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

What is your name?GARLAND JEFFREYS

What is your genre of music?

ROCK / POP / BLUES

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

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

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

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

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

What are you most looking excited about the release?

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

What was the writing process like?

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

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

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

Yes our next video will be for Venus.

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

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

Which city are you most looking forward to playing?

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

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

If I did I wouldn’t say!

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

Do not sell your publishing.

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

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

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

One day at a time.

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

2/ where is the first place you see

My couch.

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

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

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

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

REVIEW: LONDON ALT-ROCK ARTIST SCOTT DEAN RELEASES POWERFUL SINGLE AND VIDEO ‘THE CITY FALLS’

Scott Dean has his way with guitar melodies and those sweet vocals.here with his brand new single from his latest album ‘Neon’ coming soon!

The City Falls starts with a slow guitar solo which brings you in to a build which burst when Scott’s deep yet so modulated vocals come through. 

Such a calm track with a lot of meaning and a video that tells you that story!
Check it out for yourself below;

http://saintinthecity.us7.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=39386f3223d38915c2a4a441d&id=c05c64497e&e=91759a6d2c
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SHARP MELODIES AND BIG DROPS LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO A LONDON ROCK TRIO THE SURVIVAL CODE

What is your name?

The Survival Code

 

What is your genre of music?

Rock, Alt rock, punk rock.. depends who you ask and how specific they are on their definition of each of the above :). We’d say we’re rock

 

Give us a little bio about you.

We’re a rock trio based in London known for sharp melodies and big drops. We have been going since 2011 and have 3 major releases so far, the current one being our EP “Broken Strings” which we have been promoting for about 4 months and our new single “One” is from. We got going in earnest in 2012, released an EP “Everything but today” followed by an album “MMXV” in 2015 interspersed with dozens of gigs. We’re in the studio next month to start our second album

 

What made you go in to music?

It chose us, wasn’t a choice, just something we all had to try for our own reasons

 

Are you a signed?

We are associated with a label that help with our releases and distribution but no, we are an independent band

 

Your brand song ‘One’ , Tell us more about it.

One is our second single off our new EP “Broken Strings”, you should probably queue the violins haha… It’s a reflection of some of the strife we’ve come across in the band so far with numerous things going madly wrong, people and members disappearing. Despite all that, we always have to remember that every chance could be the one that makes it happen, no matter what went before so it’s a self motivation song that works for us.

 

Take a listen to ‘One’ right here:

 

What was the writing process like for ‘One’

It was great actually, it came together very quickly. As you can hear the main riff hasn’t much to it but is quite rhythmic and it just won’t stop haha. That main riff sticks around most of the song with slight nuances. Once we had the main riff, the other parts just fell into place. It was one of the those where it was just meant to be

 

You have also released a new EP ‘Broken Stings’ what is the meaning behind the title

Oh yes, we haven’t mentioned that yet haha, the title and main song is inspired by a poem in an old indian book of poetry called the “Gitanjali” by the poet Rabindranath Tagore. I sing and play guitar in the band and became obsessed with the main line and it became the basis for the release

 

Describe each track in three words.

One – Strong, relentless, passionate
Broken Strings – Energetic, Moorish, insane
Lost Cause – Melodic, powerful, dynamics

 

Do you have any gigs or tours coming up?

We’re actually keeping gigs on the down low for the next few months until we get the album recorded, but have a one in Brighton on the 16th of March and worthing on the 17th

 

Do you play any instruments?

A good few, but I play guitar and sing in the band

 

Who are your influences?

Deftones ,Alkaline Trio, Cohered and Cambria, Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

It’s addictive to be honest, and becomes a way of dealing with life generally. This means there’s always a hundred reasons you should pick the guitar up and start strumming away. Either to emulate one of your favourite songs you’ve always wished you wrote, or to forge a random and unique path. It’s everywhere, but as they always say, it’s easy to write songs! good songs are the question

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Recording our next big release in a studio in the US while planning which festivals we can fit into our busy Summer schedule 🙂

 

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

Not very rock n’ roll I’m afraid, I work in property

 

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

Tonight, Tonight – The Smashing Pumpkins (that whole Disc 1 of Mellon Collie and the infinite sadness tbf)

 

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

If you want something done right, do it yourself

 

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

Network well, and talk to as many people you can. Never a wasted hour when you can learn about who and who to to work with.

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Straight to the outcome, skip all the steps

 

Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?

Clontarf in Dublin Ireland, first thing that comes to mind is the Castle. You have to spend a night in Clontarf Castle – it’s stunning (should be getting paid for this haha)

 

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

Vocalzone for my throat
My won mic – can’t be using the house mic
my wireless system
my pedals
guitar

 

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

http://www.thesurvivalcode.co.uk
http://www.youtube.com/thesurvivalcode
http://www.facebook.com/thesurvivalcode
http://www.soundcloud.com/thesurvivalcode
http://www.thesurvivalcode.tumblr.com/
http://www.twitter.com/thesurvivalcode

REVIEW: PETER SMITH IS ON A ‘HIGH’ WITH HIS NEW TRACK FEATURING LEGENDARY LAX ‘N’ BUSTO

Peter Smith a Dublin born rocker ready to get his voice heard and with his latest track.

Rough vocals with all the rock feels that you love comes through,keeping it simple yet so enjoyable.
With a memorable melody and vocals so orotund but still one to sing along too.
Featuring Rock- Pop legends Lax ‘N’ Busto to give it that little bit something extra and they definitely do!

‘High’ is set to release on the 24th Feb 2017 , check it out here;

Peter is also ready to drop his Album ‘Upon This Rock’ on May 1st!

Keep up to date with Peter Smith and get ready to hear more of him;

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeterSmithSings
Official Website: http://www.petermsmithofficial.com/

Keep up to date with Lax ‘N’ Busto
Twitter: https://twitter.com/laxnbusto
Official Website: http://www.laxnbusto.com/

SPANISH GROUP SCREAMS ON SUNDAY MET ON THE INTERNET THREE YEARS AGO AND NOW ARE SETTING THEIR SIGHTS IN THE ROCK SCENE WITH BRAND NEW SINGLE ‘THE NIGHT’ AND MUCH MORE EXCITING BITS TO FOLLOW

R: Raúl (lead guitar)
P: Patty (vocals)
A: Alber (bass)
 
What  are  your names?
R: Our names are Patty (vocals), Alber (bass), Pepe (drums), Dani (rhythm guitar) and I’m Raúl (lead guitar).
 
 
What is the bands name?
R: Screams On Sunday!
 
 
How did you come up with the bands name?
P: It was this day in which we were all talking on WhatsApp giving ideas of band names –we all live in different parts of Madrid, so sometimes it’s hard to meet. Thing is, I have two small sisters and they were arguing over something, I don’t know what, to be honest. But I came up with the name at that moment. To be honest, I kind of proposed it as a joke, but we all liked it! So that’s the story behind it. Guess I gotta thanks my sisters even though they are a pain in the ass sometimes. 😛 
 
 
What is your genre of music?
R: We don’t like to label our music since we write anything we want without worrying about if we are making rock, hard rock, heavy or even pop.
P: Some kind of rock, I guess. Definitely not pop, nor jazz (even though I love both and other genres!). That’s the only thing I dare say. But, these times, I think it’s kind of a stupid habit to try and label music into something more specific. Who cares, anyway? 
 
 
Give us a little bio about you as a band and as individuals.
P: The guys always leave the tedious parts to me! Thanks for the gift, guys! :* We met each other on the Internet three years ago, when we started out as a band. In my case, I didn’t know about anyone who was into rock at school or where I lived and even less that played it, and I wanted to be in a band so badly that i started searching on the Internet for people who wanted the same as me. I was so lucky that these guys were doing the same. We then started rehearsing, and writing music… and the rest you know it hahaha. We’ve been to the UK several times already –and we hope to do so again soon!– we’ve recorded an EP, released a single and are now about to release The Night, which we recorded at Sound-Hub Records. 
 
 
Are you a signed?
P: Nope, no one loves us enough to sign us hahahahaha. Do you wanna adopt us? *-* I cook really well (lie!).
 
 
you are set to release   ‘The Night’ , tell us more about it.
P: Well, after we recorded “Behave” we decided our sound needed to mature a little, that it needed to be differenciated from other stuff that was around us and that meant nothing to a lot of people. We were looking for ourselves. And, somehow, The Night was the next song that we came up with after that turning point that was Behave. We are really happy about it, I personally believe it’s powerful and catchy and has something interesting to it. I hope people that listen to it feel the same. Regarding the lyrics, I wanted to talk about this situation that is becoming more popular lately in which people, specially online, tries to look cool every single time. I mean, who cares about what you had for breakfast or if you went to a party with that someone you only met for one minute? Or if you just got cut your hair? C’mon, stop trying to look that awesome, life kicks all of our asses. Wonder how many people post about their shit. I think that is a way of escaping your problems, but escaping is not the solution, confronting them is. Anyway, those are my thoughts, people can do whatever they please. I’m too lazy and busy to keep people updated on my life.
A: It’s a step forward for us, a really important one in many ways. 
 
What was the writing process like?
P: I don’t know if Alber came up with the main idea or who did… I remember working on something he sent me and then he worked on that again. We then showed it to the rest of the guys and the magic began. It always works the same way, or almost most of the times. Someone comes up with an idea, brings it to the rehearsal, we start improvising over it and then… we get stuck for a month or two on some part hahahaha But we did come up with a nice track in the end, we’re really happy about it. And it’s fun to play live.
A: Someone gets to the rehearsal with a piece of the song and the rest of us start improving it and building it. Patty writes the lyrics.
 
 
What was the recording process like?
R: It was awesome. We were impressed about the song production. We loved the experience, although sometimes It was boring because we had to record one by one and repeat the same parts a lot of times. Even so, we could say It was amazing, and the studio workers were (are) very friendly and nice.
P: It was really different from the experience we had in Spain. I felt kind of free when recording and I guess I had improved my skills, ‘cos The Night was almost a one take, which made me really happy. well, we all had improved –thank God!. We all did much less takes than when we recorded Behave, specially Pepe, who had been rehearsing the song a thousand times. He was almost a human metronome! The guys at Sound-Hub were awesome, worked really hard and we felt our music was understood and not just criticised. They even invited us to doughnuts! Best doughnuts I’ve ever had. They had some amazing ideas regarding production and mixing that made the track what it is today, we really appreciated that. For example, they introduced some effects, which we had never though about. We were kind of afraid to use them. Now, Theu guys have bought some pedals and are obsessed with them hahaha Tom, Barrington and Doug (the dog) really took care of us! 
 
 
 
 
 
Do you have any gigs coming up?
P: Yup, we are preparing some stuff here in Spain 🙂
 
 
if so where will you be heading? 
P: Mainly Spain. We are waiting to see how people react to The Night and then decide if we move somewhere else or not.
 
 
What can we expect this year?  a new ep? or Album?
R: EP.
P: An awesome, catchy, powerful and… Just listen to it. EP!
 
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any other artists or bands?
A: No.
 
P: That is one of the things I’d like to do soon. But, to be honest, I don’t think we have a track right now suitable for a collab. When that happens, we will sure do it!
 
R: hadn’t thought about it, but we’d like to do it. 
 
What made you go in to music?
 
 R: the feelings that makes you feel.
P: Everything! But mainly, it helps me release energy and talk freely about what I want–not that I shut up, anyway. What I love the most is being on stage, though I might seem crazy sometimes.
 
 
 
Do you play any instruments?
 
 R: guitar, piano, bass and drums.
P: I play my vocal cords! And the guitar. And I literally play WITH the piano and keyboards hahaha.
 
Who are your influences?
R:Muse
 P: My fave bands are All Time Low, specially, and then I also love A Day To Remember and My Chemical Romance. But, I think Bon Jovi and U2 have influenced me a lot.
A: Spanish rock bands like Marea, Extremoduro… International ones like Three Days Grace, A Day To Remember, Linkin Park…
 
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
P: when I’m waiting for the bus to go to work I start improvising stuff, when I’m at home doing the chores, same thing; when I am angry, when I am happy, when I am sad… Every moment is a good moment to come up with a good tune. Not that all of them are awesome, of course. Regarding the lyrics, I like to talk about stuff that people don’t like to talk about: problems! And not love ones.
A: From a lot of silly things the singer sends us.
 
 
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
R: Hopefully being successful, but that’s complicated.
P: I always see myself on stage. Always. 
A: Playing at Reading!
 
 
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
R: I study, look for a job, enjoy my spare time with my partner, friends and my PS4.
P: I work as a graphic designer, I do stuff for the band, study Japanese, watch tutorials, read, play with my cat Trece and get scratched by him, go out with my friends and boyfriend, and very few times: relax. 
 A: Not much.
 
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
P: Wow, that’s a tough one. Hmmm, I think that maybe Scars by Papa Roach, Dear Maria by All Time Low, or… I don’t know, honestly. Rock made me go into the music scene.
A: No song in special.
 
 
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
R: If you want results: effort, determination and tenacity.
P: I generally worry a lot, so this one was really good advice for me: don’t worry before the problem even starts, ‘cos you won’t be able to solve anything and you’ll just have a bad time…TWICE!
A: Heads high and never give up.
 
 
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and  just as an artist?
R: Do whatever you want that you like, but it should be good and original.
P: don’t copy others, people are tired of copies. Pour your heart and your thoughts into it. Music is power, use it!
 
 
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
P: Aim High!
 
 
How did it come about working with Quite Great PR?
P: They were awesome, really good people and professional. Looking forward to working with them again 😀
 
 
Where is the best places to go when your home?
R: What?
P: My room, that’s my small and private sanctuary. And then the bathroom and kitchen for physiological needs.
 
 
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
R: The songs, the pedals settings, the choreographies, enjoying the moment and tht what I do I do it because I love it.
P: The lyrics, never stop moving, lots of water, giving my all and paying attention to all of my bandmates. 
A: instruments, stretching, water and confetti!
 
 
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
 
 R:yesss
P: Yes, give us some love! And share it
 

REVIEW: DESERT MOUNTAIN TRIBE ARE SET TO RELEASE ‘TAKE A RIDE’ ON THE 9TH DECEMBER 2016

Psych-Rock trio Desert Mountin Tribe release their THIRD single of their album ‘Take A Ride’ and the guys have released a video that just makes the track so much more appealing.

Releasing via Membran Entertainment Company  
 The psych-rock feel is heard straight away giving you that instantly.
Jonty vocals are then heard which are raspy and the echo gives it the twist that you want to hear to make it different and they have done this great!
The video that accompanies it really connects with the lyrics giving it that background of how the song came about in a way and so atmospheric and has some live footage from 1962 cult shockumentary ‘Mondo Cane’ which really gives it that extra special feel to it and tells a story!

Giving it that extra to finish off the amazing track and a instrumental thats so unique.
 
Take a listen and watch ‘TAKE A RIDE” BELOW;

 
ALSO available to stream
http://radi.al/TakeARideSpotify

 
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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.
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QUIRKY POP ROCK ARTIST CORINNA JANE CHATS TO ME ABOUT HER LATEST RELASE ‘THREE FACES OF YOU’ AND EP ‘HARD IN LOVE’ 

What is your name?
My name is Corinna Jane
 

What is your genre of music?

 I would describe my music as quirky pop-rock 

 

Give us a little bio about you.

 I am a half British half French singer songwriter who was born in Germany. Having grown up on 90s MTV and regular “sing songs” around the piano as a child, I always gravitated to pop music. My own brand of piano driven quirky pop rock has gained me national airplay on BBC Radio 6 and enter the top 5 in the county at the “Rock The House” competition at the House Of Commons. I have enjoyed playing hundreds of gigs up and down the country either acoustic or with my band, which opened up the opportunity to support Blackbeard’s Tea Party and Leddra Chapman. I have recently released my 4 track EP “Hard In Love” from which the single “Three Faces Of You” is taken, which is available on all good digital platforms. 

 

 

Are you a signed?

 I am currently unsigned, but have recently signed on to new management at Quite Great and look forward to all the possibilities of the future. Naturally I have always dreamt of getting signed to a great label. 

 

 You are releasing new single ‘Three Faces Of You’ whats the story behind the track?

 I wrote Three Faces Of You after having briefly dated a guy who appeared to have some kind of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type of complex going on in his mind. I never knew which one of his personalities I was getting. Was it the nice one? The manipulative one? The angry one? It was quite scary, but luckily I got out of this before I got in too deep. I remembered a psychological study on a woman who has multiple personality disorder, which was later turned into a movie called “Three Faces Of Eve”. This gave me inspiration to write a “Three Faces of You”, as it made me think of the kind of guy I was with. 

 

How long did it take to write?

 I had the title for a long time, but I always write in melody first. It took me probably about 10 minutes to come up with the guitar and vocal melody and then I spent half an hour or so getting those lyrics out. Some songs can spread themselves out across a few days when the inspiration takes hold, but this one came out really quickly, because I had so much pent up emotions on this!

 

 You also have your EP ‘Hard In Love’ coming out, what was the inspiration behind the EP?

 The EP consists of four tracks, one of which being “Three Faces Of You”. The other three songs Floodlights, Echoes Of My Mind and “Hard In Love” are all quite different in nature and were written at different times. If I could tie them all together with the same thread, I’d say that the underlying sentiment is dealing with the illusions of falling in love, brushing over the problems even after everything is over, as we maintain some of that illusion throughout the heartbreak itself. I have a tendency to want to turn these romances into something greater than what they are, but that delusion only brings misery. Something to write about though eh? 

 

Describe each track in two words?

 Floodlights: Theatrical Romanticism 

Three Faces Of You: Feisty Empowerment

Echoes Of My Mind: Hypnotic Grief

Hard In Love: Truth Despair   

 

 

Do you have any gigs coming up or maybe a tour of your own?

 I am currently in the process of arranging gigs for the coming year. 

 

 You’ve received some great Airplays from BBC Radio 6, Amazing Radio and more,what was your reaction?

 I felt a sense of pride and buzz knowing that people dotted across the nation where hearing about me for the first time. The knowledge that the piece of music that I had initially created in my dining room or bedroom and had spent months crafting in the studio was finally being heard by a greater audience was quite surreal and made everything feel worthwhile. 

 

 What was it like to support Leddra Chapman, did she give you any advice?

 It was great supporting Leddra Chapman. I used to play her music on my student radio show, so to fast forward a couple of years and actually be supporting her was quite spooky and reinstated my belief that it is indeed a small world! She gave me various bits of advice on how to get the best out of my studio sessions and advised me on how to be less uptight before gigs, so as to preserve my voice – as I used to stress about losing my voice in between gigs! 

 

You was also a guest vocalist on Mark-Oh , how did that come about and what was it like?
 This was an incredibly cool opportunity, as Mark-Oh has enjoyed various number 1s as a top DJ in Germany. I was contacted via soundcloud, which led to me being flown over to Germany all expenses paid to record some special dance covers of 90s classics for a compilation CD. A few months later, they invited me again, but this time it was to co-write an orginal track for the same project. They are currently in the process of finalising the project and I am excited about the release in the near future! It’s fun to dip into genres that I don’t usually perform when I’m fronting my own music – I think it’s vital to be eclectic. 

 

Where is your dream venue to play in the uk?

 I would love to play The Hammersmith Apollo. I love that whilst it is a large hall, it still has that sense of intimacy that you don’t get at large arenas. I once saw country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves perform and you could hear a pin drop – it was like she performing to us from a giant living room! 

 

where is your dream venue to play anywhere overseas?

 Well who wouldn’t want to play Madison Square Gardens? If you play there – you’ve made it!

 

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

 There are one or two possibly in the pipeline, but I can’t confirm yet. 

 

What made you go in to music?

 My love for non stop music videos on MTV and my father introducing me to music through family sing songs around the piano. I also remembered asking for Sheryl Crow’s album when I was 3 – I know that’s quite a sophisticated choice for a child, but I loved her song “All I Wanna Do” – it inspired me to try and become a female singer songwriter with great story telling and personality. 

 

Do you play any instruments?

 My main instrument is piano, which I have been playing since I was a toddler, but my mother started taking me to piano lessons when I was five. I’ve also been playing the guitar since my teens, but I think that my native tongue (so to speak) will always be the piano. 

 

Who are your influences?

 Apart from Sheryl Crow, who I have already mentioned – I am a big fan of singer songwriters like Alanis Morisette, Tori Amos! I have loved discovering new ones over time such as Lissie and Marina And The Diamonds. Ultimately I also love rock bands like Green Day and The Killers, that may not have a direct bearing on my own style, but have been significant to my years of growing up – their melodies, lyrics and the memories attached to the. I’ve loved following bands with strong front women like No Doubt and Paramore, as I aspire to have the same energy and stage command as they do when I perform. Moreover, I can’t forget bands from the 60s like The Kinks and The Beatles (who doesn’t ever cite them as an influence!) for they teach me the importance of melodies in songs, which a lot of pop music lacks nowadays. Anything with a great melody and memorable lyrics is a winner for me!

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

 Inspiration will come from whatever strong emotions are going on in my life at a given time. Often a title will appear or just one line that will form part of the lyrics, but then I’ll hear the whole melody of the song first before I tackle the lyrics properly. I’m very melody driven, so I often hear melodies and riffs in my head before I’ve even sat down at the piano. 

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?

 I would love to say that in five years I will have signed a record deal, released two successful albums, toured all over the world and feel grateful to have a supportive fan base that will allow me to continue doing the thing that gives me my sense of purpose, identity and happiness. 

 

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

I am also a keen actress at my local theatre company and have regularly performed in great roles in plays such as Blood Brothers and even Belle in Beauty and the Beast. I love performing a play, that bond you have between you and the cast members is unlike any other kind of project you’ll undertake – it’s a real sense of community and brilliant escapism being in someone else’s shoes every night! Aside from acting I’m also a presenter and love reporting in front of the camera or on the radio. I guess really, everything comes back down to the same thing, I love performing – it’s what makes me feel happy. 
 

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

 Like I said earlier, it all started with Sheryl Crow’s “All I Wanna Do”. 

 

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

 It’s not so much advice, but rather a source of comfort. I was feeling very stressed about various things before a gig we were playing in London when my drummer reassured by saying that “everybody’s got a stone in their shoe”. It still brings me a sense of calm now when I think that all of us suffer from our internal battles from time to time. 

 

 

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

Never write the music you think you should write to satisfy a certain audience or trend, write the music you want to write and relate to the most – the more authentic you are, the better and more unique art you will create. Don’t be afraid to be a maverick, there was always a first to do anything. 
 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

 If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. 

 

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

My keyboard, sustain pedal, eye liner, lipstick and attitude! 

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

I haven’t been away for long enough to really know the answer to that question. So I’ll have to get back to you on that. I’m a little restless though, I always like to discover new places! 

 

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

 Yes head to facebook.com/corinnajanemusic and follow me on instagram – corinnajane or twitter corinna_jane

 

WITH A RANGE OF RAW ACOUSTIC SOUND WITH A TWIST GABRIEL WOLFCHILD & THE NORTHERN LIGHT ARE READY TO LET THE WORLD HEAR THEIR NEW EP ‘MORNING LIKE THESE’

What is your name?  Gabriel Wolfchild & The Northern Light

What is your genre of music? 

Cinematic Indie Folk-Rock

Give us a little bio about you. Singer-songwriter Gabriel Wolfchild beautifully fuses a range of raw acoustic sounds with the electricity of cinematic alternative rock in his debut EP, Mornings Like These. Intertwining his natural ability for poetic storytelling with intricate guitar, Wolfchild demonstrates the true meaning of Indie artistry. After finding success as a solo artist in his hometown of Seattle, Wolfchild sought the help of supporting musicians who would later become his band, creating Gabriel Wolfchild and The Northern Light.
The EP, produced by Eric Lilavois (Saint Motel, Atlas Genius) and recorded at the famed London Bridge Studios, is inspired by both the beauty and the darker side of human existence, as well as the connections we make along the way. 
Wolfchild confides: “I think I can speak for most artists and say that the best ideas bubble up when you least expect it. Ultimately I believe inspiration comes when we are living a full life; the music that arises is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Many tracks on Mornings Like These were written as an expression of a very deep love with a past partner, “a relationship that encompassed every season of change, a beautiful storm, with these songs being the dove in the darkness”.  
Are you signed? 

Nope. We are “INDIE”pendent, free, and proud!

You are set to release debut EP , ‘Morning Like These’, can you tell us more about that?  

Many of the “seeds” that would end up as fleshed out songs on Mornings Like These were written while I was living alone in a tiny house just outside of The Evergreen State College woods in Olympia, Washington. Up until this point in my career music had been mostly a solo venture, then slowly new types of songs started to emerge that were different and somehow did not feel complete all on their own. It wasn’t until I returned to my childhood home of Seattle, that I would discover and piece together a new community of talented and warm hearted musicians that would inevitably form Gabriel Wolfchild & The Northern Light. Mornings Like These symbolizes an ending as much as it does a new beginning. 

Describe each track using three words
Mornings: layers – renew – growth

Runaways: connection – ancient – recognition

A Song for a Traveler: wanderlust – reminder – youth

The Last Song: change – trapped – release

Shipwrecks: perseverance – self/forgiveness – unconditional love
Will we see any gigs or maybe even a tour with this EP ‘Morning Like These’? 

Yes! Absolutely! We are currently working on a plan to begin touring early next year.

You were on The Voice USA 2015, how was that experience?

The experience was incredible! I went in assuming I would be seen as a complete outsider and fearing that it was not really my scene. While I can’t say I felt completely at home, I left with a ton of amazingly talented friends from many different walks of life.
While on the show I was able to sing a personally meaningful song at the blind auditions, and I was able to emote a message of peace, unity, and breaking out of the bonds of modern society. It was an experience that basically turned out to be everything I didn’t expect it would be.

Would you recommend it to others?

Yes, I would. As long as the artist has a good grip on who they are and what they stand for. The amount of pressure 15 million viewers can put on a person is nothing to joke about. The only thing that will stop you from falling apart at the seams is a solid vision of who you are and why you make music. Having and knowing your message is everything.
What was the best piece of advice you got on there? 

I’m paraphrasing, but Christina Aguilera told me to “always trust yourself, and to not try to emulate anybody, but to sing the song like you wrote it.”
Did you stay in contact with any of the other contestants? 

Absolutely! I recently hung out with Sawyer Fredericks (winner of my season) a couple months back when he toured through Seattle, and I’ve been able to spend time with a bunch of others who have passed through. To me, that has to be one of the most wonderful things about the experience. I had the opportunity to be locked in a hotel with a bunch of America’s most talented people, and came out with great friends. 
Where is your dream venue to play in the UK? 

I am not really sure! I have toured much of western Europe as a solo act, but never to the UK, sadly I don’t know the scene well. If I must still answer this question…I would say the rooftop where the Beatles played their very last show, that would be an incredible honor.
Where is your dream venue to play anywhere overseas? 

Man I would love to bring the band out to anywhere out east! I would definitely say the UK and Japan, maybe even India!
Do you have any collaboration with any other artists in the planning?  

I have been pretty busy working with the six other members of The Northern Light, so nothing is planned at the moment. However, I like to stay open to all possibilities. 
What made you go into music? 

Strangely I discovered music to be my path while I was studying visual art in San Francisco. 

At the time my main focus there was in gestural figurative sculpture, I became obsessed with communication, and the way we as people often communicate our emotions not only through the things we say, but also with movement and posture. I dove into exploring what it means to be human within my own experience as well as observing the people I would see on my day to day. My art became my way to communicate what I could not with words. 

Even though I loved the physicality of being able to touch, move, and mold the media, I still felt too detached from the viewer. My creations felt more like relics that only held the evidence of my original creative intent. And while that was captivating in its own right, I wanted to deliver my message first hand. It was when I started taking my guitar to class with me and playing in the stairwells on my breaks, that I discovered the directness and accessibility music can possess.  

With song, I could place a piece of my heart into another’s. 

Do you play any instruments?

I am a Singer, Guitar Player, and Story Teller.

Who are your influences? 

Honestly my influences are always in flux.

If playing music is my number one love, listening and discovering new sounds that resonate with me is my second. 

That is the most beautiful thing about the hyper connectivity the internet gave us. It gave artists’ the ability to inspire and be inspired by one another like never before! 
Who’s been on my playlist lately:
Little scream

Gregory Alan Isakov

The Paper Kites

Novo Amor

Husky

Bears Den

Mirah

Death Cab For Cutie

Motopony

S.carry

Grizzly Bear

The Head And The Heart

Noah Gundersen

Tiny Ruins

Fleet foxes

Radiohead

Bon iver

Daughter
How do you get inspiration to write songs? 

For me it’s more a matter of showing up first. It’s unrealistic to think that I will wake up everyday inspired and ready to create. The important part is that I take 30 minutes to an hour every day to sit and see if something comes up. If nothing does, that’s okay I just go out into the world and live my life. Chances are, I’ll come back with something beautiful.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

 Still Happy 🙂 

When you’re not doing music, what do you do? 
I love yoga, people watching, cozy coffee shops, and hanging out on creaky wooden docks. Most of all though, I love spending time with an old or maybe new friend one-on-one, and listening to their stories. We as humans can experience the world so differently, and yet the same all at once.

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

Man… it would have to be “Gagging order” by Radiohead. It’s kind of an obscure Radiohead song, but one day it came up on shuffle on my iPod while I was sculpting and I could not stop listening to it.

I would wander the San Francisco streets for hours just listening to this one song on loop while occasionally finding eye contact with people when it was natural.. It sounds kind of crazy, but it felt like that song allowed me to see past the surface and deeper into their being.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given? 

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

-Uncle Henry “Spider Man’s Uncel”

Haha no but seriously, an incredible teacher at Evergreen named Andrea Gulickson taught me about how music throughout time has played incredibly vital roles in nearly every major mass movement. Whether it was The Beatles breaking down the barriers of segregation, or Bob Dylan giving voice to the struggle of America’s growing pains, or Henry Van Cliburn finding warmth in the hearts of America’s sworn enemy “The Russians” during the cold war. There is nothing that can bypass the mind and empathically connect people like music. It only makes sense to do great with it.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist? 

Be vulnerable, don’t change yourself for anyone, and take off the mask. At all costs be unapologetically yourself, even if that means showing some of your not so refined unpolished bits. If you’re a mess, be a beautiful ruin.
What quote or saying do you always stick by? 

“Follow your Bliss” 

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

My guitar, my pedal board, my amp, and my cello bow… and maybe the words to my songs.. yeah those are important!

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

I go to The Sunlight Cafe, it’s Seattle’s oldest vegetarian restaurant. If I look back as far as I can, my very first foggy memories are of my parents taking me there as toddler. In all my years I don’t think it’s changed even one bit.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you? 
Website: Wolfchildmusic.com
Facebook: facebook.com/gabrielwolfchild
Twitter: @wolfchildmusic
Instagram: @wolfchildmusic