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Issue 3 [Online] – September 2013


This issue we speak to Radio DJ’s

New artist interviews LJ Ayrten, Carvalho, Critical Lenz, Dixie, Unsung Lilly, Voxe and many more


Deathline, Senser, Beats N Pieces, Reboot the Robot and more




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and welcome to Love Music Magazine’s third online edition. Just wanted to say something to everyone. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE LOVELY FEEDBACK ON THE LAST ISSUE- I have a small team of helpers that help me so much, so also, thank you to them. So now, to talk about this issue. We have two amazing journalists join Team Love Music. Chiru, from India is taking the lead on our new feature This Month In Music and DJ Sincere will be interviewing Critical Lenz in the USA. New York, to be precise. I am so happy to have new people in the team and this is what this magazine is about, new talent. The fact that we are reaching people so far away is amazing. You never know who is going to see this magazine so, if you want to try writing, interviewing or even want to be in as a featured artist, get in touch, you are ALWAYS welcome. | 5

various projects before), and straight away we knew we had something special. The first day Frankie and I got together to write, we came out with 'Time Changes Minds' and 'Happy' - everything has come very naturally once we all got together. By Emma Walker Tell us about you all, how did you get together? Allan: We all share a love and passion for music and performing, so for many years that's how we've all made a living - Playing in professional bands and as hired musicians for other artists, so we met on that circuit really. We'd wind up on the same gigs and every-time we'd play together; there would be this amazing chemistry between us both on and off stage. Since then we've taken every opportunity to play together as much as possible. Gigging has taken us all over the world together and we've done some crazy things! Most notably - we played to a 300,000 strong crowd for the Royal Wedding of William and Kate. Sera: It was strange, as Allan and I had never really done our own music before - and suddenly we got a huge un-ignorable urge to start writing! So we joined forces with Frankie, Wayne and Russ (who had all done

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I love Just Be. Tell me more about the track, what inspired it? Frankie: 'Just Be' is all about being yourself and not succumbing to the pressures of the media. Not having to be a certain way just because it’s in a magazine or on the telly. We are all about just being proud of who you are and loving yourself because you're awesome the way you are. Sera: I think it’s such an important subject! It’s something that was definitely huge in my mind, and I didn't realise how many other people would relate to it until we released the video and got such a great response! I really do believe that if we can all focus on this, and teach today's kids to believe in themselves, the world will be a better place in the long run because so much conflict comes deep down from a lack of self-confidence. Do you have any words of advice to offer to musicians in a similar position to yourself?

What are your hopes for Unsung Lilly? Russ: We just love what we are doing, so if we can keep doing that then I am already happy! Sera: My main aim in life is to try to inspire and help people - so I would really love to get to the point where more people can hear and enjoy our songs and the messages that they have! A lot of our tunes have a fun, happy vibe, and it’s great when fans message us and say 'your song put me in a great mood this morning'! Some of the other tracks have a darker more emotional message, and I hope that can help people too, in a different way. Allan: To be honest, my dream is for there to be more diversity in the songs and bands you hear on mainstream radio etc. I'd like Unsung Lilly to be part of a musical revolution, where all innovative and passionate artists link arms, and try to tip the scales away from the likes of Jedward and Justin Beiber, towards the favour of real performers, musicians and songwriters. I'd like Unsung Lilly to be part of that scene. Frankie: I can’t wait to get to America! There’s lots going on there for us at the moment and we're hoping to get over there soon.

Allan: I'd say the most important thing for upcoming musicians is to say "yes", to any and every gig they're offered! There's no substitute for playing with as many different musicians as possible, and in as many different playing situations as possible! That way you'll end up finding your own style, and people that compliment that. Sera: I think it’s all about self-belief (Just be, lalala, hehe) and remember that you do this because you love it. I remember I got to a stage when I think I'd forgotten that actually I do this because I LOVE music and LOVE to sing. You get so caught up in everything else, like 'are people going to like this song' and thinking about technical things like money, timings, travelling, designing the perfect set list, etc. etc., you forget why you really do it. BUT, on the other hand, you do need to balance between the two - because I know plenty of musicians who don’t think about those things and sadly never get anywhere. Balance is an important word. Wayne: Keep on going!! Don't give up! Be nice - it’s so important to get along with people. Be keen, but know your worth and don't be a pushover. Have fun and enjoy it! :) Since this is September and its back to school/uni/college for a lot of people, can you tell me about a specific school musical memory? Sera: I was so naughty at school - I remember I once let off a stink bomb in music class!! Oops. Allan: I remember very clearly our poor music teacher... The class was full of kids making as much of a din as humanly possible.She couldn't control the class or stop the a-tonal racket. So eventually she could take no more. She slammed the lid of the piano, burst into tears and stormed out. We never saw her again. Poor woman! Frankie: It’s sad that all our memories of music and school are 'naughty-kids' stories! It’s a shame that the music syllabus wasn't more modern and attention grabbing when we were kids. Saying that, I'd find it really interesting to learn all that stuff now!

Who or what inspires you as a group? Frankie: We are all really inspired by classic artistes like Fleetwood Mac, Dire Straits, The Beatles, Carole King etc. Music was so magical back then! We're hoping to bring back that sort of raw and real vibe to music. Wayne: Just great music inspires me! :) Great music and great people! Sera: I get inspired by anyone who is doing something different, for a purpose. For me, if somebody is doing something to better the world, that’s what inspires me. I remember watching Richard Branson do a seminar once and I literally cried all the way through it, I was so inspired - he spends 70% of his time working for charity, and when he takes on a new work project he does it because he just gets a buzz from building things and achieving things and changing the world. That’s the kind of thing that inspires me, and I think I personally, and as a band, we are all very similar to that. The amount of times we've been told we could 'really make it' if we change our music and make it like everything else that’s out at the moment, and we've been offered so many chances to go on 'reality' style talent TV shows, but it’s not what we're about .it’s about being real and making a difference, and that’s the most important thing to us. What is next for Unsung Lilly? Any tours planned? Russ: We have our EP being released in October in the USA which is exciting! So we're hoping to tour over there early next year. And we've just finished the album which has been released via pledge music. At some point this will be released properly but we're taking our time with that one - it will probably be next year. Tell me more about the album and your crowd funding application. Sera: Well we thought PledgeMusic was such a great idea! Fans can fund the recording process and really be part of the whole thing - BRILLIANT! It was actually a lot harder than that we thought, because it’s such a new idea that people didn’t understand what it was for a long time! However, we've just hit our target so that’s exciting. Now it’s time to get all the bits together that people have ordered! Frankie: As for the album, we're really excited about it! We can't wait for people to hear it! There’s something for everyone in there - it’s quite a mix of styles and influences. There's fun happy-go-lucky tunes like 'Happy' and 'Situation', darker songs like 'Everything I try' and 'She used to cry sometimes', more inspirational lyrical tunes like 'Just Be' and 'Silence', and more bluesy inspired songs like 'I ain't got the blues' and 'Always Be There'. Where can we see your music, can we have some links for you? | 7

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Love Music Magazine had the privilege of speaking Robert Carvalho. We had a listen to his catchy album and had a conversation. By Emma Walker

Tell us a bit more about you? How you have progressed in to your current position? Well I started off as a session bassist playing in numerous bands but then I began writing my own material and started to gig around the uk acoustically performing these songs. When did you record your album? Over a period of 4 years /well 4 years ago. Initially I did all the pre production of which I wrote a lot of songs (too many) some might filter through to the next album. Also hence this album being 16 tracks long . Then with Paul Horton we arranged and structured the music as well as getting musicians involved i.e live brass, percussion, guitar & vocals. In between all of this I work as a music teacher, wife & family & other musical collaborations So I had to be as focused as much as possible to see this project through to the end. Talk about a grabber! I love the joke the start, then the beat kicks in afterwards, it really draws your attention. Can you tell me about the process of how you decided to put such a good start on the album? Thank you. Well, it was Leeanne Stoddart who is a poet/spoken word artist who came up with the idea and we agreed that we would have the joke at the beginning and it turned out great. She has a book of poetry out at present called Unrealistic expectations & other poems. What's your favourite part of the recording process? It has to be the initial stages releasing what you have in your head & then watch and listen to it develop into something beyond your expectations. Just like my experience writing this album Who helped produce your album? A producer by the name of Paul Horton alias ECKs. He's also a great musician playing guitar, bass & keys.

What's next for you? What do you want to do in the next year? Next for me is to complete the building of my new studio, finish off my Brazilian project also a project I have called Freequency with a Norwegian producer Jahgillaz Beats as well as other collaborations. Start writing for new album/EP and finish it within 6 months , also tour worldwide promoting All the things you know to be true?. What's been the highlight of your career so far? Highlights are collaborating with producers worldwide and selling 19,000 units of Loving You in South Africa. That was like a affirmation and confirmation of my musical journey thus far. Most importantly finishing this album and the response so far has been very positive. I know you said highlight...but there's to many. I notice you have many other people in your album artwork, such as Martin Luther King and Bob Marley. Do you take a lot of inspiration from them? Yes I do because they stood for the truth and ultimately humanity. Who else inspires you as an artist? Anyone whose not afraid to speak up and out on the ill's of the day be they male or female. It's too easy for us to sit back and be oblivious to what is happening to us as humans and the planet at large.â– Available to purchase via ITunes, Amazon & other digital outlets | 9 10 |

After seeing a link to Rupert’s video for Never Back Down on Facebook, I had a watch and asked Rupert to be part of issue 3. We liked him so much, we asked him to be on the cover. By Emma Walker

Tell me a bit about you, how long you've been performing for, where did you discover your talent? Well I'd been singing since I started to talk...apparently... but playing guitar since I was a teenager. Playing in bands at school, playing the odd gig here and there and continuing to do so when at uni. It was after I graduated that I decided I wanted to write my own compositions and perform in front of real audiences and not just in my bedroom! I started out playing local open mic nights in venues in and around Leeds really to try out my new material along with some choice covers. When I got great applause and feedback from the audience I found I was getting booked for proper gigs. I've self released a couple albums since 2009 but I've been really taking my music seriously and pushing it as my career since about 2011. Now all the hard work is really starting to pay off, with National radio and music media taking notice of my music. What's been the highlight of your music career so far? One massive highlight of my career has been the combination of my passion for music with my enthusiasm to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's Research UK. Last year I released a charity single dedicated to my grandmother. The song is titled "Always", with 100% of the profits from the downloads in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK. I contacted the charity in early 2012 to tell them my plans to donate the proceeds to them. I told them about my grandmother’s horrific experience with the disease before passing away in late 2009. They were amazingly supportive and keen to get me involved and help my fundraising every step of the way! Along with releasing the single I put on a fundraising concert in my home town of Ilkley. I raised over £5,500 for the charity! They were so pleased with my efforts and my passion for encouraging younger generations to support dementia research, that they made me an official Yorkshire media spokesperson. I've done dozens of radio interviews and press interviews since, all with the aim to raise awareness for the charity and the fantastic work they do every day in the fight against Dementia and Alzheimer’s! It's something so close to my heart and the wonderful thing is that my music/my career, with me writing my feelings and emotions and turning them into a song, is what brought me to the charity. What have you been doing in the last year? A lot of writing and some intermittent gigging along the way. We've just finished up our first UK tour with a few festival dates along the way which was great fun! This year seems to be flying by but there's still alot more to see from me and the band in 2013! I love the video for "Never Back Down". Can you tell us more about the process. Who decided to film where you did. Who came up with the styling etc? I suggested it to the film crew and as soon as I said it they exclaimed "ah why didn't we think of that! Perfect setting!" I had this vision of a lonely dock or pier setting to show the vulnerable side to the story and I wanted the finished video to have a soft cloudwash to enhance the mood. It was filmed on a freezing cold but very sunny day, so the light was brilliant! The song is about having that strong character in your life who is there to support you and have your back even though they may not always be by your side. If they were to give up you'd almost lose that selfbelief and hope in achieving your goals. Images courtesy of Shot By Sodium and Annelie Rozencrantz

Who inspires you as an artist, both personally and musically? My family and friends inspire me personally when it comes to musical inspiration with lyrics and the emotional content. Music that inspires me is very broad! From Dylan to The Beatles, Nirvana to Coldplay, Elbow to Arcade Fire to Ray LaMontagne and Damien Rice the list can go on and on! It's important as a musician and songwriter to always be listening to lots of music both old and new- It can be inspirational even when you don't realise it...subconsciously. I can see you have performed a few times, what has been your favourite gig so far and why? We've just wrapped up our UK tour which saw the band and I doing our first London shows along with performing all over the country in the last couple months. There were many highlights along the way. We recently played Tramlines Festival in Sheffield to a packed out Lava Lounge! The crowd were awesome and we played a great set. Then as the band and I were packed into my car on the journey back home to Leeds, Dermot O'Leary played my new single "Never Back Down" on his BBC Radio 2 show! The timing was perfect just as we pulled off the exit to Leeds. It was quite a poetic moment for us! Also being invited down to BBC Radio London for a live acoustic session on The Simon Lederman show was pretty special too! Broadcasting House was an experience! Is there any advice you can offer to our readers, which aspire to be where you are? My advice is to work really hard at your song writing. There is so much competition out there you have to be at the top of your game to compete. Practise makes perfect as they say and this is really true, there is no substitute. The other thing I would say is, if you really believe in yourself and you have the talent and gig as much as you can, you will get noticed. What have you got coming up, future projects, tours, launches? I am back in the studio with my producer Will Jackson. I am planning on another tour this Autumn/Winter and hoping to break into Europe next year. If you were to collaborate, who would be your dream artist? My dream artists would be Guy Garvey from Elbow, He's such a poet-I love his lyrics and his string arrangements are brilliant! Ellie Goulding-I think she's a great song writer...Maybe someone like everything she touches seems to go to No.1!!! David Guetta too! To collaborate with him would be pretty cool! Are there any links you would like us to promote? There's many! I love connecting with my fans on many social media platforms and please do sign up to the mailing list on my website to get extra special updates and a chance to enter my special give-away competitions etc. [Links on the left]

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While recent events in Hip Hop may have brought them a renewed focus, there has never been a dearth of real MC's. Individuals that are both gifted lyricists and talented performers have been in abundance forever. One of the new individuals on the scene is an artist named Critical Lenz who is bringing lyrical dexterity and musical variety in his approach. Recently we sat down with him for

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Emma Walker gives a personal perspective about her life By DJ SINCERE/DRTYBSMNT MULTIMEDIA and her soul, music. In an exclusive interview, we ask the I'm doing fine thanks for asking. My name is Critical Lenz, Queens NY native rapper with aspirations to make amatter living out of my passion for words and music. right questions and get the answers that How are you, please introduce yourself to our readers.

What inspired you to be an MC?

Honestly, it's been a blend of factors over time. At first I had a strong desire to sing, a bit a music geek to andwriting unpackpoetry. songs on a regular basis. If I when I but puberty ruinedam that forofme so I stuck Somewhere around sample,introduced I am straightme onto it ,some finding who is inraps the track was 11 or 12, my hear oldera sister's ofout Eminem's which breaking it down. IThrough also likethe to years, establish I liketeachers in a catapulted me intoand lyrical compositions. mywhat English all To be honest having so many editors around me was a massive particular track, nine times out of ten,instil it’s the confidence music over Ithe praised my ability to conjure up poems which helped needed to inspiration. I have wanted to write for a while but never really lyrics. had the confidence. I had a bit of a whirlwind year, in 2012.attempt I did rapping when I hit high school. I always admired clever use of literary devices and wordplay, and as I started listening to rap more I eventually felt inclined so many things and had life changing experiences that I never Is there else of that you enjoy, as up hobbies to be as witty, if not betteranything than, most those I looked to. for example? thought I would have. I studied , part time for a business degree and qualified last year and that in itself was a massive How would you describe your style and who were some of your early influences? I appreciate there is a lot of good directors and photographers achievement for me . I hated school and I’m not afraid to Although say it. I aim to out be diverse and versatile in music style, Ivideos. think I Ifitlove a more lyrical category, there, making amazing Collin Tilley’s As many people will say there has always been the one constant if I had to pick. I tend to focus on the lyrical aspect with a positive message paired work and also Tabitha Denholm. I appreciate good photography in my life, the music. Its been with me through some goodwith timesit, or just for fun. I tend to flow a little fast by default, and have a unique and good food. Either at the same time or individually, I’m not and bad times so I decided, its about time to give something annunciation of words fussy.or so I've been told. Some of my earliest influences would back include Eminem, Juelz Santana, T.I, Kanye West, Nas, Jay-Z, eventually Lupe Fiasco as well... plenty morelike I can't remember being else this do was 2004 or 2005. You sound a busy person. What you do aside fromThat list What is your biggest challenge in life so far and how did is you far different now. working on Love Music Magazine? overcome it? So what inspired you to write this magazine?

What do you think about the current state of MCing?

Well as I already mentioned, I manage music artists, through my I feel Probably working 40+ hours a week and studying for a degree in like the current state of MCing is arbitrary. It's a repetition of similar sounding company, Cherry Bee Associates and on PR and beats and the recycling of the same three subjects on have top ofworked them. The three business. That was a difficult time for me. Now I'm doing what I Marketing materialistic for some major events in thesomehow last year.every I do MC some subjects being women/sex, concerns, and is "the love it makes a huge difference. and not for profit . I am always active social best rapper alive".charity Commercial hip-hop is inwork a relatively bad state, at on least in my medial and occasionally blog. I am so passionate about I’m trying things that scare me on a daily basis to make theopinion. most However, we have a few saving graces like Kendrick Lamar or Macklemore everything do and I lovewhile beingutilizing creative. who can pack meaning into Itheir music fresh and unique out of life. If you don’t try something, you will never know just instrumentation to present their messages. how good at it you really are. What are your hopes for this magazine? What are some of your biggest accomplishments to date?

Who is your number one musician?

Honestly, no matter whatitI inspires do, nothing feels like an achievement. Perhaps it's I hope artists to keep doing what they enjoy. Never because I don't like to see things way, when feels like I'd get too hype andbreak then get stop. I think it is that beautiful an artist finally gets the It would be so difficult for me to pick one. I have a lazy. lot ofI've done a number of open mics with good response, released an EP paired they deserve. I would to be able to discover the next Michael musicians that have inspired me to be the personal I am with todaya debut music video which has been featured on a few websites, participated in Jackson but you know, that may not happen. Who knows. I am but some of them aren't event famous yet, that is a areally few showcases remaining or contests, and even some battles in high school. All of optimistic andwon am already enjoyingback the journey.▪ difficult question. these things are stepping stones preparing me for the future, whether it be handling bigger shows better, honing my written craft and stage presence, but mainly help me Not even just a couple? become more confident as an artist and refine my weaknesses. Nothing is a failure, because even if you face defeat you learn what you must improve upon. I'd say I love all music, okay. I would probably say my two favourites are at every turn is my biggest achievement. learning Fleetwood Mac and Bob Marley. Only because I am under Any current projects on the streets? pressure here to say something. Well I release a few singles here and there. Currently working on a few live/acoustic videos for some of my softer more heartfelt tracks. Other than that, I've got an EP What is the main aim for this magazine? titled "Optics" that's been released for a short while now. I've got hard copies upon request but it's also available for free download on band camp or I'm tired of the same old. I wanted something different toavailable look at. I feel that this nation is becoming a mix of Saturdaydatpiff. night It's my debut EP and I'm proud of it but without a doubt intend to evolve and beyond it with time. manufactured musicians. I don't like it and there is only so progress many times I can listen to it. If I see a good musician in their ownWhere right,can fans hear your music and how can artists reach you for collabo's? I am the first to point out that they are amazing. Not everyone For anybody looking to find my music, soundcloud is the best bet. It houses needs television but you do need a talent to go far ineverything this I've done up until this point track wise, but datpiff is the best option for the industry. EP. As far as any inquiries from collabs to venues looking to book, I have leotsukiyo@gmail specifically for music related business only. I'm always up to What's your musical background? discuss business with any artists or producers looking to work on something new. Any last words or shout outs? Funny you should ask that. I haven't particularly got a musical talent. I can sing a bit? What I do mostly is manage people.Shout I see outs go to the whole DTK camp for continuous support and enabling me to record, an artist and see the potential and that in itself is a skill. Most of the entire Kilzone Ent family for always supporting, and of course the entire family too for having faith in me as well. Can't forget Dxts, Shellshock, my friends are musical, singers, DJs, rappers. I have a DRTYBSMNT lot of and Capotal for their production, or Planting Soda Films for their cinematography friends, like me, who just appreciate a good tune and a dance. I I appreciate everything they've all done respectively more than I could put think that Is what is important, being able to enjoy music. expertise. There words. I also need to shout out my friends, family, and fans for staying true is a time for every song, sometimes you just need to into loose through everything thus far, I hope they've geared up for the road ahead. One last yourself and let it take you to another place. I special shout out to Neena, for always having absolute faith in my potential and ability. Everybody stay tuned, even if the flight has an unexpected delay you can expect take off in the near future.■ | 13

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September 11th, 1962- On September 4th, The Beatles, an English rock band from Liverpool had their first recording session with producer George Martin at EMI studios, in London. On 11th, the band completed its first single, ‘Love me Do’ which was also performed for their television debut on the regional news program ‘People and Places’ later in the same month. Being one of the greatest and most influential artists of the rock era, this band won their first Grammys on September 13th, 1965 in New York for the Best New Artist and The Best Album (for A Hard Day’s Night)

September 18th, 1970 – Jimi Hendrix, arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music died at the cursed age of 27, following an overdose of sleeping pills with the toxic mix of alcohol. The only witness to his final hours was Monika Dannemann, his last girlfriend who had called for an ambulance at 11.18 am when she found Hendrix breathing but unconscious and unresponsive. The attempts of resuscitating him were futile and he was declared dead at 12.45 pm. He’s hence a member of the infamous ’27 club’, the 45 popular musicians who all died at the age of 27. Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin are the other notable members of the same.

September 1st, 1995- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum was inaugurated by an ensemble that included Yoko Ono and Little Richard among others, before a crowd of more than 10,000 people in Cleveland, Ohio. The museum is dedicated to documening the entire history of rock and roll, along with the histories of the best-known and some of the most influential artists, producers, engineers and others who have had an impact in the music industry through the genre of rock music


SEPTEMBER September 26th, 1887- German immigrant, Emile Berliner receives a patent for his new invention, the Gramophone which was a structurally modified version of Thomas Edison’s ‘phonograph’. The gramophone marked the beginning of the portable music era. Various changes were made over the years and the gramophone remained a dominant audio-recording format for most of the 20th century. From the mid-1980’s, the use of this device declined due to the rise in the use of compact disc and other digital recording formats.


Coexist – The XX Released – September 5th, 2012. Genre- Indie pop

September 7th, 1996 –A few hours after attending the Mike Tyson- Bruce Sheldon boxing match in Las Vegas, at around 11.15 pm, Tupac was shot by Orlando Anderson (an alleged affiliate of The Southside Crips) in the chest, pelvis, right hand and thigh. Tupac died 6 days later, on September 13th, due to internal bleeding. Shakur’s body was cremated the next day and a few of his ashes were mixed with marijuana and smoked by the members of ‘The Outlawz’. His 5th album, “The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory” was released 2 months later. In 2002, the LA times published a story by Chuck Phillips which mainly suggested the involvement of the Southside Crips who had avenged the beating of one of their members (Orlando Anderson) earlier that night. It also included East Coast rapper ‘Biggie’, Tupac’s rival at the time, as having a hand in his murder, which later however, was denied by Biggie’s manager and James Lloyd

The Truth about love – Pink Released – September 14th, 2012. Genre – pop, pop punk

Babel – Mumford and Sons. Released – September 21st, 2012 Genre- folk rock, indie rock

Melody Calling EP- The Vaccines Released- August 11th, 2013 Genre- Indie Rock, Post-Punk revival

Barry Gibb, 1st (66) – Brad Wilk, 5th (44) – Dave Mustaine 13th (51) – Chuck Comeau, 17th (33) - Natalie Horler, 23rd (31) – Hilary Duff, 28th (25) – Marty Stuart, 30th (54) | 15

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So, the reason I started this magazine is so artists like ME and DEBOE get noticed more often. You need to listen to their music, now! By Emma Walker

Tell me more about ME and Deboe A fiery live act, not your average female acoustic duo and very different solo artists; Mercy Elise was taught classical guitar and Sarah Deboe was inspired by a love for Rock n' Roll and Folk. People find it difficult to define our music into one specific genre. We are building a strong reputation for our live performance, it's a powerful sound of hooks, riff and melody.

around the same time as I started playing guitar. We played a few songs on our leaving day which is a fond memory Mercy Elise: "I was lucky enough to join a youth guitar ensemble during school, which gave opportunities to perform regularly at some great venues. Also played on the final day of college with a friend. It was last minute and early, the voice was a bit grittier than usual due to a party the night before.“

What inspires you as an act? We take inspiration from songwriters/ performers that express strong individuality and powerful stage craft. Live performance draws audiences in and people feel part of the music. When that happens, it encourages you to do the same. Tell us about the last year. What have you been doing with your music? We released our debut EP at the beginning of the year and have been performing relentlessly up and down the UK. Highlights over the past few months have included a performance for the Liverpool Music Awards, Shoreditch Radio live session, National theatre propStore performance, and supporting Miles Kane at his secret acoustic gig in Liverpool. Would you ever collaborate? Who would be your dream collaboration? Yes, we would definitely collaborate with other musicians! Keeps it fresh and interesting. Annie Lennox, Crosby Stills and Nash, Paul Simon, Ginger Baker. That is the dream. Can you tell us more about a specific school music memory Deboe: "Music lessons at my school were slightly boring and unimaginative! I played drums for a band in school

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If you had to describe your music as a sandwich, tell me what it would be? A double-decker with all the trimmings! Spicy kick with gherkins on the side. I For You Gave is an amazing example of guitaring at its finest and I love the track, can you tell me more about it? I For You Gave was recorded live and with not much production required. The overall sound captured we thought suited the style of the song, which has that simple sixties feel. It's quite a haunting yet endearing love song.

iTunes: gb/album/me-and-deboeep/id589681929 Amazon: uk/Me-AndDeboe/dp/B00AXDO79Y/ref=sr_ shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=13 58291974&sr=301-1 Youtube: eboe Soundcloud: boe Come and find us!

Do you have any words of advice for new musicians looking to get in to the industry? Be true to your performance and never imitate others. It can be difficult, but try not to follow fashions and trends that will be dated in a few months. Create your own style that will stand the test of time. What is next for Me and Deboe? Lots of gigs, festivals, and recording new material we have been writing over the past few months. We are in London during September, performing at the Hornsey Music Festival on the 14th September, and the Harvest Festival, Paradise, London, on the 29th. All our dates are on our websiteâ– .

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Love Music Magazine wish to introduce you to, the wonderfully talented, Seattle based, musician, Star Anna Krogstie, who has given her time to answer a few questions for us. The answers are honest, beautiful and will make you all become more of a fan. By Mark Wincott What first made you pick up a guitar? Also what was the first song you learnt to play? I was 16 when I first started playing guitar. I had already been playing drums since I was 11. I was in a band in High School called No Continuous Standing and I was the drummer. When the band broke up I wanted to keep playing music, but wasn't content just playing drums, so I picked up a guitar and started learning and writing songs. One of the first songs I learned to play all the way through was Just Like Heaven, by The Cure. My aunt taught it to me. If you weren’t playing, what would your career choice be? A scientist. Just kidding. I don't know if I could do anything else, I would be miserable. I'm currently working at a dog lounge though, and it's one of the best jobs I've ever had. You’re on the Monkeywrench record label, how did the guys know about you? I met Mike McCready at a benefit show a few years back and at the time we were in the middle of trying to make our third record (Alone In This Together). Mike really loved the music and wanted to help so he got involved and got the ball rolling. Eventually he brought our record to Monkey Wrench. The record was actually put out on Local 638 records, Monkey Wrench does our distribution. Who is your favourite Pearl Jam Member? Well, I have gotten to know Mike pretty well and consider him a good friend. He is one of the kindest people I have met and he just loves music. There is no ego with him. When he comes across music that he likes, he just wants to figure out how to share it with the world. Who were your influences growing up and who are they now? I grew up listening to The Indigo Girls with my mom. They have a special place in my heart. I've been a long time fan of Tom Petty as well, not just for his songs, but for how he's handled his career. When I first started playing guitar I was really drawn to singer/songwriters like Elliott Smith, Damien Jurado and Cat Power. Before that I'd

just been listening to punk rock, that's what my high school band played and that was what I loved playing as a drummer. Love Music Magazine is here to help promote and show new bands to the world, what advice would you give to someone who is struggling at being heard? Prepare to be broke. Prepare to be disappointed. Prepare to be ignored over and over again, but don't give up because it's 10% talent and 90% timing. If you're passionate and you're good at what you do, eventually the right person will hear you. So, yeah, don't give up Where up to date is your best gig memory that you have played? Hands down, PJ20. There have been a lot of amazing shows before and after that, but PJ20 was such a big experience. Pearl Jam fans are some of the most dedicated people. They love music and they show it. To be a part of such a

large, close family like that was really something special. Seattle has the connection to the “Grunge” era, what is the music scenes like there now and what was it like during the 90’s? This one is hard for me, partially because I was a kid in Ellensburg during the 90's grunge era and now I feel like I'm too close to the city to have any perspective on what the "scene" is. I do know that Seattle has a lot going on and for the most part everyone is in it together. There's a feeling of comradery there between the musicians/photographers/studios/medi a. What do you find difficult about the music industry? With the internet taking over, people can do so much more on their own to | 21

you play?" I don't like that question. Mostly because I have no idea how to answer that. I don't think I have a real perspective on what my music "sounds like". That's what music journalists are for. The question I've always wanted to be asked? "Will you be my best friend." But only if it's asked by Tim Curry. The answer, of course, is yes, incase you are reading this Mr. Curry. First gig you ever went to? Also first musical experience that gave you goosebumps The first concert I got to go to with my friends was Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers at The Gorge. I was 13. It's hard to remember the first experience that gave me goosebumps, I just remember watching shows, thinking, that's what I want to do. I can tell you the most recent experience that gave me goosebumps. Getting to see Nick Cave at The Paramount in Seattle. He is such a presence. It's amazing watching someone on stage, he's an odd looking man, but up there, he exudes sexuality. It's dirty and sweaty and he's just killing it. That show was amazing. As Love Music Magazine is interested in new bands, who would you tell the readers to look out for? I'm so out of the loop, it's a little embarrassing. I'm the person that's like " Oh man, have you heard The White Stripes?" and people are like, "Yeah 10 years ago when they were still a band." But I have been listening to Blitzen Trapper a lot. Mostly their record Furr. Which song do you wish that you had written? Salt N Pepa's None Of Your Business get their music out there. On one hand it's great because you can maintain the creative control of what you're doing, but it's also become so overloaded that it's almost impossible to sort through everything that's getting put out there and find the real gems. Being on a big label doesn't mean what it used to. I think indie labels have more to offer these days. The band is called the Laughing dogs, who are they? And are they actually laughing dogs? We have actually parted ways. Just like any relationship, people grow and change and sometimes you realize you're not on the same page anymore, except in a band, it's 5 different people. It's really hard to let go of something that worked for so long, and made sense at the time, but sometimes in order to move forward you have to start from scratch. I've been playing mostly solo shows until the new record Go To Hell comes out Sept. 24th. It will be my first solo record. I recorded it in Seattle with Ty Bailie co-producing and playing on it. The band we put together was stellar. I'm very proud of this record. You have an amazing voice, when did you first realise this and the emotive influence it has on the listener? I was a terrible singer when I was first learning to play guitar. It wasn't until after the first record (Crooked Path) that I started to push myself vocally. I became more comfortable with myself and actually when the second record was made, I was in a really angry place and as painful as it was, I was able to channel that into the songs. It made me a better singer, a better performer. Alone in this Together and Crooked Path are very different, was this the plan? Honestly, there was never a plan. Everything happened as it happened and every record I have put out has been a tiny little victory for me. When we made Crooked Path it was supposed to be demos. I was just getting started and didn't have any experience so I let other people take the reins. I'm still very proud of Crooked Path, but it doesn't represent me well. Then, when we made the second record (The Only Thing That Matters) I almost feel like that was almost a protest to the first record. It didn't have a strong direction other than, "This is not Crooked Path!" By the time we got to making Alone In This Together, we had a much better idea of what we wanted it to be. We were strongest, as a band, around that time. Instead of just knowing what we DIDN'T want the record to sound like, we knew exactly how we DID want it to sound. What question do you get asked the most? Also what question have you always wanted to be asked? The question I get asked most is "What style of music do

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If you had to describe your music in the form of a movie actor/actress character, who would it be? Ross from Friends On a personal note when you finally come to the UK, I’d like to buy you all East London Pie and Mash with a cup of tea, is that ok with you? That sounds wonderful to me! You have a new album out this year, what can Star Anna fans expect from this? One day I woke up and I had no band, the man I though I was in love with turned out to be a crazy criminal, everything had been stripped down and I realized I had two options. Fall apart or start from scratch. All of a sudden, these things I had relied on so heavily were gone. It was almost liberating. I was in charge now. I had no one to rely on but myself. With all of this happening, we went in and made a record. Making it kept me together. In your new album you have covered Nina Simone’s Go to Hell, what was the reason behind that track? Any pressure? I love Nina Simone. This song in particular had such amazing lyrics but her recording of it is so campy and cheesy. I wanted to make it as dark as the lyrics were. On the day we were supposed to start recording, I was having to drive from Ellensburg to Seattle. It was winter so the pass was pretty bad. My mom had heard that the roads would be clear by 1pm (which was when I was supposed to be in the studio). I told her if she wanted me to wait and be two hours late, she had to call Ty and the guys and tell them why I was going to be late. So everyone but me got there at one and they decided to work out how to play Go To Hell. When I showed up, they had an amazing and spooky version worked up and I went right in and sang. It's one of my favourite tracks on the album.■ | 23

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By Emma Walker Dixie tell me more about you and your musical journey so far. Basically I started rapping in school not taking it seriously over grime beats and just grew into rap as it felt more realistic, Put out a few freestyles and was asked for a CD ?, So I recorded "Stoner Stories" with my boy Smoothvee and from there I met G. Your lyrics are so real and emotive. What experiences inspire them? My lyrics are dictated by my day to day life, Growing up where I grew up your exposed to a lot of things that change your perception of life in good and in bad ways, Unfortunately along the way I've lost a lot of close friends and family to that life style so I try to turn that energy into something positive through my music and hopefully it touches you in one way or another. What has been the highlight of your career so far? Hennessy Haze and Hard Days is only my second project so my career is still young but the highlight so far has to be filming the video to "I Believe" and seeing everyone wanting to be so involved and so enthusiastic about a track and just generally showing support. If you could collaborate with one artist, dead or alive, who would it be? That's easy my brother Dylan Dogtan R.I.P Dogtan Your production is brilliant, who do you work with on this. Tell us more about the production process for your album Henessey Haze & Hard Days. I never planned to make Hennessy Haze and Hard Days a project but I wanted to record a freestyle so I went to my friends G's house. We just caught a vibe and ran with it from there I let him executive produce the project he then introduced me to Sylvan Willams who mixed and mastered the tape. I'm real blessed to have their input in my music they always push me to do the best I can with my music and just life in general, production wise all the credits are listen in the songs but I have a few select people I show the songs to before releasing them and they always give me honest and helpful feedback to make song reach its full potential. If you could offer any advice to new musicians, what would it be? Boy, I'm only a new artist myself but from the experiences I've had so far it would be to stay hungry, humble and always be honest to yourself and just do you. As everyone is back at school/college/uni soon, can you give us a musical memory from your school days? Nowadays I rap but growing up grime was the thing and at the time it felt like everyone was a MC and I remember every lunch time everyone would spit bars back-to-back or there would be a battle, it got real tense sometime but I love how competitive it was, it kept me writing more to keep up with other MC's. What have you got coming up for the rest of this year, more albums, tours? I've just finished filming the video to "City That Never Sleeps" which should be out very soon on . I'm also working on the next project with G but until thats out I'm dropping a lot more videos, freestyles and maybe some previews of the new project ?â– Where can we see your music? Website: YouTube: Bandcamp: Soundcloud: Twitter: @Dixie_Dogtan Facebook: | 25

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Meet the lovely LJ Ayrten. We think she is set to take the music world by storm. By Emma Walker Tell me more about your musical journey so far? Although I've always been musical and have always written songs, I only started performing my own songs after University. Eventually both my band and a record label let me down and I nearly gave up. Then I was signed to the indie label LATE Records, who gave me a huge boost. I have been with them for just over a year - releasing three EPs so far and each one has made the Top 20 in the singer/songwriter chart on iTunes. This year I've also had worldwide airplay for all three records, supported Christina Novelli and signed my first publishing sync deal in the US. When did you learn to play the keys? I started to play the piano at six years old, although I concentrated on other instruments in my teens. When I first started writing my own songs I actually used the guitar, but eventually returned to the keys a year later and always use them now- they are my first love. The EP Deep Down Rebel has been released now, tell me more about it and how you were inspired to write it? It's bigger and feistier than my last record, but still contains the soft and atmospheric elements of my last. It's about me growing as an artist, being confident in who I am as a singer/songwriter and not accepting people/society saying that you can't follow your dreams. There's a token break-up song in there too though, I do love writing those... What have you got planned for the year ahead? You sound like you have been a busy lady this year so far. I don't really stop! I've already written the next EP so will be working on that as soon as I can. I have live shows coming up and I signed my first publishing deal recently for a sync with US TV shows. I didn't think I'd be where I am a year ago so I'm excited to see what the next year holds. This is the back to school/uni/college issue. Can you tell us more about your most significant school musical memory? I was in every concert, in every band (flute/singing/steelpans...) so I had a rich musical education. But one English teacher at college told me once he recognized I spoke and thought in poetry and I've never forgotten it- that small comment has given me so much inspiration as a songwriter ever since. What advice can you offer to musicians looking to get where you are in their career? Push yourself to do things you didn't think you could do, but really want to do, and find someone to keep close who really believes in you and your art. Perform for your friends and just keep going. Would you ever collaborate? Who would be your dream collaboration? My Deep Down Rebel EP features Roxanne Emery on backing vocals and I love working with her. I like the projects B.O.B has done with female songwriters and I think it would be amazing to work with William Orbit. Imagine writing a song with Taylor Swift too- I'd be too star struck to speak though! I think you sound like a modern day Enya (if you can remember who that is). Do you often get compared, musically to anyone else? I love Enya!! Thank you! Not often, but I have been compared to Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell and Taylor Swift before. I don't feel quite worthy of such amazing comparisons, but I do feel we are influenced by artists we listen to a lot and I listen to all of those! â– | 27

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Can you tell us a bit more about you and your musical journey so far? Well, it all started back in 1996 when I was rapidly developing my skills as a DJ and MC. I soon became part of a successful Roadshow team and found myself entertaining large crowds up and down the country. I gained a positive reputation as a respected DJ, with real style, performing unique sets. My voice as an MC has hyped up crowds from parties to clubs and even on stages. My ability to engage the crowd with my intelligent music selections, as a DJ, and my personality interacting vocally, as an MC, has resulted in many a night to remember, for party goers, all over the UK. You host regularly on Westside FM. How did you get an amazing opportunity like this? In early 2008 I was offered an opportunity to co-present a radio show with a good friend of mine on another radio station. We became an instant hit with the listeners, quickly gaining loyal fans. We then secured a regular slot presenting three radio shows a week, known as The Jam Show with Breaking Beats. I then took a break from radio and focused on music production and DJ'ing up and down the UK Towards the end of last year I was given the opportunity to host a Radio Show on Westside FM with my Roadshow team Eminent DJs. The show brought back so many memory's I realised I was missing something and that something was being back on a radio station. What genres do you play on your show? Are you always keeping an eye out for new talent to feature on there? My show specialises in Desi Beats and Urban Desi. From traditional Asian folk music to Asian urban Desi music, I play music from Jay Sean to Jazzy B (one of the biggest Asian Bhangra artists). I am always on the lookout for new talent so if you want to showcase your music then I'm the man to see! The single 'Do Some Bhangra' is great. You worked with Northern Lights and Mehi on this single. Can you tell us about that, how you ended up working together? Northern lights and I have been good friends for a long time. Any help or direction I needed he has been there for me as well as others. I remember Tarv (Northern Lights) calling me and telling me about a project he had lined up called Do Some Bhangra. I then met up with Tarv and heard the track. I liked it so much, I then went into the recording booth and did what I enjoy doing, bringing the party vibes, and hype, to the track. All credit and thanks go out to Northern Lights with giving me the chance to feature on a smash hit track. What is your favourite part of the recording process? Locking yourself in a studio all night is my favourite part. A late night studio session and having talent around me makes good ideas come to life. When I'm not DJ'ing or doing a radio show you can find me locked away in the studio. You have a new single out at the end of September. Tell us some more about that?

After the success of Do Some Bhangra, it is only right I put my ideas and long studio sessions on a CD and release a single. My debut single is called Mehfil and ready to release. The only thing holding me back is the right moment. This single has been ten years in the making and believe me there has been some real long late night studio sessions involved! I wanted to release a single which talked about having a good time with friends on a night out because that's what Mr Cas is all about! Good times, party and a night to remember!! If your music was a sandwich, how would you describe it? Leaves a good taste in your mouth and makes you crave for more So what's next for Mr Cas #DaHost? You must have some other projects coming up in the near future that you would like to share with us? The next project I have is Eminent DJs. The guys in the team will be launching with their own single which is going to be BIG. Swags MC, Mix A Lucks, DJ Paxstar and Jitz-Ski will all be Dropping their debut singles on the Eminent Music label. The music coming from myself and Eminent DJs this year, and early next year, will be; Desi Beats, RnB, Funky House, Hip hop and Dancehall. All I can say is Watch This Space! Who would you say are your biggest musical influences? I have grown up listening to a wide range of music. Bob Marley, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, 2Pac, Gurdas Maan (Famous Punjabi Singer), Elvis, are just a few to name. If you could offer any advice to new musicians, what would it be? Don't give up, stay humble and remember where you came from. You do not become an overnight success. It takes hard work, knock backs and tears but all depends on how you deal with them. As everyone is back to school/college/uni soon, can you give us a specific school music memory? Wow taking a trip down memory lane now! DJ'ing at my high school party at the age of fifteen, when records and turntables were in fashion!â– Where can we catch you? You can catch #DaHost Mr Cas every Thursdays on Westside radio 89.6FM hosting the #DesiBeats Show from 9pm. Every Friday and Saturday Eminent DJs Play at Barracuda in Ealing, West London. You can also stay up to date on the following: Twitter- @MrCas_TheHost Instagram- MrCasMusic Facebook - Eminent DeeJays Do Some Bhangra is on YouTube: | 29

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I was so privileged to hear the amazing talent of George Mandizha. I simply had to interview him.

By Emma Walker Tell me a bit more about yourself. What stage are you at in your career? What have you done to reach this stage? My journey began with the influence of a musical family, I realised from a young age that expressing myself through music was my dream. Now I enjoy painting a musical portrait to soothe the listener’s ears through experimentation with genres like Jazz, Soul, Hip-hop and many more. I am equipped with several years of experience in sound design and audio production through digital audio workstations such as like Logic Pro, ProTools and Reason. As a professional, my aim is to use creativity in order to produce an original and distinctive piece of music. As a sound engineer, I have developed my skills by collaborating with other producers as well as artists in recording studios. At this stage in my career I am currently in my final year at the university of west London studying a music technology specialist degree. I am also performing as a session pianist for various artists. I have been lucky enough to hear some of your music. It's really good material. What are your hopes for it? Thank you, I am very grateful for your kind words. My aim is to bring a new slick and distinctive flavour to the industry as I always strive to gain artistic excellence with my music. I am currently collaborating with long-term friends and co-producers @jemUKmusic and Dan Lewis, writing and performing on our own songs and constantly re-inventing our sound. My hopes for my songs are that I get the opportunity to work more talented artists, so that we can get our music heard by the public.

Is there any advice you can offer to new music artists at are looking at a career similar to yours? For any upcoming and developing musicians, stay true to yourself and always believe in the gift that you have been graced with. Strive to be the best you can be in your field, aim to have something different to deliver to your target audience, be creative and most importantly love what you do (If you don’t then who will?) What's coming next for George? Within the next year my goal is to produce and engineer my first album featuring a range of different upcoming artists and session musicians. My music will express positive subjects such as love, friendship, happiness, strength and many more, ultimately inspiring others to follow in the same path. In the next few years, my aim is to setup a record label with sum fellow musicians; aiming to possibly enter into a business agreement with another label (independent or major) as long as we can receive some creative control over our material. Which artists inspire you the most? I am inspired mostly by the artists that create music for the love of it, not only for fame or financial gain. Artists such as Bobby McFerrin, D’angelo, Esperanza Spalding, Jill Scott, Eric Benet, Brian McKnight and Joe Thomas are in my own opinion some of the most inspirational musicians of this generation.■

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My current and future collaborations include some talented upcoming UK acts such as Dreadzy, Shevelle Anderson, Jem, Lucky (OMG) and Unclehusk, whose distinctive styles compliment my music.

What would be your dream collaboration? My dream would be to work with some of the industry’s pioneer producers and Songwriters for example Quincy Jones, Tim Kelley and Bob Robinson, Tim Mosley (Timbaland) and Bryce Wilson, all of whom have been an inspiration for me musically. In terms of Artists, I would say my dream would be to work with Brian McKnight, Erykah Badu, Common, Jill Scott, D’angelo, Musiq (Soulchild), Kendrick Lemar and many more. | 31

So let me set the scene for you. I’m working away on my laptop, creating this brilliant magazine, when I receive an email from Stellify. Oh my goodness, you need to listen, just put it on now! ets/hide TOLD YOU! By Emma Walker Tell me more about Stellify the band, how you got together etc. Stellify was something that started as an acoustic duo back in 2011 with me and Richard Costello. We was just looking to write some tunes and have some fun with it really but as things progressed we realised that we were writing tunes for a band and not just for two acoustic guitars! So once we'd got enough material together we got a band together.

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Originally Tim (Drummer) and I started a band back in 2004 so we've been working with each other for a long time now so he was the first person to get the phone call. We auditioned loads of bassists for the part but struggled to find one that suited what we was looking for. then Carlos came in and just ripped it apart. We'd decided he was the one even before he'd finished the audition. Where did the name come from? Originally the band me and Tim started was called "The Stellars" and we were both big fans of the name. We couldn't really use it again but we wanted to keep something from it as it was still half the original line up. We we're having a chat about it and trying to come up with a few variations of it then "Stellify" came on the radio by Ian Brown and that was it! We called the band "Stellify". I love the track Hide, it's very unique. Can you tell me a bit more about it and how it was produced? Hide was the product of a new way of playing guitar for me. I'm massively influenced by Blues and all the greats have dabbled with "open G" tuning. It really is the blues tuning of choice so I decided one day that I was going to learn how play that way and Hide was the first track that came out. We recorded it in a mansion in Essex with Dave Pemberton producing. We worked with him previously on "The Rebel" and the techniques he uses to get the sounds out of all the instruments is amazing. He has mics dotted all over the place to capture natural reverb and his style of production just works hand in hand with our sound. Who do you consider to be your musical influences as a group? We have such a varied taste in music between us all which is why I think we have such a unique sound.

I think the biggest influences to us as a whole are bands like BRMC, The Black Keys, Band Of Skulls and of course the greats such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and even the old Peter Green days of Fleetwood Mac. Anything Blusey and dirty, we'll listen to it! Do you ever get compared to anyone else Not really. Which I think is good thing. It means we're creating our own brand of music. We've always been labelled under the "Britrock" genre but I personally think it couldn't be further from that. We've had some nods towards to Pearl Jam and even Paul Weller which I think are both great bands/artists to be compared to.

Ha! Plenty! I was actually in the school choir so I remember a lot of larking about when we should of been rehearsing! We got to sing at the Royal Albert Hall once so my ambition now is to play there with the band! I also remember having guitar lessons but jacking them in because I found it boring! I wanted to play the trumpet instead. None of the answers to this question is doing me any favours is it? If your music were a meal on a menu, how would you describe it? Tender strips of matured beef served with creamy dauphinoise potatoes and a hot pepper sauce. All that has done is made me hungry.

What have you been doing in the last year? The last year has been pretty manic really. When your self managed it's a 24/7 job. Mainly we've been building up our back catalogue and just getting ourselves out there. It's important to keep momentum up so we try and record a new single every few months and keep the gigging up to a maximum. We've also had a change in bassists so we've reworking all our music to suit Carlos's playing style. It's been great for us as a band to do and has really made us all much more confident and more relaxed when it comes to our live performances.

If there was any advice you could offer to new music artists, what would it be? Don't do it! (joke. obviously) Keep focused and don't give up. If you have a passion for it then keep at it. There'll be times when it gets extremely tough and you'll seem to be getting nowhere but it's times like that you have to dig in and try even harder. The important thing to remember is to enjoy it. It's about expression and being creative. Make something you can be proud of. â–

Do you have any tour dates planned? Not quite yet but we have some exciting news coming in the next couple of months so keep em' peeled!

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You may have noticed a small but very red advert in our last issue for the lovely Dana Jade. So because she “Seriously Rocks!” we couldn’t resist getting the latest from her. By Mark Wincott

Hey Dana, thank you for being involved in this interview, so first of all, when was the moment you realised you wanted music to be in your life? I've been obsessed with guitar for as long as I can remember. My Mum would make me guitar shaped birthday cakes from scratch when I was a kid. I turned everything into a guitar, tennis rackets, cricket bats, whatever, until I was finally able to get my hands on the real deal! You’re extremely involved with the music events known as Clit Rock; can you inform the readers what this is all about and how you got involved, along with how others can get involved? I started Clit Rock in 2011 after reading yet another horrific account of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). It all started with a Facebook post. One guy admitted to "googling" FGM and that's when I thought why doesn't someone play a benefit to raise awareness, they could call it "Clit Rock" and one of my friends said "You should do it!" So I did. In addition to the cause, Clit Rock events are a celebration of women in music and the arts in general. The money raised at these events goes to Daughters Of Eve, a non-profit organisation committed to preventing and

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ultimately ending FGM. Hit us up on Facebook/Twitter/Email to get involved or just show up to the next event. There will be dancing at this revolution! What is your biggest frustration about the music industry? What would you like changed? There's an industry? I would like to see more diversity in our charts. Right now it's all manufactured pop and I love pop music just as much as the next gal but there's more to life. A Jools Holland approach, if you will, would be fabulous! In your music video for Little Sister it’s very Madonna, is she someone you looked up to when starting out and continuing with the musical way? High praise indeed! I credit her with much of my personal liberation. I'm not so much influenced by her music as much as I am influenced by her as a visual artist. It's damn near impossible to come up with a single image that she hasn't already done in one way or another. But I did play guitar in a sari in that video (something I've always wanted to do) and I don't think the Queen of Pop herself has ever done that before?

Your album has been out for a while, how pleased are you with it and what can be expected to happen, once people listen to it? I'm pleased that it's out there, I'm proud to put my name on it. It was a hell of a journey! Some people have written some very kind words about it and I'm extremely grateful to be able to make the music that represents my truth. What do I expect to happen once people listen? I hope they are compelled to dance or f**k or both! But mostly I just want the songs to have a life of their own which is why you can download it for nada over on band camp right now. During your student years, what was the song that reminds you of those years? Hard to pin it down to just one track and I hated being a student, but dancehall was/is huge in Trinidad and ubiquitous especially in the pimped out taxis with massive sound systems we all took to get to school and back. You’re on priestess records, are you still with them? Also how did they locate you? I am Priestess Records. What? You didn't expect me to wait to be colonised by some label did you? ;-) You’re from the island of Trinidad and lived in New York and now in London, what influences have you taken from all those three areas? The alt sound of classic NY bands, the sneering punk vibe that still permeates London and the beats of my homeland are constant influences. Is there a song that you always wished you had written? So many! Right now I'm kind of wishing I was a badass femcee with mad flow like Azealia Banks! But I'll get over it. What are you working on at the moment? Clit Rock 3 and new songs! If you could start up a band with whoever you wanted in it, who would they be? Oohhh! Fantasy band line up? PJ Harvey, Kim Deal, Joe Strummer, Courtney Love, Kate Schellenbach and Beyonce. Love Music Magazine wishes to assist new music, musicians and Bands, who would you recommend to the readers that they check out? Nneka, Little Hurricane, Joana and The Wolf (now defunct) but check out the track called Hide Me. Killer! Where is your favourite venue to play at and why? Death2Disco at Notting Hill Arts Club. Great vibe, a dancing crowd (I love a dancing crowd) and the people that run the night are bloody lovely! Where can we see you play live in the future? The Rattlesnake, Angel. October 23rd at Clit Rock 3 If you could describe your music in the form of a movie character who would it be? Hmm… Gia Carangi in Gia. Well, without quite so much heart-breaking tragedy. Or Mallory Knox from Natural Born Killers You’re pals with Ava Vidal; would there be a duet in the near future? Haha! What would that even look like? A comedy track? I'll stick to my day job. So what is next for Dana Jade? World Domination obviously… Do you think we will ever live in a world where a chicken can cross the road without having its motives questioned? That chicken is well dodgy and we should all be keeping an eye on it! | 35

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Can you tell me more about Analogue Wave? Analogue Wave are an electronic duo from Dublin, Ireland who will release their debut album ‘N.L.G. W.V’ on September 27th. Del Chaney’s (Vocalist and songwriter) origins began in the school choir room to a Beatles cover band before digressing to serious bouts of poetry. It was a temporary transition that lead him to delve further into his musicality. Deciding that he wanted to find an outlet to diffuse his words amassed with music, he discovered Cubase and began developing Dance Music whilst studying Music Theory. Embarking on the club and dance scene in Dublin and donning various outfits and bands along the way. The other half of Analogue Wave, Andrew Sneyd otherwise known as Gint, kicked off his venture into music at the tender age of 13 heavily influenced by the likes of Sonic Youth and the Pixies. At 17 he began making electro music starting off on an Amiga 500 computer with a program he had gotten free in a magazine. He would then immerse himself in a DJ career, which saw him play several dates with Belgium’s CJ Bolland who flew him to Belgium for a week in studio. In 2012 Gint and Del had departed from their previous bands and began working on what would become Analogue Wave. The Dublin duo emerged onto the scene earlier this year with their first single ‘Fingers’ in March followed closely by ‘Mezkal’ in May receiving extensive airplay on various radio stations from the BBC to

RTE’s 2fm. Heavily influenced by everything from rock to electro the band takes their unique sound from blending a plethora of genres from reggae to techno all the way back to rock and roll. Being hailed as Ireland’s answer to Unkle and Massive Attack this pair of musical maestros are the ones to watch in 2013. As this is the back to school/college/uni edition of the magazine, can you give me a music memory from school? ANDY - Going to see Nirvana the day after finishing my junior cert. DEL - Hearing the band Jesus and Mary Chain for the first time and thinking to myself “This is what I want to do" Your music is so different to what is around. Do you think you try and break the mould when it comes to what you do? ANDY - I think taking influences from such a wide variety of music genres and making music that we like, as opposed to what we think other people might like results in our sound. We produce and blend many different styles inspired by the way The Clash and Blondie did in the 70's. | 37

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DEL - We're not tied down to a particular genre as you can probably hear in our music? We could turn around tomorrow and record a Jazz album (not that we will) and as long as we both like what we're hearing it'll be a brilliant Jazz album to us. We write and record what we'd both like to hear and what we both would pay money to see live. I think it’s an honest way to be in music business today. Who would you say has influenced you musically?

ANDY - A: a-house B: Beatles C: Coldcut D: Doves E: Electronic F: Frankie Knuckles G: Gorillaz H: Happy Mondays, I: Inspiral Carpets J: Janes Addiction K: Kasabian L: Larry Levan M: Morrisey N: NIN O: Orbital P: Pixies Q: QOTSA R: RATM S: Stone Roses T: Transglobal Underground U: Unkle V: Vangeis W: Winx X: x103 Y: Yello Z: Zero 7. DEL - Everything from Blues to Techno. There is some very good writing in your tracks, the lyrics are almost poetic. Who does the writing? ANDY – Del DEL - Yeah I do try to think about a track before i write lyrics for it. What emotions the music is bringing out in me at the time of hearing it. If it’s a dark track well obviously you cast your mind back to a dark period in your life and write about it. Sometimes the lyrics come really fast and sometimes it’s a chore to write lyrics/melody over a piece of music. But I do try to tell a story in every song that I write and not just jot down any old lines. It’s probably down to lots and lots of poetry writing in school. I love poetry so I tend to take my time when writing songs. I’m also just lucky that I’ve met a band mate who can tap into those emotions with the music he produces to be honest. It helps a lot. Is there any advice you can offer to new musicians out there? ANDY - Do what you want to, not what you think other people want to hear, you'll never keep everyone happy so just keep yourself happy. Don't wait for anyone to do anything for you; you'll be waiting a long time. DEL - Write from your heart. Not what you think sounds good. And rehearse, rehearse, rehearse! What have you got coming up in the next year?

ANDY - Debut album out 27-9-13, hopefully followed by lots of gigging and continuing work on album #2. DEL - Releasing our debut album and getting it to as many peoples ears as we can through Gigs etc. Writing new tracks for album number 2. I Hold Dear is one of my favourites. It sounds like the next Bond theme. Do you have a favourite song to perform? ANDY - I hope it’s more Goldfinger than view to a kill! I really enjoy Narko Dub, always gets heads grooving. DEL - It has to be Narko Dub for the groove! But, we do have a track on the album called SHINE that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I sing it. It’s a pretty special song. What has been the highlight of your music career so far? Andy - As part of AW- Getting the finished album in our hands, great sense of achievement. Non AW playing alongside a DJ called Juan Atkins. DEL - Probably meeting Andy if I’m honest. It’s not very often in music that you meet someone who gets exactly what your into musically! He is a phenomenal producer and for us to have a debut album finished and in our hands is mostly down to him. So the highlight of my musical career is meeting him. It was a proud moment actually holding the finished CD too. | 39

Definitely different from the rest, these girls are going back to the roots of girl bands. With a Top 40 Challenge taking place now, we catch up with Voxe to find out what it is all about. By Emma Walker Can you tell me more about Voxe, how you got together and where you are all from? Voxe are made up of Lauren Cher Evans, Sophie Wysoczanski, Victoria Bailey and Melissa Walton. Growing up in Leeds and Bradford we have been good friends from our early teens through our love of performing. Your music is described by your producer Nick as "going back to the beginning of girl bands" do you agree with him? We worked with Nick on our track Spacecat which we won "Best Original song" award at Live and Unsigned 2011. Yeah, we would agree totally. With our track Happy Tears we have started from scratch to discover a completely new sound. The sound has elements of each of our individual musical preferences, therefore giving a strong feel of each four of our personalities. This is something that was extremely true of Spice Girls, Bananarama, All Saints, Sugar Babes and Girls Aloud, so it’s a good method to follow. What makes you different from other girl bands? We haven't been put together by someone. We have been friends for ten years and have a close bond that is there regardless. Having such a strong friendship and awareness of each other is so important to us and is not always something that other girl bands come across which can cause conflict and arguments.

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What has been the highlight of the Voxe journey so far? We made it to the final of the Live and Unsigned music competition last year where we performed at the 02 arena in London. This was a highlight of our journey, as so many great acts have performed on that stage Who inspires you as a group and individually? Growing up in the 90's we would be lying if we didn't say we weren't obsessed with the Spice Girls! We each had a different favourite. Can you guess who? What is next for Voxe? We are in the process of our 'Top 40 Challenge', we are aiming to reach the UK top 40.Back from supporting Hatty Keane on her UK tour we are throwing ourselves into our biggest challenge yet, hoping to get our single 'Happy Tears' into the UK top 40. Between now and the 29th September we are seeing if it is possible for an unsigned girl band to get their single in to the charts through the power of social media. Can this be done? Here’s how you can help. On Sunday 29fh September, download our single happy tears on iTunes for just 79p! Be part of history :-) As this is the back to school issue, can you give me any musicial memories from school? Having known each other from a young age, we did share

musical memories together. Sophie and Viki were both in the musical 'Grease' together playing Sandy and Rizzo. We will have to dig out the video from somewhere! Lauren and Melissa also performed together in a dance troupe. If there are any musicians out there aspiring to be like you, can you give them any advice? Work hard! Prepare for knock backs, take every opportunity, but most of all, have fun! Individually, what is the favourite part of the Voxe band production, is it recording, photoshoots, performing, for example? Of course performing is the best part about being in Voxe, being so different in personalities etc, we each have things we prefer: Mel is the stylist of the group, so loves to suggest outfits for gigs and photoshoots. Sophie loves to get hands on when it comes to recording and producing the tracks. Viki loves the fact that every day she gets to work with her best friends. Lauren loves the element of meeting fans at the gigs.

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Simonne and the Dark Stars, have a listen, have a read of this interview and see what you think. We think they are brilliant! By Emma Walker Tell me more about Simonne and the Dark Stars, how did you get together, etc? Some may think we met backstage at Wilton Halls circa 1885. But in fact we found each in Deep South of UK of sunny Brighton circa 2010. I love your sound its very different to everything around. What would you describe it as? Its hard to say what sort of genre we are as there's a myriad of influences ranging from punk ,folk to cabaret . We do get comparisons ranging from Kate Bush ,Ricki Lee Jones & Patti Smith. But I would describe it as melancholic, poetic with pathos & haunting rock. What have you been up to in the last year? Mainly gigging. This year we have been venturing out beyond our south coast confines into London (with Indie Noir) and we also did our first festival at Meadowlands back in May which was quite magical. We were also asked to play Dublin which was a great opportunity to experience what life will be like on tour. This year was the release of our EP 'Love Like You Never' so we also spent some time in the studio. We also won two published music video on the NME.TV website this year. The most exciting venture is collaboration with hugely talented artists represented by a collectively I helped cofound called Indie Noir. It showcases Femme Fatales whose music is on the dark side of Indie. The success has been overwhelming with artists from Bird Eats Baby, Emberhoney, Death In Texas, Hana Piranha and She Makes War! Who inspires you musically? Me personally , Patti smith ,Mark Lanegan ,PJ Harvey ,Depeche Mode ,Morrissey, Beethoven & Billie Holiday . As this is the September issue, and everyone is back to school/college/uni, can you give me one significant musical moment from school? | 47

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I didn't study music at school but I do remember falling in love with Transvision Vamp at school and getting their poster for the inside of my locker! Have you got any tours planned? We have plans to record another EP later this year so touring will follow. With our fans spread across the world it would fun to play to them day. We have been talking with another band about touring, doing some dates in Germany, Brussels, Amsterdam & Berlin. Its in the pipeline & looks like it could be early next year. But before that we are going to organize a south coast tour doing lovely seaside towns starting in Bournemouth & ending in Hastings. Which I think will be quite a good way of warming up for Europe plus good fun too as I love those types of towns to play in. The audiences are just up for a good time, no posers just hanging out to be seen. They love live music.

Is there any advice you can give to new musicians who want to be where you are?

Love& support your fellow musicians! See them not as competition but part of your community. Shared knowledge & expertise can only move us forward.

Can you tell me a bit more about the recording process for your tracks, any favourite bits or highlights of it?

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Senser- To The Capsules

By Mark Wincott Senser are back with the help of their fan assisted album, which means funding for this new record happened via the website, making this their 5th studio album which is 4 years since How to do battle was released, To the capsules is the name and available on their website. Since 1995 when their debut Stacked up was released, Senser have gone from members leaving and then coming back, co lead vocalist Kerstin Haigh giving birth and currently is pregnant so co-vocals have been handed to iMMa for this record. They are back and personally this has to be their best record to date. Strong words there right? Best album to date? It is. There is so much eclectic musical influences hitting every song, with Heitham Al-Sayed’s impressive flowing lyrical style, which can change up at a moment’s notice, they haven’t lost their voice they haven’t lost the ‘stick it to the man’ persona. There is the heavy and melodic guitaring from Nick Michaelson, it is constant. This gives out that flow perfectly for Heitham Al-Sayed’s amazing and unique vocals, the feeling of every chord, the tone of iMMA’s voice is felt with such emotion and aggression that this is real, this is real music. With every drum beat, every scratch, its proof that Senser haven’t lost any of their guile. They are here, should be up there headlining larger venues with bigger crowds, especially with many of these new tracks that will be heard on their current tour. They will definitely make the sanest go crazy. 10 songs and there are many stand outs such as Wounded Spectre with the dark scolding angst vocals which did remind me of Lemmy if he decided to take up rap. Break the order which has the anarchic punk vibe to it. Echelon with Kerstin Haigh hitting in with her beautiful talented voice and bringing it all back. Listening to this record over and over again just pulsates through the veins, it changes the way people feel, knowing Senser are still about and fighting for their right to party. A craving of pleasure, hearing what they have to offer and mesmerised that they haven’t backed off. They haven’t calmed it down. Such an impressive album. Senser are an old love for some people, an old love that your mum has always said don’t go back to, but this old love is one that has to be revisited to dampen that flame, seeing that flame and realising how much they have grown. Their music has matured so much, the eclectic taste throughout the album is proven with Witch Village that has a Prodigy feel to it. Chemtrails where two UK hip hop artists Junior Disprol and Manage are given time to show what they can do, as that is always what Senser have been and still are about, helping the next generation.

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The Band Heitham Al sayed (Vocals) Kerstin Haigh (Vocals) James Barrett (Bass) Nick Michaelson (Guitar) Andy Clinton (Decks) Johnny Morgan (Drums) Imma (Guest Vocals)

Cold in Berlin By Mark Wincott Around the outskirts of the Underworld is a mass of black wearing long haired Metal fans, which is a powerful sight to see. Entering the iconic venue known as the underworld in Camden which is based underneath the Worlds End pub, you enter into the dark corners of where music is found and not just any music, but good heavy rock/Metal music, today, is day 3 of the Candlefest festival, and the appearance of Cold in Berlin. Cold in Berlin are the first band to appear at 5:30pm, this is a hard call, as it is not always good for a band to start off the proceedings due to the crowd not always arriving on time, but the good thing here is, there were many people there to witness this four piece band. The entire half an hour set is a pure essence of power guitars, heavy baseline with some beautiful vocals from Maya. Her enigmatic performance is an incredible sight, the movements she makes is reminiscent of a Japanese horror movie such as the grudge, she handles the head banging while singing impressively and that is always a pleasure to see, good bit of head-banging, especially as I have become follicly challenged, which only happened once I shaved my flowing locks off. There was no interaction from the band to the audience but that is to be expected as they are up to there to put on a show and huge time constraints wouldn’t really allow this especially as they’re giving out tunes such as The Lie, which at one point I felt May was pointing towards me and that built my ego up rather a lot, until I realised the song is about a sickness, then I did she know me.

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Again the presence of the lead vocalist is a sight to see, she isn’t stagnant she moves with the flow, her voices fits perfectly with the bass, the drums and the impressive crushing guitar, this is head banging music and a sight to see, not fashionably Nu Metal dance moves, just good old fashion head bobbing music, check out Cold in Berlin the east London metal band. Check out their debut album Give Me Walls & their second album And Yet. | 65

Poeticat By Mark Wincott Entering the small pub which is also a music venue, straight away there was the warm friendly hello from the guy on the door, then the very polite bar staff, the venue with posters of all the bands that will be playing this venue in the coming months, along with stickers of previous bands that may have been there before, to the left as you enter is the stage equipped with band equipment and currently on the stage is Abi Palmer. Poeticat are currently in residence at the Windmill, which seem to have attractive good strong following, they appear on stage and straight away ask for the people in attendance to hold the jelly bean that we all have been given to raise high in the sky and then eat it, as these weren’t just normal beans they were magic beans. Catherine Martindale the voice of what we are about to hear, the passion and eloquence coming from this woman was and is outstanding, the power coming from her throat, the words spoken with clear and beautiful London Swagger, the assistance with the sounds from her cohort Ziggi Jadovski the sounds forming the emotion coming from the music with her seagull sounds entwines the mood flowing sounds along with a funky bass line, the impressive guitar sounds along keeping it a certain level, with the box drum. This is an impressive band that if I was to compare these guys then off the top of my head I would have to say it may be, The Streets, Catherine who is the main vocal point on the stage offers out a great sense of humour, with, also the presence of don’t mess with me people, don’t mess with me. The very funny Jelly Belly is the track they started off with; there was a constant flow between each of their tracks, each getting a great response, then the Moomin Song where they have a YouTube video on how to teach us the entire dance moved from this song, please see below the willing partakers. Now Poeticat introduce a new track, A Letter to David Cameron and that folks was not a love letter, it had passion; it had the fight for your right feel to it. The 6 tracks all used in their gig tonight is very impressive the visual usage of props was part of the stage. Poeticat are to be seen, they have a new EP out and I recommend you get this, the power and passion in a spoken word poetry accompanied with musical instruments is a sight to hear and see, I highly recommend seeing this band. Oh also The Windmill serves Jamaican old Ginger beer and that to me is a winner straight away. cat/485716008136423 66 |

Mangoseed Poeticat asked for everyone to stay behind and check out the last band of the evening, MangoSeed, I did, as did many other people, as soon as these guys came on the stage, it went off, this here was a fusion of reggae, Funk, Rock, Metal, it had it all, for the few tracks they played and the amount people that went to the head of the crowd to get out some dance moves. A couple of these faster moving tracks reminded me of a bit like Dub War a band that no longer exists but had a cross of heavy metal with reggae Hip hop vocals. Mangoseed will need to be seen. They are lively, the front man knows his stuff, for me also, I had severe beard envy from the bassist Richard Hardy of Mangoseed, not only does he have one of the finest beards I have seen, but this guy knows the bass and what to do with it, go see these guys front man Nicholai La Barrie, fornt man and keyboard, Karlos Coleman on guitar and Richard Hardy on bass, this is Mangoseed. Please check out MangoSeed and here is their links band

Reboot the Robot - Wellesbourne By Mark Wincott Reboot the Robot offer you their latest album Wellesbourne, this is Jon Ware the main man of Reboot the Robot latest studio album and guess what is crazy? This talented musician isn’t even signed to a record label! Recently moved to our shores of the U.K from the United States of America, with passion in his case to continue on the journey he has started for himself and that journey has given us Wellesbourne and listening to this, something big is definitely going to happen for Jon Ware the man who is Reboot the Robot. There is a gentle start to this record with I Wanna with the offering of something soulful with the really miss you style of lyrics, this is a heartfelt track that the emotive feelings are felt through the speakers, Jon Ware manages to not only make you hear his words, he lets you feel the guitar playing as well. The harmonies mixed with impressive instrumental play is quality, this album and this musician is far ahead of what is around at the moment that is currently in the charts, that is, if you are interested in the charts, I was asked to listen to this album, even though I haven’t heard of his work beforehand and to be honest I have been blown away. Prisons and Prisoners very powerful tune with the personal lyrics that means Reboot the Robot is an open book, he puts his heart and soul in his art, there are chilled tunes, but also you have the rock out stuff too. It does remind me of maybe a Frank Turner and Ed Kowalczyk who the latter was formerly front man of Live. A stand out tune is Winter Drowning. All I can say is what a tune, this is a soulful acoustic triumphant piece, the power of the vocals the lyrics that Reboot the Robot is using, this track has that melody that makes this very emotive, there heartfelt strength from within to give us such a tune. The incredible flow throughout the record with its acoustic and electric based guitars is somewhat mesmerising, the tone of Jon’s Vocals is sublime; this is one of those records that would fit along your rock genre category if you have a record collection that is. You don’t need to turn this album on and off, you can listen to it all the way through, it’s one of those records that helps you drift off in a possible transcendental way, powerful music and beautiful lyrics at the same time, that is what I want with my music, get this, see him live and just support the hell out of his art.

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Oslo Jazz – Seven Impale By Mark Wincott Oslo Jazz festival is an experience for someone like me who has never been to this city before. The centre reminded me very much of what the atmosphere is like at the Edinburgh fringe festival; like any festival. Standing by a small water fountain was a stage that many bands will be performing from August 12th – 17th. 18:30 at the buzz scene. On came the six piece Bergen guys named Seven Impale, playing for Gratis, no ticket was needed this, in an open air stage with a few rows of wooden benches, accompanied with standing locals, and not locals, awaiting the entrance of the band. On they came testing their musical equipment, making sure the sound is good enough for all to be heard, then a small 30 second jam to check. Then off they went to await their introduction, which was funnily enough happened to be in Norwegian, so for someone like me who still just about speaks English, was hard to understand, but I do believe the MC was saying here from Bergen are Seven Impale. First track is a brand new addition to their repertoire called Extraction, which should be featuring on a new EP or full length album in the coming months, heavy crunching guitars, some talented bass coming from this band, not afraid to offer some of the unsuspecting crowd something slightly different and these guys are different, there is something special happening with this six piece and definitely not to be missed out on. On to the next tune which featured on their debut EP Beginning/Relieve with Blind to all, the haunting vocals coming from Stian Okland, all offering up their hard hitting style that sounds beautifully mental when played like they can. The Sax kicking through the sunny day which gives of a very progressive Jazz-rock feel to it all. The final tune of Seven Impale’s set belonged to my stand out track of their EP, What am I sane for. Again the mixture of power from each of the members, the two guitar characters offering their unique personality, the heavy bass keeping it all together, the drums, the keyboard offering their own charismatic persona for all of us to see and hear. If any of you readers have a chance to see these guys play live in Norway or when they begin to travel further afield, then I suggest you go. It is a mass of progressive ideas, which Seven Impale are not afraid to try. This doesn’t appear to be stagnant. Check out their EP; follow them as they’re on Twitter, like them as they are on Facebook, just listen to them.

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By Mark Wincott October 7th sees the release of Deathline’s brand new single Every Dying Breath coming straight from their latest offering to the world of electro rock music, they give you NOVA, if you’re unaware of Deathline then keep on reading. This duo, I am to understand, got their name from the 70’s movie starring that man Donald Pleasance which is about cannibals on the London Underground; this is where that uneasy feeling comes from. That spine churning moments during the single with the electro mood with the un-earthy vocals. Every Dying Breath has that feel of the old British pop electro scene, that’s the feeling that hit me. It could easily be on the soundtrack of the British comedy film Party Party, which features tunes such as Jean Genie by David Bowie and many more. It has that vibe, but, again Every Dying Breath such as its name would have to be in a dark and moody equivalent that would befit a not so funny horror movie. Deathline comprise of Karou Soto the guitarist who shares vocals with Jennie Werlemar that strikes you with the playing of bass. There is a great unison with these two; the eerie vocals with the electronic feel is something that would suit fans of greats such as German masters Kraftwerk or they have been likened to Jesus and Mary Chain. If you know Deathline or if you haven’t and want to hear a duo do more than what sometimes a group can do, then this is the single for you, give a listen to the Holm Merland Remix then go for the appropriately named Dead one to continue with their choice of ways to comprehend the style and talent of Deathline.

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Beats N Pieces

By Mark Wincott Entering the venue of a Jazz club in the centre of Oslo town, gave me that feel of something heavy and inspiring is about to happen. I located a seat, to settle down with my coffee to await music by two bands that I have not seen of even heard of before. I was recommended to go check these out by a volunteer of the Oslo Jazz Festival. A lovely Norwegian lady told me to go and see them you will not be disappointed, if she is reading this, then, thank you. Beats n Pieces sharing the stage with Norwegian Big Band Ensemble Denada both playing their own band styles while changing after each tune. The power in music is brought to life with what can be heard in this club. Beats n Pieces, the Manchester based big band, whose conductor, or the man who waves his arms around a lot, is Ben Cottrell, an obvious talent, showing passion throughout each song. He also shows knowledge of what he likes to hear and offers this to the audience. Sharing the stage with Ensemble Denada meant that the audience, including myself, has the chance to see 29 musicians play from their heart and show what is in the mind of their Musical Leaders, Ben Cottrell of Beats n Pieces and Helge Sunde of Ensemble Denada

This impression showcase of musical talent was an awe inspiring moment for myself, where the sound of instruments being played to unique timing. The power that is felt throughout the audience, the impression offered is all the members of each band were there for their love of music, their enjoyment at watching others play, the respect that is noticed form each sax player, to the two drummers who at one stage swapped places while continuing to keep a great heavy speed of sound. Now as you may not know I am English, I have no knowledge of the Norwegian language, so when Ben Cottrell introduces a piece of music from his band, he luckily, for me did this in English, so did Helge Sunde of Ensemble Denada. After a while Helge was handed an award for his work. The gentleman handing this over changed from English language to a language which he did say everyone in the world will speak in 10 years’ time, that there is Norwegian. I understood the speech for this was rather funny as most of the audience had been in fits of laughter. This made me want to also pick up a second language. Beautiful emotive music filled the room from both big bands. Also to inform you, the readers, that 2013 brought the Jazz Newcomer award to Beats N Pieces. I can see why, as there is much passion in what I heard. I love live music, live music is like an epiphany, the realisation that beauty is in the air and the sound can minds drift away from that reality at times. I’d personally like to thank the two big bands for putting on a great show and I will definitely check these guys out again, Manchester and the U.K can be proud of Beats n Pieces and their wondrous music. From first track Hendo to last track Sisterhood was all empowering

“I’d personally like to thank the two big bands for putting on a great show” 70 |

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