally don’t listen to advices, hehe. Live and learn.


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

 

Oh yes!

 

Hook us up here:

https://www.facebook.com/mayflowermadame/

 

https://www.instagram.com/mayflowermadame/ (this song account is still a bit “fresh” for us, but we will get it swinging soon!)

 

Buy/listen to our music here:

https://mayflowermadame.bandcamp.com/

 

 

 

STOCKPORT BOYS ‘NO HOT ASHES ‘ ARE SET TO BLOW UP THIS YEAR,CHECK OUT OUR CHAT ABOUT THEIR NEW SINGLE ‘COOL CAT’


Give us a little bio about you as individuals and as a band. We are No Hot Ashes, a band from Stockport, Manchester. As individuals we have known each other for a long time and have practically grown up with each other since high school. We first started making music around the ages of 14/15 and since then have developed and grown together as a unit.



How long have you been doing music?

As the current line-up we released our first proper record around 2014, as musicians we have all been making music for the past 5/6 years.
What is your genre of music?

We never really set out with an aim to sound like any particular “genre” even though every band says this most of them are talking s**t and we could probably pick a list of bands that they’ve ripped but to be really honest all the reviewers really struggle to pin us down to a specific genre. Funk is definitely a massive influence to us but even that is a hard genre to pin down because so many other genres use elements of “funk music”.

Tell us more a about ‘Cool Cat’ as a track.

“Cool Cat” is an accumulation of Political anger that we wanted to put into words. We came up with a funky riff and some chords and it all came together really quickly. We were just trying to put some angry, punky lyrics in front of a funky backdrop. We recorded “Cool Cat” with our now long-time collaborator and producer Gavin Monaghan (Editors, The Twang, JAWS) and he really influences us. We take the song into the studio and he gives us suggestions and pushes us to play better and improve areas. We also work alongside Engineer/Mixer Joe Murray and in the end out pops in our eyes a banger and something we are really proud of.

“An assortment of instruments exploded and this song fell out of the sky. “Cool Cat” is cool, and Gavin Monaghan is a wizard.” – No Hot Ashes

Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour?

We are constantly gigging and currently have about 11 or 12 dates booked in till the end of 2016. There’s a mix bag of headline gigs, support slots and festival slots amongst that so it is really exciting to be so busy and have promoters wanting to book you so far in advance and especially the festivals which we love playing. We are yet to go on tour as of yet but it is something we are very eager to do, it’s tricky to drop everything and go out on tour and it’s a massive commitment so I think we are waiting for the right time and the right backing to go out and tour.  

 

 

 
 What’s it like working with ‘Gavin Monaghan’ ?

Gavin approached us in 2014 via social media and showed a keen interest in recording and producing music for us. This was a huge shock to us as nobody had every approached us showing belief in us until Gavin and now 2 or so years later we have formed a really tight bond with him and his Engineer/Mixer Joe. We went to meet Gavin before first recording and we knew something felt right and for us that’s important when there is really good chemistry between band and producer, its priceless.
Who are your influences?

Always a tricky one, we all come from different musical background but we all kind of meet in the middle somewhere along the lines of 70/80s Funk/Soul and Disco if we were talking about older music kind of like The Doobie Brothers, Chic, Parliament, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross. There’s also a lot of other influence closer to home such as big Manchester bands like Stone Roses etc…
How do you get inspiration to write songs?

We are always writing, it’s definitely something that comes naturally to us. Each practice we`ll be constantly trying to craft new ideas into something of a real song structure and we just keep going at it until we are happy. The writing doesn’t even stop there to be honest, once we have our final product we take this into the studio with Gavin and have a load of alternative ideas ready and we show him these and just go with what works best. Its always nice to get a second opinion from someone like Gavin who has so much experience.

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

 

There are so many well-known festivals and venues in the UK its quite hard to choose If we had to go for a dream venue we`d probably say The Roundhouse in London, it’s a huge venue but we have big dreams. In terms of festivals we`d probably say Leeds/Reading Festivals. All of us have grown up in the North West and Leeds Festival is a festival we`ve all been to as punters and I think the festival means a lot to us all as we have all experienced the thrill of paying for your ticket and camping in a field for like 4/5 days to see your favourite bands. To experience being on the other side of that would mean a lot to us.
Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?

I think only one of us has been to the USA so this is tricky. We’ve seen a venue called “Bowery Ballroom” in New York which looks like a beautiful venue, around a 500 cap venue but looks like it would feel intimate. We think any venue that has a surrounding balcony gives off a more intimate feel to gigs, instead of playing to a rectangle boxed room. In terms of festivals probably Lollapalooza or Coachella. They always have killer line-ups and probably get better weather than over here in the UK.  

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

There are a few rules we try to stick to as a relatively young band still. Always respect people who are giving you gigs and especially the crowds that are coming to watch you. Even if its 10 people in a s**t pub somewhere, there’s nothing worse than watching a band look as if they don’t want to be there, if you are starting out as a band you shouldn’t be doing it for the big crowds you should be doing it because you have a passion for music, performing and just enjoying yourself. It’s like having a strong work ethic. Another one we`d say is to try and stand out as much as you can, from our personal experience even if we have been the first on a bill of 4/5 bands we have always ensured that people remember us. You have to be different to make sure that after that 4th or 5th and have played that at least some of the crowd are still thinking about you and have one of your tunes stuck in their head. This is crucial we think, we have a strict policy that as soon as we finish our set we leave our gear and go and speak to the crowd, we want to know that they know we appreciate them being there. We think this is where a lot of bands slip up and you find them rushing off stage guitars and pedalboards in tow straight to the backstage area for a beer (because they are obviously rocks stars) and 15/20 mins later they walk out expecting to be flocked by a crowd but in reality the crowd doesn’t know who they are and can’t remember if you’ve played or not, there’s a slim time period in which you need to go out and sell yourselves because as a starting band there is nobody else who is going to do it for you. Its also a really good opportunity to go and stand behind you merch desk (which we always set up if possible) and try and gain some band funds, it’s an easy way to get people speaking to you.

 


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

 

We are on pretty much all social media platforms; please find all the links down below

 

Thanks

No Hot Ashes

Xxx

 

Twitter – @_NoHotAshes

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/No.Hot.Ashes.Band

Instagram – @nohotashesband

FROM POSTING ON YOUTUBE TO RISING STAR ON ABC, MORGAN HIGGINS IS JUST 18 YEARS OLD AND STILL HAS A LOT MORE TO OFFER, HERE IS MY CHAT WITH MORGAN! 

What is your Full name? 

Morgan Higgins

How old are you?

I am 18 years old

What is your genre of music?

Organic Pop — Adult Contemporary

Give us a little bio about you. 

I love to sing and Ive been doing it my entire life. I grew up doing musical theater and while that remains a presence in my life i love pop music as well. I song write and play piano, and I’m trying to teach myself guitar. In addition to music, I act in Film and TV. I have a Nickelodeon Made for TV Movie coming out Memorial Day weekend called “Lost in the West”! I also just wrapped on a web series project called “Mr. Student Body President” which will be on GO90 backed by NewForm Digital. All and all music and acting is a huge part of my life and I cant wait to share it with all of you.

How long have you been doing music?

Ive been singing and doing music since I could talk.

What made you go in to music?

Music had always been a huge part of my growing up. My mom plays piano, my dad plays drums and my uncle sings. We had music playing in our house and we watched a lot of music heavy movies, specifically Sound of Music. I used to watch that movie 3 times a day every day according to my mom. I just loved it so much and I think thats what made me start to sing.

What was it like uploading your first ever Youtube video? 

Boy, that was a long time ago. I think I was really nervous about what people would think. Not so much the internet but more people I already knew. It was also very exciting embarking on a new journey.

You was on ABC (Now Freeform) ‘s ‘Rising Star, what was that like?

Rising Star was a whirlwind! It was an amazing experience and my first time being on a national stage for my voice. I definitely learned a lot about myself. I would have to say that my experience at Rising Star was pivotal to get me to where I am today. I have never known myself or my music better than I do right now and I hope that trend continues.

Did you feel the experience was a good thing? 

The experience was definitely a good thing! I learned so much about the industry from the experts on the show and the other artists. It really opened my eyes to how driven and committed you have to be to your music and your sound in order to keep succeeding in this industry.

What was the best piece of advice you received on the show?

Stick to what YOU want not what others try to push you into.

Would you recommend it to others? 

Yes of course I would!

Will you be releasing an album or EP? 

Yes eventually!

What instruments do you play?

I play piano and a bit of guitar

Who are your influences?

Barbra Striesand, Taylor Swift, Whitney, Sara Bareilles, Kelly Clarkson

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

I draw from my personal experiences. Sometimes I write about super specific instances or I base it off of one thing I saw or heard around me. 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

I see myself having a full, successful career in the entertainment industry. 

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

I am also an actress which i enjoy a lot too!!! I’ve acted on Stage and in Film/TV.

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

Either Jessie J or Adele !! They are just so so amazing and powerful. I love their music.

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

Probably Taylor Swift. I think she is a great role model and she is so smart. I would just love to work with her. I think we would get along too 🙂 !

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?

Madison Square Garden/Radio City Music Hall/Carnegie Hall

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

There isn’t really a specific song… i just think that music in general allows people to say more than than they can say with just words.

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

Follow your dreams and don’t worry about the money. If you have a passion for something and you embody it completely, the money will come on its own as a result. Money doesn’t equal happiness. 

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

Stay true to yourself, your sound and what you believe in no matter what the people around you say.  

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

“Unlimited….my future is Unlimited”-Wicked

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

Water with lots of honey and fresh oranges

My makeup bag

My phone

Ricola throat lozenges

Headphones

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

Yes of course!!

Instagram/twitter: imorganhiggins

Snapchat:Morganbritt137

Facebook: Morgan Higgins

DJ KIMKAT A DJ DUO, Kat from Moscow,Russia and Kim from Los Angeles, USA , READY TO SHOWCASE THEIR OWN SOUND SO BE READY FOR THEM! 

How did you come up with the bands name and tell us about you as a act?
We wanted to keep it simple so we just went with our names KimKat 

What is your genre of music?

We play a lil bit of everything but mainly House and hiphop 

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

We’re based in Los Angeles, Kat is from Moscow , Russia and kim was born in Los Angeles, Ca. Kat moved to la and met me on John Legend’s music video set and we became friends ever since then 

How long have you been doing music?

Kim : I’ve been playing the piano since I was 8 and Kat plays also. We been dj’n together about 4 years now 


What made you go in to music?

Well I love music and it’s my passion 

What made you go in to DJ’ing?

Kim : I’m good friends with the Black Eyed Peas and Apl de ap encouraged us and so Kat and I went to SCRATCH Academy in LA and just learned 

Tell us more about any of your new music you have planned.

We’re currently in the middle of making new music right now. What’s hard is finding the sound we really like since I love house music and Kat loves big room sound so we’re trying figure what we really wanna do as far as sound 

Whats the background story of your music?

Well we started playing straight edm in the beginning and it’s just really high energy music that we love and when we first released our collab with our friend Whyel. We were going with Melbourne bounce sound and now that music is changing we’re adapting with what’s going on. 

Will you be releasing a Mix? EP Or Album?

We’ll be releasing a ep 

Do you play any instruments?

Yes I play the piano. I’ve been playing since I was 8 and I can pretty much play any song. 

Who are your influences?

I love Prince and Alicia Keys. They inspire me to play the piano and because of Prince I always wanted to learn how to play the guitar 

Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour in the UK or abroad?

Yes! We’re in the middle of planning our UK tour now 

If you are, where are will you be heading?

Most likely London first then Manchester, Liverpool


How do you get inspiration to write songs?

From experiences or listening to other music 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Married??kids ? Haha jk who knows definitely gonna take over the world by then 🙂 


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

I love reading, working out, playing the piano, spending time with my family 

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

Adele and Elton John and there’s so many more 

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

Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Kanye West, Skrillex and much more 


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

Creamsfield! Anywhere would be awesome 🙂 


Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?

Ultra Miami and EDC Vegas 

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

Duke Dumont is one of my fav. I love his music. It has this cool 80’s sound 


You are also an actress, whats the best job you have had in TV?

I was on the Amazing Race Vietnam. It was an incredible experience. I’m very competitive so I love challenging my self. 

If you could get one of your Mixes on a TV show, which would it be?

Hmm.. Entourage if it was still on. Breaking Bad. 


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

To give your all. If you’re gonna do something make sure u give your all or nothing at all

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

To work hard and know that the only person who’s gonna do it is u! U want success the ball is on your court 


What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Anything is Possible 

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

My USB, my headphones, my cell phone, my lipgloss, my towel 

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

Instagram @kimlee

Twitter @officialkimlee

Instagram @officialkimkat 

Twitter @djkimkat 

Thanks

BENJAMIN JOSEPH EDWARDS AKA MILLER BLUE, SELF TAUGHT PRODUCER,WRITER WHOSE FROM S SHROPSHIRE,UK

 

What is your Full name?
Benjamin Joseph Edwards

How old are you?
19

What is your genre of music?
A blend of Alternative R&B, Electronica, Hip Hop and Soul

Give us a little bio about yourself.

I am a self taught songwriter and producer originally from Shropshire and my music takes influence from a range of genres including artists such as Nas, The Fugees, James Blake, Chet Faker, Erykah Badu and Frank Ocean. I Produced my first EP in my bedroom studio at home. I spent a few years developing my craft until I finally felt comfortable with my sound. I am currently at university studying a science degree in Music Technology.

 

How long have you been doing music?
I began playing my first instrument (the guitar) when I was 16 years old and found my love for production around a year later. In terms of singing, I had no vocal training and was inexperienced but I believe my voice has developed as I’ve matured.

 

What made you go in to music?
Initially it was more of a hobby but I soon realised my passion for writing and creating music so I made a decision to dedicate myself to it. I decided to study music technology at college to help better my understanding of the music industry itself.

Are you a signed?
Not as of yet.

Your DEBUT EP is out ‘Persistence’ what is the meaning behind the name?
I had a lot of times where I doubted myself when I initially started coming up with the idea of even making an EP, so from day one I promised myself to remain consistent and work hard to achieve what I wanted; therefore, I thought ‘persistence’ was an accurate name to display the time and effort gone into the EP as I’d written and produced every song on the EP as well as painting the artwork myself. On top of this I knew that the music industry would be tough and the only way to strive in the current industry would be by working hard and being persistent.
Tell us more about the tracks individually.
Marigold
I got lead on by a girl I really liked once and she lead me in to a false sense of emotions. The song is basically me reflecting back on it realising that she wasn’t right for me and she was too immature at the time. As I do with other personal songs I tried hiding the true emotion of it by using metaphors. I tried to create a fairly happy vibed out song using bad connotations.

Vibe
when writing this I was just finishing college, I’d found out that I had been accepted in to university and wanted to write a feel good song to reflect and talk about how life as it going. I also touched on how although I’m not rich, I still felt wealthy as I had everything I needed to be happy. Summing the song up I’d say simply that it’s a feel good track about me being excited for the future.

Overdue –
I wrote it trying to put across the argument on how the mainstream media and big corporations have tried to condition people in to consumerism and the idea that happiness comes from material items. As well as this i wanted to touch on the idea of how this has sprouted from human ego being out of control within particular people, creating an unfair hierarchy that cleverly hides oppression within lower class people. I basically say how i can see past this and that I’m fed up of it.

Cold Hands
I’d been through a break up a few years before writing this track but I still hadn’t fully gotten over it. I’d had a period where I was going through a low point and needed to overcome some issues and figured writing this track would help to reflect on everything that had happened and from this, move past it. Saying this, I didn’t want everyone knowing specifically what had happened so I wrote it metaphorically to ensure that I could still filter what I needed to say without others knowing the true meaning behind the song. I feel I still managed to get across the emotion and meaning of the song.

 

How long did it take to complete?
From when I first started writing the first song, which was actually Marigold I’d say it took around 6 months to complete. This was mainly because I had gaps where I was more focused on college work so didn’t manage to spend much time writing and producing but during the last 6 to 8 weeks of this period I spent pretty much all of my time working on the tracks and getting them all polished. I actually lost the original file for Marigold so had to start from scratch… I’d never been so annoyed in my life as I’d spent a lot of time on it but admittedly it came out sounding way better the second time round so in a way I’m kind of happy it happened.

 

You Produce and Write you own tracks, is it difficult doing both or easier would you say?
I’d say it can be Easier on the basis that you can get all of your creative ideas across more easily without having to confer it with other people as it’s all coming from you. This means you get a good representation of what you want and how you envisioned in your mind. However, it’s a lot more time consuming and can create some self doubt without having someone else to confer with about how it’s sounding. Saying this, I do believe that when working with other people, especially with writing, it can be beneficial as you can bounce off each others ideas and encourage each other. It can also help if you’re experiencing writers block as they could come up with something that causes a spark that you necessarily wouldn’t have been able to create on your own.

How long have you been Producing for?
I’d say it’s been around 3 years now since I got my first DAW but I’ve only taken producing more seriously during last 18 months.

Will we see an album?
I haven’t really put too much thought in to it as of yet. I’m just taking things one step at a time. I’m currently working on a second EP and this will be my next project so yeah, for now it’s not on the cards. But yeah, I definitely want to produce a full album when the time is right.

What instruments do you play?
I play guitar and some keys and am self taught in both.

Who are your influences?
Chet Faker, The Fugees, J Dilla, Ed Sheeran, James Blake, Jack Garratt, Frank Ocean, Kaytranada, J Louis, Erykah Badu.

Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour?
It’s very early days to mention anything about a tour, but it would be a dream of mine to achieve being able to say that I’d be traveling around the country touring and playing my own music for people. However, I do have some low-key small gigs planned out for early summer just to familiarise myself with performing and building on my stage presence and performance style etc.

If you are, where are will you be heading?
Locations aren’t confirmed yet but they will most probably be scattered around the UK.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
It always depends, but it can be from a personal experience that I use to portray my emotions in to music. It can start from a view or belief I have about something in the world that I want others to hear. Or it can even just something that randomly comes in to my head at the time, a thought or just an emotion.

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I think its too early to say and I don’t like to get too ahead of myself but I think if I just stick to making music and stick to what I know and love then it will hopefully take me on the path that I’m supposed to be going on. My long term goal however is definitely to be able to have a career in music, be respected for it and able to support my family and along the way hopefully be able to help others to get through certain obstacles they have through listening to and relating to my music.

What Music do you listen to when you’re out?
Tech House, Dub, Reggae, Jazz, R&B

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I’m currently studying music tech at university and it is very theory based so a lot of my time is focused on achieving my degree. But other than this I go to a lot of gigs with my girlfriend, play some basketball if I get the time and just generally socialise with friends I guess.

What’s the best gig you’ve played so far and why?
As I’ve just started with my music career and its extremely early days, currently my only official live performance I’ve done as Miller Blue was a live session for BBC Introducing Shropshire. Although it was quite daunting knowing my first performance was live on air, I loved every every second of it and can’t wait for more performances in the future.

If you could collaborate with one UK Artist who would it be?
James Blake

If you could collaborate with one USA Artist who would it be?
Childish Gambino

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in UK?
Parklife / Wireless

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?
Maddison Square Gardens

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
I can’t say a particular song however, Ed Sheerans’ first ever album ‘+’ inspired me so a lot and drove me to wanting to write and perform music myself.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Someone once told me that no matter how frustrating and agitated I become when pursuing my music, always persevere with it because in the end what you love doing and are most passionate about is what will make you the happiest.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Have long and short term goals you want to achieve, remain focused and channelled in what you’re doing and make sure the music comes first and for anyone who doubts you, prove them wrong because everyone has to start somewhere.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Where there is love there is life” – Mahatma Gandhi

When you care at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Gig ticket, Carmex, Chewing Gum, Phone, Money

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Facebook – Facebook.com/MillerBlueMusic
Twitter – @MillerBlueMusic
Soundcloud – soundcloud.com/millerblue
Instagram – @MillerBlueMusic

I GOT THE CHANCE TO CHAT TO WHITNEY AVALON,CREATOR OF WHAT IS NOW WORLDWIDE COMEDY FOR ALL OF US #PRINCESSRAPBATTLE

 

How long have you been making music?
My parents report that I’ve been singing and making up songs since I was a toddler. My first public performance was in a community theater production when I was six years old. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have found something I love at such an early age and to have had the opportunity to continue doing it all these years. If I’m lucky, I’ll never have to stop!

What made you start Princess Rap Battles?
I had a variety of comedy songs on my YouTube channel already, and I wanted the next one to be a rap about how I don’t know how to rap. I’d written a line about me being “white like snow, pale like ale, porcelain-skinned princess from a fairy tale” which led me to thinking what would happen if it were actually Snow White rapping instead. It all flowed from there.

What is your favourite Rap Battle you’ve filmed already?
We put so much time into each of these videos (hundreds of hours of research, writing, production, recording, editing, etc.) to make them as high-quality as possible that they’re each precious to me. I can’t choose a favorite child!

If you could work with any singer or band who would it be and why?
There are so many spectacular talents that inspire me. It’d be an honor to share the stage with Pink; Tenacious D (I did get to work with them once already, briefly!); Tim Minchin; Bo Burnham; Adele (I’d try to get her to show her funny side – she has a great sense of humor from what I’ve seen); Scott Bradlee and his Postmodern Jukebox; Todrick Hall; Lin-Manuel Miranda; The Lonely Island; Sutton Foster; and of course the king of ‘em all, Weird Al Yankovic.

Where do you see yourself in 2-5 years?
Considering that it was only 1.5 years ago I had the idea for the first rap battle and now they’re a series that’s had half a billion views worldwide… I certainly can’t predict the next leg of this crazy journey. But I’ll be very excited indeed if my future holds more acting, more music, more writing, more television, and more opportunities to do my best to make people laugh and think. In any and all mediums.

Do you have any social media accounts for fans to follow you?
Sure! All my big videos debut on http://youtube.com/whitneyavalon, but in between those I hang out at the following. Come say hi! 🙂
http://twitter.com/whitneyavalon
http://instagram.com/whitava
http://facebook.com/avalonwhitney
http://whitneyavalon.com

Watch Whitney’s Latest Princess Rap Battle Featuring Molly C. Quinn

#KATNISS vs HERMIONE

‘BROFACTION’ A DUO MADE UP LAURIN AND NICO, BE SURE TO WATCH OUT FOR THIS POP/ROCK PAIR FROM AUSTRIA!

What’s the band called?
Brofaction

What are your full name?
Laurin and Nico Greiter

How old are you?
Laurin: 16, Nico: 21

What is your genre of music?
Pop, Rock, Singer/Songwriter

How long have you been doing music?
Since we were little. But as a duo-band together, since around two years.

What made you go in to music?
We always loved singing. Laurin started to like it, when he went to the kindergarden in Fiji (we stayed there for 1/2 year). Nico decided to learn playing the guitar around 11 years ago. That was because of his grandmother, who still plays guitar. She is now over 80 years old and still has a band 😉

Are you a signed ?
We signed with a label to release this one song, but we didn’t sign a bigger deal there yet.

What instruments do you play?
Laurin: Singing, Piano, Drums
Nico: Singing, Piano, Percussion, Guitar, Ukulele

Who are your influences?
The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Michael Jackson, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran,..
Our music is influenced by a lot of different musicians and different styles.

When will your new material be out?
At the moment we’re concentrating on this song, Back At The Playground. But in a few weeks, we’ll meet up in the studio, to do some new stuff. We have some cool other songs we really want to record.

What is the meaning behind Back at the Playground?

It is about taking everything a bit easier. When people get older, they become more and more serious, and loose the child in themselves. We just want to remind them of having a little more fun again and taking everything a bit easier.

Is there a Album coming out?
We already have a lot of songs, so we just need to record them. An album will definitely  be our next project.

When will you guys be touring and where if you are?
At the moment we have a lot of concerts in our home country Austria, and in Germany. We are planing, to come to the UK in the beginning of 2016, but there’s nothing fixed yet.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
We always think about situations in our lives and then write about it. Sometimes it’s like a therapy. But sometimes there’s just a little melody in my head and i think “wow, that’s cool!” and write it down. You can get inspiration from everywhere.

Where do you see yourself in 2-5 Years?
Well, if we could decide, what we’ll be doing in 2-5 years, we would tour around and make all our money with our music. It’s really our goal, to make it to our job.

When you’re not doing  music, what do you do?
We’re going to school and university. And in our free time we love to dance, play football, play fifa, or just meet our friends.

If you could collaborate with one UK Artist who would it be?
Ed Sheeran!

If you could collaborate with one USA Artist who would it be?
Well, since When you’re not doing music, what do you do? Jackson is dead… It would be Bruno Mars, probably.

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in UK?
Well, there are a lot of great festivals in the UK, we would love to play at, some day. For example Boardmasters, V Festival, and and and.. And it would be great to once play in the O2 Arena.

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?
The biggest dream of every musician is the halftime show of the superbowl. All the legends played a show there. Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry,… But of course, it’s a long way to get there 😉

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
The song, that made us play together (singing, guitar and drums) was Knocking On Heavens Door by Bob Dylan. We listened to this a lot. And also a lot of Beatles songs influenced us in our early times. Like Let It Be, for example.

What was the first song you wrote?
Nico: I started experimenting with songwriting, when i was around 9 years old. But the first song with guitar and two voices, I wrote with 12 years. It’s called Dream To Be Free and is about my wish to learn flying.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Our parents always said, we should live in the moment. The past has happened and the future will be, but you can only live in the here and now. It changes a lot, if you think about it and live like this.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Always keep on doing, what you want to do. It’s a hard buiss, a lot of work and a long way. But never forget your goals and if you keep on trying, some day you’ll reach them. It helps to do this step by step. A first goal could be, to get in the radio or the newspaper. The next one could be to get air-play or to get in the charts. But it’s important to always practice and keep on doing your thing, if you want to be in music business. Go everywhere you can, to get new contacts and meet new people, who can bring you further.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
There will always be an happy end. And if it’s not happy – it’s not the end.

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you can never forget?
The location its self. It’s something we usually always remember. Another thing is, the new people we meet there. At the most gigs, there are a lot of great other musicians and it’s always nice to meet somebody new. Then there is this special feeling on stage, when you see the people dancing or listening to your music, or even singing with you. And what we also don’t forget, is the clothes we have worn at the gig. Of course we also remember the songs we sung there.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/brofaction

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lauringreiter
http://www.instagram.com/nicogreiter

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/nonie1717

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lauringreiter

NJ TAYLOR IS A NEW UP AND COMING ARTIST WITH A RNB/POP GENRE, READY TO SHOWCASE HER SOUND TO THE WORLD!

Give us a little bio of yourself.
“Little” would be: I’m an up-and-coming Canadian pop/rnb singer/songwriter. I’ve recently made the semi-finals of the 2015 UK Songwriting Contest with “Pop Army” (the 2nd upcoming single from my debut EP) in the Pop category, and I’m a nominee of the 2015 Hollywood Music in Media Awards with my new single “So You” in the Pop category.
What made you go into music?
I literally begged my mom when I was 4 to put me into violin. And that’s where it all started.
What instruments do you play?
I’ve recently picked up piano.

Who are your influences?
So many people! I really look up to pop pioneers such as ABBA, Michael Jackson, and Madonna. But I’m also hugely influenced by Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry… Every artist out there is an influence in one-way or another. I grasp a little from everyone; there’s something to be learned from all artists.
When will your new material be out?
My new single “So You” will be released in the UK on October 30th. My self-titled debut EP will be released digitally worldwide on October 9th. It will though be officially out in the UK early 2016.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Everything inspires me. This conversation for instance could inspire me to write a song.

If you could collaborate with one artist or band, who would it be?
Hands down Max Martin. He’s not an artist, he’s a songwriter/producer but he’s the top person I’ve been dreaming of collaborating with.
If you could collaborate with one UK artist or band, who would it be?
Ed Sheeran. He’s brilliant!
Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in the UK?
I would love to perform at The Greatest Escape.
Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in the USA?
SXSW would be a pretty awesome one and Coachella.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Live in the now!
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Just be you!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Everything happens for a reason!
What would be your dream award ceremony to go to?
The Grammy’s.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My lyrics would be a good thing not to forget (laughs).
Always have pictures and a Sharpie so that I can give away signed autographs.
My mic. I always prefer using my own.
Warm up before.
Drink lots of water.

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

Official Website http://www.njtaylor.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/njtaylorofficial
Twitter http://twitter.com/njtaylormusic
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/njtaylorofficial
Instagram http://instagram.com/nj_taylor
ReverbNation http://www.reverbnation.com/njtaylor

*ALSO BE IN WITH CHANCE OF WINNING A SIGNED PICTURE FROM NJ TAYLOR! ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LIKE MY FACEBOOK : WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MUSICOTFUTURE  AND LIKE THE PICTURE I POST WITH THE INTERVIEW TAGGED IN IT*