REVIEW: ‘ISLAND APOLLO’ DROP THEIR NEW TUNE ‘HOLD IT DOWN’ PRODUCED BY ERIC LILAVOIS

The SoCal Five peice ‘Island Apollo’ coming in to the music scene with thir indie pop and funky urban griives and now their latest single ‘Hold It Down’ which I think you hear how much the band grow with every release and its great to see a strong and well flowed track.

‘Hold It Down’ with the upbat and funky grooves we all love from the guys come straight in puts a smile on your face and instantly makes you sway to the beat.
Vocals so fine and easy listening its takes you on the journey if Island Apollo’s music and its really interesting with not just this release, every release they’ve made so far.
The Production gives it that extra special hit to the song, your going to love this!

check out ‘Hold It Down’ Below:

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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

 

A TRIO CALLED ‘ THE TRUEBELLES’ ARE SET TO MAKE YOU DANCE YOUR NIGHT AWAY WITH THEIR LATEST SINGLE ‘MISTER NOBODY’  AND WHAT ELSE DO THEY PLANNED 

What is your bands name? 
The Truebelles
How did you come up with the name?
It’s a faux take on 1940’s Americana. The word Belle comes from that. We like the way Amy Winehouse mixed it up with hip hop, jazz and 1960’s culture.
What is your genre of music?
The genre is good songs. We like to mix it up. We like to dance.
Give us a little bio about you as a band and individuals.
Lorena is the lead vocal on Mister Nobody although we take turns on lead vocals. Grace has emotional versatility as a singer and Tallulah is the most developed as a songwriter. We share a passion for seeing more a dynamic and healthy representation of women in the media.
 
What made you go in to music?
Grace: Freddie Mercury.
Tallulah: Passion.
Lorena: I can’t remember I was singing before I could speak.
Are you a signed?
We are a collective as much as a band or act. We all have individual projects and we do The Truebelles because we love it not really because we are legally bound to it.  
Your brand new Pop single ‘Mister Nobody is out, what an you tell us about it? 
It’s straight forwardly about standing up for yourself. its about a man who can’t find his own way so he relies on a woman too much so she has to stand up for herself for both their sakes.
Tell us more about the title of the single process.
Our producer came up with it. We think it’s really about him.
What was the recording process like? 
We work with a writer producer on the Truebelles we make alot up in the recording studio. It was recorded at Katie Melua’s keyboardist’s studio.
What was the writing process like?
The writing, recording and producing processes all bleed into each other on this project.
Who did you show Mister Nobody to first?
We played it to a film director as we knew right away it was the song we wanted to launch with.
Will we see an Album or Ep this year? 
Most of the album is recorded we had to break off a few times as Tallulah was filming for Television and Lorena had some huge Gigs at the O2 in Scottland.
Do you have any gigs coming up, if so where will you be heading?
We plan to do a few low key spots although it depends how well the single does.
Do you play any instruments?
Tallulah: I play Guitar.
Lorena: I write top line melodies and use a work station so I play synth.
Grace: Keyboards in the studio. 
Who are your influences?

Grace: Freddie Mercury, Chromeo, Christina Aguilera… Too many to mention. Prince also. 

Tallulah: Kate Bush. I really like a lot of electronica such as Oh Wonder, James Blake. So many.
Lorena: Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse, Jamiroquai, Jill Scott, Santana, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder.
Tallulah, youve had experience in the Enetertainment industry doing voice over and currently in the top 12 of Britains Next Top Model which congrataulations might we add… what is the best advice you’ve been given and passed it on? 
Lorena: I did some ADR for Margo Robbie’s Jane in the Tarzan movie, best advice is “learn from your mistakes”.
Tallulah: best advice “go for it”.
Grace: from mother. it’s “failing to prepare, is preparation for failure”
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Grace; you just start somewhere and then keep going until you finish.
Lorena: If you are a good listener it helps you. You pick up on all kinds of sounds from your environment and it helps to inspire.
Tallulah: it’s comes from deep inside.
How do you prepare? 
We get naked under a full moon. 
Would you be up for collaborations with other artists if so how could they contact you?
Grace: Yes.
Lorena: Maybe
Tallulah: Don’t call us we’ll call you.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Tallulah; in the mirror.
Grace: Running the Queen Vic in Eastenders. Is that show still on ?
Lorena: I’d like to Expand from my ADR and do some Character movie acting.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Tallulah: Paint, modelling also.
Grace: I like to relax with my cats although I live with a guitar player so there is always music.
Lorena: Acting. 
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene? 
In harmony: ….”to many to mention”
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
(Already answered as above)
 
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Grace: if you’re a quitter, Quit. If you’re a sticker, stick.
Tallulah: if you’re a shitter, shit.
Lorena: Amen.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Tallulah: We don’t, were flexible.
You get off a plane in your hometown, 

1/ where is the first place you visit

2/ where is the first place you see 

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

 Grace: it’s the same for all three Mum at home.
 
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget? 
Lorena: Five fingers to open to mic drop when you smash the gig.
You work with Quite Great PR, how did that come about? 
Grace: We got our producer to call Pete Bassett and we all went to meet that one man legend and he loves us. 
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Tallulah: Yes we do. (Mimes mic drop)
Grace: ha-ha
Lorena: funny girl.

http://www.thetruebelles.com/

REVIEW: BRITISH SINGER/SONGWRITER SANDI THOM IS SET TO RELEASE HER NEW SINGLE ‘TIGHTROPE’ IN AID OF PANDAS FOUNDATION.

Sandi Thom is a British sensation from being signed with the release of her  top hit ‘ I Wish I Was A Punkrocker’ to taking her own musical journey independently.

On the 24th March 17 Sandi is set to release a track so deep and meaningful but with a message behind it that gives you a lesson at the same time and it’s all in Aid of Pandas Foundation. 
Me from a young age growing up with Sandi Thom’s music being on in my house to now she still has those distinctive vocals that just lure you in like a magnet. 
With deep and meaningful lyrics that you just want listen and just take in that experience she has over come and this song certainly does this.

The video sets the scene to the track too.
After giving birth to her first child Logan, Sandi suffered Postnatal depression which can take you to a very dark place and it did it to her but she fought it and created this song to tell everyone her experience and most importantly to educate those whose don’t know much about but also help those who are going through it. 
Check out ‘TightRope’ below 

http://vevo.ly/aojWIw
Pre-Order ‘Tightrope’ right here

http://smarturl.it/STtightrope
More about Pandas Foundation;

PANDAS Foundation is the UK most recognised and trusted support community for families who suffer prenatal/antenatal and postnatal illness. 

#ItsOkNotToBeOk
for more information please visit and share; 

http://www.pandasfoundation.org.uk/
Follow Sandi Thom for all her latest updates right here too;
http://www.sandithom.com/

REVIEW: FOLK POP SINGER KRIS ANGELIS IS DROPPING HER LATEST SINGLE ‘HEARTBREAK IS CONTAGIOUS’

Kris Angelis composed her first song at three and never turn her back on music! 

Here now with ‘Heartbreak Is Contagious’ which has its upbeat melodies and its own spirit to let it jump out at you and it definitely  does do that and that folk feel makes it special and adds to the message.
Vocals are so sweet and flow wonderfully check it out for yourself below.

Kris is also set to release her EP ‘Heartbreak is Contagious’ 

Keep an eye on Kris’s page 

https://krisangelis.bandzoogle.com/store

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REVIEW: KID CUPID RELEASE YET ANOTHER UP BEAT DANCE A LONG TRACK ‘BLUE MOON’,TAKE A LISTEN RIGHT HERE 

The London based four piece Kid Cupid are made up of Laura,John,Ian and James with a fantastic electro genre.
Laura’s modulated vocals jump straight in to the track with the electronic infused instrumental that makes your head turn. 

With so much professionalism and a unique sound to call their own really stands out and just makes you want to see what is next. 

Lyrics so good and artwork to fit the theme, this definitely needs to be on your playlist. 
Check out ‘ Blue Moon’ right here 

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REVIEW: IF ONE THING IS TO BE SAID IT’S FAMILY COMES FIRST! THE BEAUTIFUL SECRET SET TO RELEASE THEIR LATEST SONG ‘WHAT’S INSIDE’ IN AID OF THE NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY’ FOR WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS WEEK 27TH MARCH – 2ND APRIL 2017!

The Beautiful Secret are a duo made up of Rachael Hawnt and Ash Cutler, meeting up from recommendations from friends and work colleagues its definitely say The Beautiful Secret has created that edgy, modern feel even through their latest song which has a fantastic message behind and needs to be heard.

Straight away a very deep feel to the song which you can instantly connect too and really feel the lyrics that tells a raw yet beautiful story.
This is made with so much passion and love so you can understand the story which you do so much.
Racheal wrote ‘ Whats Inside’ for her niece Katie Rae and everyone else living Autism to educate everyone else on how important it is with this song it shows a real understanding.
Its accompanied with a video which just electrify’s the importance of it.
Rachael’s Vocals so sweet and fruity really gives the song that extra special sound.

This is a song that everyone needs to listen to and tell their friends because this is education for many of us and its something that needs to be addressed more.

Check out the Video;

Here is the inspiration behind the song; 

 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4h0AC6cszHs&t=4s

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY THE ALBUM RIGHT HERE;
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-beautiful-secret/id1205935312?ls=1&app=itunes

 

For more infomation on THE NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY click the link below;
http://www.autism.org.uk/?gclid=Cj0KEQiAl4TGBRDhgvmikdHPsdABEiQAtBcc8CVW3ApQY3BZMkx7tcExUpjZD0Kra7zfFGZqOsB8980aAmX78P8HAQ

For more Info on The Beautiful Secret, check out their website;
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