Issue 7 [Online] â€“ January 2014
LOVE i n Best Singles of 2013 New artist i n tervi e ws Bos Bully, Chiedu Oraka, Amy Thompson Revi e ws Haerts, Jared
Allstar, and many more
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Happy New Year from team #LoveMusic. I hope you all had a very enjoyable festive break.
HELLO and welcome to Love Music Magazine’s seventh online edition.
I have a massive thank you list, that grows so much every day and 2013 brought me a lot to be thankful for. If I hadn’t had the idea for Love Music, who knows what I would be doing now? There is one specific person that does so much for the magazine and he is quite honestly an amazing talent finder. He has worked with me from the start and had been a complete support from low to high and all the bits in between. So, THANK YOU MARK WINCOTT! You are brilliant and I really appreciate everything you do for this magazine.
Everyone who has been there in 2013, we have a whole lot of 2014 to start on. I thank you all for being part of the Love Music Magazine journey. We have some great plans ahead and I can’t wait for you to join me on this ever-more-interesting Love Music Magazine adventure.
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I felt right at home listening to Chiedu., As a Fellow Yorkshire-person, find out more about his music and career in this interview By Emma Walker
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CAN YOU TELL THE READERS OF LOVE MUSIC MAGAZINE ABOUT YOU? Well, I'm 26 year old rap artist from Hull City. I started taking music seriously after I left Uni in 2010. I’ve been writing rhymes and messing about since the age of about 16 but never really took it seriously until 2010. That’s when I thought to myself I needed to bring out a Mix tape, which I did in 2011 entitled ‘Not Your Average Spitting’ (NYAS). Which was recorded and mastered in a little bedroom studio on the estate were I come from. I sold over 300 copies by just hanging around in the town centre of Hull and hanging around outside and inside all the night clubs. The Mix tape was received quite well by the people of Hull I think a lot of people were shocked that there was a rapper, rapping in a Hull accent and speaking about Hull issues. I suppose they could relate to it. After the release of NYAS I released a EP in 2013 entitled WorkRate which definitely took me on a musical journey. I changed studio, I worked with proper music people every beat was original it definitely had more of an album feel to it. I felt I was progressing as an artist because I was more involved as me and the producer and the sounder engineer would all sit down together and discuss the beats and vocals. Workrate was received better by the Hull public which made the back end of 2012 and 2013 a very successful time period because I was able to sell WorkRate Clothing, do music videos, perform at gigs, perform at local and regional festivals and had songs played on radio. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT INSPIRES YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR GENRE OF MUSIC? Great question to be honest well I would honestly say the things that inspire me to keep on going is my family most definitely. I believe one day I will be able to buy my mum and sister a house and let them have all the things they deserve. I believe one day I will be able to help my friends achieve their dreams by me achieving mine which is to have a successful music career. The people of Hull also inspire me. I feel we are a city that is associated with a lot of bad things and I feel, we, as a city, have a lot to give. I feel music gives people a platform to speak to the masses and I want to make a mark on you all. That’s what inspires me about music in general not just my genre. DO I THINK ITS GOOD BEING FROM UP NORTH AS A MUSICIAN? DOES IT MAKE YOU DIFFERENT AND STAND OUT? It most definitely makes you different and I am speaking from being a Yorkshireman. We have a different way of thinking. Our mentalities are different, we speak different our accents are different and, to be honest, I love it and I wouldn't have it any other way. Even people in my own city mock my accent when they hear me rap which I find quite funny to be honest it’s like they want me to rap in a American or in a London accent. In 2014 I wouldn't say it was a good thing being a northern rapper simply because I feel in the UK we get over looked and marginalised, London and now the West Midlands are the hub of it all and if you’re not regarded in these places then you’re going to struggle to get any sort of recognition. I feel music these days, in every genre, not just mine, is about who you
know, not about your actual talent and it’s very frustrating because I personally feel if I had a London accent I would have achieved more in music but like I said earlier I wouldn't change this for the world it makes me stand out and I think it’s what going to help me in the future. I am aware that northern cities such as Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds do have their own local Hiphop/Grime scenes but I still feel were getting overlooked by the bigger cities. Which could be our fault at the same time. We might need to change the way we do things. I know we definitely need to do that in my own city of Hull. The Local Hiphop scene in Hull needs resurrecting there is nothing going on which makes it hard for the artists who are actually putting in the work. Hopefully with us winning the City of Culture, that’s about to change but I am not holding my breath. I am here to help if they need ideas though. HIGHLIGHT OF MY CAREER SO FAR? Well I would say getting played on BBC 1XTRA on DJ Target’s Homegrown Show was definitely a career highlight of mine. In the same year of 2013 I would also say playing the Galtres Festival in York was a highlight because that was and still is my only out of Hull performance. Also doing BBC Humberside Live Lounge twice have been great achievements too. WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER TO ANY NEW MUSICIANS OUT THERE? Work, work and work don't let anyone or anything get in the way of your dreams. Don't get complacent because there will always be someone willing to take opportunities if you don't take them first. I am strong believer in anything is possible if you apply yourself properly, how much you actually want it will determine if your successful or not. PLANS FOR THIS YEAR? My plans for this coming year is to just keep on working and perfecting my craft as an artist. I want to work with new producers and musicians in and out my city. I want to increase my fan base by touching other cities with my work which should happen by me doing more out of town gigs. It is really important for me now to better my stage show by performing with live instruments. I feel this year is an important year so my WorkRate needs to be doubled. I need to be bringing new and quality material to the table at all times. FOCUS MODE. IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE PIECE OF MERCHANDISE MADE EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY? I would have to say a pair of trainers, the reason being, I feel, trainers give you a sense of identity and can help you make a statement and footwear is the first thing I look at when I meet someone. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chieduorakaofficial Twitter: @orakald Instagram: orakald Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/orakaman11 Download my Ep WorkRate for free here: http://chieduoraka.bandcamp.com
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Is it true Mimi & The Leaders are no more? If so how come? Unfortunately at the moment this is true! It’s just because various members had so much going on. We lost our lead guitar, the amazing Chris Rogers due to family commitments and then the drummer, Colin Charlesworth started up his own photography business which took up all of his time and energy as any start up does, and the bassist, David Badger was finishing off an MSc, so the band had to come second. Who are “The Leaders” and where are they now? All vocals, lyricist/songwriter: Amy Thompson, currently living and working in Leeds Bassist/ guitarist/composer: David Badger, currently living and working in Wakefield Drummer/bassist/composer: Colin ‘Princey’ Charlesworth: Currently living and working in Otley nr. Leeds Guitarist/Synths: Johnny Strachan: Currently just graduated from university, living in York While listening to your tunes on Soundcloud, one song pulled the strings, is Love After Death tell the readers more about this tune?
the singer and songwriter formerly of Leeds based band Mimi and the leaders, find out what Amy has been up to and what is in the pipeline for the future, Amy is also ready to get involved with a group that is after a lead vocalist By Mark Wincott 8 | www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk
Colin came round with the backing track to this song to see what I could do with it. He was really excited about playing it to me as it was a massive change for us. Prior to this, we had been writing a lot of electronic type stuff. Addiction, Ride with me and the like. However we were having lots of discussions about other influences we each had and so then began slowly to move away from such a heavy electronic sound with every new song. For me, this particular song was a real turning point. Although we always prided ourselves on being a very full sound, this was what I felt could be a real anthem for us. I instantly fell in love with it and immediately images were conjured up in my mind of a desperate scenario. A lot of our songs change a lot during the writing and production stages but this one didn’t really. It was just pretty perfect as it was. The meaning behind the song is quite powerful; loss of love through death. It’s about time being cut short prematurely, about disappointment and yearning, and even frustration “it never should have happened this way”. When faced with this situation, its human nature to go to any desperate length to stop or reverse that loss, as in the lyrics “I’ll breathe for you”. We desperately want to say all the things we need to to someone about how we feel about them if we know their time is drawing to a close… So many people don’t get this opportunity and wish they had. I’m sure many people can identify with this track. Amy, when did you first realise yourself of your uniquely beautiful singing voice? Well, I’m sure I’m not everyone’s cup of tea but thank you for the kind compliment. I guess I was about 10 years old and used to sing to songs like Streets of London on my brother’s keyboard when he wasn’t looking! Six Diamonds is a beautiful tune, great beat to it. Can you tell us about the six diamonds? I absolutely love this track, especially the massive crescendo ending with all those amazing guitars and drums. It’s interesting really because this track came to me as a very Spanish sounding track.
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Acoustic Spanish guitars throughout and really quite a slow ballad. That’s what influenced the meaning behind it originally, even though the finished article is more rock sounding. The six diamonds theme was influenced by the fact that my ex, over the course of our relationship, had bought me six diamonds in total. Four for my ears, one around my neck and one for my finger! I had also recently seen the film ‘Blood Diamonds’ and it got me to thinking, I wonder where these diamonds have come from and what sort of story there could be behind them. So the story I ended up with for Six Diamonds is about man, a brother, who falls in love and finds six diamonds that he knows probably didn’t come from ‘ethical’ means, but is willing to risk his life stealing them just to give them to her. It turns out he ends up getting shot for taking them, but before he dies, with his last breath asks his brother to take them and keep them safe until he ever sees the woman they were intended for. Years later, the woman walks into the bar where the remaining brother is working as a bar tender. He recognises her, although she does not know him, and begins to tell her a story about his brother and some diamonds he stole…it’s not until the end of the song he hits her with the fact that he is her dead lover’s brother, and the diamonds that his brother lost his life over, are in fact, for her. What’s your inspiration behind the songs you’ve written? Every song is inspired by something, whether it is love, loss, addiction, whatever. The lyrics and melodies I write are inspired by the tune itself and the scenarios I envisage when I listen to the music.
guitars! The track has fast tempo, like a palpitating heartbeat. It’s a rush, like what you may experience when taking something you shouldn’t! But it’s also about being addicted to that rush and the situations you might end up in if addiction controls of your life; “Hold me down and tie me round your little finger” is about being dependent to the point of sort of enslavement not only to the addiction itself but the experience. It’s not enjoyable anymore, it’s just a requirement that isolates and can literally cripple you: “Helplessly I watch you as you close the door; I listen to your footsteps fade across the floor”. Falling from Grace, to me felt influenced by the carpenters, are they someone you looked towards, who else is your musical inspiration? I love the Carpenters. Karen Carpenter has in my opinion one of the most beautiful sultry, soothing voices I have ever heard. Their songs are so personal and meaningful too, their influence is definitely resides strongly within me. I love so many types of music, and I think this is apparently by the fact that all the songs we have ever done are so different from one to the next. I think my Skunk Anansie influence comes through a lot. I also love the theatre of Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson tracks; big sounds and all with some sort of meaning behind them. I can’t write a song without there being a scenario in my mind! I love bands like Portishead, Air and Massive Attack and the interesting songs and sounds bands like this bring. If you could write a song with anyone, who would it be and why?
Over, one of your tracks is very rocky; tell us more about the reason behind this? We just had it in our back catalogue and thought it would be cool to try a really heavy rock track! You need a heavy rock track to talk about how you’re over someone and for your ex to get to the back of the queue! If you could offer any advice to someone who wants to make it in the musical world, what would you say to them? Do what feels right to you and stick with it. Then, just keep going and don’t take too much notice of what critics say. They are fickle and what they didn’t like this year because you’re too ‘different’ or whatever, they will probably think is amazing next year.
Oh my goodness what a question! I think it would have to be Skin from Skunk Anansie. They have some amazing tracks. ‘Secretly’ is my favourite. It’s so powerful. Anyone who can write songs like that is fine by me! Linda Perry is also an amazing songwriter. If you could read anyone’s diary alive, dead or fictional who would it be and why? I remember when I was waiting for a bus in London once and a woman in the queue just suddenly fell on the floor having some sort of panic attack. She was in a real state. People started to crowd around her as she was hysterical. I remember wondering how she had got to that point in her life. What events had led up to her being so mentally overwhelmed she collapsed in the street like that? I guess her diary would explain it all.
Best moment in life up to now apart from doing this interview? 360 Club at the Library with Alan Raw from BBC Radio Leeds for BBC introducing. Being based in Leeds and or York, are you surprised by the amount of musical talent in those two cities? Who would you tell a Love Music Magazine reader to look out for? There are some amazing bands around. I love Executive Legs. The lead singer, Gwen Diagram is an amazing performer! She puts me to shame! I also enjoy listening to Ryan Spendlove, and We Could Be Astronauts, although weirdly I prefer to hear the lead singer of that band acoustically because he has an amazing voice. All very talented artists and totally different to Mimi and the Leaders Another track, addiction is very electro, heavy beat to go with it, what is the feel to this track all about? We wanted to do a really electro track and Addiction was the result of this. But as with everything, we wanted it to be electro but with many
Amy, what are your plans for the future? What have you been doing since the ending of Mimi & the leaders? I am doing a lot of acoustic stuff at the moment simply because I haven’t found a band yet that I think can match MATL! I do open mic a lot, especially at the Hop in Leeds because they have a really good PA! So if any of your reader knows anyone looking for a vocalist and lyricist, get in touch! (firstname.lastname@example.org) In ten words what does music mean to you? Music is what motivates me on a daily basis Is there anything you would like to tell the world or the readers of Love Music Magazine that you have not mentioned in an interview before? I just hope our music brings to others all the good things it is intended to.
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Erika, can you tell the readers of Love Music Magazine a little about yourself?Hey, I’m Erika I am half Japanese, half English, brought up in South West London, I’m an 80s baby brought up on 80s big pop ballads, Disney, then fell in love with 90’s rave and dirty rock music. I love fashion, anime, reading fantasy books, dog walking, dancing, yoga, theatre, hanging with my insane friends and husband. The first moment you realised you could possibly make a life out of your musical talent? I don’t think I had a first moment… I think it just seemed to happen. When I went and did my A-Levels, I went with all intention to do other studies (French and German) but just fell in love even more with music and performing and ended up dropping out and just doing music and performing arts! So I suppose when I dropped out of these studies… I kind of left myself with no other choice other than going down a musical route, which is exactly what happened. The name has changed from iMMa to Erika what was the reason behind this? Yeah iMMa is my session name – a few years ago iMMa was a band and then became a solo rock project. After recording my debut album I ended up going on tour with MIKA as his backing singer using the name iMMa… so then iMMa became my session name – as it was weird performing someone else’s art and dressing and performing and using my artist name… so my real name became my artist name… which actually makes more sense!! iMMa recently appeared on the latest studio album and tour with British rock rap starts Senser, how did this come about and what did it feel like? Kerstin (original singer for SENSER) told the band she wanted to take a back seat as she was having her third child and they had a bunch of gigs that needed covering so my friend, Alli (SENSER’s booking agent) recommended me. I met the guys – we jammed some gigs and then I jumped on a bunch of festivals and a UK tour. After a couple of years Kerstin stayed off the road and the band asked me to put some vocals on the new record, which I was extremely flattered about. At the moment I have only added some vocal lines and backed Heitham up with his words… but who knows… maybe I will write a rap soon…. We shall see.
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If you could describe your music in the form of a fictional TV/Movie character who would it be and why? Hahaha! Gosh it has taken me forever to think of this…I think my music is like… Merida from Brave – Independent, strongminded, free, slightly wild, rebellious yet strong identity of where she is from and family. My music is quiet at times, almost like the quiet before the storm and then it lets rip it goes and goes. It is not part of a trend, I have always stood on my own, it has elements of Japan and London.
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Here at Love Music Magazine we like to try and help put forward musicians/Bands name in ink, who would you recommend to the readers to check out? My incredible friend Amy Studt has her self-funded/recorded/produced new album coming out this year. She is an über talented writer, with incredible vision and voice which send shivers down your spine. For anyone starting out what advice would you give someone? Be stubborn, keep going, doors may close all around you, but you make your own destiny, it does not come to you, it doesn’t matter how talented you are – you need to go out searching, meeting, writing and always move forward. In ten words, what does music mean to you? Expression, passion, story-telling, sharing, vulnerability, power, letting yourself go. Are you a tea drinker? If so describe the way you make it? Yes I am a tea drinker… and this is very important to me… if I’m drinking breakfast tea with a tea bag – after boiling tea and pouring into the cup, I let it brew, then I take tea bag out… BUT DO NOT SQUEEZE BAG! (gives tea slightly bitter taste) Then some milk. I’m definitely a TIF!! (Tea in first) If you are able to perform with anyone, who would it be and why? I would love to perform with Kate Bush, and do some crazy artistic performance based show, using various different art forms. Do you think we will ever live in a world where a chicken can cross the road without having its motives questioned? No. As humans we tend to be inquisitive creatures, it would be sad if people just stopped thinking why and relied on other people or governments. I think it’s good to ask why and challenge or even to ask the chicken itself. What is an ERIKA live gig like also what can we expect from you in 2014? An ERIKA live gig depends on where it is and what it is… but guaranteed for you to feel something, when I perform I give everything, I don’t hold back, I fall in love with each and everyone in the room for that moment in time. I will look in your eyes, I will smile, laugh. I love to connect with people. At my last gig (my launch gig) I got everybody to attach onto a belt which was attached to my dress so that we were all one performer – we were one. I have also had the audience design my dress by throwing Velcro dots onto my dress!! I like to get people singing and dancing. 2014 sees me writing more and promoting the album, Onna-bugeisha which I released in November. What tune out of all you have written means the most to you? I think it has to be The Show, there are two meanings to this song when I wrote it. The first being about a friend of mine who commited suicide. At his funeral when the curtain closed around his coffin the place was packed and everybody cheered and whooped and screamed. It was his last show, after his funeral I wrote a poem where the idea for many of the lyrics came from. I also wrote this song, just after I finished a three year tour with MIKA and felt a little lost with where I was going and what I was going to do. Is there a song out there that you actually would love to have written? Who is it and why? My friend Amy Studt – she wrote a song called Furniture and the sentiment and meaning of the song is so beautiful, so simple, it draws such an incredible picture. Also melodically and for arrangement her song, She Walks Beautiful is just an epic journey melodically and vocally. Also is there anything you would like to share with the readers that would have not told anyone before? You want my deepest darkest secret??.... I’m generally a mess before I hit the stage, I am full of nerves/excitement, which completely disappears as soon as I step foot on stage. Usually if I meet someone at a gig I probably won’t remember them as my head is in a 101 places!!
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By Komal Lathem Hi Happy, can you tell the readers of Love Music Magazine a little about yourself? Hi, Love Music Magazine readers! My name is Happy Chichester. I'm a man from Ohio, U.S.A., and have a delayed gratification type personality. Started out playing drums at age 9, then guitar, piano, and bass. Been writing songs since I was a kid. You were hit with Bells Palsy a year ago, how has this affected your life and what changes have you had to make? What support have you had? We had to delay the release of my album for eight months because it came on just as artwork and pressing were being finished. My face was completely paralyzed on the right side. It's gotten mostly better since then, but I have to wear an eye patch and use drops to protect my eye from dryness caused by lingering neuropathy. I've seen five doctors and been told many things. Have had acupunture treatments the last fifteen months, which I think might be helping. The eye patch you have to wear makes you look mysterious, would you consider making Happy Chichester eye patches for your fans? It's probably a very good idea, you know, capitalizing on it and taking a lighthearted approach. Laura, my wife, made me one with glow-in-thedark star and crescent that was cool, but I'm terrible at merchandising. I finally got shirts this year, and tote bags. I'm not as interested in shirts or bags or eye patches as I am in playing and singing, but hopefully I'm starting to get the hang of it. Over your vast and varied career, you’ve performed at many venues and locations; most recently with Brad on their European tour and your own solo tour in the U.K. Which show was the most memorable and why? There are so many, but I remember playing with Brad in Paris this past year and later seeing some nice videos from the show posted online, as well as sketches of the band performing. Such beautiful people in that band, and those sketches and videos gave me an audience perspective that made me even more thrilled to be there. If you could perform at any place/ venue in the world, where would it be? I don't know exactly why, but I daydream often of playing my songs solo for large enthusiastic outdoor crowds in places like Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, Peru. Those are places I've never been, and a sort of musical fire attracts me, I suppose. I really enjoyed watching you perform “Sexy Girl” at your U.K. shows; as you looked like you were dancing the Tango with your keyboard and mic. What song do you get the most enjoyment from playing live? Thank you, Komal. That song is lots of fun to play. Which one is most enjoyable, though, depends on the gig and where my head is, where the audience is emotionally and everything. I'm beyond words grateful to the audiences on the U.K. tour. The experience gave me insight into how such a small country could produce so much great music. It has to do with the audience being empowering, being respectful. When you released “Torchwood Loop”, earlier this year, you said it was your “Proudest musical achievement”. What makes it stand out to you, as compared to your other work? I found a natural kind of discipline while working on the songs and arrangements. For five years I was touring all over and road-testing material, and during breaks I was recording steadfastly in my rehearsal studio. Years ago when, like most people of a certain age, I was under tremendous pressure to choose a career, I had a powerful dream one night of sitting in my sister's room playing records. At the time I had this
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dream, I hadn't released any music at all, but on the shelf there were lots of albums that I had recorded, a couple dozen records or so. When I woke up I was going to have to get to work! Torchwood Loop from that perspective, my younger dreaming self, is a miraculous achievement and something I always wanted to do, to play all the instruments and present a musical vision. Escapism is a reoccurring theme in some of your songs; such as “A Man Needs an Airplane” and “Motorbike”. What do you need in order to escape I need my rehearsal space and all my instruments and recorders. On days when I am not playing or singing the world seems out of balance and frightening, and it's a worthless kind of feeling. My escape is still more or less engaged with the world, though, and this is enigmatic. Even while I'm onstage performing, I'm escaping. I'm escaping the job my parents wanted me to get, or I'm escaping politicians' and news readers' droning noises. “Torchwood Loop” is a testimony to your evolving sound; what drew you into using looping, pads and keyboards? It started during the years I was touring opening for RJD2, playing for a younger audience hungry for hip hop and electronic sounds, beats and grooves not ordinarily associated with acoustic guitar or piano. They had bought my previous CD when I was presenting a stripped-down singer/songwriter set., but when I returned in 2008 the lessons I'd learned were starting to find their way into my arrangements. I could see a musical interaction with the technology that retained a strong performance quality not seen in other hip hop or electronic shows. This inspired me and gave me a steady venue in which I could develop and refine these skills. I've had to learn about a lot of things I previously knew very little about, which is exciting and inspiring as well. Your musical style is diverse and it echoes a wide range of influences. What musical genre/ culture would you like to learn from or explore further? I'm interested in rhythms and culture, and it fuels my dreams of travel and exploration. Also, song forms and traditions interest me. A fan in Portugal sent me a song known as "fado" or "fate" in English, which is a kind of story song, just the sort of cultural and musical lesson I desire to have more of. Modes and scales also are things I want to learn more about, too. You’ve collaborated with many artists over your career, such as Greg Dulli, Shawn Smith… Who would you like to team up with next? I still dream of writing and singing with Shawn and Greg! That aside, I've always wanted to do something with Dave Grohl. He has contacted me at different times in the past about different things, but I've never actually had the chance to play with him. I have daydreamed about playing bass with Dave Grohl playing drums and how awesome that experience would be. I wish he would call again some time. There was a six year wait between your last two albums. What are your plans for the next album, and when will we see you in the UK? My albums are recorded in my rehearsal studio. I'll do a gig and make enough money to pay an engineer to help me record drum and basic tracks, or I'll do a tour and make enough to pay Jeff Ciampa my mix engineer, or do a vocal session to pay for another artist or photographer for their help. It's an honest way to go, funding your own music, but it takes time and it takes a lot of work. I've been recording, as usual, and have a backlog of rabble-rouser songs I plan to record in the coming weeks. I'm thinking of a vinyl EP, but who knows? In past interviews, you have mentioned a Howlin’ Maggie album that never came out. Have you any plans to release it? also can you tell the readers more about the band Howlin’ Maggie? I formed the band Howlin' Maggie in 1993, and the band played its first show in January, 1994.
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Within 15 months of the first show, we had an offer from Columbia Records and later signed a deal with them. A revamped version of the band recorded the '96 album, Honeysuckle Strange, contributed a song to the soundtrack of the Ted Demme film Beautiful Girls, and recorded demos for an album that was never released. Another excellent line-up recorded HYDE, the second and final Howlin' Maggie album. HYDE was released in Autumn, 2001, and was very well-received critically. Howlin' Maggie was disbanded in 2002, and there are no plans to release the "lost" Howlin' Maggie demos, even though many of the songs are worthwhile. Some of the them I have rerecorded and resurrected on my solo albums, like A Man Needs An Airplane, which was co-written by Jeff Trott, or White Devil, which is on Torchwood Loop. In my view, songs are currency, and those Howlin' Maggie songs are valuable. Howlin' Maggie was a good band. You’ve started your own record label, Popfly, what was the reason behind this and what was the process, are you looking at other musicians to join the fold? I had what's called a "key man" clause in the Howlin' Maggie deal with Columbia, which I used to buy us out of our contract. Our original A&R reps had left the label and there was nobody there who was looking out for us. At that time iTunes, online shopping, and ProTools were all making the means of production and distribution accessible to independents. PopFly is run by Laura and me, and we've put out four albums and done pretty good. If we scored a major hit, I might be supportive of the idea of signing other bands. For now, though, I feel like we're still learning. Having been a musician for all your adult life; when did you realise this was the career you wanted to pursue? I was around 11 or 12 when I started finishing songs. I'd been a musician already, studying drums in school starting at age 9, but this ongoing drive to play in bands as well as to make my own songs and albums kept getting stronger and stronger through my teenage years. By the end of my first year of college, I told my parents I was going to pursue a career in music. I was eighteen and had already been playing all sorts of ensemble music half my life. What advice would you give to your 21 year old self? When I was 21 I was back in college studying art at Ohio State University and had already toured all over the midwest, playing piano in a blues-rockabilly band with the people who would later form Royal Crescent Mob. I would say to me at 21: "Buy a better bass amp, warm up before the gig, drink a glass of water every morning when you get up, and eat raw almonds and raisins 30 minutes before the show." What was the last album you bought? Jovan Karcic's eponymous solo album this year. Jovan is a multiinstrumentalist from Columbus, and this album sounds great on vinyl. If you could make the world a mix-tape, what five songs would you include? Up Above My Head - Sister Rosetta Tharp Yes We Can - Lee Dorsey Hey Pocky Way - The Wild Tchoupitoulas M'Lady - Sly & The Family Stone Cordova - The Meters 2013; the year you commemorated as “getting out into the world…” Where are you heading to in 2014? I would love to return to the U.K. in 2014 and there has been talk of a tour, but there are no solid plans at this time. I'm hoping the phone will ring after the new year and bring some opportunities. If you had to use a dishwasher how would you place the fork within the cutlery basket? Is this a last-question wordplay setup? Your tines up! `
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We caught up with Bos Bully after his performance at the Cave Entertainments launch. By Emma Walker
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Thank you for being in the January issue. Can you tell the readers of Love Music Magazine a bit more about yourself? No problem, thank you for having me. Other then being an all rounded music artist, I study martial arts 'Kyokushin Karate' being my main form. I also have a lot of acting/dancing experience as I originally started my performing career in acting. When 6months old I was in the 'Pet Shop Boys' music video "It's Alright". Funny enough at the age of about 8/9 I was 1 of 10 chosen out of my school chior to sing at a Sony Music Christmas party, I was also went with my school choir to sing for the Queen. In 2011 I under the name 'Da Street Poets' organised 4 successful club events 'PING!!! ME NUH', '1 Night Stand', 'Too Cute 2 Spook' & 'Sagittarius Affair'. Some of videos were taken for the purpose of music videos. Your music covers many genres. If you had to pick one, as a favourite, to perform, which would it be and why? Well I'd have to say bashment as it carries a lot of energy & brings a good party vibe & I guess it's where I'm most cocky haha! I'm guessing from the 'Taking No More' track that you have drawn a line under significant past experiences. How did music help you come from what happened in the past to where you are now? Music gave me an opportunity to express myself in more ways then I usually would, a way to use mine or the experiences of those around me to teach and help others who are going through or have been through similar issues. A lot of my music has messages of which go deeper then the initial face value sound it gives off. What would you say inspires you musically? My life experiences be the key inspiration in music. The things I go through, the feelings I feel/felt, the way I was, the way I am, the things I learn, mistakes I've made. If there was any advice you could offer to musicians looking to be where you are in their career, what would it be? Prepare as much material as possible without releasing any, prepare a giveaway/cheap EP, then get on as many stageshows as possible, start doing a few music videos and plug social networks to get people to hear you. Try to build a team of people who will promote you. Take in critism & use it wisely as progression is always key. Give the audience something to remember you by, be real but be different, be confident & believe in your art but don't be arrogant. What is coming up for Bos Bully in 2014? For 2014 I will be available for more bookings for stageshows, party's, clubs, music events etc etc. Also my debut bashment album 'RISING STAR' will be finalised & released. More music videos, and a few singles to come from that. Would you ever work in a collaboration with any artist? If you would, who would it be and why? Yes I'm open to work with any artist that lyrically makes sense, has a high work rate & material I feel or think the fans would like to hear. If I selectively chose artists to work with it'd probably be DMX, Cassidy, Movado, Snoop Lion or Sizzla. I am currently in need of a few producers & musicians as I'm looking to put or come together with a band. Www.youtube.com/BosbullyTV Www.Facebook.com/BosbullyMusic Www.reverbnation.com/Bosbully Twitter: @Bosbully @TeamBosbully @BosbullyTV @B_Industreets Instagram: @Bosbully Keep It Bossicle!!!
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By Mark Wincott You are constantly working within the music industry, with a variety of bands and also many of your solo records. How do you stay focussed on each project? Based on my output it appears that I am working on music with others all the time which is not reality. Seattle is for me the music capital during my teens, how was it for you in the 90’s being around the scene? A broad question that is difficult to answer. Let’s just say that from the spring of 88 until the passing of Andy Wood in early 90 Seattle was a blast. Was I broke and depressed and often suicidal? Absolutely! But I was also inspired and lived day to day hanging out and when I was alone, worked on songs on my 4 track. Prince was my guide, I never wanted to be in a band so I was able to love the local bands I loved(Love Bone and Alice) without jealousy. I was inspired! Before ‘Teen Spirit’ Seattle was pretty great. After Teen Spirit the city was flooded with A&R people tricking us with their dark spells and false promises. You do an amazing cover among many others of Mother Love bone’s Crown of Thorns, what did/do MLB and Andrew Wood mean to you? The world. When did you first realise you had a singing voice like you have? Not many vocalists have a singing voice like you, is there anything you do to make it sound that way? I knew I could sing at a very young age because, well, I just knew. I was very secretive about it though and didn't let anyone hear me sing until I was 18. My favourite story to tell is how in 6th grade I purposely sang off key to stay out of honour chorus. I was by far the best singer in school but there was no way I was going to let that out. The neighbourhood kids would have had a field day giving me shit. At least that is what I thought would happen. It probably have been the exact opposite. I lived in a pretty crazy neighbourhood, tons of kids. You ever seen Dazed And Confused? It was almost exactly like that... What is the name of the first song you wrote? That's The Way Of The World. Who has influenced you the most in your career? Prince. Listening to your music is very emotive, are you aware of how your music connects with your fans? Yes I am aware because they tell me. Suffering on Satchel’s EDC album is beautiful, can you tell us more about the lyrics in this? I was taking a lot of mushrooms around the time i wrote it and was having these angelic encounters. i was also feeling Lucifer who was expressing that he felt misrepresented. Anywhoo...The chorus is an angel telling me I needed to trust life in order to commune with them. The lyrics were written before the music and they seemed to come from an angel. It's actually kind of a conversation between a man and his guardian angel. When I sing it I embody both. If you could tour with one musician/band that is alive or passed on, who would it be? Queen and Jimi Hendrix.
Love Music Magazine is a mag is to help new and upcoming artists, who at the moment would you tell the readers to look out for? I've got nothing. I don't listen to new bands or artists. What advice would you give to someone starting out in the music industry? I have no idea. Something I got from Prince when I was just starting was he said above all else, be true to yourself. I had never heard anything like that at the time but it became the truest of truths. How did Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhed & all Hail the Crown begin life? As an idea. To anyone that is not aware of Shawn Smith, how would you describe your music in 20 words? Seemingly without direction or focus and yet amongst the chaos therein lies a certain beauty which cannot be contained by mere words. I, personally, have seen you live twice in London, once many years back at the Half Moon Putney and again recently when you toured with your band Brad, can you describe the feeling of playing live Solo and with a band? It depends on the crowd, doesn't it? Half Moon solo or the recent London show with the band were transcendent. Other shows can be shear torture. I'm looking at my watch thinking, dear god, let this be over. Brad at Islington academy is one of the best live gigs I have been to, what is your favourite gig you have been to? Bootsy Collins 3 night stand in Seattle. 93 I think. Best memory of a gig you have played? The crowd singing along to every song at the Half Moon Putney. London 2008. Best music venue you have played and or been to? I think magically speaking, Troubadour, West Hollywood CA What, to you, makes a great music venue? The magic left behind by those that have played before. First Ave, Minneapolis Troubadour, West Hollywood Cains Ballroom, Tulsa Oklahoma Just to name a few. On those stages it's like you’re in a vortex of magic.
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Lenny Kaye gave you the idea to start a band together, before this what were all three of you working on before? That night? Cocktails! No seriously, I had just spent six years opening and overseeing a bar in New Orleans called the Saint, and was also running my own design business, Yseult Designs. I was doing well, and had gotten my designs in Barneys, Fred Segals, Liberty of London – but I did miss rocking out and writing heavy riffs. Dava was in a band called the She Wolves, and Von was, and still is, running her business, Fifi Mahoneys – where everyone comes to buy over the top wigs. (You must know that is a mandatory shop in New Orleans, with all of the constant costuming and festivities!) What is the difference in this band to what it has been in all of your previous incarnations? This is the first band where I am writing like I did with White Zombie, just what comes naturally. With Famous Monsters, it was a concept of combining my favorite childhood monsters and cartoons, like the Groovy Ghoulies, with garage surf music. It was kind of a joke, although I truly love trashy garage music, surf music and the idea of campy monster girls having cocktails and making some noise. Also it was very punk as none of us had ever played the instruments we were on before! With Rock City Morgue, that is all about our amazing singer, Rik Slave, who is like Riff Raff meets Nick Cave. Most of the songs he starts with a vocal line and we write around him. It is really punk, and another genre of music I grew up loving – Ramones, Dead Boys, etc. But not how I write naturally, which is more heavy and blues oriented. So that is the difference. Apart from the instruments you play, what is it each of you bring to Star & Dagger? Dava is our wordsmith, and mostly the brains behind the band. I’m the riff-meister, and Von is our sex goddess that will take off her top and keep the audience titillated – and sing her ass off!!! As all three of you have been around the music scene for a while, what advice could you give to someone or a band that’s trying to enter the world of the music scene? It’s a huge struggle – don’t do it unless you have to – and if you have to, you will find a way! Best story you can think of while being on tour in all your musical life? Probably going to Brazil for the big festivals. We played Sao Paulo and Rio to 300,000 people each night, and the first night I was partying with members of the other bands in the hotel bar– Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, and Robert Plant! It was all I could do to maintain my cool in front of the Rock God. The next day we flew from Sao Paulo to Rio, and a stewardess comes back and asks me my name, and then to follow her. I was freaking out – was I in trouble for something? I couldn’t think of any contraband I had on me . . . she lead me to the front of the plane, opened the door to the cockpit, and there are two handsome young Brazilian pilots who are both big fans, and wanted to meet me. They instructed me to sit inbetween them for the duration of the flight! So that was how I arrived to Rio, with the most amazing view anyone has seen – we flew right over the gi-normous Jesus statue on the mountain, amazing! I think that was one of the best perks ever – that and getting to hang out with Robert Plant. What was the moment all of you realised this is what you want to do for your life? When and what was that goose-bump moment? Oh god, it’s not a goose bump moment, it’s more like, “Really? I’m STILL doing this? I promised myself I would stop this nonsense and be a designer or a photographer like I was supposed to!” But as Phil from Pantera calls it, and all my old musician friends, we’re lifers I guess. You have music in your head; it’s got to get out. You enjoy playing for
people, they enjoy the show; it’s just hard to stop when everyone is still having a good time. Was it pretty surreal being on Top of the pops in the UK with More Human that Human? Did the BBC know what had hit them? You know there was so much happening at that point, life was such a whirlwind, I don’t even remember that happening. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true! Did we play live? At one point we were on the road, no breaks, for two and a half years so it’s hard to remember everything! What is the most rock n roll story you have got about yourselves? Which night? Collectively or individually? Sorry there are way too many stories to sort out for this question! MY favorite Dava story is probably her making out with Keith Richards in the Plaza elevator when she was waaaay underage. For me it would be partying till the break of dawn with Robin Zander and Phil Anselmo in Tokyo – or spending the night at Johnny Depp’s with Al Jourgenson after Al drove us half way off a cliff in his hotrod. For Von, I would say her whole life is a rock’n’roll story! Tomorrowland Blues has been out for a while now what has been the response to the debut album how did that feel to start front scratch and what can we expect next? We were overwhelmed with a ton of good press, lots of great reviews, which was very rewarding being our first effort. We already have half of the next record written, and songs and riffs are getting a little more complex. Dava has written some amazing riffs – almost Zeppelin –ish. I already wrote the follow up to “Your Mama Was A Grifter” with a song called “Two Midnights in a Jug” – some real mountain hillbilly blues that is in my blood from growing up in North Carolina. Is there a song each of you wish to cover what is it and why? Hmmmm – Dava keeps wanting to cover CCR’s “Fortunate Son”, and a song by Dust. I wanted to cover Blue Cheer’s “Out of Focus” and we did – and even recorded it on a rare 12” vinyl. I have some other ideas but I rather keep them secret for now. Von had us cover an old 30’s blues song once, called “I’m Gonna Murder My Baby” that was awesome. We’ll have to revive that! If you could ready anyone’s diary that’s fictitious, non-musical, musical basically anyone, whose would it be and why? Sherlock Holmes – one of my idols since childhood. He was my Halloween costume in the third grade - my dad smoked a pipe so it wasn’t too hard to get the costume together! Is there anything the three of you would like to share with each other that you haven’t already yet? No, we’re very close friends! When was the last time all three of you came to the UK, what did you do and did you wear the proper clothing? Haha, of course we were wearing our everyday rocknroll studded cozzies and leather jackets! We toured there last April and can’t wait to get back! Being a White Zombie fan is there a chance of something signed by Sean; is this 36 year old still allowed to have a teenage crush? Also will you work with J Yeunger again? Of course, to both questions! J actually mastered our album and produced the 12” e.p., “In My Blood” and does a solo on “Stories”, the last track on the e.p.! And I’m always happy to oblige a fan! Would you ever date a groupie who’s 6ft with a ginger beard wears glasses and is unable to say the word latte? If he says latte with a British accent, I’m a goner.
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1st January, 2013 - Ryan Seacrest, the new host of the popular, annual television special, ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ hosted the annual countdown to New Year’s Eve. There were many live and pre-recorded musical performances and a tribute to the old host, the iconic music mogul, Dick Clark (who passed away in April, 2012). He had previously hosted this countdown for 41 years, from 1972 to 2012.
8th January, 1974 – ‘Elvis Presley Day’ was declared in Memphis on the occasion of Presley’s 39th birthday which was followed by a parade down the Elvis Presley Boulevard, celebrated so grandiosely that even the mayor took part in it. 7 years later, ‘Elvis Presley Day’ was declared in 9 other US states as well. Also, in 1985, the US Postal Service issued its first Elvis Presley commemorative stamp to celebrate The King's 50th birthday which remains the best-selling stamp of all time, with over 500 million stamps sold.
THIS MONTH IN MUSIC
JANUARY By Chiru K
2nd January, 1926 – The legendary and presumably one of the earliest music weeklies, UK’s Pop/Rock music newspaper, ‘Melody Maker’ was first published, promising news and information to all those ‘who were interested in the production of popular music’. In 2000, it was merged into New Musical Express (NME).
Douglas Robb (Hoobastank), 2nd (38) – Marilyn Manson, 5th (44)- Robby Krieger (The Doors), 8th (67) - Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), 14th (44) – Rod Evans (Deep Purple), 19th (66) - Steve Adler (Guns ‘N Roses), 22nd (48) – Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), 27th (69)
27th January, 1963 – The famous Hindi patriotic song, ‘Aye Mere Watan ke Logo’ (literally translates to, ‘O! the people of my country!’) was performed live by the nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar at the national stadium in the presence of the then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru who was moved to tears because of the music and the emotions of the song. Written by Kavi Pradeep, the song commemorates the Indian soldiers who died in the Sino-Indian war which had ended 2 months before India’s 16th republic day (26th January, 1963). All the artists and technicians of the song pledged the royalty of the song to the ‘War Widows Fund’.
29th January, 1942 – BBC Radio launched a new radio show called ‘Desert Island Discs’. Still on air today, it’s the second longest-running radio program in existence next to Grand ole Opry show. Currently hosted by Kristy Young, the show calls for a distinguished guest (‘castaway’) each week and is asked to choose eight pieces of music, a book and a luxury item that they would take if they were to be cast away on a desert island, whilst discussing their lives and the reasons for their choices. Broadcasted on BBC radio 4, the show celebrated its 70th anniversary in early 2012.
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I'll Be Waiting Waterfalls Gold Release: Nov 2013 New Album Due 2014 http://eurielle.com/ https://soundcloud.com/eurielle https://twitter.com/EURIELLE_MUSIC https://www.facebook.com/Euriellemusic
Remember the 90's obsession with Enya? Those ethereal symphonic pop songs that merged the world of classical and commercial pop together. Think of a contemporary version with a bit more bass, a bit more beat but all the while holding onto the enchanting Classical genre; you've got newcomer female vocalist, Eurielle. A classically trained vocalist from Yorkshire has combined her love of music with the beautiful worlds of mythical legends and made a debut EP that would slot into the background of an epic fantasy film without a second thought.
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“I'll Be Waiting” opens the EP with gentle strings that softly develop whilst holding a subtle bass line; imagine gentle tides rising onto the beach on a hot summers day and this song will be the perfect track to watch the world go by to. Captivating vocals mesmerise as if a Siren were singing from her rock far out to see, “I'll be waiting, wishing on the stars, anticipating, hoping you're not far.” An enchanting love song that is complete with whisperings of French and a harmonising finish. The EP follows to a slightly more up tempo “Waterfalls” complete with unique vocal introduction; this song could easily be set to a trailer to The Hobbit. It has a striking resemblance to Enya's “Sail Away” and is a perfect naturalistic adventure song that would fit into a moving image without question. Not as strong as it's predecessor but I imagine a great song to play around with in a live format opposed to recorded. “Gold” concludes the debut EP and goes off the beaten track with a modern, edited and heavy bass vision compared to the previous ethereal tracks. The chorus is beautifully simple showing the harmonic classical range, all the while the flow of all three songs tying together with the background vocal stylings. You can find the risqué music video for this online that elegantly captures the gentle but erotic and sensual theme of the song. A beautiful debut that ties the world of classical into a modern masterpiece. Think Sarah Brightman and Natasha Khan having a love child, this is what they would create. A shorter vision of a much bigger story that would easily fit behind a cinematic piece, but at the same time a perfect record to listen to at the end of a stressful day when you need to unwind and meditate to bring back your inner peace.
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Ep: ‘Never say Never 1) Never say never 2) Lost & Found 3) Watch Your Step 4) The Epidemic
Since picking up a guitar for the first time back in 2009, it has been a nonstop roller coaster ride for Alice Ostapjuk. York born music student, Alice Ostapjuk began her music career as a solo artists before making the decision to acquire a rather talented band. With Humphrey Luck on electric guitar, Pete Wise on bass, Ozzie Ward on drums and Alice with lead vocals and guitar, Alice Ostapjuk have been perfecting their unique and original sound ever since. The band’s quirky sound could be compared to that of Kate Bush or Jeff Buckley, with its haunting melodies and organic lyrics, taking life from personal thoughts and experiences, it is definitely monopolising a niche in the pop-folk music scene. Alice Ostapjuk launched their ep ‘Never say Never’ in December 2013, which showcases the bands varied sound which spans across many musical genres. The debut song ‘Never say Never’ begins with a slow and soft tempo which then builds in the middle, and rounds off with a slower tempo in the latter half of the song. Its cyclic tempo emulates the story that the raw lyrics tell the audience.
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My favourite song of theirs, ‘Samuel’s secret’, from the 2011 ep ‘Hush…It’s no secret’ highlights Alice’s intricate vocal talents which beautifully compliment the depth and authenticity of the lyrics. Being a student, Alice has been able to play a huge number of gigs and the band have been making a name for themselves throughout the past year by getting involved in such events as Oxjam and the Apollo Festival in York.
2013 has seen big things happen for the band, being dubbed as ‘Phenomenal’ by BBC Introducing’s Jenny Wells. With their new song ‘Nobody Knows’ set to be released at Easter this year, we’ll have to wait and see what 2014 has in store for Alice and the rest of the band. But if their recent success is anything to go by, it is going to be another immense year for Alice Ostapjuk.
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Leeds based rock band blended with some blues and country, Sophie Sweet and her November Criminals have been playing the music venues of their home town in Yorkshire and influencing many new fans to jump on their wagon. Vice and virtues is a four track EP with a unique mix of old school foot stomping rock collated with a blues feel to it, they released this in February of 2013 via their music label sweet records, just be prepared for some ho downing toe tapping strong rock n roll with an added touch. To kick off the EP Down South is the starter, a fast paced up-tempo swinging those pants from Trevor and Simon...remember those guys? Also add the deliverance banjo feel to this. Sophie’s voice is strong and clear accompanied by a gentle but heavy bass line. The start of Go Billy Go is again a fast paced ho down with strength in the voice of this impressive front woman. “All they know is Billy left a note saying he’s hunting for temptation” This is a nice story of someone picking up a guitar, heading out to find the sound he is after. This is an eloquent track of finding their self or helping someone go in search. Moving on to Debts to pay a slow start with a beautiful sensitive guitar chord played to the slow style of the vocalist. It’s a dark story; Sophie has a strong jacknonary play on her singing. It’s a mix of fun fast musical play with the lyrics of the dark side that is waiting to come out and play. Dirty Bastards the final track of the EP, has a powerful emotion that arrives from the lyrics, the November Criminals are steady throughout this record, they offer so much to the feel of the songs. A story of vengeance which Sophie has this melancholic attachment to her in a form of someone like Seasick Steve. This tune is a definite powerful mood swinging song. Sophie Sweet and her November Criminals are a band led by a lady; the lady is a talented vocal point with her skills of changing up the vocal styles. The blend of Sophie with these four guys is incredible; the tightness of their play is beautiful, reminds me of the songstress Imelda May. Vice and Virtues at first listen felt like a please me style of music, continuing to listen there’s an underbelly of darkness, this is like the smiling assassin, who lets you know he is coming and how they will get you but informs you in a jovial manner. Sophie Sweet and her November criminals are exactly that. A country filled sound that is smiling while the lyrics are ready to finish you off.
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Leeds based Sophie Sweet and her November Criminals are to look out for the road, in the studio, these are one of those bands that more people need to hear. Vice and Virtues is out now, get it check them out, show your support.
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Debut EP – Hemiplegia – October 2013 Track List: Hemiplegia Wings All For You All The Days https://soundcloud.com/haertsmusic http://www.haertsmusic.com/ https://www.facebook.com/haertsmusic https://twitter.com/haertsmusic If you're an 80's baby then you will recall the days of cheesy movies, bad fashion taste and the love of all things lace or neon. But what good did the 80s bring? Music. Whether you loved the hairspray lovers Bon Jovi, the dance heavy Depeche Mode or the guy-liner themes of The Cure, there is no denying the 80's has defined a lot of contemporary music. And if you want to hear the now, but be able to look right back into the days of sweat bands, shell suits and shoulder pads then you need to get Brooklyn based Haerts cued up next on your playlist. Haerts were founded in 2012 but within the space of 12 months went on to storm the US airwaves, become a popular support act for the likes of Shout Out Louds, Atlas Genius and Washed Out. Despite their base being Brooklyn, New York the members hail from Germany and the UK as well as the US.
By Kat Bagshawe
Their debut EP dropped in America late last year after they had already claimed people's attention with their memorable debut track “Wings”. Combining the grooviest of bass lines you've heard in years, the ass shaking drum beat and the most beautiful vocals you will have heard in a long time. Singer Nini Fabi's going to be iconic, trust me. Her voice is beyond unique, she sings effortlessly but with a quiet power and will blow your mind as she holds notes all the while changing key as the song blends from ballad back into power buster. Needless to say this got them huge attention in the States and was recently featured on iTunes over in the UK. Opening track “Hemiplegia” would be the perfect crowd pleaser at a live show. Sweeping synths and clapping drum beats would definitely warm up the congregation. Think of those sweeping 80's road movies, think Thelma and Louise driving down the highway in their Thunderbird, arms in the air, living the high life as their hair flies in the wind. This would be the perfect soundtrack and you'll find yourself feel an overwhelming surge of euphoria as just over 2 minutes in, the song suddenly drops and the beat reaches a beautiful climax. Anthemic “All The Days” shakes the tambourines and will certainly get you arms in the air, preaching to the crowd and singing along within minutes. This band would be fantastic at a live show to get you dancing, gather your girlfriends, heels on and shaking what your momma gave you. This will bring back fond memories of youth, of your first festival experience, the first band you ever saw live, when you would grab your best friends hands and spin round in circles until you fell down dizzy. This band is the 80's, but now. And they are going to be huge, they'll own the festival circuit, they'll rock the club venues and they will most certainly be perfect if you need a heavenly joyous uplifting experience when you put your headphones in. You can download 'Wings' and 'All The Days' on iTunes now. www.lovemusicmagazine.co.uk | 43
Cruise control The Legend of Josi and the Juke The List Song Breakfast of Kings
A Melody that would befit any American TV show such as Cheers or the Fall Guy mixed with the stand out influences of Steely Dan. The 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco are one of those bands that deserve to be heard, one of those EP’s that make the reason why music is an experience and not a chore to hear. This four track EP Cruise Control, is a follow up to their album Private Jet Flashback, you are able to order from their website. This is a sound of the 70s that hits the spot in 2013/2014 or whatever dates you may be reading this. A breath of fresh air is what this EP and band are, venturing from the outskirts of Essex and possibly East London they start off the EP with Cruise Control, a jazz funk style with a great beat, the lyrics flow well, sipping a coca cola, its syrup for the brain, a lyric that does in fact mean something to the person listening. The legend of Josi and the juke is the Chuck Norris of this EP, based on the Walt Disney cartoon the cowboy needs a horse. The flow is beautiful, a catchy chorus sure to have many toe tapping cowboy wiping a tear from behind their wagon, but as we all know, cowboys don’t cry. Baring in mind their lyrics mention a local swimming baths to me, the Leyton lagoon and their flume, which architectural wise, is being worked upon as we speak. If love is the answer, then I love no one is another thought provoking lyric in List Song, A touch of old school rock pop, beautiful guitar sound with melancholic clear vocals, there isn’t a bad tune on this EP, while they have hidden their identity they do have big ideas with this sound, easily could be compared or featured in the background of a Quentin Tarantino movie. This talented nu jazz funk band finish this EP with Breakfast for Kings, a pretty melancholic soulful track that could be about too much alcohol being consumed. Step up to the bar let’s be honest. Too early to write off the day, there must be a hole in my pocket. Bring out the horses to play, a catchy chorus that may enable the Viking clanging of the jugs. The designated head of General Motors Harley Earl came to the band in a dream, to tell them to create melody and meaning that will allow the human race to move freely without drag…be aerodynamic…Be the 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco. Cruise Control is available now to purchase from their website, this is recommended, highly recommended with an old school feel with a new feel sound.
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By Mark Wincott
Those of us old enough to have witnessed and experienced hip-hop’s so called ‘golden age’ first hand, when pressed, will cite numerous East Coast rappers as our favourites. Listeners could not help but be in the thrall of New York artists. As of yet, a return to the summit for New York rap does not seem forthcoming. The luminaries who once lit up the charts are now either viewed as irrelevant, or niche, appealing only to a hardcore set of fans, rather than a broad demographic. However, this chasm has created opportunity. Talented newcomers now have the chance to not only stake their own individual claims, but also shape the future perception of their city. Jared AllStar is one such individual. Though his upbringing is not uncharacteristic, in so much that he was raised in the hood (in his case, Long Island) and brought up in the church, its striking to learn that he released his first two mixtapes via the free ski community, is a free skiing enthusiast and was a featured artist at the International Free-ski Film Festival. With this knowledge in mind, I sense Jared is both undaunted and incredibly sure, ingredients once synonymous with some of the finest New York rap predecessors It doesn’t take long for these suspicions to be confirmed, the opening track ‘Greatness’ combines triumphant horns and his trademark energetic flow with punch line heavy lyricism “changing clothes on the plane call it high fashion” and ” “sales put yourself in a cell, how do they sell hope”. Though his voice is refreshingly filled with the hunger and conviction of an artist who's confident in his ability, you sense he’s appreciative of his standing at present. On ‘I Was Born Underground’ he raps, “Started at the bottom now I'm somewhere in the middle”. Nonetheless this is followed up with a line that indicates the path he’s headed to “I remember writing on them long cold nights now I leave ‘em stunned like a Stone Cold fight”. Songs like ‘What They Gonna Do’ hammer home the point that Jared Allstar can be as unpolished and visceral as they come. In what felt like a deliberate attempt to offend the listener, the term ‘n*gga’ is used consecutively over twenty times The haunting production is reminiscent of a sound the ASAP Mob turn to frequently.
By Calum Jacobs
Many rappers wrestle with the concept of remaining Godly whilst leading a lifestyle that is incompatible with that task. This inner turmoil often bubbles to the surface; Jared’s Church upbringing often comes to the fore. On ‘Wrestling With Angels’ he poignantly drops gems such as “thinking of communion while commuting taking a sip”. He’s clearly a religious man, and attempts to reconcile his ambitions with that fact. A highpoint, ‘Love and Regret’ takes in the contemplative side of Jared AllStar as he reflects on a failed relationship. The hook serenades us with the tome 'I love you and, I'll never forget you' as he raps lucidly of about a girl he still longs for. It's at this tempo that AllStar showcases his undoubted versatility and lyrical dexterity and truly shines as an MC with an appreciation for melody. Long Island address is a public service announcement that signals his future intentions. The beat is full of swagger and intent, a trumpet weeps in the background as cymbals crash intermittently. This, more, than anything else on the album, is New York rap at its most raw and most unapologetic. ADOT is a cohesive body of work. Jared draws from the reality of his current situation, his aspirations as both a man and an artist, failed relationships and his religious beliefs. At no point can his authenticity be knocked or questioned. However the album feels slightly bloated, the track listing could have been shaved and the mixing at times, falters. Despite this the album is an enjoyable listening experience that Hip-Hop fans (especially those from New York) should appreciate.
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The contribution that female MCs have made to the hip-hop landscape is often cruelly overlooked. In a genre dominated by hyper masculinity, the diversity leant to the game by feminine voices is vital. Female artists such as MC Lyte, Queen Latifah and Lauryn Hill were trailblazers who succeeded in normalising the presence of women at hip-hops round table. This achievement was no mean feat; it served to open opened the gates for a whole host of other stars. Their actions heralded a period in which every major rap label or group simply had to have a female star on their roster. Murder Inc signed Charli Baltimore, Rocafella dabbled with Amil and Foxy Brown stood toe to toe with Nas and AZ.
By Calum Jacobs
In 2014 female rappers are able to dominate music sales, headline Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert and stand unaided by male counterparts. Sha Sparx a self proclaimed ‘femcee’ hailing from long Island, New York sounds set to undoubtedly capitalise on the efforts made by her forbearers. A freestyle battler in her youth, she mixes a laconic, lackadaisical flow with the trap flavoured trippy soundscapes (displayed well on ‘Levels’) favoured by DJ’s and clubs alike. Her cadence is reminiscent of Wiz Khalifa, something she herself intones on ‘My Bitch Smoke’, “I’m a Wiz Khalife with a fem appeal, what makes it hot, is that I keeps it trill.”
‘Good Love’ showcases Sha Sparx’s unabashed weakness for certain men, “you say it’s hard to breathe I’ll be the air up in your chest, pulling on my hair as you squeeze up on my breast”. On this evidence, fans appreciative of similarly flavoured artists will eagerly anticipate her debut album ‘Turn Up Music Volume 1’.
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