SWEDISH ROCK BAND ‘MY HEART IS A METRONOME’ TALK THEIR NEW SINGLE AND EP ‘TIERP’ CHECK OUT WHAT WAS SAID RIGHT HERE! 

What is the bands name? My heart is a metronome

 

How did you come up with the bands name?

“My heart is a metronome” is kind of like a reminder too keep going, to never give up on your goals, especially musically. If you give the name some thought you’ll get it. 

 

What is your genre of music?

Alternative rock, maybe?

 

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

We started out as a band about 4 years ago. Well, actually, it all started with Mattis Malinen (vocals and guitar) who wrote a whole lot of music on his own and then busked the streets throughout Europe. When he came back home to Sweden he felt the songs lacked a rhythm section. This is where Gustaf Simonsson (bass) and Felix Carlsten (drums) joined the band. Mattis used to collect live videos on his harddrive when he was around 15. One day he found a video of the band System of a down playing a show at Big day out festival. The guitarist Daron Malakian was acting crazy, running around stage, spinning around, throwing himself on the ground to play a solo. This is what got Mattis into playing guitar. The rest is history.

 

 

Gustaf had been interested in music for his whole life. Growing up in i family with his mother who was an opera singer and grandpa who was a cantor, it was no coincidence Gustaf started to play music at a young age. He did his first live performance as a new born baby, representing “the new year” on stage at a big gala party. He then used to perform on every big family occasion singin’ funny songs alone on stage. When he was 9 years old he was learning how to play the guitar. He was really focused to learn how to play a clean barré chord. He tried and tried, but did not succeed. He got so disappointed and sad that he climbed into a closet, held the door shut from the inside and refused to get out. That is what you call a real musician! Legend says he still walks into his closet when he can’t figure out the right chord for a song.

 

When it comes to Felix he literally started playing the drums on ice cream boxes, saucepan lids and plastic toys when he was 14 years old. He also liked to go to the kitchen, open the pantry and oven and hit everything that would make a sound. At last, his parents got so annoyed (impressed?) that they finally bought him a drum kit. However, we want to believe that they bought him the drumkit due to that they thought he had talent. Funny thing is that it is the same drumkit as he plays on, on the song ”Feel Think”.

 

What made you go in to music?

Music made us!

 

Are you a signed?

Yes! We’re on the fantastic indie label Soul City Enterprise, a label started by our beloved friend and manager Tobias “Pitbull” Rosén.

 

Your brand new Single is out ‘Tierp’, what can you tell us about it?

 it’s the place where Mattis grew up and spent his first 18 years. It’s a song about memories and friendship and how to hold on to that. 

 

What was the recording process like?

We recorded the EP in our rehearsal space with the help of our good friends Jakob Jakobsson Blom and Axel Tovedal. It felt a lot more like “home” compared to expensive recording studios and it also meant that we could put more time into playing around with sounds and ideas. And to go and take a swim in the river when we had to.

 

What was the writing process like?

Fantastic and fun. We love writing music together and we hope that reflects in our songs. We write together by jamming in the rehearsal space.

 

Who did you let listen to the single before it was released?

Close friends and family. 

 

You have released your EP’ Tierp’, tell us more about that.

It consists of 4 tracks which we’ve put our heart and soul into and are really proud of. The songs are quite different from one another, but they’re still held together in some weird way. 

It was written and produced by ourselves, recorded by the above mentioned friends and mixed by grammy award winner Pelle Gunnerfeldt (The Hives, Refused).

 

Describe each track in three words.

Tierp – Disco, melodic, alternative.

Pick it up – Rhythmic, playful, technical.

Queen – Groovy, groovy, morecowbell

Bubble – Energetic, fast, bubbly

 

Do you play any instruments?

Thank god we do. Mattis plays guitar, Felix drums and Gustaf is slappin’ da bass. 

 

Who are your influences?

The list is long! Anything from soul classics to fast metal. 

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Life and what comes with it. 

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Hopefully playing bigger stages, touring worldwide and making a living off of our music.

 

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

We all have dayjobs. Mattis works at a home for people with disabilities, Felix is a management consultant and Gustaf is a building construction engineer.

 

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

I think it all varies for the three of us. For Mattis it was “Psycho” by System of a down. For Felix it was “Drain You” with Nirvana. Gustaf’s first own album he bought himself was Michael Jackson – Thriller. Memories are vague, but that album probably had a big influence.

 

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

Can’t think of one given straight to us, but a good quote from the legend Jeff Buckley is: 

“Be the best. No negativity. No weakness. No acquiescence to fear or disaster. No errors of ignorance. No evasion to reality”

 

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

Do your own thing, work hard and trust no one. The most important thing is to have fun though and try to hold on to why you started playing music in the first place!

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Life’s a bitch and then you die.

 

You get off a plane in your hometown,

1/ where is the first place you visit

Bäverns rehearsal space. 

2/ where is the first place you see

You see an awesome church/cathedral #hotforchurches

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

 Jappi – red curry!

 

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

Our instruments, merch, backdrop, fresh ginger aaaand… a setlist for Mattis.

 

You work with Quite Great PR how did that come about?

We found them through googling around for UK PR agencies.

 

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

First of all we have our own webpage http://www.myheartisametronome.com 

where you can read more about us and get direct links to all of our social media platforms. 

If you are a lazy one, here you go:

 

Facebook: facebook.com/myheartisametronome

Instagram: @myheartisametronome

Twitter: @MHIAMband

Snapchat @MHIAMband

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ_sirsd9qo6wFKnBVv0pHQ

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4aaBqtuCgkgQce4h3lZKDc

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/myheartisametronome-1

 

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RYAN HAMILTON &THE TRAITORS CHAT TO ME ABOUT THEIR FANTASTIC NEW SINGLE ‘WE NEVER SHOULD HAVE MOVED TO LA’ AND WORKING WITH GINGER WILDHEART

How did you come up the name Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors?My bandmates and I are big Star Wars fans. They had used “The Traitors” before on one tour, so when we were coming up with a new/updated band name they mentioned it. The new Star Wars movie had come out, and the “traitor” reference from that film really resonated with us. So, it stuck!
How you describe your genre of music?

I would say it’s country tinged pop/rock
You’re releasing new single ‘We Never Should Have Moved To LA’, what’s the meaning behind the track?

A lot of bands and/or artists move to LA to “make it”. But I’ve never understood why.
Can you tell us a little about your writing process?

Songs or ideas come to me. I never sit down and go, “I’m going to write a song”. I wait for the idea to come to ME.
You worked with some well-established musicians in the past, like Ginger Wildheart – what advice have they offered you?

Yeah, I guess I have, huh? My favorite bit of advice that Ginger has given me thus far is how important it is to “stay consistent”.
Can you tell us more about some of your favourite tracks on the album?

They actually change. But right now, my favorite has to be “Smarter”. I love how it goes from a Classic Rock sound, to a Pop Rock sound… and then a Country middle section. Love that.
Later this month youre heading out on a UK tour, what shows are you most excited for?

I’m excited about them all. London is our album release party… and we’re recording the show, so if I HAD to pick one to be a little more excited about. It’s that one. Plus, it’s in an old church, and it’s SOLD OUT.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Doing the same thing, the same way I have been for the last 2-3 years. But on a much bigger scale.
When you’re not doing busy making and playing music, what else do you do?

I really like to paint and draw. I love to LISTEN to music too. So, I do a lot of painting while listening to music. Haha. True!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?

I don’t think I have a favorite saying or quote, but the most important thing to me is HONESTY. I am always honest. To a fault sometimes. It’s something my dad instilled in me, and I am forever grateful.
You’re coming off tour and going home…

1/ where do you visit first 

I always stop at Whataburger after a tour. I don’t know why… but I CRAVE it.

2/ who do you see first

My beautiful wife.

3/where do you eat first

See question number 1. Haha!
Do you have social media accounts we can reach you on?

Yes, and I use them all the time.

twitter.com/TraitorRyan

facebook.com/ryanhamiltonandthetraitors

instagram/TraitorRyan

FROM THE AGE OF 15 ,MARK SULLIVAN HAS BEEN FROM BAND TO BAND AND NOW ON HIS SOLO JOURNEY WITH NEW SINGLE ‘WARM YOUR BONES’ AND EP ‘STILL GOOD FOR NOTHING’ SET TO RELEASE IN MARCH!

What is your name? 

Mark Sullivan 
What is your genre of music? Acoustic/funk/soul 

Give us a little bio about you. 

Ok, so i have been playing since i was 15, in bands, duo’s and now solo. I’ve always wanted to be a solo player but spent most of my playing time as a frontman. I won the solo category of ‘Rock The House’ in 2015 where i got to perform at the American Ambassadors house which was amazing, and have played some great stages including Big Feastival, Isle Of Wight and 02 Brooklyn Bowl. I recently recorded my new ep in America with a grammy nominated producer Steve Greenwell and was lucky enough to have some amazing session players feature including Jack Daley on Bass! This year hopefully you will start hearing me on the radio and seeing me play some big support shows.. 
Are you a signed?

 no 


You are released your new single ‘Warm Your Bones’ , whats the meaning behind it? 

Warm Your Bones is written from a man’s prospective of when he is in love and in a long-term relationship. He is explaining that throughout everything; the arguments, the ups and downs, that none of it matters. All that matters is that he loves her and would do anything for her. 


Tell us more about the writing process 

I generally like to get the melody, riff or chord progression first. Once I have a clear picture of the structure or how i feel the song should be, I then fit the lyrics around the song dependent on what emotion the song evokes to me at the time. 


What was the recording process like? 

It was such a special time and I really enjoyed the creative process. I have worked for an opportunity like this for a long time now and to finally see it come to fruition is a great feeling. I learned so much in the time I was there and it has helped me grow as a person, a songwriter, a musician and singer. 

You also released the video, how much fun was that and whats your best memory from the shoot? 

It was great fun to shoot the video and we also had a great team around us who was a pleasure to work with. We had good direction on where we needed to get and I really enjoyed seeing the story and message of the video come to life. My favourite moment was standing in the royal naval college London with the city skyline behind me. I remember thinking this is a great moment for me! 


You have an EP coming out March 10th called ‘Still Good For Nothing’ whats the meaning behind the title? 

The single ‘Warm your bones’ is out 17t h March and the EP is available to stream now on Spotify, So get on spotify have a listen and give us a follow. The meaning of the title is a slight tongue in cheek thing for me. There’s a lyric in the song ‘Bird at night’ which says ‘ you can look to me when you feel good for nothing’ and with this EP being I feel my best work to date it could still be all for nothing?? So I could still be good for nothing. 


What was the process like making it? 

We had some amazing people working on the EP and I was lucky enough to have Grammy nominated producer Steve Greenwell (Joss Stone, The Jonas brothers) produce the Ep. This was surreal for a couple of days with me having been a massive fan. It was a massive learning curve for me and I loved and absorbed every second of it. I was also blessed with having Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz, Beyonce ) lay down the bass for the EP. 
Who did you show it to first once completed? 

A couple of my friends first of all over a couple of beers! 


Do you have any gigs in the works? 

I have some great dates in London in Feb then im off on a Cafe nero uk & Scotland tour, 10t h Feb Supporting Paul Pedana at 93 Feet East in Brick lane. 23r d Feb The bedford in Balham 


If so which cities will you be going? 

London, Glasgow, Edinburgh. 


Will we see an tour with the EP? 

Yes April we will be on a support tour 
What made you go in to music? 

Music has been a massive part of my life for most of my life. It inspires me, gets me up in the morning and has got me through tough times. That’s what has ultimately started me off at music and kept me going. 


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

Hopefully! We have put in for a lot of festivals again this year but it always takes a long time to hear back at this stage as it’s a long process. Last year it wasn’t until April that we started getting our confirmations for festivals and had some really good ones including a stage at Isle Of Wight, The Big Feastival and Camper Calling. I love festivals so i’m hoping we get some more good ones this year! 
Do you play any instruments? 

I play guitar and a really poor piano. 
Who are your influences? 

Im influenced by people like jimi Hendrix, john mayer, donny Hathaway, ray Charles, bob marley. But I feel you can take an influence from any musical genre or style. It’s all part of the journey. 


How do you get inspiration to write songs? 

I take inspiration for my music from all things in life and love. Different people, moments and situations give me the inspiration and i try and take what i need from different experience throughout my life. 


Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years? 

I want to take this as big as it can possibly go, all I’m trying to focus on is working hard and being true to myself as an artist and not listening to myself all of the time! 


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

I like to cook, eat and drink. Im a very social person so I enjoy being around people. Getting out and experiencing as much life as i can when i’m not gigging 


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

Wow… that’s hard to say, theres so many, off the top of my head, Donny Hathaway ‘ a song for you’ or Jeff Buckley ‘ Lover you should have come over’ It’s so hard to choose 


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

Probably something along the lines of.. ‘No one is ever owed anything, you’ve got to work for everything you want and even if you get what you eventually want your still not owed it, Don’t ever take anything for granted’. 


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

Believe in yourself and never give up. There’s also so much you can do for yourself nowadays with social media at your fingertips and making you as an artist as best as you can be. Ask yourself ‘ Are  you doing everything you can? 
What quote or saying do you always stick by? 

Not sure if this is a quote but it make sense to me, ‘Don’t do what you’ve always done if you don’t want to get what you’ve always got’. 


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

Towel, Plectrums, Spare Guitar, Water, New strings oh and maybe a beer?! 


Your coming back from tour;


1/ where is the first place you go? 

The first place I went was to bed, We got back really late on the last night, Then if i remember rightly I and another gig the next day. I’m not complaining… Good times! 

2/ who is the first person you see?
My manager we had a few things to go over and a few other interviews to do. 

3/ where is the first place you go to eat? 

I love a Pizza, I have a great pizza restaurant near where i live, That was my first stop! Extra chilli please! 


You work with Fifth Element PR, how did that come about and what’s your best memory ? 

Fifth Element are part of our team that we formed to help with the release of the new EP and single. It ended up that we took on a project manager and she formed a team of radio/press and agent around us and we were very lucky to get Fifth Element doing our PR, they do a great job. The best thing so far was seeing my video premier on a national newspaper site. It made things feel like they were starting to happen. 


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

Yes you can find me on 

https://www.facebook.com/marksullivanmusic https://open.spotify.com/artist/5l4BEZY1e17aAJjqfolCLW http://www.twitter.com/marksullivanmus http://www.instagram.com/marksulmusic https://www.youtube.com/user/MarkSullivanMusic/feed 

MONTREAL TO THE MUSIC SCENE, UNSIGNED ARTIST SWEET ROGER IS SET TO RELEASE HIS DEBUT FULL LENGTH ALBUM AND GET HIS NAME HEARD ON THE MAP, GET READY!

What is your name?Sweet Roger

What is your genre of music?

Is singer-songwriter a real genre? It’s definitely on the folk-rock side of the spectrum.

Give us a little bio about you.

Grew up in a suburb of the West Island of Montreal with my two brothers and my dad. I don’t like the word dysfunctional because we functioned quite well – though there were some crazy moments from time to time – but there was definitely a lack of structure. We weren’t a normal family and we knew it, and it was that lack of structure, normalcy, and sense of free-falling that has played an enormous part in my decision-making in life. And, of course, that translates to my creativity as well.

What made you go in to music?

One of my older brothers got me into guitar. He was playing In My Life with a friend and I was in awe. I guess it just clicked that you could do what The Beatles or Nirvana or David Bowie did. It was not only possible but it also sounded good. I had to do it, too.

Are you a signed?

Not yet. I’m hoping this debut album coming out will change that. It’s always a good thing to be supported. But I’ve learned a lot being an independent artist, too, which I might not have acquired had I been signed right away.

What is the Album called and describe it in three words.

You’ll Always Have Yourself. Real. Homespun. Intimate.

You have pre-released four tracks off the new album , can you tell us more about them?

These songs were the beginning of a persona, or voice, I developed for this project. There is a lot of melancholy and angst that’s met with a stolid kind of hope and resistance to despair. And that hope and resistance is fuelled by love and an inner-solidarity. My assessment of things is that hard times are coming, and “Put Out the Fires” is the anthem to prepare for that. “Conditions”, I think, is the most honest, or straight-forward, song I’ve ever written. It basically says to the world and it’s bullshit, “I’ve got love. What the hell do you got?”

What else will we expect off the rest of the Album?

Some great guitar solos!! I’m also very exited about a song called, Loon Lake. The song is very much inspired by The Tragically Hip and I wrote it while I was up north and surrounded by trees, water, and the call of loons. Another song, something kind of bluesy, features a great singer and friend of mine Stefanie Parnell. She’s got a sweet voice.  

Will you be heading out on tour, maybe a home tour or further a feild?

I’m applying to festivals and started to book shows in Canada now. I’m taking this music as far as I can go without going broke!!

Who was the first person you showed your record to once completed?

My girlfriend. She’s heard the music at every stage.

If you could perform for 5 people in the music industry who would they be and why?

Gord Downie would be at the top of my list. He is an excellent song-writer and has the most distinctive voice. I respect him a lot. Afie Jurvanen, or Bahamas, would be there, too. I love what he does. Gillian Welch as well. She really stands out as a country singer and she’s an honest yet crafty lyricist. Nick Cave would be someone I’d really like to work with. I love how dark and sweet he can get all in the same record. Finally, R.E.M. They were my favourite band growing up. I still listen to Automatic for the People as though it’s brand new.  

Do you play any instruments?

Guitar. I mainly play acoustic but I’m proud to say that some of the solos you’ll hear on the album are mine.

Who are your influences?

Many. The Tragically Hip, REM, John Lennon, and Tom Petty are just a few. Really, I like a lot of different bands and it all filters into what I do eventually.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Allow yourself to feel as much as you can. I think we’re taught to suppress a lot, especially anything disturbing or uncomfortable. I also like stories. Absorb every conversation, glance, remark, or phrase you encounter. Pay attention and you’ll discover a lot.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Touring hopefully. I’d like to make another record after this one. I’d also like to make music for film and television.

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

Read. Walking around town with no direction. And now I’m starting to gain an interest in photography. I don’t know where it will go but I’m enjoying this new fascination.

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

It couldn’t have been just one song. But I have to say Automatic for the People made me want to write my own music.

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

It’s very important to finish something. Even if you’re not crazy about it. Even if you’ll just put it on the shelf forever. Finishing what you’ve started gives you the confidence to try again.

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

Surround yourself with people who are better than you but don’t make you feel that way.  

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Fail. Fail again. Fail better.

Where is your dream venue to perform?

Massey Hall.

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

Breathe. Picks. Water. Capo. I’m worthy.

You just come back off tour,back in your hometown;

1/ where do you visit first? Coffee around the corner

2/where do you eat first ? Probably breakfast at Greenspot.
3/who do you see first? My girlfriend no doubt.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?

http://sweetroger.com
https://www.facebook.com/SweetRoger/

https://twitter.com/sweetrogerman

https://www.instagram.com/sweetrogerman/

 

REVIEW: IT WAS  SURPRISE WHEN EAST OF ELI WENT IN TO HIDING BUT THEY ARE READY NOW TO RELEASE THEIR NEW SOUND WITH 3 NEW TRACKS! 

This is the day I’ve been waiting for, since the interview I had with Nathan (Lead) months back now he said they had surprises for us and a NEW SOUND is definitely that. 

Made up of Nathan West, Chyler Leigh-West,Jorge Costa and Johann Frank. 
Getting a sneak preview of when Crazy Beautiful was finished, I was so excited to see where this sound would go… 
To my surprise it just gets better and better with each track on the Crazy Beautiful EP.
The Siege carries that beautiful rhythm throughout and vocals so appealing that you really listen to the lyrics and they creates a fantastic atmosphere. 
Hail The Queen sang with so much love and passion it’s magical. 

With professionalism throughout this new sound for EOE is definitely their sound and will take on the music scene.
All tracks so personal to the band it just makes the EP extra special and really tells a wonderful story.

Get ready for more and follow East Of Eli for updates-
http://www.eastofeli.com/
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LONDON ARTIST ‘MARIAM’ CHATS TO ME ABOUT HER DEBUT EP ‘HEART TO HEART’ AND WHAT GIGS ARE NEXT FOR HER!

What is your name? My name is Mariam
What is your genre of music?

Atmospheric soul which is a blend of pop, soul, folk and alternative easy listening.


Give us a little bio about you.

 So I am a singer songwriter from south london who plays the guitar, I love to sing and to tell stories through song.


You released your debut single ‘Be There For Me’ , tell us more about that. 

So be there for me was releases in October and is the first release from my debut EP ‘Heart to Heart’ It is about moments when you are giving your all to people but not getting anything back, it just speaks about how that feels and thought process we go through in those moments.


You released an Acoustic Video for the track on Premier Unsigned, how did that come about? 

Well I have been on the unsigned show before when I released my song ‘Selah’, so after ‘be there for me’ came out I was invited back to do a live session and talk about the EP with the host Loretta Andrews who is a brilliant host with a real eye for unsigned talent. I was very happy to have them premier the acoustic video, it was great fun.
What was the video process like on Premier Unsigned? 

It was very quick actually, they had set the room before I arrived so I just showed up and sang, was a relaxed environment which always makes it nice to work in. 
Who did you work with on the song?

I worked with OL music who are an amazing production team, this song in particular I wrote with Feranmi Oguns after a conversation we had at the studio, it actually came out of another song i wrote, but after talking and dissecting it, we ended up with ‘Be there for me’ which sounds much better lol


Do you have any videos for any of your other tracks to be released?

Got some plans for a video or two, hopefully will be ready in the coming year.


Can you tell us more about your Debut EP?

So the EP is called ‘Heart to Heart’ and is really just that, a conversation, my favourite ones are heart to heart convos the type you have with close friends where you can just be you. This EP came about from that type of conversation with Feranmi at the studio, so it felt right to call it that.

It is just a thread of stories about various points in life, the good the bad and the inbetween, and just looking at how you feel in those moments, the honest feelings that we have, we can all relate to love, loss, fear and joy. So it’s just me sharing my heart in various moments in life in hopes that the listeners will be able to relate.


Describe each song in three words.

Oh that’s hard……ok here goes!

Be there for me- honest, firm and soulful

What I want- Soft, pensive and simple

Without You- vulnerable, redemptive and atmospheric

Grow- jazzy, confident and fun

Running- Epic, big and deep


Do you have any gigs planned or a tour?

Yes I do, really looking forward to performing and gigging again, so dates will be released soon.
If so which cities will you be going?

Mostly in London but hopefully some out of London and even in Europe.
What made you go into music?

I have always loved music, I loved singing and grew up singing in church and school. It is something that always came back to me even though I done other things, I just loved watching my favourite artists, and seeing how much they inspired and moved people was so amazing to me, there is definitely something so powerful and spiritual about music, and I just love it.
Do you play any instruments?

 I do, I play the guitar
Who are your influences?

 Stevie wonder, Bill Withers, Lauryn hill, Joni Mitchell, Asa, a whole load of gospel music, so many influences, I just love great music.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?

In many ways, sometimes through something I read, watched, something that has happened or through people. I’m inspired by life, I can just sit somewhere and watch the world go by which helps me to just start writing. 
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

I see myself doing alot more singing and songwriting, performing and sharing my music around the world
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

I work with young people
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene? 

 It was a song called ‘moving forward’ by Israel Houghton, it really inspired me and encouraged me to go for it.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

 It’s hard to say, my mother is always filling me with wisdom, but off the top of my head one was ‘be who you were created to be, you have every right to shine’
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?

I would say, don’t give up, it is hard but the more you go, the more you grow, start where you are and be confident in who you are and the gifts and talent that you have to offer, and enjoy the journey. 
What quote or saying do you always stick by?

‘Above all things guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ It’s a proverb
You work with Project Light Agency, how did that come about? 

We came in brief contact at an event, after that we were emailing and after seeing the amazing work they do, decided to work with them, they are such a joy to work with, professional and attentive, i’m so glad to be working with them.
You get off the plane in your hometown after being away; 

1/ where do you go first? Home

2/ who do you see first? Family (most likely my sister)

3/ what food place do you go? My local chinese
 Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?

Yes i do! On twitter its @marisongs

facebook.com/marisongs

Instagram @marisongs

WITH THE FOCUS ON SUCCEEDING ‘SIR RANA’ HAVE BEEN LOCKED UP IN THE STUDIO TO CREATE THEIR OWN SOUND FOR THREE YEARS AND COUNTING AND I GOT TO HAVE A CHAT WITH THE LADS!

What are your names?Christopher Pless (mainly guitars), Anton Becker (mainly bass), Eric Boström Wallin (Drums), David Granath (mainly vocals)

What is the bands name? 

-Sir Rana


How did you come up with the bands name?

-We have been told that our songs often have some kind of an Asian touch to it. We came across the name “Rana”, added Sir because we liked the idea to put “sir” together with the feminine sounding “Rana”.


What is your genre of music?

-Indie pop


Give us a little bio about you.

-We in Sir Rana have played for five years together in different projects. The only thing that has been constant is the four members we are today. A previous project was the band Criminals, in which we had some success including tours in Europe.

The past three years we have been locked up in our studio creating music. Right now we are looking to play as many gigs as possible to share our new music.
What made you go in to music?

-Well, it’s different for all of us, but we all grew up with a love for music and eventually we wanted to start creating ourselves.
Are you signed?

-We wish we were! We really like what this band is becoming and are excited to see how far it can take us.
You have just released ‘Expectations’ (a soundcloud only release), tell us more about that:

-Anton started to play this fantastic bass riff that we all loved and after that the guitar riff came quite naturally. The vocals was a bit of a pain to write with the bass and guitar being all over the place, but once we got the chorus melody down the rest kind of wrote itself. The lyrics are about when you are trying and trying but realize that you have been trying the wrong way.
You’ve also released a video to another song called ’Don’t Tell The World’, how come?

-Before we started to record songs we transformed our rehearsal space into a studio. Friends and family helped us so we wanted to give something back. We invited friends and family and played some songs and yet another even more awesome friend helped us film it.
Will we see an EP or album this year or next?

-Our plan is to keep it a secret for now but we have a lot of material that is ready to be put out.
Can you tell us anything about it (if you are due to release)?

– *Silence*… =)
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?

-No one in particular at the moment.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact? 

-A rapper would be neat, or a female singer! Anything really that forces us to challenge ourselves. Just send us an e-mail!
Do you have gigs coming up or a tour in planning?

-In a previous project we played some in other European countries like Germany and England. We would love to do that with Sir Rana as well. But at the moment we only have gigs planned in the cold north (Sweden).
If so where are you thinking of heading?

-Time will tell
Who are your influences?

-We listen to everything from Frank Ocean and Miike Snow, all the way to Vivaldi.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?

-We all bring ideas to the studio. We tend to write better music when we start with just a simple yet strong melody or riff that we build the song around. 
Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?

-We hope to be on a big stage somewhere.  
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

-We all want this band to go well so for now we just have everyday jobs that make enough money so that we can focus as much as we can on the music.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?

-We all like The Beatles very much so probably one of their songs.
If you had one of your songs played on a TV show or Film which would you want it to be?

-Simple question. The O.C. of course. Brilliant manuscript!
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

-That we should do as much as we can ourselves. Building our own studio has given us a lot more freedom and the control to make our songs sound exactly as we want them to.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

-Keep at it. Don’t think too much about what other people think.


What quote or saying do you always stick by?

-Hellre i räven än i röven. (A Swedish way of saying, Hey, this ain’t too bad!)


You come off tour or a gig away from home, where is the first place

1/ You visit for food

-A home cooked meal.

2/You go and see

-Our homes.

3/ you go to have some fun

-Our studio.
How did it come about working with Mighty & Bear Promotions?

– The owner is a friend of ours. He loves us and wanted to help us reach out to the world. And he wouldn’t accept no for an answer, so here we are. 
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?

-Drums, synthesizers, guitars, basses and David, our singer.


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

Yes! @Sirranamusic on Instagram & Twitter and Sir Rana on Facebook.

PARK FIRES AND I HAVE A CHAT ABOUT THEIR NEW SINGLE ‘DEADBEAT CITY’,LIVE SESSIONS AT BBC INTRODUCING AND CHASING THEIR DREAMS EVEN WITH FULL TIME JOBS! 

 Tell us the story behind the name ‘ Park Fires’It’s a really random story actually. We were sat in the studio one day and we saw the name written down in our producers note book – so we ask asked him if we could have it and he said “yeah!”.

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

We met 4 years ago and worked together firstly as a cover band. When we started writing our own material and found our sound is when we became Park Fires, which had only been this last year. We both work Monday to Friday to fund the band, and gig/rehearse on the weekends and evenings – so we really are ‘chasing time.’

Tell us more about your track ‘Deadbeat City”. What was the writing process like?

Time consuming. All in all it probably took us around 2 years from start to completion. We had a couple of breaks and then kept going back to the drawing board. We are pretty happy with it now though!

Will you be releasing an EP or album? If so can you tell us more about that?

Yeah, we will be releasing an EP in the New Year and are planning an EP launch but no dates are set in stone just yet. We will also be releasing another single towards the end of January called ‘Watch Me Go’ – so watch out for that too!

Will you be touring this year?

We’ve spent the majority of this year touring. We now have a couple of local dates in Leeds and London to see the year out, but we will be back on the road properly again next year with the EP launch.

What made you go in to music? Who are your influences?

We have both been involved in music since a young age! I mean, I recorded my first demo at 3 years old. Influences… wow, where to start! We love Chvurches, obviously. We also love Haim, and the fact they are cool strong women!

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Inspiration comes in many different forms. Sometimes we can sit down to write a song and it just flows, and other times you can be doing something else entirely and a single word stirs the urge in you to write a song. The chords of a song can also be the inspiration before any melody or lyrics.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Alive hopefully! Alive & writing…

 

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
We both have day jobs…so that takes up a lot of our time. I have a little girl too, so she keeps me pretty busy I guess!

You have had many radio plays and live sessions from BBC Introducing already, how did that feel?

Amazing, there’s no better feeling than something you’ve put your all into for so long finally being heard through the radio. The live sessions are always pretty nerve racking but Alan Raw at BBC Introducing is great and we always have fun!

Where would your dream venue to play?

That’s difficult to answer because actually sometimes the smallest venues are the coolest, and have the best atmosphere!

If you could collaborate with one Artist or Band who would it be and why?

Annie Lennox would be cool to work with.. she just oozes strength & knows what she’s doing!

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Always be true to yourself and keep going!

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Good things come to those who go out and f***ing earn it!

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

Sure!

http://www.facebook.com/parkfires
http://www.twitter.com/parkfires
http://www.soundcloud.com/parkfires

NORTH WEST TRIO ‘DELPHINA KINGS’ CHAT TO ME ABOUT THEIR LATEST SINGLE ‘HOLDING ME UP’

What are your names? Delphina Kings is brothers Chris and Pete on guitar/vocals and drums respectively, and Andy on bass.

 

How old are you?

Chris and Andy are both 23; Pete is 21.

 

What is the genre? 

Chris: We don’t think too much about genre when we’re writing, but we can’t really pretend it’s anything more interesting than ‘indie-pop’ or ‘alternative pop!’

 

You guys are releasing ‘Holding Me Up’ can you tell us the meaning behind it? 

Andy: It’s about modern relationships – how confusing they can be, but in a good way. I guess you could read the lines about being dizzy as nights out playing a part…

Chris: For me it’s about that first bit in a new relationship where it’s all new and confusing but exciting at the same time. We try not to force our own meaning on people though, I think people can take their own interpretations from it as well.

 

Do you have an album coming soon if so can you tell us more about it?

Chris: We’ve been writing a lot recently, but we think for now E.Ps and singles are the way forward. They tend to have more of an impact because of how quickly they can be put together and released, and also because our collective attention span isn’t enough for albums any more. It’s all about keeping the audience engaged and entertained, and we think little by little is the best way for us to do that at the moment.

 

Are you signed? 

We are currently signed to Playing With Sound.

 

Will you be heading out on your? 

Pete: A tour will hopefully be on the cards in the near future, but we’ve only been a band for a couple of months so for now our main priority is getting a bit of a buzz going around the single.

 

If so where will you be heading? 

Chris: At the moment we’re playing individual shows around Manchester and the north west. But we’re excited to start broadening our horizons really soon.

 

What made you go into the music industry? 

Andy: I don’t think anyone plans to go into the music industry. You kind of stumble into it through a love of music, and that’s what we’ve done. We’ve been playing in bands since we were teenagers, just for our own enjoyment, and this is an extension of that.

 

How long have you been doing music? 

Chris: Music has always been a big part of all of our lives. I started playing classical guitar in year 4 and Andy started around the same time.

Pete: I was about 10 when I started at drums.

Chris: We’ve all been in bands for pretty since we started high school  I formed my first one when I was 12.

Do you play instruments, if so which ones?

Andy: I play bass, a bit of guitar and keyboards.

Chris: I see myself as a guitar player, but I can also play a bit of bass.

Pete: I play drums mainly, but I can also play bass and a bit of guitar.

 

Who are you influences? 

Chris: Individually we all have really varied influences.

Andy: As a band we look up to a lot of contemporary bands like Foals and The 1975.

Pete: Chris and I grew up listening to classic 70s and 80s stuff like David Bowie and Queen, because that’s what our mum was into. Later on we both got really into the Red Hot Chili Peppers…

Andy: We’ve also always listened to Manchester-based stuff: The Smiths, Joy Division, New Order and stuff like that.

Chris: I always get people telling me that we sound like Bloc Party. They were big when we first started playing in bands, but I don’t see the similarity.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

Andy: Just sticking at it. Hopefully we will have had some success but we’d just like to be able to carry on playing music.

Chris: We don’t want to jinx it! We’re just concentrating on the present. But we have a lot of faith in the music we’re writing at the moment.

Pete: I’d like to have played at Manchester Apollo by then.

 

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

All: Stormzy!

Chris: Nah, I doubt he’d want to work with us. It’s hard to pick one, there are so many good new UK artists out at the moment.

Andy: Maybe someone like Ellie Roswell from Wolf Alice. Someone with a cool vocal.

 

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

All: Taylor Swift!

Andy: It depends whether you mean in terms of songwriting or performance.

Chris: Yeah, for songwriting someone like Sia would be amazing. She’s written for everyone. But writing and performing with Taylor Swift… Or Carly Rae Jepsen! Both their last albums are so good.

 

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

Pete: Reading and Leeds, particularly Leeds because it’s a festival we’ve all been to as fans.

Andy: A stadium like Old Trafford would be a dream come true, but even Manchester’s Apollo would be incredible.

Chris: My favourite venue in Manchester at the moment is the Albert Hall there – it’s really cool inside, like a church. That would be mine.

 

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

Andy: For me it was Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, without a doubt. Even though I was a bit late to the party – I wasn’t even born when it was released. But it was the first song I learnt on guitar.

Chris: Mine and Pete’s would probably be By the Way by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. That was the first record I bought with my own pocket money.

Pete: Yeah, that was one of the first songs that really got us excited about music.

 

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

Andy: Geordie Shore. If I heard one of our songs on there, I’d know we’d made it.

 

What do you do in your spare times? 

Andy: I watch a fair amount of football, both on TV and live.

Pete: I love my PS4.

Chris: I go to gigs when I can. I have embarrassingly few interests outside of music!

 

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

Andy: Don’t give up when you get your first knock back. It can feel like you’ve wasted your chances, but if you keep trying you’ll always get another chance.

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Chris: I met Ian Brown once. When he found out I was in a band he said ‘kid, whatever you do, don’t turn left’. Then he just turned around and walked away. I’m still not sure what he meant, but I’ve never turned left since just in case.

 

Do you have any social media accounts so readers can see more? 

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

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

The handle for both Twitter and Instagram is @delphinakings.

REVIEW:MILLER BLUE IS GETTING READY FOR THE RELEASE OF ‘COLD HANDS AT THE END OF MARCH, CHECK OUT WHAT I THINK!

Miller Blue a 19 year old full of passion, singing, writing and that isn’t all because he also produced the track.
Having many genres which include Alternative RNB,Electronica, Hip Hop and Soul and you can definitely hear in the track.

‘Cold Hands’ starts off with a slow guitar intro for around 20 seconds giving you a sense of the whats to come next and just carries you along.

Once Miller’s vocals come in you just straightaway listen to the words of what he’s saying
His Vocals are very fruity but gruff at the same time which gives the track that pleasant sound when you listen to it.
The melody is very well shaped and original and you will straight away just go with the beat as soon as you listen.

Take a Listen yourself

 

 

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