MISSISSIPPI BORN BLUES SOUL ARTIST ‘BRUCE MISSISSIPPI JOHNSON’ CHATS TO ME ABOUT HIS DEBUT ALBUM ‘THE DEAL BABY’ AND WHAT TO EXPECT FROM HIS ALBUM LAUNCH ON THE 28TH!

 What is your name?  My real name is Bruce Lester Johnson and my artist name is Bruce Mississippi Johnson.

What is your genre of music?

I call my genre of music blue soul because it’s a mix of blues and soul.

Give us a little bio about you.

Born in Mississippi the heart of the musically fertile area that is America’s ‘deep south’, Bruce Johnson is a man who was born to sing. As a child in his grandfather’s church, and later, in the company of his father’s record collection he got the kind of musical education most folks can only dream about. Listening to soulful voices like Al Green, his cousin Jackie Wilson, Lou Rawls and Gil Scott Heron, Bruce discovered he could sing.
 

Towards the end of his stint serving his country as a Marine that realisation dawned on Bruce that that he had been put here to sing, and he began to perform. Playing in Africa and performing the songs of Gil Scott Heron he began to find his feet as a frontman. Upon leaving the military and finding himself in Paris, he began to perform taking on as many gigs as he could and quickly gaining notice for his one of a kind voice and his one of a kind looks. Nobody failed to see his six foot four frame as he took the stage, but when it gave fly to the effortlessly soulful bass baritone voice that is his true blessing, the audiences were truly spellbound.

 Having formed a formidable reputation on the Parisian Jazz scene, he began to work with the luminaries of the city, musicians that had played with stars like Stan Getz and Sammy Davis Jr. With his reputation on the rise he branched out and formed a band of his own making him a leading light in the funk scene. Bruce and his band were asked to perform in a competition judged by the one and only Nina Simone. When they won the competition it gave him the chance to record his first single and forever cemented his reputation as a star in the city.

 It wasn’t long before he began to crave an earthier sound, something more akin to the music that came from the delta region that was his home. The chance came with the offer to join the legendary blues bassist Big Joe Turner’s band Blues Caravan as a vocalist. Joe had toured in BB King’s band as well as with Albert King and Little Milton, and showed Bruce the truth in the music and gave him a chance to tour the world. 

 His time in Turner’s band saw him forming a solid bond with the keyboard player, and saw the two begin to write and demo songs that would eventually become Bruce’s solo album, The Deal Baby. With a sound that straddles blues and soul, it’s as original and inventive as the man himself, and has seen him garner attention from radio stations and press from around the world.

 His fame in France saw him asked to compete on their version of The Voice, where his astonishing performances and astounding voice landed him a gig with French band Forever Gentlemen. With that band’s album of jazz vocal standards hitting triple platinum status the accolades that his singular voice deserves are starting to roll in. 

 Bruce has a voice of his own, one that straddles soul, blues and jazz, as at home singing the songs of Sinatra, Marvin Gaye or BB King as he is with his own heartfelt compositions. On stages and in studios across Europe, Bruce Johnson is a force to be reckoned with.

 

What made you go in to music?
I started singing in my mid-teens but only as a hobby which I practised with my close school friends. During my high school years I performed publicly as a soloist once at my high school talent show and once or twice at my church and those performances sparked something new inside of me but I had already made the grounded decision to join the U.S. Marines straight out of high school so music would have to wait. I quickly understood that I was not military career material and after 6 of the 7 years that I served where I was generally unhappy the opportunity to take my singing to another level appeared and I took it with both hands leaving the Marines behind me as I dove into my new singing career!  

 Are you a signed?

No I am not. My album was auto produced by myself and friend /pianist Johan Dalgaard.

 You are set to release your new album ‘The Deal Baby’, what can you tell us about it?

“The Deal Baby” my first album consists of 12 songs situated between blues and soul music with funky beats and glimpses or bluesy rock guitars. It was recorded in Paris, France where I lived for many years. The album was mixed by Grammy award winning sound engineer Veronica Ferrora outside of Paris.

What was the recording process like?

We recorded the album in about a week’s time in a couple of studios around Paris. The band took three days to record all of the songs with me singing along for emotional and structural guidance and then we took a couple of extra hours to record the horns in another studio and finally we recorded some additional vocals and keyboards in our respective home studios to keep down studios costs.

 What was the writing process like?

It was as easy and a real pleasure! Johan and I met at my place over a few afternoons and we bounced ideas off each other in my little home studio. Johan established a chord progression which we both liked and I would spontaneously start singing the first thing that came to mind. If we found a bridge we would work on it and if we didn’t we’d keep on advancing and revisit what we had started until we were done. We wrote 12 songs and kept 11 so nothing was wasted.

 Describe each track two words?
1. Let It Rain (Intro)
2. That’s The Deal Baby: Living truthfully.
3. I Can’t Shake The Blues: Blues music
4. Years, Tears: Heartbreak
5. You Been Working’ Mojo: Love spell
6. I’m Gonna Bring Your Game Down: Foolish pride
7. Freak On Or Die: Hot Sex
8. No Good: Self pity
9. I’ll Bleed: Temptation
10. The Neighbour Next Door: Infidelity
11. See You Tomorrow: Death
12. Let It Rain (outro)
 Who did you show The Deal Baby to first?

The day we mastered the album was on my birthday and my wife had organised the best surprise birthday party ever for me! She has contacted all of my best Parisian friends which covered 20 years of friendships and they we all present and as everyone knew but me Johan and another friend managed to get me to the party venue where I played the finished master for my friends.

 

The Album launch is on the 28th May, what can we expect from it?
A rock solid band of 7 musicians plus myself playing the whole albums top to bottom plus a select number of some of my all time favourite funky soulful blues covers which inspires my style of blues. I just want to put it all on table in the most truthful way possible because that what I am about.

 Do have any support acts?

At the moment there is no support act and at this stage the wait has been too long for me to delay my desire to get out there and play MY music!

 

Where can tickets be purchased?
Bookings can be made by phone at +44(0) 7352 5953 or online at 606club.co.uk

 

Do you play any instruments?
No I don’t unfortunately as I am a self taught composer who has to sit at a piano and painfully figure out note for note how to play what I’m hearing in my head but only to a certain degree after which I have to pester my patient and talented musician friends to help me to harmonically embellish and finish what I started.

 

Who are your influences?
I have many! I don’t know if I would define them as influences as much people who have touched me spiritually on a musical level. When I hear the word influence I immediately think of someone who might have inspired me to write a song which they might have written. Many years ago I was so into Prince’s music that many of my pop/funk songs were directly inspired by songs of his that I loved and still love. When he passed away they all flashed before me reminding me of his importance in my evolution as a songwriter but strictly on a melodic and lyrical level.

 How do you get inspiration to write songs?

My inspiration mostly comes from my life experiences and I believe that I have a on off switch for my inspiration because years can go by without me focusing in or a melody or a lyric. Lyrics and melodies come to me together and when they appear I need to catch them immediately because if I let them leave then bye bye goes the song.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Successfully enjoying a career driven by my music that I’ve always longed for.

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

I am also an actor both screen and voice so when I’m not singing I’m auditioning or filming or doing a voiceover of some type.

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

It wasn’t a song or a movie for me it was a feeling that I got from my first public performance when I felt that I had a voice that could affect people in a positive way and it was a feeling of belonging.

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

“You’re doing the right thing, stay in Europe man and do your thing”! Al Jarreau R.I.P.

 
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Find out who you are, what you want to say and be truthful to yourself.
 
What quote or saying do you always stick by.

I don’t have one.

 

You get off a plane in your hometown,

1/ where is the first place you visit

My Mother’s!


2/ where is the first place you see

 Starkville’s rural countryside.

 

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

A local rib shack in Colombus, Mississippi near a statue of local Howlin’ Wolf and I order some good old down home barbecue ribs.
 
You work with Lime Jam PR, how did that come about?
My manager and I were looking to find a PR company that seemed right for where we want to go. After communicating with several companies but not finding the right fit he my manager spoke of Lime Jam who he had contacted and I had a look and asked to speak with them which we did and it felt right.
 
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
1. First off my personal Rode microphone.
2. My topaz ring
3. My hat (If I’m wearing one.)
4. My lyrics
5. My game on attitude.
 
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Connect

Twitter : https://twitter.com/bmissippij

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

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

Website : http://www.brucemississippijohnson.com

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REVIEW: AMANDA ST JOHN RELEASES BRAND NEW SINGLE ‘GROW’ AND NOTHING IS STOPPING HER NOW!

Amanda  St John is from Nothern Ireland and already had her music played on BBC and RTE and has had lots of great feedback and now I KNOW WHY!
’Grow’ is a song you take one listen and just be like WOW! 
It’s start with a peaceful instrumental that’s makes you really want to know what the lyrics will sound like just because you think it will kick in to a more upbeat tempo but it doesn’t it allows you to listen to Amanda’s journey.

The video accompanies so magical where Amanda is sat on a chair looking out the window at a lake.
This a song that makes you really think about what is important check it out below for your self;

Amanda  is also in her tour check out the dates below and get down;
5th March – Belfast Nashville Festival, Belfast

27th May – The Stables, Milton Keynes

30th May – The Green Note, Camden, London

31st May – The Latest Bar, Brighton
Follow Amanda St John;

Website – http://www.amandastjohnmusic.co.uk/

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MOD ROCK WITH A TWIST OF NORTHERN SOUL ‘THE AIM’ ARE SET TO TAKE IT HIGH

​What is the bands name?

The Aim
What are your names and the instruments you play?

Grant Judges – vocals

Jamie Tongue – rhythm guitar

Vince Dunn – drums

Michael Wetherilt – keys

Michael Searle – bass guitar

James Ford – lead guitar
How did you come up with the bands name?

We wanted something very short and sweet, very “mod” and something that is mentioned in every day conversation around the world
What is your genre of music?

Mod, rock, northern soul
Give us a little bio about you and you guys as individuals.

Grant originally formed the band in early 90`s with two mates in Brixton south London.  Grant was originally the drummer!  We released a single on Detour Records and then split up!  Forward 20 years and Grant decided to reform the band to record a charity single “Lions Pride” for Food For All, a London charity that feeds over a 1000 homeless/hungry people per day, which is run by 80`s pop star Jennie `Bellestar` Matthias.  Grant couldn’t track down the two other original members so he roped in Jamie Tongue and a couple of other mates to record the `one off` single.  Grant enjoyed being back in The Aim` so decided to record some more.  He came up with a concept idea called `What a way to Earn a Living` and wrote nine new songs centred around nine different characters and their stories.  Grant took over vocal duties, talked Jamie and Michael Wetherilt into joining full time and used session musicians to record the new album.  Some live dates were soon to follow, supporting Dave Wakeling and the English Beat on their UK tour so Grant recruited James Ford, Vince Dunn and Michael Searle to become permanent members too. James has played with Mel Gaynor and Vince had worked with Chaka Khan, Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Pharrell to name but a few, so we knew it was going to work from the off!   Second album “Days Like These” quickly followed along with a batch of Summer festivals.  More gigs with the English Beat, The Hoosiers, Paul Young, The Blockheads.
What made you go in to music?

I (Grant) got into music because of my dad.  He was an Elvis impersonator and lived for music.  Music was always being played in the house when I was growing up.  I grew up in Brixton and was fed a diet of a whole range of music from Elvis, Matt Monro, The Jam, The Who, Small Faces, Barry Manilow right through to Yellowman, Bob Marley
Are you a signed?

No, we are a totally independent band, funded by ourselves, although Polydor and Fiction Records have shown a little interest recently
You released album ‘Days Like These’, what’s the meaning behind the title?

Our first album was called `What a Way to Earn a Living` and I wanted to carry on with an emotional type of theme for the new title…we all have a moan sometimes about work/life and how there must be a better/easier way to earn a living, and we all have days where experience a whole leap of emotions within a 24 hour period; guilt, insecurity, we feel fat, skinny, ugly, useless etc…whether it’s good or bad we all have “Days Like These”.
Describe each track in three words.

Three words!!  Wow!  OK…tricky but here goes:

`Wasting Your Time` – a cheating husband

`Friday Night` – yes it`s Friday!!!

`Back and Forth` – rock and roll!

`Dream Dancer` – your dream lady

`Ballad of the Lonely` – sad lonely story

`Days Like These` – girl next door

`Leave it Behind` – getting off drugs

`Burning Summer` – filthy dirty sexy

`It`s Better to Forget Than to Remember Me and Cry` – sad love story

`Nothing Changes` – politically thought provoking

`Hold You Tight` – love and insecurity

`So What!` – working man blues

`Nice and Pacey Vincey!` – massive drum solo

`The Sun Has Never Shone` – life love loss
Who was the first person you let listen to it?

The very first person (outside of the band) we let listen to it was a gentleman called Jon Astley.  Jon very kindly offered to master the album at his studios in Twickenham.  Jon has mastered for The Who, Small Faces, The Stereophonics, Level 42, Sting, Eric Clapton to name but a few, so to have someone of his calibre offer to master it was an absolute honour to be perfectly honest.  We had to pinch ourselves!  I was very nervous when Jon listened through from start to finish before he started work on mastering it, especially as he had worked with all these top names, but after the last track finished he looked at me and said “what a cracker of an album”!!!  That made my day!
What can you tell us about your new releases? 

Our new album is a massive step up from our first album and it includes brass sections, strings and even an old skool buddy rich style drum solo track!   It certainly takes you on a musical `journey` of love, life, loss, happiness, sadness, social issues and good old fashioned rock and roll baby!
Do you have gigs coming up or a tour in planning?

We have a big showcase gig on 2nd February at the Hideaway Jazz Cub in Streatham, South London where we will be performing both albums with full band and brass and strings sections! Tickets only £10 so come along! (doors open at 7pm)

We have some gigs lines up in March and April and hopefully we will be back on tour with Dave Wakeling and the English Beat this year and hopefully a few festivals in the Summer.
If you will be touring this year where will you guys be heading? 

No tour as yet, but we will play anywhere and everywhere so all you promoters/venues get in touch!
Who are your influences?

Our influences range from The Who, The Jam, The Style Council, The Small Faces, The Kinks, The Beatles, all the big band music, Elvis, Green Day, Marvin Gaye, Duke Ellington, Oasis, Paul Weller, Bob Marley…there are so many more!
How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Mainly from real life stories in the news or from people we’ve met along the way.  I’ve always had the fascination of songs being little stories, whether they be fictional or based on real events.  For instance, the song `Ballad of the Lonely`.  I was sitting on a train on the way home from a night out and I kept catching the reflection of a girl looking out of the train window and our gaze kept meeting.  Within a split second I came up with the opening line `The girl in the reflection keeps on grabbing my attention`…by the time my stop had arrived 20 minutes later I’d written most of the song and created the sad, lonely character of `Ballad of the Lonely`…I’m a very observational song writer.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Hopefully touring the world with no.1 albums under our belt!
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

Erm…thinking about music…talking about music…reading about music.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene? 

`The Paris Match` by The Style Council.
If you had one of your songs played on a TV show or Film which would you want it to be?

`Ballad of the Lonely`.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

When I was young my dad said to me “everyone has a story to tell…doesn’t cost you anything to listen and to understand it”.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?

Just be yourself.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?

See above…”everyone has a story to tell…doesn’t cost you anything to listen and to understand it”.
When you are at a gig, what are five things you cannot forget? 

Always get there early…always play the gig like it`s your last…always talk to your `fans` before and after…always warm up…and always be professional in every way.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?

Website – http://www.the-aim.uk

Twitter – @The_A1M

Facebook – The Aim (username @theoriginaltheaim)

REVIEW: ‘LIME JAM PR’ START TO WORK WITH BAND ‘THE AIM’ AND THEIR NEW ALBUM IS OUT CHECK OUT A SNEAK PEAK FROM IT RIGHT HERE!

6 impressive musicians get together to create their new album ‘Days Like These’ with influences from The Who,Paul Weller and more! 
‘Days Like This’ really a gives you an insight of what they were thinking when the guys were making the album.

Giving us a sneak preview of who they are about and what they are about, check out the RnB infused single that lights the music scene up in an amazing way and gets you moving so fast.
Take a listen for yourself 

https://m.soundcloud.com/limejampr/04-the-aim-back-and-forth-ukh8w1600004/s-e2YcL?in=limejampr/sets/the-aim/s-jsG9n
Get ready to hear more and make sure your kept up to date with everything their up too

Website – http://the-aim.uk/

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

Twitter – https://twitter.com/The_A1M

REVIEW: FROM SINGLE RELEASE ‘BODY LANGUAGE’ TO NOW RELEASING THEIR EP ‘CALLING CARD’ IS TRIO @magazinegap

From their single release to now their EP release this Friday Magazine Gap , made up of Alex,James and Brian.
Starting is ‘Snakes and Ladders’ , I love that title, it really draws, it’s gives me a mysterious feel about it. 
Body Language is one I reviewed on its release, having a funky upbeat intro instantly making you want to ‘Sway side to side’ yet with that amazing rock feel! 

A very go to feel to ‘What’s That About’ when it starts. Vocals really come through strong and carries you through so easily and has a catchy beat.
Last is track 4 same as the title ‘Calling Card’ giving the EP an amazing finish.i feel this has more of a pop /soul vibe yet vocals you hear the small bit of rock come through, mall tracks different yet so fantastic.
Take a watch of The official video for ‘Calling Card’

Make sure you grab yourself a copy and share with your friends.
http://magazinegap.com
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Twitter – https://twitter.com/magazinegap

REVIEW: DIVE IN TO THE NEW HEART FELT TRACK ‘SOMETHING MORE’ BY LUKE POTTER

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;

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/something-more-single/id1160118525
For all updates follow Luke on social media ;

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HERTFORDSHIRE ARTIST ELLIE JANE CHATS MAKING HER DREAMS COME TRUE AND NEW EP’CLOCKS’ 

  

What is your name?  

 Ellie Jane

 

What is your genre of music?  Singer songwriter

 

Give us a little bio about you. 

I grew up in a little council estate in Ware Hertfordshire and am 20 years old. I’ve been singing professionally for about 6 years now but have always sang for as long as I can remember. I have been involved with a few collaborations that managed to get airplay on Radio 1, and managed to get to the final of Open Mic UK.

 

Are you a signed? 

No

 

You are set to release EP , ‘Clocks’, can you tell us more about that?  

It was released on the 21st October and recorded in Gloucestershire. All the tracks are based on real life events that have happened to me and so it’s very personal to me as I am completely opening up to anyone who wants to listen.

 

Describe each track using three words

 Clocks – relatable, honest, powerful

Lights Go Down – strong, encouraging, brave

Can’t Keep Up with You – funky, fun, modern

Beautiful Downfall – liberating, emotional, happy

Who Are You, impacting, pretty, big

Fickle – vulnerable, painful, vengeful.

 

Will we see any gigs or maybe even a tour with this EP ‘Clocks’?

I’ve got a few local gigs planned around Hertfordshire way I’ll be advertising for those on social media (@elliejanemusic) and am hopefully going to be putting a spanner in the works for a mini tour early 2017.

 

 

You performed at Open Mic UK and got to the final how was that?

 To be honest it was intimidating and there were times where I didn’t feel good enough. It was a good gain of experience of performing for me.

 

 

Where is your dream venue to play in the UK? 

 02 Arena

Where is your dream venue to play anywhere overseas? 

  The Superbowl in the US. If you get asked to do that you know you’re successful.

 

Do you have any collaboration with any other artists in the planning?  

  I plan to write with as many different artists as possible as that is the way you grow as a musician.

 

What made you go in to music? 

 There wasn’t exactly a trigger I have just always sang since I was old enough to play with Barbies and things so it’s just always been it for me and it’s the only thing I have patience go stick at.

 

Do you play any instruments? 

 I taught myself really basically to play piano and guitar to have an accompaniment to write to but I’m not massively confident.

 

Who are your influences? 

 Florence and The Machine, Amy Winehouse, James Bay, Kendrick Lamar and other hip hop influences.  

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs? 

  All of my songs are based on real life events. I use hip hop as a massive inspiration because their wordplay and their flows are incredible and actually mean something. It makes me want to write important and expressive lyrics rather than just words to fill 3 minutes.

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years? 

 At the moment, I’d like to have done 2 or 3 tours throughout the UK and overseas, have an album or 3 under my belt and be able to call music my full time job.

 

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

 I do uni work! I’m in my final year of uni studying multimedia journalism so my schedule is pretty hectic.

 

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

 As I said there wasn’t really a trigger it was just something that I’ve always done. Albums like Usher ,Confessions inspired me to write more mature and adventurous lyrics.  

 

 

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

 JK Rowling got rejected something like 50 times before someone agreed to publish her, now pretty much every single person in the entire world knows about Harry Potter even if they haven’t seen it. don’t give up.

 

 

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

 It’s easy to let things consume you and distract you in this business, but when something is stopping your love for writing or putting you off, that something isn’t okay and the love of what you do should always come first. Social media is the answer to everything.

 

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by? 

Keep going and just get things done.

 

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

 Warm up routine.

Vocal pastels

Food

Equipment/instruments

Water

 

You work with Lime Jam PR, how did that come about?  

 To be honest I can’t remember exactly it sort of just happened. I think it was through mutual friends and a friend of my mum’s passed her details to Ellis and Julia at Lime Jam. We had a conversation about how we could work together and cracked on!  

 

You are away from home on tour for ages and you get back, where is your go to place in your hometown? 

 To wherever my dog is at that time, probably my mum’s house.

 

 

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

 @elliejanemusic for everything!

REVIEW:  ELLIE JANES’S BRAND NEW EP ‘CLOCKS’ IS ONE TO BE SAT IN YOUR PLAYLIST!

The Hertfordshire artist has been making a name for herself by gigging and getting her music heard.
Getting to the finals of Open Mic Night UK to already receiving an award for ‘Clocks’ which is the title to her latest EP! 
‘Clocks’ just one of the 5 memorizing songs Ellie has written on the EP which comes with Ellie’s debut video which compensates the song so beautifully.

It takes you on a journey of a emotional yet so empowering song.

With a raw start going straight in to the song really tells you Ellie’s story and what the rest of the EP will sound like!

The vocals and performance throughout shines with professionalism.
Check out the video for CLOCKS below;

You really need to check out the EP to hear the rest of a well mastered EP!

Grab yourself a copy right here 

Listen to Ellie Jane on @AppleMusic.

https://itun.es/gb/aGMrL
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MAGAZINE GAP THE TRIO FROM LONDON RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘BODY LANGUAGE’

With a funky upbeat intro instantly making you want to ‘Sway side to side’ yet with that amazing rock feel! 

A very interesting song with a strong message that you instantly hear throughout and gives you the motivation to go out and get what you want and ‘go dance’ when you do! 
An all time fun rock song you can sing along to as well!! 
Check it out below 

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MAGAZINE GAP CHAT TO ME ABOUT THEIR NEW SINGLE ‘BODY LANGUAGE’ ,GIGS AND THE FUTURE! 

What are your names? James Keen – Vocals & Guitar

Brian “Cookie” McCook – Drums

Alex Ho – Piano

 

What is your band name?

Magazine Gap

 

How did you come up with your name?

It’s actually taken from a major road in Hong Kong, where two of us actually grew up (though didn’t meet until London)

 

What is your genre of music?

Short answer – ‘rock’. Longer answer – a combination of a range of different styles including pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, blues, funk, soul.

 

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

James started out making a name for himself as a singer/songwriter on the acoustic circuit, before meeting Cookie, a well-known R&B drummer and producer on the scene with huge experience, and Alex, a classically-trained pianist (with degrees from Royal Academy and Royal College of Music) who had morphed into a jazz maestro. We were introduced through mutual contacts and wanted to try something entirely different that we couldn’t achieve on our own.

 

What made you go in to music?

A real belief in having something to say and something new to offer, plus a conviction in our abilities as musicians, performers and songwriters.

 

Are you signed?

We have recorded and released our own music independently under our own label (Jackaroo Records), but are open to major label discussions to reach a broader audience.

 

You have just released ‘ Body Language’ tell us more about it.

It’s a party track! We took an obvious theme and put a twist on it; there’s also a twist in the music.

 

Have you guys got any gigs coming up?

Yes

 

If so where will you be heading

We’re performing at Cargo in London on October 21st

 

If you could collaborate with any UK artist who would it be?

Ed Sheeran

 

If you could collaborate with any USA artist who would it be?

John Mayer

 

Where is your dream venue or festival to play? 

Royal Albert Hall

 

Who are your influences?

Prince, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Sting, James Brown, Herbie Hancock

 

How do you get inspiration for all your tracks?

We always try to find something new, built on a cool groove, catchy piano or guitar riffs, modified chords, interesting lyrics. It’s all inspired by what our heroes have achieved, specifically defying convention to create convention.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?

Playing a number of dates at the Royal Albert Hall!

 

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

Enjoy time with friends and family, watch live music, switch off at the cinema. 

 

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

James – “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder

Alex – “Man In The Mirror” by Michael Jackson

Cookie – “Papa Don’t Take No Mess” by James Brown

 

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

“Think about whether you would you buy your own album” – makes you think about your music objectively and not become too self-indulgent.

 

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

Find your own voice, trust your instincts and have courage of convictions.

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

“Be music makers and dreamers of dreams”

 

In your hometown where is your go to place to go after you’ve come back from hitting the road?

Home is our go-to-place!

 

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

(1) Instruments

(2) Lyrics

(3) Direct audience to our social media

(4) Introduce the band

(5) Smile!

 

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

Yes, the Big Four: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube

http://www.facebook.com/MagazineGap

http://www.instagram.com/magazinegap

http://www.twitter.com/magazinegap

http://www.youtube.com/magazinegapmusic