CHATTING WITH PETER SMITH ABOUT NEW SINGLE ‘HIGH’ AND COLLABORATING WITH LAX ‘N’ BUSTO.

 What is your names?
A – Peter M. Smith – M is for Michael

 

What is your genre of music?
A – Rock, good old fashioned uncomplicated Rock…
So many labels floating about these days!! People trying to be profound!

 

 Give us a little bio about you
A – I was born in Dublin in an ordinary, working class family. Raised by My mother and Grandmother.
Started writing and singing at about 12. Talent competitions in Dublin is how I started. Wrote some hit singles for UK artists in electro pop Genre and formed bands when I was in late teens. Got a deal to rite and release 2 years ago and here we are! Had a no.1 in 2015, in Ireland with Love Will Tear Us Apart and wrote a No. 2 (Imagery) for JD Kelleher in 2016. Still standing!

 

Are you a signed?
To a small indy label called Lonely Child Music

 

You set to release ‘High’ ,tell us more about that.
I wrote High about my girlfriend at the time 2015 and now wife, Jessica. It is very important to me. All my songs are I guess, but this one is special. It is my favourite song on this album.

 
What was the recording process like?
I actually have recorded this twice, once with my band, Sonic Brother, who I tour with and once with the famous Lax ‘N’ Busto – They have sold a million records in Spain – and are legends! So to record with them is a learning curve as well as a great thrill!

 

What was the writing process like?
I tend to wake up during the night with an idea, maybe a basic chord structure of a lyrical piece that lives with me and build around it.
From there it happens quickly. I always say, if you are mulling over a song too much, it’s not a good song..

 

Describe the track in three words.
Energetic, Honest, Sexy

 

You collaborate with Lax ‘N’ Busto, how did that come about?
I was a fan, plain and simple. I went along to a concert of theirs in a place called Llorenc, just outside Barcelona. The crowd was about 10,000 strong and they were singing in Catalan, which is similar to Spanish.. They blew me away, every person there knew their songs religiously. Musically they sounded like Bon Jovi, at their peak and I wanted loved the melodies of their songs. I said to my cousin, a Catalan, that I would love to hear these songs in English. Anyway, fate would have it that I was a jam session in a blues bar a month later and I was asked up to sing. Their drummer Jimmy Pinol was on the stage and after we jammed some Hendrix and U2 he asked to meet me and we began immediately to work together.

 

Do you play any instruments?

Yes, some piano and a bit of guitar. I have played at weddings for friends and was much better years ago. I have time now to write and use the guitar for that.

 

Who are your influences?
Morrissey – the genius, Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Phil Lynott, U2, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Kurt Cobain and Prince.

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
From everyday life.. I think to write you have to care about something first and for people. Life is rich and full of chances to just observe and write things down. It’s important not to take yourself to seriously. If you can laugh at yourself you can write about anything.

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
With more children, (we are pregnant with twin girls) loving my wife even more and having played more music that makes me happy!

 

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I love football, and especially Liverpool FC. So my mood is dictated by their bad defending!! I love being with my wife and her family also, we have good parties in our house, eating good Colombian food and listening to music.

 

Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?
Croke Park.. 100%

 

 

What would be your dream show to have your music played on?
A great question! There are so few left.. The Old Grey Whistle Test.. a long defunct show.. Youtube it.. All the great Bowie performance are on there.

 

 

If you could collaborate with one UK Artists or Band who would it be?
Morrissey or Radiohead

 

If you could collaborate with one US Artists or Band who would it be?
Foo Fighters..

 

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Nirvana’s In Bloom – The whole Nevermind album pushed me into the game – I was 14 when I heard this songs.

 

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Stay true to you..

 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Do not compromise on your style or direction. If you do, you’ll be half assed. So many people have ‘your best interests at heart’. Do not let their ‘best interests’ change what you are doing. Remember the reason they wanna deal with you is the sound you are already making.. Stay true to that sound.

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Stay true to you.. or to thine own self be true. Most good people can smell a faker.. Don’t sell out to that shit! Be yourself, speak your mind and the right people will never forget you.

 

You get off a plane in your hometown,
1/ where is the first place you visit
My Mothers – she is usually out on her bike though!!
2/ where is the first place you see
The city centre – HMV – where I bought my first records.. Yes ‘records’!!
3/ where is the fist food place you go and what do you get
Abrakebabra… So bad!! Yet SO gooood!!

 

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
The plastic bottle of Jack Daniels that I sneak in so I don’t pay €8 for a beer just 2 euros for a mixer!
To go to the bathroom when the artist starts playing their new stuff, cos that’s not what I am there for !
Taxi fare home
Buy a tee shirt – support the artist!!!
Camera phone for the epic moments!!

 

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/petersmithsings
Twitter: @petersmithsings
Instagram petermsmithmusic

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REVIEW: JOE SYMES AND THE LOVING KIND RELEASE NEW ACOUSTIC VARIATIONS EP! 

With FOUR tracks and being released on the 20th January 2017 through Truly Independant Records, the Liverpudlian band are ready to show they can mix things up a great way! 

Looking at the track listing you may be familiar with but more chilled so to say yet stil having the JSATLK feel you always love! 

Track 1 ‘ ‘I’m Gonna Find Out One Day’ the smooth vocals fro Joe just grabs your attention and with distinctive instrumental it pieces the song together magically.

Track 2 ‘Fine Line’ a more upbeat and bouncy track to get you moving to the beat which this definitely does.

Lyrics that just bounce of each word and very easily remembered to sing a long too.

Track 3 ‘ Your Not Coming Back Tomorrow’

Again a unique instrumental that makes you look forward to where the track will go then once the vocals come in slow but you are just mesmerized by the song. Sounding very personally but sang beautifully.
 
‘No Turning Back’ a very story telling song that you just feel it’s so laid back and chilled giving the ending of a EP a magnificent ending! 

Make sure you download it on the 20th Jan from 

http://www.joesymesandthelovingkind.co.uk/

The Hummingbirds hit the stage on 27/03/16 in Liverpool’s very own ‘Buyers Club’ for their Album launch.Here are my thoughts of the night!

The Hummingbirds are made up of Jay Davies who is lead vocalist and plays guitar, Matty Brougham plays Rhythm Guitar, Mic Kounti plays guitar and backing vocals ,Richard Smith plays the Backing Drums as well as Backing Vocals and last but not least Ryan Lewis strums Bass.
The five piece took the stage in their hometown with a crowd that danced and sang along to until their last song.

Throughout the whole night these guys put on a show to remember, being unsigned and getting out there is hard but it all turned when the boys saw their sold out gig was jammed packed.
Lets dive straight in and chat about my favourite track of the night!
‘Talking Of Tomorrow’ Jay Davies storms straight in with his vocals which are soft spoken but appealing which draws you in catching the atmospherics image from start to finish.
Musical elements of all of the tracks performed blew me away they were so professional and made you sing a long which at a gig you always want to sing a long or dance to and these boys can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hummingbirds are definitely a band that needs to be on your playlist and in diary’s when they are next performing live.

 

Folllow the lads on social media for all updates;

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wearethehummingbirdsUK

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHummingbird

Official Website: http://wearethehummingbirds.com/

LIVERPOOL FOUR PIECE’ CABEZUDOS’ ARE READY TO ‘ROCK’ THEIR SOUND IN TO 2016 BE SURE TO SEE WHAT THEY ARE ABOUT!

What is your Full name?
‘Cabezudos’ (Cab-eh-thu-dos)

 

Interesting name, how did that come about and what’s the meaning for it?
The guitarists auntie lives in Spain, and when he was down there once he was a festival called ‘Cabezudos’, which means ‘Big Heads’ where the people parade around the town with massive paper machete heads (google it!) So we didn’t have a name for the band, and his mum joked about to us once saying we should call the band Cabezudos, as we all have big heads, and it wasn’t actually too much of a bad idea!

 

How old are you?
The guitarist Chris is 19, Bass player tom is 21, Front man Jack is 19, and Drummer Harry is 18.

 

What is your genre of music?
We always find it quite hard to say an exact genre, as we like to think were pretty diverse. Rock or Blues/Rock probably wouldn’t be too off the mark though!

 

Give us a little bio about yourself.
We’re a group of 4 lads from Liverpool with the exact same music taste, ambition and idea of what we want to achieve as a band. We’ve been together for just under a year, but don’t let that fool you into thinking were still trying to find our feet.
We recently just released our debut EP, which shows our diversity and strength of songwriting, but however we feel our true strength is in our live sound, where we have a energetic frontman able to work the crowd, whilst having a hard hitting solid band behind him.
Its definitely worth your time coming down to see us if you ever have the chance.

 

How long have you been doing music?
As a band we’ve been playing together just under a year, however we’ve all been In different bands previously to Cabezudos over the last 3 or 4 years. Chris and Tom have been playing for about 4 years, and Harry has been playing the drums since he was about 8!

 

What made you go in to music?
Our passion for listening to music ultimately lead us all into wanting to make our own music. It’s a great feeling listening back to a song you’ve made, and feeling really proud of it, you know.

 

Are you a signed?
No…… *CRIES*

 

You have debuted you EP ‘’ She Waits’, what’s the inspiration behind the name and the whole EP?
Well the EP is just a collection of what we felt were our 4 best songs at the time, so theres no particular meaning behind the name for the EP as a whole, just aside from the fact we thought the title of the opening track, fitted it well.
Tell us more about the tracks.
We don’t usually like to give too much away of song meanings cause we feel its better when people have their own connections to them.
But in short, ‘She Waits’ is about struggling with the hardships that come with life, and trying to carry the weight on your shoulder. Could You Be Wrong and Foolish, are ballad-like songs about our experiences with love, whilst I’ve Never Seen is a song about lust.

 

What’s the reaction you’ve had so far?
With friends and family they were great, but as for the rest, Initial reactions were really slow actually. People didn’t take to it too well at first. But slowly over time this has started to change and people are starting to take notice to us now, and are realising the quality of the EP.

 

 

What instruments do you play?
The band consists of just one guitar, one bass and one drummer,

 

 

Who are your influences?
We all listen to a LOT of different music, but our biggest influences are probably The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and The Rolling Stones.

 

Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour?
We have got a lot of gigs lined up from now until summer actually, so were going to be really busy, but were also in the middle of trying to arrange a tour for summer!

 

If you are, where are will you be heading?
Most of our gigs booked are all in Liverpool, but we’ve just booked a gig in the library pub in Leeds for the 30th April, our first out of city gig!

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
We have different ways we write songs. For example Chris the guitarist writes songs that we take on as band and use, however we also write songs together as a band which freshens things up in practice. The lyrics are influenced by things that are personal to us, things that weve experienced, and I think you can tell this by the raw emotion that come out in the songs.

 

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
We hope to be on the festival circuit, with at least an album already under our belt.

 
What’s the best gig you’ve played so far and why?
We’d all agree to say our EP launch gig, its rare we get to play an hour long set, and we finally got to play all the songs we cant usually fit in to normal sets. The crowd was also crazy aswell, the place was bouncing!

 

If you could collaborate with one UK Artist who would it be?
Either Paul McCartney, or Johnny Marr!

 

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

 

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in UK?
Couldn’t be any other place than glastonbury could it?

 

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

 

 

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Probably Mollys Chambers by Kings of Leon, really simple song with a big impact

 

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
To be a consistent pain in everyones backside, that that’s the only way you can get anywhere as a band!

 

 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Write songs that mean something to you, not something that you think people will like!

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
If you don’t believe in yourself, then no one will.

 

 
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Yeah were on Facebook, and twitter.

REVIEW: LIVERPOOL ROCK FOUR PIECE ‘CABEZUDOS’ RELEASE DEBUT EP ‘SHE WAITS’ HERE’S WHAT I THINK!

From Liverpool UK Cabezudos are made up of Jack Hughes, Chris Bolton,Tom Maher
and Harry Strachan and have a Rock genre.

‘ She Waits’ starts off with the title of the EP , Straight away upbeat and melodious throughout which is always a good sign and makes you want to see how the EP ends.
Vocals are so warm and appealing which makes it clear to hear the lyrics being sang clearly.

Next up we have ‘Foolish’ this starts slower showing a different side of the four piece but is still Jacks appealing vocals come straight in.
The lyrics are very heart-warming and original which you hear throughout this song.
Huge drum and guitar ending at about ‘3:24’ which you didn’t expect at all so imaginative and creative.

Track 3 ‘ Ive Never Seen’ a great song with a which has a strong melody.
The vocals are powerful and confident which accompanies the instrumental perfectly.
You will just be carried along this whole track and singing along after the first listen.
Last but least my favourite ‘ Could You Be Wrong’ With the atmospheric intro, you really sink in to the song and makes you really listen to what is being said and realize you maybe able to relate to them.
Lyrics are so meaningful and you can hear through the vocals that its personal to them and hurt.
The vocal and instrumental performance just perfect with their distinctive vocals and a variety of instruments giving the track their own feel just finalizes this whole EP incredibly.
This is a band that have only been around for just under a year, I cant wait to see what the future holds for them!
Check it out here:

FOLLOW THE CABEZUDOS BOYS RIGHT HERE:
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/CabezudosBand
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/CabezudosBand

BRONNIE HUGHES IS JUST A 18 YEAR OLD WITH A VOICE THAT ELECTRIFY’S, WITH HER POP/ROCK GENRE ITS SAFE TO SAY SHE’S BRINGING IT BACK FOR THE GIRLS IN MUSIC!

What is your Full name?  

Bronwen Lily Hughes

 

How old are you?

18

 

What is your genre of music?

Pop/Rock

 

Give us a little bio about you –

I’m from Wirral, England! (Basically Liverpool but no one has heard of the Wirral) I’m currently studying pop music & Sound Tech at Paul McCartney’s music uni for a year! I write weird songs constantly and I enjoy long romantic walks… To the fridge.

 

How long have you been doing music and what made you go in to music?

I’ve wanted to be a singer for as long as I can remember but often changed my mind by liking photography; musical theatre etc but I’ve always loved the singing aspect of musical theatre! I’ve been singing in front of people in musical theatre since I was 7, I had my FIRST EVER SOLO when I was 14 (Never been so nervous in my life!!!) I spent years deciding what I wanted to be when I was older but singing was always there in the back of my head so after a short trip to Wales (April 2014) one night I randomly downloaded all of Busted’s albums, realised how awesome they are and decided I want to do what they do!

 

 

Are you a signed?

Nope, I’ve had various people contacting me but you just got to pick the right deal that’s best for you and your musicJ

 

What instruments do you play?

Guitar

 

Who are your influences?

A lot of old school pop/rock bands! …. Busted, Bowling For Soup, Green Day, Blink 182… you get my jist!

 

Will we see an album next year, if so can you say when?  

You’ll definitely be seeing an EP next year;)

 

Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour?

Hopefully!

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Most of the time I get inspiration after I listen to my favourite bands or watch a high school ‘American Pie’ type film!

 

Where do you see yourself in 2-5 Years?

Writing songs for myself and various artists, hopefully I’ll be in a kick ass band!! I definitely would like to be in a band with dudes and not girls though, I just get on better writing and recording with guys cause every guy I work with loves the same bands as I do! .. not many girls I know like to rock out to a bit of old school Blink haha!

 

 

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

Eating, smelling candles… one time I found myself in the Yankee Candle store for 45 MINUTES just smelling every single candle in there… heaven!

 

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

James Bourne, I love every single song he writes and his band Busted is awesome and he was the reason I started writing songs!

 

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

I have to admit… I’m turning into a Bielieber so it would be awesome to collab with the man himself… talk about good promo;)
But I would also love to work with the band Bowling For Soup as they have sparked a lot of song ideas for me!

 

 

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

Liverpool Echo Arena! I’ve seen my favourite artists and bands play; it would be mega for me!

 

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

Probably the Forum in LA!

 

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

I’m not sure what song but it was definitely the 2 Busted albums!

 

What was the first song you wrote?

It was a song called Stay; I wrote that song the day after I downloaded all of Busted’s tracks and was blown away!!

 

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

Miranda Miller from Hey Violet said to me in LA… Practise for at least 2 hours a day on your instrument/s, do anything to promote yourself and make your self known by putting yourself out there, believe you can do it, and with help and support from your mates and family you can do it!

 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

Just go for it! Be the musician you want to be… even if you fail a couple of times!

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

‘Good things don’t happen to those who wait… good things happen to those who get up off their asses and do shit!’

 

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

  My Social Media Links!


TWITTER: ‪https://twitter.com/Bronnie97

INSTAGRAM: ‪https://www.instagram.com/bronniehughes/

FACEBOOK: ‪https://www.facebook.com/BronnieHughe

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGfW5Xm0JGyoQhxReahVePA

SNAPCHAT: BRONNIEHUGHES

THIS IS A FIVE PIECE THAT CAPTURES A UNIQUE SOUND THAT YOU ALL NEED TO HEAR NOW, GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ‘ THE HUMMINGBIRDS’

What are your full names?  

Jamie Davies, Mathew Brougham, Michael Kountis, Ryan Lewis & Richard Smith

What is the band’s name?  

The Hummingbirds

Whats the reason behind the band’s name?

Jay’s first guitar was an ‘Epiphone Hummingbird’ He was looking for the name, and it was just in front of him at the time, and we settled on that.

How old are you? 

Average age of 24

What is your genre of music?

Acoustic/Pop mainly with a Liverpool inspired americana twang to it

Give us a little Bio of the band and you guys individually/

We have all known each other for years, playing in various bands around Liverpool since we were 14/15 (many of us playing different roles than we do now) Jay and Matty were writing songs together for a few months before Mic and Rich joined and we were later joined by Ryan on the Bass. We’ve been writing songs since the beginning, some good, some bad. All of us knew each other from School/living in the same street/college.

How long have you been doing music?

I’d say for the best part of 8-10 years each one of us, we all used to jam together when we were in our early teens, but didn’t actually make it a ‘thing’ ‘till we were19/20

What made you go in to music? 

I think it was just wanting to copy our idols from when we were such a young age, thats why everyone gets into music I guess, but we just decided to stick with it and write our own stuff and we’ve managed to get this far off the back of it.

Are you a signed? 

We are signed via a Publishing Company (Just Music), Distribution Company (Absolute Records) and a record label (Gladstone Recording Co)

What instruments do you play? 

Between us, quite a mix, we have two acoustic guitars in the band, an electric guitar, bass guitar and drums, but Michael and Rich both play the Piano and have done on recordings, as well as other weird small instruments in bits and pieces of our album, Rich is our drummer, he also plays guitar and bass, and Michael our guitarist also plays Drums and Bass, so we’re never short of people throwing ideas around in the writing sessions.

Who are your influences?

That changes a lot for each band member, I’d say a general consensus was a bit of The Eagles, mixed with some Johnny Cash inspired guitar, The Hollies, The Beatles & John Mayer.

When will your new material be out? 

We have a Single/EP out November 6th, That’s ‘Out Of The Rain’ It comes with two other tracks ‘Home’ and ‘Awaiting Your Call’ and will be out on iTunes, Amazon, Apple music and Spotify (and any other upstanding streaming and download service)

Will you be doing any gigs ? 

Of course, we always try and keep busy with gigging! There are two in London, 14th October and 8th December. As well as a show in St Helens the 16th October, Chester 13th November, and a big Liverpool show on the 28th November (not one to miss)

Where did the inspiration for the new single ‘Out of The Rain’?  

It was born out of boredom on the van on the way to a gig in Stockton on Tees and also it came from a situation that one us was going through at the time. There was an issue with a relationship that just wouldn’t end, and that’s where the main chorus hook of ‘I thought I told you to leave’ came from, the rest came quickly, seeing as we were living it, it just flowed out of us, we had a phone demo complete by the time we arrived (2.5 hours later) I also fondly remember the date, it was the 21st December 2012 (the day the world was supposed to end)

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Most of the time, the music will come first, and that can just be inspired by what we listen to at the time, stylistically and also sonically. Then we will sit down and say ‘Okay does this sound like a sad song or a happy song?’ then we go from there, usually we pick a subject with a few of us in a room and just take it from there, most of the time it’s about love, and lack thereof, just because 5 lads are going to have their share of relationship issues. It’s also something we can really jump deep into when we write.

Where do you see yourself in 2-5 Years? 

We hope to be writing  music for the people who want it! As for the people who don’t want it.. we hope they hear us every time they switch the radio on and eventually come around.

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

Replying to emails mostly. That has become such a big part of the life, it’s almost like a desk job with all the work you have to put in behind the scenes, but it is rewarding. We can’t afford our own PA yet.

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

That’s a really good question, I never really like many collaborations I hear, they always sound really forced (unless it’s the golden age of the 80’s when you had collaborations galore – Macca/MJ – Macca/Stevie wonder – So basically Paul McCartney and everyone…) But I guess it would be good to do an on stage collaboration with someone… to be joined/join Paul McCartney on stage would be a dream for any of us. I think to say you’ve played with a Beatle is a big achievement, especially being from Liverpool. (If Kanye get’s to do it, why can’t we?)

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

Would love to do an on stage collaboration with John Mayer (for me personally – Mic)

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

Glastonbury would be a dream festival to play, The John Peel tent has an amazing atmosphere, the venue would have to be selling out the Royal Albert Hall, but the Roundhouse is a beautiful venue as well!

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

Dream festival in the US would be the Eaux Claire festival in Wisconsin, I wen’t last year and it was in such an amazing setting, the bands were all great and the sun was out the whole time (not like English festivals) Dream venue would be the Ed Sullivan theatre in New York, so many great artists have performed and been televised there throughout the years.

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

When I was younger my Mum used to spoon feed me The Beatles every time we went out in the car, I remember that Hello Goodbye and Ticket To Ride were my favourite songs on the CD and it made me want to get Piano lessons, which she kindly got me, that was my introduction to music. (could be worse)

What was the first song you wrote?

As The Hummingbirds, the first song we properly wrote together was a song called ‘Talking Of Tomorrow’ which has actually managed to make it onto the album!

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

Wear suits. You look like a gang of scruffs.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians? 

Practice, and just write what you love, it’s not about trying to fill a gap in the market, you should write what you feel comfortable performing and you should make sure you perfect your craft (that’s what will set you above the competition)

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

I don’t think any of us follow a quote, or a motto, but we could quote the whole series of Phoenix Nightsafter a few drinks.

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

INSTRUMENTS < very important. Our suits. a Plec (we always seem to forget this one) Hair Spray (it doesn’t stick itself up) and the sound guys name (you always need to make sure you are polite and call him by his name, and you SHOULD get a good sound and hopefully he will remember you for next time)   

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

Yes, If you Google us you can find all sorts on there. The main ones are:

Website – http://www.wearethehummingbirds.com

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/wearethehummingbirdsuk

Twitter – @Thehummingbirds

Instagram @Thehummingbirds

Joe Symes & The Loving Kind are ‘TRULY INDEPENDENT’ WITH THEIR OWN LABEL. GET TO KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY BECAUSE THE 4 PIECE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THEIR MUSIC AND WHAT THEY HAVE PLANNED!

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What are your Full names and ages ( you dont have to answer if you dont want to for ages) ?

Joe:My name is Joe Symes

Chris:Chris Giblin, and I’m 112 years old!

Colin: My name’s Colin White, and I’m over 21.

Paul: My name is Paul Hetherington.

 

 

What is your band’s Genre?

Colin: I personally can’t categorize us. Consistently versatile is the closest I’ve came to.

Joe: I don’t think you can call us one style of music to be honest, We touch on most styles of music.

Chris: We don’t aim to be a specific genre, we play whatever feels right at the time.

 

 

Give us a little bio of the band and you guys as individual.

Joe: We have been together now for just over 18 months. I’m proud of what the band has done in that time, and the fact that we are a global band also.

Colin: We’ve done so much in such a short amount of time, it feels like we’ve been together for about 5 years.

 

 

Where did you get the band name from?

Colin: The band name was my idea. It comes from a line from a song called Get Up by R.E.M. Simple, memorable, and rolls off the tongue.

Joe: I think the band name is great.

 

 

Who does what in the band? (I.e. who does the vocals, who plays what, who writes the songs)

Joe: I play acoustic/electric guitars and harmonica.

Chris: Bass.

Paul: Lead, synth guitar, and web design.

Colin: I play drums, do backing vocals, and make notes.

Joe:  I’m the lead singer and songwriter, but there is an overall contribution as a band.

Paul: Lead guitars.

 

 

Are You Signed?

Colin:  We’ve set up our own label called Truly Independent, as we’re not the type of people who take orders from anyone.

 

 

What instruments do you play?

Chris:  I play bass, but like all of us we can play a large variety of instruments between us.

Joe:  I myself can play a lot of instruments, Drums, bass, piano, etc.

Colin:  Well first and foremost I’m a percussionist, but I can play guitar and bass, though not in the band.

Paul: Guitar and bass.

 

 

How did the band come about?

Joe: I was doing acoustic gigs myself around Liverpool and the north west, I’ve known Colin for a good few years and he asked me did I want him to play bongo’s in the gigs to which i agreed.

Colin: And he’s been stuck with me ever since.

 

 

How did you guys meet?

Chris: At the drive in.

Joe: Through friends and social media.

Colin: I’ve known Joe for years. Chris came through an add I put up, and Paul came through a friend of a friend. We’ve been stuck with each other ever since. Ha!

 

 

Who are your influences?

Joe: I have so many influences, The Beatles being my first through to Marvin Gaye, Sex Pistols, Frank Sinatra,Echo & The Bunnymen, Neil Young, So many I’d be here for ages.

Chris: Many many influences. I like things edgy though, people over history who have been prepared to push the boundaries, try new things!

Paul: Buddy Guy, Albert King, many people along those lines.

Colin: Do you have a spare couple of days? Let me think. My personal drumming influences are people like John Densmore, Ringo Starr, Gene Krupa, Art Blakey, all the Motown drummers, Charlie Watts, D.J. Fontana, W.S. Holland, Chick Webb, I could go on forever.

 

 

 

What are your backgrounds whether it’s in music or not?

Joe: I originally was a drummer, that was the first instrument I learned to play, self taught, playing along to songs and learning different styles to which then I progressed to guitar and writing songs.

Colin: I’m the only musician in my family, but have been surrounded by music for practically all of my life thanks to my parents and brother.

Chris: Is there any other background to talk about other than music?

 

 

How did music come in to your lives and when did you start doing it?

Colin: I had no aspirations of playing music until I heard The Doors, and watched their Live At The Hollywood Bowl video when I was about 11. As soon as I saw John Densmore play drums I thought, “that’s what I want to do.” It took me another 3 years to persuade my parents that I was serious about playing and they finally bought me a kit. Haven’t looked back since.

Joe: At a very early age, there was so much music being played around my parents house, so much variety, i started when I was 9 years old.

Chris: As a kid listening to records at home and pestering my mum and dad for a guitar, then pretending to play as part of bands in my bedroom, think I played at Knebworth, Wembley and Shay Stadium before I was 12!

 

 

When will you be releasing material?

Joe: We have just finished recording new songs at Parr Street Studio’s in Liverpool and we will be going back there to record again soon, We have a few weeks off now to work on new songs for up and coming gigs.

Colin: Yeah, should be about October/November. Looking forward to it.

 

 

how do you get inspiration to write songs?

Joe: Just everyday experiences, also a lot of the songs are biography.

 

 

Where do you see the band in 2-5 years time?

Chris: Playing to bigger crowds and still making records that people are happy to listen to.

Colin: Playing and succeeding even more.

Joe: Hopefully even bigger and better gigs, more albums released, playing gigs abroad.

Paul: What they said. Ha!

 

 

 

Where would your dream place be to perform?

Colin: Hollywood Bowl, Grand Ole Opry, Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. So many to choose.

Chris: Pyramid stage at Glastonbury as the sun is going down.

Paul: Ronnie Scott’s or the Pyramid Stage.

Joe: Anywhere that holds thousands of people.

 

 

If you could do collaboration with anyone who would it be?

Joe: Paul McCartney

Colin: Sadly most of the people I’d like to work with have passed.

Chris: Tough one, I think a live “bass off” with Mani would be interesting.

Paul: B.B. King.

 

 

 

If you wasn’t doing music what would you’s be doing?

Joe: I have no idea ?

Paul:

Chris: Probably getting drunk watching music.

Colin: Try not to think about such things.

 

 

 If You got asked by a TV show or film to have your music played on, which show or film would it be?

Colin: Getting a song on a Tarantino film would be cool.

Joe: Any show or film that would project the band’s music to an even bigger audience.

Chris: definitely Hollyoaks!!!!!

 

 

Do you have a website, social media pages and music pages for your fans?

Joe: Yes you can download our self titled debut album from our official website at http://www.joesymes.co.uk

Other social media sites that you can find us on are as follows….

http://www.facebook.com/pages/JOE-Symes/206169176086266

http://www.twitter.com/joeysymes/

http://www.reverbnation.com/1joesymes

http://www.fit4talent.com/joe-symes