REVIEW: @aprilmoonband ARE BACK WITH A BRAND NEW ALBUM ‘THE BUS THAT TAKES THE SAD PEOPLE AWAY’ AND IT SHOULD BE ON YOUR PLAYLIST

April Moon are a duo from the states but living their dream here in the UK, from multiply local radio shows to many live gigs for the release of their albums. NOW April Moon are ready for a lot more 

‘The Bus That Takes The Sad People Away’ starts of with ‘Wilder Green Yonder’ a very american feel to the start of the album which really sets this album a light. 
‘Day Go By’ again a upbeat guitar start and Jason vocals slide in so perfect that you just fall in love with the track and rest of the album

Lyrically so magical and easy to listen too!
Third comes ‘Smile’ a more deep yet slow track that again has that easy flowing feel you just instantly sway and dance in the garden at a party too!
Just three of the 12 amazing songs that lyrically are beautifully and tell a story all the way through.

Check Out ‘THE BUS THAT TAKES THE SAD PEOPLE AWAY’ right here;

https://aprilmoon.bandcamp.com/album/the-bus-that-takes-the-sad-people-away

Follow all new updates follow April Moon; 
Official Website

http://www.aprilmoonband.com/

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LA BASED ARTIST ‘ALEEM’ IS HERE CHATTING TO ME ABOUT HIS AWESOME NEW EP AND GETTING THE NEWS OF OPENING FOR FIFTH HARMONY’S UK/EUROPE TOUR

What is your name?

Aleem

 

What is your genre of music?

Pop

 

Give us a little bio about you.

A Self taught musician based in LA.

 

Are you signed?

I am an independent artist

 

You released new single ‘Find Out’, what’s the story behind the track?

“Find Out” is a story about being involved in a relationship that you have a feeling won’t last long due to a lack of commitment. I was in a situation where I was hitting the road for some time and I had doubts that my relationship would last. When I came back home, my fear became a reality as she had moved on and left me hanging. The song isn’t so much of a heartbreak song, its more about seeing the writing on the wall and knowing what was happening all along. Lyrically, this song is very similar to the rest of the album in following a common theme of deep and descriptive stories that the listener can immerse themselves into. Musically however, this song definitely stands out with more of a poppy, driving dance beat compared to the other tunes that focus more on the instrumentation within the tracks.

 

You also released a video with it, tell us more about that process.

“Shooting the music video for “Find Out” was an epic experience,” says Aleem. “Having the opportunity to work with an acclaimed director in Philly Fly Boy and his world class team was an absolute honor. His vision, passion and command of capturing the best made this experience truly rewarding in the end. I’m very proud to share this project with you all!”

 

How long did it take to write?

1 day

 

You have a EP coming out  , can you tell us more about some of the other tracks on the EP?

The EP is titled “Open Letters – EP” there is no title track on this record. One of my favorite tracks on the record is “We’ll Get this Right” and “Are We Gonna Make It” both love songs that are very close to my heart.

 

You will the opening act for USA girl group ‘Fifth Harmony’, how did that come about?

My manager Kevin Sucher has been working at getting me opportunities to play my songs live and was a great honor to find out that I was selected to be one of their opening acts.

 

What was your first reaction when you found out the news?

I was crazy ecstatic and humbled.

 

Who was the first person you told?

I told my father who is a huge part of both my life and career.

 

What are you most excited about for the tour?

To meet the fans and visit beautiful cities and Countries of Europe.

 

What is your dream venue to play in the UK?

I’m so excited to play all of these venues for the first time, but it has always been a dream to play the O2 arena in London.

 

What is your dream venue to play anywhere overseas?

It would be absolutely stunning if one day I could play the Tokyo Dome.

 

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

Not at this time but I’m excited for the possibilities down the road.

 

What made you go in to music?

The thought of writing songs that would connect with another human fuels my passion.

 

Do you play any instruments?

I play the guitar.

 

Who are your influences?

Bruno Mars, John Mayer, The Script.

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Life gives me enough inspiration; love, happiness, heartbreak, relationships, etc…

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 Years?

It would be so humbling to still be creating music and sharing it with the world.

 

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

I love to play sports and hang out with my friends.

 

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

“Drops of Jupiter” by Train – it paints such a vivid picture that it inspired me to start writing.

 

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

If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.

 

As an artist, what advice would you give to aspiring musicians about the industry?

Stay true to your craft and always be prepared. You never know when your opportunity will come.

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Always try to find the positives.

 

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

Tea, my guitar, clothes, fast food and my headphones.

 

When you get back home after being away on tour for ages, where is your go to place in your hometown?

My favourite restaurant in my hometown is Portillo’s. I can’t wait to visit when I return home.

 

How can your fans find you on social media?

you can find me on all social media here: @aleemmusic

 

 

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT… MANCHESTER TO GLOBAL ON MUSIC OF THE FUTURE GLOBAL TV!

So Ive been thinking of some new ideas to further Music Of The Future and I am so so happy to announce my new project which will help all you artists and bands of the future … and present.
HERE GOES…
I am starting up a brand new YouTube channel called MusicOTFutureGlobalTV,
It will consist of four playlist
1 / MusicOTFuture Presents ‘Artist/Band name ‘ from the UK
2/ MusicOTFuture Presents ‘Artist/Band name ‘ from overseas
3/ MusicOTFuture Presents ‘A Day In A Life of Artist/Band name ‘
4/ MusicOTFuture Presents ‘Artist/Band name ‘ LIVE!
You would just have to record and video yourself singing one of your tracks or cover and send it me via email?

musicotfutureglobaltv@gmail.com

As for ‘Day In A Life’, you wouldvideo record your whole day , from getting up in the morning… hitting the gym and studio and anything else you get up to in a day and send it over me which will give your fans more of an insight of your life.
SUBMISSIONS TO BE SENT TO;

musicotfutureglobaltv@gmail.com
This is just the beginning and I hope you enjoy the ride with me!

Subscribe to our Youtube ‘ MusicOTFuture Global TV’ we will be posting our first video’s soon so keep an eye out for updates

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN99PAD7hWRsdKmkL6hfTCg/
FIRST VIDEO COMING SOON!!
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy!

REVIEW: BILLY BRAGG AND JOE HENRY ARE SET TO DROP THEIR LATEST ALBUM ‘SHINE A LIGHT’ SOON AND I GOT A SNEAK PEAK!

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry have been on the music scene for over 30 years doing many different things all over, Billy from the UK and Joe from the USA, the pair have come together to tell us their stories through music and created this spectacular brand new Album ‘Shine A Light’ out on 23rd September 2016.
 

Track 1 ‘Rock Island Line’ starting with strums of the guitar then building up a great beat and setting the scene of being on the road.

The distinctiveness when both Billy and Joe’s vocals come in just makes you warm inside.

 

Track 2 ‘ The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anyway’ is a lot slower and a lower beat which gets you really listening to the lyrics so you can feel and understand what the two are singing about and it does exactly that and the vocals just compliment the track magnificently.

 

Track 3 ‘The Midnight Special’ vocals from Billy come straight in, it’s so strong and appealing. Joe’s vocals then come through so smooth that you just drift away with the instrumental and makes you want to put it on repeat. 

 

This is just three of the 13 tracks Billy and Joe are releasing so if you want to hear more of the creative magic by the two you will have to grab yourself a pre-order from here and get excited: http://po.st/SaLiT

 

Take a listen to ‘The Midnight Special’ below;

http://hyperurl.co/ShineALightStr

 

NOT ONLY ARE BILLY BRAGG AND JOE HENRY RELEASING ‘ SHINE A LIGHT’, THE TWO WILL BE HEADING OUT ON TOUR ,CHECK OUT IF THEY ARE COMING TO YOUR CITY:

 

NOVEMBER 

 

7 LONDON Union Chapel

8 LONDON Union Chapel

9 CANTERBURY The Marlowe Theatre

10 BRIGHTON St.George’s Church

12 PORTSMOUTH New Theatre Royal

13 COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre

14 GUILDFORD G Live

15 BURY ST EDMUNDS The Apex

17 NOTTINGHAM Playhouse

18 MANCHESTER The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

19 LINCOLN The Engine Shed

 

 

Keep up to date with Billy and Joe right here;

WEBSITE: http://po.st/ShineALight1

 

BREATHE ARE A ATMOSPHERIC DUO FROM MANCHESTER UK. I HAD A CHAT WITH JACOB ONE HALF OF THE GROUP! 

What are your Full names?

Jacob Dennis Appleton and Sam Luke Watson are our full names.

How did you come up with the name ‘BREATHE’?

Jacob: When initially coming up with the name of the group, we took into account both the message and morals behind our music as well as the texture of the sound itself. We felt, since the music is very ambient and atmospheric, that we needed a natural theme; an artsy name really. I always liked the way ‘CHON’ had their name in bold on their tracks and thought the concept was fairly different and immediately noticeable, so in all fairness… I stole it. I paired the boldness with the themes of nature and thought of ‘BREATHE’ and hey-ho the name stuck. People liked the idea and we agreed on it pretty rapidly so here we are, BREATHE.

How old are you?

I’m 18 years of age and Sam is 17 turning 18 this August.

What is your genre of music?

Jacob: To many that is dependent on what elements you can identify from our tunes. We are ambient at heart with our music been classified ambient by the ‘Reverbnation’ charts. However, we have many sub genres influencing our tunes too. If I were to say what we are as a whole from a personal creative perspective I’d say: Ambient, Atmospheric, Electronic, Progressive, Vaporweave. A mouthful huh…



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

BREATHE are a two piece ambient, atmospheric group consisting of guitarist, sequencer, pianist and dual bassist Jacob Appleton and drummer, bassist and worldly percussionist Sam Watson. We are ex band members from various projects who have come together to form a very concept driven group that supplies music as an experience rather than a casual listen. Though our music fluctuates from smooth and soft to intense and technical, we aim to create emotionally relevant pieces that adapt to trends we want to send a message about. With influences ranging from Nordic Giants to The XX, we try to offer a unique blend of story and musicality in a very bold fashion.



How long have you been doing music?

Jacob: I’d say since I joined secondary school so from when I was about 11 or so. I started looking at music more passionately and seriously however when around 14 since that was when I started playing in ensembles more often.

What made you go in to music?

Jacob: The fun, the reward and the personal achievement you get from playing an instrument. Always a passionate music listener, I often played with the thought of being in the position I once worshipped, that of a musician. Nothing beats the buzz of wowing an audience with your capabilities and causing a crowd to feel emotions that you have always wanted to evoke. It is an art form that is both personal and relatable at the same time; it is the best art form.



You released two new videos, tell us more about them.

Jacob: They are two interlude videos we have for the first and ultimate tracks on the album. Though they contain none of our guest features or even vocals, they were made as a quick taster to people as to what the EP will be about. They are artsy and slightly over-dramatic in parts but hey they tell a story and they allow for a degree of connotations that people can decipher for themselves; we made the songs with a message and we are imploring you to find that message yourselves. ‘Seed Vol.I’ is much more uplifting and sappy if you would, but ‘Seed Vol.II’ is much more sinister with more disturbing themes expressed in the video; this is because we wanted to invert the progression in the first song and evoke different feelings the second time round with a more eerie tune… It will make more sense once the EP is released.



Tell us more about the process of making both the videos.

Jacob: Simple really. We dived deep into the royalty free clip database online, handpicked certain scenes that we would clip together to create a story. If you know your way around editing software and you have film already collected, then it’s simply a case of working that into a narrative and I think we achieved that.



You are also debuting your EP tell us about the background of it?

Jacob: Ah yes the EP will be called ‘Feather’ and we have big hopes running into this thing. We went with the ‘Feather’ idea since it looked bold on an album cover and is instantly recognisable. Also we want each EP and LP to have a particular theme, this one is nature and you can’t get much more natural than that. The background per say is just that we wanted to create something entirely personal and without interference from other studio mechanics etc. We wanted to test ourselves and test our young heads to see what we are actually capable of.



What will we expect from the EP?

Jacob: The EP will have 5 tracks including the 2 interludes everyone has already heard and should be around 20 to 30 minutes long. We want it to be a very emotionally and story driven experience with a concept that is as prominent as some of the great atmospheric albums. The next single drops as of the coming two weeks and we hope that will sum it up better.


Are you a signed?

Jacob: As of this moment no unfortunately up, but we are open for offers. We have a partnered network on YouTube now which is a positive and we will just have to see what state we are left in after this EP has dropped.



Who are your influences?

Jacob: I’d say as a group Nordic Giants, Cinematic Orchestra, CHON and Plini. If you combine all these acts and take particular aspects from them, I think you can create something pretty similar as to the sound we are going for. Personally I’d say ‘Black Sabbath’, ‘Animals as Leaders’ and ‘Alien Ant Farm’ are my influences as to why I create music.



How do you get inspiration to make songs?

Jacob: I find a couple chords on piano that represent how I’m feeling and my thought pattern. I then flesh them out and start adding some extra instrumentation that hopefully further delves into how I’m feeling as well as keeping our stylistic edge upon these chords. The inspiration is my day to day life, the ups, the downs and what I value and what hurts. The inspiration long story short is retrospective on how I am feeling.



Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Jacob: I’d like to see myself somewhere in the music industry. Whether that be writing music, performing music, commercialising music or writing about music, anywhere would be totally fulfilling for me. I like journalism and have tweaked and looked around that area too so as long as I’m still cracking along in this direction, then I will be happy.



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

Jacob: Well this a difficult one, but I’d say relaxing with friends and watching sports. Rugby in particular is a popular past time of mine and now I’m quite happy as to watch it rather than partake in it. It will always remain a very large aspect in my life so as a number one that would be it.

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

Jacob: Again another difficult one as I feel that the talent department has fluctuated profusely in the UK as of the last few years. But it would be between three artists/songwriters: Jon Gomm, Elvis Costello or Don Broco. Jon Gomm because his guitar playing is second to none and can create such massive sounds/intricate textures with just a guitar and his voice; the guy is an unbelievable talent. Elvis Costello because he’s one of those songwriters that I feel has written and performed some of the most underrated jams ever. He’s been a huge inspiration and a favourite listen of mine since I could walk and I feel he could enlighten me so much on the music industry as well as teach me how to create applicable yet varied music without losing any integrity as an artist. Lastly Don Broco because I think they are killing it at the moment. They’ve managed to change their entire style from album to album without selling out or creating watered down pieces. Their bass-lines are fresh and exciting, their guitar fluid with mouth-watering melodies and the twin vocals of Rob Damiani & Matt Donnelly are just excellent. They are completely opposite to our style too so could you imagine the collaboration? Would be fresh as hell if you ask me…



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

Jacob: Oh no question, it is between two… I would say CHON, because I think their style matched with ours could create one of the sweetest combinations I could ever imagine, and Alien Ant Farm because they are my favourite band hence meaning I would fan-boy everywhere. Would Alien Ant Farm work as a collaboration with BREATHE? God no, but it would be a stupid amount of fun attempting it anyway. CHON on the other hand would be the perfect band I can think of for a project like this.



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

Jacob: Dream festival would be Download or Glastonbury for me. Download for the sheer lineup we’d be playing alongside which is the best in the world every year and Glastonbury because that this the pinnacle of a career for a British band to play there. Venue wise I have no preference, an arena is an arena and I think any arena would blow me way to play at.



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

Jacob: The USA on the other hand I really have no preference whatsoever. Just to say I gigged in America would be enough for me to jump over the pond and still have support would be crazy


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

Jacob: Fish Tanks debut EP ‘Henry’ and any/all tracks off of there really showed me the beauty of diving head first into the music industry. Seeing them live in a small pub only furthered that for me since it showed that no matter your public presence, you can still have great fun trying to make a name for youself.



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

Jacob: I was watching the cheesy talent show ‘Guitar Stars UK’ one day and Toni Iommi appeared as a guest judge; a guitarist who I’ve always idolised. In Layman’s terms he basically stated that you can do all the intricate stuff and have the best practical ability at playing an instrument in the world, but that doesn’t make you a good musician, that makes you a set on instructions. A good musician knows when to hold back, how to inject his personality into a song and how to connect with every audience member with each note. It showed me that these guitar whizzes may play unbelievable solos but how many do you actually remember? Guitar demands heart, passion and soul, without it your just playing sequentially and you might as well be a robot if you’re aiming for that.



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

Jacob: Never lose your individuality and be successful in the eyes of the people you want to impress. When you write music and you perform music that you have written because YOU liked it and YOU enjoy it, then the product is always better. So many bands commercialise to a trend and contrary to popular belief, only a select few make it anywhere. Any projects that I’ve seen have success or find rapid acclaim has had a certain sense of individuality and swagger in their attitudes to music. They know their music is good because THEY made it and THEIR target audience loves it, not because they made a song with the ideology of pleasing everyone. Be true to yourself as an artist and an artist doesn’t copy other artists, that’s for machines to do.


What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Jacob: ‘Don’t be the man catching up in second place, be the man making distance in first!’ Mr Mejabi 2014… Deep stuff from a math teacher huh?


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

Jacob:

One: Tune the crap out of your instruments, even if they are perfect, tune them some more. I’ve seen professional groups forget this trait and an entire set can fall flat if not concentrated upon properly.

Two: Have some confidence in your stage presence, no one likes staring at a wall. If you look like you’re having a great time and feeling the music, funnily enough the audience will do the same.

Three: Keep talking to the audience. Between songs you don’t have to rush and flurry everything out to the audience in one, we like being talked to and made special. We want you to connect with us on a personal basis and make us feel like you really want to be here.

Four: Outfits are more key to a great gig than what you might think. Music isn’t about fashion, we understand that, but an audience’s first impression of you will be your look as a group so don’t dress as multi-coloured conflicting fruit pastels, have some style in your aesthetics.

Five: Yeah that confidence thing? Don’t be over zealous… I can’t tell you how many openers I’ve seen at gigs that I’ve had immediate distaste for because they made the show all about them with unnecessary egos (for god sake be likeable). When you’re part of a line-up, work for each other, don’t steal a spotlight you know you haven’t earnt yet… Wait until you’re a headliner for that.



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

Yeah we have a whole ton as listed down below:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/offiicialbreatheband/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/officialbreathemusic

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109215568521064728184/posts

Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/officialbreathe?profile_view_source=header_icon_nav

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXk8Pqypqv8Q6-5STVpylLw

 Twitter: https://twitter.com/OfficialBREATH3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM PLAYING THE GUITAR FROM THE AGE OF 10, WILLOW ROBINSON TOOK THE TIME TO CHAT TO ME ABOUT HIS NEW SINGLE ‘STONES’ AND WHAT HE HS TO OFFER!

What is your name? 
My name is Willow Robinson.
How old are you?
I am 22!
What is your genre of music?
Its a blend of Singer-Songwriter/ Folk/ Anthemic Rock and Blues
Give us a little bio about you.
I was born in Los Angeles to British parents, and moved back to England after only a few months of being born. Ive always had dreams of being a full time musician, and amazingly they seem to be coming true! I now live and work out of London, and have been touring the UK over the past 2 months.
How long have you been doing music?
I started playing guitar when i was 10 years old. Initially i was forced to play classical guitar, and almost gave up playing! But as soon as my parents bought me an electric guitar, it changed everything, from that moment i knew what i wanted to do.
What made you go in to music?

I always loved music, and i remember when i was so young fiddling around on a piano trying to make something sound good. I became passionate about bands from the 60’s and the whole lifestyle that went with it. I think the first time i really knew i wanted to be a guitar played was when i heard ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ for the first time.

 Are you signed?

I am signed to Clark & McGee, which is fronted by Warner ADA.

You released ‘Stones’  this month, what is the story behind that track?

I lived in LA for 2 years studying music, and i met an amazing girl out there. When i came back to England i suddenly felt intense feelings of longing, and it made me feel very insecure and worried that she would find another man in LA. I wrote the song almost immediately after i got home, as well as loads of others haha. Writing songs is definitely easier when you have something that makes you unhappy or emotional. Check the new video out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smpgoBWKYdg

Tell us more about any of your new music you have planned.
I am releasing another single and EP in the summer. This song is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. I think its a huge anthem, and i cant wait for people to hear it!
Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour? 
I have loads of gigs coming up! In May i am going on a full UK tour with Kula Shaker, and then i have loads if shows at the end of the month. Im also playing the Hay and Isle Of White Festivals. Shows are coming in all the time so keep and eye out, I’m hopefully doing a solo tour in the summer!
If you are, where are will you be heading? 

Everywhere! All over the Uk, and possibly even Europe and LA!

Do you play any instruments?

I play Guitar, Piano, Drums, Bass

Who are your influences?

My biggest influences reside with the greats like The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Otis Redding. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Lana Del Rey, Angus Stone, John Mayer, and Eddie Vedder. But ill listen to almost anything, i think the key to being a good musician is being open to all genres.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Everything i experience inspires me, but usually the ones that are painful and difficult are the best for writing songs. I couldn’t not write music, its what drives me to get up in the morning. Inspired or not, i have to write songs, its the only way to keep my sanity.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

In 5 years i hope I’m looking back on a really great journey, and that i have a story like no other. But also rather than just looking back ill be looking forward to all the great things that are to come!

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

I love reading, painting, anything art i love. Walking in the countryside, going out in cities with my friends and getting debauched.

If you could collaborate with one UK Artist who would it be? 
Probably Ed Sheeran as he’s a great songwriter and talented guy. Might bring i nice touch to my songs.
If you could collaborate with one USA Artist who would it be? 

Lana Del Rey, or John Mayer

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in UK?
The Albert Hall, such an amazing atmosphere and I’ve seen some of my favourite gigs there. If play there, in my mind I’ve made it!
Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?

Fuck it, Madison Square Garden or the Hollywood Bowl!

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

Probably ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ by The Rolling Stones from their live album Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out.

If you could get one of your songs on a TV show, which would it be? 
I think my song ‘My Burdened Mind’ is very cinematic and would sound great on some epic driving scene
 What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
The best advice is to always keep going and work hard, the more you work the more luck you get.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Work until your idols become your rivals

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

My guitar, my voice, my songs, my leather jacket, my hair.

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

GRAHAM AKA RAVING WILD IS SET TO GET YOU ALL RAVING ABOUT HIS ALTERNATIVE ROCK/BLUES MUSIC, GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HIM RIGHT NOW!

 

What  is your Full name?

Graham Iddon

How old are you?

I’m 27 years old

What is your genre of music?

Alternative rock/blues

Give us a little bio about yourself.

My name’s Graham, I’m a singer/songwriter from Aylesbury in Buckingham, UK. I go by the stage name of Raving Wild (although I’m generally quite approachable) and I earned the moniker through silly stunts that got a little out of hand on occasion.

I play guitar alongside the keyboard player Lawrence and use an array of loop pedals, vocal harmonisers and effects pedals to generate larger sounds than may be expected of a duo.

How long have you been doing music?

In terms of gigging I’ve been playing live for around 3 years or so, as for playing guitar and singing I have been learning since around the age of 12 but have only really taken studies seriously in the past few years.

What made you go in to music?

My brother suggested I spent my bought a guitar when I was younger, mostly so he could play it. I took to it and very much enjoyed learning the instrument however due to a severe injury I was incapacitated for some time. I battled on however and persisted although the learning process was lengthy as a result

Are you a signed?

I’m currently signed to Coffee Jingle Records, a swiftly growing independent label that support various genres of music.

Your EP ‘Kolmanskop’  is set to be released ’ what is the meaning behind the name?

The name ‘Kolmanskop’ is derived from the abandoned mining town in the Namib desert. I thought I would release a concept album using this as a metaphor for contemplation of the thoughts nobody hears.

Tell us more about the tracks individually.

 

‘Kolmanskop’, being the title track, is perhaps the track we experimented with most. I dehydrated myself for 24 hours before recording this to give it a desert feel and we recording individual sounds to make up a majority of the percussion. ‘At The Crossroads’ was a more simple, stripped back process which I recorded with my friend Kitty Roisin who provided some wonderful backing vocals.

‘Made Of Gold’, once again referring to mining and finding something of value in a place you’d least expect it, was written a few years previously to the other tracks although I felt it tied in with the theme. ‘Where Quiet Blooms’ was featured on BBC 6 Introducing Mixtape, I used some electric percussive techniques on my guitar to create a subtle beat and used various guitar effects for the first time in studio on the final track. As for ‘I Know Nothing’, which I feel is the darkest in mood, was written about realising how little I knew and what I learned from some friends I also consider mentors.

 

How long did it take to complete?

Without including the writing process it took just under a year to finalise every track for playback on multiple devices, this was produced by Lawrence himself in a private recording space.

 

Will we see an album?

At this point we’d really like to focusing our time on recording fewer but better tracks, there will definitely be more singles and EPs!

 

What instruments do you play?

I play guitar and sing most proficiently however I do play some keys too as with the technology available today I’ve found it to be a very adaptable instrument.

 

Who are your influences?

I love a band called Thrice, they have evolved so much over the many years they have been recording and playing which truly has been a journey to follow. Jeff Buckley is one of the most incredible vocalists I’ve ever had the privilege of listening to.

Will you be doing any gigs or a Tour?

We’re playing at Coopers Trading Company and at Wendover Celebrates along with a private fesitval which we can’t reveal the location of. You can catch us live on BBC Three Counties in April and we’re taking more bookings at all times.

 

 

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

I find love is a well trodden path so I try to veer away from that as a subject or take inspiration from it, mostly it’s just finding the time to swirl thoughts around I feel. Perhaps just taking a word, phrase or concept and building upon it.

 

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

I’d love to be comfortably working at gig venues, I’m not looking for fame or money but just to gig for a living in some classy or cool venues would be ideal.

What Music do you listen to when you’re out?

I like taking a walk with a bit of City and Colour on, either that or perhaps some songs by My Vitriol who are an excellent band that create wonderful soundscapes.

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

I’m either at my current job or I’m researching on how to improve my playing and vocals in my free time. If I have some spare time I may catch up with friends but other than that I’m always attempting to learn more.

What’s the best gig you’ve played so far and why?

It would be one of two, I played at Pinewood Studios and it was unbelievably grandiose. The whole venue was stunning in every detail and it was a privilege to be stood on the same spot as some of my favourite films had been created. Either that or Live In The Park in my hometown, the energy was superb and the crowd were all very supportive and receptive.

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

Hozier would have to be up there, after hearing ‘Take Me To Church’ I thought it exceptional that a virtually unknown musician had risen to fame by conveying a powerful, relevant message. It was refreshing to hear a song say something rather than just being made to make money. It was even better that it did both, hats off to him.

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

I’d love to just spend even five minutes in a studio with Thrice and be able to say I shared the same space as the band, once again they are another band that truly convey more than just notes and words. They have integrity it would be a dream to be there to observe the process of their songwriting.

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

I’d really want to play at the O2 Academy in Oxford, several of my friends have said they’ve had a great time playing there and it gave them the opportunity feel the proverbial moment of the gig.

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

Of all of the venues either large or small it would have to be the House Of Blues, every live performance I have watched there has been riveting and the atmosphere was tangible.

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

It was actually a song by my friend Dan Chapman called ‘Oldest Old Oak Tree’, something plucked a heart string and resonated with his voice and the composition. If you like a song with a slower tempo and are a fan of great vocal I’d recommend having a listen to him.

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

Information is the most valuable commodity you’ll have as it’s the only thing that gains value as it’s shared.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

Find your sound as soon as you can! When you find a style you enjoy, explore it as much as possible because the road is never ending.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

I always found the Chinese curse “may you live in interesting times” curious. It’s said on the assumption that interesting does not always mean beneficial, most people just presume that is what is wished. I try not to stick by making my interesting times chaotic ones but it does make me look before I leap.

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

  • Loop pedal
  • Guitar
  • Leads
  • Microphone
  • Most importantly – to warm up first

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

I’m on Twitter with the handle @RavingWild, Facebook on www.facebook.com/ravingwild or check out the website on www.ravingwild.co.uk for various sessions, promo videos and news.

SKYLER CHISSELL IS READY SET THE MUSIC ON ‘FIRE’ CHECK OUT MORE ABOUT WHAT THE NEW SENSATION IS ABOUT WITH MY INTERVIEW WITH HER!

What is your Full Name?

Skyler Chissell

 

How old are you?
I am 16 years old

 

What is your genre of music?
Well my debut track “Fire” is a mixture of urban/dance as Snoop Dogg wanted to feature on the track and in the video, he also wrote his own lyrics which was amazing, but going forward my music is geared more around alternative/punk with a pop mix.

 

Give us a little Bio of you.
My Mum is English and grew up in Bournemouth and my dad is American so I have joint citizenship and spend my time between the UK and the US.  I was born in Virginia Beach, VA, and moved to California when I was 11 to pursue a modeling and acting career. I’m pretty much a typical 16 year old girl. I love going to the mall, hanging out with friends, and watching horror movies and vine videos of Nash Grier. When I’m not in the studio I love to spend time at the beach or go to the park with my rescue dog Mouse, and as an avid soccer fan I make sure I watch all of the Arsenal games.

 

How long have you been doing music?
I’ve been singing for fun as long as I can remember, but professionally only about 6 months. I worked with a music producer, Mike Gonsolin of Trend Def Studios in LA, on some cover songs which I wanted to put on youtube. I had so much fun working with him and the sound was great so he offered to write me an original song, which is “FIRE”.

 

What made you go into music?
Just simple passion. Music isn’t a job to me as I enjoy it so much. I can spend hours all day listening to and writing music and then all evening often until 1am in the studio recording. My whole allowance goes on downloading music or on old vinyl records that I collect.

 

Are you a signed Artist?
Not yet, but I do have some meetings scheduled in February and March so check back at #Skylersmusic for updates.

What instruments do you play?
Unfortunately none, I was taking piano lessons but my instructor and I would spend all lesson coming up with new song ideas and lyrics. I do want to take some time to learn guitar and drums going forward.

 

Who are your influences?
Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, The 1975, Hey Violet, Blink-182 and All Time Low.

 

When will your new material be out?
I have 3 more originals already recorded and produced which will be available on an EP in the beginning or mid-February, and my producer and I are currently working on a love ballad.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Everyday things really, my own experiences, people watching and places I visit, I also take away a lot from my friend’s stories about boy troubles and school. I will often go on the roof of my apartment building in LA late at night and just watch the stars which gives me a clear mind and enables me to write for hours without any interruptions.

 

Where do you see yourself in 2-5 Years?
Hopefully I will be lucky enough to make a career out of my passion and will be playing around the world, I love to travel and meet new people. I equally love to write as much as I do sing, so I would love to write songs for other artists. I would also like to get some animals friends for my rescue dog, Mouse from the LA Shelter.
You were discovered by Snoop Dogg, how did that come about?

My record producer, Mike Gonsolin, wrote “FIRE” for me as a solo track which originally had a second verse. When we heard the final recording we loved the result and he thought it was good enough and would be perfect for a feature with Snoop Dogg who he had worked with before. He sent Snoop Dogg my recording and he loved it. He not only wanted to feature but wanted to be in the video also and he wanted to personally write his own lyrics to make it more of collaboration with me. We spent all day from 8am through midnight shooting the video in an abandoned warehouse in downtown LA and when we weren’t shooting or on break Snoop Dogg mentored me on how to be successful and how to build a career.

 

What was your first reaction?
Beyond excited and a little nervous, it is not every day you get to work with such a living legend as Snoop Dogg, He was such an amazing person to work with.

 

You are releasing ‘Fire’, your Single later this month, tell us more about it.
Yes, the official release date for “FIRE” is Jan 29.  We are having a release party at my PR company in the UK and I am also scheduled for a two week promotional tour where I will appearing on TV shows and doing radio and press interviews in London, Birmingham, Exeter, Cambridge, Manchester, Liverpool and my home town of Bournemouth.

 

Will you be releasing an Album, if so when?
Yes, I will be releasing an EP of 4 songs plus a bonus track of a party remix of “Fire” this will be out start to mid-February. The new songs are amazing and I hope people will love them as much as I do.

 

Will you be heading out on Tour? if so where?
Nothing scheduled as yet but would certainly love to do so in the future and would love to open for some of my favorite bands such as the Vamps.

 

You are coming to the UK, what are you most excited about?
I had hoped to spend some time with my family, I have joint US/UK citizenship as my mother is English so I have many Aunts, Uncles and cousins there, but the interest in “FIRE” has been so amazing that I  have been invited to interview and guest appear on TV shows and in studio radio appearances across the country so I won’t get to spend as much time with them as I had hoped, but am beyond excited that I have this opportunity to promote my original songs and live my dream.

 

If you wasn’t doing music what would you be doing?
I have always been involved in animal rescue and volunteer at local animal shelters and my Mum manages a low cost veterinary clinic where I also help out, I am also obsessed with Penguins so my second career choice would be Marine Biologist to help save and rescue stranded and or endangered marine animals.

 

When you’re not doing music,what do you do?
If my Mum is reading this then schoolwork, if she isn’t then watching crazy vine videos of Nash Grier or watching horror movies with my friends. I also love the beach and spend a lot of time there with my friends and my dog, but pretty much I am always doing music in some capacity as I am always listening to or getting inspiration for music from what is around me wherever I am. My friends and I also get invited to a lot of parties on the weekends where we literally dance all night.

 

If you could collaborate with one UK Artist or band who would it be?
The Vamps seem like they would be really cool to work with not only because they have great music but they seem to have fun with it, and the fact they also hang out with Brooklyn Beckham doesn’t hurt!

If you could collaborate with one USA Artist or band who would it be?
It would have to be Christina Aguilera as her voice is amazing and I have idolized her since I was little, I have also covered her song “Hurt” because I loved how much emotion truly went into the song.

 

Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in UK?
I would love to perform at the O2 Arena in London because it would be super cool to be on a stage in the heart of England and I could catch an Arsenal match before the show. GO GUNNERS!
Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in USA?
I would have to say Madison Square Garden just because growing up I would hear people say that “ once you perform at Madison Square Garden you know that you’ve made it”.

 

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Work hard and stay true to yourself. Also, that there is a lot of rejection in this industry so never give up and don’t take it personally.

 

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
If you have a passion then never give it up even if people tell you that you won’t make it, everyone has a different opinion and if you work hard you will find where you belong.

 

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
I’m not a Princess and I don’t need saving, I’m a Queen I got this shit handled!

 

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Instagram @skylersmusic
Twitter @skylersmusic
Youtube: skylerchissell
 

 

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NJ TAYLOR IS A NEW UP AND COMING ARTIST WITH A RNB/POP GENRE, READY TO SHOWCASE HER SOUND TO THE WORLD!

Give us a little bio of yourself.
“Little” would be: I’m an up-and-coming Canadian pop/rnb singer/songwriter. I’ve recently made the semi-finals of the 2015 UK Songwriting Contest with “Pop Army” (the 2nd upcoming single from my debut EP) in the Pop category, and I’m a nominee of the 2015 Hollywood Music in Media Awards with my new single “So You” in the Pop category.
What made you go into music?
I literally begged my mom when I was 4 to put me into violin. And that’s where it all started.
What instruments do you play?
I’ve recently picked up piano.

Who are your influences?
So many people! I really look up to pop pioneers such as ABBA, Michael Jackson, and Madonna. But I’m also hugely influenced by Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry… Every artist out there is an influence in one-way or another. I grasp a little from everyone; there’s something to be learned from all artists.
When will your new material be out?
My new single “So You” will be released in the UK on October 30th. My self-titled debut EP will be released digitally worldwide on October 9th. It will though be officially out in the UK early 2016.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Everything inspires me. This conversation for instance could inspire me to write a song.

If you could collaborate with one artist or band, who would it be?
Hands down Max Martin. He’s not an artist, he’s a songwriter/producer but he’s the top person I’ve been dreaming of collaborating with.
If you could collaborate with one UK artist or band, who would it be?
Ed Sheeran. He’s brilliant!
Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in the UK?
I would love to perform at The Greatest Escape.
Where is your dream venue or festival to perform in the USA?
SXSW would be a pretty awesome one and Coachella.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Live in the now!
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Just be you!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Everything happens for a reason!
What would be your dream award ceremony to go to?
The Grammy’s.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My lyrics would be a good thing not to forget (laughs).
Always have pictures and a Sharpie so that I can give away signed autographs.
My mic. I always prefer using my own.
Warm up before.
Drink lots of water.

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

Official Website http://www.njtaylor.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/njtaylorofficial
Twitter http://twitter.com/njtaylormusic
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/njtaylorofficial
Instagram http://instagram.com/nj_taylor
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