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New Artist Interview I took some time to catch up, on the phone, with Jones 2.0, an alternative Hip Hop artist, from London, as one of our many New Artist Interviews. By Emma Walker
E - Thank you for taking the time to take part in this interview today. I’m loving the music and the sound. What is your main inspiration behind the songs and the lyrics? J - Well my main inspiration, musically, would be Kid Cudi. For myself, it’s whatever I have gone through really or whatever I see, just anything. E – What about your music, have you released this an album as yet?
E – If you were going to collaborate with someone, who would you be looking to collaborate with? J - I would like to collaborate with a soul singer, a funky pop singer, a rapper, maybe not similar to me but similar in a sense. We could do a track about real stuff and not be boring. E - Obviously, we like to help out new artists as well, as a magazine for upcoming, new artists. Is there anything you can offer by way of support to anyone looking to break in to their industry?
J - Yes I've put out a free EP it's available at Jones2point0.com E – You're talked about your main inspirations, what it is about them that inspires you as an artist? J - For me it is an artist that is still keeping it "real". Kid Cudi is not trying to be what I would call a “superhero”. He's just bleeding his soul on the track and I always thought that in rap, you had to kind of impress people, showing them your cars and women and stuff but he was just rhyming about real life and that's something that really connected with me. That's why he is one of my biggest inspirations.
J - I would say, persistence. It takes so long. Also, be individual somehow because I see so many videos on the Internet and everyone is the same, so, try and do something different. Be yourself anyway because everyone is different. E - Is there anyone around, upcoming artists, at the moment, that you think have the potential to go far? J - Myself E – I was fully expecting that response, but just thought I would ask the question. How did you come up with your name?
E – So what have you been doing in the last year? J - I haven't gigged for six months but prior to that I was gigging quite a lot and then I've been recording a lot of new material. E – What has been the highlight of 2013 so far?
J - I actually don't know? It just kind of appeared and its stuck. I'm going to make up a good story for that soon. E – Let me know that story and I will put it in [laughs]. Is there anything you wanted to ask me or mention? Where can we see you or listen to you?
J – Catwalk J - Just wanted to say, thanks for the interview E – Wow, tell me some more? E – My pleasure J - Well it's a hidden talent. That was for a university, sponsored by Topman and they made some clothes for me, it's not musical but it was definitely a highlight. E – So what about any future plans? Have you got any collaborations planned? J - I don't have any collaborations planned, although I am looking to collaborate with people. I will put out another CD this year. I'll be putting out another project definitely.
J - You can catch me on everything, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, /Jones2point0 There are some gigs coming soon. keep an eye on Jones 2.0's social media. A lovely guy, really nice to speak to you Jones. All the best.▪ Photograph courtesy Jones 2.0
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A Different Way of Thinking By Emma Walker I was ultimately flattered the other week when I received my first album from the amazing Chris Chandler. I had a listen and had a few questions for him, which he happily answered, from Chicago.
EW: So tell me a bit about yourself then, is music your full time job now? CC: Yeah Music is definitely my full time job. It’s difficult to really get in to music and do so many other things, it’s hard to embrace it so I graduated from college a while back and I never used my degree and when I moved to New York, I got signed with the Beatnuts through Sony Music and it’s taken off since then with my writing and touring. I have been lucky enough to be able to focus on my music and follow-through with my passion. EW: Fabulous, it sounds really good. So on the album, what is your favourite track and why? I’ve got three, I can’t pick. CC: You’ve got three, what are they? EW: I like, Can’t Let Go. Walk Away, because I like the Piano melody in that and, I Will.
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the road. So, the technology today is incredible with what you can do if you have quality equipment. So some of the songs I sang in the studio and some of the songs I sang in Berlin and Amsterdam, Toronto or wherever we happened to be so it took two years for it to finally be completed. EW: What’s your favourite part of the recording process? CC; My favourite part of the process? You know it’s like a new girlfriend, each song, that feeling when you get when you meet somebody new and your vibing like that, you know, when you go in to the studio, you send them a demo first. Usually I work on it myself and it is very rough but to musicians, they just need to be able to hear the outline of a song. My most favourite part of the process is the beginning, after they get the demo and we go in and start recording it with the musicians. That is my favourite part because you get to hear your idea come to life. EW: What other talents do you have other than the singing?
CC: Well thank you very much for liking those songs, it makes me very happy, I like those songs a lot too. Walk Away was the first song that we did for this album, it was a song that I had wrote at the piano a year before we got in to the studio so once we got in to the studio, I had just met the musicians, we didn’t know each other but I had sent them the demo, so that was the first song we did and surprisingly enough it was the last song that I completed. I love that song too, I love it a lot, and I can’t say if it’s my favourite but I really do like that song a lot. My favourite song on the album, it’s really hard to pick a favourite, it’s like picking a favourite child. I don’t have any children, but if I had kids, it would be like that because each song especially if you write it and the recording process, is an emotional process, it’s not like you just walk in there and just sing a song, and just go have a drink. it’s a gruelling process to make music ‘feelable’. You know, for you to feel that music, I had to be able to feel it in the studio so, you know, that’s what it is. Just to be professional, my favourite song on the album is Friends.
CC: I play piano well enough to write songs but I get the real guys to come in and play when we record. Actually, I am a very good Basketball player. Basketball was my second love and I had the opportunity to play professionally in Puerto Rico. People would never think that, unless they know me. I coached for a while too, so Basketball is important to me. EW: As Love Music Magazine, is a new magazine, of upcoming artists, are there any words of advice you can offer to new artists?
EW: How long did it take to produce your album?
CC: You just have to have a passion and its unending, it can’t stop because life is going up and down, but you just have to have a drive and you really have to love it. If you haven’t shed any tears over this passion you have, or this art form, then it might not be for you. If you have that passion and it’s inside of you, you will never stop. My main thing to say to people is just to believe in you and never quit. If you to college and you don’t have drive enough to finish, you’ll go for a couple of weeks or a semester and party out, that’s it. A lot of musicians, they say they love to do music but after the first disappointment, they get disheartened.
CC: it took a while. I did it in between travelling and going to Europe and Canada, touring with the Beatnuts and other rap groups, so if you want me to be really honest, it took me about two years to complete it. I would travel with my microphone and my equipment that I could travel with, that was portable enough, I could sing, when I had down time, when we were on
EW: Who is your favourite musician? CC: Yeah I love Michael Jackson and I love Stevie Wonder. I love Luther Vandross, I love Whitney Huston. I love great artists like that, they sing and they make you feel it. I have been singing since I was a kid and the first artist I remember singing was Michael Jackson, even though I was singing with everybody because my family was
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so musical. I was like “Oh my god, I can sing” and I remember that I don’t even know how old I was. If you’re listening to the Jackson Five and you’re like five years old, of course you can sing. I love Michael and I love Miles Davis. There are so many artists I love. I love Quincy Jones. There are too many to say. EW: It’s a really hard question, I had to ask myself the same thing, as I put it in to my interview. CC: Who did you say? EW: Bob Marley and Fleetwood Mac CC: I love Fleetwood Mac, it’s ridiculous. Who else? EW: Womack and Womack, Kelis, Madonna, Janet Jackson. Its rather about which songs I like over which people, there are a lot of songs I like, some recent things, like Rudimental, John Newman. There are some really good people coming up. I like the new stuff as well as the old, I like a bit of mixing. CC: There is so much new music coming out, that if you don’t kind of dig and investigate, you won’t even know. It’s great music coming out. I’m not just talking about my music. I listen to a lot of radio stations, indie radio stations, from all over the world and they have some really good music out. I am just glad that you have people like yourself and other avenues to get your music out there, to get people to understand that there is still great music being produced, right now. EW: I really appreciate that because that is my number one ambition for this magazine. CC: People love music, Michael might be gone, but we still love music. Music never dies, it just seems that nowadays, they just seem to force garbage music on us constantly and sometimes the good music gets thrown under the rug but as long as we maintain focus and stay driven, we will get a chance to get our music heard. EW: What are your plans for the album? Have you been on tour already or are you looking to tour? CC: We are scheduling a tour right now, we are in the early stages of the promotion and getting it out and doing our radio promotion so, I plan to come to the UK and do some shows. As soon as I get word of when, I will definitely let you know. I want to sing your favourite songs in person. EW: Who came up with the style of the album, the concept? I do love the blues feel to it, black and white imagery, and the old silver microphone. CC: It was me, I wanted it to have a vintage feel to it, an almost Frank Sinatra feel, even though I don’t sing like Sinatra. I grew up in the L with my mother and all those Mrs Robinson songs and “Fly Me to The Moon” and these great songs were just playing and that was like a soundtrack to my childhood so with this album. The beginning of my success in the industry was through Hip Hop so I wanted to give it ‘A Different Look’. Some people don’t even know I can sing write and sing songs like that because I have been singing Hip Hop. When you do Hip Hop there is not a lot of
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melody, it is just different. There is beauty in that too but I had all this music inside of me so I said, listen, I’m going to take some time out and do a real record and that’s what is was. I’m going to get some real musicians and its going to cost a million dollars but I am going to do what I can to make it happen. EW: We like to get inside the music, can you tell us a bit about how you get to “ITunes” level? CC: My first solo record was on iTunes as well; it was in 2006 and called “Life Styles Vol 2”. At that time iTunes was just kicking in, it had been there, but it was giving indie artists a platform and that was like the biggest thing in the world, just to get your stuff on iTunes. I talked to their submissions department and you just go through the process and if they like your material, they will get you up there. For now, in terms of artists who want to get on iTunes, make quality music, you have companies like CD Baby and other companies that you can use to distribute your music and they will get you on iTunes and Yahoo. My music is on so many sites that I don’t even know about. I just got a cheque from Spotify, I don’t even know how Spotify works. Once you get your record finished and send it to CD Baby, they will distribute it to all the platforms and resources that are popular. EW: Who is you favourite artist to work with because you have worked with quite a few? CC: I love everyone that I have worked with; I haven’t really had a bad experience. I think it is going to be the future people that I work with as I still want to, I know this is crazy but I still want to do some music with Quincy Jones and I would love to work with Stevie as well. I don’t think we should be singing together, but I would love to work with them. EW: Is there anything else you would like to add, where can we catch you and your music? CC: You can catch me on Twitter, Facebook on the website. I want to thank you for taking your time to listen to the music, and to have three favourites, which is going to keep me high for at least 72 hours. Let’s bring the music to the people. Not everyone is going to like your record or voice or style but there are people that do. That is very important to me to get my music to those people that love soul and love RnB. EW: I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to me and thank you for sending me your album.▪ Chris Chandler’s album is available on iTunes now. Photographs courtesy of Chris Chandler
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Fayth Hope put on an incredible show as part of Soul Rebels at The Wardrobe in Leeds. A distinctive and rather stunning voice, Hope performs with an unpretentious charm. I managed to catch up with her after the show, here’s what she had to say
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By Zoe Parker What is the favourite place you have toured to as a ‘solo’artist ? I’m not just saying this but Leeds!! I guess it’s because this is the biggest thing I have done thus far since I took the ‘leap’ as a solo artist. In an earlier gig in Atlanta Georgia, I decided to strip the music back to basics – you know use a more organic set up and I experimented with being more interactive with the audience. People ‘dug’ it and I said ok this is a ‘proto type’, this is a thing that I need to build upon. So, what you saw tonight is pretty much the results of that: lots of practise and knowing when to talk, when to shut up, when to laugh when to bring people on stage, when to keep it moving onto the next thing. You seem to really ‘feel the music on stage. Where does that come from? I have been singing since I was four years old. I have been around music all of my life and even though I was quite scared to sing when I was younger, I was always ‘into’ music and playing music for my friends. I guess you could say I was a ‘selectress’. I always tuned into the music and listening to the beats but in Augusta I am around a lot of musicians. Feeling the music is a mixture of instinct, and being around music for such a long time - that inner pulse and awareness of nuances in the music. I just tune in. You seemed to really connect with the other musicians on stage. Could you tell us about that? Yes. I work really hard on communication and allow the other musicians to have a voice. It’s not all about me, no way: sometimes I want to sit back and listen to them play. I love to hear the music and when people come up with different things ‘on the fly’. I give them the room to be themselves. What is favourite song from your new album? Oh that’s hard. It was Love didn’t mean a thing. It is about my husband and I wrote the composition as well as well as the lyrics. But now Warrior seems like it is getting ready to be a good one and I love Beloved. Who is your producer? His from North Carolina, Dose. He’s great. He has the mind state of an artist but that’s what he does the way he approaches his arrangements he does it from an artistic standpoint and we speak the same language. He sends me music he knows I will like, and Beloved was one of those.
So have you always had an amazing voice? ( Laughs) No I don’t think so. It’s so funny because I actually hated my voice for so many years. I wasn’t sure of myself and I had a lot fear growing up, comparing myself to other people and wondering if I would amount to anything? I had that fear ‘til I was about 27/28. I’m 32 right now and until 6 months ago, I was still unsure about who I was. What changed that? I started to finally hear my own voice and hear who I was. James Entume did a lot of work with Miles Davis back during ‘the fusion era’ and he talked about the three levels in an artist’s life. The first one being imitation, so a singer imitates the artist they love the most. The next one is emulation – the singer starts to find their own voice but they still have nuances of other artists. I am in that stage right now - the emulation. I guess it took for me to stop trying to sound like other people and more importantly stop beating myself up for not being those people because that’s what I did. But when I started tuning into me and who I was, things changed for me. I did a lot of meditation, and calming down ‘the noise’ around me and inside my head- you know that inner critic. That is when I finally started liking my voice. Long story but had to tell it. ‘It’s a man’s world’ – it seemed like a powerful message when you sang this tonight. Was there? Music is a male driven industry – well most of the musicians that I am around are males. A lot of people in the industry, for some reason, feel that they can just ‘truck over’ women’ and question their knowledge and expertise. This past summer, I tried to compensate for that. I was trying so hard to be assertive and not be taken advantage of, that I got quite ‘bitchy’. However, there are better ways to do that: you can still be graceful, you can still be a lady about it. That goes for men too! We can all be diplomatic. So I worked on that and used skills I learnt in counselling like empathy and stuff like that. I do not try to dominate. I let everybody have a voice. People respect me because they know I am not going to steer them in the wrong direction. They can trust me. The musicians I worked with tonight didn’t know me, but its about being able to take the steering wheel without being a tyrant. That’s what I mean by being a warrior. And Warrior she is! Find out more about Fayth Hope at http://faythhope.com
What are your plans for next year? To release my new album ‘Out of Obscurity Part 2 – Into the Light.’ When is the struggle going to be opened .You have to have faith that there is something better. Things have much more clarity. My writing is really improving. My voice is really improving. My personal life is wonderful. The vision is clear and I am walking ‘into the light’. I really want to take my time with this. I am having so much fun writing and doing the 'demos' for this album. I am really excited about it because it will really show my growth and progression: musically, personally and vocally.
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By Rob Brennan I went along to this event in aid of Cancer Research UK. I spoke to some of the artists, the organisers, and generally had a good time.
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We spoke to Jules Lisk and Amira Malek So, tell me why this event is happening? Well this event is happening in aid of Cancer Research, we are Events Management students and we are from the University of West London . We have been asked to put on a live event as part of our course. We get marked on it but we decided we were going to make it for charity as well. It’s drawn a pretty good crowd and raised a lot of money. When did you start planning this event? We started around February and it’s very exciting for us because obviously it is the first big event we have planned, advertising and everything, literally from the ground up. Did you know each other prior to University? No we have known each other about a year through university. Have you got any future plans for any more events? Oh yes loads, I definitely want to pursue events with music as we love being associated with this industry. We actually planned this event as a one off but we have had such a good response to it, people are asking when we are doing the next one and what future talents we are going to be showcasing Why did you choose this venue? It’s a student venue and it’s just down the road from halls so we knew we would get quite a good crowd. Is the venue pleased with how things have gone tonight? Oh yes definitely, Thursday is usually a quiet night for them but they have taken quite a bit behind the bar so they are happy. They have been very generous as it is a charity event. How did you promote the event? We advertised. We had a flyer go out. We also spoke to some bands through University and online promotion. What has the feedback been like from the artists? It’s been great, obviously there are different genres featured and it is a mixed crowd everyone has been really supportive and given their time to listen to the artists. We have to give some credit to the host Aurie Styla who has actually pulled this evening together for us. It is a difficult crowd with the different genres of music but he has actually kept the ball rolling really smoothly for us so we can’t thank him enough. He is quite a well-known comedian in the north-west London area and DJ Si; they have worked really well together and made it really lively.
We spoke to Black and White, a name put together on the night. We go to Music College in Acton and just came up with the name tonight. We are from all over the place, Wales, Sweden, Scotland. Is the plan to stick together? One of the girls, who organised this, contacted me and said would I do it for a giggle. You looked quite accomplished. Yeah we are all friends anyway. Have you rehearsed together before tonight? We had four hour rehearsals before tonight and we have been working on our parts individually. So what’s the plan next? Well we are kind of fresh so we aren’t sure where to go or what we are doing. The crowd loved you so keep at it.
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Greenwich University Choir - Review By Mark Wincott The bustling streets of where you can find Cutty Sark and the Maritime museum, Goddard’s Pie and Mash within the Market area and many other types of gift shops. Walking on the grounds of the historic Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, calmly strolling through this amazing place, is something everyone needs to do in their life. The picturesque scenery is basically awe gazing. The peace and tranquillity that can be found is what peace of mind is like, oh and welcome to Greenwich University. Entering the Queen Mary Undercroft, a smallish hall with bright shining chandeliers, there is a bar at the back. Chairs are all set up for the Greenwich choir with the large windows as their backdrop the sun shining through. While all set in a very relaxed tone with the attire worn by the choir themselves, their conductor, Nicholas Jenkins, smartly dressed and showing the audience his personality and charisma is definitely something to see. What we have here is “June is Bustin” a night of remembrance and respect to musical numbers. This here, welcomes us all to the University of Greenwich choir and University of Greenwich Big band, coming together, to show us what they are is producing. Covering many years of numbers and songs written by the staff/students themselves. This is what is needed for the night, speaking personally, a different genre of music. Feeling the love people have for one and other, while they’re singing together or just appreciating the fact these musical numbers were written a number of years before us all and still stand strong against the new school of today. Choir Member Jodie Austin appreciating the Les Miserables “on my own” sung with passion and so much talent came from her, the people in the audience sat flabbergasted at her performance and when she had finished, Jodie was ushered by the rest of the choir and made to stand up once more, as the audience had appreciated her ability. There is also new number written by choir member Nikita Daharwal singing with the backing of the choir. The Hindi song called Soniyo, which is about the love of another, half sung in the native language and the other half sung by the choir in English. This was beautiful, mesmerising, very emotional and powerful stuff. I care about you, written by Choir member and also sung by Geoff Sheath as homage to his wife, again proved that music is the sound of love and feeling. Suo Gan sang by Tabitha Woodfroffe which is from the film Empire of the Sun and again mesmerising, with such talent been given to the audience in attendance and the calmness and the occasional goose bump chill that can be felt in this hall, is again what music and no matter what genre can do to a person. Big band with their vocalist Nigel Garrad has their chance with Frank Sinatra number come fly with me, the great thing about this concert is that the Big band played a few numbers, then the choir and then the two would join forces. But that wasn’t it, The Big Band continued to play and showed us their talent, their band leader Ray Harvey letting off some steam and having their drummer Billy McGee doing what a lot of drummers do, just going for it, the choir who were sitting watching patiently all stood up to watch Billy hitting away at the drums as if there was no tomorrow. Great stuff and also great appreciation to the musical sounds throughout the years, new and old style. That there ladies and gentlemen brings us to the end of the night and you know what, the nice thing at the end, the choir helped clear up the hall back to its original state before the chairs had been placed for us all to relax and enjoy the show.
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Here is the playlist Singing in the rain – Choir Strike up the band – Big Band Wouldn’t it be lovely – Lisa Gardner and the Choir String of Pearls – Big Band Satin Doll – Big Band King of the World – Paul Anderson (solo) Suo Gan – Choir with Tabitha Woodroffe I care about you – Geoff Sheath Swing Low Sweet Chariot – Big Band Someone to watch over me – Ladies of the Choir Take the A train – Big Band Come Fly with me – Nigel Garrad & the Big Band Chattanooga Choo Choo – Choir & Big Band Sunrise, Sunset – Choir, Jonathon Davidson, Gillian Glazier, Richard Whitfield & Sarah Liebler Summer in Ohio – Clare Skinner September Song – Peter Wall Laura – Nigel Garrard & the Big Band I could be happy with you – Beryl and Peter Joyce Mean to me – Bernadette Walters Ida, sweet as apple cider – Big Band Soniyo – Hndi song – Nikita Daharwal June is Bustin – Choir & Big Band Mamma Mia – EVERYONE
Kodeta - EP Review, Circadian By Mark Wincott
First of all, this EP is certainly just a little taste of what Kodeta will be bringing to the table. Four tracks that is pure talent, something happens once they start to play. Listening to this through your speakers or through ear phones it doesn’t matter, the sound is mental. For this reviewer I am going to be honest, I accidently came across Kodeta while on Twitter, noticed a link, clicked on it and decided to give Circadian a listen, such an eclectic genre, this isn’t based in one realm, not one. Forming a mould to experiment ways to make a beautiful sound, sound even more beautiful this three piece from Norwich are kicking it with the best out there, they at the moment can be the voice of the unheard. Circadian starts off with Hypnotized a funk style drum beat to some smooth sounding guitar and the unusual vocal styling’s of Jace Gilkes. Next on is track 2, Just a Phase, gets off to a fast pace with a regular drum beat from Andrew Todd, then the pace gets faster with the drumming and Jace the vocalist they seem to be trying to outdo each other, see who can do their section faster. 3rd track on Circadian EP is Butterlies continually throughout this EP there is that constant beat which flows throughout the entire record. The powerful distinctive voice, the cool bass, the funky drumming is just what I, personally want in their music. Something new, something a band, a group a singer/songwriter is trying to give back. Lost From the Start is the standout of the 4 tracks, this showed emotion, it showed passion to do what they feel, to be something new and bring something new to the world of music, being the last track on this short EP is like the “to be continued” scene at the end of a superb TV show. Kodeta have something, no, this band are something, and for me, I am looking forward to what they release next and even will catch a live show, because, readers of Love Music Magazine, this is some beautiful music. Follow them on Twitter, Like them on Facebook, go to their site and buy this EP and wait till their new one is released. Circadian is out now, go and listen.
Band Jace Gilkes – Vocals/Guitar Andrew Todd - Bass Sam Belcher – Drums
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The Skints - Album Review, Part and Parcel By Mark Wincott It’s 2013 and I apologise to you all, I have no idea where I have been. Only recently I have listened to The Skints and that, my friends, was by accident. This has made me even more grateful for the chance to listen and hear them. My passion has now kicked off. I want to hear more I want to see them live. The worse thing is, these guys are from my part of town and I feel I should have known about them a long time back. Coming out of Leyton, East London and the Stow (Walthamstow) as some people may say, but we will not get all geographical on this review, these four school friends have been working on their sound for a short time and what they have come up with is two quality albums. Firstly “Live, Breathe, Build, Believe” and now “Part and Parcel”. Part and parcel is what I recently heard and it was sexual to my hearing. Since about 2008, The Skints have been touring frequently, have had their music played on Radio 1 which isn’t a bad thing at all, they have been touring with bands such as the now, sadly split, The King Blues and bands such as You Me at Six. First track Rise Up has the mentioning of all East London and Essex areas where I know and personally I am from along with these following lyrics, the cool mellow tunes, this is a tight track to start out with and a little taster as to what you are going to expect from the rest of the record Rat –at-at With Marcia and her beautiful soulful singing, a good beat this is one of them tunes that you can just kick back at in the garden or on the balcony or just outside for the whole estate to hear. You have Just Can’t take no more another great soulful track, it has the ska feeling to it, this entire album is such a good combination of influences which works so well, a bit of Reggae, Ska and that touch London attitude. Part and Parcel doesn’t have those filler tracks you know, this is a record that tells a story of growing up in East London life and basically just life, with the talent all these members consist of is something the ear needs to feel, this is what music to me is about, feeling the emotions to what the tune is giving me and the vocals are lending me. Marcia’s voice in Ring Ring is just mind blowing, a bit of a London accent mixed with, what felt like, an old school soulful track. A great melody, with a good beat. What I am listening to here is one of UK’s finest up and coming bands. This record is so laid back that I could quite easily forget what day of the week it is. Their soul, their talent, man, their talent, is for you all to hear and see. I cannot locate a shocking track to be honest and I am a very moody bloke 90% of the time. Get this, see them, you want to jump on this ride and see The Skints rise. Be part of it, representing London, and proving there is more to this area than Nail and chicken shops.
Band Jon Doyle - Bass Jamie Kyriakides- Drums/Vocals Josh Waters Rudge - Guitar/Vocals Marcia RichardsKeys/Sax/Flute/Melodica/Vocals
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Revere @ Cargo By Mark Wincott Stopping at the entrance to Cargo on Rivington Street, I was greeted by the two professional doormen, two very polite guys who asked me for photo I.D, Standing there at the entrance with many thoughts flying around and the main one is, I’m 35 years old, and do I not look my age? Sadly it wasn’t for them to check on my thoughtful youthful looks but just a thing they have been doing for some time, to manage disorderly people Walking in to the bar, you see a large area with plenty of seats. Outside has a DJ station along with an outdoor bar. As I enter Cargo the view in front of me is another entrance which leads to the small Live venue, where Revere who will be playing shortly. I have seen these guys a few times now, but first, let me tell you about the accidental time I was luckily enough to see Revere. Around four years back, a friend and I went to see a singer/ songwriter at The Proud Galleries in Camden, who had just won a TV show. So, to me, this was going to be interesting. I even believe there were a couple of X Factor competitors there. Anyway please read on. Three bands had played and finished. Revere then came on stage, a seven piece with a violin and a cello. “It’s hot in here let’s go outside” I said to my pal, as we walked through the claustrophobic crowd. Revere started to play, I stayed. Now, personally, for me, this was the first gig I had been to since the stopping of alcohol entering my system. This was all new to me and something I wasn’t used to, as I now felt the emotion of music without an addled mind destroying this sensation. Revere touched my mind and I was hooked after their set. It was best for me to leave and the main headliner wasn’t going to compete in my eyes, so I left straight after their set. I bought their CD and shook the hand of the lead singer and thanked him. 2013 we are back in London’s Cargo. Two support acts, and finally Revere come on stage. They played for about an hour, smashing their way through tunes from Hey Selim, their debut album along with “Enjoy the Silence”, a cover of the Depeche Mode track. During all this they also gave us news that their second album is close to fruition and will be out soon. Rocking their songs with emotion and the feeling that all Revere members are living every note, every sound that comes out is meticulously studied; this is a Revere Live show. The background is a big screen which either has short videos playing while the band do their thing. There’s a camera on stage filming the back of the band in black and white which looks so professional and mesmerizing. My stand out track which I have always enjoyed hearing is “What am I, If I am not dust” is such a slow and beautiful tune, the sound of Stephen Ellis shines through with his amazing vocals, and his talent is just astronomical, all these members are just so in tune with each other. With the news of their new album about to be out and their tour of the Netherlands, along with the fact Stephen Ellis the lead vocalist is producing the new album by Gabby Young and Other Animals, which is being funded by the fans, (GYAOA will feature in the next issue) that is how Hey Selim! was finished, through the fan site kickstart.com. Have a look. One of the support acts, Adding Machine, a three piece from Bristol and with their keyboardist and lead vocalist Hazel Mills. She showed the small crowd her wonderful beautiful vocals. This band does in fact have a lot of potential. I loved the mood they handed out with their togetherness, their talent. Look out for them readers. The end of another live gig by revere and his was an onslaught of rock, with sensitive and melodic vocals and a good dose of Melancholia. The tightness of this band is getting stronger and stronger every time I see them. They play their music with love, and they show how much music means to them, this is what live music is all about, the lights, the feel, the sound, the smell.
“Stephen Ellis shines through with his amazing vocals” Band Stephen Ellis (lead vocals, guitar) Seb Pidgeon (guitar, vocals) Ellie Wilson (violin, vocals) Kathleen McKie (cello, vocals) Nicholas Hirst (keyboard, vocals) Russell Cook (bass, vocals) Marc Rollins (drums)
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Supernormals, Event Review By Becky Barnes
In the back room of a seaside pub, Grimsby based 5 piece Supernormals take to the stage. Met with huge enthusiasm from their well established fan base the band command the crowds attention from the start. Fronted by petite powerhouse Sara Petterson and funkmeister John Williams the band open up with catchy dance tune Warts 'n' all, you see, that's the thing about this band, each tune catchier than the last. The mix of dirty beats and bass lines, funky synths and Sara's strong vocal makes for an unbeatable combination. It's clear to the listener that the band, well rehearsed have a tightness that only comes with dedicated practice and a true love for music. Even here in a cramped local pub, the crowd are absolutely jumping and with tunes like UTOV, Got No Time and LMS. The Supernormals aren't a sit down and discuss band, they aren't a stand around, nod your head and look cool band. They're a get up, on your feet, dance and get sweaty band and their northern humour is apparent in their banter with the crowd. Sara gives every inch of herself, although absolutely gorgeous, she's not some stand at the front and look pretty vocalist, she dances, she jumps, she throws every inch of her tiny frame into each note, sung with the gusto of a soul diva, John equally enthusiastic, his years of experience and skill are easy to see in his effortless playing. Visually the band is somewhat disjointed, with clean cut guitarist Sean, long haired rocker bassist Tom and muscle bound drummer Wayne they're not exactly a match style wise, but all that is immaterial when you hear the band play. Each song although completely original feels like you've known it all your life, the hooks just drag you in, but the structure and fabric of each song is fresh and surprising at the same time. For a truly great night, dance your ass of kinda time, you can't go far wrong with the Supernormals.
â€œThey're a get up, on your feet, dance and get sweaty bandâ€?
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