READY TO FOLLOW UP THEIR EP ‘EL DORADO’ ITS ‘DRAWING NORTH’  WHO CHATS TO ME ABOUT THEIR NEW EP SET TO DROP IN SPRING,PROGRESSIONIS KEY AND THESE GUYS ARE  CERTAINLY READY TO SHOW US!

What are your names?Drew, Po and Jake

What is the band’s name?

Drawing North

How did you come up with the band’s name?

It came originally from a play on words of my name – Drew Southwell Draw/Drawing from Drew, North from Southwell and we all liked it and decided that it could also represent an adventure. The North aspect kind of symbolized venturing out of our home of Australia and pursuing music in America and other parts of the world.

What is your genre of music?

Alternative pop

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

I’m a songwriter/producer and I’ve been playing musical instruments since I was a child. I’ve written with a large number of other writers in America through my travels, which in turn helped us acquire our visas to live here! We started the band in in 2010 but didn’t really take it seriously until a few years ago. When we recorded and released our debut album El Dorado which peaked at #3 on iTunes through Universal Music. We’ve played over 200 shows and have showcased at festivals such as SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, Vans Warped Tour and more. Our next EP comes out this year!

You are set to release a new EP this spring, tell us more about it.

We recorded it end of last year on a beautiful beach on the central coast of Australia with a producer named Andy Mak with whom I co-produced it with. We did 5 songs and we’ll be releasing a bunch of singles before the EP drops later this year. The first is called Stay and comes out April 5!

It is a follow up to your LP El Dorado , what is different about the new EP?

The style has progressed and we’ve grown as writers and musicians. I’d say the music is current and the production elements are a bit more electronic.

Some of your previous tracks have been endorsed by Joel Madden, How did that come about?

One of our first songs we released was a song called Timepiece and we did an acoustic video for it. He somehow stumbled upon it and tweeted about it saying how much he liked it and for everyone to check it out. It was really cool as a younger band to wake up to a whole ton of comments and new fans.

You have also played so many great festivals, What are they like?

Festivals are so much fun. The biggest crowd we’ve played to was a festival in our hometown in Australia to 15000 people. One of the coolest aspects is all the other artists on the bill that we get to meet and chat to. We we’ve been lucky enough to share the stage with some acts much bigger than us and it’s always great to hear their stories and advice or even just have share some drinks!
What is your dream festival to perform?

Coachella would be amazing. Glastonbury is also up there.

What made you get into music?

We all loved performing and loved playing instruments growing up. I think everyone secretly everyone wants a career as a rockstar so as young, naïve teenagers we decided to pursue it!

Are you signed?

We signed with Universal Music Australia for distribution of our debut album last year, but we are now unsigned and doing the next EP independently.

Will you be touring this year?

Yes! We’ve been touring since the start of the year and will be continuing throughout the rest of the year.

If so, where will you be heading?

At this point, just America and Australia.

Who are your influences?

This is a hard question because there are so many new and innovative artists that inspire you to keep going and to keep creating. Songwriting-wise would be Max Martin, Ryan Tedder or Dr Luke.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Usually from personal experiences or stories that have happened to us, our friends or family. We try to be always be aware of what is happening around us and try to translate that to music.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully touring and playing bigger shows, writing with bigger artists and still growing and learning.

When your not doing music,what do you do?

I’m a graphic designer so I do a lot of art. I also love to snowboard and travel.

You are from Australia, what is the music scene like over there?

It’s a lot smaller than here in America, but there are some incredible artists back home. The festivals are also a lot of fun.

What would be your dream venue to play in your hometown?

One of the stadiums in each major city would be a pretty wild achievement!

For anyone visiting Australia, where would you recommend they go?

Anywhere on the beach. Australia is beautiful and has some incredible rainforests up north too. Sydney and Melbourne are insanely fun.

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

Ed Sheeran or Coldplay would be a dream. The 1975 would be dope too.

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

One Republic  or The Weeknd would be a lot of fun.

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

Aim to remain humble and believe in yourself daily.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?  

One quote I often think of is ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.’ It’s cliché but it’s very relevant to the music industry. You have to have a lot of skill but you also have to have a lot of luck and this helps me every time I doubt myself to keep building and growing.

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

The melodies, the lighting, the production, the venue and the clothes the performers wear.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Instagram.com/drawingnorth
Facebook.com/drawingnorth
Twitter.com/drawingnorth
Soundcloud.com/drawingnorth
Youtube.com/drawingnorth

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THE HUMMINGBIRDS ARE DEFINITELY READY TO RELEASE NEW MATERIAL AND GET IT OUT THERE AND PLAY THEM FOR YOU ESPECIALLY AT CORNBURY FESTIVAL! 

What are your Full names ans the bands name?
We’re called ‘The Hummingbirds’ and you have, Jamie Davies, Michael Kountis, Matty Brougham, Ryan Lewis and Richard Smith

Give us a little bio about you

We’re 5 lads who grew up playing music around Liverpool from an early age, we’ve known each other for a good few years and the band formed naturally out of the friendship. The music you hear us play is from our take on the great 60’s/70’s Americana/Folk music with our Merseybeat heritage thrown in there

 How long have you been doing music?

It Varies for all of us, but it’s been about 10 years on average for all of us playing now, it feels like a few months, something that comes naturally to us.

 

How did the ‘Cornbury Festival’ Come about?
Our booking agent messaged us asking about it, we checked the festival out online and it was a yes straight away. We’re excited to come and play for the crowds there!

 We had a previous chat about your EP ‘ Out Of The Rain’, how was the response to it?

We had a great response, to the EP and the Album released just after it. We were so glad people enjoyed the music because it’s been a long struggle for us to get this stuff released the way we wanted it and we’re glad it’s out now.

 

What can we expect at Cornbury Festival? Any new material 😉
We have a few new songs we’ve been working on yes! Hopefully we can play them for you. We have a great set planned and hopefully the weather is nice and the crowd are loving it!

 When will we see a new EP or Album?

There’s been talks of a Live EP later this year, with a few tracks taken from our Album launch show at the Buyers Club, Not too sure if it’s going to happen but i’ve heard the tracks and they sound good!

 Are you doing any more gigs/festivals?

We’re planning a big tour in September/October hopefully going from top to bottom of the country! Sooner than that though we have the Liverpool Loves festival. It’s on our pier head right in front of the river mersey and the Liverbuildings, it’s an amazing festival and we’re looking forward to playing to a home crowd.

 

Who are you most excited to see at the Festival?
The Lottery Winners, Played with these guys a few years ago and have seen them a few times since. We’re doing a few festivals with them this year so will be good to catch the set

 What has 2016 brought you already?

3 singles and an album release! Loads of gigs and some new suits.

 What are your Social Media accounts so everyone can keep up to date with you at the festival?
Twitter – @thehummingbirds
Facebook.com/thehummingbirdsuk
Instagram – @thehummingbirds
Snapchat – th3hummingbirds
http://www.wearethehummingbirds.com
 
 

BENJAMIN JOSEPH EDWARDS AKA MILLER BLUE, SELF TAUGHT PRODUCER,WRITER WHOSE FROM S SHROPSHIRE,UK

 

What is your Full name?
Benjamin Joseph Edwards

How old are you?
19

What is your genre of music?
A blend of Alternative R&B, Electronica, Hip Hop and Soul

Give us a little bio about yourself.

I am a self taught songwriter and producer originally from Shropshire and my music takes influence from a range of genres including artists such as Nas, The Fugees, James Blake, Chet Faker, Erykah Badu and Frank Ocean. I Produced my first EP in my bedroom studio at home. I spent a few years developing my craft until I finally felt comfortable with my sound. I am currently at university studying a science degree in Music Technology.

 

How long have you been doing music?
I began playing my first instrument (the guitar) when I was 16 years old and found my love for production around a year later. In terms of singing, I had no vocal training and was inexperienced but I believe my voice has developed as I’ve matured.

 

What made you go in to music?
Initially it was more of a hobby but I soon realised my passion for writing and creating music so I made a decision to dedicate myself to it. I decided to study music technology at college to help better my understanding of the music industry itself.

Are you a signed?
Not as of yet.

Your DEBUT EP is out ‘Persistence’ what is the meaning behind the name?
I had a lot of times where I doubted myself when I initially started coming up with the idea of even making an EP, so from day one I promised myself to remain consistent and work hard to achieve what I wanted; therefore, I thought ‘persistence’ was an accurate name to display the time and effort gone into the EP as I’d written and produced every song on the EP as well as painting the artwork myself. On top of this I knew that the music industry would be tough and the only way to strive in the current industry would be by working hard and being persistent.
Tell us more about the tracks individually.
Marigold
I got lead on by a girl I really liked once and she lead me in to a false sense of emotions. The song is basically me reflecting back on it realising that she wasn’t right for me and she was too immature at the time. As I do with other personal songs I tried hiding the true emotion of it by using metaphors. I tried to create a fairly happy vibed out song using bad connotations.

Vibe
when writing this I was just finishing college, I’d found out that I had been accepted in to university and wanted to write a feel good song to reflect and talk about how life as it going. I also touched on how although I’m not rich, I still felt wealthy as I had everything I needed to be happy. Summing the song up I’d say simply that it’s a feel good track about me being excited for the future.

Overdue –
I wrote it trying to put across the argument on how the mainstream media and big corporations have tried to condition people in to consumerism and the idea that happiness comes from material items. As well as this i wanted to touch on the idea of how this has sprouted from human ego being out of control within particular people, creating an unfair hierarchy that cleverly hides oppression within lower class people. I basically say how i can see past this and that I’m fed up of it.

Cold Hands
I’d been through a break up a few years before writing this track but I still hadn’t fully gotten over it. I’d had a period where I was going through a low point and needed to overcome some issues and figured writing this track would help to reflect on everything that had happened and from this, move past it. Saying this, I didn’t want everyone knowing specifically what had happened so I wrote it metaphorically to ensure that I could still filter what I needed to say without others knowing the true meaning behind the song. I feel I still managed to get across the emotion and meaning of the song.

 

How long did it take to complete?
From when I first started writing the first song, which was actually Marigold I’d say it took around 6 months to complete. This was mainly because I had gaps where I was more focused on college work so didn’t manage to spend much time writing and producing but during the last 6 to 8 weeks of this period I spent pretty much all of my time working on the tracks and getting them all polished. I actually lost the original file for Marigold so had to start from scratch… I’d never been so annoyed in my life as I’d spent a lot of time on it but admittedly it came out sounding way better the second time round so in a way I’m kind of happy it happened.

 

You Produce and Write you own tracks, is it difficult doing both or easier would you say?
I’d say it can be Easier on the basis that you can get all of your creative ideas across more easily without having to confer it with other people as it’s all coming from you. This means you get a good representation of what you want and how you envisioned in your mind. However, it’s a lot more time consuming and can create some self doubt without having someone else to confer with about how it’s sounding. Saying this, I do believe that when working with other people, especially with writing, it can be beneficial as you can bounce off each others ideas and encourage each other. It can also help if you’re experiencing writers block as they could come up with something that causes a spark that you necessarily wouldn’t have been able to create on your own.

How long have you been Producing for?
I’d say it’s been around 3 years now since I got my first DAW but I’ve only taken producing more seriously during last 18 months.

Will we see an album?
I haven’t really put too much thought in to it as of yet. I’m just taking things one step at a time. I’m currently working on a second EP and this will be my next project so yeah, for now it’s not on the cards. But yeah, I definitely want to produce a full album when the time is right.

What instruments do you play?
I play guitar and some keys and am self taught in both.

Who are your influences?
Chet Faker, The Fugees, J Dilla, Ed Sheeran, James Blake, Jack Garratt, Frank Ocean, Kaytranada, J Louis, Erykah Badu.

Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour?
It’s very early days to mention anything about a tour, but it would be a dream of mine to achieve being able to say that I’d be traveling around the country touring and playing my own music for people. However, I do have some low-key small gigs planned out for early summer just to familiarise myself with performing and building on my stage presence and performance style etc.

If you are, where are will you be heading?
Locations aren’t confirmed yet but they will most probably be scattered around the UK.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
It always depends, but it can be from a personal experience that I use to portray my emotions in to music. It can start from a view or belief I have about something in the world that I want others to hear. Or it can even just something that randomly comes in to my head at the time, a thought or just an emotion.

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I think its too early to say and I don’t like to get too ahead of myself but I think if I just stick to making music and stick to what I know and love then it will hopefully take me on the path that I’m supposed to be going on. My long term goal however is definitely to be able to have a career in music, be respected for it and able to support my family and along the way hopefully be able to help others to get through certain obstacles they have through listening to and relating to my music.

What Music do you listen to when you’re out?
Tech House, Dub, Reggae, Jazz, R&B

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I’m currently studying music tech at university and it is very theory based so a lot of my time is focused on achieving my degree. But other than this I go to a lot of gigs with my girlfriend, play some basketball if I get the time and just generally socialise with friends I guess.

What’s the best gig you’ve played so far and why?
As I’ve just started with my music career and its extremely early days, currently my only official live performance I’ve done as Miller Blue was a live session for BBC Introducing Shropshire. Although it was quite daunting knowing my first performance was live on air, I loved every every second of it and can’t wait for more performances in the future.

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

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

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

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

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
I can’t say a particular song however, Ed Sheerans’ first ever album ‘+’ inspired me so a lot and drove me to wanting to write and perform music myself.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Someone once told me that no matter how frustrating and agitated I become when pursuing my music, always persevere with it because in the end what you love doing and are most passionate about is what will make you the happiest.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Have long and short term goals you want to achieve, remain focused and channelled in what you’re doing and make sure the music comes first and for anyone who doubts you, prove them wrong because everyone has to start somewhere.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Where there is love there is life” – Mahatma Gandhi

When you care at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Gig ticket, Carmex, Chewing Gum, Phone, Money

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Facebook – Facebook.com/MillerBlueMusic
Twitter – @MillerBlueMusic
Soundcloud – soundcloud.com/millerblue
Instagram – @MillerBlueMusic