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Issue 4 [Online] – October 2013

An eight page Trick or Treat special featuring TV Presenters

Quite frankly, it’s…

Burning Condors, Emma Wells, The Cut Throat Razors and many more

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and welcome to Love Music Magazine’s fourth online edition. Thanks again for all the lovely contributions for the last edition. We had a lot of likes and shares last month so thanks, again, so much for all the featured artists for all the help getting the word around. Also thank you for lots of effort from Mark, Chiru and DJ Sincere, all working behind the scenes to bring lots of new talent for you to read about. For this issue we have the lovely Nina Baker on the cover, I went and had a lovely cup of tea and a catch up with her about her album. We have lots of new ideas coming up for the magazine so get in touch and get involved. Who knows where your talents will take you? | 5

Meet Kydro, not one to mess his words… yeah sorry for the language, I just wanted to show his as he is……….real

By Emma Walker

Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far? I'm a London boy, came up here to go Uni. When that didn't work out, I began getting into music and that. I started DJing at a couple of raves and clubs, mostly Dubstep and DnB to be honest, and got to know a few heads that hooked me up with some production software/ They taught me how to make a beat and got me thinking more seriously about music, namely my boys; Chunky, Sparkz and Ellis Meade. That was about five years ago. Now I'm lucky enough to be collabing with them and loads of other seriously sick artists from around the country. In that time I moved more towards the music I loved growing up, Hip-Hop, and I’m blessed to have some of Manchester's best MCs and Producers in my circle. What have you got coming up in the next year? Well I just put out my second LP 'Kydroponics Vol.2' and I’ve been getting a decent response so I'm defo going to shoot a few videos for that, and I well want to have a go at directing one too. The big thing I'm focusing on in the next twelve months is the label I'm putting together with Ellis Meade and Dom Hz called 'Room 2' which will focus on bringing Manchester's Underground Hip-Hop scene together. There's so many guys making dope music in Manny at the moment and we want to give them a bigger platform and let everyone know that we're interconnected. So we've got releases lined up from the likes of: Voodoo Black (Sparkz, Dubbul-O & Ellis Meade), Spider Jaroo (NSR), Cheech (The Bluntskins) and Lyricalligraphy (Ape Cult). There's obviously hype around Manchester MCs at the moment and I think alongside producers like Metrodome, Pro-P, Dom Hz and myself we are beginning to sculpt a sound that's uniquely Manchester.

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Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with? Easy. Kendrick… Nah fuck that. Honestly I only usually take an interest in working with heads who are about, heads who I know personally. So honestly, Dayse. He is for me arguably one of the best rappers in the country. The 'Dayse & Aver EP' is one of the most compelling pieces of work I’ve ever heard. He's a straight genius. As I said before, like most of the rappers I rate, I know him and chill with him but for certain reasons we've never made a track together. But we will. The reason we haven't is the same reason I won't be doing another 'Kydroponics' for a while. Up until recently I've had a very spontaneous approach to collaborating. People come by my gaff, jam, smoke up and potentially lace a track if the vibe is right, which is awesome but artists like Dayse need to have more forethought, more direction when they work on a project, and that's exactly what I want to do for a while. I want to take a break from recording, build up a nice collection of beats so I can sit down with people like Dayse, like Sparkz, like Deepo and put together projects with proper concepts and through lines. Do you often get compared to anyone else musically? Not really, people keep telling me I look like Alex Mako……. but I don't. What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? Just to stick at it, you're pretty much always going to think you're shit, but then again it's always easy to tell that you're less shit than you were a year ago, at least that's how I feel, it's a journey. And, obviously take every opportunity to learn from or work with other artists. Pretty much every time I sit down to make a tune with a Vocalist or a Producer or anybody I pick up something new that I can go away and experiment with myself. If your music was a sandwich, how would it be described? Warning - Made From Mostly Recycled Ingredients.

As its Halloween soon, what is the trickiest thing you have come across so far in music and what is the best thing (treat) about being a musician? The Trickiest thing I've come across in music is Skittles, no homo. He's can be a right tricky cunt…… And the best thing about being a musician is obviously the money, the cars and the bitches….. and yea I know that's three things, real musicians don't listen to instruction fool! What is the best part of the recording process for you? Recording is a different experience every time. Sometimes it can take no more than ten minutes, sometimes it can take hours or even weeks of coming back to something until its right. Some people know when the step in the booth how they want the final product to sound and simply perform the track the way they have practiced, others like to experiment more when recoding, you know, explore the space, but for me as the producer it's easy to tell when something works or doesn't work. I'm a DJ so I know what a good record sounds like, I hope. Links:

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This band are, just as their name, suggests, sharp! I love their music By Emma Walker Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far? The band got together at the fag end of 2010. I knew David (bass), Chris (guitar) and Gary (drums) through work [we all have proper jobs except for Stewart (keys) who is a teacher] and they already played together in another band so there was a solid core there already. We rehearsed a few songs that I had demoed and it seemed to have a spark. Not one to mess about I booked us a couple of gigs and went about recruiting the rest of the band and demoing more songs. I knew Stewart through a friend and Alison (trumpet), Claire (sax) and Dave (trombone) responded to an advert I placed on Gumtree. We started recording our debut album ‘Dr. Gelati & the Lemon Garden’ in November 2011. Quite something really considering we had only managed to get everyone in the same room half a dozen times or so previous to this. It was eventually released earlier this year and since then we’ve recruited Elaine and Soozie on backing vocals. Ten of us in total. Big band, big tunes, wee guys. It’s been a lot of work but a whole lot of fun. What have you got coming up in the next year?

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We are releasing a live album in the autumn that we recorded at our album launch in Stereo Café in Glasgow. Dave, our trombone player, wanted to call it ‘F*** Mono, We’re in Stereo!’ but eventually we decided on a bit more mundane title of ‘Alive and in Stereo’. It sounds great and contains at least half a dozen Christmas number 1s. We were accompanied by The Cairn String Quartet on the night so for some tracks there were 14 of us on stage. It made the hairs on the back of my head stand up at times. Top, top night. Other than that we are continuing to promote the ‘Dr. Gelati & the Lemon Garden’. A couple of highlights are headlining a charity event on the Renfrew Ferry, Glasgow on 12th October and on the 30th November we are playing King Tuts, also in…er.. Glasgow. We don’t like to be away from home too much…. I've had a listen to the album. The tracks are all so different. Its a great piece. Tell me more about the album, recording process etc. They are all original songs about love, libation, liberation and lingerie. The album is called ‘Dr.Gelati & the Lemon Garden’ which is the title track of the album and inspired about a book about the Sicilian mafia. Someone described the

album as a mini operetta which is very nice as in my head I see them as little short stories. Musically, I don’t like to be constrained so if a song fits a particular style then we will play it. We even play a variety of styles within songs. For instance You Know When You Know goes from a ska to swing to polka. The songs had been gestating in my head for a long time. I then arranged all the parts and vocals on a rusty old computer before giving everyone a copy to learn and add their own personal brilliance in to it. It is the only way it works really –everyone is too busy otherwise - and when it comes to music I am a control freak. We recorded the album in Beetroot Studios in Airdrie. The producer and engineer there, Stuart Macleod, did a fantastic job. It could have been disastrous as we didn’t have a lot of studio experience but he has a lot of patience as well as expertise. Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with? All collaborators will get shot, will they not? Not really. I’m just grateful that I can collaborate with nine others in the band never mind introducing someone who you have admired over the years. I think I would be crippled with nerves too be honest and have to lock myself in the toilet. They say you should never meet your heroes, don’t they? A mate of mine interviewed Rolf Harris for radio some years back. He said he had a filthy mouth – one minute it was effing and blinding the next it was ‘tie your kangaroo down awagga wagga oosh skoosh…’ or whatever it is he does. Or did. One shouldn’t pre-judge these things but I’m sure he’ll still pull a crowd in the jail. Not quite Johnny Cash though, is it? Do you often get compared to anyone else musically? Musically? No, not really which I am very pleased about.

Ska A style of fast popular music having a strong offbeat and originating in Jamaica in the 1960s, a forerunner of reggae

Our songs are quite diverse musically covering a number of musical genres that we are difficult to pigeon hole. A bit of soul, a bit of ska, a bit of brit pop, some new wave....jazz, polka, musical theatre. Otherwise? Someone once said I danced like Nijinsky – the racehorse. What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? Bejeezuz……what about ‘don’t ever listen to a word I say’? There is now so much technology, social media, internet radio etc that you don’t need a major record label to record music and get it played around the world. It’s a great feeling when someone in Belize says they like your songs. Quite humbling, really. You may not make yourself a fortune but at least you haven’t had to sell your soul to do it. Also, time is no longer an issue in the one-time teeny-bop world of pop. I mean, who would have thought The Who and Pink Floyd would still be cramming it in and playing with the same energy and attitude as they had back in 1852. Surround yourself with people you like and go for it. If your music was a sandwich, how would it be described? I’m thinking, harbour-side café on a sunny day watching the fishing boats bringing in their catch with a freshly made ciabatta, a selection of cheeses, cold meats, olive oil and balsamic vinegar to allow you to pick and chose your favourite combination. It’s a Sicilian thing. ….. But I’m also thinking jeely peece getting hurled out a 20 storey flat on a manky, clatty auld day. It’s a Glasgow thing…… As its Halloween soon, what is the trickiest thing you have come across so far in music and what is the best thing (treat) about being a musician? There are ten in the band so getting everyone together in the one room is by far the trickiest thing. Everyone has family, work, and other band commitments so it can be a logistical nightmare. Organising the recording of the album nearly gave me an aneurism. The best thing? It is all about connecting with people, isn’t it? With other band members, the audience, listeners. Who knows where it takes you or who you will meet? At our second gig, Claire, our sax player met her partner Chris. They are expecting their first child in December. It doesn’t get much better than that. What is the best part of the recording process for you? You get an idea, you get a group of strangers together, you play them a song, they like it, you play it, people dance to it, you record it, people listen to it, they like it. A few years ago these were tunes and half tunes in my head and only in my head. Now they are packaged up very sweetly in a brilliant little album which a dozen people or so had input into it and value it every bit as much as me. | 9

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beauty Pronunciation: /ˈbjuË?ti/ noun (plural beauties) [mass noun] a combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight:I was | 11 by her beauty

We spoke to the lovely She Makes War. This talented lady will take you on a beautiful sound journey. By Emma Walker Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far?

I started playing instruments and singing when I was really small, studied throughout school and started playing in bands when I was 16, ditching the classical stuff in favour of bass and electric guitar. I've played with lots of artists as a session bassist / vocalist but was always working on my own stuff and I released my first solo album in 2010 and second in 2012.

What have you got coming up in the next year?

I'm just about to start properly working on my third record, so longer term plans all depend on how quickly that comes together. I have a few really exciting gigs coming up in the last few months of this year (including support slots with The Magic Numbers, Chris Helme and Drugstore) but then will try and force myself to take a break from shows until my first European tour next March to concentrate on recording. I put on my own musical extravaganzas in London and Bristol every 2-3 months so they'll continue next year as well.

The EP is beautiful. I love the almost acapella style of some of the tracks. What has been the process for putting the EP together?

Thank you - I'm so pleased to hear you like it. I wanted to draw a line under my second album "Little Battles" by doing a double A side single with a video for each track, but it made sense to bundle in the four live tracks and videos I recorded with some musical friends at the end of 2011 and hadn't done anything with yet. The six tracks fit together really nicely and I liked the idea of making an audiovisual EP as I am so much about the visuals and the live experience as well. Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with? So many people! I have dreams of writing and duetting with people like Crispin Hunt, Ian Brown and the UNKLE guys, St Vincent, Carina Round, Kristin Hersh and Thom Yorke. You never know, huh? 12 | | 13

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Do you often get compared to anyone else musically?

People say all sorts of things, from the lazy comparisons to other women who play guitar and sound nothing like me, to more interesting emotional or melodic comparisons like Grizzly Bear, Alice In Chains and King Krule (these are all recent comments). All I'm interested in sounding like is myself - no-one can be completely original but I think I can try and get my true personality across in the music.

What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there?

"Aspiring musician" is a strange term - you either are one or you aren't. Be one for your own right reasons, not for quick commercial gain. Work hard to be brave and true and brilliant at what you want to do, then share it respectfully with other people. Realise you're playing a long game, be patient and friendly and, again, brilliant at doing your thing the way you know it should be done. Good things will happen. If your music was a meal in a restaurant, how would it be described?

Sweet and sour, with sustenance. As its Halloween soon, what is the trickiest thing you have come across so far in music and what is the best thing (treat) about being a musician?

The trickiest thing is persevering - everyone's happily in a band when they're really young and then all of a sudden a dropoff starts happening when people get jobs and have families. It can be really lonely knowing exactly what you want to do and having the nerve to keep going when it's by far the least sensible path to take.

The best thing about being a musician is getting to share unique experiences with other people, through the song writing itself and by playing live.

What is the best part of the recording process for you?

The flow that happens when everything starts going in the right place, when the pesky left side of the brain shuts up and lets the creative side take over. Then you sit back and listen and wonder where on earth those ideas came from and how they translated in to this new sound you're hearing. It's baffling and wonderful. Can you put any social media or web links here? All images courtesy of Dina Karklina | 15

dedication Pronunciation: /dɛdɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [mass noun] the quality of being dedicated or committed to a task or purpose

Permanent ability could name-drop forever. They have the talent to match the credentials

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By Emma Walker

Tell us more about Permanent Ability, what has been your musical journey so far? Permanent Ability is a band whose sound and style are incomparable to the dime-a-dozen and clichĂŠd acts found in Los Angeles. Backed by legendary producer Jim Wirt and 5 first round ballot Grammy Nominations, Permanent Ability's name has become synonymous with the revival and new direction of the funk-rock genre. What have you got coming up in the next year? In the next year we are finally going to release our follow up to 2010's 1st round, Grammy Nominated record Bring It On!. The new record is called "Love You to Death" with debate-ably the best music written thus far. Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with? John Frusciante or LL Cool J. Do you often get compared to anyone else musically? Yes. My sound is frequently compared to that of the Red Hot Chili Peppers which is massively flattering. They've cast quite a long shadow and to even be compared to a band of that calibre is very humbling. What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there?

Never stop trying to learn how to better your craft. Hard work does pay off if you don't give up. I promise! If your music was a sandwich, how would it be described? My musical sandwich would be described as menacing with an energetic flavour of funk rock. As its Halloween soon, what is the trickiest thing you have come across so far in music and what is the best thing (treat) about being a musician? Trickiest part about the industry is achieving stardom. The best part about being a musician is that once you get that recognition you achieved stardom. What is the best part of the recording process for you? Hearing the final polished end product because you never really know what you have or how big of a hit it can be until its complete. | 17 Social Media Official Site / Facebook / Twitter

creative adjective relating to or involving the use of the imagination or original ideas to create something: change unleashes people’s creative energy creative writing having good imagination or original ideas

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With his self-penned album ‘Keys Open Doors’ DaMonoway has really pulled out all the stops and created a masterpiece from start to finish By Emma Walker Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far? Well, I’ve been producing and song writing for about four years now but I’ve been a musician pretty much all of my life. Got my first drum kit at aged 4 and literally never looked back! I went on to learn piano, guitar and bass guitar as well. Strangely enough though, nobody in my family has a musical background at all so I’m the odd one out in that sense but I like to think it’s good to have something to myself that I can explore on my own. What have you got coming up in the next year? Life wise, I’m in the last year of my degree, so, I’m trying to focus on finishing that. Music wise I’ve got a bunch of projects I’m working with some great artists which should be awesome. I’ve also got my own project which at the moment is entitled ‘Discovery’. It’s essentially going to be a live album with arrangements composed by myself and performed by a fairly large live band with everything from saxophonists and violinists to trumpet and synth players. Should be pretty epic! Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with? I always get asked this question but have never known quite how to answer it until recently. I think I’m inspired by a lot of artists and musicians based in America and so the bulk of the people I want to work with are from there. I’d probably want to collaborate most with Pharrell Williams. He’s the one person who I’m most inspired by musically. However, from the U.K, I definitely believe the best bands are all from here and so Coldplay, The Verve, The Fratellis and even Robbie Williams would be my dream collaborations. Oh and I would love to make an album with Sergio Mendes and Manu Chao, I really love Latin music and could probably talk about it for days! I love your album, it's such an original work of art. Tell us more about it and now it was produced? Glad you love it! Really the album came out of me realising I hadn’t had any music out for about two years and I was really frustrated at the time. I had been working on my live arrangement album but wasn’t really happy with it and so a close friend and mentor of mine told me to just pause it for a second and take my time with it when I was ready. So I decided to rest the live arrangement project for later and focus on creating something that could showcase how I had grown musically over the past two years and thus Keys Open Doors was born. The whole thing took about a week to complete. I got together with a good friend of mine Oscar Witcher who played all the crazy guitar parts you hear on the album! We recorded on a Saturday and then for the rest of that week I pieced together the rest of the album. By the next Saturday it was done. Some of the songs are actually a year old but I revamped them and gave them new life before heading to Portsmouth to mix and master the project. Then I pretty much sat with it for a month or so to really hone in on making it a real experience for the listener. The idea behind the name is the play on words i.e. keys on the piano and keys which open doors. Being a musician first means that when I produce I always look to showcase my musicianship and skill. These

days there isn’t a lot of that going on so I think there’s a lot to be said for artists who truly embrace the craft of music and understand that there is more to it than just 808’s, rolled hi-hats and 3 note melodies. Keys Open Doors says that musicality and skill in the craft can and should be embraced and ultimately great music can’t be denied.I definitely approached this project as an artist despite the fact it’s an instrumental album. I really wanted to deliver that consistency and natural flow that really great albums have and I think I did that pretty well while at the same time showcasing my unique sound and versatility as a producer/musician. What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? I would definitely say trust your instincts but also be critical of yourself and your music. Never think you’ve “made it” or that you know it all because that will be the beginning of your downfall. Having room to grow and learn new things will make the experience more rewarding for you and ultimately your career will go from strength to strength. I’ve still got so much to learn and it’s exciting! Finally, I’ll say that everyone’s path is different so what works for one person may not work for you. Just enjoy the journey and refine your talent, you’ll get your chance. If your music was a sandwich, how would it be described? This is the most interesting yet hard question to answer haha! My music would be made of only the finest ingredients but also a fusion of different styles (flavours) so maybe a French baguette, roasted chicken marinated in Thai chilli sauce, Japanese algae and mayonnaise-oyster spread with some herbs and spices for that extra kick! As its Halloween soon, what is the trickiest thing you have come across so far in music and what is the best thing (treat) about being a musician? Hmmm. The trickiest thing for me would have to be staying in touch with friends and family. It’s difficult sometimes to be social when you’re working on music stuff but it’s a work in progress for sure and I’m trying my best to improve on that front! The best thing/treat about being a musician is simple really, being able to make music is what I love to do and for me there is nothing better in life than being able to do what you love! What is the best part of the recording process for you? The “aha!” or “eureka!” moment when everything comes together is by far the best feeling. A lot of the time I get an initial idea or stumble across a melody or chord progression and I work on it for a minute or two and then all of a sudden it comes to life and I know where to take it. Sometimes it doesn’t quite happen like that and I have to step back a bit but usually everything works out pretty well. Where can we find you? You can find me on twitter, my handle is @DaMonoway I’m on Facebook too: And my website is where you’ll find some other bits and pieces of music as well as my little blog I’ve got going showing what I’m up to etc! | 19

elegant Pronunciation: /ˈɛlɪg(ə)nt/ Adjective graceful and stylish in appearance or manner:

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Rodina are going places. Hailing from my home town, leeds, I think we are going to see a lot of this band quite soon, By Emma Walker

Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far? We are from Leeds and been making music for about 5 years - Home this is our 3rd album Do you often get compared to anyone else? We often get compared to down-tempo artists such as Zero 7 - also sometime get compared to more progressive stuff like Kate Bush - and a few people have said I sound like Tracey Thorn from Everything But The Girl What or who would you say inspires you as an artist? I really like jazz music like Chris Connor and Astrud Gilberto and currently Richard Hawley - Love him! What have you got coming up in the next year? We are promoting our new album and doing some gigs up until Christmas and then in January we are going back to a studio to start work on another album believe it or not in Lousiana! What is your dream for your music career? To be able to continue doing what we are doing and travelling to new places What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? Never get a day job and don't be afraid to do things yourself If your music was a sandwich what would it be? I don't know but this last sandwich took 2 years to make so better eat it quick As its Halloween soon, what is the trickiest thing you have come across so far in music and what is the best thing (treat) about being a musician? mmmm that's a tricky question!... The trickiest thing for sure is probably just untangling a microphone cable. The treat for us is the small gigs where everybody's had a good time and everyone stays around - it's a built-in after party ! Can you put any social media or web links here? | 21

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If you have never watched “Live at Moorish castle”, you need to. it’s a brilliant collection of craigs music By Emma Walker

Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far? I was sent "Live at Moorish Castle" as you know, and, it is just an amazing showcase. Can you tell me a bit more about how this idea came about and about the production of it?

My musical journey started out back in Gibraltar when I was 12. At my first day at High School and my first music lesson the teacher went round the room for a show of hands as to what instrument we were interested in starting out on. Up to that point I thought of myself as a bit of a drummer, sneakily "borrowing" my oldest brothers drumsticks which he had been using for his own introduction into drumming for the local Sea Scouts. With sticks in hand and a bed laid out with pillows, cushions and on the odd occasion a frying pan here and there to simulate a fully equipped drumkit of course. Unfortunately though my drum "skills" were not going to be necessary in a school with minimal instruments at hand. This included piano, wind instruments, OR classical guitar. At that point the second best option in my mind was guitar after being aware of my second oldest brother owning one back at home who was a few years ahead of me in school and who I thought was pretty good at it so that extra "leg-up" from him would help too. From then on I pretty much never looked back. Music had me by the(newly formed at the time) short and curlies and I was off. All I wanted to do was play music. I continued my studies right up to Degree level up in Sheffield Uni, never with the intent of being a music teacher as everyone around me insisted on. I wanted to play, I wanted to write and record and get fully immersed in music, so I did just that. For the next few years and the rest of my life all I've really ever wanted to do was just that, MUSIC! I joined and started a fair few originals/covers bands, tried to get ahead, moved back and forth between my hometown(Gibraltar) and South Yorkshire, London, Canterbury constantly trying to find the right band or collective of musicians who had the same level of commitment as I did. In the end I headed back to London one more time a couple of years back and subsequently found myself spending the summer playing music in Turkey of all places. Once that was over with I went back Gibraltar and set about finally putting together my very first solo effort. No band, no collective of musicians. Just me and my simple recording set-up and a home in the small surf town of Tarifa in the south of Spain. This was more than enough to inspire what would then become "Songs From Life & Love" my first full length album written entirely by myself with the aid of some close friends to add that little extra. During that time I was honoured to have featured as a support act to Rock Star LEGEND Danny Vaughn (see Tyketto, Waysted ) on his solo acoustic tour of the UK back in 2012. Danny had become a very close friend of mine and actually featured on my album quite extensively on backing vocals, additional guitars and harmonica so it was a great honour to be able to support him on this run of dates and I was given the opportunity to reach a whole new audience in a setting that previously may have proven harder to obtain. One focal point which was brought to my attention a few times during that tour was that although audiences were hearing my songs for the first time through a solo acoustic performance, some were very keen to hear what it would sound like live with a full band. With this in mind I thought it would be a great idea to put together a band of close friends | 23

who are great musicians in their own right, each ranging from the aforementioned "Rock Star", Danny Vaughn, to one music teacher and two policemen. Thankfully convincing these guys to perform, record and film my music inside a Moorish Castle,one of Gibraltar's unique and historic landmarks, was going to be the easiest part. Once the event was all over I set about the mammoth task of becoming Director, Producer & Sound Mixer of what would ultimately become the Live Album and Film "Live At Moorish Castle" As a Singer/Songwriter I am aware of the notion of trying to stand out from the crowd. I think it was safe to say that very few musicians could say they performed and recorded themselves inside a Moorish Castle, in Gibraltar, in the middle of June. So that is why I decided to put "Live At Moorish Castle" together. Additionally I knew that for most people who had never heard of me as a singer/songwriter let alone Gibraltar or even the Castle itself I would need to introduce myself somehow. So you will have noticed that although those are my songs and my voice, you never see me being interviewed. There is that element of letting those around you who are closest to you express to YOU what music means to them. Subsequently using my own father as the "direct" link to me was going to be the best way to show what music means to me as every inch of my love of the art of music is directly from him. So who better to speak on my behalf than the source itself?! The greatest part for me about the interviews dispersed between the songs is that you get this sense of genuine love

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for music coming from different angles. You have the music teacher, the professional musician, the "average" musician, and the genuine music lover who was the only non-musician in the interviews. The use of my music and a bedrock for what essentially is a show of genuine love for the art of music in the physical, creative and mental stimulation was quite possibly the most inspiring part of it all. I was and still am very proud of what came out of it all and 3268 views of the film on youtube says it all too. This is always a hard question. Can you pick a favourite song to perform? Personally one of my favourite songs to perform live is "A Beautiful Flame". Earlier this summer I took part in a Singer/Songwriters Festival in The Hague, Netherlands, where we were asked to play up to three times at different times in a day in different venues around this big cultural city. It was definitely a fast-track way of figuring out how to work or customise your set of songs to suit certain vibes and atmospheres. Being more simplistic and sparse musically with intimate lyrics and a slower tempo I would usually stick "A Beautiful Flame" nearer the end of my sets. At this festival it was a great opportunity to move songs around in my setlist. On some occasions I'd kick off my set with this song and it worked great as an attention-grabbing intro to my music. Either way I found it worked great and has become one of my favourites. From a lyrical point of view its based on the concept of romanticising the idea of obsession. In the song the protagonist likens this person to whom they are so emotionally and physically in love with as a "beautiful flame" to a point bordering a "healthy" obsession. I am a big fan of the simple and effective approach sometimes and this is a great example of it. On the live record it becomes elevated by the

Having put the "Live At Moorish Castle" film together I've also been getting into the visual art of music too so I'm constantly looking at new ways to promote my music visually. I'd love to work more with film makers/animators/artists/dancers as I'm always looking for new and unique ways to communicate this kind of art so if you're one of these please feel free to get in touch. Do you often get compared to anyone else musically? Surprisingly my music doesn't often get compared to anyone specifically. Now, I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not but I think my album is pretty varied from song to song. There's never two songs that have a similar style. I think it's because of this that its hard for people to compare me to anyone else. Personally my music taste is pretty varied so I think the music I write reflects this. I love the freedom of it too...I'd hate to think I'd need to write one generic type of music for the rest of my life. I think that probably comes with the "art" of making music I suppose. What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? Keep doing what you do, enjoy what you do, be happy with what you're doing and ultimately stay focused. It's so easy to get distracted. Sometimes that "distraction" is serving you as a purpose or a "life lesson" but at the end of the day you need to know what it is you want and stick to it because if you don't you'll find many ways to distract yourself along that path. Don't give up, but be happy doing it! If your music was a meal in a restaurant, how would it be described? additional backing vocals and piano which I feel takes it to a whole other place. What or who would you say inspires you as an artist? Open spaces, silence, "Peace, Love, Smiles & Sunshine" which funnily enough is the name of a new track I've got lined up for the next album. Sometimes its just a couple of words that will inspire a whole song, sometimes its just one chord but more often than not as soon as inspiration hits me I tend to need to finish answering the uum...voices and notes in my head and get it down onto tape asap. Otherwise Its actually quite hard for me come back to an emotion or feeling in a song and continue it if its even a couple of hours old let alone a day later. So because of this I have this need to want to get everything down as soon as I can. What have you got coming up in the next year? I have been coming back and forth between Gib and the UK a fair bit in the last year so I intend on coming over to the UK permanently in the next few months where I'll hopefully be putting a whole new band together to take my music out on the road. I also have a second albums worth of new stuff which I'd like to get down within the year so I'm really looking forward to that too. As with many singer/songwriters I am also eager to get together with management companies or agents that might be able to help push my music to the right ears so that's another thing I'm looking to find in the next few months.

I would say my music is the Soup Of The Day. It a tasty dish that blends so many ingredients to get there. It changes from day to day, so you never really know what you're getting until you dip in but you know that however tasty that dish is its only really an appetiser for what's to come. As its Halloween soon, what is the trickiest thing you have come across so far in music and what is the best thing (treat) about being a musician? The trickiest thing I have come across in music is finding the right people with equal levels of motivation and drive to come together collectively as a creative team or "family" really. Subsequently the "treat" has been the journey to finding those kinds of people from all around the world. Connecting with like-minded people who "get it". Its when this happens that you know you're doing the right thing. Sometimes these moments are few and far between but when they do happen you'll know exactly what it feels like. Its that "coming full circle" kind of feeling!.â–

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After the last issue of Love Music magazine, I was sent a video ‘happy’ from the beautiful sarah leo. Simply stunning. By Emma Walker Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far? I came to London from France about four years ago now, it has been an adventure from day one with ups and downs but an amazing experience. I was 18 when I arrived & I first started to do open-mics, a lot of them. From there, I met wonderful people, promotors or musicians who either gave me gigs or helped me somehow. Then I got a band together and started to play in town until a gig at Ronnie Scott’s where I met the producer Matty Benbrook with who (alongside the producer P*nut) I work & write since a year and half now. "Happy" is a lovely track. What inspired it? I wrote ‘happy’ on an autumn evening when I found out that the person I loved met someone else. Eventhough, we were not together anymore, I still had hopes for us but once I realised how much he cared about this other girl, I had no choice but to let go and hope that he will find happiness with her. I guess the song is about the paradox between loving someone so much that you wish things were different and realising that this person maybe found what he needs and that it might be for the best.

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What have you got coming up in the next year? At the moment, it’s all about doing more gigs & writing. I have been recording in studio for a bit more than a year, it’s been great to have the chance to explore my sounds & get a lot done with my texts and music. Now, I’m also really looking forward to get to share the work with people with shows & hear the first feedbacks. Do you often get compared to anyone else musically? Yes, a few ones like Bat For Lashes, My bloody Valentine, Cat Power or even Lana Del Rey. So far so good… What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there?

To be patient and to not give up on your dreams. To not be scared to push doors that seem locked and to believe that if you haven’t walk into the right one, there are many others that might be the good & magical ones for you. If your music was a meal in a restaurant, how would it be described? This is a hard one as I love good food so much that I could just talk about it for ages without actually replying to your question…but more seriously, maybe I would like it to be a desert, probably with chocolotate. Something you would eat out of self- indulgence; dark, intense with an unexpected & exotic twist but also a sweet side to it. As its Halloween soon, what is the trickiest thing you have come across so far in music and what is the best thing (treat) about being a musician? I think that there are much more treats than tricks in being a musician… I love the freedom, the sharing of experiences & emotions, the love that you get back from people when your music touches them, it’s something truly beautiful and that few things can compare. As for the tricks, you definitely have to make sacrifices for your art but as it is for a greater good, I find it easier to deal with. Image courtesy of Nadège Préaudat Can you put any social media or web links here? | 27

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This four piece have taken something from every decade and put it in to something beautiful, By Emma Walker

Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far?

To be able to make enough from it to do the band full time! What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there?

Our journey has been musically varied. We all trained classically and have spent years playing in various different bands and ensembles covering most genres from classical to folk to rock.

Work hard and never be late. If your music was a sandwich what would it be?

When we first got together we were very much more into swing style songs but over the years our sound has become more folk/gypsy/country. Our close harmony vocals evoke a vintage jazz/swing vibe but our instrumentals are more folk/gypsy so our sound is a cross between them all! Do you often get compared to anyone else? Katzenjammer, The Staves, Molotov Jukebox. What or who would you say inspires you as an artist? People! What have you got coming up in the next year? We have just released our debut EP called "To The Moon". What is your dream for your music career?

A club sandwich. Many layers of deliciousness! As its Halloween soon, what is the trickiest thing you have come across so far in music and what is the best thing (treat) about being a musician? Trickiest: The upside down nature of the industry. If we were to play a bunch of covers for a corporate gig we get paid really well but if you want to do something original like write/record/perform your own music it's much harder to make a living from it. Treat: Writing, recording and performing your own music and seeing people enjoying it!

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Jokshan and his latest album ‘fathom’ was a pleasant surprise By Emma Walker Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far? Been doing music from since I can remember but really started to take it seriously 2 to 3 years ago. I've had ups and downs you know, a lot of big things were planned and have fallen through over the years but I guess that's something to expect in the industry. Something I've learnt to do is to pick yourself up and carry on fighting for what you want and never give up. It's because of this I'm in a great place now. Seeing a lot of love back from fans and people within the industry is great.

I'm loving the new musical style you have invented. Can you tell us more about it? Thank you. Basically, this is how my voicestrumentals were born. One day I was in studio with my brother and wanted to make a instrumental, but he couldn't understand the vision for the beat. So for him to see how I wanted the beat to sound I recorded the layers of it by beat boxing and making crazy random sounds and that was the birth of my voicestrumentals. What have you got coming up in the next year? I have a load of up coming shows, looking to do another mix tape and an EP in the pipeline. Do you often get compared to anyone else musically? Yeah, I've been compared to a few artists and its been like woah, these people are great at their craft. So it's a honour to be compared to them. I've been compared to Usher, Ginuwine, a blend between Drake & Dizzee Rascal, J Cole, R Kelly, Chris Brown and Neyo.

What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? Just keep consistent, be you and stay true to yourself and your music. If your music was a meal in a restaurant, how would it be described? My meal would remain an original recipe to where it was originated, as my music stays true to who I am. Along with a side salad of coolness. As its Halloween soon, what is the trickiest thing you have come across so far in music and what is the best thing (treat) about being a musician? To be honest, the trickiest thing I've come across is when I was first starting out in music. I couldn't find an affordable studio and I was so hyped about getting my music out and let the world hear my voice, so it got to the point where I had to record voicenotes on my blackberry and release them on soundcloud. The best treat about being a musician is when I get tweets and comments from people saying how they love my voice and how they can relate my songs to a part of their life, it seriously puts things into perspective. This lets me know I'm doing my job properly.



mesmerising present participle of mes·mer·ize Hold the attention of (someone) to the exclusion of all else

Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far?

I got really into guitar through listening to Nirvana and Guns N Roses. I was into my rock and riffs and loud guitars, Hole etc.. I played in a metal band and then as a lead guitarist in loads of different style bands J I loved playing guitar so much that I went into music education and got my degree in music. I was playing covers for a couple of years as a job and teaching guitar and doing a bit of session work, then I went on tour to Canada and decided that I wanted to write my own songs. I started to feel like I had more to say so started writing lyrics and playing around with my acoustic guitar a lot. I loved it. I had a real drive for wanting to get out there and express myself and bring a new flavour to the table. I’m still doing that now and I plan on continuing. Now, I write songs and teach guitar. I’m driven by creativity. What have you got coming up in the next year? This year is all about my EP Chasing Tales. The launch in September and then continuing work to promote it. I have been booked for some festivals for next year and will spend the rest of the year applying for festivals and gigs to support to EP. I have some gigs already sorted and I’ll do some more, then I will get stuck back into writing. I’ve enjoyed that a lot this year. Watching my music and playing develop. I would like to 32 record a full album in the next year or so. I have no idea what that | will come out like but it will be great fun.

Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with? There’s a long list but Ani Difranco and Kelly Joe Phelps for starters. I’d also like Jamie Hewlett to design an album cover and merch! Your style is so unique. When did you come across it? I’m into a lot of different styles of music. I started out playing in a metal band, played electric guitar for quite a few years before I even started writing songs. I’m also getting really into blues and textures so I guess it’s all a big mash-up. I play quite heavy – handed sometimes and also like to keep myself interested and keep pushing myself..whilst keeping it acceptable for other people to want to hear it J. The answer would probably be that it’s been a natural development of my playing and need to create. What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? Practise and keep working at your talent. Keep growing and learning and get out there and play. There’s a lot of really amazing talent out there, unsigned talent. There’s no excuse for being mediocre and expecting to get anywhere. Get good, love what you do and keep working at it. You need to be good at a lot of different things now too to prove your worth in terms of the industry I think. Also, a lot of new artists get preyed

upon by people who offer them exposure for cash. You can do a huge amount of things for free before you even need to think about paying. I could go on forever about this kind of thing. There are a lot of great blogs out there for unsigned artists to read. If your music was a sandwich, how would it be described? Halloumi, Portobello mushrooms and avocado in seeded Ciabatta. With Tabasco. I’d put rocket and balsamic vinegar in there too. It would be a feast. Tasty, well thought out, bit of spice and indulgent. You’d probably have to go somewhere and get it custom made J As its Halloween soon, what is the trickiest thing you have come across so far in music: I sometimes get to a point where I wonder why I do it. Then I remember that it’s what I do and very much a part of who I am. That’s enough. There’s a lot of competition out there and it’s important to take a breather and grow and then carry on. It’s always been worth it to me but it can get tough. what is the best thing (treat) about being a musician? Everything from writing songs to recording them and having geeky conversation about gear and playing instruments. I love seeing the places I do gigs in in a different way. I think visiting a country as a musician doing a gig is different to being a tourist. You get to see things from a different perspective. What is the best part of the recording process for you? Thinking about how I want my songs to be communicated to other people. Being in a studio. Working my fingers hard so everything sounds great in the end. Images courtesy of Hayley Blackledge

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Talented Adjective Having a natural aptitude or skill for something: "a talented young musician".

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L-o-v-e m-e! We love this magazine dream. Have a look for carnabells to find out what I’m singing about By Emma Walker

Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far? Well we've been writing music together for around 3 years now, although we didn't form Carnabells until summer 2012. We took a while finding a sound we felt was right for us and it kinda just fell into place. We suddenly stumbled over and fell in love with 50s rock n roll since we watched Nowhere Boy, a film about John Lennon's youth, and soundtrack to that introduced us to the direction we'd take, so we all got new haircuts and clipped on a pair o braces. We've recorded 2 E.Ps, 'She's A Rollercoaster' and 'The Ramshackle Rattle', due for release this October.

What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? Just have a bloody good time, and make the most of the free Beer.

What or who would you say inspires you as a group? As we said before we take a huge influence from the 50s era, such as Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry and Gene Vincent, but we also love jangly guitar music such as The Smiths and The Cure, so I suppose we try and blend the two along with our own twist on things. I think Mitch's biggest influence is Hendrix though, he often attempts to roll about all over the shop when jamming in rehearsals, he hasn't set his guitar on fire yet though...

As its Halloween soon, what is the trickiest thing you have come across so far in music and what is the best thing (treat) about being a musician? Probably the trickiest thing is getting gigs further afield, getting ourselves and all the gear there is tricky when we're all too young to drive a van and money is low, but we always manage ways around it to be honest! So I wouldn't say it's all that tricky with enough hard work. The best thing about being in a band is probably all the free beer. On a serious note though, when someone comes up to us and says they enjoyed our set or like our new tune you get a real buzz from it and it makes the all hard work worthwhile.

What have you got coming up in the next year? The release of the E.P on 7th October, and we're hoping to travel about a lot and see a bit more of the world, when we get the pennies saved! Do you often get compared to anyone else musically? Stray Cats and The libertines pop up often, but different people say different things, it depends which way you perceive us. Jack the keys player gets a few Buddy Holly shouts now n again, I think that's because of the glasses...

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Anita Nicole is creative, talented and shows what she is capable of in her latest video ‘rock with me’ By Emma Walker

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graceful /ˈgrāsfəl/ Adjective Having or showing grace or elegance Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far? Hey. I'm a 19 year old entertainer. I write my own songs, produce a bit on the side and love to dance! From about 14-16 I went to Sylvia Young Theatre School on Saturdays to do dancing & singing classes for fun because that's what I loved to do. When I was 16 I attended a school called The BRIT School which really helped mould me and my confidence! It allowed me to express myself musically as everyone else in my class was a musician and it taught me a lot subconsciously about the type of artist I wanted to be and how I wanted to be perceived on stage. Your music is great Anita. Do you often get compared to anyone else?

Thank you! I really appreciate that and erm not all the time but I've read and had a few people tell me that I remind them of Toni Braxton! I take that as great compliment because in my opinion she's one of the best that ever did it. Classy, with an unforgettable voice paired with songs that stand the test of time! . | 37

What or who would you say inspires you as an artist? The world inspires me as an artists. I feel inspiration lies within everything as music is art. I'll be on the train witnessing people and be thinking about what they're going through. How difficult or great their home life may be etc and run with it. Who inspires me the most as an artist would have to be Michael Jackson. It is cliche I know but my reasons tend to differ. Obviously his music is genius as is Stevie Wonder's and Prince's. Yet Michael is my inspiration because he taught me how to believe. Some people think he just woke up talented and became the greatest. It took a lot of work and dedication for him to be who he was. I remember reading that Quincy Jones said to him Thriller wouldn't sell as much as Off The Wall and maybe they should shelve it. That he peaked by selling 20 million. Anyone else probably would have listened because Quincy is one in a million. Although Michael had the belief to even tell someone like him that he had faith in his own work and they should release it...we all know what happened after that! That type of belief can't be taught. He just had it in him that he had a message to give to the world and he wasn't gonna let it slip.

What have you got coming up in the next year? Within the next year I'll be promoting my EP. Hopefully doing loads of gigs, potentially sorting out a live band which I would looove and working on some new music for another project.

What is your dream for your music career? To inspire as many people as I can to go after their dreams especially children. I'd love to sell out arenas, headline my own tours and have people tell me that my music helped change their life. I would also love to win a Grammy and be recognised as a great artist especially from the people I look up to. There can't be a better feeling than having someone you love tell you they appreciate your artistry!

What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? I would say to indulge yourself in music that inspires you and really disect why and what it is about it that makes you feel the way you do. Learn from it, create your own greatness and don't copy anyone else. There is already one of them so who needs two; just be you!

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If your music was a sandwich what would it be? I don't know if it's considered a sandwich as such but it would be jerk chicken in cocoa bread with salad, coleslaw and jerk sauce. The jerk chicken would represent where I'm from and my confidence with it's spice, the salad would be the class because it's classic you have it with almost everything, the coleslaw would be the cool in my music and the cocoa bread is just the overall music finishes off well lol. I totally just made that up as I went along haha

As its Halloween soon, what is the trickiest thing you have come across so far in music and what is the best thing (treat) about being a musician? The trickiest thing I have come across so far is finding a really good manager that can put me in contact with great people to work with etc. The best thing about being a musician is being allowed to express yourself and listening back to a song that you feel proud of. That and performing live with people enjoying your presence on stage is the best feeling ever to me!

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Progress noun Pronunciation: /ˈprəʊgrɛs/ [mass noun] forward or onward movement towards a destination: the darkness did not stop my progress

The focus always being so heavily trained on Hip Hop, other musical styles including R&B get short shrift in the marketplace. R&B itself has to take some of the blame for this however because of a lack of consistently solid music and compelling artists. While we have had some artists in recent memory that captured our attention for a minute they flamed out quickly as singers and recording artists opting instead to segue into other aspects of the entertainment industry. We haven't seen in some time not just a talented artist but a multi-faceted artist with a real voice and vision that is able to sustain the public's interest. Mr. Ronnie Walker fits that description. Begin a talented singer/song writer would be more than enough for most but you can also add photographer, videographer, director and much more. Recently we caught up with him for Love Music Magazine

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Welcome, please introduce yourself a little. My name is Ronnie Walker and I am a R&B singer born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. What was your first introduction to music? My very first introduction is unrecorded. It goes back to my elementary school where I learned that I could sing during a school play. My first exposure to the world was on the TV series Show Time at the Apollo in '89 Hosted by Steve Harvey, although I lost the TV challenge; l am Top Dog for the famous Wednesday night Apollo competition. The shows that I was involved in were hosted by either Kid Capri or the late Freaky Tah of the Lost Boyz.

Any last words or shout outs? I wanna give shout outs to Love Music Magazine. My partners GOD, DJ Sincere, Fat Boy, G voyce, Mike Hanna, Balley, James Williams, Stacks, Pacasso, Reginald Murry, Ben Miles, Van Silk, Richard Striebel I was born, I was exposed to and I was excepted by, so why would I stop. This is my life not a dream I been a wake and rarely do I sleep. So just bear with time, its gonna be mine real soon. I am Ronnie Walker Follow Ronnie Walker @iamronniewalker written by DJ Sincere / DRTYBSMNT MULTIMEDIA

As a young artist who did you pattern yourself after? I wouldn't say young but as a seasoned artist young in the game. I compare or pattern myself to the past greats. Sam Cook, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Temptations, Rick James and Patty Labelle. What took you in the direction of photography, etc? I got tired of waiting and asking people to take my photos so I started to take my own pictures. People started asking who's taking my pics. Next thing you know I'm taking other artist and models photos. Now besides being a singer I'm also a photographer lol. Who would've thought? Do you play any instruments or do production also? I played the drums in church and I also produced a couple of my first demo tracks. I believe if I was blessed with the time I would be one of the best producers in the game. Often we hear about the state of Hip Hop, what do you think of the current state of R&B? Right now I feel R&B is trying to regain its name Rhythm and Blues, But with the street taking over the music industry its hard to be romantic, be in love or even cry and beg on a track to sustain your love for someone without you being classified as soft. Over the years we went from Luther Vandross to Boys to Men to R Kelly. By just naming a few artist you can see how the street influence the R&B sound. Our songs have gone from "You Are My Lady" to "End Of The Road" to Feelin' On Yo Booty". Now not to discredit any of these artist because they also have powerful love songs that remind us that R&B is still alive and kicking. The songs that really give an impact on today's mainstream radio and urban night clubs however are the songs that are directed towards the street. I am also a product of the new sound of R&B not because I have to be but because I like the sound. But if R&B cant sustain the soul of its sound its gonna be lost. In spite of various setbacks you kept on, how did you stay motivated? It's like tunnel vision, to someone else it's months and years going by but to me its seconds and minutes going by. Which explains why my present and past relationships are so hard to control. (In my diddy voice) Can't stop won't stop Any current projects? Right now I am just working on my album, putting together some great songs to finish it up the project and I am putting together the videos for a few songs on the album. I also have a few movie projects I'm working on as-well. With these projects I’ll be in front and behind the video camera. What does the future hold for Mr. Ronnie Walker? Only time can tell. All I can say is this song is not over, sheeeeed I'm still on the hook and thanks to Love Music Magazine my verse is just beginning. | 41

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Emma Wells is set to be heard all over the UK. We find out what is coming up for her.

By Emma Walker Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far? E: Okay, so I’m Emma Wells – firstly I’m a wife and a Mum, I’m married to my wonderful husband and we have three fantastic boys. I’m originally from St Helens in the North West, but I’ve been living in Chester for a number of years now and this is where my musical journey started. I’ve always done little bits of performing and song-writing here and there, since childhood really, but it wasn’t until 2010 that I started to realise this is what I should be doing. I met a vocal coach called Laura Adams and she made me realise that just because I was in my midtwenties with children, there is no reason why I couldn’t put my talent out there. Laura really gave me self-belief for the first time and she pushed me to enter a national singing competition called Open Mic UK. Competitions like this had always been something I wanted to stay away from but I ended up getting to the national semi-final, which naturally gave me more strength and confidence. It was at that semi-final where I was “spotted”, if that’s the right word, by a London-based artist development company, which is run by an independent record label called BGM. I was invited to join the academy and I decided to have a crack at it. BGM were brilliant with me and helped me to focus on my strong points. They made me realise the passion I had for music and how easy the writing came to me – over

twelve months working with their amazing producers and coaches helped me go from strength to strength. This was a real industry eyeopener as well and they taught me the good and bad of how everything really works in music. I learnt about the other side of things as well, like the importance of building a brand and how to strengthen the way I write. This is how I learnt where I belong in music. BGM played a key part in the recording and production process for my first EP and the rest is history really… I know you and Caffe Nero have a special relationship; can you tell us how this fantastic opportunity came about for you? E: I was in the process of looking for new ways to get my music played to a bigger audience and we were aware that Caffe Nero do a lot to showcase up-and-coming new artists, plus felt that my music would work really well in that type of relaxed social environment. We simply sent them a copy of my EP – to be honest I was sceptical that anything would ever come of it as they obviously receive hundreds and hundreds of CDs, so I was really happy when we got a call asking us to meet them in London and talk about doing some shows for them. They absolutely loved a couple of the songs and they’re now played every day in all 600 of their stores. They asked us to do a full tour as well and that’s happening at the moment – by the end I will have played in nearly thirty of their stores across the country. I’m going to be billed as their Artist of the Month in October so that’s really exciting as well. A few breakthrough artists have come along this path before on their way to national recognition, like Sam Gray and Jack Savoretti. You have an amazing voice, when did you discover your talent? E: Why thank you… As I said before, I’ve always kind of known that I could sing but up until three or four years ago I was very, very shy with it and wouldn’t ever sing in front of anybody else. It was working with a professional vocal coach that brought it all out in the end and helped me overcome the nerves. I still suffer with them to a degree, even now, but I don’t actually want to lose that because I think it’s a good thing – I get nervous before a performance because I know how important my music is to me and I want every show to be as good as possible. The academy believed in my talent and felt I had something different vocally – they made me believe in that and push on to do something with it. What or who would you say inspires you as an artist? E: I have lots of musical influences; In terms of other artists, at the moment I’m always listening to Amos Lee and I love Rumer and Emilia Mitiku. I’m a huge fan of Amy Winehouse, also Norah Jones. I was brought up on Dusty Springfield so her music has played a big part in my life. Aside from that, my family and my boys (Oliver, Daniel & Charlie) inspire everything I do. My husband Si is a big part of everything

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behind the scenes and I couldn’t have got to this point without him. We work very closely together and I know he always has my best interests at heart. Who could be a better choice to look after your interests than the person you trust the most in the world. Along with our boys, he’s definitely one of my biggest inspirations. The people I write with inspire me immensely. I had the pleasure of working with a brilliant guitarist last year called Christopher Twigg. He co-wrote a couple of the songs on Shabby Clothes and taught me a lot - more than he’ll ever know actually. We’re great friends and I’m sure we’ll write together again. I’m writing a lot with the main guitarist from my band at the moment – Nick Pike. He’s playing with me all throughout the tour so we’re spending a lot of time together. Nick brings a totally different style of writing to the table again and I’m really excited about the new material we’ve got coming through. Otherwise, there’s a couple of people I’ve worked with who’ve stuck by me since day one. It hasn’t always been an easy ride so I really respect them and they also inspire me. In my band I have a drummer called Ste, and the bass-player Vinnie; they’ve been with me all the way since starting out. What have you got coming up in the next year? Well, right now we’re just focussing on finishing the tour with a bang. That ends in November, then honestly I’m planning to spend some quality time with my family over Christmas, but there will still be a lot happening in the background. I’ll be taking new material to the studio early in the New Year – we have some quite amazing musicians, writers, producers on-board and there will definitely be something for everyone next year. I had hoped to be recording a second record this year but the tour has come in and really taken over the schedule! I’m still taking time out to write though and I am making a point of setting aside studio time for all these new projects. I think it’s important to keep things fresh and always have new songs in the pipeline… Do you often get compared to anyone else musically? There isn’t really any one artist that regularly comes up when people make comparisons. I think that’s because of the mixture of styles on my first record, where I was still finding my identity and trying out different things. On that note, my next record will have a much clearer identity, but I still don’t know who you might compare me with. I don’t know – what do you think? There are a couple of names I can remember – a couple of people once told me I sound like Roisin Murphy from Moloko… What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? The biggest thing I would say is keep going. There are times when I’ve felt quite close to throwing in the towel – it will sometimes feel like you’re working your backside off but going nowhere. You have to have faith. It’s absolutely true that, in the end, you get out what you put in. That’s what you have to remember. If your music was a meal in a restaurant, how would it be described? Oooh… something that you can share with friends in a relaxed environment, something fun. Hopefully something you’d go back for a second helping of! Something for everyone that leaves a nice taste in your mouth – probably a dessert actually, maybe chocolate cake. My favourite, ha ha…,

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As its Halloween soon, what is the trickiest thing you have come across so far in music and what is the best thing (treat) about being a musician? One of the trickiest things is choosing the right people to work with. You can’t do it on your own and there are so many talented people out there who have something amazing to bring to the table, but it’s very important to have the right people on-board. Also learning not to give up altogether, when little things fall apart. Always remember that when one door closes, another one opens. That’s something very true. The biggest treat is when you hear from people who don’t just like your music, but genuinely support you in what you’re trying to do. I’ve been genuinely overwhelmed with the amount of positive comments I’ve received from people I’ve never even met in recent times, particularly since I’ve started the tour. Feeling that people believe in you and genuinely support you makes it all worthwhile. My official website – On Twitter I’m @EmmaWellsMusic Facebook page – YouTube channel – I also have a mobile app you can get from | 45


This frantic foursome are creating a storm. With a new generation of punk,, recorded in Nashville, we speak to them and find out more. By Emma Walker Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far? The band has gone through a few changes over the years but the core that recorded the album was myself (Matthew- Guitar), Tommy (Vocals), Churchy (bass) and Rory (drums). I'd been in bands with Churchy for years, we grew up together, met Rory and then Tommy was the missing piece of the puzzle. We wanted a real frontman for this band, someone who wasn't restricted by an instrument and could just let loose. We supported the Legendary Shack Shakers shortly after we got together. They are a band who also love the blues and punk mix. Mark, their bassists, was really into sound and invited to Nashville to cut what ended up being the album we just released. What have you got coming up in the next year? It's an interesting time for us at the moment. The album is finally out there after a long time. We ended up self releasing in the UK in the end but have actually been getting a lot of airplay on Spanish national radio. So we have shows lined up over there next year and will be spending more time in Spain to promote ourselves, it's likely if that goes well we'll branch out to the rest of Europe.

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There is talk of a few labels interested in doing a re-release of the album which would be great - we're open to offers. But aside from all that there's a load more songs which are being gotten together which is what it's all about - some who have heard it have said it's like psychedelic punk blues if that means anything! Touring can be amazing fun and is great to connect with people who dig the music but writing I think is the thing for me these days. Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with? Ah there's so many and we have already been fortunate enough to collaborate with the Shack Shakers and Johnny Cash's Tennessee Three which we just great experiences which will live with me forever. This will probably sound nuts, but I would love to collaborate with someone from a completely different end of the musical spectrum, do something with a hip hop producer, something like Chronic era Dre those kind of beats. Do you often get compared to anyone else musically? We get Arctic Monkeys if they played blues. Sometimes we get Black Keys and early Kings of Leon comparisons. One guy said

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we were like Blur if they had been into Perkins and Elvis which I thought was a pretty cool description. Journalists seem to have found us quite difficult to put in a box which is great in many ways - it gives us freedom to do whatever we want as artists. What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? Just do you own thing and get real good at that, don't get too bogged down in to trying to appeal to a certain market. And keep writing and performing with as many other people as you can, embrace other forms of art. We're all involved in other elements like collaborating on videos, designing covers, photography. It's what keeps us improving and keeps it interesting. If your music was a sandwich, how would it be described? Something hot, classy and meaty. Maybe a focaccia with some cured ham, a good cheese and peppers. Or maybe that's just my stomach yearning for something other than our current tour diet of fast food!

Trickiest is often just trying to define your music to people! You kind of just wanna scream "go listen to it". And for us having to justify why we play 'American sounding music' to some quarters. But on the whole it's a pretty sweet gig. The treats are obviously all the fast cars, women, drink, drunks and general debauchery! What is the best part of the recording process for you? Recording can be a labour of love to be honest. And when you self fund, it means you can't always experiment as much as maybe it would be nice to which is where a lot of the fun comes in. But it's great when a track isn't quite working and then you have that moment when you realise what is missing, that light bulb just goes off. For me I think on this album it was when I heard JD put his harp part down on Honey Trap, it just gave the track so much more character. All images courtesy of Emma Vo

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Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far? I was born and raised in south west London. I've been making music for about 8 years now but never really taken it too seriously, it was initially just my way of entertaining my older sisters writing comedic lyrics but when my cousin Breezy began producing I wrote a few serious verses and then started using music as a venting tool. I found myself recording all this music and not really knowing what to do with it. I'd say I started off a more conscious artist being a Nas fan but then found my own way which enabled me to merge conscious lyrics with what some may call not so conscious lyrics, with that said Nas is my all-time favourite but of the newer era my favourite rapper is Fabulous followed by T.I, neither of these rappers sound alike so maybe my rap style falls somewhere between them (I hope). I actually got the name 'Ocean' based on my delivery (flowing) and content (deep), I've always believed the delivery (flow/melody) is what initially captures peoples ears so I try to keep it tidy and ear friendly.

I've performed at a few talent shows and done a bit of networking but never really pursued any opportunity as maybe I should have but my latest body of work came together too well for me to just sleep on it. I wrote a few songs (City Lights being one of them) and then decided I'd compile an EP that told a story, hence the title 'Things That Happen' but not just movie type stuff, things that my peers and also strangers really go through in my community. I can only write from a man’s perspective but it’s not hard for women to make sense of either as they are a high percentage of the story. My ability to storytell is demonstrated throughout the EP as each track speaks of real life celebration, loss, lust, love and pain.

free download as is 'Things That Happen. Collaborations are already happening and are in the pipeline with up and coming artists/poets like myself but I plan to do more and more and more!!!

Loving the new video 'City Lights' can you tell us more about it and the idea for the concept? I'm what you'd call a proud Londoner so I was eager to write a tune about my City's goings on in a positive but honest light for some time so when YoungSoul (Producer) gave me the beat it pretty much wrote itself. I speak of driving a nice car, pretty women, alcohol, expensive watches/jewellery/clothes, spending money, all beneath London's beautiful city lights but I also speak of possibly cheating on a partner, parking fines, a fathers mistake and regretting it all on the way home. The video was shot by OnsightTV and focused on Londons appearance at night for obvious reasons. The first thing OnsightTV said upon hearing the song was "if the budget was big enough we'd hop on and off of a few aeroplanes and shoot beneath a few other city lights also" lol but when we finished laughing they put the idea you can now see in the video to me and we ran with it.

Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with? To be honest at this stage I'm not too fussed about big names, right now if the music’s good and the artist is creative I’m happy to work. I can name some artists I'm a fan of like Wretch 32, Nas, Kano, Fabolous, Chip, T.I, Krept & Konan, J.Cole, Cashtastic, Teedra Moses and these are | 51 just a few, but all in good time I say.

delivers entirely different so it’s a bit crazy. I've had Fabulous comparisons also but I only understand that one on the fashion side of things, could it be a coincidence that I'm a fan of them both?! Otherwise nah no real comparisons I would agree with.

What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? If you want it go and get it! Master your craft, set yourself a level of perfection and work towards it, if you should ever reach this level of perfection raise the bar and get to work again! I'm nowhere near where I'd like to be and this is what pushes me to improve and achieve my goals.

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Music Video Links: City Lights - (taken from current EP) This Pain ft. Solo Flips (taken from current EP) Look How Far ft. Leslie Lewis Walker (recorded and shot for Black History Month)

SOUL FOOD! The rice, peas, chicken and gravy wrap, no chocolate bars around here!

As its Halloween soon, what is the trickiest thing you have come across so far in music and what is the best thing (treat) about being a musician? In this day and age everybody seems to have some form of involvement in music regardless of being good or not and I think due to the art being flooded with frauds and not so talented artists it’s made it tricky for real talent to filter through and even be heard. A treat is when I get recognition, when a supporter takes the time to contact me and tell me how much they appreciate my art and that I should keep at it. I love it when a supporter actually quotes my lyrics, it lets me know they are actually paying attention and not just telling me they listened and liked it.

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We had a cup of tea and caught up with the lovely Nina Baker, ON THE COVER, about her music, new single “Single Bed� and of all things, her favourite cake! By Emma Walker

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So firstly, can you tell me what inspired you to be a musician? Well, I have been performing, writing and learning music from a very young age. I started learning the piano when I was fourteen and I used to write a lot of poetry also, so those two elements combined really helped me to become a songwriter. I only actually started writing music about three years ago, so in the grand scale of things, it is fairly recent but things have just progressed very quickly since 2010. The album, ‘Quite Frankly’ when is it due to be released? We are releasing the first single on the 4th November, ‘Single Bed’, and we have actually got an animation music video that is being created to coincide with the audio release. The actual album won’t be released until 6thJanuary 2014 So we have an exclusive? Yes you have an exclusive. The full album will be released digitally. How long have you been in the studio perfecting your album? We actually started recording at RockField Studios eighteen months ago, in February. It was possibly one of the worst travelling conditions. It was icy, snowy, and really dangerous. I don’t know how we managed to get there? We did the bulk of the album there, laid down all the backbone and the instrumental parts. We recorded at several other studios as well. We went to RADA to record with the Kings Gospel Choir and the Ebbw Vale Male Voice Choir, we recorded with them in a church. We travelled up and down the country for the additional recordings. We worked with Andy Bell and Sam Sweeney on strings and they work for Bellowhead and do a lot of performing there so it was great to have them involved as they added a slightly folk twist in their arrangements and their playing. It brought something different to the standard classical parts. We did all of the mixing at the Church Studios in frank London. It is very much an album divided between two /fraNGk/ parts, half the recording in Wales and the other half in London. We then finished off the album at Abbey Road Studios. Did it send a shiver down your spine working at Abbey Road? It was amazing, Abbey Road. Just the history there but to be honest Rockfield and The Church, because a lot of the album was recorded there, it meant a lot more to me. Rockfield has a phenomenal amount of history for example the piano that I recorded on was used by Queen and Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody and I think they were there for about six months in Rockfield writing a lot of that album. There are some pictures on my website of us standing in front of the Wonderwall and Oasis actually wrote Wonderwall when they were sitting on top of that wall. Also, The Church Studios, I am probably going to be one of the last artists to record there as it’s being sold. When I was there, we did some additional mixing as well as some recordings, David Grey was in the studio above working on his album so I got to hear snippets of what is going to be coming from his as well. As we are a magazine for new musicians, have you got any pointers or advice for anyone who wants to be in a similar position to yourself? I think you just need to be really determined and really passionate about what you are doing and if you have got that determination, you can do anything. It’s not an easy ride, particularly being a solo artist and one that is completely independent as well. One of the things I have found since starting this off is it’s not just about the vocal

side of things; it’s about the business side of things also. I have had to learn a huge amount very quickly. It’s all about promotion. You can be the best musician in the world but you need to be able to get your work out there as well and that is probably more important, I would say, than anything, as well as having a creative mind. Also being a creative, rather than a business mind, it’s very hard to get the right combination. Also perform as much as possible. You need to just be out there as much as you can and show everybody that you can, not only perform in a recording studio but perform live as they are two completely different things to master. The way that you sing your vocals in a recording studio has to be very different to how you sing it live as obviously, when you are trying to get emotion across, on a recording, you down have that visual aid to connect with this audience so it is very much about articulation and how things sound. It’s not about belting either; it’s sometimes about holding back. There are lots of techniques you have to learn. Again that is down to trial and error. DO as much as you can, get as much experience as you can just try and meet as many people as you can as well. It’s very much about networking, if anything else. So the art work for the exclusive album, who came up with this? We actually worked with an artist, Katja Hammond. She designed the artwork for my EP called “Teacup in a Storm” which was recorded as a live recording just as we headed off to Rockfield. That was completely animated, the album artwork for that and we just really liked the style of it. We wanted to keep that animation quirkiness but incorporate it within real graphics and real photography. For the actual design of the cover, it’s a really personal cover. It relates to some of the really quirky numbers that we have got on the album, like “Single Bed”, it’s very upbeat and happy and all about things that you love. So in this picture there are cakes and tea and there are references to childhood stories like Hansel and Grettle’s house as I love fairy tales and I have always loved the hidden meanings in fairy tales. Sometimes there is quite a dark side to the fairy tales so that’s where that comes from. The album is dedicated to my Grandfather, Frank Baker, who unfortunately passed away whilst we were at Rockfield Studios recording, so it’s been quite a tough year in all honesty. I have lost quite a few family members, whilst I have been working on the album so it’s got a lot of emotion to me, this album. Frank was really passionate about my going to Rockfield, passionate about this album so that’s why I wanted to dedicate it to him. So the album is called “Quite Frankly” after him. On the inside cover there is a dedication to Frank and Vera, my Nan and Grandad as I lost them both while I was recording this album. It’s made me more determined to push this album as I want people to know about my Grandad and it’s my way of getting people to know about him if anything else. Your rider is Tea and Cake. What is your favourite cake and why? Oh my goodness, where do I start. Every type of cake! I love chocolate cake and this is going to sound cliché but I love a good Victoria sponge. You can’t go wrong with that and when it comes to birthday cakes, definitely more the Victoria sponge style than chocolate. If you could collaborate with any musician in the world, dead or alive, who would it be? Can I give two answers for this? I would love to have collaborated with Amy Winehouse, if she was around now. Mainly because she was an amazing artist. When you look back at her first album, called Frank, she was about seventeen when she did that, still very young and it is just an amazing album. It has a real jazz and blues element to it which I love. With her newer stuff and having Mark Ronson involved really spiced it up a bit and give her a different sound which I loved, just her unique style and her general talent. I also loved her lyrics too as they spoke from experience and I have a lot of respect for artists that write from experience. The other collaboration is quite different from the pop world and | 55

it would be to work with a pianist called Lang Lang. He is a concert pianist and because I am classically trained, he is an amazing concert pianist and I would love to have him accompany me in a show. Okay, this is a really hard question. Can you pick a favourite song on the album? [Pauses] That is hard because the songs are so diverse and they all have a different meaning for me. I would say that the song that gets to me every time I listen to is “Clown”. When we were creating that, it is a really simple piano part, just a loop of four chords. What I wanted for this track was for it to be an orchestral piece and I wanted the music to come across in this more than anything else. Working on the production of that, it was probably the hardest track because we needed all the string parts and the subtle elements to come in gradually, almost subconsciously. With all the other tracks, because the chord structures are very set, you can hear an automatic change. That’s the song that still gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. Stupid Mistake is my favourite to perform live as it’s quite heavily piano based so I can put a lot in to it. Tell me a bit about how you got to this point, what has been your musical journey this far? I started writing the first drafts of any materials in 2010. I have created two EP’s as well as this album. My first EP was very much a first draft and that was called “Breaking Rules”. Basically, what happened is, I started to perform as a soloist in restaurants, bars and clubs and the majority of my material was covers. I would put in the odd original and what I tended to find was in that first year I was getting more requests for original work than covers. Although I was performing as a soloist (piano/vocal) I would always add a slight twist to the work I did. This inspired me to focus on the writing side of things and it gave me a confidence boost to actually pursue the writing side more. From that I started to write more material and I went in the studio and recorded the EP “Teacup in a Storm” which was with the band and was very much live and raw. There were tracks which were kind of a preparation to people of what was going to happen with the full album. Literally the day after the EP was launched, we headed off to Rockfield Studios to record the full album. I have been very involved with the whole process being co-producer. I was very much involved with all the arrangements for the choirs, travelling down to London a lot with the choirs and working with them. The great thing about being an independent artist is that although it is hard work, you have licence to do what you want to do. There are no restrictions at all. I wanted this to come across in the album, using all styles of music that I am passionate about, to come through. We have skittle in there, we have rock in there, pop. Obviously the piano vocal pushed it forward and linked all the tracks. I wanted all my classical training to come through and it is all very classically structured. It is nice to have the string players that are very ‘folk’. The brass sections are very bouncy and jazzy so it helped make the album different. What was your favourite part of recording the album? I really enjoyed working with the King’s Gospel Choir. They were amazing singers, just lovely girls and I spent quite a bit of time with them, before we did any of the recording, just working on ideas and just working on the harmonies. Listening to them live was just amazing. I would actually say with both of the choirs, one of the reasons I wanted to work with them was that we saw a video that had been done about them and it was just talking about how they need newer members as it is a tradition that has lasted hundreds of years and it is fizzling out. A lot of the members are the same age as my granddad and are old war veterans so that meant a lot to me as well. Listening to them live, they sang one of their own songs acapella and it brought me to tears so I would say working with the choirs was just amazing. Web - Twitter- Facebook- YouTube-

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October 3rd, 1901- Eldridge R. Johnson founded the Victor Talking Machine Company, headquartered in New Jersey. It was one of the leading phonograph companies in the world at the time and it ultimately acquired the assets of Berliner’s Gramophone and the Zonophone after defeating it in court. However, it later merged with the Radio Corporation of America to become RCA-Victor.

October 25th, 1964 -8 days after the release of their album, 12 x 5, the bad boys of the British rock n roll band, The Rolling Stones made their first appearance on the American TV variety show, The Ed Sullivan Show. This stage handed them national attention – both good and bad. On one side, it was favorable because it made them popular with the American audience but at the same time, the band had to deal with the animosity of many conservative adult viewers who believed that the band was very ‘unkempt’. Despite the controversy, Mick Jagger’s charisma and their kick start song, ‘Around and Around’ completely enamored the audience and Ed was fed up with the insuppressible screams of the fan girls. The CBS rating spiked but Ed Sullivan was reticent about booking them on the show again. Even with the negative responses however, he did feature them once again several months later. October 4th, 1970 - 27 year old American singersongwriter, Janis Joplin was found dead beside her bed due to an overdose of heroin combined with the adverse effects of alcohol. The detail behind it was the fact that she was stood up by her fiancé and a friend on October 2nd, but it was also observed that several of her drug dealer’s other customers were also overdosed the same week. Joplin’s will funded 2500$ to throw a wake party in the event of her demise and this party took place on 26th October, 1970 which was attended by Seth Morgan (her fiancé), her sister, Laura and many of her other close friends.



October 12th, 1978- Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sid Vicious (bassist of Sex Pistols) died in the couple’s hotel room in New York City. The couple abused heroin and also had an unstable relationship punctuated by domestic violence. She had suffered a single, fatal stab wound in the abdomen by a knife which was owned by Sid. He was soon arrested and charged with second degree murder but he pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. He died of heroin overdose 4 months later before the trial could even take place. A lot of theories were put forward as to who was actually responsible for her death but none of them were proved and the case was buried soon after Sid’s death.

ALBUM RELEASES October 20th, 1977 – Lead singer Ronnie Van Zandt, guitarist Steve Gaines and singer, Cassie Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd perished in a plane crash while on tour from South Carolina to Louisiana. The crew’s plane ran out of fuel near the end of the flight and the plane crashed in a forest in Mississippi. It was 5 days after the release of their second platinum album ‘Street Survivors’ and quite ironically, its original cover had flames in the background. Out of respect for the deceased (and on particular request from Steve’s widow, Teresa Gaines), the background of the cover was made into simple black instead. 30 years later, the deluxe version of the same CD had the original cover with the ‘flames’. Lynyrd Skynyrd disbanded after the tragedy but they re-united later, in 1987.

From The Muddy Bands Of The Wishkah Artist – Nirvana Released – October 1st, 1996 Genre- Grunge Pleasures of the Flesh Artist – Exodus Released- October 7th, 1987 Genre- Thrash Metal 12 x 5 Artist - The Rolling Stones Released - October 17th , 1964 Genre – Rock American Pie Artist - Don McLean Released- October 24th , 1971 Genre- Folk, Folk Rock Long Road out of Eden Artist - The Eagles Released- October 30th, 2007 Genre- Rock, Country Rock.

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By Mark Wincott Leaving London Bridge Station, heading down St Thomas Street, then enter Newcomen Street, you come upon a rowdy vibrant pub called the Millers. The crowd is bursting at the seams here, the darkness has risen, it’s Friday and people are here for POETS day. That is an abbreviation people. Walking through the doors the stairwell leads you straight to their music venue. Tonight will be headlined by East London/Manchester’s Maquilador who have been receiving some great reviews with their live shows. Around 11ish Maquilador head on to the stage and break into Pizzomatic which starts off with the sound of Sani Alnajja on Keys, then the vocals of” I gotta scratch it out cos I feel left out”. (This track is still in my head as I’m writing this review). The energetic style of front man Micky J is a must see, the vibe he gives out is of enjoyment of the music they are making, they are playing. The feeling coming from this 5 piece is extraordinary, so much talent on one stage at one time. The music Maquilador are playing is so far ahead of what can be heard today. Tapped is track 3 and again it flows through, there are minor issues but nothing serious, nothing really that noticeable. Being professional they just got on with it, they played for the crowd. I noticed already a few people were grinding, and yes I say grinding, I saw people grinding to their music, this is ear sex. If you want a genre for this band then it is Ear Sex Rock. A band with a funk style where the bass player keeps the groove flowing, there Drummer keeps the rhythm together, the keys are offering a good and unique sound, the guitar cracking on with the power and the versatility of the lyrics and vocals is immense live. Hour Glass hit me straight away, proving that already I am in the midst of something impressive. I’ve been to quite a few gigs in my time, but what I am hearing is something I only have felt a few times, this took my breath away, and this is what live music is all about. The usage of a Megaphone during last song of the night, How, standing there I has just been saying that you know what this gig needs, it needs a Megaphone, that there is what happened, also I didn’t even mutter those words, I do apologise. 7 songs have been played tonight, not one a filler. If Maquilador play and write music this way then I have witnessed something beautiful. Going by the crowd’s reaction, they will all agree with me. Leaving The Millers pub as it was the end of the gig, Pizzomatic, their starter of the night” I gotta scratch it out because I feel left out” is repeating itself over and over in my head. They had me at the keys. Fans of Faith No More or Mike Patton, Radiohead may all be interested, catch them live, I will be, so check them out on the 30th November at the Camden Barfly for some serious Ear Sex Rock.

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Band Members Micky J Vocals/Guitar/Megaphone Tom Dowling - Bass Chris Camplejohn – Drums Lee Holden – Guitar Sani Alnajja - Keys

….and before

To lead up to hearing Maqulador we have the pleasure of hearing four piece Princes of Maine a very intelligent rock band, who smashed their way through the set, they played, they loved, they left, seriously look in to these guys, Princes of Maine The Half Light another 4 piece who play in a constant flow of uplifting rock, with titles that include Clapham and Moscow the latter was their last one of the night and the good thing is this band stayed till the end to watch upon the two remaining bands

“constant flow of uplifting rock”

The Half Light second band a flow thoughtout their set, tracks about Clapham and another about Moscow seems they are a fan of geography, great bass sound from this band, the flowing style. Clubs up next and offered something different to the previous two bands this is what music is about a variety of something different. These gave us a melancholic journey; the female fronted band reminded me on a coup le of tunes of the Seattle musician Star Anna, also Delores of Cranberries. | 73

The GONZO’s – From two perspectives

By Olivia Cellamare The finer things in life come from Yorkshire- tea, Henderson’s Relish and Richard Hawley. My opinion on Yorkshire is completely biased, but for all the right reasons. My mum’s side of the family are from that wonderful county and it is something I’m proud of. Another fine thing to have come from that beautiful county is Leeds band, The Gonzos. If you like your music slightly loud and a bit aggressive (like I do) then you’ll probably develop a soft spot for The Gonzos. There is a brilliant raw tone in Adam’s voice that gives the band a sense of authority. A gang mentality truly comes through in their music, especially in songs like Absolute Zero. The Gonzos have this excellent way of merging the rambunctious with funk elements. You don’t know if you’re meant to dance or thrash your body about in a flailing fashion. My guess is that maybe you should do both. Sucking On A Shotgun shows how diverse their style is, it’s a more laid back track and the likes of Insult To Injury starts off with a Ska kind of vibe then turns into something else. When a band can surprise you and change like this, you know you’ve found a delight. For me, I really enjoy The Gonzos when they are rowdy but let it be known that their cover of Bill Withers’ Ain’t No Sunshine is nothing like the original. It is loud and an extremely brave cover to do. Whereas the original is known for just oozing soul but this version is the total opposite; it sounds like something that would be played at the end of the night in a pub as closing time appears with everyone with their arms around each other spilling their drinks and singing in a unified manner. They made the song their own with this cover. The Gonzos released their debut record, Welcome To Our World back in 2011 and a year later the EP, Ready When You Are was released. This autumn sees the release of their second record which may just give this great Yorkshire band the break they really do deserve.

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written by DJ SINCERE / DRTYBSMNT MULTIMEDIA Recently I was introduced to music from a group of artists hailing from Leeds, England named The Gonzo's . Like is the norm in the 21st century marketplace this came via YouTube. Fortunately it was an actual video of a live performance of the lead single and title track from their new album Absolute Zero and not just the song with a stationary photo. (this is a pet peeve of mine lol) This gave the opportunity to not just critique the music and vocals but also to observe the actual talents of the band. The video was apparently recorded in a decent sized rehearsal space and filled with fans which gave it the feel of a intimate lounge type performance. I was impressed by both the music and musicianship of these young men. Judging from this single, theirs is a hard driving straight ahead style that is well played and lends itself to partying.. The lead vocalist works well with this sound with a clear, confident, strong tone and good stage presence. The lyrics themselves are about the dismissal of a person from another's consciousness possibly after the end of a relationship. Thus rendering them "absolute zero" I would have like to have heard this expounded on and expanded further in the song. As indicated above this judgment is based off of this one offering. I do however look forward to hearing more

Sheila Lord – The Ship Pub, Leigh By George’sgirl6 After a few wrong ways here and there in the dark, I finally arrived at The Ship Pub, Leigh near the Cockle Stalls. The car park was full so a hilly walk ensued. In front of me walked two men with a guitar so I presumed they were going to the same venue – and hey! I was right. Entering the small pub was like stepping back in time to the more comforting days when pubs were pubs and not pub/restaurants/play areas. The pub showcased its history of its customers and owners with their love of fishing and the sea in many pictures adorned over the bar. Music was already in motion; there were plenty of all ages “giving it a go”. I listened politely, enjoying the atmosphere and my drink (or two!!). Sheila was at the bar enjoying the other music and didn’t seem nervous at all before her set. Sheila came on approximately 9.45pm and I was ready and waiting. Having seen a YouTube video previously I knew that she sounded good and I was looking forward to hearing her in real time. She didn’t disappoint. Sheila started off with a cover version of my favourite all time song: Marvin Gaye’s “Heard it through the grapevine”; it was a bluesy sounding cover, gutsy singing with a whole lot of depth and variation. Sheila strummed her guitar, making it into her own interpretation. Next came Twenty Degrees. Sheila’s voice and guitar sound now turned to a country feel, evoking a feeling that I could have been in a smokey blue’s bar in the good ol’ Deep South with sunlight streaming through the windows. Whilst singing I could hear her guitar strings taking a bashing with emotion; I looked round and people were really enjoying this one, tapping their feet and nodding their heads in time; this looked good! It wasn’t just me really enjoying it then.!

Last but not least there came a ballad to calm us all down. This was entitled “All of it”. Sheila sang in a high, soft voice, starting with heartfelt emotive words that were identifiable by us all – “never fall again”. During the whole of this song you could have heard the proverbial pin drop. Twinkling those guitar strings while singing “don’t want to fight any more” had many of us looking down in our glasses and pondering life – I know I did. When she finished singing this song I think the crowd were all unsure whether to clap or cry but in the space of a few seconds we all bucked up and cheered. Well done, Sheila! I had a great night and one thing is for sure – a trip to the Ship Pub is a must – for all of us music lovers everywhere!

“During the whole of this song you could have heard the proverbial pin drop” | 75

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