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Issue 6 [Online] – December 2013


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and welcome to Love Music Magazine’s sixth online edition. So, I hope you are looking forward to a well earned rest, feet up, mince pies, various beverages, and generally having a good time. I know I am! Love Music Magazine is hosting the amazing Love Music Magazine Conference in March next year. For tickets go to;/conference It will be a fantastic event and if you bring a band of five, you will only end up paying just over £20 per ticket, that is quite a BIG discount. We are appearing all over the radio at the moment. We have had a conversation with Scotty from Pulse 98.4 and Joy Ogude from Westside FM. Love Music Magazine is here to get you noticed so please keep promoting, sharing, liking, tweeting this magazine as it all helps YOU!

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Meet J Bravo, one of the hardest working musicians I know, bringing his latest album, R-PLATED: A J.Bravo Fragment, to the fore. It’s an eclectic mix and one definitely worth hearing. His album is also reviewed in the back of this issue. By Emma Walker | 7

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Can you tell the readers of Love Music Magazine about you and your musical career so far? I am a Hip Hop music producer and Emcee born and raised in Leeds, Yorkshire. Over the years my skills have extended to acting as a recording engineer, community outreach worker and Stage Crew for local social media projects. Among the companies I have worked for are the Invizible Circle, RJC and The West Yorkshire Playhouse. You have been in and out of the studio for years now. Can you tell me what has been your favourite collaborative track so far? Very good, and difficult, question. It's a song on my new CD RPlated CALLED "Lord On My Side". The reason is the beat is one of the best I have done and the collaborators, D the Prince and R.Kidd, were students that attended my workshops. What began as just another class became a work of art and an example for others of teachers and students working together. Your current album R-PLATED: A J.Bravo Fragment is a great example of UK Hip Hop. How long have you been perfecting this album? Tell us a bit more about the recording process. Thank you. The work comes primarily from being a fan of the genre itself. I thought a lot about the music I listened to when I was Thirteen in 1995, Wu-Tang, Nas, Busta Rhymes, their characteristics and lyrics, and why it had a lasting effect on the rest of my life. Ultimately it was because I could relate to them. I felt it was important to make songs that speak about my community. As you say "R-Plated, as I am always learning". Is there any advice you can offer to other musicians who aspire to be where you are? The key thing I would tell them is to have fun writing songs that are a reflection of themselves. Don’t just aim to play it safe with party songs and love songs or rap exclusively about how hard you are. You will never stand out from the rest that way. Also, perform on stage any chance you get. The best way to know if your song works, is, if it "Moves the Crowd" (MC). What would be the ultimate aim for your music career? What I really really want is a "staple wave". Remember when Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre and Death Row records were all anybody used to talk about? I want like two years where the whole UK, the world even, can’t stop talking about how great J.Bravo, TekNico, Dialect, the whole office, came with great music, videos, shows, all that good stuff.

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As the readers of Love Music Magazine may not know, we went to school together. Is there anything that you have used from then to carry you through in to your career? Everything I learned at Allerton High to do with music I have used to this very day. Learning how to use music programs, writing and recording my own music, performing on stage, working with my friends. Remember Jemal Cohen? We run music workshops together. All this started in high school. Our music teacher, Jayne Price, came to my last gig in October. It was important to me that she saw how far I had come. What is coming up next for J Bravo? Any gigs planned? On the 14th Dec I have two gigs. First I'm battling a rapper called Bombshell at the 8th Stand Tall MC Clash in the afternoon. Then in the evening, I will be performing at Hollywood Bowl in Kirkstall, Leeds. As you can see, ‘I gets busy!’ Who would you say is your biggest musical inspiration? My biggest inspiration is a music producer named DJ Premier. He is the master at creating some of the rawest, toughest Hip Hop music in history, yet his catalogue is extremely diverse. He has worked with Nas, M.O.P, KRS-ONE, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera, even Craig David. I would love in time for my work to be decorated by such a colourful archive. And of course, everybody's inspired by Michael Jackson. Purchase my music: Check out my You Tube Channel "Bruce Leeds"

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Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far? So far, it's been pretty bumpy for me as a musician, for a number of years I've been trying to see what sounds best for me and what I like to make the most and luckily I've stumbled across the best producing style for me. I'm listening to your music now. 'Run' is one of my favourite tracks. Where do you get your inspiration from for your music? I was inspired by XXYYXX, the chords and synths that he uses are the reason that I even make music like this, because he has simple/minimal music, but it's so effective, so I really wanted to try and capture that with Pagan Gang 'I'm Gone' is what I would describe as a musical work of art. It's one of those tracks that you could have many thought interpretations of. Do you agree with this statement and what was your vision for the track? "I'm Gone" isn't part of the project Pagan Gang. It's part of another project called Dirty Weekends, but I was really inspired by Kanye West's song "Hell of a Life" and the minute I heard his song I was like I want to make a slower and maybe darker twist on it. I included gunshots and actual audio clips from the Woolwich Shootings that happened back in May 2013. I was just overall inspired to do something that was influenced by my frustration as well as my interpretation of Hell of a Life. What have you got coming up in the next year? I'm releasing a project called Pagan Gang (don't know what the albums going to be called yet) and I've nearly finished a project called Dirty Weekends which will be released in 2014. Dirty Weekends is a far darker twist on things, it has rapping but doesn't contain the stereotypical rapping you'll immediately associate with rap, it has a far darker twist to things. Pagan Gang is going to be just a collection of songs me and another member Eric like to make. What is your dream for your music career? My dream is a music career, period. I don't want to have a 9-5 job as I've done work experience and I hate that environment, I would rather make music and make money. I don't care about how much I make, as long as people like my music and I can live by making music. What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? You can do this, just as much as anyone else can. People live their lives regretting the time they wasted and what not. If you're a musician and want to be a professional musician, put your eggs in that basket and do as much as you can. Everyone has the same amount of time on this earth as each other, yet, there are still successful musicians and an abundance of unsuccessful ones. Find what you like, not what you want people to like, what you like. What is your favourite track? Does it hold a certain significant meaning? Asking what my favourite track is like asking the father in cheaper by the dozen, who's his favourite kid. This isn't my favourite track but it's definitely a song that you should listen to, specifically for the instrumental, if you don't like hip-hop that's okay, but Mos Def Auditorium is a song that I won't ever forget.

The music that comes from Pagan Gang has to be heard to be believed. It’s a thought process within a thought process By Emma Walker | 13

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Zara has an exquisite talent and a passion for music that is so clear to hear and see. She is definitely going places soon By Emma Walker | 15

The EP - The Cage And The Free- is amazing. You definitely have a good career ahead of you. What has been the best part of recording it? Thank you, I'm glad you like it! It's usually those unexpected moments in the studio when I have to improvise on the spot and make do with what I have that makes the recording process exciting and fun for me. For example we recorded a drum kit in my bathroom as an experiment to see what it sounded like with the room's amazing acoustics - that can be heard on the track Dinosaur Men. Another highlight was the day I planned to record lead vocals for the track Young. This was at my home in London which is right across the street from a nursery. The children playing in the playground were being that loud that I couldn't record vocals without them being all over the takes! So with the song being about growing up but still feeling youthful, I opened my window and held the microphone outside to record the sound of them instead which you can hear on the final version of the song. Can you tell us about the recording process of it. Who have you worked with to produce it? Most of the recording and production I did myself in my studio at home as I have a real love for making the tracks sound exactly the way I want from start to finish. Most of this was picked up from studying at the BRIT School but I don't see myself as a professional producer or anything. I just trust my ears and go with what I think works. I'm still constantly learning by just being around good friends who are producers and musicians. Once everything was recorded with some production ideas in place I then worked with producer Jackson Dimiglio-Wood, who adds his magic to the tracks, to get our final mix of the song. The amazing work he does with my tracks is really essential for getting that polished professional sound. Your writing is really something else. Where do you feel most inspired to write? I usually feel most inspired to write when I've just heard a great band or song that really amazes me but at the same time is something I would have never written myself. And if I'm ever obsessed with a new song it tends to reflect in my writing from that moment on. 16 | | 17

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What is coming up for you in the next year? Lots more writing and recording of new songs and live performances of my new EP - The Cage and the Free. And music videos too!

If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why? I'd probably be too star struck to string a sentence together if I got the opportunity to collaborate with any of my all-time heroes but Aretha Franklin or Stevie Wonder would be amazing. Damn, if only James Brown was still alive! Oh, I also can't forget my current favourite producer Danger Mouse, who is one half of the duo Gnarls Barkley. He's also produced for bands such as The Black Keys, Gorillaz, and Norah Jones - I'm constantly inspired by his work on those tracks! If you had to pick one favourite song ever, what would it be? This has got to be the hardest question ever! Especially as it tends to change all the time‌ One of my all time favourite songs is My Girl by the Temptations. My mother would sing it to me a lot when I was younger and so now it brings back happy childhood memories of us dancing and singing together. Another one is Cruz by Christina Aguilera which reminds me of packing up and leaving home to go and live in London -I would drive my family insane trying to hit those high diva notes. Is there any advice you can offer to new musicians out there? Don't settle for second best when it comes to your art. Make your work the greatest it can be whether that be a record or a show - then once it's done, move on, grow from it and try and beat it next time. What has been the highlight of your musical journey so far? Either playing at the Olympic Park last year for the 2012 Paralympics or playing to my biggest crowd to date at a concert in Trafalgar Square this summer! | 19

We spoke to Neil from The Tempertons about the band, the music and what is coming up By Emma Walker

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Please tell me more about you. Sheffield's best kept secret! About the band and how you got together etc? The band was started in Sheffield by my brother-in-law James Waiters and myself in the summer of 2009. Our dream had been to assemble a band of top musicians who were willing to work hard, study and play music with us. It remains crucial to us that they can get excited about the genre, described variously as funk, soul, disco, groove… The Tempertons now have 10 members, including 2 vocalists, a 3 piece horn section and a recently added percussionist. We’re now considering some dedicated backing vocalists to help me and James out, although we are getting as big as our heroes Earth, Wind and Fire and difficult for venues to accommodate. Incidentally, we named ourselves after one of our songwriting heroes, Mr Rod Temperton. We consider that fact alone to be a powerful opening gambit since Rod wrote, arranged and played on some of our favourite disco funk classics. Rod really inspired us – an ordinary guy from Lincolnshire on the face of it – but he went on to write Thriller and Off the Wall! I love the sound of you. You have a really nice chilled vibe. What is your favourite track to perform as a band? Aaah! A difficult question – can depend on the gig. Personally, I would say that I love playing on one of Sinead’s tracks, Every time that I think – a complicated, funky soulful song with a powerful vocal. We have yet to record it properly, but you can get an idea here. Sinead never fails to take the roof off with this one – such great fun to play! We also added the Steely Dan track Black Cow to our set recently and often open with this. I have been a fan of Becker and Fagen since I was about 10 and still have to pinch myself that I’m in a band good enough to do this track justice. We love the challenge of covering this type of stuff and you learn so much as a musician, for instance when arranging the horns or vocals. What has been the highlight of your musical journey so far? Tramlines festival in Sheffield has been good to us and we had a great time last summer and the summer before, although we recently played the after show party for Sheffield’s Women of Steel concert. Put simply, it was the most amazing venue I have ever played – The Ballroom in the basement of Sheffield City Hall. Hearing History and more recently Fall Down Twice on BBC Radio Sheffield was also a terrific feeling. Finally releasing our EP – that was a long journey – also very special. If there was any advice you could offer to new musicians what would it be? I have taught guitar on and off for over 20 years so I have a few opinions here… I think that being a good musician relies more on listening than on playing in some regards. When I teach guitar, I’m keen to develop my students as musicians rather than guitarists – otherwise you are limited. You love the guitar, but you are trying to make music – so listen to everything with an open mind, study other instruments if you can, borrow from your heroes and emulate their style, gradually creating something of your own. On the whole, I feel that songs last longer than musicians, so I lean towards writers and composers more than musicians. A grade 3 pianist can play a simple Mozart piece and deliver something really special – 250 years after it was written. That still blows me away.

What or who inspires you as a band? Being such a large band, the influences are vast. Going all the way back to the start of The Tempertons, we would have to list bands like Steely Dan, Chic, Heatwave, The Dap Kings, as well as artists such as Curtis Mayfield, Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson. We also study and admire arrangers and producers such as Quincy Jones, Jerry Hey and of course Rod Temperton. We play soulful, funky music, but some weeks I lose myself in Chopin, Ravel or Debussy, or hammer through loads of Smiths albums. James is classically trained with clarinet as his first instrument and is a big fan of Shostakovich for instance and we both obsess over left-of-centre art rockers Grizzly Bear, Talking Heads and Field Music. If there was any one song you wish you had written, what would it be? Another tough one! Maybe.. Rock With You from Michael Jackson’s first solo album. For me, it represents the very best of all musical talent: the greatest songwriter in Rod Temperton, Quincy Jones and engineer Bruce Swedien working their magic in the studio and arranger Jerry Hey stunning with his every note. Add to this the best session musicians in world and the original king of pop – complete dynamite!! An end result that cannot be challenged for perfection. What's coming up for The Tempertons? We are filling up our calendar with bookings and regularly adding new stuff to our set. Check us out on Twitter and Facebook for the latest. We’re keen to gig outside Sheffield and get some national radio play. The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show on BBC 6Music springs to mind! Current line-up Vocals: George Bennett & Sinead Rankin Guitars James Waiters & Neil Barratt Bass: Charlie Skipper Drums: Paul Lawson Tenor Sax: Katie Needham Alto Sax: Rosie Evans Trumpet, Flugelhorn: James Atashroo Percussion: Nigel Wiltshire additional vocals: Neil Barratt, James Waiters Images courtesy of Duncan Stafford, Becki Tovey and Simon Hughes | 23

Tania Vinokur is a true performer, She sings, dances plays the violin and the cajoN. she talks to us about her dreams for her career. By Emma Walker

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Can you tell us more about you as an artist and performer? I notice that you play the violin. It's quite a unique instrument to play. Do you think this adds more dimensions to your music? I was born in Moldova when it was still part of the Soviet Union to a Jewish family. Both of my parents are musicians- my mom is a Violinist and my father is a Cellist. When I was 3 years old during their practice brake I took my mom's violin and hold it in the right position - at that same moment my mom entered the room. That's how my relationship with the violin started. Due to my "Russian" classical training it allows me to control and use the instrument in many ways. My music writing, the arrangements, they all start with the violin. Technically I can run with my fingers as fast as I need, I reflect and pick up along the way different styles and techniques as I wished with the Spanish, Greek, Latin, Irish and of course the Jewish music. But more importantly - on the spiritual level its one of the instruments in my use, as much as my body is with the dancing, to express whatever colours my soul has to offer to this world. In my performances I also sing and play the Cajon. A few years back after a show I would get criticized about doing too many things on stage but with time it became the reason why people come to see me perform. I enjoy very much feeling the combination of the harmony and melodies on the violin, the groove on the Cajon, talking to the audience through my songs and the freedom of the movement with the dance.

street combined with a rhythm that already stuck in my head, the luck of words when I'm trying to express a feeling or the body cutting the air while improvising dance moves - it all can create the base to start working with, and then the work begins‌ What is your dream for your music career? I dream of being heard on the radio across the world, performing in great venues, I love performing for a crowd of a 100 as much as a crowd of 10,000, meeting and collaborating with great artists and DJ's of our time, I would love to hear my music played and remixed by others artists and bands, and the most important thing I dream of doing what I love for as much as I breath. What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? Keep on dreaming big time and working as hard as you can to make them come true. What is coming up for you in the next year? Well, much more of this J Tours, very interesting collaborations in progress, The release of my album and a few surprises‌

What or who would you say inspires you as a musician? I find my inspiration in so many ways: first of all I admire great "old school" artists such as Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson, Woody Allen, Martha Graham, Madonna, Sade, Miles Davis and so many more great pioneer artists that combined different arts and approach in their craft. Also I find a lot of inspiration in the new sound and the digital world that became such a big part of our lives lately. I think most importantly I get inspired by the audience that gives me something to look forward to every time before I go on stage even if I did so 5 times at the same week. This energy fulfils me and makes me want to look deeper and be better every single time. Of course the ideas for the music and the lyrics can be found in the smallest of things such as a sound of a buss on the | 25

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We speak to Barricades Rise about their career so far and their Christmas gift to all their fans By Emma Walker | 27

Tell me about you both and your musical journey this far? JONATHAN - Hi, we are Barricades Rise and we are an acoustic folk rock duo based in the UK. We've been writing and performing as a duo for around 6 years. In that time we have release two albums, an EP and gigged all across the UK. MICHAEL- We've known each other for 15 or so years and have gone through loads of different bands together, but Barricades Rise seems to have stuck What has been the highlight of your musical journey so far? MICHAEL - The whole process of writing music, recording it, releasing it and getting people singing your songs back to you. We've got quite a few folk who attend our gigs and it's the best feeling. I note you have a Christmas song on your Soundcloud. Why did you choose this particular track? JONATHAN - We actually record a different one each year. So far we have done 'Driving home for Christmas', 'Fairytale of New York', 'Little DruMichaeler Boy' 'Stop The Calvary', 'Feed The World' and 'Merry Christmas Everybody' and this year we have recorded 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'. The reason we do it is purely for our fans. It's our Christmas gift to them really. The first two or three years we recorded the songs and sent out a free CD to any of our fans that wanted one, kind of like the old fashion mailing list promo. As our fan base grew and more and more people wanted them, we unfortunately had to stop this for fear of bankruptcy when the stamp prices doubled. So now we offer a free download and from December 1st, you can get all our Christmas covers for free at Love the track 'Making Faces From Clouds'. What is the best cloud face/shape you have seen? JONATHAN - I once got excited as thought I saw an octagon once but it turned out to just be a bog standard heptagon. Oh and Jesus MICHAEL - I saw one just like a plane but turned out it was actually just a plane. What is coming up for Barricades Rise? JONATHAN - we are starting to look at gigs for 2014 now and will soon be filling up our gig guide. We are also writing new tunes at the moment and talking of getting them out in some form or another over the next 12 months.

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If you had any advice to offer to new musicians, what would it be? JONATHAN - get out on the road. It will toughen you up :) MICHAEL - You have to get on twitter too, Although Facebook is often talked about as THE social network site, we've met so many beautiful people on Twitter including some famous faces (Billie Myers is a fan!) What is the best thing about being in a band? JONATHAN - fan interaction is amazing. We love our band of Barricites and meeting them at gigs and chatting over social media is amazing. I also love that feeling of a new songs coming together and breathing new life into the set MICHAEL - Yeah, completely agree. Website - Twitter - @barricadesrise Facebook - Bandcamp - YouTube - Store - Big Cartel | 29

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Dani releases her Christmas single “Love hurts� on December 15th, we talk to her about this and her chart topping success By Emma Walker | 31

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Can you tell the readers of Love Music Magazine a bit more about you? I'm a Singer songwriter and guitarist from Brighton, England and I'm really influenced by Blues, Soul, Country and Gospel music. In 2007 I signed to Ruf Records who are probably the 2nd biggest independent blues label in the world. Since then I've been very lucky touring all over the world playing music, making records and meeting some of my hero's along the way. I've had a listen to your single "Love Hurts", released on December 15th. Can you tell us about the inspiration for this track and a bit about it's recording? Usually I'm a songwriter and my next album will be all original material but every now and again I come across a song that says everything I feel and everything I want to say better than I could ever put it. Love Hurts is one of those songs. It was first a hit for The Everly Brothers but also did well when covered by the rock group Nazareth. In 2012 I was opening for Nazareth at a big show in Belgium and when they played this song I couldn't get it out of my head. More recently I did an unplugged live performance "The Sacrebleu Sessions" at a venue in Northampton from which we have released two singles. This is one of them. I note you have worked with some very big names. What has been the highlight of this and who is your favourite musician to work with? Working with Pee Wee Ellis at Womad Festival was wonderful. He was such a sweet and humble guy and yet so immensely talented. I have a big interest in soul music and the civil rights movement and Pee Wee had played a big part in that touring with James Brown and co-writing "I'm black and I'm proud". I was also very honoured in 2010 to have Mike Vernon (Clapton/Bowie/Fleetwood Mac) come out of retirement to produce my 2nd record Shine. Mike was also such a genuine down to earth guy but I was just in awe of him; he is blues royalty. My favourite musician to work with though is my best friend and guitarist Stuart Dixon. We co-manage my career together and he MD's my live band. Stuart is also producing my next record. He is a phenomenal talent and has played guitar for every one from Stax's Eddie Floyd to Geno Washington. I know you have been in the charts next to the likes of Taylor Swift and Shania Twain. You have also topped the blues charts. How does it feel to have attained these fantastic achievements? It's exciting; especially with my last single crossing over to the country charts. I love blues music but it felt good to reach out to a wider audience. I don't really like to be pigeon holed in one genre. I think it's all about strong song writing and I'm inspired by all musical genres especially roots music. Hero's of mine include Patty Griffin, Ray Charles, Foy Vance and Lyle Lovett; artists who blend gospel, blues, soul and country into great pieces of song writing.

What inspires you to write your music? My own experiences really and what's happening socially, culturally and politically around me. I've written songs about having my heart broken but also songs about child soldiers and injustice, songs about the London riots, songs telling stories about the lives of inspirational people I have met, and songs to inspire people going through hard times. You work with a charity in Kenya. Can you tell us a bit more about that? Yes, for the past 7 years I have been able to fundraise on my tours to raise money to help street children and HIV orphans in Kenya. For many of these projects I work with a great charity called Moving Mountains. The projects we have coordinated together are aimed at improving educational opportunities, health and sanitation, and giving children the opportunity to play and enjoy themselves, escaping the struggle of their day to day life. We have provided instruments and music education, arts equipment, sports equipment, running water and water storage, building classrooms and filling them with desks and chairs, providing reading and writing materials. This year I also took on a project helping children at an HIV orphanage, making sure the eldest girl could afford her secondary school education and providing the children with fruit and vegetables each day which will greatly improve their nutrition and health. You can find out more at If you could give any words of advice to musicians, looking to get where you are in their career, what would they be? The saying goes "You have to be in the right place at the right time!" but that's only partly true. You can make your own luck. If you can get yourself everywhere; gigging as much as you can, getting unpaid support slots for bigger acts by begging the venues etc, local and national and international radio shows. Make a great EP or album and get them to play it and so on then of course, if you have the talent so that people will want to listen to you, you will eventually be in the right place at the right time. Self made opportunities often lead to further opportunities and hard work pays off. What is coming up for you in the new year? I have a UK tour in May and my new album which I'm currently recording with some great session players will also be released in the first half of next year. Then we will play festivals in Europe and the UK over the summer. | 33

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Hana Piranha a classically trained violinist turn rock singer, and front person of band Hana Piranha, check out what happened when love music magazine met up with this uber talented female By Mark Wincott | 35

Hana Piranha thank you for being involved, can you please tell the readers of Love music magazine about yourself? Hi, thanks for involving me! I am a classical violinist turned rock singer. I front my alternative rock band Hana Piranha and am influenced by/compared to artists such as PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Garbage, Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson. We have just finished our debut album, which we are planning to release next year You learnt to play the violin at the age of 3.....How did this happen? I mean I was still learning to use the toilet at that age My parents started me off on a tissue box and ruler and then practised with me every single day until I was old enough to practise by myself. I owe them a lot! You do an amazing cover of one of my favourite tracks, Closer by Nine Inch Nails, what has been the response to you covering this and the other tracks such as Kashmir been? I made Closer a few years ago with no other agenda than to experiment and do something fun and it was surprisingly popular so I have continued in this vein with other covers. I usually give myself one day to do both song and video as it's just for fun and I don't want it to distract too much from the energy I spend on writing my own material. However it's a great way to really get to know songs I love, such as Kashmir, which actually took me a few days and was really enjoyable to record. You have covered many beautiful songs, if you could choose someone to cover a track of yours who would it be and why, also which of your tracks would it be? My Americana band Case Hardin played on a bill with a guy called Sean Taylor a few months back - I'd love to see him cover a song of mine because he's brilliant and his style is a total contrast to mine and very stripped down. This question makes me realise how very "female" most of my songs are... Cold Comfort, one of the tracks off my new album, would be cool as a cover, but he'd probably have to change a few lines. In ten words what does music mean to you? The reason why I'm on this train, not under it If you could read anyone's diary, alive or dead, real or fictitious, who would it be and why? Maybe PJ Harvey's. She doesn't give much away and it would be nice to know what she's thinking, especially in the context of songs of hers that mean so much to me. If you had to describe your music to someone in the style of TV/Movie character who would it be? I've been racking my brains over this one. I'd love to reference a classic femme fatale but that would be uneducated, as I haven't watched much film noir. I don't really watch much tv or films in general but as a book character who can translate to film, I would like to think my music and persona resembles Cathy Earnshaw from Wuthering Heights. You have played many live gigs in your time, where has been the best venue you have played?

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Probably the most overwhelmingly cool experience would be back in school with my string quartet where we got to perform at Wigmore Hall. Any advice you would give to a budding musician who is trying their hand at entering a life of music? It's a tough industry and moments of brilliance and glamour are only achieved by a lot of dull work. If you don't live to make music, don't bother. Also, start young!!!!! If you have an instinct/passion, ride with it! You can catch up with all the other stuff later. What is your favourite word? Smouldering Has the use of Twitter, Soundcloud and Facebook helped you with your career? If so why and if not why? Definitely. I have barely been able to gig at all in the last year due to not having a functional band, so social networking has been a great way of keeping people entertained and up to date with my daily progress. Is there something you would love to share with the readers of Love Music Magazine today that you wouldn’t normally tell people? I walk through the pitch black park at night. (Don't try this at home) You’re currently learning to play the bass guitar, how is this going? It's great! I'm playing with a band called Scarlette Fever. The songs are so cool to play and I finally have a reason to justify making time to learn the bass. It's probably my favourite instrument - I have always enjoyed writing for it and for many years considered myself a "backseat bassist". My brother Aaron is the bassist in my band so I nick all his gear. What are your plans for the future? All my plans are focused around getting stronger as a musician, songwriter and performer. Do you think we will ever live in a world where a chicken can cross the road without ever having its motives questioned? I hope for the day! However in the current climate I fear this will never be achievable (at least, that's what my pet chickens tell me every time the neighbours rescue them as they try to escape!!!) @hanapiranha | 37

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We catch up with Sam from Lovelife. By Emma Walker Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far? Frank and I started making music together in school around age 13. We played in various bands throughout our teens until we found ourselves with Lee. Then later on Ally was producing our old bands 2nd record when we realised that we were making music that was quite far removed from that band so we decided to give it it's own identity. We asked ally to start a new band with us and thus... Lovelife was born. Do you often get compared to anyone else? A lot of people have likened us to Depeche Mode. There have been a lot of comparisons actually but I can't think of any right now. Lots of 80s bands. What or who would you say inspires you as a group? We all take inspiration from different sources. Ally takes a lot from Kraftwerk where Lee and myself get a lot from The Smiths and Morrissey. But as a whole I think we all appreciate and take inspiration from good SONGS. No matter what genre or guise it's presented in. What have you got coming up in the next year? We have a few shows at the bootleg in LA then some at the constellation room in Santa Ana plus we're starting work on our first full length album. What is your dream for your music career? I think to have a long shelf life and just keep continuing to make people happy with music. To keep progressing and improving. To make an impact on the world and leave behind something special. What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? Work hard at your craft. It doesn't come easy so keep writing songs and keep practicing. You can always improve. Also there's no substitute for playing 300 shows so don't think that you'll nail your first show. It comes with time, practice and patience. If your music was a sandwich what would it be? The Elvis. Peanut butter, bacon and banana. Fried in butter. If you had to pick a favourite song what would it be and why? Does it hold a certain significant meaning? One of our songs? Probably your new beloved. It gives me goosebumps every time. It's so deeply sincere it makes me shiver. Especially live. Image courtesy of Adam Weatherley | 39

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Xsara catches up with us and gives an honest and frank account of the music industry By Emma Walker | 41

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Can you tell the readers of Love Music Magazine about you? My name is XSARA (pronounced Ex-sar-ruh) and I'm a singersongwriter, solo artist in the Jazz inspired Pop genre. I write music with Jazz and Funk influences then mix it up with a dash of Pop and some comedic or sarcastic lyrics. I also have a great band made up of Ed Kontargyris on the drums, Si Paton on the bass, Ben Donnelly on sax/bassoon and Anna Rawlings on trumpet. I have been listening to your album "Are There Dragons In Your Heart?" It's a collection of various musical styles. What is your favorite musical style and what would you say inspired this favorite? I love so many musical genres to suit my mood but I would have to say the Blues from spending my childhood in Mississippi, mainly 70's funk and soul for it's bad bass lines to dance to while conveying some serious messages and piano led singersongwriters. Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Davis, Koko Taylor, Kate Bush, Pj Harvey, Tori Amos, Nina Simone, Ann Sexton, Ruby Andrews to name a few. Can you tell us a bit more about the album and its production? The album was written in a short space of time except for a few songs, I locked myself away for a month. All tracks are original and I am the only songwriter of all my songs. I co-arrange with my talented band members for stage. I decided to take a new musical approach to this album and show more of my vulnerable side. My last E.P displayed more of the feisty side of my emotions, I wanted this album to be a more honest representation of my emotional experiences through the year. I also had a complete image change for the album. I kept production to a minimal as I wanted to keep an organic sound to the recordings which weren't too over processed and it was co-produced by myself with the mixing engineer. It was tight getting it released for the launch party but I made the deadline by the help of Karen Thompson at Exchange Studios who did the mastering, Ran at Offtape studios who recorded it and Jo찾o Sim천es who mixed and co-produced it. There were some sleepless nights at the end! What is next for Xsara? We'll be focusing on doing more gigs outside of London, we have some upcoming music videos coming out soon which I'm excited about! It's always really fulfilling to be part of the creative process of a video and adding a visual to the music. I am busy promoting this album and currently writing new songs for the next release already! I aim to hand over the business aspects over to external management soon so I can delegate instead of doing everything independently which can be hard when you take the DIY route and you're also the artist and creator. I've been self managed and funded independently for 2 and a half years now without the use of external investors, PR companies, funding or campaigns. What has been the highlight of your musical journey so far? I would say playing live twice in session on radio for BBC Introducing, receiving support from the underground music community through features, festivals and radio plays and a gig where I got the best fan letter given to me! I have it stuck up on the mirror to remind me to keep going every time it gets tough in the music industry. Actually the most rewarding experience for me is when you go on stage where you may have had a bad day but then you play in front of a special audience that gives you their energy,

every song you play changes slightly and it brings them alive in a new way. That's a very intimate cool experience and one hard to explain in words. Audiences underestimate their ability to influence performers. Another is on the nights when I've received too many compliments from the audience to remember and know on my way back home my band and I made their night one to remember. What advice can you offer to new musicians looking to get where you are in their career? This is hard as I want to encouraging and optimistic to all musicians out there but I also don't want to create illusions about the industry. First of all you have to really love what you do. Music wasn't a choice for me but a calling, it is what makes me feel alive and normal, I need to write and create in my life, it is what is natural for me like breathing. It's a hard, demanding, rewarding, unpredictable lifestyle. There are some amazing highs and some strong temporary lows. It's a bit different being a songwriter to just a musician as writing music can be an emotional and complex experience, your life can get drawn into the artistic process which can make it a bit dramatic regarding relationships! Be prepared to make sacrifices in every area of your life, be prepared especially if you are a solo artist to walk alone and be laughed at as well as praised for your vision, be prepared to a leader, be prepared to convert the unconverted, be prepared for jealousy, you need to know your business inside and out it will aid you, to do A LOT of admin. An ability to be resilient to rejection, or to let praise go to your head, lots of self belief, an ability to persuade others. If you are not a solo artist or songwriter and are sharing the responsibilities it is much easier as you can share the responsibilities. Expect to spend a lot of money, I have spent many, many thousands, looking at the spreadsheets I do try to avoid haha. Never give up! Make the impossible reality. Dream, lots. Every disbeliever should spur you on but be willing to grow, transform, adapt and be able to use constructive feedback to further yourself. In the same day I've been told by an audience member that they fell in love with my voice, that I'm amazing, could not understand why I was not famous and asked to marry me while also being told by someone else my last E.P before the album was disgusting and a musical joke and I was a fool to believe I would get anywhere. Don't believe hype, believe in yourself or your days, week, year will have some severe ups and downs! Would you ever collaborate and if so, who would be your dream collaboration? Prince! That would be amazing!... I would love to work with Timbaland, Jools Holland, Kate Bush...Eminem and Dizzee Rascal would be a lot of fun. Website: Twitter: Facebook:

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We take a few minutes to talk to Matt Woosey about his musical passion, his new album and why he has turned vegetarian. By Emma Walker | 45

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Thanks for taking part in this interview. Can you tell us a bit more about yourself? Well, I was born in Cornwall. I went to a boarding school in Bristol. I am from a Military family so my parents are always travelling around, they lived in Germany for a while. So I went to school in Bristol and that’s where I lived for a few years after I went to University at Keele. Since I was fifteen I have been playing music in one way of another and it has been the main part of my life since then. I was in a band for a few years and when I was eighteen, I made the guitar my main instrument. I have also played in a few other people’s bands. In the last ten years or so I have been doing my own stuff and it is the biggest part of my life. You said you play the drums and a guitar, is there anything else that you play? Well I haven’t played the drums for many years now. The guitar has been my instrument of choice for a long time but I enjoy also really singing. I absolutely love “Hook Line & Sinker”, can you tell us where the inspiration came from for that single? I have always written my own music and everything that I have recorded has been something that I have written. I did steal the riff from that song from a friend who was jamming with it one night and he couldn’t turn it in to anything. He just had this riff and, I remembered it, took it away, sat down with it, and music started happening. I put words to it later on. It is about people who move to London and start chasing the money and you know, it changes them. It’s about people chasing the money and making that the priority in their life, looking at it from the outside. It’s a little bit sad. No matter where you live and what you do, there is always a chance to live a happy life without chasing money all the time and not making that the priority. What has been the highlight of your career so far? It has to be the last year really, 2013 has been a fantastic year. I have done a world tour. I’ve played in South Africa, Australia, all around Western Europe and I did a huge tour of the UK in April where I did a gig on every day, I just haven’t stopped this year. My feet haven’t touched the ground. I have been flying here there and everywhere. The only bad thing is that I feel quite bad about my carbon footprint so I will have to try and do something about that next year. I have just turned vegetarian to try and combat that a little bit. I released an album called “On The Waggon” in April. I did the tour around the UK, South Africa, Europe and then Australia and it’s sold really well, better than any of my previous albums. I have just been picking up really positive vibes this year from the whole thing. It’s been well received. It’s quite an unusual sound you produce; I don’t see much of it in the mainstream. You have a really grittiness to your music, it’s quite entertaining in its own way. I think the thing is with blues music, there is quite a lot of it around but you really have to go out looking for it because it doesn’t get played on the radio. There are a couple of specialised blues shows and there are a couple of blues festivals, there are also lots of people playing blues but you have to go out and search for it because people don’t play it as much on the radio any more. The blues has got a little bit of catching up to do when you compare it to the recent folk revival. I don’t make an effort to consciously appeal to the mainstream but I have to keep in mind that the demographic for my music is 40-50 year old men. I play any venue that I possibly can to reach out to as many people as possible. I get a real kick out of playing

to people my own age and younger people as well and I equally love playing to real blues fans. Most of my set is based in the blues but I like to explore lots of different types of music so when I play to a blues crowd, I like to play something that isn’t as definable as blues music. You are very passionate when you are play your music. How would you put your emotions, when you play, down on paper? It is my life. I don’t do anything else. I play music full time and I have had some incredible highs and some horrible lows and the blues has always just stuck with me. It is something that I just can’t get rid of, I am a musician and I have to do it because it is what makes me happy, at the end of the day. When I am playing on stage, any of the ups and downs and anything that comes with the life of being a travelling musician just all disappears. That is the reason I do it for, those moments on stage when it all becomes worthwhile Especially if I have a good crowd or a good atmosphere. I like to sing songs that are connected with my life. It’s my hopes, dreams, fears, aspirations and all the rest of it. I like to sing about my thoughts and, so, when I do sing a song, it means something to me and it’s connected to me. I can let myself go and hope that people connect with the meaning and the music. What have you got coming up in the next year? I know you said you have been around the world. Can you top this? Well I have just started working with a management team as I have never been particularly good at logistics, for example, so hopefully, we can work out ways that I can keep playing to bigger and better venues. I have been averaging 250 gigs a year for the last six or seven years. So hopefully we can work together to make it more of a conducive thing, whereby, I can travel around in a way that makes a bit more sense, rather than bit here, and there, and flying all over the place. I will just keep doing what I am doing. I have the release of “Hook, Line & Sinker” coming out tomorrow at the Karamel Club in Wood Green and I am going to tour that for a good six months probably and I have got a compilation album coming out which is my first five albums together in a triple disc box set or something similar. I also have a DVD of my South Africa and Germany tour which will be a double DVD. There are going to be several releases next year and I will be doing tours, paired up with the releases and see what happens. I am looking forward to next year. I have a new website and I hope this makes it easier for people to access my music. Any words of advice for other musicians looking to be in a similar position to yourself? I think you know deep down when it is genuinely what you want to do with your life. You get moments of time when you get down about the whole thing, but, you know deep down It is what you want to do. Just always keep the faith. My guitars name is Faith, we have been through some times together. Have faith in yourself and faith in your music. Have faith in yourself and your ability to actually stick to your guns and do it, and, to have faith in your music is also important, because, that is the whole reason you are doing it. It you believe in it, then other people will and if you don’t then you shouldn’t be doing it. You have talked about the release date for ‘Hook Line & Sinker’ Yes it was released on November 20th and I will be touring it extensively throughout the UK and Europe in early 2014. Can you tell us a bit more about you gig yesterday? It was a great night, lovely atmosphere. It was at the Phoenix Artists Club in Soho. Great atmosphere with a listening audience, low lighting. There was a girl from Scotland and a girl from Canada who also played. I was sandwiched in between two blondes, which is okay by me! It was a | 47

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great night. It was one of those nights were the music we all played was different from each other but it was wrapped up and packaged in this night which was run by the Karamel Music Collective and it was a real pleasure to play. I’ve played the noisiest bars you can ever think of and I’ve played the quietest candlelit gigs. I’ve played huge festivals and I do a lot of house concerts, living room concerts, so I am used to playing all these completely diverse concerts and gigs all over the world and they all have something brilliant about each of them but last night was definitely an absolute pleasure to play. Could you tell us about the first time you performed on stage, can you remember that? The first time I ever performed on stage was with a Thin Lizzy tribute band which I was playing the drums for which was called Black Rose. It was at the Seven Tunnel Non Political Club in Rogiet, South Wales. I was too young to be in the bar but they let me in because I was playing and they let me have some lemonade’s. It was great to be in that Thin Lizzy tribute band because the guys were older than me, I was fifteen at the time and they were about forty. They taught me a lot about rock and roll really and all things that go with the life of being a touring musician. I cut my teeth with those guys. | 49

We speak to this sweet trio about cakes and Sir Terry wogan By Emma Walker

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Can you tell us more about The Sugar Sisters, how you got together and what your respective parts are in the group?

If you had a piece of advice you could give to other musicians looking to be where you are, what would it be?

Heather - It all started in a very organic way. Ruby had £25 ukulele which she decided to get out for the day. I play guitar, so I decided to have a go on it and we had a jam and made a very quick arrangement of 'A Tisket a tasket'. We then made a video and posted it on YouTube- this was all just a bit of fun.. But suddenly we had loads of views of the video and a really positive response. We realised that maybe there was something that could worth exploring, so we contacted Stac (who me and Ruby were huge fans of) and asked if she wanted to sing harmonies. We were very excited that she said yes... We then basically went out busking to earn some dollar over the summer holidays and from our busking adventures, grew many many more random adventures...

Try not to be too precious. It's easy for us to say with our repertoire consisting of our own arrangements of other people’s songs, but, get out there, perform lots, scare yourselves doing something you thought you'd never do and enjoy it! It should be fun and if it’s not, you are doing it wrong. Have you got an album /single release coming up soon? We haven't got anything lined up as yet, but we do have a little EP available on our website and we will have a Christmas CD available shortly also, it's too early to talk about that now though right? Any gigs planned?

Stac - Other than Heather playing ukulele, we don't really have specific roles in The Sugar Sisters, we have quite similar vocal ranges so we'll just pick a harmony each and go for it. It's good this way because it means that not one person takes the lead all the time. We are all solo artists in our own right so there's a bit more freedom with our song choice and arrangements than there would be if there was just one lead and two backing vocalists. Your music is very good and so different to what is around at the moment. Does it help to be something a bit different in today's music industry? Ruby - I guess it helps us stand out, but I'm not really sure we have ever thought about that. The main thing is that we love what we do and that's probably quite infectious. Also, it's unashamedly happy music so that must help too. What has been the highlight of your musical career so far? Definitely anything Terry Wogan related! Performing for him on his Radio 2 Weekend Wogan show was amazing, as was singing a little Jingle for him on the One Show, but there is also something pretty special about playing someone’s garden party, where you can see in their faces that we are doing something that makes them happy. It's a very lovely experience.

We recently did a sold out show at the Royal Albert Hall, supporting Charles Aznavour. We were extremely excited and are still on a bit of a high. We also have a very special show at St James’ Theatre, Victoria, on the 6th December. It's our first headline show where we will be playing some of our normal repertoire and throwing in a few surprises as well. We have the fantastic Tricity Vogue joining us (she will have you in stitches) as well as the devilishly handsome swing band “Franky and the Jacks”, plus more! Here's a ticket link if you fancy it! Who would you say inspires you, both as a collective and individually? We all have eclectic tastes but without sounding too sickly, we definitely inspire each other. It's fantastic to be involved in a project like this where each of us has a different skill to bring to the table. You can't help be inspired. We are also influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, The Andrew Sisters, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu. Stac - I love artists like Joni Mitchell, Ane Brun & Stevie Wonder but also things like The London Bulgarian Choir and bands like Hejira who make you stop in your tracks and really give them your time.

In the video for "Dream A Little Dream" [one of my favourite all time songs] you have a mass array of cakes. As you are The Sugar Sisters, I guess you like sweet things. Individually, what is your favourite sweet thing and why?

Heather- I am obsessed by lyrics and harmonies.. It's always hard to narrow down inspirations, but to name but a few: Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, The Staves, Sam Cooke, Bjork, Little Dragon and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Stac - Sticky Toffee Pudding. It reminds me of my Nan, she was a don in the pudding kitchen, but I also cannot resist a Yum Yum. Yum!

Ruby - I love soul and RnB, jazz, blues, hip-hop anything really. As long as it has a sweet vocalist on it, I love it!

Heather - Lemon Drizzle cake is a classic.. A nice mix of sour and sweet.. I like a bit of balance

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By Emma Walker Can you tell us a bit more about you and your musical journey so far? I'm a singer songwriter from Crosby in Liverpool. I started singing in school in the Choir, I then moved on to school bands and working as road crew for a couple of bands, just so I could get up and sing. That took me to forming my own original bands, playing Glastonbury and recording and playing in Memphis at the 50 years of Rock and Roll festival. After having the usual ups and downs with band members/management I ended up going it alone, which I love to be honest. I released my first solo album and I have a great bunch of musicians around me and new management. I've never been busier. I'm just listening to your music on SoundCloud and it has a very country feel to it. Is this the kind of music you have always liked and grown up with? Who would you say inspires you from this genre? It definitely does have an Americana feel and yes I've always been a fan. My Dad listened to Country and Blues and Mum, Elvis and the Beatles. And anywhere we went in the car. That's what we had. It sunk in somewhere and I love that music, I love its depth and some of those country players are the best in the world. I think the likes of Ethan Johns, Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontayne have made the genre more accessible over the last ten years or so. And obviously the classic's, Charlie Rich and Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash. But I was mostly influenced by Pink Floyd growing up, which makes more sense than it seems at first, if you listen carefully. What have you got coming up in the next year? I will be putting on a show in Liverpool early in the year (date to be released soon) and releasing a single in January. I've played just about everywhere in the country this year and Its been great, but I want to focus on some bigger shows. I will then finish off a couple of the albums I'm working on and release something. It could all change, but I hope to be busier next year. And I'm really excited about my new material. What is the best piece of advice you can give to any other musicians looking to be where you are? Write, write more, gig, gig more, believe in what you do. And when people say "Don't you fancy getting a proper job" tell them you have the best job in the world. It's the hardest career you could choose to do, but one of the most enjoyable. So enjoy yourself. What has been the highlight of your career so far? Hearing back my first solo album. Nothing beats hearing what you have worked on for so long.!/robvincentmusic | 53

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Recently formed but with already so much potential, we talk to As the City Rumbles Underneath By Emma Walker | 55

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Tell us more about your band, what has been your musical journey so far? Ashton - I run a production company called Morph Productions and Cat contacted me via twitter to produce some stuff for her. It'd been a long time since she worked on any musical project seriously and she was used to doing her own thing. She said she wanted to do some shoegazer music which caught my attention because I loved that stuff in the 90's but never found anyone to do it with. Originally I thought we'd do a few tracks together and see what would happen but Cat kind of insisted that we have more a "band" relationship than a "producer/artist" relationship and I'm really glad she did. I've been having a lot of fun since we started. The idea behind the band was to release singles rather than albums because it would take us too long to get an album EP out and we really want to always be releasing something. From this philosophy we also decided to make proper videos for the songs we release as well. At this time we're focusing all our energies on creating songs and videos rather than playing live. At some point we may put together a live show but that's not what where we're at right now.

I have heard everything about my voice - "You sound like Belinda Carlisle and The Bangles..." Everyone needs to compare everything, that's how society works. I personally like and listen to more male fronted bands so I just sing from my heart and what comes out, comes out .

I've had a listen to your music and watched the video. Which is your favorite track to perform and why? Ashton -We don't really play live yet but I really love "Hearts Expire". All around, I just have no regrets with that one. Cat -I love all our songs. They stand up on their own, little entities and that's what I love about our band. Each song has Its own little world inside of it.

What is your dream for your music career? Ashton - I've had a career in music for 14 years now but my dream is to do only the things that I love and am passionate about. Sometimes that's not the case right now. Cat - My dream is to make what I love doing into reality. It has always been so. My dream for our band is that we can record something full length , keep on making fantastic videos and tour . That would mean fleshing out our band... but i totally can see it. I would love to see us reach and achieve as much as we can .

I love the video for Hearts Expire, can you tell us about it, where was it filmed and the crew behind it? The filming of Hearts Expire was a combination of a perfect day by making the best of a situation. Originally our plan was to drag two good friends of ours, Hunter Luis (director) and Jake Vincent (DOP) to Hamilton and film us with the back drop of Hamilton Ontario steel factories. The factories there are so ugly they're almost beautiful and we thought with the right clothes it would be a great backdrop and fit the mood of the song perfectly. Within 5 minutes of parking in front of one of those big factories we had security shut us down and we had to come up with another plan. Basically we drove around and started taking random shots, the highlight of which was a country garage sale. Roz Gracie, our editor turned all our footage into a really great video. We feel so lucky to have such talented friends. Can you tell us a bit more about the recording process for your album? Ashton- We write the songs together and then I finish the production. The writing comes very, very quick for us but we've learned that we always have to start the songs together. Maybe Cat and I will take an idea and work on it alone after it's initially started but it seems it's not an "As the CIty Rumbles Underneath" song unless we start it off together. It sounds cheesy but we have a very strong musical connection and the songs we write really are the sum of the two of us. It's a pretty incredible feeling. After the song is finished I finish about 80% of the production within a few hours and then I drive myself nuts for another month or so worrying about details that no one else cares about. I need the time to listen to the track and eventually details about what it needs become clear and I fill in the blanks.

What or who would you say inspires you? Cat -Everything inspires me. If I had my way I would be in the studio recording every single day. Nature inspires me, human beings inspire me, obviously love inspires me. I think that if you can't find anything to be inspired about in life - well - It makes me sad when I hear people say that . Life is beautiful, hearts are beautiful and there is always something to write about . What have you got coming up in the next year? 2013 was our first year of being a band and I feel we've really grown into a sound and a way of doing things. Now that we have everything a bit more solidified I feel we can accomplish anything. What we're aiming for next year is more licenses to tv and film (this year we licensed a track to Degrassi-Next Generation) and getting together a live show.

What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? Ashton - It's so hard to "make it" and to "make it" you have to be at the very top of your game. To be in that position you have to truly love what you're doing and not just be "chasing the buck". History has shown that many artists who went against the grain of what was happening at the time became more successful because of their originality. It's impossible to determine what the listening public is going to love in the future so have faith in your sound. Listen to what others have to say but ultimately have faith in what you're doing. Cat - Love what You do. That's it, that's all... If you had to pick a favorite song what would it be, and why? Does it hold a certain significant meaning? Ashton - For me a song I often revert to is Depeche Mode's "Not Tonight". Just seems to have that perfect blend of melancholy and joy that I always seem to be drawn to. Cat - Too many favorite songs . That is the problem! There are days where I will be in a Foo Fighter mode and others where i will go into Contemporary Classical mode - i.e. - Dustin O'Halloran and just fall in love with each note over and over again.

Do you often get compared to anyone else? Cat - My Favorite comparison is that of being kind of like "Crystal Castles " . | 57

We speak to Seb Stone. Please follow him on Facebook, he needs more followers! By Emma Walker

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Tell us more about you, what has been your musical journey so far? Well, I started off by writing lyrics then I moved onto instruments. Bass and drums first then guitar and piano. Along the way I started recording my own material and got more and more into music production. Singing has always been with me. Do you often get compared to anyone else? No way man, I’m totally unique! ;) Some have said Ben Harper but I’m not sure myself. What or who would you say inspires you as a group? Interesting question. I’d say past experiences, struggle, love, people and a fascination with music and the question of what will I write next. What have you got coming up in the next year? The loose plan at the moment is to release another single from my most recent EP, put out a brand new EP and squeeze in a few months of touring the UK. What is your dream for your music career? How many pages do we have?? What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? Don’t quit. Keep believing. If your music was a sandwich what would it be? Ten feet tall and full of goodness. Probably on Mighty White.

If you had to pick a favourite song what would it be and why? Does it hold a certain significant meaning? Three Little Birds, Bob Marley. Probably doesn’t need an explanation! I need more followers so please click those like buttons! J | 59

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Can you tell me a bit more about you and your music career so far? My name is Ling Chao Rong, I also work under the names of Ivan C. Ling & Lyngch The Versatile Composer (my music production name). I'm Chinese, born in China but now I live in Panama. I am 23 years old. For 13 years I have lived in Panama. I began my career artist in 2006 playing guitar, bass, writing songs, singing & music production. My music genres are Electro, LatĂ­n pop, Reggaeton & Ballad. What has been the highlight of your musical journey so far? In September 2013 I published my first single "Dime". It an Asian Style Romantic Reggaeton in Spanish. This song is available in music stores such as: ITunes, Amazon, 7digital, Deezer & Spotify. If you want a free download it is also available in some websites: Fuleteo, ipauta, soundcloud. My YouTube channel, search for me, is Ling Chao Rong in the web, you will find me online. What have you got coming up in the next year? Next year I will be touring and performing in America and European countries. I will also be publishing the others songs from my album (12 tracks of different genre Romantic Reggaeton, Latin Pop, Electro Latino & Ballad Pop). What is your dream for your music career? My dream is win some nominations in music awards and Billboard. Also to earn lots of money and position my music in the main music channels of the world. What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? The best inspiration to be musician is Love and Peace. Without love there is no inspiration. Without peace there is no concentration. So I think those two elements are so important to make a good musician. What would be your dream collaboration? My dream collaboration is to make a feature with Don Omar, Lucenzo, Jay Chou and others famous artist of the World. Https:// Https:// YouTube/LingChaoRong Itunes/LingChaoRong Amazon/LingChaoRong Spotify/LingChaoRong | 61

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Tell me more about you all? The Natural Curriculum are a close set of friends from Manchester who formed in 2004 by members Aver, Chalk and Bill Sykes while studying music at college. We are now a group of 5. Aver - producer/ bearded rapper, Chalk - Producer/rapper/bad dance inventor, Bill Sykes - rapper/cannabis enthusiast, Jam – beat boxer, Dj Omas - turntable wizard. The album is amazing. I had a listen yesterday. How long has it been in production? (Chalk) The album is a collection of songs made between 2007-2013. I chose songs I felt worthy of being on an album and gave the track listing an order that I felt would flow and develop in a mature manner much the same as my life has, so in a way the album is a themed collection of songs that represent me as a person, hence the album title. What have you got coming up in the next year? We will be doing a number of gigs in the coming months trying to help promote the Chalk album and in the meantime have already been working on a new collaborative project between some of the group that we hope can be recorded and released late 2014. Other than that we will be slugging along with our respective part-time work in the service industry. What would you like madam? A manwich. Coming right up! Is there anyone that you would like to collaborate with? Locally we are fans of and have worked with the ‘Herrotics’ and ‘Burgundy blood’ before, It would be a pleasure to work with them again.

Atmosphere, Company Flow, J-Zone etc. People may compare us to them. We are often inspired by the old records we buy as well, lots of Jazz and prog rock. Lyrically we are inspired by life circumstance and the oddness of human behavior and thought. Init! What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? To work hard at getting your music out yourself and to practice a lot, the more time put in the better one becomes, If you care enough that is what matters. Oh and accept criticism, can’t progress without it. Then when you think your good enough you wont care what critics think anyway and can wallow in your own ego! If your music was a sandwich, how would it be described? A modern manwich, or Manchester wRap. A hot ‘n’ hairy mix mash of a meat feast that may contain bones, stuffed in wholebeat bread with crispy salad snares and buttery jazz sauce. Served on your choice of record, cassette or CD. Um ummm! What is the best part of the recording process for you all? (Chalk) The bit where my mate say’s, ‘that’s good’ and I don’t have to do any more takes and the bit where you get to hear the finished product after weeks of deciding whether to keep a delay on a word or maybe turn down my vocal to a point where I no longer have to listen to myself. Then can realize I’m truly sick of my own voice but can also say ’actually it’s alright int’it. (Aver) The bit where Chalk leaves the room. Can you put any social media or web links here?

(Chalk) I would like to do a live rendition of Walk on by in the style of Madness. Featuring Eric Idle on piano, Animal on drums, Ron Carter on bass, Adrian Edmondson on trumpet, Alan Partridge as backing vocal and my mate marlon as backing dancer. We wouldn’t need a practice.

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Can you tell us a bit more about you and your musical journey so far? I live in South London with my hubby and guitarist Daren Callow. Growing up I knew I either wanted to be a musician or a sportswoman, but in the end I decided to follow my heart and chose to pursue music. I’m a classically trained pianist but I do the majority of my writing on guitar. I was actually taught to play the guitar by Francis Rossi of Status Quo (due to his connection with my piano teacher at the time). Being taught by a rock star was very cool! I started working with Francis when I was 17 and used to spend whole summers working with him. I learnt so much from Francis and am happy to count him as a personal friend now. I studied Music at City University (London) and piano at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Although I was very passionate about the piano, I spent more time practicing guitar during my University years. It was around this time that I discovered two of my biggest musical influences, Bonnie Raitt and Shelby Lynne. It was only after graduating that I started gigging-a late starter compared to many people I met on the circuit who had been gigging since their teenage years-but because I had been used to performing in classical concerts from a young age, the idea of performing my own songs didn’t really phase me. On the contrary I saw it as a new challenge and I still love it today as much as I did back then. I formed my first band ‘Charlie Savigar and The Architects’ in 2007 with two friends. I learnt a lot from being in this band! Perhaps the biggest lesson was how much I needed to improve as a writer and performer! After ‘The Architects’ I formed a four-piece band and it’s taken three guitarists four drummers and six bass players to finally reach my current line up of Daren Callow (guitar/vocals), Danny Newell (drums) and Alex Lofoco (bass). Looking back, I feel so grateful that I have had the opportunity to work with so many talented musicians along the way! As much as I love performing, I’m even more passionate about song writing! I’m currently collaborating with some writers in Nashville as well as some of my friends around London. One of the best ways to develop as a writer is by working with other writers and I’m really pushing myself to do this as much as possible.

You're quite a rarity in the UK. Do you find as a country artist. you get more opportunities because of this? In all honesty not really. Country is still a music genre that’s growing in the UK, and not every one gets it. Moreover, because my music is a mixture of country, pop and rock, a lot of people don’t get me either! So i’m in a situation at times when I’m too country for rock and pop nights and not country enough for country nights! What would be your dream musical collaboration? I would love to collaborate with Shelby Lynne or Sheryl Crow as I take a lot of influence from both these artists and count them as very successful writers and performers. If you could offer any advice to new musicians, who aspire to be where you are now, what would it be?

Apart from the music, I’m also a keen tennis player and runner. I’m a bit of a spiritualist to, so I enjoy taking time out to meditate and read anything about self-belief and positive thinking!

This one’s quite simple; never give up! If you believe in your music you must keep going no matter what hurdles you face along the way! Talent can only go so far. For me, the real driving forces behind success are passion, determination and the ability to get back up when you’ve taken a knock.

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What is coming up in the next year for you?

I’m happy to say there have been many wonderful moments but certainly one of the biggest highlights was performing at the world famous ‘Tootsies Orchid Lounge’ in Nashville Tennessee! Another highlight has been recording with engineer Gregg Jackman (Trevor Horn, Seal, Enya). I have learnt so much from him and have become much more confident in the studio because of his guidance. Gregg is a real perfectionist and some times he’d have me do at least 20 vocal takes before finding the right one! Obviously this technique doesn’t work for everyone and I’ve enjoyed working with other producers too who simply concentrate on finding one or two good takes, but through Gregg’s techniques I’ve learnt how to stay patient, calm and focused during the recording process which I think is so important.

The year ahead is going to be very exciting! I’ve just released my debut album ‘Get In Line’ with independent record label The Animal Farm and we will be promoting the album throughout the year. There are plenty of gigs lined up including a couple in Santiago next summer which we’re really looking forward to! The main focus, however for me next year is writing-as much as I can and with as many different people as time allows for. I’m investing in some new recording equipment, which will really help with the quality of my home demos, and hopefully towards the end of next year, we’ll be back in the studio recording some new material for the next release!

Do you often get compared to anyone else musically?

I have had a number of people saying I sound like Chissie Hynde, which is a huge compliment - other acts I’ve been compared to are KT Tunstell, The Cardigans and Aimee Mann.

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The Brilliant Maquilador. We find out the latest from them. Catch them at the Love Music Magazine New Music Conference in March By Emma Walker | 69

Firstly, can you introduce yourselves to the readers of Love Music Magazine? Lee: Morning. I’m Lee (guitar) and I’m the brains behind Maquilador. Chris (drums) is the looks. Mike (singer) is the swagger. Sani (keys) provides the muscle. Tad, aka the Mole (bass), is the wildcard. Mike: I’m actually now called MKYJ, aka The Diplomat. Rest of the band: VETO! I know Mark came along to see you live and said you are brilliant. What has been your most memorable performance? MKYJ: That’s very kind of him to say so. We try and bring as much energy and fun to our performances as possible so that we can all really get into it and have a good time together. In that sense they’ve all been pretty sweet. Though we like to have fun afterwards so maybe not entirely memorable, ha! Lee: The crowd was immense at the gig Mark saw. We made a few glaring f*ck ups but they let us get away with it – they were absolutely battered. Chris: The last one? I can't really remember any of the others…. What has been the highlight of Maquilador so far? Lee: Supporting Alt-J and Bloc Party DJ sets at Scala was decent. 70 |

MKYJ: Getting our first bit of merch……lighters with our logo on the side and even a bottle opener on the bottom, now that’s the big time. Chris: Drinking polish beer on a Thursday evening

Where did the name come from? Chris: Hull. MKYJ: Ha, that is a question that will cause all sorts of arguments. Chris is the man carrying the flame of the name proudly in his hands as he beats away the oppressive and constant blows of torment from the other vicious members of the band. In short, it’s a shortened version of a Radiohead B-side song, and as they did it with a Talking Heads song, we thought why not. It also leads to pretty contentious political issues across the world. We do not want to express our opinions on this but simply to keep people asking and debating. Lee: It was a toss-up between Zen Arcade, which was the name of the rehearsal studio we used to practise at when we first started playing music together, and Maquilador, which means ‘Mexican sweatshop’. There was only ever going to be one winner there. What advice can you offer to new musicians looking to progress in their career? Lee: Get a German female in your band as soon as possible. Your band will instantly become an efficient, dor

well-oiled PR machine. Tad: Ja! Candy Pants! The vocals and the band work so well together. What is your favourite song to perform? Chris: Do they?! MKYJ: Ha that’s not always the case in practice. I have to be reigned in quite a lot with my vocals as I tend to get a little over excited with the bellowing notes or reading poetry over random parts of songs. Luckily being told when to stop does lead to some cracking stuff. It’s hard to answer, because it changes as we develop songs, but right now it has to be either ‘How’ or ‘Scream Out’ which is the first song Sani has ever written and literally blew me away! Lee: “Pizzomatic”. It’s basically the same riff the whole way through but the beat and vocal changes take it up and down nicely and we get to go a bit man united at the end. Do you get inspired by any artists in particular? And if not, where do you get your inspiration from? Chris: The Queen, our leader! Lee: None of the rest of the band is keen but I’m quite a big Radiohead fan. MKYJ: We all have our different favourites and influence. I love The Beta Band (anything Steve Mason does), Four Tet, Caribou and Unkle, whereas Chris is hugely into At The Drive In and The Mars Volta, which is good for us considering the quality of their drums! Sani brings a touch of class with her classical background. What's coming up for Maquilador? Lee: More London gigs. We’re recording an EP early next year. If we get a bit of interest from record labels then we’ll all quit our jobs, blow all our money on the first record and a hedonistic European tour, get drug addictions, rack up loads of debt with bad guys, flee to Mexico and get jobs in a maquiladora. (Band all concur) Chris: …or something completely different…. Can you put any social media links here? Sani: We’ve worked really hard to build a decent online presence, as this seems to be the way to go nowadays. So you can follow us on all the usual channels, facebook, twitter, instagram, tumblr for randomness and general nonsense , but if you’re after genuine useful information, go to our website. If anyone wants to get in touch directly, email us on and you’ll inevitably end up speaking to me…. Website: Facebook: Twitter: @maquilad0r (with a nought) Soundcloud: Tumblr: Instagram: wearemaquilador YouTube: | 71

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

Well – started off at school & were playing local clubs when we were only about 14. Got talking with Gav Monaghan the producer who helped us out with recording our first tracks & we started getting some radio play. We were probably a bit too young back then to make any kind of breakthrough, and then after that, we were asked to play the Radio 1 big weekend when we got older and just more gigs around the uk & festivals. Right now we’re looking to release some singles, videos and get touring. or Paul Banks. Just how they wrote about the world of drugs, sex and the general darker side of situations. The Do you often get compared to anyone else? way they observed things going on around them and how they manage to portray that so well in a song is We’ve had some pretty peculiar comparisons down the picturesque. Also the Mojave Desert. years, I remember someone saying I sang like Kylie Minouge after a gig once. I took that on board. What have you got coming up in the next year? 
What is your dream for your music career? What or who would you say inspires you as a group? We’ve got a couple more tracks and music videos due for release once the Article Way single and video comes out. I guess we’ve all got our own inspirations in the band. We’ll play some shows around the UK and then record Anything that has a lot of guitar effects in is good for some more stuff in the studio. Then we’ll see what us. We like introducing each other to new stuff all the happens. Nothings even come out yet so who knows. time. I’ve had this Dandelion Seeds song by a band called July stuck in my head for ages, I’m insisting they play it. Lyrically, for me, it doesn’t get any better What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? than Lou Reed 72 |

Practice, play gigs, write your own stuff and just listen to all kinds of music. If your music was a sandwich what would it be?

Its hard to single one particular song out. When I hear the end of PDA I often question if music could get any better, similar thing with the end of Sea Within a Sea by The Horrors. As a whole we all love a bit of Civilisation by The Andrews Sisters.

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On the cover of this festive issue, we speak to, the very smiley, Boy Meets world By Emma Walker | 75

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Thank you so much for being the December issue cover stars. How does it feel? It feels great. We are very thankful and honoured to have this opportunity. Can you tell the readers of Love Music Magazine all about you and how you got together? Absolutely, well, the three of us (myself, Ryan, and Craig) are brothers so we go waaaaayyyy back. We decided that we all had a passion for music and wanted to make a career of it. We figured the best route to find dedicated and talented musicians would be on Craigslist. That's where we found Pat. After jamming with Pat and having a different singer at the beginning of our career, we decided to have Craig switch over from guitar to lead vocals. When he did that, we had to fill the void on guitar. We contacted our friend Drew and offered him the role. We have all 5 been jamming together ever since. I love the Christmas single, “Home For The Holidays”. It’s probably one of the best Christmas singles I've heard in a while. Can you tell me a bit about it? Thank you for the very nice compliment. This particular song was written by Craig while he was away at college. I'm gonna say that, judging by the lyrics, he missed home around the holidays and decided to write a tasty jam about it. The EP, Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal, is out December 3rd. I love that line from Home Alone. What are your favourite Christmas films? Favourite Christmas movies include, Home Alone, Elf, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone 2, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon), and A Christmas Story. There are many great Christmas films out there, but those are the top 6 for sure. What has been the highlight of your musical journey so far? Playing the Vans Warped Tour was amazing. Even though we only got to play the one date, the experience was something we will never forget.

What have you got coming up in the next year? For the upcoming year, we hope to find a management company that will have faith in us and help us tour the US. We are also going to record some new music. Basically we are going to be going hard, non-stop. What is your dream for your music career? Just that! We want to make this our career. We want to play the festivals and headline arenas. Yes its big dreams, but hey, all big bands start where we are, I feel like we have the drive and determination to get us to that level! What advice can you offer to any other aspiring musicians out there? Never give up. Continue on, even when people tell you that you can't. Put yourself out there as well. Build your own following from the ground up. Oh, and have fun. If you had to pick a favourite Christmas song what would it be and why? For me, my favourite classic Christmas song that I always catch myself singing along to is "White Christmas". There are so many bands now that are putting out great Christmas songs as well. I really love "Christmas with You" by Artist v.s. Poet. Christmas songs always put me in a good mood and I think back to growing up and how the holidays really bring everyone together. Please put any social media links and web links here. Have a brilliant Christmas Boy Meets World and thanks again for making the cover all festive. Thanks for the questions, and a merry Christmas to you as well! Follow BoyMeetsWorld online: | 77

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December 8th, 1980 – While returning home to Dakota apartments in New York after a recording session, John Lennon was shot by Mark Chapman 4 times in the back, at the entrance to the building. He died a few minutes later due to the severity of his injuries. Chapman believed that John was a ‘phony’ and that Lennon’s comment, “Beatles were more popular than Jesus” was blasphemous. Hence, he had a psychological urge to kill him. He had received an autograph from Lennon earlier that day and some believe Chapman pulled the trigger after calling his name. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20years-to-life. He was denied parole seven times because of campaigns held against his release. There was no funeral for John and his ashes were cremated two days later in New York’s Central Park where the ‘Strawberry Fields Memorial’ was later created.

December 4th, 1980 – Led Zeppelin issued a press statement that read, "We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were”. The death of their drummer, John Bonham on 25th September, 1980 due to asphyxia induced in his sleep, after heavy drinking caused the disbandment of Led Zeppelin despite media rumors that they were looking for a replacement. The issue mentioned earlier confirmed the incredibility of these rumors and marked the end of “Led Zeppelin”



December 30th, 2004 - There was a fire at the Callejeros (an Argentine rock band) concert when they played at a club in Buenos Aires. This unlucky event took place because of two reasons. One, someone in the audience lighted some sort of firework and threw it towards the acoustical panels in the ceiling which caught fire and two, the club was overcrowded (almost double the audience compared to its capacity) and the emergency exit doors had been illegally closed from the outside. The fire took the lives of 194 people, mostly due to burns and carbon monoxide inhalation. Among the victims were friends and family of the band members including the band manager’s wife and the lead singer’s girlfriend. The band members were investigated pertaining to their responsibility and even though they had insisted on no fireworks, it obviously hadn’t worked. After a two year hiatus, the band released their fourth album in 2006 which sold 20,000 copies on the first day. But in 2011, they were tried by the court again and were convicted of murder and each band member was sentenced to eleven years of prison. (Picture showing relatives of the deceased lighting candles as protest against the government’s lack of control)

December 3rd, 1979 – First concert of the band since three years, The Who were scheduled to play at Riverfront Coliseum (now called, US bank arena) in Cincinnati, Ohio. 11 fans died of compressive asphyxia and 23 fans were injured in the rush for seating at the front. The band’s early sound-check gave a false impression to the thousands of fans who rushed towards the entryway unaware that the doors were still closed. Despite the trampling and the bitter-cold conditions, the concert did take place because the band members were completely oblivious to the event until after the concert. Criminal suits were filed, compensations were paid to the victims and/or their families, festival seating (general admission) was banned for 25 years and strict rules now regulate the area per person at the venue. The incident was also featured in a book, serial and movie (the premiere of which was attended by The Who’s singer, Pete Townshend) Heyo! This is Chiru. It’s been a wonderful experience writing for LMM for the past couple of months. Thank you all for your support! I’d like to add a brief note before starting this month’s music history because December is a special month for all of us. When I was looking for things to write about this month, there were just so many sad incidents, so many unfortunate happenings in this happy month. In the light of this view, I’d like to cover a special edition this month, dedicated to the lost lives of all the great musicians and our fellow music-lovers. So, in the midst of all the Christmas and New Year Celebrations, let’s all take a moment to remember them and pray for their souls, amen.


December 6th, 1969 – The Altamont Speedway Free Festival in California which had the Rolling Stones as the final act became so violent that other bands like the Grateful Dead didn’t get to play. Security by the Hell’s Angels turned out to be a bad idea as the Hell Angels’ “security guard” stabbed the already high, 18 year old Meredith Hunter (in green jacket) when he tried to get on the stage after a previously failed attempt. There were 3 other accidental deaths, four births reported, many people injured, numerous cars stolen and to add to the mess, there was colossal property damage. The footage of the event was included in the Rolling Stones’ documentary ‘Gimme Shelter’ in 1970. John Densmore (The Doors), 1st (68) – Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath), 3rd (64) – Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe), 11th (54) – Taylor Swift, 13th (23) - Ricky Martin, 24th (41) – Chris Daughtry (Daughtry), 26th (33) – Scott Ian (Anthrax), 31st (49) | 79

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Heading out of Angel Station on London Underground’s Northern line, walking towards a venue I’m yet to have the pleasure of frequenting. Lying on Tolpuddle Street, just off Liverpool Road is The Islington, a bar and music venue where I’m to check out the band whose latest album has been gracing my mp3 player all week, that is Wille and the Bandits, that album is Grow. I arrive at the scene and the guy taking tickets by the venue door has great bit of banter. That is always good, it feels that this is a warm place to check out some music and relax. I ordered a cup of tea, the lovely bar staff prepared something I was yet to see at a gig, which is a board with a cup and saucer and a tea pot resting on it…wow. Entering a pretty hot venue which is also darkly lit, already on stage are the support act, five guys called Rum Honey, you know what? They absolutely smashed it, their set is tight and these talented guys will be heard more of as time continues to roll on, Hopefully they will end up writing a song about Bournemouth….(they said on stage their next song is about a beautiful place, someone shouted out Bournemouth) it was in fact Geneva and the song is class.

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By Mark Wincott

Rum Honey is a pleasure to hear and watch a blues/rock fusion, these guys look to be enjoying what they are doing, their lead guitarist (Noel Martin) with his astonishing bluesy riffs has a smile on his face that is contagious and constant, front man Sky Wood has THE presence, he has the Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes feel to him. He’s comfortable, his voice sends out waves of emotion; with the guys backing him showing what they can do. Jaime Blake- guitarist standing up front on this small stage along with Sky to his right, proving he can not only play guitar he can sing too as he dedicated track secret smile to someone who has helped them (Lisa McKeown). Noel Martin their long haired, riff fuelled guitarist. This guy blew me away; the noises that echo from his guitar is proof of what happens when someone practises hard and wants to play great music. Dominic Giannetta the bass-player standing behind the front three, mainly because it’s a pretty small stage, they all gel well, Dominic keeping the structure with the bass line, Niol Sweeney giving the crowd the rhythm to keep it all flowing on the drums. The band looked good together; Sky Wood moved to the beat, the soulful sounds coming from the stage. They look close they look and sound good and enjoy making music together. | 86

Set List Keep your head up Butterfly for a day Got To do better Black Magic Woman Mammon Trouble? Cornwall knees up Son of a Gun Why d’ya do it Chill Out Forgiveness Still go marching on Under the groove Gypsy Woman Jack the lad Try to be yourself Angel Money for Nothing

9pm start time for headline act Wille and the Bandits, I have been looking forward to checking out this band since hearing their latest album grow, I knew this band would be worth seeing and luckily I was invited to come on down to the Islington music venue on Tolpuddle street. The venue is pretty hot but I’m standing here with a rather heavy duffle coat on, luck is involved as there is enough room to feel your own sweat at the moment. Wille Edwards the main guitarist and vocals extraordinaire, sits on a small stool at the front of the crowd, his dreads bursting out the top of his top hat which has no lid, with him is bass player Matthew Brooks holding on to his six stringed bass with the double bass standing in front of him. At the back is Andrew Naumann holding it all up with a variety of drums that have many styles. WATB start up with Keep your head up, what I notice from listening to Grow (latest album) is that Wille Edwards sounds even stronger live, his powerful vocal style along with the wizardry on the slide, Acoustic and electric guitar is spine tingling. Matthew Brooks’ pure quality essence with the beautiful funk laden bass, Andrew, wow, this guy plays drums like someone is after his job

By Mark Wincott

I have a nice view where I’m standing, these days at my age I often stand at the back moving my head to the sound of the music, they then break in to…..Black Magic Woman (Santana & Peter Green Cover)I close my eyes to feel the groove, they do such a great job at keeping it respectable. Making the tune sound like it’s their own. A fusion of heavy rock, reggae, soul, funk and bluegrass has been on the music menu tonight; it’s like watching a show by Dynamo the magician. How do they do it? With songs like butterfly for a day, Son of a Gun, Gypsy Woman and the beautiful Angel along with their demeanour on stage is such a pleasing mixture. The soul sounds of Under the Grove, a woooah noise came from some of the people in the crowd, is like someone is proceeding to have an orgasm. That is what music can do to people; it brings out emotions and feelings. I spotted couples gently gyrating, as I clocked this, I realised WATB cannot be pigeonholed as heavy rock, reggae, soul, funk or whatever, I decided right then they are procreation music –Procreation rock. I believe many couples at this gig tonight will be hearing the sound of bouncing baby in 9 months’ time, not only the heat in the venue made these people hot. Finishing with Dire Straits Money for Nothing their second cover of the night, such a pleasure hearing these guys. I got chills and they’re multiplying, I’ll stop there. The sound engineers at the venue were so involved, the sound was bang on tonight and what a great job done by all. | 87

R-PLATED: A J. Bravo Fragment R-Plated is an album full of heavy beats, wonderful samples, well times and powerful skits, good messages and some very good rapping that comes so close to be a perfect album. In the first track titled ‘Intro’, J. Bravo says; “real hip-hop with a Yorkshire tint” and it is this unique style that gives this album a really special feel. His accent cuts through very strongly and by avoiding ‘Americanisation’ it makes his messages seems stronger. Song’s like ‘Got to get it right’ and ‘Me and mines’ tell the story of an honest rapper who has been through a lot but remains strong and principled. These tracks are the finest example of the albums consistent theme of hood knowledge that was started by American rap group NWA in the 1990’s. Concrete however is where the message comes through the strongest and you truly realise why J. Bravo feels he needs to do this. “Fuck rap, it’s a protest, we make noise,” this is the clearest signal on the album about how important rap is in J. Bravo’s world and just how much it has helped him and how much he thinks it can help the rest of the world. But this album isn’t worldly really; it is very much a UK rap album with many references to ‘real rap’ and supporting your local emcees and this is no clearer then on ‘The lost episode’ where he attacks American style rap and asks for local rapper to embrace the “voice of Leeds.” However, the best songs on this album are the one’s that are produced by Alamak; that isn’t anything against J. Bravo’s own production which is very good but the beats that Alamak provides force you to bop your head. It’s a real shame that he only produces three songs on the 19 track album but the title track ‘R- Plated’ is the best of the lot, the beat is crackling and quick but with soul and J. Bravo’s flow seems to perfectly sync with the sumptuous beat. The other time when this album peaks is when there are male singing vocals cutting through on tracks, ‘Concrete’, is a fine example of this and the strong male vocals just add another dimension to a wonderful song with a strong message. This also comes through on ‘Can I have a word’ with Ricky Fleming’s vocals really adding layers of texture to one of the weaker songs on the album.

By Chris Knight

This album really does show off just how good J. bravo is. Even the best beats are forced into the background about his strong voice, it’s not just his accent that forces you to listen but his flow changes to every beat seemingly and fits perfectly every time. His lyrics though steal the show; some rappers can get away with having great beats and great flows but weak lyrics, Chipmunk for example, but J. Bravo isn’t content with having some of the strongest beats and flows in the UK rap scene but he also has the lyrics to go with it. “Don’t use Loreal but I’m hear cause I’m worth it” is just one example of the many excellent punch lines sprinkled throughout the album. When J. Bravo’s voice comes through the strongest is when he has other rappers featuring on the tracks. On ‘The very best’ TekNico and K- One accompany J. Bravo and although TekNico is solid, J. Bravo’s verse just makes the other seems weak and almost like an afterthought that is out of place in line with the strong verse of J. Bravo. The reason that this album isn’t perfect though is that this should only be a 15 track album. This album flows wonderfully and is full of strong lyrics and messages but then ‘Sparring 2’ starts and it really undermines the rest of the album. ‘Sparring 2’ is actually difficult listen to at points because of how horrible it is compared to the rest of the album. This song has sexism, homophobia and glamorises violence, I listen to a lot of rap so am not overly shocked by this but after what is a refreshingly conscious album this song brings it all down. It is everything that J. Bravo seems to be protesting against, in Audacity of Hope (skit) the voice talks about “imaging a community where we respect our women”, but this album falls into bad rap by talking conquests and “bitches” which seems nasty in comparison to an otherwise strong album. This depressing theme continues until the penultimate track “Mr. Bravo” which has some amazing flow switching and an almost Kanye West style playful boastfulness- every rap album has to have one boast song- about it. The last song ‘Stop Your Noiseage’ is also strong and is the only time when the feature is just as good as j. Bravo’s verse, with Holly Water providing a different sound but with a great flow and wonderful lyrics. Overall, this album is in the main a great example of how good underground British rap can be with some great messages, a great consistent flow and some excellent beats. J. Bravo really again shows how good at rapping he is and this is a great follow up to Rhyming Licence, his previous album. The fact that he produces most of the songs himself is another impressive detail that emphasises just how much skill J. Bravo has. All of this makes the last 5 or 6 songs seem more confusing as they seem to undermine what is otherwise an amazing album. The album is still worth a listen to and can also be listened to for free on J. Bravo’s bandcamp page. It is album that comes so close but overall is a fine example of the raw talent and strong morals that can be found in the underground UK rap scene. | 88

Staring Role EP

Thank you to all the readers of Love Music Magazine for the positive feedback to my prior review. I'm back here with another, so here goes. In this turn I have not a single but a five song ep to digest. This offering comes via Kimona and is her solo debut entitled "Staring Role". First off when the cd begins the drums are immediately reminiscent of Cameo's "Candy" which wasn't a bad thing. The drums along with the synths does give the feel of the era while Kimona sings of the merits of a potential suitor on "If Only" The pace quickens on the next cut entitled "Damelo", definitely something for the club heads to kill the dance floor to. The production on this with its slightly stripped down sound also harkens to an earlier music era here in the states when house music was much bigger commercially than it is now.


The production shifts on the title track "Starring Role" with a current sound and mid-tempo feel it would play well on commercial radio. We again find our singer in search of a worthy love, slickly imploring the gentleman that she speaks of to be "the man I know you can be" in order to become the leading man in the movie of her life in which she of course plays the "Starring Role". Nicely done. On a cd full to solid production and writing "Fireflies" is a standout with its simple but soulful piano chords, sparse percussion and earnest singing with lyrics that speak to you. That song has huge commercial appeal and in the right hands could propel an artist to stardom. If I have any real criticism its that Kimona does not get the emotion out of her instrument that "Starring Role" role needed to really take it to another level. It would have benefited greatly from some altered phrasing and pacing that would have made the song shine even more. This is done much better on "Fireflies", though that too could use just a little more vocal "sweetening". The artist is a talented writer and I enjoyed the manner of which she went about getting her points across, although I would have liked to hear Kimona "open up" a little more vocally. Nonetheless this is a strong debut from a new artist to keep our eyes on. | 89

SpiritTwo – Primitive Twinship EP Released 18th November 2013 Track list for Primitive Twinship Soul Mate Mistakes Drive Down Sometimes Alchemy

Band Members Yael Claire Shahmoon [vocals] Charlie Cawood [guitars] Matt Riley [drums] | Michael Otim Okot [bass]

SpritTwo is the brainchild of vocalist and artist Yael Claire Shahmoon which happened while the clubs of Tel Aviv, then moving to London and producing a mixture of influences from Yale’s home country along with other many styles from within the world of music. This five track EP is rather eclectic and beautiful. Soul mate is track one and brings out a Gemini style of music. It’s soft then angry the vocal are powerful in your face. The riffs are played out to coincide with the feel of a menacing story, which is just my reaction to this. Track four Sometimes feels highly influenced by the Icelandic queen and musical genius that is Bjork. The class of the vocals is amazing, Yael calmly moves from the disturbed feel to a loud black metal style of vocals. This is definitely track of the EP for me; the guys with Yael are pushing the boundaries to get something new within their music.

By Mark Wincott

Listening to this five track EP I got very excited, this is different to what is out there, something new and totally fresh. Drive down is a piece of art on Primitive Twinship. This is a cross between PJ Harvey, Bjork and possibly someone like Otep very heavy and soulful At the end of Drive Down you can hear a short croaky voice in a demonic way while the music calms down, the words spoken are “I’ll be your friend, I’ll be your friend” rather spooky and you know what, Brilliant, l like this EP a lot and I look forward to hearing and seeing more of Spiritwo. | 90

Set List Hammersmith - 5th November 2013 1.Shot at the Night 2. Somebody Told Me 3.Spaceman 4.The Way It Was 5.Smile Like You Mean It 6.Shadowplay (Joy Division) 7.Human 8.For Reasons Unknown 9. From Here On Out 10. A Dustland Fairytale 11.Read My Mind 12.Runaways 13.All These Things I’ve Done 14.Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine 15.When You Were Young 16.Mr Brightside

“We've been coming here for ten years, and you were the first ones to make us feel worth it. Damn! You gave us the confidence that we could do anything." Is what Brandon Flowers proud statement to the crowd, “you guys were the first to give a damn.” that there is a winner to anyone watching this already legendary Rock band from Las Vegas. This here is the sold out gig to celebrate the release of The Killers greatest hits album. The moment I had the ticket in my hand for this gig I couldn’t wait as this will be my first time to see them, after hearing so much about their live performance and constantly missing out on the chance to see them. The Killers experience happened for me in 2007 Amsterdam, Mr Brightside came on a juke box in a pub just off Dam Square, this being full of England football fans, big tattooed smothered blokes they all stopped what they were doing, drinking playing pool talking joined in with the chorus of “But she's touching his chest now, He takes off her dress now, Let me go” That there is sight to see. Fast forward to where I am at the moment, its Hammersmith 2013 5th November and here I am standing up, not sitting down which I have started to do at gigs these days. Listening to Brandon and co belt out hits such as Somebody Told Me, Smile Like You Mean It, Shadowplay (Joy Division), Read My Mind, All These Things I have Done and then the encore of Mr Brightside. The Euphoria feeling the chills came down my spine and In fact did get goosebumps. That was just when the lights went out. Guitar riffs and a laid back bass sound from Mark Stoermer assist the build-up of the moment. Proof tonight of how emotion and music are linked, the power coming from the band on stage is immense. The eclectic mix of people in the audience, the young the old the tattooed and not so tattooed all together singing I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier all in unison, well maybe not in unison but singing together and giving out a great atmosphere for the night. The band is tight, Brandon powerfully explodes his unique voice for all to hear and cheer to moving along the stage feeling every word. Ronnie Vanucci jnr graces the venue with his drumming skills, the power and enjoyment I can see from the music they have written and played together is beautiful, Dave Keuning showing off his rock guitar skills, the man has that excellent rock stance, guitar in hand hair flowing, a spiritual sight. One and half hours of live music later, the scene of the four members waving and leaving the stage to the sold out venue. Music brings people together with understanding that it will always be here. My first time seeing The Killers hopefully it won’t be the last as Somebody Told Me (pun Intended). The Killers live is an experience and it is one I want to feel again.

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By Mark Wincott

Alexandra Palace 9/11/13 ‘We Die Young’

I first heard AIC back in the very early nineties but really fell in love with their distinctive sound when I saw the movie Singles in 92 which was based around the popular grunge scene in Seattle and included a scene at an AIC gig with ‘gravelly banshee’ voiced Layne Staley belting out the anthemic ‘Would’ . I was hooked and the album ‘Dirt’ (along with Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam etc ) became the soundtrack to my angsty doc Marten boot wearing teens and my video copy of their amazing MTV unplugged performance became worn out from overplay. After a brief split the band got back together but Laynes addiction to Heroin and subsequent health issues finally took their toll and he died in 2002. An iconic Rock Star with unique talent who like others before him seemed to foretell his own demise through his tortured lyrics and last interviews. I remember thinking they could surely not reform without Staley and was hesitant when I heard of the recruitment of new vocalist William DuVall but bought the album Black Gives way to Blue in 2009 anyway and loved it. Jerry Cantrells mixed vocals and gave the new tracks a familiar and comforting feel and I loved the mellowness of this new album. The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here is their latest release and although it was a grower I now have some favourites on there and as soon as I saw they were coming to London I snapped up the tickets straight away. I had never seen them live and although part of me was not expecting too much as how could they possibly be as good without Layne and the recent death of former bassist Mike Starr, sadly also from addiction my, left me pondering that perhaps I was just going to see some kind of tribute band and I was kidding myself that these were still the Alice In Chains I knew and loved. Alexandra Palace is an amazing venue high on a hill over looking London and last time I was here I saw Morrissey and was underwhelmed by the meat-free selection of food on sale...thankfully there was no such ban as I chomped on a burger and surveyed the gathering crowd of 30/40/50/60 somethings that still look good in the faithful old uniform of black band t-shirts and rocking various styles of beard (I abstained from the beard but was wearing my boots and black eyeliner like the old days) I had packed light just in case I was encouraged to join in with the mosh by my companion but thankfully he is also of a ‘certain age’ and we agreed to stay safely away from the pit and just nod and bounce appreciatively as is only dignified for people of our age. I was surprised at how excited I was as ive been to see loads of bands this year but I think it was the expectancy in the air and the genuine affection the fans have of AIC that made the atmosphere so electric. The ‘Chains burst onto stage with the first track from Dirt ‘Them Bones’ which had everyone rocking (ever so politely , I didn’t get beer spilt on me once!) and singing along to all the words we knew so well. ‘ Dam that River’ and ‘Check My Brain’ kept up the energy and a few of my old faves ‘Man In A Box’, ‘Got Me Wrong’ and newer tracks ‘Hollow’ and ‘Stone’ blending with ease into the classics. DuValls Gravelly vocals and sexy afro kept my eyes glued to the stage as enthusiasts around me sang out and fist pumped along to the sweeping chorus’s. A few words from Cantrell and some pretty colours and graphics on the screen as ‘We Die Young’ and the epic ‘Dirt’ echoed around the room. The track I was waiting for was ‘Down in a Hole’, my favourite song. I couldn’t help but feel emotional at the beautiful way it was performed and the poignancy of the lyrics. And then it was goodnight....’oh please don’t leave’ and guessing what would be the encore songs. I was hoping for ‘Private Hell’ or ‘Voices’ and didn’t get them but They did not disappoint. It ‘Aint Like That’, ‘Would’ and then finally ‘Rooster’...dedicated to the late Mike Starr. Perfect. Absolutely gutted it was over. I wanted more than and hour and a half, but like the old saying in show business , that’s how we should be left! Best gig of the year, maybe even decade (and I saw Status Quo a few years ago so I know what I am talking about!) If I could have I would have followed them around the country and see every gig of the tour but I settled for tweeting them and imploring them to come back next year. Still buzzing from the show a few days later but have deleted the voicemail I left for myself during my favourite song, it always seems like a good idea at concerts to call a friend/record for yourself on phone but as my mum once said back in the 90’s, as she came into my room with my washed school uniform and I had turned my cassette player radio up to ‘11’ ..’It’s just noise!’

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By Suzy Bennett @Funny suzyb

Shlomo 5th November Elgar Rooms Royal Albert Hall

It’s the 5th November and I’m off to see the human geekbox known as Shlomo, to be honest I haven’t checked this character out before, so will be very interesting to see what a beat boxer live sounds like. The Elgar rooms based within the Royal Albert Hall has a pretty cool vibe, all seated and people wearing ties and suits, champagne seems to be flowing and an eager anticipation for what we are expected to see on stage. Speaking of the stage there lays a small electronic device which I learn is in fact a loop station.

By Mark Wincott

On comes Simon Shlomo Kahn to a rapturous applause with the occasional whoop. He comes on wearing a silver jumpsuit with a fake astronaut’s helmet. There is a huge smile on his face as he slowly moves to his loop station, his impression of walking without gravity, during his childhood he dreamt of becoming an astronaut or Michael Jackson, he began to beat some sounds which became his own backing track with the usage of the loop station, the beat he made is Billie Jane, the words he began singing is walking on the moon, get it? A nice story is being told through the night of his life growing up to becoming a father to his two year old son George, speaking about child hood imaginations and conversations he had with his father to the ones he is having with George today. He moves around the small stage engaging with the audience where he’ll break in to Massive Attack Paradise city which received a few gasps of pleasure from the seated audience, in awe of what we hear tonight. The beats to No Diggity while he sings the words to Grandma Hands Bill Withers tune. It is like watching a magician at work, Shlomo is using nothing but his voice, the beats are immense his persona is of a really nice guy. From telling us the time he was beat boxing outside an all-night rave then asked by a DJ to go on tour with his UK Hip Hop group Foreign beggars, to spending time with his son, having meaningful conversations with his father and grandfather, Kahn the latter has a planet named after him (they own their own planet)and is Shlomo’s hero. Coming to the end of the night Newton Faulkner a playmate of Shlomo arrives on stage, he gives us one tune and shows me what an amazing talented guy he truly is. I luckily shook his hand as I left that night he looks at you in the eye does Newton and smiles, anyway the two have written a song that day which go on the War Child Charity website – each night of Shlomo’s tour he and a musical friend write a song which is then put out for charity. Shlomo and Newton’s song is called Home, an audience member stands at the front holding the words and the beats written in a small pad, both cannot remember the tune nor the words, but they get through it and it works. Go ahead and buy this tune from the website attached to this review. End of the night I stood from my former reserved table which was kindly given to me by the wonderful staff of the Elgar Rooms, I was speechless really, I turned to someone standing by me and just let out a sign which was mixed with the words Holy Sugar…I did say Sugar and I’m not apologising for that. Shlomo the Human Geekbox is to be seen and heard the guy is very likeable and enjoys the life he has worked to have. | 93

Album Review – If You Wait

When I was first asked to write a review on London Grammar’s first album ‘If You Wait’ I was not sure what to expect. I had heard bits on the radio and liked what I had heard; however I was worried that the inconsistency that new some new artists suffer from would become apparent. How wrong I was, although not a ‘special’ album you get a sense that London Grammar have got more in their locker for years to come. With Hannah Reid on vocals, Dot Major on drums and Dan Rothman on guitar the trio combine to create a sound like no other. Each song is delightfully compiled with strong vocals from Reid. However the magic really comes from Major and Rothman who at times help to light up the album. One of the major things that really struck me about London Grammar is Majors and Rothmans ability to work together to elevate Reid’s exquisitely eccentric voice, their teamwork is a joy to behold and a part of the album that I urge you to listen out for.

By Myles Pearson

‘Hey Now’ is the first song on the album and for me it sums up their whole team ethos. With Major and Rothman working tentatively behind the scenes they allow Reid to use that stunning voice of hers. The song draws the listener in and makes the listener want more. Knowing at times Reid’s voice can become ‘samey’, London Grammar have been clever in breaking up every few songs with a livelier piece that only serves to wet the listeners appetite. Although ‘Strong’ won London Grammar plenty of admirers ‘Metal and Dust’ is possibly their most exciting song on the album. Everything happens in this piece, it paints such a pleasant picture on first listening however upon listening over and over again it becomes quite a sad but very addictive song. The piece only highlights the massive potential of London Grammar. Although lyrically not the most imaginative, London Grammar’s ‘If You Wait’ gives you the opportunity to simply listen to their beautifully crafted sounds and I highly recommend taking a listen. You can listen to this album on the train, on the way to do the school run or simply with friends, a glass of vino rouge, garlic roulé cheese and grapes. | 94

Barricades Rise - All I Have Is Here Animals Always Yours Making faces from clouds Run Nod & Smile When we were young Great white North If you were here Folk songs & Jazz bands Roundabouts Just for tonight Web: Twitter: @barricadesrise

Break down those barricades and let them in for Barricades Rise has arrived! Firmly sowing the seeds to be the next ‘big thing’ in the acoustic folk scene, the duo from Nuneaton have fully planted themselves in forefront in the musical mind of many. If Mumford and Sons or Elvis Perkins are you kind of thing then you’ll absolutely love The Midlands’ best kept secret Barricades Rise... a secret no more! After playing together for 15 years, Barricades Rise, also known as Jonathan Coates and Michael McEntee, have spent many an evening perfecting their craft. After signing to none other than American music label Spectra Records in 2012, the boys set to work to create their second album, the uplifting and glorious- ‘All I Have Is Here’ which was released in September 2013. The duo have mastered the art of illusionary by creating a sound as big as 10 men but with only two acoustic guitars. The raspy tones from lead vocalist Coates, and the intricate guitar playing from lead guitarist McEntee, brings life to some truly incredible music which shows off their talents as musicians, singers and composers.

By Jess Tilling

The energy and buzz that the pair create with their music is felt throughout the whole record. Leicester Off Beat Music Zine’s Andy Mills said, “You don’t listen to this album, you experience it”, and I couldn’t agree more. The passion for music comes alive through catch lyrics and flavoursome guitar riffs that make you feel like you are watching Barricades Rise live in concert and not just listening to their album. Taking inspiration from their day to day lives, the album is a collaboration of songs will have your foot tapping from the get go, and will leave you feeling worn out by the end. ‘Hitting guitars, breaking strings, stamping feet. That kinda band but with acoustic guitars’, as the band describe themselves in their Twitter bio; is a true representation of exactly who they are and what these guys are about. There is a good mixture of slow and up tempo songs which means that there is something for everyone, or in my case, everything for all. It takes you on a journey, experiencing the music over and over again as if it were the first time you had ever listened. Just be careful not to wear out the REPEAT button. The album starts with the song ‘Animals’ which starts quite softly but soon peaks with an up tempo beat which had be nodding along. As you play the album, flicking from track to track, you get a real sense of who these guys are and what their story is through the different types of song and tempo. My favourite song on the album is ‘Nod & Smile’. It grows as a song with toe tapping music, chilling vocals, and superb harmonies which left me feeling as though I was living the song. Barricades Rise have a way of capturing the listener and not ever letting them go. It is an enjoyable, well rounded record, which like a ‘Roundabout’, (see what I did there) will be going round and round in your head for days to come. Keep a look out for Barricades Rise on your radar as this duo is set to rocket sky high. | 95

Album Review – Venus to the Sky

Ann Scott is a Singer/Song Writer from Dublin, Ireland. Venus to the sky is her fourth album since 2004. It is coproduced with Karl Odlum. There are contributions from Gemma Hayes, an Irish singer/song writer from Tipperary and Dave Hingerty who is the former drummer from The Frames. She has three other albums under her belt, 2004 Poor horse, 2006 - We're smiling and 2010 - Flo. She also toured with Gemma Hayes in 2009 to 2010 on Hayes European Winter/Spring tour. She also has four EP's released. She has been nominated for a reward in the Meteor Ireland Music Awards twice in 2005 and in 2007. This album is my favorite of Ann's so far. It has a beautiful feel to its songs that are very wistful and captivating. There are 10 songs altogether on this album and they blend together tastefully with magical musical content. The first is song is called Hoola and this is a superb introduction to this album and its melody and lyrics are both enchanting and intelligently written. Ann's voice is in contrast to the chugging of the guitar which grabs the listener in the first few strums. The second song is called You To Me and this is another blend of guitar and Ann's voice. Its beautiful in its wonderful texture like soft velvet. The third song is called Unite. Ann's voice is again complimented by guitar and the lyrics speak of love and finding it. The fourth song is called Stripes. This is probably the most breathtaking of all the 10 songs. The keyboard keys that begin this gorgeous melody is wonderfully accompanied by the cello. Ann's voice is soft and gentle which add its delicious smooth sound and then add in the beat this is probably my favorite song of the album. The fifth song is called Joy and this Ann singing with the guitar and beats added which is wonderful and makes its a joy to listen to. The sixth song is called Coming Up and the lyrics are calling love and proclaiming its time to be open to it coming up. Ann's voice and the guitar are as always truly beautiful. The seventh song is called For The First Time. This a slow magnificent melody that is spell bounding. The eighth song is called Solemn. Ann voice in this is wonderfully magical and lyrically this song is beautifully written. The ninth song is called All about Love and this has a more upbeat tone playing with Ann's voice. It is a song to make the listener sing to and its again beautifully written. The last but by no means the least song on the album is called Stars. Hypnotic in its delivery with Ann's voice letting you drift through the melody.

By Louise @New Music37

This album I started to listen to at the beginning of the month and from the start I was hooked. I found myself listening to this at night before I fell to sleep and was even listening as I walked around the local vasinity to where I lived. This went on for about a week and then I introduced this to a couple of friends who I meet up with for coffee on a regular basis and who has an interest in music themselves. We would find ourselves singing to Hoola or to Stripes collectively. We did in our youth go to gigs together and we always dissected every inch of any new CD or LP (yes I am that old!) to its very core and this album brought out that old trait in us. We all loved it so much. There is a feeling of peacefulness, even if the lyrical content may not be a peaceful intent as love songs are not always about happiness and joy, in quite a few of these melodies and there is a maturity in this album. Ann's previous albums were more folk and this is a more Indie/Rock feel which is a change in direction for her perhaps but it suits her I feel. I am reminded of The Sunday's at times and there is a Mazzy Star element that I find engaging. Her voice reminds me at times of Beth Orton quality that I love and I've found myself reminded of She cries your name by Beth. Ann Scott is a beautiful singer who accompanies the guitar she plays with haunting at times beautifully honesty and I found myself listening with pleasure to each and every one of her songs. Gemma Hayes contributions at times I find myself hearing as I am also a fan of her music and as a singer they both compliment each other to listen to their CD's back to back. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys female singers that they investigate this album. I hope that they too would find themselves enjoying this as much as I have and I know I will in the future. | 96

Official Website - Gemini Syndrome Youtube Facebook MySpace Reverbnation Soundcloud

“WOW!” was my first response when I checked out Gemini Syndrome, thanks to Emma. I must say, if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have discovered GS and I know for sure that I’d have regretted not listening to them. So the next few paragraphs would be my experiences and personal thoughts about this wonderful band and you might wanna consider listening to them if you dig metal. Trust me, you wouldn’t regret it either. LUX by Gemini Syndrome, presumably ‘the most awaited album of the year’ got released this year on September 10th and it created a prodigious uproar among metalheads everywhere. The band was a sensation prior to the release of the album itself, because of their two amazing singles (‘Pleasure and Pain’ and ‘Basement’) which created the much-needed buzz for their upcoming album release. And needless to say, the album was a massive hit with listeners, not just among metalheads who prefer one sub-genre but a wide range of them. Having said that, I hear many genres in their songs, there’s industrial, there’s thrash, there’s groove and simply put, there’s hard rock and alternative metal. Maybe our Gemini Syndrome guys are carving their own genre of sorts which I must say is worth a listen. If the name of the band isn’t intriguing enough, wait till you dig the songs of this album. One after another, their songs are so splendid and consistent that they just get to you. And take note that I mean they’re very addictive. The album opens with the two tracks mentioned earlier, they’re fervent and mind-blowing. ‘Pleasure and Pain’ has a powerful, groovy start and then comes the catchy vocals of Aaron Nordstrom. Though I’m not a huge fan of screams, I really did like Aaron’s screams in this song. It fits the unique structure of the song, not to mention, an intense start for the listener. ‘Basement’ is the next song in the list. Now this song really gives you an insight to Aaron’s songwriting skills. I believe this song is something most of us can relate to, struggles and questions that arose in our head as we grew up with nobody to answer them and hence, the frustration that resulted from it. After these two impressive songs, you’re then pulled into more of Aaron’s vigorous vocals in ‘Falling Apart’. Not to mention Brian’s drumming which is just exceptional. The song to me signifies a peculiar relationship. The next 3 songs are my personal favorites from the album. We have ‘Resurrection’ which is just messianic. The coupling of clean and harsh vocals that you see in GS’s songs is a definite attraction for me. You can actually make out how Aaron pushes his range to the limit. ‘Stardust’ has a beautiful, invigorating chorus and I also like the progression from the bridge to the final, very catchy finish. As for ‘Mourning star’, this song is my absolute favorite. The starting just chills me down to my spine. I actually imagine an action movie trailer every time I listen to this part of the song (the final song of the album, ‘Lux’ seems like an off-shoot of this initial part, so that’s another stunning song as well, pretty short not to mention). The line, ‘enemy is everywhere’ is a real mind-boggler especially because of the way he sings it. ‘Left of me’ is a very appealing song to me since the lyrics and song structure reminds me of Maynard from Tool (which would be another reason why you should give these guys a listen). ‘Pay for this’ is the heartfelt voice coming from a frustrated soul and ‘Take this’ is comparatively the softer sounds from the album. But the lyrics give me an idea of ‘hope’ and takes me back to ‘Stardust’. ‘Babylon’ and ‘Syndrome’ are two songs which serve as a real testament to the band’s lyrical talent combined with their enchanting music sense. I really like the sensational backing vocals and nifty riffs in both these songs. You wouldn’t want to miss these two beautiful pre-ending tracks in this album because as they say, patience is a virtue (though you wouldn’t need much of that because every song in this album is alluring). ‘Syndrome’ is more of an anthem. As already mentioned, the title track of the album is the epilogue and I couldn’t think of a better outro than give the listeners a short summary of how fascinating their 12-track album journey was. One thing I loved about the band was their lyrics. They’re cryptic and never straightforward. You always get to interpret them in more than one way and that’s how songs are supposed to be, they have to make you think and that is the true power of art. Much like the bands at the acme when it comes to ‘decipher-lyrics’ – Yes, I’m talking about bands like Tool, APC, Rishloo etc. Maybe not as complex as Rishloo, but it’s definitely not superficial lyrics, just the type I’d dig. I also loved how the band uses simple words yet manages to create strong images in the listener’s mind, way to go, GS! Contrary to majority opinion, I don’t think Aaron’s style of singing is comparable to Maynard’s. His screams are more intense and there’s a consistency in his voice. On the other hand, Maynard is a very unique singer, his quirky way of changing scales and his obviously progressive tone is something I don’t find in Aaron’s voice. It’s powerful and definitely penetrates to the depths of your mind, but not very diverse. I hear influences in the lyrics of ‘Left of me’ but that’s it. Not that it’s a bad thing considering how Aaron has his own style. Although, speaking of influences, I hear more of Disturbed and Godsmack, maybe because of the vigorous riffs which add to the attraction. I think Rich and Mike have done an amazing job on the guitar, along with the wholesome bass contributions by Alessandro. Not to mention, Brian who completes their songs with his effective drumming. Overall, I’d definitely recommend this album, it’s brilliant! Striking vocals, fantabulous riffs, breath-taking music and not to mention, the alluring youtube videos (Their official videos on youtube are a MUST see, the imagery is just stupendous with all those intriguing symbols and the charismatic band members). I’d give them a fair 9/10 and I’m certainly expecting another masterpiece by these guys sometime soon in the future.

By Chiru K | 97

Love Music Magazine - Issue 6  

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