Love Music Magazine - Issue 2
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Issue 2 [Online] â€“ August 2013 ARTIST INTERVIEW This issue we speak to lots of comedians LOVE in New artist interviews Miami House Party, Seven Impale, Sparda MC Vinnie & The Stars, Silent Party and more Reviews DJ ANNE FRANKENSTEIN www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 1 Advert 2 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 3 The new single by Rupert Stroud out now on iTunes, Amazon and rupertstroudmusic.com 4 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk Contact details: Facebook Love Music Magazine Twitter @LoveMusicMag Soundcloud LoveMusicMag Pintrest LoveMusicMag Tumblr LoveMusicMag Blog lovemusicmagazine.blogspot.co.uk You Tube LoveMusicMag Website www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk Email email@example.com Hello and welcome to Love Music Magazineâ€™s second online edition I am so happy that you have all enjoyed the first issue. I hope to inject a bit more reading pleasure in to your life with this issue too. Thank you to everyone who has given lovely feedback on the first online issue. My ultimate aim for this magazine is to get it in to print eventually. In order to do this, I need you all to keep talking about the magazine. I do read all the emails, tweets, messages and have had some really good artists brought to my attention because of this. Itâ€™s a real buzz for me, listening to all you fabulous musicians. Thank you to everyone who is working hard behind the social media. If you want to get involved with the magazine, get in touch. I know there are some budding journalists, photographers and designers out there that would like to get noticed. This magazine is the perfect place to show off! www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 5 "The new queen of rock" - Music News.Com "Dana Jade could be PJ Harvey's exotic cousin" - Michael Johnson, Nemesis To Go "This record rocks. Rocks, I tells ya!" - The Impaler Speaks "Attitude in spades... this gets all up in your face, and threatens you with a flick-knife while it empties all of your pockets. " - Pure Rawk "A group of songs that ooze the kind of sex appeal that will probably leave you with bruises." - Mia Jones, AfterEllen "A gutsy solo rocker; One to watch in 2012" - Diva Magazine "Fierce new rock siren"- Gaydar Nation "Sexy, full-frontal rock 'n' roll. Expect high-energy drums, ripping guitar and raw, potent vocals' from DANA JADE" - Notting Hill Arts Club "For fans of spiked heels, leather, being thrown against a wall to make out, candle wax." - After Ellen "Dana Jade could just be the female rock/pop siren that we have all been waiting for." - Buzzin Pop Music http://danajade.bandcamp.com/ â€œDana Jade seriously rocks!â€? Love Music Magazine "Dana Jade is exactly what the British rock scene has been waiting for!" - Rocking Music 6 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 7 8 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk Mark and I took a wonder to Spitalfields to meet up with Angie [AP] and Luke [LP] from Patch and the Giant By Emma Walker and Mark Wincott EW: Can you tell me a bit more about the band, the members and how you got together? LP: Well it was a bit of a mix really. There are seven of us; there was a stage when there were eight of us. AP: Those eight were never in the same room though. LP: Yeah, eight is the most of us and the fewest was three of us. The group definitely works better when there are more of us. The big numbers and big shouting all works better and we do like to shout. EW: I’ve heard, yes. LP: We kind of evolved in to something that we never really expected it to. AP: The core members, yes we met on Gumtree, but the more we started meeting other people, the more we started finding other musicians. The last two members of the band, we stole from other bands. We are still friends with the other bands. LP: Just not as friendly as we were! AP: I think we have reached the most number we can possibly get on stage now. LP: We’ll never say never. EW: Would you ever look to expand your group? LP: It depends, what do you play? I think we would look to feature artists more as a collaborative effort. We featured Rosie who played the Banjolele. EW: So what are your main influences then? LP: Well, with our EP, a lot of it is nautical and has big references to the sea. I grew up in Somerset in a tiny little fishing town on the coast, so that has been an influence for me. AP: I think that because there are so many of us and we all come from different but complimentary backgrounds, the sound that we make is because we have all got different influences and I couldn’t particularly name what my influences are or what anyone else’s are personally but the fact that we have all come together and make this sound, because we have all got slightly different influences, it makes the whole picture. LP: There is a definite link with the string players. The guys who play the Cello and Violin, they are both Scottish and they have been in Kayleigh bands and folks bands and they sound quite Scottish. EW: It works together quite nicely doesn’t it? So, why folk music, what made you pick that genre? AP: I guess that leads in to the last question really. None of us are really traditional “folkies”. LP: I think for me, I find folk music quite melodic; it has a strong melody which I think is what catches me personally. I was never massively in to folk music when I was younger but I enjoyed music when it was stripped down and acoustic. AP: I think there are a lots less limits when it comes to [folk], it’s is a funny definition and it doesn’t really have any limits and the definition just goes on and on. That is part of why it is great. We don’t sit there with a particular brief either. Luke will come in, write a song, we will put some new lyrics on top of it. We don’t have to be very prescriptive about the style. The whole point of the style is that it is about the sound of the people. LP: And that it is very organic. EW: Luke, where did you discover your voice? It’s really unique. LP: Well, I don’t know really. My dad has a theatre company so I grew up doing lots of musicals so I don’t know if that has some kind of bearing on it. The more we play, I feel my voice has got stronger and we make such a loud noise as well, my voice has kind of had to make up for the racket we make. I have to shout to be heard. AP: It sounds really great though. Because sometimes we listen to old iPhone recordings from eighteen months, two years ago when we started and it is funny listening back to them anyway and what we did sound like. LP: When you first start a band, you almost do impressions of other people as it can take a while to find your voice. www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 9 EW: Angie, you play many instruments, what is your favourite and why? AP: It’s so hard to pick one. The only instruments I have ever learned are brass instruments, that is what my background is. I grew up playing in brass bands, from the coalfields of South Wales and that is always going to be where my heart lies. But because there aren’t that many outlets for brass instruments, I just got a bit bored and decided, I want to play some more things. So much as I love picking up other things, I think I am always going to have my heart in brass instruments. LP: You joined as a brass player. Do you recon you could learn the accordion? AP: Yes because the piano was too big to carry around. I enjoy dabbling quite a bit. EW: As Love Music Magazine is designed to help new artists, get a bigger voice, can you tell me about how you got from initial formation to where you are now? LP: Yes, Folkroom is our record label and it is owned by two guys we met by playing gigs as they also put on gigs. We put on our owns gigs and we booked this band to come and play and this band was also playing at a gig that Folkroom were putting on at a later date. Folkroom came along to our gig to see them and saw us, so we got chatting. I wasn’t aware they were a record label at first. AP: We met them just over a year ago and gradually just got closer and closer, and we started putting on a few events together. We had lots of conversations about, “let’s do this, let’s do a boat gig” and we ended up doing this lovely all day festival at Christmas. Then it was after we had this relationship with them that we were about to make this record and it just made sense to tie the knot as they were looking to sign new artists. Folkroom is a relatively fledgling label but it’s got a nice sense of community that surrounds it. LP: Ben, one of the owners, also produced our EP. EW: Do they have studios? Do you go and record there? LP: [Ben] does, he does that aside from Folkroom. It’s not to say that you sign with them and use their studio. I think we asked them to produce or EP before we actually signed with Folkroom, so then it just made sense really. EW: They are a good fit for your you guys also, obviously. Can you tell me more about the artwork on the album? AP: we were having conversations about what we were going to do with our artwork and then there was a venue that we played called Jamboree in Limehouse it is a wonderful little venue and we noticed that they had a really cool poster in the venue. This artwork was exactly the kind of thing we were after, it was a mesh of colour and everything. We managed to track down the artist online and it turns out she is actually a jewellery maker. She is an artist but she is not an illustrator by trade. You buy a piece of her jewellery and she puts a little booklet inside which explains about the piece. The whole business is about The Captain. This really appealed to us because our whole idea is about story telling. So, we actually commissioned her to do this. Her name is Mademoiselle Sevadjian and the Flying Fish Commando. LP: In hindsight the image in the middle of the sleeve is so great, it is a shame you can’t see it. EW: Did the artist give you the story behind it or say why she came up with parts of it? LP: Well we spoke to her. We say down, spoke about the EP title and what it meant and what we all got from it. We then just arrived at this idea together and she kind of went away for week and came back with this great artwork. http://theflyingfishcommando.com/ EW: What are you doing over the summer? Tell us more about the events. LP: We are doing lots of festivals. We don’t have a weekend free until September. AP: We are doing Home Farm, Ipswich, Big Brill Camp, Folk on the Water, Leefest, London Folk Fest, Cock and Bull Festival, Frolic Fest, Standon Calling and Green Man. We get to end the summer at one called Lyme Folk. EW: Where can we buy your music? LP: Bandcamp, iTunes, amazon, one of our gigs. I would recommend buying at the gigs because you get the lovely artwork. EW: What are your favourite tracks on the album? LP: I think there are ones we enjoy playing and ones we have as favourites. One I enjoy playing is The Heretic and The Albatross. It’s very cathartic as you get to stamp and shout. I like Daniel also. AP: We were asked in an interview a while ago, our favourite songs and we all, apart from Liam, said The Heretic but I think Daniel has taken over as my favourite to play. I can’t pick a favourite to listen to. I like them all. They are all different. It was nice when we listened to the finished album and it sounded like we wanted it to sound like. We purposely made this record wanting to showcase the different sides of what we can do and how we can be there and be really loud but we can also have just [Liam] standing there singing Gone completely acapella. Because all the songs are so different, as a listener, I just can’t choose. Thank you for taking part in this interview and for travelling to meet with us▪ Pictures courtesy of Nigel Lupton and Liz Foggitt http://patchandthegiant.com/ Twitter: @PatchandGiant 10 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 11 12 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 13 We get all up-close and personal with the Editor www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 14 Emma Walker gives a personal perspective about her life and her soul, music. In an exclusive interview, we ask the right questions and get the answers that matter So what inspired you to write this magazine? To be honest having so many editors around me was a massive inspiration. I have wanted to write for a while but never really had the confidence. I had a bit of a whirlwind year, in 2012. I did so many things and had life changing experiences that I never thought I would have. I studied , part time for a business degree and qualified last year and that in itself was a massive achievement for me . I hated school and I’m not afraid to say it. As many people will say there has always been the one constant in my life, the music. Its been with me through some good times and bad times so I decided, its about time to give something back What is your biggest challenge in life so far and how did you overcome it? Probably working 40+ hours a week and studying for a degree in business. That was a difficult time for me. Now I'm doing what I love it makes a huge difference. I’m trying things that scare me on a daily basis to make the most out of life. If you don’t try something, you will never know just how good at it you really are. Who is your number one musician? It would be so difficult for me to pick one. I have a lot of musicians that have inspired me to be the personal I am today but some of them aren't event famous yet, that is a really difficult question. Not even just a couple? I love all music, okay. I would probably say my two favourites are Fleetwood Mac and Bob Marley. Only because I am under pressure here to say something. What is the main aim for this magazine? I'm tired of the same old. I wanted something different to look at. I feel that this nation is becoming a mix of Saturday night manufactured musicians. I don't like it and there is only so many times I can listen to it. If I see a good musician in their own right, I am the first to point out that they are amazing. Not everyone needs television but you do need a talent to go far in this industry. What's your musical background? Funny you should ask that. I haven't particularly got a musical talent. I can sing a bit? What I do mostly is manage people. I see an artist and see the potential and that in itself is a skill. Most of my friends are musical, singers, DJs, rappers. I have a lot of friends, like me, who just appreciate a good tune and a dance. I think that Is what is important, being able to enjoy music. There is a time for every song, sometimes you just need to loose yourself and let it take you to another place. I am a bit of a music geek and unpack songs on a regular basis. If I hear a sample, I am straight on it , finding out who is in the track and breaking it down. I also like to establish what I like in a particular track, nine times out of ten, it’s the music over the lyrics. Is there anything else that you enjoy, as hobbies for example? I appreciate there is a lot of good directors and photographers out there, making amazing music videos. I love Collin Tilley’s work and also Tabitha Denholm. I appreciate good photography and good food. Either at the same time or individually, I’m not fussy. You sound like a busy person. What else do you do aside from working on Love Music Magazine? Well as I already mentioned, I manage music artists, through my company, Cherry Bee Associates and have worked on PR and Marketing for some major events in the last year. I do some charity and not for profit work . I am always active on social medial and occasionally blog. I am so passionate about everything I do and I love being creative. What are your hopes for this magazine? I hope it inspires artists to keep doing what they enjoy. Never stop. I think it is beautiful when an artist finally gets the break they deserve. I would to be able to discover the next Michael Jackson but you know, that may not happen. Who knows. I am remaining optimistic and am already enjoying the journey.▪ www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 15 Little Collin is a classically trained singer musician - composer - songwriter from Brussels (Belgium). Under his casual and quite seductive manner, this "newcomer" on the music scene actually hides a musical journey that started off quite a while ago. Having played the piano for pleasure from a very young age and developed a passion for the drums when he was 17, Little Collin is also perfectly ...happy singing. He studied music at the Antwerp Jazz Studio, then at the Brussels Conservatory. Soon afterwards he has toured with several local artists while recording his own songs in the studio. Little Collin In 2012, when he posted on Facebook the link to his song "When you are calling me" written and composed with his friend Thomas, he didnâ€™t really expect to trigger so many enthusiastic reactions...that would lead a few weeks later, by popular demand, to a single release in Belgium where the radios really offered a warm welcome! Soon after Little Collin went to New York to start the production of his debut EP "When the Heart meets the Soul" which features collaborations with first-class musicians (Gene Lake, Jonathan Maron, The Chops Hornsâ€Ś) on the songs "Little Treasure" and "My Heart goes Boom". Most of the songs on this EP have been co-arranged by Nicolas Fiszman (also known for his work for Benjamin Biolay, Vanessa Paradis...) and reveal a skillful mix of Pop, Soul, and Jazz including the amazing electro-pop single "Everybody's doin it" and the moving "If you die, I die" dedicated to his younger sister Milla Brune. 16 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk New Artist Interview Not widely heard of here, but set to make his mark on the music world, Little Collin let us know about his current projects. By Emma Walker Can you tell us a bit more about your music? Who are your main influences? My music is mostly soul from the 70's with influences such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone... We see you have worked with some very big names for your new EP, what has been the highlight of working with these people? It has been a great honour and pleasure to meet all these wonderful musicians in New York. We had a great recording session in Time Square with Mike Ciro, Jonathan Maron, Gene Lake and the recording engineer Stuart White for the songs "Little Treasure" and "My heart goes Boom". Soon after we went down to Plainfield (New Jersey) - in the house where the P-Funk, (Parliament/Funkadelic) was born - to record the Chops Horns on the same 2 tracks, working with these guys has been really awesome too. At first we didn't expect that kind of musicians to be accessible for us, but with the help of Eric Moral and my manager Nicolas Michel, everything worked out very well. Such a wonderful experience tells me that everything is possible! Are you looking to do a tour to promote your album? I'd love to, and sure we will, actually we're currently working on it. My EP has just been released a few weeks ago and we've started a TV/radio promo and showcases campaign here in Belgium while we're working on an international development. Brick by brick with this great "Little Collin Family" fans & followers we're moving forward and I really feel confident about the future. If you were able to collaborate with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Mmmm, it's a hard question to answer because I'd like to collaborate with lots of people…but I might say that Stevie Wonder would be on top of my list because it's the greatest influence I have until now but also the greatest live performer I have ever seen, even if a lot of different artists touch my heart. What is your favourite track on the album? Well I don't really have a favourite one, you know it took me some time to produce them and I'm happy with the final result but if I have to choose one it would certainly be "My heart goes Boom".. but that's really because you're asking me to make a choice . Sell yourself to us, tell us why the world should be watching you? Well if you need authenticity and truthfulness, you might like the EP because it has been made with all my heart and it's filled with love and tenderness. People says that it sounds fresh and makes them smile when they hear the singles on the radio here in Belgium, that's a nice feeling for me. I also think that its time for the world to think about what we have lost on the way…I mean since we begun to race for instants hits productions to be sure to get airplay on the radios everything sounds almost the same, on one hand there's a technical evolution but on the other hand emotionless music is flooding the mainstream and I think it has an impact on people's mental…it's the same with fast-food and colouring agents I mean it's so easy today to create a false artist with technology…but I really encourage everyone to be himself that's how we can make the difference.▪ Thank you Emma and Love Music Magazine for your interest in "Little Collin", I wish you all the best! And we wish you all be best too. If you would like to have a listen to Little Collin, the links are opposite. Facebook: www.facebook.com/littlecollinmusic Twitter: www.twitter.com/littlecollin1 iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/whenheart-meets-soul-ep/id627673604 Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/68miPncTzu jkhVOOZaSQVG Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/en/album/6451432 www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 17 18 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 19 20 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk I happened to stumble upon this quirky duo one afternoon, on YouTube, and their video “ Same Old Questions”. Catchy is an understatement. I gave them a “Tweet” and the rest is this interview. By Emma Walker So you’re tired of answering the same old questions? What do you like to be asked? Nice question! Yes this is a great question, very original and inquisitive, and a little bit cheeky! We like the cheeky questions; the ones where we can delve into the realms of fantasy to provide you with interesting answers. Although the song wasn't written about interviews! This song is one I have had on repeat! I think it's going to make you famous. Who came up with the song? Which song? Joking! Thank you, we're thrilled that you like it. We both write all of the songs. It’s a really collaborative effort. We're like a game of Ping Pong. We just bat ideas over to each other and then get a return idea back! We discuss everything between us; from topics and subjects of our songs to what to have for lunch when we’re in the studio on the day of a practice (meat and potato pies with beans and brown sauce usually take first place!). Without the discussions we have it'd be impossible for us to create the songs so the song Same Old Questions is a combination of our minds and thought patterns! You have a couple of clever music videos online. Was it the same company behind those? Who came up with the concepts for it? For the music videos we work with a very clever and imaginative cinematographer called Charlie Moon. She's got this supreme talent of being able to convey a song and the feeling and emotion portrayed in it on to screen, she's a real talent. We tend to have ideas that we think would work for the videos but once Charlie gets her hands on the initial ideas she converts them into a whirlwind of bliss to create the videos! Who are your biggest influences, musically? We love music from many eras, Michael Jackson is a huge influence on both of us and has been since we played with Lego and the appreciation we both hold for the late genius is growing ever stronger. Denis holds Godley and Creme in high regard and Tom likes to take heed from modern artists like, Arcade Fire and Tokyo Police Club. We both take a lot from chart music too. People like Bruno Mars and Rhianna, it's fascinating to listen to their records as they really do hit such a vast audience, and it’s inspiring. Would you ever work with anyone else? If so, who? We'd love to collaborate with people in the future and produce a wicked awesome track! It's difficult to say any one artist in particular. Probably one of the influences we have above or maybe someone like Calvin Harris, Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta. These guys have such an amazing ear for melody and songs or maybe a legend too like Mick Jones from The Clash, it'd be incredible to try to create a masterpiece with someone like him. What has been the highlight of your career so far? Oh that's a tough one! It's really hard to think of a standout moment. Probably one of the best moments was when we found out Tom Robinson of BBC6 music was featuring us on his shows playing us out on National radio. It's a great achievement and something we both felt truly humble about. Along the same lines with the brilliant John Kennedy and his X-Posure show. Also, Hattie Pearson from XFM showcased our track over a weekend we were massively appreciative and it spurs us on. What do you have coming up? Any tour dates? Well we always try to stay busy, we're currently writing and recording new songs which we hope to get out soon. We're hoping to release a brand new single within the next month. We're playing live quite a lot too. The dates can all be found at ENTS24 but the close ones are:Thurs 22 August - London Notting Hill Arts Club October 15-19 CMJ Music Marathon New York City And we have just put out our gorgeous summer track ‘Feeling the Sunshine’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKYq0uni6_s we love it and are very excited as the feedback is awesome Are you doing an EP? We're always keen on writing new material and at the moment we're focusing on releasing a new single but we're absolutely hoping to release an EP in the coming months! Is there any advice you would give to any new musicians? There are 3 key words that need to be adhered to at all times in this industry, KEEP AT IT! It's never an easy ride but the heights beat the lows hands down. However, it’s the lows that you learn from but take those highs, celebrate and learn from them also; or if you're having a low, take yourself to Betty’s Tea room and immerse yourself in a cup of tea and a scone. Once you've finished, you know that low has finished too and you're ready to face the world of music once again. Like Harry and Lloyd found on route to Aspen, the journey is long and hard but there could just be a briefcase full of cash and a beautiful lady waiting for you at the other end. Obviously in this case it's not about money, just success! …”we’re there”! What are your future plans? With a twinkle of luck our dreams may well become real, we hope to keep moving forward, creating music that people love and our plan is to make as many people love it as possible, and we'll keep doing that until a new journey awaits! Or World domination▪ Guys, you are truly an inspiration to me and, I am sure, to my readers. Make sure you check out all the videos. One watch and you will be hooked! These guys have magic to go far. All the best. www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 21 Get Social: www.soundcloud.com/seattleyachtclub Twitter:- @SeattleYachtCLB Youtube:- Seattle Yacht Club www.facebook.com/seattleyachtclubband http://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/seattle-yacht-club www.reverbnation.com/seattleyachtclub Instagram:- seattleyachtclub https:/ /www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKYq0uni6_s *new video* ‘Feeling the sunshine’ 22 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk T By Mark Wincott he lovely DJ Anne Frankenstein spoke to us about her radio show Shirley Scott, who was this great female organist and bandleader. She put out some fantastic stuff in the late 60s. If you could interview 3 people, 1 fictional, 1 passed on and 1 still with us, who would they be? And the one question you would ask them? Fictional: Dr Heathcliff Huxtable. We could talk about jazz and maybe he could give me some life advice. Dead: My grandad - he was a jazz musician, I never got to meet him because he died the same day I was born. I guess we'd have a lot to talk about! Alive: Tom Waits. Who wouldn't want to meet Tom Waits? I'm not sure I'd be able get any words out though. Outside of the radio station, where has been the most memorable gig you have DJâ€™d at? I remember a few years ago I played after this really dull band. They sounded like Radiohead on sedatives. Everyone was standing around, nodding along, slightly bored. As soon as the band finished I threw on some JBs and everyone went crazy, and stayed crazy for the whole night. It was so much fun. They were like coiled springs, just waiting for some good music to release them! Do you think we can ever live in a world where a chicken can cross the road without ever having its motives questioned? People always want to get into other people's business. I can't see that changing. As Love Music Magazine is a publication for new artists, could you offer any advice to anyone that wants to get in to radio broadcast. Sure - there are loads of really great internet radio stations popping up all over and most of them are really good at supporting new shows and DJs, so do some research and approach some stations that you think suit your style. It's a commitment - you have to put some effort into building a listenership and I spend all my free time putting playlists together but it's a labour of love. â–Ş Tell us where can you be heard and what is the genre you play? I play a few gigs a month in various spots across London - currently I have a residency at the Sebright Arms in Hackney and a radio show on Hoxton FM on Thursday nights. I play blues, funk, soul, jazz, ska, doo-wop... it's very rare that I'd play anything released after about 1975. I understand you have a podcast, what can we expect and where can we listen? My show is called The Nitty Gritty, it goes out live on HoxtonFM every Thursday from 8pm to 10pm. Podcasts of the show are available via my Podomatic page. The playlists consist of whatever has tickled my ears that week - from rhythm & blues and 60s tittyshakers to ragtime to big band jazz. I try to play tracks that have been buried in the sands of time and deserve a bit of airplay. How would someone manage to enter the DJ field, what advice would you give? It's not enough just to love music, you have to be obsessed with it. And you have to have a really good ear. Not just for what you like, but for what will work on a dancefloor or on the radio. Be prepared to spend all your money on music and all your free time gigging and promoting yourself. I haven't had a holiday in a long time. In 10 words tell us what music means to you? If it wasn't for the music, I'd be pretty bored. What was the first moment you heard a piece of music that took your breath away and who was it? I remember coming home from school one day when I was about 12 and I heard this incredible eerie music coming from the basement. I went downstairs and my dad had set up his old record player and was playing Small Change by Tom Waits. I'd never heard anything like it - I was completely bewitched. That was a taste-defining moment. If you could have 5 tracks that you had to constantly play. What would they be? That's so hard! I love discovering new (old) music but I never seem to get bored of: Where or When - Peggy Lee Swinger's Jump - Duke Ellington Money's Getting Cheaper - Jimmy Witherspoon Cincinnati Kid - Prince Buster You've Got To Lose - Ike Turner Who are you listening to right now, who is floating your boat? Right at this moment I'm really loving calypso, mid-60s jazz and anything with a really heavy organ sound. I've recently discovered Twitter: @ DJAFrankenstein Facebook: DJ Anne Frankenstein Podcasts: djannefrankenstein.podomatic.com Radio station: hoxtonfm.co.uk www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 23 Seven Impale 24 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk We interview Seven Impale, a fine prog rock jazz band flying the flag for Bergen Norway, we get their thoughts on their music and........chickens. By Mark Wincott Being very diverse, which is noticed in your EP, Who are your influences? 70’s heroes like Zappa, Deep Purple, ELP, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd have been very influential from the start as well as some of the later hard rock/metal like Tool, Mars Volta, Alice in Chains, Enslaved, Meshuggah and Pantera. The last years its been a lot more jazz, classical and Norwegian bands like Jaga Jazzist, the early years of Shining, Elephant9 and the likes. What can we expect in your debut album? When do you expect this to be released? We expect it to be released this autumn, probably in October/November. The music and the compositions on the debut album is a lot newer than the EP. The sound is more “complete”. The different parts are longer with more complexity and details, and there is more dynamic changes as well as surprising turns. We’ve recorded a draft, and listened to the album as a whole, and we’ve concluded that whoever liked the EP, will be very interested in the new stuff. How did Karisma Records get to know about Seven Impale? It’s a long story, but we’ll try to keep it short. After we won a competition in Bergen we got to play a gig at Utkanfestivalen, a couple of hours north of Bergen. At that point, we had been playing as a band for about 1,5 years, and we had a lot more dreams than actual plans. We met the people who run the festival and they liked our music, and though that we could come a lot farther. A little while later, we got accepted to play a showcase-gig at a conference for people in the music business, on the west coast of Norway. It was after this gig we got approached by a man called Martin Kvam, from Karisma Records, who was very impressed and wanted to talk about signing. I can hear so much diversity in your records with the different beats, the different emotive feelings which culminates in a symphony of sound, it does feel like it is random, but it obviously isn’t as it is played with such precision, is this something you all planned? The direction we are going in each piece of music is planned, but the road we take to get there is full of random events. A lot of us have been playing together for a very long time and we know each other well musically. We agree on the musical feeling or landscape we are trying to create. From there, we just jam and experiment and stop to think from time to time. We are very critical as to what we want, and therefore and all ideas are considered and we allow ourselves to make music without compromise. That might be one of the ways to create something entirely new. If you were able to record with anyone out there, who would it be? If we could bring Frank Zappa back to life, and put him in the same recording studio as Omar Rodriguez-Lopez from the Mars Volta, that would be where we record our next album. Is there any chance we could eventually see you guys with a tour in the U.K and Ireland? Absolutely! At this point we don’t know when that would be, but it’s something we’ve talked about and it will happen when we get the opportunity. Also what is a Seven Impale live set like? It’s always about the music, and we haven’t done very much visual stuff. It’s energetic when the distortion kicks in, but the concert experience is very much focused on the chemistry within the band. Other than that, it’s a bit like a jazz concert. Trying to keep it down to earth, and communicate with the audience when it seems appropriate. Stian Okland how did you finally realise you had the voice you have, it is totally unique? I’ve known from an early age that I had a singing voice, but the voice that now represents the vocals of Seven Impale is a direct result of practice. After I started singing in a choir, got a singing coach, and started singing opera I had to take singing seriously from a technical point of view. Taking what you’ve got and making it the best it can be, I guess. So over a month since your release of Beginning/Relieve what has been happening with you guys? Not as much as we’d like. But we realized what we had suspected, that building a fan base with the kind of music we are making takes time. But we’ve gotten some attention and a lot of good reviews, so we hope we’re in a good place now to promote the album and get to the next “level”, wherever that might be. How do you feel the music scene is in Norway, especially with a band like Wardruna coming to the UK? There is a lot of high quality. We live in a very wealthy country, which is able to support a big music scene and musical export is a big thing. But of course it’s governed by the same commercial rules as every other place, and it’s difficult to get this kind of music through. So I guess we’ll have get our music out to the world, to build a fan base that is large enough, What do you feel Seven Impale bring to the world of music? Something new, some surprises. Some jazz chords in the hard rock universe, some more odd time signatures. Some new combination of genres, that makes sense for some people. Also, things to scare you grandmother with. Intentional or not. Do you think we can ever live in a world where a chicken can cross the road without having its motives questioned? No. Absolutely not! People are curious. But I think we might soon live in a world where no chicken can cross any road, without being videotaped. Also, the chicken might be a terrorist. Finally, any words for the readers of Love Music Magazine who are trying to get a foot in the door of the music industry? What advise can you give them? Try to get to meet people in the business and find those who that want to help you. Aim high, and practice a lot! Try to be updated, and listen to different kinds of music, either to get inspired or just to understand what it’s about.▪ www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 25 26 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk http://karimkamar.bandcamp.com/ This is one of pieces from my upcoming collection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMKslc7t3Ug https://www.facebook.com/KarimKamarofficial The beautifully talented Karim Kamar was born to play the keys. We find out more about his inspirations. By Emma Walker When did you learn to play? I learnt to play when I was six. My mum rented a piano for a couple months primarily for my brother to learn. I just used to listen to him play and worked it out from there. What is your favourite song to play and why? really really really like to work with David Bowie before he calls it quits, or dies. All my music hero's are dying :( (Please don't die David before I make it!!) What have you been up to in the last year, musically? In the last year I have been working mainly on solo compositions, getting my YouTube page some following and helping run 'Out-Spoken'; a live music and spoken word night. Its a night Founded and run two brilliant poets, Anthony Anaxagorou and The Ruby Kid (You should check them out) What has been your biggest musical achievement so far? Who is your biggest musical influence? Strictly speaking piano wise? Ryuichi Sakamoto. What would you say makes the perfect composition? Melody and accessibility. Too many composers and pop musicians are making basic simple abstract pieces completely devoid of melody, theme or reason. The perfect composition is one that has a clear melodic theme, that is established within the first few seconds of the piece and is completely accessible to all those who hear it. Is there anyone that you would like to work with in the future? Many many many people. Too many to name. Ummmm I'd I'd say the pieces I've created this year are some of the best things I've done all my life. They are my greatest achievements. I cant wait to show them to the world. What have you got planned for the future? EP/album releases? I am about to release a collection of original pieces titled 'One Fine Day'. Its a tribute to summer (not that we ever get much of one ). Hopefully be putting it out sometime in August/Septemberâ–Şâ–Ş My favourite piece to play is Chopin's waltz in c sharp minor, because its technically brilliant and completely unpredictable to the listener. My favourite song to play is either Reflection or Beauty and the beast because I'm a sucker for old school Disney Chord progressions. www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 27 28 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk We had the great opportunity to speak to Syrene, thanks to the efforts of her Manager Akash Seda. By Emma Walker I love the track and the musical style. Can you tell me a bit more about you, where you are at now? I am a UK based singer and songwriter who loves and is inspired by the old school Bollywood songs ranging from the late 1940's to the 80's disco. My first love will always be singing to a live audience as that is what my dad and I used to do together as a duet singing all the classics. At the age of three other kids would be learning nursery rhymes and my dad had me learning old Lata ji's songs. At the moment I am getting ready to release my second single 'Dil le Ja' (take my heart) which is very different my debut single 'Main hoon Deewani'. It has more of a Bollywood vibe to the track but still keeping with the mainstream sound. What has been the highlight of your music career so far? The best part of my career so has been singing live on BBC Radio 1. It was a privilege to sing for DJ Nihal. I sang a couple of his favourite tracks. Chura Liya from the 70's movie Yaadon ki Baaraat and Kehna hi Kya from the well-known movie Bombay. It was an amazing experience to be interviewed and then asked to sing on the spot. I am not really a nervous person when it comes to singing live for any audience large or small because I love it so much, but I could feel the adrenaline pumping! Are you carrying out any performances? At the moment I am concentrating solely on getting the second single out. I am performing at Birmingham Summer Mela on Saturday August 10th What would be your main aspiration for your career? Any collaborations? I have been given a fantastic opportunity to express myself through my songs and my lyrics. It’s something I've waited my whole life for. May sound cliché but if you imagine finally getting the thing you've dreamed of half your life, you'd want to spend the other half intending to keep it and nurture it for as long as you can. The possibilities are infinite with the internet and social media and with God’s blessings, suddenly world domination doesn't seem so difficult! In regards to collaborations am working with a couple of wonderful producers who are brilliant in their field. Shayal is working with me on my album who brings a much fresher and mainstream feel to my songs and Gumnaam who is a Dutch producer of a dubstep style but with a Bollywood twist. Both are very different genres but working with them is equally exciting and rewarding. Do you plan to release an album/EP? I have written and recorded so many tracks now. It’s hard to make up my mind whether to release them all in an album or an EP. So watch this space because there is plenty more to come. What are your main influences in your music, I know it’s very Bollywood, is there anything else that influences you? I have a huge eclectic mix of so many genres of music and I put the whole lot on shuffle on my iPod. That's the beauty of it. Music is so universal and there's so much that inspires me. One minute I'll be listening to Mohd Rafi saab, next it will be Andrea Bocelli. I go from Nickelback to Amr Diab and I love it. For me if it sounds good I'll have it. I would say I have a soft spot for Arabic style music because of my love for belly dancing. Who are your favourite music artists? That's a really hard question because I have a deep love for all artists and I love all kinds of music. Obviously my favourites are the Legends of Bollywood, Mohd Rafi saab, Lata ji, Asha ji but a few recent ones have inspired me too, Shreya Gosal is amazing and I love Ash King's style. Where can we find your music? Main hoon deewani and the track I have done with Gumnaam and the Anglo Dutch company called 'Straight from the Cofffin' is available on iTunes and I'll be releasing another single on it later in the year. I'll be putting some songs up on my website when it’s finished www.sonicsyrene.com and my Youtube channel sonicsyrene has some live singing excerpts. Also some of the stuff I have done with Gumnaam can be heard on soundcloud so check that out! Credits: Almighty God and his blessings, my incredibly supportive family and friends. Shayal for getting the party started, Gumnaam for listening to Nihal's show when I did the live set. My Manager Akash Seda for injecting even more enthusiasm into an already enthusiastic performer. And last but certainly not least a big shout out to all my fans and followers. Let's do this together!▪ Thank you Syrene for this interview. We wish you all the best at Love Music Magazine. www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 29 30 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk I was sent a demo from this dance DJ duo and I made an awesome discovery. You can’t help listen to their tracks for hours on end. By Emma Walker You are quite a recently formed duo. Can you tell me a bit more about how you got together and a bit about your individual backgrounds? Aaron: We have known each other a long time but lost contact for a lot of years and about a year and a half ago Robbie got in touch with me and seen I was producing (trance) music and things were going well. He (Robbie) had been doing amazing in the DJ scene, winning majorly respected comps and playing every club around, so made sense to put our talents together and make something happen. As a result 'Miami House Party' was born. Robbie: Same as above and have to be honest his hair attracted me to work together ;) But on serious note he knows how to do a good melody and gave this concept a try and hasn’t looked back! The music is fantastic. Who are your biggest musical influences? Aaron: For me as a music lover at heart people like Bob Marley, Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Salsoul Orchestra, Journey are all massive influences in my life, in the DJ scene I would have to say Daft Punk, Wolfgang Gartner/Joey Youngman, Diplo, Todd Terry, Laidback Luke, Carl Cox, Pete Tong, Axwell, Judge Jules, 2ManyDJs etc are all major influences into the music I love to play. Robbie: I’m a full disco head so has to be the studio 54 stuff like Larry Levan & Patrick Cowley. What have been the top three highlights of your career so far? Robbie & Aaron: There are a lot to choose from so really difficult to pick 3. Having people, djs, mags etc we respect support our music and playing gigs around the place are all amazing highlights, but I suppose headlining a gig in our home country was an amazing feeling, getting a magazine spread after only being together a couple of months in a respected music mag (tillate) and charting top 20 in beatport with our debut EP within 72 hours and featured on 50+ compilations alongside other well respected producers such as tim berg, Fedde le Grand, Thomas Gold, Etienne Ozborne, Digitalism, Milk & Sugar, Swanky Tunes, Hard Rock Sofa, Prok & Fitch, Ron Carroll, Sonny Wharton, Jess Voorn, Steve Mac, Todd Terry etc... When you love what you do every minute is a highlight. What do you think you can bring to the music world that hasn't been seen before? What makes you unique? Robbie & Aaron: Passion beyond measure, perseverance and drive. We will and are memorable in our live sets because we love it so much! Getting to share your passion with people and engage with all walks of life through music is such an incredible feeling. People will remember seeing 'Miami House Party' we guarantee that. We are the crowd, we're part of the music family… Anything we want we get ourselves, don't rely on others to get held by the hand and like to be diverse in what we do! Don't let others dictate because there is a BIG difference between advice and not understanding what you’re trying to get across to your audience. If anyone aspired to be like you, what advice would you give them? Aaron: Do it!! Really do it, don't be afraid and put down by NO's as you will get a lot. But it's not about those 999 no's but that one YES. If you really believe in yourself then never give up, and there will be days that all you want to do is give up because everything seems to be against you. Surround yourself with likeminded people, make contacts and get known. It will happen if you want it and willing to work for it hard enough! Robbie: Be prepared for hard work, let downs and stress but can be worthwhile in the end and fun! If you have the drive and persistence like us then what’s stopping you achieving your goal? A favourite quote of mine is "We all have our own oceans to fly over, it’s whether we have the heart to do it that counts" - Amelia Earhart Robbie & Aaron: Ask yourself this…. DO YOU REALLY WANT IT.. THEN DO IT! Tell us a bit more about being featured on Radio 1? How did the opportunity arise? Aaron: We sent them music they played it, don't ask don't get. We are strong believers in that. Robbie: We don't have "friends" in the industry to do it for us… They liked our track so got airplay which we respect a lot! Any plans to release an album? Robbie & Aaron: We have discussed it but at the minute we are concentrating on new releases and EPs, but the option isn't ruled out. What is next for you; have you anything coming up that the readers might like to know about? Robbie & Aaron: Previously we got the excellent writing opportunity for Bingo Players global smash hit "Rattle”. Unfortunately name outsold talent on that occasion… So we are focusing on more track collabs as well as finishing another EP Release for a USA Based label. In talks about having our sneaky disco re edit or might real on Gramaphondzie's label DiskoZoo and will be featured on his summer sampler all being well. Shute Digital are taking Mamba which label itself has had some great releases from My Digital Enemy, Martin Wright, Reza, Garret & Ojelay etc.. We also have a few new singles coming out on our own label; 'Myami Recordings' plus remixes out on Ladybug records for amazing vocalist Paula Lobos (Armada/Zouk). We're very excited about a few tracks that feature 2 amazing artists, JinJin & the Ragdolls and Geneva Lane (Strictly), who has been receiving massive support play on Jupiter Ace's track by Avicii etc. Other than that it’s all about the MHP global takeover :) ▪ I can’t wait guys, you are passionate enough to go far. Good luck with everything. www.miamihouseparty.net www.facebook.com/miamihouseparty www.twitter.com/miamihouseparty www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 31 Miami house party 32 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk “You guys showing me love has been more then overwhelming.” This act caught me by surprise one day. I was sent a YouTube link of a group serenading a group of girls with a rendition of “The Most Beautiful Girl In The World” by Prince. Truly amazing By Emma Walker Please tell me a bit more about you as a group? Members, what you all do? Is this your main focus now? Okay the actual fact is there is no group of Sparda mc, we're all separate musicians that come together as a collective for this series called Viral Behaviour. I'm the main artist (Sparda mc) with my friend Nathan Othello who is the music director who helps orchestrate the music. I think of the concept and features and Nathan arranges it. Over time we added a few more musicians to give the tracks certain flavours, but the initial idea is to help build me and the artist I work with who haven't got that much exposure and show case their talent. In the UK alone the main platforms don't showcase enough artist like me and the one I use. So VB helps delegate that. I'm looking to release my album Our Conversations later on this year and do a VB tour with an EP of all the recordings that we did with the musicians involved. Since this was the third instalment we thought we would feature King Cas as the feature. I have been a long time friend of Caspian and when I first heard his voice in 2008 I knew I just wanted to work with him somewhere along the line. One thing about this series is that we as musicians are showing the world, we are not afraid of showing the world who we are how we live and talking about cultural events. if your an musician it duty to inspire the world with your gift and that's why we do what we do. the current members in the VB series are Sparda mc @Spardamc Nathan Othello (MD) rhythm guitar @nathanothello Richard Seaman lead guitar @R_S_JAM Carlalou 1Drop (Drummer) @Carlalou1Drop Marcus Joseph (Sax) @MarcusJoseph7 Where did you get together? Well me and Nathan had been introduced through a mutual friend and fellow artist Damyan the Lion. Time went past and started I re evaluating last year how am I going to get noticed by the music industry, because I knew I was talented and I'm not afraid of showing what I can do. So last year the concept of viral behaviour was introduced. I looked at covers on the net and everyone of them was always in the same kind of place. So we wanted to do it boldly. I spoke to Nathan about doing the first one on London underground with real lyrics to Kendrick Lamars one don't kill my vibe. Following the response on it we carried it on to Westfield and brought in the other musicians such as Marcus and Carlalou. Now Marcus is somebody I had worked with I'm a big fan of music theory so I like really talented people like Donald Byrd, Ralf Gum, 2 Pac, B.I.G Lupe fiasco, Prince Funkadelic and Michael Jackson. I could go on for days literally. What would you like to do going forward? any collaborations? Events? releasing my new album Our conversation show off my sound electric soul. there are a few collaborations coming up in the near future but I don't want to jinx it so soon. especially for VB like there's lots of artist I really want to work with. I'm contemplating my own show once my new albums done but for now VB tour is definitely on the books. What do you have coming up? more videos and more shows near you. CHECK SPARDA MC OUT AT: FACEBOOK/TWITTER/YOUTUBE/INSTAGRAM – SPARDAMC▪ previously with my old band from university and we kept making music ever since. Also with Carl we was in the same class and he is also in Nathan's band Akasha Jam so there was a mutual connection there anyways. Which saved a lot of credit. Then on the third one which is the latest one Nathan had introduced me to Richard who is lead guitarist of his band Akasha Jam. So in some ways it was inevitable that this project was about to happen the only thing I couldn't expect was the response. People aren't coming up to me in the streets yet but on line and you guys showing me love has been more then overwhelming. Who came up with the Nandos idea? It was great to see the reactions of the girls involved. So let me tell you the truth. The original location was actually suppose to be done in Primark and it was going to go down! but in less then 30 seconds 1 security guard turned into 10 and they shut that down so quick it was just too funny. So as we were being escorted out we were thinking of places to do it in, Then King Cas said how about we do it in Nandos and we went in there in disguise acting like we was about to eat. Then we saw those girls in the back and surprised them real R&B style. The song choice I had thought about a month before hand because it was Prince's birthday and we wanted to do a tribute to him. What have you done for promo, other than this, in the last year? Promo wise, I have been doing a lot of shows in an around London town and the music circuits. also colourful radio and I Luv Live had asked us to do a few acoustic sessions. other than that. I sell CDs on the street of my previous album The Reelness so I guess you can call it word of mouth. Who are your biggest musical influences? www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 33 34 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk We have had the fantastic opportunity of interviewing the lovely Gabby Young. We find out about her, the Other Animals, and most importantly, the music. By Emma Walker Tell me a bit more about GYAOA. When did you start up? Who is in the group? How did you all meet up initially? I wanted to be a singer as early as I can remember and I was on track to study Opera until I heard Jeff Buckley who made me realise you can be theatrical and operatic with alternative music so I started writing my own songs. I started collecting band members when I moved to London at 22 and now there are 7 of us and we all met separate ways, at gigs, friends of friends and even online through twitter and Musofinder! Your videos are of really good quality, can you tell us more about the process that goes in to making them? Thank you so much! We put a lot of work into the visual element of our music because we want our audience to have full experience so the videos are a part of that. I am lucky to have collaborated with some amazing people with very special ideas so together we make some magic. Also we love to see what we can do on the tightest budget – the last video ‘Walk Away’ we did for £50 and our guitarist/ co songwriter Stephen came up with the whole concept and directed it, my dad was the main part and our good friend Saul filmed and edited it. It just goes to show if you all love what you do, work hard and have good ideas you can make anything happen! Blog: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/gabbyyoungandotheranimals Twitter: https://twitter.com/gabbyyoung Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GabbyYoungandOtherAnimals Website: www.gabbyyoungandotheranimals.com Which was your favourite music video to make? They have all been great experiences and Walk Away was special because it got really emotional with me crying on camera but on the other side making In Your Head with LoveLove films was amazing. They are such a professional, hardworking crew and we all had a lot of fun together filming against a green screen for them to animate after. Also the fact that we made it interactive so the audience can chose the ending was brilliant – we like to push the boundaries of what can be done and I believe we made the first interactive music video there! The video games they also made are still to come and they are so much fun to be a part of too, You have been around for a while. What has been your favourite part of your career so far? If you can't do one, tell me your top three. I can’t even boil it down to three as we keep adding new top moments… At the top of my head right now is the first time we did filled a venue and that was our first album launch at Bush Hall back in 2009 – I hadn’t seen the audience until I stepped on stage as I was hidden away preparing myself so I had no idea what to expect. When I came out to start the first song I was greeted by 350+ excited audience members that actually knew our songs already and a grinning band – we could hardly believe it and I couldn’t help but cry.. www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 35 36 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk Up to then our biggest audience had been 120 max so it was a HUGE deal to me –it really felt like all my hard work was starting to pay off and was a very emotional night Tell me more about Kickstarter? I am fascinated by this and hope that it is very successful for you. Well I have always been into crowdfunding and we first tried it to raise money and get our fans (Fanimals as we like to call them!) involved for our first album with a scheme we called ‘Become An Animal’ which was a great success and formed a lovely community around our music. We then had a Pledge music campaign to make the In Your Head music video which including our Fanimals actually being IN the video as well as merchandise, lyrics books and song writing rewards. So when it came to our 3rd album I decided to do it again and Kickstarter seemed like the obvious choice for me as I love their ethos, imagination and international status and have been waiting for it to be available in the UK for years! Now we have a chance to get our Fanimals involved in the whole process of making this album – they get insights to the demoing and recording process and will be the first to get the new album that they have all been a part of making. – it really is the true power of people and I am so thankful for all of their support and loyalty. What specific advice can you give to other bands looking to use Kickstarter, is there any aspect that you thought was really good? If you have a project you need help with the funding then something like Kickstarter is an amazing way to do it - they are well known and can be trusted so your audience feel safe with backing you. The advice I would give is take a lot of time to think about, map out and plan your campaign – make sure you know exactly what you need, how you are going to make it work and tell your fans this. Be honest and open in your video and description and make sure you make everything clear. Then when the campaign is up and running don’t feel ashamed to talk about it ALL the time… I was at first but I realised it’s the only way to make sure everyone knows about it… so use social networking- tweet, Facebook, blog about it and most importantly talk face to face or on the phone to your friends and family as personal contact is the best thing you can do for your campaign. And remember you are giving great rewards and a chance for your audience to get involved in a project they believe in so if you believe in it too and don’t shy away from asking for help you will be fine! Also go watch Amanda Palmer’s TED talk on The Art Of Asking – she is the queen of how important crowdfunding is to us DIY musicians. And what general advice would you give to new bands or solo artists looking to start up? Well its cheesy but always be true to yourself, don’t compromise, keep your artistic vision and be genuine and NICE to people- everyone – you are never above anyone. Too many bands seem to get delusions of grandeur and that is never fun to be around. Life is a lot more fun and full of opportunities if you don’t take it too seriously. Oh and collaborate, collaborate, collaborate! You have some amazing outfits, who makes these for you? Thank you! For years I have worked with my good friend and stylist Katie Antoniou who has introduced me to fantastic designers like Inbar Spector who has really helped shape my style from the first time I wore one of her huge masterpieces on stage at a festival in Holland a few years ago and realised – the bigger, the better! I also love wearing Louise O’Mahony, Bonzie, Nancy Dee and Debbie Fanning makes amazing hats and headpieces that have become a staple in my onstage wardrobe. I am particularly intrigued by the lyrics from Walk Away and the video theme. Can you explain a bit more about that? I wrote that song for my Dad – he was going through some health problems but was instead focussing on helping a charity that was treating him horribly and the whole family just wanted him to Walk Away from it and concentrate on getting better, it was really upsetting for us as he is such a generous, selfless man and unfortunately people take advantage of that. Anyway I woke up at 6am one morning (which never happens to me- I like me sleep!) and went straight to the piano, pressed record on my voice memo app on my iPhone and five minutes later I had written a complete songit just poured out of me… the video was a visual representation of the story, with my dad as the leading role- he did an amazing job and we now all want him to be an actor! When are you hoping to release your next album? We have it all worked out and the release will happen first in Europe to support our touring in March and April then in the UK May 2014- I can’t wait for you to all hear it! We are demoing everything at the moment and I have never been so excited about new songs or recording them as I am of these. What gigs have you got coming up? Lots!! We are off to Germany this week for 4 festivals in one weekend, then to Halifax festival, Brighton at Blind Tiger, Bristol Habourside Festival and Croissant Neuf Summer Party but this summer is all about recording so September we are back on tour properly with dates in Germany, Holland, Italy and a full UK tour. This all sounds fantastic Gabby. Thank you so much for taking part in this interview. We wish you and all the Other Animals every success. ▪ Images courtesy Gem Hall www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 37 LOVE IN 38 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk LOVE IN www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 39 40 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk Ryan Inglis Silent Party Sisteray Vinnie and the Stars www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 41 Ryan Inglis - Review By Mark Wincott Firstly this beautifully put together record is funded by the fans of SliceofPie.com, a site where fans donate to help musicians put out their heart and soul for the rest of us to hear. Ryan is an independent musician who is also currently unsigned, which The Time Is Now proves that you don’t need to be signed to a major record label to be talented. A melodic road of soulful tunes, with the sounds of his guitar playing which does leave someone, like me, who is a non-functioning instrument player, in awe. Ryan is a talented player and who certainly is knocking on that door to join that green room of many talented singer/songwriters out there. My weakness is the first track that starts the ride and you won’t want to get off with Ryan’s soothing vocals and a feel of a Latino guitar sound in the section of this song, a nice beat in the back with the delicate drum beats flowing with the mood of this track. One of The Time is Now’s stand out track is Starlight which again shows the impressive melodic guitar sound Ryan has been living with for some time, since he’s worked hard at playing this amazing sounding instrument, it flows out nicely with that chilled vibe once again. This next track Starts off with the electric guitar sound with proof that this guy can play, along with some powerful vocals, the heartfelt sound coming from the songwriter Feel any Feeling is the tune, which leads straight onto Sea of Tranquillity this has an Ed Sheeran feel to it, with the flow at the beginning with the style that reminds me of what Sheeran uses, is a good mix up with the record and flows once again. The Time is Now is a sensitive album, that isn’t one that you can bounce around your room to, or pumping yourself up for a night out, this is a record that can be played to chill out to, this is relaxing music, Ryan’s Guitar talents are impressive which will grow stronger along with that chilled vibe he has with his voice. There is parts of the record which personally for me feels there is much, much more to be shown with Ryan Inglis’s talent. At parts I did feel he was holding back, there is strength in his voice which needs to be let out of its cage, the progression will be crazy to miss out on, so Love Music Magazine readers get on board and feel the ride. If you are someone who wishes to help an unsigned talented musician produce a record then go and join up with sliceofpie.com you could then help someone like Ryan Inglis and help find and nurture a wonderful talent. I’m looking forward to hearing what Ryan will bring in the future of his musical career, he is definitely one to watch and keep tabs with, so below are his links to official site, Twitter feed and his Facebook Page. “he is definitely one to watch” www.ryaninglis.com/ facebook.com/#!/ryanaoinglismusic?fref=ts twitter.com/ryanaoinglis 42 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk Silent Party - Review By Mark Wincott Not so Silent but very atmospheric is what is on offer here with this new London based band called Silent Party, a first listen to them on soundcloud for their new single which goes by the name of Taxidermist. A soft bass riddled start, along with a nice beat, with melancholic strong vocals by Mike Goward enters play. A story is being told, with an adaptable range of his vocals, reminds me of the moody darkness of a Nick Cave meshed with a Kasabian style of proceedings. This is rock music that can be in the same name of a band like the Foals, the moody tune that lightens up with some upbeat not too fast but just the right amount of pop style that can be loved and listened to by people with different musical tastes. It has the catchy vocals, the moody bass, the smashing of the drums all in one song. Going by Taxidermist, Silent Party are ready to fit in and start destroying the music venues, with their whining, moving, darkness of music. This band are here to be heard, to be seen and followed; if you’re a fan of musicians such as Nick Cave, Kasabian, and the Foals then this London based 4 piece will definitely be on your music radar, Taxidermist is a well produced single that has a darkness but leads in to an upbeat sound for the chorus section, there is a lot more to hear from this band, and you can just check out their soundcloud site. This is music for the grimy and the homely. Band Mike Coward – Vocals Chris Douch – Guitar Dan Blatchford – Bass Luke Graham - Drums “This Londonbased 4 piece will definitely be on your radar” www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 43 https://soundcloud.com/silentparty2013-1 Sisteray - Review By Mark Wincott Take it away/Happy endings is the debut single released by London Rock Band Sisteray through their record label Staircase Records on the 28th August 2013 via ITunes and on Spotify. With influences from the 90’s Brit pop scene and old school such as The Kinks along with Primal Scream and Stone Roses, Sisteray are now bringing this to the forefront of the UK Music scene, with their guile. Take it away starts off with a nice electronic guitar sound a little cymbal in the back, then the vocals hit in; this is for the parka wearing class to reminisce of the old days, Sisteray are a throwback to those times and proving that the Brit Pop mod scene has not died, it was just laying in wait. Happy Endings is on the B side, this starts off much slower and proves they Sisteray are able to change style and move on to a style that is still fitting for the indie scene, there is fresh sound to the tight guitaring the ever flowing drumming, and this does remind me of an Arctic Monkeys track. Sisteray have been selling out gigs in many London music venues, such as the Water Rats in Kings Cross and the 100 club on Tottenham Court road, there is a fun filled feeling when listening to their double single, an enjoyment that can be felt from the band and that is what music is all about. Check out these guys and buy their single on the 28th August check out their webpage below:- Band Niall Rowan – Guitar & Vocals Daniel Connolly – Guitar Michal Hanraham – Bass Ryan Connolly - Drums http://www.sisteray.com/ Now more of their music on :https://soundcloud.com/sisteray_music “Sisteray have been selling out gigs in London ” 44 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk Vinnie & The Stars By Mark Wincott Not many bands or lyricists can start off by telling us their feelings towards Dean Windass for his promotion scoring goal for Hull, well Vinnie Whitehead the founder of Vinnie & the Stars does exactly that in the single I’m not from America….I’m from Hull, which comes straight from their second album Punkological Business. The eclectic style throughout the album is a mixture of punk, folk and a huge taste of Hull hop, yeah Hull hop that is a genre that will be given to the world and needs to be heard more of. Vinnie Whitehead’s lyrics flow with his strong northern accent, while handing out a good old fashioned tongue in cheek story. Listening to this reminded me of Goldie Looking chain along with a mixture of a Ska band from Manchester, who sadly are no more, and that is The Janice Graham Band, along with the vocal styles of Mike Skinner of the Streets, is something to be very proud of. The immense story telling of each song whether it’s a comedic style like PC Prince, where Vinnie wants to be the next rock star, but cannot compete with Hannah Montana and her PC Prince, or pure passion of life like in Paid Slave Blues which hands out heavier funk rock with some political happenings. Touring extensively around the North as Vinnie & the Stars, then Vinnie heads off to do his solo acoustic gigs, which has caught many people’s ears and eyes, who are saying the live show is something that needs to be seen. If you want to enjoy your music and hear some talent, then just get this album, it doesn’t take itself too seriously, but does know when it needs to. There is talent in these tracks, all have their own emotion whether it will be to laugh at the imaginative lyrics or to sit back and feel the words along with the impressive growing vocals of Mr Vinnie Whitehead. You like up north hip hop? Jazz noises, rock star crunching guitars, drumming to the beat, passionate vocals, tongue in cheek lyrics? If you want all that with a feel good type of album where you can be the one to dance like no one is watching, then let us Skank to the finale which is Roulette Gun. The impression I’m getting from the prolific song writing of Vinnie Whitehead is something astonishing, the evolution and future of this band is going to be massive. It’s something strong like I’m in need of a strong drink; the strongest drink for me these days though is when I leave the tea bag in my tea. Punkological Business is good stuff, this is a future band to look out for on record and live, so let’s up hope they’ll tour more of the UK. “A huge taste of Hull-Hop” Track Listing I’m not from America….I’m from Hull Don’t blame me P.C. Prince 4 or 5 canner Paid Slave Blues How I’m Feeling Slow Life Nonsense Roulette Gun Official Website - www.vinnieandthestars.com/ Facebook - www.facebook.com/VinnieAndTheStars Twitter - https://twitter.com/vinniewhitehead www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 45 Get involved in the next issue of Love Music Magazine We currently have input from: Rupert Stroud Carvalho We also need your Brett Lee George Mandizha talent: Stellify Journalists Flex Designers Unsung Lilly (Web/graphic) LST Music Photographers James Tillman Stylists Dana Jade Musicians Kay Martay Producers Mr Cas Da Host Directors (music MOOOORE PLEASE!! videos) Reviewers Advertisers Lovers of music!