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ASPIRE TO INSPIRE FEBRUARY 2015

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Issue 2 of Aspire To Inspire - Featuring USH Clothing & Mous Case.

2. USH Clothing 8. Mous Case

10. Carrie Harwood A.K.A WishWishWish 16. Jodie Lea 24. Jody Brock

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36. Gracie Francessca A.K.A Ugly Face Of Beauty 44. Mila Falls 52. Mazzi Maz 58. Definitive

64. Duane Flames

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76. Sierra Wanamaker Aspire To Inspire Magazine is back with it’s second issue. I hope this magazine in someway inspires you to know that your dreams are reachable and nothing is unattainable and that if you work hard and believe in yourself, anything can happen. Magazine Editor - LILCDESIGNS (www.lilcdesigns.com) Copright LILCDESIGNS 2015.


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four year old Londoner and blogger Carrie Harwood from the blog WishWishWish caught up with Aspire To Inspire to let us know how she got started with blogging and what she has planned for the next few years.

If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large amount of people, what would your message be? You’re wonderful just the way you are, I promise! It’s so easy to get caught up in other people’s perfect lives what with being surrounded by Instagram, Pinterest and Blogs, but they all have just as many issues as you, and their bedrooms are a mess sometimes too. You’ll be way better at being yourself than emulating somebody else. For those who do not know how did you get started with blogging? And if you weren’t a blogger what would you be doing? I started when I was 17 as I spent all my time on the internet! I used to make websites about my favourite bands, and would also write little blogs about what I’d been doing at

school… it only seemed natural that when I started reading fashion and lifestyle blogs that I would create one of my own. If I wasn’t blogging, I’d like to think I’d be doing something else creative! What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you? Blogging is my full time job, and working on something that is your creation is the ultimate motivation! So creativity! What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learnt from it? I have so many. I think one would have to be my first ever press trip - I was invited to Milan, and when my plane ticket actually worked, I was in awe. I couldn’t believe how lucky I was. I’m grateful for every opportunity that I’m offered!


Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why) I don’t think so. I tend not to have any regrets - everything has worked out! In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done? I want to push things a little further create a YouTube channel as well as other exciting things. It’s just finding the time! How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a Blogger? Well, I became a blogger 6 years ago when being a blogger didn’t mean the same thing that it does today! It’s the ultimate motivation!  If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why? I’d absolutely love to do something creative with my other half, Miguel. We work together a lot, but I’d love to share a big project with him. He’s my best friend!

What is your motto in life/ What motto do you live by? Everything will be fine. Because, it will! What is currently on your play-list? I’m listening to Weighted by Frnkiero and the Cellebration over and over right now. I don’t think my music taste is what people would first expect! If you had to chose a song to be the soundtrack of your life what would it be and why? I’m not sure exactly, but it would definitely be something I listened to as a 15 year old - music meant the entire world to me then. What are  your biggest dreams and biggest fears? I think my goals are relatively modest - I’d just love to be able to buy a house with my fiancé and be happy in what I do. Simple, really. As for my fears... I don’t like vegetables... does that count? ;)

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“Everything will be fine... What is next for you/are your plans for the next year? I have exciting things in mind, I just need a bit of a kick up the bum to get going! What would be your advice out there to those who want to live out their dreams?  Just do it! Don’t let anything hold you back. Use the internet as your tutor - Google taught me almost everything I know. Nothing is out of your reach! Have a great day! x

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Former member of girl-band Kiss Off, Jodie Lea has decided to pursue with her Solo Career, we believe Jodie is set to make big moves in the scene this year, due to appear on new BBC3 series “South-side Story” and set for the release of her debut single. “Dirty Face” I caught up with her at a studio in London to hear more! If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large amount of people, what would your message be? Don’t be scared to do things for yourself. Don’t be pressured by family/ friends/ society to do things that you feel uncomfortable with or don’t want to do. It’s your life. So find what makes YOU happy. Don’t rush your life away without having enjoyed your own life. Make mistakes. Rebuild burned bridges because that’s what makes life exciting, gives you strength and makes you be the best you can be. Don’t be scared to do that. Don’t be scared to do what you want to do whether your doing it alone or with an army do it for you and no one else. You were born alone you’ll die alone so live for you before you give yourself to someone else. How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/ musician what would you want to be doing?

I’ve always been in the performing arts. I started at stage school from the age of 3. I went to private performing arts school through secondary. So performance was always going to be in my life I’ve never known any different, but I chose to stick to music when I saw my cousin Jo O’mera make it in S Club 7 in the 90’s because when I saw her with S Club 7 I knew that I wanted to be a singer like her. What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you? My grandad is my motivation and inspiration. My grandad is my biggest fan. He is why I won’t give up. I want him to see me succeed. What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learnt from it? I have two. My first one is in 2013 I was in a girl-band and we opened for Jessie J at the Allstarz festival to 20,000 people and it was the most amazing day of my life. Made me


see what it is I’ve been working for. My second was 2014, it was amazing and has made me realise I can do it on my own. I’ve learnt I knew more than I thought I did and everything I’ve done in 2014 is what’s going to make 2015 so amazing! Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why) I wish that I focused in my prime. When I was 17/ 18 I went and did a season in Cyprus and when I got back I went straight into work and I wish I had saved up my money and started professionally in the business from 18 as opposed to 19/20 I missed out on two years that I think would really have helped me. In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done? Have a record deal. Have had a number 1 single in UK and outside of Europe. To have supported an artist on tour. How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician? Everything I write is about my life. I write about what I’m experiencing or what I see. It’s how you can make it real and that’s how the audience will relate. If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why? At the moment it would have to be Ed Sheeran, or One Republic or The Script! I am very into my songwriting and when I listen to songs I listen to the lyrics before the music.

So I would love to collaborate with any of these guys because there to me some of the best song writers of our generation especially Ryan Tedder I’m a HUGE HUGE fan! What is your motto in life/what do you live by? I have a couple of motto’s that I live by. I am a HUGE believer in ‘The Secret’ and the ‘ Law of Attraction’ that is what I’ve lived by the past few years. So I always quote and live by the secret. My main motto for others is to always do what YOU want never what someone else tells you to. It’s your life no one else’s, so always do what’s right for you and do not let others dictate your life! What is currently on your play-list? I have a complete mix because I’m very diverse with my music! So I have every song from the TV show Nashville, Chris Brown, Kid Ink, Drake (my urban side) but I do also have One Direction and Disney songs but that’s a secret lol! If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why? Fantastic question. I have so many tracks that have been my soundtrack throughout my life, but my most current one is Demi Lovato ‘I really don’t care’ and throughout most of the years it has to be P!nk ‘Don’t let me get me’. Just because I’ve got a lot stronger over the years. I can be my own worst enemy and so I’ve been learning to just accept myself and never expect anything to last LILCDESIGNS.COM

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Well I’ve got an exciting new project for next year well actually a couple but I can’t disclose as of yet! BUT it does involve America, and it involves BBC Three and that’s all I can say :)!

14) What would your advice to be to those out there who want to live out there dreams? NEVER give up. If you know it’s your dream you won’t give up because you can’t live without it.

forever so make the most of everything you have in the moment. What are your biggest dreams? And what are your biggest fears? My biggest fear is to fail. I’m a bit of a freak on how I want things to be done and the order and I’m my biggest critic so my biggest fear is to fail myself. My biggest dream is to be worldwide. I don’t want to be an artist for two years I want to be a long lasting artist and have a stamp across the

world. What is next for you? Well I’ve got an exciting new project for next year well actually a couple but I can’t disclose as of yet! BUT it does involve America, and it involves BBC Three and that’s all I can say :)! What would your advice be to those out there who want to live out their dreams? NEVER give up. If you know it’s your dream you won’t give up because you can’t live

without it. You only live once, so take every opportunity live and do everything to the fullest. Trust yourself. Never let anyone tell you your not good enough and make the most of everything when you get it :) Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career? Follow my career on the following social sites or on my website www. jodie-lea.com Watch My Aspire To Inspire on YouTube here!


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Brit School Graduate Jody Brock is quickly making his mark on the music scene. With his soulful voice and incredible talent, we are expecting nothing but big things for Jody. We caught up with Jody in London recently to get the low down and to find out what his plans are for the intermediate future... Photographer Aldo Filibert

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If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large amount of people, what would your message be? Though the music on this record has a bit of a sinister tone to it there is definitely a positive message to be taken from the Phoenix and that would be the message of determination, because through every hardship and every fall down the Phoenix continues to rise up from it’s ashes not paying any attention to it’s previous failings or even it’s successions. I think that’s something we can all take note of.

For those who do not know how did you get started with music? And if you weren’t a musician what would you be doing? I’ve always loved music, my dad is a musician so I have always been exposed to great music when I was little I would go to his shows and just look up at the stage and think that is what I want to do. So I am. If I wasn’t a singer I would still love to be in some sort of creative field but maybe not music because the behind the scenes stuff can bore me, I wouldn’t have the patience for it. What inspires you and keeps you motivated? The thing that keeps me motivated is of course my family and support system, they are so great and just want to see me thrive. But most of all I think about my future a lot and I allow myself to be scared of it a little bit which I think is a huge nudge to get my ass in gear. What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learnt from it? I have been blessed even in these

early chapters of my career, The EP I am about to release ‘Phoenix’ was written and recorded in LA with some incredibly talented people with the first single from the EP, and also the first single I have ever released ‘Stormy Weather’ was picked up by ABC to promote one of their new shows last summer, so yes I have been very lucky so far and hopefully it will continue (touch wood). Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why) There is no way I would change anything that has happened on my journey so far, not even the negatives because I have a strong belief that everything happens for a reason and without those negatives you may not be led to the positives.


In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done? In the next two years I want to put out a lot more music, play some great shows/festivals and hopefully jump on a supporting slot for some bigger names because performing is what I really love and is ultimately why I do what I do. I’d love to collaborate with some brands too and bring my love for music and fashion together. How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician? I write all of my music from either my own experiences or things that I have seen or even heard, anything that inspires me really. I had a bit of a crap time at school and I remember that being a time where I turned to music a lot, and I believe that without that time I probably wouldn’t be pushing a career in music as fiercely as I am now.

If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why? I wish I had the chance to sing with Etta James because that would have been my dream because her music was such an escape to me growing up. I also love a lot of artists in the charts today and would definitely love to work with a lot of them artists such as Disclosure and of course Pharrell would be top of my list. What is your motto in life/what do you live by? I can be a naturally negative person so I make such a conscious effort to think positively and in doing that I have realised that everything happens for a reason, and if it is meant to be it will be so that’s kind of what I live by. What is currently on your play-list? The most played songs on my iTunes right now would be ‘Love runs out’ by One Republic and ‘Budapest’ by George Ezra.


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If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why? Right now the soundtrack to my life would be ‘I need a dollar’ by Aloe Blacc. What are your biggest dreams? And what are your biggest fears My biggest dream is to be Happy and my biggest fear is that I won’t be. What is next for you/ your plans for the next year? Right now the focus

is on gearing up for the release of this first record and also putting finishing touches to the second that will be released early this year. My main ambition for this next year and a half is to be heard and to introduce myself. What would your advice be to those out there who want to live out their dreams? My advice to anyone out there who has something they are passionate about but are slightly scared to pursue it would be to

actually embrace that fear and use it to as a driving force rather then a disability. Take risks, be brave and trust your own instincts because the smartest of people can be wrong. Work hard... do you, and the rest will fall into place. Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career? If anyone want to keep up with me they can reach via twitter. com/jodyBrock, or JodyBrockMusic on Soundcloud and FB. force rather then a Watch My Aspire To Inspire on YouTube here!


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LEIGH SAMUEL TAYLOR Leigh Samuel Taylor, Southampton born singer songwriter appeared on ATI acoustics back in the summer and we caught up with him for an exclusive interview for the magazine.

If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large amount of people, what would your message be? The message I would love to be able to get across to a large amount of people would be that this is the only chance in life that you have to be yourself and nobody can take that away from you. How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/ musician what would you want to be doing? My musical journey started when I was very young. Both my parents were and still are involved in music so it was something that was embedded in my DNA. It’s hard to answer the second part of this question as I can’t imagine my life without music. There is no other path I would want to walk down as I have totally fallen in love with music and it will always play a major part of my life. What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you? The journey and the people of the world inspire me to keep doing what I’m doing.

What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learnt from it? The most memorable experience of my life so far was a spiritual revelation. People who know me told me that I haven’t been the same since... in a good way. If you ever meet me ask me and I’ll tell you all about it. Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why) Where’s that time machine again... I’m only kidding! In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done? In the next two years I aspire to carry on doing what I’m doing now but on a much bigger scale. How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician? I don’t believe you can be influenced to become a songwriter. You either have it or you don’t. If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why? Really it’s a matter of who wants to collaborate with LST as I’m open to everybody as long as they’re serious.


What is your motto in life/what do you live by? Winners don’t quit & quitters don’t win. What are your biggest dreams? And what are your biggest fears? I have many dreams but ignore my fears as they are not relevant to my dreams. What is next for you/your plans for the next year? My plan for the next year is to play as many shows as I can get, record as many tracks as I can and the most important thing of all HAVE FUN!! What would your advice be to those out there who want to live out their dreams? Take risks, sacrifice and do whatever you have to do to achieve your dreams, it’s the only thing that matters to your soul and in this one life you really do have to make the most of it because it can be over as fast as it started. Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career? If you would like to follow my journey and check out what I do you can visit www.facebook.com/lstmusicofficial And you can check out the music at www.soundcloud.com/lst

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UGLY FACE OF BEAUTY How did you get started with blogging? And if you weren’t a YouTuber/Blogger? What would you want to be doing? I got started with blogging because I’m quite a creative person and when I started it was an outlet for me, a hobby. My friend Sammi from BeautyCrush actually told me to start making videos so I did. What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you?  Knowing that people watch me to make themselves feel better, or to forget the pain they’re in for five minutes is the reason I keep going. Its hard to constantly stay motivated, especially with the hate and stick that all influential people receive. My subscribers kept me going when I was going through stuff so I owe it to them. What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learnt from it?

In October I won a Cosmo Blog Award and that’s when I realised that I had earned a place in the Blogging/ YouTubing community. There's so much competition and pressure and I always think other bloggers/vloggers are better than me. It was humbling and amazing to receive some recognition. I was speechless! Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why) No... I think things are meant to happen the way they happen and I have learnt so much about the industry, people in general and of course myself. I love learning! In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done? In the next two years I would love to work with ASOS on a long-term basis and I would also love a spread in a magazine, these are two of the few things, I would love to achieve.  How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a YouTuber/Blogger? 

I grew up on a council estate and I still live in a council house now. I always wanted better for myself, a better life, better experiences, and YouTube has done that for me. Of course at the time, I didn’t realise it would, but it has. I think I am one of few YouTubers/Bloggers who has come from a place where my parents didn’t have money and I didn’t have what other people had. I think thats the reason I remain so humble

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and take everything in my stride. I have worked since I left college and I don’t live in a huge lavish house like a lot of YouTubers. I think it is important to show young boys and girls that life isn’t candy floss and rainbows. If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why? Shirley B. Eniang, she’s actually a friend of mine but she inspires me a lot and I would really like to film with her. I’m also a fan of ‘HeyClairee’ but she lives in the states so that would be a little difficult. Oh and Sophia from ‘Fashionista804’ I am obsessed with her. What is your motto in life/what do you live by?  I am a huge huge huge fan of quotes so I actually live by many. One that is relevant to me at the moment though is ‘Don’t you worry your pretty little mind, people throw rocks at things that shine’. What is currently on your play-list?  Ed Sheeran! I’m not listening to anything or anyone else at the moment.  If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be? Skyscraper by Demi Lovato What are your biggest dreams? And what are your biggest fears?

To have my own charity dedicated to raising awareness for mental health, domestic violence, children in care and the affects of bullying. I would love to have my own clothing range too! There’s a long list, we could be here forever aha. My biggest fears are not achieving them. What is next for you/your plans for the next year? I’m mentally already in 2015 so next year already looks awesome. I’m off to NYC in January and then when I get back I am working on a few things with a huge fashion brand, but I can’t talk about it yet. In my personal life I am actually planning to get my own place which is really exciting! What would your advice be to those out there who want to live out their dreams?  Don’t let anyone deter you from what you want. Nobody has to believe in you - as long as you believe in yourself, anything is possible. Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career? www.youtube.com/uglyfaceofbeauty & graciefrancesca.com for content. For my daily rants and all the burgers I eat you can follow me on twitter & instagram, both @graciefrancesca


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Singer/Songwriter Taylor Jones had a chat with Aspire To Inspire to let us know what inspires him and what his plans are for the future and where he wants to be in ten years time... Check out the full interview below! If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large amount of people, what would your message be? If you believe in yourself, set yourself some goals and go for it. Too many people told me that I was tunnel-visioned by music and that it wasn’t a realistic goal. A few years later, I’ve toured with Disney, charted in Europe, interviewed some of the most famous faces on the planet and am building a great fan-base across the world that appreciates my music. If you feel good about it, do it. How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/ musician what would you want to be doing? I started out rapping in my hometown Swindon, UK. I began to involve myself into rap battles, freestyle shows and eventually uploaded my music onto YouTube and it all went from there. A pilot I think, but these days as I have so much experience in the industry, I would most likely build an artist of my own.  What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you? My love and passion for music, enriched

by my absolute desire to succeed in the things I do. What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? Probably performing to 42K people in 2 days at Sportpaleis, the biggest arena venue in Belgium. What a thrilling experience.  Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why) Absolutely not. Everything happens for a reason.  In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done? I would like to break the UK and really make a name for myself in my home country. I am ‘famous’ in countries in Europe but I really want to bring some of that back home.  How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician? Not much to be honest. None of my family are musical apart from my uncle. My Uncle and I used to jam and sing together a lot which helped, and my parents and little brother were always very encouraging. 


If you could collaborate with anyone who would to it be and why? I think Owl City. I love his music and style. It’s all self written and produced and he’s not afraid to roll with the sound that he wants to roll with. I respect that. What is your motto in life/what do you live by? Work hard, play harder.  What is currently on your playlist? It would have to be Blank Space by Taylor Swift, and Tokyo by Owl City… great songs.  If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why? “Started from the bottom now we’re here” by Drake. Because at least that’s a lyric which I want to be able to relate to in 10 years time. What are your biggest dreams? and what are your biggest fears Biggest dream is to become a world-star of course! I want to sell out arenas and inspire people with my music and dream. I don’t have many fears, other than spiders… ergh, I don’t like spiders. 

What is next for you/your plans for the next year? I will be releasing a new single in March called Young Forever, and a single after that. Can’t wait to show you guys my new music and I may also be touring this summer. What would your advice to be to those out there who want to live out their dreams? Has to be the same as question number one. Additionally, don’t worry if you’re not up to par with the people you’re trying to become… with practise you can become perfect. Work hard and if that’s not good enough, then work harder.  Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career? You can Google me, Spotify me, search me on iTunes, YouTube… the lot. Here are my social media links:  http://www.facebook.com/ TaylorJonesMusic http://www.twitter.com/TaylorJonesTJ http://www.instagram.com/TaylorJonesTJ  http://www.youtube.com/TaylorJonesTJ http://www.vevo.com/artist/taylor-jones   http://www.TaylorJonesMusic.co.uk/


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Talented singer/songwriter Mila Falls joined us for an acoustic session in the summer of last year has now joined us for a chat with our magazine.

If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large amount of people, what would your message be? It would be to raise awareness for mental health issues. This is a topic very close to my heart. I feel like a lot of people are not fully aware of the causes and help available, it leaves people isolated and often trapped. I dream of one day setting up my own charity focusing on young people caring for parents with mental health issues, offering support and guidance. How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/musician what would you want to be doing? I started doing music as a DJ when I was really young, mixing garage and drum n bass, I was top-lining backing tracks at 13, then I was lucky to perform on BBC1 and get my first paid session singing work at 16, then a song I wrote was in the film ‘Bring It On’, I worked hard on writing an album for a couple years then started gigging around the country with my band.


If I wasn't in music, I would work for a charity and at the weekends run an adventure sports company. I love sky diving and bungee jumping! What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you? I'm inspired by my amazing team around me, my booking agent, plugger, my band, stylist, make up artist, song writers, photographers, sponsors and many more. The fact that they take time to help push my career is extremely humbling. Also watching other artists achieve their goals keeps me really motivated.  What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learnt from it? I've had some amazing moments so far. I think hearing my music on a Radio 1 was a special moment. Also supporting Van Morrison was a really memorable live show, he was my mums favourite musician, so it meant a lot to me.  Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why) If I could change the past, I would go back and say to myself, always write music in a genre you like. I think you can get carried away trying to please other people in the industry. You only have one life so enjoy your art.  In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done? In the next two years I aim to finish an album, write and release lots more music with international producers. I have lots in the diary for 2015 already, so that's very exciting! 


How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician? My background growing up with a single mum with not much money definitely influenced my dreams. I started singing from a young age and always aspired to one day hear my music on the radio, make music videos and tour the world. I am currently at the airport about to fly to Ibiza to play a week of live shows, I can't believe that's what I do now. I'm extremely grateful. If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why? If I could collaborate with anyone it would be Sia and Robyn, I love their style of song writing and I think we would make some wicked music together. What is your motto in life/what do you live by? My motto in life is 'If you're gonna do something, then do it well!' What is currently on your play-list? Right now, I love Mr Probz, Rudimental, Clean Bandit... I love a lot of older music like hip hop, blues, RNB and 90s too. Check out my radio show on Dejavu FM to hear what I am into.  If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why? If I could have a song to be the

soundtrack of my life it would be Toto - Africa! I love it! :D What are your biggest dreams? And what are your biggest fears? My biggest dreams are being happy and making other people happy. My biggest fears are forgetting the above.  What is next for you/your plans for the next year? Plans for 2015... I am booking in live shows and festivals for next year, filming new music videos, doing photo shoots, lots more co-writes and international releases with some huge producers.  What would your advice be to those out there who want to live out their dreams? My advice to those who want to live out their dreams would be to try to keep a balance, give your all but make sure you have a backup plan. Sometimes your dreams change, try to make the most out of situations and enjoy all of your experiences.  Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career? You can find me online at www. milafalls.com that’s where all my details of what I up to, upcoming tours, singles, shows and more. Twitter @milafalls Facebook Mila Falls  Instagram @milafalls

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DEFINITIVE Songwriter, Singer and MC Joshua Huges also known as Definitive, is coming into 2015 with his brand new label Made 2 Fly Records and I caught up with him to get the low down on his plans for the year ahead. If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large amount of people, what would your message be? I would say to always follow your gut instinct when it comes to your dreams. Always remember and know that your life is your life and no one else’s. Do not change your life or your dreams for anyone but yourself. How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/ musician what would you want to be doing? I started singing when I was 6 years old, I never really was the sociable type when I was younger and I wasn’t interested in playing football on the green with the other kids, in fact I wasn’t interested in anything they were doing. I would much rather of stayed in writing music and learning to produce. Working on my craft. If I wasn’t making music then I would be doing something else music related, I wouldn’t care what but definitely in that field within that industry. What and who keeps you motivated and inspires you?

That’s tough, I would say my girl is a real inspiration as well as my kids they keep me motivated. Everything and anything gets my bars flowing and me writing, everyday things just seem to help me focus on music. What is the most memorable experience of your life? And what have you learnt from it? Becoming a father was the most memorable experience and the most brilliant thing I have ever done. My kids are my world and I adore them without them there would be no me and without me there would be no music. So they are my inspiration. I have learnt through them to always keep strong no matter what happens, as even though doors shut there’s always a door that will open. Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why) I wouldn’t change anything and the reason being is that all the experiences I’ve had are what have made me so driven and strongly willed to succeed today. this industry and believe me i will


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In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done? Within the next two years I want to be earning a steady wage through gigs and to have shot a professional music video, for one of my tracks. How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician? I would say all of my life has influenced me, I have been standing on my own two feet since I was very young. I never had an easy life but that pain brought me closer to the pad and to song-writing. So really, that’s the silver lining and the reason people can hear passion in my music and for me doing what I do. If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why? If I could collaborate with anyone it would be Professor Green because I think he is lyrically insane and I can relate to him. I would also want to collab with Ed Sheeran that would be amazing as well. For me the main goal is to collobrate with Professor Green. What is your motto in life or what motto do you live by? My motto is simple never make the same mistake twice, so yeah that. What is currently on your play-list? Currently I am listening to Pro Green, Rizzle Kicks, Iggy, Rick Ross, Drake and Ed Sheeran as well as MJ, Michael Buble, Rod Stewart. So my playlist is quite varied in many ways. If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why? I would say it would have to be Eminem survival as it’s upbeat, humorous and skilled and I am a fighter, and I don’t quit.


What are your biggest dreams? And what are your biggest fears? My biggest dream is simply to succeed in what I do with my music. My biggest fear would actually be not being able to create music that would kill me, as I know nothing else. I think that would be the same for many songwriters and musicians, I couldn’t imagine that. What is next for you/ your plans for the next year? Well I am about to become a father to my third son so I would say my plans will be put on hold for a while. However I do want to start gigging again mainly, to earn some recognition around different places in the UK and over the world for my music. So that would be part of the plan for me and for the foreseeable future. So yeah stay tuned. What would your advice be to those out there who want to live out their dreams? F*** the haters, stand strong, take the bad times in your stride and ride along through it all. This life is a journey that contains both good and bad, so you just have to make the most of moments as they come. You only have one life to live, live it! Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career? Twitter-@Definitivecm YouTube - Josh Definitive Hughes And lastly they can follow me here  www.definitive.bandcamp.com


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DUANEFLAMES Founder of UK Unsigned Hype and talented producer, songwriter and artist Duane Flames caught up with Aspire To Inspire to tell us the latest. If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large amount of people, what would your message be? My messages to get out to the world would be Love & Light. Time is short and you have to use time wisely. Make sure you keep good people around you, stay positive, stay strong, stay humble, stay grateful. Make sure that you exercise your mind as much as you can for the greater good. Constantly be creative in your thinking and be dynamic with your actions. How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/ musician what would you want to be doing? I actually got started with my music when I was exposed to the world of Hip Hop via like Beat-box. I thought it was cool, I got shown how to Beat-box and that gave me that Rhythmic Pattern, I needed. I’ve always got involved in music, my dad was involved with music heavily, so he would always play it around the house. It wasn’t actually until, I was given a piano/keyboard at around age seven, from then I

fell in love with composing and found it was easy for me to play by ear, I started to get creative through that, there was some drum pads on there, so I would say from seven I got started. From seven I got the basis of the keyboard skills and then it fell into place, from then. A lot of my music is very keyboard and piano based, in regards to composing strings from the classical training that I received through wanting to know more about the piano. If I wasn’t doing music, I would probably be dealing with the financial market more, property market, these are things that I diversify into, but I really liked the composition of music and the communal aspect. It brought a lot of people together, whether it be me performing or putting together events. So I would be doing a lot more property and financial stuff which is not too much different to what I am actually involved in, but I love writing lyrics and making music. What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you? New artists inspire me, different producers inspire me, anything from outcasts to some UK artists, whatever


is happening in the world of music inspires me, not one particular person. When I hear an artist on a track, I think WOW... like that artist did the whole track themselves, but it wasn’t just them. It was produced by, it was written by someone else and they was a feature. I would say music as a whole inspires me because I never know the origins of how that track came about, so it would be wrong to specify. Naz, Buster, Outcast... Shout-Out to my UK artists as well and the people that are supported by USH. Anyone that I have booked to perform, I feel, if I didn’t name you it doesn’t mean there’s no love, there’s a long list. Also my son motivates me like nothing else, just to create music and be joyful and love it, he is at the stage of life where he is discovering a lot and I get to discover it with him. I get to compose a different type of soundtrack now.There’s a lot of things happening in the world and I get to relate to that, but they are hard hitting serious issues. Amongst those issues you still have to exist, music reflects life so much and you can’t just be one dimensional, I believe. So I like to create an array of emotions, so my family definitely inspire me, friends, and the people that come to support anything I have done. Depending on how you carry and conduct yourself. I try to keep my music to a realistic level, the stuff I talk about and who I am as a


person. For someone to get into that they kind of get into me and that’s appreciated. So I put out music, I think is going to be appreciated and I appreciate those who appreciate me. I am inspired by the world as well as other artists and other music within it. What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learnt from it? The most memorable experience of my career so far, was when I got paid when I was signed to BMG. I got £3,000 for a beat just on the strength of who I was managed by, that’s when I realised the political aspects that surround music. It wasn’t about my ability. It wasn’t about how good I was, it was just this person speaking on behalf of this person commanding certain rates for me, that was nice. It was memorable for me because it made me think more about the business aspect of things. There are more memories that are more memorable for other reasons. For example in 2014, I got to play Caz Fest which is a festival for a lady named Caroline who passed away, I got to perform, met her parents. It was quite touching as it was an occasion for a cause. Also my son got to see me perform, he was in the crowd, he’s never seen or experienced this before. So that was memorable because my son got to see me perform for the first time. So somewhere in the middle of the love and the business make good

memories for me. Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why) No, I wouldn’t because everything that I have been through has helped me with the perspective I have towards music, towards the world and my artistry. I don’t think that I would probably appreciate anything other then the realism, which I am able to deliver at this point through the life I have lived. So I wouldn’t change anything in my journey, I had to learn these lessons. In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done? In the next two years I would aspire for USH to have grown more and be more recognised. I would hope USH could’ve helped more artists. I definitely hope that in two years time we would of fed more homeless people, which is another charity I aid under USH as well as Macmillan Cancer Trust. So I hope with every-ones donations and the USH events we put on throughout the years, this is achievable. Also I hope to put out some more music, a new album, writing is my diary anyway so that’s probably going to happen, regardless. How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician? Quite a bit of my life influenced me to become a musician/songwriter. If I didn’t have basketball training,

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I would find myself going to the piano room just learning, some more piano and just practicing, trying to get better, so I could say a lot of my life has influenced me to become a musician. As a songwriter I didn’t start writing until later, I composed first, and everything followed. The thing for me was the beats I made were given to other artists, they would then make a song and give me something back that I didn’t feel envisioned what I felt fit the music. With music you have to go with your gut feeling and I ended up saying to them you need to be doing it like this. The more I did that the more I got to improve at that aspect, and that’s now what people have come to know as my own style and my way of delivery in my artistry. More of my life producing then writing but still a lot of my life doing both. If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why? If I collab with anyone it would of been my father because we never got to, he was a good musician in a band called ‘The Investigators’ which was a Lover Is Rock band which started in the UK. Love Is Rock encompasses Reggae Roots music with Swing, it’s a real kind of distinct sound. I guess I would of loved to collaborate with him. Him not being around anymore is a big influence on me but if there was anyone I could’ve collaborated with, it would be my father. He always used to guide, so we did collaborate in that sense.

What is your motto in life/what do you live by? Words to live by, to keep you living... I live by the motto ‘Love & Light’ and I really do live by that motto. With love in your light, love in your heart anything is possible and light sheds reality into dark matter. I think, it allows you to see what you couldn’t before. Love and then light those together, are very powerful things. So that is my motto ‘Love & Light’. What is currently on your play-list? Favourite song at the moment is Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson. It’s production is phenomenal for me, I like Bruno Mars as an artist and Mark Ronson as a producer, I think together they made a classic. That’s going to be played for years to come, it’s a real timeless piece of music, real great production. So that’s currently on my play-list as well as some Up Tempo, some dance music, Animals by David Garrix, Hip-hop wise, well I’m working on my album so I’m zoned in on that and plus I get sent a lot of stuff from USH which I listen to but Uptown Funk is the anthem at the moment. If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why? At the moment the soundtrack I would chose for my life would be James Brown ‘Paid The Cause To Be Boss’ it’s the kind of super fly era, that type of music which has horns in it which I love. James Browns voice is very distinct and the message in this song is; I worked hard to get where I am,


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so I think that song would be apart of the soundtrack to my life. There would be a few other songs that come to my mind but that song is the most relevant, at the moment, that and my track ‘Where I Call Home’. What are your biggest dreams? And what are your biggest fears? My biggest dreams change, when I was younger it was to have a pair of Jordans and play Mario on an Ninetendo that I owned, that was the dream. Now being mature in my approach to life, my biggest dream is making sure that my son can have opportunities in life. My biggest fear is the opposite, so yeah my world is driven differently now I am older. What would your advice be to those out there who want to live out their dreams? My advice would be to live your dream man, what else. A lot of people are going to tell you don’t do this and you can’t do that. Forget them people because they probably didn’t do what they wanted to do at some stage, so they tell you that you can’t do it. For that reason you just have to do it, I’m not going to hit you with the clichés life is short etc we know this, but to live without a dream, no... why would you? When you could live with it. So I think my advice to those people who want to live out their dreams, would be to educate yourself in exactly what it means to be living out your dream, and sustaining your dreams. Some people can only envision their dreams up to a

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point and they are not educated enough to maintain what they need to do. So instead of maintaining within that dream, they wake up. So you want to stay in that sleep, so you can continue dreaming, you want to be comfortable enough , soft pillows, the things you need to have a comfortable sleep, to have a good dream. Metaphorically speaking what ever you encounter, every toss and turn, you will know you are adjusted enough to continue your dream even with a few knocks as you go. So educate yourself and surround yourself with the necessary tools, to live, maintain and sustain. Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career? My website www.duaneflames.com I try to update it as much a I can, I mean I ain’t got games on there for people, but theres music you can download.You can watch my video’s, and read about me. Through that you have links to my company and through that you can find out what I am doing. That being said, just google me. Love & Light.


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If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large amount of people, what would your message be? If I had the opportunity to get out a message to the world it would be, whatever your dream is, whatever your goal is, nothings ever to far away and anything is possible. You see people achieve their dreams all the time, you just have to work as hard as you can at it, and put as much effort in as you can. At least then at the end of the day, if you don’t make it or you don’t get what you want, at least you can say you put 100% in. How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/ musician what would you want to be doing?

My music started quite a long time ago, I started singing when I was one or two years old, but I guess I’ve only just taken it seriously the past four or five years. When I’ve been thinking of it as a career more then just a hobby. It started basically because my dads always been a musician, he’s always been playing music, so that inspired me to want to play music. I would say it was thanks to him. What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you? The people that inspire me, are probably my fans. Without them, there would be no reason for me to want to do music, without having them to listen to the music when I release it, there would be no point. That’s what I’m working on at the


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moment, building a fan-base to then hopefully release an EP and get signed by a Record Label. What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learnt from it? I would say one of the most memorable experiences so far in my career, would be supporting Cody Simpson in Manchester. It was just one of those moments that you can’t describe in words, you just have to be there on stage to see it. The crowd was so responsive and I remember asking everyone to put their phones in the air to light up the venue... it was crazy! I think every time I perform, especially performing with other artists I can pick things up and learn. This enables me to see where I can improve, for example song choices, I might think something is going to work and it doesn’t, so I will know for next time. Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why) Well no I wouldn’t, I know I’ve made some mistakes. Your bound to make mistakes, if you don’t make mistakes you can’t learn, from what’s right and wrong. So I think it is good that I have made mistakes, because they have helped me to learn and do things better for the future. In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done? I would have hoped to be signed by a Record Label, to be releasing my music and performing to larger

crowds of people. I feel like that’s where I get the buzz and when I enjoy it the most, when I perform in front of people. It’s great to record stuff in your bedroom and do covers but the real moment is when you perform and seeing how people react to you. How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician? One thing that has probably influenced me in song writing is when my mum was ill. Unfortunately she got breast cancer and she was ill for a long time. That’s when I started writing songs, I guess unless you have inspiration or something to write about you can’t write meaningful songs, so yeah that influenced me. If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why? There’s a lot of different artists that I would be interested in working with for various reasons. It could be based on their popularity, them having a lot of fans and having a door open for new people to hear your music. When you are supporting and collaborating with bigger acts, your always going to gain fans from that. Trying to captivate the audience your trying to sell your music to. I would love to work with Ed Sheeran, Usher, even Justin Bieber. Based on the fact that they have done so much from a young age and have so much experience. When you work with other people that are a step ahead of you, you can always learn something. from them. Watch the rest of the interview here!


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Sierra Wanamaker is this months worldwide collaboration coming all the way from the United States Of America. Sierra recently appeared on ATI Acoustics with her original song “You’re Worth It” and then we caught up with her for an exclusive interview.

If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large amount of people, what would your message be? If I were able to get a message across to a large group of people, I would let them know that it’s ok to be who they are and they shouldn’t care what other people think. To tell them they should do what they love and what makes them happy, and to always follow their dreams and their hearts. How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/musician what would you want to be doing? I always loved to sing and dance, but it wasn’t until 6th grade when I had taken guitar class, after that music just came naturally to me, I self taught myself to play the piano, I have also taken guitar classes, but never any vocal classes. If I wasn’t playing music I believe that my life would be boring, as music brings out emotions and it’s a way to express your feelings.  What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you?


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I am motivated by many things and people, listening to other peoples music motivates me to play more and to sing more. I want to sound as good as the people on the radio, one day. My family and friends always motivate me to play more and push me forward to follow my dreams. What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learnt from it? My most memorable moment in my career so far was getting to sing with Jake Miller, he is one of my idols and for him to invite me to come sing with him meant the world. Since then I have more confidence in what I do. He taught me to take chances.  In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done? In the next two years I aspire to have graduated from high school and to go to a four year college to greater my education in whatever I choose. I aspire to be a great musician and build a fan base where I can have supporters who love my music and support me in what I want to do.  How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician? A lot of my life and background have inspired me to write my music because in middle school I was bullied and it wasn’t fun at all. Like

I said before music is the emotion I express in words, in a song, and how I feel about something. Writing about events that have happened make the situation a lot better and it is also how you can connect with others. So to have music that anyone listening to can relate to... I feel that’s important. If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why? If I could collaborate with any artists some of my options would either be Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Cody Simpson, and Before You Exit, these are only a select few. I have picked these artists because I love their music, it comes from what they love and I know they have a love and pure passion for what they are doing, their music speaks to me.  What is your motto in life/what do you live by? Follow you dreams, live life like it’s your last day and live it to the fullest. What is currently on your play-list? Some songs that are currently on my play-list are ‘Steal My Girl’ by One Direction, all Ed Sheeran songs, Eds’ songs really fit my voice well, so it’s fun to learn them on guitar/ piano and play them for others. I listen to a lot of Five Seconds of Summer, Midnight Red, Shawn Mendes, Jake Miller and Emblem 3.


If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why? The soundtrack to my life would be ‘A little Bit Longer’ by Nick Jonas, it’s about when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and how he’s waiting on a cure, but he knows that he will be fine in the end. I relate to this song because I also have Type 1 diabetes and I relate because I know that it will get better and that there is hope for a cure, one day. What are your biggest dreams? And what are your biggest fears? Some of my biggest dreams are to simply play shows, and grow bigger into eventually opening for a band, or even headlining my own tour, I want people to listen to my music and fall in love with it, all I want to do is make people smile and happy through music. Some of my biggest fears are that I would never be able to play music again, I don’t have fear of rejection, it happens to everybody and you need to keep trying, and never give up but I couldn’t imagine not playing music.

“My most memorable moment in my career so far was getting to sing with Jake Miller... He taught me to take chances.”.” What is next for you/your plans for the next year? My plans for the next year are to make a lot of YouTube videos, build a fan base, give back, tour the United States.Who knows maybe the World one day, play shows, and have fun writing music. What would your advice be to those out there who want to live out their dreams? If you want to live out your dreams you have to be willing to do whatever it takes, don’t worry about what others think, because you’re doing what YOU want to do, what you love. Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career? You can find me on twitter @SierraWanamaker on Instagram @sielwan YouTube videos, Sierra Wanamaker, you can also check out my Facebook page Sierra Wanamaker Music.


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