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Nr 2 February 2013

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DEEZ NR 2 EDITORIAL The other day I was in contact with a band to schedule an interview. When we were done with that, I asked the guy if he could bring the band's record to the interview, because I might be interested in doing a review. A soon as I wrote this a sort of fear hit me. The guy might very well give you the record just because of the review, but the truth was I was asking for it because I had liked their music. I might do a review, but I was asking for it for myself,

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m y c o l l e c t i o n . O f c o u r s e I w o u l d h a v e t a k e n i t a n y w a y. A f t e r a l l I w o r k f o r a m u s i c m a g a z i n e , bands give you their music, be it a CD or a digital file. But it would have ruined it a little for me. So I hastily corrected it to say I was also interested in it at a personal level, and asked h o w m u c h i t w a s s o I c o u l d b r i n g t h e m o n e y . A s t h e d a y s w e n t b y, a n d I w a i t e d f o r t h e r e p l y, I t h o u g h t " D a m n i t m a n , y o u b l e w i t . Y o u s h o u l d h a v e s c r a t c h e d t h e r e v i e w p a r t a l t o g e t h e r. H e ' s g o i n g t o g i v e y o u t h e r e c o r d . " B u t e v e n t u a l l y h e r e p l i e d i t w o u l d b e 3 e u r o s , a n d t h a t h e w o u l d b r i n g i t . I f e l t r e l i e f. Yo u ' r e p r o b a b l y w o n d e r i n g w h a t ' s t h e p o i n t o f t h i s s t o r y. W e l l , i f h e h a d g i v e n i t t o m e , e v e r y t i m e I e n j o y e d t h a t r e c o r d i t w o u l d f e e l w r o n g . I k n o w w h a t y o u ' r e t h i n k i n g : y o u w o u l d g e t o v e r i t . Ye a h I p r o b a b l y would. But the fact that I even worried about it got me thinking.

T h e p ro b l e m i s I ' m a n o l d s c h o o l g u y. W h e n I w a s y o u n g e r I u s e t o s a v e e v e r y p e n n y I c o u l d s o I c o u l d b u y a re c o rd . A n d e v e r y re c o rd w a s special. That's probably why I never regretted buying any of them, even the ones I don't listen anymore. Nowadays, more often than not, when I find a band

I like, I go and try to find their music and, lo and behold, they are giving it away!

W e l l I ' l l t a k e i t , b u t i t d o e s n ' t f e e l t h e s a m e . S o o n e r o r l a t e r, i f I r e a l l y, r e a l l y l i k e t h e b a n d , I w i l l h a v e t o b u y t h e i r r e c o r d , p h y s i c a l m e d i a or online. But I have to admit I find looking for music in this endless repository of free art a little daunting. Just the other day a friend referred me to a site filled with free legal downloads. He told me they had over 15.000 records available, and that I was sure to find something I liked. No doubt. But has he said that my first thoughts were "15.000 records!? Are you serious!? I'll be dead before I can browse through that, let alone do any serious listening." O f c o u r s e I h a v e d o w n l o a d e d m u s i c o n m y c o m p u t e r, p a i d o r o t h e r w i s e . A g u y l i k e m e t h a t l i s t e n s t o a l o t o f m u s i c i n t o d a y ' s w o r l d h a s t o . But my point is that I sometimes feel deprived of my right to support a band because I simply cannot buy their record.

Ye s f r e e m u s i c i s a b l e s s i n g f o r t h o s e w h o c a n ' t r e a l l y a f f o r d t o a c t u a l l y b u y r e c o r d s . A n d s o m e t i m e s a r t i s t s d o g e t s o m e t h i n g o u t o f i t , like for instance when the site shares the advertisement revenue with them. And yes there are other ways to support artists. Like going to their live performances. Although I must be honest, I sometimes find it difficult to drag myself out of the house on a rainy Thursday night, to go to a gig, pay as much for it as I would for a record (or more) just so I can support a band. And sometimes the gigs end up not being that great. And you could always send the artist some money if he decides he does not want to charge for his work. But we all know that once we get it for free, we won't do that. M a y b e I s h o u l d b e a l i t t l e l e s s o l d s c h o o l a n d j u s t a c c e p t t h e f a c t t h a t a l o t o f b a n d s j u s t b a s i c a l ly g i v e t h e i r m u s i c a w a y. O r m a y b e o t h e r s should just start supporting the bands they like a little more instead of just feasting on as much free music as they can get their hands o n . A n d m a y b e a l o n g t h e w a y w e c a n fi n d s o m e m i d d l e g ro u n d . J u s t a t h o u g h t f o r t h e c o m m u n i t y.

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twice. Our encouragement comes from

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audience.

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only

thing we think of is to let them have the music, let them own it. When that happens, we have the inspiration to go on. Sometimes we feel reassured just by seeing someone showing up with one of our t-shirts. And then, off we go again

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someplace

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top quality of the music speaks for itself but whoever gets the chance to see O Bisonte live will be ferociously attached and won’t

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FREE WHORES ARE THE BEST WHORES Hello all - this time I have decided to let you in on another recurrent misfortune inside the record industry: bad booking / show whoring.

Quite often I hear artists comparing themselves to whores, in two distinct situations: when an musician is performing with another artist solely for the sake of earning extra cash; and when an artist is performing for free under the excuse of 'promotional purposes'. As for the first situation, I'll wrap it up shortly by telling you an episode which most certainly broadened my view of things a couple of years ago: I once ran into a musician friend of mine which I hadn't seen for quite some time, and asked him how he was doing, career-wise. 'Well, I just came back from the states, been touring with X' (X being a very cheesy artist whose name is irrelevant to the matter). 'Friend, you are whoring yourself playing with such lousy artists just to make a buck' I said. His reply changed my whole way of looking at things: 'Well, who is the greatest whore? Me, playing music I do not enjoy in order to keep on making a living as a musician, or you - working in an office doing something you hate just to pay for your music? Who is actually whoring himself?' I quit my office

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j o b a c o u p l e o f m o n t h s l a t e r. Nevertheless, I have friends who do prefer to have a 'typical' job in order to secure their financial well being; A great friend of mine, and a very well known persona in the grindcore genre, considers whoring happens when you change/soften/adapt your music just so you can live from it. I can relate to that, but I don´t find an absolute truth in any of the above possibilities - what suits you best is your own personal truth. As for the second situation, things tend to get trickier: I have been playing live for nearly 20 years now and I wish I had a dime for every time a promoter or a venue owner asked me to play for free under the excuse of 'promotion': "It is good for you" they say "It will help you s e l l re c o rd s " t h e y s a y ; " o t h e r s h a v e d o n e t h e s a m e " t h e y s a y. Ve r y w e l l : o f c o u r s e I h a v e p l a y e d f o r f re e - s e v e r a l , c o u n t l e s s t i m e s - a n d sometimes it just might be worth it, I may agree. If your friend needs a hand, if that promoter who once held your hand is now through sour times, if there is a charity gig clearly in need of a boost - sure. But other than that - yes, you are being a whore, and a free one. Make no mistake, you are indeed 'promoting' yourself: as the guy who plays anywhere for the sake of anything. I have seen loads of venues, loads of festivals and loads of promoters having a delicious life on the a c c o u n t s o f c a c h e t s t h e y c o u l d b u t d o n o t p a y, a n d m a n y b a n d s b r e a k i n g u p a s a r e s u l t o f f r u s t r a t i o n o r s h e e r e c o n o m i c a l i m p o s s i b i l i t y . When live act pubs came to the conclusion many bands would play for free (or even pay to play as I have witnessed) in the hope of getting k n o w n a n d e s t a b l i s h i n g a c a r e e r, m a n y c o n v i n c e d t h e m s e l v e s t h e y c o u l d k e e p o n p r e s e n t i n g l i v e s h o w s o n a b u d g e t n e x t t o n o t h i n g . W h a t h a p p e n e d ? S u d d e n l y y o u d o n ' t h a v e a b a n d c i r c u i t u n l e s s y o u a r e w i l l i n g t o p a y f o r y o u r o w n t o u r. A n d s u d d e n l y m o s t v e n u e s a r e c r a m m e d w i t h l o w q u a l i t y b a n d s e a g e r f o r a n i l l u s i o n . F o r t u n a t e l y, h o w e v e r, t h e r e a r e s t i l l s o m e e x c e p t i o n s .

Ye s , f r e e w h o r e s a r e t h e b e s t w h o r e s . P e r f o r m i n g i n e x c h a n g e f o r a b e e r a n d a c l u b s a n d w i c h ? I ' l l m a k e m y o w n a t h o m e , t h a n k y o u .

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he was a fundamental part in the creation of this album, with the production, arrangements and all his help. DeezMag: And the other guest musiciansÖ G: The other guest musicians are Pedro Santos and Francisco Bernardo,

they were members of my old band and friends that somehow help, making me more comfortable. They are people with whom I can share and structure my ideas, people that understand me and are willing to participate. Pedro Martins came to fulfill the need of having an above the average drummer participating in the process. The record was becoming very strong music a l ly, w i t h s t ro n g g u i t a r s a n d n e e d e d a d r u m m e r t h a t c o u l d a d d v a l u e t o the work. Pedro Martins was the right choice, he put this project in a higher level allowing a bolder music production. This is the team that is playing live with me and has proved to be a fundamental and wise choice. DeezMag: What more can you tell us about ìMeu Generalî and the journey so far? G: The name ìMeu Generalî came at a later stage in the project. It was firstly called ìPonto Gî because my name is Gilberto and I love the letter G as my trademark. After a while with that name and having edited a single, we thought maybe it wasn't the right name for the project, it wouldnít fit the music we were recording. Then we decided to try to get another name. I always thought the G should remain as my trademark, many people already called me G. Then talking to ZÈ Pedro, who plays in the projectís single ìVoz Dormenteî, came the idea of the ìGeneralî. After that people started calling me ìMeu Generalî and I adopted it. If I had any doubts, ìMeu Generalî made me leave with no regrets the name ìPonto Gî. DeezMag: How did you choose what songs should be in the album? And could It was in ìStopî, an old mall in Oporto where more than oneudred b a n d s r e h e a r s e , t h a t w e í v e f o u n d G i l b e r t o A n d r È P i n t o t h e s i n g e r, guitar player and composer of ìMeu Generalî who are about to release their debut LP ìPrimeiras Impressıesî. DeezMag: The debut LP of ìMeu Generalî (My General), a project that started in the beginning of 2008 is about to be released and will be called ìPrimeiras Impressıesî (First Impressions). What are these first impressions?

G: The writing process is very complex. I entered the studio with 50 ideasÖ I í m t h e w o r k a h o l i c t y p e o f c o m p o s e r. I í m a l w a y s w r i t i n g , m a k i n g n e w songs and sometimes I need to stop and focus, and to see what I have and where to go. In the end it all came to choosing some ideas, out of my comfort zone, the ideas were developed in the last 5 years. The oldest song is from the time of the ìBlackberryî and at that time didnít seem right, and c u r i o u s ly, t h ro u g h a n e l a b o r a t e d p ro d u c t i o n , g a i n e d a n e w l i f e . O t h e r

Gilberto: These are the impressions Iíve retained since 2008 until now and the impressions from the music that influenced me and still does, and the ones that Iíve obtained since composing the music on guitar until it was fully grown, giving me impressions on how I could manage the work, how I could direct it, to see which direction was the album going to follow.

you tell us how do you create the songs?

Therefore itís all the impressions that I

hope are recorded in the album and the people who will listen will feel that it was really what I was trying to transmit. DeezMag: This first LP, produced by Rodolfo Cardoso (ìWC Noiseî) counts with experienced musicians, ZÈ Pedro (ìXutos & PontapÈsî), Marco Nunes (ìComitÈ Caviarî, ex ìJorge Palmaî, ex ìBlind Zeroî) and Pedro Martins (ìComitÈ Caviarî, ìWC Noiseî, ex ìGNRî). Could you tell us about that choice and its importance? G: I already knew Rodolfo Cardoso from the time of ìWC Noiseî. When I had my band ìîBlackberryî we had the opportunity to be recorded by him for our demo, and I loved the way he worked in the studio with us. When ìBlackberryî ended and I decided ,since I was the

s o n g s w e re w r i t t e n a n d d e v e l o p e d a y e a r, y e a r a n d h a l f a g o , I í m v e r y h a p p y about them, they reached the point that, when I decided to start working on the solo album, I imagined they could be with a good production. Deezmag: Anything youíd like to add? G: The album had the participation of ZÈ Pedro in the song ìVoz Dormenteî, and it was a surprise and a real privilege for me that he accepted the invitation to play in our debut concert in S. Pedro do Sul. He is an idol to me and Iíve been a fan of ìXutos & PontapÈsî for many years. He is the reason I play music. In the album thereís also a brilliant participation of Marco N u n e s . A n d m y o l d f r i e n d To z È S a n t o s f ro m ì P e r f u m e î , t h a t p a r t i c i p a t e d i n ìPonto Gîís first song released as a single in 2008, of course had to be in the album. It was a very important feeling that my friends were always warmly asking how the album was going. Itís very good to me that people were caring about the evolution of the work, and many people followed the 5 years of work, always curious to know what will happen when the album is out, how things will develop, and this album is always a bit theirs if not a lot.

composer of many of the songs, to assume it and sing them. Rodolfo was the obvious choice to work in what I knew was going to be a difficult job. I wasnít such a good guitar player and I still donít play it very well, but I wrote a lot of songs, had many ideas, many melodic lines that I wanted to put together and I wanted someone to help me taking the direction I thought the songs should take. Indeed

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usually spelt in "red"?

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crucial

for

the

LITHUANIA

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four-piece

capital

of

precious

band

from

Lithuania female

Dange,

and

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and

temporary

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muscle Laimis.

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in our country with the the best

The

rockers out there, we also can’t

and

wait for our UP-coming EP, which

of

rhythms

This

modern

is

gonna

be

a

m-m-m-m-onster

kill" laughs lead guitarist Mantas.

rock band describe their music as a

"I would like to

tight and innovative experience for a

y o u w i t h a n y f u r t h e r d e t a i l s . Yo u

l i s t e n e r, w h o ’ s i n t e r e s t e d i n m e l o d i c

are definitely going to be informed

and

via

non-stereotypic

female

vocals

plus, new wave of instrumental djent as

a

"Our

genre.

rock

is

our

our

but cannot share

Facebook

page

and

UP-coming brand new website." The

band’s

goal

is

to

achieve

a

music

sound, that no band in near coun-

ends up in only one genre" says lead

tries has ever reached. "We aim for

guitarist Mantas.

the

lifestyle,

The

near

but

none

past

of

the

revealed

the

world

best

sounding,

low&melodic,

audiophile typo music" says UP-

some good news. Fresh sounding and

Lifters. Are you saying that there is

"interesting-to-listen" music is still

much

alive. As the musicians community

itself? "Well of course yes. As a

of the world keeps rising, UP-Lifters

guitar player by myself, I’m even

say

their

little paranoid (smiles) about the

secret. "As much as we love every

quality of the record/instruments

single kind of music, we try not to

t i m b re s . I t h i n k t h a t ’s t h e e s s e n c e

cover up our eyes with sentiments

of true music. Of course, you have

for

own

to be a great player as well, but

time, and keep searching for new

knowing how to control your sound

and fresh sounding material in our

is one of the best things to ever

hearts" says the vocalist Ieva. "Our

happen to a musician" says Mantas.

name realizes itself when you come

As a band, UP-Lifters confront a lot

see

of

that

the

us

it’s

time

music

live

to

reveal

which

had

says

its

we

Mantas,-

more

behind

misunderstood

the

record

situations

and

definitely drop a bass (laughs) and a

difficulties. "As you might notice,

bomb

with

we’re not labeled yet, and every

our essence of sound. The guitarists

tiny bit of our musical life is pow-

(Mantas

ered by our personal life. We mean

of

tuned

UP-lifting

and

material

Dange)

invoked

seven-stringed

basses,

while

low-

guitars

Laimis

and

grooves

in

www.facebook.com/upliftersband

our

records

ourselves,

are

in

being

our

made

living

by

rehearsals being made in vet acad-

and other odd-time signatured and

emy

constructed beats. "I just love how

concerts

the human is created to feel the

way we expect, but we still manage

g ro o v e . I t ’s j u s t c r a z y w h e n y o u r

to drop our bomb no matter what.

body can feel the 4/4 flow and your

Our belief is our chef, and we are

endings can do the magic, can liter-

not

ally kick you out of the bounce".

says

"Usually

making

are

going

to

Mantas.

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let "As

very

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rooms,

various types of alternative, metal

(laughs)

UP-LIFTERS

often

happening

the

that

run

away"

of

yet,

we’re

collaborations

without precedent in our country and getting ready to tour some abroad

UP-Lifters on their chest etc." Says

with some well known rap artists

countries in spring and visit every summer festival in our native land

Mantas.

in Lithuania, preparing records

(or maybe some in Europe as well)" says the vocalist Ieva.

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B : T h a t ’s a n e s s e n t i a l a s p e c t . B a l ã o d e Fe r ro d i d n ’ t h a p p e n b y c h a n c e . I t ’s a well thought, premeditated band. The fact we had 3 bands in common made us

www.facebook.com/balaodeferro

have a stricter criteria over having new bands. The criteria we used on Balão de Ferro was precisely the search for a vintage sound, a power trio that has as references Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Led Zeppelin and all their contemporary bands, like Deep Purple. In a classic rock record the music is true to itself, with very few overdubs or preferably none. The sound is pure, vintage and low-fi and not a highly produced sound, with rock sounding guitars, bass, drums and vocals. Nico: The drums are big, and recorded in a large room. B: Is not just the music composition and arrangements that are important in the band’s aesthetics but also the sound.

DeezMag: When we listen to your music we notice the simple and straight to the point lyrics. What’s the importance of the lyrics construction in your music? B : I t ’s q u i t e i m p o r t a n t . I t ’s t h e fi r s t t i m e I h a v e a p ro j e c t w h e re I s i n g i n P o r t u g u e s e . I t ’s a b i g c h a l le n g e . T h e w h o le i d e a i s t h a t t h e ly r i c s c a n s t a t e a message that is clear to the listeners, they should be straight to the point and without any pseudo-intellectualism, and try to accomplish their artistic function, and not a couple of foolish rhymes.

DeezMag: Só me arrependo do que não fiz (I only regret what I didn't do) and Melhores dias virão (Better days will come) are the titles of two of your songs. For Balão de Ferro those days will be B:Melhores dias virão is about the way I think. I’m not a nostalgic person, I feel I’m exactly the opposite, and I always end up thinking I could always do b e t t e r a n d t h e re f o r I f e e l t h e b e s t i s y e t t o c o m e , t h a t ’s m y w a y o f f a c i n g things. Balão de Ferro is about to start. Our record will be released in the beginning of 2013 and well go on the road. N: Well be working outside the studio environment, work on the band s promotion, growing on stage live with an audience.

DeezMag: Is there anything else you think our public should know about Balão

BALÃO DE FERRO

de Ferro?

I n a s u n s h i n y d a y, o v e r l u n c h , w i t h a f a n t a s t i c v i e w o v e r t h e D o u r o

t o h e a r. A c l a s s i c ro c k b a n d m o s t ly i n fl u e n c e d b y E n g l i s h b a n d s . I n P o r t u g a l

River and Oporto, we met three excellent musicians, Budda Guedes

we have been more gothic and very naïf, or very sad in our music and I think

( l e a d v o c a l s a n d g u i t a r ) , Tó B a r b o t ( b a s s ) a n d N i c o G u e d e s ( d r u m s ) ,

w e n e e d a b a n d w i t h i ro n b a l l s a n d a ro c k a t t i t u d e i n P o r t u g u e s e . T h a t ’s t h e

the members of a straight forward classic rock power trio from Braga,

purpose of Balão de Ferro. Is something that we, not as musicians but as spec-

Balão de Ferro (Iron Balloon). They’re about to release their homony-

tators, think was missing in the musical scene. A raw band would make sense.

mous debut album.

Zen (a Portuguese band) did it although singing in English, this changes a

In a brief talk about Balão de Ferro, they started by introducing this

l i t t le o f t h e b a n d ’s l o g i c . O u r f o c u s i s i n m a k i n g a d i f f e re n c e s i n g i n g i n P o r t u -

new project

g u e s e . M a y b e i t ’s a l i t t le p re t e n t i o u s s a y i n g t h a t i t h a s n e v e r b e e n d o n e , b u t

B u d d a : N i c o , Tó a n d I h a v e b e e n p l a y i n g t o g e t h e r s i n c e 2 0 0 4 i n t h e

to my knowledge this kind of music is not common, very bluesy or influenced

band Budda Power Blues. We’ve taken the chemistry and the syner-

by the blues or blues rock.

gies that existed between us in BPB and adapt it into a song format,

The British blues, the one from Cream, is very different from the Mississippi

in an old fashioned power trio. That makes Balão de Ferro very

Delta Blues, this fusion of blues with rock that goes from Led Zeppelil to Deep

rational and premeditated in the sense that we thought we had

Purple and Black Sabbath or even the American Jimi Hendrix that had a British

something embryonic

that we could easily transform into a song,

band. That rawer and dirtier British version, less polite than the American

s u n g i n P o r t u g u e s e a n d a l o n g w i t h i t re c o v e r t h e 6 0 ’s a n d 7 0 ’s

one, always pleased me and always was an influence to us. The whole idea was

spirit, that for us is the only truthful way to make music.

to put it in a conventional song format but with the blues as beginning, middle

B : B a l ã o d e Fe r ro d o e s n ’ t w a n t t o b e t h e w o r l d ’s m o s t o r i g i n a l t h i n g o r t o b e the inventor of the wheel. Our goal is to do something that we think should have been done in Portugal, and that I, as a member of the audience would like

and end of all the themes. DeezMag: As a classic rock power trio what’s the importance of choice of sound and strength of each instrument in your music?

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should have a defined concept, a

door

predefined idea for it. But basically

passionate about the Mod scene,

it won't stray to much from what

the parties they organize and the

we've been doing until now. Right

bands. Over here we do what we

now we already have 10 songs that

can to bring more young people

are part of our live act, so if we

into this movement. It's still in

wanted

It's

our blood to organize parties, to

more than enough. In the 90's there

have a band like we're still in

was

this

fashion,

high school, which we aren't. But

with

the

growth

to

record

we

could.

that of

coincided

the

CD,

that

go

plus

are

very

and

meet

the

guys

and

because

rehearse. Nowadays bands seem to rehearse less and less, they

there. Now it's more the opposite,

just

if you make a record longer than

songs. We're in this to bring new

30/40 minutes nobody will listen to

people in, to help the movement

it.

grow, but mainly for the music.

think

a

that's

they

they couldn't fit anything else in

We

and

Spain

i n a w a y t h a t ' s s t i l l t h e s p i r i t . To

people would make records with 60 minutes

in

shorter

record

is

get

together

to

make

the

preferable. It's better to have 8, 9,

DZ ñ Right now you're probably

10 good songs, interesting songs

busy playing live and promoting

that the band likes, than to have 40

t h i s l a t e s t E P.

j u s t a s fi l le r. I t d o e s n ' t m a k e s e n s e

F T ñ Ye s , t h i s i s a l i v e b a n d n o

for us. And we rather test the songs

doubt, a concert band. A band

first, see which one's go better with

only really exists if it's playing

our audience, and then move to the

l i v e . Yo u c a n h a v e a g a r a g e b a n d ,

album with those.

rehearse, record albums and all that,

DZ

ñ

How

about

gigs?

but

if

the

band

doesn't

show up... For instance, we are

How

have

made

that

that phase that you stop for a

m a n y, b u t t h e y w e re p a c k e d , s o m e -

while, the band sort of vanishes.

thing

and

Because there's no news, no one

it's

talks about the band. No matter

in other bands and when there's

those been going? FT

ñ

We

we

haven't

weren't

that

bands of the Portuguese Mod scene.

rode

been positive. And apart from the

how

And they're dedicated to making it

fishtail like cut on the back.

people that live the Mod universe

seem, if you play a lot people

grow as much as they can. But in the

D Z - Yo u r fi r s t w o r k w a s r e l e a s e d

more

end it's all about the music.

in Vinyl. Why vinyl straight up?

able

their

bikes.

They

had

a

very

expecting,

70's over their suits when they

The Fishtails are one of the leading

was

still

good.

yes

insignificant

the

concerts

we've

also

been

will know. Some people know you

people

that

don't

went here, others know you went

FT - It's the concept of the band.

share this way of life so much but

there. It works. And we love to

And our idea is to stick to vinyl,

that are beginning to become inter-

be

started?

do

7"

ested

always

FT - Mainly because we wanted to

releases,

an

that is very gratifying.

people are judging your work. We can set things up in the studio, but the real moment is on stage.

DZ

-

How

did

the

Fishtails

get

at

least

2

and

or

3

then

more make

i n t e n s e ly,

So,

to

attract

in

this

musical

style.

And

do it. We all had other bands, and

a l b u m , t o g e t i t a l l t o g e t h e r. A n d

DZ ñ In your personal experience is

roughly

maybe

the Mod movement growing in Portu-

around

October

2011,

me

then

release

a

CD

together with the record, but to

gal?

keep releasing in vinyl.

FT ñ The taste for British things,

and start working some ideas. We

DZ ñ What themes do you try to

namely the clothing style, the pres-

started

rehearsing

cover when you write?

entation if you will, is more and

Pedro's

studio,

created

FT ñ As lyrics are concerned, The

m o r e f a s h i o n a b l e . Yo u g o t o a s t o r e ,

some songs. It wasn't a very seri-

Fishtails music is based more on

even

ous thing at the beginning, but we

personal

have t-shirts with the Union Jack,

thought the project had some legs

ences

and

or the red, white and blue target,

to stand on, and that we needed

with which we can all identify

that was made popular by The Who.

other people.

ourselves through the lyrics. But

But that doesn't necessarily reflect

DZ - Why Fishtails?

in

FT ñ It has to do with the military

thinking

parkas that the Mods wore in the

plete record, then maybe we

(Pedro

Banister)

and

Pedro

Te m p o r „ o , d e c i d e d t o g e t t o g e t h e r

and

together we

at

experiences.

that

the

we've

future, about

all

when making

Experihad,

department

it

stores,

doesn't

and

mean

you

we

start

anything,

people

a

com-

are aware of what they are wearing or consuming, it's origins. We don't think it's going to stick. Just next

on

stage, a

bit

although nervous

you're because

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LITHUANIA

SIBYL VANE straightforward indie rock from the Baltics. The Estonian

try blog NRGM was ranking fresh Estonian bands and marked Sibyl Vane as

alternative rock trio released their album "Love, Holy Water and TV"

the

i n t h e e n d o f 2 0 1 2 u n d e r t h e l i c e n s e o f I L o v e Yo u R e c o r d s f r o m L a t v i a .

because right after releasing their top list, Sibyl Vane was signed to a

The 11 track album got positive reviews from Estonia to Belgium. Filip

L a t v i a n i n d i e l a b e l I L o v e Yo u R e c o r d s w h o s e s u c c e s s s t a r t e d w i t h r e l e a s i n g

van Muylem, a critic from Beek-A-Boo music website wrote: "Good

Ewert and the Two Dragons. Soon after that they were asked to perform at

musicians and a female singer who can really sing and knows how to

the main summer music festivals in the Baltic region Positivus and Summer

handle a microphone. I'd label this music as straightforward indie

Sound. These performances were soon followed by their first tour in the

rock which can match with the greatest. It's hard to find something

Baltics, the release of their album "Love, Holy Water and TV", released in

n e g a t i v e t o s a y, e v e n i f I ' d w a n t e d t o . I n s t e a d , I h e a r o n e n i c e s o n g

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and supporting Garbage on their show in Riga

a f t e r t h e o t h e r. " T h e t r i o n a m e d a f t e r O s c a r W i l d e ’ s h e r o w i t h a t r a g i c

and an even bigger tour in the Baltics. Sibyl Vane is a harmonious

end started their journey in spring 2010. Sibyl Vane was created by

not only on stage. They share their dedication to music and it is noticeable

local

and

at their performances. Straightforwardness of their music and performances

Helena Randlaht, who were just trying to play shows for which their

has gained their popularity and that is not the only reason for their success

o t h e r b a n d w a s n ’ t a v a i l a b l e f o r. T h e y a s k e d M a r k K o s t r o v t o j o i n t h e m

in the Baltic region. Check them out and you won’t be disappointed! In 2013

behind the drums. After releasing their first single "What s My Name"

Sibyl Vane is touring Europe, check out their dates and information on their

in spring 2011, there wasn’t any satisfying results and public interest

official Facebook site:www.facebook.com/sibylvaneband

in the band was lacking. They were almost about to break up but

Listen to them in SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/sibylvaneband

decided to make one last try in the Estonian youth band’s contest

Buy their album "Love, Holy Water and TV":

Noortebänd. The band was awarded with the grand prix and many

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/love-holy-water-and-tv/id574347106

alternative

rock/punk

band

guitarists

Heiko

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potential

for

international

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surprising

trio and

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1. What/where is your hometown? Do the people back home support What/where is your hometown? Do the people back home support you? ou? Tim: Most of us are from Cork except for Gary who's from some other im: Most of us are from Cork except for Gary who's from some other far off place (America!) ar off place (America!) 2. How does it feel to be a professional musician/in a professional How does it feel to be a professional musician/in a professional G a r y : C o l le c t i v e ly o u r h o b b i e s a re a s d i v e r s e a s E g y p t o l o g y, S o c i a l R e v o l u band? G a r y : C o l le c t i v e ly o u r h o b b i e s a re a s d i v e r s e a s E g y p t o l o g y, S o c i a l R e v o l u and? o r y, C a m p a n o l o g y, Av i a t i o n , P h o t o g r a p h y, a n d Q u a i l - b re e d i n g . G r a c e : B e i n g a p r o f e s s i o n a l m u s i c i a n , h a s i t s u p s a n d d o w n s l i k e tainoyn a r y tHi oi sntaorryy ,HCi satm p a n o l o g y, Av i a t i o n , P h o t o g r a p h y, a n d Q u a i l - b re e d i n g . race: Being a professional musician, has its ups and downs like any 5 . D e s c r i b e Y ur Sound... j o b . B u t i t s d o i n g s o m e t h i n g y o u l o v e e v e r y d a y a n d c r e a t i n g 5a. r D t e s c r i b e Yo u r S o u o n d... ob. But its doing something you love everyday and creating art Grace: It's hard to define, but with all our different backgrounds from tradit h a t ' s m e a n i n g f u l a n d i n s p i r a t i o n a l . P e r f o r m i n g i n v e n u e s y o uG' vr e ace: It's hard to define, but with all our different backgrounds from tradihat's meaningful and inspirational. Performing in venues you've ional, folk, blues, jazz, soul ,funk, r'n'b, even metal, I believe we have a a l w a y s d r e a m e d o f a n d s e e i n g h o w p e o p l e e n j o y t h e g i g s . I t ' s wt ei ol ln a l , tf o lk, blues, jazz, soul ,funk, r'n'b, even metal, I believe we have a lways dreamed of and seeing how people enjoy the gigs. It's well i a l a n d u n i q u e s o u n d . Fo r a s i n g e r, I ' m s o l u c k y t o g e t t h e c h a n c e t o w o r t h a l l t h e p r a c t i c e , w h a t y o u p u t i n t o i t y o u g e t o u t , I s u p p o s ve e. r y s p ev ceirayl sapnedc u n i q u e s o u n d . Fo r a s i n g e r, I ' m s o l u c k y t o g e t t h e c h a n c e t o orth all the practice, what you put into it you get out, I suppose. b e a b l e t o perform with a band of this quality and uniqueness! 3. Who inspired you and why? b e a b l e t o p e r f o r m with a band of this quality and uniqueness! Who inspired you and why? e're all from different musical backgrounds [stylistically] which is G r a c e : A l l a r t i s t s o f t h e p a s t ! B u t m a n y o f t h e j a z z g r e a t s f o r m e lNi ki ae l l : WNei'arlel : a W ll from different musical backgrounds [stylistically] which is race: All artists of the past! But many of the jazz greats for me like e've created such a unique sound, yet we've all got common B i l l i e a n d S a r a h . W i t h t h e b a n d w e a r e a l l i n s p i r e d b y e a c h o t h ew r ,h Iy I t hwihnyk Iw teh' vi ne k c w reated such a unique sound, yet we've all got common i l l i e a n d S a r a h . W i t h t h e b a n d w e a re a l l i n s p i re d b y e a c h o t h e r, I nd with our love of Jazz, Blues & traditional ethnic music from around h a v e b e e n i n t r o d u c e d t o t y p e s o f m u s i c I w o u l d n ' t h a v e l i s t e n e dg rt oo u n d gwriot u h our love of Jazz, Blues & traditional ethnic music from around ave been introduced to types of music I wouldn't have listened to t h e w orld. So the band is like a melting pot of all these different styles. In and I hope I can inspire the band also. the world. So the band is like a melting pot of all these different styles. In nd I hope I can inspire the band also. t h e o r y w e s h o u l d n ' t b e a b le t o w o r k t o g e t h e r, b u t s o m e h o w w e d o . N i a l l : T h e A r t C r i m e s B a n d w a s o r i g i n a l l y a s s e m b l e d t o p l a y & c ot m h e-o r y w e s h o u l d n ' t b e a b l e t o w o r k t o g e t h e r , b u t s o m e h o w w e d o . iall: The Art Crimes Band was originally assembled to play & comSo tell me how do you create your songs? Do you arrange everything? What p o s e m u s i c f o r a B e l l y d a n c e s h o w i n a t h e a t r e i n C o r k C i t y b a c k6 .i nS o t e 6l l. m e how do you create your songs? Do you arrange everything? What ose music for a Bellydance show in a theatre in Cork City back in as your first arrangement? When and how did you come up with it? Was it writN o v e m b e r 2 0 1 0 . T o t h i s d a y w e s t i l l w o r k w i t h a g r o u p c a l l e d S uw a da -s y o u w r first arrangement? When and how did you come up with it? Was it writo v e m b e r 2 0 1 0 . To t h i s d a y w e s t i l l w o r k w i t h a g ro u p c a l l e d S u a d e l a B e l l y d a n c e f o r o u r t h e a t r e p r o d u c t i o n s . B e l l y d a n c e & w otrelnd f o r pt ei ann foo ro rp iwahnioc ho ri nwsht ri cuhm iennstt?r u m e n t ? la Bellydance for our theatre productions. Bellydance & world he beginning how it would usually work is Bill would call over to m u s i c w a s o u r i n s p i r a t i o n f o r m a k i n g m u s i c t o g e t h e r. O n e o f N o ui ar l l : I nN itahlel : bIeng ti n ning how it would usually work is Bill would call over to u s i c w a s o u r i n s p i r a t i o n f o r m a k i n g m u s i c t o g e t h e r. O n e o f o u r t h e s t u d i o ith a chord progression & some different ideas. I'd sit down with a i m s w a s t o c o m p o s e e v e r y s o n g i n a d i f f e r e n t g e n r e / s t y l e . S u a dtehlea s t u d i o w i t h a cw h ord progression & some different ideas. I'd sit down with ims was to compose every song in a different genre/style. Suadela ith pen & paper and we'd arrange it into parts & put those parts B e l l y d a n c e p e r f o r m a s t y l e o f d a n c e c a l l e d T r i b a l F u s i o n B e lhliym - w i thhi mp ew n & paper and we'd arrange it into parts & put those parts ellydance perform a style of dance called Tribal Fusion Bellyt o g e t h r & d r u m s , t h e n re c o rd . T h e n To m & G a r y w o u l d c o m e i n d a n c e , t h e y m i x m a n y d i f f e r e n t s t y l e s s u c h F l a m e n c o , T r a d i t i otnoagle t h e r , j u s t egru, ijtuasrt &g udirt ua m s , t h e n re c o rd . T h e n To m & G a r y w o u l d c o m e i n ance, they mix many different styles such Flamenco, Traditional lines / melodies & add those. So everyone would come in & add I r i s h , S a l s a & T a n g o w i t h B e l l y d a n c e . S o e v e r y t h i n g w e d o i s a btoou tw r i t et oh owrrni tlei nheosr n / melodies & add those. So everyone would come in & add i s h , S a l s a & Ta n g o w i t h B e l ly d a n c e . S o e v e r y t h i n g w e d o i s a b o u t to the tune at different stages. I'd be producing the track so it was amazing Fusion. t o t h e t u n e a t d i f f e r ent stages. I'd be producing the track so it was amazing usion. m e s t o w a t c h t h e s e s o n g s g r o w a s t h e d a y s & w e e k s w e n t b y . Yo u c o u l d 4 . D o y o u h a v e a n y o t h e r h o b b i e s b e s i d e s , o b v i o u s l y, m a k i n g m u s i ca ?t t i m e sa tt ot i w a t c h t h e s e s o n g s g r o w a s t h e d a y s & w e e k s w e n t b y . Yo u c o u l d D o y o u h a v e a n y o t h e r h o b b i e s b e s i d e s , o b v i o u s l y, m a k i n g m u s i c ?

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e a c h o t h e r u s i n g s m o k e m a c h i n e s t o d i s t r a c t e a c h o t h e r. e a c h o t h e r u s i n g s m o k e m a c h i n e s t o d i s t r a c t e a c h o t h e r. To m : We h a d a g i g a c o u p l e o f w e e k s a g o , a n d a s t h e d a n c e r s To m : We h a d a g i g a c o u p l e o f w e e k s a g o , a n d a s t h e d a n c e r s [Suadela Bellydance] were walking to the stage in line, some guy [Suadela Bellydance] were walking to the stage in line, some guy at the back of the bar yelled out "I'll take the third one!!" at the back of the bar yelled out "I'll take the third one!!" 9. Can you survive on music alone or do you have other work? 9. Can you survive on music alone or do you have other work? Gary: We're lucky here in Ireland that there's such a demand for Gary: We're lucky here in Ireland that there's such a demand for live music and we've so many nice venues to play it in so you can live music and we've so many nice venues to play it in so you can just about survive on music if you play in a few different bands. I just about survive on music if you play in a few different bands. I a l s o DJ b i g b a n d s w i n g j a z z o c c a s i o n a l ly, w h i c h i s g re a t f u n . a l s o DJ b i g b a n d s w i n g j a z z o c c a s i o n a l ly, w h i c h i s g re a t f u n . To m : T h a n k f u l ly, I a m a b l e t o s u p p o r t m y s e l f j u s t o n m u s i c . T h e re To m : T h a n k f u l ly, I a m a b l e t o s u p p o r t m y s e l f j u s t o n m u s i c . T h e re aren't a whole lot of other sax players in Cork, so more work for aren't a whole lot of other sax players in Cork, so more work for me! me! Grace: I have a part-time job, but the way gigs are going ill be Grace: I have a part-time job, but the way gigs are going ill be going pro! going pro! 10. Does the music industry in Ireland support what you do, as in, 10. Does the music industry in Ireland support what you do, as in, your work and music venues throughout Ireland? your work and music venues throughout Ireland? Niall: We've been really lucky with the response to our work in Niall: We've been really lucky with the response to our work in Cork especially that with Suadela Bellydance. Every venue we Cork especially that with Suadela Bellydance. Every venue we bring our productions to have been very positive, everywhere from bring our productions to have been very positive, everywhere from bars, theatres, The Cork Jazz Festival, to Balcony TV and not to bars, theatres, The Cork Jazz Festival, to Balcony TV and not to mention the support from the people who come see our shows, the mention the support from the people who come see our shows, the numbers seem to keep growing! The response from venues & the numbers seem to keep growing! The response from venues & the public has been overwhelming, humbling & encouraging. We're public has been overwhelming, humbling & encouraging. We're thankful to everyone & anyone who had a role to play. n e v e r t e l l h o w i t w a s g o i n g t o t u r n o u t . N o w - a - d a y s w e ' r e a l l i n t h e o n teh a n k f u l t o e v e r y o n e & a n y o n e w h o h a d a r o l e t o p l a y . never tell how it was going to turn out. Now-a-days we're all in the one Grace: Music venues love us, think we are such a unique show that ro o m j a m m i n g o u t i d e a s t o g e t h e r a s o p p o s e d t o c o m p o s i n g s e p a r a t e ly iG nrace: Music venues love us, think we are such a unique show that room jamming out ideas together as opposed to composing separately in people really don't know how to make us out. The music industry in people really don't know how to make us out. The music industry in u n i t s . I t ' s a m u c h h e a l t h i e r a n d re w a rd i n g w a y o f c o m p o s i n g t o g e t h e r. u n i t s . I t ' s a m u c h h e a l t h i e r a n d re w a rd i n g w a y o f c o m p o s i n g t o g e t h e r. Ireland can be a very clicky group! 7 . W h e n y o u c o m p o s e a n e w s o n g , i s i t e a s y t o b r i n g i t a l l t o g e t h e r w i t h y o uIrr e l a n d c a n b e a v e r y c l i c k y g r o u p ! 7. When you compose a new song, is it easy to bring it all together with your 11. What do you think about sharing music on the internet? 11. What do you think about sharing music on the internet? band and be satisfied? band and be satisfied? Niall: The only people to make any major money from record sales T i m : I t h i n k a f t e r w e h a m m e r o u t t h e o r i g i n a l s t r u c t u r e e v e r y o n e a d dN s iall: The only people to make any major money from record sales Tim: I think after we hammer out the original structure everyone adds w e re re c o rd e x e c u t i v e s & m a j o r a r t i s t s o n m a j o r l a b e l s . To d a y t h e i r o w n s t a m p t o i t . I t m i g h t t a k e a d a y o r m a y b e e v e n w e e k s u n t i l w e a rw e e re re c o rd e x e c u t i v e s & m a j o r a r t i s t s o n m a j o r l a b e l s . To d a y their own stamp to it. It might take a day or maybe even weeks until we are unless you're any of those there's no point even trying to make it a l l h a p p y w i t h i t b u t i t a l l c o m e s t o g e t h e r i n t h e e n d . I t ' s w h a t y o u c o u lu dn le s s y o u ' re a n y o f t h o s e t h e re ' s n o p o i n t e v e n t r y i n g t o m a k e i t all happy with it but it all comes together in the end. It's what you could solely from music sales. Even the biggest names still out there solely from music sales. Even the biggest names still out there call a slow refinement process. call a slow refinement process. today know the money is in live performances & merchandising. So G r a c e : S o m e t i m e s i t ' s e a s y a n d a l l t h e p i e c e s fi t t o g e t h e r , t h e b a n d h a s tao d a y k n o w t h e m o n e y i s i n l i v e p e r f o r m a n c e s & m e r c h a n d i s i n g . S o G r a c e : S o m e t i m e s i t ' s e a s y a n d a l l t h e p i e c e s fi t t o g e t h e r, t h e b a n d h a s a for a self-produced unsigned group like us & others, internet g r e a t w e l c o m i n g a t t i t u d e t o c o m p o s i n g . W e a r e a l l a l l o w e d t o b r i n g o ufro r a s e l f - p r o d u c e d u n s i g n e d g r o u p l i k e u s & o t h e r s , i n t e r n e t great welcoming attitude to composing. We are all allowed to bring our sharing is a dream come true. It gives you the ability & chance to own ideas to the table. We want to make music that we would listen to. sharing is a dream come true. It gives you the ability & chance to own ideas to the table. We want to make music that we would listen to. have your music heard the way you want it to be heard & share it have your music heard the way you want it to be heard & share it 8. What was your funniest and most embarrassing gig experience? 8. What was your funniest and most embarrassing gig experience? with the world. It cuts out the middle man. Bandcamp & IndietorB i l l : A p a r t f ro m p l a y i n g a w e e k ly re s i d e n c y g i g fo r o n e y e a r i n a C z e cw h ith the world. It cuts out the middle man. Bandcamp & IndietorBill: Apart from playing a weekly residency gig for one year in a Czech rent are the future of the record industry. There's no interference f u r n i t u r e s t o r e , o r p l a y i n g i n a b l u e s b a n d o n - b o a r d a c r u i s e s h i p w i t h rae n t a r e t h e f u t u r e o f t h e r e c o r d i n d u s t r y . T h e r e ' s n o i n t e r f e r e n c e furniture store, or playing in a blues band on-board a cruise ship with a from people who know nothing about the art of making music. U k r a i n i a n f u n k b a s s i s t w i t h e x t r e m e l y l i m i t e d E n g l i s h w h o c o u l d n ' t p l a y 1 f2r o m p e o p l e w h o k n o w n o t h i n g a b o u t t h e a r t o f m a k i n g m u s i c . Ukrainian funk bassist with extremely limited English who couldn't play 12 12. What do you think yourself about the music scene locally nation12. What do you think yourself about the music scene locally nationbar blues, the funniest story (and also the most embarrassing) comes from bar blues, the funniest story (and also the most embarrassing) comes from ally and internationally? t h e t i m e I p l a y e d a 3 0 n i g h t l y r e s i d e n c y i n a R u s s i a n o w n e d s a l s a b aar l l y a n d i n t e r n a t i o n a l l y ? the time I played a 30 nightly residency in a Russian owned salsa bar Grace: There is some great music coming from the Nordic countries d u r i n g t h e s u m m e r o f 2 0 0 1 . T h e o w n e r c o u l d n ' t l i s t e n t o s a l s a m u s i Gc r a c e : T h e r e i s s o m e g r e a t m u s i c c o m i n g f r o m t h e N o r d i c c o u n t r i e s during the summer of 2001.The owner couldn't listen to salsa music with some great ideas. I like musicians to be different and not do a n y m o r e s o w e w e r e h i r e d t o l i v e n t h i n g s u p . O n e o f t h e m u s i c i a n s i n t h awt i t h s o m e g r e a t i d e a s . I l i k e m u s i c i a n s t o b e d i f f e r e n t a n d n o t d o anymore so we were hired to liven things up. One of the musicians in that what's popular at the time. g r o u p ( w h o i s , b y t h e w a y , a c u r r e n t m e m b e r o f t h e A r t C r i m e s B a n d ) w aw s hat's popular at the time. g ro u p ( w h o i s , b y t h e w a y, a c u r re n t m e m b e r o f t h e A r t C r i m e s B a n d ) w a s 13. Have you taken your music abroad yet? If yes, what was the feede n j o y i n g l i f e t o t h e f u l l a n d e n j o y i n g t h e c o m p a n y o f s e v e r a l b e a u t i f u1l 3 . H a v e y o u t a k e n y o u r m u s i c a b r o a d y e t ? I f y e s , w h a t w a s t h e f e e d enjoying life to the full and enjoying the company of several beautiful back? y o u n g w o m e n a s i s o n l y r i g h t a n d p r o p e r f o r a n y u p - a n d - c o m i n g m u s i c i a nb. a c k ? young women as is only right and proper for any up-and-coming musician. Niall: We've been offered to come play in Germany next Spring. H o w e v e r t h e v a r i o u s g i r l s h e w a s s o m e h o w s i m u l t a n e o u s l y d a t i n g e v e n t uN - iall: We've been offered to come play in Germany next Spring. However the various girls he was somehow simultaneously dating eventuWe're still working on the details but we can't wait. We'll go a l l y b e c a m e a w a r e t h a t t h e y w e r e n o t t h e s o l e r e c i p i e n t o f h i s a f f e c t i o n sW . e're still working on the details but we can't wait. We'll go ally became aware that they were not the sole recipient of his affections. anywhere that people will have us! O n e e v e n i n g j u s t b e f o r e w e w e r e t o t a k e t o t h e s t a g e t o a r e a s o n a b lay n y w h e r e t h a t p e o p l e w i l l h a v e u s ! One evening just before we were to take to the stage to a reasonably 14. What are your hopes for the near future? p a c k e d h o u s e o n e o f t h e g i r l s s t o r m e d i n t h e d o o r a n d b i t c h - s l a p p e d t h 1e 4 . W h a t a r e y o u r h o p e s f o r t h e n e a r f u t u r e ? packed house one of the girls stormed in the door and bitch-slapped the Niall: We're currently working on expanding our shows with Suadp o o r g u y r e a l l y h a r d ( n e a r l y k n o c k i n g h i m o f f h i s s e a t ) . " T h a t ' s f o r c h e a tN - iall: We're currently working on expanding our shows with Suadpoor guy really hard (nearly knocking him off his seat). "That's for cheatela Bellydance & hope to take our shows outside of Ireland. We i n g o n m e " s h e c a l m l y r e m a r k e d a s s h e b e l t e d h i m a n d s t r o l l e d w i t h h eer l a B e l l y d a n c e & h o p e t o t a k e o u r s h o w s o u t s i d e o f I r e l a n d . W e ing on me" she calmly remarked as she belted him and strolled with her also plan to write & record more music. We'll be releasing a new h e a d h e l d h i g h o u t t h e d o o r . T h e e n t i r e p u b w e n t v e r y v e r y q u i e t a n d o uar l s o p l a n t o w r i t e & r e c o r d m o r e m u s i c . W e ' l l b e r e l e a s i n g a n e w h e a d h e l d h i g h o u t t h e d o o r. T h e e n t i re p u b w e n t v e r y v e r y q u i e t a n d o u r live recording every month on the day of a full moon that will be p o o r C a s a n o v a l o o k e d a s i f h e w a s a b o u t t o b u r s t i n t o t e a r s w h e n t h u n d e rl-i v e r e c o r d i n g e v e r y m o n t h o n t h e d a y o f a f u l l m o o n t h a t w i l l b e poor Casanova looked as if he was about to burst into tears when thunderfree to download from our website starting January 2013. free to download from our website starting January 2013. ous applause broke out from the assembled audience. Two guys from ous applause broke out from the assembled audience. Two guys from G a r y : To c o n t i n u e w r i t i n g o r i g i n a l m a t e r i a l t h a t t a p s i n t o d i f f e r N o r t h e r n I r e l a n d w h o h a p p e n e d t o b e v i s i t i n g p a i d f o r t h e b a n d s d r i n kG s a r y : To c o n t i n u e w r i t i n g o r i g i n a l m a t e r i a l t h a t t a p s i n t o d i f f e r Northern Ireland who happened to be visiting paid for the bands drinks ent genres of music from around the world and then to take it t h a t n i g h t . " N o w t h a t ' s h o w y o u k n o w t h e s e g u y s a r e a p r o p e r r o c k ' n ' r o lel n t g e n r e s o f m u s i c f r o m a r o u n d t h e w o r l d a n d t h e n t o t a k e i t that night. "Now that's how you know these guys are a proper rock'n'roll round the world. b a n d " t h e y r e m a r k e d t o o n e a n o t h e r " i f b e f o r e t h e g i g w o m e n a r e c o m i n rgo u n d t h e w o r l d . band" they remarked to one another "if before the gig women are coming in the door and slapping the musicians in the face". in the door and slapping the musicians in the face". Joanne Collins & John Hough Joanne Collins & John Hough Grace: All gigs are fun even rehearsals the lads end up playing jokes on Grace: All gigs are fun even rehearsals the lads end up playing jokes on

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listened to a lot of different things, so I have a lot of different influences. I also admire Bernardo Sasseti a lot because he was one of the people that opened my eyes to music, and made me realize that music can take a lot of different directions. And Brad Mehldau, that is considered one of the great jazz piano playe r s , b u t f o r m e h e ' s j u s t a g re a t p i a n o p l a y e r, p e r i o d . D M W h e n y o u c o m p o s e , w h i c h d o y o u p r e f e r, t h e p i a n o

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very

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way

of

writing

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times I compose without a single instrument in front of me. It's something I do almost without thinking. I'm seating here talking to you, and I've had 2 or 3

DM

not worry to much about his writing

mances. Sometimes it's just you, other times you have

process, or where his music takes

other musicians, the audience is never really sure

him. But he does seem to worry a bit

what they're going to find. How does that work out?

that

VV - This project has just been born. People still find

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sue

him

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because of his album art.

it a little strange. I want to take it to a point where

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people understand it, and they won't be surprised

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I

started

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really

m o n a s , Yo u C a n ' t W i n C h a r l i e B r o w n ,

wanted to be able to play live, it's the thing I enjoy

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the most. The record has a lot of instruments. Live,

this solo project.

things tend to be more limited. So I thought it out so

V V Ye s . W h a t h a p p e n e d w a s t h a t I

I could present it in different formats. First, one that

was writing a lot, but couldn't get

allows me to play alone. The songs are reduced to a

those

was

more compact form. Just guitar or piano, and voice.

playing with, because it didn't make

T h e o t h e r, t h a t I ' m d o i n g w i t h Z é C a s t ro , i s t h e o n e

sense. In Diabo na Cruz for instance,

that gets me closer to the more electronic side of the

the lyrics I write are very different

record. Zé uses a Kaoss Pad for rhythm and effects,

f r o m w h a t J o r g e w r i t e s , a n d i n Yo u

and he also uses effects on my voice. The last one,

Can't

not

that I'm still preparing, is a true band with 5 or 6

even the same language. It didn't

musicians. This 3 formats allow me to play more

work.

them

often, because I have no limitations. If I get the

this

chance to play at a venue for 30 people, with a stage

because I had the need to show what

that can barely fit two, I can do that. If something

I was doing.

turns up in a space for 500 or 600 people, with a

DM In an interview awhile ago you

proper stage that can support a band, I can do that

said that one of the bands that influ-

to. And I think it's going to be interesting for people,

ences you are Radiohead, which don't

because they will be able to listen to the same songs

seem to fit into the sound you are

in different ways.

doing.

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songs

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though.

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into

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compose I

had

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it's

for to

do

to do what I tell them. Like I said to Zé when we started playing together "just do what you want, I don't care. Just go up there and do your thing". There is a general plan, we have our songs, but he has freedom. Sometimes I think we take things a bit to far (laughter). I'm not a guy with an incredible voice, I'm not ashamed to admit that, I can't project my voice a lot, that's the way I sing. And sometimes there's so many effects that I struggle to make myself heard. But I'm the one who gave him "Carte Blanche", so I have to keep up. But it's a process I enjoy.

of a solo work right?

Is there anyone that inspired you vocally?

VV No, not really. I like a lot of voices and a lot of distinct ways of singing. I know I don't have a great voice, but a lot of the singers I've heard and loved, don't h a v e g re a t v o i c e s e i t h e r. B u t a f u n n y t h i n g h a p p e n e d when I started recording the songs. I sent the first song o f m y E P " O d o m " ( T h e G i f t ) , t o L u í s C o s t a , f r o m Yo u C a n ' t Win Charlie Brown, because I respect his opinion a lot.

melodies going through my head.

Vitorino Voador A.K.A. João Gil, does

Van

But in my head I've always that idea that I wanted to

have more musicians. And not musicians that just come

DM

or the guitar? VV

VV

He tells me he really liked it, but had no idea I was an E l l i o t t S m i t h f a n . To w h i c h I a n s w e r " T h a n k y o u m a n , b u t I

have

no

idea

who

Elliott

Smith

is"

(laughter).

He

thought I was pulling his leg, but when I insisted he sent me one of his songs "Between the Bars" and I was blown away. It was one of most beautiful songs I had ever heard. It lead me to the rest of his work, and I did see things in common with my own work. DM

And your EP "Vitorioso Voo", did you have a plan for

it, or things just turned out this way? VV

It's

something

that

evolved.

There

were

songs,

namely the more electronic ones, that started with just a guitar and ended up in instrumental chaos. I don't feel that anything was lost in that process. It's the way I write things, be it lyrics or music. I try not force things too much, otherwise it won't be genuine. It's not like I get home and just write things on the fly. I like to experiment with things. And the lyrics have to do with stories I've lived, or I wish I'd lived, my opinion about what I see around me, our country's situation, the things I feel. DM What about the road ahead? VV Well, this was the best thing that happened to me. I'm going to keep working on my other projects, I will have other bands, keep doing new things. But Vitorino Voador is something that is mine, that depends only on me. It w o n ' t e n d . I t d o e s n ' t m e a n I ' l l m a k e a re c o rd e v e r y y e a r. But one thing is certain: it will always be there, as long a s I m a k e m u s i c t h e re w i l l a l w a y s b e a V i t o r i n o Vo a d o r. IVO BELLO


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very early days for us but what I can say is that it seems the amount of support you

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receive across the board is relative to the quality

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your

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we

musician/in a professional band?

be satisfied?

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be

a

professional

musician

in

a

really.

and bassline, others I start with lyrics, much of the

I c a n re m e m b e r.

I have always either

time a song starts with me humming a melody into

consciously or unconsciously pursued

my phone and saving it. The songs are more or less

this and count myself lucky to be in a

arranged before they make it to the practice room.

band with two people who share my

Sometimes

passion.

recording process. Composing a song that the band

2 - Who inspired you and why?

and I are satisfied with usually requires a lot of

have

been

successful band my whole life.

in

a

I grew

arrangements

hard work.

can

change

during

the

Every now and again though a song

comes along and it pretty much writes itself. Those are always the best ones.

they do and I guess it sowed the seed

Itís a great feeling to hear it all come to life when

for my own pursuits.I taught myself

we jam a song for the first time in the practice

guitar and began taking song-writing

room.

seriously after hearing Oasis for the

g o d s e n d f o r a n y s o n g w r i t e r.

first time.

5 - What was your funniest and most embarrassing

Fergalís

groove

and

Ciaraís

vocal

are

a

gig experience?

3 - If you were to describe yourself as

My funniest moment would probably be a gig we did

a band, what would you say?

in Newmarket On Fergus during the summer where

We like to describe our sound as Elec-

we realised during our pre gig vocal warm ups that

tronic

our dressing room was actually a funeral home!!!

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music

is

melody

based with a clubby feel.

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minute we were roadworthy.

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moralities of file sharing is not going do us

iTunes.

been an inspiration to me.

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business.

tionally?

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up always being very proud of what

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this

music scene locally nationally and interna-

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national and international potential.

dreamt about since almost as young as

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our

album

illegally online ;) Joanne Collins & John Hough


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DeezMag talked to the The Kafkas, an indie-rock band that wants to create a revolution in the Portuguese musical scene. The band is composed by four music lovers that, in complete agreement state: The sky is the limit.

Who are The Kafkas? Where did this project come from? Well if we go way back, digging a little... It all started with me (João Garcia) and with Daniel. As time went by we started to composeÖ terrible songs (laughter). Meanwhile we convinced Fábio to learn to play the drums so he could play with us. At that time I got tired of b e i n g a b a s s p l a y e r a n d a s k e d J o ã o P e r e i r a , t h a t p l a y e d g u i t a r, i f h e felt he was a good enough bass player to join our project (laughter). And that's how the current lineup for The Kafkas came to be. In early 2012 you released your first demo. Ye s . I n t h e b e g i n n i n g w e e s s e n t i a l l y p l a y e d c o v e r s . B u t s i n c e w h a t w e really liked to do was write songs, in 2011 we scrounged up some change, and we went to a studio in Porto to record with Pedro Lobo. The demo was very well received, mainly because of facebook. It r e a c h e d a l o t o f p e o p l e , e v e n o u t o f t h e c o u n t r y, a n d t h i n g s j u s t s t a r t e d p o p p i n g u p . M e a n w h i l e , a r a d i o b a s e d i n N e w Yo r k d i d a special show about music in Lisbon, and included us on it together w i t h D e a d C o m b o , Yo u C a n ' t W i n C h a r l i e B r o w n a n d C a p i t ã o F a u s t o , which was very positive for us. Above all our objective is to succeed both here and abroad. That's one of the main reasons we sing in English.

It

doesn't

mean

we

don't

like

our

language,

quite

THE KAFKAS www.facebook.com/thekafkasmusic

the

c o n t r a r y, b u t w e ' v e h a d t h i s o b j e c t i v e s i n c e w e w e r e l i t t l e b r a t s : T o g o

About your music, what you produce Ö what are your main influences and

abroad and give it our all. It's a big dream. We are now in the process

inspirations, what is it that leads you to a final result?

of recording our first videoclip and we've just released our new

Our main influences are the Artic Monkeys, The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand,

single, ìBlue Jungle Lightsî.

a n d , l a t e l y, Q u e e n s o f t h e S t o n e A g e h a v e b e e n a b a n d w i t h g r e a t m e a n i n g t o

And regarding live performances, where have The Kafkas been?

us, but in which we try not to fall upon to much because we believe in matur-

Mainly local bars, in Cascais. Several times in Rock and Shot. Our

ing as musicians and we believe that it's the time to do a more juvenile

biggest gig was in September in the New Music Festival, alongside

sound, hoping that one day we can go into that more alternative, stoner

bands like Capit„o Fausto and Pontos Negros. We were the opening

wave.

band in the Antena 3 stage. We also played at Rock in Amadora, and

How do you define your sound, what sets it apart?

in this past few months we've been trying to promote the band. We are

It's hard but I guess we can define ourselves as an indie-rock band. It's the

in that stage of making the CD's to start sending to radios, bars,

s o u n d w e r e a l l y l i k e t o h e a r, t h a t i s d i f f e r e n t , a n d t h a t w h e n w e p l a y, g i v e s

everywhere.

us a feeling of being apart from everything. We are indie but we have a rock

Yo u ' r e p r o b a b l y t i r e d o f h e a r i n g t h i s b u t , w h y T h e K a f k a s ?

matrix. We want a guitar with distortion, but we also want basses with

Tired of hearing it but still haven't come up with a good answer

Groove and danceable drums, to shake the head and the hips, we want to be

(laughter). The Kafkas from the get go have a sound that we thought

set apart.

fitted within rock. But lately we've been developing a bigger maturity

With this metamorphosis, where do The Kafkas want to go?

in our lyrics and sounds, and we think our songs can be considered

We don't want to cling to the cliches... but the sky is the limit. We want to

heterougeneous, so we can find a sort of metamorphosis behind the

be that band that was born in Portugal but that made it abroad. We want to

s o n g s , w h i c h t a k e s u s t o t h e w r i t e r. I t w a s a t r a n s f o r m a t i o n w e w e n t

be a rock band. And above all, in the beginning we think it's important to

through from youngmen to adults that made us realize how big was

have a side that makes it easier to pull people in, to have songs that are

the difference between what it was like to write music as a group of

c a t c h y. We c a n ' t g o y e t i n t o t h a t t h i n g t h a t o f t e n c o m e s u p d u r i n g re h e a r s -

k i d s a n d w h a t i t ' s l i k e t o w r i t e t o d a y, t h a t w e k n o w m o r e a b o u t t h e

als, more personal, more ours. It has to be more accessible, more commer-

world and about life.

cial, it's essential for a project to grow an to evolve. So that people can understand us, they have to know how to listen to us first, and for that we h a v e t o c r e a t e a c e r t a i n e m p a t h y, t o e a r n t h e t r u s t o f t h e a u d i e n c e a n d f r o m t h e re y e s , w e c a n e x p re s s o u r s e lv e s i n a m o re a l t e r n a t i v e w a y. Fo r n o w , t h i s is how we think.

Inês

G a lv ã o Te l e s


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and improved a lot and we decided to change our band`s name and five years ago we did our first concert as ìLe Skeleton Bandî. Since then we have been all over Europe presenting our music. And so far it is working really well. How do you define your music? We play rock music. Almost Rock and roll with inspiration from traditional music, blues, cabaret, folk and

some

Latin and Cuban.

We are not trying to

do some new kind of music. We just want to tell stories. And for that we got to choose which color and flavor we want to put in the music to make it sound right so the people who are going to listen to our music can understand and follow the stories we are singing. What are your influences? We have all different influences. When we were young we all listen to different t h i n g s . A n d e v e n t o d a y w e h a v e d i f f e re n t t a s t e s , b u t w e a l l a d m i re To m Wa i t s . We also like very much some albums of Calexico and recently we started to listen to The Dead Roses and their music influenced us very much in the construction of ìBella Mascaradeî. We feel that we are at the same state of mind as The Dead Roses. It is very interesting to listen to a band and feel they are doing what we had already in mind. In stage you look like ìpuppetsî, why is that? T h a t i s o u r w a y t o t a l k w i t h t h e a u d i e n c e . To c a p t u re t h e i r a t t e n t i o n . To s a y ìhello we are here. We are telling storiesî. It is not easy to do it. It requires concentration and control of our body but it is also very funny. The result is what we expected. We just let our body do those movements naturally. ìBella Mascaradeî, your new album, what's it about? ìBella Mascaradeî is about being a rumbling man. A bum. Is about people who want to try to be adventurers. They wanted to be someone but they failed. It is about the courage of doing something out of the mainstream. It is like the heart of our music which is a mix of dark and joke. It is also ìburlesqueî. What are the differences between the first and this new album? When we were recording the first one, we didnít knew that it was going to be our first record. We had the second one in mind a while ago before the recording session. In ìBella Mascaradeî, the all album is in the same atmosphere, the same spirit.

LE SKELETON

Cabaret is always in your songs, why is that? Cabaret is part of our culture and of course it is in our music. Cabaret is a p l a c e w h e re i t ' s a l l o w e d t o b e u g ly, t o b e a c o w a rd , t o h a v e m e n t a l i s s u e s .

www.leskeletonband.com

Cabaret is all about burlesque. And we love to tell stories about people who

Alex Jacob, B Jacob e Salsky are ìLe Skeleton Bandî. During the

go against the rules defined by society.

promoting tour of ìBella Mascaradeî, their new album, they passed

Yo u h a v e a s o n g t h a t s a y s î l i f e i s b a n k r u p t î . W h a t d o y o u m e a n b y t h a t ?

through Portugal, for several Showcases, and DeezMag had the pleas-

All our songs tell stories. That song tells the story of a drunk men. In the song

ure to interview them.

the drunk men says something that we all agree but as he is drunk we donít know if he is telling the truth or if he is joking about it. It is also about a

So, this is your first time in Portugal?

conflict. It is like your life is ok but at any moment you can lose everything.

No. It is our third time. We were here for the first time in 2009

Everything can fall like a castle of cards. It is about life being so uncertain.

presenting our first album ìPreacher Bluesî. It was a really nice

What are your plans and expectations for the future?

experience

well

We are happy with what we have. We do what we want 24 hours a day. We want

received here. We had excellent experiences in the concerts we

to keep on doing it. This new album is being well received and we couldn`t be

performed in Leiria, Coimbra and Vale de Cambra.

h a p p i e r. D u r i n g 2 0 1 3 , w e h o p e t o re c o rd a n e w a l b u m , c re a t e a s h o w w i t h c h i l -

How long have you been together?

dren, and tour a lot . Until then people can listen to our music in youtube,

We are friends since we were very young. We grew up together

myspace and follow us in our facebook page.

.We

love

Portugal.

We

have

always

been

very

listening music and one day we decide that we wanted to be in a rock band. But we didnít know anything about music. None of us had ever

Bonne chance Ö.

played an instrument. It was a challenge. Each one of us, alone,

SOFIA GUERRA

started to play a different instrument. It wasnít easy but we did it and here we are. And after six months we did our first concert in Montpellier and it was really bad. After that we worked really hard


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